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1878 In a 3-1 National League loss to the White Stockings at Chicago's Lake Front Park, right-hander Jim McCormick of the Indianapolis Blues becomes the first player born in Scotland to appear in a major league game. Next season, as a 23-year old, the Glasgow native will manage the team, which will move to Cleveland, making him the youngest skipper in the history of the game.
1918 In what will become a precursor of a tragic event, Indian outfielder Tris Speaker is struck on the head by a pitch thrown by Red Sox hurler Carl Mays. The submarine pitcher, who will fatally bean Ray Chapman with a pitch in 1920 as a member of the Yankees, denies Speaker's allegation that the pitch was intentional.
1919 Red Sox southpaw Babe Ruth 
hits the first of his 16 career grand slams. The bases-loaded home run proves to be the difference when Boston and the 'Bambino' beat the Browns at Sportsman's Park, 6-4.
1920 The Chicago police, dressed as soldiers and farmers, raid the Wrigley Field bleachers arresting two dozen Cub fans for gambling. All bets are off when Grover Cleveland Alexander blanks Philadephia, 6-0.
1925 Tris Speaker, scoring from first base on a single, plates the winning run in the Indians' 10-9 walk-off win over the Yankees. The Tribe scores six times in the bottom of the ninth to accomplish the amazing comeback.
1932 Paul Waner strokes four doubles in one game. The future Hall of Fame outfielder's quartet of two-baggers enables the Pirates to beat the Cardinals at Sportsman's Park, 5-0.
1938 In a Saturday morning publicity stunt organized by the Come to Cleveland Committee, five members of the Indians attempt to set a record by a catching a baseball thrown from the top of 708-foot Terminal Tower. Twenty-four-year-old rookie third string catcher Henry Helf, wearing his street clothes, catches a ball dropped from the 52-story structure, estimated to be traveling at the speed of 138 mph, to break Gabby Street's mark for a vertical catch established when the Senator catcher snagged a sphere dropped 555 feet from the top of the Washington Monument in 1908.
1940 Pinky Higgins hits three consecutive home runs at Detroit's Briggs Stadium. The slugging Tiger third baseman's offensive output helps the Tigers beat Boston, 10-7.
1945 Pete Gray leads the St. Louis Browns to a doubleheader sweep of the Yankees scoring the winning run in the nightcap and collecting three hits in the opener. In the twin bill, the one-armed outfielder makes ten putouts in the field.
1947 Philadelphia A's catcher Buddy Rosar drops Walt Judnich's pop-up ending his record-setting errorless game streak at 147 games. The All-Star backstop's streak included all of the 605 fielding chances he handled in the 117 games he caught last season for the club.
1947 In a game which features no extra-base hits, the Pirates defeat Boston at Forbes Field, 4-3. The teams collect a total of 22 hits,
 all singles with Pittsburgh collecting a dozen.
1948 In front of only 5,001 fans in Chicago, Joe DiMaggio strokes four extra-base hits for the fourth time in his career when he hits for the cycle for a second time in a 13-2 rout of the White Sox. The 'Yankee Clipper' paces the Bombers' 22-hit attack with two home runs, a triple, a double and a single and drives in 6 runs.
1951 Philadelphia center fielder Richie Ashburn, who will lead the NL in hits this season, goes 4-for-6 and 4-for-5 during the Phillies' sweep of a twin bill from Pittsburgh. The eight hits that Whitey collects during the Forbes Field's 17-0 and 12-4 victories are all singles.
1953 In just their thirteenth home game of the season, the Milwaukee Braves attendance surpasses the entire total of 281,278 fans attending their 77 games in Boston last year. The team will set a National League record for attendance as 1,826,397 patrons will pass through the turnstiles this season, more than the last three years in Beantown.
1958 The Cardinals trade Alvin Dark to the Cubs in exchange for hurler Jim Brosnan. Both players will be productive on their new teams during the remainder of the season with 'Blackie' hitting .297 in 114 games for Chicago, and the newest Redbirds' right-hander will compile an 8-4 record for St. Louis.
1959 The Yankees become a last-place club when they lose to Detroit, 13-6. It marks the first time in 19 years that the Bronx Bombers have occupied the basement of the American League.
1962 During the Cubs' doubleheader sweep of the Phillies, Ken Hubbs strokes eight singles in eight trips to the plate at Connie Mack Stadium. The Chicago second baseman will be selected as the Rookie of the Year.
1968 For the second time in his career and the second time in franchise history, Jim Fregosi hits for the cycle in the Angels' 5-4 victory over Boston at Anaheim Stadium. The California shortstop became the first player to accomplish the feat for the club in 1964.
