» The struggling Phillies trade. Reliever Steve Bedrosian and a player to be named later go to the Giants for pitchers Dennis Cook and Terry Mulholland and 3B Charlie Hayes, then send 2B-OF Juan Samuel to the Mets for OF Len Dykstra, P Roger McDowell, and another player to be named later.
» With his club in 5th place in the NL East, Phillies manager John Felske is fired and replaced by 3B coach Lee Elia.
» California's Don Sutton becomes the 19th pitcher in ML history to win 300 games, beating the Rangers 3-1 on a 3-hitter.
Cleveland's Toby Harrah goes 4-for-5 in a 10-3 win over the Red Sox to raise his ML-leading average to a sizzling .387. He will finish the season at .304.
Reggie Jackson collects his 2,000th career hit, a solo home run off Dennis Lamp in California's 7-2 win over the White Sox.
» New York's Reggie Jackson loafs after a fly ball during a 10-4 loss to Boston and is taken out by manager Billy Martin. Jackson and Martin nearly come to blows in the dugout as national television cameras watch.
» Commissioner Kuhn voids the A's sales, totaling $3.5 million, of Joe Rudi and Rollie Fingers to the Red Sox, and Vida Blue to the Yankees, saying they are "not in the best interest of baseball." A's owner Charlie Finley files a $10 million damage suit against Kuhn, and will refuse to use any of the 3 players until June 27th.
Henry Aaron hits his 750th career HR in the top of the 9th to give the Brewers a 3-2 win over Oakland. It is Aaron's 3rd HR in 3 games.
» Boston rookie Fred Lynn drives in 10 runs with 3 HRs, a triple, and a single during a 15-1 drubbing of Detroit. Lynn's 16 total bases tie an AL record. He is hitting .340 with 14 HRs.
» Larry Bowa's 9th-inning double is the Phillies' only hit as the Astros Jerry Reuss hurls a 10-0 shutout. A day later Houston's Larry Dierker will also spin a one-hitter.
By a 5-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court confirms lower court rulings in the Curt Flood case, upholding baseball's exemption from antitrust laws and the legitimacy of its reserve clause. Its decision is narrowly construed, however, and leaves the way open for legislation or collective bargaining to undercut the reserve system. By the year's end the ML owners will destroy it themselves by agreeing to salary arbitration.
» Grady Hatton (23-38) is fired as manager of the Astros. He will be replaced by Harry Walker.
» The blazing fastball of the Astros Don Wilson overpowers Atlanta with 15 strikeouts in a no-hit 2-0 victory.
A 4-1 St. Louis win at San Francisco gives the Cards a lead in the NL they will not relinquish.
» The Yankees rout the first-place Twins 10-2 on 4 homers. Mickey Mantle cracks one in the first inning, and his replacement Ross Moschitto hits his first and only ML HR. New York is still 10 back in 7th place.
» Hank Aaron of the Braves reaches the left-CF bleachers at the Polo Grounds, the 2nd player to find the CF bleachers in 2 days and only the 3rd ever. The Braves win 7-1.
» Pittsburgh takes the first game 5-3 as Don Leppert makes his ML debut with a HR in his first at bat. The Cards salvage a split with a 7-3 nightcap win.
Milwaukee's Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock, and Frank Thomas hit consecutive HRs in a 10-2 triumph at Los Angeles.
Willie Tasby of the Senators and Jim Pagliaroni of the Red Sox swap grand slams in the 9th inning of a lid-lifter at Fenway Park, tying the ML record for slams by 2 teams in one inning. Boston scores 8 runs with 2 out in the 9th for a 13-12 win.
St. Louis Browns midget Eddie Gaedel dies of a heart attack following a mugging in Chicago. He was 36.
» 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, 2 months, and 18 days, Sheehan is the oldest rookie manager in ML history.
At a news conference, the Continental League announces that franchises in the 3rd league will be priced at $100 million.
Oklahoma State wins the NCAA college baseball championship, defeating Arizona 5-3 in the deciding game.
Red Sox rookie OF Gene Stephens becomes the only AL player to get 3 hits in the same inning, as Boston scores 17 in the 7th inning in a 23-3 romp over Detroit. The Red Sox send 23 to the plate in the 7th, getting 14 hits and 6 walks before 3B George Kell flies out to end it.
Ed Lopat and Jim McDonald of the Yanks shut out the hapless St. Louis Browns 5-0 and 3-0 in both ends of a doubleheader.
In the first inning of the 2nd game of a doubleheader, the Indians score 14 runs on their way to a 21-2 trouncing of the Athletics.
