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1911 The Red Sox lose their protest about A's Stuffy McInnis hitting a 'warm-up' pitch homer, but the event causes a rule change. Warm-up pitches no longer end when a player steps into the box.
1930 At Philadelphia's Shibe Park, Jack Quinn becomes the oldest player to hit a home run in major league history. The A's relief pitcher is nine days shy of his 47th birthday when he connects off Chad Kimsey for a solo shot, leading off the sixth inning in the team's 8-3 victory over the Browns.
1939 In front of 2,457 fans at Braves Field, the Dodgers, with Whit Wyatt pitching the first 16 frames, and Boston plays 23 innings in a game that ends in a 2-2 tie when plate umpire Babe Pinelli called the five-hour and 15-minute contest at 8:15 pm due to darkness. The same teams at the same field played 26 innings to a 1-1 tie in 1920.
1940 To honor the lyricist of Take Me Out to the Ballgame, the Dodgers celebrate Jack Norworth Day at Brooklyn's Ebbets Field. The songwriter and his partner Albert Von Tilzer, who wrote the music, had never seen a game when they created the song in 1908.

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1958 At Comiskey Park, White Sox hurler Billy Pierce retires 26 consecutive batters before pinch-hitter Ed Fitzgerald doubles weakly inside the right-field line for the Senators' only hit. The 31 year-old southpaw goes on to strike out Albie Pearson on three pitches to one-hit Washington, 3-0, en route to completing his third consecutive shutout.
1962 Monroe High School standout Ed Kranepool, who was an Opening Day guest seated in the owners' box with Mrs. Joan Payson and M. Donald Grant, signs a contract that includes an $85,000 bonus, as an amateur free agent with the Mets. The 17 year-old Bronx teenager will spend his entire 18-year career with the expansion team, establishing franchise records for hits, plate appearances, and games played.

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1963 Tigers first baseman Norm Cash plays an entire game without recording a put out in the team’s 10-6 loss to the Twins at Minnesota’s Metropolitan Stadium. Six strikeouts, sixteen balls caught in the air, and two fielder choices account for the 24 outs made by the home team.
1964 Max Alvis is stricken with a bout of spinal meningitis, which will sideline the Indians' everyday third baseman for six weeks. The Jasper, Texas native will rebound nicely, making the American League All-Star team next season and in 1967.
1967 Al Kaline breaks his hand as he slams his bat into the bat rack after being struck out by Sam McDowell. The future Hall of Famer (1980) will miss 28 games for the second-place Tigers.
1972 Making his last career start, Wade Blasingame's American League debut for the Yankees is an inauspicious one when the Tigers go deep three consecutive times in the bottom of the first inning. The first frame fireworks by Aurelio Rodriguez, Al Kaline, and Willie Horton power Detroit over New York, 5-2.
1973 In the Cardinals' 15-4 rout of the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium, Joe Torre hits for the cycle. The St. Louis first baseman accomplishes the feat with a first-inning double, a home run in the third, a triple in the fourth, and a single with two outs in the ninth.
1973 In the opener of a twin bill at Shea Stadium, Buzz Capra pitches four innings of no-hit relief against the Phillies to get the save for starter George Stone as the Mets beat the Phillies, 7-6. A few hours earlier, the 25 year-old right-handed reliever had attended his dad's funeral in Illinois.
1973 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.

