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1909 Cleveland shortstop Neal Ball completes the first modern MLB unassisted triple play in the Indians' 6-1 win over the Boston Red Sox
1910 Cleveland Indians future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young registers his 500th career victory, 5-4 over the Washington Senators in 11 innings
1914 Boston Braves begin drive from last to the NL pennant with a 3-2 win against the 2nd placed Cincinnati Reds
1918 Washington Senators catcher Eddie Ainsmith applies for draft deferment; Secretary of War, Newton D Baker rules baseball players not draft exempt but later moves date to 1 September; both leagues end regular season 2 September
1933 1st time in MLB 2 brothers on opposite teams hit homers in same game - Rick Ferrell (Red Sox) and Wes Ferrell (Cleveland Indians)
1936 Indians' Bob Feller makes his major league debut in relief
1960 SF Giants Juan Marichal debuts, with a 1 hitter against Phillies
1963 Philadelphia Phillies Roy Siever hits HR # 300
1973 Willie Mays named to NL all star team for 24th time (ties Musial)
1974 Cleveland Indian Dick Bosman no-hits Oakland A's, 4-0
1975 New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson's 1st-inning single & RBI are nullified because tar on his bat handle exceeds 18" limit; Minnesota Twins win, 2-1
1977 48th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-5 at Yankee Stadium, NY All star MVP: Don Sutton (LA Dodgers)
1986 Indian pitcher Phil Niekro wins his 307th game
1989 Cleveland Indians Joe Carter has his 4th 3 HR game
1990 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose is sentence to 5 months for tax evasion
1990 Dave Raghetti pitches in his 499th game as a NY Yankee, passing Whitey Ford in most appearances as a NY Yankee
1991 Cal Ripken plays in his 1,500th consecutive game
1991 With NY Yankee victory, 10 of 14 AL teams are at .500 or better
1914 Marius Russo, American baseball player (New York Yankees), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2005)
1916 Phil Cavarretta, American baseball player (NL MVP 1945), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2010)
1951 Jayson Stark, American sportswriter (The Athletic), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1963 Mark Carreon, American baseball outfielder (SF Giants), born in Chicago, Illinois
1965 Stuart Scott, American sportscaster (ESPN), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
1972 Tamarie Ivie, Ananheim CA, female infielder (Colo Silver Bullets)
1974 Preston Wilson, baseball player
1979 Rick Ankiel, Baseball pitcher/ outfielder
1981 Jimmy Gobble, American baseball player
MORE FROM MLB'S OTD1902 John McGraw, the team's third skipper this season, begins his 30-year tenure as manager of the Giants, losing to Philadelphia at the Polo Grounds, 5-3. The fiery skipper left the fledgling American League Orioles midseason, bringing three key players from Baltimore, first baseman Dan McGann, catcher Roger Bresnahan, and right-hander Joe McGinnity, all who started in today's game.
1909 In the same game he pulls off the first unassisted triple killing in major league history, Neal Ball records nine putouts at shortstop, another big league first, in the Naps' (Indians) 6-1 win over Boston at Cleveland's League Park. The diminutive infielder's glove from that game will be enshrined at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
1909 During the top of the second inning of a 6-1 win over the Red Sox at Cleveland's League Park, Neal Ball executes the first unassisted triple play in the post-1900 era of baseball. The Naps (Indians) shortstop catches an Ambrose McConnell line drive, steps on second to force out Heinie Wagner, and then tags Jake Stahl for the third out as he comes from first base.
1910 Cy Young wins his 500th game when the Naps (Indians) beat the Senators in 11 innings at American League Park, 5-4. During his 22-year major league career, from 1890-1911 pitching for five different teams, the 43 year-old right-hander will compile 511 victories, 94 more than Walter Johnson, who is second on the all-time list.
1911 Former circus acrobat Walter Carlisle completes an unassisted triple-play for Vernon (LA) of the Pacific Coast League when he catches a ball in shallow center field, flips and touches second base, and beats the runner back to first base.
1912 Future Hall of Famer Rube Marquard wins his 20th game when the Giants beat St. Louis at the Polo Grounds, 6-3. The 25 year-old right-hander, who will finish the season with a 26-11 record, reaches the coveted milestone quicker than any other hurler in history.
