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1890 For the first time in baseball history, two 300-game winners are opponents as Tim Keefe of the Giants faces Pittsburgh's Jim 'Pud' Galvin in a Players League match-up. New York beats the Burghers, 8-2, in the first of four historic confrontations between the two future members of the Hall of Fame.
1904 At New Jersey’s Wiedenmeyer's Park, which will become better known as Ruppert Stadium, the Highlanders host an American League game, beating Detroit in the Newark ballpark, 3-1. The contest is played away from Hilltop Park, the team’s usual home, to avoid New York City's blue laws.
1912 At the Ostermalm Athletics Grounds, Sweden's Vesteras Baseball Club plays an exhibition game at the Summer Olympics against an American team. The squad from the United States, who unsurprisingly wins the contest 13-3, consists of athletes who are in Stockholm competing for gold medals in other sports.
1914 Against the Giants, control artist Babe Adams of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches an entire 21-inning game without issuing a single walk. The contest, which is the longest game in big league history without a base-on-balls, is decided by Larry Doyle's home run in the top of the frame, giving Rube Marquard, who also goes the distance, the 3-1 victory.
1918 The Phillies play the longest game in franchise history, a 2-1 loss in 21 innings to Chicago at Weeghman Park. The starting pitchers, Philadelphia right-hander Milt Watson and Chicago southpaw Lefty Tyler, each go the distance, hurling a complete game in the marathon.
1923 Yankee starter Carl Mays goes the distance, losing to the Indians at Cleveland’s Dunn Field, 13-0. The 31 year-old right-handed submariner gives up 20 hits, including four singles and a double to the Tribes’ leadoff batter Charlie Jamieson, who enjoys a 5-for-5 day at the plate.
1924 Cardinals' knuckleballer and future Hall of Famer Jesse Haines throws a no-hitter beating the Braves at Sportsman's Park, 5-0, to become the first post-1900 Redbird hurler to accomplish the feat. It will be 54 years before another no-hit game is thrown in St. Louis, a span that will end in 1978 when Bob Forsch holds the Phillies hitless at Busch Stadium.
1934 Cubs right-hander Lon Warneke, with his team ahead of New York, 3-1, loads the bases in the seventh inning with an intentional pass in order to face opposing pitcher Roy Parmalee. The strategy backfires when the hurler hits a grand slam, a drive that barely clears the right field wall, that will prove to be the difference in the Giants’ 5-3 victory in the opener of a twin bill at the Polo Grounds.
1936 Carl Hubbell's 24-game winning streak, spanning over two seasons, begins with a 6-0 victory over the Pirates. 'King Karl' will not be defeated until Memorial Day next season.
1941 Thanks to the outstanding defensive work of Indians' third baseman Ken Keltner, Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak ends in Cleveland's Municipal Stadium in front of 67,000 fans. The 'Yankee Clipper' who batted .408 during the stretch, will begin another streak that will last 17 games, extending the remarkable span of hitting safely to 73 of 74 games.
1947 Less than two weeks after Larry Doby's debut with the Indians, Hank Thompson becomes the second black player to debut in the American League and first for the Browns. The former Kansas City Monarchs standout, who will play in only 27 games for St. Louis because his presence does not significantly raise attendance, goes 0-for-4 in the team's 16-2 loss to Philadelphia at Sportsman's Park.
1947 At Cleveland Stadium, the Yankees sweep a doubleheader against the Indians, 3-1 and 7-2, The victories extend the club's winning streak to 19 games, equaling the American League mark established by the White Sox in 1906.
1954 With Jim Gilliam (2b), Jackie Robinson (3b), Sandy Amoros (lf), Roy Campanella (c), and Don Newcombe (p) in the starting lineup against the Braves, the Dodgers field the first team which consists of a majority of black players. The historic five helps Brooklyn to beat Milwaukee at County Stadium, 2-1.
1957 In front of a House Judiciary subcommittee, team owner Arnold Johnson, contrary to the truth, denies he has favored the Yankees when trading players from the A's to the Bronx. The Congress is skeptical, due to a number of recent suspicious deals between the New York and Kansas City clubs.
1959 Mel Allen asks his director to replay Jim McAnay’s ninth-inning single, the first hit allowed by Ralph Terry in the team’s eventual 2-0 loss to Cleveland at the Bronx ballpark. The Yankee broadcaster’s request marks the first use of instant replay in a baseball broadcast.
1961 Yankee sluggers Roger Maris (35) and Mickey Mantle (32), both ahead of the Bambino’s record 1927 pace, each lose a homer when the nightcap of a twin bill is rained out in the top of the fifth inning against the Orioles in Baltimore. The Memorial Stadium washout occurs on same day Commissioner Ford Frick decrees that Babe Ruth's record of 60 home runs will not be broken unless a player hits 61 or more within the first 154 games of the newly expanded 162-game schedule.
1961 After checking in a month earlier at an Atlanta hospital, where he placed beside his bed a brown bag filled with $1 million in negotiable securities along a with Luger, Ty Cobb dies at the age of seventy-four after a long battle with cancer. Only three former players, Ray Schalk, Mickey Cochrane, and Nap Rucker, along with Baseball Hall of Fame director Sid Keener, attend the Georgia Peach's funeral services.
1964 In Los Angeles, the Chavez Ravine contest becomes the first Pay-TV baseball game as Subscription Television offers the cablecast to subscribers for a fee. The Dodgers beat Chicago, 3-2, with Don Drysdale collecting 10 strikeouts.
1969 In a twin bill split with the Braves, Lee May hits two home runs in each contest as well as driving in five runs in both ends of the doubleheader. Despite the All-Star first baseman's performance, the Reds drop the opener 9-8, but come back to win the nightcap, 10-4.
1969 At Metropolitan Stadium, Gold Glove pitcher Jim Kaat commits three errors. The 30 year-old right-hander still gets the victory when the Twins beat the White Sox, 8-5.
1974 Cardinals right-hander Bob Gibson becomes the second pitcher in major league history to record 3000 career strikeouts when he fans Cesar Geronimo of the Reds. In 1923, Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators became the first major leaguer to reach the milestone.
1976 Walter Alston becomes the sixth skipper to win 2,000 games when the Dodgers overcome a four-run first inning deficit and beat Chicago at Chavez Ravine, 5-4. 'Smokey' will leave at the end of the season, finishing his 23-year tenure in his only managerial position in the majors with a 2,040-1,613 record (.558).
1978 Reggie Jackson is suspended for five days without pay by the Yankees. During a Bronx Bomber loss, the future Hall of Fame slugger incurs skipper Billy Martin's wrath by striking out attempting to bunt after being specifically told to hit away.
1978 Just prior to the start of the Oriole game at Memorial Stadium, Doc Medich goes into the stands and saves the life of a 61 year-old fan suffering from a heart attack. The Ranger right-hander, a medical student in the off-season, administers a heart massage to the ailing man until medical help arrives.
1979 At Seattle's Kingdome, Pirates outfielder Dave Parker, who cuts down Brian Downing at home with an amazing throw, is named the All-Star Game's MVP when the National League wins its eighth straight Mid-Summer Classic. In the 7-6 victory over the Junior Circuit, Mets outfielder Lee Mazzilli homers to tie the game in the eighth, and then walks in the ninth to bring in the eventual winning run.

