1914 At the Baker Bowl, Honus Wagner becomes the second player in the history of the game to collect 3000 hits when he doubles off Philadelphia’s Erskine Mayer. Cap Anson is the only other major leaguer to amass as many hits.
1919 Dodger standout pitcher Rube Marquard breaks his leg running the bases, ending his season with a record of 3-3. The hard-throwing southpaw will finish his 18-year Hall of Fame career in 1925, after compiling a 201-177 record along with an ERA of 3.08.
1929 Brothers and teammates Lloyd and Paul Waner each hit a home run in the same game in the Pirates’ 9-6 loss to the Robins at Ebbets Field. The homers mark the second of three times Big Poison and Little Poison will accomplish the feat.
1934 In the eighth inning of the Senators’ 8-1 victory over the Red Sox, Boston hurler Lefty Grove becomes the first pitcher in major league history to yield six doubles in one frame. The future Hall of Famer, ailing from a sore arm, gives up five consecutive two-baggers during Washington’s barrage.
1946 The usually mild mannered Giants manager Mel Ott is ejected from both games of a doubleheader for arguing with the umpires. ‘Master Melvin’s’ protests are to little avail as his team loses twice to Pittsburgh, 2-1 and 5-1.
1946 Ted Williams clouts the farthest home run ever hit at Fenway Park, a shot estimated to have traveled 502 feet before striking the straw hat of a fan sitting in seat 21 in the 37th row of section 42 in right field. The seat will be painted red to commemorate the location of the Splendid Splinter’s Ruthian blast, although at the time of the homer the area consisted of bleachers and not individual seats.
1946 En route to becoming the first team to draw two million fans at home, the Yankees reach the one million mark at the earliest date in major league history. The Bronx Bombers, the first team to attract one million patrons when 1,289,422 go through the Polo Grounds turnstiles in 1920, will average 29,422 fans this season, 14,000 more a game than for any previous season at Yankee Stadium.
1949 In eighteen innings, the Phillies beat the Pirates at Shibe Park, 4-3. The intrastate rivals both have sixteen hits in sixty-eight at bats and commit three errors along with twenty-one assists.
1961 Ryne Duren, en route to fanning 11 Red Sox batters, breaks an American League mark when he records seven consecutive strikeouts in the Angels’ 5-1 victory over Boston. In the second game of a twilight-night double-header at Fenway Park, the bespectacled fireballing right-hander whiffs Frank Malzone to end the first inning, and then proceeds to strike out the side in the second and third frame, sending Pete Runnels, Jim Pagliaroni, Don Buddin, Mike Fornieles, Chuck Schilling, and Gary Geiger back to the bench with their bats.
1963 In the first major league game ever played on a Sunday night, the Colt .45’s extend the Giants’ losing streak to seven games, blanking the visiting team, 3-0. Due to the extreme heat during the days of the Texas summer months, baseball grants permission for games to be played in the evening at Colt Stadium.
1966 Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh at Metropolitan Stadium, the Twins erupt for the first five-home run inning in American League history. Rich Rollins, Zoilo Versalles, Tony Oliva, Don Mincher, and Harmon Killebrew all go deep to give the Twins a 9-4 victory over the A’s.
1968 Unlike its decision in April to delay the start of the season after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Major League Baseball lets individual teams decide if they will postpone games when Robert F. Kennedy is killed two months later by an assassin’s bullet. When Houston decides to continue playing their scheduled home contests, Rusty Staub and Bob Aspromonte, both who will be traded at the end of the season, protest by benching themselves in today’s 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh at the Astrodome.
1973 Rightfielder Rusty Staub becomes the pivot man in a very unusual double play during a 4-2 Mets victory against the Dodgers at Shea Stadium. Racing in from the outfield, ‘Le Grand Orange’ gets a throw near second base from first baseman John Milner and tags Davey Lopes, who was picked-off from first, and then throws home to nail Tom Paciorek trying to score from second during the P-1B-SS-1B-2B-1B-2B-RF-C rundown.
1973 The Mets retire Gil Hodges’ number 14 in tribute to their late manager, who died of a heart attack just prior to the start of the season. In addition to leading his underdog club to a World Championship in 1969, the quiet leader also hit the first home run in franchise history, a 1962 solo shot at Busch Stadium off St. Louis right-hander Larry Jackson.
1984 With the score tied 3-3 and the bases loaded in the 12th inning, Garry Hancock decides to drop Pete O’Brien’s long foul flyball to prevent the out from becoming a game-ending sacrifice fly. Wayne Tolleson tags up and scores the winning run for Texas when the umpires rule the left fielder had caught the ball.
