1903 Waco Steers hurler Clyde Bateman makes baseball history again this season when fires a no-hitter, beating the Fort Worth Panthers, 2-0. In May, the 26 year-old Texan hit four home runs to become only the second player in Texas League history to accomplish the feat.
1914 Red Sox hurler Babe Ruth, making his major league debut, beats the Indians, 4-3. Duffy Lewis, pinch-hitting for the 19 year-old rookie southpaw, singles in the seventh inning, giving the future slugger the first of his 94 victories in 140 decisions.
1925 At Sportsman’s Park, George Sisler becomes a one-man wrecking crew when he comes to the plate with the bases loaded in back-to-back frames in the Browns’ 10-5 victory over Washington. The St. Louis first baseman drives in seven runs in two innings, tripling with the bases jammed in the third and hitting a grand slam in the fourth.
1939 All three runs in the American League’s 3-1 All-Star victory are driven in by a Yankee player when their ballpark in the Bronx plays host to the Midsummer Classic. The 20 year-old Indians fireballer Bob Feller steals the show at Yankee Stadium when he hurls 3.2 scoreless innings.
1944 At Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field, Phil Cavaretta sets an All-Star Game record by reaching base five consecutive times. The 27 year-old Cub first baseman’s triple, single, and three walks help the National League beat the Junior Circuit, 7-1.
1950 The Midsummer Classic returns to Comiskey Park, the site of the first game, and is won by the National League, 4-3, thanks to Red Schoendienst’s 14th-inning home run. It’s a game of firsts – first extra-inning All-Star Game, first time the NL wins at an AL park, and the first Midsummer Classic ever broadcast on national television.
1953 Giant rookie Al Worthington throws a four-hitter, blanking the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 6-0. The whitewashing, which halts Brooklyn’s record NL streak of homering in 24 consecutive games and marks the only time this season the team will not a score in a game, makes the 24 year-old right-hander the first National League freshman this century to throw consecutive shutouts at the start of a career, a feat that Karl Spooner will also match next season.
1954 Phillies rookie Jim Command’s first major league hit is a grand slam off Brooklyn’s Carl Erskine. The 25 year-old third baseman’s blow in the sixth-run eighth isn’t enough, when Brooklyn hangs on to win the Ebbets Field contest, 8-7.
1954 In the first game of a doubleheader, Giants right fielder Don Mueller hits for the cycle in team’s 13-7 victory over the Pirates at the Polo Grounds. ‘Mandrake the Magician,’ who homers in his final at-bat to complete the deed, will be the only major leaguer to accomplish the feat this season.
1958 The Los Angeles city council declares today ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game Day’ to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the iconic baseball song. In a pregame ceremony at the LA Memorial Coliseum, the Dodgers honor lyricist Jack Norworth, presenting him with a lifetime pass to any American or National League game.
1961 In the first of two All-Star Games played that season, the NL beats the American League, 5-4, on a very windy day at Candlestick Park. The contest features a record seven errors and the memorable sight of a 165-pound pitcher Stu Miller balking after being blown off the mound by a gust of wind, a fact the right-hander says has been exaggerated over the years.
1967 Reds first baseman Tony Perez’ homer off A’s right-hander Catfish Hunter gives the Senior Circuit a 2-1 All-Star victory over the American League. The 15-inning Anaheim Stadium contest is the longest Midsummer Classic contest ever played.
1968 In Kansas City, ground is broken for the Harry S. Truman Sports Complex, which will include separate side-by-side stadiums built specifically for baseball and football. Arrowhead Stadium, home of the NFL’s Chiefs, will open in 1972, followed by the debut a year later of Royals Stadium, the new home ballpark of the American League’s franchise in the City of Fountains.
1968 After whiffing in the first inning, Bill Hands grounds outs in his next at-bat, ending his major league record-setting streak for consecutive strikeouts. The Cubs’ right-hander, who goes the distance, blanking New York at Shea Stadium, 2-0, sets the dubious mark when he strikes out in fourteen straight plate appearances.
