Babe Ruth, an accomplished hurler acquired from Boston in the offseason for his hitting prowess, bats cleanup in the Yankees' lineup, and also gets the win when he tosses four innings as the starter in the team's 14-7 victory over Washington at the Polo Grounds. During his 15 seasons with New York, the 'Sultan of Swat' will take the mound just five times for the club, including a complete-game victory in 1933.
The Giants pound the Phillies at the Baker Bowl, 22-8. The Philadelphia contest marks the first time this century a team has scored in every inning of a game.
Lou Gehrig, making the only appearance as a pinch-hitter in his 17-year career, begins his streak of playing in 2,130 straight games when he comes off the Yankee bench to hit for rookie infielder Pee-Wee Wanninger. Ironically, Wanninger is the player who ended a consecutive-game streak of 1,307 consecutive games when he started the May 5th contest in place of Everett Scott, the team's regular shortstop.
At Comiskey Park, 27 year-old White Sox right-hander Bill Dietrich no-hits the Browns, 8-0. 'Bullfrog', who will pitch 16 seasons for three American League teams, compiling a 108-128 record, is the tenth Pale Hose hurler to accomplish the feat in franchise history.
Four years after participating in the first major league night game as the visiting team in Cincinnati's Crosley Field, the Phillies host their first evening tilt, bowing to Pittsburgh at Shibe Park, 5-2. The team's loss to the Bucs is not the first major league night contest to be played in Philadelphia, or at Shibe Park for that matter, as the A's, who share the ballpark with the NL team, lost to Cleveland playing under the lights two weeks ago in the first night game in American League history.
New York right fielder Mel Ott's 400th home run and his 1500th career run help to beat Cincinnati at the Polo Grounds, 3-2. 'Master Melvin' will finish his 22-year career, all with the Giants, with 511 home runs, the third most in major league history at the time of his retirement.
In front of the largest crowd in the American League this season, Johnny Sturm hits his first major league homer, an eighth-inning two-run blast into the right field stands at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. The round-tripper, which breaks a 1-1 deadlock, begins a streak in which one or more Yankees will hit a home run in 24 consecutive games, a record that will stand for 53 years.
The Indians obtain Vic Wertz from the Orioles for Bob Chakales, a right-handed hurler who had compiled a 6-8 record during his four years with Cleveland. Tribe skipper Al Lopez plans to move the 29 year-old outfielder to first base to fill in for an ailing Al Rosen.
Duke Snider blasts three home runs in the Dodgers' 11-8 win over Milwaukee. Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, and Roy Campanella also go deep in the Ebbets Field's contest, helping Brooklyn set a franchise record with six home runs.
After playing just playing six games with the Braves, Billy Martin is traded to the Twins for Billy Consolo. The fiery infielder will finish his 11-year career in the Twin Cities, spending the next eight years with the organization in various capacities, that includes managing the club to a first-place finish in 1969.
In the nightcap of a twin bill at Shibe Park, Don Drysdale beats the Phillies for the 13th consecutive time, continuing a streak which started in 1958. The Dodger right-hander, however, will drop his next seven decisions against Philadelphia after today’s victory.
The exhibition game with their Williamsport farm club is rained out, much to the delight of the Mets. Yesterday, the team finished a ten-hour marathon at 11:25 p.m., dropping a twin bill to the Giants, 5-3 and 8-6, which included a 23-inning nightcap.
Ron Santo, who will go on to establish a modern-day Cubs mark by hitting in 28 consecutive games, goes hitless the day after the streak begins, but his run at the record is not to be jeopardized. The Cubs' infielder receives four walks and is hit by a pitch in his five plate appearances, keeping his one-game streak intact in the 4-3 loss to Philadelphia at Connie Mack Stadium.
California right-hander Nolan Ryan's 100th career victory is a memorable one when he no-hits the Orioles at Anaheim Stadium, 1-0. The Angels' fireballer ties Sandy Koufax's big league mark, notching his fourth career no-hitter.
The Twins send Bert Blyleven along with Danny Thompson to the Rangers for Mike Cubbage, Jim Gideon, Bill Singer, Roy Smalley and $250,000. The unpopular right-hander, who was serenaded by the fans with a "Bye, Bye, Blyleven” chant in his last start yesterday, will return to Minnesota in 1985, becoming a beloved figure in his second stint in the Twin Cities as a player and broadcaster.
Thanks to Indian hurler Phil Niekro's 9-6 win over the Tigers, the Niekro brothers pass the Perrys (Gaylord and Jim) with 530 combined victories. Phil and Joe will end their careers with a total of 539 wins, making them the most successful sibling combination in major league history.
