The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-4, ending relief pitcher Roy Face’s winning streak at twenty-two games. It was Face’s only loss of the season as he finished with an 18-1 record. He pitched 93 innings in route to this record, and had an ERA of 2.70
In the second game of a doubleheader in Boston, Detroit Tigers rookies Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell debut together. They will hold down the second base and shortstop jobs in Detroit for a record nineteen years.
Whitey Ford continues his mastery with his second consecutive one-hitter, beating the A’s 2-1. Jim Finigan hits a two-out single in the seventh for the Nats’ only hit. The Yankees southpaw is the fifth Major League pitcher to throw consecutive one-hitters.
Mark McGwire became only the third player to reach sixty home runs, as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-0. He joined Babe Ruth and Roger Maris with sixty homers in a single season.
Longtime pitching rivals Christy Mathewson and Mordecai Brown closed out their careers. This was. by special arrangement, accomplished in the same game. Mathewson, pitching for the Cincinnati Reds, won the game, 10-8 over the Chicago Cubs of Mordecai Brown.
Bobby Thigpen set a Major League record with his 47th save in a 4-2 Chicago White Sox victory over Kansas City. Thigpen broke the record set by Dave Righetti of the New York Yankees four years earlier.
Ralph Houk signs a new three-year contract with the Yankees at $65,000 a season, which makes him the highest paid manager in either league. HIs club will finish 93-69 the following season, but still finish second to the Orioles (108-54).