1900 By defeating the Cubs, 11-4, Beaneaters’ hurler Kid Nichols takes only nine seasons to get his 300th victory. The 30 year-old righty will amass 361 victories during his 15-year career and will remain the youngest player ever to accomplish the feat.
1909 In a 15-3 blow-out of the Browns, the White Sox collect 12 stolen bases. The thievery at Chicago’s South Side Park includes the theft of home plate three times.
1920 Benny Kauff, after appearing in 55 games this season, is traded by the Giants with cash to the Toronto Maple Leafs of the International League for Vern Spencer. In December, the New York outfielder had been implicated in a car theft ring, and although acquitted of the charges, he will still be banished from baseball for life by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis.
1923 Lefty O’Doul, who will become an outstanding major league hitter later in his career, gives up 13 runs in the sixth inning as the Indians rout the Red Sox, 27-3. The San Francisco native will finish his 11-year stint in the majors with a lifetime batting average of .349.
1923 The Indians become the first American League team to score a run in every inning when they rout Boston, 27-3, in the first game of a doubleheader at Cleveland’s Dunn Field. The Tribe tallies nearly half their runs in the sixth frame, crossing the plate 13 times, in a contest that takes only two hours and ten minutes to complete.
1931 The White Sox outlast and outslug the Browns, beating St. Louis in 12 innings, 10-8. During the Sportsman’s Park contest, not a single strikeout is recorded by the five pitchers who take the mound, making it the longest game in major-league history without a strike three.
1936 The Senior Circuit wins its first All-Star game, edging the American League at Braves Field in Boston, 4-3. The Junior Circuit had taken the first three contests of the Mid-Summer Classic.
1936 Joe DiMaggio becomes the first rookie to appear in an All-Star game when he starts in right field and bats third for the Junior Circuit in the team’s 4-3 loss to the National League at Boston’s Braves Field. The 21 year-old Yankees outfielder doesn’t fare well in the fourth edition of the Midsummer Classic, committing an error and making the last out of the game with a man in scoring position to finish his day 0-for-5 at the plate.
1937 With Franklin D. Roosevelt in attendance at Griffith Stadium in Washington, Yankees’ first baseman Lou Gehrig drives in four runs with a home run and a double to lead the AL to an 8-3 victory over the National League in All-Star action. FDR, who tosses the ceremonial first pitch, is the first U.S. president to attend an All-Star Game.
1948 On his 42nd birthday, Negro League legend Satchel Paige signs a contract to pitch with for the Indians. Though viewed by many as another publicity stunt by team owner Bill Veeck, the crafty right-hander will finish the season 6-1 for the eventual world champs.
1951 Hoot Evers strokes four singles and a double in the Tigers’ 13-3 rout of the Indians. The Detroit outfielder’s 5-for-5 day is a productive one when he scores five times in the Briggs Stadium contest.
1953 The Dodgers set a major league mark for the most consecutive games with a home run by a team with a least one round-tripper in their 24 contests. Brooklyn starter Preacher Roe hits the record-breaking homer with a third-inning blast in the team’s 9-5 victory over Pittsburgh at Forbes Field.
1953 The Browns, with their 6-3 loss to the Indians at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, set a major league record, losing their 20th consecutive home game. The non-winning streak dates back to June 3.
1959 At Forbes Field, Hank Aaron’s eighth inning single ties the score and a triple hit by Willie Mays plates Aaron with the winning run in the 5-4 All-Star victory in the first of the two Midsummer Classics to be played during the season.
1964 In the only All-Star game ever played at Shea Stadium, the National League evens the all-time series at 18 victories for each circuit by beating the AL, 7-4, with a dramatic ninth inning rally which includes a three-run homer by Phillies slugger Johnny Callison. Home team second baseman Ron Hunt becomes the first Mets player to be selected as a starter in the Midsummer Classic.
1970 Rico Carty, the National League’s leading hitter, becomes the first player voted to play in the All-Star Game as a write-in candidate. The Braves outfielder’s name was left off the ballot that was drawn up by managers and general managers before the start of spring training.
