Tony Lazzeri becomes the first Yankee to hit three home runs in one game, including a ninth inning blast that ties the game. The round-tripper closes a five-run deficit, and New York goes on to beat the White Sox in the 11th inning at the Stadium, 12-11.
The Reds become the first team to travel in an airplane when Cincinnati GM Larry MacPhail flies 19 of his players to Chicago for a series against the Cubs. In 1946, New York will be the first team to fly on a regular basis, using a chartered a Douglas DC-4 that will become known as the 'Yankee Mainliner'.
At Shibe Park, the Yankees, using the long ball, rout the hometown A's 22-3. The Bronx Bombers set a franchise record, hitting eight home runs during the contest, a mark which will not be tied for 68 years.
Harry Craft completes the cycle with his fifth-inning three-run home run in the Reds' 23-2 rout of Brooklyn at Crosley Field. The Cincinnati center fielder enjoys a 5-for-5 day at the plate, driving in six runs and scoring four times.
Red Barrett retires the first 22 batters he faces before his bid for a perfect game is broken up with an eighth inning single by Delmar Ennis. The Cardinals' right-hander gains his first victory of the season with his 7-0 whitewashing of Philadelphia at Sportsman's Park.
After beating the Browns 20-4 with 23 hits yesterday at Fenway Park, the Red Sox set the major-league record for runs scored by one team as they maul St. Louis again, 29-4. Boston’s two day totals set consecutive games records for hits and runs scored.
White Sox reliever Marv Rotblatt becomes the first pitcher to be driven in from the bullpen when he enters the game in the 8th inning to face the Yankees in a 4-2 loss at Comiskey Park. At the present time, transportation to the mound is only for White Sox pitchers, but later in the season, the team will provide the visiting bullpen hurlers with a black Cadillac, which has been supplied by a local funeral home.
Prior to the start of a twin bill against the Reds, Dodger manager Charlie Dressen tells Cal Abrams if he wants to stay with the team that the benchwarmer will need to verbally taunt the skipper of the opposing club. Much to his chagrin, the spare outfielder, who spends the entire first game of a double-header severely heckling his opponents and their leader, is informed between games he has been traded to Cincinnati, effective tomorrow, and will need to report to his new field boss, one very angry Roger Hornsby.
After only eight games and 13 innings of work, the Dodgers option rookie left-handed pitcher Tom Lasorda to Montreal to make room for a bonus baby who is also a southpaw. Sandy Koufax, who had injured his ankle, comes off the 30-day disabled list.
Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock, and Frank Thomas hit four consecutive homers in an inning off Reds' pitchers Jim Maloney (2) and Marshall Bridges (2), making the Braves the first major league team to accomplish the feat. The seventh inning big fly barrage and another blast by Mathews and one by Warren Spahn aren't enough when Cincinnati still manages to win the Crosley Field contest, 10-8.
The A's sign Lew Krausse, who hurled 19 no-hitters and struck out 24 batters in one game on the scholastic level, as an amateur free agent the day after he graduates from high school for $125,000. Eight days from now, the 18 year-old fireballing phenom will throw a three-hit shutout against L.A. in his major league debut.
After other teams back off in their pursuit to sign the outstanding NC high schooler when his little toe is blown off by his brother in a hunting accident, the A's ink Jim Hunter for $75,000. The youngest of ten children of a family from Hertferd will go on to become a Hall of Fame hurler better known as 'Catfish', a name invented by club's owner Charlie Finley.
In the first major league free-agent draft of students and sandlot players, the A's select Arizona State star Rick Monday, making him the first player ever to be drafted. Kansas City will also select his Sun Devil teammate Sal Bando in the sixth round.
In the inaugural free-agent draft of high school and college players, the Mets' first pick is southpaw Les Rohr, who due to an arm injury compiles only a 2-3 career mark pitching for the team in parts of three seasons. Later in the day, New York makes a better choice, selecting future Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan in the eighth round.
