1906 Herbert M. Whitney, a catcher for the Burlington Pathfinders, becomes the first professional baseball player to die as a result of being hit by a pitch. The beaning occurred two days ago in an Iowa State League contest against the Waterloo Microbes.
1913 After failing in Cincinnati and moving across the Ohio River to Covington, Kentucky, the Federal League team decides to relocate again. The franchise shift to Kansas City, which is American Association territory, will cause organized baseball to ‘declare war’ on the upstart league.
1913 In the nightcap against the A’s at Washington’s Griffith Stadium, Eddie Ainsmith steals three bases in one inning. After safely reaching base on a single in the bottom of the ninth frame, the 23 year-old catcher’s thievery of second, third, and home proves to be of little consequence when Philadelphia routs the Nats, 10-3.
1916 The Indians became the first major league club to field a team with numbered uniforms when they take on Chicago at Cleveland’s League Park. The use of large numerals on the players’ left sleeve and corresponding scorecards lasts just a few weeks, and, after a brief trial next season, the concept will be totally abandoned.
1924 In a matchup at the Polo Grounds, Giants’ right-hander Virgil Barnes faces his older sibling, Jesse, marking the first time brothers have started against one another in major league history. Neither of Luther and Sade’s sons will be credited with the victory, but Jesse will be tagged with the loss when New York beats his Braves, 11-7.
1935 Pirate center fielder Lloyd Waner sets the major league mark, recording 18 putouts during a doubleheader played at Braves Field. The future Hall of Famer’s defense helps the Bucs to sweep last-place Boston, 4-2 and 5-1.
1938 Carl Hubbell goes the distance, beating Chicago, 5-1, at the Polo Grounds to notch his 200th victory. The future Hall of Fame right-hander will finish his 16-year career, all with the Giants, compiling a 253-154 (.622) record along with an ERA of 2.98.
1939 The Yankees play their first night game in franchise history, losing to Connie Mack’s A’s, 3-2, at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, where the first-ever American evening tilt took place last month. The Bronx Bombers will not play their first home game under the lights for another seven years.
1944 At the Polo Grounds with over 50,000 fans looking on, the New York major league teams face each other in a six inning three-team game (a team played consecutive innings against the other two teams then sat out an inning) to raise money for war bonds. The charity contest, billed as the Tri-Cornered Baseball Game, ends with the final score of Dodgers 5, Yankees 1, Giants 0.
1946 Giants player-manager Mel Ott decides to stop playing and do only his dugout duties for the team. ‘Master Mel’s’ decision is prompted by a .048 batting average, when the future Hall of Famer has collected only two hits in 48 at-bats this season.
1948 Lou Boudreau, the Tribe’s player-manager, who will finish the season with 199 hits, has a two-run single taken away when his pitcher Bob Mancrief misses third base in the Indians’ 5-0 victory over Washington. The right-hander makes up for his base running gaffe by hurling a three-hit shutout in the Cleveland Stadium contest.
1957 Young center fielder Willie Mays collects four hits, scores three runs, and drives in four batters in the Giants’ 17-7 victory over the Reds at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field. The close game becomes a blowout when the Jints score seven runs in the sixth and five more in the seventh.
1960 With the help of Ron Santo, making his major league debut, the Cubs sweep a doubleheader from first-place Pittsburgh, 7-5 and 7-6. The rookie third baseman, who will be elected into the Hall of Fame posthumously by the Veterans Committee in 2012, goes 3-for-7, driving in five runs during the twin bill at Forbes Field.
1961 The Yankees beat the Angels, 8-6, and Yogi Berra collects his 2000th career hit, all as a Bronx Bomber. To celebrate the achievement, a huge cake is rolled out in Wrigley Field in Los Angeles.
1962 Earl Wilson, the Red Sox’ first black hurler, no-hits the Angels at Fenway Park, 2-0. The 27 year-old right-hander also drives in the first run of the game when he goes deep off loser Bo Belinsky, who also pitched a no-hitter last month.
1963 In a clear message of support for the German people, President John F. Kennedy delivers his iconic “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner) speech from the steps of Rathaus Schneberg in front of an audience estimated at 450,000. During his visit, large crowds greet JFK with banners, including one that reads, “Let’s Go Mets”.
1963 The Colt .45’s snap their streak of 30 consecutive innings without scoring a run when Al Spangler goes deep in the sixth frame of a 7-2 victory over Milwaukee. The Houston outfielder’s round-tripper is only the second run the team has scored in the last 70 innings.
1964 University of Wisconsin standout Rick Reichardt receives the highest bonus to date when he signs with the Angels for $200,000. The bidding war for the talented Badger outfielder ultimately led the owners to institute a draft, which started in 1965 when Arizona State University’s Rick Monday became the first-ever #1 overall selection.
1966 Ron Santo is struck in the face by a pitch thrown by Mets’ starter Jack Fisher. The Cubs third baseman’s fractured cheek, which will be operated on tomorrow, ends his record consecutive streak at the hot corner at 390 games, but his 27-game hitting streak, one shy of the franchise mark, stays intact with a first-inning single.