The Astros use their top pick, the No. 1 overall selection, to draft Cal State Fullerton infielder Phil Nevin over Derek Jeter, a shortstop from Kalamazoo Central High. Houston, aware of the huge signing bonuses given to the previous two top drafts, Todd Van Poppel and Brien Taylor, may have not selected the future Hall of Famer, drafted sixth overall by the Yankees, because it was believed the high school standout was seeking a bonus of at least $1 million to forego playing baseball at the University of Michigan.
Joe Garagiola Jr. is named as the Diamondbacks' first general manager. The son of the former major league catcher and TV personality will stay in the post until 2005, when he leaves Arizona to become MLB's senior vice president of baseball operations.
When Wilton Guerrero scurries to pick up pieces of his shattered bat after grounding out to start the game, home plate ump Steve Ripley becomes suspicious and discovers that the bat has been altered. The rookie Dodgers second baseman is immediately ejected from the game by crew chief Bruce Froemming, and the 21 year-old infielder will also receive an eight-day suspension and a $1,000 fine for his use of a corked bat.
As owners struggle over realignment, the players' association suggests a simpler plan which only moves the Astros from the NL Central to the AL West, thus creating two 15-team leagues. The owners' ideas would have the newest franchises, Devil Rays and Diamondbacks, switching leagues, the elimination of the NL wild-card, and the AL Central consisting of six teams to go along with six divisions with only four teams.
Hurling less than five innings as the starting pitcher, C. C. Sabathia is awarded with the win in the Tribe's 7-4 triumph over New York. Since the Indians did not record an out in the sixth, the rookie right-hander is credited with the victory because rules allow a starter to be eligible for a win in a rain-shortened game even if he only pitches four innings.
Tomo Ohka, throwing just 77 pitches, 59 of which are strikes, becomes the first Pawtucket Red Sox pitcher to throw a perfect game, and the third in the 118 year history of the International League when he beats the Charlotte Knights, 2-0. In 2003, at the same Rhode Island ballpark, Bronson Arroyo will duplicate the feat when he retires all 27 batters he faces in a 7-0 victory over the Buffalo Bisons at McCoy Stadium.
In the Blue Jays' 11-8 victory over Boston at the SkyDome, Roy Halladay gives up seven doubles, five of them in the third inning. Red Sox players hitting two-baggers in the third frame include Bill Mueller, Todd Walker, Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, and Trot Nixon.
After being taunted by Twinkie-waving fans in the left-field bleachers, the not-so svelte Lance Berkman, during a pitching change in the seventh inning, gestures to his Wrigley Field tormentors to throw him one of the sponge cake snacks, which he promptly chows down, much to the delight of the crowd. The next inning, the Astro outfielder goes deep, hitting a sugar-fueled two-run home run in the team's 9-3 win over the Cubs.
After the team finishes the first two months of the season with a 19-32 won-loss record, the Houston Chronicle prints an obituary for the last-place Astros. The club, which is 14 games out, will make it to the World Series after winning the National League pennant as the wild card team.
After being ejected from the game against the Chattanooga Lookouts, Mississippi Braves manager Phillip Wellman kicks dirt on home plate, and then proceeds to draw the umpire's strike zone in the dirt before tossing third base into the outfield. The minor-league skipper continues his tirade when he crawls to the mound, throws the rosin bag like a hand grenade at the ump, and then carries second base with him as he exits AT&T Field.
Mike Lieberthal, signing a one-day contract for a mere four dollars, is able to retire happily as a member of the Phillies. The team’s popular former backstop, who spent the first 13 of his 14 major league seasons with Philadelphia, throws out the ceremonial first pitch, receiving a loud cheer from the large crowd at Citizens Bank Park.
In a 5-2 victory over the Indians at Progressive Field, the Yankees set a major league record by playing 18 straight games without committing an error. The new mark, which surpasses a string put together by the 2006 Red Sox, will end tomorrow when Bronx Bomber backstop Jorge Posada throws the ball into center field trying to gun down a would-be base stealer.
Stunning the crowd, Teddy, it appears, has finally won a President's Race at Nationals Park, bringing an end to his winless streak. Unfortunately, because TR sped into first place riding a Segway, he is quickly and emphatically disqualified by Screech, the team's mascot.
Francisco Cordero becomes the twenty-second reliever in major league history to record 300 saves when he tosses a perfect ninth inning to nail down the Reds’ 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Milwaukee. The 36 year-old closer notched 60 of his saves while playing two seasons with the Brewers, prior to signing as a free agent with Cincinnati in 2008.
With help of a mistake made on a fair ball call by the third base ump and an outstanding defensive play by center fielder Mike Baxter, the Mets' streak of over 50 seasons, spanning 8,020 games, without a no-hitter comes to an end when southpaw Johan Santana no-hits the Cardinals at Citi Field, 8-0. The 33 year-old two-time Cy Young Award winner, who did not pitch last year because of shoulder surgery performed at the end of the 2010 season, throws a career-high 134 pitches, baffling the Redbird batters with a mix of deceptive fastballs and off-speed change ups.