At Ebbets Field, Carl Erskine tosses his second career no-hitter when he holds the crosstown rival Giants hitless in the Dodgers' 3-0 victory. The 29-year-old right-handed 'Oisk' also threw a no-no against the Cubs in 1952.
In a 12-3 rout of their West Coast rival, Willie Mays homers twice against the Dodgers in the LA Memorial Coliseum contest. The Say Hey Kid's second round-tripper, a fifth-inning shot off Ed Roebuck, is the first grand slam hit by a San Francisco Giant.
An anchorman on Saturday Night Live Weekend Update, Bill Murray, reports that 42-year-old Chico Escuela (a fictional baseball player portrayed by Garrett Morris) has informed the Mets that he is quitting baseball. Although "baizabol be berry berry good to him," a crushing blow off the bat of Dodgers' first baseman Steve Garvey into the Dominican infielder's crotch ends an inspiring comeback.
Blanking the Dodgers at Shea Stadium, 7-0, Frank Viola gets his seventh consecutive win from the start of the season. The Mets southpaw sets a franchise record of nine straight victories, dating back to his past two decisions last season.
In one of the most remarkable at-bats in big-league history, Alex Cora fouls off 14 consecutive pitches and then hits the 18th thrown to him by the Cubs' Matt Clement over the right-field fence for a two-run home run which doubles LA's lead to 4-0. The Dodger Stadium crowd cheered each foul ball, watching the increasing total displayed on the scoreboard.
Giancarlo Stanton becomes the fourth player to hit a home run out of Dodger Stadium, joining Mark McGwire (1999), Mike Piazza (1997), and Willie Stargell, who accomplished the feat twice (1969, 1973). The jaw-dropping first-inning blast off Mike Bolsinger, estimated to have traveled 475 feet, proves to be the only bright spot in the Marlins' 11-1 loss to LA at Chavez Ravine.