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    1921 KDKA Pittsburgh presents first radio broadcast of MLB; Pirates beat Phillies, 8-0; Harold Arlin first play-by-play broadcaster
    1927 Phillies outfielder Cy Williams hits for cycle in just 4 at bats in 9-7 win v Pirates
    1940 St Louis Brown's pitcher John Whitehead no-hits Detroit Tigers, 4-0 in 6 innings (rain shortened)
    1948 Cleveland Indians set club record for most double plays in a game (6) in a 3-0 win v Washington
    1969 Pirates outfielder Willie Stargell smashes first and longest home run ever hit out of Dodger Stadium; the incomparable shot off Alan Foster, measures 506 feet
    1972 Detroit Tigers shortstop Ed Brinkman commits an error ending record streak of 72 games & 331 total chances without a misplay
    1973 Braves pitcher Phil Niekro no-hits the San Diego Padres, 9-0, the first for the franchise in Atlanta
    1975 Philadelphia Phillies create MLB record when first 8 batters get hits off Bill Bonham, beat Cubs 13-5
    1979 Philadelphia Phillies 3rd baseman Pete Rose collects NL record 2,427th career single in a 5-2 home loss vs Pirates
    1979 Willie Mays, Warren Giles, & Hack Wilson inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
    1980 Montreal Expos Dick Williams wins his 1,000th career game as a manager in 11-5 win v Mets, for whom Doug Flynn hits MLB record tying 3 triples
    1984 Toronto designated hitter Cliff Johnson hits MLB record 19th career pinch-hit HR in Blue Jays 4-3 win v Baltimore
    1986 Giants left-handed pitcher Steve Carlton becomes 2nd to reach 4,000 strikeout milestone when he gets center-fielder Eric Davis in 11-5 loss v Reds
    1992 Cuba wins baseball's inaugural gold medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, beating Chinese Taipei 11-1
    1999 St. Louis slugger Mark McGwire becomes only the 16th MLB player to reach the 500 home run milestone as the Cardinals lose 10-2 v San Diego at Busch Stadium
    2001 Cleveland Indians tie a MLB record in erasing a 12 run Seattle lead to win 15-14, also preventing the Mariners from reaching a record 117 season wins
    2005 St. Louis Cardinals 1st baseman Albert Pujols becomes the first player to connect for 30 home runs in each of his first 5 MLB seasons
    2007 Atlanta left-hander Tom Glavine becomes only the 23rd pitcher in MLB history to reach the 300 win milestone as the Braves beat Cubs, 8-3
    2010 Group led by Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan & Pittsburgh attorney Chuck Greenberg is confirmed as winning bidder in court ordered auction of Texas Rangers MLB franchise (value $593m)
    2013 MLB bans New York Yankees infielder Alex Rodriguez for 211 games as a result of the Biogenesis Laboratories scandal

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    1947 Bernie Carbo, American baseball player
    1968 John Olerud, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Seattle, Washington
    1972 John Wasdin, American pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Ft Belvoir, Virginia
    1977 Eric Hinske, American baseball utility and coach (AL Rookie of the Year 2002; 3-time WS champion), born in Menasha, Wisconsin
    1977 Mark Mulder, American baseball player
    1981 Carl Crawford, American baseball player

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    1901 In the second inning of the nightcap against the Americans in Baltimore, Jimmy Hart punches umpire John Haskell in the face. The Orioles' rookie first baseman who hits .311 playing in a total of only 58 games in his major league career, serves a ten-day suspension, but quits after going 4-for-4 upon his return because the team refused to pay the $25 he had been fined.
    1921 Pittsburgh's radio station KDKA provides listeners with the first-ever broadcast of a major league game. Harold Arlin, detailing the action in the Pirates' 8-5 victory over the Phillies at Forbes Field, becomes baseball's first play-by-play announcer.
    1932 Tommy Bridges loses his bid for a perfect game when Senator pinch-hitter Dave Harris, the 27th batter he faces, bloops a single in the Tigers' 13-0 rout over Washington. The 24 year-old right-handed Tennessean from Gordonsville will toss two more one-hitters for Detroit next season.
    1935 On a very rainy Monday afternoon at Fenway Park, the Yankees and Red Sox engage in stalling and hurry-up tactics trying to take advantage of the inclement weather. American League president John Heydler will fine both managers, Joe Cronin (Boston) and Joe McCarthy (New York), $100 for their antics during the Bronx Bombers' eventual 10-2 victory.
    1937 The Newport Canners vs. Johnson City Soldiers' Appalachian League contest in Tennessee ends in the sixth inning when the teams run out of baseballs. Some angry fans show their displeasure by destroying the set of bleachers that had been their seats before the game's abrupt ending.
    1940 In a rain-shortened 4-0 victory over the Tigers, Silent John Whitehead of the St. Louis Browns pitches a six-inning no-hitter. The victory will be the quiet Texan's only victory this season.
    1942 In front of a crowd of less than three thousand patrons at Chicago's Comiskey Park, the White Sox beat the Tigers, 1-0. The game's only run scores when Don Kolloway steals home with two outs in the fifth inning.
    1953 Don Larsen, in his 5-0 complete-game loss to Boston at Fenway Park, goes 3-for-3 to establish the mark for consecutive hits by a pitcher with seven. The Browns' rookie right-hander will hit .284 in 81 at-bats this season.
    1954 Stan Musial, in a 13-4 rout of the Dodgers in Brooklyn, paces the Cardinals attack, hitting two homers and driving in seven runs. The defeat is Preacher Roe's first loss to St. Louis at Ebbets Field in four years.
    1955 White Sox second baseman Nellie Fox's consecutive game streak ends at 274 games. During the next game, the future Hall of Fame infielder will begin a new streak, which will last for 798 contests.
    1960 The Tigers and Indians become the first teams to swap skippers. The Tribe's new manager, Jimmy Dykes, will compile a 103-115 record for Cleveland, while Joe Gordon posts a 26-31 mark in his two-months stay in Detroit.