1968 Rick Renick becomes the first Twin player to homer in his first major league at-bat, when he goes deep off Mickey Lolich in Minnesota’s 5-4 victory over Detroit at Metropolitan Stadium. The 24 year-old shortstop’s second inning solo shot will be the first of 20 round-trippers he’ll hit during his five-year career, spent entirely with the Twin Cities team.
1973 Jim Northrup knocks in eight runs and scores three times as the Tigers rout the Rangers, 14-2. The 3-for-4 performance by the Tigers’ leadoff hitter helps him record the 500th run and RBI of his career.
1976 Hank Aaron becomes the oldest major leaguer (42 years, 5 months, 7 days) to hit a walk-off homer when he goes deep in the bottom of the tenth inning off Steve Foucault in the Brewers’ 5-4 victory over Texas at County Stadium. The ‘Hammer’ will hold the elderly distinction until Cleveland’s Jason Giambi, who will be a month and 15 days older than Henry, at the time, accomplishes the feat with a pinch-hit game-winning round-tripper in 2013.
1976 At Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, thirty-four couples are married at home plate and a wrestling championship match takes place in a promotion billed as Headlocks and Wedlocks. The Braves take down the Mets, 9-8.
1978 At Jack Murphy Stadium, Steve Garvey becomes the first two-time MVP in All-Star history. The Dodger first baseman’s game-tying, two-run single and a triple help the National League to beat the AL, 7-3.
1980 The Dodgers sell Charlie Hough to the Rangers. The 32 year-old knuckleballer will spend 11 seasons with Texas, posting a 139-123 record along with an ERA of 3.68.
1985 Astros’ fireballer Nolan Ryan fans Mets left fielder Danny Heep for his 4000th career strikeout. The ‘Ryan Express’ doesn’t get a decision, but Houston beats New York in 12 innings, 4-3.
1989 In a contest best remembered for the leadoff Ruthian blast to center field by Bo Jackson, the game’s MVP who will join Willie Mays as the second player to hit a home run and steal a base in an All-Star Game, the American League beats the NL’s best players, 5-3, at Anaheim Stadium. During the first inning of the Mid-Summer Classic, former U.S. President and one-time baseball announcer Ronald Reagan joins Vin Scully in the NBC broadcast booth.
1994 Handling four chances in the 8-1 defeat to the Rockies, Cardinal infielder Ozzie Smith passes Luis Aparicio and moves into the top spot on the all-time list for assists by a shortstop. ‘The Wizard of Oz’ will end his 19-year career in 1996 with 8,375 assists.
1995 “Don’t be like me, God gave me a body and ability to play baseball. I had everything, and I just…” – Yankee legend Mickey Mantle, lamenting about the effects of his hard living.
Mickey Mantle makes his first public appearance since undergoing a liver transplant in June. The frail-looking Yankee legend, who will die next month, tells the dozens of people attending the press conference at the Baylor University Medical Center he is not a hero, but an example of the worst sort.
1995 At the Ballpark in Arlington, Marlins outfielder Jeff Conine becomes the tenth player to homer in his first All-Star at-bat, and Frank Thomas becomes the first White Sox player ever to homer in the Midsummer Classic as the NL out-homers the American League, 3-2. Craig Biggio and Mike Piazza also go deep for the Senior Circuit.
1996 The United States Postal Service issues ‘Mighty Casey”, a commemorative stamp which depicts the title character of Ernest L. Thayer’s immortal poem, ‘Casey at the Bat’. The maligned Mudville outfielder joins Paul Bunyan, John Henry, and Pecos Bill as part of a set commemorating American folk heroes.
1998 Padre reliever Trevor Hoffman, brother of opposing manager Glenn Hoffman, saves the Padres’ 4-1 victory over the Dodgers. It’s the first time in major league history a player has faced his brother as the skipper of the opposing team.
