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    1866 Cincinnati Baseball club (Red Stockings) forms
    1925 NY Yankee Lou Gehrig hits his 1st of 23 career grand slammers
    1944 Chicago Cubs Bill Nicholson hits 4 HRs in a doubleheader
    1955 NY Yankees Bob Cerv and E Howard are 1st to hit consecutive pinch HRs
    1956 Joe Cronin & Hank Greenberg inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
    1965 Dick Stuart homers in a major league-record 23rd different park
    1969 40th MLB All Star Game, RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C.: NL beats AL, 9-3; MVP: Willie McCovey, SF Giants, 1B
    1974 45th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-2 at 3 Rivers Stadium, Pitts All star MVP: Steve Garvey (LA Dodgers)
    1975 LA Dodgers W Crawford and Lee Lacy are 5th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
    1976 Baltimore Oriole Reggie Jackson homers in 6th straight game
    1978 Phillies Steve Carlton becomes 78th pitcher to win 200
    1978 Mayence returns to helps Yankees win their 5th straight game
    1979 George Brett gets his 1,000th hit
    1984 KC Royals Dan Quisenberry gets his 200th career save
    1987 Red Sox waive Bill Buckner, the goat of last year's World Series
    1991 Rob Dibble back from 3-game suspension, is ejected for throwing at and hitting Cubs baserunner Doug Dascenzo Cubs win, 8-5
    1993 NY Yankee Mark Hutton is 1st Australian to be a starting pitcher, He beats Angels 5-2; Yanks, Red Sox, Blue Jays 3 way tie for 1st
    1994 Don Mattingly becomes 6th NY Yankee to get 2,000 hits
    1994 Longest baseball rain delay (3:39) as Giants beat Mets 4-2 in NYC
    2009 Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox becomes the 18th pitcher to throw a perfect game in MLB history, defeating Tampa Bay Rays 5-0

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    1917 Ray Scarborough, American MLB pitcher (All Star 1950), born in Mount Gilead, North Carolina (d. 1982)
    1918 Pee Wee [Harold] Reese, American baseball player (Dodgers), born in Ekron, Kentucky (d. 1999)
    1923 Luis Aloma, Cuban baseball player, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1997))
    1928 Cy Young, American athlete and only US male to win gold in javelin throwing (1952 Olympics), born in Modesto, California (d. 2017)
    1936 Don Drysdale [Donald Scott], American MLB player (LA Dodgers-Cy Young 1962), born in Van Nuys, California (d. 1993)
    1973 Nomar Garciaparra, American MLB shortstop (6-time All Star), born in Whittier, California

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    1925 Lou Gehrig's four-run home run is the difference in the Yankees' 11-7 victory over the Senators. The New York first baseman's bases-full homer is the first of a record 23 grand slams he will hit during his 17-year career in the Bronx, a mark that will be surpassed in 2013 by Alex Rodriguez.
    1928 In a Class C Western Association minor league game against the Topeka Jayhawks, future major league player and manager Paul Richards of the Muskogee Chiefs is summoned from his shortstop position to pitch. The 19 year-old right-hander throws with both hands during his brief appearance on the mound, including an unusual confrontation with a switch-hitter, that briefly results in both the pitcher and the batter continually swapping hands and batter's boxes, respectively, until the ambidextrous hurler becomes a left-hander and right-hander on alternate pitches, regardless of where the batter places himself.
    1930 Pirates third baseman Pie Traynor hits the eventual game-winning homers in both ends of a doubleheader. The future Hall Famer's ninth-inning home run beats Philadelphia in the opener, 2-1, and the Massachusetts native also provides the winning margin in the nightcap with a three-run round-tripper in the top of the 13th inning in the team's 16-15 victory over the A's at the Baker Bowl.
    1939 Using yellow dyed balls, the Cardinals beat the Dodgers 5-2 at Sportsman's Park. The experimenting with the use of the colored sphere, which is designed to make the ball easier to see for the players and the fans, started in Brooklyn last week and will be tested once more, in a September game played at Wrigley Field.
    1939 In a 16-3 Tigers rout at Briggs Stadium, A's catcher Harry O'Neill appears in his only major league game. In 1945, the 22 year-old backstop will die in combat on Iwo Jima, becoming one of only two big leaguers to be killed in World War II.
    1941 Although Lou Boudreau is usually given credit for implementing the shift on pull-hitter Ted Williams, White Sox manager Jimmy Dykes becomes the first to employ the defensive alignment against the Red Sox outfielder, who foils the plan when he goes 2-for-5, including a double, in Boston's 10-4 loss to the Pale Hose at Fenway Park. The Chicago skipper will abandon the strategy when 'the Kid' collects four hits in ten at-bats in the two-game series.
    1944 In the eighth inning of the second game of a doubleheader, Giants manager Mel Ott orders his pitcher Andy Hansen to issue an intentional walk with the bases loaded to Bill Nicholson. The free pass to Swish, who has hit four home runs in the twin bill, doesn't work when the Cubs score three runs to tie the game.
    1960 A's outfielder Whitey Herzog hits into a triple play when his line drive is snagged on the mound by Pedro Ramos, who tosses it to first baseman Julio Becquer to double up the runner, and the third out of the play is made by relaying the ball to shortstop Jose Valdivielso getting the runner returning to second base. The three outs in the 8-3 loss to the Senators mark the first all-Cuban triple killing in major league history.
    1960 Indians center fielder Jimmy Piersall is ejected for the sixth time this season after ignoring the home plate umpire's warning to stop running around the outfield with his arms raised during Ted Williams' plate appearance. The Waterbury (CT) native, restrained by teammates when he charges the ump, is guilty of trying to distract the batter from the field, which is forbidden by the rule book
    1962 Jackie Robinson becomes the first black player inducted into the Hall of Fame. Joining the Dodger infielder in the Cooperstown ceremony are fireballer Bob Feller, veteran manager Bill McKechnie, and outfielder Edd Roush.
    1962 The first telecast of a major league via satellite includes a portion of the Cubs 4-3 victory over Phillies from Wrigley Field. Chicago broadcaster Jack Brockhouse provides the play-by-play of the Telstar Communications transmission.
    1964 Kansas City's Bert Campaneris homers off the Twins' southpaw Jim Kaat on the first major league pitch he ever sees. The A's rookie shortstop homers again in the seventh, knotting the score with a two-run round-tripper in the team's eventual 4-3 victory in 11 innings at Metropolitan Stadium.
    1965 Dick Stuart homers in the first inning in the Phillies' 5-1 win over New York at Shea Stadium. 'Dr. Strangeglove', who played in Boston for the last two seasons, becomes the first player to have gone deep in each of the 19 major league ballparks now in use. (Ed. note - Nineteen ballparks because both Los Angeles teams, the Angels and Dodgers, share the ballpark in Chavez Ravine. - LP)
    1967 Mickey Lolich loses his tenth straight game, setting a Tigers' record for consecutive defeats when Detroit drops a 4-2 decision to the Yankees at Tiger Stadium. After the game, the 26 year-old southpaw, who will win nine of his next ten starts for the pennant contenders, is called up to the mobilized 191st National Guard unit to help quell riots which are taking place in the vicinity of the ballpark.
    1969 At Washington's RFK Stadium, the National League scores early and often to coast to an easy 9-3 victory over the AL in the 40th All-Star Game. Cardinals southpaw Steve Carlton, the starting and winning pitcher, hits a double in the third inning off Blue Moon Odom to become the last hurler to get an extra-base hit in a Midsummer Classic contest.
    1974 At Three Rivers Stadium, Dodger first baseman Steve Garvey, a write-in All-Star starter, singles and doubles to help the National League beat the Junior circuit, 7-2. Mike Schmidt, also a write-in, plays in his first Midsummer Classic thanks to radio intern Howard Eskin's on-air campaign which urged Phillies fans to stuff the ballot box for their young third baseman.
    1974 In a surprise statement released after the All-Star Game played in Pittsburgh, Hank Aaron, who had indicated on many occasions that he had no interest in the position, publicly declares he would accept a Braves' offer to manage the team "simply because there are no black managers in baseball." The superstar's comments create an awkward situation the next day when Atlanta announces the organization has hired Clyde King to replace Eddie Mathews, dismissed three days ago.
    1975 At Three Rivers Stadium, Frank Taveras is picked off first base in an unusual play. After getting a big lead, to get a good jump on a sac bunt, the Pirates shortstop is picked off when the catcher throws the ball to first base with the Phillies right fielder Jay Johnstone covering the base to complete the 2-9 play.
    1976 Sadaharu Oh, joining Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron, becomes the third professional to hit 700 home runs. The 33 year-old Yomiuri Giants' slugger, who will finish his career with 868 career homers, is the first player to accomplish the feat in Japan.
    1976 Orioles outfielder Reggie Jackson, tying an American League record shared by five players, hits a home run in his sixth consecutive game. The 13th inning round-tripper off Danny Frisella does not help in the Birds' 4-3 loss to the Brewers, who scored two runs in the top of the frame in the Memorial Stadium contest.
    1985 Oddibe McDowell becomes the first Ranger player to hit for the cycle. His seventh-inning home run completes the unique event, but the center fielder adds another round-tripper in the following frame when Texas beats the Indians at Arlington Stadium, 8-4.
    2000 Reds third baseman Mike Bell, joining his grandfather and his father, becomes part of the first three-generation family to play for the same team. Gus played for Cincinnati from 1953 to 1961, and his son, Mike's dad, spent the 1987-88 seasons in the Queen City.
    2000 The Astros hit four homers in one inning off Cardinal hurler Andy Benes, tying the major league record for round-trippers allowed by one pitcher in a single frame. The second inning uprising helps Houston set a team record for homers in one inning and ties a team record with six big flies for the game.
    2000 After rejecting a trade to the Mets, 36 year-old Barry Larkin agrees to a three-year, $27 million contract extension to continue to play for the Reds. The deal will keep the former Rookie of the Year (1986), NL's MVP (1995), and 11-time All-Star shortstop in Cincinnati until 2003.
    2000 The Big Red Machine rolls into Cooperstown, delivering first baseman Tony Perez, manager Sparky Anderson, and Reds announcer Marty Brennaman into the Baseball Hall of Fame, along with 1975 Red Sox World Series rival Carlton Fisk. Also enshrined are 19th century Cincinnati second baseman Bid McPhee and Negro League star 'Turkey' Stearnes.
    2002 Celebrating his 29th birthday by hitting three homers in Boston's 22-4 rout of the Devil Rays, Nomar Garciaparra ties the major league record, becoming the 26th player to hit five home runs in two games. It was the Red Sox shortstop's second three-homer game, having accomplished the feat against the Mariners on May 10, 1999.
    2002 Nomar Garciaparra establishes the record for consecutive home runs in the shortest time in terms of innings. In a 22-4 rout of the Devil Rays at Fenway Park, the Red Sox shortstop homers three times in two frames - two two-run homers in the second and a grand slam in the third.
    2005 At SBC Park, uniform #36 is added to the second deck of the left-field bleachers, joining nine others when the Giants honor Gaylord Perry. The Hall of Famer, who won 134 of his 314 career victories with San Francisco, remembers his 37 year-old son, Jack, who died last month of complications from leukemia.
    2006 In a 3-1 victory over the Indians at Jacobs Field, Francisco Liriano and four Twins relievers establish a club record with 17 strikeouts in a nine-inning game. The Minnesota starter reached double-digit whiffs (10) for the third time this season, with Pat Neshek, Dennys Reyes, Juan Rincon, and Joe Nathan adding seven more punchouts over the last four innings.
    2006 Adrian Beltre hits the first inside-the-park home run in the eight-year history of Safeco Field. The eighth-inning blast to centerfield comes off Mike Timlin in the Mariners' 9-8 victory over Boston.
    2008 In a slugfest at Angel Stadium, Los Angeles collects a season-high 19 hits, beating the Indians, 14-11. The hit parade is led by Howie Kendrick (4), Jeff Mathis (4), and Casey Kotchman (5), making it the first time in franchise history three different players have had four or more hits in the same game.
    2009 Thanks to a spectacular grab by defensive replacement DeWayne Wise of Gabe Kapler's bid for a leadoff home run in the ninth inning, Mark Buehrle tosses the 18th perfect game in major league history, a 5-0 gem over the Rays at U.S. Cellular Field. The 30 year-old southpaw, who received a congratulatory call from President Obama, a big White Sox fan, becomes the second pitcher in franchise history to throw two hitless games for the team, matching Frank Smith's accomplishment when the right-hander did it against the 1905 Tigers and the 1908 A's.ok
    2010 With a bases-empty homer in the first, a ground-rule double in the fifth, a two-run triple in the sixth, and a single in the eighth inning of the Diamondbacks' 7-4 loss to San Francisco at Chase Field, Kelly Johnson becomes the fourth player in franchise history to complete a cycle. The Arizona second baseman joins Luis Gonzalez (2000), Greg Colbrunn (2002), and Stephen Drew (2008) to accomplish the feat with the D-Backs.
    2011 For the first time in the 50-year history of the franchise, the Mets compile a 50-50 won-loss record after playing one hundred games. New York achieves the dubious distinction when they lose in Florida, 8-5.
    2011 The Mariners tie the 1992 franchise record for consecutive defeats by losing to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, 3-1. Seattle's 14th straight loss results in Boston's skipper Terry Francona's 1,000th win as a major league manager.
    2013 Wearing their home whites and batting in the bottom of the innings, the visiting Reds drop a 5-3 decision to the Giants in the second game of the twin bill at San Francisco's AT&T Park. The make-up game of a washout of a July Fourth contest, which could not that could not take place in the home ballpark, set up the possibility for the first time in major league history that an away team produced a walk-off win on the road had Cincinnati come back from their two-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth.

