On June 28, 1963 with Boston, Heffner became only the second ML pitcher to record
three putouts in an inning.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»June 19, 1963: Gates Brown becomes the American League's 11th player to hit a home run in his first at bat. Brown's blow is a pinch-hit blast in the 5th against Boston's Bob Heffner at Fenway in a 9–2 Tiger loss.
»June 23, 1963:
A ML fielding record is set by Boston's 1B Dick Stuart as "Dr. Strange Glove" handles three first-inning grounders and tosses to P Bob Heffner for putouts. Stuart's teammates and Fenway fans give him a standing ovation. The Yankees beat the Sox 8–0. Heffner is just the second pitcher to have three putouts in an inning: Bosox Jim Bagby (1940) is the other. Rick Reuschel in 1975 will be the next to record three POs.
»August 25, 1963: Cleveland batters suffer an American League-record 27 strikeouts in a doubleheader (24 innings) split against the Red Sox. The 44 strikeouts for both teams are also an AL record, with Dick Stuart chipping in with 6. Stuart now has 123 for the season, surpassing Jimmie Foxx's Sox record of 119. Bill Monbouquette fans 11 Indians in the opener and Bob Heffner 12 more in the nitecap, but the Tribe still manages a split, winning 2–1 after an 8–3 loss.