1980 September

1st  Tigers OF Al Cowens and White Sox reliever Ed Farmer publicly end their long-running feud by shaking hands at home plate prior to Chicago’s 11–3 win at Tiger Stadium. The feud began in 1979 when Farmer broke Cowens’ jaw with a pitch, and flared again this June 20th when Cowens hit a ground ball off Farmer and attacked the pitcher instead of running to 1B. Cowens was suspended for 7 games and a warrant was issued for his arrest in Illinois, forcing him to skip last week’s Tigers-White Sox series in Chicago. Farmer agreed to drop the charges in exchange for a handshake, and the 2 players brought out the lineup cards before today’s game.

5th  Insisting his decision is not health-related, George Bamberger announces that he will step down as the Brewers manager following tomorrow’s game against Texas. He will be replaced by Buck Rodgers.

6th Houston sweeps 2 from the Cardinals, winning 9–5 and 6–4, to move 2 games behind LA, the NL West leaders. Jose Cruz hits a grand slam in the 3rd inning in game 2 to put the Astros up. 

      Montreal’s Scott Sanderson (14-8) and Bill Lee combine to shut out the Giants, 9-0.  Tim Wallach signals he’s for real when he homers on his first ML at bat.

7th  The Oakland A’s pitch their ML-record 78th complete game of the season as Steve McCatty beats the Orioles 5–2.

8th  Commissioner Bowie Kuhn suspends Ferguson Jenkins indefinitely as a result of his August 25th drug arrest in Toronto. On September 22nd, the suspension will be overturned by arbitrator Raymond Goetz, the first time ever a commissioner’s decision is overruled by an arbitrator.

9th  Reds fireballer Mario Soto strikes out 15 Braves in a 7–1 Reds win in Atlanta.

       In Oakland, Mitchell Page has a pair of homers to lead the A’s to a 6-3 win over Texas.  Mickey Rivers has 2 hits to extend his consecutive game hitting streak to 24 games and Al Oliver has 2 hits to extend his streak to 20 games. They are the last pair of teammates this century to have 20 game hitting streaks: both will go hitless tomorrow against A’s ace Mike Norris. Rivers will hit .333 this year, with an OBA just 20 points higher.

10th  Expos 21-year-old P Bill Gullickson strikes out 18 Cubs in a 4–2 win at Olympic Stadium, setting a ML record for rookies and falling one short of the all-time record for strikeouts in a 9-inning game. The win keeps Montreal one-half game ahead of Philadelphia in the NL East.

      Houston moves into a 1st place tie with the Dodgers in the NL West by beating Los Angeles, 6–5.

      The Phillies Marty Bystrom makes his first ML start and beats the Mets, 5–0.

11th  In a 6–5 win over the Cubs, Montreal’s Ron LeFlore steals his 91st base of the season and Rodney Scott steals his 58th, breaking the ML record for stolen bases by teammates in one season. Lou Brock and Bake McBride set the record with the 1974 Cardinals.

      Houston takes over sole possession of 1st place from the Dodgers in the NL West by again beating Los Angeles, 6–5.

      Mitchell Page has a pair of homers to back Rick Langford’s pitching as the A’s top the visiting Royals, 9-5. The hard-working Langford allows 14 hits in pitching his 22nd consecutive complete game, a post-1950 record. Marichal is second on the list with 16. Langford will throw 28 complete games this year and pitch 290 innings, both AL highs.

12th  At the Vet, the Cardinals take a pair from the Phillies to put them two games behind the Expos in the NL East race.  The Birds take the opener, 7-4,with the help of a 5th-inning grand slam by Leon Durham, then follow that up with an 11-inning, 5-0, whitewash.  Al Olmstead pitches into the 10th and John Littlefield faces 7 batters for the win. The Birds plate their 5 runs with 4 hits.

13th  At Boston, the Yankees keep their hold on 1st place with a 4–3 victory over the Red Sox, scoring all their runs in the 4th. Tommy John wins his 21st.  Willie Randolph helps in the 6th with a neat 4-2 double play, stepping on 2B for a force and throwing home to catch Jim Rice.

14th  Eddie Murray hits 3 HRs, but Baltimore loses to Toronto 4–3 in 13 innings to fall 5 games behind the first-place Yankees in the AL East.

      In a 10–7 win over the Cubs, Lee Mazzilli homers to break a drought for Mets.  (as noted by Tom Ruane) It is the first homer in 175.2 innings going back to August 26 when Claudell Washington homered. This will be the longest drought for the rest of the century. The Mets also had droughts of 134.1 inning (4/15-5/3) and 117.1 inning (5/6- 5/24).

17th  After surrendering a 2-run home run to Rusty Staub, Rick Langford is removed with 2 outs in the 9th inning of Oakland’s 6–4 win over Texas, ending his consecutive complete-game streak at 22.

      The Royals become the first team to clinch a division title, as Dennis Leonard shuts out the Angels 5–0 in the first game of a doubleheader.

      The Reds Mario Soto stops Houston, 7–0, beating Joe Niekro, who gives up a grand slam to Ray Knight. Houston and Los Angeles are tied for 1st (82-62) with 17 games left on the schedule.

18th  Willie Wilson steals 2B and 3B in the 2nd inning of Kansas City’s 5–2 win over the Angels, giving him an AL-record 28 consecutive stolen bases without being caught. Ron LeFlore had set the previous record in 1978.

