The #Cubs beat the #Cardinals, 5 – 3, at Wrigley Field, as Ernie Banks hits his 400th home run off Curt Simmons in the 3rd. Simmons served up the 400th home run of Willie Mays in 1963. Banks will end the season with 28 home runs and 106 RBI.
Dick Stuart’s two-run, tie-breaking 450-foot homer puts Pittsburgh over the Chicago #Cubs, 4 – 2. Stuart’s clout, along with an earlier two-run blast by Bill Mazeroski, takes the surging #Pirates to their 20th win in 28 games, moving them from last place on July 22nd to third place.
The #Cardinals are back in first place, beating the #Cubs in a game interrupted by a fight between former teammates Dizzy Dean and Tex Carleton. Both were fined $25 by Ford Frick, the National League president.
Cubs Bill Nicholson hits four HR in a doubleheader, including three consecutive shots in the second game. The #Cubs win the first game, 7 – 4, but the #Giants prevail in the nightcap, 12 – 10. Nicholson is walked intentionally with the bases loaded in the 7th inning of the second game.
1932 Hack Wilson avenges an April humiliation as he clouts a 1st-inning grand slam off Chicago’s Pat Malone to lead the Dodgers to a 5 – 2 win. Hack also drives home the 5th run. Weeks earlier in Chicago‚ the Cubs walked a man to load the bases for Wilson‚ who then grounded into a double play.
Ferguson Jenkins of the Chicago Cubs fans Garry Templeton of the Padres for the 3,000th strikeout of his incredible career. Jenkins is the 7th player to reach the plateau. He will finish his Hall of Fame career with 3,192 Ks.
Ron Santo is born in Seattle, WA. He will be one of the greatest third basemen in history, playing 14 of his 15 major league seasons with the Chicago Cubs and hitting 342 home runs. He will elected to the Hall of Fame in 2011, barely a year after his death from diabetes.
The Phillies sell P Grover Alexander, twice a 30-game winner, and his personal catcher “Reindeer” Bill Killefer to the Cubs for P “Iron” Mike Prendergast, C Pickles Dillhoefer, and $55,000. The Phils owner later admits he made the trade because, “I needed the money.”