Beating Pittsburgh, 4-2, Giants hurler Mickey Welch joins Pud Galvin and Tim Keefe in becoming baseball's third hurler to record his 300th victory. The 31-year old Brooklyn native will win only seven more games before ending his 13-year career next season.
In a Red Cross charity game played at Yankee Stadium, retired outfielder Babe Ruth leads a Yank-Lands club, a combination of former Yankee and Indian ballplayers, against the Cloudbusters, a U.S. Navy team from the Chapel Hill Naval Pre-Flight School based at the University of North Carolina. ‘The Bambino', appearing as a pinch-hitter in his only plate appearance in the 8-5 loss to the servicemen, is walked by 25-year old Navy pilot trainee and Boston Braves right-hander Johnny Sain.
After mysteriously disappearing off the team bus in New York two days ago with teammate Gene Conley to use the rest room, Pumpsie Green returns to the Red Sox. The prodigal infielder is fined for his disappearance.
Dick Ellsworth strikes out Cardinals' left fielder Stan Musial three times in the Cubs' 5-1 victory at Wrigley Field. It will be the only time 'Stan the Man' is whiffed three times in a game during his 22-year career, a span of 3026 contests.
During a 3-1 victory over the Yankees in New York, Jim Fregosi of the expansion Angels becomes the first player to hit for the cycle during the 3+ years of existence of the franchise. The Los Angeles shortstop will accomplish the feat again in 1968 making it the second occurrence in club history.
The Indians break a five-game losing streak when Tony Horton hits a walk-off homer leading off the bottom of the 12th inning. The first baseman's round-tripper breaks up a scoreless pitching duel between Steve Hargan and Orioles' right-hander Moe Drabowski, who allows only six hits in the extra-inning contest at Cleveland Stadium.
It is a tough day for Angels’ catcher Tom Egan when he is charged with five passed balls. To make matters worse the California backstop also commits an error allowing the winning run to score in a 6-5 loss to the Yankees.
Orioles' third baseman Brooks Robinson, a sixteen-time gold glove winner, commits three errors. Thanks to Frank Robinson's ninth inning three-run walk-off home run off Rollie Fingers, the Orioles prevail and beat the A's, 3-2.
White Sox pitchers John 'Blue Moon' Odom (5 innings) and Francisco Barrios (4 innings) combined to no-hit the A's, 2-1. The win will be the Chicago starter's last of his 84 victories in the major leagues.
At Candlestick Park, the Giants beat the Cubs 9-8 in a game that began at Wrigley Field. The contest was suspended with two outs in the top of the eighth and resumed in San Francisco eight days later.
Cubs' slugger Dave Kingman becomes the sixth player in major league history to hit three home runs in one game twice in one season. The Mets win the game, 6-4.
American League president Lee MacPhail decides George Brett's 'Pine Tar' home run should count. The remainder of the game will be played on August 18 with the Royals beating the Yankees, 5-4.
The Hall of Fame welcomes Lou Brock, Enos Slaughter, Arky Vaughan and Hoyt Wilhelm as members. Wilhelm is the first pitcher to be inducted because of his role as a relief pitcher.
Darrell Evans's home run, a sixth-inning solo blast off Ken Schrom, proves to the difference in the Tigers' 3-2 victory over Minnesota at the Metrodome. The Detroit third baseman's 300th career round-tripper comes on a 3-0 pitch at exactly 3:00 pm.
At Candlestick Park, Giants’ hurler Scott Garrelts is perfect putting away the first 26 Reds batter he faces. Paul O’Neill’s two-out single to shallow centerfield in the ninth inning breaks up the no-hitter, and the right-hander ends up with a one-hit 4-0 blanking of Cincinnati.
Expos' Dennis Martinez pitches a perfect game, defeating Los Angeles 2-0 at Dodger Stadium. Ron Hassey becomes the first backstop to ever catch two perfect games as he also was behind the plate on May 15, 1981 when Indian hurler Len Barker faced 27 batters beating the Blue Jays, 3-0.
Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. homers in his eighth straight game to tie a major league record held by Dale Long (1956) and Don Mattingly (1987). In tomorrow’s game Junior will barely miss breaking the record as he hits a long double off the right-center field wall at the Kingdome.
Beating the Angels, 4-0, Rangers' southpaw Kenny Rogers becomes the first American League lefty to pitch a perfect game.
The Yankees trade Danny Tartabull to the A's for Jason Beverlin and Ruben Sierra. Tartabull signed a lucrative free agent deal worth more than $5 million a year with New York after the 1991 season, but the outfielder never produced on the level he had playing with Kansas City.
