1911 With just one punch, Sherry Magee KOs home plate umpire Bill Finneran after he is ejected for disputing a called third strike. The star Phillies flychaser, who is suspended for the rest of the season, will be reinstated after 36 games due to an appeal.
1911 When umpire Bill Klem stops the Phillies-Cardinals game to have an unruly fan removed from the Baker Bowl, it is believed to be the first time a patron has been escorted from a ballpark. The common practice at the time was to use bodyguards after the contest to protect the arbitrators, rather than risk the crowd’s ire by ousting one of their own.
1917 Thanks to Ray Caldwell’s nine and two-thirds innings of no-hit relief, the Yankees beat the Browns in St. Louis, 7-5 in a 17 inning game. The hard-living right-hander, one of the 17 hurlers allowed to continue throwing the spitball after the pitch was outlawed in 1920, will no-hit his former team playing for Tris Speaker’s Indians in 1919.
1920 Tris Speaker, who has collected 11 consecutive hits, is finally thwarted by Washington hurler Tom Zachary. The “Grey Eagle’s” effort establishes a record, which will not be broken until 1938, when Red Sox third baseman Pinky Higgins hits 12 knocks in a row.
1928 Although the Indians bang out 14 hits, the Tribe fails to score a run in a 9-0 nightcap loss to the Senators in a Griffith Stadium twin bill. It is only the second time a team has been shut out after collecting that many hits.
1929 The Pirates rout the Phillies 15-9 at the Baker Bowl in a game which features one homer hit in each inning. Pittsburgh goes deep five times, with Philadelphia adding four more.
1932 Indians’ flychaser Johnny Burnett in 11 at-bats collects a record nine hits in an 18-inning game in which the A’s outscore the Tribe, 18-17. After replacing A’s starter Lew Krausse in the second inning, Ed Rommel, who gives up a record 29 hits, is forced to hurl 17 innings in relief to get the victory, his 171st and final major league win, when manager/owner Connie Mack, trying to save train fare, brings only two pitchers.
1934 At the All-Star Game played in New York’s Polo Grounds, Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell faces a starting lineup comprised of nine eventual Hall of Famers. ‘King Carl’ is up to the unique occurrence in baseball history when he fans the first five batters he faces, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin.
1935 In the fourth evening game ever played in major league history, Babe Herman becomes the first player to hit a home run during a night game The Reds’ cleanup hitter’s seventh-inning round-tripper off Dutch Leonard contributes to the 15-2 rout over the Brooklyn at Crosley Field.
1935 Galveston Buccaneers right-hander Ed Cole throws the first perfect game in Texas League history, beating the Tulsa Oilers at Moody Park, 1-0. Bill McGhee’s inside-the-park home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning accounts for the contest’s only run.
1936 At Forbes Field, Chuck Klein becomes the first National League player to hit four home runs in one game in this century. The Phillies’ 36 year-old outfielder’s offensive outburst, which includes his final round-tripper on the first pitch in the tenth inning, powers Philadelphia’s 9-6 victory over Pittsburgh.
1943 Some of the Dodgers, led by infielder Arky Vaughan, threaten not to play in today’s game to protest the suspension of their teammate Bobo Newsome by manager Leo Durocher. The Ebbet’s Field contest begins ten-minutes late with Brooklyn plummeting the Pirates, 23-6, and in a few days, Newsome, who had argued with his skipper over a pitch selection in a previous game, is traded to the Browns for Archie McKain and Fritz Ostermueller.
1947 During the first game of a twin bill in front of 47,871 Tribe fans, Don Black retires the final ten A’s batters he faces to record the first no-hitter in the history of Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium. The crowd, the largest ever to witness a no-hitter, endures the rain and six walks as the Indians right-hander completes the 3-0 victory, the eighth no-no in franchise history.
1951 In the second All-Star Game played in Detroit, the National League beat their AL rivals at Briggs Stadium, 8-3. Although their team’s circuit loses, the 52,075 Motor City fans are treated to home runs hit by hometown favorites George Kell and Vic Wertz.
1953 With Roy Campanella’s home run off Giants hurler Sal Maglie, the Dodgers establish a National League record, homering in their 24th consecutive game. Campy’s homer is the only run Brooklyn scores as the Giants extend their winning streak to seven with the 6-1 victory.
1962 John F. Kennedy returns to D.C. Stadium and becomes the first president to throw the ceremonial first pitch at an All-Star Game, a 3-1 National League victory. In April, JFK, who will stay for the entire contest, threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Senators’ home opener, the first game played in Washington’s new $24-million ballpark.
