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1920 William G. Harding, who will be elected as the next president of the United States, throws three pitches for the Kerrigan Tailors, a semi-pro team, in an exhibition game played against the Cubs. The contest, in which the Giants, Reds, and Indians declined to be participants, was arranged in the presidential candidate's hometown to make him more appealing to the masses.
1939 When Babe Dahlgren strikes out while being given an intentional walk and George Selkirk and Joe Gordon try to steal home on successive pitches by trotting to the plate, Red Sox fans throw a barrage of garbage onto the playing field at Fenway Park to protest the Yankees making deliberate outs to take advantage of the 6:30 Sunday curfew. Umpire Cal Hubbard rules the Boston crowd's action makes it impossible to continue the game and awards the game as a forfeit to the Yankees with a 9-0 'official' score.
1952 In his major league debut, Washington's Miguel Fornieles tosses a one-hitter, beating the visiting A's at Griffith Stadium, 5-0. The Senators' 20-year old rookie right-hander, who will be traded to the White Sox in the offseason for Chuck Stobbs, finishes the season with a 2-2 record, posting an ERA of 1.37 in four games.
1955 In a 12-2 rout of the Cardinals, Ernie Banks sets the record for home runs hit by a shortstop by going deep for his 40th dinger. 'Mr. Cub' will finish this season with 44 homers and will hit 48 to extend the record in 1958.
1957 At Wrigley Field, the Braves sweep the Cubs, 23-10 and 4-0. In the opener, Frank Torre crosses the plate in the first, second, third, fourth, sixth and ninth innings, tying a major league by scoring six times in one game.
1959 Throwing only nine pitches in his appearance, Tigers' right-handed reliever Jim Bunning strikes out the side in the top of the ninth inning of the team's 5-4 loss to Boston at Briggs Stadium. Sammy White, Jim Mahoney and Ike Delock are the victims of the future Hall of Famer's immaculate inning.
1960 Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams homers off Senator right-hander Don Lee. At the beginning of his career Williams hit several home runs off of Lee's dad, Thornton.
1962 Stan Musial, with a ninth-inning pinch-hit single in the Cardinals’ 4-3 loss to New York at Busch Stadium, moves past Tris Speaker on the all-time hits list into second place with his 3‚516th hit. ’Stan the Man’, who will finish his career with a total of 3630, will remain far behind Ty Cobb (4191) and will be eventually surpassed by Pete Rose (4256) and Hank Aaron (3771).
1965 At Wrigley Field, Cubs first baseman Ernie Banks hits his 400th career home run off Cardinal hurler Curt Simmons, helping Chicago to defeat St. Louis, 5-3.
1965 In anticipation of the team's move to Anaheim next year, owner Gene Autry announces the Los Angeles Angels would now be known as the California Angels, becoming the second major league team to be named after an entire state. The franchise, the first to change its moniker during the season, will now use a logo that incorporates an image of the Golden State, along with its iconic halo.
1965 During a pregame ceremony at Shea Stadium, the Mets retire Casey Stengel's uniform number 37. The team's first manager, who decided to retire shortly after fracturing his hip at the end of July, compiled a 175-404 record with the expansion team, never finishing higher than in last place.
1969 Willie Davis breaks a 53-year old franchise record by hitting safely in 30 consecutive games. The Dodger outfielder's sixth-inning double in a 5-4 loss to New York surpasses Zack Wheat's streak set in 1916.
1971 Cesar Cedeno bloops an inside-the-park grand slam as a result of second baseman Jim Lefebvre and right fielder Bill Buckner colliding trying to make the fifth inning catch. The dropped 200-foot fly ball enables the Astros to beat the Dodgers at the Astrodome, 9-3.
1972 After retiring twenty-six consecutive Padres batters, Cubs hurler Milt Pappas walks Larry Stahl on a 3-2 pitch. 'Gimpy' retires the next batter, Gary Jestadt, to preserve his 8-0 no-hitter.
1972 Coming to bat in the top of the 8th inning trailing 8-0, the Mets score seven runs and add another four tallies in the ninth to stun the Astros, 11-8. It's the Amazins' biggest come-from-behind victory in franchise history.
1972 With his 2,971st hit in a Pirates uniform, Roberto Clemente breaks Honus Wagner's record for the most hits in the history of the franchise. The historic blow is a three-run homer off Giant hurler Sam McDowell in the bottom of the fourth inning in an eventual 6-3 victory for the Bucs at Three Rivers Stadium.
1972 In his major league debut, Doug Rau throws a three-hitter, beating St. Louis at Busch Stadium, 5-1. In his first big-league at-bat, the 23-year old Dodger southpaw helps his cause with a RBI-triple in the second inning.
1972 Dave Downs throws a complete game shutout in his first major league appearance, blanking the Braves, 3-0, in the nightcap of a twin bill at Atlanta Stadium. The 20 year-old Phillies' right-hander will never win another major league game when he develops a sore arm caused by tendonitis.
1973 On the last day of his three-day suspension for ordering pitchers to throw spitballs, Billy Martin is fired as the Tigers' skipper, after serving three stormy seasons in the Detroit dugout. Jim Campbell, the team's general manager, announces the dismissal was made “for the good of the organization” with the recent incident being a contributing factor, but not the sole reason for releasing his manager.
