1904 After pitching nine and a third innings of no-hit baseball, Cubs’ hurler Bob Wicker settles for a 1-0, twelve inning one-hit victory over the Giants. Light-hitting outfielder Sam Mertes, for the second time in his career, breaks up an extra-inning no-hitter, having also spoiled Indians right-hander Earl Moore’s 1901 bid for a no-no when he started the game-winning rally for the White Sox with a one-out single in the top inning.
1911 At Chicago’s West Side Grounds, Heinie Zimmerman of the Cubs drives in nine runs to set a team record. The Windy City infielder, whose record will be tied by Sammy Sosa in 2002, hits two home runs, a triple, and two singles in the 20-2 rout of the Braves.
1915 At the Polo Grounds in a 10-9 victory over the White Sox, Ray Caldwell becomes the first major leaguer to hit a home run in consecutive pinch-hit appearances. The Yankee pitcher, who will win 19 games this season, hit the first of his two round-trippers as a pinch hitter yesterday, also against Chicago.
1938 In the first of two consecutive no-hitters he will hurl, Johnny Vander Meer keeps the Boston Bees hitless in Cincinnati’s 3-0 victory at Crosley Field. The Reds’ southpaw, in the first night game played in Brooklyn, continues his no-no mojo four days later by beating the Dodgers, 6-0, without giving up a hit in the Ebbets Field contest.
1952 At Wrigley Field, Hank Sauer homers three times, going deep off Cubs hurler Curt Simmons in the second, sixth, and eighth innings. The Phillies left fielder’s three solo home runs account for all the runs scored by Philadelphia in the team’s 3-2 victory over Chicago.
1957 The Dodgers’ Roy Campanella surpasses former Cub and Giant backstop Gabby Hayes to establish a new National League mark when he hits his 237th career round-tripper as a catcher. Campy’s historic home run comes off Ray Crone in the seventh inning of Brooklyn’s 7-2 loss to the Braves at Ebbets Field.
1961 In Game 1 of a twin bill at Tiger Stadium, Norm Cash becomes the first Detroit player to hit a fair ball over the right field roof. The first baseman’s prodigious poke off Joe McClain is to no avail as the Tigers lose to the Senators, 7-4.
1963 After Brock Davis is intentionally walked to load the bases, third baseman Bob Aspromonte blasts a tenth-inning walk-off grand slam off Lindy McDaniel, lifting the Colt .45s to a 6-2 victory over the Cubs. Chicago had tied the Colt Stadium contest in the top of the ninth on a triple by Dick Bertell, a walk to Bob’s brother Ken, and Don Landrum’s RBI single.
1968 The Reds trade Milt Pappas, along with Ted Davidson and Bob Johnson, to the Braves for Clay Carroll, Tony Cloninger, and Woody Woodward. The 2-5 right-hander, who had been feuding with former teammate and now team broadcaster Joe Nuxhall, becomes expendable when he complains Cincinnati is violating the contract by not having their players fly first-class and is critical of the front office’s refusal to cancel the game on the day of assassinated Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s funeral.
1969 The Cubs trade Adolfo Phillips and right-hander Jack Lamabe to the Expos for Paul Popovich, acquired today by Montreal, along with Ron Fairly from the Dodgers in exchange for Maury Wills and Manny Mota. Chicago’s latest infielder, a solid switch-hitting utility player, will play a large role for his new team, filling in for injured second baseman Glenn Beckert and batting .312 overall in 60 games.
1972 LA outfielders Manny Mota and Willie Davis both hit inside-the-park homers down the foul lines at Dodger Stadium off Bucs’ starter Bruce Kison. Roberto Clemente’s seventh inning home run over the fence proves to be the difference in Pittsburgh’s 7-5 victory, their 21st win the last 26 games.
1972 Graig and Jim Nettles become the tenth different pair of brothers to homer in the same game when they both go deep in the Cleveland Stadium contest. Twins center fielder Jim’s solo shot in the top of the sixth inning is matched by his older brother’s blast in the bottom of the seventh in Minnesota’s 5-3 victory over the Indians.
1981 Attempting to break Stan Musial’s National League record for hits, Pete Rose hits a wicked infield grounder which the official scorer rules an error, rather than giving the Phillies first baseman his historic hit. Amidst the loud booing by the large vocal crowd at Veterans’ Stadium, fireworks begin as an anxious stadium engineer ignites the planned celebration prematurely, thinking he heard Bill Giles said ‘go’ into the walkie-talkie, when the Phillies president had really said ‘no’.
1981 The Mariners’ 8-2 victory over the Orioles played in the Kingdome will be the last game played before the major league players go on strike over the issue of compensation for free-agents. Baseball’s fifth work stoppage will last for 50 days, resulting in 712 games being missed.
