Detroit Tigers rookie Rudy York sets a new record for home runs in a month, hitting his 17th and 18th to eclipse the Yankees Babe Ruth’s mark set in September 1927. Sammy Sosa of the Cubs will break that mark in 1998.
1965 Following his doctor’s advice, Casey Stengel announces his retirement as manager of the Mets. He will head up Mets scouting in California. The 75-year-old Stengel has been in professional baseball since 1910.
1987 Mike Schmidt continues to climb baseball’s all-time home run list, passing both Ted Williams and Willie McCovey with the 522nd of his career in an 8-1 win over San Diego. Schmidt will total 548 dingers in his Hall of Fame career.
1945 Cleveland ace Bob Feller returns from the Navy and attracts a crowd of 46,477, who watch him strike out 12 and yield only four hits in a 4-2 win over Detroit’s Hal Newhouser. He will get nine starts during the remainder of the year, including a one-hitter and a pair of four-hitters.
1970 Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente compiles his second straight five-hit game during an 11-0 pasting of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is the first major leaguer this century to total 10 hits in two consecutive games.
1965 Reds pitcher Jim Maloney’s second no-hit effort of 1965 is another 0-0 duel through 9 innings, until shortstop Leo Cardenas homers off the left field foul pole in the 10th at Wrigley Field. Maloney sets a no-hit record by giving the Cubs 10 walks; he also fans 12.
1948 Tommy Henrich of the Yankees hits his fourth grand slam of the season to tie the American League mark. Henrich, who broke in with the New York club in 1937, had never hit a grand slam before this season.