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May 25th

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1901 During a fluke snowstorm in Cleveland, Ted Lewis becomes the first Boston American (Red Sox) hurler to throw a shutout when he blanks the Tribe at League Park, 5-0. The 28 year-old right-hander from Wales will become better known later in life as the president of Massachusetts State College and the University of New Hampshire.
1903 The entire Schenectady Frog Alleys squad is arraigned for playing baseball on a Sunday after hosting the Albany Senators yesterday in a New York State League contest played at Island Park. The players, after being detained by county officials for violating blue laws, are discharged when the jury acquits Captain Ben Ellis, who was the plaintiff of a test case for the charges against the Class D team.
1906 The Americans (Red Sox) halt a twenty-game losing streak, with 19 of the losses occurring at home, when Jesse Tannehill goes the distance, blanking Chicago at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, 3-0. Boston will finish the season in last place in the American League with a woeful 49-105 record.
1910 In the nightcap of a twin bill in Chicago, Jack Coombs' scoreless streak ends at 53 innings during a 5-2 loss in a game shortened by darkness. The A's right-hander will throw 13 shutouts in 38 games he starts and will finish the season with a 31-9 record and an ERA of 1.30.
1919 Casey Stengel, traded by the Dodgers in the off-season to the Pirates, calls time and steps out of the batter's box to give the razzing Ebbets Field fans the 'bird'. The Pittsburgh right fielder doffs his hat, allowing a sparrow to fly out, much to the amazement and amusement of the fans.
1922 After being called out for trying to stretch a single into a double, Babe Ruth throws dirt the umpire's eye, then goes after a heckler in the stands, and finishes his tirade by standing on the dugout roof calling the crowd "yellow" cowards. These actions will result in a one game suspension and a $200 fine, and will cost the 'Bambino' his Yankee captaincy, a position he has held for less than a week.
1923 Crossing the plate for the 1,741st time, Ty Cobb surpasses Honus Wagner's record for most runs scored in a career. The 'Georgia Peach' will tally 2,245 runs during his 24-year tenure in the major leagues, a mark which will not be equaled until 2001, when Rickey Henderson breaks the record.
1935 At Forbes Field, Boston Braves outfielder Babe Ruth hits three homers and a single in an 11-7 loss to the Pirates in Pittsburgh. The 'Sultan of Swat's' seventh-inning solo shot off Gary Bush, a blast which clears the ballpark's roof, will be the Bambino's 714th and final home run.
1937 Future Hall of Famer Mickey Cochrane's career ends after he is beaned by Yankee hurler Bump Hadley with a 3-1 inside fastball. Near death at first, the Tiger catcher/manager will spend six weeks in the hospital and will return to the team only as its skipper.
1941 In a 10-3 victory over New York at Yankee Stadium, Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams goes 4-for-5 to raise his batting average to over .400 for the first time this season. The 'Splendid Splinter' will finish the campaign batting .406.
1945 Leon Culberson completes a rare unassisted double play in the Red Sox' 5-0 loss to St. Louis at Fenway Park. The Boston outfielder, after making a running catch of a short fly to center, races into the infield and steps on second base to double up Vern Stephens.
1951 At Shibe Park, the much-heralded Giant rookie Willie Mays makes his major league debut against the Phillies. The 20 year-old outfielder, who hit .477 in 35 games with the Minneapolis Millers before being called up, goes hitless in five trips to the plate, but makes two outstanding defensive plays to contribute to New York's 8-5 victory.
1953 En route to a 10-3 Braves victory over Cincinnati at County Stadium, Max Surkont establishes a major league record by striking out eight consecutive batters, a feat which will not be surpassed until future Hall of Famer Tom Seaver mows down ten straight San Diego hitters in 1970. After his streak reaches seven, the Milwaukee moundsman has to endure a thirty-five minute rain delay before getting Andy Seminick, leading off in the fifth inning, to look at a third strike to set the mark.
1960 At Busch Stadium, George Crowe's two-out ninth-inning pinch-hit home run to deep right field gives the Cardinals a 5-3 walk-off victory over Milwaukee. The round-tripper is "Big George's" major league leading 11th career homer coming off the bench, breaking the mark he shared with Smoky Burgess and Gus Zernial when the season began.
1979 When Pirates left fielder Bill Robinson loses Joel Youngblood's ball in the Shea Stadium outfield mist, the umpires stop play. Due to the fog, the 11-inning contest ends after a 73-minute delay in a 3-3 tie.
1981 Joining Ty Cobb, Stan Musial, and Hank Aaron, Carl Yastrzemski becomes the fourth major leaguer to appear in 3,000 games. Yaz makes it memorable by scoring the winning run in the Red Sox' 8-7 victory over Cleveland at Fenway Park.
1982 Future Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins reaches the 3,000 strikeout plateau when he whiffs Gary Templeton in the third frame of the Cubs' 2-1 loss to San Diego at Jack Murphy Stadium. Next season, the 39 year-old Canadian-born right-hander will finish his 19-year major league career with a total of 3,192 K's in 4,500.2 innings.
1983 In the third inning of an eventual 6-0 loss to the Braves at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Pirates' starter Jim Bibby (4) and reliever Jim Winn (3) combine to walk seven consecutive batters to tie a major league mark. In 1909, Senators' southpaw hurler Dolly Gray, who will win only 15 games of his 66 career decisions during his three big league seasons, established the dubious record in his rookie year.
