In an afternoon game called because of unusual darkness, Giants' pitcher Red Ames, making his major league debut, tosses a five-inning no-hitter against the Cardinals. The right-hander, who will no-hit the Superbas in 1909 before yielding a single with the tenth, has his no-hit bids discounted when a change of rules in 1991 no longer gives credit for no-hitters played in less than nine innings or contests where the first hit occurs in extra innings.
Cubs right-hander Larry Cheney, giving up fourteen hits, earns his 20th victory, blanking the Giants at Chicago's West Side Grounds, 7-0. The contest marks the first time a team collects that many hits without scoring a run.
Red Sox first baseman George Burns completes an unassisted triple play against the Indians as he gathers in Frank Brower's line drive, tags Rube Lutzke coming from first base and beats Riggs Stephenson back to second.
With his 6-5 victory over the Giants at Sportsman's Park, Cardinals' right-hander Howie Krist finishes the season with a perfect 10-0 record. Spud's spotless season establishes a National League mark, recording the most wins in a season without a defeat.
The Yankees clinch their 13th American League pennant, beating Cleveland at League Park, 8-3. The Bronx Bombers will finish the season 103-51, nine games ahead of Boston, but lose the World Series to the Cardinals in five games.
Preacher Roe wins his 20th game when the Dodgers beat the Pirates at Forbes Field, 3-1. The 36-year-old southpaw from Viola (AK) will finish the season with a 22-3 record, throwing 19 complete games in his 33 starts.
Browns' left fielder Bob Nieman hits consecutive dingers off Mickey McDermott, becoming the first rookie to hit home runs in his first two major league at-bats. In his third trip to the plate, the 24-year-old freshman beats out a bunt for a base hit in the team's 9-6 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
In the Giants' 1-0 victory over the Redbirds, Willie Mays strokes a first-inning double and scores the game's lone run. The two-bagger is the Say Hey Kid's 82nd extra-base hit of the season, breaking the team record established by Mel Ott.
Herb Score whiffs nine batters in the Indians' 3-2 loss to the Senators at Griffith Stadium to establish a new rookie record for strikeouts in a season, surpassing Grover Cleveland Alexander's mark of 227 strikeouts set in 1911. The American League Rookie of the Year will finish the campaign with 245 punchouts, not reached again until 1985 when Mets' right-hander Dwight Gooden strikes out 251 batters.
In a nationally televised game, Denny McLain becomes a thirty-game winner when the Tigers rally for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Oakland 5-4. The Detroit right-hander, who will finish the season 31-6, is the first hurler to accomplish the feat since Dizzy Dean reached the milestone in 1934.
With over two weeks remaining in the season, the Orioles clinch the first-ever American League East title when they beat Cleveland at Memorial Stadium, 7-3. The heavily favored Birds will sweep Minnesota, the AL West Champs, to capture a pennant but lose the World Series in five games to the Amazin' Mets.
The Nettles, for the second time in their careers, hit home runs in the same game when Graig goes yard in the first frame with Tiger southpaw Mickey Lolich on the mound, and his brother Jim takes Yankee right-hander Pat Dobson deep in the second inning of New York's 10-7 victory in Detroit. In 1972, the siblings hit round-trippers as opponents in the same contest when Graig's Indians beat Jim's Twins at Cleveland Stadium, 5-3.
In his 242nd major league game as a teenager, Brewers shortstop Robin Yount breaks Mel Ott's forty-seven-year-old record. The youthful infielder was 18 years, two months, and six days old when he debuted with Milwaukee in 1973.
At Memorial Stadium, Dennis Martinez wins his major league debut, pitching 5.2 innings of shutout baseball in relief in the Orioles' 9-7 victory over the Tigers. The Granada native, who will win 245 games, is the first person from Nicaragua to appear in a major league game.
In the Braves' 4-0 decision over the Giants, Jim Bouton, who will finish his career with a 62-63 record, notches his last major league win, limiting the opponents to three hits in six innings of work. The victory marks the first time since 1970 that the 39-year-old 'Bulldog' has won a game in the big leagues.
At Royals Stadium, Kansas City rookie outfielder Bo Jackson hits his first major league home run. The 475-foot blast hit by the NFL running back is the longest homer ever hit in the ballpark.
Bob Brenly, usually a catcher, ties a major league record by making four errors in one inning playing third base. The Giants infielder makes amends by hitting two homers, including the ninth-inning game-winner that gives San Francisco a 7-6 walk-off victory over Atlanta at Candlestick Park.
