Louisville hurler Tony Mullane, without wearing a fielder’s glove, pitches with both arms in an American Association game against the Orioles. The natural right-hander’s ambidextrous efforts are to little avail as the Eclipse is defeated by the home team at Baltimore’s Newington Park.
In a North Dakota Red River Valley League contest, the Fargo Red Stockings and Grand Forks Black Stockings each use one pitcher when they play to a 25-inning, 0-0 tie at the State Militia Training Grounds in Devils Lake, a neutral site selected in an effort to attract more fans. The umpire abruptly ends the longest scoreless game in history, a four-hour and ten-minute nightcap of a twin bill, after the bottom of the 25th to allow the players to catch a train.
At Navin Field in Detroit, Babe Ruth becomes the all-time home run leader when he hits his 139th career blast as a major leaguer. The Yankee slugger’s 36th homer of the season, a mammoth shot that travels over 500 feet, puts him ahead of Roger Connor, who connected for 138 round-trippers during his 18 years in the National League.
Ty Cobb becomes the first major leaguer to collect 4,000 career hits. The 40 year-old A's outfielder reaches the milestone with a double in Philadelphia's 5-3 loss to the Tigers at Shibe Park.
The Red Sox send 21 year-old farmhand Pee-Wee Reese to the Dodgers for $35,000 and a player to be named later (Red Evans), along with three minor leaguers due to a less-than-enthusiastic scouting report filed by Joe Cronin, the team’s current player-manager who deliberately downplayed the prospect’s talent to keep his own job in the Boston infield. The Louisville Colonels regular shortstop, a future Hall of Famer, will become a crowd favorite, helping Brooklyn to win seven pennants during his 16 seasons with the team.
The Yankees’ American League record-tying nineteen-game winning streak, which began on June 29, comes to an end when Detroit right-hander Fred Hutchinson blanks New York, 8-0, at Briggs Stadium. The Bronx Bombers will run away with the Junior Circuit flag, after compiling 31 victories during a span of 34 games.
In an eleven inning 12-11 victory over the A's, Pat Seerey hits four home runs in one game. The White Sox outfielder's last homer comes in the final inning of the game.
After the first two Cubs get on base in the bottom of the ninth inning at Wrigley Field, Phillies rookie right-hander Robin Roberts appears to pitch out of trouble by getting the next two batters out. The 21 year-old hurler and future Hall of Famer, however, proceeds to hit the next two consecutive batters with a pitch, Phil Cavarretta and Andy Pafko, giving Chicago a 3-2 walk-off victory.
Jackie Robinson testifies in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, reading a carefully worded statement put together with the help of Dodger GM Branch Rickey. The Brooklyn second baseman's statement makes it clear he disagrees with singer and actor Paul Robeson’s belief that American Negroes would refuse to fight in any war against Russia due to the country’s racial discrimination toward blacks.
Trailing 11-0 after three innings against Sal Maglie at the Polo Grounds, the Cardinals pull off a major comeback, defeating the Giants, 14-12. The rally equals the largest come-from-behind win in National League history.
In the fifth inning at Sportsman's Park, Babe Pinelli forfeits the second game of the twin bill to the visiting Phillies. The umpire makes the rare call when the Cardinals, trailing 8-1 in the not-yet -official game and darkness approaching, delay the game by bringing in three new pitchers during the inning.
At Busch Stadium, Bill White ties Ty Cobb's 49 year-old record by collecting 14 hits in consecutive doubleheaders as the Cardinal first baseman goes three for four in both games of a doubleheader sweep over the Cubs. The future NL president started the streak on the day Cobb died when he went 8-for-10 in yesterday's twin bill, also played against Chicago, but at Wrigley Field. (entry inspired by question asked by J. Stevens)
For the first time in major league history, teammates hit grand slams in the same inning when Bob Allison and Harmon Killebrew both go deep with the bases full in the first frame at Metropolitan Stadium. The remarkable round-trippers contribute to the 11-run inning, a team record, in the 14-3 rout of the Indians.
At Crosley Field, Pete Rose blasts his first big league grand slam, a fifth inning shot off Dallas Green in the Reds' 14-3 rout of Philadelphia. The round-tripper will be ‘Charlie Hustle’s' only bases-loaded home run among his major league record 4,256 hits.
In his 2,639th major league game, Giants outfielder Willie Mays singles off of Expos right-hander Mike Wegener for his 3000th hit. The 'Say Hey Kid' reaches the milestone in the second inning of San Francisco's 10-1 rout of Montreal at Candlestick Park.
Denny Doyle's RBI single with two outs in the top of the ninth inning spoils San Diego starter Steve Arlin's bid for a no-hitter. The Philadelphia second baseman advances to second on a balk by the right-hander, scoring on Tim Hutton's single, but the 26 year-old gets Greg Luzinski to fly out to center, preserving the Padres' 5-1 victory at Jack Murphy Stadium.
The Mets play their 3,000th game in franchise history, dropping an 8-3 decision in the night cap of a twin bill sweep by Cincinnati at Riverfront Stadium. The Amazins have compiled a 1300-1694 (.434) record along with six ties since playing their first game in 1962.
The first-place Phillies, with an unimpressive 43-42 record, fire manager Pat Corrales and replaced him with the team's general manager, Paul Owens. The 'Pope' will lead the 'Wheeze Kids' to the National League pennant.
The Royals announce manager Dick Howser, who led the team to the World Championship last season, will miss the rest of the campaign to undergo treatment for a brain tumor. The Kansas City skipper, who will attempt a comeback during spring training, will lose his courageous battle against cancer in June.
