New York Yankees’ Everett Scott nears 1,000 consecutive games played, but it takes an extra effort to keep the streak alive. He spends $40 to hire a car to get to Chicago in time for the game against the White Sox after a train he is on is wrecked.
The Dodgers protest the wetting down of the field at Candlestick Park, a tactic they claim is to stop Maury Wills who was chasing Ty Cobb’s single-season stolen base record. The Giants win 5-4, but the watering ploy earns Giants manager Alvin Dark the nickname “The Swamp Fox.”
Cesar Tovar of the Minnesota Twins broke up the second no-hit bid against his team by a Baltimore pitcher in this season. Tovar singled with none out in the ninth off the Orioles’ Mike Cuellar. Earlier in the year, Tovar singled with one out in the ninth to spoil Dave McNally’s bid.
Joe Keough of the Oakland A’s pinch hit a home run in his first major league at-bat in the eighth inning against the New York Yankees and the A’s won 4-3 in 10 innings. He would hit a total of 9 home runs over a 5 year MLB career.
Willie Stargell is the first to hit a home run out of Dodger Stadium. The shot off Alan Foster over the right field pavilion roof travels 506 feet. Stargell’s Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers by an 11-3 margin.
Tom Seaver, at 40-years-old, became the 17th 300-game winner in MLB history with a six-hitter — all singles — as the Chicago White Sox defeated the New York Yankees 4-1 on Phil Rizzuto Day. Seaver walked one and struck out seven, giving him 3,499 in his 19-year career.
Walter Johnson, 19, debuts with the Washington Senators and loses 3-2 to the Detroit Tigers. The first hit off him is a bunt single by Ty Cobb. Years later, Johnson and Cobb will enter the Hall of Fame together as 2 of the original 5 inductees.
Jose Canseco belts two home runs in the A’s 6-2 win over Seattle to become the first player to hit thirty or more home runs in each of his first three Major League seasons. He’d finish the year with 42 dingers.
Smoky Burgess of the Cincinnati Reds hit three home runs and drove in nine runs in a 16-5 rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates at Crosley Field. This season was the first 20+ home run season of Burgess’ career.
Tommy John makes three errors on one play as the Yankees host the Milwaukee Brewers. Although the errors led to two runs, it made little difference as the Bronx Bombers won in a 16-3 rout of the Brewers.