1969 At RFK Stadium, Pilots manager Joe Schultz is ejected for disputing Bernie Allen's fourth inning 'foul' two-run home run that ties the score at 4 in a game his team will eventually lose to Washington, 6-5. According to Jim Bouton's account in his book, Ball Four, the Seattle skipper is tossed after offering his glasses to the plate umpire Ed Runge.
1976 At Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox and Bronx Bombers are involved in one of the ugliest brawls in their fabled rivalry. The bench-clearing fight, instigated by a play at home plate in which BoSox backstop Carlton Fisk stabs Lou Piniella with the ball when the outfielder attempts to score, results in Bill Lee suffering a separated shoulder in a skirmish with Graig Nettles, causing the Boston southpaw to miss a significant portion of the season.
1978 In a 6-0 victory victory over Montreal, Willie Stargell hits the longest home run in the history of Olympic Stadium. The Pirates' first baseman's 535-foot blast, hit off Expos' right-hander Wayne Twitchell, is his 407th round-tripper, tying him with Duke Snider for career homers.
1983 In a 5-0 loss to San Diego, Phillies southpaw Steve Carlton whiffs four batters to move past Walter Johnson into second place (3,511) on the career all-time strikeout list. 'Lefty', ten K's behind leader Nolan Ryan, will finish the season in front of the Astros' right-hander as the all-time career leader with 3,709.
1985 The Indian-Brewer game becomes first rain-out of the season ending a record streak of 485 major league games played at the start of a season without a canceled game.
1987 In a season of streaks, the Brewers end a 12-game losing streak by beating the Chicago White Sox, 5-1. The Brew Crew had opened the season winning 13 consecutive games.
1991 Jeff Reardon becomes the fourth major leaguer to compile 300 career saves. The 35 year-old right-handed reliever, who will retire with 367 saves, reaches the milestone when he retires the side in order in the ninth inning of the Red Sox's 3-0 victory over Milwaukee at Fenway Park.
1999 In a twin bill sweep of Milwaukee, Mets' third baseman Robin Ventura becomes the first major league player to hit a grand slam in both ends of a doubleheader. As a member of the White Sox in 1995, the infielder also hit a pair of 'grand salamis' in a game against against Texas.
2000 In his initial at-bat for the Mariners, recently acquired Rickey Henderson hits his record 76th career leadoff home run against the Devil Rays. Earlier in the month, the Mets released the future Hall of Famer for not hustling.
2001 Barry Bonds becomes thirteenth player in major league history to hit home runs in four consecutive at-bats. The Giant outfielder went yard in his final two at-bats yesterday and homers in his first two official turns at the plate today.
2004 Cardinals’ catcher Mike Matheny handles his 1,295th chance without an error to establish a major league record for backstops. Charles Johnson, playing for Florida, had set the previous mark in 1997.
2006 After barreling over fellow catcher Michael Barrett in a play he considered hard but clean, A.J. Pierzynski is surprised when the Cub backstop shows his displeasure by punching him the face. The incident ignites a bench-clearing brawl between the Windy City rivals that leads to a 15-minute delay and four ejections during the White Sox's 7-0 victory at U.S. Cellular Field.
2006 After a 29 at-bats homerless drought, Barry Bonds finally catches Babe Ruth with his 714th home run. The historic homer, which ties the designated hitter for second place for career round trippers, comes during the second inning of an interleague contest with the A's with the pitch thrown by southpaw Brad Halsey landing in the first deck of the right-center stands of McAfee Coliseum.
2009 After setting a franchise record in the sixth inning with 11 putouts in the outfield, Jacoby Ellsbury ties the big league mark when he catches the final out of the game for #12. The Red Sox center fielder equals the 1929 performance of Braves' outfielder Earl Clark and Lyman Bostock, who also accomplished the feat in 1977 playing for the Twins.
2010 Trailing the Reds 9-3 starting the bottom of the ninth, Brooks Conrad's pinch-hit grand slam gives the Braves an amazing 10-9 walk-off victory at Turner Field. The seven-run ninth inning’s big blow by the 30-year old journeyman barely clears the fence with the ball deflecting off Lance Nix’s glove when the left fielder reaches over the top of the wall at the 380-foot sign.
2012 Babe Ruth's circa 1920 jersey sells to an undisclosed buyer for $4.415,658, the largest amount ever paid for a piece of sports memorabilia according to auctionreport.com. The woolen uniform top was probably worn by the Babe during his first season with the Yankees after being traded by Red Sox's owner Harry Frazee.

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