In the sixth inning in Detroit, the White Sox lead the Tigers, 13-1, and after eight innings, the Pale Hose still are still ahead, 15-7. The Tigers, however, use five singles and two walks to narrow Chicago’s lead to 15-13 in the eighth, and then complete their amazing comeback in the final frame when Ty Cobb strokes a two-run single, his fifth hit of the day, and then scores on Sam Crawford's double to win the Navin Field contest, 16-15, despite being down by as much as a dozen runs.
At Fenway Park with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Red Sox catcher Wally Schang is the victim of third baseman Jimmy Austin’s hidden ball trick. The play ends the game with the Browns beating Boston, 3-2.
On Charles Lindbergh Day, the transatlantic pioneer flyer helps the Cardinals raise the National League pennant before the team’s 6-4 victory over New York at Sportsman's Park. The game marks the return to St. Louis of Rogers Hornsby, the Redbirds’ former player-manager who guided the team to a world championship last season, but was traded to the Giants in the offseason, after having disputes over salary with owner Sam Breadon.
After accepting GM Larry MacPhail's offer to coach first base, Babe Ruth wears a Dodger uniform for the first time as a coach and takes batting practice with the team. The 'Bambino' will quit at the end of the season, ending his ties with major league baseball.
Dodger Ducky Medwick, acquired in a trade less than a week ago, is beaned by former Cardinal teammate Bob Bowman and needs to be carried off the field on a stretcher. Brooklyn president Lee MacPhail accuses the St. Louis pitcher of deliberately hitting Medwick in the head because the two had quarreled in a hotel elevator prior to the game.
Reds' hurler Ewell Blackwell no-hits the Braves, 6-0. First baseman Babe Young hits two three-run homers to account for all of Cincinnati's runs.
In the second game of a twin bill against the A's at Cleveland Stadium, the Indians establish an American League record by scoring 14 runs in the first inning as they rout Philadelphia, 21-2. Cleveland also won the first game from the Mackmen, 7-0.
Sending twenty-three batters to the plate at Fenway, the Red Sox enjoy a 17-run and 14-hit seventh inning when they pound the Tigers, 23-3. Sammy White sets a modern major league record, scoring three times in the frame, and outfielder Gene Stephens collects three hits in the inning to establish an American League mark.
Tom Sheehan becomes the oldest person to debut as a major league manager. The 66 year-old replaces fired Giant skipper Bill Rigney, resulting with the then second-place club finishing the season fifth, 16 games behind Pittsburgh.
In Game 1 of a doubleheader at Fenway Park, the Red Sox, trailing by seven runs entering the bottom of the ninth, beat the Senators, 13-12, after Jim Pagliaroni's two-out grand slam ties the score. The Boston backstop, in addition to catching all 22 innings of the twin bill, hits a walk-off home run in the 13th inning of the nightcap, giving the BoSox a 6-5 victory.
Pirates rookie Don Leppert hits a home run on the first pitch thrown to him in his major league career, going deep off southpaw Curt Simmons in the second inning of the Bucs' 5-3 victory over the Redbirds at Forbes Field. The 29 year-old freshman catcher's feat will not be accomplished again by another Pittsburgh player until 2012, when Starling Marte homers on the first pitch he sees in his big league debut.
Eddie Gaedel, the 3' 7" Illinois native made famous by Bill Veeck, who employed him to be the Browns’ lead-off batter for one at-bat in a game played in 1951, is found dead lying in his bed with bruises on the left side of his face, most likely as the result of an assault after being followed home from a Chicago bowling alley. Bob Cain, the opposing Tiger pitcher who issued a base-on-balls in the infamous stunt, is the only person from major league baseball to attend the funeral of the 36 year-old unemployed small person, whose cause of death will be determined by a coroner's inquest to be the result a heart attack.
Astros' hurler Don Wilson no-hits the Braves, 2-0, striking out 15 of the 30 batters he faces. The right-handed fireballer, who will pitch another no-no for Houston next season, becomes the tenth rookie to throw a no-hitter.
