Two Yanks Named Joe

 

This Week in 1960s Baseball

(May 23, 1962) Joe Pepitone homered twice to become the second player in Yankee history to hit two home runs in the same inning. The Bronx Bombers score nine times in the eighth inning of a 13-7 rout of the Kansas City Athletics.

As a rookie in 1936, Joe Dimaggio became the first Yankee to hit two home runs in a single inning. The Yankee Clipper hit 29 home runs that season and led the American League with 15 triples.

Both Yankees accomplished the feat as rookies. The only other pin-striper was Joe DiMaggio, who did it as a rookie in 1936.

The Yankees entered the bottom of the eighth trailing the A’s 7-4. Pepitone led off the inning with a home run off A’s pitcher Dan Pfister, who was replaced by Diego Segui. Segui proceeded to walk Roger Maris and John Blanchard, and then Elston Howard singled to center field, scoring Maris.

Bob Grim replaced Segui as the A’s pitcher and walked pinch-hitter Yogi Berra to load the bases. Phil Linz singled in two more runs to put the Yankees ahead to stay at 8-7. A Bobby Richardson single and Tom Tresh sacrifice fly brought in two more Yankee runs. Then Pepitone hit a three-run shot off John Wyatt, Kansas City’s third pitcher that inning.

Rollie Sheldon pitched a scoreless ninth inning to wrap up the victory for the first-place Yankees. Winning pitcher for the Yankees was Tex Clevenger (1-0).

Joe Pepitone played only 63 games as a rookie in 1962, hitting seven home runs. Over the next seven seasons, Pepitone averaged 23 home runs and 75 RBIs as the Yankees’ everyday first baseman.

Pepitone’s home runs were his only hits for the game. As a part-time player, he would finish the 1962 season batting .239 with seven home runs and 17 RBIs. Starting in 1963, Pepitone would be the Yankees’ regular first baseman for the next seven seasons.

Mick Mashes Miller for 500th Home Run

 

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(May 14, 1967) Mickey Mantle‘s 500th career home run today helped the New York Yankees defeat the Baltimore Orioles, 6-5.

Mickey Mantle’s 500th career home run proved to be the winning run as the New York Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles 6-5.

The “Commerce Comet” was the sixth big leaguer to reach the 500-home run plateau.

The Yankees opened the game by scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning, chasing Orioles starter Steve Barber. Barber was replaced by Wally Bunker, who shut out the Yankees over the next 4.2 innings.

The score remained 3-0 until the top of the sixth inning, when the Orioles scored four runs on Mark Belanger’s solo home run and doubles by Boog Powell and Charlie Lau. Joe Pepitone’s two-run homer off Stu Miller put the Yankees back on top in the bottom of the sixth inning. Mantle’s history-making blast came off Miller in the seventh inning. It was his fourth home run of the season and gave the Yankees a 6-4 lead.

Dooley Womack (3-2), who relieved Yankee starter Mel Stottlemyre in the sixth inning, allowed one more Oriole run in the eighth inning, but shut out the Orioles the rest of the way to gain his third victory. Miller (0-4) was the loser.

The 35-year-old Mantle would finish the 1967 season with only 22 home runs and 55 RBIs. He would retire after the 1968 season with 536 career home runs.

Bo No-No’s O’s

 

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(May 5, 1962) In just his fourth big league start, Bo Belinsky today threw the first no-hitter in the history of the Los Angeles Angels and the first one ever tossed at Dodger Stadium, beating the Orioles, 2-0.

The 25-year-old southpaw was only the tenth major league rookie to ever accomplish the feat.

Bo Belinsky became the tenth rookie pitcher – and the first Angels hurler – to toss a no-hitter when he blanked the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 on May 5, 1962. Belinsky would finish his rookie campaign at 10-11 with a 3.56 ERA and three shutouts.

For Belinsky (4-0), this was the first shutout and second complete game of his major league career. He faced a total of 34 batters, striking out nine and walking four. The shutout lowered Belinsky’s ERA to 1.53.

