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This Day in Baseball History
June 29th

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1897 The Chicago Colts (Cubs) of the National League establish the record for most runs scored in a game by one team when they clobber the Louisville Colonels, 36-7. The Cardinals will beat the Phillies 28-6 at Philadelphia's Baker Bowl in 1929 to set the modern NL mark.
1905 With the Giants leading the Superbas, 11-1, Archibald 'Moonlight' Graham makes his major league debut in the bottom of the eighth inning as a defensive replacement in right field at Brooklyn's Washington Park. The career minor leaguer, who will not have a major league at-bat in his only appearance in the big leagues, will become immortalized by W.P. Kinsella's book "Shoeless Joe" and the movie based on the author's work, "Field of Dreams."
1909 The Pirates play their last game at Exposition Park, defeating the Cubs, 8-1, in front of 5,545 fans. Tomorrow, the team will leave the small and cramped ballpark on the north side of the Allegheny River to play at Forbes Field, baseball's first stadium to be constructed with concrete and steel.
1916 Only one baseball is used during the Reds' 9-6 win over the Cubs at Redland Field. There are no home runs or foul balls which land in the stands during the contest.
1923 Dodger first baseman Jacques Fournier goes 6-for 6, collecting a home run, two doubles, and three singles. The southpaw-swinging slugger's 11 total bases contribute to Brooklyn's 14-5 victory over the Phillies at the Baker Bowl.
1933 In the second inning of St. Louis' 7-3 victory over New York, Ethan Allen races around the bases for an inside-the-park home run at the Polo Grounds, but is called out for batting out of turn, costing Joe Medwick his turn at the plate. Then the Cardinal outfielder bats for himself in the correct order, but grounds out.
1935 Cardinal left fielder Joe Medwick hits for the cycle, but Cincinnati thwarts a ninth-inning rally to beat the 'Gas House Gang' and Daffy Dean, 8-6. 'Ducky', who will be elected into the Hall of Fame in 1968, scores three runs in the Redbirds' losing effort at Crosley Field.
1937 In a 10-2 loss to Brooklyn, Chicago's first baseman Ripper Collins does not make a putout during the nine-inning game. Although this is just the third occurrence of the rare feat, it is the second time for the Cubs infielder, who also didn't make a putout playing first for the Cardinals in a game played against the Braves two seasons ago.
1941 In a doubleheader with the Senators, Joe DiMaggio ties and then breaks the American League consecutive game hitting streak of 41 established by George Sisler. In the opener, he knots the record with a double off Dutch Leonard, and in the nightcap 'the Yankee Clipper' tops the record with a seventh inning single against Walt Masterson.
1945 After being traded by Brooklyn to the Phillies for Johnny Peacock two weeks ago, Ben Chapman is named player-manager of his new team, replacing Fred Fitzsimmons. During his tenure, the Tennessean tactician will compile a 196-276 record (.415), finishing in the second division each of the four seasons he manages.
1948 The Braves sign Johnny Antonelli as an amateur free agent, giving the 18 year-old Jefferson High School (Rochester, NY) senior a $52,000 bonus, the largest amount ever offered to a player. The teenage southpaw will make his major league debut in five days but will become a regular in 1953, after serving in Korea.
1950 At Philadelphia's Shibe Park, the Red Sox outslug the A's, 22-14. The two-hour and fifty minute contest establishes a new American League record with a combined total of 36 runs scored in one game.
1960 The Phillies strike out a dozen times in each end of a doubleheader when they are swept by the Dodgers at Connie Mack Stadium, 6-3 and 5-2. The 24 K's tie a major league record for strikeouts in a twin bill.
1969 Billy Williams plays in his 896th consecutive game to surpass Stan Musial's mark established in 1957 when the Cubs sweep a doubleheader from the Cardinals 3-1 and 12-1, with the Chicago outfielder going 4-5 with a single, a double, and two triples in the nightcap. The team honors the accomplishment with an emotional ceremony between games of the twin bill on 'Billy Williams Day' before a crowd of 41,060 at Wrigley Field that visibly moves Sweet Swingin' Billy from Whistler, Alabama.
1969 Tom Seaver becomes theáMets' all-time leaderáin victories, going the distance in the team's 7-3 win over Pittsburgh at Shea Stadium. The 24 year-old right-hander surpasses the mark set by lefty Al Jackson, an original Met who woná43 games for the new New York franchise between 1962 and 1965.
1972 The A's send Denny McLain to the Braves for future Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda, making it the first time teams have swapped former MVPs. Due to knee problems, 'Cha Cha' will come to bat only three times with Oakland, and the former 31-game winner will post a 3-5 record with Atlanta.
1975 During a twin bill with the Padres, the Reds establish a major league record by playing 14 consecutive games without an error, a streak which will be extended to 15. The previous mark of 12 straight games was established by the Tigers in 1963.
1984 Andre David hits his only big league home run in his first major league at-bat, a two-run home run off Jack Morris to propel Minnesota to a 5-3 victory over Detroit. The second-inning shot helps to put an end to the right-hander's 11-game win streak over the Twins.
1986 The White Sox trade veteran right-hander Tom Seaver to the Red Sox for Steve Lyons. 'Tom Terrific' will finish his Hall of Fame career this season in Boston, but he will not pitch in the World Series against the Mets, his first major league team that still refers to him as 'The Franchise'.
1989 Boise Hawks' manager Mal Finchman is suspended for one game for returning to the field after being ejected in the sixth inning disguised as the team's mascot Humphrey the Hawk. The feathery impostor is able to give instructions to his team for the remainder the Northwest League contest against Salem.
1990 For the first time since 1917 (Hippo Vaughan and Fred Toney), two no-hitters are thrown on the same day when the A's Dave Stewart shuts out the Jays 5-0 and the Dodgers' Fernando Valenzuela blanks the Cardinals, 6-0.
2000 With more than 700 police officers on hand at the ballpark instead of the usual 60, John Rocker makes his much-awaited return to Shea Stadium. Prior to the game, the Braves reliever, who pitches a perfect eighth inning in front of 46,998 booing fans, had apologized to Mets fans for his inappropriate comments about New Yorkers, which appeared in the offseason in Sports Illustrated
2000 After trying to get Juan Gonzalez and Sammy Sosa to bolster their failing offense, the Yankees acquire David Justice from the Indians for Ricky Ledee and two players to be named later.
2004 At Bank One Ballpark, Diamondbacks' 40 year-old fireballer Randy Johnson records his 4000th career strikeout, whiffing Padres' third baseman Jeff Cirillo, a fellow USC Trojan, to become the fourth player in major league baseball history to reach the plateau. The 'Big Unit' (3,237 1/3) needs less innings than Nolan Ryan (3,844 2/3), Roger Clemens (4,151), and Steve Carlton (4,991 1/3) to accomplish the feat.
2005 Craig Biggio breaks Don Baylor's record for being hit by a pitch when he is plunked for the 268th time in his career. At Coors Field, Rockies starter Byung-Hyun Kim hits the Astros' second baseman on the left elbow in the fourth inning to establish a new mark, both literally and figuratively.