    1969 With a titanic blast that clears the right-field pavilion, Willie Stargell becomes the first player to hit a home run completely out of Dodger Stadium. The 506-foot round-tripper helps the Pirates defeat LA, 11-3.
    1972 Ed Brinkman commits an error, ending his major league record of 72 games and 331 total chances at shortstop without making a misplay. The 30 year-old Tiger infielder wins his only Gold Glove this season.
    1973 Phil Niekro goes the distance, holding the Padres hitless in a 9-0 rout at home. The knuckleballer's no-hitter is the first thrown by a Braves hurler since the team shifted to Atlanta in 1966.
    1975 In the Phillies' 13-5 victory, Cubs starter Bill Bonham gives up a major league record of seven hits to the first seven batters he faces in the Veterans Stadium contest. Without recording an out, the former UCLA hurler is replaced by Ken Crosby, who promptly gives up a single to Johnny Oates.
    1979 At Chavez Ravine, Don Sutton fans six batters in LA's 8-1 victory over San Francisco, surpassing Don Drysdale, to become the Dodgers' all-time strikeout leader with 2,487. After establishing the mark and receiving a two-minute standing ovation that he acknowledges by tipping his cap, the right-hander is charged with an automatic ball due to running his fingers across his lips while thanking the crowd.
    1979 Outfielders Willie Mays (Giants, Mets) and Hack Wilson (Giants, Cubs, Dodgers, and Phillies) are enshrined into the Hall of Fame. Baseball administrator Warren Giles, who served as the president of the National League from 1951 to 1969, is also inducted during the Cooperstown ceremony.
    1983 Billy Martin is suspended for two games for calling umpire Dale Ford "a stone liar" after the Yankees' July 31st extra-inning 12-6 victory against the White Sox in Chicago. The suspension marks the second time this season the American League has disciplined the Bronx Bomber manager for his continued abuse of umpires.
    1984 Cliff Johnson hits his 19th career pinch-hit home run, breaking a major league record shared with Jerry Lynch, who established the mark in 1966 playing with the Pirates. The eight-inning round-tripper off Tippy Martinez proves to be the difference in Toronto's 4-3 victory over the Orioles at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium.
    1985 Keith Hernandez is named player of the month for July, becoming the first Met to be honored since Dave Kingman received the nod ten years ago. The New York first baseman, who was obtained in a trade with the Cardinals two seasons ago, collected 40 hits in his 102 at-bats last month, compiling a .392 batting average while driving in 29 runs for the team that won 21 of 28 decisions.
    1985 In the Mets' 7-2 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field, Darryl Strawberry belts three home runs, propelling the team into first place with a half-game lead over the Cardinals in the National League East. Eleven years and one day later, the 'Straw' will enjoy his second three-homer game, going deep for the Yankees three times against the White Sox in a 9-2 win in the Bronx.
    1986 At Candlestick Park, Giants' southpaw Steve Carlton gets his 4000th strikeout, fanning Reds' center fielder Eric Davis. The historic whiff occurs in the third inning with two runners on base and no outs in the eventual Reds' 11-6 victory.
    1992 The A's take over first place in the AL West when Dennis Eckersley extends his major league record to 39 straight saves, far surpassing the mark of 25 established by Blue Jay closer Tom Henke last season. Oakland outfielder Jose Canseco walks in his first two plate appearances in the team's 4-3 victory in Texas, tying a major league record with seven consecutive base-on-balls in the span of two games, .
    1993 In the Padres' 11-10 victory over the Giants, Tony Gwynn goes 6-for-7 in the 12-inning contest played at Qualcomm Stadium. The San Diego right fielder's performance at the plate marks the fourth time this season he has collected five or more hits, tying the major league record shared by Hall of Famers Ty Cobb and Stan Musial.
    1994 Jeff Bagwell establishes a new Astros single-season home run record when he hits number 38, a fifth inning two-out, two-run homer, off reliever Pat Gomez in the team's 12-4 victory over the Giants at the Astrodome. The Houston first baseman, who also breaks the record of 110 RBIs set by Bob Watson in 1977 with the round-tripper, surpasses the mark established 27 years ago by Jimmy Wynn.
    1999 Mark McGwire hits his 500th career home run off Padres' hurler Andy Ashby, becoming the 16th major leaguer and the fastest to reach this milestone. The St. Louis slugger is the first to accomplish the feat a year after reaching the 400 home run plateau.
    2000 Sammy Sosa becomes the first Cubs' player to reach 100 RBIs six consecutive times. Hack Wilson did it for five straight seasons from 1926-30.
    2001 Kirby Puckett and Dave Winfield, who were both elected to by the BBWAA in his first their year of eligibility, are enshrined in the Hall of Fame. The former Twin teammates are joined by 1960 World Series hero Bill Mazeroski and the late Negro Leagues pitcher Hilton Smith, players selected by the Veterans Committee.
    2001 At Jacobs Field, the Indians, who trailed in the game 14-2 after six innings, tally twelve runs to tie the score and will beat the Mariners, 15-14, thanks to Jolbert Cabrera's 11th inning broken bat single scoring Kenny Lofton to complete the unbelievable comeback. The Tribe joins the 1911 Tigers and 1925 A's to become the third team in major league history to have won after being down by a dozen runs.
    2002 In a make-up game against the Angels, the Tigers host 'Silent Night'. The fans hear no electronic, video, and commercial enhancements during Detroit's 6-3 loss to Anaheim at Comerica Park.
    2005 Albert Pujols becomes the first player to connect for 30 home runs in each of his first five big league seasons. The Cardinals first baseman has hit 190 homers during this five-year span from the start of his career in 2001, equaling Eddie Mathews' total (1952-56) and with 25 fewer than Ralph Kiner (1946-1950).