1998 Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire becomes the first player in major league history to hit 25 home runs before June 1. Ken Griffey Jr. is the only other player to hit 24 home runs before the start of the sixth month.
1999 The Diamondbacks tie a 68 year-old major league record when their catcher, Damian Miller, starts three double plays. Arizona's 3-2 victory over San Diego at Bank One Ballpark also features two 100-mph pitches thrown by southpaw Randy Johnson.
2000 The Devil Rays released Dwight 'Doc' Gooden (2-3, 6.63). The former Cy Young Award winner was acquired from the Houston Astros on April 13 for cash considerations, giving the right-hander the opportunity to pitch for his hometown team.
2001 At Fenway Park, Hideo Nomo strikes out 14 en route to a 4-0 one-hitter against Toronto. The 32 year-old Japanese right-hander faces one batter over the minimum of 27, yielding a leadoff double to Shannon Stewart in the fourth inning.
2001 Kerry Wood gives up only one hit, a seventh-inning leadoff single to Mark Loretta, in the Cubs' 1-0 victory over Milwaukee. The 24 year-old right-hander strikes out 14 batters in the Wrigley Field gem.
2002 With four homers on Thursday (5/23), one on Friday (5/24), and two more on Saturday (5/25), Shawn Green becomes the first major leaguer to hit seven round-trippers in three games. The Dodger outfielder's nine big flies in a week also breaks a National League record, established by Ralph Kiner with eight and tied by Ted Kluszewski and Nate Colbert.
2002 Getting his 3,509th K, Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson passes Walter Johnson to become seventh on the all-time career strikeout list. After fanning Shawn Green in the first to catch the 'Big Train', Dodger outfielder Brian Jordan swings and misses a 2-2 pitch in the second inning to become the 'Big Unit's' historic victim.
2002 Former major league pitcher David Cone is hired as a part-time television analyst by the YES cable network. The assignment also includes serving as a studio analyst on selected pregame and postgame shows, covering five games for the Staten Island Yankees (Class A) and being a WCBS announcer for the June 14th Yankees-Mets game.
2003 Buddy Groom throws two-thirds of a scoreless eighth inning in the Orioles' 13-10 victory over Texas at The Ballpark in Arlington. The outing is the 38 year-old southpaw's 638th major league contest with zero plate appearances, surpassing Bob Stanley's mark for the most games pitched without coming to bat.
2005 In a game against the Orioles, the Mariners battery consists of a pair of 42 year-olds as Jamie Moyer throws to backstop Pat Borders. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marks the first time in major league history that two players 42 years or older have been the starting pitcher and catcher for a team.
2006 At Tokyo's Jingu Stadium, California-born Rick Guttormson becomes the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter in interleague play in Japan. The former Padres minor league pitcher of the year holds the Golden Eagles hitless as the Yakult Swallows beat Rakuten, 6-0.
2006 After having a 6-0 lead over the Tigers in the first inning, the Royals lose, 13-8, when the bullpen gives up eight runs in the last two innings. The defeat is the 13th consecutive loss for Kansas City.
2007 Mark Reynolds, batting cleanup for the first time in his brief career, goes 5-for-5 in the Diamondbacks' 13-3 victory over the Astros. The Arizona rookie third baseman falls a double shy of the cycle, hitting a home run in his last at bat which barely clears the right-field fence at Chase Field.
2008 Former major league pitcher Geremi Gonzalez is killed by lightning standing on a dock in western Venezuela. The 33 year-old pitcher, who was signed by the Cubs as an amateur free agent in 1991, also hurled for the Devil Rays, Red Sox, Mets, and Brewers before being released by Milwaukee in 2006.
2009 The Indians, trailing by ten runs in the fourth, rally to beat the Rays, 11-10. Victor Martinez's walk-off, two-out, two-run single off Jason Isringhausen in the bottom of the seven-run ninth inning puts the finishing touch on the incredible comeback at Progressive Field
2011 Paul Splittorff, the winningest pitcher in Royals history, dies at the age of 64 of complications from skin cancer. The likable left-hander became a popular broadcaster for the team, serving as an analyst for the FOX Sports affiliate in Kansas City.
2011 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 the Yankees after just three innings of work, hasn't won a start since June 13, 2008.
2011 In the 12th inning of an eventual 7-6 loss to Florida, Giants catcher Buster Posey is lost for the season as a result of a brutal collision at home plate with Scott Cousins, who scores the go-ahead run. An MRI will confirm last season's Rookie of the Year has a fractured left fibula and three torn ligaments in his left ankle, and will need season-ending surgery to repair the damage.

2011 Yankee closer Mariano Rivera becomes the first pitcher to appear in 1,000 games for the same team. The 41 year-old Panamanian right-hander, who has compiled 572 saves and 75 wins during his 17 seasons with the Bronx Bombers, is closing in on the all-time saves record established by Trevor Hoffman with 601.

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2013 Angel Pagan becomes the first Giant to hit a walk-off, inside-the-park home run since Bill Terry accomplished the feat at the Polo Grounds in 1931. The center fielder's tenth-inning, two-run round-tripper gives San Francisco a dramatic 6-5 victory over Colorado.

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