1986 Don Sutton (298) throws a two-hit shutout, beating Tom Seaver (306) and the White Sox 3-0. The starters have the highest combined win total (604) for opposing pitchers since 1926, when Washington’s Walter Johnson (406) faced Chicago’s right-hander Red Faber (197) in a Griffith Stadium contest.
1988 The first printing of the sheet music to Take Me Out to the Ball Game sells at an auction in New York City with a bid of $2,750. Jack Northworth, who wrote the lyrics, and Albert Von Tilzer, who set the words to music, signatures appear on their creative work.
1989 Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry hits his 200th career home run in a ten-inning, 4-3, loss to the Pirates. The six-foot, six-inch slugger will finish his 18-year major league career with 335 round-trippers.
1990 Eddie Murray ties Mickey Mantle’s major league mark, hitting a homer from both sides of the plate for the tenth time in his career. The switch-hitting first baseman’s second home run of the game, batting left-handed against Eric Show, proves to be the eventual winning run in the Dodgers’ 5-4 victory over San Diego in the 11th inning at Jack Murphy Stadium.
1994 Oakland signs first-round pick Ben Grieve, giving the recent Arlington HS (TX) graduate a $1.2 million bonus. The 18 year-old’s incentive to sign with the A’s is more money than his father, Tom, also first-round selection, earned during his dozen seasons in the majors with the Senators, Rangers, Mets, and the Cardinals.
1998 In the third inning of the Angels’ 10-8 win over the Diamondbacks, Anaheim’s Cecil Fielder and Arizona’s Yamil Benitez both hit a grand slam in the Bank One Ballpark contest. It is the first time both teams hit bases-full home runs in the same inning since 1992, when Cubs infielder Ryne Sandberg and Pirates slugger Jeff King also accomplished the feat, playing at Three Rivers Stadium.
1999 After being ejected in the 12th inning by plate umpire Randy Marsh for arguing a catcher’s interference call, Bobby Valentine returns to the dugout with a fake mustache and glasses. The National League will suspend the Mets’ manager for two games and fine him for using the disguise.
2007 At Jamsil Stadium in Seoul, Yang Jun-hyuk of the Samsung Lions becomes the first player in the 26-year history of the Korean baseball league to collect 2,000 hits. The 14-year veteran singled on a 2-1 pitch in the ninth inning, much to the delight of the 23,000 Doosan Bears fans watching the visiting outfielder reach the unprecedented milestone.
2008 Ken Griffey, Jr. becomes the sixth player in major league history to hit 600 career home runs. With a runner on third, Junior goes deep in the first inning on a 3-1 pitch thrown by Marlins’ moundsman Mark Hendrickson in the Reds’ 9-4 victory at Dolphin Stadium.
2008 For the first in time in franchise history, the Rays hit three consecutive home runs when Evan Longoria, Willy Aybar, and Dioner Navarro all connect off Angels’ southpaw Joe Saunders in the second inning of Tampa Bay’s 13-4 rout in Anaheim. The feat will not occur again for the team until James Loney, Wil Myers, and Sam Fuld homer back-to-back-to-back at Tropicana Field in 2013.
2009 Twenty-one teams miss an opportunity to draft 17 year-old high school standout Mike Trout, who in three years will become an impact player in the American League during his rookie season. The ‘Millville Meteor’, selected in the first round of the Amateur Draft (25th overall) by the Angels, is most notably passed over by the Nationals and the Diamondbacks, teams that would both pick twice before Los Angeles made its first selection.
2010 The Diamondbacks beat Atlanta, 2-1, thanks to a bizarre two-run inside-the-park homer hit by Gerrado Parra in the eighth inning of the Chase Field contest. The decisive runs score when Nate McLouth and Jason Heyward violently collide after sprinting into the gap in left-center field trying to make the play.
2011 In the midst of a nine-game losing streak, the A’s fire manager Bob Geren and replace him with Bob Melvin, who will serve as interim manager for the rest of the season. During his four-plus seasons at the helm, the 47 year-old former Oakland skipper compiled a 361-412 record with the team.
2014 Indian third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall drives in nine runs, tying a franchise record first established in 1991 by Chris James. The Cleveland infielder collects five hits, including three home runs, in the team’s 17-7 rout of Texas at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
2015 In front of a dwindling crowd, made up of mostly remaining Giants fans, Chris Heston strikes out the side in the ninth inning to finish the season’s first no-hitter, a 5-0 Giants’ victory over the Mets at Citi Field. The no-no thrown by the 27 year-old rookie right-hander, making just his 13th career start, is 17th in franchise history and marks the fourth straight season the feat has been accomplished by a San Francisco hurler, with Matt Cain (2012) and Tim Lincecum (2013 and 2014) throwing complete games without yielding a hit during the past three years.