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1900 At Philadelphia Park, Tommy Corcoran leaves his shortstop position and begins digging around the third base coaching box with his spikes. The Reds' captain uncovers a metal box with an electrical device inside with attached wires which is most likely being used by the Phillies in a sophisticated scheme to steal signs.
1903 In a game shortened due to darkness, the Americans clinch their first AL pennant when they beat the Cleveland Naps at the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds, 4-3. Boston will go on to defeat the Pirates, 5 games to 3, in the first World Series the fledgling circuit plays against an established National League foe.
1912 Casey Stengel of the Dodgers makes an impressive major league debut against the Pirates. The likable Brooklyn outfielder from Kansas City collects four hits, drives in two runs, and swipes a pair of bases.
1916 George Sisler outduels the Senators' legend Walter Johnson, 1-0. The game will mark Gorgeous George's last big league pitching victory, but the former Browns' hurler will become a member of the Hall of Fame as a first baseman, finishing his 15-year major league career with a .340 lifetime batting average.
1920 For the first time in major league history, two players hit for the cycle on the same day when Tigers' outfielder Bobby Veach, who goes 6-for-6, and Giants first baseman George Burns accomplish the unique feat. This rare event will not occur on the same day again until 2008 when Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew and Mariners third baseman Adrian Beltre each collect a single, double, triple, and a home run in different games played on September 1.
1930 Earl Averill, with three consecutive home runs, drives in eight runs in the Indians' 13-7 victory over the Senators at Cleveland's League Park. The Tribe's 28 year-old center fielder adds another homer in the nightcap to set an American League record with 11 RBIs in the twin bill.
1938 In the top of the seventh inning of the Cubs' 4-0 victory over New York at the Polo Grounds, Ripper Collins hits his last career home run, finishing with 135 round-trippers during his nine-year tenure in the major leagues. The Chicago first baseman will remain the all-time switch-hitter home run leader for 18 years until Yankee slugger Mickey Mantle surpasses his total in 1956.
1939 American League President Will Harridge overturns umpire Cal Hubbard's decision to award the Yankees with 9-0 forfeited victory over the Red Sox, ordering the contest to be replayed from the seventh inning. The Red Sox fans, protesting the deliberate outs New York was making to take advantage of the 6:30 Sunday curfew, had thrown a barrage of garbage onto the playing field which made it impossible to continue the Fenway Park contest.
1941 In front of only 3,585 fans in St. Louis, twenty year-old Stan Musial makes his major league debut against Boston, going 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. 'Stan the Man' will collect a total of 3,630 hits during his 22-year Hall of Fame career, 1815 hits at home and 1815 on the road.
1947 Not waiting for the end of the season, The Sporting News, in a full-page splash in today's issue, names Jackie Robinson as the publication's Rookie of the Year. 'The Bible of Baseball' lauds the Dodger freshman for his exceptional play on the field, and although the Brooklyn infielder faced challenges of being the major league's first black player this century, he was chosen strictly on the basis of his hitting, his running, his defensive play, and his value to the team, according to the article written by J.G. Taylor Spink, TSN's legendary publisher.
1951 In the bottom of the ninth, Joe DiMaggio scores the winning run on a squeeze bunt by Phil Rizzuto off Cleveland starter Bob Lemon, giving the Yankees a 2-1 walk-off victory. The dramatic win breaks the tie for first place with the Tribe, and the Bronx Bombers will stay in front for the rest of the season.
1953 Ernie Banks becomes the first black player to appear in a Cubs' game. The former Kansas City Monarch infielder, who makes an error and is hitless in three at-bats, will go on to hit 512 home runs, as well as winning the MVP award twice during his 19-year Hall of Fame career.
1953 Reds GM Gabe Paul announces he has fired manager Rogers Hornsby without giving an explanation for the dismissal of the 57 year-old Hall of Famer. The Rajah, who has lost six managerial positions during his long baseball career, will be replaced by on an interim basis by coach Buster Mills, who will take over the 64-82 club with eight games left to play in the season.
1957 Ted Williams, in his first at-bat in 17 days, homers off KC's Tom Morgan, pinch-hitting in the eighth inning of the Red Sox' 9-8 victory at Fenway Park. Boston's 'Splendid Splinter' had been sidelined since the start of September with pneumonia.
1963 Dodger ace Sandy Koufax tosses a four-hitter, blanking St. Louis at Sportsman's Park, 4-0. The southpaw's scoreless effort establishes a National League record for shutouts thrown by lefties in a season with 11, five shy of Grover Cleveland Alexander's major league mark set in 1916 with the Phillies.
1964 Seattle mayor J.D. Dorm Braman publicly admits his attempt to bring the Indians to the Emerald City. Other suitors for the disgruntled franchise, whose board of directors will vote to keep the team in Cleveland next month, include the cities of Oakland and Dallas.
1964 Thanks to the efforts of Charlie Finley (seen below wearing a wig), the Beatles, who had planned for a day of rest in New Orleans on the only free date scheduled during their American tour, play a concert in Kansas City's Municipal Stadium. The group's manager Brian Epstein, who had initially turned down the A's owner's offers of $50,000 and $100,000 to have the lads from Liverpool perform in the City of Fountains, agrees on $150,000, about six times the going rate, enabling the Fab Four to earn $4,838 per minute, the largest sum ever paid for a musical concert.