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    damned thin skinned umps!
     
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    1909 Bkln Dodger Nap Rucker strikes out 16 Pittsburgh Pirates
    1941 Red Sox Lefty Grove, 41, wins his 300th game
    1946 9 Spokane baseball players (Western League) die in a bus crash
    1949 Indian pitcher Bob Lemon hits 2 HRs to beat Senators, 7-5
    1956 Dodgers lose to the Reds, 2-1, playing in Jersey City's Roosevelt Stadium
    1958 Ted Williams is fined $250 for spitting at Boston fans again
    1961 Roger Maris hits 4 home runs, in a doubleheader
    1965 Casey Stengel resigns as manager of NY Mets
    1968 Hoyt Wilhelm pitches in a record 907th major league game
    1973 44th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-1 at Royals Stadium, Kansas City All Star MVP: Bobby Bonds (SF Giants)
    1977 Pete Rose passes Frankie Frisch as switch-hit leader with 2,881
    1978 Pete Rose ties NL hitting streak of 37 games
    1978 Billy Martin resigns as Yankee manager after "one is a born liar the other a convicted one" comment about Steinbrenner and Jackson
    1979 Red Sox Carl Yastrzemski hits his 400th HR
    1983 Pine Tar Game: George Brett's HR disallowed against Yanks (overturned)
    1992 Faye Vincent reinstates Yankee owner George Steinbrenner (eff 3/1/93)
    1993 NY Met Anthony Young loses record 27th straight
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    1964 Barry Bonds, American baseball left fielder (MLB home-run record [762], 7 x NL MVP), born in Riverside, California
    1965 Joe Oliver, catcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Memphis, Tennessee
    1976 Nate Bump, American baseball player
    1979 José Valverde, American baseball player

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    1909 At Washington Park, the Superbas sweep a twin bill from the visiting Cardinals with identical 1-0 scores. Brooklyn's southpaw Nap Rucker, who will finish second in the NL with 200 strikeouts, whiffs 16 Redbirds in one of the contests.
    1911 At the Palace of the Fans in Cincinnati, the Giants establish a club mark, hitting four triples in one game. @WESGATORS The plethora of three-baggers, including two-legged out by Hall of Fame hurler Rube Marquard as well as one each from Larry Doyle and Chief Meyers, and nine other hits enable New York to beat the Reds, 8-3.
    1926 For the second time this season, Lou Gehrig swipes home on the front end of a double steal with Babe Ruth as the trailing runner. The Yankee first baseman will steal 102 bases during his career, with 15 of the thefts being of home plate.
    1931 For the second time in ten days, Babe Herman hits for the cycle. The Dodger outfielder joins "Long John" Reilly and Bob Meusel as one of only three 'tricyclists' to have accomplished the feat of collecting a single, double, triple, and home run in one game three times.
    1933 A pair of bandits, who robbed a St. Louis drug store last week, send Dizzy Dean a gift as a goodwill gesture. After walking into the holdup, the thieves told the Cardinal right-hander to line up with the other innocent bystanders, but they would send six neckties because they had nothing against him personally.
    1933 Gabby Street, who led St. Louis to National League pennants in 1930 and 1931, is fired midseason by the Cardinals after the team gets off to a 46-45 start. Frank Frisch, the Redbirds second baseman, is named the player-manager of the fifth-place club, prior to a 10-1 exhibition rout of the Quincy Warriors of the Mississippi Valley League in Illinois.
    1948 During a Northern League road trip, five teammates of the Duluth minor league club are killed, and 19 others are hurt in a bus-truck crash near St. Paul. The injured include future major league manager Mel McGaha and Elmer Schoendienst, brother of Cardinals' infielder, Red.
    1948 Six days after hitting four homers in one game, White Sox outfielder Pat Seerey again makes the record book, becoming the first major leaguer to strike out seven times in a doubleheader.
    1949 In the opener of a twin bill at Griffith Stadium, Indians' hurler Bob Lemon helps his cause by hitting two home runs in a 7-5 victory over the Senators. Cleveland completes the sweep when Gene Beardon gets the victory in the Tribe's 5-2 win in the nightcap.
    1951 "That was the finest catch I have ever seen, and the finest I ever expect to see" - Pirates GM Branch Rickey, commenting on a catch made by Willie Mays at Forbes Field

    At cavernous Forbes Field, Giants' outfielder Willie Mays, unable to reach across his body to make a catch with his glove of Rocky Nelson's sinking 457-foot blast to deep center, sticks out his bare right hand and grabs the ball on a full gallop to make the incredible final out of the inning. Venerable Branch Rickey, Pittsburgh's general manager, sends a note to the New York dugout during the game to tell the 20 year-old rookie, "That was the finest catch I have ever seen, and the finest I ever expect to see."
    1956 Under cloudy skies, former first baseman/outfielder Hank Greenberg and infielder Joe Cronin, currently serving as general managers for the Tigers and Red Sox, respectively, are inducted into the Hall of Fame as more than 8,500 fans witness the impressive ceremony. The former Detroit slugger becomes the first Jewish player to enshrined in Cooperstown.
    1961 A home run derby featuring Bronx Bombers Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle vs. Giants sluggers Willie Mays and Orlando Cepeda planned to take place before tonight's exhibition game between the two teams is postponed due to the inclement conditions at Yankee Stadium. Mickey Mantle will be the only scheduled participant to homer in the actual contest, when his second inning round-tripper, a 450-foot blast off Bob Bolin that lands in the bleachers, accounts for New York's only run.
    1961 In a midseason exhibition match played at Yankee Stadium in front of 47,346 fans on a stormy night, and the San Francisco Giants beat their former crosstown rivals, 4-1. Mickey Mantle's homer accounts for the only Bronx Bombers run, and Willie Mays, who is cheered enthusiastically throughout the entire evening, has two RBIs for the visiting 'Jints.'
    1962 With the score tied 4-4, Cookie Lavagetto, filling in for manager Casey Stengel, who is attending his brother's funeral, brings in Bob G. Miller, not to be confused with Bob L. Miller, also on the team, to face Braves backstop Del Crandall to start the bottom of the 12th inning. The first and only ball the 27 year-old southpaw reliever, convinced by the struggling team to come out of retirement because he needed only 18 more days of major league service to qualify for the players' pension plan, throws is hit over the left-field wall at County Stadium, resulting in one pitch, one hit, one run, and one loss.
    1965 Unbeknownst to him at the time, 75 year-old Mets skipper Casey Stengel, who compiled a managerial record of 1,905-1,842 with the Dodgers, Braves, Yankees, and Mets, manages his final baseball game, a 5-1 loss to Philadelphia at Shea Stadium. After leaving a party after midnight at Toots Shor's, the 'Old Perfesser' loses his balance and fractures his left hip, resulting in the unexpected retirement with the team.
    1967 The Tigers cancel tonight's scheduled game against the Orioles as the result of the civil unrest in Detroit. The two remaining games of the series shift to Baltimore, with tomorrow's contest in the Charm City rained out during the second inning.
    1968 ChiSox reliever Hoyt Wilhelm breaks Cy Young's record when he makes his 907th career appearance, pitching a third of an inning in which he gives up a run on two hits to be on the short side of the team's 3-2 loss to Oakland. The 45 year-old knuckleballer, who will retire in 1972 after pitching in 1,070 games, will finish his 21-year major league career with a 143-122 (.540) won-loss record and 228 saves, hurling for the Giants, Cardinals, Indians, Orioles, White Sox, Angels, Braves, Cubs, and Dodgers.
    1970 Tommy Agee steals home with two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning, giving the Mets a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Dodgers at Shea Stadium. After reaching on a fielder's choice, the New York center fielder stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, before scoring the winning run with his thievery of home plate.
    1970 At Three Rivers Stadium before beating the Astros 11-0, the Pirates stage Roberto Clemente Night at their new ballpark, honoring their right fielder known as 'The Great One.' During an emotional pregame ceremony, the future Hall of Famer from Puerto Rico receives a scroll containing 300,000 signatures from the people of his native land, and, at his request, Pittsburgh's Children's Hospital acquires of a donation of several thousand dollars to assist disabled youngsters.
    1973 Although not selected, Willie Mays appears in his last All-Star Game thanks to Commissioner Bowie Kuhn increasing the player limit so the 'Say Hey Kid' could participate in the Midsummer Classic. Bobby Bonds, a Giants teammate of Mays, homers and doubles in the National League's 7-1 victory over the AL at Royals Stadium in Kansas City.
    1974 Whitey Lockman becomes the team's director of player development and will be replaced as the Cubs manager by third base coach Jim Marshall. During his three-year stint in the dugout, the Lowell, North Carolina native compiled a 157-162 (.492) record.
    1977 After his two-out foul pop-up is dropped by Mets' right fielder Bruce Boisclair, Davey Lopes responds with a game-ending three-run home run off Bob Apodaca. The L.A. second baseman's ninth-inning dramatics provide the Dodgers with a 5-3 win and spoil the opportunity for a win for Nino Espinosa, who left the game needing just one more out for a complete-game victory.
    1978 Billy Martin (52-42) resigns as Yankee manager and is replaced by Bob Lemon, who was fired by the White Sox on June 30th. The Bronx Bombers, en route to a World Championship, respond by playing .700 ball for their new skipper, winning 48 of the remaining 68 games played this season.
    1979 Going deep off A's hurler Mike Morgan at Fenway Park, Red Sox first baseman Carl Yastrzemski becomes the 18th major leaguer and seventh in the American League to hit 400 home runs. 'Captain Carl' will end his 23-year career with 452 homers.
    1983 American League president Lee MacPhail decides George Brett's 'Pine Tar' home run should count. The remainder of the game takes place on August 18 with the Royals beating the Yankees, 5-4.
    1988 In a tribute held at a sold-out Shea Stadium, Tom Seaver (41) becomes only the third Met to have his uniform number retired. In addition to managers Casey Stengel (37) and Gil Hodges (14), the future Hall of Fame right-hander, who compiled a 198-124 record (.615) during a dozen seasons with the Amazins, becomes the third person and first player to be honored by the franchise in this manner.
    1993 Following the game at Dodger Stadium, Vince Coleman tosses an M-80 from a car, resulting in reported injuries to three fans in the Chavez Ravine parking lot, including an 11 year-old boy and a two year-old girl. The Mets' player was a passenger in the 1991 Jeep Cherokee driven by LA outfielder Eric Davis, who acknowledges Coleman flipped the firecracker out of his vehicle as a 'joke,' but not into a crowd of people.
    1993 In a 5-4 loss to the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine, Mets right-hander Anthony Young extends his record losing streak to 27 games. The latest defeat is the result of the hard-luck hurler walking Dave Hansen in with the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning.
    1995 The Red Sox trade outfielder Mark Whiten to Philadelphia for first baseman Dave Hollins, who will play only five games for Boston. 'Hard Hittin' Mike Whiten will hit .254 appearing in 120 contests over two seasons for the 'Fightin' Phils.'
    1999 The Red Sox blast seven home runs, one shy of the club record, in an 11-4 rout of Detroit at Tiger Stadium. Boston right fielder Trot Nixon contributes to the offensive onslaught with three home runs and five RBIs.
    1999 The Yankees rout the Indians 21-1 for their team's largest margin of victory in 46 years. The Bronx Bombers' designated hitter Chili Davis goes 5-for-6, collecting six RBIs in the late Saturday afternoon contest played at the ballpark in the Bronx.
    2000 Ivan Rodriguez (.347, 27, 83) breaks his thumb when it is struck by Mo Vaughn's bat swinging on a third strike when the American League MVP attempts to throw out a runner stealing second base. The Texas Rangers' All-Star catcher will miss the rest of the season.
    2004 During the third inning at Warner Park, the approximately 5000 fans attending the minor league contest between the Wisconsin Woodchucks and the hometown Madison Mallards set an American record for most people brushing their teeth at the same time. Next season, in another Northern League promotion, Winnipeg sets the Canadian record for the most fans simultaneous tooth brushing in a game against Calgary.
    2004 Another saga is added to the Red Sox-Yankee rivalry after Red Sox starter Bronson Arroyo hits Alex Rodriguez, last night's hero with a game-winning homer, with a pitch. As A-Rod stares out at the mound on his way to first, Boston's catcher Jason Varitek, after a verbal exchange, pushes his glove into the All-Star third baseman's face, initiating a bench-clearing brawl between the divisional foes.
    2007 At a press conference, an emotional Craig Biggio announces he will retire after this season, bringing his 20 year-old career as the longest-tenured player in Astro history to an end. The newest member of the 3,000 hit club, the only player in All-Star history to appear in the game as a catcher and a second baseman, played a significant role in Houston's four division titles and the team's only National League pennant.
    2009 On the day he is traded by the A's to the Cardinals for prospects Brett Wallace, Clayton Mortensen, and Shane Peterson, Matt Holliday collects four hits, drives in a run, and steals a base in his debut with St. Louis. Having hurried from New York, where his former team was continuing a series with the Yankees, the outfielder had to borrow a glove and shoes from his new teammates before the Redbirds' 8-1 victory at Citizens Bank Park.
    2010 After 18 consecutive losses in Cleveland, the Rays finally beat the hometown Indians for the first time in nearly five years. With the 6-3 victory over the Tribe, Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon snaps a 0-21 personal losing streak as the visiting manager that began when he was California's interim skipper in 1996.
    2011 Former Blue Jays, Orioles, Mariners, and Phillies general manager Pat Gillick, lifetime .300 hitter Roberto Alomar, and Bert Blyleven, ninth on the all-time list with 60 shutouts, are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Gillick won two World Series rings (1992-93) in Toronto with Alomar as his second baseman, and Blyleven helped the Twins win the 1987 Fall Classic as well as playing for the Pirates team that won it all in 1979.
    2011 Losing 12-8 in Boston, the Mariners establish a new team-worst losing streak with their 15th straight defeat. The Fenway contest features a milestone for Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield when catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia holds on to Mike Carp's foul tip to end the sixth inning for the knuckleballer's 2,000th strikeout, a mark accomplished only once previously in franchise history, by Roger Clemens.
    2012 Jordany Valdespin sets a new Mets single-season record when he hits his fifth pinch-hit home run of the season in the team's 5-2 loss to Washington at Citi Field. The 24 year-old's accomplishment also ties Cliff Johnson (Astros, 1974) for the second-highest single-season total ever recorded by a rookie, trailing only Craig Wilson, who was a freshman with the Pirates in 2001 when he tied Dave Hansen's major-league mark for pinch-homers with seven.
    2014 While singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch, Andy Milovich, the 45 year-old vice president and general manager of the Class-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans, is given a prostate exam in the TicketReturn.com Field press box. The first 1,000 men attending the Carolina League contest against the Winston-Salem Dash received a promotional foam rubber finger.
    2015 Receiving a standing ovation from the Citi Field crowd, Michael Conforto, the Mets' first-round pick (10th overall) last year, becomes the 1,000th player in Mets history when he makes his major league debut, going 0-3 in the team’s 7-2 loss to the Dodgers at Citi Field. Tomorrow, the 22 year-old rookie left fielder will enjoy a 4-for-4 day at the plate when he will collect three singles and a double en route scoring four runs.
    2019 The Cardinals, during the team's 14-8 rout of the Pirates at PNC Park, tie a major league record banging out eight extra-base hits in one inning, equaling a mark previously established by four other clubs. The Redbirds' barrage in the nine-run second fame included five doubles (Kolten Wong [2], Paul DeJong, Yairo Munoz, Dexter Fowler) and three home runs (Paul DeJong, Andrew Knizner, Paul Goldschmidt).
    2019 Stevie Wilkerson becomes the first position player in MLB history to record a save when the Orioles beat the Angels in Anaheim, 10-8. The Baltimore center fielder pitches a perfect bottom half of the 16th inning, after Jonathan Villar’s two-out, two-run home run in the top of the frame gave the team the lead.

