IN THE NEWS: Behind the slugging of Willie McCovey and Willie Mays, the Giants beat the Expos, 9–3, handing Montreal its 17th straight loss, tying the ML mark for expansion clubs set by the 1962 Mets. McCovey has a two run double and he follows a Mays homer in the 4th with one of his own.
IN THE NEWS: With the Twins ahead of the Yankees 3–2 in the 8th, Minnesota loads the bases, then pulls off their second triple steal of the year. Again, it is Rod Carew on the front end, his 5th swipe of home this year.
At Montreal, the Expos drop their 18th straight, a record for an expansion team, losing 5–3 to the Giants.
IN THE NEWS: The Washington Senators name Jeff Burroughs the number one pick in the June free-agent draft. The Astros choose J.R. Richard as the 2nd pick, and the White Sox follow with 3B Ted Nicholson. Cincinnati picks Ken Griffey on the 29th round, while Kansas City, with a record 90 picks, takes Al Cowens with their 84th choice. The Dodgers select Bill Seinsoth on the first round after selecting him on the 6th round in 1968: the promising lefty slugger is killed in a car accident in September. With the 13th pick, the Red Sox take University of Minnesota's Noel Jenke, who is also drafted by the Chicago Black Hawks and the Minnesota Vikings (12th round). He'll never make the majors (Pawtucket in 1971 is the highest) but he will play four years in the NFL. Montreal picks Tony Scott on the 71st round and Al Cowens, who will play for 13 years in the majors, lasts until the 75th round (Royals).
IN THE NEWS: The Expos snap a 20-game losing streak as Jerry Robertson wins his first ML game, 4–3 at Los Angeles. Rusty Staub and Mack Jones homer for the Expos, who end their losing streak three short of the record.
The White Sox trade P Bob Locker to the Pilots for P Gary Bell. Bell has rung up his best games, and he will prove a disaster in Chicago.
Mickey Mantle Day in New York. With 60,096 fans on hand, Mantle's number seven is retired and plaques he exchanges with Joe DiMaggio will hang on the CF wall at Yankee Stadium. DiMaggio's plaque comes as a surprise to the Yankee Clipper. The Yankees then sweep the White Sox 3–1 and 11–2.
IN THE NEWS: After President Johnson declares this a national day of mourning in memory of the assassinated Robert Kennedy, the Reds' players threaten to boycott today's doubleheader with the Cardinals. Led by Milt Pappas and Vada Pinson, the team, by a slim majority, votes not to play. A very upset GM Bob Howsam and manager David Bristol call for nine volunteers to play. Pete Rose, Tommy Helms, and Jim Maloney leave the clubhouse and shortly afterwards the rest of the team follows. The Reds take an 8–0 lead after four innings before the Birds lay 10 runs in the 5th to complete the scoring. It's a reverse in the nitecap as the Cards take a 6–1 lead, and the Reds score five in the 5th to tie, and once in the 12th inning to win, 7–6.
Mickey Lolich's 16 strikeouts in nine innings ties the Detroit record he set May 23rd, but the Tigers drop a 3–2, 10-inning decision to Seattle. Pat Dobson is the loser. the only run off Lolich is a leadoff home run by Dick Simpson on the first pitch of the game.
Red Sox outfielder Joe Lahoud bangs out three homers to help beat Minnesota, 13–5. Lahoud's efforts cure Tony Conigliaro's neck ailment and Lahoud will be back on the bench for the game on the 13th against Oakland as Tony C. returns to the lineup.
IN THE NEWS: With a 21–7 rout of the Red Sox at Fenway Park, the Oakland A's regain first place in the American League West. Reggie Jackson hits two home runs and drives in 10 Oakland runs. Reggie doubles home a run in the 1st, homers in the 3rd and 5th, each time with Tommie Reynolds on base, strikes out with the bases loaded in the 6th, and singles in two with the sacks full in the 7th. Reg drives in three with a single in the 8th on a hit that he could easily have stretched into a double. Blue Moon Odom is the easy winner. The 21 runs is a team record that won't be matched until 2000.
IN THE NEWS: The Mets help their power needs by adding 1B Donn Clendenon. The 33-year-old had refused a January trade that would send him from Montreal to Houston, but agrees to go to New York. The Expos receive Steve Renko, Kevin Collins, and two minor leaguers. The Expos also purchase P Dick Radatz from the Tigers.
