Lizzie (Stroud) Arlington becomes the first woman to play organized baseball when she pitches for Reading in the Eastern League. Some believe she also pitched in Atlantic League exhibition games after being hired by Ed Barrow, the league's president.
It takes extra innings, but the Giants' winning streak is finally snapped at 18 games. The Phillies beat New York, 6-5, in a 10-inning walk-off victory at the Baker Bowl.
The Red Sox establish an American League record losing four consecutive doubleheaders with no other contests between the eight defeats. The dubious streak started with four losses to the Yankees in New York and continues at Fenway Park with another four to the Senators.
At the Polo Grounds, the New York Giants become the first team to use a public address system.
Tony and Al Cuccinello each hit a home run, making it the first time in major league history that brothers on opposing teams have hit round trippers in the same game. Tony's Dodgers beat Al's Giants, 14-4.
Hal Trosky hits three home runs, helping the Indians beat the Browns, 14-4. The first baseman from Norway, Iowa will finish the season with 32 round-trippers.
In the first game of a doubleheader, Frank Demaree goes 6-for-7 (three doubles and three singles), helping the Cubs edge the Cardinals, 13-12, in 14 innings. The Californian adds two more singles in Chicago's 9-7 victory in the nightcap.
At the Polo Grounds‚ Giants' 18-year old rookie Whitey Lockman homers in his first major league at bat. The lefty-swinging center fielder goes deep off George Dockins in the 7-5 loss to the Cardinals.
Striking out as a pinch hitter against White Sox hurler Earl Harrist, 22-year old Larry Doby of the Indians becomes the first black to appear in the American League. The former Newark Eagle standout will play in the major leagues for 13 years, amassing 1,515 hits, just three less than Jackie Robinson.
In their final season in Boston, the Braves play in front of the largest home crowd of the season when 13,405 fans watch Brooklyn beat their team for the 12th consecutive time, a 5-3 complete-game victory by Carl Erskine. The most memorable moment of the contest occurs in the second inning when the game is delayed because a small dog has to be escorted off the field by Dodger outfielders Carl Furillo and Duke Snider.
Blanking the Pirates at Forbes Field, 2-0, Robin Roberts hurls his 28th consecutive complete game. The Phillies right-hander has finished every game he started since beating the Cardinals on August 28, 1952.
Cardinals' first baseman Bill White hits three home runs and a double. The infielder's offensive output helps the Redbirds rout the Dodgers, 9-1.
Dave Boswell and Jim Perry are the winning pitchers as the Twins sweep a doubleheader from Boston to move into first place for good.
Three seasons after trading future Hall of Famer Lou Brock to the Cardinals for right-hander Ernie Broglio, the Cubs send the beleaguered pitcher to their Pacific Coast League farm team in Tacoma (WA), where he will never be called to the major leagues again. During his dismal tenure with Chicago, the former 20-game winner compiled a woeful 7-19 record and an ERA of 5.40.
The Orioles break a three game losing streak when Dave McNally (12-0) wins his 14th consecutive game, defeating Detroit, 9-3. Tigers' outfielder Mickey Stanley plays his 220th consecutive errorless game.
Garry Templeton is intentionally walked four times by the Pirates, tying a major league record set in 1962 by Yankee outfielder Roger Maris. The fourth free pass, issued in the 12th inning, leads to the Padres shortstop scoring a run, but Pittsburgh comes back with three tallies in the bottom of the frame to win the Three Rivers Stadium contest, 5-4.
The Giants and Padres complete a seven-player deal, including Kevin Mitchell, who will be the 1989 MVP for the San Francisco, and Mark Davis, who will cop the 1989 National League Cy Young Award for San Diego. The other players in the trade include Dave Dravecky and Craig Lefferts coming to the 'City by the Bay', Chris Brown, Keith Comstock, and Mark Grant going to the Friars.
The A's first baseman Mark McGwire becomes the first rookie to hit 30 homers before the All-Star Game as Oakland defeats the Red Sox, 6-2. The Oakland infielder will finish the season with 49 round-trippers, establishing a new freshman mark previously shared by Wally Berger and Frank Robinson with 39.
