May 28th in Big Red Machine HISTORY
MAY 28, 1976 -- Sutton Schmutton…Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium is packed with fans on hand to see the opener of a four-game series with the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. Reds’ rookie pitcher Pat Zachry throws a shutout to beat veteran pitcher Don Sutton for the second time this season. Reds 9, Dodgers 0.
(The Dodgers came to town with a 2 game lead in the NL West, the Reds won 3 of the 4 games, LA left town tied for first-place)
---other May 28th Baseball History---
MAY 28, 1951 -- Giants Manager Leo Durocher Tells It Like It Is…After going hitless in his first 12 major league at-bats, New York Giants’ rookie Willie Mays slams a Warren Spahn pitch for his first major league hit and HR. The impressive shot causes Giants’ manager Leo Durocher to declare, “I never saw a blanking ball get out of a blanking ballpark so blanking fast in all my blanking life.” Spahn added, “It was a helluva pitch for the first sixty feet.”
MAY 28, 1959 -- Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like A Bee…Baltimore Orioles’ knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm beats the mighty NY Yankees with a 5-0 shutout for the second time within a week.
MAY 28, 1962 -- Spahn Loses AGAIN…Braves’ ace and twelve-time twenty-game winner Warren Spahn allows only four hits but picks up his 200th big league loss as the Chicago Cubs beat Milwaukee, 2-1, in Wrigley Field.
MAY 28, 1968 -- Maloney Makes Baloney Of Dodgers…Reds’ fireballer Jim Maloney smokes the Los Angeles Dodgers with a one-hitter at Crosley Field. Shortstop Zoilo Versalles manages a fifth-inning single for the lone Dodgers’ hit. Reds 7, Dodgers 0.
MAY 28, 1969 -- 'The Big Bopper' Strikes Again'…Reds’ first baseman Lee May cracks a pair of HR’s against the Pirates in the 7-6 Reds’ win at Crosley Field. The two HR’s tie a MLB record for six HR’s hit in a consecutive three-game span. May, affectionately known as “The Big Bopper From Birmingham”, belted a pair of HR's against the Expos on May 24th, and repeated the act against the same Expos on May 25th in Cincinnati.
MAY 28, 1971 -- Take This Job And Shove It…Veteran Braves’ third baseman Clete Boyer asks for and receives his release after feuding with team owner Paul Richards and field manager Luman Harris. The slick fielding Boyer doesn’t like the required wearing of a necktie while traveling on the road. Boyer decides to retire, though he hit safely in his last nine games, with 5 HR’s and 14 RBI’s!
MAY 28, 1971 -- Pitch Count? What's A Pitch Count?…Reds’ pitcher Don Gullett goes 10 innings before giving way to Reds’ reliever Clay Carroll in a 13 inning shutout win over the Houston Astros. Reds’ first baseman Lee May singles in the winning run in the bottom of the 13th inning. Reds 1, Astros 0, at Riverfront Stadium.
MAY 28, 1975 -- A Clinic On How To Pitch Efficiently And Effectively…Reds’ pitcher Gary Nolan uses just 87 pitches in throwing a two-hit masterpiece over the Montreal Expos in Cincinnati. 64 of Nolan’s 87 pitches are strikes. Reds 6, Expos 0.
The onetime fastball pitcher has recovered from last year’s shoulder surgery and now throws with pinpoint control and owns the best change-up in the National League.