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    1939 NY Yankee Atley Donald sets AL rookie record with 12 consecutive win
    1941 Red Sox Lefty Grove becomes 12th to win 300 games (his last victory)
    1949 St Louis Cardinal Stan Musial hits for the cycle beating Bkln 14-1
    1961 Roger Maris hits home runs 37, 38, 39 & 40 in a doubleheader
    1966 Yankee manager Casey Stengel elected to Hall of Fame
    1972 43rd MLB All Star Game, Atlanta Stadium, Atlanta, GA: NL beats AL, 4-3; MVP: Joe Morgan, Cincinnati Reds, 2B
    1978 Robert Granville "Bob" Lemon replaces Billy Martin as Yankee manager
    1978 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose sets NL record hitting in 38 consecutive games
    1990 KC Royal George Brett hits for the cycle
    1990 Roseanne Barr sings the National Anthem at Cincinnati Reds-San Diego Padres game
    1991 Seattle Jay Buhner hits a 479' HR in Yankee Stadium

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    1926 Whitey Lockman, American baseball player, born in Lowell, North Carolina (d. 2009)
    1935 Larry Sherry, American baseball player, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2006)
    1962 Doug Drabek, American MLB pitcher (NL Cy Young Award 1990), born in Victoria, Texas
    1964 José Bautista, Dominican baseball pitcher (SF Giants), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
    1965 Torey Lovullo, American baseball infielder (Oakland A's), born in Santa Monica, California
    1967 Ed Sprague Jr., American baseball infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Castro Valley, California
    1971 Billy Wagner, American MLB pitcher (Houston Astros), born in Tannersville, Virginia
    1976 Javier Vázquez, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
    1980 Shawn Riggans, American baseball player, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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    1890 In his last minor league appearance, 23 year-old Cy Young strikes out 18 batters en route to tossing a no-hitter in a Tri-State contest against McKeesport (PA). The right-hander will amass a record 511 victories during his 22-year Hall of Fame career.
    1908 In a confrontation of future inaugural Hall of Famers, Honus Wagner goes 5-for-5 off Giants starter Christy Mathewson in the Pirates' 7-2 victory over the Giants in front of an overflow crowd of 30,000 fans at the Polo Grounds. The Pittsburgh shortstop holds up a finger after each hit he collects to New York right fielder Mike Donlin, the hitless player he passes to take over the National League batting lead.
    1930 At Cleveland's League Park, the A's pull off two triple steals in one game. The double-triple takes place in the first inning and then again in the fourth as Philadelphia, who pummels the Indians, 14-1, will steal only 48 bases this season for the second-lowest total in the league, being six swipes ahead of the Red Sox.
    1931 Lefty Grove, going the distance, wins his 20th game of the season when the A's beat Cleveland at Shibe Park, 6-3. The Philadelphia southpaw, who improves his record to 20-2, is the second quickest player to reach the milestone, with Rube Marquard (Giants, July 19, 1912) being the only hurler to have accomplished the feat earlier in a season.
    1939 New York freshman Atley Donald sets the American League rookie record for consecutive wins when he goes the distance, beating the Browns at Yankee Stadium, 5-1. The 28 year-old right-hander, who is known as 'Swampy' to his teammates, limits St. Louis to five hits for his twelfth straight victory.
    1941 On his third try, Lefty Grove becomes the sixth pitcher in major league history since 1901 to earn his 300th victory. The 41 year-old Red Sox southpaw joins Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, and Eddie Plank in reaching the milestone when he beats Cleveland, 10-6, giving up 12 hits for his last victory in the big leagues.
    1955 Joe DiMaggio, who retired after 13 seasons with the Yankees with a .325 batting average, is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The 'Greatest Living Ballplayer,' a title officially bestowed on 'Joltin' Joe' based on a poll taken by MLB in 1969, is elected by the writers in his fourth year on the ballot.
    1956 Roberto Clemente becomes the first player to hit an inside-the-park walk-off grand slam when he connects off Cubs right-hander Jim Brosnan, giving the Pirates a dramatic 9-8 victory. Last season, the Pittsburgh right fielder's first-ever career round-tripper, which will be the first of nine IPHRs he hits during his 18 years with the Bucs, accomplishing the feat seven times at spacious Forbes Field.
    1961 By hitting four home runs in the doubleheader sweep of the White Sox, Roger Maris moves 25 games ahead of Babe Ruth's 1927 pace. The Yankee slugger now has 40 for the year and will finish the season with a record 61 round-trippers.
    1962 At Sportsman's Park, Stan Musial surpasses Giants' legend Mel Ott as the National League's all-time RBI leader. 'Stan the Man's' two-run home run off Don Drysdale in a 5-2 loss to the Dodgers gives the Cardinals' right fielder 1,862 career runs batted in with the Redbirds.
    1966 Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams, in his first year of eligibility, and skipper Casey Stengel, selected by the Veterans committee, are enshrined in the Hall of Fame. During his induction speech, the 'Splendid Splinter' makes a strong appeal for the inclusion of Negro League stars at Cooperstown.
    1967 The White Sox become the second major league team in history to win a doubleheader with two walk-off homers when they sweep the Indians, 3-1 and 6-5, thanks to game-ending home runs by J.C. Martin and Ken Berry. In 1962, the Mets were the first team to accomplish the feat, with Hobie Landrith and Gil Hodges going deep, respectively, in the bottom of the ninth inning of each game to give the team its first twin bill sweep in franchise history.
    1968 At Busch Stadium, St. Louis starter Bob Gibson blanks the Phillies, 5-0, recording his 11th straight victory to break the franchise record established in 1944 by Ted Wilks. The Cardinal right-hander, who has tossed twelve consecutive complete games, also surpasses William Doak's mark when he shut outs his opponents for 33rd time in his career with the Redbirds.
    1972 At Atlanta Stadium, Reds second baseman Joe Morgan's single scores Nate Colbert of the Padres in the bottom of the tenth inning to give the National League a 4-3 walk-off All-Star Game victory over the Junior Circuit. The NL has won all seven of the extra-inning Midsummer Classics contests.
    1972 Cubs general manager John Holland announces Whitey Lockman will manage the Cubs, replacing Leo Durocher, who 'stepped down' as the team's skipper after posting a 535-526 (.504) record during his seven years at the helm. 'Leo the Lip' will be hired by the Astros to replace Harry Walker at the end of next month.
    1974 In his managerial debut with the club, Clyde King guides the Braves to a 1-0 extra-inning victory over San Diego. The former Giant skipper, who replaced the recently dismissed Eddie Matthews, will finish the season with a 38-25 record, but the team fires the Goldsboro, NC native next year in August with his club mired in fifth place in the NL West.
    1974 In the second game of a Cleveland Stadium twi-night doubleheader, Buddy Bell launches a ninth-inning two-run home run to tie the score at 3, enabling the Indians to beat Baltimore in 13 innings, 5-4. With their 8-7 victory in the opener, the Tribe ends the day a half-game out of first place in the tight four-team race in the American League East.
    1977 Pete Rose becomes the all-time hit leader among switch-hitters when he collects his 2,881st career hit, a fourth-inning single off Pete Falcone in the Reds' 9-8 loss to St. Louis at Busch Stadium. Frankie Frisch, an infielder dubbed the Fordham Flash, had established the record nearly a half-century ago playing with the Giants and the Cardinals.
    1978 Pete Rose's third inning Shea Stadium single to left off Mets righty Craig Swan establishes a National League record for hits in consecutive games. The Reds infielder has hit safely in 38 games, breaking Tommy Holmes' mark set as a member of the Boston Braves in 1945.
    1978 In a 3-2 Giants victory over the Cardinals at Candlestick Park, Jack Clark establishes a franchise record, hitting safely in 26 straight games. The San Francisco right fielder's fourth-inning double off Bob Forsch keeps his consecutive games hitting streak intact.
    1980 Mike Schmidt becomes the all-time Phillies' franchise home run leader when he hits the first of his two round-trippers in the team's 6-5 extra-inning victory over Atlanta at Veterans Stadium. The future Hall of Fame third baseman, who will retire with 548 homers, passes Del Ennis' mark of 259 that the outfielder established playing with Philadelphia from 1945-56.
