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Y’all notice the wrist bands, batting gloves and armor covering his elbow, right?
1901 Cy Young wins his 300th game
1921 Babe Ruth sets record of 137 career home runs
1927 Babe Ruth hits 30th of 60 HRs
1931 45,715 fans in 35,000 seat Sportsman Park St Louis, help cause many ground ruled doubles, 11 in 1st game & 21 in 2nd game for
1945 Cubs stop Braves Tommy Holmes modern-day NL hitting streak at 37 games
1946 Vance Dinges hits only Phillie pinch hit inside-the-park HR
1949 16th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 11-7 at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn
1949 Baseball owners agree to erect warning paths before each fence
1951 NY Yankees Allie Reynolds no-hits Cleveland Indians, 8-0
1954 Major League Baseball Players Association founded
1955 22nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-5 in 12 at County Stad, Milw
1959 NBC uses cameras to show catchers signals during Yankee-Red Sox game
1966 37th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 2-1 in 10 at Busch Stad, St Louis
1966 Baltimore Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson voted MLB All Star game MVP
1979 "Disco Demolition Night" at Comiskey Park: fans go wild destroying disco records and cause the White Sox to forfeit second game of a doubleheader to the Detroit Tigers
1987 Phillies Kent Tekulve pitches his 900th game in relief
1988 59th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 2-1 at Riverfront Stadium, Cin
1988 All star MVP: Terry Steinbach (Oakland A's)
1988 Margo Adams alleges Red Sox Wade Bogg's had an affair with her
1989 NY Yankee pitching great Ron Guidry retires (170-91 .651, 3.29 ERA)
1990 Chicago White Sox Melido Perez no-hits Yankees 8-0 in a rain shortened 6 inning game at Yankee Stadium (7th no-hitter of 1990)ry
1994 65th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-8 at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburg All star MVP: Fred McGriff (Atlanta Braves)
1996 Kirby Puckett retires from Minnesota Twins
1997 Cubs play in their 5,000th consecutive game without being no-hit
1997 Pirates Francisco Cordova & Ricardo Rincon no-hit Astros 3-0 in 10 inn
2005 76th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-5 at Comerica Park, Detroit
2011 82nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-1 at Chase Field, Phoenix
1938 Mickey Stratton, Meriden Ct, softball catcher (Hall of Fame 1969)
1938 Ron Fairly, American baseball utility and broadcaster (MLB All Star 1973, 77; LA Dodgers, Montreal Expos; Seattle Mariners), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2019)
1956 Mario Soto, Dominican baseball player
MORE FROM MLB'S OTD1890 Appearing in his only major league game, Mr. Lewis (first name unknown) yields 13 hits, walks seven batters, and allows 20 earned runs during the three innings of his major league debut at Brooklyn's Eastern Park. The rookie's performance contributes to the last place Buffalo Bisons' 28-16 loss to the Wonders in the Players' League contest.
1897 Louisville's Tom McCreery hits three home runs, providing the difference in the Colonels' 10-7 victory over the Phillies at the Baker Bowl. Each of the outfielder's round-trippers is of the inside-the-park variety, and all are given up by Philadelphia right-hander Jack Taylor.
1901 At Boston's Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds, Cy Young of the Americans seven-hits the A's, 5-3, to win his 300th victory. The 34 year-old will win an additional 211 games to establish an amazing major league record of 511 career victories.
1906 At Robison Field, Sherry Magee establishes a franchise record by swiping four bases in the Phillies' 7-6 loss to St. Louis. The Philadelphia outfielder's mark, a feat he will repeat next month, will be equaled by Garry Maddox (1978) and Jayson Werth (2009).
1910 The legendary verse detailing the Cubs' double-play combination of Tinker to Evers to Chance, entitled That Double Play Again, is published for the first time. When the 'New York Evening Mail' republishes the same poem six days later, the newspaper will use the title by which the poem is best known today
1911 For the second time in his career, Ty Cobb completes the stolen base cycle in one inning when he steals second, third, and home in the first frame of the Tigers' 9-0 Bennett Park victory over Philadelphia. The 'Georgia Peach' will accomplish the feat four times, establishing a major league mark shared with Honus Wagner.
1931 After setting a major league record in the first game with nine doubles, the Cubs and Cardinals combined to hit another twenty-three two-baggers in the second game for an incredible total of thirty-two doubles in their doubleheader.
1938 In a game against the Senators, Indian second baseman Odell Hale dramatically completes his cycle when his two-out, two-run round-tripper knots the score at eight runs apiece in the ninth inning. Washington wins the Griffith Stadium contest in the bottom of the frame, scoring the walk-off tally on a sacrifice fly delivered by Sam West.
1943 An Armed Forces All-Star team managed by Babe Ruth and featuring Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams plays a fund-raising game against the Braves in Boston. The All-Stars win on a Splendid Splinter's' home run, 9-8.
1945 Tommy Holmes goes 0-for-4 in the Braves' 6-1 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field to end his consecutive-game hitting streak at 37, which sets a modern National League record. The mark will stand for 33 years until Pete Rose surpasses it in 1978 en route to establishing a new standard of 44, but the Reds' infielder's effort remains a game shy of the all-time record set by Willie Keeler's 45-game streak over the 1896 and 1897 seasons with the NL's Baltimore Orioles.
