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1896 In the season finale played at Louisville's Eclipse Park, Cleveland Spider outfielder Jesse Burkett gets three hits in the team's 4-3 victory over the Colonels to finish the year with a .410 batting average. The future Hall of Famer called 'Crab' becomes the first player to hit .400 in consecutive campaigns, having batted .405 last season.
1905 When Doc White is knocked out without retiring a batter in the first inning during the first game of a twin bill against Boston, the Game 2 starter Ed Walsh enters the contest without warming up and gives up five runs before blanking Boston for the rest of the contest en route to a 10-5 victory. The Meriden, CT native proceeds to win his scheduled start in the South Side Park nightcap, 3-1 and gets credit for two complete-game victories over the Americans.
1906 After setting a major league record of being shutout for 48 consecutive innings, the A's finally score a run thanks to Harry Davis' two-run double. The Mackmen, however, still lose to the Cleveland Naps, 5-3.
1908 Cubs right-hander Ed Reulbach pitches two shutouts in the same day, whitewashing the Brooklyn Superbas in the opener 5-0 on a five-hitter and 3-0 on three hits in the nightcap. The entire Washington Park doubleheader takes less than three hours to complete.
1926 In his final day in a Tiger uniform, Ty Cobb watches his replacement in centerfield get six hits in a twin bill against the Red Sox. Heinie Manush's perfect performance at the plate places him ahead of Yankee slugger Babe Ruth for the American League batting title, .378 to .372.
1926 On the last day of the season, the Browns beat the Yankees 6-1 and 6-2, needing only two hours and seven minutes to sweep the Bronx Bombers. The Sportsman's Park season finale takes only 55 minutes to complete after the teams finished the first game of the twin bill in 72 minutes.
1944 At Fenway Park in front of 19,815 paid fans, the Boston Yanks lose their NFL debut, with B.C. Alumnus Teddy Williams scoring the squad's only touchdown in the 28-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Team owner Ted Collins, who is singer Kate Smith's manager, selected the name 'Yanks' because he initially thought the new franchise would represent New York with its home games played at Yankee Stadium, but the football Giants refused to let his team share the New York metropolitan area.
1947 On the final Friday of the season, a reluctant Larry MacPhail is asked by team broadcaster Mel Allen to appear at a ceremony in front of home plate before a game against the Senators. With his players present, the Yankee owner receives a seven-piece silver tea service, a gift from his team with the inscription: TO LARRY MACPHAIL, greatest executive in baseball, whose zealous efforts were a major factor in our 19-game streak and the winning of the American League pennant. - From his Yankees, 1947.
1954 Willie Mays, with three hits in the season finale, wins the batting title, finishing the campaign with a .345 average. The 'Say Hey Kid' goes third to first in batting average with his performance passing teammate Don Mueller (.342) and Dodger center fielder Duke Snider (341).
1954 On the last day of the season against the Giants, Phillies outfielder Richie Ashburn plays in his 730th consecutive game to establish a franchise record. The streak, which began on June 7, 1950, ends on the Opening Day of 1955 due to an injury sustained in spring training.
1954 At Yankee Stadium, the A's defeat the Bronx Bombers, 8-6, in the last game the franchise will play representing Philadelphia. Connie Mack's Athletics, after spending the first 54 years of existence in the City of Brotherly Love, will play in Kansas City next season, after much legal wrangling, under the new ownership of Arnold Johnson.
1954 With the Yankees eight games behind Cleveland on the last day of the season, Casey Stengel fields a lineup of familiar faces in unfamiliar places. In an 8-6 loss to Philadelphia at the ballpark in the Bronx, Yogi Berra plays his only career game at third base, handling two chances without a miscue, shortstop Mickey Mantle flawlessly fields eight grounders, and Bill Skowron makes just one error in his eight opportunities at his new position at second base.
1959 Sam Jones holds the Cardinals hitless for seven innings before the game, with two outs in the top of the eighth, is called. Although 'Toothpick' loses his bid for an 'official' no-hitter due to the rain-shortened game, the Giants' right-hander gets his career-high 21st win of the season with the Giants' 4-0 victory over the Redbirds at Busch Stadium.
1961 At Yankee Stadium, Roger Maris ties Babe Ruth's 34 year-old single-season record with his 60th home run of the year, a high drive down the right-field line off on a curveball thrown by Orioles right-hander Jack Fisher. The Bronx Bomber outfielder's accomplishment comes in the 159th game of the newly expanded season, which at the time keeps Ruth the single-season home run leader according to an edict made by baseball commissioner Ford Frick, who ruled for the mark to be shared or broken the historic round-tripper had to come in the first 154 games of the season.