1985 Von Hayes becomes the first player to hit two home runs in the first inning of a game. The outfielder’s leadoff homer and a grand slam in the Phillies’ nine-run first frame contribute to Philadelphia’s 26-7 rout of the Mets.
1988 Yankee skipper Billy Martin, due to a shortage of right-handed hitters to face Orioles’ southpaw Jeff Ballard, decides to use starting pitcher Rick Rhoden as his designated hitter, making the right-hander the first hurler ever to start at the position. In his lone plate appearance, the right-handed hurler hits a sacrifice fly before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning of the Yankees’ 8-6 victory over Baltimore.
1989 Dwight Evans plays in his 2,293rd game wearing a Red Sox uniform, surpassing Ted Williams’ total to become second on the all-time list for games played with the team. Carl Yastrzemski holds the franchise mark, playing in 3,308 contests before he retired in 1983.
1990 At the age of 43, Ranger Nolan Ryan no-hits the A’s, 5-0, becoming the oldest player to throw a no-hitter, extending his major league record to six. The ‘Ryan Express’ becomes the first player to throw one in three different decades and to accomplish the feat for three different teams.
1995 Mark McGwire ties a major league record by hitting five homers in back-to-back games. Big Mac’s three homers today in consecutive at-bats help the A’s defeat the Red Sox, 8-1.
1995 Lee Smith sets a major league record, nailing down his 16th consecutive save in 16 appearances. Doug Jones had previously set the mark in 1988, recording 15 straight saves in 15 appearances with the Indians.
1995 Yankee starting pitcher Mariano Rivera, allowing five runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings in the team’s eventual 10-7 victory over Seattle, is sent back to the minor leagues. The Bombers’ starting shortstop, a 20 year-old infielder named Derek Jeter, will also be demoted after the Bronx ballpark contest.
1997 After 11 straight wins starting on Opening Day, Roger Clemens gets beat for the first time wearing a Blue Jays uniform when the Mariners defeat Toronto at the Skydome, 5-1. The 34 year-old will lead the American League in victories with 21 en route to winning his fourth Cy Young Award.
1999 At County Stadium, Milwaukee retires Paul Molitor’s uniform number 4. During the ceremony, the 21-year major league veteran, who also played with the Blue Jays and the Twins, announces that if he goes into the Hall of Fame, he will do so as a Brewer, a promise he will fulfill in 2004.
2002 In the top of the ninth inning during the Indians and Phillies interleague game at Jacobs Field, an explosive device thrown from the upper deck explodes in a lower-level smoking area, causing minor injuries to two people. Three young men suspected of causing the blast, which is heard throughout the ballpark, are held on suspicion of felonious assault and aggravated arson.
2003 The Yankees are no-hit for the first time since 1958, when the Astros keep them hitless with a record-setting six pitchers, who include Roy Oswalt, Pete Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel, and Billy Wagner, combining to stop the Bronx Bombers’ streak of 6,980 games with at least one hit. Orioles’ knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm was the last hurler to accomplish the feat, with a 1-0 victory in Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium.
2008 At Dolphin Stadium during a 6-2 Marlins victory over the Phillies, the best play of the night is made in Section 253 as a fan catches a foul ball in his beer cup. After removing the prized possession, the happy patron continues to drink his adult beverage.
2008 With the score knotted at two at Dolphin Stadium, Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla hits a walk-off grand slam to beat the first place Phillies, 6-2. It’s the second time in franchise history a game has ended with a bases loaded dinger, with Bobby Bonilla accomplishing the feat against the Rockies in 1997.
2009 Umpire Don Briggs throws the entire crowd, approximately 100 fans in attendance at Winfield-Mount Union High School (IA) for a contest against West Burlington, out of the game following his controversial call in the fifth inning. The incident occurs when the home team coach refuses to remove any of the unruly local fans, so the ten-year veteran scholastic arbitrator decides to take action himself, borrowing a cell phone to call the police to help with the ejections.
2010 Andy Pettitte joins Whitey Ford and Red Ruffing as the only Yankees hurlers to notch 200 victories with the club. The 37 year-old southpaw, who also reaches the 3,000 career inning plateau in the first frame of the game, gets his historic victory when New York beats Houston, his former team, in an inter-league contest in the Bronx, 4-3.
2013 In a much-anticipated major league debut, Gerrit Cole throws six scoreless six innings in the Pirates’ 8-2 victory over San Francisco at PNC Park. A larger-than-average Tuesday night crowd of 30,614, which includes over 10,000 walk-ups, is on hand to watch the overall 2011 First-Year Player Draft No. 1 selection earn his first big league career victory.