1946 Johnny Sain faces only 28 batters when the Braves beat the hometown Reds at Crosley Field, 1-0. The only blemish on the Boston’s right-hander performance in the 96-minute contest is Grady Hatton’s first-inning, two-out double, a popup behind third base that drops among three fielders.
1949 The major league owners agree to install warning tracks made of cinder in front of outfield fences before the start of next season. The origin of the concept began at Yankee Stadium, where an actual running track, used in the ballpark's track and field events, helped fielders know their proximity to the outfield fence when attempting to make a play.
1949 The first All-Star Game which includes black players is played at Ebbets Field. Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson, and Don Newcombe represent the National League in an 11-7 loss to Larry Doby and his AL teammates.
1951 At Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Yankee right-hander Allie Reynolds, facing only 29 batters, no-hits the Indians, 1-0, thanks to Gene Woodling's solo home run off Bob Feller in the seventh inning. The 'Chief' retires the last seventeen batters to face him, striking out Bobby Avila to end the game.
1955 At Milwaukee's County Stadium, Cardinal outfielder Stan Musial comes to bat leading off the bottom of the 12th inning of a 5-5 All-Star deadlock. After Yankee catcher Yogi Berra complains about his feet hurting, 'The Man' tells him, "Don't worry, I'll have you home in a minute," then promptly hits a game-winning home run off Frank Sullivan on the next pitch.
1962 Exactly one month after accomplishing the feat for the first time, the Aaron brothers both homer again in the same game, giving Milwaukee an exciting 8-6 victory over St. Louis at County Stadium. Behind 6-3 going into the bottom of the ninth, Tommie's solo shot cuts the deficit to two runs, and his older sibling Hank seals the deal four batters later with a walk-off grand slam.
1966 The National League All-Stars edge the AL, 2-1, in a game played at the newly-built Busch Stadium when hometown favorite Tim McCarver scores the winning run on Dodger shortstop Maury Wills's tenth-inning walk-off single, with Giants hurler Gaylord Perry getting the victory by tossing a scoreless ninth and tenth inning. The 105-degree weather, 113 degrees on the playing surface, results in nearly 150 people needing treatment for heat exhaustion.
1970 In the second inning of an eventual 7-3 win over the Orioles, the Tigers lay down a record-tying three sacrifice bunts and score a run on a sac fly. Detroit muffs Cesar Gutierrez' and Mickey Lolich's attempts to give themselves up, resulting in both players advancing a runner and reaching first base without making an out.
1979 After a delay of an hour and 16 minutes, the White Sox are forced to forfeit the second game of a twi-night doubleheader against the Tigers when over 5000 adolescent fans refuse to leave the field during Disco Demolition Night. Mike Veeck's promotion involves admitting fans for 98 cents with a disco record, collecting the vinyl and then literally blowing up the LPs and .45s in center field.
1988 Terry Steinbach homers in his first at-bat as an All-Star. The A's catcher becomes the first major leaguer to have homered in his first major league at-bat (9/12/86) and also in the Midsummer Classic.
1989 Yankee left-hander Ron Guidry retires from baseball, compiling a 170-91 record with a 3.29 ERA during his 14-year career with New York. In 1978, Gator won the American League's Cy Young Award unanimously after enjoying one of the most incredible seasons in baseball history, posting a 25-3 record with an ERA of 1.74.
1990 In a six-inning rain-shortened game, White Sox starter Melido Perez no-hits the hometown Yankees, 8-0. His bother Pascual, who is watching from the New York bench, also hurled an abbreviated no-no for the Expos in 1988, holding the Phillies hitless for five innings at Veterans Stadium.
1992 In the Braves' 7-4 victory over Chicago at Wrigley Field, Jeff Blauser becomes the fourth shortstop to hit three home runs in a game, joining the ranks of Ernie Banks (Cubs, 1955), Barry Larkin (Reds, 1991), and Fred Patek (Angels, 1980). The Atlanta infielder had hit only 39 homers in the past six seasons.
1993 Mariners' outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. becomes the first and only major leaguer to hit Baltimore's B&O Warehouse on the fly. The estimated 460-foot shot is launched during the All-Star Game home-run hitting contest at Camden Yards in 1993.
1994 At the Pirates' Three Rivers Stadium, the National League ends its record six-game Mid Summer Classic slump when Tony Gwynn scores on Moises Alou's double in the tenth inning, giving the Senior Circuit an 8-7 victory. Fred McGriff is named MVP, earning the honor with his dramatic two-run home run off Lee Smith that tied the game in the bottom of the ninth.
1995 In a scene reminiscent to yesteryear, the first basemen leave their mitt in the field between innings throughout Montreal's 3-2 victory over the Cubs. The Expos' first baseman David Segui is really sharing his glove with Chicago's Mark Grace, whose equipment did not arrive at Olympic Stadium, due to a shipping error.
1997 Roger Clemens, pitching in Fenway for the first time as an opponent, strikes out sixteen when the Blue Jays defeat Boston, 3-1. During the game, 34 year-old right-hander appears to be continually glaring into the general manager's suite at Dan Duquette, who had remarked during last year's contentious negotiations that he hoped to keep the Rocket in Boston during the 'twilight' of his career.