The Angels scored one run in each of the first two innings. With one out in the bottom of the first inning, second baseman Billy Moran bunted his way onto first base and moved to third base on Leon Wagner’s double. With Steve Bilko at the plate, Orioles starter Steve Barber uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Moran to score. Then Barber struck out Bilko and Felix Torres to end the inning.

The next inning, the Angels scored on a walk, a double, and a fielder’s choice. Barber (3-1) took the loss, allowing two runs on six hits over six innings of work.

Belinsky would win his first five decisions before losing, and was 6-1 with a 2.26 ERA by the end of May. The rest of the season didn’t turn out as well. From June on, Belinsky went 4-10 with a 4.16 ERA.

For the 1962 season, Belinsky would finish at 10-11 with a 3.56 ERA. He issued 122 bases on balls, the most in the majors.

 

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Self-Reliance

 

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(May 1, 1962) The Minnesota Twins today defeated the Baltimore Orioles 8-3 behind the pitching and hitting of right-hander Camilo Pascual.

Camilo Pascual’s pitching and hitting sparked the Minnesota Twins to an 8-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Pascual pitched his third complete game of the young season (he would finish the 1962 season with a league-best 18 complete games) and hit a two-run homer.

Pascual (4-1) pitched his third consecutive complete game, scattering nine hits. He struck out three Orioles batters and walked one. Pascual also hit a two-run home run in the second inning off Orioles starter Chuck Estrada (1-3).

Twins catcher Earl Battey also drove in two runs with an RBI double in the second inning and a sacrifice fly in the seventh. The Twins also got RBIs from Zoilo Versalles, Don Mincher, Rich Rollins and Bill Tuttle.

Orioles first baseman Jim Gentile had two hits and two RBIs, including his fifth home run of the season. Catcher Gus Triandos drove in Baltimore’s first run with a second inning RBI single.

Pascual would turn his outstanding start into an outstanding season. Pascual would finish the 1962 season at 20-11 with a 3.32 ERA. His 206 strikeouts would make him the American league leader for the second consecutive season. He also led the league with 18 complete games and five shutouts.

The 1962 season would also be Pascual’s best with a bat. He hit .268 with two home runs and 19 runs batted in.

 

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Dodgers Wallop Cubs 10-2; Koufax Whiffs 18

 

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(April 24, 1962) Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Sandy Koufax today tied a major league record by striking out 18 batters in a nine-inning game.

The Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 10-2 at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

When Sandy Koufax struck out 18 Chicago Cubs in 1962, it marked the second time in his career that he had achieved that feat, and only the third time in the major leagues since 1901. Eighteen or more strikeouts in a nine-inning game have been reached or exceeded 19 times since (most recently by Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals, who fanned 20 in 2016).

In his complete game victory, Koufax allowed two runs on six hits and walked four batters. The victory raised his season record to 3-1.

The losing pitcher for the Cubs was starter Don Cardwell (0-4).

The hitting stars for the Dodgers were outfielders Duke Snider and Tommy Davis. Snider drove in three runs on a triple and a home run. Davis drove in four runs with a single off Cardwell in the second inning and a three-run homer in the fifth. Andy Carey also homered for the Dodgers, hitting a solo shot off Cardwell in the fourth inning.

Chicago’s runs were scored on a fourth-inning single by Lou Brock and a bases-empty home run in the bottom of the ninth by left fielder Billy Williams.

Bob Feller was the first pitcher in the Twentieth Century to strike out 18 batters in a nine-inning game. He set that record on October 2, 1938, but lost the game 4-1 to the Detroit Tigers.

In posting 18 strikeouts in a single game, Koufax — for the second time — tied the record set in 1938 when Cleveland Indians right-hander Bob Feller fanned 18 Detroit Tigers. Koufax first struck out 18 batters in a game on August 31, 1959 when he beat the San Francisco Giants 5-2.

Koufax would finish the 1962 season at 14-7. That season he would be limited to only 28 appearances due to arm problems. But Koufax pitched enough innings to claim the National League ERA title … the first of five consecutive ERA crowns he would win.

