After beating the Cardinals a record 24 consecutive times, Giants' legend Christy Mathewson finally loses to the Redbirds, 3-1. The winning streak spanned five years, starting in May of 1904.
Indians right-hander Stan Coveleski hurls for 19 innings in the Tribe's 3-2 victory over the Yankees at the Polo Grounds. Joe Wood's home run proves to be the difference.
One day after the work-or-fight edict is issued by Secretary of War Newton D. Baker, American League president Ban Johnson announces that the circuit would cease operation for the duration of WW I. The AL owners will defy their once-formidable ruler, having their teams play until Labor Day.
At Crosley Field, the era of night time baseball begins as 25,000 fans watch the Reds beat the Phillies 2-1 in the first major league game ever played under the lights. During the pre-game ceremonies, President Franklin D. Roosevelt pushes a button at the White House to illuminate the field.
At Shibe Park, second baseman Tony Lazzeri becomes the first major league player to hit two grand slams in the same game when the Yankees annihilate the A's, 25-2. The bases-full homers enable the future member of the Hall of Fame to establish a new American League record with 11 RBIs.
The Browns host the first major league game played in St. Louis under the lights. A Friday evening crowd of 24,827, the largest attendance figure in 18 years, watches Bob Feller and the Indians beat the home team at Sportsman's Park, 3-2.
In the first night game played at the Polo Grounds, the hometown Giants beat Boston, 8-1. The Manhattan ballpark's $125,000 lighting system works well, allowing the 22,260 patrons attending the game to follow the nocturnal contest without any difficulties.
'Big Poison' Paul Waner is signed by the Braves after being released by Brooklyn. The former Dodger joins his brother 'Little Poison' Lloyd on the Boston roster.
Carl Furillo hits a three-run homer as a pinch-hitter in the first frame of the Dodgers' 4-3 ten-inning loss to Philadelphia at Ebbets Field. The unusual substitution occurs when Phillies manager Ben Chapman uses his right-handed starter Al Jurisch to pitch only to Brooklyn's first two hitters, Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson, and then brings in southpaw Oscar Judd, who had been warming up from the start of the game, to face the next three lefty hitters, Pete Reiser, Dixie Walker, and Gene Hermanski, the batter replaced by Furillo.
Nat Clifton’s Harlem Globetrotter contract is purchased by the New York Knicks,
making the talented athlete the first black to sign a deal to play in the National Basketball Association. Prior to his career in the NBA, 'Sweetwater' played first base for the Chicago American Giants in the Negro Leagues.
In Detroit, Mickey Mantle goes 5-for-5 with an intentional walk in the Yankees' 11-5 victory over the Tigers. "The Commerce Comet's" offensive output includes a homer and four singles.
In his first big league at-bat, Frank Ernaga hits a third inning home run to deep left field off future Hall of Fame southpaw Warren Spahn in Chicago's 5-1 victory over Milwaukee. The rookie right fielder follows his Wrigley Field round tripper with a three bagger in the following frame to become the first Cubs player to have hit a home run and a triple in his major league debut.
On an off day at Fenway Park, Ted Williams, using his shotgun, shoots approximately 35 pigeons, sitting on a chair in front of the bullpen of the empty ballpark. The ‘Kid’s’ target practice predictably upsets the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, but Red Sox owner and avid sportsman Tom Yawkey’s participation in the ‘hunt’ helps to quell the outrage usually directed at the superstar ballplayer.
The major league mark for shutouts in one day is broken as seven of the twenty major league teams do not cross home plate. The Twins, White Sox, Yankees, Mets, Phillies, Cardinals, and Pirates are all blanked.
Harmon Killebrew tags the longest homer ever hit in Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. The Twins left fielder's 471-foot shot, which clears the hedge in left center field, is hit off Milt Pappas in the eighth inning of a 7-6 loss to the Orioles.
After first being proposed in 1959, ground is finally broken for the Civic Center-Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis. The development of the area, located in the midst of a blighted area near the core of city that includes Chinatown, is seen by city officials as the start of a new era in St. Louis.
With glare of the sun shining through the roof making fly balls difficult to track during day games, the clear plastic panes of the Astrodome's ceiling are painted at a cost of $20,000. The decision to cover the roof, which reduces the ambient lighting by 40%, prevents the ballpark's natural grass from growing and will lead to the use of Astroturf next season.
Tommy McCraw, with eight RBIs, drives in more than half of the runs in the White Sox' 14-1 rout of Minnesota at Metropolitan Stadium. The Chicago first baseman's offensive output includes a pair of three-run homers and a two-run round-tripper.
For the first time since the start of the season, a span of forty-one games, Don Kessinger does not reach base. The Cubs Gold Glove shortstop grounds out four times and hits into a fly-ball double play in his last at-bat during Chicago's 7-5 loss to the Padres at San Diego Stadium.
At Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Don Rose homers on the first pitch he sees in his first major league at bat. The right-hander's third inning round-tripper, which will be his only career round tripper and the last hit by an American League hurler for thirty years, proves to be the difference in the Angels' 6-5 victory over the A's, earning the 25 year-old his only victory in the big leagues.
In a 19-inning marathon, LA outfielder Willie Davis collects six hits in a 7-3 loss to the Mets at Dodger Stadium. The two clubs establish a National League mark by hitting into a combined nine double plays.
Bert Campaneris steals five bases, one shy of the major league mark, in the A's 12–7 victory over the Twins at the Oakland Coliseum. The fleet shortstop will swipe 54 bases, third best in the American League this season.