Back of Beatle ticket for '64 concert in KC

1965 In front of a capacity crowd at the ballpark in the Bronx, the Yankees pay tribute to Mickey Mantle in the first of three special days held in his honor. Prior to appearing in his 2000th career game, 'The Mick' tells the fans that he hoped to play another 15 years, but in reality will play his last major league contest in 1968.
1966 At Yankee Stadium, New York celebrates Bobby Richardson Day in honor of their All-Star second baseman, who is retiring at the end of the season. After deciding to leave the playing field in his prime to spend more time with his family, the 31 year-old infielder will return to the game in 1970 to become the head baseball coach at the University of South Carolina, where he will compile a 221-92-1 record with the Gamecocks.
1968 Candlestick, Giants' hurler Gaylord Perry (14-14) no-hits the Cardinals and Bob Gibson, 1-0, with the only run of the game scored on Ron Hunt's first-inning home run. For the first time in major league history, the feat is accomplished in successive games when Redbird hurler Ray Washburn returns the favor tomorrow by no-hitting San Francisco, 2-0.
1968 Detroit wins the American League pennant for the first time since 1945 when they beat the Yankees at Tiger Stadium, 2-1. Twenty-six year-old right-hander Joe Sparma goes the distance, limiting the Bronx Bombers to five hits for the clincher.
1973 Rick Waits makes his major league debut when he pitches the ninth inning of the Rangers' 10-3 victory over Chicago at Arlington Stadium. Although the 21 year-old right-hander starts the frame with an eight-run lead, he inexplicably gets credit for a save.