The Blue Jays blast a major league record of ten home runs in an 18-3 rout of the Orioles at Exhibition Stadium. Ernie Whitt goes deep three times, Rance Mulliniks and George Bell each hit a pair, and Lloyd Moseby, Rob Ducey, and Fred McGriff go deep once, with Baltimore's Mike Hart adding one to tie the two-team major league mark of 11.
In the seventh inning of an 18-3 rout of the Orioles at Exhibition Stadium, Kelly Gruber, appearing as a pinch-hitter, makes all three outs by hitting into a double play and then finishing the seven-run frame with a strikeout. In between his at-bats, there are five singles and two home runs.
"What the hell — he couldn’t hit a twenty-run homer." - CAL RIPKEN SR, the Orioles manager responding to why he ended his son's consecutive-innings streak.
In an 18-3 Toronto blowout, which features the visitors hitting a major league record ten home runs, Orioles' manager Cal Ripken Sr. puts Ron Washington at shortstop, ending his son's record streak at 8,243 consecutive innings, a span of 904 games.
In his first start against his former club, Mike Boddicker beats the Orioles, 4-1, with Red Sox outfielder Mike Greenwell hitting for the cycle. Last month, Baltimore traded the popular right-hander, who had spent nine years with the club, to Boston for Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling.
Mariner Ken Griffey and his son, Junior, become the first father and son to hit homers in the same major league game. Angel hurler Kirk McCaskill gives up the back-to-back blasts.
Baltimore's Juan Bell's tenth inning at-bat against Eric Bell is not a ringing success when he flies out to Albert Belle in left field. The Orioles drop the Memorial Stadium contest to the clangorous Cleveland club in 11 innings, 6-5.
Mike Piazza sets the major league record for home runs by a rookie catcher when he hits his 29th round-tripper, a first-inning two-run shot off San Diego's Doug Brocail over the center field fence at Jack Murphy Stadium. The National League's eventual Rookie of the Year, who will finish the season with 35, breaks the mark set by Matt Nokes, a freshman backstop for the Tigers in 1987.
Due to the strike, 26 of the 28 MLB team owners vote to cancel the remainder of the season, making baseball the first major professional sport to lose an entire postseason because of a labor dispute. The 232-day work stoppage will result in 948 canceled games, shortening the 1994 and 1995 seasons.
Todd Hundley, the son of former Cubs backstop Randy Hundley, passes Roy Campanella as the all-time leader in homers by a catcher. The 27-year-old All-Star 41st round-tripper of the season, which also establishes the single-season record for the Mets, helps the team come back from a five-run deficit and eventually beat the Braves, 6-5.
Mark McGwire hits his 50th home run off Cleveland hurler Chad Ogea, becoming the 13th player in major league history to reach that plateau. The A's first baseman gives the milestone ball to his eight-year-old son, Matthew.
At Kauffman Stadium, the Royals become the fifth team in baseball history to score in every inning. The eight innings of consistency lead to a 16-6 win over the A's.
The Braves clinch their seventh straight division title, taking the NL East crown with a 4-2 victory over Philadelphia at Turner Field. Only seven professional sports franchises have finished consecutively first during the regular season at least seven times.
With a 12-2 pounding of the Phillies at the Astrodome, Houston establishes a club record with a twelve-game winning streak. The Astros' victory also extends Philadelphia's losing streak to 11 consecutive games.
The Devil Rays, playing the 148th game on the schedule, suffer their 100th defeat, losing to the Blue Jays at the SkyDome, 8-4. Tampa Bay (48-100) becomes the first team to lose 100 games in consecutive seasons since Toronto accomplished the dubious mark for three straight years, starting in 1979.
Barry Bonds ties Hank Aaron for the most 100-RBI seasons by a National League player when he drives in his 100th run of the 11th time. The major league record is 13, shared by Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, and Babe Ruth.
🇹🇼 Chin-Feng Chen becomes the first Taiwan-born player to appear in the major leagues as he walks and scores as a pinch-hitter for the Dodgers against the Rockies. The 24-year-old first baseman-outfielder played for the 1990 Taiwan team, which won the Little League World Series.
Vladimir Guerrero, homering in his final at-bat, hits for 'Le Carrousel' at Montreal's Olympic Stadium. The Expos right fielder, facing the Mets southpaw Tom Glavine, doubled (2nd), singled (3rd), tripled (5th), and then completed the sixth cycle in team history by going deep off Dan Wheeler (7th).
