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This Day in Baseball History
June 2nd

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1891 Reds' right-hander Charley Radbourn earns his 300th victory, beating the Beaneaters at Boston's South End Grounds, 10-8. 'Old Hoss', who will finish 484 of the 497 games he starts, will end his 11-year career this season with 309 victories.
1918 Facing only 28 batters, Dutch Leonard tosses his second career no-hitter as he holds the Tigers hitless in the Red Sox' 5-0 victory at Navin Field. 'Hub' had also pitched a no-no against the Browns two seasons ago at Fenway Park.
1921 Reds' outfielder Pat Duncan hits the first over-the-fence home run at Cincinnati's Redland Field. The spacious ballpark, which will become known as Crosley Field, made its debut nine seasons ago in 1912.
1928 At Braves Field, Les Bell collects 15 total bases, blasting three home runs and a triple. The third baseman's offensive output isn't enough when Boston bows to the Reds, 20-12.
1935 Braves outfielder Babe Ruth announces his retirement from baseball. The 40 year-old former Yankees slugger wanted to retire three weeks sooner, but team owner Emil Fuchs persuaded him to continue to play because Boston hadn't played in every National League park.
1941 Upon their arrival in Detroit, the Yankees learn the sad news that their captain, Lou Gehrig, seventeen days prior to his 38th birthday, has died in his sleep due to ALS in his Riverdale home. It was on this day exactly 16 years ago the 'Iron Horse’ broke into the Bronx Bombers' starting lineup.
1949 In the 12-3 rout of the Reds at Shibe Park, the Phillies hit five home runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Andy Seminick [2], Del Ennis, Willie Jones, and Schoolboy Rowe all go deep for Philadelphia.
1951 During a game against the Durham Bulls, Mike Romello hits umpire Emil Davidzuk after being called out for leaving third base early. A judge at the game arrests the visiting Danville's shortstop on the spot, and the infielder will later be fined $25 for his assault on the arbitrator.
1951 Due to the poor lighting during a Alabama-Florida League contest at Peanut Stadium in Headland, Alabama, Ottis Johnson of the Dothan Browns fails to get out of the way of a fastball thrown by Jack Clifton. The 24 year-old Class D minor league outfielder undergoes surgery and spends eight days in the hospital before dying on June 10 as a result of being hit by the Dixie Runners hurler's pitch. 
1955 Red Sox first baseman Harry Agganis, in his last game with the club, goes 2-for-4 in a 4-2 loss to Chicago at Comiskey Park. The Golden Greek, hospitalized after the game with pneumonia, will die of a pulmonary embolism on June 27, having fallen ill again in Kansas City two weeks after rejoining the team.
1957 Moe Drabowsky sets a National League record for the most hit batsmen in a single game when he plunks four Reds in the Cubs' 4-3 loss at Crosley Field. Cincinnati's right fielder Frank Robinson is drilled in consecutive innings by the right-hander, who was born in Ozanna, Poland.
1958 In the bottom of the sixth inning with Orioles on first and second base of an eventual 2-1 loss, Brooks Robinson lines into a triple play when Senator shortstop Rocky Bridges snares the wicked drive, steps on second, and then relays the ball to first baseman Julio Becquer to complete the play. It is the first of four triple killings the future Hall of Fame third baseman will hit into, a major league record.
1959 The White Sox ground crew rids the playing field of gnats using a smoke bomb attached to a postgame fireworks display. The game, delayed for half an hour because of the insects, will end with an Oriole victory when the smoke clears.
1962 The Colt .45s capture their first doubleheader sweep in franchise history when they beat the Pirates twice at Forbes Field, 10-6 and 10-3. Carl Warwick, an outfielder recently acquired from St. Louis in exchange for Opening Day starter Bobby Shantz, contributes six hits in the twin bill victories.
1987 Using their number one pick overall in the draft, the Seattle Mariners select Ken Griffey, Jr. The signing of 'Junior', son of major leaguer Ken Griffey, will play a major role in Seattle's success in the mid-1990's.