1987 In his major league debut, Ken Caminiti hits a triple and a homer, and scores the winning run in the ninth inning as the Astros edge the visiting Phillies‚ 2-1. The Houston rookie is just the fourth big leaguer to have hit a home run and triple in his first game.
1987 Don Mattingly becomes the first American League player to hit a home run in seven consecutive games. Tomorrow, the Yankees' first baseman will equal Dale Long’s 1956 major-league mark by hitting a round-tripper in eight consecutive contests.
1990 Minnesota becomes the first team in baseball history to turn two triple plays in the same game. The Twins' multiple around-the-horn triple killings, both being accomplished after being started by the third baseman (5-5-4-3), aren't enough when the team loses to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, 1-0.

1990 Bo Jackson homers three times off Andy Hawkins, going deep in the first, third, and fifth innings in the Royals' 10-7 victory over New York at Yankee Stadium The Kansas City center fielder, who has to leave the game after dislocating his shoulder in the sixth attempting to catch a Deion Sanders fly ball that turned into an inside-the-park homer, will hit another round-tripper in his first plate appearance upon his return to the lineup on August 26, giving him home runs in four consecutive at-bats, 40 days apart. (Ed.note - Our thanks to J. Quagliata for suggesting this entry. -LP)
1991 In a 9-8 extra-inning loss to Kansas City at Royals Stadium‚ Orioles DH Sam Horn becomes the first non-pitcher in major league history to strike out six consecutive times in a single game. In 1913, Carl Weilman, a hurler for the Browns, became the first major leaguer to accomplish the dubious feat.
1993 In a Northwest League contest, Jason Thompson's error with two outs in the ninth inning spoils Glenn Dishman's bid for a perfect game against the Yakima Bears. On a routine ground ball, the Spokane first baseman, anxious to begin the celebration of his teammate's accomplishment, pulls his foot off the bag before the final out is recorded.
1993 Southpaw Frank Tanana becomes the second of only two pitchers, along with Rick Reuschel, to give up a home run to both Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds when the Giants' left fielder takes him deep for the lone run he gives up in the Mets' 3-1 victory at Candlestick Park. In 1976, Hank Aaron, finishing his career with the Brewers, hit a three-run homer, the 748th of his then-record 755 round-trippers, off the left-hander, who was pitching for the Angels at the time.
2000 On the first pitch he ever sees in the major leagues, Chris Richard homers, helping the Cardinals defeat the Twins, 8-3. It is only the fourth time in franchise history the feat has been accomplished.
2008 The Phillies trade minor league prospects Adrian Cardenas, Josh Outman, and Matthew Spencer to Oakland for right-hander Joe Blanton. The A's Opening Day starter, who is currently 5-12 with a 4.96 ERA, is expected to deepen Philadelphia’s rotation.

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