In his major league debut, Bruno Hass tosses a complete game, but loses to the Yankees at Shibe Park, 15-7. The 24 year-old southpaw, known as Boon, issues 16 walks during the nine-inning contest, establishing a post-1900 major league record.
Red Sox reliever Ernie Shore replaces an ejected Babe Ruth, who had walked the only batter he faced, and retires the next consecutive 26 batters. The only base runner is thrown out trying to steal second.
The Dodgers get twelve consecutive hits in a 19-6 win over the Pirates at Forbes Field. Two of the dozen hits in the eight-run sixth inning include a pair of homers hit by Brooklyn outfielder Babe Herman.
With his 2-for-5 performance at the plate in Washington's 7-3 victory over Chicago, Joe Cronin sets a major league record by collecting 15 hits in four consecutive games. The Senators' player-manager's recent offensive output also includes two four-hit games and another with five.
At the Polo Grounds, Eddie Waitkus and Marv Rickert hit back-to-back inside-the-park home runs in the fourth inning. The Cubs, however, still lose to the Giants, 15-10.
The game's eleventh round-tripper, a ninth inning game-winning home run by Hoot Evers, gives the Tigers a dramatic 10-9 victory over the Yankees. The decisive four-bagger in the Bronx sets the major league record for the most homers ever hit in a single game.
Luke Easter, obtained last season by Indians owner Bill Veeck from the Kansas City Monarchs, blasts the longest home run ever hit in Cleveland's Muncipal Stadium. The 34 year-old first baseman's 477-foot shot into the upper right deck will be one of two round-trippers he hits in the team's 13-4 rout of Washington.
Sam Mele is named to replace Cookie Lavagetto as the manager of the ninth-place Twins during the team's first season in Minnesota. As a coach, the Astoria, New York native filled in as the skipper of the club while Lavagetto took a seven-game leave of absence earlier in the month.
Larry Doby becomes one of the first players with major league experience to sign with a Japanese team. The future Hall of Famer will play with Chunichi in the Nippon Professional Baseball League, but the former Indians' outfielder will hit only .225 for the Dragons.
After taking Phillies right-hander Dallas Green deep, Jimmy Piersall runs around the bases in the correct order, but backward, to celebrate his 100th career home run. The Mets' outfielder, who thought of the stunt after being disappointed by the lack of attention Duke Snider's 400th round-tripper received, will be released two days later by manager Casey Stengel.
The Colt .45s' streak of 40 consecutive innings without scoring a run ends with Howie Goss's second inning RBI-single in an 8-1 loss to Cincinnati at Crosley Field. Houston will immediately begin another scoreless streak of 30 innings before scoring again.
In addition to hitting two home runs and driving in three runs, Rick Wise throws only 95 pitches to 28 batters to no-hit the Reds, 4-0. The Phillies' hurler will again hit two home runs in the same game this season against San Francisco in August.
Twenty days after pitching his high school team to a state championship, Rangers' rookie David Clyde pitches five innings, strikes out eight, and allows just one hit in his first major league start as Texas defeats the Twins, 4-3. A crowd of 35,698 fans, the first sellout at Arlington Stadium, sees the debut of the 18 year-old phenom, $125,000 bonus baby.
In a complete-game 7-2 victory over Montreal at Parc Jarry, Phillies' hurler Ken Brett hits a home run in the fourth consecutive game that he pitches during the month of June. The right-hander will end his 14-year career with ten round-trippers, 307 less than his brother George.
In his major league debut‚ Jesse Jefferson loses his shutout when Red Sox third baseman Rico Petrocelli's two-out, ninth inning solo home run ties the Fenway Park contest. The 24 year-old rookie right-hander will hang on to get the complete game victory after the Orioles score a run in the 10th to beat Boston, 2-1.
Eddie Stanky, who replaced Frank Lucchesi when the former Ranger skipper got off to a 31-31 start, quits after being at the helm for only one game, a 10-8 victory in Minnesota. The 60 year-old ‘Brat’ cites homesickness for his short tenure with Texas, returning to Mobile (AL) to rejoin his family and resume his baseball coaching duties for the University of South Alabama Jaguars.
In a nationally televised game, Cubs' second baseman Ryne Sandberg hits a lead-off solo home run in the ninth off Cardinal reliever Bruce Sutter to tie the score 9-9, then hits a two-run, two-out homer in the tenth, knotting the game at 11. Chicago wins the Wrigley Field contest, 12-11, in the next frame on an RBI single by Dave Owen.
The Roger Maris Museum opens in the West Acres Shopping Center located in Fargo, North Dakota. Nearly 2,000 visitors are attracted to the 72-foot showcase which features memorabilia from the slugger’s 12-year big league career, including a ticket stub from the 162nd game of the 1961 season.
