On June 20, 1972 – Randy Hundley caps the scoring in the 1st inning with a grand slam as the Cubs score 7, all off Don Carrithers, en route to a 15 – 8 pasting of the Giants. The first three runs come on three walks, two wild pitches and three singles. Hundley singles in another run in the 5-run 4th as the Cubs win their 7th straight.
In the longest shutout in American League history, the A’s beat the Angels, 1-0, when Angel Mangual plates Curt Blefary with a two-out single in the bottom of the 20th inning. Oakland’s 21 year-old southpaw Vida Blue fans 17 batters in the first eleven innings of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum contest.
July 9, 1971
Milt Pappas of the Cubs hurls a no-hit game in beating the Padres, 8 – 0. Pappas has a perfect game until pinch-hitter Larry Stahl walks with two outs in the 9th inning. Pappas and C Randy Hundley both say of the pitches to Stahl, “They were so close I don’t know how Stahl could take them, but they were balls.” Pappas later comments on the plate umpire: “he had a chance to become famous as the umpire in the twelfth perfect game in history, but he blew it.” Pappas retires former Cub Garry Jestadt to finish the game.
September 2, 1972
Mario Soto’s second suspension of the season is the result of the Cincinnati starter firing a baseball at a group of opposing players, striking Braves coach Joe Pignatano after he punched Claudell Washington, who was being restrained by umpire Lanny Harris as he charged the mound. The Reds suspends he fiery right-hander for three games due to this incident with Washington, who had been the target of his brushback pitches, getting five games off for pushing the home plate ump.
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