Red Sox third baseman Joe Foy, who is spending the night with his parents prior to a series against the Yankees, is able get his parents safely out of the building when a fire breaks out in their home in the Bronx. The house blaze will result in the loss of the many souvenirs and keepsakes the 24 year-old infielder has accumulated as a baseball player.
On Father's Day, the A’s stage a Mustache Day promotion, giving fans with hair above their upper lip free admission into the ballpark. Charlie Finley offers his players a $300 bonus for growing facial hair for the event, and all do except Vida Blue, who is still bitter about his recent contract negotiations with the team owner.
Red Sox rookie outfielder Fred Lynn hits three home runs, driving in ten runs in the 15-1 rout of the Tigers. The Chicago native also hits a single and triple, that just misses being a fourth homer by a few feet.
In the bottom of the sixth inning at Fenway Park, Yankees manager Billy Martin yanks Reggie Jackson out of the game after the outfielder’s curious approach to a fly ball turns a questionable hit into a cheap double for Jim Rice. In the dugout, the skipper and sensitive superstar begin screaming at one another and have to be separated by coaches Yogi Berra and Elston Howard.
Billy Martin returns to the dugout to manage the Yankees for the second time, replacing Bob Lemon, the skipper who replaced him last season and led the team to a World Championship. Martin will be at the helm this season for 95 games, and the fourth place team will win 55 of those games.
Angels' hurler Don Sutton becomes the 19th major league pitcher to earn his 300th victory when the Alabama native three-hits the Rangers, 4-1. The 43 year-old right-hander will finish with a total of 324 victories during his 23-year playing career.
The Phillies trade second baseman Juan Samuel to the Mets for outfielder Lenny Dykstra, relief pitcher Roger McDowell, and a player to be named later, that will be minor league pitcher Tom Edens. New York's experiment to turn their new infielder, who will play only 86 games with New York, into a center fielder will fail miserably, while 'Nails' will go on to be a three-time All-Star and a cog in Philadelphia's National League championship in 1993, being selected as the runner-up for the Most Valuable Player Award.
Chris Anderson becomes the first player representing the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to get a base hit. The Hudson Valley catcher, the team's 66th-round draft choice, delivers a run-producing single in the second inning of the Renegades' 7-6 loss to New Jersey in the New York-Penn League contest.
Brant Brown hits the first three home runs of his career on the same day. The 25 year-old rookie goes deep as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning off Chan Ho Park in a 9-6 loss to the Dodgers in the opener of a Wrigley Field twin bill, but his two additional round-trippers contribute to Chicago's 7-4 victory in the nightcap.
The A's slam the Royals, 21-3, as every player in the Oakland starting lineup has at least one hit and one RBI, and scores a minimum of one run. The 18-run difference is the largest margin of victory for the A's and the largest margin of defeat for the Royals in the team's respective histories.
In a 19-2 rout of the Diamondbacks, it takes only the first four innings for Mike Lansing to hit for the cycle. The Rockies second baseman gets a triple in the first, a two-run homer in the second, and a double in the third, completing the rare event with a single in the fourth inning.
Citing he wants to spend more time with his family, Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. announces he will retire at the end of the season. The two-time MVP will be best remembered for his streak of playing in 2,632 consecutive games.
A mandate issued by the commissioner's office imposes a two-minute limit for warm-up tosses thrown by relievers who come in during an inning, with the time starting when the pitcher enters fair territory. At the beginning of a frame, the allotted warm-up time for a hurler will be one-minute and forty-seconds unless the game is on national television; in that event the time limit will be increased by 20 seconds.
In the first major league game to feature four players with 400 career homers, the Cubs beat the Rangers, 4-3, when Alex Gonzalez hits a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. Sammy Sosa (475), Fred McGriff (459), and Juan Gonzalez (401) watched Rafael Palmeiro add his 460th home run to the total.
