Steve Carlton of the Philadelphia Phillies struck out the Expos’ Andre Dawson in the third inning for the left-hander’s 3,118th career strikeout, the most in the National League. But the Phillies lost to Montreal, 1-0 in 17 innings.
Wade Boggs became the first player this century to get 200 hits in six consecutive seasons as his Boston Red Sox pounded the Toronto Blue Jays, 13-2. Boggs also joined the New York Yankees great, Lou Gehrig, as the only players to get 200 hits and 100 walks in three consecutive years.
Tom Glavine of the Atlanta Braves becomes the first National League pitcher in twenty years to win twenty games in three consecutive years on his way to a Hall of Fame career. Fergie Jenkins, also in the Hall of Fame, while with the Chicago Cubs was the last to do the trick.
The Detroit Tigers clinched the American League East Division with a 3-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, making the Tigers only the fourth team in Major League history to lead from start to finish. The other three were the 1923 New York Giants, 1927 New York Yankees and the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers.
Stan Musial has two hits in his Major League debut as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Boston Braves. Musial, who started the season in the Western Association (a Class C league at the time), will hit .426 in 12 games.
Willie Wilson hits his fifth inside-the-park homer of the season in a 6-3 loss to Seattle at Kansas City. It is the most inside-the-park-homers in a season since Kiki Cuyler hit eight for the Pirates in 1925.
Denny McLain of the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland A’s 5-4 to become the first pitcher since Dizzy Dean in 1934 to win thirty games. He will win one more before the World Series, finishing with a 31-6 record.
Texas hit a club record seven home runs, including two each by Darrell Porter and Ruben Sierra, as the Rangers routed the Minnesota Twins 14-1. The Rangers rocked starter Bert Blyleven for five home runs, raising his season total to forty-four and breaking an American League record.
Brooklyn Robins catcher Al Lopez drives one over the head of Cincinnati Reds left fielder Bob Meusel, and the ball bounces into the bleachers at Ebbets Field. It will be the Major Leagues’ last recorded bounce home run. The National League declares after the season that such a hit will henceforth be a double. The American League had made the…