1961 The Reds, with an 8-3 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field, clinch their first National League pennant since 1940. Cincinnati will lose the World Series to the Yankees, 4 games to 1.
1964 At RFK Stadium, Mel Stottlemyre limits the Senators to just two hits, throwing a complete game en route to a 7-0 shutout. In addition to his outstanding pitching performance, the 22 year-old rookie helps the Yankees win their 11th consecutive game with four singles and a double in five plate appearances.
1965 The Twins, who moved to Minnesota in 1961, clinch their first pennant since 1933, when the franchise played in Washington. Jim Kaat goes the distance, beating the expansion Senators at D.C. Stadium, 2-1.
1969 Pirates skipper Larry Shepard is fired with five games to play and is replaced on an interim basis by Alex Grammas. Danny Murtaugh, the team's pilot next season, will win the National League Manager of the Year Award after his team finishes with 88 victories, just one more win than this year's squad.
1969 The Senators' 4-1 victory over Cleveland at RFK Stadium is the team's 82nd of the season, guaranteeing the 'expansion Senators' their first-ever winning record. Ted Williams' fourth-place team will finish the season with an 86-76 record, marking the first time Washington has had a winning campaign since the original Senators posted a 78-76 mark in 1952.
1971 Joining Oriole teammates Dave McNally, Mike Cuellar, and Pat Dobson, Jim Palmer records his 20th victory of the season when he blanks the Tribe at Cleveland Stadium, 5-0. The right-hander's victory makes Baltimore the second team in major league history, along with the 1920 Chicago White Sox, to have four 20-game winners on its staff.
1973 Paul Splittorff becomes the first twenty-game winner in franchise history when the Royals beat Chicago, 6-2. The 26 year-old southpaw will retire in 1984 as the team's all-time leader in victories with 166.
1975 Burt Hooton sets a Dodger record for starting pitchers by winning his twelfth consecutive game. The 25 year-old right-hander, who was traded to LA in May for Eddie Solomon and Geoff Zahn, accomplishes the feat by beating J.R. Richard and the Astros at Dodger Stadium, 3-2.
1976 The Phillies beat the Expos in the first game of a Jarry Park doubleheader, 4-1, to clinch the National League East title. Dick Allen doesn't play in the nightcap, bolting from the team to protest Tony Taylor not being placed on the postseason roster.
1976 The last major league games are played at Jarry Park, the home of the Expos where the team has posted a 554-734 (.431) won-loss record since the team's inception in 1969. The Phillies beat Montreal, 4-1, to clinch the National League East title, and then complete the sweep, in a game shortened to seven innings due to inclement weather, by taking the nightcap in the finale of Parc Jarry, 2-1, with the scheduled post-game fireworks displayed during the rain delay.
1978 Gary Alexander's home run with two outs in the ninth inning derails Oriole left-hander Mike Flanagan's potential no-hitter against Cleveland at Memorial Stadium. Don Stanhouse, who saves the 3-1 Orioles win, relieves the Baltimore starter, who is replaced when gives up two additional singles.
1979 Frank White becomes the fourth player in the team's 11-year history to hit for the cycle when he triples in the ninth inning of the Royals' 4-0 victory over California at Anaheim Stadium. The Kansas City second baseman joins Freddie Patek (1971), John Mayberry (1977), and George Brett (1979), who also have completed the rare feat playing for the franchise.
1979 Braves knuckleballer Phil Niekro evens his record at 20-20 when he goes the distance for his 20th win of the season, beating Houston in Atlanta, 9-4. 'Knucksie' beats his brother, Joe, who earned his 20th victory four days ago against Cincinnati.
1981 Nolan Ryan becomes the first pitcher to throw five no-hitters when the Astros defeat the Dodgers at the Astrodome, 5-0. The Ryan Express, who will finish his 27-year major league career with a record seven no-hitters, previously has thrown hitless gems against the Royals (1973), Tigers (1973), Twins (1974), and Orioles (1975).

