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1903 Bill Bradley hits for the cycle, accumulating 12 total bases in the Naps' 12-2 rout of Washington at American League Park. Last month, the Cleveland third baseman collected three triples in a game to tie a still-standing AL record.
1916 At Cleveland's League Park, Marty Kavanaugh hits the first-ever pinch-hit grand slam in baseball history. The infielder's historic homer proves to be the difference as the Indians beat the Red Sox, 5-3.
1919 With a blast that clears the Polo Grounds roof, Red Sox outfielder Babe Ruth ties the game in the top of the ninth in an eventual 2-1 loss to the Yankees that takes 13 innings to complete. The Bambino's round-tripper, his 28th of the season, breaks the 19th century home run record established in 1894 by Ned Williamson of the NL's Chicago White Stockings.
1922 Cardinals outfielder Rogers Hornsby hits home runs off Giant hurlers Jesse and Virgil Barnes. The homers served up by the brothers enable the 'Rajah' to set the National League record for round-trippers in a season with 42.
1925 With the Yankees trailing by three runs in the bottom of the tenth inning, Babe Ruth hits a Sarge Connally pitch for a game-winning home run, which beats the White Sox, 6-5. The 'Sultan of Swat' becomes the first modern player to blast a walk-off grand slam to win the game by one run.
1925 The Senators clinch their second consecutive American League pennant when they sweep a doubleheader from Cleveland at Griffith Stadium, 4-3 and 6-2. Washington will have a week to get ready before facing Pittsburgh in the Fall Classic.
1926 The Cardinals clinch their first pennant in the franchise's 35-year history when they beat the Giants at the Polo Grounds. Billy Southworth's second-inning two-run home run off his former team proves to be the difference in St. Louis' 6-4 victory at the Polo Grounds.
1928 A Monday afternoon crowd of only 404 watches the Tigers blank the last-place Red Sox, 8-0. The meager amount of fans at Navin Field is the lowest American League attendance ever recorded in Detroit.
1933 In his last big-league at-bat, Joe Sewell ends his 14-year career, singling in the decisive run as a pinch-hitter in the Yankees' 4-3 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The infielder ends his 14-year career, spent mainly with the Indians, striking out only 114 times of 8,332 total plate appearances (1.4%).

(Ed. Note: The 34-year-old would need an additional 7,967 plate appearances to equal Mark Reynolds' 2009 single-season record of 223 strikeouts. -LP)

1940 At Shibe Park, Red Sox first baseman Jimmie Foxx blasts his 500th career home run off A's pitcher George Caster. The historic homer is one of four round-trippers hit in the inning, setting an American League mark.
1942 In the final game of his twentieth and last full season, Ted Lyons beats the Indians, going the distance in the White Sox' 3-1 victory at Cleveland's League Park. The 41 year-old 'Sunday Teddy,' although exempt from the draft due to his age, enlists in the U.S. Marine Corps after the season and fights in the Pacific during WW II, completes all of his twenty games, 13 of which he started on a Sunday, posting a 14-6 record along with an ERA of 2.10.
1948 The Red Sox loss to the Yankees, along with Detroit's defeat of the Indians, results in a three-way tie for first place with Boston, Cleveland, and New York finishing the day with identical records of 91-56 with only seven games to play. A one-game playoff between the Tribe and BoSox, will be needed to crown Cleveland as the American League champs.
1950 With 66,924 fans in attendance, the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 9-5, on Johnny Mize Day at Yankee Stadium. The 38 year-old first baseman and future Hall of Famer contributes to the victory over the fading Boston team, now four games behind the Bronx Bombers, with a single and double.
1957 1957 In front of a meager crowd of 2,598 at Griffith Stadium, Senator right-hander Hal Griggs ends Ted Williams' streak of reaching base in 16 straight times when he induces the Red Sox outfielder to ground out to second base in the top of the first inning. In his next at-bat, the 'Splendid Splinter' homers off the Washington starter to begin the fourth inning, which will prove to be the difference in Boston's 2-1 victory over Washington.