1997 In front of a full house at Three Rivers Stadium on Jackie Robinson Night, two Pirates pitchers throw the first extra-inning combined no-hitter in big league history. Ricardo Rinon takes over in the tenth inning to preserve starter Francisco Cordova's effort and gets the win when Mark Smith pinch-hits a three-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the inning.
1998 Mark McGwire becomes the second player to hit 40 home runs in both leagues. The Cardinals' first baseman, who accomplished the feat three times with the A's, joins Darrell Evans, who hit 41 with the Braves (1973) and 40 with the Tigers (1985).
1999 At Fenway Park, Mariner outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. wins the 14th annual Home Run Derby, a feat he also accomplished in 1994 and 1998. Eliminated after the second of three rounds, the Cardinal slugger Mark McGwire hits a then-record 13 round-trippers in the first round, including a 488-foot blast that clears the Green Monster, the street, and a parking garage before hitting a billboard above the train tracks.
2000 In a six-player deal, the Reds trade Denny Neagle (8-2, 3.52) and outfielder Mike Frank to the Yankees for minor league third baseman Drew Henson, outfielder Jackson Melian, and pitchers Brian Reith and Ed Yarnall.
2000 The Phillies trade hurler Andy Ashby to the Braves for pitcher Bruce Chen and Jimmy Osting. Atlanta gets the better of the midseason deal when Ashby wins eight games for his new club, compared to only three victories posted by Chen and none for Osting, who will never make the parent club.
2005 At the Home Run Derby in Detroit, Bobby Abreu shatters the records for a single round, the championship round, and the total for all three rounds of the derby by hitting 41 dingers into every part of Comerica Park. The Phillies outfielder, who was representing Venezuela in the event's new international format, goes deep 24 times in the first round, tacks on six more in the second round, and finishes with 11 more in the championship round.
2005 During the All-Star Game Town Hall discussion, Bud Selig, believing the designated hitter is a big part of the game, states the rule will remain in use for the foreseeable future. The commissioner, however, makes it clear the National League will never adopt the 1973 addition to the American League rule book.
2006 The offensively-challenged Astros obtained Aubrey Huff from the Devil Rays in exchange for two minor league prospects, RHP Mitch Talbot and infielder Ben Zobrist, as well as cash. The team hopes the 30 year-old third baseman can provide some pop in the Houston lineup, presently for the worst batting average in the league.
2009 The Red Sox dedicate the center-field flagpole to Dom DiMaggio by raising a banner just below the stars and stripes with the former center fielder's name on it. After the ceremony, his widow, Emily, throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Fenway Park contest against Kansas City.
2011 A half-hour after the Midsummer Classic is completed, the Mets send former All-Star reliever Francisco Rodriguez and cash to the Brewers for two players to be named later. K-Rod, an outstanding closer for the Mets and Angels, will be used primarily as a set-up man for Milwaukee's John Axford.
1896 Ed Delahanty becomes 2nd major leaguer to hit 4 HRs in a game as Phillies lose 9-8 to Chicago Colts
1900 Phillies beat Pittsburgh 23-8
1919 Chicago White Sox pitcher Carl Mays walks off mound blaming teammates for lack of support afield
1934 Babe Ruth hits 700th career home run against Detroit
1941 Eddie Mayo (LA-Pacific Coast League), spits in face of umpire Ray Snyder
1943 11th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Shibe Park, Philadelphia
1948 15th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-2 at Sportsman's Park, St Louis
1950 Doctors remove 7 bone fragments from Ted Williams' elbow
1954 21st All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 11-9 at Municipal Stadium, Cleve
1960 29th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-0 at Yankee Stadium, New York
1963 Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Early Wynn, wins his 300th and last MLB game at 43
1965 36th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-5 at Metropolitan Stadium, Minnesota All star MVP: Juan Marichal (SF Giant)
1971 42nd MLB All Star Game, Tiger Stadium, Detroit, MI: AL beats NL, 6-4; MVP: Frank Robinson, Baltimore Orioles, OF
1976 47th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-1 at Veterans Stadium All star MVP: George Foster (Cincinnati Reds)
1979 Calif's Nolan Ryan and Boston's Steve Renko each lose no-hitters in 9th
1982 53rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-1 at Olympic Stadium, Montreal All star MVP: Dave Conception (Cincinnati Reds)
1985 NY Yankees retire Roger Maris (9) and Elston Howard (32) uniforms
1988 Red Sox replace manager John McNamara with Joe Morgan
1991 Bob Milacki & 3 other Baltimore Oriole pitchers no-hit A's 2-0
1993 64th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 9-3 at Camden Yards, Baltimore All star MVP: Kirby Puckett (Minnesota Twins)
1999 70th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-1 at Fenway Park, Boston
2004 75th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 9-4 at Minute Maid Park, Houston
2010 81st All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-1 at Angel Stadium, Anaheim
2019 After Atlantic League-MLB partnership rule changes, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs' outfielder Tony Thomas becomes first player in professional baseball history to steal first base in 7-2 win v Lancaster Barnstormer
1852 George Bradley, American baseball pitcher (first no-hitter in MLB history 1876; NL ERA leader 1876), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1931)
1948 Tony Kornheiser, American sports journalist
1956 Bill Caudill, American MLB reliever (All Star 1984), born in Santa Monica, California
1967 Pat Rapp, Jennings LA, pitcher (Florida Marlins)
1969 Kim Braatz, female outfielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Santa Ana, California
1972 Clint Sodowsky, Ponca City OK, pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
1978 Ryan Ludwick, American baseball player
1982 Shin-Soo Choo, South Korean baseball player
1982 "Yadi" Yadier Molina, Puerto Rican baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico
MORE FROM MLB'S OTD1896 Phillies outfielder Ed Delahanty hits four home runs in one game in a 9-8 loss to the hometown Colts. All of the future Hall of Famer's quartet of round-trippers at the West Side Grounds are the inside-the-park variety.
