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1903 In their 14-7 victory over Cleveland at theáHuntington Avenue Baseball Grounds, the first-place Americans score in every inning, making it 11 consecutive frames that at least one player has crossed the plate.áThe fledgling American League team will also tally in the first six innings of its next game to extend the scoring streak to 17 straight frames.

1914 At the age of 23, Yankees shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh is hired to replace Frank Chance as the skipper of the team. During his 20-game tenure as the player-manager, the young infielder will finish the season with a 10-10 record for the sixth-place club.
1922 After listening to excessive bench jockeying from the Giants dugout, Reds' hurler Adolfo Luque becomes so enraged he throws down his glove and bolts into the New York dugout. The Cuban native, known for his fiery temper, punches Casey Stengel on the jaw and is ordered to return to his own bench by the police, who are busy trying to prevent the Polo Grounds crowd, which has overflowed onto the field, from rioting.
1924 Cardinal first baseman Jim Bottomley goes 6-for-6, including two homers, and bats in a record twelve runs when the team beats the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 17-3. The previous mark of 11 RBIs in one game was established in 1892 by today's opposing Dodger manager, Wilbert Robinson.
1926 En route to a 23-3 rout of the Phillies at the Baker Bowl, the Cardinals cross home plate 12 times during the third inning. The dozen runs establish a franchise record for the Redbirds.
1931 At Rickwood Field, Birmingham Barons starter Ray Caldwell outduels Dizzy Dean to beat the Texas League's Houston Buffaloes, a Cardinals farm team, 1-0, in Game One of the Dixie Series. The 43 year-old right-hander posted a 19-7 record along with an ERA of 3.45 during the regular season for the Southern Association team.
1938 Johnny Rizzo becomes the first Pirates player in franchise history to hit 20 home runs in a season. The 25 year-old rookie outfielder from Texas, who becomes hurt next season, never playing regularly for the Bucs again, finishes the campaign batting .301 with 23 round-trippers and 111 RBIs.
1940 In a 16-4 Browns rout of the Yankees at Sportsman's Park, Johnny Lucadello becomes the first player in big league history to hit his first two career home runs from different sides of the plate in the same game. The 21 year-old second baseman, who joins Wally Schang as only the second player in American League history to accomplish the feat, will hit just three more home runs during his six-year career.
1942 The Phillies, bowing to the Cubs in the nightcap of a twin bill, 4-1, become the first major league team to have five consecutive 100 loss seasons. From 1938 to the end of this season, the team will compile a 227-532 (.299) record under three different managers.
1948 Joe DiMaggio's 300th career homer is the lone run yielded by Detroit starter Fred Hutchinson in his 2-1 complete-game win over New York at Briggs Stadium. The 'Yankee Clipper' joins Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx, Rogers Hornsby, Chuck Klein and Hank Greenberg as the eighth major leaguer to reach the milestone.
1948 Larry Doby's first inning grand slam proves to be the difference when the Indians hand the Senators their 16th consecutive defeat, 6-3. The four-run extends the rookie outfielder's hitting streak to 21 games.
1952 Pacific Coast League's Sacramento manager, former major league All-Star second baseman Joe Gordon, pinch hits homers in both ends of a doubleheader. The first one, a grand slam, wins the game, 4-1.
1955 In the eighth inning of the A's 13-7 victory over Chicago, Kansas City infielder Alex George makes his major league debut at Municipal Stadium. The 16 year-old shortstop handles two chances cleanly and strikes out in his only at bat in the game.
1960 Warren Spahn pitches a no-hitter, beating the Phillies at County Stadium, 4-0. The 39 year-old southpaw sets an all-time Braves record with 15 strikeouts en route to his 20th victory of the season, marking the tenth time he has reached the plateau.
1965 At Fenway Park in front of only 1,247 fans, Boston right-hander Dave Morehead, who will lead the league in losses with 18 this season, no-hits the visiting Indians, 2-1. On the same day, the ninth-place Red Sox who will lose 100 games, fire their general manager, Pinky Higgins.
1966 Bob Gibson notches his 20th victory of the season when he goes the distance to beat Chicago at Wrigley Field, 3-1. The Cardinal right-hander will become the first pitcher in more than forty years to have consecutive 20-win seasons for a second-division team.
1968 Umpires Al Salerno and Bill Valentine are fired by American League President Joe Cronin. The men in blue claim the dismissals are due to their efforts organizing a union.
1969 Red Sox skipper Dick Williams, with one year left on his contract, is fired by the team as the result of a culmination of a number of things, including a lack of communications with the players, according to General Manager Dick O'Connell. During his rookie season as a manager, Williams led Boston to their Impossible Dream American League pennant in 1967.
1972 Phillies' rookie third baseman Mike Schmidt hits his first career home run, breaking Expos' Balor Moore's 25 consecutive scoreless inning streak. Michael Jack Schmidt will finish his 18-year career with 548 round-trippers.
1972 Glen Beckert goes 0-for-6 in the Cubs' 18-5 victory over the Mets at Wrigley Field, leaving 12 men on base to set a new major league mark. The Chicago second baseman leaves the bases loaded in the first and seventh, strands two runners twice when he bats two times in the team's seven-run third, and fails to plate other teammates in the fifth and seventh, the first of his two plate appearances in the frame.
1975 Rennie Stennett ties a major league mark established in 1892 with his 7-for-7 performance in a nine-inning game. The Pirates' second baseman gets two hits in one inning twice, the first and fifth frames, in the Bucs' 22-0 rout of the Cubs at Wrigley Field, the most one-sided shutout since 1900.
1975 Mike Vail fails to break the major league rookie record for consecutive games with a hit shared by Richie Ashburn (1948, Phillies) and Alvin Dark (1948, Braves). The 23 year-old freshman left fielder has plenty of opportunities to hit safely in his 24th straight game, coming to the plate eight times in the Mets' 18-inning marathon with Montreal, a 4-3 victory over the Expos at Shea Stadium.
1976 In the 11th inning at Veterans Stadium, Rick Joseph hits a walk-off grand slam in the Phillies' 8-4 victory over the Dodgers. Two batters are walked intentionally by Ron Perranoski to face the weak hitting Philadelphia pinch hitter, who responds with his first career home run, which will be his only round-tripper this season.
1979 At Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers hold Catfish Hunter Day to honor their future Hall of Fame pitcher who will be retiring at the end of the season at the age of 33. A 20 year-old left-hander named Dave Righetti makes his major league debut for the home town team.
1980 Mike Norris, en route to a 22-9 record with the second-place A's, gets his 20th victory of the season when Oakland beats Texas at Arlington Stadium, 4-2. The 25 year-old right-hander will compile a 58-59 career mark during his ten years in the major leagues with Oakland.
1987 Indian first baseman Joe Carter, swiping his career-high 30th base, becomes the tenth major leaguer to hit 30 home runs and to steal 30 bases in the same season. Although the feat had been accomplished only 11 times prior to this year, four players, including Mets teammates Howard Johnson and Darryl Strawberry along with A's slugger Jose Canseco, become the newest members of the 30/30 club this season.
1988 The Reds' Tom Browning pitches a perfect game against the Dodgers, striking out eight and allowing only eight balls to be hit out of the infield in his 1-0 victory. Over three starts, including the perfect game, he retires 40 consecutive batters - one shy of a major league record.

