This Date In Royals History–1980 Edition: May 5

The Royals had a day off as they traveled to Chicago to start a nine-game road trip. While the Royals were making their way to the Windy City, the White Sox were losing 11-1 to Milwaukee, dropping Chicago’s record to 12-10 while the Royals stood at 11-10 on the season.

Around baseball: Steve Carlton took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in Atlanta before the Braves’ Bill Nahorodny singled to break it up. Carlton, despite a long and terrific career, never would throw a no-hitter, although he would throw six one-hitters. 

Bill Madlock, third baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates, received a 15-game suspension and $5,000 fine from the National League after an incident on May 1 where he poked umpire Jerry Crawford in the face as the two argued over a called third strike. Madlock announced he would appeal but ultimately dropped the appeal a month later.

The Oakland A’s stayed hot with a 5-1 win over Cleveland. Under new manager Billy Martin, the A’s were off to a 15-9 start, the best record in the American League, and looked like they would be giving the Royals a battle for the division title.

Today’s birthdays: Gary Christenson (1953), Dave Gumpert (1958)

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