Dodger catcher Roy Campanella steals home in the top of the 12th inning in a 7-5 victory over St. Louis at Sportsman's Park. Campy had added an insurance run with an eighth-inning round-tripper, but the Redbirds scored three times in the bottom of the ninth to tie the score.
Howard University awards honorary degrees of Doctor of Laws to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and recently retired Dodgers infielder Jackie Robinson. In the coming years, the former baseball great and the Baptist minister will often appear together at Civil Rights rallies, fundraising events, and demonstrations.
Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
The Expos lose their twentieth consecutive game, dropping a 9-5 decision to the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. Montreal's streak of futility falls three defeats shy of the modern major league record established by the Phillies, who lost 23 straight contests in 1961.
Joining Lou Gehrig, Everett Scott, Billy Williams, and Joe Sewell, Dodger infielder Steve Garvey becomes the fifth player in major league history to play in 1,000 consecutive games. The first baseman will appear in 1,207 straight games, establishing a National League record, before the streak ends next season when he breaks his thumb in a collision at home plate, playing for the Padres.