Phillies' freshman hurler George McQuillan begins his major league career with 25 shutout innings, establishing a rookie record. The 22 year-old right-hander's mark will not be matched for 101 years until broken by A's reliever Brad Ziegler, who will extend the record to 39 1/3 innings in 2008.
Allowing only one walk, Ed Walsh wins both ends of a doubleheader to establish an American League record. The Meriden, Connecticut resident beats the Red Sox at Chicago’s South Side Park 5-1 and 2-0.
At Exposition Park, Pittsburgh blanks the Cardinals, 7-0. The last-place Redbirds are shut out for a record 33rd time, averaging more than one whitewash every five games.
Senators' legend Walter Johnson beats the Philadelphia A's, 1-0, to finish the season with 36 victories. The future Hall of Fame right-hander will toss a record 110 shutouts during his 21 seasons in the major leagues.
The Phillies clinch their first National League pennant when Grover Cleveland Alexander tosses a one-hitter, blanking Boston at Braves Field, 5-0. It will take another 35 years before the franchise wins another flag.
Allen Sothoron establishes a major league record by not yielding a home run during the 178 innings he throws this season. The 28 year-old right-hander, who started the season with the Browns before being sent to the Red Sox for a brief stint, will pitch the majority of his games with the Indians.
At Navin Field, the Tigers establish a club record, collecting 27 hits in a 19-10 victory over the first place Yankees. The mark will not be equaled until a 17-7 rout over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium in 2004.
At Griffith Stadium in Washington, D. C., Yankees legend Babe Ruth hits his 659th and final home run wearing pinstripes. The 'Bambino' had 49 homers with the Red Sox prior to coming to New York and will add six additional round-trippers with the Braves before retiring next season.
In his only major league game, Pirates rookie Aubrey Epps goes 3-for-4 in the Bucs' season finale, a 9-6 loss to Cincinnati at Crosley Field. The 23 year-old catcher, known as Yo-Yo, will finish his one-game big league career with the same batting average (.750) and fielding percentage when he commits two errors in eight chances.
Augie Galan, who makes a league-leading 748 plate appearances while playing the full 154-game schedule, ends the season without hitting into a double play. The Cubs center fielder did line into an eleventh-inning triple play in the team's 3-2 loss to the Reds in April at Wrigley Field.
Vern Stephens becomes the first player to hit two extra-inning home runs in the same game. The Browns shortstop puts St. Louis ahead with a solo shot in the 11th, and after the Red Sox tie the score in the bottom of the frame he goes deep again in the 13th with the eventual winning run in the team's 4-3 victory at Fenway Park.
Paul Gillespie becomes the first of only two players in baseball history ever to hit home runs in their first and last big league at bats. The wartime Cubs reserve catcher went deep against the Giants at the Polo Grounds on September 11, 1942 and ends his career homering at the spacious Forbes Fields, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
On the last day of the campaign, by striking out opposing pitcher Hal Newhouser and four others, Bob Feller establishes a major league record by striking out 348 batters in one season. Future research, however, will show Rube Waddell had struck out 349 in 1904.
Don Newcombe becomes the first black to win twenty games in a season. In a must win for the Dodgers, the right-hander bests Robin Roberts, also a 20-game-winner, when he blanks the Phillies at Shibe Park, 5-0.
In a game which will be best remembered for Willie Mays making a spectacular over-the-shoulder grab of a ball hit to deep to center field, robbing Vic Wertz of an extra hit, Dusty Rhodes becomes the second player in World Series history to end a game with a homer. The Giants pinch-hitter's walk-off three-run home run off Bob Lemon beats the Indians 5-2 in Game 1 of the Fall Classic.
Willie Mays gives the glove he used to make one of the most spectacular catches in baseball history, an amazing over-the-shoulder grab that robbed Vic Wertz of an extra hit in Game 1 of the World Series, to teammate Don Liddle's 6-year son. When he gets older, Craig Liddle will use the immortal piece of leather in Little League games.
Solly Hemus is traded to St. Louis by the Phillies in exchange for utility infielder Gene Freese. The 36 year-old former Redbird will become the Cardinals' player-manager for the next three seasons, compiling a 190-192 record.
