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1881 With his team already ahead in the eighth inning, 5-0, White Stockings (Cubs) outfielder Abner Dalrymple becomes the first player to be intentionally walked with the bases loaded. The run-producing free pass is given up by Buffalo Bisons' right-hander Jack Lynch in an eventual 11-2 Chicago victory.
1902 Joe McGinnity of the National League's Baltimore Orioles is thrown out of the league for punching and spitting at an umpire. Due to his popularity, 'Iron Man Mike' will be quickly reinstated.
1908 On the third try, Senator Gabby Street catches a ball thrown from the top of the Washington Monument. Scientists estimated the 555-foot drop the ball traveled had a force between 200 and 300 pounds.
1919 Phillies catcher Bert Adams has a stellar day behind the plate, recording ten putouts and five assists. The weak-hitting backstop's outstanding defense doesn't prevent Philadelphia from dropping a 5-1 decision to Chicago at the Baker Bowl.
1926 At Fenway Park, White Sox right-hander Ted Lyons throws s a no-hitter against the hometown Red Sox, 6-0. The future Hall of Famer's gem takes only 67 minutes to complete.
1931 Babe Ruth becomes the first major leaguer to hit 600 career home runs when the Yankees defeat the Browns, 11-7. The 36-year old slugger hit the milestone round-tripper off right-hander George Blaeholder.
1932 Defeating the Senators, 11-5, at Washington's Griffith Stadium, Indians' hurler Wes Ferrell becomes the first pitcher in this century to win 20 or more games in each of his first four seasons. The Greensboro, NC native, who will post a 23-12 record this season, won 21, 25, and 22 games for Cleveland during the past three years.
1935 At Braves Field, Cardinals' first baseman Ripper Collins does not make a putout during the 13-3 nine-inning loss to Boston. The St. Louis infielder, who will also not make a putout playing first for the Cubs in a game against Brooklyn in 1937, is the only player to have accomplished the very rare feat twice in the major leagues.
1947 The first Little League World Series tourney is held at Williamsport, Pennsylvania. With a .625 team batting average, the hometown Maynard Midgets easily win the tournament, 16-7.
1948 Cleveland's streak of victories (8), shutouts (4), and scoreless innings (47) ends in the ninth inning when Bob Lemon walks Pat Seerey and yields home runs to Aaron Robinson and Dave Philley in a 3-2 loss to the White Sox.
1951 Major General Emmett O'Donnell is selected by the owners to be the new commissioner, but President Harry Truman overrules the decision, stating the officer is needed in Korea in his post as commander of bombers.
1962 On the day he is released by New York, right-hander Robin Roberts signs as a free agent with the Orioles. The 35-year old future Hall of Famer, who never appeared in a game wearing a Yankee uniform, will compile a 42-36 record during his four seasons with the Birds.
1971 The Connie Mack statue, a fixture in front of the North Philadelphia ballpark since 1957, is rededicated at the corner of Broad Street and Pattison Avenue in front of the Phillies' new home, Veterans Stadium. The team added a plaque to the monument’s pedestal, listing the A’s players chosen between 1978 and 2003 for the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame.
1972 In an complete-game effort at Veterans Stadium, Steve Carlton's consecutive-victory streak ends at 15 when the Phillies drop a 2-1 decision to Atlanta and Phil Niekro, who also goes the distance. Dusty Baker, who started the 11th inning rally with a two-out double, scores the eventual winning run on Mike Lum's broken bat flare over the shortstop's head.
1975 The Reuschel brothers of the Cubs join forces to blank the Dodgers, 6-0. Rick goes 6 1-3 innings and Paul finishes the game for the first shutout thrown by siblings.
1977 In his first appearance at Shea Stadium since being traded, Tom Seaver throws a six-hitter against his former teammates and strikes out 11, helping the Reds defeat the Mets, 5-1. In addition to his work on the mound, 'Tom Terrific' hits a double and scores two runs.
1980 At at a news conference, owner Charlie Finley announces he has sold his A’s to Walter A. Haas, Jr., the chairman of the board of the Levi Strauss clothing empire, Walter A. Hass, and Roy Eisenhardt. The sale to the San Francisco executives, which will become effective in November, will keep the team in Oakland and Billy Martin in the dugout.
1982 Brewers' reliever Rollie Fingers becomes the first player in major league history to record 300 career saves when Milwaukee defeats the Mariners, 3-2.
1983 On the same day two minor leaguers, Vince Coleman and Donnell Nixon, break Rickey Henderson's single-season record by stealing their 131st base of the season.
1986 In the Red Sox's 24-5 rout the Indians, Spike Owen ties a major league mark, becoming the first major leaguer to score six runs in a game since Johnny Pesky, also playing for Boston, accomplished the feat in 1946. The light-hitting shortstop was obtained three days ago, along with center fielder Dave Henderson, from the Mariners in exchange for Rey Quiñones and cash.
1990 The Phillies overcome an eight-run deficit, scoring nine runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat the Dodgers, 12-11. John Kruk's pinch-hit three-run homer ties the game, and two batters later, Carmelo Martinez's double plates Rod Booker with the eventual winning run in the Chavez Ravine contest.

