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June 22nd

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1900 Umpire Hank O’Day forfeits the game to the Superbas when the Phillies stall the action in the bottom of the 11th inning, hoping the delay postpones the Baker Bowl contest due to darkness. Brooklyn had scored seven runs in the top of the frame to pull ahead in the slugfest, 20-13.
1913 The White Sox post their 1,000th victory in the 13-year history of the franchise when the team beats the Browns, 2-0. Big Ed Walsh tosses a complete-game shutout with Shano Collins driving in both runs in the Comiskey Park contest in the nightcap of a doubleheader sweep.
1925 Max Carey gets two hits in the first and eighth innings when the Pirates beat the Cardinals at Sportsman's Park, 24-6. It will take another 50 years for the feat to occur again when Rennie Stennett, also with Pittsburgh, collects two hits in one inning twice, the first and the fifth frames, in 1975.
1926 The Cardinals pick up future Hall of Famer Grover Cleveland Alexander, placed on waivers by the Cubs. The acquisition of 'Old Pete' will prove pivotal to the Redbirds' World Series triumph over the Yankees when the 39-year-old right-hander wins Games 2 and 6 and saves Game 7 of the Fall Classic.
1932 After refusing to follow suit, probably due to opposing players and fans harassing the Cardinals when they wore numerals on their sleeves in 1923, the National League finally approves using uniform numbers to identify players. Some American League teams regularly implemented digits on their jerseys a few seasons ago.
1936 At Brooklyn's Ebbets Field, Ival Goodman hits an unusual home run when his fifth-inning fly ball lands and stays on top of the scoreboard in right field. Then, with the perched ball considered in play, the three Dodger outfielders watch the Reds' right fielder round the bases for an easy inside-the-park round-tripper in their 7-2 loss to Cincinnati.

1941 In their 5-4 victory over Detroit, the Yankees establish a new record by hitting at least one home run in 18 straight contests. Joe DiMaggio's sixth-inning blast breaks the major league mark previously held by the Tigers and continues his own consecutive game, hitting streak to 35 games.
1944 Boston right-hander Jim Tobin holds the Phillies hitless in the shortened five-inning nightcap, blanking Philadelphia at Braves Field, 7-0. In April, 'Abba Dabba' threw a full-game no-hitter against Brooklyn.
1944 Charley Schantz wins when the Phillies blank Boston for 15 innings in the first game of a twin bill, matching the longest shutout in franchise history. Philadelphia right-fielder Ron Northey's homer in the top of the frame scores the game's only run in the 1-0 victory at Braves Field.
1947 After pitching a no-hitter four days ago against the Braves, Reds hurler Ewell Blackwell loses his chance for a second consecutive no-hitter when Dodgers' second baseman Eddie Stanky singles with one out in the ninth inning at Crosley Field.
1959 At LA's Memorial Coliseum, Sandy Koufax, facing 39 batters, goes the distance to beat the Phillies, 6-2. The Dodger southpaw fans 16 Philadelphia batters to set a new record for strikeouts in a night game.
1962 Stan Musial surpasses Ty Cobb as MLB's all-time total base leader, collecting seven more with four hits in a doubleheader split against the Phillies. Stan the Man ties the Georgia Peach's mark of 5,863 with a home run in the opener, and he then breaks the record in the same frame with a single when the Cardinals send 11 batters to the plate en route to scoring six runs in their 7-3 victory at Connie Mack Stadium.
1962 At the Polo Grounds, Al Jackson throws the first one-hitter in franchise history when the Mets beat the Colt .45s, the National League's other expansion team, 2-0. Joey Amalfitano's first-inning line-drive single to left field is the lone hit given up by the 26-year-old southpaw, who strikes out nine of the 30 batters he faces.
1962 Boog Powell becomes the first Oriole player to homer over the center-field hedge in Baltimore's Memorial Stadium with a 469-foot blast off Don Schwall in the Birds' 4-3 victory over Boston. In 1957, Yankee superstar Mickey Mantle became the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat.
1966 At the Astrodome, Houston sets a home attendance mark that lasts 22 years. Dodger southpaw Sandy Koufax, who tosses a complete game to improve his record to 13-2, beats the hometown team, 5-2, in front of the 50,908 fans attending the Wednesday contest.
1976 In the seventh inning of a 4-2 Padres win over hometown San Francisco, Randy Jones ties Christy Mathewson's National League mark, going 68 innings without issuing a base on balls. However, the southpaw's streak will end when he walks Marc Hill leading off the next frame, keeping the 63-year-old record intact.
1977 In a 7-4 victory over the Orioles at Memorial Stadium, the Red Sox collect their 100th round-tripper of the season, the earliest the club has ever reached the milestone. Today's homers, hit by George Scott, Jim Rice, Carlton Fisk (2), and Butch Hobson, all off Jim Palmer, contribute to a major league record of 29 home runs launched by one club in eight consecutive games.
1979 With the Orioles trailing 5-3, going into the bottom of the ninth inning, Doug DeCinces hits a two-out walk-off home run off of reliever Dave Tobik to give the team a 6-5 win over the Tigers at Memorial Stadium. Some believe the victory triggered the start of "Oriole Magic," igniting an atmosphere of unbridled enthusiasm in the Charm City for the franchise.

