Wearing White Sox uniforms, the Reds are defeated by the Cubs, 7-2, at Chicago's West Side Park. Cincinnati forgot to pack uniforms and had to don those worn by their opponents' crosstown rivals.
The Giants hit four inside-the-park home runs at Braves Field in their 15-4 rout of Boston. George Kelly hits a pair, with Ross Youngs and Dave Bancroft accounting for the other two 360-foot dashes around the bases.
Future Yankee starter, schoolboy Bump Hadley throws a perfect game against the Hadley-Lynn team of Massachusetts. The Mercersburg Academy standout will strike out 26 of the 27 batters he faces.
An average of 17+ runs a game is scored in the seven major league games played today. After the dust settles, players from 14 teams will cross the plate 123 times.
Indians' hurler Wes Ferrell no-hits the St. Louis Browns, including his brother Rick, 7-0. The pitching star also provided offense, knocking in four runs with a double, and a home run.
Senator catcher Luke Sewell tags out two Yankees runners trying to score on the same play. Lou Gehrig and Dixie Walker are the victims at home plate.
Pittsburgh becomes the last major league city to play a home game on a Sunday. Benny Frey gets the victory when the Pirates beat Cincinnati at Forbes Field, 9-5.
Although the game had been played professionally in Japan since the 1920's, Nagoya defeats Dai Tokyo, 8-5, in the country's first game played in a professional league. The new seven-team Japanese Baseball League dedicates itself to the ideals of fair play and improving the national spirit.
On a chilly Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, Lou Gehrig comes to the plate in the fourth inning and singles off Washington hurler Ken Chase for his 2,721st and last hit, the most ever in franchise history. The 'Iron Horse's' record will stand for over 70 years until Derek Jeter, another 35 year-old team captain, surpasses the mark in 2009.
Ted Wilks loses his first game in 77 consecutive appearances, dating back to September 8, 1945. The Cardinal right-handed reliever, known as Cork to his teammates, was 12-0 during the streak, which also included four appearances as a starting pitcher.
Cleveland left fielder Jim Fridley is 6-for-6 as the Indians soundly beat the Philadelphia A's, 21-9. 'Big Jim', who will play briefly for Cleveland, Baltimore, and Cincinnati, respectively, in 1952, 1954, and 1958, collects six singles in the Shibe Park contest.
Little-Bigger League, a baseball program for boys aged 13 to 15, changes its name to the Babe Ruth League, honoring the Yankee legend's commitment to children. Claire Merritt Ruth, the widow of the Babe, will meet with the Hamilton-based (NJ) organization, giving permission for the youth circuit to bear her late husband's name.
Braves' first baseman Joe Adcock, with his 475-foot third-inning blast in the team's 3-2 win over the hometown Giants, becomes the first player in a major league game to homer into the Polo Grounds' center field bleachers. The feat was also accomplished by Luke Easter, presently playing for the Indians, in a Negro League contest played in the Coogan's Bluff ballpark in 1948.
The Orioles snap their 27-game losing streak as the visiting team in Cleveland with a 5-2 victory over the Indians. The record losing streak on the road against one opponent started on August 13, 1952 when the franchise played as the St. Louis Browns.
Stan Musial plays in his 1,000th game at first base, making him the first major leaguer to reach that milestone at two different positions. The Cardinals' legend has also played 1,513 games in the outfield for the Redbirds.
During the seven-run fourth inning at the Polo Grounds, Frank Thomas ties a major league mark by being hit twice with a pitch in one inning. Art Mahaffey and Frank Sullivan plunk the Mets outfielder in the Phillies' 8-0 loss.
Russ Snyder accomplishes the rare feat of getting two hits in one inning as a pinch hitter in the Orioles' 8-3 victory at Kansas City's Municipal Stadium. Leading off the top of the seventh, the Oriole outfielder, batting for Wes Stock, ties the score at 3-3 with a solo home run, and he will add a two-out RBI single before the frame is finished.