1957 Grounding out, Pirates left-handed first baseman Dee Fondy becomes the last player ever to bat in Ebbets Field when the Dodgers blank the Bucs, 2-0, in the final major league game ever played in Brooklyn.
1967 Gary Nolan becomes only the second pitcher in baseball history to strike out 200 batters in a season as a teenager when he fans Adolfo Phillips in the bottom of the fourth inning in the Reds' 3-2 victory over Chicago at Wrigley Field. The 19 year-old right-handed fireballer joins Hall of Famer Bob Feller, who accomplished the milestone before reaching the age of twenty in 1938, hurling for the Indians.
1968 Mets manager Gil Hodges, during a game against the Braves in Atlanta, suffers a mild heart attack. The New York skipper, who will die of a massive coronary in 1972, is hospitalized until October 20, when doctors give him a clean bill of health, but warned him about the continued risks of stress and smoking.
1969 In the inaugural season of divisional play, the Mets clinch the first-ever National League East title. Gary Gentry fires a four-hitter, blanking the Cardinals, 6-0, in front of a frenzied Shea Stadium crowd, which spills onto the field en masse after the game to celebrate their team's amazing accomplishment.
1971 In the top of the fourth inning of a losing effort to Philadelphia, Cubs' starter Milt Pappas strikes out the side, throwing just nine pitches. Greg Luzinski, Don Money, and Mike Anderson are the victims of the right-hander's immaculate inning.
1971 Al Downing becomes a 20-game winner when he blanks the Braves at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, 2-0. The Dodger left-hander, best remembered for giving up Hank Aaron's historic 715th home run, will compile a 123-107 record during his 17-year major league career.
1974 At Memorial Stadium in a 5-4 loss to the Birds, Tigers outfielder Al Kaline gets his 3000th hit. The milestone hit is given up by Orioles hurler Dave McNally, a two-bagger down the right-field line.
1975 In Oakland, the A's clinch their fifth consecutive AL West title with a 13-2 rout of Chicago. Reggie Jackson leads the 13-hit attack at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum with home runs in his first two at-bats, and Vida Blue tosses six innings to earn his 21st victory.
1975 Tom Seaver learns the adage the "third time's the charm" isn't always true when he loses his bid for a no-hitter in the ninth inning for the third time in his career. After striking out Don Kessinger and Rick Monday, rookie outfielder Joe Wallis, playing in his 15th career game, singles to right field for the Cubs' first hit off the Mets' starter in the Wrigley Field contest.
1977 Gene Richards of the Padres and Pirates outfielder Omar Moreno both swipe their 50th base of the season to surpass Sonny Jackson's rookie record set with the Astros in 1966. The Friars' first baseman will establish a new freshman mark, ending the campaign with 56 thefts, three more than the Bucs' flychaser.
1978 Yankee southpaw Ron Guidry ties the American League record for shutouts tossed in a season by a lefty when he blanks Cleveland, 4-0. With his ninth complete scoreless game, ' Gator equals Babe Ruth's mark, who accomplished the feat in 1916 with the Red Sox.
1984 The Cubs clinch the National League East flag with a 4-2 victory over Pittsburgh at Three Rivers Stadium. Rick Suttcliffe's two-hitter gives the Northsiders their first title since 1945.
1985 Andre Dawson hits two homers in the same inning for the second time in his career, becoming the second major leaguer to accomplish the feat. The Expo outfielder also went yard twice in the same frame on July 30, 1978.
1988 Julio Franco's two-out, two-strike ninth-inning bad-hop single spoils Dave Stieb's bid for a no-hitter. The Blue Jays' starter settles for a 1-0 one-hit victory over the Indians.
1991 With his 37th homer of the season, Howard Johnson establishes a new NL record for round-trippers by a switch-hitter when he goes deep off Bob Walk in the Mets' 10-8 loss to Pittsburgh at Shea Stadium. HoJo, who will extend the mark, finishing the season with 38 home runs, had set the previous mark in 1987.
1992 At the age of 40, Dave Winfield drives in four runs with a homer and a two-run double, becoming the oldest player to drive in 100 runs. The future Hall of Famer's offensive outburst helps the Blue Jays beat the Orioles, 8-2.