Marlins infielder Luis Castillo beats out a dribbler to the box, extending his consecutive-game hitting streak to 33 straight contests. The sixth-inning single in Florida's 2-1 victory over Cleveland at Pro Player Stadium ties Rogers Hornsby's 80 year-old record for the longest such stretch to be accomplished by a second baseman.
At Shea Stadium, Hall of Fame catchers Carlton Fisk, Johnny Bench, Gary Carter, and Yogi Berra take part in a pre-game ceremony to honor Mike Piazza for hitting the most home runs as a catcher in baseball history. The Mets’ backstop established the new mark, breaking Carlton Fisk’s record, with his 352nd home run on May 5.
Julio Franco becomes the oldest player to hit multiple home runs in a game when he goes deep on two occasions in the Braves' 6-1 victory over Cincinnati. The 46 year, 299 day-old Atlanta first baseman homers twice off Cincy starter Eric Milton, going yard in the first and third innings at the Great American Ball Park.
Derek Jeter, who will average 13 home runs during 20-year career, hits his only major league grand slam in his 156th plate appearance with the bases loaded. The 30 year-old All-Star shortstop, who collects two round-trippers in the Bombers’ 8-1 victory over the Cubs at Yankee Stadium, clears the bases in the sixth inning with a blast off Joe Borowski that clears the fence in left-center field.
In a game in which veteran hurler Kenny Rogers wins his 200th career victory, the Tigers go yard eight times to set a club record. Cubs starter Mark Prior, who recently returned from the 60-day disabled list, gives up three of the home runs in the 6-run first inning of the 12-3 barrage at Wrigley Field.
Trailing the Red Sox by 15˝ games in the AL East after playing just sixty-nine games, the last-place Orioles fire Sam Perlozzo as the team's manager. Bullpen coach Dave Trembley is named as the interim manager in the midst of an O's eight-game losing streak as the club embarks on a West Coast road trip.
President Obama, along with his two daughters, makes an unannounced trip to Nationals Park to watch Stephen Strasburg pitch against his favorite team, the White Sox. The Commander-in-Chief is on hand to see the 21 year-old fireballer strike out ten batters to bring the phenom's three-game total to 32, three more than the rookie record of 29 established by J.R. Richard in 1971.
Allowing only a fifth-inning single by Wilson Betemit in the Mets' 5-0 victory over Baltimore at Citi Field, R.A. Dickey throws his second consecutive one-hitter, becoming the first pitcher to record back-to-back one-hit games since Dave Stieb accomplished the feat in 1988. The 37 year-old knuckleball pitcher, who hasn't allowed an earned run in 42.2 innings, also limited Tampa Bay to a lone safety in his last start.
After a lengthy ten-week trial, Roger Clemens is acquitted by a jury on all charges that he obstructed justice and lied to Congress when he testified at a deposition during a 2008 nationally televised hearing. The seven-time Cy Young winner, who won 354 games playing for the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees, and Astros during his 24 years in the major leagues, contended that the success in the latter part of his career was a result of an over-the-top work ethic and not due to taking performance-enhancing drugs, as widely believed.
With his one-out, solo home run off Shawn Kelley in the seventh in the Diamondbacks' 7-1 victory over Seattle at Chase Field, Aaron Hill becomes the fifth player in franchise history to hit for the cycle. The Arizona second baseman, the first D-Back to single, double, triple, and homer in four at-bats, joins Kelly Johnson (2010), Stephen Drew (2008), Greg Colbrunn (2002), and Luis Gonzalez (2000) in accomplishing the rare feat.
With the only batter reaching base as a result of a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the seventh inning, Clayton Kershaw no-hits the Rockies at Dodger Stadium, striking out a career-high 15 batters. The left-hander’s teammate Josh Beckett also threw a no-hitter 24 days ago, making it the shortest span between no-hitters by a team since the Reds’ Johnny Vander Meer accomplished it in consecutive starts, four days apart, in 1938.