IN THE NEWS: Stan Musial's 3,516th hit jumps him over Tris Speaker and into 2nd place behind Ty Cobb, but the Mets beat the Cards 43. Although The Man will continue on to 3,630 hits, he cannot overtake Cobb and, in time, Pete Rose and Hank Aaron will surpass him as well.
IN THE NEWS: Ken Hubbs of the Cubs sets ML records at 2B for consecutive games without an error (78) and consecutive chances accepted (418) without an error. His streak ends with a 4th-inning throwing error as Cincinnati beats Chicago, 41.
Washington's John Kennedy pinch hits against the Twins and becomes the 9th American League player to debut with a home run in his first at bat. His blow breaks up a no-hit bid by Dick Stigman, and the Nats rally to tie the game at 77 in the 9th, The Twins win 97 in 11 frames, then drop the nitecap, 30, as Claude Osteen fires a three hitter. The split leaves the Twins two 1/2 games behind the Yankees.
IN THE NEWS: Four steals bring Maury Wills' season total to 82, one better than Bob Bescher's 1911 mark and a modern National League record. But Pittsburgh beats Los Angeles 101, cutting the Dodger lead to one-half game. In a streak of six games, from September 6th to the 11th, Maury will swipe 13 bases.
With a three game lead, the Yankees purchase some insurancerighty Hal Brown from the Orioles.
IN THE NEWS: Boston's Lou Clinton makes four stellar grabs in the outfield and adds a homer, triple and single as the Red Sox trip the Yankees, 93 in 16 innings at the Stadium. Dick Radatz takes over for Hal Kolstad and pitches nine innings of relief before leaving in the 16th for a pinch hitter.
IN THE NEWS: Against Hank Aguirre, Mickey Mantle clouts a 4th inning homer run, the 400th of his career, to tie the game 11. The Yanks score two in the 9th off Aguirre to beat Detroit 31. The victory, combined with a Minnesota loss, gives the Yanks a three 1/2 game lead over the Twins. The surprising Angels are in 3rd place, four games back.
The Angels Dean Chance loses his no hit bid when Zoilo Versalles singles in the 8th inning for the only Twins hit. Chance wins, 50.
IN THE NEWS: Washington's Tom Cheney sets a ML mark with 21 strikeouts in a 16-inning game at Baltimore. Bud Zipfel's 16th-inning home run off Dick Hall gives the Senators a 21 win.
In Cleveland, Whitey Ford and Mickey Manetlylead the way to a Yankee win, 52. Mantle hits a 3-run homer in the 5th off Pedro Ramos, his 2nd favorite all-time cousin (12 homers allowed).
In the dugout in Cincinnati, Willie Mays collapses from nervous exhaustion. He is taken to the hospital and will miss four games. The Giants lose 41 and will lose their next six to take them apparently out of the race.
IN THE NEWS: Washington OF Jim Piersall is arrested for going into the stands after a heckling fan prior to a game against Baltimore. He is charged with disorderly conduct, but later cleared. Hicks replaces Jimmy in the 71 loss to the Orioles. O's winning pitcher Chuck Estrada clouts one of the three Birds homers.
In Kansas City's 54 win over the Angels, 17-year-old Ed Kirkpatrick pinch hits in the 9th for LA. He is the youngest in the American League since Jim Derrington, in 1956, and no one younger will debut this century in the AL.
IN THE NEWS: The Pirates beat Jack Sanford 51, the first loss by the Giant hurler after 16 straight wins.
At Cleveland, 22-year-old Sudden Sam McDowell pitches six scoreless innings, striking out 7. He leaves after one out in the 7th after his hard throwing causes him to breaks two ribs. With two outs in the 9th, the Twins score three against Funk to win, 32. Lee Stange, in relief, gains his first ML win. McDowell, just recalled from Portland (PCL), where he compiled an 80 record, including a one-hitter and no-hitter in consecutive starts, will go 114 this year.
IN THE NEWS: Mays celebrates his return to the lineup by cracking a 3-run home run in the 8th inning, his 44th of the year, to tie the Pirates 44. Pittsburgh tops the Giants in the 10th inning when Smoky Burgess hits a 2-run home run.
IN THE NEWS: At Washington new ball park D.C. Stadium, Mickey Mantle clouts the first home run there, and adds another, both off Washington starter Tom Cheney, to pace New York to a 71 win. Mick has five RBIs. Ralph Terry picks up his 22nd win, the most by a Yankee right hander since 1928. The Yankee win, combined with a Twins loss, leaves New York (9063) in 1st place by four games.
The Mets drop a pair to the visiting Colts 45s, 62 and 86, and also break the major-league record for homers allowed. Ranew and Roberts connect for the Colts, the 188th and 189th homers allowed, breaking the A's mark set in 1956. Bob Aspromonte of the Colt sets an National League record for 3B with his 57th straight errorless game.
At LA, the Aaron brothers lead the Braves to a 105 pounding of the Dodgers, and cutting the Dodger lead over the idle Giants to three 1/2 games. Hank Aaron hits his 40th homer and Tommie Aaron accounts for three RBIs with three hits.
Charlie Finley is denied permission to move the Athletics to Dallas-Ft. Worth.
IN THE NEWS: Walter Bond and John Romano twice hit back-to-back home runs for the Indians to help beat the Athletics., 109. They both hit doubles as wella ML first when added to the back-to-backs as Bond collects six RBIs and Romano 4. Dick Donovan gains his 20th win, though he is chased in the 6th.
IN THE NEWS: A 122 Dodger loss at St. Louis is enlivened by Maury Wills, who ties Ty Cobb's long-standing ML single-season record of 96 steals by swiping 2B after singling in the 3rd, and breaks it with a repeat performance in the 7th.