In an inning which lasts over an hour, 15 runs score before the first out is recorded as the Florida State League's Tampa Tarpons beat Daytona Beach,18-2.
Defeating the Angels in Los Angeles, 5-1, the Tigers equal the major league mark set by the 1916 Giants with their 17th consecutive road victory. The win, a Jack Morris four-hit complete game, also breaks the American League record of 16 established by the Senators in 1912.
A “drunk” Billy Martin is "fired" as the co-host of Saturday Night Live by executive producer Lorne Michaels after slurring his lines during a skit. In retaliation, the often-unemployed Yankee manager "sets fire" to his dressing room at the end of the show, which is the season finale.
"I can only hope that one day those teammates who have found it convenient to criticize me will realize that we are all in this together. If only we can concentrate more on the games than complaining and bickering and pointing fingers, we would all be better off." - Text from Gregg Jefferies' Open Letter
In an open letter read on WFAN, a New York sports-talk radio station, Gregg Jefferies, in response to the negative attention from Mets fans, pleads his case to be treated fairly. The embattled infielder's plea leads to a players-only meeting, in which David Cone agrees with the 23 year-old second baseman that the anonymous derisive quotes from teammates are unfair and should be banned.
"I can only hope that one day those teammates who have found it convenient to criticize me will realize that we are all in this together. If only we can concentrate more on the games than complaining and bickering and pointing fingers, we would all be better off."
Indian starter Tom Kramer faces only 28 batters when he beats Texas at Cleveland Stadium, 4-1. The rookie right-hander, who will not return to the major leagues after this season, allows just one base runner, DH Julio Franco, who hits a fourth-inning home run.
The Mets play their 5000th game in team history, losing to Philadelphia at Veterans Stadium, 6-3. Although New York has a record of 527 wins and 473 losses in its last thousand games, the franchise is still 338 games under .500 since playing its first contest in 1962.
At Busch Stadium, the Cardinals set a major league record when they leave 16 men stranded on the bases without scoring. The Phillies take advantage of the Redbirds' lack of timely hitting and beat St. Louis, 4-0.
In a 13-6 Oriole win over Milwaukee at County Stadium, Cal Ripken hits his 300th career home run. The milestone round-tripper is a three-run shot to deep left field off Teddy Higuera in the third inning.
Tossing a scoreless ninth inning in the A's 5-2 win over Baltimore, Dennis Eckersley records his 300th career save. The Oakland right-hander becomes the sixth reliever in major league history to reach the milestone.
In Florida State's 23-2 rout of Oklahoma in the NCAA Atlantic II Regionals, Matt Diaz hit four home runs. The freshman's offensive output, which includes seven RBIs, ties the school and tournament record for round trippers.
Shawn Estes pitches a seven-hitter and becomes the first Giants pitcher in 51 years (Monte Kennedy-1949) to hit a grand slam en route to handing the Expos their worst defeat in franchise history, 18-0. The San Bernardino native just misses joining Tony Cloninger as the only major league pitcher to hit two slams in a game.
Mark McGwire becomes the fastest player to hit 20 home runs in one season, reaching the mark in 35 games. 'Big Mac' accomplishes the feat in six less contests than Mickey Mantle (1956) and his own record (1998).
Sixteen Dodger players and three coaches are suspended by the commissioner's office for going into the stands during the Wrigley Field scuffle with fans on May 16. The suspensions totaling 60 games for players and 24 games for coaches is the harshest penalty ever handed down by major league baseball.
Ahead by seven runs after five innings of play at Enron Field, the hometown Astros find a way to lose to the Phillies, 9-7. Two days earlier, in Milwaukee, with a 9-2 advantage in the bottom of the ninth inning, Houston blew another seven-run lead in the eventual ten-inning, 10-9 loss to the Brewers at County Stadium.
Cincinnati is finally shut out when Cubs' starter Jon Lieber one-hits the Reds on 79 pitches, 3-0. The span of 208 of games without being blanked establishes a new National League record, with the 1931-33 Yankees (308) and the 1978-79 Milwaukee Brewers (212) being the only teams with longer streaks.
Lana Blefary, the wife of former Oriole outfielder Curt Blefary, scatters the ashes of her husband's remains at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. Although little of the stadium remains as the site is being demolished, she is still able to fulfill her husband's last wishes.
After a container is seen being dropped from a low-flying plane hitting and bouncing off the stadium roof onto the street, Seattle hazardous materials crews close off the roads around Safeco Field for about an hour. The object turns outs to be the remains of an unidentified man's cremated ashes.
Helping the Devil Rays to beat the Blue Jays, 10-8, Carl Crawford goes 5-for-5, to tie the franchise record for hits in a game. The Tampa Bay left fielder collects five hits, including a home run, scores five runs and steals four bases in his career night at the Rogers Centre.
Swinging on the first pitch in his first major league at-bat, Adam Wainwright homers in the fifth inning of the Cardinals' 10-4 win over San Francisco at AT&T Park. The 24 year-old right-hander also tosses three innings in relief to record his second career victory.
In his 1,000th major league game, Ichiro Suzuki goes 3-for-6, giving the Mariner outfielder a career total of 1,414 hits. Only Hall of Famer Al Simmons compiled more in a same span of games, collecting 1,443 from 1924-1931 for the Philadelphia A's.
Jo-Jo Reyes makes his 28th straight start without recording a victory, tying the major league record shared by Cliff Curtis (1910-11, Braves, Cubs, Phillies) and Matt Keough (1978-79, A's). The Blue Jays southpaw, who leaves the game trailing 5-0 to New York after just three innings of work, hasn't won a start since June 13, 2008.