    1988 The Cubs test their $5 million lighting system prior to their historic first night game at Wrigley Field scheduled for August 8th against the Phillies. Six banks of lights on 33-foot steel towers along the first-base and third-base baselines illuminate the field during the charity event in which players take batting practice and participate in a home run derby.
    1990 Between games of a twin bill against Cincinnati on 'Working Women's Night' at Jack Murphy Stadium, Roseanne Barr, the star of the hit television show whose executive producer is new Padres' owner Tom Werner, sings an irreverent rendition of the The Star-Spangled Banner that will be widely criticized, including a remark by President George H. W. Bush, who calls her performance "disgraceful." The comedian, known for her biting sarcasm, spits and grabs her crotch as if adjusting a protective cup after singing the National Anthem in a loud and off-tune screechy manner.
    1990 Following his first-inning single, a triple in the third, and a fifth frame two-bagger, George Brett hits a leadoff homer in the seventh to complete the cycle in the Royals' 6-1 victory over Toronto at the SkyDome. The Kansas City third baseman, who will retire with a lifetime .305 batting average, also accomplished the rare feat against Baltimore in 1979.
    1990 After having a commanding 9-0 lead, and still ahead 10-3 entering the bottom of the ninth inning, the Mets barely hold on to beat the Phillies at Veterans Stadium, 10-9. The nail biter causes the usually even mannered Bob Murphy to use a mild obscenity in his call of the final out, "they win the damn thing by a score of 10 to 9!"
    1994 Rico Brogna, who was recalled from the Norfolk Tides five days ago where he was hitting .351, becomes the third Mets rookie to get five hits in a game, joining Dick Smith (1964) and John Milner (1972). The 24 year-old slick-fielding first baseman collects three singles and two doubles in five at-bats during New York's 7-2 victory over St. Louis at Busch Stadium.
    1995 In the top of the fourth inning, Dante Bichette puts the Rockies ahead, 6-4, with a three-run home run off Jim Deshaies at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium. The round-tripper is the 18th of the season for the 31 year-old outfielder, but only his first on the road.
    1996 Rockies left-hander Bruce Ruffin strikes out four batters in one inning, a feat accomplished only 25 times in major league history. The opportunity for the rare occurrence happens when Cubs' catcher Scott Servais strikes out swinging but reaches first base safely after whiffing on the southpaw's wild pitch.
    1998 Rockies leadoff batter Neifi Perez becomes the third player in team history to hit for the cycle. In a 5-2 victory over St. Louis at Coors Field, the Colorado shortstop goes deep in the seventh inning off Matt Morris to complete the rare accomplishment.
    1998 The Yankees dedicate a plaque in the memory of Mel Allen, who died of heart failure at the age of 83 in 1996. The Monument Park tablet calls their long-time play-by-play announcer "A Yankee institution, a national treasure" and includes his signature line, "How about that?"
    1998 After receiving an invitation from the team to participate in Old-Timers' Day, Jim Bouton returns to Yankee Stadium for the first time in nearly thirty years. The former Bronx Bomber right-hander's banishment, believed to be the result of having written his controversial book, Ball Four, comes to an end when his son Michael writes an open letter to the New York Times printed on Father's Day urging the franchise to reconsider their decision about his dad, who is still grieving about the loss of his daughter Laurie in an auto accident last August.
    1999 The Hall of Fame adds an unprecedented number of first-time eligible candidates when George Brett, Nolan Ryan, and Robin Yount enter Cooperstown. In addition, the Veterans Committee's selections Orlando Cepeda, Nestor Chylak, Frank Selee, and 'Smokey' Joe Williams are also inducted, joining the trio of first-timers elected by the BBWAA.
    2004 Paul Molitor, a member of the 3,000 hit club, and Dennis Eckersley, who appeared in the most games of any Hall of Fame pitcher (1,071 games), are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Long-time Bay Area broadcaster Lon Simmons, who called games for the A's and Giants, wins the Ford C. Frick Award, and the J.G. Taylor Spink Award is won by New York Times writer Murray Chass, enabling both to become members of the Hall for their outstanding reporting of the national pastime.
    2004 Carlos Delgado's three-run blast in the Blue Jays' 5-3 victory over Tampa Bay makes the slugger the first player in the 27-year history of the franchise to drive in 1,000 runs. The Toronto first baseman, who will also play for the Mets and Marlins, will collect 1512 RBIs during his 17-year major league career.
    2010 Andre Dawson, an outfielder with the Expos and Cubs, becomes the 203rd player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Joining 'Hawk' in Cooperstown are former manager Whitey Herzog, major league ump Doug Harvey, broadcaster Jon Miller, and baseball writer Bill Madden.
    2010 Chris Coghlan seriously injures himself when he tries to smash a shaving-cream pie in Wes Helms's face after his teammate hit a single to give the Marlins a 5-4 walk-off victory over Atlanta. The 2009 NL Rookie of the Year will go on the disabled list with a torn meniscus in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season.
    2010 The Baseball Hall of Fame honors John Fogerty, for his classic rock song "Centerfield." At the induction ceremonies, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer performs his 1985 hit and then donates his baseball bat shaped-guitar to the Cooperstown museum.2010 The Angels acquire right-hander Dan Haren from the last-place Diamondbacks in exchange for southpaws Joe Saunders and Patrick Corbin, RHP Rafael Rodriguez, and a player to be named. The addition of the three-time All-Star strengthens an already strong rotation that includes Ervin Santana, Jered Weaver, Joel Piniero, and Scott Kazmir, who is presently on the disabled list.
    2011 Michael Cuddyer becomes the first Twins' position player to pitch since outfielder John Moses hurled against California in 1990. Moving from right field to the mound in the eighth inning, the starting first baseman gives up a double to Mike Napoli, a single to Mitch Moreland, and after Endy Chavez grounds out, the right-hander walks Ian Kinsler to load the bases, but then gets Elvis Andrus to fly out and David Murphy to pop-up for a scoreless frame in the 20-6 loss in Texas.
    2011 With the bases loaded and two outs, rookie Jason Kipnis delivers his first career hit, giving the Indians a 3-2 walk-off ninth-inning victory over Los Angeles. The 24 year-old second baseman had been 0-for-5 since being called up three days ago.
    2011 With their 4-0 victory of Houston combined with the St. Louis 6-5 loss to Cincinnati and Milwaukee's 4-0 loss to Colorado, the Pirates find themselves in sole possession of first place. The date is the latest the Bucs have been on top of the standings since mid-July of the 1997 season.
    2012 Cole Hamels becomes the best paid Phillies player in history when he signs a guaranteed six-year, $144 million contract. The deal, the second richest contract for a pitcher, only behind the Yankees agreement with CC Sabathia, includes an option for a seventh season that could pay the 28 year-old southpaw as much as $162 million through 2019.
    2015 In his last start for the Phillies before being dealt to the Rangers, Cole Hamels throws a no-hitter against the Cubs, marking the first time Chicago has been no-hit since 1965. The 31 year-old southpaw joins Cliff Chambers (1951 Pirates) and Edwin Jackson (2010 Diamondbacks) as the only pitchers traded before their next start after hurling a no-no for their team.
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    1928 Yanks score 11 runs in 12th beating Tigers 12-1
    1933 Joe DiMaggio ends 61 game hitting streak in Pacific Coast League
    1939 Yankee catcher Bill Dickey hits 3 consecutive HRs
    1948 "Babe Ruth Story" premieres, Babe Ruth's last public appearance
    1948 Leo Durocher returns to Ebbets Field as a NY Giant
    1950 Dodgers' Jim Russell is 1st to switch-hits HRs twice in a game
    1952 Mickey Mantle hits his 1st grand-slammer
    1957 Mickey Mantle hits career HR # 200
    1962 Milwaukee Brave Warren Spahn sets HR record of 31 by a pitcher
    1967 Twins beat Yanks 3-2 in 18
    1970 Cincinnati Reds Johnny Bench hits 3 consecutive HRs off Philadelphia Phillies Steve Carlton
    1978 Johnny Bench hits his 300th career home run
    1984 Expos Pete Rose ties Ty Cobb with his 3,502nd single
    1984 Kuhn announces pitcher Vida Blue is suspended for the rest of 1984 due to cocaine conviction
    1987 Catfish Hunter Billy Williams and Ray Dandridge inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame
    1988 Mike Schmidt sets NL record appearing in 2,155 games at 3rd base, as Phillies & NY Mets end that game at 2:13 AM
    1991 Expo's Mark Gardner no hits Dodgers for 9 innings, but loses in 10th
    1992 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 100th batter for 23rd consecutive seasons