In a game that will be best remembered for Ryne Sandberg's two late-inning game-tying home runs, Willie McGee hits for the cycle in St. Louis' 12-11 loss in 11 innings to the Cubs. With his triple in the second inning, a fourth frame single, a sixth inning home run, and a RBI double in the tenth, the Cardinals center fielder drives in six runs in the Wrigley Field contest.
The Braves strand 18 runners on base, establishing a National League record. Enough Atlanta players do score to give the team a 6-5 victory over L.A. at Dodger Stadium.
Jay Buhner becomes the first player in Mariners history to hit for the cycle. To complete the task, the right fielder triples and will score the winning run in the 14th inning of an 8-7 victory over the A's at the Kingdome.
'Marvelous' Marv Throneberry, known best by his antics as a Met, dies from cancer at the age of 60. The first baseman's gaffes on the field became emblematic of the hapless new franchise in the Big Apple.
The Yankees score nine sixth-inning runs en route to an 11-9 victory over the Tribe at Jacobs Field. It is first time the Bronx Bombers have completed a four-game sweep of the Indians in Cleveland since 1964.
In a 5-4 Cubs' loss in San Diego, Brant Brown continues his torrid pace at the plate, collecting two hits in three at bats at Jack Murphy Stadium. The rookie first baseman has collected 15 hits, including four home runs, in his first 34 career major league at-bats.
Bret Boone drives in six runs when he hits three home runs in the Padres' 10-7 victory over Cincinnati. Ruben Rivera's three-run homer in the top of the tenth inning off Scott Williamson proves to be the difference in the Cinergy Field contest.
Stealing second base at Pacific Bell Park in the 11th inning, Barry Bonds becomes the first player to hit 500 homers and steal 500 bases in his career. The Giants' left fielder may not only be the charter member of the 500-500 club, many believe, including him, he will most likely be only member, as no one else may ever reach this plateau.
Making his professional debut, Yakima Bears hurler Ryan Doherty pitches a perfect sixth and seventh, striking out three of the six batters he faces, during a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canadians. At 7’1”, the right-hander from Toms River, New Jersey, who signed a free-agent contract with the Diamondbacks after pitching for Notre Dame, becomes the tallest pitcher in professional baseball history, surpassing Jon Rauch, who stands a mere 6 feet-11 inches.
White Sox starter Jose Contreras establishes a franchise mark, surpassing LaMarr Hoyt and Wilson Alvarez, by winning his 16th consecutive decision when Chicago beat the Astros 7-4 in a matchup of last year's World Series rivals. The Cuban right-hander, whose last defeat occurred on August 15 last season against the Twins, hasn't been beaten in his past 21 regular season starts.
Defeating the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre, 6-1, the Mets set a club record, winning their ninth straight decision on the road. The team had won their eight decisions on a ten-game road trip, including stops in Los Angeles, Arizona, and Philadelphia.
During a Class AA Southern League contest against the Montgomery Biscuits, Mobile BayBears right-hander Matt Elliott is unable to return to the mound to pitch the ninth inning when he locks himself inside a Riverwalk Stadium bathroom. The relief pitcher, who apparently broke the lock after he angrily slammed the door, upset about giving up the tying run on a sac fly in the previous inning, will be stuck in the restroom for 47 minutes, missing the rest of the game.
In an inter-league contest against the Mets at Shea Stadium, Mariners' right-hander Felix Hernandez becomes the first pitcher in the 31-year history of the franchise to hit a home run. The round-tripper, which comes off fellow Venezuela ace Johan Santana, is also the first grand slam hit by an American League pitcher since Steve Dunning of the Indians homered off A’s moundsman Diego Segui in 1971.
In a move that surprises its players, the fourth-place Marlins (34-36) fire their manager, Fredi Gonzalez, along with bench coach Carlos Tosca and hitting coach Jim Presley. Edwin Rodriguez, the skipper of the team’s Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans, is named to fill the position on an interim basis.
Upset by the management's lack of commitment about his future with the team, Nationals manager Jim Riggleman resigns abruptly after the team beats Seattle, 1-0. The club, having won 11 of their past 12 games, are 38-37 at the time of their skipper's departure.
Jim Thome sets a major league mark with his 13th career walk-off home run, a solo shot over the left-field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Phillies a dramatic 7-6 victory over Tampa Bay. Before today's historic round-tripper at Citizens Bank Park, the 41 year-old five-time All Star Thome had shared the record with five Hall of Famers: Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Stan Musial, and Frank Robinson.
Devin Mesoraco becomes the first major leaguer to hit a solo, two-run, three-run, and grand slam homer sequentially in successive games when he blasts a ninth-inning four-bagger in the Reds’ 6-1 victory over Chicago at Wrigley Field. The 26 year-old Cincinnati catcher, who will extend his round-tripper streak to five consecutive games with a solo shot tomorrow, accomplishes the unusual feat by clearing the fences at PNC Park (solo HR), Great American Ball Park (two and three-run HRS), and Wrigley Field (grand slam).