    2006 It takes four bases on balls, three of which are intentional, for the Rangers to finally prevent Vladimir Guerrero from getting a hit. The Angel All-Star outfielder, who started playing in the American League after leaving Montreal as a free agent in 2003, had hit safely in all of his previous 44 games played against Texas.
    2006 Trevor Hoffman throws a scoreless ninth inning in San Diego's 6-3 victory over the Nationals at Petco Park to become the first major league reliever to record 30 saves for eleven seasons. The Padres closer's milestone establishes a major league record, surpassing the mark set by Lee Smith, baseball's all-time saves leader.
    2007 With his 246th career victory, an 8-5 win over Kansas City, Yankees right-hander Mike Mussina becomes the winningest pitcher in baseball history without a 20-win season. 'Moose' will reach the elusive milestone with a 20-9 record next season, his last in the majors.
    2007 At Wrigley Field, Tom Glavine, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, becomes the 23rd player in major league history to win his 300th victory. The crafty southpaw, the fifth lefty to reach the milestone, limits the Cubs to six hits and a walk in 6.1 innings as the Mets bang out 16 hits and beat Chicago in a nationally televised ESPN Sunday night game, 8-3.
    2010 The bankrupt Rangers are sold at an auction for $385 million to a group led by Hall of Famer and club president Nolan Ryan. The new ownership group outbid the recently formed partnership of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Houston investor Jim Crane, who tried to buy the team in 2008.
    2010 In the top of the ninth, the Twins recover from blowing a 6-0 lead, when Jason Kubel's two-out pop up lands behind the pitcher's mound untouched by the Rays' middle infielders for the go-ahead single in the team's eventual 8-6 victory. The odd play, a result of the ball ricocheting off a catwalk and changing direction 190 feet above Tropicana Field, will prompt a change of the ground rules for postseason games played in Tampa Bay.
    2011 The Twins celebrate the 20th year anniversary of the 1991 controversial play when Kent Hrbek and Ron Gant becoming entangled at first base in Game 2 of the World Series with a bobblehead doll depicting one of the worst of all-time decisions by an umpire. Drew Coble called Gant out when it appeared first baseman Kent Hrbek had lifted him off the bag.
    2011 Darla Harlow, a big fan of the Mississippi Braves, is given the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Trustmark Park in Pearl. After tossing the ball to home plate, the military wife is totally surprised when the catcher takes off his mask, revealing the 'player' is really her husband, Michael, an Army major who has been away from home, serving in Afghanistan for the past nine months.
    2012 Darwin Barney becomes the Cubs' all-time leader for second basemen when he plays in his 91st consecutive game in a single season without committing an error. The 26 year-old Chicago infielder, en route to setting the National League mark with a 127 straight errorless-game streak, surpasses Ryne Sandberg's team record that the Hall of Famer established in 1989.
    2013 Major League Baseball releases the names of 13 players who have been suspended for their involvement with performance-enhancing substances supplied by the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic. Thirty-eight year-old Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez receives the harshest of the punishments when he is told that he will be sidelined without pay for 211 regular-season games, much more than the 50-game suspensions given to most players implicated in the announcement.
    2013 Minnie Forbes, the 81 year-old former owner of the Negro League Detroit Stars from 1956 to 1958, and about a dozen former baseball players meet with Barack Obama at the White House. The country's first black president honors the group for their contributions to athletics and civil rights.
    2017 The Indians unveil a bronze statue honoring Lou Boudreau, who managed the team to their last World Series title in 1948 while also being the Tribe's starting shortstop. The seven-time All-Star is placed outside the main entrance of Progressive Field near two fellow Hall of Famers and former teammates, Bob Feller and Larry Doby.

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    You know, reading all the history @gatorjjh provides us daily of this great game an unlisted “stat” keeps jumping out at me as I browse through all of the listed information/stats/results of the games recorded in time is—

    As much of a team sport as baseball is—it’s amazing at how many individual achievements are reached during the loss of a game.......
     
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    I have been a baseball fan since the mid 50s, my grandfather was a fan from the 1910
    s and told me stories about the folks who played for the NY teams, He loved the Dodgers so of course I was a Mickey Mantle Yogi Berra Yankee fan, lots of the names that come up as highlights and first time ever items are names he talked to me about, the for the most part unknowns and guys who did crazy stuff (baseball hasn't changes that) are all part of what I love about the sport, the nail files and pine tar, a bird under a cap in the outfield spitting on a manager and the Derochers and Martins and Piersalls, Spaceman Bill Lee and all the rest.... Clemente, The splendid splinter, Lets play 2...