Cubs SS Don Kessinger sets a National League record with his 54th straight errorless game to start a season, but Chicago loses 7–6 to start a doubleheader split at Cincinnati.
IN THE NEWS: In the first inning against the Angels' Tom Murphy, Rod Carew and Tony Oliva pull off a double steal of 2B and 3B. On the next pitch the two pull off another double steal, Carew's 6th swipe of home on the year to tie the American League record. The Twins run to an 8–2 win over the Angels.
At Milwaukee County Stadium, Chicago's Billy Wynne lives up to his name, recording his first ML victory, defeating the Seattle Pilots, 8–3. The Sox are playing 20 home games in the Brew City this year.
IN THE NEWS: Minnesota scores a club-record 11 runs in an inning, the 10th inning at Oakland, and set major-league record for runs in the 10th, in winning 14–4. The Twins send 16 batters to the plate in the frame garnering eight hits, four walks, and three errors. Harmon Killebrew's 3-run homer is the big blow. Minnesota's 11 match the New York Yankees' 12th inning of July 26, 1928, for most runs for one club in extra innings, and shatters the previous high for the 10th inning of eight runs. The A's add a run of their own in the 10th to set a record (12) for runs in the 10th by two clubs. Yesterday, Oakland won, 3–2, in 14 innings.
Willie Horton powers two homers, one a grand slam, and drives in six runs to power the Tigers to a 9–5 win over the visiting Senators. Mickey Lolich (8–1) is the winner, allowing just four hits.
IN THE NEWS: An American League record-tying, three straight, 2-out home runs by Ted Kubiak, Reggie Jackson, and Sal Bando in the 3rd inning power a 7–3 Oakland victory over Minnesota in the first of two games. Bando also homers in the first to back Chuck Dobson's win over Jim Kaat. Katt gets a save in the nitecap as Jim Perry squeezes home Oliva with the winning run in the 13th. Twins win, 4–3.
IN THE NEWS: Richie Allen is fined $2,500 and suspended indefinitely when he fails to appear for the Phillies twi-night doubleheader game with the Mets. Allen had gone to New Jersey in the morning to see a horse race and got caught in traffic trying to return. He will stay suspended until July 20. Allen picked up a $1000 fine in May when, for two straight days, he reportedly arrived at the ballpark after the game had started. Without Allen, the Phils drop a pair, 2–1 and 5–0. Larry Hisle's homer in the opener off Tom Seaver is the only Phils score. Jim McAndrew is the winner in the nitecap, allowing two hits in eight innings.
The White Sox sweep a pair from the Pilots, winning 6–4 and 7–6 with reliever Wilbur Wood winning both games. In game 2, Bill Melton hits three consecutive homers, in the 2nd, 4th and 6th innings, but it takes a homer by Ed Herrmann in the 9th to win it. Reliever Wilbur Wood is the winner in both games, giving up a hit in three 2/3 innings in Game One and a hit in two innings of game 2. Jim Bouton pitches in both games for Seattle without allowing a run in three 2/3 innings.
IN THE NEWS: The Mets (14) and Phillies (13) set a National League record for ineptitude by striking out 27 times in the first nine innings of a 10-inning game. The Phils win 6–5 when rookie Dave Watkins triples and scores in the 10th. Watkins, who replaced Cookie Rojas when he was thumbed in the 5th, hits his first ML homer as well. Palmer strikes out nine in four 1/3 innings for Philley, while Nolan Ryan K's 10 in six 1/3 innings.
IN THE NEWS: After ending their 11-game losing streak yesterday, San Diego suffers its second 19–0 shutout of the season, as the Dodgers, behind Don Drysdale, match the National League-record shutout margin. The Dodgers score 10 in the 3rd to make it easy. Steve Arlin is the loser. Seven batters have two ribbies for the Dodgers, with no one topping that.
IN THE NEWS: On Billy Williams Day in Chicago, the Cubs outfielder passes Stan Musial's National League record for consecutive games played (896). The Cubs sweep the Cardinals 3–1 and 12–1 before 41,060.
The Reds score three runs in the bottom of the 9th to tie the Giants at six apiece, then win in the 10th, 7–6, when Chico Ruiz hits a bases loaded single.
Tony Oliva collects eight straight hits in the Twins' twinbill split with the Royals. Kansas City takes the opener, 7–2, behind homers by Mike Fiore and Bob Oliver. Oliva flied out his first time up, then stroked three singles. In the Twins 12–2 win in game two, Oliva hits two homers, a double and two singles, driving in five runs.