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    1892 Sam Jones, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), born in Woodsfield, Ohio (d. 1966)
    1914 Ellis Kinder, American baseball player, born in Atkins, Arkansas (d. 1968)
    1922 Hoyt Wilhelm [James], American Major League Baseball player and knuckleball pitcher (New York Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers), born in Huntersville, North Carolina (d. 2002)
    1960 LaTaunya Pollard, American baseball player (Olympics 1980, 84), born in East Chiacgo, Indiana
    1962 Jody Reed, American infielder (San Diego Padres), born in Tampa, Florida
    1968 Mike Mohler, American baseball pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Dayton, Ohio
    1969 Greg Colbrunn, American MLB infielder (Florida Marlins), born in Fontana, California

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    1879 At Star Park, Harry McCormick, the Syracuse starter, hits a first-inning homer to beat Tommy Bond and the Boston Red Stockings, 1-0. The round-tripper is most likely marks the only occurrence in major league history that a pitcher records a 1-0 victory, with his own first-inning round-tripper being the game's lone run.
    1900 In Brooklyn, a sheriff seizes the St. Louis share of gate receipts to reimburse Gus Weyhing, recently released by the Cardinals after posting a 3-4 record in eight starts with the team, who claims he didn't receive ten days of pay. Next week, the right-hander, known as Cannonball by his teammates, will sign with the Superbas as a free agent.
    1928 Bob Meusel hits for the cycle in the Yankees' 12-1 rout of Detroit at Navin Field. The 31 year-old New York outfielder becomes the second big leaguer to perform the feat for a third time during his career, joining John Reilly, who also accomplished the rarity three times before the turn of the century.
    1933 Future Yankees superstar Joe DiMaggio sees his 61-game hitting streak come to an end in the PCL game against the Oakland Oaks. The San Francisco Seals' 19 year-old outfielder's accomplishment sets a new minor league record, shattering the mark of 49 established by Jack Ness in 1914.
    1935 Ed Linke starts a 1-2-6 double play when Yankees outfielder Jesse Hill's line drive that caroms of his head is caught by catcher Jack Redmond, who relays the ball to shortstop Red Kress to double up Ben Chapman at second base. The Senator right-hander spends two days in the hospital after being carried off the pitcher's mound on a stretcher.
    1939 New York scores in every inning, blasting the Browns at Yankee Stadium, 14-1. The home team, which doesn't need to bat in the bottom of the ninth frame, coasts to an easy victory, thanks to the three-hit gem thrown by Red Ruffing.
    1940 Spud Chandler drives in six runs with a single and two home runs, including a grand slam, in the Yankees' 10-2 victory over the White Sox. In addition to the six RBIs, the 32- year-old right-hander goes the distance, limiting Chicago to five hits in the Comiskey Park contest.
    1948 Former Dodger skipper Leo Durocher, who left the team ten days ago, makes his first appearance at Ebbets Field since taking over the Giants. The return of 'the Lip' is less-than-triumphant when his new team drops a 13-4 decision to Brooklyn.
    1948 The Phillies, who are five games under .500, name Eddie Sawyer to replace interim manager Dusty Cooke, who had filled the position when the team fired Ben Chapman earlier in the month. The former skipper of the Triple-A International League's Toronto Maple Leafs will get off to a poor start, posting a 23-40 won-lost record in his first year at the helm, but will lead the Philadelphia Whiz Kids to a National League pennant in 1950.
    1948 With the approval of his wife Claire, an ailing Bambino leaves a hospital bed to make his final public appearance, attending the New York premiere of The Babe Ruth Story at the Astor Theater. The 'Sultan of Swat,' who will die of throat cancer three weeks later, leaves halfway through the film to return to his room at New York's Memorial Hospital.
    1951 In a 9-1 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field, Jim Russell becomes the first player in major league history to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in a game in two different games. The Dodger outfielder's accomplishment will be surpassed in 1956, when Yankee slugger Mickey Mantle goes deep both right and left-handed in the same game for a third time.
    1957 Tiger right-hander Jim Bunning two-hits the Yankees in the Bronx, 3-2, but one is Mickey Mantle's 200th career home run, a ninth-inning line drive that clears the left-field wall. At the end of their career, each player becomes a Hall of Famer.
    1960 The Phillies end their scoreless streak of thirty-eight consecutive innings when Johnny Callison plates Tony Gonzalez with a sixth-inning single in the team's 4-3 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Philadelphia's drought began when the team failed to score in the last six frames of a 3-0 win against the Giants at Candlestick Park, and continued when they were shut out in three straight games (2-0, 2-0, and 9-0) by the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
    1961 Johnny Blanchard hits his fourth consecutive home run over three games, setting a major league mark. The backup catcher's pair of homers help to pace the Bronx Bombers to a 5-2 victory over Chicago at Yankee Stadium.
    1962 Braves hurler Warren Spahn, en route to a complete-game victory, homers off Mets right-hander Craig Anderson to set the National League record for round-trippers hit by a pitcher. The southpaw's 31st career home run helps Milwaukee extend New York's losing streak to 11 with a 6-1 victory at County Stadium.
    1962 Red Sox pitcher Gene Conley and infielder Pumpsie Green mysteriously disappear after leaving the team bus in traffic to use the bathroom. Later in the day, Conley is refused a ticket at the airport to fly to Israel because he doesn't have a visa.
    1963 With ten year-old Bill Bradley, who had regained some of his eyesight, in the stands and the bases loaded in the first inning of a game against New York at Colt Stadium, Bob Aspromonte sends Tracy Stallard's pitch over the left-field wall for a grand slam, fulfilling his young fan's wish to see his hero hit a home run, that leaves the third baseman in tears as the two embraced when the game stops for the special moment. Their well-publicized friendship began last season when the Colt .45's player went to a Houston hospital to visit the blindfolded boy, who had lost his eyesight when a tree that was struck by lightning fell on him.
    1975 At Wrigley Field, Bill Madlock collects six hits in a game when he singles five times and triples in the Cubs' 9-8 ten-inning loss to New York. 'Mad Dog,' finishing with a .354 average, will win the first of his four batting titles (1975, '76, '81, '83) this season.
    1984 In a 5-4 win over Pittsburgh at Montreal's Olympic Stadium, Expo first baseman Pete Rose singles for the 3,052nd time, tying him with Ty Cobb on the all-time career list. 'Charlie Hustle' will finish his 24-year major league career with 3,215 singles, accounting for 75.5% of his major-league record 4,256 hits.
    1987 After hitting a single off Oakland's Dennis Lamp in the first inning of the Brewers' 7-4 victory at County Stadium, leadoff batter Paul Molitor pilfers second and third base and then swipes home plate to complete a rare stolen base cycle. The Milwaukee DH becomes the first American Leaguer to steal his way around the bases since Dave Nelson accomplished the feat with the Rangers in 1974.
    1991 Mark Gardner no-hits the Dodgers for nine innings, but Los Angeles wins the game in the bottom of the tenth on two singles off the Expos' starter and Darryl Strawberry's RBI single off reliever Jeff Fassero. It's the first time the Dodgers had been held hitless at home for nine innings since Johnny Vander Meer's second straight no-hitter in 1938.
    1992 In his 319th career victory, which surpasses Phil Niekro's total for #12 on the all-time list, Nolan Ryan strikes out his 100th batter for 23 consecutive seasons, a major league record. The 45 year-old right-hander, who is 5-0 with an ERA of 1.65 in his last six games, gets the win when the Rangers beat Baltimore and Mike Mussina at Camden Yards, 6-2.
    1993 The Padres trade left-hander Bruce Hurst along with righty Greg Harris to the Rockies for backstop Brad Ausmus and right-handers Doug Bochtler and Andy Ashby (the player to be named later). After compiling a stellar 55-37 (.598) won-loss record during the first four of five seasons with San Diego, the 35 year-old southpaw starts only two games for the team this year due to his rehabilitation from surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and labrum, and will appear in only three games with Colorado after the trade.
    1994 In the last appearance of his 25-year major league career, Marlins starter Charlie Hough lasts one-third of an inning, giving up five runs on four hits. The 46 year-old knuckleballer, who is the last active player to have been born in the 1940s, does not get tagged for the loss in the team's eventual 10-8 defeat to Philadelphia, so he'll retire with a 216-216 won-loss record.
    1998 Don Sutton and Larry Doby are inducted into the Hall of Fame, along with Lee MacPhail, George Davis, and Joe Rogan. MacPhail joins his dad, Larry, becoming the first father and son to be enshrined at Cooperstown.
    1998 In the Blue Jays' 6-3 loss to Boston at Fenway Park, Jose Canseco becomes the all-time Latin home run leader. The Toronto left fielder, hitting his 380th career homer in the eighth inning off David West, breaks the mark he shared with Orlando Cepeda and Tony Perez.
    1998 Trevor Hoffman fails to set a big-league record with 42 consecutive saves when Astros outfielder Moises Alou goes deep on the first pitch thrown by the Padres closer. The ninth-inning homer ties the game, but San Diego prevails and beats Houston in the tenth, 5-4.
    2000 The Phillies send their number one starter, Curt Schilling, to Arizona for first baseman-outfielder Travis Lee and pitchers Omar Daal, Vicente Padilla, and Nelson Figueroa. Next season, the 33 year-old right-hander will play a major role in Arizona's world championship, posting a 22-6 record while hurling a league-leading 256.2 innings for his new team.
    2002 Carl Everett becomes the first Ranger to hit two home runs in one inning. The Texas designated hitter homers twice in the nine-run seventh inning during the 12-4 rout of the visiting A's.
    2005 After waiting through a two-hours and 43-minute rain delay at Wrigley Field to start the game, Greg Maddux becomes the 13th pitcher in baseball history to register 3,000 strikeouts. Taking an inside fastball in the top of the third inning, Omar Vizquel of the Giants becomes the historical victim of the 39 year-old Cubs' right-hander.
    2007 Jose Mesa, in a losing effort, becomes the 11th pitcher to appear in 1000 games when Washington beats the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, 7-6. The 39 year-old right-handed reliever, best known for his seven seasons with the Indians, has played for eight teams during his 19-year tenure in the major leagues.
    2010 Allowing only a second-inning walk to Brennan Boesch, whose promptly erased on a double play, Matt Garza faces the minimum 27 batters in his no-hitter against the Tigers. With the right-hander's 5-0 victory, the Rays join the 1917 Browns and White Sox as the only teams to be involved in three no-hitters in the same season.
    2011 The 19-inning, six-hour and 39-minute game between the Pirates and Braves at Turner Field ends in a 4-3 Atlanta victory when Jerry Meals makes one of the worst calls in baseball history. The home plate umpire rules that Michael McKenry had missed Julio Lugo, although it was evident to everyone in the ballpark that the baserunner was tagged out three feet in front of the dish.
    2012 Starling Marte becomes the 28th player in history to homer on the first pitch he sees in the major leagues when he goes yard to deep left-center field at Minute Maid Park off Houston's Dallas Keuchel. The 23 year-old left fielder is the first Pirates player to hit a home run in his first big-league at-bat since Don Leppert accomplished the feat against St. Louis in 1961.
    2012 After hitting a long fly ball down the left-field line at Citizens Bank Park, Carlos Gomez completes his home run trot around the bases. Arriving at home plate, he is made aware that the ball was called foul, and then the embarrassed Brewers center fielder promptly takes a called third strike on a pitch thrown right down the middle.
    2012 Matt Harvey sets a Mets record for strikeouts in a major league debut previously established and shared by Tom Seaver and Bill Denehy with nine when he fans 11 batters in the team's 3-1 victory over Arizona at Chase Field. In his 5.1 innings on the mound, the rookie right-hander gives up three hits, while collecting two hits in the batter's box.
    2013 The Cubs trade Alfonso Soriano, along with cash, to the Yankees in exchange for minor-leaguer Corey Black, a 21 year-old right-handed pitching prospect. The 37 year-old Dominican left fielder made his major league debut with the Bronx Bombers in 1999, developing into an All-Star second baseman, before being traded to Texas four seasons later as part of a blockbuster deal that brought Alex Rodriguez to New York.

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    1946 Boston Red Sox Rudy York hits 2 grand slams in 1 game, gets 10 RBIs
    1953 Dizzy Dean, Al Simmons Chief Bender, Bobby Wallace, Harry Wright, Ed Barrow, Bill Klem and Tom Connolly inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
    1959 William Shea announces plans to have a baseball team in NYC in 1961
    1970 Expos beat White Sox 10-6 in the annual Hall of Fame game
    1970 L Boudreau, Earle Combs, Ford Frick, and Jesse Haines enter Baseball Hall of Fame
    1978 Indians Duane Kuiper is 3rd to hit 2 bases-loaded triples @WESGATORS (vs Yanks)
    1983 Gaylord Perry joins Nolan Ryan & Steve Carlton to reach 3,500 career strikeouts this season, he also wins his 1st game as a Royal
    1984 Reds' Pete Rose collects record 3,503rd career single (vs Philadelphia)
    1988 Baseball star Tommy John commits record 3 errors on 1 play as Yanks rout Brewers 16-3
    1993 Detroit Tiger Fryman hits for cycle but loses 12-7 to Yankees
    1993 NY Met Anthony Young wins ending his losing streak at 27 games
    1997 Detroit Tigers retire pitching great Hal Newhouser's #16

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    1880 Joe Tinker, American professional baseball player and manager, born in Muscotah, Kansas (d. 1948)
    1880 Jack Doscher, American baseball pitcher (1st son of a major leaguer to play MLB), born in Troy, New York (d. 1971)
    1906 Leo Durocher, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (MLB All Star 1936, 38, 40; World Series 1928, 34; NY Yankees, St.L Cardinals) and manager (World Series 1954 NY Giants; 1963 LA Dodgers), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1991)
    1968 Tom Goodwin [Thomas Jones], American MLB player (1994-1997 KC Royals), born in Fresno, California
    1975 Alex Rodriguez, American MLB shortstop (14-time All Star), born in NYC, New York
    1975 Shea Hillenbrand, American baseball player, born in Mesa, Arizona

