1929 The first two pitchers for Philadelphia never record an out, and before the home team comes to bat in the bottom of the first inning, they are trailing the Redbirds, 10-0. The Cardinals, who tally ten runs in the first and fifth frames, will pound the Phillies at the Baker Bowl, 28-6, to set the modern National League record for the most runs scored in one game by one team.
1930 Bill Veeck Sr’s very popular Ladies’ Day promotion at Wrigley Field reaches new heights when more than 30,000 female fans attend the Cubs’ doubleheader against Cincinnati. An over-capacity crowd packs the small ballpark, with thousands of others, including late-arriving regular paying patrons, who are unable to gain admission into the North Side venue.
1933 At Chicago’s Comiskey Park, the first ever All-Star game is played. Babe Ruth’s third-inning two-run home run off Bill Hallahan proves to be the difference when the American League defeats the Senior Circuit, 4-2.
1936 After the first batter is thrown out trying to bunt, Bob Feller, a 17 year-old farm boy from Van Meter, Iowa, strikes out 8 consecutive batters in three innings during an All-Star break exhibition game against the Cardinals’ Gashouse Gang. It is the Indian rookie’s first appearance in a major league uniform.
1938 At Crosley Field, Yankees’ hurler Lefty Gomez is defeated for the first time in four All-Star starts as the NL wins the All-Star game 4-1. National League shortstop Leo Durocher becomes the first Dodger to start in an All-Star Game and gets a ‘bunt’ home run
1941 A center field monument dedicated to Lou Gehrig is unveiled by the Yankees. The memorial, similar to the honor bestowed on the team’s late skipper Miller Huggins in 1932, is a tribute by his teammates to their beloved captain, who died last month of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
1942 Powered by first-inning home runs by Indians’ shortstop Lou Boudreau and Tigers’ first baseman Rudy York, the American League All-Stars defeat the NL at the Polo Grounds, 3-1. The game also features the first and only starting sibling battery in All-Star history as losing pitcher Mort Cooper throws to backstop Walker Cooper, his brother.
1945 Tommy Holmes hits safely in his 34th consecutive game, surpassing Rogers Hornsby’s modern National League record set in 1922. The Braves outfielder will extend the streak to 37, with the new mark lasting 33 years until broken by Pete Rose in 1978.
1949 At Crosley Field, Walker Cooper goes 6-for-7, including three home runs and three singles, five runs scored, and ten RBIs, to power the Reds over the Cubs, 23-4.
1953 In his first major league start, 24 year-old right-hander Al Worthington throws a two-hitter, blanking the Pirates, 6-0. The Giants’ rookie, known as ‘Red’, will become the first National League freshman to throw consecutive shutouts at the start of a career, when he repeats the feat in his next outing, also blanking the Dodgers, 6-0.
1956 Jim Busby hits his second grand slam in consecutive days to beat the A’s, 4-2. Yesterday, in a 13-7 loss to Detroit, the Indians’ outfielder hit his bases-loaded home run off winner Frank Lary in the first inning.
1958 A day after he walks outfielder Willie Kirkland with the bases loaded to give the Giants a 5-4 victory, Cardinal reliever Larry Jackson hits Jim Davenport with the bases full in the ninth inning to again force in the winning run.
1962 Rod Kanehl, appearing as a pinch-hitter, hits the first grand slam in Mets history, going deep off Bobby Shantz in the eight inning of the team’s 10-3 victory over the Cardinals at the Polo Grounds. The bases loaded round-tripper comes in the 79th game of the franchise’s existence.
1962 In a rare Mets victory, Gil Hodges goes deep off Redbird hurler Ray Sadecki for his 370th and final home run of his career, finishing tenth on the all-time list and with the most round-trippers ever hit by a right-handed batter in the National League. In attendance at the Polo Grounds contest is eight year-old Howie Rose, the future Mets radio voice watching his first major league game, and Ralph Kiner, the play-by-play announcer for the expansion team, who will have the quiet first baseman on his postgame show, Kiner Korner, reminding his guest that the right-handed NL home run mark had been established by him in 1954.
1966 Boog Powell, tying an American League record, knocks in 11 runs in a doubleheader. In game one, the Baltimore first baseman hits two homers, including a grand slam, two doubles, and a sacrifice fly to drive in seven runs in the Orioles’ 11-0 victory over the Kansas City A’s and adds four more RBIs in the nightcap.
1970 Ron Santo drives in ten runs, helping the Cubs sweep a doubleheader against Montreal at Wrigley Field. The third baseman’s two-run homer in the opener gives the team a 3-2 victory, and his eight RBIs, that includes another two round-trippers, contribute to the club’s 14-2 rout in the nightcap.
1970 Felix Millan goes 6-for-6 and collects four RBIs in a 12-4 victory over the Giants. The infielder is the first Braves’ player to collect six hits in one game.
1977 After 1,887 plate appearances without a home run from the start of his career, Cubs outfielder Greg Gross finally goes deep when he homers off Don Stanhouse, a three-run shot to left field with two outs in the sixth-inning, in the team’s 8-6 victory over the Expos at Wrigley Field. The 24 year-old’s homerless drought establishes a new major league record, far surpassing runner-up Duane Kuiper, who recorded his first round-tripper needing 355 fewer trips to the plate to accomplish the feat.
