June 3, 1964

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Park Chung Hee (sunglasses)

South Korean president Park Chung Hee declared a state of martial law in the capital city of Seoul on June 3, 1964.

After two days of violent demonstrations by nearly 1,000 college students in the streets of Seoul that included the throwing of rocks and stones at police officers, riot police were empowered to repel the dissidents with tear gas and clubs.

The students were boycotting a government-sponsored ceremony that commemorated the overthrow of Syngman Rhee’s rule over South Korean four years earlier in 1960.

At Connie Mack Stadium, it was Jim Bunning (5-2) versus Don Drysdale (6-4) in the second game of the three-game series with the Dodgers.

The first time Drysdale faced the Phillies he was on the short side of a 2-0 shutout by Chris Short. That was on May 22nd in Los Angeles.

Bunning faced the Dodgers on May 24th in Los Angeles and was shut out 3-0 by Joe Moeller. In that game, Walter Alston called on Sandy Koufax to save the game.

1964 imageBunning and Drysdale locked up in an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel ─ both pitched shutouts through 10 innings.

In the bottom of the tenth, Gene Mauch lifted Bunning for a pinch-hitter and replaced him with Jack Baldschun (2-1) to start the eleventh. This was Baldschun’s first outing in six days.

Baldschun got into a bases loaded jam with two outs, but got Tommy Davis to ground into an unassisted force at third to end the threat.

In the bottom of the eleventh, Cookie Rojas doubled to left. Drysdale then struck out Richie Allen for the first out.

But with a string of left-handers coming up, Walter Alston decided the play the percentages and replaced Drysdale with lefty Ron Perranoski (2-1).

Perranoski walked Johnny Callison intentionally to put runners on first and second to set up for a double-play.

Wes Covington hit a ground ball to first. Ron Fairly fielded the grounder, threw to Maury Wills at second to get the force, but Covington beat the relay back to first. Rojas moved to third to put runners on first and third.

There were now two outs.

Perranoski got Tony Gonzalez to hit a ground ball to third for what should’ve been the third out. But Jim Gilliam bobbled the ball. Cookie Rojas scored and the Phillies walked off with a 1-0 win.

jack baldschun imageJim Bunning pitched 10 shutout innings ─ giving up eight hits and striking out seven ─ yet he didn’t get the win. The win went to Jack Baldschun (3-1), who pitched a scoreless eleventh.

Don Drysdale (6-5) pitched even better than Bunning ─ giving up one earned run on four hits and striking out 10 ─ but he was tagged with the loss.

The win made it five straight for the Phillies.

In Pittsburgh, the Giants kept pace with the Phillies by shutting out the Pirates 3-0 and remain in second place 1½ games behind the Phillies.

Ron Herbel (3-1) pitched a four-hitter to get the win. Bob Priddy (0-1) took the loss in relief.

Orlando Cepeda’s two-run homer in the sixth – his fifth of the season – provided the margin of victory for Herbel.

1964 image(Excerpted from 1964 – The Year the Phillies Blew the Pennant by Barry Bowe.)

Written by Barry Bowe
Former sportswriter - first to put Timmy Duncan's name on the sports page.