1983 Cardinal Bob Forsch pitches his second career no-hitter, beating the Expos at Busch Stadium, 3-0. The 33 year-old Redbird right-hander first accomplished the feat against Philadelphia in 1978.
1987 Padres' catcher Benito Santiago sets a major league record for rookies by hitting safely in his 28th consecutive contest, a streak the 21 year-old backstop will extend to 34 games. Pirates third baseman Jimmy Williams had set the previous mark of 27 in 1899 with the Pirates.
1992 For the first time in the 30-year history of the franchise, the Mets use a position player as a pitcher. Eighth inning pinch-hitter Bill Pecota takes the mound in the bottom of the inning, and the infielder gives up only a home run to Andy Van Slyke when the Pirates pummel New York, 19-2.
1993 Randy Johnson becomes the 12th pitcher this century to strike out 300 batters in a season when he whiffs 13 batters in 10 innings in the Mariners' 3-2 loss to Oakland at the Kingdome. The Seattle southpaw, en route to 4,875 career strikeouts, most all-time for a lefthanded pitcher, second only to Nolan Ryan's 5,714, will also reach the milestone five additional times, spanning the 1998-2002 seasons.
1995 Adam Sisk becomes the first player signed by the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The 19 year-old Edison Community College student, who was 24-2 as a high schooler at Riverdale Baptist, was drafted by San Diego last year, but the right-hander chose to go to college, where he developed tendinitis in his right elbow after making just two appearances.
1997 Dodger catcher Mike Piazza, in a 10-4 win over the Rockies, hits the longest home run in the history of Coors Field. The 28 year-old backstop's sixth-inning blast travels 496 feet and hits the left-center field billboard between the scoreboard and the Rockpile.
1998 David Cone sets a new major league record for the most years between 20-win seasons when New York beats Devil Rays at Yankee Stadium, 3-1. The 33 year-old Coney, who was 20-3 in 1988 with the Mets, surpasses the mark set by Jim Kaat, who won twenty in 1966 and 1974.
1998 Dennis Eckersley, making his final major league appearance, pitches in his 1,071st game, breaking Hoyt Wilhelm's major league mark for the most career pitching appearances. The 'Eck' finishes his 24-year career, tossing a one-run ninth inning in the Red Sox' 5-2 loss to Baltimore at Fenway Park.
1998 Rickey Henderson finishes the campaign with a league-leading 66 stolen bases when he swipes second and third in the bottom the third inning of the A's 4-3 victory over the Angels at Network Associates Coliseum. The 39 year-old 'Man of Steal' becomes the oldest player ever to lead the league in purloined bags.
2000 The Braves, who will finish the season with a 95-67 record, beat the second-place Mets at Shea Stadium, 7-1, to clinch the NL East title. Atlanta has captured a record nine-consecutive division crowns but will be swept in the NLDS by St. Louis.
2007 Big League umpire Mike Winters is suspended for the remainder of the season without pay for his actions during a confrontation with Milton Bradley in the eighth inning of the Rockies-Padres game at Petco Park. After an investigation of the incident which occurred three days ago, the first base ump, who ejected the Padres outfielder with a profanity-laden accusation, allegedly incited Bradley to the point the player needed to be restrained, resulting in a season-ending injury.
2007 Albert Pujols becomes the first player in big league history to hit 30 homers and have 100 RBIs in each of his first seven seasons when he drives in the first run of the Miller Park contest. The Cardinals first baseman's first-inning homer, his 32nd of the season, helps St. Louis beat the contending Brewers at Miller Park, 7-3.
2007 As the result of an internet poll conducted by Marc Ecko, who owns the record-breaking 756th home run baseball belted by Barry Bonds, the historic horsehide will be donated to the Baseball Hall of Fame branded with an asterisk. On the Today show, the fashion designer reveals 47% voted for the ball to be marked with another 34% voting to donate it unchanged, and 19% elected to send the special sphere into outer space.

2007 Brandon Phillips, after a 50 homerless at-bat drought, hits his 30th home run of the season to become the 31st member of the 30-30 club, which now includes Mets third baseman David Wright and Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who also accomplished the feat this season. The 26 year-old infielder joins Alfonso Soriano (Yankees, 2002) as the only other second baseman to reach the plateau, and the third Reds player (Eric Davis, 1987 and Barry Larkin, 1996) to have hit 30 home runs and stolen 30 bases in the same season.
2007

"Well, you know, I've worried about that because I think given the Cubs' record -- which of course I hope it happens, but it could very well be a sign of the coming apocalypse were that ever to occur -- it would be so out of history that you'd have the Cubs versus the Yankees. Then, I'd be really in trouble. "- HILLARY CLINTON, commenting on the potential World Series with Cubs and Yankees as opponents.