Dropping a 7-2 decision to Kansas City at Comerica Park, the Tigers become the first team in 34 years to lose 110 games in a season. The defeat sets a dubious franchise mark for losses in a year, surpassing the 1996 Detroit squad that finished the season with a 53-109 record.
Braves' center fielder Andruw Jones hits his 50th home run in the eighth inning of a 12-4 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Curacao native is the first major leaguer to reach the plateau since Alex Rodriguez hit 57 homers playing shortstop for the Rangers in 2002.
On the day his mother passes away, Roger Clemens makes his start as a tribute to her. The 'Rocket' wins when the Astros beat the Marlins, 10-2, the score Bess predicted when she told him she wanted him to start that night.
On his way to home plate to score ahead of Tony Graffanino, who homered over the left-field wall, Gabe Kapler ruptures his Achilles tendon while rounding second, and he cannot continue around the bases. After a delay of five minutes, the Red Sox outfielder needs to be carried off the field and replaced in the basepaths by pinch-runner Alejandro Machado to finish the trip around the diamond in Boston's 5-3 win over Toronto at the Skydome.
Ten-year-old Bosox fan Griffin Whitman is disappointed when Yankees outfielder Shelley Duncan when asked for an autograph, writes in the boy's spiral-bound notebook, "RED SOX SUCK!" before signing his name. The 27-year-old flychaser, whose dad is the respected pitching coach of the Cardinals, is surprised by the family's adverse reaction.
In an Astros home game moved to Milwaukee's Miller Park due to Hurricane Ike, Carlos Zambrano becomes the first Cub to throw a no-hitter since Milt Pappas threw a hitless game against the Padres in 1972. The Cub right-hander's 5-0 gem, in which only a fourth-inning walk to Michael Bourn and Hunter Pence's HBP in the fifth spoils a bid for a perfect game, becomes the first no-no tossed in a neutral site.
Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, with his eighth-inning thievery in a 7-4 loss to the Braves at Shea Stadium, becomes the first player to have four straight seasons of 50 or more stolen bases playing for a New York area team, which also includes the Yankees, Dodgers, and Giants. The accomplishment extends the infielder's record, as he is the only Gotham major leaguer to accomplish the feat for three consecutive years.
With their 3-2 loss to St. Louis, the Pirates extend their record streak of consecutive losing seasons to 19 straight years, the longest in American professional sports history. The Bucs, who led the NL Central by a half-game on July 20, have lost 38 of 54 contests since then, leaving the team with a 67-82 won-loss record.
Braves' fireballer Brandon Beachy establishes the modern franchise record for strikeouts in a season by a rookie pitcher when he whiffs eight batters in 4.1 innings, bringing his total to 160. Irv Young struck out 156 in 1905 when the team played in Boston and was known as the Beaneaters.
After missing fifty contests for a PED infraction in April 2008 while playing for the Giants, Eliezer Alfonzo becomes the first player to be suspended twice under the MLB drug program. The Colorado catcher will appeal the 100-game suspension, having the ban overturned for procedural reasons when the handling of his urine sample doesn't follow the protocol outlined in baseball's agreement with the players.
With runners on first and second in the fourth frame of the Pirates' 7-3 victory over the Cubs, the team turns a 5-4-3 triple play when Josh Harrison fields Matt Szczur's grounder and steps on third, forcing Chris Valaika before firing the ball to second to Neil Walker to retire Mike Ott. The second baseman's relay to first-sacker Andrew Lambo completes the first triple killing in the 14-year history of PNC Park.
Jonathan Papelbon grabs his crotch in response to the boos from the Citizens Bank Park crowd after he gives up four runs in the ninth inning of the Phillies' 5-4 loss to Miami. After he insisted he wasn't making a vulgar motion toward fans, Major League Baseball suspends the apologetic closer for seven games for the lewd gesture and for bumping umpire Joe West, who receives a suspension for pulling on the reliever's jersey after throwing him out of the game.
After Francisco Lindor ties the game with a ninth-inning two-out, two-strike double, the Indians go on to win their 22nd consecutive game in the next inning when Jay Bruce hits a walk-off double, giving the team a 3-2 victory over the Royals at Progressive Field. The win will be the Tribe's only walk-off during the longest major league winning streak since the 1916 Giants set the record with 26 straight without a loss.
For the first time since 1908, when recording stats started, a team wins a nine-inning game with just one baserunner when the Diamondbacks beat the Reds, 1-0. The lone run in the Chase Field contest scores when Jarrod Dyson's sacrifice fly plates Nick Ahmed, who doubled and advanced to third on an error leading off the third inning.