1970 Lew Krausse tosses the first shutout in Brewers’ history, blanking the White Sox at Milwaukee’s County Stadium, 1–0. The game’s lone run scores from second base on Joe Horlen’s errant throw fielding a sacrifice bunt, plating Mike Hegan who had doubled to lead off the seventh inning.
1971 Commissioner Bowie Kuhn and Hall of Fame president Paul Kirk announce former Negro League players will have full membership in the Cooperstown shrine. Last month, the HOF created a committee to select for annual induction players who had been at least 10-year veterans of the Negro Leagues and were ineligible for regular Hall election, but was heavily criticized when it originally planned to place the new inductees in a separate wing.
1975 During an 8-6 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, Giants outfielders Gary Thomasson, Bobby Murcer, and Chris Arnold each nail a runner at home trying to score. The feat hadn’t been done since 1905, when Cubs’ flycatcher Jack McCarthy accomplished the feat with his three outfield assists.
1982 Harold Baines hits three consecutive home runs, including a grand slam, to lead the White Sox over the Tigers, 7-0. The Chicago right fielder hits solo round-trippers leading off the fifth and seventh frames before going deep in the eighth with the bases full to seal the deal in the Comiskey Park contest.
1998 In a game which is remembered more for ‘Glory’, a patriotic-colored Beanie Baby souvenir given to the fans, the American League beats the senior circuit, 13-8, in the thin air at Coors Field in Denver. The 21-run total surpasses the previous record set in 1954 when the AL beat the National League in Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, 11-9.
1998 Jeff Shaw becomes the first player to participate in an All-Star game wearing a uniform for a team he hasn’t yet played for when he works an inning, allowing three hits and a run pitching for the National League squad before appearing in a regular season game for the Dodgers. The 32 year-old closer, who posted a 1.81 ERA along with 23 saves in the first half of the season for the Reds, was traded three days by Cincinnati to Los Angeles for Paul Konerko and Dennys Reyes.
2000 Drawing one of its largest crowds, the Butte Copper Kings newest promotion, ‘John Rocker Awareness Night’, is a huge success when the Angel farm club of the Pioneer League offers free admission to anyone belonging to a group insulted by the Atlanta reliever in his Sports Illustrated interview. The 672 fans in attendance include single moms with multiple children, people with purple hair, ‘foreigners’, as well as people with alternative life styles.
2003 Shea Hillenbrand becomes the sixth player to homer in three consecutive innings, tying a big league record. The third baseman’s fourth, fifth, and sixth inning round-trippers account for half of the runs the Diamondbacks score in their 14-6 victory over Colorado at Bank One Ballpark.
2004 Blanking the Royals, 12-0, Twins’ hurler Kyle Lohse helps to establish a club record, throwing the team’s third consecutive shutout. Johan Santana (Royals, 4-0) and Brad Radke (Royals, 9-0) started the streak of 27 scoreless innings, also a franchise record.
2004 Kazuhisa Ishii tosses a one-hitter in the Dodgers’ 11-0 defeat of Arizona. The 30 year-old Japanese southpaw retires the first 12 batters he faces before issuing a leadoff walk to Luis Gonzalez, which is followed with a single by Shea Hillenbrand, but then the left-hander proceeds to mow down 15 consecutive D-Backs to finish his masterpiece.
2006 After Mark Kotsay doubles leading off the bottom of the first inning on a 3-0 count, and the next batter, Nick Swisher, also gets to a 3 balls and no strikes count, John Lackey retires the next 27 A’s batters. The 3-0 Angel victory, which is completed in 2 hours and 1 minute, also marks the end of LA shortstop Orlando Cabrera’s streak of reaching base safely in 63 consecutive games, twenty-one shy of Ted Williams’ record of 84 straight games established in 1949.
2006 Travis Hafner hits his fifth grand slam of the season when he clears the bases in the second inning of the Indians’ 9-0 win over Baltimore at Jacobs Field. The Cleveland DH, who becomes the first player in major league history to accomplish the feat before the All-Star break, breaks the franchise record for four-run round-trippers established in 1951 by Al Rosen.
