At Cleveland's League Park, John Clarkson of the Spiders beats the Pirates 3-2 to become the fifth pitcher in major league history to record his 300th victory. The 31-year old right-hander will compile a 328-178 record during his 12 year Hall of Fame career in the big leagues.
Connie Mack announces he will leave the Pirates to manage the minor-league Milwaukee Brewers of the Western League. The light-hitting catcher retires as a full time player to accept the deal which includes twenty-five percent of the club, a precursor to his 54-year reign as the owner of the American League A's.
Barney Friberg catches an inning in a 9-7 loss against Pittsburgh, the only position on the field the Phillies utility man hadn't yet played this season. The achievement will be noted in a Ripley's Believe or Not cartoon.
In the second game of a doubleheader at Ebbets Field, 22-year old Cardinal hurler Paul Dean becomes the fifth rookie to throw a no-hitter, beating the Dodgers, 3-0. His brother Dizzy had thrown a two-hitter in the first game of the twin bill, blanking Brooklyn, 13-0.
The first Reds game is broadcast on television by W8XCT, the station which will become known as WLWT. An estimated home audience of 10,000 viewers watches their hometown heroes lose to the Pirates in the Sunday afternoon contest at Crosley Field, 11-7.
At Wrigley Field, the Phillies beat Chicago, 3-1, for their 78th victory of the season. The win guarantees the club its first winning season since 1932, snapping a 16-year streak of futility.
In his major league debut, Cardinals hurler Jack Collum throws a two-hit shutout against the Cubs at Sportsman's Park, 6-0. The rookie southpaw developed a natural screwball due to losing part of his index finger in a farm accident.
In front of the second largest crowd this season, with many of the 8‚822 fans rooting for the Dodgers, the Braves play their last home game in Boston. Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella hits the last home run at Braves Field in an 8-2 victory over the Milwaukee-bound club.
Rookie pitcher Bob Grim wins his 20th game when the Yankees defeat the Senators, 3-1. Due to arm troubles, the 24-year old right-hander will eventually be used exclusively in relief, being selected for the All-Star team in that role for the American League squad in 1957.
At Fenway Park, the Yankees strand 20 runners on base losing to the Red Sox, 13-7. The number of players left on base sets a big league record for a nine-inning game.
With an eight-inning 12-hit effort in the Braves' 8-6 victory over Pittsburgh at Forbes Field, lefty Warren Spahn earns his 20th victory for the fourth consecutive season and for the tenth time in his career. The southpaw will compile 13 seasons with twenty or more wins during his 21-year Hall of Fame tenure in the major leagues.
At Wrigley Field, Jerry Lynch leads off the top of the ninth with a pinch-hit home run which proves to be the difference in the Pirates' 7-6 victory over Chicago. The historic homer is the southpaw slugger's 15th career homer coming off the bench, establishing a new major league record that was previously shared with former Cincinnati teammate, George Crowe.
Returning from a West Coast road trip, the Phillies are greeted at the airport by over 2,000 pennant-fever fans as the club arrives in Philadelphia early in the morning. The team, in front of the National League by six and a half games with only 12 games to play, will suffer a ten-game losing streak and will not make it to the postseason.
In the first of ten consecutive losses, the front-running Phillies lose to the Reds at Connie Mack Stadium, 1-0. The game’s sole run scores in the sixth inning when Chico Ruiz steals home, the play which many fans believe is the harbinger of the season-ending collapse which will see the team blow a six-and-half game lead with 12 left to play.
The smallest crowd in the 46 year-old history of Chicago's Wrigley Field watches the Cubs beat Cincinnati, 9-3. The 530 fans in attendance at ballpark for the Wednesday afternoon contest see Billy Williams and Aldolfo Philips go deep in a game that takes only two hours and twenty-four minutes to complete.
In a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the tenth inning at Candlestick Park, LA's Pete Mikkelsen quickly retires the first two Giants batters, but then is ordered to intentionally walk Willie McCovey, who is 4-for-4 in the game. The Dodger reliever proceeds to issue free passes to the next two hitters unintentionally, loading the bases, and then loses the game when shortstop Maury Wills boots pinch-hitter Jim Davenport's ground ball.
Vida Blue becomes the 11th rookie to throw a no-hitter. The A's right-hander, who will become the AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner next season, beats the Twins at Oakland Coliseum, 6-0.
For the fourth consecutive season, Dave McNally wins his 20th game when he blanks New York at Yankee Stadium, 5-0. The southpaw becomes the first of the four 20-game winners on the club, which includes Jim Palmer, Mike Cuellar, and Pat Dobson.
In Detroit, John Hiller goes 3.2 innings in the Tigers' 5-1 victory over the Red Sox, notching his 38th save, a club record. Two years ago, the southpaw reliever suffered a heart attack at the age of 27.
On the day they get to .500, the Mets move into first place for the first time since May 27, a half a game ahead of Pittsburgh in the 'NL Least'. Thanks to Tom Seaver's complete-game five-hitter, New York evens their record at 77-77 with a 10-2 victory, the team's 21st in the last 29 games.
During a 6-5 victory over the Tigers in Detroit, a bone is broken in Jim Rice's hand when he is struck by a Vern Ruhle pitch in the first inning. The injury will cause the Red Sox rookie sensation to miss the remainder of the season, including the World Series.
In the Royals' 13-4 rout of the A's at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, U.L. Washington hits two three-run home runs, one left-handed, one right-handed. The pair of round-trippers will be be the only ones the Kansas City shortstop hits in the 101 games he plays this season.
Allowing only a third inning triple to opposing pitcher Bob Knepper, 22-year old Jimmy Jones tosses a one-hit shutout in his major league debut when San Diego blanks Houston, 5-0. The Number 1 draft pick will post only a 43-39 record during his eight-year big league career with the Padres, Yankees, and Astros.