1975 Mets right-fielder Rusty Staub, in a 5-2 loss to Chicago at Shea Stadium, homers off Ray Burris in the fourth frame for his 98th RBI of the season, establishing a new team record. 'Le Grand Orange' surpasses the franchise mark set by Donn Clendenon in 1970.
1977 Yankees DH Dave Kingman, with a third-inning round-tripper off Jim Crawford at Tiger Stadium, becomes the first player to homer for four different teams in one season. The much-traveled veteran will hit a total of 26 home runs this year playing for the Mets (9), Padres (11), Angels (2), and the Bronx Bombers (4).
1981 Dodgers southpaw Fernando Valenzuela ties White Sox freshman Ewell Russell's 1913 rookie record when he hurls his eighth shutout of the season, blanking Atlanta on three hits. The 20 year-old Mexican's 2-0 victory breaks the previous National League mark shared by Irving Young (Braves, 1905), Grover Cleveland Alexander (Phillies, 1911), and Jerry Koosman (Mets, 1968).
1982 In the bottom of the seventh at Shea Stadium, Dave Kingman knots the score at 2-2 against the Redbirds when he hits the final homer of his league-leading season total of 37. The 33 year-old Mets slugger will finish the season hitting just .204, the lowest batting average ever for a player who wins a home run crown.
1983 At Riverfront Stadium, 53,790 faithful fans celebrate Johnny Bench Night. The future Hall of Fame catcher doesn't disappoint the regular-season record crowd, responding with a two-run homer and a single in the Reds' 4-3 loss to the Astros.
1983 The White Sox beat Seattle, 4-3, clinching their first American League divisional title. The Comiskey Park victory secures the club's first postseason berth since the Go-Go Sox won the American League pennant in 1959.
1984 On the seventeenth anniversary of his first major league round-tripper, Reggie Jackson connects off Kansas City pitcher Bud Black in the bottom of the seventh inning for his 500th career home run. The milestone four-bagger proves to be the only run the Angels would score in the Royals' 10-1 victory.

1984 Mets rookie Dwight Gooden ties a major league record shared by Luis Tiant (1968 Indians) and Nolan Ryan (1974 Angels) with a total of 32 strikeouts in two consecutive games. The 19 year-old Dr. K, who strikes out 16 Phillies in the team's 2-1 loss at Veterans Stadium, also fanned sixteen Buc batters in his last start, a 2-0 complete-game victory at Shea Stadium.

Amazon 1985 Doc Gooden Baseball Card (Topps # 620)

1988 Jeff Reardon, who hurls a perfect ninth inning, becomes the first pitcher to save 40 games in both leagues when the Twins defeat the White Sox, 3-1. The Dalton, Massachusetts native also saved 42 games for the Expos in 1985.
1990 The Blue Jays set a major league single-season attendance record when 49,902 fans watch the home team beat the Yankees, 6-4. Toronto will finish the season with 58 consecutive sell-outs at the SkyDome with a total attendance of 3,885,284.
1993 Ranger right-hander Nolan Ryan, in his next to last major league appearance, fans California catcher Greg Myers for his 5,714th and final career strikeout. The 'Ryan Express' will end his 27-year career ranking first all-time in strikeouts.
1995 Switch-hitting third baseman Ken Caminiti ties Eddie Murray's 1987 major league mark and becomes the first National Leaguer to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in consecutive games when he goes deep off right-hander Turk Wendell and southpaw Roberto Rivera in the Padres' 12-4 victory over Chicago at Jack Murphy Stadium. Yesterday, the San Diego slugger homered right-handed off Larry Casian and cleared the fence in deep right-center field batting lefty on a pitch thrown by Steve Trachsel.
1996 Dodger right-hander Hideo Nomo no-hits the Rockies, 9-0, at Coors Field, becoming the only big league hurler to accomplish the feat in the thin air of Denver. Tornado Boy's performance in Colorado is the best-attended no-no and is the only hitless game with a paid attendance of more than 50,000 fans.

1998 At the age of 107, Chet Hoff dies in Daytona Beach, Florida, giving the southpaw the longest life span of any major leaguer. 'Red' played for the New York Highlanders (1911-13) and St. Louis Browns (1915), compiling a 2-4, 2.49 record before WW I ended his playing career.
1998 The Braves become the first team since the 1915 Red Sox to have five pitchers win 15 or more games in the same season. Joining Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, and Kevin Millwood, southpaw Denny Neagle becomes the latest Atlanta hurler to accomplish the feat when he scatters six hits over six innings in a 1-0 victory over Arizona.
2001 After a six-day hiatus, major league teams play games for the first time since the September 11th terrorist attacks. At Busch Stadium during a pregame ceremony, Cardinal announcer Jack Buck captures the mood of a nation with the reading of his original poem, We Shall Overcome, and a new baseball tradition begins with the singing of God Bless America during the seventh-inning stretch of all six scheduled contests.

