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1876 In Cincinnati against the Redlegs, Chicago's Ross Barnes hits the first home run in the history of National League. The former National Association superstar also has, in addition to his inside-the-park homer, a single, a triple, two stolen bases and scores four runs.
1901 After the Tigers take the lead in the top of the inning at Chicago's South Side Park, the White Sox slow down the pace of the game in hopes the contest will be rained out. Umpire Tom Connolly is not impressed and forfeits the game, the first in American league history, giving Detroit a 7-5 victory.
1909 Pirates' infielder Honus Wagner steals his way around bases in the nightcap of a twin bill against Chicago at Pittsburgh's Exposition Park. The Flying Dutchman's trio of thefts, three additional stolen bases, two walks, a batter hit by a pitch, two errors, and two hits all add up to a five-run first frame in the Bucs' eventual 6-0 victory and a sweep the twin bill.
1912 At South End Grounds, the hometown Braves score ten runs in the first two innings and hold on to defeat the Superbas (Dodgers), 11-7. Brooklyn scores four runs in the bottom of the third to knock out Boston's starter Brown Brown.
1917 At Wrigley Field, southpaw Hippo Vaughn of Chicago and Reds righty Fred Toney throw no-hitters against one another through the first nine innings. The deadlock is broken in the top of the tenth with a one-out single by Larry Kopf, an error and an infield hit by Jim Thorpe, and Toney then sets the Cubs down in order to preserve his extra inning gem.
1920 The first game of National Negro Baseball League is played in Indianapolis when the hometown ABC's beat the Chicago Giants at Washington Park, 4-2. Schorling's Park, the home field of the Giants, will be unavailable for another month due to the occupation of the National Guard, stationed there as a result of the Chicago Race Riot of 1919, prompting the delay of the inaugural season in the Windy City, a huge disappointment for the newly-formed league.
1920 Dropping their 13th consecutive decision, the Tigers still do not have a victory this season as the team loses to Cleveland, 5-2. The club's futile 0-13 start matches the major league mark set by the 1904 Washington Senators.
1923 Senators' pitcher Walter Johnson blanks the Yankees 3-0 for his 100th career shutout. The 'Big Train' will blank the opponents 110 times during his 21 years in the major leagues.
1928 With the bases loaded and two out in the ninth inning, Giants' manager John McGraw orders that Dodger rookie Del Bissonette be intentionally walked with the bases loaded by Larry Benton, forcing home a run. The strategy works when Harry Riconda strikes out, giving New York a 2-1 victory in the Polo Grounds contest.
1930 In Des Moines, Iowa, a Western League contest against Wichita becomes the first night baseball game to be played under permanent lights. The unique event, which draws 12,000 fans instead of the usual 600 patrons, is the beginning of a concept which will spread quickly through the minors and spare many organizations from the on-slaught of the Great Depression.
1930 Due to 102 degree fever, Joe Sewell’s consecutive streak ends at 1,103 games when he doesn't appear in a game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Indians shortstop, who hasn't missed a game since 1922, is only 204 games shy of the all-time record of 1,307 games set in 1925 by Yankee shortstop Everett Scott.
1939 Prior to a game with the Tigers in Detroit, Lou Gehrig tells his manager, Joe McCarthy, that he is benching himself "for the good of the team". The Yankee legend's record streak, which began in 1925, ends at 2,130 consecutive games.
1944 Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams receives his pilot wings, and the 25-year old ballplayer is commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. The future Hall of Famer, fighting in both WW II and the Korean War, will miss five years of playing time during the span of his major league career.
1946 Boston GM Eddie Collins announces the club will install lights at Fenway Park prior to the 1947 season. The Red Sox will be the 14th club out of 16 major league teams to be able to play night games in their home park, leaving just Wrigley Field (Cubs) and Briggs Stadium (Tigers) in the dark.