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1977 Willie McCovey becomes the first major leaguer to hit two homers in the same frame twice in his career when he smashes a solo shot and a grand slam in the Giants' ten-run sixth inning at Riverfront Park. The San Francisco first baseman, who also accomplished the feat in the first week of the 1973 season, home run heroics contributes to the team's 14-9 victory over Cincinnati.
1977 After offering the job to Twins legend Harmon Killebrew, the Rangers hire Billy Hunter as the team's manager, making him the club's fourth skipper in this week. Texas had replaced the fired Frank Lucchesi with Eddie Stanky, who left after one game due to homesickness, resulting in third base coach Connie Ryan, who refused to assume the position full-time, becoming the interim manager for six games.
1980 Dodger southpaw Jerry Reuss, facing only 28 batters, no-hits the Giants at Candlestick Park, 8-0. Shortstop Bill Russell's errant throw on Jack Clark's grounder with two outs in the first inning deprives the 31 year-old left-hander of tossing a perfect game.
1982 The Braves tie a major league mark with seven double plays in the team's 2-0 victory over Cincinnati. Atlanta turns four twin killings in the first four frames of the 14 inning Riverfront Stadium contest.
1984 After swiping second and third base, Dusty Baker, who had pilfered only one bag this season, completes his stolen base cycle when he steals home in the Giants' 14-9 victory over Cincinnati at Candlestick Park. The San Francisco right fielder's third-inning thievery comes off three different hurlers pitching to Reds' catcher Brad Gulden.
1986 The Reds catch Robby Thompson four times trying to steal a base, setting a major league record for nailing the same player in one game. The second baseman's futile attempts don't matter when the Giants beat Cincinnati, 7-6, in the 12-inning contest played at Riverfront Stadium.
1987 Freshman first baseman Mark McGwire hits three homers and drives in five runs, helping the A's defeat the Indians, 13-3. 'Big Mac' will finish the season with 49 round-trippers, far surpassing the rookie record of 38, once shared by Frank Robinson and Wally Berger.
1993 Anthony Young sets a major league record when he drops his 24th straight decision, a 5-3 Mets loss to St. Louis at Shea Stadium. The hard-luck New York right-hander, who surpasses the mark established by Boston Dove hurler Cliff Curtis in 1911, will extend the dubious streak to 27 consecutive defeats before winning a game. (Ed. Note - Sadly, AY will die on this date in 2017 at the age of 51, losing his battle to brain cancer. - LP)
1999 The Mariners beat the Rangers, 5-2, in the 1,765th and last major league game to be played at the Kingdome. The final contest, attended by In front of 56,530 fans at 'the Accident on the Occidental,' features a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning by Ken Griffey, Jr., who also makes an astounding over-the-fence catch to rob Juan Gonzalez of a three-run round-tripper.

2002 In the hunt for a playoff spot, the Expos acquire the Indians #1 starter, right-hander Bartolo Colon, along with Tim Drew as part of a six-player deal, which sends first baseman Lee Stevens and three minor league prospects, and cash to Cleveland. Montreal's farmhands, infielder Brandon Phillips, southpaw Cliff Lee, and outfielder Grady Sizemore, will all become major league All-Stars.
2003 In the 50-minute bottom of the first inning at Fenway Park against the Marlins, the Red Sox establish a major league record by scoring ten runs before making an out. Leadoff hitter Johnny Damon, with a single, double, and triple, ties a major league mark with three hits in an inning as the home team equals an American League record for most runs in the first frame with 14.
2008 In a 15-6 Mets victory over the Yankees at the Stadium, Carlos Delgado, with a double, three-run homer, and a grand slam, establishes a new team record with 9 RBIs in one game. The first baseman, who breaks Dave Kingman's 1976 club mark, also surpasses Sky King on the all-time home run list with the first of his two homers, moving into 34th place with his 443rd career round-tripper.

2010 Josh Hamilton hammers the longest home run to date at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington when he sends a pitch 485 feet over the right-center field wall. The Texas outfielder's second-inning two-run round-tripper off Roy Oswald contributes to the team's 10-1 rout of the Astros.

2010 In a surprising swap between last-place teams, the Indians send Russell Branyan back to the Mariners in exchange for Class AAA outfielder Ezequiel Carrera and shortstop Juan Diaz. The trade allows the Tribe to put Matt LaPorta, a highly touted rookie acquired from Milwaukee in the trade for CC Sabathia two years ago, at first base, and for Seattle, the move signals that GM Jack Zduriencik wants his players to know that winning is still a priority for the under-achieving M's.
2010 Phillies southpaw Jamie Moyer surpasses Hall of Famer Robin Roberts for allowing the most home runs in a career. In his 11-2 victory over Toronto, the 47 year-old starter gives up a two-run homer to Vernon Wells in the third inning, yielding his record-breaking 506th gopher ball.

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2010 In the fifth inning of an eventual 2-1 Rays' loss to Arizona, Evan Longoria confronts B.J. Upton in the dugout after the outfielder doesn't appear to hustle after Rusty Ryal's deep drive to left-center field, allowing the hit to become a triple. The nose-to-nose exchange becomes heated, and Upton, who takes exception to his third baseman's criticism, needs to be restrained by teammates.
2011 The Dodgers seek bankruptcy protection in a Delaware court, citing MLB's refusal to sign off on a transaction that would provide the team with $385 million. Although there will be no disruptions for the team, the filing Chapter 11 permits the Dodgers to use $150 million for daily operations, giving owner Frank McCourt time to seek a media deal that will ensure the club's long-term financial stability.
2016 At Great American Ball Park, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant becomes the third major leaguer to collect five extra-base hits in one contest and first with three home runs and two doubles. The 24 year-old Chicago infielder's offensive output joins the ranks of Ranger outfielder Josh Hamilton (Camden Yards, 2012) and Braves first baseman Joe Adcock (Ebbets Field, 1954), who both hit four homers and a double to accomplish the feat.


31 Fact(s) Found