1968 Cardinals right-hander Bob Gibson tosses his fifth consecutive shutout as he blanks the Pirates, 3-0, in the first game of a doubleheader played at Busch Stadium. The future Hall of Famer’s accomplishment is one shy of the major league mark, set earlier in the month by Don Drysdale of the Dodgers.
1970 Frank Robinson hits two grand slams in the same game, helping Baltimore to beat the Senators, 12-2. The Oriole outfielder, who accomplishes the feat in consecutive at bats, is the seventh major leaguer to hit two bases-full homers in one game.
1977 Pete Vukovich pitches the first shutout in Blue Jay history, blanking Baltimore at Memorial Stadium, 2-0. The victory also marks the 24 year-old’s first scoreless complete contest, a feat he will accomplish eight times during his 11-year career.
1983 Rusty Staub ties the single season record with his eighth consecutive pinch hit. ‘Le Grand Orange’ equals the 1958 mark established by Dave Philley of the Phillies when he singles in the ninth inning off reliever Ron Reed in the Mets’ 8-4 loss to Philadelphia at Shea Stadium.
1985 At Jack Russell Stadium, the organist is ejected by umpire Keith O’Connor from a Class A Florida League game for playing Three Blind Mice following a close call which goes against the Clearwater Phillies. The self-taught musician becomes famous, signing autographs, “Wilbur Snapp, Three Blind Mice organist” as the incident is reported by NBC’s Today show weatherman Willard Scott and is heard on Paul Harvey’s syndicated radio program.
1987 Although the Red Sox have a 9-0 second-inning advantage, Roger Clemens is unable to hold the lead, with the Yankees coming back to win in ten innings, 12-11. Boston’s third baseman Wade Boggs, who is walked intentionally twice during the Bronx ballpark contest, sees his 25-game hitting streak come to an end.
1995 Prior to rejoining the Yankees to make a start in Chicago, Columbus Clipper starter Mariano Rivera pitches a five-inning no-hitter against the IL’s Rochester Red Wings in Ohio’s Cooper Stadium. During his tenure in the minor leagues, Mo, the future major league leader in career saves, is used primarily as a starter, starting 68 games, including seven complete contests, en route to compiling a 27-18 record along with a 2.35 ERA.
1999 At Candlestick Park, Todd Hundley’s second homer of the day, a ninth inning three-run shot to deep right field off Giants’ closer Robb Nen, sparks the Dodgers’ 7-6 comeback win. Ellis Burks had put San Francisco ahead in the bottom of the eighth, 6-4, with a three-run homer off Alan Mills.
2000 Alex Cabrera homers in his first major league at-bat, hitting a two-run pinch-hit round-tripper off Yorkis Perez in Arizona’s 6-1 victory over the Astros at Bank One Ballpark. The 28 year-old minor league veteran of nine seasons becomes the first player in the franchise’s three-year history to accomplish the feat.
2001 Not known for being a base thief during his playing days, Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon steals first base when he is ejected in the seventh frame for arguing a close play in the team’s eventual 7-6, 12 inning come-from-behind victory over Milwaukee at PNC Park. “I told him (first base ump Rick Reed) he wasn’t using it, so I thought I’d take it,” explains the Bucs’ skipper after pulling the bag out of the ground and carrying it into the Pirates’ dugout.
2003 Edgar Martinez, who already holds the Mariners all-time records for games played, at-bats, hits, doubles, total bases, extra-base hits, walks, and runs scored, passes Ken Griffey Jr.’s franchise mark for RBIs. His two-run homer in the team’s 10-6 victory over the Angels gives the All-Star designated hitter 1,153 RBIs, one more than Junior.
2005 At Oklahoma City’s SBC Bricktown Ballpark, the public address announcer informs the Red Hawks fans of a lineup change, “now batting for Nashville, pinch-hitting for Corey Hart, Corey Hart.” The Sounds, who already had an outfielder named Corey Hart on their roster, recently acquired an infielder also named Corey Hart from the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League.
2010 Needing 149 pitches to accomplish the feat, Edwin Jackson no-hits the Rays at Tropicana Field, 1-0. The Diamondbacks’ right-hander walks eight batters and hits another en route to joining Randy Johnson as the second pitcher in franchise history to throw a no-hitter.
2011 Three days after Jim Riggleman’s sudden resignation, the Nationals name senior advisor Davey Johnson as the team’s manager for the remainder of the season. The 68 year-old former skipper compiled a 1148-888 (.564) record during his 14 years in the dugout with the Mets, Dodgers, Reds, and Orioles, finishing lower than third place on only three occasions.
2012 At Yankee Stadium, third-base umpire Mike DiMuro rules that New York outfielder Dewayne Wise had made a clean catch of Indians’ Jack Hannahan’s pop fly in the stands to end the seventh inning. Replays, however, clearly show the empty-handed left fielder never made the catch, and Vinnie Pellegrino, a fan from West Islip, NY has the ball.
2015 Prince Fielder hits his 300th career home run when he goes deep to right field off Mark Buehrle in the first inning of the Rangers’ 12-2 loss to Toronto at the Rogers Centre. The Texas Ranger first baseman’s milestone round-tripper makes him and his dad, Cecil (319), only the second son-father combo to hit 300-plus homers, joining Barry and Bobby Bonds.