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    1918 After giving up hits to four consecutive batters in the Robins' 22-7 loss to the Cardinals in his major league debut, Brooklyn starter Harry Heitman, is pulled from the Ebbets Field contest. The 21 year-old Brooklyn rookie right-hander will never hurl again in the big leagues, ending his career with an ERA of infinity.
    1919 With a hit in his 50th straight Western League contest, Wichita Jobbers' outfielder Joe Wilhoit, en route to a 69-game streak, surpasses Jack Ness for the longest consecutive-game hitting streak in the history of professional baseball. Ness's mark, established four years earlier playing first base for the Oakland Oaks, will remain the Pacific Coast League record until Joe DiMaggio hits in 61 straight for the San Francisco Seals in 1933.
    1930 Ken Ash, throwing just one pitch in relief of Larry Benton, is credited with a full inning of work when he induces Charlie Grimm to hit into a triple play in the Reds' 6-5 victory over the Cubs at Redland Field. The 28 year-old right-hander from West Virginia, removed in the bottom of the frame for a pinch-hitter, will also be awarded the win as the result of Cincinnati taking the lead for good in that frame.
    1938 For the second consecutive day, Hank Greenberg hits a pair of home runs in one day. The Tiger first baseman will accomplish this feat a record-setting eleven times during the season.
    1943 Without informing Bucky Harris, his current skipper, Philadelphia owner William D. Cox announces at a New York press conference that Freddie Fitzsimmons will be taking over the managerial reins of the team, never mentioning the man he is replacing. The Phillies players threatened to go on strike in protest, but, at the urging of their former field boss, decide to drop the plan after the owner threatens legal action.
    1946 In a 13-6 beating of the Browns at Sportsman's Park, Rudy York becomes the third major leaguer and the second Red Sox player to hit two grand slams in the same game. The Boston first baseman joins Tony Lazzeri (1936, Yankees) and Jim Tabor (1939, Red Sox) in accomplishing the feat.
    1947 Jake Jones hits a 60-foot triple in Boston's 4-3 victory over the Browns at Fenway Park. Umpire Cal Hubbard awards the Red Sox first baseman three bases when St. Louis hurler Fred Sanford, fearing the grounder might roll fair, throws his glove at the ball in an effort to keep it foul.
    1948 Al Rosen clouts his fifth consecutive homer over two days for the Kansas City Blues, the Tigers' Triple-A team in the American Association. The 24 year-old freshman, who will be named the American League MVP in 1953, will finish the minor league season batting .327, earning the circuit's Rookie of the Year honors.
    1959 The Continental League is formally announced, with franchises located in Denver, Houston, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York City, and Toronto. The concept of the new major league is the brainchild of William Shea, an attorney who proposed the idea a year after the Giants and Dodgers left New York City to move to the West Coast.
    1963 John Bateman's eighth-inning homer at Colt Stadium will be the only run scored in the Mets' 21st consecutive defeat on the road. The 1-0 complete-game decision to Houston is Roger Craig's 16th straight loss, tying Craig Anderson's dubious club record established in the franchise's inaugural season last year.
    1964 In the first clash of tenth-place teams in major league history, the Senators prevail, beating the Mets in the Hall of Fame exhibition game, 6-4. The Cooperstown combatants will collectively lose 209 games this season, but Washington will climb out of the cellar to finish ahead of Kansas City.
    1964 The Hall of Fame inducts seven new members, swelling the ranks of the 25 year-old institution to 101. The recent inductees include Luke Appling, voted in by the BBWAA, along with spitballers Burleigh Grimes and Urban Faber, pre-1900 era players Tim Keefe and John Montgomery, lifetime .330 hitter Heinie Manush, and skipper Miller Huggins, who were all selected by the 12-man Veterans' Committee in February.
    1965 League officials increase the number of foreigners allowed on each Japanese professional team from 2 to 3. The Yomiuri Giants, however, announce their team will have not any foreigners on their roster (this policy lasts ten years until the team signs Davey Johnson.)
    1966 Six weeks after the team plays their first game in the Peach State, the Wisconsin Supreme Court overrules a lower court decision by a narrow vote of 4-3, ruling that the state doesn't have the jurisdiction to keep the Braves from moving to Atlanta. Due to the close vote, the state of Wisconsin decides to appeal the majority's decision to the United States Supreme Court.
    1966 Sandy Koufax strikes out 16 Phillies, and Jim Bunning whiffs 12 Dodgers in the first 11 innings of a pitching duel between future Hall of Famers at Chavez Ravine. With both starters out of the game, Los Angeles beats Philadelphia, 2-1, thanks to an unearned run scored in the bottom of the twelfth inning.
    1968 Denny McLain earns his 20th victory of the season when he blanks Baltimore at Memorial Stadium, 9-0. The Tiger right-hander is the third pitcher in history to reach the milestone this quickly, with only Rube Marquard (Giants, July 19, 1912) and Lefty Grove (A's, July 25, 1931) accomplishing the feat earlier in a season.
    1972 In his managerial debut, Cubs skipper Whitey Lockman watches Fergie Jenkins throw a one-hitter to blank the Phillies at Veterans Stadium, 4-0. Willie Montanez's fourth-inning double spoils the Canadian right-hander's bid for a no-hitter.
    1975 The Mets release Cleon Jones after suspending him nine days ago for insubordination following an altercation with manager Yogi Berra. The outfielder from Alabama will not play again this year but will briefly join the White Sox next season, playing thirteen games with club before ending his 13-year career with .281 BA.
    1978 Light-hitting Indians' second baseman Duane Kuiper becomes one of only three modern major leaguers to hit two bases-loaded triples in one game. The pair of three-baggers helps the Tribe beat the Yankees, 17-5.
    1978 Mike Cubbage completes the cycle when he connects for a two-run seventh-inning triple in the Twins' 6 - 3 win over the Blue Jays at Metropolitan Stadium. The Minnesota third baseman's rare event becomes possible when he is thrown out (9-4-5) at third base, trying to stretch a double into a triple in his first at-bat.
    1979 On his first day back in a home uniform, eight years after leaving the Expos, Rusty Staub receives the longest standing ovation in franchise history when he pinch-hits for Elias Sosa in the bottom of the eighth inning in a 5-4 loss to Pittsburgh. The first-place Montreal club re-acquired 'Le Grand Orange' from the Tigers to come off the bench as an experienced pinch-hitter and to fill in at first base.
    1984 Pete Rose passes Ty Cobb as the all-time single leader when he collects his 3,053rd off Steve Carlton in a 6-1 Expo victory over the Phillies. The Montreal switch-hitter, who will also pass the 'Georgia Peach' to become the all-time hit leader, ends his 24-year career with 3,215 one-base hits.
    1988 Tommy John becomes the first pitcher to commit three errors on one play when he (1) bobbles Jeffrey Leonard's grounder, and then, in an effort to recover, (2) throws the ball down the right-field line that Dave Winfield retrieves and fires home, where the Yankee left-hander cuts it off, (3) relaying the throw wildly to the plate to allow two runs to score. The 45 year-old southpaw's fourth-inning miscues don't stop him from getting the victory in the Bombers' 16-3 rout of the Brewers in the Bronx.
    1989 In the team's 10-1 rout of San Francisco, Dale Murphy becomes the 10th major leaguer to collect six RBIs in the same inning when he connects for two three-run round-trippers in the Braves' ten-run sixth at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The 33 year-old right fielder also becomes the second player in franchise history to go deep twice in the same frame, joining Robert Lowe, who accomplished the unusual feat in 1884.
    1998 Wade Boggs' eighth-inning single in the Devil Rays' 11-5 win over Oakland moves him past Babe Ruth and into 33rd place on the career hits list with 2,874. The future Hall of Fame third baseman will end his 18-year career with 3,010 hits, finishing with a .328 lifetime batting average.
    1998 Tony Womack of the Pirates establishes a new major league mark by not grounding out into a double play in 888 consecutive at-bats, breaking the record previously established by Dodger outfielder Pete Reiser in 1946.
    1998 Sammy Sosa hits his first career grand slam, establishing the mark for most career homers before hitting a grand slam (246). Tomorrow, 'Slamming Sammy' will hit another, becoming the 18th major leaguer to hit a grand slam on consecutive days.
    1998 With a three-run blast in the sixth inning, minor leaguer Tyrone Horne completes the first and only home run cycle in a professional baseball game. The Arkansas Travelers' outfielder also slugged a two-run homer in the first inning, a grand slam in the second, as well as a solo shot in the fifth during the 13-4 victory over San Antonio.
    2000 Jim Fregosi wins his 1,000th game as a big league skipper when the Blue Jays beat the Mariners, 7-2. The former major league infielder has also managed the Angels, White Sox, and Phillies.
    2000 The Rockies and Red Sox complete a seven-player trade. The Red Sox receive pitchers Rolando Arrojo and Rick Croushore, infielder Mike Lansing, and an undisclosed amount of cash for second baseman Jeff Frye and pitchers Brian Rose and John Wasdin, as well as minor league pitcher Jeff Taglienti.
    2005 Ryan Freel becomes the first player in the Reds' 136-year history to steal five bases in a game, including two in the ninth that moves him to third base, where he scores the eventual winning run on Felipe Lopez's sacrifice fly. The Cincinnati second baseman's thievery contributes to the team's 7-6 victory over the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine.
    2008 Brad Ziegler sets a major league record by pitching 27 innings without allowing a run from the start of his career. The A's 28 year-old rookie right-hander hurls a scoreless seventh and eighth in Oakland's 6-5 victory over the Rangers to surpass the previous mark of 25 frames established in 1907 by Phillies' moundsman George McQuillan.
    2009 Josh Willingham becomes just the 13th major leaguer to hit two grand slams in the same game. The 30 year-old outfielder's fifth and sixth-inning bases-loaded home runs set the pace in the Nationals' 14-6 victory over Milwaukee at Miller Park.
    2011 With a 9-2 victory at Yankee Stadium, the Mariners post their first win since July 5 to end their 17-game losing streak, a franchise record. Seattle's recent futility surpassed the team's previous longest winless drought, which consisted of 14 consecutive defeats in 1992.
    2011 For the second straight season, the Cardinals trade a starting outfielder near the trading deadline in an effort to secure more pitching when they trade center fielder Colby Rasmus, along with relievers Trever Miller and Brian Tallet, to the Blue Jays in exchange for Edwin Jackson (acquired from the White Sox a few hours earlier) and relievers Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzepczynski. Last year, the Redbirds dealt right fielder Ryan Ludwick to San Diego in a three-team deal that brought Indian starter Jake Westbrook to St. Louis.
    2011 Ervin Santana, facing only two hitters over the minimum, no-hits against the hometown Indians at Progressive Field, 3-1. The Tribe's only run against the Angels' right-hander is the result of a first-inning wild pitch run following an error by shortstop Erick Aybar.
    2011 The Mariners snap their franchise-record 17-game losing streak with a 9-2 victory against New York at Yankee Stadium. The team's first win in three weeks comes as a result of Seattle's strong offensive output and Felix Hernandez's seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball.
    2011 "While we cannot begin to understand how umpire Jerry Meals did not see the tag made by Michael McKenry three feet in front of home plate, we do not question the integrity of Mr. Meals. Instead, we know that Mr. Meals' intention was to get the call right. Jerry Meals has been umpiring Major League games for 14 years and has always done so with integrity and professionalism. He got this one wrong." - FRANK COONELLY,president of the Pirates. The Pirates, at approximately 2:30 am, file a formal complaint with the Commissioner's Office expressing their extreme disappointment by the way its 19-inning game against the Braves ended earlier this morning. The statement shares the organization's dismay of umpire Jerry Meals not seeing the tag made by Michael McKenry three feet in front of home plate that resulted in Atlanta's 4-3 victory at Turner Field.
    2014 In front of an enthusiastic Cooperstown crowd of nearly 50,000, White Sox slugger Frank Thomas, left-hander Tom Glavine, right-hander Greg Maddux, and managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, and Tony La Russa are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Thomas becomes the first player to be enshrined having spent more than half of his time as a designated hitter, and Torre is the only Hall of Famer to collect more than 2,000 hits as a player and win more than 2,000 games as a skipper.
    2017 The top of the Nationals lineup hit four consecutive home runs in one inning when Brian Goodwin, Wilmer Difo, Bryce Harper, and Ryan Zimmerman all go deep in the bottom of the third inning in the team’s 15-2 rout of the Brewers. Milwaukee right-hander Michael Blazek becomes the first pitcher in baseball history to allow five home runs in an inning when Anthony Rendon adds another round-tripper later in the frame.
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    1906 Yankees turn triple-play, beat Cleveland 6-4
    1931 White Sox score 11 in 8th to beat Yankees 14-12
    1940 Yankee Charlie Keller hits 3 HRs to beat White Sox 10-9
    1952 Rogers Hornsby replaces Luke Sewell as Cincinnati Reds manager
    1957 White Sox' James Landis struck out 5 times in a game
    1976 White Sox John Odom (5 inn) & Francisco Barrios (4 inn) no-hits A's
    1978 At Old Timer's Game it's announced Martin will again manage Yankees
    1985 L Brock, Enos Slaughter, A Vaughan, & H Wilhelm inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
    1989 Braves Dale Murphy, hits 2 3-run HRs in an inning, 14th man to hit 2 HRs in an inning. Also ties record of 6 RBIs in an inning
    1991 Dennis Martínez pitches the 13th perfect game in baseball history
    1994 Baseball players decide to strike on Aug 12, 1994
    1994 Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers throws the only perfect game in franchise history, against the California Angels
    1996 NY Yankee Darryl Strawberry hits his 300th HR

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    1901 Freddie Fitzsimmons, American baseball pitcher (MLB record career double plays [79] 1938-64) and manager (Philadelphia Phillies ), born in Mishawaka, Indiana (d. 1979)
    1942 Marty Brennaman, American sportscaster, born in Portsmouth, Virginia
    1949 Vida Blue, American MLB pitcher (Cy Young & AL MVP 1971), born in Mansfield, Louisiana