1999 Orioles outfielder Brady Anderson becomes only the third player in major league history to lead off both games of a doubleheader with a home run. It doesn't help as the White Sox sweep the twin bill.
1999 Joining Mark McGwire, Ken Griffey Jr. and Babe Ruth, Sammy Sosa becomes the fourth player to hit 50 home runs in consecutive seasons. The Cubs right fielder, who hit 66 dingers last season, blasts his major league leading 50th and 51st home runs in an 8-6 victory over the Rockies at Wrigley Field.
2001 The International League's Triple-A game between the Rochester Red Wings (Orioles) and Ottawa Lynx (Expos) features Tim Raines and his son Tim Jr. as opponents. It is believed to be the first contest involving a dad and his son facing each other during the regular season on the professional level.
2002 The Expos' first selection in the amateur draft (fifth overall), Clint Everts signs a deal with Montreal which gives him a $2.5 million signing bonus. The Houston Cypress Falls High School's right-hander, along with teammate left-hander Scott Kazmir (Mets), are only the fourth pair of high school players selected in the first round of the same draft.
2002 In the longest game ever played in Little League World Series history, Louisville, Kentucky beats Fort Worth, Texas in the US semifinal in 11 innings, 2-1. A record-setting 49 strikeouts are recorded as Fort Worth's Walker Kelly strikes out 21 in nine two-hit innings and Louisville's Aaron Alvey fans 19 batter over nine no-hit innings.
2003 Miguel Tejeda starts his 559th consecutive game to establish a team record. The A's shortstop, who has the longest active streak in the majors, last missed a game on May 1, 2000.
2003 Much to the delight of the Fenway Faithful and the embarrassment of the team’s first baseman, the ‘Rally Karaoke Guy’ makes his debut when a video of Kevin Millar, as a LA City College freshman doing an impersonation of Bruce Springsteen singing "Born in the USA," is shown on the scoreboard. The video, which was first played at a clubhouse meeting in Texas as a prank by a college friend, now FBI agent, appears to be Boston’s answer to the Rally Monkey of Anaheim when the Red Sox win their first game in seven days, beating the A’s, 14-5.

2005 Using teammate Cliff Floyd's bat, Mike Jacobs hits a three-run home run in his first major league at-bat pinch-hitting in the fifth inning. The left-handed hitting backstop becomes the fourth Mets rookie to go deep in his big league debut, joining Benny Ayala, Mike Fitzgerald and Kaz Matsui.
2005 Florida suspends their bat boy for six games after the 11-year old accepts former Marlin and current Dodger hurler Brad Penny’s $500 dare to drink a gallon of milk in less than an hour without throwing up. The sixth grader, who is able to drink the quantity in the allotted time but cannot keep it down, will be offered by the Milk Processor Education Program a promise to pay off the dare and will cover the lost wages resulting from the suspension if he agrees to drink three glasses every 24 hours.
2006 For the first time since 1943, the Yankees sweep a five-game series at Fenway. The latest Boston massacre leaves the Red Sox six and half games behind front-running New York and four games off the wild card pace.
2006 After seeing his starting pitcher give back seven runs of an 8-0 lead in the third inning, John Gibbons goes to the mound to remove Ted Lilly, who argues with the Blue Jay manager and refuses to give up the ball. The incident escalates in the clubhouse tunnel with the skirmish resulting in a bloody nose for the Toronto skipper.
2006 Cory Lidle, recently obtained from the Phillies along with Bobby Abreu in a trade-deadline deal, throws six scoreless innings to get the 2-1 win as the Yankees complete a five-game sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Dubbed the "Boston Massacre II", the lopsided series reminds fans of the rivalry of a similar meltdown in Boston in 1978.
2007 With a grand slam and a three-run homer, a two-run and a pair of one-run doubles during an 18-9 rout of the Yankees, Garret Anderson drives in a franchise-record ten runs with his four hits. The Angels’ left fielder, who is one RBI shy of setting the American League mark, becomes the 12th player to collect 10 RBIs in one contest in big league history.
2007 Mark Reynolds ties a major league record, held by five other non-pitchers including Bo Jackson of the Royals in 1988, by striking out in nine plate consecutive appearances. The dubious streak comes to an end when Dave Bush hits the Diamondbacks' third baseman with a pitch in the sixth inning in a 7-4 Brewer victory at Chase Field.
2007 Citing he would be heavily taxed on the historically significant souvenir if he were to hold onto it, 21-year-old Matt Murphy reluctantly decides to sell the ball Barry Bonds hit to break Henry Aaron’s all-time home run record. The August 7th AT&T Park home run ball, valued at an estimated $500,000, will be available from August 28 through September 15 through a Sotheby's/SCP on-line auction.
2010 After being heckled by Philadelphia fans between innings, Nyjer Morgan throws a ball into the Citizens Bank Park outfield seats, hitting a fan in the head. The Nationals outfielder will receive a seven-game suspension for his serious lapse of judgment, although his victim, a 37 years old male, is very surprised by the suspension and wishes his assailant luck with the appeal of the penalty.
2010 Matt Stairs sets the career record for pinch-hit home runs when he goes deep off Ernesto Frieri in the eighth inning of a 6-5 loss in Milwaukee. The two-run shot over the Miller Park right field fence, his twenty-first round-tripper coming off the bench, moves the premier pinch-hitter ahead of Cliff Johnson.
2011 The Padres retire Trevor Hoffman's No. 51 in a post-game ceremony to honor baseball's all-time saves leader, who retired in the off-season after playing 18 big league seasons, 16 with San Diego. After he was acquired by the team in a five-player deal in 1993, the right-handed reliever compiled 552 of his 601 saves for the Friars.
2013 Ichiro Suzuki collects his 4,000th career hit to join Ty Cobb and Pete Rose as the third professional baseball player to accomplish the feat. The Yankees right fielder, who has compiled more hits during his 13 seasons in the major leagues than any other player within the same amount of playing time, started his career with the Orix BlueWave in Japan where he had a total of 1,278 hits before joining the Mariners in 2001.

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