IN THE NEWS: In what nearly turns into a TV war, the Yankees threaten to broadcast their games nationwide if the National League goes ahead with its plans to allow other broadcasts, especially those of the Dodgers and Giants, into New York territory.
At St. Louis, George Crowe drives in six runs in a 7–3 Reds win over the Cardinals.
IN THE NEWS: At Seals Stadium, light-hitting OF Roman Mejias of the Pirates hits three home runs in the opener with San Francisco to lead Pittsburgh to a 6–2 win. Mejias will hit just five homers this year. SF's two runs come on homers by Orlando Cepeda. The Giants win the nitecap 4–3 in 10 innings.
IN THE NEWS: Going into the bottom of the 9th, the Giants trail Pittsburgh 11–1, but rally for nine runs. Giants rookie 1B Orlando Cepeda's 3rd home run in three games ends the scoring, and pinch hitter Don Taussig pops out with the bases loaded to end the game. The Giants send up a (since tied) record six pinch hitters in the inning, and three score, tying the ML mark.
IN THE NEWS: After six straight home rainouts, the Yanks play their first home night game of the year, against Washington. Mickey Mantle breaks a 2–2 tie in the 3rd with an inside-the-park solo homer off Pedro Ramos. New York rolls to a 9–5 win.
IN THE NEWS: Washington P Truman "Tex" Clevenger gets both the assist and the putout in retiring Yankee batter Elston Howard. Clevenger is hit by a line drive and the ball bounces off his leg into foul territory near 1B. Tex then covers 1B to receive the toss from 1B Norm Zauchin.
Despite 14 walks by Cards pitchers in game 1, the Cubs lose 8–7, then drop a 6–5 decision. Stan Musial has a home run and four singles to come with two hits of 3,000. The Cards use a National League record 10 pinch hitters in the regulation DH: they will tie the record in a DH on July 13 vs. Pittsburgh.
Willie Mays goes 5-for-5 against the Dodgers, as the Giants win 16–9. Mays has another two home runs, plus two triples, and four RBIs to compete with Daryl Spencer's two home runs, triple, double, and six RBIs. The Giants pound out 26 hits, while the Dodgers collect 11, the longest being Charlie Neal's home run over the distant RF fence at the Coliseum. The Giants set a ML-record when five players collect four hits apiece.
IN THE NEWS: In Chicago, New York coast to a 5–1 win over the last-place Sox behind the pitching of Johnny Kucks. Mickey Mantle's line drive between Al Smith and Jim Rivera goes for his 2nd inside-the-park homer of the year. The Yankees have now won seven in a row. Mantle will hit three inside-the-park this year, and a Yankee-record six during his career.
IN THE NEWS: Ted Williams hits his 16th career grand slam to provide the Red Sox with the margin in an 8–5 win over the A's. Ted's 4th inning blast, off Jack Urban, tied him with Babe Ruth for 2nd place on the career slam list.
IN THE NEWS: Cubs Walt Moryn hits three home runs in the 2nd game at Wrigley Field as the Cubs sweep the Dodgers 3–2 and 10–8. Moose scores the winning run in the opener and then in game two goes back to back with Ernie Banks in the 4th and Chuck Tanner in the 7th. His 2-run home run in the 9th tags Sandy Koufax with his 1st loss.