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    890 Giants hurler Mickey Welch joins Pud Galvin and Tim Keefe in becoming baseball's third hurler to record his 300th victory. After today's 4-2 victory over Pittsburgh, the 31 year-old Brooklyn native will win only seven more games before ending his 13-year career next season.
    1943 In a Red Cross charity game, Babe Ruth leads a Yank-Lands club, a combination of former Yankees and Indians, against the Cloudbusters, a U.S. Navy team from the Chapel Hill Naval Pre-Flight School based at the University of North Carolina. 'The Bambino,' appearing as a pinch-hitter in his only plate appearance in the 8-5 loss to the servicemen at Yankee Stadium, is walked by 25 year-old Navy pilot trainee and Boston Braves right-hander Johnny Sain.
    1952 The seventh-place Reds fire manager Luke Sewell, who will be replaced by the recently released skipper of the Browns, Rogers Hornsby. While the 'Rajah' takes a week to look over the Cincinnati farm system, coach Earle Brucker will take over the team on an interim basis.
    1962 After mysteriously disappearing to use the restroom with Gene Conley when the Red Sox bus got stuck in New York traffic two days ago, infielder Pumpsie Green shows up in the team's hotel in Washington D.C., having missed a doubleheader loss to the Senators. The prodigal infielder is fined $500 for his disappearance, while his teammate, who will return on June 30th, remains AWOL.
    1963 Dick Ellsworth strikes out Cardinals' left fielder Stan Musial three times in the Cubs' 5-1 victory at Wrigley Field. It will be the only time 'Stan the Man' is whiffed three times in a game during his 22-year career, a span of 3026 contests.
    1964 During a 3-1 victory over the Yankees in New York, Jim Fregosi of the expansion Angels becomes the first player to hit for the cycle during the 3+ years of existence of the franchise. The Los Angeles shortstop will accomplish the feat again in 1968, making it the second occurrence in club history.
    1967 The Indians break a five-game losing streak when Tony Horton hits a walk-off homer leading off the bottom of the 12th inning. The first baseman's round-tripper breaks up a scoreless pitching duel between Steve Hargan and Orioles' right-hander Moe Drabowsky, who allows only six hits in the extra-inning contest at Cleveland Stadium.
    1970 Angels' catcher Tom Egan has a tough day when he allows five passed balls. The California backstop to make matters worse also commits an error, allowing the winning run to score in a 6-5 loss to the Yankees.
    1971 Orioles' third baseman Brooks Robinson, a sixteen-time Gold Glove winner, commits three errors. Thanks to Frank Robinson's ninth-inning three-run walk-off home run off Rollie Fingers, the Orioles prevail and beat the A's, 3-2.
    1976 White Sox pitchers John 'Blue Moon' Odom (5 innings) and Francisco Barrios (4 innings) combined to no-hit the A's, 2-1. The win will be the Chicago starter's last of his 84 victories in the major leagues.
    1978 At Candlestick Park, the Giants beat the Cubs 9-8 in a game that began at Wrigley Field. The Chicago contest, interrupted three times by rain, was suspended with a man on first and two out in the top of the eighth inning because of darkness.
    1979 Cubs' slugger Dave Kingman, who hit a pair of round-trippers yesterday, becomes the sixth player in major league history to hit three home runs in one game twice in a season. ''Sky King's' trio of long flies isn't enough when Chicago drops the Shea Stadium contest to the Mets, 6-4.
    1983 American League president Lee MacPhail upholds the Royals' protest, ruling George Brett's 'Pine Tar' home run should count. The game continues on August 18th, resuming from the point the third baseman's controversial round-tripper, with the Royals beating the Yankees, 5-4.
    1985 The Hall of Fame welcomes new inductees Lou Brock, Enos Slaughter, Arky Vaughan, and Hoyt Wilhelm. Wilhelm is the first pitcher to be inducted because of his role as a relief pitcher.
    1985 Darrell Evans's home run, a sixth-inning solo blast off Ken Schrom, proves to be the difference when the Tigers beat Minnesota at the Metrodome, 3-2. The Detroit third baseman's 300th career round-tripper comes on a 3-0 pitch at exactly 3:00 pm.
    1990 At Candlestick Park, Giants' hurler Scott Garrelts is perfect, putting away the first 26 Reds batter he faces. Paul O'Neill's two-out single to shallow center field in the ninth inning breaks up the no-hitter, and the right-hander ends up with a one-hit 4-0 blanking of Cincinnati.
    1991 Expos right-hander Dennis Martinez pitches a perfect game, defeating Los Angeles 2-0 at Dodger Stadium. Ron Hassey becomes the first backstop to ever catch two perfect games, as he also was behind the plate on May 15, 1981 when Indian hurler Len Barker faced 27 batters, beating the Blue Jays, 3-0.
    1993 Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. homers in his eighth straight game to tie a major league record held by Dale Long (1956) and Don Mattingly (1987). In tomorrow's game, Junior will barely miss breaking the record as he hits a long double off the right-center field wall at the Kingdome.
    1993 "That wasn't even a big monkey that was on my back. It was a zoo. The guys treated it like I had won a World Series game for them." - Anthony Young, commenting on his teammates' reaction to the end of his 27-game losing streak.
    After a shaky one-inning relief performance, in which he gives up the go-ahead run, Anthony Young's record-setting 27-game losing streak comes to an abrupt end when the Mets score twice in the ninth for a 5-4 walk-off victory over Florida at Shea Stadium. The infamous streak, which covered a span of 81 appearances over two seasons, included 14 losses as a starter and 13 as a reliever.
    1994 Kenny Rogers hurls the 12th perfect game in modern major league history and becomes the first American League left-hander to accomplish the feat when he beats the Angels, 4-0. The Rangers' southpaw throws the fifth no-hitter in franchise history, being the first to do it perfectly.
    1995 The Yankees trade Danny Tartabull to the A's for Jason Beverlin and Ruben Sierra. Tartabull signed a lucrative free-agent deal worth more than $5 million a year with New York after the 1991 season, never producing offensively on the level he had playing with Kansas City.
    1995 The Yankees obtain David Cone from the Blue Jays in exchange for Marty Janzen and two minor leaguers, Jason Jarvis and Mike Gordon. The trade for the right-hander, considered one of the best deals in franchise history, will prove to be an essential piece of the team's success in the late nineties.
    1996 Darryl Strawberry's 300th career round-tripper is a dramatic ninth inning, two-run dinger which gives the Yankees a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the Royals. The 34 year-old 'Straw' will finish his stormy 17-year major league career with 335, hitting 75% of his round-trippers as a member of New York's other team, the Mets.
    1998 After setting the record yesterday for hitting the most home runs before getting a grand slam, Sammy Sosa hits another today in the Cubs' 7-5 loss to Arizona at Bank One Ballpark. The Chicago slugger becomes the 18th major leaguer to hit a bases-loaded homer on consecutive days.
    2000 Unable to win in four months, David Cone is sent to the team's minor league camp in Tampa by Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. The struggling veteran will be under the supervision of Billy Connors, the Yankees vice president of player personnel.
    2000 The Mets have a busy day on the trading block as they obtain Oriole shortstop Mike Bordick for utility players Melvin Mora and Mike Kinkade and minor pitchers Lesli Brea and Pat Gorman. A few hours later, New York completes a four-player deal with the Devil Rays, receiving reliever Rick White and outfielder Bubba Trammell in exchange for minor leaguers Jason Tyner and Paul Wilson.
    2001 Oriole outfielder Melvin Mora's wife, Gisel, gives birth to quintuplets. The three boys and two girls, who all weighed in under two and a half pounds, are doing well.
    2001 With two outs in the ninth inning at PNC Park, Brian Giles erases a three-run deficit with a walk-off grand slam, defeating an astounded Astros squad, 9-8. Houston's All-Star closer Billy Wagner gives up the Pittsburgh left fielder's 'sayonara slam.'
    2002 During his induction speech at the Hall of Fame ceremonies in Cooperstown, with the song 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' playing in the background and with a copy of 'The Wizard of Oz' in his hands, Ozzie Smith compares his baseball career to Dorothy's away trip from Kansas. The 47 year-old, citing the recipe for his success during his 19-year career with the Cardinals and Padres, tells the crowd he had the mind to dream, which the Scarecrow cherished, a heart to believe, which the Tin Man wanted, and courage to persevere, which the Lion lacked.
    2002 The Giants trade two minor league pitchers, right-hander Felix Diaz and left-hander Ryan Meaux, to obtain veteran center fielder Kenny Lofton from the White Sox. The 35 year-old outfielder will finish the season with the second-place club, hitting .267 in 46 games before signing as a free agent with the Pirates.
    2002 In a 7-1 loss to the Phillies at Turner Field, Gary Sheffield's team record of reaching base ends at 52 straight games. The Braves' right fielder surpasses Dale Murphy's previous mark of 48 consecutive contests.
    2004 Troy Percival strikes out Alfonso Soriano and gets Mark Teixeira to ground out to nail down a 2-0 Angels victory over Texas in Anaheim. The 34 year-old right-hander becomes the 18th major league closer to record 300 career saves and the fifth-fastest to reach the milestone.
    2005 At Whataburger Field, a trio of Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers-AA) pitchers hurls nine perfect innings to beat the hometown Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros-AA), 3-0. A.J. Murray (6), Steve Karsay (2), and Scott Feldman (1) combine to throw only the third nine-inning perfect game, the first by a combination of hurlers, in the 117-year history of the Texas League.
    2006 The Brewers have a busy day wheeling and dealing as the team sends All-Star left-fielder Carlos Lee and a minor league outfielder to Texas and acquire third baseman David Bell from the Phillies in separate deals. The Brew Crew gets reliever Francisco Cordero, fly chasers Kevin Mench and Laynce Nix, and a minor league southpaw from the Rangers, and trade Class A right-hander Wilfrido Laureano to the Philadelphia for their new infielder.
    2006 In an 8-7 loss to the Diamondbacks at Minute Maid Park, Luke Scott becomes the first rookie and sixth player in franchise history to hit for the cycle. The Houston 28 year-old right-fielder, who had a three-run homer in the fourth, a fifth-inning triple, and a double in the seventh inning, completes the rare feat with a two-out single in the 11th inning.
    2007 With the help of two day-night doubleheaders, MLB establishes a new daily attendance record as 717,478 go through the turnstiles for the 17 games played on Saturday. The former mark of 640,412, set on July 3, 1999, was accomplished with the same number of games played.
    2011 The Mets acquire 21 year-old right-hander Zack Wheeler, a top minor league prospect from the Giants, in exchange for outfielder Carlos Beltran and cash considerations. New York bids farewell to their All-Star outfielder, batting .289, with 15 home runs and 66 RBIs in the final season of his seven-year deal with the team.
    2011 With their 10-9 victory, the visiting Mets complete a four-game sweep in Cincinnati for the first time in franchise history. The Great American Ball Park victory is especially rewarding because Carlos Beltran, the team's best offensive player, was traded to San Francisco during the series.
    2012 Ike Davis drives in all of the runs in the Mets' 6-3 loss in Arizona when he becomes the ninth player in franchise history to hit three home runs in a game. The New York first baseman joins Steve Finley (2004, Diamondbacks), Eddie Murray (1980, Orioles), and Clyde McCullough (1942, Cubs) as only the fourth player in baseball history to account for all three of his team's runs with solo homers in a defeat.
    2013 After being elected by the Pre-Integration Veterans Committee in December, the induction of Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert, 19th-century backstop Deacon White, and umpire Hank O'Day marks the first time the Hall of Fame ceremony doesn't include a living selection. The last time there weren't any inductees alive to be honored occurred in 1968, with the enshrinement of Pud Galvin, the game's first 300-game winner, 63 years after his death.
    2017 In his second appearance with the independent San Rafael Pacifics, 37 year-old southpaw Lou Evans sings the Star-Spangled Banner, becoming the first starting pitcher in professional baseball to perform the National Anthem before taking the mound. The 2001 Marlins' nineteenth-round draft pick will retire after the game, ending his comeback from a 12-year hiatus due to injuries.

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    He played with a lot of 'little boy' in him, enjoyed every minute of the game
     
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    1908 St Louis Browns' future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Rube Waddell strikes out 16 Philadelphia A's in 5-4 win against his previous team at Sportsman's Park II, St. Louis
    1911 Boston Red Sox Joe Wood no-hits St Louis Browns, 5-0
    1915 Pirate Honus Wagner at 41, hits a grand slam HR
    1921 Cleveland's 125th anniversary celebration: Cy Young, 54, pitches 2 inn
    1928 Cleveland Indians score 17 in 1st 2 inns to beat Yanks 24-6 at Dunn Field they also set a record with 24 singles in 1 game
    1961 Phillies lose 1st of 23 straight games
    1965 Major league record 26 strikeouts, Phillies (16), Pirates (10)
    1968 Cincinnati Red George Culver no hits Phillies, 6-1
    1978 On Old Timer's Day, NY Yankees announce that Billy Martin will return as NY Yankee manager in 1980 and Bob Lemon will become GM
    1988 Baltimore trades Mike Boddicker to the Red Sox for Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling
    1988 Rick Sutcliffe swipes home, 1st pitcher since Pascual Perez in 1984 to steal home
    1989 Phillies retire Steve Carlton's # 32
    1989 White Sox trade Harold Baines to Rangers for Scott Fletcher & Sam Sosa
    1990 Boston Red Sox set major league record with 12 doubles in a game
    1991 1st Sunday Night game at Shea Stadium (Mets beat Cubs 6-0)
    1991 Yankee Stadium fans throw cups and blowup dolls at Jose Canseco
    1993 Cincinnati Reds pitcher Thomas Browning arrested for marijuana possession
    2014 Chicago Cubs player John Baker scores the win against the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field in the longest game in Cubs history
    2018 Chipper Jones, Alan Trammell, Trevor Hoffman, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Jack Morris are inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

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    1899 Walter Beall, American baseball player (d. 1959)
    1938 Don Wert, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Strasburg, Pennsylvania
    1951 Dan Driessen, American baseball player
    1963 Steve Frey, Meadowbrook PA, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
    1965 Karen Doell, American softball 2nd baseman (Olympics 1996), born in Winkler, Manitoba
    1965 Luis Alicea, Santurce Puerto Rico, infielder (St Louis Cardinals)
    1968 Mike Williams, Radford VA, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
    1971 Johnny Ruffin, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Butler, Alabama
    1975 Seth Greisinger, American baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Kansas City, Kansas
    1980 Ryan Braun, Canadian baseball player (Los Angeles Angels), born in Kitchener, Ontario
    1984 Chad Billingsley, American baseball player