At Houston, Billy O'Dell beats the Colts 103 to move the Giants three games behind the front-running Dodgers.
IN THE NEWS: Down 10 to the Braves in the 3rd, Padres OF Gene Richards hits a long fly ball down the LF line that Terry Harper spears at the last second. But Harper's momentum carries him out of bounds where he hits the railing dropping the ball. Meanwhile the speedy Richards circles the bases. The ump rules Harper did not hold the ball long enough for an out and he is charged with a 4-base error (later overruled by the League office to an inside-the-park home run for Richards). The Padres win the game 32.
The Orioles Dave McNally makes his first ML start and shuts out the Royals, 30.
Pittsburgh's Earl Francis (9-8) gives up two hits in 10 innings in beating the Reds, 10. Jim Maloney matches him for nine innings. Bob Friend pitches the 11th to earn his 1st save of the year after Mazeroski and Stargell double home the winning run. Bucs vet Bill Virdon steals his 5th base to go along with his 13 caught steals, tying him for National League high with Maury Wills.
The Cubs lose their 101st, but the good news is that only 903 fans are on hand to see it. The Phils win, 53, their 18th win in 23 games. The Phils will win tomorrow, 80, behind Dennis Bennett, and only 607 fans will see that one.
IN THE NEWS: The Cardinals sidetrack the Giants, 74, as Gene Oliver contributes a 3-run home run and Stan Stan Musial goes 5-for-5.
The Dodgers' hopes for clinching a tie for the pennant are dashed when Sandy Koufax, making his 2nd start since returning to action, lasts just five innings against Houston. Reliever Ron Perranoski is the loser, 86.
IN THE NEWS: The Giants are rained out and the Dodgers are reined in by the Cardinals 32. Larry Jackson gives up 12 hits but pitches a complete game win. The loss shrinks the Dodgers lead to one 1/2 games. Maury Wills' swipes second in the 3rd for his major-league record 104th of the year. He also ties for the National League lead with Bill Virdon for times caught stealing (13).
At Chicago, the Yanks score two in the 7th and four in the 8th to beat the White Sox, 73, spoiling Early Wynn's bid for his 300th win.
Only 595 fans show up at Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs turn back the Mets, 32. Toth beats Galen Cisco.
IN THE NEWS: The Indians and Angels set an American League record with 40 K's in a doubleheader (18 innings). Los Angeles pitchers account for 23 of the strikeouts. The Angels clinch 3rd place in the opener as Bo Belinsky and Dean Chance combine for 14 K's in the 41 win. Grant strikes out 10 for Cleveland in the nitecap 51 victory. Bond has a pair of homers for the Tribe in game 2.
The Giants have a chance to tie for the lead with a makeup doubleheader with Houston. Jack Sanford wins his 24th as the Giants take the opener 125. Houston then manages a split behind Bob Bruce's 42 victory to leave San Francisco one game back.
The Dodgers (10159) send Don Drysdale against the Cardinals, but Ernie Broglio wins the pitching duel, 20. The Dodgers lead by one game with one to play.
Cubs attendance climbs to 2,870 but the Mets beat the Cubs, 32, handing Dick Ellsworth his 20th loss of the year. Bob Miller, completes his first game in 37 starts and snaps a 12-game losing streak. Banks hits his 37th.
IN THE NEWS: Willie Mays's 47th home run, an 8th-inning blast off Dick Farrell (10-20), leads the Giants to a critical 21 win. They then stay in the clubhouse to hear results of the Dodger game.
Gene Oliver's dramatic 9th-inning home run off Johnny Podres gives Curt Simmons and St. Louis a 10 win against the Dodgers and a three-game sweep at Chavez Ravine. The heartbreaking loss for LA forces the 4th playoff in National League history. The Giants won five of their last seven games, but only seven of their last 17, while the Dodgers manage just three wins in their last 13 games.
P Bill Fischer of the Athletics concludes a major-league record string of 841/3 consecutive innings without allowing a base on balls, a record that tops Christy Mathewson's mark. Fischer walks Bubba Morton on four straight pitches and loses a 61 decision to Detroit.
In the 2nd of two, Red Sox 1B Don Gile, hitting 1-for-40 on the year (his one hit came in game 1) breaks a 11 tie with a two run homer in the bottom of the 9th off Washington's Jack Jenkins. The homer comes in his last ML at bat and gives Bill Monbouquette the win, 31. The Yawkeymen lose the opener by the same score as Cheney fans 12. Don Lock drives in all three runs. Runnels sits out the games and ends the season with the American League batting crown at .326.
At Yankee Stadium, Chicago's Ray Herbert tops New York, 84. Mickey Mantle, batting leadoff to give him needed at bats, is 2-for-3 and qualifies for 2nd place in hitting (.321) with 502 plate appearances. He also hits a home run, giving him eight straight seasons of 30+ homers.
The Cubs turn a triple play and beat New York 51, a 20th-century major-league record 120th loss for the Mets. Catcher Joe Pignatano of the Mets hits into the triple play in the 8th inning, his last at bat in the major leagues. Ken Hubbs starts the play, which goes 43.
Camilo Pascual draws a tough assignment in rookie Bob Miller, but beats the Orioles, 10, on three hits to earn his 20th win. Miller allows two hits to the Senators.
With manager Mel McGaha fired for next season, Indians pitching coach Mel Harder guides the Tribe to a sweep of a twinbill of the Angels, winning 43 and 61. Harder, 10 last year, completes his managerial career at 30. Mel McGaha, a guard with the 1948-49 NY Knickerbockers of the BAA, didn't play major league baseball, but will come back to manage the A's in 1964-65.