Don Zimmer, who replaced the recently fired Preston Gomez, gets the first of his of 885 victories as a big league manager when the Padres blank the Phillies at San Diego Stadium, 4-0. The victory is very unlikely as Steve Arlin, who will lead the league in losses with 21, bests Steve Carlton, this season's eventual Cy Young Award winner, who will be tops in the majors with 27 victories.
The Cardinals tie a franchise record for the quickest nine-inning game played in their history, taking only one-hour and thirty-three minutes to beat the Dodgers at Busch Stadium, 1-0. The contest marks the managerial debut of Ken Boyer, replacing Vern Rapp, the Redbird skipper fired four days ago.
Philadelphia's Steve Carlton becomes the sixth major league pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters when he fans the Expos' Tim Wallach in the first inning en route to a 6-2 complete-game victory over Montreal at Veterans Stadium. The Phillies southpaw, known simply as 'Lefty', becomes the first left-handed hurler to accomplish the feat.
After a 7-2 loss to L.A. at Wrigley Field, Cubs manager Lee Elia launches into an obscenity-laced tirade, that will become a much-reported media story on the airwaves and in print for days to come. The Chicago skipper's rant clearly shows his frustration with the team's fan base, "the (bleepers) don't even work. That's why they're out at the (bleeping) game. They oughtta go out and get a (bleeping) job and find out what it's like to go out and earn a (bleeping) living. Eighty-five percent of the (bleeping) world is working. The other 15 come out here. A (bleeping) playground for the (bleepers). Rip them (bleepers)! Rip them (bleeping) (bleepers) like the (bleeping) players!"
On Strawberry Sunday, former World Series hero Jerry Koosman is greeted warmly by the Mets' faithful in his first start at Shea Stadium since 1978 when he faces his old team for the first time. Prior to the 6-2 victory over Philadelphia, fans are treated to strawberry sundaes provided by Carvel in honor of Darryl Strawberry, last season's National League Rookie of the Year.
Roger Clemens becomes the first major league hurler to strike out 20 batters in a nine-inning game when he fans Phil Bradley with two outs in the ninth in the Red Sox' 3-1 victory over Seattle at Fenway Park. The previous mark of 19 had been shared by Steve Carlton (1969), Tom Seaver (1970), and Nolan Ryan (1974).
Andre Dawson hits for the cycle in the Cubs' 8-4 victory over San Francisco at Wrigley Field. The 'Hawk', who enjoys a five-hit day, completes the feat with a sixth inning triple, one of only two he will collect for the entire season.
After 21 tries, the Orioles finally win their first game of the season, beating the White Sox, 9-0, at Chicago's Comiskey Park. The 1-21 'Birds' get the victory thanks to a combined four-hitter thrown by Mark Williamson and Dave Schmidt.
After just five appearances with the Giants, Dan Quisenberry retires, deciding not to go on the disabled list for a torn rotator cuff. The 37 year-old right-handed reliever leaves the game after 12 seasons as the all-time American League save leader with 238.
Kirk Rueter becomes the first pitcher in 13 seasons to begin his major league career with a 10-0 record when the Expos beat San Diego at Olympic Stadium, 3-2. In 1981, Dodgers southpaw Fernando Valenzuela started the year with eight victories to improve his overall record to 10-0 for the Dodgers, somewhat similar to the Montreal left-hander, who started his streak last season with an 8-0 mark before winning his first two decisions this year.
Royals' rookie John Nunnally hits a home run in his major league first at bat, going deep off Melido Perez in the team's 10-3 loss to New York. The 23 year-old outfielder becomes the 73rd major leaguer to accomplish the feat.
Unlike yesterday's Opening Day crowd which was supportive, some of the 28,244 fans at today's Wrigley Field game show their displeasure with the recent baseball strike by littering the field with souvenir magnetic schedules. The incident, which took place in the eighth inning of the Cubs' 5-4 victory over Montreal, delayed the contest five minutes.