1992 Kenny Lofton establishes an Indian record when he steals his 62nd base of the season, a swipe of second base in the first inning. The Tribe's rookie center fielder surpasses the previous franchise mark established by Miguel Dilone in 1980.
1993 Defeating Cincinnati, 9-2, the Rockies set a National League record for wins by an expansion team. Colorado's 65th win of the season surpasses the mark established by the Houston Colt .45s in 1962.
1998 Tom Gordon sets a major league record for the most consecutive saves when he collects his 42nd in the Red Sox’s 9-6 win over the Orioles. 'Flash' pitches a perfect ninth inning, striking out the three batters he faces.
2001 Batting for reliever Joe Beimel in the bottom of the sixth inning, Craig Wilson drives the first pitch he sees into the seats in left-center field for his seventh pinch-hit home run, tying the major league mark established last season by Dodger infielder Dave Hansen. The Pirate rookie's two-run round-tripper sparks a five-run frame, enabling the Bucs to overcome a 5-0 deficit in their eventual 7-6 victory over the Chicago at PNC Park.
2001 Former American major leaguer Tuffy Rhodes ties the Japanese record set by Sadaharu Oh in 1964 when he takes fireballer Daisuke Matsuzaka deep for his 55th home run of the season. The Kintetsu Buffaloes outfielder has five games left to break the record, but opposing pitchers will continually walk him intentionally, preventing the American from breaking the immortal Oh's record.
2002 The Astros have their first rain delay at home since July 15, 1976. To save time, officials decide to cover the Minute Maid field with a tarp during the 19-minute delay, rather than use the retractable roof.
2002 Jason Giambi homers in his first two trips to the plate in the Yankees' 6-0 win over Tampa Bay at the Stadium. The pair of round-trippers gives the slugging outfielder a total of 40 for the season, and when added with Jeremy's total of 20 home runs, hit with Oakland and Philadelphia, the Giambi brothers set the record for homers by siblings in the same season, topping the 59 hit by Joe (46) and Vince DiMaggio (13) in 1937.
2003 Eric Gagne ties John Smoltz's National League mark for saves with 55 when he helps the Dodgers defeat the Padres, 5-3. The Los Angeles closer equals the NL mark in consecutive opportunities, which is also a record.
2004 Atlanta's streak of consecutive division titles extends to 13, with the Braves clinching the NL East due to an 8-7 victory over the Marlins. The record run, which excludes the strike-shortened season of 1994, includes the three titles won in the NL West before the re-alignment of teams in 1993.
2004 After he gives up five runs in the Red Sox' 6-4 loss to the Bronx Bombers at Fenway Park, Pedro Martinez tells the media, "they beat me. They're that good right now. They're that hot. I just tip my hat and call the Yankees my daddy." The words will come back to haunt the Dominican right-hander when the fans begin chanting "Who's your daddy?" every time he takes the mound in New York during the American League Championship Series.
2005 Averaging more than 50,000 fans per game, the Yankees become the third franchise in major league history, and the first since the 1994 strike, to pass the four-million attendance mark. The 1993 Colorado Rockies and the 1991-1993 Toronto Blue Jays are the other teams that have reached the milestone.
2006 With the best record in the majors at 94-62, the Tigers clinched their first playoff spot since 1987. Detroit's 11-4 victory over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium ends the 19-season postseason drought.
2006 As the Petco Park sellout crowd roars, Trevor Hoffman retires all three Pittsburgh batters he faces in the ninth inning, ensuring a 2-1 San Diego victory. The Padres closer's 479th career save surpasses Lee Smith's total (1980-1997), making the 38 year-old reliever the all-time leader in saves.
2006 David Ortiz ties Babe Ruth's American League record with his 32nd round-tripper on the road. 'Big Papi's 53rd homer of the season comes in the Red Sox' 13-4 losing effort to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.
2007 Baltimore completes a season sweep of the Royals with a 3-2 victory at Camden Yards. The Orioles, twenty-three games under the .500 mark, beat Kansas City seven times in seven tries, making it only the sixth time in the American League history that a sweep of season series of an AL opponent has occurred.
