In New York, 36,211 fans show up to witness the return of Billy Martin as Yankees manager, but the Yanks lose to the Blue Jays 5-4. Martin had been named to replace Bob Lemon the previous day, beginning his second stint as Yankee skipper a season earlier than previously announced.
Lou Brock, in his brief tenure with the Chicago Cubs hits a home run into the right-center field bleachers at the Polo Grounds, 460 feet from home plate, in the 1st game of a doubleheader sweep over the Giants. He is the second player to reach those seats,…
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.