      At Milwaukee, the Twins lose 9–8 to the Brewers, wasting Gary Ward’s hitting for the cycle.

      In a game suspended yesterday with 2 out in the 10th, the Blue Jays complete a 4-run outburst when play is resumed when Roy Howell lines an inside-the-park homer good for 2 runs. Down by 4 runs, the Yankees score 4 runs to tie it at 7-7, then win it in the 13th on Bucky Dent’s RBI-double.  The two teams use 10 pinch hitters in the game, tying the AL record. The Jays then win the regularly scheduled game, 2-1, on Luis Leal’s 2-hitter. Tommy John (21-8) takes the loss. The 4 runs in the top and the bottom of an extra inning is a first going back to 1915.

19th  The Reds light up Jerry Reuss  (17-6) for 8 runs in 2 innings, en route to a 10–7 win over the Dodgers. Reuss serves up a grand slam to Johnny Bench, the 9th slam off him this year, a NL record. Garvey and Cey solo for the Dodgers.

      At Busch the NL-leading Expos drop a heartbreaker to the Cardinals, losing 9-8.  Gary Carter hits a grand slam for Montreal, but the Birds respond by scoring 5 runs in the 7th to tie.  The Expos score in the top of the 9th and St. Louis wins it in the bottom of the frame George Hendrick’s hits a 2-run double.

20th  George Brett goes 0-for-4 in a 9–0 loss to the A’s dropping his average below .400 for good. He is now hitting .396 and will finish the season at .390.

      California’s Tony Armas does it all hitting 2 doubles, 2 HRs to drive in 5 RBIs in a 6–4 win over Texas. Armas also has an intentional walk, and steals 3rd.

21st  In a 9-3 victory at Royals Stadium, the A’s Wayne Gross belts a pair of homers and drives in 5 runs. For the second time this season, Rickey Henderson steals 4 bases in a game. He’s not through.

22nd  The Phillies move back into first place in the NL East with a 3–2 10-inning win over the Cardinals. Montreal drops to 2nd place by a half-game by losing to Pittsburgh. The Phils Steve Carlton and the Birds Pete Vuckovich each pitch 9 innings of 2-run ball, but Lefty gets the win when Keith Moreland knocks in Larry Bowa in the 10th. For Carlton (22-8) it is his 6th win of the year against St. Louis.

24th  The Braves, with 24,897 watching, beat the Astros 4–2 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, pushing the Braves over the one million attendance mark for the season. The 11 other NL teams have already reached that milestone, making this the first season ever in which all the teams in one league have done so.

25th  San Diego’s Jerry Mumphrey steals his 50th base of the season in a 5–3 loss to the Reds, making the Padres the first team in major-league history to have 3 players with 50 steals in the same season—Mumphrey, Ozzie Smith, and Gene Richards.

      In a 6–4 loss to the White Sox, Oakland’s Brian Kingman (7-20) loses his 20th game. Kingman will finish 8–20, the last 20-game loser of the century and the first to pitch for a winning team (Oakland will be 83-79) since Dolf Luque.

      Dramatics in Seattle, as the Mariners beat Texas, 7-6, in 11 innings.  Willie Horton hits the last homer of his career to tie the match at 4 each in the bottom of the 9th, then Texas goes ahead when Pat Putnam connects for a 2-run homer in the 11th.  Dave Edler then laces a 2-out, 3-run double to give the M’s the 7-6 win.

      Ted Sizemore drives in 6 runs with a single, solo, and slam as the Cardinals stop the hits Pirates, 10-2.

26thJohn Mayberry clubs a 5th-inning homer off Dennis Eckersley for Toronto’s only hit in a 3-1 loss to the visiting Red Sox.  It is the second time this season that Mayberry has provided the Jays’ only hit.

27thThe Oakland A’s defeat the visiting Brewers, 7-4, behind Rick Langford’s 19th win.  For the second time in a week, Rickey Henderson steals 4 bases. He’s now got 96.

29th  In the race for the NL East title, the Phillies remain one-half game behind Montreal by scoring 3 times in the bottom of the 15th inning to beat the Cubs 6–5. Earlier in the day, the Expos defeated the Cardinals 5–2 on pinch hitter John Tamargo’s 3-run home run in the bottom of the 9th.

30th  A’s OF Rickey Henderson sets the AL single-season stolen base record with his 97th in a 5–1 win over the White Sox, breaking Ty Cobb’s record of 96 set in 1915. Henderson will finish the season with 100 stolen bases.

      After Seattle goes ahead 6-5 in the 14th, George Brett hits a 3-run homer, his 24th,  to give Kansas City the 7-5 victory. Brett will finish the season with 24 homers and 22 strikeouts: only Barry Bonds in 2004 will have fewer strikeouts than homers (minimum 10 homers) since 1959. The loss goes to Mike Parrott (1-15) while Quisenberry (12-7) nails the win.  The aptly named Rick Honeycutt will earn an ejection in the 3rd  inning for cutting the ball.

      The smallest crowd in Shea Stadium history (1,754) watches the Mets beat the Pirates, 3–2.

      In a 12–9 Cleveland win over the Yankees, the Tribe’s Ron Hassey has a double and HR in the 8-run 2nd inning. There are 4 homers in the game, including Reggie Jackson’s 38th.

      Dodger rookie Fernando Valenzuela wins his first ML game, beating the Giants, 4–1. Pedro Guerrero has a HR.