1915 The Washington Senators steal eight bases in one inning off of Indians' catcher Steve O'Neil. The first inning thievery establishes a major league record for stolen bases in one frame.
1920 Babe Ruth, with the first of his two homers in the nightcap of a twin bill against Chicago at the Polo Grounds, becomes the first player to hit 30 home runs in a season. The historic homer, a two-run, fourth-inning shot off Dickey Kerr, breaks his own season mark of 29, and the 'Rajah of Rap' will finish the season with a resounding 54 round-trippers.
1924 Cardinals hurler Hi Bell goes the distance in both games of a Sportsman's Park doubleheader, beating the Braves, 6-1 and 2-1. The 27 year-old rookie right-hander from Kentucky will be the last National League pitcher to record two complete-game victories in one day.
1927 The Giants honor John McGraw, the team's manager since 1902, with a Silver Jubilee celebration, showering 'Mugsy' with gifts that include a huge silver loving cup, a silver platter, and a silver cane for his 25 years of service to the club. The rain during the pregame ceremony at the Polo Grounds doesn't dampen the spirits of the enthusiastic crowd of 25,000 fans, which includes Mayor Jimmy Walker, many former players, Commissioner Landis, George M. Cohan, and Commander Richard E. Byrd.
1933 Red Sox catcher Rick Ferrell hits a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning off his brother after Wes had gone deep in the top of the frame in the Indians' 9-8 victory at Fenway Park. The pair of round-trippers marks the third time brothers have homered in the same game, but the first time the feat has been accomplished by siblings on opposing teams.
Seventeen year-old Iowa farm boy Bob Feller makes his major league debut, pitching one inning of relief against the Senators in Washington, D.C. The hard-throwing 'kid' allows no hits and no runs, striking out none and walking two batters. (Feller claims the box score is wrong - he claims to have struck out Buddy Lewis in his autobiography.) https://amzn.to/2Y1Kh5J
1946 During a contest between Chicago and the Red Sox, Red Jones ejects 14 members of the White Sox for their bench jockeying initiated when the ump warns Chisox hurler Joe Haynes after Ted Williams is knocked down with a pitch. It was reported for years the home plate arbitrator's ire might have been raised by a ventriloquist sitting behind the visitors' dugout, but during recent interviews with the participants of the game played more than sixty years ago, it is revealed many of them believe the incident was precipitated by third-base coach Mule Haas, who wasn't thrown out of the game but was known to be more than capable of making rude sounds and infuriating remarks.
1960 Pedro Ramos one-hits Detroit in the Senators' 5-0 victory at Briggs Stadium. The Washington right-hander's bid for a no-hitter is spoiled by Rocky Colavito's lead-off single to centerfield in the eighth inning.
1960 In his major league debut, Giants' rookie righty Juan Marichal one-hits the Phillies at Candlestick Park, 2-0. Philadelphia's lone hit is a two-out eighth-inning single by pinch-hitter Clay Dalrymple.
1964 In his major league debut, 23 year-old Indian rookie Luis Tiant throws a complete-game, a four-hit shutout, to beat Whitey Ford and the Yankees in New York, 3-0. The popular Cuban right-hander will compile a 229-172 record (.571) pitching for six teams during his 19 years in the big leagues.
1966 In the first major league game to be played totally on artificial turf, Houston beats Philadelphia at the Astrodome, 8-2. Prior to this contest, the outfield consisted of painted dirt with only the infield covered with the new material created by Monsanto Company, dubbed Astroturf.
1966 In his final at-bat in the major leagues, Cardinals starter Tracy Stallard grounds out to short in the Redbirds' 10-9 victory over Atlanta. During his seven-year tenure, the right-hander, best known for giving up Roger Maris's 61st home run, sets a major league record by failing to get a base-on-balls in his 247 appearances at the plate.
1967 Tom Matchick's two-run home run gives Detroit a dramatic 5-4 walk-off victory over Baltimore at Tiger Stadium. The rookie shortstop's round-tripper, the first of only four he will hit in his six-year major league career, comes with two outs off Moe Drabowsky.
