LINEDRIVER Remembers May 6th
Happy 77th Birthday to Willie Mays
MAY 6, 1977...THE CANDYMAN CAN...Pittsburgh's lefty John Candelaria puts the whammy on the Reds as the Pirates win, 6-3, in Pittsburgh. Jack Billingham absorbs the loss; his record now stands at 3-2.
Only four weeks into the season, the Reds' record falls to 10-13, putting them 10 1/2 games behind the rival Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL's Western Division. Ouch!
Dodgers' rookie manager Tommy Lasorda led his team to 17 wins in the team's first 20 games this year, making it just about impossible for the Reds to keep up as the team adjusts to life without leadership and RBI's from Tony Perez. Reds' left fielder George Foster continues to hit well, but without much power. Foster has only three home runs thus far in the season. (George will make up for lost time and NL pitchers will pay the price. He will finish the season with 52 HR's and 149 RBI's)
MAY 6, 1979... CHAMP'S BIG DAY...The Reds give a good bombing to Houston's hard-throwing right-hander J.R. Richard in the 17-5 Reds' win at Riverfront Stadium. Bench-sitter Champ Summers gets a rare start at first base for Cincinnati and contributes 5 RBI’s.
MAY 6, 1915...HEY, THIS RUTH KID CAN SWING THE BAT!...Twenty-year-old Red Sox' rookie pitcher Babe Ruth collects three hits, including his first major league home run, in Boston's 5-3 loss to the New York Yankees. Yankees' pitcher Jack Warhop served up Ruth's blast that landed in the second deck of the right field grandstand at the Polo Grounds in New York.
MAY 6, 1962...SWITCH-HIT HOMERS MADE EASY...Mickey Mantle's 2-run homer accounts for both of New York’s' runs in the 4-2 loss to the Washington Senators in game one of the doubleheader. In game two, Mantle smacks a pair of homers, one from each side of the plate, as the Yankees make easy pickens of the Senators, 8-0. This game marks the ninth time in Mantle's career that he has hit homers in the same game from each side of the plate.
MAY 6, 1970...THEY CALLED HIM "SUDDEN SAM"...Cleveland Indians' hard throwing left-hander Sam McDowell whiffs 15 White Sox hitters, but loses the game, 2-1. McDowell started strong, striking out 13 in the first six innings, before surrendering a ninth-inning game-winning homer to Carlos May of the Sox.
MAY 6, 1982...TIME IS RUNNING OUT...Forty-three year-old Gaylord Perry pulls enough tricks out of his bag to beat the Yankees for his 300th career win. Perry, with over 20 seasons and 5,000 innings of major league wear and tear on his right arm, becomes the fifteenth pitcher in history to win 300 games. Seattle 7, New York 3, in Seattle.
MAY 6, 1983...THE HOT ROD SIZZLES...California Angels' first baseman Rod Carew continues to swing a sizzling bat with a 3-for-4 game to raise his season's average to an even .500 (48-for-96). Carew will finish the season at .339, his fifteenth consecutive year with an average over .300.
MAY 6, 1991...LIFE IN THE FAST LANE...Philadelphia Phillies' stars Lenny Dykstra and Darren Daulton are injured in an early-morning car wreck on their way back from a bachelor party for teammate John Kruk. Both will spend time on the disabled list and will play only 152 games between them in 1991.