1922 Cardinal right-hander Bill Doak loses his no-hitter when he forgets to cover first base, turning Curt Walker's seventh-inning grounder to first baseman Jack Fournier into an infield hit. The Redbirds' star spitballer settles for a one-hitter, his second of the season, and a 1-0 victory over the Phillies at Sportsman's Park.
1934 Babe Ruth, in the top of the third inning at Detroit's Navin Field, wallops Tommy Bridges' 3-2 pitch far over the right-field wall for his 700th career home run.. The 4-2 victory over the Tigers puts the Yankees back into first place, but Lou Gehrig will be helped off the field in the first frame, suffering a severe bout of lumbago.
1940 In a twin bill against St. Louis, Joe DiMaggio hits three homers and drives in nine runs. The Yankee outfielder's offensive outburst contributes to the Bronx Bombers' sweep of the Browns in New York, 10-4 and 12-6.
1943 Thanks to a three-run home run by Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr, the American League defeats the National League in the first night All-Star Game, 5-3. In a game broadcast to GIs via shortwave radio, Pirates' outfielder Vince DiMaggio shines for the Senior Circuit, hitting a single, triple, and home run.
1948 At Sportsman's Park, the American League defeats the National League for the 11th time in 15 All-Star contests, 5-2. Vic Raschi pitches three scoreless innings to pick up the win and hits a two-run single as well.
1954 In front of 68,752 fans, the second-largest crowd in the history of Midsummer Classic, the NL and AL combine to hit an All-Star record six home runs in the Junior Circuit's 11-9 victory at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium. Indians' third baseman Al Rosen, hitting with a broken finger, accounts for two of the round-trippers, helping the American League to snap a four-game losing streak.
1954 At Cleveland's Municipal Stadium, Senators hurler Dean Stone does not deliver a pitch but gets the win in the American League's 11-9 All-Star victory. The Senators' southpaw throws out Red Schoendienst trying to steal home in the eighth inning for the third out before facing his first batter in relief.
1956 At Wrigley Field, Ernie Banks plays in his 394th consecutive contest to tie Al Simmons' mark for straight games played after breaking in as a rookie. Mr. Cub's single drives in the decisive run in the Cubs' 7-6 victory over Pittsburgh.
1960 The Yankees host the second of two All-Star Games played in three days. The contest marks the return of Willie Mays to New York as the San Francisco Giants superstar goes 3-for-4, including a homer and a single off American League starter Whitey Ford, pacing the National League to a 6-0 victory.
1962 Tying a major league mark, Orioles catcher Charlie Lau hits four doubles in Baltimore's 10-3 victory over the Indians at Memorial Stadium. The future hitting guru's quartet of two-baggers also establishes a new team record.
1962 Rookie right-hander Cal Koonce one-hits the Reds, yielding only a fourth-inning single to Don Blasingame in the Cubs' 1-0 victory at Wrigley Field. The hit by the Cincinnati second baseman marks the first of four times, one shy of the major league record shared by Cesar Tovar and Eddie Milner, that he will collect his team's only hit in a game.
1963 At the age of 43, Early Wynn pitches the first five innings to record his 300th victory when the Indians down the Kansas City A's, 7-4. The win will be the future Hall of Famer's last in the major leagues, and he will finish his 23-year career with a 300-244 record.
1965 For the first time in All-Star history, the National League takes the lead in games won over the American League as the Senior Circuit edges the junior loop, 6-5 at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota.
1966 After being released by Houston earlier in the month, 39 year-old Robin Roberts signs as a free agent with the Cubs. The right-hander will finish the season 2-3 for his new team, ending his 19 year Hall of Fame career with 286 victories.
1971 Frank Robinson, who hit a two-run home run in the Midsummer Classic, is named the MVP of the contest won by the American League at Tiger Stadium, 6-4. The Orioles right fielder joins teammate Brooks Robinson as the second player to be named the Most Valuable Player of a league (1961-NL, 1966-AL), a World Series (1966), and an All-Star Game.
1971 In a game which features six home runs, including Reggie Jackson crushing a Dock Ellis fourth-inning pitch off the power generator located on the Tiger Stadium right-field roof 520 feet from home plate, the American League beats the NL, 6-4 in All-Star action. All the players who homer, J. Bench, H. Aaron, R. Clemente, F. Robinson, H. Killebrew as well as Reggie, will become members of the Hall of Fame.
