Jack Doyle becomes the first player to collect a pinch-hit when he singles, coming off the bench to bat for Cleveland hurler George Davies in the Spiders' 2-1 loss to the Grooms at Brooklyn's Eastern Park. The 22-year-old utilityman will finish his 17-year career going 3-for-5 (.600) as a pinch-hitter.
Christy Mathewson and Joe McGinnity give up 11 first-inning runs, allowing the Cubs to rout the Giants, 19-0. Matty, who is probably still suffering the effects of diphtheria contracted in the spring, retires only one batter while issuing six bases-on-balls in the West Side Grounds contest.
After a two-year absence, having little success as a performer in vaudeville and the movies, Turkey Mike Donlin returns to the Giants. The disagreeable outfielder, traded to Boston after just a dozen games with New York, will compile a .316 average during his comeback season.
Canceling the scheduled Class D Appalachian League game against the Knoxville Pioneers becomes necessary after discovering a girl's body at the Base Ball Grounds in Tennessee, the home of the Kingsport Indians. The police do not want the bloodhounds confused during the investigation of the foul play at the ballpark.
The A's trounced the Tigers, 12-2, in their one-day road trip to Detroit, made necessary by the Sunday prohibition of baseball in Philadelphia. The Tigers score only a pair of runs in the Navin Field contest, stranding 18 of 20 baserunners (12 hits, 7 BB, and one on base by an error).
At Yankee Stadium, Bronx Bomber right-hander Red Ruffing beats Oral Hildebrand and the Indians in a 16-inning game, 5-4. Both starters go the distance, with the 31-year-old future Hall of Famer facing 63 Cleveland batters without recording a strikeout.
In a game against the Red Sox, Indians' pitcher Johnny Allen storms off the mound and doesn't return when ump Bill McGowan orders him to cut off his distracting dangling sweatshirt sleeve. The shirt winds up in the Hall of Fame, but the Lenoir (NC) native, doesn't.
Tiger southpaw Hal Newhouser walks nine in six innings, contributing to the 3-1 loss to the White Sox at Comiskey Park. 'Prince Hal,' a future Hall of Famer, will average nearly 4.5 bases-on-balls per nine innings during the season.
The Red Sox compile 42 total bases in their 20-4 bashing of the Browns. The Fenway fireworks will continue tomorrow when Boston adds insult to injury, beating St. Louis, 29-4.
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
In the Cardinals' 9-1 loss to Pittsburgh at Forbes Field, Bob Gibson ties a major league record when he strikes out four batters in one inning, the additional whiff coming from a wild pitch. The fourth-inning strikeout victims include Jerry Lynch, Jim Pagliaroni, Bill Mazeroski, and Don Cardwell.
The A's select future Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson in the first round of the amateur draft, second pick overall. The Mets, with the first overall pick, choose Steve Chilcott, a high school catcher who will never play a day in the major league.
The Reds play their major-league record 11th consecutive one-run game, losing to San Francisco at Crosley Field, 4-3. En route to striking out 15, including fanning Willie Mays four timesCincinnati's 19-year-old fireballer Gary Nolan takes the loss after Willie McCovey blasts a three-run eighth-inning round-tripper, with reliever Bob Lee allowing the decisive run to score in the frame.
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.
Washington's D.C. Stadium is officially renamed Robert F. Kennedy Stadium during a memorial service for the slain U.S. senator at the ballpark. Former NFLer Roosevelt Grier and Olympian Rafer Johnson are in attendance at the ceremony, who each helped apprehend RFK's assassin, Sirhan B. Sirhan, at the Ambassador Hotel.
Vic Davalillo gets two hits during the seventh inning of the Cardinals' 10-7 comeback victory over San Diego at Busch Stadium. The first of the Venezuelan outfielder's two singles comes when he leads off the frame as a pinch-hitter for Bob Gibson.
In the nightcap of a twin bill, the Pirates edge the Padres in 18 innings at Jack Murphy Stadium, 1-0. The winning run crosses the plate due to Gene Alley forcing in a run with a base-on-balls, following Bill Mazeroski receiving an intentional walk to load the bases.