2007 Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki records the first inside-the-park home run in All-Star Game history when he hits Chris Young’s fastball into deep right-center field at San Francisco’s AT&T Park. The fifth inning blast caroms off the park’s quirky configuration and continues to bounce away from NL center fielder Ken Griffey Jr., allowing the American League leadoff hitter, who will be named the game’s MVP, to complete his way around the bases for the historic round-tripper.
2008 After taking a nine-run lead into the sixth inning, the Mets hold on to beat the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, 10-9. The game is eerily similar to a 1992 contest, also played in Philadelphia, that caused Hall of Fame announcer Bob Murphy to remark when the final out was made, “they win the damn thing by a score of 10 to 9!”
2008 The Brewers, in an effort to reach the postseason for the first time since 1982, trade four highly touted farm hands to the Indians to obtain CC Sabathia. The Brew Crew sends their first-round draft pick last year, Matt LaPorta, along with minor league pitching prospects Zach Jackson and Rob Bryson, as well as Taylor Green (identified as the player to be named later), who was Milwaukee’s minor league player of the year, to Cleveland for last season’s American League Cy Young Award winner
2010 With the score tied at seven in the bottom of the ninth at Coors Field, Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta makes Evan MacLane’s major league debut memorable when he leads off the inning with a game-ending home run off the 27 year-old rookie. The Cardinals’ southpaw is the first hurler to surrender a game-winning homer to the first major league batter he faces since San Diego’s right-hander J.J. Trujillo accomplished the dubious deed in his major league debut by allowing Baltimore’s Tony Batista to end a game with a round-tripper in 2002.
2010 Adam Dunn becomes the second Washington Nationals’ player to hit three home runs in a game, and the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat at the three year-old Nationals Park. The first baseman’s offensive output, which matches Alfonso Soriano’s performance in 2006, helps the home team edge San Diego, 7-6, on a very warm night in the nation’s capital.
2011 In an effort to grab the ball tossed into the stands by Josh Hamilton, Ranger fan Shannon Stone dies when he tumbles over the railing and falls 20 feet to the concrete pavement below. The 39 year-old Brownwood (TX) firefighter had attended the game with his six year-old son, Cooper.
2011 The Cubs come back from an 8-0 deficit and beat the Nationals in Washington, 10-9. It is the largest blown lead in franchise history for the Nats, including their tenure in Montreal as the Expos.
2012 In the bottom of the first inning at Minute Maid Park, first base umpire Sam Holbrook tosses Zack Greinke from the game. The arbitrator takes exception to the Brewers starter, who had thrown only four pitches, spiking the ball after he called Jose Altuve safe on a close play in which the Milwaukee hurler covered the bag in the 6-4 loss to Houston.
2012 Bryce Harper becomes the youngest position player to make an All-Star team when he is named to replace Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton, who is unable to participate because of an injury. The 19 year-old Nationals outfielder, who is older than hurlers Dwight Gooden (Mets) and Bob Feller (Indians) when they played in their first Mid-summer Classics, surpasses backstop Butch Wynegar (Twins) as the youngest non-pitcher to be selected.
2016 Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, with his twenty-first home run, ties the National League mark shared by Dave Kingman (Giants,1972) and Albert Pujols (Cardinals, 2001) for the most home runs by a rookie before the All-Star break. Mark McGwire established the major league record, going deep 30 times before the Mid-Summer Classic while playing for the A’s in in 1987.
2017 Eight seconds before a 5 p.m. ET deadline, the Reds and their No. 2 overall pick, Hunter Green, reportedly agree to a record $7.23 million bonus. The 17 year-old two-way Notre Dame High School senior, who recently appeared on a Sports Illustrated cover, has been told by the team that he was selected primarily as a pitcher, but will also be given an opportunity to bat and play shortstop.
2017 Carlos Carrasco tosses an immaculate inning when he strikes out the side in the fifth frame on nine pitches in the Indians’ 11-2 victory over the Tigers at Progressive Field. The Venezuelan right-hander is only the second pitcher in franchise history to do it, joining Justin Masterson who accomplished the feat in 2014.