1972 The Cardinals waste no time in blanking the Braves, 2-0, behind the two-hit pitching performance of Reggie Cleveland at Busch Stadium. The contest, which lasts only 93 minutes, is the quickest nine-inning game in Redbird history.
1973 At Atlanta Stadium, Hal Breeden of the Expos becomes only the second major leaguer to pinch-hit home runs in both ends of a doubleheader. In 1943, Red Sox player-manager Joe Cronin accomplished the feat in a twin bill against the Philadelphia A's.
1973 Bobby Murcer hits three homers off Gene Garber that account for all RBIs in the Yankees' 5-0 victory over the Royals. The Friday the Thirteenth contest at Yankee Stadium takes only one hour and 51 minutes to play.
1976 The last segment of Connie Mack Stadium, formerly known as Shibe Park, is demolished when the corner tower and its domed cupola of the A's and Phillies' former home is torn down. In 1991, the Deliverance Evangelistic Church, an independent Pentecostal congregation, will construct a church building on the site.
1976 At Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium, Tiger right-hander Mark Fidrych becomes only the second rookie pitcher to start an All-Star Game, joining freshman Senator Dave Stenhouse who started the second ASG in 1962. George Foster, one of seven Reds position players on the team, is named the MVP of the 7-1 National League victory over the Junior Circuit, who have dropped 13 of last 14 of the Midsummer Classics.
1977 With New York third baseman Lenny Randle at the plate in the sixth inning, Shea Stadium goes dark when the Big Apple suddenly experiences a blackout. Before the game against the Cubs is suspended due to the power shortage, the Mets' players drive their cars onto the field and amuse the crowd by performing a variety of antics in front of the headlights.
1982 In the first All-Star Game played outside the United States, the National League cruises to its 11th straight win, beating the American League at Montreal's Olympic Stadium, 4-1. Dave Concepcion's second inning two-run homer off Red Sox starter Dennis Eckersley is the turning point of the game.
1984 The Yankees retire Roger Maris's (#9) and Elston Howard's (#32) uniform numbers. The team also erects plaques in their honor to pay tribute to their achievements as Bronx Bombers.
1988 After replacing John McNamara as the Red Sox manager, Joe Morgan makes an excellent first impression when the team wins nineteen of the first twenty games with him at the helm. Boston will finish the season with an 89-73 record, finishing first in the American League East before losing to Oakland in the ALCS.
1990 Dave Johnson retires 27 of the last 29 batters he faces but loses his complete-game effort to Minnesota, 3-1. The Oriole starter's undoing is a two-run home run hit by John Moses in the first, an inning that takes the right-hander 33 pitches to complete, compared to the 83 tosses he will make during the rest of the Memorial Stadium contest.
1991 At Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, four Oriole hurlers combined to throw a no-hitter, blanking the A's, 2-0. Starting pitcher Bob Milacki holds the home team hitless for the first six innings, followed by Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson, and Gregg Olson, who all throw one inning of no-hit ball.
1993 In a game best remembered for John Kruk's non-at-bat against fireballer Randy Johnson, the AL All-Stars beat the NL rivals at Baltimore's Camden Yards, 9-3. As the Phillies' first baseman flails at the Big Unit's fastballs comically, Kirby Puckett's double and home run earn the Twins outfielder the Midsummer Classic's MVP Award.
1997 Casey Candaele flies out to left field in his last major league at-bat, ending his nine-year career with the Expos, Astros, and Indians with a .250 batting average. The utilityman's mom, Helen Callaghan, a former star in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, finished her big league career with a .257 lifetime average playing for the Minneapolis Millerettes and Fort Wayne Daisies.
1999 At Fenway Park, hometown favorite Pedro Martinez strikes out five of the first six batters, and the two All-Star pitching squads combine for a record 22 strikeouts as the American League tops the NL in the 70th Midsummer Classic. Prior to the game, the players from both teams pay an impromptu emotional on-field tribute to an aging Ted Williams.
2004 Having earned the All-Star MVP award as a 23 year-old for pitching three perfect innings at the Astrodome in 1986, the 41 year-old Roger Clemens gives up six runs in the first inning in the 75th Midsummer Classic played at Houston's Minute Maid Park. The eventual 9-4 American League victory is halted in the top of the fifth inning as the much chagrined 'Rocket' receives the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award from Bud Selig in recognition of his outstanding 21-year career.
2006 In an eight-player deal, the Nationals trade pitchers Gary Majewski, Bill Bray, and Daryl Thompson, and infielders Brendan Harris and Royce Clayton to the Reds in exchange for outfielder Austin Kearns, shortstop Felipe Lopez, and right-hander Ryan Wagner. Washington's GM Jim Bowden, formerly with Cincinnati, is familiar with all his new acquisitions, having been responsible for their presence with the Reds.
2009 On the day before the All-Star Game, acting GM Mike Rizzo, citing the team has underachieved, announces the Nationals have fired Manny Acta. Washington names bench coach and former major league manager Jim Rigglemanas the interim skipper of the 26-61 club.
2009 At Busch Stadium, Prince Fielder outslugs Rangers' outfielder Nelson Cruz in the final round, 6-5, to win the All-Star Home Run Derby. The Brewer first baseman's power surge included a stunning shot estimated to have traveled over 500 feet.