1982 The Phillies' Pete Rose moves past Hank Aaron into second place for career hits when he doubles off Redbird right-hander John Stuper for his 3,772nd hit. 'Charlie Hustle,' 419 hits shy of Ty Cobb's record, will surpass the Georgia Peach's total in 1985 with his 4,192nd hit, a single to left-center field at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium off San Diego's Eric Show.
1984 In an emotional home plate ceremony before the Twins contest at the Metrodome, Calvin Griffith and his sister Thelma Hayes signed a letter of intent, ending the most extended family ownership of a team in baseball history. The franchise, once based in Washington, DC, and owned by the Griffiths since 1920, is sold to Carl Pohlad, a Minnesota banker.


"If I can't pitch well, I'm not going to hurt myself and the Mets. Why would I do that? I've had doubts from the start that it could be done right. The doubts are still very evident. I'm too proud to do this badly." - TOM SEAVER, commenting privately about his attempted comeback.

After spending over two weeks of training trying to make a comeback to help the Mets' starting rotation, sidelined by injuries to four pitchers, Tom Seaver announces his retirement after being enticed by GM Frank Cashen to join the club for the rest of the season for $500,000. The future Hall of Famer ends his career with 311 victories, of which 198 came wearing a Met uniform.
1990 During the Double-A Eastern League contest between the Harrisburg Senators and Hagerstown Suns at Maryland's Municipal Stadium, the home of the Orioles affiliate, George H.W. Bush's motorcade enters the ballpark, marking the first time a US president has attended a minor league game. The 41st Commander-in-Chief and his guests, including NFL legend Walter Payton, planned to watch the Carolina League Single-A Keys play until a sudden storm washed out the nearby Frederick contest, making the alternative site for the previously unannounced v
1993 On his final day as a professional baseball player, 45-year-old White Sox backstop Carlton Fisk catches his 2,226th game to surpass Bob Boone as the all-time leader. 'Pudge' played the first 11 seasons of his 24-year major league career with the Red Sox.