At the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, the Dodgers capture the NL flag with a dramatic 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the Braves, taking the first two games of the three-game playoff necessitated by the teams being tied on the last day of the season. The deciding run comes in the bottom of the 12th inning, after the first two batters make outs, when Gil Hodges walks and scores on singles by Joe Pignatano and Carl Furillo.
Johnny Blanchard singles in the ninth, plating Roger Maris to give the Yankees a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Red Sox. The super-sub, playing right field today, hit his 21st home run of the season in the fourth inning off Boston’s complete-game loser Bill Monbouquette, accounting for New York’s other run.
Whitey Ford goes six innings for the victory in the Yankees' 2-1 win over the Red Sox to finish the season with a 25-4 record. 'Slick' hurls 283 innings during the campaign without allowing a stolen base.
Branch Rickey, returning to the Cardinals for the second time in his long career, is given the title of senior consultant for player development. In this role, the 'Mahatma' will have the power to make deals, but is asked by team owner Gussie Busch to confer with general manager Bing Devine on a regular basis.
In his last game, Stan Musial helps the Cardinals beat the Reds, 3-2 at Busch Stadium, getting two hits in his final three at-bats. The 'Man' will retire with 3,630 hits, during his 22-year tenure with the Redbirds, collecting 1,815 in St. Louis, and the other 1,815 on the road.
On the final day of the season, John Paciorek, brother of Tom and Jim, goes 3-for-3, driving in three runs and scoring four times in his big league debut as Houston routs the Mets at Colt Stadium, 13-4. Due to severe back problems, the 18 year-old Colt .45's right fielder, who also makes two outstanding defensive catches, will never again play in a big league game.
Masanori Murakami becomes the first player born in Japan to win a major league game. At Candlestick Park, the 20 year-old southpaw one-hits the Colt .45's over three innings, and the Otsuki native gets the victory when Matty Alou, who hasn't homered in two years, goes deep to give the Giants a dramatic walk-off 5-4 win in the bottom of the 11th inning.
At a press conference, the Mets announce Casey Stengel, the only skipper the franchise has ever known, will continue to manage next season. Although the expansion team has finished last in all three years of its existence, the 'Old Perfessor' is given a raise.
In a pre-game ceremony with Harry Caray as the master of ceremonies, the Cardinals honor retiring outfielder Roger Maris. The former two-time MVP with the Yankees, who has never had his accomplishments recognized in the Bronx, thanks the friendly Busch Stadium crowd and the team, remarking that his two seasons in St. Louis were his “most enjoyable years in baseball”.
Carl Yastrzemski captures his second consecutive batting crown. The 29 year-old Red Sox outfielder's .301 mark is the lowest average ever posted in the American league to win the title.
After the A's drop a 4-3 decision to Minnesota, Charlie Finley fires Oakland manager Bob Kennedy on the last day of the season. The A's owner, who has dismissed eight skippers in eight years, rehires Hank Bauer, who guided the team to ninth-places finishes in 1961 and 1962, when the club played in Kansas City.
Ahead of Pittsburgh's Matty Alou by a slim percentage point on the last day of the season, Reds right fielder Pete Rose wins the first of his three batting titles, going 1-for-3, to keep his average at .335 while the Pirates outfielder is hitless in four trips to the plate, finishing the year with a BA of .332. Yesterday, the batting crown rivals collectively went 9-for-9 in their respective games.
Going deep off Senator hurler Jim Shellenback, Rico Petrocelli becomes the first shortstop in American League history to hit 40 home runs in a season. The Red Sox infielder's record will stand until 1998, when Alex Rodriguez blasts 42 bombs with the Mariners.
Expos second baseman Ron Hunt is plunked by a pitch for the 50th time of the season, establishing a big league record. By comparison, the runner-up in the league, teammate Rusty Staub, will be hit by a pitch only nine times.
Hank Aaron takes Houston's Jerry Reuss deep for his 40th home run of the season in the Braves' 7-0 victory at Atlanta Stadium. 'Hammerin’ Hank' joins teammates Davey Johnson and Darrell Evans in reaching the milestone, making them the first trio to accomplish the feat for the same club.
Steve Carlton, who won 27 games for the cellar-dwelling Phillies last year, suffers his 20th loss of the season when Philadelphia is beaten in St. Louis, 7-1. 'Lefty' will post a 13-20 record, along with a 3.90 ERA for the last place team.