2010 The National League wins its first All-Star Game since 1996, beating their AL rivals at Angel Stadium, 3-1. Braves catcher Brian McCann, the Midsummer Classic's MVP, hits a three-run double with two outs in the seventh inning to break the Senior Circuit's 14-year drought.
2012 Zack Greinke becomes the first pitcher to start three consecutive games in the same season since Red Faber turned the hat trick with the White Sox in 1917. The Brewers' right-hander, who was the starting pitcher in the team's final game before the All-Star break due to his ejection for arguing a call at first base after throwing just four pitches the day before, makes it three straight starts when he takes the mound to begin the second half of the season for the Brew Crew.
2013 Giants' right-hander Tim Lincecum hurls the 15th no-hitter in franchise history, the seventh since the team shifted to San Francisco in 1958, when he blanks the Padres, 9-0, in front of a very enthusiastic crowd at Petco Park. The 'Freak' throws 148 pitches en route to his historic performance, the second most ever needed to accomplish the task.
2014 Backstop Buster Posey and southpaw Madison Bumgarner become the first batterymates in major league history to hit grand slams in the same game when they both go deep in the Giants' 8-4 victory over the Diamondbacks at AT&T Park. The left-hander's four-run round-tripper marks only the second time that a hurler has hit two in a season, a feat also accomplished by Tony Cloninger, who hit both his grand salamis in the same game in 1966.
2017 The defending World Champion Cubs, presently 5.5 games behind the Brewers in the NL Central, acquire the White Sox No. 1 starter Jose Quintana for highly-rated prospects Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease plus minor league infielders Bryant Flete and Matt Rose. The deal marks the first time the crosstown rivals had swapped players since 2006 when the White Sox sent Neal Cotts to the Cubs for David Aardsma and Carlos Vasquez.
I was only a kid then (9 years old) but it was clear to me that he was only given starts so that he could get #300.
Really enjoyable looking back through our own memories at the history of our great game—I was 11 yrs old then. Continued appreciation to @gatorjjh for his efforts on this thread.
I'm a couple of anos ahead of you so maybe I appreciated Wynn a bit more I was a Go Go Sox fan and somehow was able to listen after sundown, I have the Early Wynn Topps Card in my album along with Nelie,Little Luis, Jim Landis, Jungle Jim, Sherm 'The Tank' Lollar Harry Suitcase Simpson (1 or 2 season Billy Pierce etc etc etc)
Don't encourage him! He will keep posting all this stuff. Which is, of course, great!
1914 NL's Boston Braves start climb from last place to world series sweep
1934 Phillies score 11 runs in an inning, beats Cincinnati 18-0
1946 Cleve Lou Boudreau hits 4 doubles & HR but Red Sox win 11-10 on Ted Williams 3 HR with 8 RBIs
1953 20th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-1 at Crosley Field, Cincinnati
1956 Boston Red Sox Mel Parnell no-hits Chicago White Sox, 4-0
1967 Astro's Eddie Matthews hits HR #500
1968 Brave Hank Aaron hits his 500th HR off SF Giant Mike McCormick
1970 41st MLB All Star Game, Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, OH: NL beats AL, 5-4; MVP: Carl Yastrzemski, Boston Red Sox, LF
1972 Plate umpire and catcher in a game are brothers. Bill Haller is umpire & Tom Haller is Tigers catcher, KC Royals win 1-0
1974 Billy Martin is 1st AL manager ejected by umpire from 2 games in 1 day
1978 Umpire Doug Harvey ejects Don Sutton after discovering 3 scuffed balls
1987 58th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 2-0 in 13 at Oakland-Alameda Stad All star MVP: Tim Raines (Montreal Expos)
1987 Rookie of the Year Award is renamed to honor Jackie Robinson
1988 Mike Schmidt passes Mickey Mantle with his 537th HR into 7th place
1992 63rd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 13-6 at Jack Murphy Stadium, SD All star MVP: Ken Griffey Jr (Seattle Mariners)
1995 LA Dodger Ramon Martinez no-hits the Florida Marlins 7-0
1996 New York Yankees closer John Wetteland sets MLB record 24 consecutive saves
2009 80th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-3 at Busch Stadium, St Louis
2015 86th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-3 at Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
1898 A. B. "Happy" Chandler, American politician and baseball commissioner (d. 1991)
1944 Billy McCool, American baseball player
1947 Steve Stone, sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball), born in Cleveland, Ohio
1967 Robin Ventura, infielder (Chicago White Sox), born in Santa Maria, California
1969 Jose Hernandez, Hato Rey Puerto Rico, infielder (Chicago Cubs)
1970 Mark Brandenburg, American baseball pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Houston, Texas
1975 Tim Hudson, American baseball player
1979 Bernie Castro, Dominican baseball player
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1916 Browns' hurler Ernie Koob pitches a complete game, going all 17 innings of the scoreless tie. Carl Mays pitches the first 15 innings for the Red Sox, with Dutch Leonard finishing the 0-0 game.
1934 At Navin Field in Detroit, in an effort to keep the consecutive game streak intact, the Yankees have lumbago-stricken Lou Gehrig bat leadoff and list him as the shortstop in the lineup. After singling in the first inning, the 'Iron Horse' leaves the game without fielding as the Tigers pound out 11 doubles to edge the Yankees, 12-11.