1969 Washington starter Joe Coleman throws his third consecutive shutout when he blanks the Bronx Bombers, 4-0. The 22 year-old right-hander, the Senators' first-round pick (third overall) of the amateur draft in 1965, faces only 29 batters in his two-hit masterpiece in New York.
1972 At Three Rivers Stadium, Luke Walker singles off Cecil Upshaw to break an 0-for-39 drought at the plate. The Pirates' southpaw pitches three innings of one-hit shutout baseball to pick up a save in the 8-3 victory over the Braves.
1973 To quell a controversy over deserving players not being selected for the All-Star Game, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn grants permission to both leagues to increase their roster size to 29 players for next week's contest in Kansas City's Royals Stadium. The National League selects fading superstar Willie Mays, with the Junior Circuit adding Nolan Ryan, who was not originally picked by American League manager Dick Williams although the Angel right-hander was the first pitcher since Johnny Vander Meer, the starter in the 1938 Midsummer Classic, to have two no-hitters before the break.
1974 Dick Bosman no-hits the A's at Cleveland Stadium. The 30 year-old right-hander misses a perfect game because of his own fourth-inning throwing error, which gives Oakland their lone baserunner in the Indians' 4-0 victory.
1975 At Candlestick Park, Doug Rader, batting eighth, plays the entire game without getting an official at-bat. The Cardinals walk the Giants catcher four times, three intentionally, to get to John Montefusco, San Francisco's starter, who goes 0-for-4 at the plate but tosses a complete game to get the win in San Francisco's 5-2 victory.
1977 With a four-run first inning, the National League coasts to a 7-5 win over the AL at the newly renovated Yankee Stadium. It's the Senior Circuit's sixth straight victory, and their 14th in the last 15 games.
1980 Roy Lee Jackson retires the last 19 batters he faces en route to a complete-game victory in the Mets' 13-3 rout of the Reds at Riverfront Stadium. The 26 year-old right-hander benefits from his teammates' 20-hit barrage in the Cincinnati contest.
1982 In front of 29,000 enthusiastic fans at Washington's RFK Stadium, the American League beats the NL in the first-ever Old-timer's All-Star Classic, 7-2. Warren Spahn gives up a leadoff homer, over the shortened left-field fence, to 75 year-old Luke Appling, a Hall of Fame infielder who played his entire career with the White Sox.
1982 Tony Gwynn doubles off of southpaw Sid Monge for his first major league hit. The 22 year-old rookie outfielder, who will end his Hall of Fame career with 3,141 hits, goes 2-for-4 with a sacrifice fly in the Padres' 7-6 loss to Philadelphia at Jack Murphy Stadium.
1989 Joe Carter blasts three homers in the Indians' 10-1 rout of Minnesota. It's the second time this season and the fourth three-home run game of the Cleveland outfielder's career, tying Lou Gehrig for the American League record.
1995 The Devil Rays name Chuck LaMar as the franchise's first general manager. Under the leadership of the former Braves assistant GM, the expansion team will compile a 518-777 (.400) record during the first eight years of its existence.
1998 Contributing to the Blue Jays' 9-3 victory over the Yankees, Carlos Delgado becomes the first player to reach the SkyDome's fifth deck with his Ruthian home run to right field. The massive blast, the Toronto's first baseman's 19th round-tripper of the season, snaps 0-for-29 slump.
1999 In a 7-6 interleague victory over Cincinnati, Jeff Weaver becomes the first Tigers pitcher to hit a double in 27 years. The last Detroit hurler to accomplish the feat was Chuck Seelbach. who banged a two-bagger off Lloyd Allen of the Angels on August 20, 1972.
2000 The Blue Jays, hoping to strengthen their rotation in the midst of a pennant race with the first-place Yankees, trade minor league infielder Michael Young to Texas for Esteban Loaiza, who will post a disappointing 5-7 record down the stretch for the short-term contenders. The Rangers' newest prospect will develop into a perennial All-Star shortstop, batting .301 during his 13 seasons with the Texan team.
2001 Arizona southpaw Randy Johnson sets a major league record for strikeouts by a reliever when he fans 16 batters, completing last night's suspended game stopped in the top of the third inning. The 'Big Unit' gets the victory in the Diamondbacks' 3-0 victory over San Diego in the Qualcomm Stadium contest.