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    1908 Rube Waddell fans sixteen of his former teammates when the Browns defeat the A's at Sportsman's Park, 5-4. During the off-season, a frustrated Connie Mack, Philadelphia's owner and manager, traded his talented but free-spirit hurler to St. Louis.
    1911 In the first game of a twin bill at Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds, Red Sox right-hander Joe Wood whiffs twelve Browns en route to a 5-0 no-hitter. 'Smokey,' a nickname coined due to his blazing fastball, throws the fifth hitless game in franchise history, and last to be accomplished in the Boston ballpark.
    1911 The Giants establish a franchise mark with nine stolen bases in the team's 8-0 rout of the Redbirds at Robison Field in St. Louis. Eight different New York players contribute to the record, with seven of the nine bags pilfered off Cardinals backstop Jack Bliss.
    1915 Pirates third baseman Honus Wagner reaches Robins hurler Jeff Pfeffer for a grand slam in the eighth inning, helping Pittsburgh beat Brooklyn at Forbes Field, 8-2. The inside-the-park round-tripper makes the 41 year-old infielder the oldest player ever to hit a home run with the bases full, a record which will last until 1985.
    1919 At Navin Field, Dutch Leonard decides to pitch around Bob Roth with two outs in the ninth inning to face Babe Ruth. Although the Boston slugger, who has already reached the Detroit southpaw with two doubles, responds by tying an American League record with his ninth homer of the month and sixteenth of the season, the Tigers prevail, 10-8.
    1928 The Indians follow up their eight-run first inning with nine more tallies in the next frame in their 24-6 rout of the Yankees at Dunn Field. The Tribe's third baseman Johnny Hodapp collects two singles in both the second and sixth frames.
    1938 On the WGN's White Sox pregame radio show, Yankee outfielder Jake Powel, in response to a Bob Elson question concerning his offseason employment as a Dayton, Ohio policeman, quips "I crack n*****s on the head". Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis downplays the incident, describing the ballplayer's comments as acting not "intentionally, but carelessly," and will suspend the reserve flychaser for ten days.
    1944 Annabelle Lee, the aunt of future major leaguer Bill Lee, pitches the first of five perfect games in the 12-year history of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The Minneapolis Millerettes southpaw knuckleballer, who will toss a no-hitter for the Fort Wayne Daisies precisely one year from this date, doesn't allow any batters to reach first base in the 18-0 rout of the Kenosha (WI) Comets.
    1955 Smoky Burgess hits three home runs and drives in nine runs in the Reds' 16-5 rout of Pittsburgh at Crosley Field. The Cincinnati catcher, in addition to his grand slam and pair of two-run round-trippers, also collects a run-scoring single.
    1968 Reds right-hander George Culver, facing 34 batters, throws a no-hitter, beating the Phillies, 6-1. Philadelphia tallies an unearned run in the second inning of the Connie Mack Stadium contest when Dick Allen reaches base on a throwing error by the third baseman, goes to second on another error on the same play, gets to third base on a groundout, and then scores on a sacrifice fly.
    1969 Major League Baseball proclaims Joe DiMaggio as its greatest living player, a title the Yankee Clipper will proudly embrace until his death in 1999. The determination was made by sportswriters in a poll conducted to coincide with the centennial of professional baseball.
    1978 The Yankee Stadium crowd is pleasantly surprised as recently resigned manager Billy Martin returns to join in on the Old Timers' Day festivities. Much to their delight, the fans respond with a seven-minute standing ovation when informed 'Billy the Kid' will return as the team's skipper in 1980.
    1983 Due to a dislocated thumb suffered in a collision at home plate in an attempt to score in the first game of the Padres' doubleheader against Atlanta, first baseman Steve Garvey's consecutive game streak ends in the nightcap at 1,207. It is the third-longest span in major league history without missing a game.
    1986 Sparky Anderson, the first skipper to win the World Series in each league, also becomes the first manager to win 600 games in both the National and American Leagues when the Tigers beat the Brewers, 9-5.
    1988 The Orioles trade pitcher Mike Boddicker to the Red Sox in return for Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling. Boddicker will have two successful years with Boston, while Anderson will become a productive leadoff hitter for Baltimore, and Schilling will become one of baseball's most dominant pitchers of his era.
    1988 After his request for time-out isn't granted by the home plate umpire Mike Reilly, Bo Jackson recovers in time to hit a home run despite not being set in the batter box when the pitch is delivered. The Royals left fielder's fourth-inning three-run poke off Jeff Ballard contributes to Kansas City's 6-3 victory over Baltimore at Memorial Stadium.
    1989 The White Sox trade Harold Baines, their all-time home run leader, and left-fielder Fred Manrique to the Rangers for outfielders Scott Fletcher and Sammy Sosa, along with southpaw Wilson Alvarez. Three seasons later, the Pale Hose will send Slammin' Sammy to the Cubs, where the Dominican slugger will hit 545 home runs during his 13-year stay with their crosstown rivals.
    1989 Rickey Henderson steals five bases and scores four runs without the benefit of getting an official time at-bat. The offensive output is made possible when the A's leadoff hitter is issued four bases-on-balls by Randy Johnson, who still manages to get the win in the M's 14-6 victory at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
    1996 After a mild heart attack last month, Tommy Lasorda, 68 year-old Dodger manager of twenty years, announces his retirement due to his health. The future Hall of Fame skipper, who was named the National League Manager of the Year in 1983 and '88, led Los Angeles to four pennants and two World Series championships during his 21 seasons at the helm.
    1996 Chris Sabo will be suspended for seven games, losing approximately $70,000 in salary, and the Reds will be fined $25,000 as the result of his use of a doctored bat in today's 2-1 loss to Houston at Cinergy Field. The Cincinnati third baseman will claim the bat, which was hollowed out and filled with pieces of rubber balls, wasn't his, but one of three offered to him by the batboy after he had broken his bat during a plate appearance in the second inning.
    1996 The Mets deal Jeff Kent along with Jose Vizcaino to the Indians for Carlos Baerga and Alvaro Espinoza. The trade, considered to be one of the worst in franchise history, will be a bust for New York when Baerga hits only .267 in three non-productive seasons in the Big Apple, and Kent goes on to win an MVP award and posts Hall of Fame numbers for a second baseman during his 17-year tenure in the major leagues.
    1998 Jon Garland, the Cubs' first-round draft pick last season, is traded in a deadline deal for White Sox reliever Matt Karchner, who will struggle with a 5.14 ERA in 29 appearances for the crosstown rivals. The Pale Hose's rookie right-hander will spend the first eight seasons of his career with the South Siders, compiling a 92-81 (.532) record, along with an ERA of 4.41 for his new team.
    2000 The Brewers hold Bob Wickman All-Star Poster Night a day after the team trades their reliable reliever along with Jason Bere and Steve Woodard to the Indians for a player to be named later (Marco Scutaro), Kane Davis, Paul Rigdon, and Richie Sexson. The Brew Crew gives away 30,000 printed pictures of their former closer, who played for the team for the past five seasons, on a night they are routed by the Rockies, 10-2, with Rigdon, one of the players in the trade, allowing four runs on seven hits over five innings in his Milwaukee debut.
    2000 Recently acquired Mets make good first impressions as Mike Bordick goes 2-for-3, including a homer on the first pitch he sees as a Met, and Rick White pitches a scoreless inning to get the win; the other newcomer, Bubba Trammell, will homer in his first at-bat in his Met debut tomorrow.
    2000 The White Sox trade catcher Brook Fordyce and three minor league pitchers to the Orioles for catcher Charles Johnson and designated hitter Harold Baines. The deal brings Baines, who will retire after playing a very part-time role with the team for two seasons, back to Chicago, where he played a dozen of the most productive years of his 22-year tenure in the major leagues.
    2000 With two outs in the ninth inning at Olympic Stadium, Eddie Taubensee knots the score at 3-3 with his game-tying home run off Expos starting pitcher Javier Vazquez. The Reds catcher then homers again in the 11th off Julio Santana for the game-winner in Cincinnati's 4-3 win over Montreal.
    2001 In Arlington, Craig Monroe homers in his first major league game. The rookie right fielder's fifth-inning blast contributes to the Rangers' 2-0 victory over the Devil Rays.
    2002 The text of the letter signed by 40 Hall of Famers and sent to baseball commissioner Bud Selig and union head Donald Fehr urges all sides 'to protect the game we all love and have given so much to, we suggest you agree to a qualified mediator that will allow you to find the common ground necessary to avoid a work stoppage'' is released. The former outstanding players, which include Reggie Jackson, Willie Mays, and Warren Spahn, believe another work stoppage in baseball would be a terrible mistake.
    2002 After playing the annual Hall of Fame exhibition game in Cooperstown, the White Sox and Rockies announce a trade which sends veteran catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. to Colorado, with right-hander class A minor-league pitcher Enemencio Pacheco going to Chicago.
    2002 The Phillies trade 27 year-old third baseman Scott Rolen along with minor league reliever Doug Nickle to the Cardinals in exchange for infielder Placido Polanco, southpaw Bud Smith, and reliever Mike Timlin. Reportedly, the former Philadelphia third sacker rejected a ten-year pact estimated to be worth $140 million, due to his feud with manager Larry Bowa.
    2003 Bill Mueller becomes the first switch-hitter, batting both left and right-handed, to blast two grand slams in the same game. Not known for his power, the Red Sox third baseman, batting eighth in the Boston lineup, also goes deep in the third inning, collecting 9 RBIs in the team's 14-7 victory the Rangers at The Ballpark in Arlington.
    2004 In a 10-1 victory over the Expos, Eric Valent becomes the eighth player in franchise history to hit for the cycle. After singling in the second, doubling in the third, and homering in the fifth, the Mets' utility player triples in the seventh to join Phillies David Bell, Pirates Daryle Ward, and Chad Moeller of the Brewers to accomplish the feat this season.
    2006 With a 19-6 rout of the Yankees at the Stadium, the Devil Rays tie a franchise record for runs scored. Batting last, Tampa Bay third baseman Tomas Perez adds to the barrage with four doubles, equaling the major league mark for two-baggers hit in one game.
    2006 Julio Franco became the oldest player ever to pinch run when he takes Carlos Delgado's place on the basepaths after the Mets' infielder is hit by a pitch in the fourth inning. The 47 year-old pinch-runner, who will stay in the game to play first, steals second base and will advance to third on the catcher's error in the Mets' 11-4 win over Atlanta at Turner Field.
    2008 With a tip of his helmet for the ovation from the Rangers fans, Ichiro Suzuki acknowledges his achievement of reaching 3,000 hits in professional baseball. The 34 year-old Mariners outfielder had collected 1,278 hits with the Orix Blue Wave in Japan's Pacific League, and his first-inning single off Texas right-hander Luis Mendoza was his 1,722nd hit with Seattle during eight seasons with the team.
    2008 In a 4-1 win over the Marlins at Dolphin Stadium, Mets third baseman David Wright scores in his 13th consecutive game, establishing a new franchise record. Teammate Carlos Beltran had set the previous team mark in 2006.
    2008 In a surprising pre-deadline trade, the banged-up Braves, and the first-place Angels exchange first basemen, with switch-hitting slugger Mark Teixeira being sent to Los Angeles with Casey Kotchman and minor league pitching prospect Steve Marek going to Atlanta. Teixeira, acquired from Texas last July in a seven-player deal which included Jarrod Saltalamacchia, is eligible for free agency at the end of the season.
    2009 In an attempt to upgrade their starting rotation, the first-place Phillies obtain Cliff Lee from the Indians. The defending World champs, who also get outfielder Ben Francisco in the deal, trade pitching prospects Carlos Carrasco and Jason Knapp, infielder Jason Donald, and catcher Lou Marson to get last season's AL Cy Young Award Winner.
    2009 The Pirates spend a busy day on the trading block, sending 2006 batting champ Freddy Sanchez to the Giants for 20 year-old former first-round draft pick Tim Alderson, a right-hander with excellent control. The Bucs also deal shortstop Jack Wilson and pitcher Ian Snell to the Mariners for shortstop Ronny Cedeno and four minor leaguers, including triple-A catcher-first baseman Jeff Clement.
    2009 The Royals play an entire game without registering a single defensive assist for the first time in franchise history in their 7-3 loss to Baltimore at Camden Yards. During Kansas City's eight innings in the field, the team records 24 outs via nine strikeouts, 13 fly outs, and two unassisted groundouts handled by first baseman Billy Butler.
    2010 After Roy Oswalt gives his approval to a trade from the Astros to the Phillies, Philadelphia sends J.A. Happ, outfielder Anthony Gose, and shortstop Jonathan Villar to Houston for the three-time All-Star hurler and a considerable amount of cash. The 32 year-old right-hander compiled a respectable 3.24 ERA, but posted only a 6-12 record, due to a severe lack of run support.
    2010 The front-running Padres trade Double-A right-hander Wynn Pelzer to obtain veteran infielder Miguel Tejada from the Orioles, who also include more than $1.15 million in the deal. San Diego is hoping the 36 year-old former American League Most Valuable Player can help the potential playoff team, both in the field and at the plate, with his 14 years of experience in the major leagues.
    2010 The Orioles hire 54 year-old Buck Showalter to become the club's 19th skipper. The two-time American League Manager of the Year (1994 Yankees and 2004 Rangers) takes over a team with the worst record in the major leagues at 31-70 but guides Baltimore to play 11 games over .500 in the remaining 57 games of the season, after taking the reins on August 2nd.
    2010 The Twins acquire Matt Capps (3-3, 2.74 ERA, 26/30 saves) and $500,000 from the Nationals for highly touted catching prospect Wilson Ramos and southpaw minor leaguer Joe Testa. Minnesota will use Washington's only All-Star as its closer, filling a void created during spring training when Joe Nathan underwent Tommy John surgery.
    2011 The Phillies acquire Hunter Pence from the last-place Astros for a trio of highly-touted minor leaguers, Jarred Cosart, Jon Singleton, and Josh Zeid. The 28 year-old right-fielder joins Philadelphia with a .309 average, 11 homers, and 62 RBIs.
    2013 Jason Giambi (42 years, six months, 22 days) becomes the oldest major leaguer to stroke a walk-off homer, pinch-hitting a two-run blast off Ramon Troncoso deep beyond the center-field wall in the Indians' 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the White Sox at Progressive Field. Hank Aaron (42 years, five months, seven days) previously held the distinction with his game-winning round-tripper against Texas on July 11, 1976.
    2014 In the longest game (by time) in Cubs' history, John Baker becomes the first position player to earn a victory since Oriole first baseman Chris Davis accomplished the feat in 2012. In the six-hour and 27-minute marathon played at Wrigley Field, the backup catcher tosses a scoreless 16th inning and then scores the winning run in the bottom of the frame, giving Chicago a 4-3 victory over Colorado.
    2016 The Nationals accomplish the first 3-3-5 triple play in major league history when, with the bases loaded, Giants cleanup hitter Brandon Crawford lines out to first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who steps on the bag for the second out before throwing to third baseman Anthony Rendon to catch Denard Span for the third out. Washington's eighth-inning triple killing, the team's first since moving from Montreal twelve years ago, contributes to the first-place club's 4-2 victory over San Francisco at AT&T Park.

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