1934 In the opener of a twin bill at the Baker Bowl, the Phillies score 11 runs in the second inning to coast to an 18-0 rout of the Reds. Philadelphia will sweep the doubleheader with a 5-4 victory in the nightcap.
1938 In Toledo, the American Association All-Star squad becomes the first team to experiment with uniforms designed to be worn during night games. The red, white, and blue shiny satin uniforms are believed to reflect the light during the evening contests.
1946 Despite a home run and a quartet of doubles by Lou Boudreau, the Indians still lose to the Red Sox 11-10 thanks to Ted Williams' three round-trippers and eight RBIs. In the nightcap of the twin bill, player-manager Boudreau will become the first skipper to employ the 'Williams' Shift', which puts all of the infielders and two outfielders on the right side of the field. Laughing at the unusual alignment, the 'Splendid Splinter' doubles in his first at-bat against the new defense.
1948 The Indians host the Brooklyn Dodgers in the second half of a home-and-home exhibition series to raise funds for the American Baseball Federation. The 64,877 fans attending the Cleveland Stadium contest are delighted when 43 year-old Satchel Paige tosses the three-hitless frames, including striking out the side on 12 pitches in the seventh, in the Tribe’s 4-3 victory in 11 innings over Brooklyn.
1952 Walt Dropo, acquired from the Red Sox in June, collects five singles in the Tigers' 8-2 victory over New York at Yankee Stadium. The 29 year-old first baseman's 5-for-5 performance begins a string of a dozen consecutive hits.
1956 Mel Parnell, in the final year of his career, throws the first no-hit game in the American League in three seasons when he defeats the White Sox at Fenway Park, 4-0. The 34 year-old southpaw becomes the first Red Sox hurler to throw a no-hitter since Howard Ehmke accomplished the feat against Philadelphia in 1923.
1964 The Cubs overcome making five errors in the top of the third inning and beat the Mets, 4-2. The Chicago miscues, that include shortstop Andre Rodgers and catcher Dick Bertell each committing two and first baseman Ernie Banks contributing to the total by dropping a pop fly, account for all of New York's scoring in the Wrigley Field contest.
1967 Against Giants' right-hander Juan Marichal at Candlestick Park, Eddie Mathews hits home run #500 as an Astro. The former Brave third baseman, who hit 493 homers playing for the franchise in Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta, becomes the seventh major leaguer to reach this plateau.
1968 Hank Aaron hits home run #500 off Mike McCormick, becoming the eighth major leaguer to reach this milestone. 'Hammerin' Hank's three-run homer over the left center field fence proves to be the difference as the Braves beat the Giants at Atlanta Stadium, 4-2.
1968 In the nightcap of a twin bill, Don Wilson strikes out eighteen batters in a nine-inning game to tie a major league record, shared by Bob Feller (Indians, 1938) and Sandy Koufax (Dodgers, 1959 and 1962). The Astros right-hander fans future Hall of Famer Johnny Bench for the last out of his 6-1 victory over the Reds on a wind-swept night at Crosley Field
1968 In a 6-1 Astros victory over the Reds at Crosley Field, backstop John Bateman ties the major league record with nine consecutive putouts from the start of a game. The Houston catcher equals the mark established by Art Wilson, playing for the Giants in 1911.
1969 At Wrigley Field, Bill Hands and the Cubs edge Tom Seaver and the Mets, 1-0. After the game's last out, Ron Santo jumps up and clicks his heels for the first time, a move the third baseman will repeat each time Chicago wins for the rest of his career.
1970 In the twelfth inning of the All-Star Game, Pete Rose bowls over Ray Fosse at the plate to score the deciding run in an exciting 5-4 National League victory at Riverfront Stadium. The injured Indian catcher, whose career ends prematurely due to the collision, entertained 'Charlie Hustle' as a dinner guest the previous night.
1972 Detroit catcher Tom Haller looks over his shoulder and sees his brother Bill, the home plate ump - a major league first. The arbitrator plays no favorites when his younger brother's team loses 1-0 to Kansas City in the Tiger Stadium contest.
1995 Ramon Martinez throws the 22nd no-hitter in franchise history when he beats the Marlins at Dodger Stadium, 7-0. The Dodger right-hander, who was booed by the home crowd in his last outing, was perfect before walking Tommy Gregg on a 3-2 pitch after getting the first out in the seventh inning.
2000 John Olerud has a game-tying double disallowed in the top of the sixth inning when first base umpire Jim Wolf had called time before the pitch because a baseball had come out into fair territory from the visitors' bullpen. The Mariner first baseman's disappointment is short-lived after he hits Brian Meadow's 1-0 pitch for a three-run homer, giving Seattle a 4-2 lead in their eventual victory over the Padres at Qualcomm Stadium.
2000 Major League owners decide to return to playing an unbalanced schedule (teams play more games against teams in their division), rather than the presently used balanced schedule (play approximately the same number of games against all clubs within the league). The American League has used a balanced slate since 1977, and the National League started in 1993.
