The Yankees’ Mickey Mantle hits an 11th-inning homer off Ted Wilks to give New York a 6 – 5 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. At the other end of the spectrum, Mantle had driven in the game’s first run with a drag bunt in the 1st.
The players almost outnumber the fans at Wrigley Field, as the Cubs draw just 440 for a game with the Reds. Chicago wins, 9-3, behind Ken Holtzman, with Sammy Ellis taking the loss. Between 1959 and 1966 there were 11 Wrigley games, all in late September, with an announced attendance of less than 1,000.
At Los Angeles, the Aaron brothers lead the Braves to a 10 – 5 pounding of the Dodgers, cutting the Dodgers’ lead over the idle Giants to 3 1/2 games. Hank Aaron hits his 40th HR and Tommie Aaron accounts for three RBIs with three hits.
Almost every July, the baseball world turns its collective attention to Cooperstown, New York, for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. It is then that the immortal stars of yesteryear convene to welcome in their newest members and to share stories of their glory days in the sun. Throngs gather to attend the public events, try to get a glimpse of their baseball heroes (and…
Brooklyn Dodgers’ pitcher Jack Quinn earns his 247th and final MLB victory at age 49, with a complete game 6 – 5 win over the Cardinals. Quinn will hold the record as oldest pitcher to win a game until April 17, 2012, when he will be eclipsed by the Rockies’ Jamie Moyer.
Gio Gonzalez wins his 18th game of the year when the Nationals hit six homers for a second consecutive game, although he does not need such generosity, hurling 7 scoreless innings. The Nats beat the Cubs, 9 – 1.
Cincinnati’s Gary Nolan is on the ball as he outpitches Juan Marichal and the Giants, 2 – 0. Before the game Reds teammate Angel Bravo gives Nolan a rubber ball to carry during the game, assuring him he’ll pitch a low-hit game as a result. Nolan allows 3 hits.