Royals' scout Rosey Gilhousen signs University of La Verne standout Dan Quisenberry as an undrafted free agent. During his ten-year tenure with Kansas City, the right-handed reliever saves 238 games, leading the American League for five seasons.
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.
Steve Carlton of the Phillies strikes out Cardinals' outfielder Lonnie Smith for his 3,522nd career strikeout to pass Nolan Ryan as the all-time strikeout leader. On the same night, Ryan strikes out three San Francisco batters to finish one shy of Lefty's total but will finish his career with 5,714, far ahead of the Philadelphia left-hander's mark of 4,136.
Amos Otis, who was named the team's Player of the Year three times during his 14 seasons with Kansas City, and Steve Busby, who averaged more than 18 wins a season before a rotator cuff injury shorten his career, are honored at Kauffman Stadium. During the pregame ceremony, the pair is inducted into the newly created Royals Hall of Fame, becoming the first players to be so honored by the team.
For the first time in major league history, the same game is played partly outdoors and partly indoors when the Blue Jays beat the Brewers, 4-2, in a contest that features the closing of the SkyDome's retractable roof in the fifth inning due to inclement weather.
On his 26th birthday, Trevor Wilson finishes his complete-game gem by striking out the side in the ninth on nine pitches in the Giants' 3-0 victory over the Astros at Candlestick Park. The San Francisco southpaw accomplishes his immaculate inning by fanning Jeff Bagwell (swinging), Eric Anthony (swinging), and Rafael Ramirez (swinging), with the third out recorded with the catcher throwing the dropped third strike to first base to end the game.
Dave Burba becomes the first Indians' pitcher to homer in 26 years when he goes deep in a 6-1 interleague victory over the Reds at Cinergy Field. Ironically, the right-hander was scheduled to be the Opening Day pitcher for Cincinnati but was traded to Cleveland for Sean Casey the day before the season started.
After going 6-0 against Atlanta and Florida, the Cubs complete their third consecutive three-game sweep by beating the White Sox, 13-7. The last time Chicago put together a similar streak occurred in 1918.
The Crespos both hit home runs, making it the 28th time in major league history that brothers have gone deep in the same game. In the seventh inning for the Padres, Cesar homers, and his younger sibling, Felipe, blasts round-trippers in the second and the sixth for the Giants in San Diego's 10-7 victory at Pacific Bell Park.
The Rockies, who recorded just ten sacrifice flies during their first 58 games, tie a major league with five sac flies during the 16-9 Coors Field victory over Pittsburgh. The Mariners established the mark against Oakland in 1988.
With the Yankees' 10-3 victory over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, Joe Torre wins his 2,000th game as a manager. The former Braves (257), Mets (286), and Cardinals (351) skipper becomes the first person in big-league history to have reached the milestone and also have at least 2,000 hits as a player.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning at Network Associates Coliseum, Shannon Stewart lines a single to right field to break up Curt Schilling's no-hitter. Thanks to a first-inning home run by David Ortiz, the Red Sox beat the A's, 1-0.
Johnny Damon goes 6-for-6, including a walk-off single, which gives New York a wild 12-11 comeback victory over the Royals. The outfielder becomes the first Bronx Bomber and only the second player to collect six hits at Yankee Stadium.
Starlin Castro becomes the 28th player to collect 500 hits before the age of 23 when he singles off A.J. Burnett with two outs in the fifth inning in the Cubs' 12-2 victory over the Bucs at PNC Park. The 22-year, 167-day old Chicago shortstop reaches the milestone in his 421st major league game.
As part of Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary, the Cubs honor 97-year-old Lennie Merullo, who receives a rousing ovation when he tosses the ceremonial first pitch before the team's 5-2 victory over the Marlins. The former infielder, who went 0-for-2 in three games for Chicago in the 1945 Fall Classic, is the last living person to play in a World Series game for the franchise.