2000 A report presented to owners, The Commissioner's Initiative: Women and Baseball, finds women make up 46 percent of the average crowd at a big-league game and urges major league franchises to make more of an effort to market to women patrons. According to the same study, forty-three percent of women could not name a player on their home team's roster.
2001 Bobby Valentine wins his 1,000th career game as a manager when Glendon Rusch and closer Armando Benitez combine to throw a one-hitter in the Mets' 2-0 victory over the Red Sox. Trot Nixon's first-inning bunt single, a result of the New York starter's inability to cover first base, is Boston's only hit in the Shea Stadium contest.
2002 Nelson Barrera, Mexico's career home run and RBI leader, is electrocuted trying to free metal roofing from high-tension wires. The 44 year-old 'Admiral,' who hit 455 home runs during his 26-year Mexican Baseball League tenure, had hoped to continue playing so that he could hold the career Triple Crown by also reaching the career hit record.
2004 Houston fires Jimy Williams and names Phil Garner, a former Astro, as the interim manager through the rest of the season. The 60 year-old former skipper, who had a .515 (215-197) winning percentage in his three years at the helm, including this season's 44-44 record, was roundly booed by the hometown Minute Maid Park crowd at yesterday's All-Star Game.
2005 Defeating their historical arch-rivals, the Giants become the first team to win 10,000 games as a franchise by edging the Dodgers in LA, 4-3. The Giants, who started as the New York Gothams in 1899, has posted a 10,000-8,511 record during the club's 123 seasons in the National League.
2005 The first-known baseball card, which is part of a children's educational game, illustrating several boys playing together in a field as one pitches a ball to another holding a bat, makes its public debut at the Smithsonian Institution. The discovery of the historical card, discovered in a Maine attic, dates back to the early 19th century, predating other known cards by several decades.
2008 Josh Hamilton, who at one point goes deep 13 consecutive times, hits a record-setting 28 home runs in the first round of the Home Run Derby, but falls short in the finals, losing to Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, 5-3. With 71 year-old former coach Clay Counsil pitching, the Rangers outfielder breaks Bobby Abreu's mark of 24 set in 2005.
2009 The American League extends its unbeaten streak to 13 games (12-0-1) with a 4-3 victory over the NL at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Rays' outfielder Carl Crawford, who robs Brad Hawpe of a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning, is named the MVP of the Midsummer Classic.
2009 Barack Obama, clad in his White Sox jacket, becomes the first Commander-in-Chief to throw out the ceremonial first pitch in the Midsummer Classic since Gerald Ford tossed the ball at the beginning of the 1976 contest. After warming up in the White House Rose Garden prior to arriving at Busch Stadium, the 44th president's pitch barely reaches the plate, but doesn't bounce, thanks to the efforts of Cardinals' hometown hero Albert Pujols, who moves up from home and reaches out to scoop the low throw.
2010 The Blue Jays trade starting shortstop Alex Gonzalez along with minor leaguers Tim Collins and Tyler Pastornicky to the Braves in exchange for infielder Yunel Escobar and southpaw Jo-Jo Reyes. The Braves' new infielder is probably best known for his role in Florida's improbable World Series win over New York, that includes a walk-off home run in the 12th inning of Game Four, giving the Marlins a 4-3 victory and a 2-2 tie in the Fall Classic.
2011 Reggie Walton, the presiding judge in the Roger Clemens perjury case, declares a mistrial due to evidence revealed to the jury he believed would be prejudicial against the former major league right-hander. During the brief two days of the proceedings, the U.S. District Judge had scolded prosecutors twice during the trial for violating his orders not to reveal specific evidence to the jury, saying their non-compliance could put the whole case in jeopardy.
2011 Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the Yankees' 16-7 loss to Toronto at the Rogers Centre, appear in their 1,660th regular-season game as teammates, the most two players have been together in franchise history. Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri had set the previous team mark in 1937.
2012 Antonio Mendez's bronze statue of Jim Palmer becomes the third sculpture in a series of six unveiled at Camden Yards this season, joining the likenesses of Frank Robinson and Earl Weaver at the ballpark's Legends Park. The three-time Cy Young Award winner pitched for 19 seasons for the Orioles, winning 268 regular-season games for the franchise.
2013 Chris Davis ties Reggie Jackson's 1969 American League record for home runs before the All-Star break when he hits his 37th round-tripper, the best in the majors, in the Orioles' 7-4 victory against Toronto at Camden Yards. The Baltimore first baseman ends the first half with home runs in his last four games, the same way he started the season.
2015 Before its 86th All-Star Game, MLB announces the selection of Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Sandy Koufax, and Willie Mays as the sport's greatest living players. MLB also reveals the fans' choices of the "Franchise Four" for each organization, unveiling the four most impactful players who best represented the history of each franchise that included honoring the hometown Reds with Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, and Joe Morgan, along with Pete Rose, who received a loud ovation from the Cincinnati fans, being introduced before the start of the Great American Ball Park contest.
2018 Following a lackluster 8-2 home loss to the Reds at Busch Stadium, the third-place Cardinals fire Mike Matheny 93 games into his seventh season as the team’s manager. The unexpected departure of the Redbird’s skipper, who replaced future Hall of Famer Tony La Russa in 2011, marks the franchise’s first in-season managerial change in two decades.