Sandy Koufax becomes the first Dodger southpaw to throw a no-hitter since Nap Rucker accomplished the feat in 1908 when he keeps the expansion Mets hitless in the team's 5-0 victory in Los Angeles. En route to fanning 13, the 26-year-old left-hander strikes out the first three batters he faces - Richie Ashburn, Rod Kanehl, and Felix Mantilla, on nine pitches to start the game with an immaculate inning.
With an 8-7 extra-inning loss to LA at Riverfront Stadium, the Reds finish the day 11 games behind the first-place Dodgers. Led by the eventual National League MVP Pete Rose, who will win the batting title with a .338 average, Cincinnati will go on a 60-26 tear to capture the Western Division by 3.5 games.
Pedro Guerrero ties a major league record by hitting 15 home runs in June when he goes deep off Bruce Sutter in his final at-bat of the month. The eighth-inning two-run round-tripper will be the difference in the Dodgers' 4-3 victory over Atlanta at Chavez Ravine.
Rangers' hurler Bobby Witt becomes the first American League pitcher to hit a home run in a regular-season game since Roric Harrison went yard for the Orioles at the end of the 1972 season. The 33-year-old right-hander's round-tripper off Ismael Valdes helps Texas beat the Dodgers in interleague action at Chavez Ravine, 3-2.
"When it comes to compassion, the Rays are batting .000." - DELCIANNA WINDERS, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Captive Animal Law Enforcement at the PETA Foundation.
Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, joining Luis Gonzalez of the Dodgers, becomes only the second player to hit a homer into the 10,000-gallon touch tank at Tropicana Field. The round-tripper draws the attention of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), who requests the team to return the 30 or more captive cownose rays to their natural habitat because the animals are subject to harassment, loud crowds, and at the risk of being injured by baseballs.