 

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First Expo No-No

 

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(April 17, 1969) In only the tenth game of the franchise’s history, Montreal Expos hurler Bill Stoneman today pitched a no-hitter, defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 7-0.

Bill Stoneman tossed a no-hitter in only the Montreal Expos’ tenth game as a major league franchise. Stoneman finished the 1969 season at 11-19 with a 4.39 ERA.

Stoneman (1-2) faced 31 Phillies batters, walking five and striking out eight. The shutout lowered his season ERA to 2.50.

The losing pitcher was Phillies starter Jerry Johnson (0-2).

The hitting star for the Expos was right fielder Rusty Staub. Staub drove in three runs on four hits, including three doubles and his third home run of the season. The Expos also got RBIs from Ty Cline and Coco Laboy.

Stoneman was selected by the Expos as the 19th pick in the 1968 expansion draft after going a combined 2-5 in two seasons with the Chicago Cubs. He would follow his no-hit performance with another shutout five days later, blanking the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 with a six hitter. He would pitch three more shutouts by season’s end.

Stoneman emerged as the ace of the Expos’ pitching staff in the team’s inaugural season. He finished 1969 with a record of 11-19 with a 4.39 ERA. Stoneman led the team in starts (36), complete games (8), innings pitched (235.2) and strikeouts (185).

 

 

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Colts Unbeatable?

 

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(April 10, 1962) At Colt Stadium in Houston, the Colt .45s, in their first ever major league game, today defeated the Chicago Cubs, 11-2.

Left-hander Bobby Shantz throws the first pitch in the first game for the Houston Colt .45s. Shantz pitched a five-hit complete game as the Colts beat the Chicago Cubs 11-2.

 

Right fielder Roman Mejias was the hitting star for the Colts. Mejias got three hits, including a pair of three-run home runs. Catcher Hal Smith doubled and hit a solo home run.

Third baseman Bob Aspromonte recorded the first hit in the Houston franchise’s history with a single to left field to lead off the game. Aspromonte scored the Colts’ first run on Al Spangler’s triple.

Aspromonte also had three hits. He recorded another franchise first when he stole second base in the eighth inning.

Former Yankee hurler Bobby Shantz (1-0) got the win. Shantz pitched a five-hit complete games, striking out four and walking one. The Cubs scored on Ernie Banks’ solo home run in the seventh inning and added another run in the eighth inning on a Lou Brock sacrifice fly.

Outfielder Roman Mejias hit a pair of three-run home runs for the Colts

The losing pitcher was Cubs starter Don Cardwell (0-1).

The Colts would sweep their three-game season-opening series with the Cubs. They would finish their inaugural month in fifth place at 7-8. The Colts would finish the 1962 season at 64-96, in eighth place ahead of the Cubs and the New York Mets.

Last of the Browns

 

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(April 5, 1966) – The Baltimore Orioles today announced the release of pitcher Don Larsen.

Larsen was the last active major leaguer to have played for the St. Louis Browns. As a rookie in 1953, he posted a 7-12 record for the hapless franchise which lost 100 games in its final season in St. Louis.

Pitcher Don Larsen was the last major leaguer to have played for the St. Louis Browns. He is also the last – in fact, the only – pitcher to throw a perfect game in the World Series.

The next season, the Browns moved to Baltimore and became the Orioles. Larsen was 3-21 with a 4.37 ERA for the Orioles in 1954. He led the major leagues in losses that season.

Larsen was traded to the New York Yankees in 1955 and had his best seasons in New York. He was 9-2 as a starter and reliever for New York in 1955, and was 11-5 in that same role for the Yankees in 1956. He made two appearances in the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers, winning Game Five by the score of 2-0, pitching the only perfect game in World Series history.

Larsen compiled an 81-91 career record in 14 major league seasons with a career ERA of 3.78. He also pitched for the Kansas City Athletics, Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros before returning to the Orioles in 1965, when he was 1-2 with a 2.67 ERA in 27 appearances. He made a three-game comeback with the Chicago Cubs in 1967.

Larsen finished his 14-year major league career with a record of 81-91 and a 3.78 ERA.