Tommy Lasorda is named to succeed Walter Alston as Dodger manager. 'Smokey' compiled a 2040-1613 record (.558), during his 23-year tenure with the club, winning seven pennants and four world championships.
Win a 6-3 victory over the Angels at Royals Stadium, Kansas City reaches the 100-win mark for the first time in the nine-year history of the franchise. The eventual American League Western Division champions will finish the regular season with 102 victories.
Manny Mota sets a major league record with his 146th career pinch hit, a single to right field, in LA's 6-2 victory over Chicago at Dodger Stadium. The Dominican Republic native surpasses the all-time record set by Smoky Burgess, who collected his last hit as a pinch-hitter in 1967.
In game which lasts only two hours and twenty minutes, Mike Warren, in his last start of the season no-hits the White Sox, 3-0, in front of 9,058 fans at the Oakland Coliseum. The 22 year-old right-hander from California, who will win only four more games in his three-year career, is the 15th rookie to throw a no-hitter.
Mike and Greg Maddux become the first siblings to start a game against one another. In the rookie match-up, Cubs' righty Greg beats his older brother and the Phillies in the 'City of Brotherly Love', 6-3.
Jay Bell, in his first visit to a big league ballpark, hits the first pitch he sees in the major leagues for a home run off Minnesota hurler Bert Blyleven, the player he was traded for last season. The Twins right-hander's gopher ball to the Indians rookie shortstop breaks Robin Roberts's infamous record when he serves up his 47th gopher ball this season.
Don Mattingly sets a major league record by hitting his sixth grand slam of the season, surpassing the mark shared by Ernie Banks (1955 Cubs) and Jim Gentile (1961 Orioles). Remarkably, the Yankees first baseman will not hit any other round-trippers with the bases juiced during his entire 14-year career.
George Brett plays his last game at Kauffman Stadium, and after the Royals' 3-2 ninth inning walk-off victory, a post-game tribute is held to honor the future Hall of Famer. At the conclusion of the ceremony, with fireworks lighting up the sky, the KC third baseman circles the stadium in a golf cart and then kneels down and kisses home plate.
During a 4-1 loss at the SkyDome, Orioles' center fielder Brady Anderson becomes the 14th player to hit 50 home runs in a season. The power surge comes as a surprise, given the Baltimore leadoff hitter's previous season high was only 21 round-trippers.
Hitting his 40th homer, Rockies third baseman Vinny Castilla joins Andres Galarraga (47) and Ellis Burks (40) to become the first trio of teammates in 23 years to hit 40 homers for one team. Davey Johnson (43), Darrell Evans (41), and Hank Aaron (40) accomplished the feat for the Braves in 1973.
Two weeks after the Rangers retire Nolan Ryan's number, the Astros follow suit and honor the 'Ryan Express' by also retiring his #34. The right-handed fireballer played nine seasons for Houston, striking out a total of 1,866 batters en route to winning 106 games that included his 5th no-hitter against L.A. in 1981.
Although he is four shy of the necessary 502 plate appearances requirement, Tony Gwynn, hitting .353, is given the National League's batting crown using the Oh-fer Clause, which has been in the rule book for 30 years but never invoked. The addition of four mythical hitless at-bats would leave the Padres outfielder with a .349 average, still five points better than the runner-up Ellis Burks of the Rockies.
The Red Sox end a 13-game postseason losing streak, beating the Indians in Game 1 of the American League Divisional Playoff series at Jacobs Field, 11-3. Boston's first baseman Mo Vaughn homers twice and ties a LDS record with seven RBIs.
Doug Glanville becomes the first Phillie player to collect 200 hits in a season since Pete Rose accomplished the feat twenty years ago. The center fielder reaches the milestone with a fourth inning three-run home run off Micah Bowie in Philadelphia's 5-0 victory over Chicago at Veterans Stadium.
Gary Sheffield ties the Dodgers' franchise single-season home run record when he goes deep off Woody Williams in the team's 3-0 victory over San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium. The left fielder, with his career best 43rd round tripper, now shares the team mark with Duke Snider, who established the record in 1956 when he played for Brooklyn.
Astros' starter Dave Mlicki gives up homers on three consecutive pitches to Fred McGriff, Rondell White, and Todd Hundley. The back-to-back-to-back homers, which come in the first inning with two outs, enable the Cubs to beat Houston at Wrigley Field, 6-2.
