The Giants join the Dodgers and Senators to have their players wear protective headgear. The sewn-in durable plastic liners do not provide a defense against a pair of defeats when the team drops both ends of a doubleheader to Pittsburgh at the Polo Grounds, 5-4 and 4-3.
After an 86-minute delay, the first fog out in major league history occurs at Ebbets Field when the umpires call off the Dodgers' game against the Cubs due to extremely poor visibility. The postponement occurs with Brooklyn having a 1-0 lead with one out in the bottom of the second inning.
The day after the assassination of Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy in Los Angeles, Maury Wills refuses to play in a 4-2 loss to the Dodgers, his former team. The 35-year-old Pirate shortstop stays in the Chavez Ravine training room, reading RFK's book,To Seek a New World.
Mike Piazza hits the longest home run recorded in the history of Joe Robbie Stadium when his first career grand slam is estimated to travel 477 feet. The catcher's Ruthian blast, one of four Dodger round-trippers during the Florida contest, isn't enough to thwart the Marlins' 11-10 come-from-behind victory.
On the sixth day of the sixth month of the sixth year of the century, the Dodgers score six runs in the sixth inning during the sixth game of the homestand, beating the Mets, 8-5. On 05/05/05, the Twins scored five times in the fifth inning en route to a 9-0 victory over the Indians.
At Petco Park, Trevor Hoffman becomes the first reliever to save 500 games. The all-time saves leader tosses only ten ninth-inning pitches, including an 87 mph fastball thrown past Russell Martin for the final out, to reach the milestone in the Padres' 5-3 victory over the Dodgers.