Dodger right-hander Don Drysdale's scoreless streak ends at a record 58 2/3 consecutive innings when Tony Taylor is driven in by Howie Bedell's sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. It will be the Phillies outfielder's only RBI for the season.
Bat Day at Candlestick Park is postponed when the Mets refuse to play their scheduled game in San Francisco, out of respect for recently assassinated New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy, whose funeral is being held today. Prompted by baseball commissioner William Eckert's edict to cancel games only taking place in New York and Washington, the team, led by first baseman Ed Kranepool, had voted to take this action, even under the threat of forfeiting the contest, a decision that is fully supported by manager Gil Hodges and the organization.
On Mickey Mantle Day, the Yankees retire uniform number 7 in front of a crowd of 60,096, the first sellout at the Bronx ballpark since the 1964 World Series. The Mick also receives a plaque from Joe DiMaggio that will be hung on the center field fence, and, then in turn, he gives the 'Yankee Clipper' a similar plaque, telling the crowd, "His should be just a little bit higher than mine."
At Municipal Stadium, Paul Splittorff earns his first major league victory when Kansas City defeats the visiting Senators, 4-2. In 1969, the 23 year-old left-hander became the first player signed by the Royals to appear on the expansion team's major-league roster.
The Red Sox draft Dixie High School (St. George, UT) standout southpaw Bruce Hurst in the first round of the amateur draft, the twenty-second of 24 picks overall. Four of the first five selections, including top pick ASU’s Floyd Bannister, are also left-handed hurlers, and of the dozen hurlers selected, the southpaw from Utah will retire with the most career victories (145).
For the fourth time in his career, Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 batters in a game. The right-hander matches the mark in ten innings of work, with 18 punch outs coming during the first nine frames, in the Angels' eventual 2-1 victory.
Dan Marino and John Elway are selected fourth and seventeenth, respectively, by the Kansas City Royals during the free-agent baseball draft. The two future NFL Hall of Fame quarterbacks will never appear in the major leagues, but Elway, after being redrafted by the Yankees, will play 42 games for Oneonta in the New York-Penn League in 1982, batting .318 with a .432 OBP.
The Orioles beat the Yankees 18-9 in in the longest nine inning game ever played in American League history. The contest takes four hours and sixteen minutes to complete.
Angels' hurler Don Sutton (312) loses to Phil Niekro (314), who throws seven and one-third scoreless innings for the Indians in a 2-0 win at Anaheim. It is the third time this century, all occurring during the past two seasons, that two 300-game winners have started against one another.
After the Pirates take a 10-0 lead in Philadelphia by sending 16 batters to the plate in the first inning, Pirates' broadcaster Jim Rooker announces if the Bucs lose the game he'll walk back to Pittsburgh. True to his word, the radio by-by-play man organizes a charity walk from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh after the season as a result of the Phillies' comeback win over the Pirates, 15-11.
Steve Jeltz becomes the first player in the 106-year history of the franchise to homer from both sides of the plate when his two round-trippers help the Phillies overcome a 10-0 first-inning deficit to beat the Pirates at Veterans Stadium, 15-11. The switch-hitting shortstop will hit only five home runs during his entire big league career, which includes 1,749 at-bats.
After serving as Milwaukee's mascot from 1973 to 1984, Bernie Brewer comes out of retirement after an eight-year absence. The mustachioed costumed character, once renown for sliding into a mug of beer after hometown homers, is brought back by popular demand when the fans vote for his reinstatement by an overwhelming 21,751 to 1,389 margin.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth and LSU down by a run, Warren Morris hits the first-ever College World Series-ending walk-off home run, giving the Tigers a dramatic come-from-behind 9-8 win over Miami. The second baseman, who missed 39 games this year due to a broken bone in his right wrist, hadn't hit a round-tripper this season.
En route to a 2-0 shutout of the Tigers, Mariners' southpaw Randy Johnson strikes out 15 batters. It is the 74th time in his career that the 'Big Unit' has reached double digits in punch outs.