1999 The first MLB Futures Game provides a stage for future major-league All-Star Alfonso Soriano to shine as the Yankees farmhand goes 2 for 3, hitting two of the game’s three home runs in the World’s 7-0 victory over the USA at Fenway Park. The former Hiroshima Carp infielder, now the Columbus Clippers shortstop, is named the game’s MVP.
2000 At Turner Field, the AL beats the National League, 6-3, in the 71st All-Star contest, dubbed the All Scar game due to the many stars absent from both lineups because of injuries. Yankees’ shortstop Derek Jeter and Braves’ third baseman Chipper Jones provide the offensive punch, with both going 3-for-3.
2002 The Marlins are busy on the trading block, making separate deals with the Expos and the Reds. Florida deals Ryan Dempster to Cincinnati for Juan Encarnacion and gets four players, Carl Pavano, Graeme Lloyd, Mike Mordecai, and prospect Justin Wayne from Montreal in exchange for Cliff Floyd, Wilton Guerrero, and prospect Claudio Vargas.
2002 The Indians fire their manager Charlie Manuel and name third base coach Joel Skinner as the interim skipper. After issuing an ultimatum to the front office about his status, the 58 year-old was released after piloting Cleveland to a 39-47 record, 9 1/2 games behind the first-place Twins in the AL Central.
2004 Carlos Beltran, selected to be an American League All-Star, will now have an opportunity to patrol the NL outfield instead. The former Royals’ flycatcher, traded to the Astros last month, was invited by Senior Circuit skipper Jack McKeon to replace Ken Griffey, Jr., on the star-studded roster.
2006 Jim Eriotes leads off for the Sioux Falls Canaries against the St. Joe (Mo.) Blacksnakes and strikes out, including fouling off one of the four pitches he sees. The at-bat makes the 83 year-old former minor leaguer the oldest man to ever play in a professional baseball game.
2006 One strike away from ending a decade of dominance, National League closer Trevor Hoffman yields a two-run triple to Michael Young of the Texas Rangers, giving the American League a come-from-behind 3-2 All-Star Game victory at Pittsburgh’s picturesque PNC Park. The timely three-bagger keeps the Junior Circuit unbeaten in the Midsummer Classic since 1997, compiling a 9-0-1 record.
2006 Prior to the start of the fifth inning of the All-Star Game played in Pittsburgh’s PNC Park, Vera Clemente is escorted onto the field by 1960 World Series hero Bill Mazeroski to accept the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award on behalf of her late husband. With the scoreboard showing replays of Roberto, tears flowing from AL skipper Ozzie Guillen, and the heartfelt ovation from the crowd, the ceremony honoring the Pirates’ Hall of Famer becomes a truly memorable moment in the history of the Midsummer Classic.
2010 After firing Sean Berry as the club’s hitting coach, the struggling Astros name Jeff Bagwell to fill the position for the remainder of the season. The former All-Star first baseman, who retired with a lifetime .297 batting average, is the all-time team leader with 449 home runs and 1,529 RBIs.
2010 At Wilmington’s (DE) Frawley Stadium, the Blue Rocks celebrate the tenth birthday of Mr. Celery, the team’s beloved mascot who only appears when the team scores. The inception of the ’stalker,’ known for his CEL-ebratory dances to Blur’s ‘Song 2’ (Woo Hoo), was inspired by the discovery of a dusty celery costume housed in a warehouse for years.
2010 Long time Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard dies at the age of 99. The ‘Voice of God’, a nickname bestowed by Reggie Jackson, informed patrons of the lineups and of the players coming to bat in over 4,500 contests during his 56 years behind the microphone in the ballpark in the Bronx.
2011 Robinson Cano, the fourth straight left-handed swinger to win the competition, beats Adrian Gonzalez with 12 dingers in the final round of the Home Run Derby. The highlight of the three-hour long contest comes when the Yankee slugger gives his father, a former major league hurler with the Astros, a huge bear hug on the mound and tells his pitcher, “I love you, Dad” after he ties the Red Sox first baseman for the lead.