Mariners' outfielder Ichiro Suzuki gets his 234th hit of the season, breaking 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson's 1911 rookie record for the most hits in a season. The historic hit also ties the 1985 major league mark for singles in a season, established by Wade Boggs with 187, playing with the Red Sox.
Miguel Tejada's seventh inning grand slam makes him the 15th player in A's history to hit for the cycle. The slugging shortstop had tripled in the first inning, singled in the third and doubled in the sixth.
On the last day of the season, the Braves use 24 players, with the Mets using 21 to tie the major league record for the most players employed in a nine-inning game. The Expos and the Cubs also combined to use 45 players on September 5, 1978.
Barry Bonds sets a new season mark for on-base percentage with a .582 OBP. The 38 year-old Giant left fielder, who became the oldest first-time winner of a batting title, hitting .370, easily surpassed the 1941 mark established by Ted Williams with a .553 OBP.
Jason Giambi homers in his first two trips to the plate in the Yankees' 6-0 win over Tampa Bay at the Stadium. The pair of round-trippers gives the slugging outfielder a total of 40 for the season, and when added with Jeremy's total of 20 home runs, hit with Oakland and Philadelphia, the Giambi brothers set the record for homers by siblings in the same season‚ topping the 59 hit by Joe (46) and Vince DiMaggio (13) in 1937.
With the Braves beating the Mets 6-3, Bobby Cox becomes the ninth manager in baseball history to win 2,000 games. All of the other skippers who have reached this milestone are enshrined in the Hall of Fame, with the exception of Tony La Russa, who is still actively managing the Cardinals.
Major League Baseball announces Washington, D.C. will become the new home of the Montreal Expos in time for the 2005 season. The nation's capital, which was chosen over finalists including Las Vegas and Northern Virginia, will have baseball for the first time in 33 years since the expansion Senators left in 1971 to become the Texas Rangers.
Hours after MLB's announcement of the franchise's impending shift to Washington, D.C., the Expos played their final game in Montreal, a 9–1 loss to Florida before 31,395 enthusiastic fans at Olympic Stadium. As part of the ceremonies, the team commemorates their unfinished 1994 season by unfurling a banner that reads "1994 Meilleure Équipe du Baseball/Best Team in Baseball," a reference to the club's 74-40 record before the work stoppage ended the season and the city's hopes of playing in a World Series.
Staving off what would have been one of the worst collapses in baseball history, the White Sox clinch their first American League Central title since 2000, beating the Tigers at Detroit’s Comerica Park, 4-2. The Pale Hose had watched their 15-game lead on August 1 shrink to only a game and a half over the rampaging Indians.
Jhonny Peralta sets a new club record for home runs hit by an Indian shortstop. The 24 year-old's third inning blast against the Devil Rays gives the Dominican his 24th round tripper of the season, one more than Woodie Held hit in 1961.
During the sixth inning of a 5-3 loss to the Blue Jays in Toronto, Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon pulls Delmon Young out of the lineup for showing "blatant disrespect" for the game and the team by not running hard to first base. The 21 year-old outfielder responds with a profanity-laced tirade, claiming he was unfairly singled out and says he will not play in tomorrow's season finale, making it the only game in the 162-game season he will miss.
One out away from clinching a playoff berth, Padres closer Trevor Hoffman gives up a game-tying pinch-hit triple to Tony Gwynn Jr, the son of a former teammate who he used to baby sit. The Padres will lose the game as well as tomorrow's season finale, resulting in a one-game playoff loss to Colorado that keeps the team out of the postseason.
At the Ballpark in Arlington, with the Seattle-Texas game tied 5-5 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Nelson Cruz strikes out, apparently sending the game into extra innings. The third strike turns out to be a wild pitch, and when the catcher makes an errant throw to first base trying to complete the putout, Mitch Moreland, the base runner already on first, scores the winning run, giving the Rangers a 6-5 victory on a walk-off strikeout.
The Nationals, with a 6-4 win in St. Louis, establish a franchise record with their 96th victory of the season. In 1979, playing as the Expos, representing the city of Montreal, the team won 95 games, finishing the season two games behind Pittsburgh.
The Rangers and Rays both win on the last day of the season to force a one-game tiebreaker for the second AL wild-card spot. Texas, who won its last seven games, will host Tampa Bay in the 163rd game of the season, with the winner playing the Indians in a third consecutive do-or-die game.