A moment in American history occurs in Brooklyn when Branch Rickey meets with Jackie Robinson to share his plans to integrate the major leagues. During the three-hour meeting, the Dodgers' president will shout racial epithets to 'test' the 26-year-old ballplayer's mettle to withstand the abuse that will come with being the first player to cross the color line this century.
The Giants' 16-game winning streak ends when Howie Pollet six-hits the team in the Pirates' 2-0 victory at the Polo Grounds. The consecutive victories enable Leo Durocher and his club to narrow the Dodgers' lead from 13.5 to six.
Giants hurler Gaylord Perry begins the longest consecutive inning scoreless streak in franchise history when he shuts out the Dodgers at Candlestick Park, 7-0. The right-hander will not give up another run for 40 innings, a feat the son of a tenant farmer from North Carolina will repeat three seasons later.
Steve Garvey collects five extra-base hits in one game when he bashes three doubles and two homers, including a grand slam, in the Dodgers' 11-0 rout over St. Louis at Chavez Ravine. The LA first baseman becomes just the fourth major leaguer to accomplish the feat, joining Lou Boudreau (1946 Indians - HR, four 2B), Joe Adcock (1954 Braves - four HR, 2B), and Willie Stargell (1970 Pirates - two HR, three 2B).
Eric Gagne earns his 44th straight save when he retires the side in order in the Dodgers' 6-3 victory over the Astros at Minute Maid Park. En route to expanding the mark to 55, the 27-year-old Los Angeles reliever's effort establishes a new major league record, surpassing Tom Gordon, who had saved 43 in a row to begin a season with the Red Sox in 1998.
In the 11-2 victory over the Dodgers, Cristian Guzman becomes the second player in Nationals history to hit for the cycle, joining Brad Wilkerson, who accomplished the feat in 2005, the team's first year in Washington, D.C.
The 30-year-old shortstop completes his cycle with an eighth-inning triple.
"Vin will be back for one more year (at least). God bless us, everyone" - JIMMY KIMMEL's cue card message to the crowd.
Team executive Magic Johnson, appearing on the Dodger Stadium video board, introduces Jimmy Kimmel to report "big, breaking news." The ABC late-night television host, who waves to the fans without saying a word, displays a succession of cue cards, informing the Chavez Ravine crowd the 87-year-old Vin Scully will return to broadcast Dodgers games in 2016, his 67th season.
On the same day MLB celebrated Jackie Robinson Day, Chadwick Boseman, the actor who portrayed the Brooklyn Dodgers star in the 2013 movie 42, dies of colon cancer. The 43-year-old actor, best known for the title role in Marvel's blockbuster Black Panther, played music legend James Brown and future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshal on the big screen.