Cardinal first baseman Jim Bottomley goes 6-for-6, including two homers, driving in a record twelve runs when the team beats the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 17-3. The previous mark of 11 RBIs in one game was established in 1892 by today's opposing Dodger manager, Wilbert Robinson.
After winning 19 of their last 20 games, the Cardinals face the first-place Dodgers, needing a victory to tie their opponent in the standings. In front of an enthusiastic Busch Stadium crowd, Stan Musial's seventh-inning home run, the 475th and last big-league round-tripper of his career, ties the game at 1-1, but LA scores two runs in the ninth to win the game en route to sweeping the three-game series to clinch the pennant.
(Ed. Note: Our thanks for inspiring this entry to frequent contributor John Feehan, who attended this game as a passionate 18-year-old Redbird fan. -LP)
In the 11th inning at Connie Mack Stadium, Rick Joseph hits a walk-off grand slam in the Phillies' 8-4 victory over the Dodgers. Two batters are walked intentionally by Ron Perranoski to face the weak-hitting Philadelphia pinch-hitter, who responds with his first career home run and his only round-tripper this season.
On a wet, dreary night in a game delayed by two hours and 27 minutes, Tom Browning pitches the first perfect game in Reds' history, striking out eight and allowing only eight balls to leave the infield in his 1-0 victory against the Dodgers. Over three starts, including the perfect game, the 28-year-old southpaw retires 40 consecutive batters - one shy of the major league record established in 1972 by Giants' right-hander Jim Barr.