     
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    1890 Future Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young throws 3-hit ball in his MLB debut for the Cleveland Spiders in 8-1 win vs Chicago Colts
    1908 St Louis Cardinals Johnny Lush pitches 2nd career no-hitter vs Brooklyn Superbas; wins, 2-0 (1st no-hitter 1906)
    1937 MLB overturns NY Yankees 7-6 win over Cleveland Indians because of umpire error
    1941 Detroit Tigers pitcher Al Benton collects 2 sacrifices in an inning, a MLB record; wins 11-2 vs Cleveland Indians
    1949 Future Hall of Famer Luke Appling appears in a MLB record 2,154th (en route to 2,218) game at shortstop for the Chicago White Sox
    1952 St. Louis Browns veteran pitcher Satchel Paige, 46, becomes oldest pitcher to win a complete shutout, 1-0 v Detroit Tigers in 12 innings
    1953 Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Ted Williams returns to Red Sox from military service in Korea; ends abbreviated season with .407 batting average
    1967 Minnesota Twins pitcher Dean Chance throws a perfect no-hitter vs Boston Red Sox, 2-0 in 5 innings before game is called because of weather
    1967 Future Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman Brooks Robinson (Baltimore Orioles) hits into MLB record 4th career triple play
    1972 Hank Aaron hits 660th & 661st HRs for the Atlanta Braves, breaking Babe Ruth's MLB record of homers for one team
    1973 Roberto Clemente, Warren Spahn, Billy Evans, Monty Irvin, Mickey Welch and High Pockets Kelly are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
    1985 MLB Players' Association stages a midseason baseball strike (lasts 1 day)
    1986 Baltimore's Jim Dwyer & Larry Sheets, and Rangers Toby Harrah hit MLB record 3 grand slams in Texas' 13-11 win
    1988 Rich Gossage becomes the second player in MLB history to record 300 career saves as Cubs beat Phillies, 7-4
    1988 Oakland A's outfielder Jose Canseco becomes 11th MLB player to record 30 HRs & 30 steals in a season
    1989 Boston Red Sox retire Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder, 1st baseman Carl Yastrezemski's #8
    1990 Jim Palmer and Joe Morgan are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
    1991 American softball pitcher Debbie Doom strikes out 17 in her 2nd consecutive perfect game at the Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba; beats Nicaragua, 8-0
    1995 Cleveland's major league sports franchises, NFL Browns & MLB Indians, play in Cleveland for 1st time ever; both lose - White Sox 5, Indians 1; Giants 19, Browns 13 (exhibition)
    1999 Tony Gwynn goes 4 for 5 and collects his 3,000th MLB hit as San Diego beats Expos, 12-10 at Montreal Olympic Stadium
    2002 32-year old reliever Robb Nen becomes 16th and youngest closer to record 300 career saves as he protects Giants 11-10 lead v Cubs
    2006 For a MLB record 11th time in his career, Padres closer Trevor Hoffman records 30 or more saves in a season; beats mark set by Lee Smith, baseball's all-time saves leader

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    1916 E. Michael Burke, sports executive (President New York Yankees, New York Knicks, Madison Square Garden), born in Enfield, Connecticut (d. 1987)
    1926 Clem Labine, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1956, 57; World Series 1955, 59, 60; Brooklyn / LA Dodgers, Detroit Tigers), born in Lincoln, Rhode Island (d. 2007)
    1928 Herb Moford, American baseball player (d. 2005)
    1941 Ray Culp, American baseball player
    1945 Andy Messersmith, American baseball player
    1946 Dusty Rhodes, Australian baseball coach (Olympics 1996)
    1957 Bob Horner, American baseball player
    1967 Mike Greenberg, American sportscaster
    1973 Max Kellerman, American sportscaster
    1975 Victor Zambrano, Venezuelan baseball player
    1982 Justin Germano, American baseball player

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    1890 John Reilly becomes the first major leaguer to hit for the cycle in different leagues when the Reds, who moved to the National League this season, beat Pittsburgh at League Park, 16-3. The Cincinnati first baseman hit for two cycles in 1883, also a first, when the team played in the American Association and were known as the Red Stockings.
    1890 Cy Young, making his major league debut, is credited with the win when the Cleveland Spiders beat the Colts in Chicago's West Side Park, 8-1. During his 22-year career, the 23 year-old right-hander will average more than 23 victories per season en route to a major league record of 511 victories, a mark believed by many to be unbreakable.
    1906 At Cleveland's League Park, the Boston Americans are shut out for the fourth consecutive time, bowing to the Indians, 4-0. Combined with a scoreless three-game sweep by the White Sox, the team establishes a new American League record.
    1908 Detroit outfielder Ty Cobb gets married, having departed the Tigers three days ago to attend the ceremony without the team's permission. The 21 year-old Georgia Peach's six-day defection during a pennant race will be described by club co-owner Frank Navin as the most arrogant act he had ever heard of in baseball.
    1930 Gene Rye becomes the first player to hit three homers in a single inning when he blasts a solo homer, a three-run shot, and a grand slam in the Waco Cubs' 18-run eight-inning eruption in their eventual 20-7 Texas League victory over the visiting Beaumont Exporters at Katy Park. The 24 year-old diminutive southpaw-swinging outfielder, called Half Pint by his teammates, will be signed by the Red Sox, spending the first two months of next season with the team before being released when he hits just .179 in 17 games.
    1937 The Braves become the first National League team to lead off a game with back-to-back homers. At Wrigley Field, Roy Johnson and Rabbit Warstler both go deep to start the first inning off Tex Carleton, but Boston's quick start isn't enough when Chicago wins the contest 12-6.
    1941 Al Benton becomes the first major leaguer to have two sacrifice bunts in one inning. The Tiger right-hander accomplishes the feat in the top of third inning, a frame that features 17 batters coming to bat, in an 11-2 rout of the Indians at Cleveland's League Park.
    1947 Skeeter Webb is inserted into the game to run for Fred Hutchinson, and scores a run in the Tigers' nine-run eighth inning in Detroit's 13-6 victory over Cleveland. Later in the frame, he comes to the plate and delivers an RBI sac fly, an unusual accomplishment for a pinch-runner.
    1952 At the approximate age of 46, Satchel Paige becomes the oldest pitcher in major league history to hurl a complete-game shutout, beating Virgil 'Fire' Trucks and the Tigers, 1-0, when Bobby Young scores the game's only run in the 12th inning. The Browns' hurler will extend his own record at the age of 46 years and 75 days by throwing another scoreless complete game against the White Sox next month.
    1962 For the fifth time, a team record, Willie Mays collects five hits in a game. In the 9-2 Giants victory over Philadelphia at Candlestick Park, the 'Say Hey Kid' hits two two-run homers in the first and second innings, and follows up with singles in the fourth, fifth, and eighth.
    1967 Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson hits into his fourth career triple play, setting a major league record. The fifth inning around-the-horn triple killing (5-4-3) doesn't hurt the club when the Birds beat the White Sox at Memorial Stadium, 4-0, to complete a sweep of a twin bill.
    1969 In an alley behind a Detroit bar, Twins' manager Billy Martin, intervenes in a scuffle between his starting pitcher Dave Boswell and outfielder Bob Allison, resulting in the right-hander being knocked unconscious and in need of 20 stitches, after being pummeled by his skipper. Although he will miss several starts because of the incident, the 24 year-old Maryland native will finish the season 20-12 for the first-place Minnesota club.
    1972 The second game of the Midland Cubs and Amarillo Giants minor league doubleheader is postponed when thousands of grasshoppers begin appearing everywhere at Christensen Stadium. The massive clusters of insects, who swarmed from their nests behind the center field wall after the ballpark's lights were turned on, made play impossible when infielders couldn't see their outfielders through the hordes of fluttering invaders.
    1972 Hank Aaron, with his 660th and 661st career homers, breaks Yankee legend Babe Ruth's record for hitting the most home runs with one team. 'Hammerin' Hank's' second round-tripper of the day, a 10th inning blast, enables the Braves to beat Cincinnati at Riverfront Stadium, 4-3.
    1973 Roberto Clemente becomes the first Latin-born player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The late Pirates outfielder, who died tragically on New Year's Eve in a crash that was carrying relief supplies to the victims of the earthquake in Nicaragua, was elected posthumously when the mandatory five-year waiting period was waived.
    1979 After delivering the eulogy at Thurman Munson's funeral in Ohio, Bobby Murcer, a teammate and close friend of the deceased Yankee catcher, drives in all the runs in the Yankee 5-4 comeback victory over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium. The New York outfielder, with a bat he will never use again, hits a three-run home run and wins the game with a two-run single in 9th inning.
    1981 The players approved a split-season format necessitated by the seven-week strike. The Yankees, A's, Phillies, and Dodgers are declared the first-half champions and will be automatically qualified for the divisional series.
    1983 Eric Rasmussen throws a 4-0 shutout against the Red Sox in his first American League outing. The Royals starter, who also blanked the Padres as a Cardinal in his first-ever major league game in 1975, becomes the first pitcher to toss a shutout in both his National League and American League debuts.
    1985 As announced three weeks ago, the Players' Association follows through on their threat to go on strike. The second midseason work stoppage in baseball history will last only two days, when the owners abandon their plan for a salary cap, a concept also strongly opposed by baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth.
    1986 In the game that establishes a new record for bases-full homers in one game, Texas beats Baltimore, 13-11. Rangers' infielder Toby Harrah hits a second inning grand slam, and Larry Sheets and Jim Dwyer both go deep with the bases loaded in the Orioles' nine-run fourth frame.
    1988 Jim Gott balks three times in the eighth inning, two of which allow a runner to score from third base. The Pirates relief pitcher's poor form on the mound proves to be the difference in the Mets' 5-3 victory over the Bucs at Three Rivers Stadium.
    1988 Goose Gossage becomes the second player in major league history to record 300 career saves when he faces one batter and gets the final out in the Cubs' 7-4 victory over Philadelphia at Wrigley Field. The future Hall of Fame right-handed reliever joins Rollie Fingers, who reached the milestone in 1982.
    1988 Jose Canseco became the 11th player in major league history to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in a season. The A's outfielder, with 31 homers, joins the 30-30 club, stealing second base with one out in the ninth inning for his 30th as Oakland beat the Mariners, 5-4.
    1988 On behalf of the fans of New England, the dedication of a plaque take place behind home plate of the former Braves Field in remembrance of the fond memories of its departed National League team, and the many historical events which took place in the ballpark. The historical marker, made possible through the efforts of Boston University, the Society for American Baseball Research, and the New England Sports Museum, includes references to the three World Series and one All-Star Game played there, as well as the longest game ever to take place in major league history.
    1989 In a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park, the Red Sox retire Carl Yastrzemski's #8. 'Yaz', recently inducted into the Hall of Fame, becomes only the fourth player in franchise history, joining Joe Cronin (4), Bobby Doerr (1), and Ted Williams (9), to be honored by having his uniform number retired by the club.
    1992 Following a brief shouting match with Willie Wilson in the previous frame after the Oakland outfielder had tripled off him, Rangers right-hander Nolan Ryan hits him on the leg with a pitch with two outs in the eighth inning. The incident, that causes a ten-minute delay with both benches emptying and fans littering the field with paper, will result in the future Hall of Famer being ejected from a game for the first and only time during his 27-year major league career.
    1993 Raising his average to .348, San Diego outfielder Tony Gwynn collects his 2000th career base hit, a single off Colorado hurler Bruce Ruffin in the team's 6-2 victory at Jack Murphy Stadium. Mr. Padre will reach the 3,000 hit milestone on the same date in 1999. (Our thanks to Tom Lane for sharing this event.)
    1998 Kevin McClatchy's vision of a baseball-only stadium in Pittsburgh starts to become more of a reality when PNC Bank strikes a deal with the Pirates calling the Bucs' new home PNC Park. The new ballpark, which will be highly praised, will host its first game in 2001.
    1999 After San Diego outfielder Tony Gwynn singles off of Expo rookie right-hander Dan Smith in the first inning to get his 3000th hit, first base ump Kerwin Danley, Gwynn's college teammate, Vendella Gwynn, his mother celebrating her 64th birthday, and 13,540 Olympic Stadium fans help to celebrate the right fielder's milestone. 'Mr. Padre' finishes the night 4-for-5, passing Roberto Clemente into 21st place on the all-time career hit list.
    2001 Boston's backstop Scott Hatteberg hits into a triple play, but the catcher redeems himself in his next at-bat by hitting a grand slam, putting the Red Sox ahead in a 10-7 win over the Rangers. The triple killing, the third in Texas history, occurs when Hatteberg lines to shortstop Alex Rodriguez, who flips to second base, doubling up the runner on second, with second baseman Randy Velarde tagging the runner arriving from first.
    2001 The Hall of Fame Veterans Committee, comprised of five former players, five media members, and five former executives, which was established in 1953, is to be replaced by a 90-member group made up of the members of the Hall of Fame (61), the recipients of the J.G. Taylor Spink award for writers (13), the Ford C. Frick award for broadcasters (13), and current Veterans Committee members (3). The new committee will be able to elect players only once every two years and executives, umpires, and managers only once every four years.
    2002 Robb Nen becomes the 16th major leaguer to record his 300th career save when he closes the Giants' 11-10 victory over the Cubs at Pacific Bell Park. The 32 year-old reliever, who will not pitch again after this season due to multiple surgeries for a torn rotator cuff, is the youngest closer to reach the milestone.
    2003 Three weeks after trading for Armando Benitez with the crosstown Mets, the Yankees trade the much maligned reliever to the Mariners. In return, the Bronx Bombers get back 36 year-old Jeff Nelson for his second tour with the team.
    2005 The Rangers posthumously retire jersey #26 in honor of their former skipper Johnny Oates, who lead the team to its first three division titles in 1996 and 1998-99. The 1996 Manager of the Year (an award shared with Joe Torres of the Yankees) compiled 506-476 (.515) record, stepping down 28 games into the 2001 season after 6+ seasons with Kansas City.
    2006 The Mets continue to make a commitment to their young players, signing 23 year-old David Wright to a $55 million, six-year contract extension. The third baseman joins shortstop Jose Reyes, also 23, who inked a long term deal with the club three days ago worth $23.25 million over the four years of the extension of the Dominican's contract.
    2007 Batting eighth in Tony La Russa's batting order, Cardinals' starting pitcher Braden Looper collects two hits in the fifth inning when St. Louis ties a big league record with 10 straight hits. The Redbirds use the consecutive safeties to score all their runs when they beat the visiting Padres, 10-5.
    2010 In a 15-minute pregame ceremony delayed by rain at Turner Field, the Braves retire Tom Glavine's uniform number 47. The southpaw, who won 244 of his 305 career victories with the organization, including five seasons with 20 or more wins, was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame earlier in the day at a luncheon.
    2013 Ryan Lavarnway ties a major league record, shared by Ray Katt (1954 Giants) and Gino Petralli (1987 Rangers) when he allows four passed balls in the first inning of the Red Sox's 15-10 victory over the Astros at Minute Maid Park. The Boston backstop, whose woes in corralling Steven Wright's knuckleballer allows three runs, makes up for his first-frame failings with a two-out double in the fifth, putting the team ahead for keeps, 8-7.
    2016 Giancarlo Stanton drives a pitch thrown by Rockies starter Chad Bettis deep into the Rockpile seats, a 504-foot blast that becomes the longest round-tripper in the history in the 21-year-old Coors Field. The Miami Marlins slugger's fifth-inning solo shot in the team's 12-6 loss surpasses the 496-footer hit in 1997 by Dodger catcher Mike Piazza off current Colorado bullpen coach Darren Holmes.
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    1903 Tommy Corcoran sets MLB record for shortstops when he records 14 assists in Cincinnati's 4 - 2 win v St. Louis Cardinals
    1907 Washington Senators legendary pitcher Walter Johnson wins first of his 416 career wins, 7-2 v Cleveland
    1929 NY Yankees slugger Babe Ruth ties MLB record by hitting grand slams in consecutive games for the second time in 13-1 win v Philadelphia A's
    1938 2,000th Brooklyn Dodgers home run: legendary shortstop Leo Durocher homers off Reds hurler Peaches Davis in 8th inning of a 6-3 win
    1956 Boston Red Sox fine slugger Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at heckling Boston fans, third incident in 3 weeks
    1956 51-year-old Satchel Paige (Miami Marlins) wins a game before the largest crowd in minor league history, 57,000 at Miami’s Orange Bowl; International League: Marlins 6-2 v Columbus Jets
    1972 Yogi Berra, Sandy Koufax, Lefty Gomez, Early Wynn, Josh Gibson, Will Harridge, Buck Leonard & Ross Youngs are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
    1978 Eddie Mathews, Addie Joss and Larry MacPhail are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NYdal beating Germany 2-1 in the women's final at the Barcelona Olympics
    1999 Tampa Bay 3rd baseman Wade Boggs becomes the first MLB player to hit a home run for his 3,000th hit in Devil Rays' 15-10 loss v Cleveland
    2004 Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux enters the history books with his 300th career win in the Chicago's 8-4 triumph v San Francisco at SBC Park
    2007 San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds hits his 756th career home run to break Hank Aaron's long-standing MLB record

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    1927 Art Houtteman, American baseball player, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2003)
    1929 Don Larsen, American MLB pitcher (only perfect game in World Series history, Game 5 1956; World Series MVP 1956; NY Yankees), born in Michigan City, Indiana (d. 2019)io
    1967 Jason Grimsley, American baseball pitcher (California Angels), born in Cleveland, Texas
    1973 Danny Graves, American baseball player, born in South Vietnam
    1975 Edgar Renteria, Colombian baseball player (Florida Marlins), born in Barranquilla, Colombia

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    1907 Senators' hurler Walter Johnson wins his first major league game, beating the Indians, 7-2. The 19 year-old right-hander will compile a 417-279 (.599) record, along with an ERA of 2.17, during his 21-year career.
    1923 Indian first baseman Frank Brower goes 6-for-6, collecting a double and five singles. The 30 year-old infielder's offensive output helps Cleveland rout the Senators at Griffith Stadium, 22-2.
    1943 The Giants tie a National League record when they leave eighteen players on base. The team strands two baserunners in each inning in their 9-6 loss to the Phillies at the Polo Grounds.
    1950 At Rickwood Field, the Birmingham police bar three white players of the Chicago American Giants from playing in a Negro American League doubleheader against the Birmingham Black Barons. The local officers met Ted Radcliffe at the gate, informing the visiting manager that his 'non-black' players will have to watch the game from the 'white only' grandstand, due to the city's segregation laws.
    1951 A crowd of 57,000 at the Orange Bowl, the largest ever to attend a minor league game, watches an ageless 51 year-old Satchel Paige hit a double and get the win when the Miami Marlins beat the Columbus Jets in International League action, 6-2.
    1962 The 29-81 Mets are mathematically eliminated from finishing in first place with their 7-5 loss to Los Angeles in Chavez Ravine. After the game, New York manager Casey Stengel calls a meeting and jokes with his players that they can loosen up and relax now that they are out of the pennant race, which they promptly do, winning just eleven more games during the last two months of the season.
    1963 At the Polo Grounds, Jim Hickman becomes the first Met in franchise history to hit for the cycle, accomplishing the feat in the very rare natural order. The New York leadoff batter's single in the first inning, double in the second, fourth-frame triple, and a sixth-inning solo shot all contribute to the Amazins' 7-3 victory over St. Louis.
    1968 In his major league debut, A's Joe Keough hits a home run in his first at-bat. The rookie goes deep off Lindy McDaniel as a pinch-hitter in the eighth, tying the score at 3-to-3 in Oakland's eventual 4-3 extra inning victory at Yankee Stadium.
    1969 At a hastily called news conference, Phillies' manager Bob Skinner resigns, citing a lack of support from the front office in his efforts to discipline Dick Allen, the team's temperamental superstar. The 37 year-old skipper will be replaced by his third-base coach, George Myatt, who inherits the fifth-place club with a 44-64 record.
    1971 A's southpaw Vida Blue, en route to a 24-8 record in his first full year in the major leagues, becomes a 20-game winner when he goes the distance, blanking the White Sox, 1-0. The only run of the game scores on a balk committed by Joe Horlen in the sixth inning of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum contest.
    1973 A's owner Charlie Finley is rushed to Chicago's Northwestern University Hospital after collapsing as the result of a heart attack. During the meddlesome owner's convalescence, Oakland flourishes on the field, winning 13 of 14 games, including a span of nine consecutive victories, to go into first place in the AL West, a position they will not relinquish for the remainder of the season.
    1976 One strike away from throwing a no-hitter, Steve Luebber gives up a single to Roy Howell, who advances to third base on an error in center field by Lyman Bostock. The 27 year-old right-hander will yield another hit and a run before being replaced on the mound by reliever Bill Campbell in the Twins' 3-1 victory over Texas at Arlington Stadium.
    1978 Mel Allen and Red Barber become the first recipients of the Ford C. Frick Broadcasting Award. Unable to choose between the two legendary voices, both Yankee announcers are selected by the Hall of Fame voters to receive the honor which recognizes excellence among baseball broadcasters.
    1982 Jim Rice climbs into the Fenway Park stands from the dugout to assist a young boy who had just been hit in the head by a savage line drive foul off the bat of Dave Stapleton. The Red Sox slugger's quick response of picking up the four year-old boy and running through the dugout to a waiting ambulance is credited with possibly saving the child's life.
    1983 The team honors Bobby Murcer by giving him a day at Yankee Stadium. The popular Oklahoman, who will become a long-time broadcaster for the team, played 13 seasons for the Bronx Bombers, compiling a .278 batting average while in pinstripes.
    1985 A five-year agreement between the union and owners, which includes salary arbitration eligibility increasing from two years to three years, ends the two-day midseason players' strike. The season will resume tomorrow with the 25 games which were scheduled yesterday and today being made up later in the season.
    1987 Bill Mazeroski's uniform jersey #9 is officially retired from active service by the Pirates. The 1960 World Series hero joins Billy Meyer (1), Willie Stargell (8), Pie Traynor (20), Roberto Clemente (21), Honus Wagner (33), and Danny Murtaugh (40) to be honored by Pittsburgh in this manner.
    1988 The Mariners establish a major league record with five sacrifice flies in their 12-7 victory over Oakland. Alvin Davis, Rey Quinones, Jay Buhner, Darnell Coles, and Jim Presley all drive in a run with a long fly ball out in the Oakland Coliseum contest.
    1993 In his first major league appearance since being involved in a tragic accident during spring training, Indian pitcher Bobby Ojeda receives a very warm reception from the Orioles fans attending the Camden Yards contest. In March, the veteran southpaw was severely injured at Little Lake Nellie in Clermont, Florida in a motor boat accident that claimed the lives of two teammates, relievers Tim Crews and Steve Olin.
    1999 For the second consecutive day, a major leaguer gets his 3000th hit as Wade Boggs homers in the sixth off Indian Chris Haney. The Devil Rays' third baseman, who is the first player to reach the milestone with a home run, rounds the bases pointing skyward, blowing a kiss in memory of his mom, and gets down on his knees to kiss home plate.
    1999 The Royals honor George Brett's induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame with an on-field ceremony prior to the game against Minnesota. The former third baseman played his entire 21-year career in Kansas City, compiling a .305 lifetime batting average.
    2000 The Yankees claim Jose Canseco off waivers from the Devil Rays. The 35 year-old slugger will appear in just 37 games for the Bronx Bombers, primarily as a designated hitter, hitting .247 in 111 at-bats.
    2001 Home plate umpire Angel Hernandez ejects Steve 'Mongo' McMichael from Wrigley Field when the former Chicago Bear football player is about to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh inning stretch. McMichael, presently a pro wrestler, tells the crowd over the P.A. system "he'll have a talk with the ump" concerning a close call made by Hernandez earlier in the game, and then bows and blows a kiss toward the ump.
    2001 Black Betsy, Shoeless Joe Jackson's 40-ounce warped hickory bat, is won by 30 year-old businessman Rob Mitchell in a 10-day eBay auction. The $577,610 price tag is believed to be the largest amount ever paid for a baseball bat.