In an eight-player trade, the Giants swap southpaws Keith Comstock and Mark Davis, right-hander Mark Grant and third baseman Chris Brown to the Padres for infielder/outfielder Kevin Mitchell and left-handers Dave Dravecky and Craig Lefferts. Mitchell, obtained by San Diego in an off-season blockbuster trade with the Mets, will be the NL’s Most Valuable Player in 1989, helping the Giants to capture the circuit’s pennant.
Barry Bonds' homer puts the Pirates outfielder and his dad, Bobby, first on the all-time father and son home run leader list with 408. Previously the Bells (Gus and Buddy) and the Berras (Yogi and Dale) were tied with 407.
At the Oakland Coliseum, Mark McGwire hits his 100th career home run off of Royals' hurler Charlie Liebrandt. Big Mac's third inning three-run home run ties the score at 5-5, but the A's fall short, losing to Kansas City in extra innings, 12-9.
In a unanimous vote, final approval is given by baseball owners for the Rockies and the Marlins to join the National League in 1993.
At Cleveland, A's outfielder Rickey Henderson becomes the second player in major league history to open both games of a twin bill with a home run. In a 1913 doubleheader played in Washington, Red Sox outfielder and future Hall of Famer Harry Hooper was the first to accomplish the feat.
Prior to their game with Atlanta at Olympic Stadium, the Expos retire Andre Dawson's uniform number 10. During his 11-year tenure with Montreal, the future Hall of Fame outfielder once set the single-season club records for home runs (32), RBIs (113), extra base hits (78), and sacrifice flies (18).
Defeating the Orioles 1-0, the Yankees improve their record to 61-20, equaling the best 81-game start in major league history. The mark matches the record of the 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates and the 1907 Chicago Cubs.
Yankee right-hander Roger Clemens strikes out Devil Rays' outfielder Randy Winn to record his 3000th career strikeout. The 'Rocket' is the 11th pitcher in major league history to reach the coveted milestone.
Juan Gonzalez becomes the second player in major league history to go over the 100 RBI mark before the All-Star game. The Rangers designated hitter's major league-leading total of 101 RBIs is second only to Tiger slugger Hank Greenberg, who had 103 in 1935 and finished the season with 170.
In a 12-9 comeback victory over Houston, Luis Gonzalez becomes the first Diamondback to hit for the cycle. The Arizona outfielder doubled in the first inning, singled in the third, tripled in the eighth and homered in the ninth to accomplish the feat.
Pirates' skipper Lloyd McClendon is fined $1,000 for walking off the field with first base in the June 26 Brewers game. It's the first time a manager has been fined for 'stealing' a base.
Baseball legend Ted Williams, considered by many the greatest hitter in the history of the game, dies of cardiac arrest at the age of 83. The first-ballot Hall of Famer, who was a lifetime .344 hitter, won the MVP award and Triple Crown twice, led the American League in batting for six seasons, and hit .406 in 1941 during his 19-year career with the Red Sox.
As a gesture to honor local military personnel, the Twins give away a G.I. Joe action figure to the first 5,000 children attending the game against Kansas City. The team, in an effort to appease protesting peace groups, who see the promotion as glorifying war, asks Hasbro, the toy’s manufacturer, to remove the customary gun from G.I. Joe’s side, but the hand grenades remain visible.
At Dodger Stadium, Diamondback third baseman Chad Tracy's ninth inning run-scoring single on an 0-2 changeup ends Eric Gagne's record streak of 84 consecutive saves. The new mark established by the Los Angeles closer is 30 more than the prior mark set by Tom Gordon for the Red Sox in 1999.
Passing Eddie Murray, Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez hits his 20th career grand slam, now the second-most in major league history. The Dominican Republic native trails only Yankee legend Lou Gehrig, who holds the major league record with 23.
At Dodger Stadium, Chipper Jones's two solo home runs are the difference in the Braves' 8-6 victory over Los Angeles. With his pair of round-trippers, the team's third baseman surpasses Dale Murphy for the Atlanta team record of 372 homers.