1951 As a pinch hitter Lou Limmer goes deep off Tigers' right-hander Saul Rogovin in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 3-3, in the A's eventual 5-3 extra inning loss at Briggs Stadium. It is the first time in major league history that a Jewish batter faces a Jewish pitcher with a Jewish catcher (Joe Ginsberg) behind the plate.
1954 In a twin bill at Sportsman's Park, eight-year old Nate Colbert watches Cardinals Stan Musial become the first major leaguer to hit five home runs in a doubleheader. In 1972, as a 26-year old Padres first baseman, he will become the only other major leaguer to repeat this feat.
1956 During a game in which 48 players see action, Chicago's third baseman Don Hoak strikes out a record six times against six different New York pitchers. The Giants outlast the Cubs in the 17-inning Wrigley Field marathon, 6-5.
1958 The Yankees threaten to broadcast their games nationwide if the National League goes ahead with plans to broadcast Los Angeles Dodger and San Francisco Giant games into New York City.
1964 Posting a 7-3 victory, the Twins become only the third team in major league history to hit four consecutive home runs in an inning as Tony Oliva, Bob Allison, Jimmie Hall and Harmon Killebrew all go deep against A's pitchers Dan Pfister (3) and Vern Handrahan (1) in the top of the 11th frame at Kansas City's Municipal Stadium. The A’s will surrender 220 round trippers, breaking the big league mark of 199 established by the team’s pitching staff last season.
1968 Mets hitter Bud Harrelson becomes the first batter in baseball history to gain a 3-0 ball-strike count advantage from the on-deck circle when umpire Ed Vargo penalizes Phillies reliever John Boozer for going to his mouth inside the 18-foot circle of the mound. Philadelphia manager Gene Mauch, incensed about the ball one call, orders his pitcher to do it again for ball two, and then again for ball three, which promptly gets his right-hander and himself thrown out of the game, a 3-0 loss to New York at Shea Stadium.
1972 After a Cy Young Award season (24-8, 1.82), A's Vida Blue ends his holdout, signing for $63,000. The pay raise amounts only to $14,750.
1976 A shoving match, after a home-plate collision between Lou Piniella and Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk, escalates into an ugly bench-clearing brawl. Yankee third baseman Graig Nettles and Boston's Bill Lee fight so fiercely that the 'Spaceman' separates his left shoulder, greatly effecting the remainder of his pitching career.
1979 Jose Oquendo makes his major league debut grounding into a force out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of a 3-2 loss to Houston. The 19-year old rookie shortstop, born on July 4, 1963, is the first person to play for the Mets who is younger than the franchise, which started in 1962.
1984 Don Mattingly's seventh inning single breaks up LaMarr Hoyt's perfect game bid. The lone hit, an opposite field blooper, is followed up by a double play and the White Sox hurler faces the minimum 27 batters defeating the Yankees, 3-0.
1988 Pete Rose becomes the first manager to be suspended for an on-field incident as National League president Bart Giamatti issues a thirty day suspension for his shoving of umpire Dave Pallone.
1988 One out away from immortality, Reds' right-hander Ron Robinson gives up a single to pinch hitter Wallace Johnson and a Tim Raines home run to end his bid for a perfect game. Cincinnati holds on to beat the visiting Expos at Riverfront Stadium, 3-2.
1988 In front of 50,402 fans and owner Edward Bennett Williams, who are in attendance to welcome their 1-23 Orioles back from a 1-11 road trip, Governor William Donald Schaefer announces that the team and the Maryland Stadium Authority had agreed upon a long-term lease for a new downtown ballpark to be built in time to open the 1992 season. Williams will never attend another game and will pass away on August 13, 1988 after losing his battle with cancer.
1993 Jeff Bronkey picks up a save in his big league debut tossing three scoreless innings against the Brewers in the 9-7 Texas victory. The 27 year-old Rangers reliever becomes the first person to be born in Afghanistan (Kabul) to play in the major leagues.
1994 Changing jersey color from white to blue in an effort to snap a losing skid doesn't work as the Cubs lose their record eleventh consecutive game when blanked by John Smiley and the Reds, 9-0.
