1902 Baseball lifer Horace Fogel, also known for his career as a sportswriter, is fired as the manager of the Giants just 44 games into the season. The 51 year-old former skipper, who will go on to an administrative position with the Phillies, will be best remembered in New York for his attempt to turn future Hall of Fame hurler Christy Mathewson, a sophomore pitcher who won 20 games in his rookie year, into a position player.
1930 After seven consecutive victories from the start of the season, A’s right-hander Lefty Grove loses in eleven innings to the White Sox, 7-6. The future Hall of Famer will finish the season 28-5 along with a 2.54 ERA for the eventual World Champion club.
1937 The Senators trade Bobo Newsom (3-4, 5.85) and outfielder Ben Chapman (.262, 0, 12) to the Red Sox for the brother battery of Wes (3-6, 7.61) and Rick Ferrell (.308, 1, 4), as well as outfielder Mel Almada (.236, 1, 9). Rick, the catcher, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984, but his brother Wes, the pitcher, will hit more career home runs.
1938 With his team trailing Chicago 13-1 at Fenway Park, Red Sox manager Joe Cronin lets Bill Lefebvre bat for himself in the eighth inning, and watches the rookie hurler homer off Monty Stratton. The 22 year-old southpaw from Natick, RI, who will have only one at-bat this season, doesn’t fare as well on the mound when he gives up six runs in four innings in his only appearance this season.
1944 Six weeks shy of his 16th birthday, Joe Nuxhall becomes the youngest person to play in a major league contest in this century. After being called in the ninth inning into a 13-0 rout by the Cardinals at Crosley Field, the 15 year-old high school southpaw, who will stay in the Reds organization for over sixty years, becoming best known as the voice for the team’s radio broadcasts, retires the first batter he faces, but is unable to get out of the inning, yielding five walks, two hits, one wild pitch, and five runs.
1952 A few hours after he fires Roger Hornsby as the manager of the team, Browns president Bill Veeck is given a 24-inch silver trophy by his players with the engraved inscription,” …for the greatest play since the Emancipation Proclamation”. After the presentation is made by hurler Ned Garver in the Fenway visiting locker room, the team takes the field under their new skipper Marty Marion.
1953 Against five different pitchers, Jimmy Piersall ties a major league record, going 6-for-6 when Boston bombs the Browns in the first game of a doubleheader, 11-2. The Red Sox right fielder is held hitless in the Sportsman’s Park nightcap, and is sent sprawling to the ground by Satchel Paige, a pitcher he had infuriated during a game in his rookie season by mimicking the right-hander’s every move.
1954 At County Stadium, Bill Taylor’s pinch home run in the 10th inning off Gene Conley gives the Giants an eventual 1-0 win over Milwaukee. Taylor’s first major league home run accounts for all of the scoring, making it the first time a solo pinch-hit round-tripper is the only tally of the game.
1954 Reds’ southpaw Fred Baczewski goes the distance, blanking Pittsburgh at Crosley Field, 6-0. ‘Lefty’, a former college basketball player at the University of Tennessee, gives up 11 hits and walks a batter, but the Pirates strand 12 players on the bases.
1959 In Baltimore, Rocky Colavito becomes the sixth player to hit four home runs in one game, helping the Indians defeat the Orioles, 11-8. The New York City native joins Lou Gehrig as the only ones to accomplish the feat with four consecutive shots.
1966 Indian hurler Sonny Siebert throws the only no-hitter of the season, defeating the Senators, 2-0. The right-hander strikes out seven batters, walking only one, in his Cleveland Stadium gem.
1966 In his big league debut, Dick Rusteck pitches a four-hit masterpiece, blanking the Reds at Shea Stadium, 4-0. The 24 year-old rookie southpaw will pitch in seven more games, including two more starts, without ever winning another major league contest, finishing his career with 1-2 record and a 3.00 ERA.
1967 In front of his family and friends, Astros’ outfielder Jimmy Wynn, a Cincinnati native, hits the longest home run in the history of Crosley Field. The Toy Cannon’s monstrous shot off right-hander Mel Queen in the team’s 9-4 loss to the Reds clears the 58-foot scoreboard in left-center and bounces onto Interstate 75 outside the stadium.
1969 The Mets win their 11th consecutive game, a 9-4 victory over San Francisco Candlestick Park, to establish a franchise record. Later in the season, the Amazins will also a post a ten-game (Sept. 6-13) and a nine-game winning streak (Sept. 21-Oct. 1).
1972 Hank Aaron passes Willie Mays, moving into second place on the all-time home run list. The Braves outfielder connects for a grand slam, his 14th, to tie Gil Hodges’ NL mark, against the Phillies for his 649th career homer, 65 shy of Babe Ruth’s total.
1974 Mike Schmidt collects one of the longest singles in big league history when the ball he hits off Astros hurler Claude Osteen caroms of the public address speaker hanging 117 feet in the air and 329 feet from home plate is ruled in play due to the ballpark’s ground rules. The Rice University mathematics department calculates the Astrodome blast would have traveled 550 feet if left unimpeded.
1992 A’s first baseman Mark McGwire hits his 200th career home run when he goes deep in the second inning off Chris Bosio in the team’s 5-2 victory over Milwaukee at County Stadium. The 28 year-old slugger will end the season with 42 round-trippers, en route to a career total of 583.
1995 Jeff Manto hits his fourth consecutive home run over three games, equaling Johnny Blanchard’s mark established in 1961. The Orioles’ third baseman, who hit two homers against the Angels last night and one the previous night off Mariners’ Rafael Carmona, goes deep in the bottom of the second inning during Baltimore’s 6-2 victory over the Halos at Camden Yards.
