At Forbes Field, Hank Greenberg asks Jackie Robinson if the Dodger infielder was hurt in a collision with him at first base earlier in the game and then tells the embattled Brooklyn rookie, "Stick in there. You're doing fine. Keep your chin up." Jackie remarks to the writers a few days later that Hank Greenberg is his "diamond hero," knowing the Pirates' first baseman, who endured bigotry as a Jew, can appreciate the difficulties of being the first black major leaguer this century.
Los Angeles trades Glenn Burke, one of the most popular and respected players on the team, to the A's for veteran outfielder Billy North, who hits .234 during the one season with his new club. After refusing a bribe by Dodger GM Al Campanis in the offseason to get married, the closeted gay player knew his time with the Dodgers was nearing an end with management's awareness of his sexual preference.
Lee Lacy, pinch-hitting for Davey Lopes in the Los Angeles 10-1 rout of the Pirates, goes deep in the bottom of the eighth inning off Will McEnaney at Dodger Stadium. The utility player becomes the first player in major league history to homer in three consecutive at-bats as a pinch-hitter.
Using only 21 dates, the Blue Jays reach the one-million mark in attendance sooner than any team in major league history. The 1991 Blue Jays and the 1981 Dodgers shared the previous record.