1995 Mo Vaughn and John Valentin hit grand slams in consecutive innings accounting for all the runs in the Red Sox's 8-0 victory over the Yankees at the Stadium. The sluggers were teammates on the Seton Hall University baseball team.
1995 During a pregame ceremony at Kauffman Stadium, the Royals retire Frank White's uniform number 20. The five-time all-star second baseman, a Royals' Hall of Fame inductee, will also be honored in 2004 with a bronze statue dedicated outside the Kansas City ballpark, joining club owners Ewing & Muriel Kauffman and Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett.
1998 Darryl Strawberry blasts the first of his two pinch-hit ninth-inning grand slams this season. The Kauffman Stadium shot, hit off Scott Service, extends the Yankees' lead over Kansas City to 12-6.
1999 Rafael Palmeiro reaches the 2,000 career hit milestone as the Rangers defeat Cleveland, 8-6. The 34-year old designated hitter will join Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Eddie Murray as the only players to compile 3,000 hits and 500 home runs during their major league careers.
2000 Kerry Wood throws in a game for the first time in nearly 19 months, giving up one run and three hits in six innings in the Cub' 11-1 rout of Houston. The outing is the first test of the right-hander's reconstructed elbow.
2000 En route to the team's ninth division title in ten years, the Braves win their fifteenth consecutive game when they beat L.A. at Chavez Ravine, 5-3. The winning streak, which began on April 16, ties an Atlanta record.
2001 At the Metrodome, Yankee right fielder Paul O'Neill singles in the ninth inning off Twin reliever LaTroy Hawkins, becoming the 215th major-leaguer to record 2,000 hits.
2001 Over 40 fans are ejected and the game, which is delayed for 12 minutes when the umps need to pull the Yankees off the field, comes close to be forfeited by the Twins when unruly spectators at the Metrodome pummel Chuck Knoblauch with coins, plastic beer bottles and golf balls in left field. Twin skipper Tom Kelly appeals to the crowd to be calm as the home team defeats their former second baseman and the Yankees, 4-2.
2002 Just missing hitting his fifth homer in the 15-4 victory over the White Sox, Mariners outfielder Mike Cameron becomes the 13th major leaguer to hit four homers in one game. The first two dingers were followed by round trippers by second baseman Bret Boone, making it the first time the same two teammates have hit back-to-back homers twice in one inning.
2003 The players' association agrees to a two-year experiment in which the winning league of the All-Star Game will have home-field advantage during the World Series. Other changes include a roster increase by 2 to 32 players, a separate ballot of managers, coaches and players to be done during the week prior to the game to name the additional nine position players and eight pitchers for each team.
2005 With the smallest crowd in the 14-year history of Camden Yards in attendance, the Orioles' eight-game winning streak ends when Toronto beat the Birds in 12 innings, 6-5. Baltimore, with the second-best record in the majors, has experienced smaller crowds as the result of the relocation of the Montreal Expos to nearby Washington to play as the Nationals.
2005 Trailing 9-3 after eight innings, the Cardinals mount their greatest ninth-inning comeback in franchise history, defeating the Reds at the Great American Ball Park. The seven-run rally in Cincinnati is fueled with a three-run homer by Jim Edmonds and a two-run round-tripper by John Mabry.
2007 Thanks to a winning rally that starts with an infield single which is in play after hitting the second-highest “B” ring at Tropicana Field, the Rays beat Minnesota, 4-3, in 10 innings. Tomorrow, a mannequin wearing a Twins uniform will be placed near the spot where Carlos Pena’s fortunate hit struck the roof.
2008 Jose Reyes is thrown out at home plate in an unusual attempt to complete the cycle with an inside-the-park homer. The shortstop’s four hits pace the Mets' 7-2 win over the Diamondbacks, the club’s 14th victory in the last 15 games played against Arizona at Chase Field.

43 Fact(s) Found