The Browns had been part of American League since 1902. The franchise started in 1901 as the Milwaukee Brewers and moved to St. Louis after the American League’s initial season.

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(Another) New Address for Cal McLish

 

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(March 23, 1962) – The Philadelphia Phillies today traded third baseman Andy Carey and second baseman Lou Vassie to the Chicago White Sox for pitcher Cal McLish.

Thirty-six-year-old Cal McLish would go 11-5 for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1962. The Phillies were his fourth team in the past four seasons.

The Phillies would be McLish’s seventh team in 14 seasons. And his last.

McLish was 10-13 for the White Sox in 1961 with a 4.38 ERA. His career record going into the 1962 season was 68-75 going back to 1944 when he broke in with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

It would turn out to be a good trade for the Phillies. McLish finished his 15-year major league career in Philadelphia, going 11-5 for the Phillies in 1962 and 13-11 in 1963. His best season in the majors was 1959, when he went 19-8 for the Cleveland Indians with a 3.63 ERA.

 

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Hollywood Beckons Dodger Duo

 

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(March 17, 1966) Was it a change in careers for two of baseball’s most celebrated pitchers? Or simply a temporary detour on the road to Cooperstown?

Don Drysdale (left) and Sandy Koufax missed the 1966 spring training as holdouts for a multi-year contract that would make them the highest-paid players in baseball. They signed one-year contracts just before the start of the 1966 season.

That’s what many Los Angeles Dodgers fans were wondering when it was announced today that pitchers Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale had signed with Paramount Pictures to appear in a movie project called “Warning Shot.”

The announcement came nearly a month after the Dodgers had opened spring training in Vero Beach, Florida without the game’s best righty-lefty starting tandem. Koufax and Drysdale had remained in Southern California, demanding a three-year contract that would pay each of them $167,000 per season. That salary would make them the highest-paid players in major league baseball.

Both pitchers were coming off excellent seasons in 1965, when the Dodgers won their second National League pennant and World Series championship in the past three seasons. Drysdale was 23-12 with a 2.77 ERA. He pitched 20 complete games and seven shutouts, both third best in the National League. Drysdale finished second in the league in innings pitched (308.1) and ninth in strikeouts (210).

Koufax was even better. He was 26-8 with a 2.04 earned run average, leading the major leagues in both wins and ERA, as well as complete games (27), innings pitched (335.1) and strikeouts (a major league record 382). He also became the first major league pitcher to throw four no-hitters, tossing a 1-0 perfect game against the Chicago Cubs on September 9.

Between them, Koufax and Drysdale had won three of the four Cy Young Awards given out from 1962-1965. (And Koufax would win it again in 1966.)

In 1965, Don Drysdale earned $80,000. The Dodgers paid Koufax $85,000. The highest-paid player in baseball going into the 1966 season was San Francisco Giants outfielder Willie Mays, who had signed a two-year contract for $125,000 per season.

On March 30, 1966, as the Dodgers were flying west at the conclusion of spring training, the team announced that it had signed its pitchers to one-year contracts: Koufax for $125,000, Drysdale for $110,000. Neither player would have the opportunity to appear in Warning Shot, which debuted in 1967 starring David Janssen.

Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale had taken acting roles in television prior to their 1966 holdout. They never got the chance to appear in the movie Warning Shot. Instead, they led the Los Angeles Dodgers to their third National League pennant in four seasons.

It effectively marked the end of the acting career for Sandy Koufax. In 1959-1960, Koufax had appeared in four different television series, including 77 Sunset Strip (as a policeman) and Bourbon Street Beat (as a doorman). He made no “actor” appearances afterward, and retired as a player following the 1966 season.

Don Drysdale continued to make occasional guest appearances on television series, as himself or in a role. From 1957-1992, Drysdale made 17 different television appearances, in shows ranging from The Red Skelton Hour, The Rifleman, Leave It To Beaver and The Donna Reed Show (four different appearances) before the “strike” and The Flying Nun, The Brady Bunch and The Greatest American Hero among others after. He was also a sports broadcaster from 1969 until his death in 1993.

 

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