2008 Thanks to Mark Teixeira's eighth inning solo home run, the Mariners are defeated by the Angels, 6-5, making it the fourth time in franchise history the club has lost 100 games. Seattle has the distinction of being the first team with a $100 million payroll to lose 100 games.
2009 The Nationals lose their one-hundredth game of the season when the team drops a 7-6 decision to the Dodgers at home. Washington, who posted a 59-102 record last year, becomes the first National League franchise to reach the century mark in defeats in back-to-back campaigns since the Padres accomplished the dubious feat, dropping 102 contests in both 1973 and 1974.
2009 When his team beats Kansas City, 10-3, Red Sox skipper Terry Francona moves ahead of Mike Higgins with his 561st win piloting Boston, the second-most in franchise history. Joe Cronin, the club's all-time leader, accumulated 1,071 wins during his 13-year tenure with the team from 1935 to 1947.
2010 Rafael Soriano sets a club record when he earns his 44th save of the season in the Rays' 5-3 win over Seattle at Tropicana Field. The right-handed reliever, who will extend the mark to 45, had been tied with Roberto Hernandez, who saved 43 games for Tampa Bay in 1999.
2011 The 200,000th game played in major league history since 1876 goes overtime. In the milestone meeting of big-league clubs, the visiting Rockies need 13 innings to beat the Astros, 4-2 at Minute Maid Park.
2011 With his strikeout of pinch-hitter Jose Lopez in the Brewers' 6-4 win over Florida, John Axford earns his 45th save of the year to set the single-season franchise mark for saves. The Milwaukee closer surpasses Francisco Cordero, who established the mark with 44 in 2007.
2011 Dillon Gee becomes the first Mets rookie to win 13 games in a season in 27 years when New York defeats Washington, 6-3. In 1984, Dwight Gooden compiled a 17-9 record as a freshman in 31 starts for the team.
2011 In a pregame ceremony before a nationally televised game with Boston, the Yankees celebrate the 50th anniversary of Roger Maris's record-breaking 61st home run. The festivities include New York captain Derek Jeter carrying to home plate the bat that the Rajah used to hit the Tracy Stallard pitch, and Sal Durante, the 19 year-old fan who caught the historic homer in the right-field stands, bringing the ball hit on October 1st, 1961, onto the field.

2012 Curtis Granderson becomes only the fifth player in franchise history to hit 40 home runs in consecutive seasons when he goes deep into the upper deck at Target Field in the Yankees' 6-3 victory over Minnesota. The 31 year-old southpaw-swinging slugger joins Jason Giambi and Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Mickey Mantle as the only other Bronx Bombers to accomplish the feat.
2013 The Marlins lose their 100th game of the year, dropping a 2-1 decision to Philadelphia en route to the second-worst record (62-100) in franchise history. The season follows a much-maligned fire sale that left the team without its prized players from the 2012 roster, including Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, Heath Bell, and starting pitchers Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson.
2013 Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha, making his ninth career start, loses his no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning on Ryan Zimmerman’s infield single in the team's 2-0 victory over the Nationals at Busch Stadium. The 22 year-old Redbird right-hander, taken out of the game after the hit, becomes the third pitcher this season to have a no-hitter broken up with one out to go, joining Yu Darvish of the Ranger and the Giants’ Yusmeiro Petit, both who had perfect games after facing 26 batters.
2014 Twins' hurler Phil Hughes loses a $500,000 bonus when he doesn't return to the mound after a lengthy rain delay, falling an out short of the 210 innings needed to trigger a contract incentive worth a half-a-million bucks. The Minnesota right-hander, who held Arizona to one run over eight innings, finishes his first year with the team with an 11.63 K/BB ratio, the highest single-season mark for a starter in the history of the game, surpassing Bret Saberhagen's record of an 11.00 K/BB ratio accomplished with the 1994 Mets.
2018 En route to winning 108 games this season, the Red Sox break a franchise record with their 106th victory, beating the Orioles, who becomes the sixth team in American League history to lose 111 games. Boston’s 6-2 triumph at home surpasses the 1912 team’s total of 105 wins recorded in their first season at Fenway Park.

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