1903 In a Tri-State League contest against York, Pennsylvania, Dan McClellan throws a perfect game. The Philadelphia Giant hurler is the first black pitcher to accomplish the feat in professional baseball.
1937 Joe DiMaggio hits for the first of his two career cycles as he hits two home runs, a triple, double, and single, helping the Yankees maul the Senators, 16-2. The ‘Yankee Clipper’ will accomplish this feat again in 1948.
1940 At Sportsman’s Park, five National League hurlers combine to throw the first shutout in All-Star history. Paul Derringer, Bucky Walters, Whit Wyatt, Larry French, and Carl Hubbell three-hit the junior circuit, 4-0, with the help of Max West’s three-run homer.
1946 At Boston’s Fenway Park, hometown favorite Ted Williams hits two homers, two singles, and collects five RBIs in the American League’s 12-0 rout of the Senior Circuit in the most lopsided game in All-Star history. The first-place Red Sox place eight players on the Mid-summer Classic roster, that includes starters Dom DiMaggio (cf), Johnny Pesky (ss), and Bobby Doerr (2b) in addition to Williams, who plays the entire game in left field.
1953 At Philadelphia’s Connie Mack Stadium, Phillies reliever Bob Miller replaces Robin Roberts, ending the starter’s consecutive complete-game streak at 28. The future Hall of Famer (1976) had finished every game he started since beating the Cardinals last season on August 28.
1956 The BBWAA, by a narrow margin of 14-12, votes to establish the Cy Young Award to honor the major leagues’ most outstanding pitcher. Commissioner Ford Frick initiated the idea because he felt hurlers were not recognized in the MVP voting, but ironically the first recipient of the Cy Young Award, Dodger Don Newcombe, also won the Most Valuable Player Award.
1958 On Capitol Hill, Casey Stengel and Mickey Mantle appear in front of a Senate subcommittee investigating baseball’s antitrust exemption. After ‘the Old Perfessor’ gives 45 minutes of rambling and confusing testimony, Sen. Estes Kefauver laughs when he asks ‘the Mick’ to respond to his inquiry about the issue and the slugger answers, “My views are just about the same as Casey’s.”
1963 The Indians host their third Mid-Summer Classic in front of a disappointing crowd of 44,160 fans at Cleveland Stadium. The Junior Circuit’s 5-3 loss to the National League does not feature any players from the Tribe.
1964 Frank Thomas, pinch-hitting for Roy McMillan, strokes a two-out, two-run homer off Curt Simmons, giving the Mets a 4–3 victory over the Cardinals at Shea Stadium. The round-tripper comes in the outfielder’s first at-bat in five weeks, due to being sidelined by a glandular infection.
1968 In the first All-Star Game played indoors, American Leaguers are held to just three hits in the Astrodome, with the National League winning the first Mid-Summer Classic to end with a score of 1-0. The contest’s lone tally comes in the bottom of the first frame when Willie Mays, who had been picked off but stayed on the bases due to Luis Tiant’s throwing error, scores an unearned run on a double play ball.
1969 Tom Seaver’s near perfect game, which will be immortalized as “The Imperfect Game”, is broken up when Cubs’ outfielder Jimmy Qualls, a lifetime .223 hitter, singles into center field. The 24 year-old right-hander, who will take a no-hitter into the ninth inning three times for the Mets, will finally get his no-no in 1978 against St. Louis pitching for the Reds.
1970 At Tiger Stadium against his former team, pinch hitter Dalton Jones slugs an upper deck grand slam ‘single’ against the Red Sox. He is called out when he passes teammate Don Wert between first and second base, resulting with the round-tripper being ruled a three-RBI single.
1971 In the longest shutout in American League history, the A’s beat the Angels, 1-0, when Angel Mangual plates Curt Blefary with a two-out single in the bottom of the 20th inning. Oakland’s 21 year-old southpaw Vida Blue fans 17 batters in the first eleven innings of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum contest.
1971 Royals’ Freddie Patek completes the cycle with a two-run ninth-inning homer off Minnesota starter Jim Perry. The 5’5″ Kansas City shortstop’s round-tripper breaks a 3-3 deadlock in Kansas City’s eventual 6-3 victory over the Twins at Metropolitan Stadium.
1972 Striking out three Red Sox batters in the second inning en route to a 16 K complete game performance against Boston, Nolan Ryan becomes the third pitcher in baseball history to have struck out the side on nine pitches twice during his career. The Angels fireballer, who first did it with the Mets in 1968, joins Lefty Grove (twice in 1938) and Sandy Koufax (1962 and 1964) as the other hurlers who have accomplished the feat.
1973 Interrupting Board Chairman M. Donald Grant’s pep talk during a team meeting, Mets reliever Tug McGraw shouts out the words, “Ya Gotta Believe,” which will become the rallying cry for the club, climbing out of the cellar en route to the NL pennant. Although New York beats Houston, 2-1, in 12 innings, their closer’s words of encouragement will not immediately light a fire under the team, as they will continue to struggle until the middle of August.
