Rocky Colavito hits four consecutive home runs in Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium to lead the Indians to an 11-8 win over the Orioles. Colavito joins Lou Gehrig and Bobby Lowe as the only major-league players to hit four consecutive four-baggers.
Dodgers Don Drysdale works 4 scoreless innings against the Phillies before finally allowing a run, after 58 2/3 shutout innings, on Howie Bedell’s sac fly. Bedell has no other RBI in 1968. Drysdale breaks the MLB mark of 56 consecutive scoreless innings set by Walter Johnson in 1913.
Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants strokes a 12th-inning home run off Joe Hoerner of the Philadelphia Phillies in the second game of a doubleheader, his 22nd — and last — career extra-inning homer, a major-league mark.
Ramon Martinez, 22, strikes out 18 Atlanta Braves in a 2-0 Los Angeles Dodgers win. He ties Sandy Koufax’s club record and is one short of the N.L. mark. Interestingly, he struck out no one in the ninth inning.
Babe Ruth announces his retirement as a player at age 40. Six years later to the day, Ruth’s long-time teammate with the New York Yankees, Lou Gehrig, dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at age 37 in New York. From that time on, the illness is popularly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Losing 5-4 against the New York Yankees, the Chicago White Sox load the bases in the ninth with no outs. Chick Gandil lines a shot to third baseman Frank “Home Run” Baker, who turns it into a game-ending triple play!