IN THE NEWS: Mickey Mantle hits a one-out home run in the first inning, a 400-foot blow on an 0–2 pitch, for the only Yankee hit against Baltimore's Hal Brown. The Baby Birds win 4–1 and sweep the three game series with the Yankees to move into first place (27-15). New York leaves Baltimore in 4th place (19-19).
IN THE NEWS: Detroit's Chico Fernandez strokes a 10th-inning triple against Cleveland, and then swipes home for the final run in a 7–4 win. Rocky Colavito breaks out of his slump with a solo home run in the 4th and a 2-run home run in the 10th, off Stigman.
IN THE NEWS: The Yankees sweep two from the Red Sox, taking the opener on homers by Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. Roger's blow is a three run shot to give New York a 5–4 victory. Art Ditmar is the CG winner in the nitecap, winning 8–3.
IN THE NEWS: Bob Turley tosses a 3-hit shutout against the White Sox, and Mickey Mantle adds his 9th and 10th homers of the season. His 2nd homer, in the 8th, is followed by Roger Maris's 16th of the year, matching his season total last year with KC. It is the first time the M Boys have hit back-to-back homers.
IN THE NEWS: George Strickland's 2-run homer in the 6th is the winning margin in Cleveland's 3–2 win over the Red Sox. With the Orioles losing a pair to Detroit, Cleveland stretches its American League lead to one 1/2 games. After the game, the Red Sox send outfielder Gene Stephens to the Orioles for OF Willie Tasby.
IN THE NEWS: In New York, Mickey Mantle cracks his 3rd homer in three days to ruin a good relief effort by Cleveland's Dick Stigman. The 8th inning solo shot gives New York a 4–3 win.
Reds catcher Dutch Dotterer hits a grand slam home run off the Dodgers Sandy Koufax to account for of Cincy's scoring. They win, 4–3. For Dutch, it is one of his five career dingers and his only slam.
The Red Sox fire manager Billy Jurges, who left the team on June eight reportedly because of illness. Del Baker will be the interim manager. Tomorrow, the Sox will hire Pinky Higgins as the regular manager. It'll be Pinky's second tour of duty as Sox skipper.
IN THE NEWS: At Fenway, the White Sox set an American League record with just seven assists in a twi-night doubleheader split against the Red Sox, losing 5–4 and winning 8–4. With two assists in the first game and five in the 2nd, Chicago also sets an AL record for fewest assists in two consecutive games. Don Buddin hits a leadoff home run in the day game off Early Wynn, who allows just one more hit till the 6th. After a Runnels single, Wynn knocks down Williams with an inside pitch. Ted then belts his 497th homer, a 450-foot shot. Wertz follows a walk to Williams in the 8th with a home run.
IN THE NEWS: In a record-tying three hour and 52 minute, 9-inning game, Willie McCovey's pinch-hit grand slam, the first slam of his career, and Orlando Cepeda's 3-run double pace the Giants to a 16–7 rout of the Braves.
The Tigers and Senators combine for 11 homers in their DH split, with the Nats hitting eight roundtrippers. Jim Lemon hits three homers, one in game 1, an 8–2 win, and a pair in the nitecap loss, 12–5. Colavito has a pair in the nitecap for Detroit and winning pitcher Frank Lary also goes deep.
IN THE NEWS: New York beats KC, 6–2 behind Jim Coates and Roger Maris. Maris drives in five runs with a home run, double, and single. The Yankees have now 7th straight, all since Stengel returned from the hospital, and now are in a virtual tie with the Indians and Orioles for 1st place.
The Cubs sign Danvars, Mass. high school superstar Danny Murphy (.489: 11-0) to a $130,000 contract, making him the highest paid player of the bonus era so far. In four days, the 17-year-old will start in the outfield at Crosley Field when The Reds Jay Hook stops the Cubs and Keith Morehead, 7–1. Murphy will hit just .120 this year and after three seasons drop to the minors. He'll resurface as a pitcher with the White Sox in 1969, one of the few players to make the majors as a position player and pitcher.
IN THE NEWS: Mexico City and Poza Rico combine to hit 12 home runs in one game, a Mexican League record.
Philadelphia sends Wally Post back to Cincinnati, along with OF Harry Anderson and 1B Fred Hopke, for outfielders Tony Gonzalez and Lee Walls. Gonzalez will be a reliable starter for nine years in Philley and, in 1962, will be the first CF to field 1.000.
In Chicago, Bill Veeck's new $300,000 exploding scoreboard is silent as no Sox players hit homers. However, when Clete Boyer bangs one in the 2nd inning, all the Yankees light sparklers and greet the third baseman on the dugout steps. Berra leads the sparklers in the bullpen. Mickey Mantle's 8th inning homer prompts another round of sparklers as the Yanks win, 4–2.
IN THE NEWS: New York continues the fireworks in Chicago with long home runs by Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Skowron to win 12–5 and sweep the 4-game series in Chicago. The Mantle home run is over the CF fence and is followed by Maris's clout to the upper deck in right.
The Giants, a big favorite to win the pennant in a preseason poll of writers taken by The Sporting News, change managers, replacing Bill Rigney with Tom Sheehan. Horace Stoneham's team is 33-25 and trails only Pittsburgh. At 66 years, two months, and 18 days, Sheehan is the oldest rookie manager in ML history.
IN THE NEWS: In a brilliant pair of pitching performances, the Orioles Hoyt Wilhelm and Milt Pappas throw shutouts to beat the host Tigers. Wilhelm allows two hits in winning the opener, 2–0, over Bunning, and Pappas allows three hits in winning the nitecap, 1–0, over Don Mossi. Gentile and Hansen homer in the opener as Clint Courtney, using the big glove, is twice charged with batter interference, the 1st loading the bases in the 4th.
IN THE NEWS: Hoping to speed up the election process, the Hall of Fame changes its voting procedures. The new rules allow the Special Veterans Committee to vote annually, rather than every other year, and to induct up to two players a year. The BBWAA is authorized to hold a runoff election of the top 30 vote getters if no one is elected in the first ballot.
At Forbes Field, Cubs rookie Ron Santo, making his ML debut, leads Chicago to a sweep of the first place Pirates. Santo is 3-for-7 and drives in five runs as the Cubs win 7–5 and 7–6.
IN THE NEWS: Dick Stuart blasts three consecutive home runs, as the Pirates split with the Giants. Stuart drives in seven runs and joins Ralph Kiner as the 2nd Pirate to hit three home runs in a game at Forbes Field. Jack Sanford pitches a 3-hit shutout to give the Giants an 11–0 first-game win. With the 11–6 nitecap victory, Pittsburgh is three ahead of the 2nd-place Braves.
New York beats up on their cousins from Kansas City by banging out five homers to win 10–5. Skowron leads with two home runs, with one each from Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Kubek.
At Fenway, SS Don Buddin pulls some fancy footwork to lead the Bosox to a win against the Tigers. With the score tied in the 8th, Buddin is caught in a rundown between 3B and home, but he eludes Detroit catcher Red Wilson to score. Wilson argues that Buddin left the baseline, and earns a rejection by Red Flaherty for his views. The Red Sox score three more runs and win, 11–7. Ted Williams has a home run, off Bunning, and Colavito answers with two homers.