John Franco becomes the first left-hander to record 300 saves, allowing just a hit and no runs in the top of the ninth inning in the Mets' 3-2 victory over Montreal at Shea Stadium. The southpaw recorded his first save exactly 12 years ago on this date wearing a Reds' uniform.
Chili Davis becomes the 75th major leaguer to hit 300 home runs. The Royals' DH joins Al Kaline and Harold Baines as the only players to accomplish the feat without the benefit of a 30-home run season.
Each Angel outfielder throws out a runner in California's 5-4 victory over Boston.
Orlando Palmeiro (cf), Tim Salmon (rf), and Garret Anderson (lf) all get an assist in the Fenway Park contest.
At the Kingdome, the Mariners set a team scoring record, beating the Tigers, 22-6. Half the M's runs score in the 11-run fifth inning, which includes a grand slam hit by center fielder Ken Griffey, Jr.
Japanese hurler Hideo Nomo signs as a free agent with the Brewers. The ‘Tornado’ will have a comeback season with Milwaukee, posting a 12-8 record in 28 starts.
The Pirates and Reds combine to tie a major league record by hitting a total of five sacrifice flies. Cincinnati's three run-scoring fly balls prove to be the difference in the team's 6-5 victory over the Bucs at Three Rivers Stadium.
For the first time in seven tries, the Giants win at Pacific Bell Park as San Francisco becomes the first franchise to lose six games to start a season in a newly constructed ballpark. Barry Bonds' eighth inning home run proves to be the difference in a 2-1 victory over the Expos.
In the Brewers' 10-0 rout of Montreal at Miller Park, Geoff Jenkins homers twice, tying a major league record with five homers in two games. The Milwaukee left fielder is the 22nd player to accomplish the feat and the first NL player since Reds shortstop Barry Larkin's 1991 power surge.
Brian Sprout, a Division III All-American, becomes the first and only player in the recorded history of the national pastime to hit for the home run cycle in order. The St. Olaf College Ole hits a solo shot, a two-run and a three-run homer, and a grand slam in four consecutive at bats during a 39-4 rout of Augsburg.
At Indianapolis' Victory Field, the International League's contest between the hometown Indians and Louisville Bats is delayed for twenty minutes before the start of the fourth inning as a maintenance crew works to free first baseman Jeff Liefer from a dugout bathroom. Returning to the field, the first baseman is greeted with a standing ovation and receives a gift from the opposing dugout, a roll of toilet paper.
The Nationals exercise Jose Guillen’s $4 million contract option for 2006. The sometimes angry 28 year-old outfielder, who was acquired in a trade with the Angels after feuding with manager Mike Scioscia, appears to have found a home in Washington thanks to a very pleased general manager, Jim Bowden.
Although Eric Gagne is on the disabled list and hasn’t thrown a pitch this season, he is suspended for two games and fined. The action is taken because after being ejected on April 6 for heckling home plate umpire Bill Hohn, MLB warned the Dodgers closer he was in violation of Rule 3.17, which states players on the disabled list may not take part in any activity during the game, the former Cy Young winner continued to dress and participate in game activities.
Skippers Lou Piniella (1 game) and Terry Francona (1 game) are included as part of the six members of the Red Sox and Devil Rays who are suspended for their roles in the two bench-clearing incidents during the bean ball contest played on April 24th in Tampa Bay. Boston’s 11-3 victory, which also featured six ejections, results in multi-game suspensions for Bronson Arroyo (6 games), Dewon Brazelton (5 games), Lance Carter (5 games), and Trot Nixon (2 games).
In a match up of 300-game winners, Greg Maddux bests Roger Clemens as the Cubs edge the Astros at Minute Maid Park, 3-2. The last such showdown occurred in 1987 when Angels’ hurler Don Sutton defeated Twins southpaw Steve Carlton.
The Bronx Bombers rout the Blue Jays, 17-4, becoming the sixth American League team to score in all eight innings the team comes up to bat. The only other time the Bronx Bombers score in every inning of a full game occurred in July of 1939 when they pummel the Browns at Yankee Stadium, 14-1.