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2003 En route to capturing the American League Cy Young Award, Roy Halladay, pitches his fourth consecutive complete game when the Blue Jays beat Detroit at Tiger Stadium, 6-0. 'Doc' will finish the season 22-7 with eight of the victories coming from his nine complete games.
2004 Barry Bonds, connecting off Jake Peavy's third-inning slider at SBC Park, hits his 700th career home run. The historic homer touches off a fireworks display and the unfurling of a gigantic light tower banner featuring Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron, the two other players to reach the milestone.

2005 The Padres shock the Nationals, trailing 5-0 lead with two outs in the bottom of the ninth when they tie score thanks to Khalil Greene's first career grand slam. San Diego will complete the amazing comeback when Ramon Hernandez hits a three-run walk-off homer with two out in the 12th frame, beating Washington at Petco Park, 8-5.
2006 Mariners' outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, in a 7-4 loss to the Royals in Kansas City, singles in his first two at-bats, extending his own major league record for consecutive 200-hit seasons to begin a career to six. The Japanese native also steals his 33rd consecutive base, which is an American League single-season record.
2006 The Red Sox, for the first time in thirty years, sweep a doubleheader from the Yankees in New York. Boston hadn't beaten their arch-rivals twice in one day since July 31, 1976, and Independence Day of 1973 was the last time they accomplished the feat at Yankee Stadium.
2006 At Turner Field, Marlin infielder Dan Uggla hits his 26th home run of the season off Atlanta hurler Chad Paronto to break the record of the most home runs by a rookie second baseman. Hall of Fame infielder Joe Gordon had established the previous mark, playing with the Yankees in 1938.
2007 On the Today Show, Marc Ecko, who made millions from his brand of clothing, announces he is allowing the public to vote on the fate of Barry Bonds' record-breaking home run ball. The 35 year-old fashion designer, who paid $752,467 for the ball at an online auction, has set up a website, www.vote756.com, which gives the fans the option of voting to (1) send the ball directly to Cooperstown, (2) branding it with an asterisk before sending it to the Hall of Fame, or (3) putting the ball on a rocket ship and launching it into outer space.

2008 Jesse Carlson earns the victory as the Blue Jays rally from a 6-0 deficit to beat the Orioles, 8-7. The southpaw rookie reliever from Berlin, Connecticut, who has not been scored on in his last 12 appearances, notches his seventh victory in relief, the most by any Toronto reliever since Paul Quantrill won 11 in 2001.
2010 Joe Torre, who will compile a 2326-1997 (.538.) managerial record during his 30 seasons as a skipper with Mets, Braves, Cardinals, Yankees, and the Dodgers, announces he will be retiring at the end of the month. Los Angeles immediately hires the team's hitting coach Don Mattingly to replace the 70 year-old, who will accept a position in February to assist Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig as the new Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations.
2014 Brandon McCarthy throws nine pitches, has nine strikes, and records three outs, retiring Wil Myers, Nick Franklin, and Matt Joyce in the seventh inning of the Yankees' 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field. The 31 year-old right-hander pitches the fifth Immaculate Inning in franchise history, joining Al Downing (1967), Ron Guidry (1984), A.J. Burnett (2009), and Ivan Nova (2013) in accomplishing the feat.

2014 Jason DeGrom strikes out the first eight batters he faces in the Mets' 6-5 loss in Miami, tying the modern-day major league mark to start a game. The Amazins' rookie right-hander now shares the record with Jim Deshaies, who struck out the first eight Dodgers he faced with the Astros in a 1986 contest.
2016 Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson hits two extra-inning home runs in the same game, giving the team a 3-2 victory over the Twins at Citi Field. The Grandy Man ties the game leading off in the 11th inning and then hits a two-out solo homer, the club's 201st home run to set a franchise mark, in the following frame to end the game.


50 Fact(s) Found