2004 In Pacific Coast League action at Portland's PGE Park, minor leaguer Tagg Bozied hits a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Tacoma Rainiers, 8-5. Upon his arrival at home plate, the Beavers' first baseman, jumping for joy, ruptures the patella tendon to his left knee and needs to be taken to Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital by ambulance.
2005 Winning its second consecutive 1-0 contest, the Red Sox limit the Kansas City offense to four hits. The last time two straight 1-0 games occurred in Fenway Park was in 1916, when Babe Ruth and Ernie Shore blanked the Yankees and A's, respectively, on June 22 and 23 for the eventual World Champs.
2009 Ian Kinsler becomes the fifth major leaguer in baseball history to hit both a leadoff and walk-off home run for his team in the same game. The Rangers' second baseman led off the bottom of the first inning with a round-tripper off Francisco Liriano and then ended the contest in the bottom of the 12th with a game-ending two-run blast off R.A. Dickey to give Texas a 6-4 victory over Minnesota.
2013 A surprise sixth contender participates in the Presidents Race when Sharknado, a character from the SyFy original movie about sharks being brought on land by a waterspout, ambushes George, Tom, Teddy, and Bill in the Nationals Park dash. Although Sharknado successfully blows past four of his competitors, Abe, with the wind to his back, secures a first-place finish.
2013 Houston's Brandon Barnes, who goes 5-for-5, scores three times and drives in two runs in the Astros' 10-7 loss to Seattle at Minute Maid Park, and collects the eighth cycle in franchise history. The Astros center fielder joins Cesar Cedeno (1972, 1976), Bob Watson (1977), Andujar Cedeno (1992), Jeff Bagwell (2001), Craig Biggio (2002), and Luke Scott (2006) when his eighth-inning double completes the historic accomplishment.
2015 During the Reds' 5-3 loss to the Indians at Great American Ball Park, Aroldis Chapman records his 500th career strikeout, setting a major-league record for the fewest innings needed to reach the milestone. The Reds closer accomplishes the feat in 292 frames to break Craig Kimbrel's previous mark of 305 established by the Padres reliever earlier this season.
2015 After a two-and-a-half-hour delay, the Angels finally call off their game against the Red Sox, making the postponement the team's first home game canceled because of inclement weather in twenty years. The last rainout in Anaheim occurred on June 16, 1995, covering a span of 1,609 consecutive games, when the Halos and White Sox were washed out.
1858 Fee 1st charged to see a baseball game (50 cents) (NY beats Bkln 22-18)
1911 Boston Red Sox Smokey Joe Wood no-hits St Louis Browns, 5-0
1912 Phillies Sherry Magee steals home twice in 1 game
1916 Giants trade Christy Mathewson to Cincinnati Reds
1956 Yankee pitcher Whitey Ford ties AL record of 6 straight strike-outs
1958 Detroit Tigers pitcher Jim Bunning no-hits Boston Red Sox, 3-0
1965 NY Yankee pitcher Mel Stottlemyre hits an inside-the-park grand slam
1969 56th Tour de France: Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx wins general, points, mountains, team classification titles
1970 Dodgers Bill Singer no-hits the Phillies 5-0, giving up no walks
1973 Chic's Wilbur Wood starts and loses both games of a doubleheader with NY Yankees, 12-2, & 7-0
1976 Hank Aaron hits 755th and last home run off Angels Dick Drago
1901 Heinie Manush, American baseball player (d. 1971)
1933 Nelson Doubleday, publisher (Doubleday)/owner (NY Mets)
1971 Charles Johnson, Fort Pierce Fla, catcher (US Olympics 1992, Marlins)
1981 Damien Delaney, Irish footballer
1984 Alexi Casilla, Dominican baseball player
MORE FROM MLB'S OTD1906 At St. Louis, 27 year-old Brooklyn right-hander Mal Eason no-hits the second-division Cardinals at Robison Field, 2-0. The 'Kid' was the losing pitcher when Phillies southpaw Johnny Lush pitched a no-hitter against the Superbas in May.
