Giants southpaw Cliff Melton becomes the first rookie to fan at least ten batters in his major league debut, finishing with 13 strikeouts in a complete-game loss to the Braves at the Polo Grounds. The 25-year-old from Brevard, NC, who loses the 3-1 contest due to New York's weak defense in the ninth inning, will hold the rookie record for K's in his debut until Dodger freshman Karl Spooner whiffs 15 batters in his first major league start in 1954.
In front of 60,635 fans at the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Dodgers beat the Cardinals, 5-2, setting a National League record for the largest crowd to attend a regular-season night game. The mark will last until 917 more patrons appear next season on Opening Night to watch their team defeat the Redbirds again.
Jim Lefebvre commits three errors in the fourth frame, paving the way for the Braves' 7-1 victory at Dodger Stadium. The Los Angeles third baseman commits another in the top of the ninth inning when he boots Hank Aaron's grounder.
Dodger starter Andy Messersmith strokes three doubles at Candlestick Park.
The trio of two-baggers contributes to the team's 6-5 victory over the Giants, with the right-hander scoring two runs and driving in another en route to his victory.
During the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium, Rick Monday becomes a national hero when he takes away an American flag about to be set on fire by the two trespassers (a father and son) in the outfield. The Cubs' 30-year-old fly chaser, who served six years in the Marine Reserves, will be presented the flag a month later in a pregame ceremony at Wrigley Field by L.A. executive Al Campanis as a gesture of patriotic thanks.
At Miami's Joe Robbie Stadium, the 257-day baseball strike ends when the Dodgers beat the Marlins, 8-7, with outfielder Raul Mondesi providing much of the offense with two home runs and four RBIs.The work stoppage caused last season to end early, forcing the cancellation of the World Series and delaying the opening of this campaign.