1981 September

2nd  The Indians John Denny stops Oakland, 2–0, for his 2nd straight shutout.

3rd  At Candlestick, Doyle Alexander gives up 2 hits to the Cubs and the Giants pound out 15 to win, 12-0. The Cubs are 4.5 games out in the NL East; the Giants are 1.5 in back in the NL West.

4th  In the conclusion of the longest game in Fenway Park history, the Mariners beat the Red Sox 8–7 in 20 innings on Joe Simpson’s run-scoring triple. The game began yesterday, on September 3rd, but was suspended after 19 innings. Seattle totals 24 hits, one more than the Sox. Jerry Remy is the hit leader going 6-for-10, while Dwight Evans walks four times for the second time this season. The regularly scheduled game goes to the Mariners, 5-2, with Julio Cruz hitting a 3-run homer.

      Mario Soto allows one hit, a single by Chris Chambliss, and the Reds shut out the visiting Braves, 3-0. The game is enlivened by a bench clearing melee after Paul Householder collides with Braves catcher Paul Owen at home plate and losing pitcher Tommy Boggs goes after Householder (who was 3-for-3 off Boggs).

5th  Milwaukee’s Jim Slaton pitches a no-hitter for 8 innings, then is knocked out of the box in the 9th without retiring a batter. Two singles and a HR cut the Brewers’ lead to 5–3, but Rollie Fingers retires the final 3 batters for his 22nd save.

6th  Despite having won the first-half pennant, Yankee manager Gene Michael is replaced by Bob Lemon, who managed the club in 1978-79. The Yankees are only 2 games above .500 in the 2nd half of the season.

      The Dodgers Fernando Valenzuela shuts out the Cardinals, 5–0, to tie a record of 7 shutouts by a NL rookie.  He shares the record with Irv “Cy the Second” Young (1905), Grover Alexander (1911), and Jerry Koosman (1968).

John Denny beats California, 2–0. It is the Indian hurler’s 3rd straight shutout.

7th  Dave Magadan is named MVP as West Tampa, FL, defeats Richmond, VA, 6–4 to win the American Legion World Series. Magadan was 11-for-24 at the plate and also pitched a complete-game win over Omaha.

8th  Houston’s Cesar Cedeno is fined $5,000 but not suspended after attacking a fan during the Astros 3–2 loss to the Braves. Witnesses said that 3 men in the box seats had been loudly berating Cedeno’s wife and making remarks about the 1973 incident in which he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for the accidental shooting death of a young woman in the Dominican Republic.

      Citing his “lack of communication” with the players, the Expos fire manager Dick Williams and replace him with Jim Fanning, who has been an executive with the club since it joined the NL in 1969.

10th  At Baltimore, the Indians stop the Orioles, 4-1, behind John Denny (8-4). Denny exits in the 8th after allowing a run, his first ending a consecutive scoreless inning streak of 34.2 innings.

      The Reds send Doug Bair to the Cards for P Joe Edelen and 2B Neil Fiala.

11th  Ron Oester clips a 10th inning homer to give the Reds a 3–2 win over the visiting Dodgers.

12th  Red Sox rookie Bob Ojeda no-hits the Yankees for 8 innings at Yankee Stadium before Rick Cerone and Dave Winfield lead off the 9th with back-to-back doubles. Reliever Mark Clear preserves a 2–1 win.

      Julio Gonzalez hits a two-run walkoff homer in bottom of the 13th off veteran Mike Marshall to give the Cardinals a 4-2 victory over the Mets.  It is the second of three straight 4-2 wins for St. Louis over New York.

17th  Fernando Valenzuela sets the NL rookie record with his 8th shutout of the season, a 2–0 three-hitter versus the Braves. He ties the ML mark of Russ Ford (1910) and Reb Russell (1913).

18th The Brewers top the Orioles 5–1 to move into 1st place in the AL East by a half game.

      At Comiskey, Dwayne Murphy’s 9th-inning grand slam caps the Athletics 10-5 win over the White Sox. Murphy drives in 5. Tony Armas has a bases-loaded triple for the A’s.  The White Sox cap the season for announcer Jimmy Piersall, suspending him for the last two weeks for his on-air remark of calling baseball wives “horny broads.” Piersall will say “If my remarks offended anyone, I’m sorry.”  The Sox will fire Piersall during the 1983 season for being too critical of the team.

19thReds reliever Joe Edelen allows just one hit in 6 innings of shutout relief as the Reds down the Dodgers, 7–3.  Dodger 2B Jack Perconte ties the ML record with 12 assists.

20thTwins rookie Gary Gaetti homers in his first ML at bat, off Charlie Hough (2–1) but Texas beats the Twins, 4–3.

21st  Steve Carlton fans 12 Expos in 10 innings to break Bob Gibson’s NL strikeout record (Carlton now has 3,128), but the Phillies lose to the Expos 1–0 in 17 innings. Montreal’s Bryn Smith retires just one batter, but picks up his first ML victory.

23rd  Dennis Martinez (14-4) earns a win for Baltimore when Jim Dwyer hits a game-ending homerun off Dan Petry of Detroit in the 9th inningto break up a scoreless tie.

25th  The Phils drub the Cubs, 9–2, behind Mike Schmidt and Gary Matthews. Matthews drives in 5 runs while Schmidt adds his 11th homer in his last 12 games at Wrigley.  He has hit 33 there.

26th  Nolan Ryan no-hits the Dodgers 5–0 to become the only ML pitcher to toss 5 career no-hitters. Ryan had shared the record of 4 with Dodger great Sandy Koufax, but had not pitched a no-hitter since June 1, 1975. The 34-year-old Ryan strikes out 11 and retires the last 19 batters in a row while lowering his league-leading ERA to 1.74.

27th  In the first game of a doubleheader with Chicago, Oakland ties an AL record with 8 straight singles in the bottom of the first inning, but blows its 5–0 lead and loses 9–5. The White Sox take the nightcap, 10–3.

30th  In the last ML game at Minnesota’s Metropolitan Stadium, Kansas City clinches at least a tie for the AL West 2nd-half title with a 5–2 win over the Twins. Next season, the Twins will play in the brand-new Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis.