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June 20th

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1901 John W. Taylor goes the distance but takes the loss when the Beaneaters defeat the Orphans at Boston's South End Grounds. The right-hander's start begins a remarkable streak of 187 consecutive complete games that end in August of 1906, when he is relieved by another pitcher, after amassing an incredible 1,727 innings of work that includes finishing up 15 games in relief.
1912 In a slugfest, the Giants and Braves score a total of 17 runs in the ninth inning. New York scores seven runs in the top of the frame, but the Braves scored ten runs in the bottom of the ninth to narrow the margin, 21-12.
1921 At Fenway Park, Babe Ruth hits his 127th home run, helping the Yankees defeat the Red Sox in 10 innings, 7-6. The homer moves the 'Sultan of Swat' past Sam Thompson into second place on the career list for homers and 11 dingers behind all-time leader Roger Connor.
1925 At Forbes Field, Max Carey becomes the first switch-hitter to hit for the cycle, helping the Bucs to bash Brooklyn, 21-5. In addition to his four hits in six trips to the plate, the Pirate outfielder scores two runs and drives in four runs.
1950 After stroking an RBI single in the third inning, Joe DiMaggio strikes again in the seventh with another run-scoring safety to collect his 2,000th career hit. The Yankee Clipper reaches the milestone in an 8-2 victory in Cleveland, the 1,537th contest he has played in the major leagues.
1951 Bobby Avila goes 5-for-6 at the plate, collecting 15 total bases and scoring four runs in the Indians' 14-6 victory over Boston. The Tribe's second baseman's offensive output at Fenway Park includes three home runs and a double.
1961 The voting ends in a 'world-wide election' to settle the question who is the better superstar, New York's Mickey Mantle or San Francisco's Willie Mays. The Sport magazine poll, inspired by Bill Hoebler, a young baseball fan, and reader from Pittsburgh, puts the Yankee center fielder ahead of the Giants' Say Hey Kid by more than 500 votes, after the tallying the seventeen pounds of postcards from all 50 states and several countries.
1963 In the Bronx, the Yankees and Mets participate in their first Mayor's Trophy Game, with former Bronx Bomber skipper Casey Stengel employing his best pitchers, Jay Hook (5) and Carl Willey (4), to defeat the reigning World Champions in the exhibition contest, 6-2. An enthusiastic crowd of 50,742, made up of mostly National League fans, sees many of their banners supporting the expansion club confiscated upon entering The House That Ruth Built.

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1967 At Connie Mack Stadium, Phillies starter Larry Jackson one-hits the Mets, 4-0. It is the right-hander's eighteenth victory over New York without a defeat.
1973 Giants right fielder Bobby Bonds hits his 22nd career leadoff home run in the team's 7-5 loss to Cincinnati at Candlestick Park. The 27 year-old Californian's first inning shot off Reds' southpaw Don Gullett breaks Lou Brock's 1979 mark for homers leading off a game.
1977 The Red Sox set a major league record when the team hits their twenty-second home run in the past six games. Butch Hobson's eighth-inning solo shot off Rudy May in the team's 4-0 victory over the Orioles at Memorial Stadium establishes the new mark.
1980 At Comiskey Park, Al Cowens takes a detour to the mound after hitting an infield grounder and tackles White Sox reliever Ed Farmer instead of running to first base, landing several punches before the two are separated. The Tiger right fielder, who has a warrant issued for his arrest that forces him to skip the remainder of the series in Illinois, and receives a seven-day suspension for his action, was exacting revenge for being hit last season with a pitch thrown by the right-hander that fractured his jaw, causing him to miss 21 games as a member of the Royals.
1980 Five-foot-five Fred Patek hits three home runs to help the Angels beat the Red Sox, 20-2. During his 14-year career in the big leagues with Kansas City, Pittsburgh, and California, the diminutive shortstop will hit 41 round-trippers, an average of three each season.
1982 At Three Rivers Stadium, in a 3-1 loss to the Pirates, Pete Rose becomes the fifth major leaguer to appear in 3000 games. The Phillies' first baseman, playing in his 523rd consecutive contest, joins Ty Cobb, Stan Musial, Hank Aaron, and Carl Yastrzemski as one of only five players to reach the milestone.
1983 Yankee outfielder Bobby Murcer retires as an active player, ending his 17-year major league career with a .277 lifetime batting average and 252 home runs. The popular outfielder, who also played for the Giants and Cubs, will become a mainstay in the broadcast booth until he succumbs to a brain tumor in 2008.

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1986 Collegiate football standout Bo Jackson, who will eventually spend four seasons with the Oakland Raiders, signs to play baseball with the Royals, the defending World Champions. The Auburn running back had been drafted first overall in the 1986 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the Heisman trophy winner turns down the Buccaneers' more lucrative offer when the team refuses to let him play two sports.
1987 After giving up home runs to Dale Murphy and Ken Griffey, Reds starter Bill Gullickson plunks Andres Thomas in the back with a pitch in the Reds' 8-6 loss at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The Braves' shortstop takes exception and charges the mound, precipitating a bench-clearing brawl that will result in both of the initial combatants getting tossed from the game.
1991 At Comiskey Park, Ivan Rodrguez makes his major league debut with the Rangers. The 19 year-old backstop becomes the youngest person to catch a major league game.
1992 Kelly Saunders fills in for Baltimore's Rex Barney, becoming only the second woman to be a public address announcer at a major league game. In 1966, Joy Hawkins McCabe, the daughter of the Senators' public-relations director, became the first female P.A. announcer, doing one game for Washington at D.C. Stadium against the White Sox.
1994 In a 7-1 defeat to the Indians, the Tigers' string of 25 straight games of hitting a home run ends. The streak tied the major league record set by the 1941 New York Yankees.
1996 The Devil Rays get their first win in the history of the organization when the club's Gulf Coast League affiliate beats the GCL Astros. Jose Rodriguez, an 18 year-old right-hander from Cotui in the Dominican Republic, gets the victory.
1997 Aaron Boone, son and grandson of former major leaguers Bob and Ray, is called up from the minor leagues by the Reds. To make room on the roster, Cincinnati demotes his brother, Bret.
1998 At Wrigley Field, Cubs right fielder Sammy Sosa hits two home runs for the second straight day, setting a major league mark with 16 round trippers in June. The 29-year-old Chicago slugger will extend the record when he goes deep for his 20th on the last day of the month.
1999 A rusty Troy Percival, who hasn't pitched in a week, establishes a franchise record with his 127th save for the Angels when he finishes the team's 4-2 victory in New York. The right-handed closer's less than stellar outing, allowing four batters to reach base and giving up a run, surpasses the team mark established by Bryan Harvey in 1992.
2001 Hitting his 38th homer of the season, Barry Bonds breaks the major league mark established by Reggie Jackson (1969) and Mark McGwire (1998) for home runs hit before the All-Star Game. The Giants' left fielder still has 17 games to add to the record.
2002 Luis Castillo extends his hitting streak to 34 games, breaking the 1922 record established by Rogers Hornsby for the longest hitting streak by a second baseman. The Dominican infielder's streak, the 14th longest in major league history, also ties Benito Santiago's record set in 1987 for the longest established by a Latin player.
2002 A four and a half-hour closed-casket public viewing takes place at Busch Stadium for Jack Buck, the 77 year-old Hall of Fame broadcaster who died from complications following lung surgery. In memory of the KMOX legend, fans leave cards, stuffed animals, photographs, and other memorabilia outside the stadium at the foot of the bronze statue depicting him at the microphone.
2003 Miguel Cabrera's first major league hit is a two-run walk-off homer in the eleventh inning of a 3-1 Marlin victory over the Devil Rays at Dolphin Stadium. The Marlins had signed the skinny 20 year-old outfielder from Maracay, Venezuela as an amateur free agent in 1999.
2004 On Father's Day with his dad in attendance, 34 year-old Ken Griffey, Jr. blasts a sixth-inning Matt Morris fastball over the right-field wall at Busch Stadium for his 500th career home run. The Reds' center fielder becomes the twentieth major leaguer, and the sixth youngest, to reach the milestone.
2006 The combined efforts of Rockies' starter Jason Jennings and relievers Tom Martin and Brian Fuentes produce the first one-hitter in franchise history. The 6-0 victory against Oakland marks the third time that one hit or less has been given up in a Coors Field contest.
2007 Connecting on a fifth inning hanging breaking ball thrown by Cubs' hurler Jason Marquis, Sammy Sosa becomes the fifth major league player to hit 600 career home runs. The Rangers' designated hitter, who missed the entire season last year, joins Hank Aaron (755), Barry Bonds (748), Babe Ruth (714), and Willie Mays (660) in reaching the milestone.
2008 John Gibbons becomes the third manager to be let go in the last four days as the last place Blue Jays fire their skipper. Cito Gaston, who piloted Toronto to a pair of world championships in 1992 and 1993, has been brought back to lead the team.
2008 In recognition of their significant contributions to the community, the Dodgers become the first sports franchise to be honored by the Hollywood Historic Trust and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. The team's Award of Excellence star takes its place the Walk of Fame, which includes a constellation of celebrities, real and fictional, who have had a significant impact on the entertainment industry.
2009 A major league oddity happens when two games end on walk-off wild pitches in extra innings on the same day. Jason Jennings' errant throw allows Nate Schierholtz to score the winning run for the Giants with two outs in the 11th inning to beat Texas, 2-1, and Andres Blanco comes home on Kerry Wood's miscue, giving the Cubs a 6-5 victory over the Indians in 13 innings.
2009 With their parents in attendance wearing opposing jerseys, Jeff Weaver beats his kid brother Jered when the visiting Dodgers best the Halos, 6-5, at Angel Stadium. The Northridge, California natives become the eighth set of siblings in major league history to start against one another.

2009 A.J. Burnett strikes out the side on nine pitches in the third inning in the Yankees' 2-1 loss to Florida. Josh Johnson, Chris Coghlan, and Emilio Bonifacio all strike out swinging in the Land Shark Stadium contest.
2011 The Marlins announce Jack McKeon will be the team's interim manager, replacing Edwin Rodriguez, who resigned yesterday. The 80 year-old skipper, the second-oldest in major league history, is taking over the floundering Fish club that has lost ten consecutive games and 18 of its last 19, after starting the season by winning 30 of its first 50 contests.
2013 Reds third baseman Todd Frazier, a New Jersey native, has 'Woke Up This Morning,' the "Sopranos" theme song, played when he steps up to the plate in the game against Arizona at Chase Field. With the selection of the iconic tune from the HBO series, the Cincinnati infielder pays tribute to James Gandolfini, the actor best known for his role as Garden State mob boss Tony Soprano, who passed away yesterday at the age of 51.

2015 One strike away from a perfect game, Max Scherzer's bid for immortality is spoiled when he hits Jose Tabata with a pitch, a slider off the elbow that many believed the Pittsburgh outfielder purposely leaned into to get on base. The 30 year-old right-hander records the final out on the next batter to complete his first ever no-hitter, allowing just one hit in two consecutive starts after tossing a 16-strikeout, one-hit complete game against Milwaukee in his last outing.

2015 After using Instagram during the game, Red Sox bench third baseman Pablo Sandoval for one contest for violating the team's social media policy. The Panda had hit the "like" button while in the restroom during Boston's 7-4 loss to Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium.

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