At a Democratic candidate presidential debate at Dartmouth College, moderator Tim Russert asks junior New York Senator Hillary Clinton, a Chicago native, who she would root for in a potential Cubs vs. Yankees World Series. The presidential hopeful responds diplomatically, "I would probably have to alternate sides."

C-Span Clip from 2007 Democratic debate at Dartmouth

2008 The Rays, although they suffer a 6-4 defeat to the Tigers, win their first American League East title when the Red Sox lose to the Yankees later in the evening. Skipper Joe Maddon and just a few players remained in the Comerica Park clubhouse to watch the end of the rain-delayed contest in Boston which brings the title to Tampa Bay.
2009 Bronx native Sonia Sotomayor, the Supreme Court's newest member, throws the ceremonial first pitch at Yankee Stadium, a strike right down the middle of the plate, before watching her team defeat the Red Sox, 3-0. In 1995, Justice Sotomayor, as a U.S. District Judge, issued an injunction which led to ending the nearly eight-month-long baseball strike.
2010 The Tigers beat Minnesota, 5-1, in the last game played in Detroit this season to establish a Comerica Park record with their 52nd victory at home, one more win than in the ballpark's inaugural season in 2000. The club, however, is unable to contend this year due to its poor performance on the road, presently 19 games below .500.
2011 Vladimir Guerrero, with a single up the middle, becomes the all-time career hit leader among players born in the Dominican Republic. The 36 year-old Orioles DH's 2,587th career hit puts him ahead of Hato Mayor del Rey native Julio Franco.
2012 David Wright, the franchise leader in doubles, extra-base hits, walks, RBIs, and runs scored, breaks the record for the most hits in Met history when he beats out a slow grounder down the third base line for an infield single in the team's 6-0 victory over Pittsburgh at Citi Field. The 29 year-old third baseman's 1,419th career hit surpasses Ed Kranepool, a first baseman and outfielder who played for New York from 1962-1979.
2012 After 63 years of doing play-by-play, Milo Hamilton, calls his final game, painting the word picture of his Astros beating St. Louis at Minute Maid Park, 2-0. The Hall of Fame broadcaster, who also worked for the Browns, Cardinals, Cubs, White Sox, Braves, and Pirates before starting his 28-year tenure with Houston, gives an inspirational farewell speech during the seventh-inning stretch, receiving a standing ovation from the fans at the ballpark.

2013 Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte, with two out in the ninth inning, emerge from the dugout to take out legendary closer Mariano Rivera, giving the sold-out crowd at Yankee Stadium one last chance to cheer their beloved reliever. The unexpected visit to the mound, the brainchild of manager Joe Girardi, who asked permission from the umpires to implement the unorthodox move, triggers an emotional encounter between the remaining Core Four teammates that renders Mo speechless as he weeps from the adulation of his friends and fans.

2013 Commissioner Bud Selig announces his intention to retire upon the completion of his contract, scheduled to expire at the end of next year. The 79 year-old chief executive of baseball has held the position since 1992, first on an interim basis, before being named permanently to the post nearly six years later.
2014 The Royals clinch their first postseason berth in nearly three decades with a 3-1 win over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. The Cinderella American League Wild Card team will win three postseason series, beating Oakland, Los Angeles, and Baltimore, to make it to the Fall Classic, before losing to San Francisco in seven games.
2015 Unbeknownst to the Blue Jays at the time, the team technically clinched a postseason spot yesterday. The team and MLB, as the result of fans crunching numbers to discover the oversight, review the results and officially confirm the end of the longest playoff drought in North American professional sports, ending Toronto's 22-year absence from the postseason which will be celebrated in a champagne-soaked clubhouse celebration after today's 10-8 victory over Tampa Bay at the Roger Centre.
2015 The Mets clinch their first NL East title and first postseason berth since 2006, when the team routs Cincinnati at the Great American Ball Park, 10-2. New York, needing only an 88-67 record to capture the flag, took advantage of the season-long woes of the heavily-favored Nationals.

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