1976 At the Astrodome in Houston, Astros’ hurler Larry Dierker no-hits the Expos, 6-0. The future team broadcaster and manager had previously thrown two one-hitters.
1986 Dale Murphy’s consecutive-game streak comes to an end at 740 games. The Braves’ outfielder hadn’t missed a game since September of 1981.
1987 The Twins win their eighth consecutive game when they blank the A’s at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, 7-0. Minnesota will not win another game until July 22, dropping their next nine decisions, a dubious feat the streaky team also accomplished in April.
1988 At Candlestick Park, Chris Speier hits for the cycle as the Giants maul the Cardinals, 21-2. The 21 runs scored establish a San Francisco record.
1988 Nolan Ryan, notching his 100th victory as an Astro, becomes only the second hurler to win a hundred games with a team in each league when Houston beats New York, 6-3. The 41 year-old right-hander, who also won 134 games for the Angels, joins Cy Young, who reached the plateau with the Cleveland Spiders (NL) and the Boston Pilgrims (AL), who will become known as the Red Sox.
1990 As a result of a dream he was being devoured by spiders, Blue Jays’ outfielder Glenallen Hill suffers cuts and bruises when he falls through a glass table, attempting to flee his eight-legged demons in a semiconscious state. The 25 year-old sophomore will now be known affectionately as ‘Spiderman’ to his teammates during his 13-year tenure in the major leagues.
1991 Cal Ripken’s three-run homer helps the AL defeat the Nationals, 4-2, giving the junior circuit its fourth consecutive All-Star win. Tony La Russa becomes the first manager with three straight All-Star victories.
1996 Mike Piazza, who will named the All-Star Game’s MVP, hits a moon shot into the upper-deck at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium. The Dodger backstop also strokes a RBI double, helping the National League to beat the AL, 6-0.
1998 Brewer owner Bud Selig, who served as acting commissioner for nearly the last six years, is named by the owners to be baseball’s ninth commissioner. To avoid conflicts of interest, his ownership of the Milwaukee franchise will be placed in trust.
2001 Luis Gonzalez, first Diamondback player to participate in the Home Run Debry, wins the All-Star long ball contest at Seattle’s Safeco Field. The Arizona outfielder, who will hit 57 home runs this season, almost double the amount he will compile in any other year, defeats 2000 Derby Champ Sammy Sosa in the final round, 6-2.
2002 Despite chants of ‘Let them play!’ from the sellout crowd of 41,871 at Milwaukee’s Miller Park, Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig declares the 73rd All-Star Game a 7-7 tie after 11 innings. No player is selected to receive the first Ted Williams Most Valuable Player award, named in honor of the late Red Sox legend who died five days ago.
2005 After 11 years, Coors Field finally has a 1-0 game as the Rockies escape a bases full ninth inning to edge the Padres. The span of 847 regular season games is the longest time ever needed for any big league ballpark to host a contest with baseball’s lowest possible score.
2005 Mike Sweeney’s 5-for-5 performance helps him tie a franchise record, collecting 8 consecutive hits. With knocks in his last three at-bats yesterday, the Royals designated-hitter’s streak includes three doubles and five singles.
2005 On the first pitch of his only big league plate appearance, 24 year-old Adam Greenberg, entering the game as a ninth-inning pinch-hitter for the Cubs, is struck in the back of the head by a 92-mph fastball thrown by Marlin hurler Valerio de los Santos. The Guilford High School (CT) standout, the first player in the history of the state to be named to four all-state teams, sustains a concussion and will experience positional vertigo as a result of the beaning.
2009 Washington completes a game that was suspended at Nationals Park on May 5 with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning with the score knotted at 10, playing as the home team on the road with an 11-10 walk-off victory over the Astros when the frame is continued at Minute Maid Park. Joel Hanrahan is credited with the victory even though he is wearing a Pirates uniform, having been traded to Pittsburgh in the interim.
2011 The Dayton Dragons have a sellout for their 815th straight home game, surpassing the record for a North American professional sports team, previously held by the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. The Cincinnati Reds affiliate in the Midwest League has sold out for every game it has played at Fifth Third Field since its move from Rockford in 2000.
2011 Derek Jeter, with a third-inning home run off Tampa Bay southpaw David Price, becomes the 28th player, and the first in a Yankee uniform, to collect his 3000th hit. The ‘Captain’ enjoys a five-hit day in the Bronx, including an infield single in the bottom of the eighth that drives in the winning run in the team’s 5-4 victory.
2013 Boston’s David Ortiz ties Harold Baines for the most hits by a designated hitter when his eighth inning single off Seattle’s Charlie Furbush gives him a total of 1,688 career hits as a DH. ‘Big Papi’, prior to the record-tying at-bat, had already collected a home run and a pair of doubles in the Red Sox’ 11-8 victory at Safeco Field.
2013 Alex Rios ties both a franchise and American League single-game mark when he collects his sixth hit, a ninth-inning single in the White Sox’ 11-4 victory over Detroit at Comerica Park. The Chicago right fielder, the first player to get four hits off Justin Verlander in one game, goes 6-for-6 at the plate with a triple and five singles.