1926 A's outfielder Al Simmons establishes an American League record by playing in 394 consecutive games to start a career. Hideki Matsui, who will start in 518 consecutive games after signing as a Japanese free agent with the Yankees, will surpass the Hall of Famer's mark in 2005.
1944 Browns' hurler Nels Potter is banned for ten days, becoming the first pitcher ever to be suspended for throwing a spitball in the team's 7-3 victory over the Yankees at Sportsman's Park. The spitball, shine ball, and emery ball were outlawed by the major league's Joint Rules Committee in 1920, which allowed the seventeen pitchers using the doctored pitches at the time to keep throwing the banned pitches legally until they retired.
1949 Larry Doby is thrown out trying to steal home with no outs with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning in a 7-3 loss to the Yankees at Cleveland Stadium. Tribe manager Lou Boudreau will fine his center fielder for the failed attempt to steal home and for taking several other unnecessary chances recently.
1951 In a game against the Reds with All-Star hurler Ewell Blackwell on the mound, the Giants, for the first time, employ their infamous scheme for stealing catchers' signs using a telescope positioned in the center-field clubhouse. The 'Jints' beat Cincinnati, 11-6, and New York will win 22 of the remaining 27 games at the Polo Grounds, overtaking the Dodgers to win the National League pennant.
1958 Tiger right-hander Jim Bunning no-hits the Red Sox, 3-0. The future Hall of Famer and U.S. Senator will become the first modern-day pitcher to toss a hitless game in both leagues when he throws a perfect game against the Mets in 1964, and once again Mets broadcaster Bob Murphy will be behind the microphone doing the play-by-play, as he is today for Boston.
1965 Yankees' pitcher Mel Stottlemyre hits an inside-the-park grand slam against the Red Sox. The fifth-inning shot to deep center field proves to be the difference in the 23 year-old right-hander's 6-3 complete-game victory at Yankee Stadium.
1969 At Connie Mack Stadium during the top of the third inning of the nightcap against the Cubs, play is halted with the two teams moving silently to their respective baselines to look skyward as the Phillies' crowd is informed word has been sent from Neil Armstrong to Mission Control in Houston that the Eagle had landed on the moon. The game will resume after a recording of Kate Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" is played, along with a prayer for the safety of the astronauts over the loudspeaker.
1970 Twenty-six year-old right-hander Bill Singer pitches the first Dodger no-hitter since Sandy Koufax's departure when he keeps the Philadelphia batters hitless in a 5-0 victory at Chavez Ravine. The 'Singer Throwing Machine,' who spent 52 days on the disabled list earlier in the season recuperating from hepatitis, posts a 5-0 record along with a 1.84 ERA in July and will be named NL Player of the Month.
1973 Wilbur Wood, the last pitcher to start both games of a twin bill, takes the loss in each contest when New York sweeps the White Sox at Yankee Stadium, 12-2 and 7-0. The knuckleballer gets the nod to start the nightcap after not making it out of the first inning in the opener.
1974 Trailing the A's, 9-8, in the bottom of the ninth, the Indians get runners to second and third with nobody out. Rollie Fingers retires George Hendrick and Charlie Spikes, but with first base still open, manager Alvin Dark elects to pitch to John Ellis, who promptly lines a single to center to win the game.
1976 Hank Aaron hit his last big league homer off Angels' hurler Dick Drago en route to a 6-2 Brewers' win. The round-tripper is 'Hammerin' Hank's' 755th and establishes the all-time major league record for career home runs.
1976 Mark Fidrych throws his twelfth complete game in his 13th start of the season, a streak that includes three 11-inning contests. The 21 year-old Tiger rookie right-hander from Massachusetts gives up ten hits, defeating Minnesota at Metropolitan Stadium, 8-3.
1984 Toronto establishes a team record for runs scored in an inning when eleven players cross the plate at the Kingdome in the ninth inning. The Blue Jays' barrage in the final frame leads to an eventual 12-7 victory over Seattle.
1987 Don Mattingly ties a major league mark when he makes 22 putouts in the Yankees' 7-1 victory in the Metrodome. 'Donnie Baseball' matches the one-game record established in 1906 by Hal Chase, another Bronx Bomber first sacker.