In a blockbuster deal, the Yankees send Jim Delsing, Don Johnson, Snuffy Stirnweiss, Duane Pillette, and $50,000 to the Browns for P Tom Ferrick, Joe Ostrowski, and 2 minor leaguers.
» Ewell Blackwell of the Cincinnati Reds no-hits the Boston Braves at Crosley Field 6-0. Rookie Frankie Baumholtz, who played in the NBA the previous winter, collects with 4 hits.
» The White Sox take a pair from the Indians in Cleveland by the scores of 3-2 and 7-6. The White Sox win the first game on a 10th-inning HR by Wally Moses, who, in the twin bill, has 2 triples, a double, and a single.
Cal McLish is knocked from the mound by a 5-run outburst by the Phillies in the first inning of a Philadelphia 6-2 victory over the Dodgers. The 18-year-old McLish is followed to the mound by Dodgers hurlers Ralph Branca, also 18, and Charley Osgood, 17, in his only major league appearance.
» Not a single putout will come the way of Detroit 1B Rudy York.
» Another brawl between the Cards and the Dodgers at Ebbets Field leads to ejection and fines for Joe Medwick and Frank Crespi. The Dodgers' NL lead is 712 games.
» The Giants play an 11-inning tie in Pittsburgh because of a regulation that states that no inning can be started after 11:50 p.m. The game is held up in the 4th inning so that the fans can listen to a broadcast of the title fight between local favorite Billy Conn and Joe Louis.
» Joe Medwick, in the Dodger lineup for 6 days after his trade from the Cardinals, is beaned by St. Louis P Bob Bowman at Ebbets Field in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. The Cards win in 11 innings 7-5, as Bowman is escorted from the park by policemen. Hospitalized, Medwick will return to the lineup after several days, but he is never again a major power hitter. Larry MacPhail wants Bowman banned for life. The night before, Bowman allegedly had a verbal confrontation with Medwick and Leo Durocher in a hotel elevator.
» Dizzy Dean of the Cubs, trying to regain his old form, beats Brooklyn 1-0 on Gabby Hartnett's HR.
» Babe Ruth is signed as a Dodgers coach for the rest of the season. He is in uniform for batting demonstrations the following day.
» All 7 scheduled ML games are rained out.
» After 8 straight wins, rookie Paul Dean, in relief, loses the first game of his ML career.
» The Athletics beat Wes Ferrell of the Indians 7-2 with 3 consecutive HRs in the 5th (Al Simmons, Jimmie Foxx, and Bing Miller).
» Bill Terry of the Giants gets 9 hits and 6 RBI in a doubleheader against the Dodgers, but the Giants lose both games 8-7 and 7-6.
» It's Charles Lindbergh Day in St. Louis as the transatlantic flyer helps raise the Cardinals NL pennant before a 6-4 win over the Giants.
Continuing a feud that dates back to Smith's days with the Braves, Pirates C Earl Smith decks Braves manager Dave Bancroft with a right to the jaw after they exchange words in the 7th inning. Bancroft is carried off the field. Smith draws a $500 fine and 30-day suspension.
» Ty Cobb steals home twice in a game against Washington, on the front end of double and triple steals. Both steals come with Joe Boehling on the mound. Bull Henry is the starting catcher, but he leaves in the first with a spike wound from Cobb. The 5th-inning steal is with Buff Williams behind the plate. The steals make the difference in the 5-3 Detroit win.
Charley "Victory" Faust, 34, dies of pulmonary tuberculosis while confined to the Western Hospital for the Insane in Washington State.
» Down 13-1 after 512 innings, the Tigers stage the biggest comeback in ML history to defeat Chicago by a score of 16-15.
» Roger Bresnahan of the Giants is hit in the head by a pitch from Andy Coakley of the Cincinnati Reds and is hospitalized. During his convalescence, he will develop a primitive headgear for batters.
» Trailing its AL rival in attendance, the Boston NL club reduces its admission price from 50 cents to the AL's 25 cents. The Somersets will outdraw the Beaneaters by 200,000 this season.
Philadelphia deposes manager George Stallings. Club secretary Bill Shettsline, a nonprofessional, will be 15 games above .500 managing for the remaining 103 games.
Cincinnati starts matters off by scoring 14 runs in the first inning, then cruises to a 30-12 victory over Louisville. Farmer Vaughn and James "Bug" Holliday lead the way with 9 hits, including 5 extra-base hits, between them.
Two AA umpires work the Cleveland-Athletic game. The 2-umpire system had worked well in last fall's WS, but this is believed to be a regular-season first.
The Cincinnati Enquirer publishes a letter purporting to show that Tony Mullane sold ball games in Philadelphia and Brooklyn to gamblers on the last road trip.
The Washington Nationals disband, blaming lack of interest since the club failed to land a berth in the NL.