Jack Morris throws his third consecutive complete-game shutout, limiting Texas to two hits in Detroit's 5-0 victory at Tiger Stadium. The 31 year-old right-hander's scoreless streak, which spans 31 innings, will end in the first frame of his next start.
With his home run leading of the top of the fourth inning off Jose Guzman in the Yankees' 7-2 loss to Texas at Arlington Stadium, Don Mattingly ties Dale Long’s 1956 major-league record by homering in eight consecutive game. Ken Griffey Jr. will equal the mark in 1993 with the Mariners.
In 2 1/3 innings, Mariners hurler Gene Walter balks four times in a 12-3 loss to Detroit. The southpaw becomes the third American League pitcher to tie the major league record this season.
The Red Sox and Twins establish an American League record when the teams turn ten double plays at Fenway Park. Minnesota, after completing two triple plays in yesterday's contest, completes six of the double killings in their 5-4 loss to Boston.
The Braves trade Melvin Nieves, Vince Moore and Donnie Elliott to the Padres to acquire Fred McGriff, who will help spark the team to a 51-19 record en route to the NL East Division title. None of the prospects sent to San Diego will prove to have a significant impact for their new organization.
Trailing 11-0 after the first three innings, the Astros pull off a major comeback to defeat the Cardinals. Houston's 11-run frame in the sixth inning puts the team ahead for good in the 15-12 victory at the Astrodome.
After four ceiling tiles drop nearly 180 feet into the stands behind home plate, officials close the Kingdome in Seattle. Due to the mishap, the Mariners embark on a 22-day road trip, which will be cut short by the players’ strike.
Lee Smith becomes the third hurler in major league history to give up two game-ending grand slams in the same season when Albert Belle goes yard, giving the Indians a dramatic 7-5 victory over the Angels at Jacobs Field. At the end of last month, the 37 year-old closer yielded a walk-off four-run round-tripper to A's slugger Mark McGwire.
With two outs, the Red Sox hit four homers in the fourth inning to become the first American League team to accomplish this feat with two down. Donnie Sadler, Darren Lewis, Nomar Garciaparra and Mo Vaughn all go deep for Boston in the 9-4 victory over the Tigers.
The late Ted Kluszewski, a four-time All-Star and a member of the Reds Hall of Fame since 1962, has his #18 retired by the club. The left-handed slugger's nine-foot replica jersey, unlike the other others on the Cinergy Field wall, is depicted sleeveless because the first baseman would need to cut off the sleeves to make his massive upper arms fit into tight flannel shirts the team wore.
On Yogi Berra Day at Yankee Stadium, David Cone becomes the 16th pitcher in major league history and the third Yankee to toss a perfect game when he beats the Expos, 6-0. In pre-game ceremonies, Don Larsen threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Yogi, commemorating his 1956 World Series perfect game.
Hitting four doubles in a game, which has occurred only 37 times in the last century, is accomplished twice today. In a 12-4 drubbing of the Cubs, Royals lead-off hitter Johnny Damon accomplishes the rare feat as does Shannon Stewart of the Blue Jays in an 11-7 loss to the Mets at the Skydome.
Johnny Damon collects a career-high five hits in Kansas City's 12-4 rout of the Cubs. The Royals outfielder's Kauffman Stadium performance includes four doubles, tying a major league mark.
The game between the Diamondbacks and Padres is halted at the end of the second inning after a Qualcomm Stadium transformer catches fire, causing a whole section of spotlights above centerfield to explode. The game is suspended until the next day.
In response to the grievance filed by the umpires earlier in the week, the commissioner's office announces pitch counts will not be used as an evaluation technique.
Detroit’s Roger Cedeno collects four extra base hits, including a double, triple, and two home runs. The outfielder's offensive output enables the Tigers to defeat the Yankees, 12-4, in Game 2 of a day-night doubleheader at Comerica Park.
Calling a 1-0 pitching gem thrown by rookie southpaw Jon Lester, Jason Varitek establishes a new team record, catching his 991st game with the Red Sox. The Boston captain surpasses the record previously held by Hall of Fame backstop Carlton Fisk (1969-80).
With a 14-5 victory over the Cardinals, the Braves become the first team since the 1930 Yankees to score ten or more runs in five consecutive games. During the streak, that includes two 15-run victories, Atlanta has tallied 65 runs.
After signing a one-day contract with the Kansas City T-Bones and being 'traded' during the game to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, 94 year-old Buck O'Neil walks twice, once for each team, in the Northern League All-Star Game to become the oldest man ever to make a plate appearance in a professional baseball game. The former Negro League star surpasses 83 year-old Jim Eriotes, who struck out playing for the Sioux Falls Canaries earlier in the month, but doesn't break Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe's mark, who threw one pitch in 1999 for the Schaumburg Flyers at the age of 96.
Recently released Richie Sexson signs with the Yankees. The Bronx Bombers are hoping the former Mariners' first baseman, who has the lowest batting average in the major leagues, hitting just .218 overall but .344 against lefties, can add a potent bat when the club faces southpaws.
Billy Joel, in the last concert to be hosted at Shea Stadium, gets a little help from his friends as Paul McCartney joins him on stage and sings “I Saw Her Standing There,” to a tremendous ovation from the sold-out crowd of 55,000 very surprised fans. 'Sir Paul' tells the crowd the Beatles had a 'blast' playing at Shea that night in 1965, the year after the Mets home ballpark opened.
In the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, ground is broken for the Marlins' long-awaited retractable-roof ballpark, scheduled to be completed by Opening Day 2012. The ceremony, attended by about 5,000 fans, includes Charlie Hough throwing a ceremonial pitch to Benito Santiago, the battery who threw and caught the first pitch in franchise history in 1993.