Darryl Strawberry and Howard Johnson become the first teammates to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in the same season when the Straw man steals two bases in the Mets' 7-1 victory over Chicago at Wrigley Field. The southpaw swinger is only the tenth member of the 30-30 club‚ but is the fourth player, along with HoJo, Indians' right fielder Joe Carter, and Reds center fielder Eric Davis, to accomplish the feat this season.
Howard Johnson breaks a 53-year-old National League record when he strokes his 36th home run as a switch hitter in the Mets' 7-1 victory over Chicago at Wrigley Field. The New York third baseman's historic homer, the team's franchise-high seventh grand slam of the season, surpasses the mark established by Cardinals' first baseman Ripper Collins in 1934, but is far less than major league record of 54 set in 1961 by Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle.
Astros' right-hander Bob Knepper tosses a one-hitter, beating Pete Smith, who also throws a complete game, and the Braves, 1-0. The only Atlanta hit in the 2:04 minute Astrodome contest is a Dale Murphy second-inning infield single.
At Kauffman Stadium, Indians starter John Smiley breaks his arm throwing a curve ball warming up in the bullpen. The southpaw, who was obtained in a mid-season trade from the Reds, had recently been placed on the disabled list due to tendinitis.
Jason Kendall sets a new National League record for catchers, swiping his 26th base in an 8-1 loss to the Giants at Candlestick Park. The Pirates backstop surpasses the previous mark set by John Stearns, playing for the Mets in 1978.
In a 10-3 victory over the Marlins, Vladimir Guerrero establishes an Expo single-season home run record by hitting his 43rd round tripper. The outfielder breaks his own record he set last year.
Ranger infielder Alex Rodriguez hit his 47th home run, tying the major league record for home runs in a season by a shortstop. The Cubs' legend Ernie Banks established the record in 1958.
The Mets donate their day's pay, which totals approximately $500,000, from tonight's game with the Braves at Shea to a rescue fund for the families of the firefighters and policemen killed in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks. The contest is the first professional baseball game played in New York since the tragedy.
A crowd 41,235 at Shea Stadium witnesses the return of baseball to New York City for the first time since the terrorist attacks of September 11. Uplifting ceremonies before and during the game, which include singers Diana Ross, Marc Anthony, Lisa Minnelli as well as bagpipers, pay tribute to victims of the tragedy. Mike Piazza's eighth inning home run gives the Mets a 3-2 dramatic victory over the Braves.
With Atlanta beating the Marlins, 8-0, Greg Maddux becomes the first pitcher ever to have won at least 15 games in 16 consecutive seasons. The Braves' righty had shared the record with Cy Young.
In the 16-6 rout over the Angels, Raul Ibanez ties an American League record shared by 20+ players when he collects six hits in the nine-inning contest. The mark for the most hits in an AL game is 9, accomplished Cleveland's Johnny Burnett in an 18-inning marathon against Philadelphia.
At Shea Stadium, Mudcat Grant and Al Downing welcome Marlins’ southpaw Dontrelle Willis to the "Black Aces", a fraternity of African-Americans to win 20 games in a big league season. Beating the Nationals earlier in the month, the D-Train became the 13th black to accomplish the feat and will join the Aces’ foundation to help in promoting baseball in African-American community.
David Ortiz breaks the Red Sox's franchise record of 50 home runs in a single-season, established by Jimmie Foxx in 1938. 'Big Papi', who will hit another dinger in the seventh inning, surpasses the Hall of Famer in the bottom of the first inning, going deep over Fenway's right field bullpen off Twins' ace southpaw, Johan Santana.
After a moving ceremony celebrating the history of the 85-year old ballpark, New York beat the Orioles in the last game ever to be played at Yankee Stadium, 7-3. Julia Ruth Stevens, the Babe's daughter, throws out the ceremonial first pitch, and at the end of game, team captain Derek Jeter, standing in front of the mound, surrounded by his teammates, bids farewell to 'House Ruth Built' in an address in front of the 54,610 fans who attended the Bronx finale.
The Rays, who have never finished higher than fourth in the American League East Division during the first decade of their existence, clinch a postseason berth with a 7-2 victory over Minnesota at Tropicana Field. Southpaw Scott Kazmir throws six scoreless innings with Carlos Pena hitting a pair of doubles and solo home runs by Cliff Floyd and Fernando Perez providing the offensive in Tampa Bay's historic win.
Cecil Cooper is replaced by Dave Clark, the team's third base coach, as the manager of the slumping Astros. 'Coop', who had signed a contract extension to manage until the end of the 2010 season, piloted his club to a 171-170 record, including a disappointing 70-79 mark this season, during his two-year tenure in the Houston dugout.
A 6-4 come-from-behind victory over Cleveland at Target Field along with Chicago's loss in Oakland clinches the AL Central Division for the Twins. Minnesota, who had to play a 163rd game the previous two seasons to determine a division winner, becomes the first club this season to secure a postseason berth.
Roy Halladay, obtained in an off-season trade with Toronto, is the Phillies' first 20-game winner since Steve Carlton reached the milestone 28 years ago, and he becomes the first right-hander to accomplish the feat for the club since Robin Roberts posted a 23-14 record in 1955. The 5-3 victory over Atlanta, Philadelphia's ninth straight win that increases the team's NL East lead to five games over the fading Braves, makes 'Doc' the 17th pitcher to accomplish the feat in both leagues, having compiled two 20-win seasons with the Blue Jays.
Mariners left fielder Raul Ibanez’s 29th round-tripper, his 300th career home run, ties him with with Ted Williams for the most hit in a season by a player who is 41 or older. The ’Splendid Splinter’, in his final year as a major leaguer, hit that many in 1960 playing with the Red Sox.