» September 6, 1968: Denny McLain notches win number 28, beating the Twins, 8–3. The Tigers score four runs off Jim Kaat before the first out is recorded. Minnesota rookie Graig Nettles hits his first homer, off Denny.
» April 25, 1969:
The Sox rally for two runs in the 9th to beat the Twins, 6–5, at Comiskey Park. Minnesota goes ahead in the 8th on a 3-run pinch homer by Graig Nettles. Buddy Bradford hits a tremendous home run for Chicago, the ball landing on the roof of the LF stands, just the 10th player to do it.
» December 12, 1969: Cleveland trades pitchers Luis Tiant and Stan Williams to the Twins for 3B Graig Nettles, OF Ted Uhlaender, and pitchers Dean Chance and Bob Miller. Tiant led the American League in ERA (1.60 and shutouts while going 21–9; next year he'll reverse that to 9–20.
» June 19, 1971: Indian leadoff batters Graig Nettles and Vada Pinson belt homers off Detroit's Dean Chance in the first inning, but Detroit ties in the 5th, goes ahead on Aurelio Rodriguez's homer in the 7th, and wins, 5–3 after Norm Cash hits is 15th homer in the 8th.
» November 27, 1972: In a great trade for New York, the Indians swap 3B Graig Nettles and C Gerry Moses to the Yankees for C John Ellis, IF Jerry Kenney, and outfielders Charlie Spikes and Rusty Torres.
» April 6, 1974: The Yankees open their two-year stay at Shea Stadium before a crowd of 20,744. 12-year-old Teddy Kennedy, Jr., flanked by his father and Mayor Abe Beame, tosses out the first ball. Missing from the ceremony is George Steinbrenner, indicted two days ago for illegal campaign contributions. Graig Nettles' two-run homer in the 4th off the Indians Gaylord Perry opens the scoring and the Yanks score four more times to win, 6–1. Charlie Spikes scores the only Cleveland run in the 9th following a triple off starter and winner Mel Stottlemyre. Perry, who is warned once for an illegal pitch, is the loser today, but he will win his next 15 decisions.
» April 14, 1974: Yankee Graig Nettles blasts four home runs during a doubleheader split with his former team, the Indians. The Yanks win 9–5, then lose 6–9. Nettles will go on to tie the major-league record with 11 home runs in the month of April.
» April 19, 1974: The Yankees obtain Walt 'No Neck' Williams and pitchers Ed Farmer and Rick Sawyer from the Tigers for C Gerry Moses. Moses had come to New York in the Graig Nettles trade.
» September 7, 1974:
In a game with the Tigers, Graig Nettles loses a single when it is discovered he is using a corked bat. The Yankees win 1–0 on Nettles's earlier home run.
» September 14, 1974: Graig Nettles homers for the Yankees in the first inning, and brother Jim Nettles homers for the Tigers in the 2nd. This is the 2nd time that the two brothers have homered in the same game for different teams, having done it on June 11, 1972, when Graig was on Cleveland and Jim was with Minnesota. Graig's team wins 10–7.
» May 20, 1976: At New York, Carl Yastrzemski clubs two homers, giving him five in two games, to tie a ML mark. Boston wins, 8–2. Boston P Bill Lee injures his arm in a fight with Yankee players, ending up on the bottom of a pile of players. Lee never really recovers from the injury. The fight starts when Lou Piniella, running on Dwight Evans, is gunned down at the plate and barrels into Fisk. Both come up swinging and both benches clear. Lee initially blames Graig Nettles for his injury but, after viewing tapes, apologizes to the Yankee 3B. Lee then blames Billy Martin for espousing a fighting style that brought the brawl on.
» September 17, 1976: At Milwaukee's County Stadium, 40,383 fans are on hand to celebrate "Hank Aaron Day." Among those gathered are commissioner Bowie Kuhn and Jack Ford, representing his father Gerald. Hank goes hitless in five at-bats, and the first-place Yankees spoil the night by winning, 5–3, in 11 innings. Graig Nettles hits a solo homer in the 11th for the game winner, and an insurance run scores on a suicide bunt. Ed Figueroa tallies his 19th win, and the Yanks pad their lead to 11 games.
» October 13, 1976:
The Royals even the Series again with a 7-4
win, despite 2 Graig Nettles HRs. Freddie Patek is
the big hitter with 3 RBI.
» May 24, 1977: Carlos May and Graig Nettles hit back-to-back homers in the 6th as the Yankees come from behind to defeat the Red Sox, 6–5.
» May 30, 1977:
Reggie Jackson and Graig Nettles hit back-to-back homers in the 2nd to lead New York to a 5–4 win against Boston.
» June 5, 1977:
The Yankees hit six home runs, their most in three years, and barely edge the White Sox, 8–6. Bucky Dent, Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson, Carlos May, Graig Nettles and rookie George Zeber connect. Zeber's clout, his first ML homer, comes off Dave Hamilton, and is the game winner.