1994 In the Mets' 5-2 victory at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, southpaw closer John Franco picks up his 253rd save, the most by a left-hander. The first two Braves batters in the lineup, Roberto Kelly and Jeff Blauser, hit home runs off New York starter Pete Smith, but the back-to-back first-inning round-trippers will prove to be the only scoring done by the team for the rest of the game.
1994 Hitting his 31st home run of the season, Ken Griffey Jr. breaks Babe Ruth's record for most homers before July 1. Although the Yankee slugger needed only 63 games to reach 30 homers in 1928 and 68 games in 1930, Junior accomplishes the feat in the Mariners' 70th game.
1997 Four Braves players homer in the third inning of the team's 12-5 rout of Philadelphia at Veterans Stadium. The round-trippers by Chipper Jones, Fred McGriff, Michael Tucker, and Jeff Blauser account for six of the nine runs scored in the frame.
1998 At Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, the Marlins defeat the Devil Rays in an interleague contest, 3-2. The Citrus Series contest marks the first time the two major league teams from Florida have faced one another in the regular season.
1999 Although he has been dead for fifty-one years, Hack Wilson is awarded another RBI, increasing his major league RBI record to 191. The commissioner's office revises the total after baseball's historian Jerome Holtzman discovered the Cubs outfielder did not get credit for driving in Kiki Cuyler with a third-inning single in a game played in July of 1930.
2001 The Braves trade John Rocker and minor league third baseman Troy Cameron to the Indians in a four-player deal in return for Steve Karsay, Steve Reed, and cash. The Atlanta fireballer became a national figure after his negative comments about New Yorkers, gays, unwed moms, and immigrants in Sports Illustrated.
2002 Luis Castillo, going 0-for-4, sees his 35-game hitting streak end from the on-deck circle when the Marlins cap off a four-run, ninth-inning rally to beat Detroit 5-4. The feat is the longest accomplished by a second baseman, a mark that Phillies' second-sacker Chase Utley will equal in 2006.
2002 Joe Girardi, the Cubs' player rep, informs the Wrigley Field crowd of the postponement of the game with St. Louis due to the death of Cardinal right-hander Darryl Kile. The 33-year-old starter, a victim of coronary disease found in his hotel room, becomes the first active major league player to pass away during the regular season since 1979 when Yankee captain Thurman Munson died practicing landing his plane.

2006 While being intentionally walked, Miguel Cabrera, noticing Baltimore's catcher Ramon Hernandez's proximity to the plate, pokes Todd Williams' soft toss into center field for an RBI single, scoring Hanley Ramirez from second base. The tenth-inning tally proves to be the go-ahead run in the Marlins' eventual 8-5 overtime victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards.
2006 In his fourth major league start, Cardinals starter Anthony Reyes throws a one-hitter, but the White Sox win the U.S. Cellular Field contest, 1-0. The only hit the Redbird rookie right-hander gives up is Jim Thome's seventh-inning solo home run.
2006 Roger Clemens, opposing a pitcher born the year before he began his major league career, makes his much-hyped season debut against the Twins. The 'Rocket,' starting his 23rd major league season, is bested by Francisco Liriano, a 22-year-old pitching sensation from the Dominican Republic, when Minnesota beats the Astros, 4-2.
2007 🇦🇺 Australian-born Ryan Rowland-Smith becomes the first player to wear a hyphenated last name on a major-league uniform. The 24-year-old Mariner reliever pitches 1⅓ scoreless innings when the Reds rout the team at Safeco Field, 16-1.

2007 The fifth-longest consecutive game streak in baseball history ends at 1,152 when Miguel Tejada sits out when Baltimore plays the Diamondbacks in Arizona. The Oriole shortstop, hit by a pitch thrown by San Diego's Doug Brocail two games ago, resulting in a non-displaced fracture of the left radius, continued his streak with an attempted sac bunt, leaving the contest for a pinch-runner in the first inning.
2008 Mark Teixeira's three home runs account for half of the Braves' runs in their 8-3 interleague victory over Seattle. Atlanta's switch-hitting first baseman smacks solo shots from the left side in the second and fourth innings and then adds a two-run round-tripper batting right-handed in the seventh frame of the Turner Field contest.
2010 Before calling his 5000th major league game, Rays announcer Dewayne Staats throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the hometown team's 2-1 loss to San Diego at Tropicana Field. In his 25th season, the veteran broadcaster has also done play-by-play for the Yankees, Cubs, Astros, and ESPN.
2011 The Marlins tie the franchise record for most losses in a month when the Angels beat them in 10 innings, 6-5. The defeat is the team's 20th out of 22 decisions in June.
2011 In the nightcap of a twin bill split with New York, Chris Heisey blasts three homers and drives in half of the Reds' runs in the team's 10-2 interleague rout of the Bronx Bombers. The Cincinnati leadoff hitter goes deep off Brian Gordon in the first and fifth, and in the eighth frame, he connects off Hector Noesi in the Great American Ball Park contest.
2022 Madison Bumgarner, needing four strikeouts, becomes the 87th major leaguer to reach 2,000 strikeouts when he fans Luke Voit in the fourth frame of the Giants' 10-4 loss to the Padres. The 32-year-old southpaw adds another, striking out the next hitter, Jorge Alfaro, in the Petco Park contest.

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