1997 Marlins’ hurler Kevin Brown no-hits the Giants at Candlestick Park, 9-0. The right-handed sinkerballer, who faces just 28 batters, misses a chance for a perfect game when he barely grazes Marvin Benard with a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the eighth inning.
2000 A pregame ceremony at Kauffman Stadium commemorates the new ownership of the Royals. David Glass, a former Wal-Mart executive who became Kansas City’s interim CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors in 1993, had his $96 million offer to buy the team approved by the Board in April, despite a competing bid of $120 million by New York based attorney Miles Prentice.
2000 Darin Erstad’s second-inning two-run double off Arizona’s Omar Daal is the Angels’ leadoff hitter’s 100th hit of the season. The hit, coming in the Halos’ 61st game, makes the 26 year-old left fielder the fastest major leaguer to reach the milestone since Hall of Famer Heinie Manush accomplished the feat with the Senators in 1934.
2002 Former Japanese Orix Blue Wave teammates Ichiro Suzuki and So Taguchi play against each other when the Mariners blank the Cardinals, 10-0. The Safeco Field contest marks the first time two Japanese position players have played in the same major league game.
2002 In front of 45,698 fans at Yankee Stadium, Marcus Thames becomes the 17th player in history to hit a home run on the first pitch he sees in the major leagues. The New York rookie, who hit his two-run dinger off four-time Cy Young winner Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson, joins John Miller (1966) as only the second Yankee to homer in his first at-bat.
2003 In a game against the Orioles at Camden Yards, Sammy Sosa becomes the target of a man who runs onto the field throwing corks. The Cubs’ slugger was caught using a corked bat last week in a game against the Devil Rays.
2005 The document, which many believe to be the precursor to the ‘Curse of the Bambino’, is acquired for $996,000 when Gotta Have It Collectibles submits the winning bid for the December 26, 1919 contract, signed by owners Harry Frazee of the Red Sox and Jacob Ruppert of Yankees, which sold Babe Ruth to New York. The cost to purchase the five typed pages is nearly ten times the value the soon to be ‘Bronx Bombers’ paid to get the emerging ‘Sultan of Swat.’
2005 For the first time in nearly 90 years, the Red Sox play the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The two teams which have had the fates influenced by curses last met in the 1918 World Series, won by Boston behind the solid pitching of Babe Ruth.
2006 Using a fishing rod with a baseball attached to the hook at the end of a heavy duty line he designed, Pro Bass Angler Kevin Wirth throws out the ceremonial “First Cast” from the pitcher’s mound before the Louisville Bats and Indianapolis Indians contest at Slugger Field. The catcher uses a fishing net to capture the CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series Angler toss at home plate.
2006 Reggie Sanders, in the Royals’ 9-5 loss to Tampa Bay at Kauffman Stadium, hits his 300th career home run off Chad Harville. The Kansas City outfielder becomes just the fifth player in major league history to both hit 300 home runs and steal 300 bases, joining Barry and Bobby Bonds, Andre Dawson, and Willie Mays.
2007 In addition to the team wearing a dark patch with the word “NUXY” printed in white on their uniform, the Reds honor broadcaster Joe Nuxhall, along with Marty Brennaman and Waite Hoyt, with replica microphones which will hang on the wall near the radio booth. The honor comes on the 63rd anniversary of the ‘ol’ left-hander’ becoming the youngest person ever to play in the major leagues in the modern era.
2008 Tiger general manager Dave Dombrowski announces the team is optioning Dontrelle Willis, acquired in an off-season blockbuster trade, to their Class A minor league team in Lakeland. The former Marlin southpaw was the 2003 National League Rookie of the Year and compiled a 22-10 record with the Fish just two years later, and recently signed a three-year deal worth $29 million with Detroit.
2010 White Sox third baseman Omar Vizquel, who made his major league debut in 1989, becomes the fourth player to hit a home run in four different decades when he goes deep off Max Scherzer in the first inning of the team’s 3-0 victory over Detroit at U.S. Cellular Field. The 43 year-old Venezuelan infielder joins Ted Williams (1939-1960), Willie McCovey (1959-1980), and Rickey Henderson (1979-2003) on the short list of big leaguers who have accomplished the rare feat.
2011 Tony La Russa manages his 5,000th major league game, a disappointing 8-0 Cardinal loss to Milwaukee at Miller Park. The 66 year-old skipper, whose 33-year managerial career also includes stints with the A’s and White Sox, is the second manager to reach the milestone, but remains far behind Connie Mack’s record of 7,755 contests.
2011 Michael Acosta, a longtime Twins fan, gets a chance to manage the team for a day, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The testicular cancer survivor’s big day at Target Field will be featured on a special episode of ESPN SportsCenter’s “My Wish” series.
2012 The Orioles win their ninth straight extra-inning game when Matt Wieters lines a one-out RBI double in the 10th to give the club a 5-4 walk-off victory over Philadelphia at Camden Yards. The streak of overtime victories, which includes yesterday’s 12-inning win, breaks the team’s previous record of 8, which had been accomplished twice.
2012 Bobby Abreu, who was tied with Mickey Mantle for 109th place on the all-time hit list, surpasses the Yankee legend with a second-inning double in L.A.’s 8-2 interleague victory over Seattle at Safeco Field. The 38 year-old outfielder has collected 2,416 hits playing for the Astros, Phillies, Yankees, Angels, and Dodgers.
2012 The Red Sox pass the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers for the most consecutive sellouts for a North American pro franchise with their 745th straight capacity crowd at Fenway Park. The streak, which has featured an average paid attendance of 36,544 fans, started on May 15, 2003, a year after the team’s new ownership bought the Boston ball club.