» June 22, 1977:
It's not easy but the Yankees stop their 5-game losing streak with a 12–11 win over Detroit. The Yankees are led by Graig Nettles, with a three run homer, and Reggie Jackson, who belts a 2-run triple.
» August 21, 1977:
Graig Nettles' home run and double account for both Yankee runs in a 2–1 win over Texas. Ron Guidry picks up his 10th win of the year and Yankees cut the Red Sox lead to one-half game.
» August 26, 1977: New York wins its 12th in 13 games when Graig Nettles triples home two runs in the 9th inning to give the Bombers a 6–5 win over Texas. With the Red Sox losing, the Yankees move in front by two games.
» August 28, 1977:
Ron Guidry fires his 3rd shut out of the year, a 1–0 whitewash of the Rangers. Guidry faces just 28 batters, allowing two hits. Graig Nettles scores the winning run after belting as triple.
» August 31, 1977:
Yankee reliever Sparky Lyle records his 3rd win in three games, all won on late-inning homers by New York. Graig Nettles' 2nd homer of the game gives New York a 5–4 win over Seattle.
» June 27, 1978: New York's Graig Nettles belts a two-run homer in the 14th to give the Yankees a 6–4 win over the Red Sox. Dick Drago serves up Nettles' 13th homer of the year. Sparky Lyle (6–1) wins in relief. Ron Guidry (13-0) starts for NY and gives up eight hits in six innings.
» September 15, 1978:
The Yankees, now one 1/2 games in front of Boston, open a 3-game series in the Bronx with the Red Sox. Guidry again gives up two Boston hits and wins a 4–0 shutout. Chris Chambliss and Graig Nettles hit successive homers, off Luis Tiant, in the 4-run 4th inning.
» October 13, 1978: Graig Nettles's spectacular defense at 3B highlights the Yankees' first World Series win 5–1. Ron Guidry goes nine innings and gets the victory.
» August 23, 1979:
Commissioner Kuhn slaps Padres owner Ray Kroc with a $100,000 fine for tampering, following remarks Kroc made about potential free agents Joe Morgan and Graig Nettles.
» October 13, 1981:
In the ALCS opener against Oakland, Yankee pitching once again asserts itself, as Tommy John, Ron Davis, and Goose Gossage combine to hold up Graig Nettles's first-inning 3-run double 3–1.
» October 14, 1981: In game two of the ALCS, Yankee Graig Nettles singles twice in a 7-run 4th inning to become the first player ever to collect two hits in one inning in LCS play. New York sets LCS records for runs and hits (19) in a 13–3 rout of Oakland.
» May 29, 1982:
At Minnesota, the Yanks put runners on 1B (Graig Nettles) and 2B (Bobby Murcer) with no outs. When Roy Smalley strikes out on a wide 3-2 pitch from Terry Felton, Murcer attempts to steal 3B. But Sal Butera's throw beats him so badly he retreats to 2B only to find Nettles there. Gary Gaetti tags Murcer who is standing safely alone on the base, and then throws to Kent Hrbek to catch Nettles heading back to 1B. Murcer then tries for 3B and Hrbek's throw to Felton covering completes the triple play. Alas, Felton, 0–8 coming into the game gets a no-decision, and will lose another five to finish his career with an 0–16 record.
» March 30, 1984: The Yankees trade new author and veteran 3B Graig Nettles to the Padres for rookie P Dennis Rasmussen and a minor leaguer to be named later. Nettles's controversial book Balls, in which he criticizes Steinbrenner, will be not be officially published until April 30th, but the bound books available now make his days in pinstripes numbered.
» May 4, 1985: The wind is blowing out a Wrigley, and seven homers are hit in the 12–8 Cubs win over the Padres. Shawon Dunston hits his first ML homer, while Graig Nettles hits two for the Pads. Chicago gets 11 walks from the SD pitchers.
» April 25, 1986: One out after Graig Nettles ties the score with a solo home run in the bottom of the 12th inning, Padres reliever Craig Lefferts belts his first ML home run to beat the Giants, 9–8.
» May 2, 1987:
Graig Nettles and Dion James each hit grand slams to lead the Braves to a 12–4 rout of the Astros. It is the first time since July 3, 1966 (when pitcher Tony Cloninger did it by himself), that the Braves have hit two grand slams in one game.
» April 28, 1996: Visiting Texas scores four runs in the 10th and holds on for a 5–4 win over the Orioles. Baltimore's Brady Anderson cracks his 11th homer of April, joining Gary Sheffield, who hit his 11th of Friday, Willie Stargell (1971), Graig Nettles (1974), and Mike Schmidt (1976) as the only players to hit that many in the month.