1975 Johnny LeMaster becomes the first player to hit an inside-the-park home run in his first major league at bat. The Giants shortstop's dash around the bases comes off Don Sutton in a 7-3 win over LA at Candlestick Park.
1985 A's Jose Canseco strikes out in his first major league at-bat. During his 17 seasons in the major leagues, the slugger will be struck out 1,942 times en route to hitting 462 home runs.
1986 The Astros and Cubs use a major league record 53 players in the game. Billy Hatcher's home run off Greg Maddux in the top of the 18th inning is the difference in Houston's 8-7 victory at Wrigley Field.
1987 In a game in which the Astros beat the Cubs 10-1, Kevin Bass becomes the first National Leaguer to homer from both sides of the plate twice in one season.
1990 Dave Stieb pitches the major league record ninth no-hitter of the season, beating the Indians 3-0. Previously, the Blue Jay right-hander had lost three no-hit bids after two outs were recorded in the ninth.
1993 Drawing a crowd 47,699 for their 62nd home game, the Rockies surpass the 1982 Dodgers by drawing 3,617,863 fans to Mile High Stadium in Denver, setting a new National League single-season attendance record. The expansion club will also break the 1992 Blue Jays' major league mark of 4,028,318 before the season is over.
1996 David Cone makes a dramatic return to the mound after his May operation to remove an aneurysm in his pitching arm by pitching seven no-hit innings. The Yankees beat the A's at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, 5-0, with Mariano Rivera giving up the opponent's only hit to Jose Herrera in the eighth.
1996 Mike Greenwell beats the Mariners single-handedly, driving in all nine runs in the Red Sox' 9-8 victory over Seattle at the Kingdome. Boston's right fielder knocks in the decisive run with a 10th-inning single.
1998 At Pro Player Stadium, Cardinal slugging first baseman Mark McGwire hits home runs # 58 and #59, surpassing Jimmie Foxx, who hit 58 in 1932 and Hank Greenberg, who also hit 58 six years later.
1998 Slammin' Sammy Sosa hits his 56th homer to tie Hack Wilson's 68-year-old club record. The right-fielder's solo round-tripper in the sixth inning off Jason Bere contributes to the Cubs' 4-2 victory over Cincinnati.
1998 Nomar Garciaparra's ninth-inning grand slam gives the Red Sox a 7-3 win over the Mariners. Boston's slugging shortstop joins Mark McGwire as one of only five players to hit 30 homers in each of his first two seasons.

1998 Kent Mercker hits his only career home run, a grand slam, and also picks up the win in the Redbirds' 14-4 rout of the Marlins at Dolphin Stadium. It will be the only career homer hit by the Cardinals' left-hander in his 18-year tenure in the major leagues.
1999 Setting off a very enthusiastic ovation at Camden Yards, Cal Ripken, Jr. becomes the 29th major leaguer to hit 400 career home runs. The Oriole third baseman connects off Devil Rays' right-hander Rolando Arrojo.
2000 Elvis Pena becomes the first person named Elvis to appear in a major league game. The 23-year old Dominican infielder, in his debut for the Rockies, strikes out swinging as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning in Colorado's 8-3 loss to Milwaukee at Coors Field.
2001 With two outs and two strikes, Red Sox pinch hitter Carl Everett singles in the bottom of the ninth to break up Mike Mussina's bid for a perfect game. The Yankee right-hander beats Boston 1-0 for his fourth career one-hitter.
2001 For the first time in major league history, four games are completed on the same day with only one run scoring in the contest. The Yankees, Padres, Astros and Blue Jays beat their respective opponents Red Sox, Diamondbacks, Brewers and Tigers, 1-0.
2003 In an effort to make the perception of the team younger and hipper, the Blue Jays unveiled their fourth logo in the franchise's 27-year history. The new look for the 2004 season adds black and silver trimming to a newly stylized bird while eliminating the red maple leaf backdrop and the word Blue.
2006 At Tropicana Field, the Devil Rays' second triple play in franchise history is the first ever in the annals of the game in which the ball never touched the bat. The 2-6-2 triple killing occurs when Raul Ibanez strikes out on a 3-2 pitch, then Adrian Beltre is thrown out attempting to steal second by catcher Dioner Navarro, with shortstop Ben Zobrist returning the ball to the plate to nail Jose Lopez trying to score from third.
2006 Joining Jeremy Hermida (Marlins, 2005) and Bill Duggleby (Phillies,1898), Kevin Kouzmanoff becomes the third player in major league history to hit a grand slam in his first career at bat. The Indians' 25-year old DH, filling in for the injured Travis Hafner, who hit six bases-juiced homers this season, tying a major league record, is the first person to accomplish the feat on the first pitch he ever sees in the big leagues.
2006 The Pirates extend their franchise record consecutive losing season streak to 14 as the club drops their 82nd game of the season to Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals, 3-1. The 1933-1948 Phillies own the big league mark, finishing with a losing record for 16 straight seasons.
2008 New York starter Jonathon Niese, who was born on the day the Mets won their last World Championship, makes his major league debut against the Brewers in Miller Park. On his second pitch of the game, the 21-year-old southpaw gives up a home run to Rickie Weeks, making the him the first rookie in franchise history to yield a home run to the initial batter he faces in his career.

40 Fact(s) Found