    2001 Passing the mark of 68 established by Christy Mathewson (Giants - 1913) and Randy Jones (Padres - 1976), Braves right-hander Greg Maddux sets the National League record for consecutive innings without allowing a walk as he pitches six innings without a giving up a base on balls to extend the new record to 70.1 innings. The major league record is 84.1 innings without a free pass, established in 1962 by A's sinker-slider hurler Bill Fischer.
    2002 Major leaguers agree to be checked randomly for illegal steroids starting next year. The proposal, which addresses a major issue in the current contract talks, ends the players' decades-old opposition to mandatory drug testing.
    2002 After piloting the club to a 45-45 record as the interim skipper, Clint Hurdle is given a two-year contract extension by the Rockies. The club's former hitting coach replaced Buddy Bell, who was fired by Colorado near the end of April.
    2003 Albert Pujols joins Jose Canseco as the only other player in major league history to hit 30 home runs and drive in 100 runs during his first three seasons. The Cardinals left fielder accomplished the feat with a run-scoring double in the first inning of the team's 3-0 victory over Florida at Busch Stadium.
    2003 Fireballer Eric Gagne ties the single-season record for consecutive saves to start a season, established in 1995 by Jose Mesa of the Indians. The Dodger closer strikes out the Reds' side in the ninth inning for his 38th save this season and 46th consecutive regular-season save overall.
    2004 In less than a masterful performance, Greg Maddux pitches five innings to register his 300th victory when the Cubs beat the Giants, 8-4. The 38 year-old is the 22nd pitcher to reach the plateau and many believe may be the last to reach this coveted milestone.
    2005 In the battle of the Zambranos, the Mets' Victor is victorious when he defeats Carlos and the Cubs at Shea Stadium, 6-1. In addition to sharing the same last name, the two Venezuelan pitchers, who are not related, also wear the same number (38), enter the game with the same number of career wins (41), play for teams which started the series with the same record (54-54), as well as being both switch hitters and throwing right-handed.
    2005 On the main concourse in left field at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox unveiled a life-sized bronze statue of Carlton Fisk. The Hall of Fame catcher, who played for the ChiSox from 1981 to the end of his career in 1993, joins team founder Charles A. Comiskey and Cuban legend Minnie Minoso, who have also been honored with statues in the Chicago ballpark.
    2006 The Diamondbacks trade a pair of pitching prospects, Matt Chico and Garrett Mock, to the Nationals for veteran right-hander Livan Hernandez (9-8, 5.34). Washington had put the 31 year-old Cuban on waivers with the hopes of making a deal with any team, but Arizona blocked that option as it tries to stay in the hunt in the NL West.
    2007 In front of a very supportive home crowd at AT&T Park, Barry Bonds surpasses Hank Aaron as the all-time home run leader when he connects on a 3-2 pitch for #756 off southpaw Mike Bacsik of the Nationals. During the 10-minute celebration following the historic homer, a surprise video message is played on the scoreboard in which Hammerin' Hank congratulates the Giants' left fielder for breaking the 31 year-old record.
    2009 Tiger ace Denny McLain earns his 20th victory of the season, blanking Baltimore at Memorial Stadium, 9-0. The right-hander is the third pitcher in history to reach the milestone this soon, with only Rube Marquard (Giants, July 19th, 1912) and Lefty Grove (A's, July 25th, 1931) accomplishing the feat earlier in a season.
    2010 Chris Young becomes the sixth major leaguer to lead off and end a game with a round-tripper, hitting a pair of solo home runs in the Diamondbacks' 6-5 victory over the Padres at Chase Field. The Arizona center fielder connected off Clayton Richard in the first frame and hits his walk-off blast to deep left field off Luke Gregerson leading off the ninth inning.
    2010 James Shields ties a major league record for dingers allowed in one game when he gives up six round-trippers in the Rays' 17-11 loss to Toronto at the Rogers Centre. 'Big Fly James', in his four innings of work, yields homers to Aaron Hill (2), Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Lind, Jose Bautista, and J.P. Arencibia.
    2010 In a 17-11 slugfest against Tampa Bay at the Rogers Centre, J.P. Arencibia becomes the 28th player to hit a home run on the first pitch he sees as a major leaguer. The Blue Jays' rookie catcher will also hit a double, a single, and another home run, finishing the contest just a triple shy of completing the cycle.
    2014 The Mets freshman Jacob deGrom establishes a franchise mark for rookies when he throws 67.1 innings, a span of 10 games, without allowing a home run. The 26 year-old right-hander's streak ends when Ian Desmond takes him deep in the second inning of the team's 5-3 loss to Washington at Nationals Park.
    2016 The first triple play in Petco Park history takes place in the bottom of the seventh inning when Jabari Blash, with runners on first and second, hits a grounder to Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who steps on the bag to begin 5-4-3 around-the-horn triple killing. The last triple play Philadelphia pulled off was accomplished single-handedly by Eric Bruntlett, who retired three Mets by himself in a 2009 contest at Citi Field.
    2016 Ichiro Suzuki becomes the 30th major leaguer to collect 3,000 hits when he legs out a seventh-inning triple in the Marlins' 10-7 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field. The 42 year-old center fielder joins Paul Molitor as the only other player to reach the milestone with a three-bagger.
    2016 "Of course I think I can play baseball. You always think you have one more hit in you. That wasn't in the cards. That was the Yankees' decision and I'm at peace with it." - ALEX RODRIGUEZ, announcing his retirement.
    At a crowded news conference, Yankee 3B/DH Alex Rodriguez announces he will play his final major league game against the Rays in the Bronx on August 12 before becoming a special adviser and instructor with the team. The 41 year-old A-Rod, currently hitting .204, will end his career with 696 home runs, fourth on the all-time list, trailing only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), and Babe Ruth (714).
    2017 On his 26th birthday, Mike Trout collects his 1,000th career hit, a line-drive double into the left-field corner off Dylan Bundy in the Halos’ 6-2 loss to the Orioles at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The Millville Meteor becomes the tenth American Leaguer to reach the milestone prior to his age-26 season.

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