The Yankees obtain David Cone from the Blue Jays in exchange for Marty Janzen and two minor leaguers, Jason Jarvis and Mike Gordon. The trade for the right-hander, considered to be one of the best deals in franchise history, will prove to an important piece of the team's success in the late nineties.
Darryl Strawberry's 300th career round-tripper is a dramatic ninth inning, two-run dinger which gives the Yankees a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the Royals.
After setting the record yesterday for hitting the most home runs before getting a grand slam, Sammy Sosa hits another today becoming the 18th major leaguer to hit a grand slam on consecutive days.
Unable to win in four months, David Cone is sent to the team's minor league camp in Tampa by Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. The struggling veteran will be under supervision of Billy Connors, the Yankees vice president of player personnel.
The Mets have a busy day on the trading block as they obtain Oriole shortstop Mike Bordick for utility players Melvin Mora and Mike Kinkade and minor pitchers Lesli Brea and Pat Gorman. A few hours later New York completes a four-player deal with the Devil Rays receiving reliever Rick White and outfielder Bubba Trammell in exchange for minor leaguers Jason Tyner and Paul Wilson.
Oriole outfielder Melvin Mora's wife, Gisel, gives birth to quintuplets. The three boys and two girls, who all weighed in under two and half pounds, are doing well.
With two outs in the ninth inning at PNC Park, Brian Giles erases a three-run deficit with a walk-off grand slam defeating an astounded Astros squad, 9-8. The Pittsburgh's left-fielder's 'sayonara slam' is hit off Houston's all-star closer, Billy Wagner.
During his induction speech at the Hall of Fame ceremonies in Cooperstown, with the song 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' playing in the background and with a copy of 'The Wizard of Oz' in his hands, Ozzie Smith compares his baseball career to Dorothy's away trip from Kansas. Citing the recipe for his success during his 19-year career with the Cardinals and Padres, the 47-year-old tells the crowd he had the mind to dream, which the Scarecrow cherished, a heart to believe, which the Tin Man wanted, and courage to persevere, which the Lion lacked.
The Giants trade two minor league pitchers, right-hander Felix Diaz and left-hander Ryan Meaux, to obtain veteran center fielder Kenny Lofton from the White Sox.
In a 7-1 loss to the Phillies at Turner Field, Gary Sheffield's team record of reaching base ends at 52 straight games. The Braves' right fielder surpasses Dale Murphy's previous mark of 48 consecutive contests.
Troy Percival strikes out Alfonso Soriano and gets Mark Teixeira to ground out to nail down a 2-0 Angels victory over Texas in Anaheim. The 34-year old right-hander becomes the 18th major league closer to record 300 career saves and the fifth fastest to reach the milestone.
At Whataburger Field, a trio of Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers-AA) pitchers hurl nine perfect innings to beat the hometown Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros-AA), 3-0. A.J. Murray (6), Steve Karsay (2) and Scott Feldman (1) combine to throw only the third nine-inning perfect game, the first by a combination of hurlers, in the 117 year history of the Texas League.
The Brewers have a busy day wheeling and dealing as the team sends All-star left-fielder Carlos Lee and a minor league outfielder to Texas and acquire third baseman David Bell from the Phillies in separate deals. The Brew Crew gets reliever Francisco Cordero, flychasers Kevin Mench and Laynce Nix, and a minor league southpaw from the Rangers, and trading Class A right-hander Wilfrido Laureano to the Philadelphia for their new infielder.
In an an 8-7 loss to the Diamondbacks at Minute Maid Park, Luke Scott becomes the first rookie and sixth player in franchise history to hit for the cycle. The Houston 28-year-old right-fielder, who had a three-run homer in the fourth, a fifth inning triple and double in the seventh inning, completes the rare feat with a two-out single in the 11th inning.
With the help of two day-night doubleheaders, MLB establishes a new daily attendance record as 717,478 go through the turnstiles for the 17 games played on Saturday. The former mark of 640,412, set on July 3, 1999, was accomplished with the same number of games played.
The Mets officially announce the club has acquired 21-year-old right-hander Zack Wheeler, a top minor league prospect from the Giants, in exchange for outfielder Carlos Beltran and cash considerations. New York bids farewell to their all-star outfielder, who is batting .289 along with 15 home runs and 66 RBIs in the final season of his seven-year deal with the team.
With their 10-9 victory, the visiting Mets complete a four-game sweep in Cincinnati for the first time in franchise history. The Great American Ball Park victory is especially rewarding because Carlos Beltran, the team's best offensive player, was traded to San Francisco during the series.