2007 With a triple in the second inning, a double in the fourth, a three-run home run in the next frame, and a bloop single in the seventh, Aubrey Huff becomes the third player to hit for the cycle since the franchise moved to Baltimore in 1954. The southpaw-swinging first baseman joins Cal Ripken (1984) and Brooks Robinson (1960) as the only other Orioles to accomplish the feat, and the first to do it in front of the home crowd.
2010 Minutes before the game against the Mets in San Juan's Hiram Bithorn Stadium, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria tells his players at an impromptu team meeting that the club has decided to retain interim manager Edwin Rodriguez to the end of the season. Rodriguez, the first Puerto Rican manager in the major leagues, ironically is told of the decision when Florida is playing a series in Puerto Rico, five minutes away from his home.
2010 In the Twins' 11-4 victory over Detroit at Target Field, Denard Span ties a major league record when he hits three triples in one game. Although the mark is shared by many other major leaguers, Ken Landreaux is the only other Minnesota player to have accomplished the feat, hitting a trio of three-baggers in a 1980 contest.
2010 South Carolina wins the College World Series when Whit Merrifield's 11th-inning RBI single beats UCLA, 2-1, giving the school its first NCAA team national championship in any men's sport. The Gamecocks set a CWS record with six consecutive wins after losing their first game, becoming only the third club ever to record that many victories in the collegiate tourney.

2012 In the Diamondbacks' 9-3 victory over Milwaukee at Miller Park, Aaron Hill becomes the first modern-era player to hit for the cycle twice in one season since Babe Herman accomplished the feat with the Brooklyn Robins in 1931. Eleven days ago in Seattle, the Arizona second baseman also collected a single, double, triple, and home run in the game.
2014 In the longest game (by time) in Cubs' history, John Baker becomes the first position player to earn a victory since Oriole first baseman Chris Davis accomplished the feat in 2012. In the six hour and 27 minute marathon played at Wrigley Field, the backup catcher tosses a scoreless 16th inning and then scores the winning run in the bottom of the frame, giving Chicago a 4-3 victory over Colorado.
2015 Joc Pederson becomes the third rookie in major league history to hit 20 home runs before July when he goes deep off Allen Webster in the Dodgers' 10-6 loss to Arizona at Chase Field. The 23 year-old center fielder joins Wally Berger (Braves, 1930) and Albert Pujols (Cardinals, 2001) in accomplishing the feat as a freshman.

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