The last major league bounced home run is hit by Dodger catcher Al Lopez at Ebbets Field as the NL joins the American League, which had enacted the rule change in 1929. The player who hits the ball over the wall on a bounce will now be awarded a ground-rule double.
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. The Brooklyn outfielder's major league mark will not be broken for 68 years until another Dodger, Dave Hansen, strokes seven round-trippers coming off the bench in 2000.
Kid Elberfeld, at age of 61, grounds out to third as he pinch-hits for the Fulton team in the Kitty League.
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.
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.
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.
At Connie Mack Stadium, Giants’ leadoff hitter Jim Davenport singles and a hits a three-run inside-the-park home run 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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
Mets rookie Dick Selma, in his second major league start, establishes a franchise mark when he 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.
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.
In his final appearance in a big league uniform, 29 year-old right-hander Denny McLain, who will finish his ten-year career with a 131-92 record, is tagged with the loss when he gives up three runs in the ninth inning without retiring a batter in the Braves’ 7-5 loss to Cincinnati at Atlanta Stadium. The last batter the one-time 30-game winner, rumored to have been involved with gambling and bookmaking during his time in the major leagues, will face is Pete Rose, who will be banned from baseball for life for wagering on the game.
Mike Schmidt hits an eighth inning three-run bomb, his 36th home run and final one this season, off Jerry Reuss in Philadelphia'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.
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.
Carl Yastrzemski, in a 9-2 Red Sox victory over the Yankees, collects his 3000th hit, an eighth-inning single off Jim Beattie at Fenway Park. After Captain Carl's milestone marker, the game pauses for a lengthy on-field celebration of the historic moment.
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.
Eddie Murray, passing Boog Powell, 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 past his buddy for first-place honors, hitting his 334th four-bagger in 1996.
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."
Alex Rodriguez, in an 8-5 win over the Royals, sets a major league shortstop record with his 88th extra base hit. The Mariners infielder's first-inning double off Chris Haney in the Kauffman Stadium contest establishes the new mark.
With two home runs and a single, Yankee center fielder Bernie Williams has eight RBIs, helping the Bronx Bombers defeat Detroit, 12-3.
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.
On the same date the mark was established 68 years ago, Dave Hansen breaks Johnny Frederick's 1932 record for pinch-hit home runs in a single season with his seventh pinch-hit round-tripper. The Dodger pinch-hitter's historic homer, a 7th-inning three-run blast off D-Back's Curt Schilling, isn't enough to prevent the team's 5-4 loss to Arizona at Bank One Ballpark.
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 the historic horsehide should belong to him and not Patrick Hayashi, who ended up with the valuable souvenir.
Making his season debut with just 20 games left in the regular schedule, Barry Bonds returns to the Giants lineup 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.
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.
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.
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.