1968 The American League and National League agree on next year’s expansion and playoff format. Each league will divide their twelve teams into two six-team divisions, playing a best-of-five game league championship series to determine the pennant winner.
1972 At a press conference, Phillies owner Bob Carpenter announces Paul Owens, who was named the GM five weeks ago, will take on the additional task of managing the club on the field, replacing a visibly upset Frank Lucchesi, who guided the team this season to the worst record in baseball, winning only 26 of 76 contests. The new skipper, known as the Pope, will use the opportunity to get a better look at his last-place team, before returning to the front office next year, where he will build Philadelphia into pennant contenders within three seasons.
1979 With his team trailing the Padres 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth with two outs at Veterans Stadium, Phillies pinch hitter Del Unser hits a three-run walk-off home run, giving the team a 6-5 comeback victory. The dramatic dinger makes Del Unser only the second player in major league history to hit a homer in three consecutive at bats as a pinch hitter, a feat also accomplished by Lee Lacy of the Dodgers last season.
1984 At San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, Dodger southpaw Fernando Valenzuela and Mets rookie Dwight Gooden combine to strike out six consecutive American League All-Stars on the 50th anniversary of Carl Hubbell’s memorable 1934 Midsummer Classic performance of setting down five future Hall of Famers on strikes. Dwight Gooden, at the age of 19, becomes the youngest player ever to participate in an All-Star Game.
1984 The National League beats the Junior Circuit at Candlestick Park, 3-1. Home runs hit by Expos’ catcher Gary Carter, the game’s MVP, and Braves’ outfielder Dale Murphy prove to be the difference in the 55th Midsummer Classic.
1986 A very disappointed Oil Can Boyd (11-6, 3.71) begins shouting and throwing clothes in the Red Sox clubhouse after learning he had not been selected by KC manager Dick Howser to be one of the eight pitchers for the American League All-Star team. The inconsolable right-hander, who will storm out of Fenway Park before the team’s scheduled game against California, will be suspended without pay for three days for his tirade.
1986 After allowing three runs in the top of the twelfth, the Red Sox score four times in the bottom of the inning, with the final tally coming on a walk-off bases-loaded balk. The winning run in Boston’s 8-7 improbable victory over the Angels scores without a ball being thrown when home plate ump Joe Brinkman rules Todd Fischer moved his hands after coming to a set position prior to throwing the first pitch of his outing.
1999 At Leland’s ‘Hero’s Auction’ of sports memorabilia held in New York, the ball batted by Carlton Fisk in the 12th inning, which hit the Fenway foul pole ending one of the most dramatic games in World Series history, is sold for $113,273. George Foster, the Reds’ left fielder, who retrieved and kept the 1975 historic home run ball, decided to sell the souvenir after realizing its potential value after Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball sold for almost $3 million.
2001 In his final All-Star appearance, Cal Ripken is named the MVP of the game. His home run, along with consecutive dingers from Derek Jeter and Magglio Ordonez, power the AL to its fifth victory in a row, beating the National League at Seattle’s Safeco Field, 4-1.
2001 Derek Jeter becomes the first Yankee to homer in an All-Star Game in 42 years when he goes deep leading off the sixth inning off Jon Lieber at Safeco Field. Yogi Berra was the last Bronx Bomber to accomplish the feat, homering off Don Drysdale in 1959.
2009 Beating the Padres 8-0 at AT&T Park, Giants’ southpaw Jonathan Sanchez throws the first no-hitter in franchise history since John “The Count” Montefusco accomplished the feat in 1976. The 22 year-old, a replacement for an injured Randy Johnson, sees his bid for a perfect game end when third baseman Juan Uribe makes an error in the eighth inning.
2013 David Ortiz establishes a new record for career hits by a designated hitter when he doubles in the second inning of the Red Sox’ 11-4 victory over Seattle at Safeco Field. ‘Big Papi’ surpasses Harold Baines with his 1,689th hit as a DH.
2017 Overcoming 22 first-round round-trippers from Justin Bour and a dozen blasts from Cody Bellinger in the second, Aaron Judge slams 11 homers in the finals to defeat Miguel Sano, becoming the first rookie win the All-Star Home Run Derby outright (Wally Joyner of the Angels was a co-champion in 1986). The Yankees outfielder hit 47 long balls that traveled a combined 3.9 miles, including back-to-back dingers of 507 and 513 feet.