1991 Darren Lewis scores four runs and steals three bases without the benefit of a base hit. The Giants leadoff hitter reaches base in four of his five plate appearances via base on balls in San Francisco's victory over the Braves at Candlestick Park, 8-5.
1993 At the age of 41, Twins' Dave Winfield becomes the 19th major leaguer to collect 3000 hits when he singles to left off A's ace Dennis Eckersley in the bottom the ninth of a 5-4 extra-inning victory over Oakland at the Metrodome. Joining Al Kaline, the Minnesota DH becomes the second player to have reached the milestone having never played a day in the minors.

1996 Benito Santiago hits a trio of home runs in his three first at-bats in the Phillies' 6-1 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The 31 year-old native of Ponce, Puerto Rico also went deep in his last at-bat in yesterday's contest in Chicago, giving the Philadelphia backstop four consecutive homers in four at-bats.
1996 A fifth inning triple off Royal southpaw Jose Rosado gives Twins Paul Molitor his 3000th hit, becoming the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat with a three bagger. The 'Ignitor' reaches this milestone in the same season in which he also collects 200 hits, making him the only player to accomplish both feats in the same campaign.

1997 In a 3-2 victory at Veterans Stadium, Phillies hurler Curt Schilling whiffs nine Mets to become the thirteenth pitcher in major league history since 1900 to record 300 strikeouts in a season. The right-hander, who will finish the season with a career high of 319, will also reach the milestone next year with Philadelphia and in 2002 with the Diamondbacks.
1998 Tom Gordon ties Jose Mesa's major league single-season record established in 1995 with his 38th consecutive save. The 30 year-old right-handed closer also sets a franchise mark with his 41st save of the season when the Red Sox beat Baltimore, 4-3.
1998 With homers in four straight at-bats and five in two games, Cleveland's Manny Ramirez ties a major league record. The Indian right fielder, who homered in his final three at-bats last night, goes deep off of Twin Bob Tewksbury in the first and takes a 3-2 pitch to left in the fifth for his fifth homer in six at-bats.
1998 For only the 30th time in major league history and the 12th time it has been done consecutively, four batters strike out in one inning. Thanks to Randy Knorr's passed ball, Marlin rookie Kirt Ojala accomplishes the feat in the fourth inning of the Marlins' 3-2 defeat to the Expos.
1998 In front of 49,891 patrons at San Diego's Jack Murphy Stadium, Sammy Sosa ties Mark McGwire by hitting his record-setting 63rd home run. The 434-foot eighth inning two-out blast off Brian Boehringer is a tie-breaking grand slam, with 'Slammin' Sammy collecting all six RBIs when the Cubs beat the Padres, 6-3.
1999 Doug Glanville collects five hits, including a double and a home run, in the Phillies' 8-6 victory at the Astrodome, that ends Houston's win streak at 12, a franchise record. The 29 year-old center fielder will enjoy another five-hit performance next season against Cincinnati.
2000 With a sixth-inning blast in a 7-6 loss to the hometown Cardinals, Cub outfielder Sammy Sosa joins Mark McGwire (1997-99) as the only major leaguer to hit 50 home runs three straight seasons. Babe Ruth had three 50+ homer seasons, but did not accomplish the feat in consecutive years
2002 Diamondback righty Curt Schilling K's his 300th victim to join southpaw Randy Johnson in becoming the first teammates to each strike out at least 300 batters in the same season. 'Schill' has now done it three times in his career with the 'Big Unit' reaching the milestone six times, but neither hurler will accomplish the feat again.
2002 Giant left fielder Barry Bonds walks three times, breaking his own record for bases on balls in a season with 178. Approximately one-third of the free passes given to the San Francisco slugger have been intentional (60 out of 178).
2004 The Red Sox become the fourth team in big league history to sell out an entire 81-game home season. The Indians (1996-2000), Rockies (1996), and Giants (2000) are the other clubs that have accomplished the feat.
2005 Youppi!, who got his start at Olympic Stadium, is named as the first official mascot of the Montreal Canadiens, becoming the first to ever switch from Major League Baseball to the NHL. The acquisition, reportedly at the cost of six figures, is made possible when the Expos leave the hairy orange arm-waving giant behind in favor of an eagle called "Screech" when they moved to Washington, D.C. to become the Nationals.