For the first time in major league history, the two Texas teams play one another during the regular season. The Astros beat the Rangers, 5-4, in the first game of the Lone Star Series played in Arlington, Texas.
Damion Easley becomes the ninth player in Tiger history to hit for the cycle, and the first Detroit player since 1993, when Travis Fryman accomplished the feat. The New York City native's eighth inning right-field triple completes the deed in the 9-4 victory over the Brewers.
In front of a record-setting crowd of 45,936 at the new Comiskey Park, the White Sox beat their North Side rivals in ten innings when Carlos Lee hits a two-out walk-off grand slam to give the Pale Hose a dramatic victory over the Cubs, 7-3.
The Phillies trade infielder Placido Polanco to the Tigers for right-hander reliever Ugueth Urbina and utility infielder Ramon Martinez. Urbina, a two-time All-Star closer, will become the setup man for Billy Wagner in Philadelphia, and Polanco will become the starting second baseman in Detroit.
Going yard twice in his 4-for-4 day, Alex Rodriguez becomes the 40th and youngest big leaguer to hit 400 career home runs. On the 316th day of the 29th year of his life, the Yankee superstar third baseman, who surpasses Ken Griffey Jr. for the honor, connects for a solo shot off Brewers’ southpaw Jorge De La Rosa in the eighth inning for the milestone marker.
In the third inning of a 10-3 loss to Boston at Chase Field, a surprised Alberto Callaspo is tagged out by Julio Lugo after he takes a lead from second base. The Diamondbacks’ base runner is the victim of the hidden ball trick when he doesn’t realize the Red Sox shortstop had never returned the ball to the pitcher.
With their 3-0 victory over Detroit at Comerica Park, the Mets begin a span of 18 games to become the first team in baseball history to play six consecutive series against six different clubs that all participated in the playoffs the previous season. New York will compile an 8-10 record during the stretch playing against the Tigers, Dodgers, Yankees, Twins, A's, and the Cardinals.
Rick Harden begins the game by striking out the side on nine pitches in the A's 7-3 victory over Los Angeles at Oakland's McAfee Coliseum. Maicer Izturis, Howie Kendrick, and Garret Anderson all go down swinging in the 33 year-old right-hander's immaculate inning.
The much anticipated major league debut of Stephen Strasburg lives up to its hype when the 21 year-old whiffs 14 Pirate batters in seven innings in the Nationals' 5-2 victory in Washington, D.C. Baffling Pittsburgh with a mix of 100-mph fastballs and devastating curves, the right-handed rookie’s strikeout total is second only to Houston’s J.R. Richard, who fanned 15 Giants in 1971 during a 5-3 complete-game victory against San Francisco.
Tim Wakefield tosses 7.1 innings in Boston’s 3-2 victory over Cleveland at Progressive Field to become the Red Sox' all-time leader in innings pitched. The 43 year-old right-handed knuckleballer surpasses Roger Clemens, who had established the mark during his 13 seasons with the club by throwing 2,776 frames.
At the age of 20 years and 212 days, Mike Stanton becomes the second-youngest player to debut with the Marlins, with Miguel Cabrera remaining the youngest by 149 days. The rookie right fielder’s impressive debut, 3-for-5 scoring two runs in Florida’s 10-8 loss to Philadelphia, is overshadowed by the much-anticipated start of Washington’s Wonder Boy, Stephen Strasburg, in the nation’s capital.
Six Mariners pitchers combine to hurl the franchise's third no-hitter when starter Kevin Millwood leaves the game with an injury and five relievers, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League, and Tom Wilhelmsen, keep the Dodgers hitless in the team's 1-0 victory at Safeco Field. Brian Runge, the home plate umpire, was also behind the dish for Philip Humber's perfect game, making him the first ump to call balls and strikes for two no-hitters in one season since Drew Coble accomplished the feat in 1990.