IN THE NEWS: Cincinnati's Bob Lee walks Dick Groat with the bases loaded in the 21st inning to give the Giants a 10 victory at Candlestick. Twenty scoreless innings tie the ML mark set by the Pirates and the Braves on August 1, 1918, a game Pittsburgh also won in the 21st, 20. Gaylord Perry, with nine one-run losses during the season, pitches the first 16 innings of shutout ball, while Mel Queen tosses nine 1/3 inning for the Reds.
Alan Foster of Spokane pitches his PCL-record second no-hitter of the year. Both no-nos are 1-0 games against Seattle.
Washington's Bob Priddy loses his 10 lead to the Yankees when Mickey Mantle clouts a 2-run pinch homer in the 8th and New York wins, 21. Mel Stottlemyre is the winner, allowing six hits and no walks. For Mantle, it is his 14th game-winning hit of the year, eight of them home runs.
IN THE NEWS: After the Tigers sweep the A's 85 and 63, and the White Sox down the Angels 32, the top four American League teams are separated by a single percentage point. Chicago and Minnesota are 78-61 for .561; Boston and Detroit are 79-62 for .560.
IN THE NEWS: Sox starter Gary Peters takes a 30 lead into the 9th inning, but a 7-run 9th keeps Detroit tied for first place with the Twins with a 73 win at Chicago. Chicago is now in 4th place, two games in back, with the Red Sox in 3rd place just a half-game behind.
IN THE NEWS: Joel Horlen revives Chicago pennant hopes with a 50 no-hit win against the Tigers. Detroit hits only two balls to the outfield. Behind the pitching of Cisco Carlos with help from Hoyt Wilhelm and Bob Locker, the Sox win game two by a 40 score to move a game behind the 2nd-place Red Sox.
Minnesota leads the tight American League race after edging the Orioles 42 at Baltimore.
IN THE NEWS: A's players agree to drop a grievance filed with the National Labor Relations Board against Charlie Finley. Finley agrees, in writing, that he will not coerce or intimidate his players, or discriminate against them for the threatened action.
Houston ties the National League record by using eight pitchers in one 9-inning game, defeating Chicago 1110 at the Astrodome.
IN THE NEWS: Walter Bond, who played for the Indians, Astros, and Twins, dies of leukemia at age 29. Bond had been released by the Twins this year and was with Jacksonville (IL) when he went on the inactive list because of the disease.
IN THE NEWS: There are just two runs scored in the Phils-Dodgers doubleheader, and Los Angeles scores both, winning 10 in each game. In game one, Phils OF Tony Gonzalez is 2-for-4, giving him 30 hits for his last 55 at bats.
IN THE NEWS: Bob Gibson pitches St. Louis to a 51 win and its 2nd pennant of the decade.
Boston rallies to beat the 1st place Tigers in Detroit. A Carl Yastrzemski home run, his 40th, ties the game 55 in 9th inning and a solo home run by Dalton Jones wins it in the 10th. Hours later, Detroit will receive another blow when Denny McLain leaps off a couch and sprains his left ankle. He will not pitch until the last game of the year.
Minnesota keeps pace by beating Kansas City 20 behind Jim Katt's 6-hitter. The White Sox lose 32 to the Angels when Rick Reichardt hits a 9th inning RBI single. Boston, Detroit, and Minnesota are now tied for 1st, with Chicago in 4th place, a half-game back.
IN THE NEWS: Wes Westrum (57-94) resigns as manager of the Mets following a 43 loss to the Dodgers. Coach Salty Parker takes over and will be 4-7 for the rest of the season. Two days later the board of directors announces it will try to obtain Gil Hodges as manager.
Boston rallies again to beat Detroit 42, scoring three runs in the 9th inning. Jose Santiago (104) wins for the 2nd time in two days. The loss drops Detroit from 1st place down to 4th. Dave Boswell throws a 2-hitter to give the Twins an 82 win over the Royals. Joel Horlen wins his 18th game, a 30 blanking of the Angels, to leave the Sox in 3rd place, a half-game behind the co-leaders, Boston and the Twins.