1993 The game against the Cardinals is delayed for an hour after a fire breaks out in the skybox/press box area of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Recently acquired Fred McGriff pinch-hits a homer, enabling the Braves to rally from a 5-0 deficit to win 7-5, and appears to ignite the beginning of the team's historic comeback from a 9.5 games deficit to win the National League West Division.
2004 At Wrigley Field, Albert Pujols goes 5-for-5, including three home runs and five RBIs, as the Cardinals beat their Central Division rivals Cubs, 11-8. The Redbird first baseman's first career three-homer game helps St. Louis to erase a six-run deficit.
2006 In a 26-inning New York-Penn League game which takes 6 hours, 40 minutes to complete at KeySpan Park in Coney Island, the Oneonta Tigers outlast the hometown Brooklyn Cyclones, 6-1. Mark Wright, a reserve outfielder, is the losing pitcher in the third-longest game by innings in professional baseball history.
2006 Trying to keep their 14 straight postseason appearances streak intact, the Braves trade Class A catcher Max Ramirez to the Indians for Bob Wickman. Atlanta, winning 12 of 16 to get back into the wild-card race, is hoping the veteran 37 year-old closer can help solve the team's late-inning woes, which includes the bullpen blowing half of this season's 40 save opportunities.
2008 The Dodgers, with a five-run ninth-inning rally at Chase Field, beat the Diamondbacks, 6-5, and move into a flat-footed tie (48-50) with Arizona for first place in the National League West. Andre Ethier has the key hit in the comeback victory, a go-ahead triple off the center-field wall, as D-Back closer Brandon Lyon, pitching in his third consecutive game, couldn't hold a three-run lead.
2008 Francisco Rodriguez, surpassing John Smoltz's effort for the 2003 Braves by ten games, becomes the quickest reliever ever to reach 40 saves. The Angels closer strikes out the side in the ninth of a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over the Red Sox, completing a sweep of the reigning World Series champions.
2009 The Pirates, with an 8-5 win over Milwaukee at PNC Park, snapping their 17-game losing streak against the Brewers, the longest skid against a single opponent in 39 years. During the 1969-70 seasons, the Royals dropped 23 decisions to the Orioles to establish the major league mark.
2009 After trailing 12-2, Oakland comes back to beat the Twins, 14-13, making it the first time the A's have come back from a ten-run deficit since being down by twelve runs in 1925, when the team, then known as the Philadelphia Athletics, beat the Indians, 17-15. The 3 hours, 32 minutes slugfest ends with Michael Cuddyer being called out at home plate on a very controversial call after trying to score on a wild pitch.
2011 Hideki Matsui, leading off the sixth inning in Oakland's 7-5 victory in Detroit, hits his 500th career home run. The Japanese native went yard 332 times for the Yomiuri Giants before collecting another 168 round-trippers since 2003 playing with the Yankees, Angels, and A's.
2012 After trailing the Nationals by nine runs after five innings of play, the Braves take the lead, 10-9, when the team plates two runs in the top of the ninth. Washington will knot the score in the bottom the frame on Danny Espinosa's home run, but Atlanta will complete its amazing comeback with an unanswered run in the eleventh inning.
2013 At Miller Park in a game against Miami, the Brewers wear throwback jerseys to honor the Milwaukee Bears, a Negro League team that played in Brew Town during the 1923 season. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has a wardrobe malfunction when the letter u on his uniform is misplaced, spelling out Milwakuee.
2013 Although the Mariners manage just one hit and strike out 15 times, the team beats the Astros at Minute Maid Park, 4-2. Seattle scores two runs in the top of the sixth thanks to two base on balls, two passed balls, and a sacrifice fly, and then tallies another pair in the next frame when Michael Saunders' double plates Justin Smoak and Mike Zunino, who both reached base via a walk.
2015 Xu Guiyan signs with Orioles, becoming the first player who is Chinese by birth and ancestry to ink a contract to play in the United States. The 19 year-old outfielder/first baseman nicknamed 'Itchy,' at the MLB China Development Center in Wuxi, Jiangsu will be evaluated by the Orioles scouts in the spring, before being assigned to a minor league affiliate.