2006 Stealing second base in the first inning in an 8-5 victory over the Brewers at RFK, Alfonso Soriano becomes the fourth player in major league history in a single season to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases. The Nationals' outfielder joins Jose Canseco (1988), Barry Bonds (1996), and Alex Rodriguez (1998) as the only players to record 40-40 seasons.
2006 The Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston's grand reopening ceremony for its Roxbury facility, which underwent a $7-million renovation, has some community leaders upset with the building's new name to be unveiled at the event. Although the previous owner of the Red Sox created the charitable foundation that donated $3 million used to renovate the run-down club, some in the minority neighborhood believe it would be wrong to name the clubhouse after Tom Yawkey because his policies were racially motivated, as evidenced by passing up an opportunity to get Jackie Robinson, and the team becoming the last to integrate in the major leagues.
2006 Angels center fielder Chone Figgins, in a 12-6 loss to the Rangers in Texas, triples in the ninth inning to become the fifth player in franchise history to hit for the cycle. 'Figgy' joins Jeff DaVanon (2004), Dave Winfield (1991), Dan Ford (1979), and Jim Fregosi (1964, 1968) to accomplish the feat for the Halos.
2007 David Wright, homering in the seventh inning of a 10-6 loss to Philadelphia at Shea Stadium, becomes the 30th member of the 30-30 club. Returning to the dugout, the Mets third baseman is greeted by hitting coach Howard Johnson, who along with Darryl Strawberry are the other Metropolitans to have also stolen thirty bases and hit 30 homers in the same season.
2007 In a dramatic at-bat, Jim Thome becomes the third major leaguer this season, and the 23rd overall to hit 500 career home runs. The historic homer comes in the bottom of the ninth on a full count as the White Sox DH strokes a two-run walk-off round-tripper to beat the Angels at U.S. Cellular Field, 9-7.

2007 The Nationals announce that the press box in Nationals Park, the team's new home scheduled to open next season, will be named the "Shirley Povich Media Center", in honor of the late Hall of Fame Baseball writer. The Washington Post's longtime sports columnist and reporter covered the Senators' first World Series championship in 1924 and continued to write for the paper until his death in 1998.
2007 Todd Jones becomes the 21st major leaguer to record 300 career saves. The milestone doesn't come easy as the Tigers' closer gives up three hits and a run in Detroit's 6-4 win over the Twins at the Metrodome.
2008 Derek Jeter becomes the all-time hits leader at Yankee Stadium, which will be demolished at the end of the season. The team's shortstop and captain surpasses Lou Gehrig's record with a first-inning single in a 6-2 loss to the White Sox, bringing his total to 1,270 at the 85 year-old ballpark.
2009 The Tigers pay tribute to 91 year-old Ernie Harwell, their long-time broadcaster (1960-2002), who recently revealed he has inoperable cancer. The third-inning ceremony during the 4-3 victory over Kansas City includes a three-minute video tribute followed by the Hall of Fame announcer thanking the admiring and supportive fans attending the game at Comerica Park.

2010 Nyjer Morgan, following appeals, will serve an eight-game suspension in place of the two original bans that totaled 15 games. The Nationals outfielder had been given a seven-game suspension when the commissioner's office alleged he had deliberately thrown a baseball into the stands, resulting in a Philadelphia fan getting hit and then a week later was handed an eight-game suspension for his instigation and participation in a brawl with Florida.
2012 The Orioles, with their 9-5 victory over Oakland, are assured of having their first winning season since the team finished first in the AL East in 1997. The Birds will finish the campaign with a 93-69 record for a second-place finish, but will earn a spot in the postseason as the play-in Wild Card team.

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