1983 On the 50th anniversary of the Midsummer Classic, Fred Lynn hits the first grand slam in All-Star competition during a record seven-run third inning en route to the American League setting a record for runs scored by one team in a game in their 13-3 victory at Chicago’s Comiskey Park, the site of the first All-Star game in 1933. The Junior Circuit’s victory halts the National League’s 11-game winning streak
1986 At Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, first baseman Bob Horner becomes the eleventh major leaguer to hit four home runs in one game. Three of the four homers, however, are solo shots, allowing the Expos to still beat the Braves, 11-8.
1989 Mike Schmidt becomes the first retired player to be elected to start an All-Star Game. The Phillies third baseman, who announced his retirement on May 29, is hitting only .203 this season and decides not to play.
1991 In a 9-7 loss to Oakland, Danny Tartabull hits three home runs, one off Gene Nelson and two off Bob Welch. The right-fielder becomes the first Kansas City player to accomplish the feat at Royals Stadium.
1992 Using his ‘in the best interest of baseball’ power, commissioner Fay Vincent mandates the National League be realigned next season, forcing teams to be more geographically correct in their respective divisions. The realignment, which was approved by the 12 of the 14 NL owners in March, but blocked by Tribune Co., owner of the Chicago franchise, will send the Cubs and the Cardinals to the West Division with the Braves and Reds moving to the East.
2000 Cardinal rookie Keith McDonald, who homered as a pinch-hitter in his first big league appearance two days ago, hits a round-tripper off Cincinnati hurler Osvaldo Fernandez to become only the second player in history to hit a home run in his first two major league at-bats. Bob Nieman is the other major leaguer to accomplish the feat, having gone deep twice in his 1951 debut with the Browns.
2000 Vin Scully, 72, is voted the No. 1 sportscaster of the 20th century by members of the American Sportscasters Association. The Dodger veteran broadcaster’s 51-year career has included play-by-play of 25 Fall Classics and 12 All-Star games.
2001 The Cubs, playing in the 101st different park since 1876, beat the Tigers in Comerica Park, 15-8. The Cubs win for the first time in Detroit in 56 years, dating back to Game 3 of the 1945 World Series, when Claude Passeau threw a 3-0 shutout in Briggs Stadium.
2002 Daryle Ward becomes the first player in the brief history of Pittsburgh’s PNC Park to hit the Allegheny River on the fly, helping the Astros rout the Pirates, 10-2. PGA legend Arnold Palmer, also known for long drives, is on hand to watch the Houston left fielder’s fifth inning towering grand slam, estimated to have traveled 479 feet before making a splash.
2002 During Old Timers’ Day ceremonies at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers dedicate a plaque in Monument Park honoring Reggie Jackson. During his tenuous five-year tenure with the team, the slugging outfielder helped the club reach the postseason four times, including winning two consecutive world championships in 1977 and 1978.
2003 Keeping his promise to dye his hair if his last-place Devil Rays won three in a row at any point this season, Devil Rays’ skipper Lou Piniella becomes a blonde. Last night’s 3-2 victory over the White Sox gave Tampa Bay their first three-game winning streak since last September.
2004 Recently acquired outfielder Richard Hidalgo establishes a club record, homering in five straight games for the Mets. In 16 games with New York, the former Astro has eight home runs, compared to hitting just four with Houston in 56 games.
2005 In a 12-inning contest, Marlins hurlers, starting in the third inning, retire 28 consecutive Brewers en route to a 5-4 victory over Milwaukee at Dolphins Stadium. The club sets a franchise mark with 22 strikeouts, with A.J. Burnett contributing a career high of 14, also a team record, in six innings of work.
2007 The Twins sweep a twin bill from the White Sox, beating the home team 20-14 and 12-0 at Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field. The 32 runs tallied by Minnesota are the most runs scored by one club in a twin bill since the Red Sox crossed the plate 35 times in their double victory of the Philadelphia A’s on July 4, 1939.
2008 In the ninth inning of a tied game at Yankee Stadium, Manny Ramirez, appearing as a pinch-hitter, upsets the citizens of Red Sox Nation when he strikes out on three consecutive fastballs thrown by Mariano Rivera, without swinging the bat. Citing knee pains, proven to be baseless by MRIs ordered by the team’s management, Boston’s disgruntled outfielder had asked to be left off the starting lineup for the critical series with New York.
2009 In the most lopsided loss in franchise history, the Reds are routed by the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, 22-1. The previous dubious mark was a 20-run differential, which was established in 1892 when the Reds lost, 26-6, also to Philadelphia.
2009 A federal lawsuit brought by a fan kicked out of Yankee Stadium by a police officer allegedly for leaving his seat to use the men’s room during the playing of ‘God Bless America’ is settled with the resident of Queens receiving $10,001 from New York City. The Yankees, who do not have to pay any money, claim patrons have always had freedom of movement, but ushers in previous years have blocked some exits with chains while the patriotic song was played due to complaints that spectators showed a lack of respect by not staying in their seats.
2010 Down six runs in the bottom of the ninth, the Rockies score nine runs in the final frame to beat the stunned Cardinals, 12-9. Seth Smith’s two-out, three-run homer off Ryan Franklin is the fatal blow in Colorado’s amazing come-from-behind walk-off victory at Coors Field.
2013 With a late surge of support from the Nationals fans, Bryce Harper is selected as an All-Star, making the 20 year-old outfielder the youngest National League starter in the history of the Mid-Summer Classic. Four days ago, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year trailed the Braves’ left fielder Justin Upton by 15,000 votes for the final spot in the outfield.