IN THE NEWS: Steve Carlton of the Cardinals strikes out 16 batters, including seven in a row, in eight innings but still loses 31 to Chris Short and the Phillies.
The Red Sox, down 20 in Cleveland, rally on Yaz's 41st home run and a 3-run home run by Rico Petrocelli to win 54. Yaz, with four hits in the game, is now leading the American League with a .316 average, and is 1st in RBIs and home runs. The Twins, Tigers and White Sox all keep pace. The Twins win 62 as Dean Chance K's 13 for his 18th victory. Detroit routs the Yankees 101, while Chicago tops the Angels 64.
In the Reds 94, win over the Braves, Johnny Bench hits his first ML homer, a 3-run shot off Jim Britton in Atlanta.
IN THE NEWS: The Tigers sweep two from Washington, 83 and 40, to stay a half-game behind the leading Twins. Earl Wilson cops his 22nd in the opener while Mickey Lolich takes the nitecap. The White Sox lose to Cleveland, 21, in 13 innings, while Boston splits a twi-night doubleheader with Baltimore, losing 100, then winning 103 behind Jose Santiago.
IN THE NEWS: Three straight sacrifice bunts by the Phillies tie a major-league record in a 40 win at Los Angeles.
The White Sox move to a half game out of 1st place on the strength of Joel Horlen's 3hitter, an 80 whitewash of Cleveland. The Red Sox are in 3rd place, also a half game out, after dropping a 75 decision to Baltimore. Yaz's 42nd home run had given the Red Sox a 54 lead, but a Brooks Robinson home run in the 8th inning won it for the O's.
IN THE NEWS: The Twins crunch the Yankees 92 as Dean Chance scatters nine hits for his 20th victory. The White Sox hold off the Indians 51, while Boston racks up 18 hits in an 117 win over the Orioles. The Tigers lose and tough one. Going in to the bottom of the 9th in Washington, Detroit nursed a 42 lead, only to lose it 54. The loss drop Detroit to 4th, one 1/2 games behind Minnesota, Chicago a game back, and Boston a half game.
IN THE NEWS: Cleveland's Luis Tiant beats the Red Sox 63 despite Yaz's 43rd home run of the season. The Twins top the Angels 73 behind two monster home runs by Harmon Killebrew, his 42nd and 43rd of the season. Mickey Lolich blanks the Yanks, 10, for Detroit to tighten the pennant race. The Twins (9168) lead with Chicago (8968) and the idle Red Sox (9069) a game back, and Detroit (8969) one 1/2 back.
IN THE NEWS: Philadelphia's Jim Bunning loses a ML-record-tying 5th 10 decision, as Houston's Mike Cuellar outlasts the veteran in 11 innings.
In afternoon games, Cleveland tops Boston 60, while the Twins drop a 51 decision to California. In their last games in Kansas City before moving to Oakland, the 10th place A's sweep a doubleheader from Chicago, beating the American League's ERA leaders Gary Peters and Joe Horlen. Peters loses the opener 52, and Horlen the nitecap 40, to rookie Catfish Hunter. Jim Gosger leads the way for KC by going 5-for-8 in the doubleheader. The two losses on this "Black Wednesday" drops Chicago to 4th place with only a hope of a tie for the pennant.
Boston beats the Twins 64 to tie Minnesota for first place. Carl Yastrzemski's 3-run home run gives him the American League-lead with 44th, but Harmon Killebrew answers with his 44th for the losers. Meanwhile, Detroit, which had games rained out on the 28th and 29th, plays two with the Angels. Mickey Lolich wins the opener, 50, his 3rd straight shutout, and Detroit takes a seemingly safe 62 lead into the 8th inning of the nitecap. The Angels then bat around, scoring six runs, to hand Detroit a devastating 86 loss. Detroit now trails Minnesota and Boston by a half-game.