Albert Pujols sets a major league mark for homers in April when his 14th of the month, a solo shot off Jon Rauch in the eighth inning, is the difference in the Cardinals' 2-1 victory over Washington at Busch Stadium. The slugging first baseman breaks the record he shared with Ken Griffey Jr. (1997, Mariners) and Luis Gonzalez (2001, Diamondbacks).
Cardinals reliever Josh Hancock dies on impact in an early morning automobile accident when his 2007 Ford Explorer slams into a parked tow truck in the westbound lane of Highway 40 in St. Louis. In respect to the well-liked 29 year-old, the nationally televised game scheduled for tonight against the Cubs is postponed.
Trevor Hoffman appears as a pitcher in his 803rd game for the Padres, establishing a new record for games pitched for any one team. The previous mark was shared by both Walter Johnson (Senators, 1907-27) and Elroy Face (Pirates, 1953-68).
At Coors Field during a 9-7 Colorado victory over the Braves, Troy Tulowitzki turns the 13th unassisted triple play in big league history. With the base runners on first and second on the move in the top of the seventh, Rockies shortstop Tulowitzki catches Chipper Jones' line drive (1), steps on second to retire Kelly Johnson (2), and then tags Edgar Renteria (3) returning to first base.
At the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Brandon Boggs becomes the first player to start his career with a hit from each side of the plate. Entering the 9-5 loss to the Royals in the bottom of fifth, the 25 year-old switch-hitting rookie singles to left field off Ron Mahay as a right-handed batter and then two innings later singles to center field off Ramon Ramirez batting as a lefty.
In Kansas City's 11-3 victory over Toronto at Kauffman Stadium, Vernon Wells' first inning two-out RBI single ends Zack Greinke’s streak of not allowing an earned run at 43 consecutive innings. The Royals right-hander, who improves his record to 5-0, had not given up an earned run in his last six starts, dating back to September 13th of last season.
With a double off Philadelphia's Brett Myers, Ryan Zimmerman breaks his own Nationals team record by extending his hitting streak to 18 games. The Washington third baseman established the previous mark of 17 in 2006.
Roy Halladay loses his third consecutive complete game, a 1-0 defeat at Boston's Fenway Park. The hard-luck Blue Jays right-hander is the first pitcher to suffer such an indignity since Randy Johnson lost three straight complete-game decisions in 1999, and becomes the first Toronto hurler since Jim Clancy had a similar streak in 1982.
During the Diamondbacks game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, scores of protesters wave signs and chant, “Boycott Arizona! Boycott Arizona!” on the sidewalk outside the ballpark. The demonstration is in response to the state's recently enacted illegal-immigration law, with organizers hoping the movement will inspire baseball fans to stay away from contests that feature the team from The Grand Canyon State.
Donald Lutz, who left the U.S. as an infant, becomes the first German-developed player to appear in the major leagues when he grounds out to second as a pinch-hitter in the Reds' 2-1 victory over St. Louis at Busch Stadium. The 24 year-old outfielder, a member of the German National Team that competed in the 2013 WBC, joins Seattle's Alex Liddi as the second graduate of the Major League Baseball International European Academy to make a big league team.
Brandon Moss' walk-off two-run homer in the 19th inning ends a six hour and 32 minute contest, the longest game by time in A's history. Oakland's 10-8 victory over Los Angeles features 5.1 innings of outstanding relief by Brett Anderson, who entered the game in the 13th frame after being scratched from his scheduled start to rest a sore right ankle.
In a game that is closed to the public due to the civil unrest in Baltimore, resulting from the death of Freddie Gray, the Orioles beat the White Sox in an afternoon contest at a completely empty Camden Yards, 8-2. The first two games of this series were postponed, and the scheduled weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays is being shifted to St. Petersburg, Florida in an effort to save the much-needed law enforcement resources for the affected neighborhoods in the Charm City.