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1930 The last bounced home run is hit by Dodger catcher Al Lopez at Ebbets Field. The American League had changed the rule in 1929.
1932 In the bottom of the ninth, Johnny Frederick hits his major league record-setting sixth pinch-homer of the season giving the Dodgers a 4-3 victory over the Cubs.
1936 Kid Elberfeld, at age of 61, grounds out to third as he pinch-hits for the Fulton team in the Kitty League.
1947 Pirates' outfielder Ralph Kiner hits a record eight home runs in four games. Tony Lazzeri had hit seven round-trippers in four games in 1936.
1952 At Forbes Field, the Pirates become the first team to use protective head gear, a precursor to the batting helmet, that protects the players' temples. Branch Rickey's innovation, worn both at the plate and in the field in the Bucs' twin bill split with Boston, is a plastic hat with a foam layer attached to the hat band.
1953 The Dodgers clinch a pennant at the earliest date ever in baseball history with a 5-2 victory over the Braves at County Stadium. Carl Erskine gets the win when Brooklyn, who clinches consecutive titles for the first time in franchise history, goes up 13 games up on Milwaukee with 12 left to play.
1958 At Connie Mack Stadium, Giants’ leadoff hitter Jim Davenport singles and a hits a three-run inside the park home during an eight-run first inning. Johnny Antonelli pitches a complete game for his 15th victory of the season as San Francisco routs the Phillies, 19-2.
1959 En route to a 21-15 season with the Giants, 33-year old Toothpick Sam Jones throws a four-hitter against Philadelphia to become the second black major leaguer to win twenty games. In 1955, the right-hander from Ohio lost twenty games pitching for the Cubs.
1961 Frank Lary wins his 20th game of the season, the second time he has accomplished the feat, when he goes the distance in the Tigers' 3-1 victory over Kansas City. The 31-year old right-hander will finish the season with a 23-9 record which includes a league-leading 22 complete games.
1962 At Memorial Stadium, twenty-seven year old Senator fireballer Tom Cheney sets a major league mark for K's in a single game by striking out 21 batters in a complete-game 16 inning, 2-1 victory over the Orioles.
1962 One game behind the front running Dodgers, the Giants lose Willie Mays as the ‘Say Hey Kid’ is hospitalized for nervous exhaustion. The team by-the-bay will drop six games in a row but will recover along with their All-star center fielder in time to beat Los Angeles in a playoff to win the National league pennant.
1963 With former Dodger teammates, including Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe and Ralph Branca, in attendance, Duke Snider is honored by the Mets who hold his 'night' at the Polo Grounds, in a game that coincidentally marks the last time the Giants, now located in San Francisco, will ever play in their once long-time home. The 'Silver Fox', obtained by the expansion team in April and who recently asked to be traded to a contender, tells the crowd at the Harlem ball park, “I look up into the stands, and it looks like Ebbets Field. The Mets are wonderful, but you can’t take the Dodger out of Brooklyn”.
1964 Orioles southpaw Frank Bertaina records his first major league victory when he tosses a one-hitter to beat the A's at Memorial Stadium, 1-0. The losing pitcher Bob Meyer, who yields the game's lone run on a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, also gives up just one hit in his complete-game effort in the seventh double one-hitter in baseball history
1965 Mets rookie Dick Selma, in his second major league start, establishes a franchise mark when strikes out 13 batters. The 21 year-old right-hander goes the distance in New York’s ten-inning 1-0 victory over Milwaukee at Shea Stadium.
1969 The Mets sweep the Pirates in a twin bill when Jerry Koosman and Don Cardwell both go the distance in 1-0 victories. Both starters drive in the only run scored in each game.
1974 Mike Schmidt hits an eighth inning three-run bomb, his 36th home run and final one this season, off Jerry Reuss in Philadelpia's 6-4 comeback victory over the Pirates at Veterans Stadium. The 24-year old third baseman becomes the first Phillies player to lead the league in home runs since Chuck Klein hit 28 round-trippers in 1933.
1976 At age 53, Minnie Minoso becomes the oldest player to get a hit in a regular season game as he singles in three at-bats as the designated hitter for the White Sox. Angels' southpaw Sid Monge gives up the historic hit.
1979 In a 9-2 Red Sox victory over the Yankees, Carl Yastrzemski collects his 3000th hit. Yaz's' milestone marker is an eighth-inning single off Jim Beattie at Fenway Park.
1984 Striking out Marvell Wynne in the sixth inning, Dwight Gooden breaks the season strikeout record for a rookie. By whiffing 16 Pirates, Doc's total of 251 is six more than Herb Score's 1955 mark.
1987 Passing Boog Powell, Eddie Murray becomes the Orioles' all-time home run leader when he hits his 304th round-tripper for Baltimore in a 4-3 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Cal Ripken will move pass his buddy for first-place honors hitting his 334th four-bagger in 1996.
1995 During a WGN pre-game radio broadcast at Wrigley Field, Cubs announcer Harry Caray remarks to the team’s skipper Jim Riggleman, "Well, my eyes are slanty enough, how 'bout yours?", referring to Hideo Nomo, the Japanese rookie hurler scheduled to start for the Dodgers. The veteran announcer, known for not backing off for his on-the-air off-handed comments, does issue an apology calling the incident "unfortunate."
1996 In an 8-5 win over the Royals, Mariners' Alex Rodriguez sets a major league shortstop record with his 88th extra base hit.
1996 With two home runs and a single, Yankee center fielder Bernie Williams has eight RBIs helping the Bronx Bombers defeat the Tigers, 12-3.
1998 Cubs' slugger Sammy Sosa becomes the fourth major leaguer to hit 60 home runs in a season when he blasts a seventh-inning three-run shot off Milwaukee's Valerio de los Santos in a 15-12 victorious slugfest at Wrigley Field. The Chicago right-fielder joins Babe Ruth (1927 Yankees), Roger Maris (1961 Yankees), and Mark McGwire (1998 Cardinals) in reaching one of baseball's most cherished milestones.
2000 In a 5-4 loss to the Diamondbacks, Dodger Dave Hansen breaks Johnny Frederick's 1932 major league record for pinch-hit home runs in a single season with his seventh pinch-hit round-tripper.
2002 A jury, and not a judge or umpires, will decide whether Alex Popov actually controlled Barry Bonds' record setting 73rd home run in his glove. Popov, who lost possession of the ball valued at approximately $1 million after being mobbed by fans, claims it should belongs to him and not Patrick Hayashi, who ended up with the historic souvenir.
2005 Making his season debut with just 20 games left in the regular schedule, Barry Bonds returns to the Giants line up with a bang lining a double in his first at-bat and barely missing hitting his 704th career homer. The 41-year old slugger had been placed on the disabled list at the start of the season due to an infection following knee surgery.
2006 The Braves are mathematically eliminated from the division race as the Mets beat the Marlins, 6-4. The New York victory ends Atlanta's streak of fourteen straight division titles, the longest run for any professional sport.
2006 At 39 years and 9 days old, Luis Gonzalez becomes the oldest player to hit 50 doubles in one season. The Diamondbacks outfielder, who also holds the club's record for two baggers, surpasses Hall of Famer Tris Speaker, who was 38 years, 107 days old when he last legged a hit to second.
2008 In the 2-1 victory over the Nationals, Jorge Cantu goes deep in the fourth inning, making the Marlins the first team in big league history to have four infielders hit 25 home runs in the same season. The Florida third baseman joins first baseman Mike Jacobs (32), second baseman Dan Uggla (30), and shortstop Hanley Ramirez (29) in accounting for 116 of the Fish’s 188 big flies this year.

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