1989 The Orioles, known as the Browns when the club played in St. Louis, become the fifth franchise in baseball history to record their 3,000th victory. The other clubs which have reached the milestone include the Cubs, Giants, Pirates, and Yankees.
1990 Blanking the Tigers, 2-0, Randy Johnson becomes the first Mariner in franchise history to pitch a no-hitter. The southpaw strikes out eight while walking six in the first hitless game thrown in the 14-year existence of the Kingdome.

1995 Limiting the Mets to one run on two hits in 8+ innings of work, Hideo Nomo picks up his first major league win. The former Japanese All-Star was signed by the Dodgers in the off-season.
1995 The Expos pick Serra High School (San Mateo, CA) standout Tom Brady in the 18th round, the 507th player selected overall, in baseball's amateur draft. The tall athletic 17 year-old catcher with a powerful left-handed swing and a rocket arm elects to play football at the University of Michigan, before making his record-setting six Super Bowl appearances as the quarterback for the NFL Patriots.
1995 Todd Helton, who will spend his entire 17-year career with the Rockies, is selected in the first round, eighth overall, by Colorado in the amateur draft. The University of Tennessee first baseman was the Vols' backup quarterback, playing behind Peyton Manning, the Most Valuable player of Super Bowl XLI in 2007.
1996 In St. Louis, Darryl Kile ties a major league record by hitting four batters. The Astros right-hander becomes the first National League player to do it since Moe Drabowsky accomplished the feat on the same date while toiling for the Cubs in 1957.
1999 In the first-year player's draft, the Devil Rays select North Carolina prep star Josh Hamilton as the team's top pick. Tampa Bay's selection marks the first time since 1993 when Alex Rodriguez was chosen by the Mariners that a high school player has been picked first overall.
2000 With the Tigers visiting Wrigley Field for the first time since the 1945 World Series, Cubs' reliever Rick Aguilera pitches a perfect ninth inning for his 300th save to nail down Chicago's 2-0 win.
2000 Devil Rays' first baseman Fred McGriff becomes the 31st player to reach 400 career homers when he goes deep against Glendon Rusch with a two-run drive in a 5-3 loss to the Mets at Shea Stadium.
2000 The Expos will wear Maurice Richard's uniform number (9) on their right sleeves for the remainder of the year to pay tribute to the late Montreal Canadiens star, who played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League. It is the first time a major league team has chosen to honor a hero from a different sport.

2003 In one of the minor league's strangest giveaways, the first 500 fans attending Ted Williams Night at the Bisbee-Douglas Copper Kings game receive popsicles. Many are critical of the promotion because the late Red Sox Hall of Famer has recently been cryogenically frozen.
2005 In celebration of Rotary International’s Centennial Year, The Player, a 13-foot tall bronze sculpture donated by the Denver Rotarians, is dedicated in front of Coors Field on the corner of 20th and Blake. A 24-inch version of the work of art, created by internationally prominent sculptor George Lundeen, is given annually to the recipient of the Branch Rickey Award, an honor given to a major leaguer in recognition of exceptional community service.

The Player

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2008 With his major-league-leading 21st homer in a 5-4 victory over the Reds at Citizens Bank Park, Chase Utley goes yard for the fifth straight game. The Phillies second baseman, who previously homered in five consecutive games earlier in the season, ties his own club record, which he shares with Bobby Abreu, Dick Allen, and Mike Schmidt.

"I feel that without enough occasional starts to be sharper coming off the bench, my continued presence as a player would be an unfair distraction to my teammates, and their success as team is what the ultimate goal should be." - Ken Griffey, Jr., on his retirement

After 22 seasons of compiling can’t miss Hall of Fame statistics, Mariner outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. unexpectedly issues a statement through the team announcing that he has decided to retire. The now 40 year-old Junior, once known as the Kid, leaves the game fifth on the all-time career home run list with 630 round-trippers.

Full Text of Ken Griffey Jr.'s statement on his retirement

2010 After retiring 26 consecutive Cleveland batters, Tigers’ starter Armando Galarraga appears to have hurled the season’s third perfect game when the throw from the first baseman to the pitcher, covering the bag, clearly beats the baserunner for the final out, but umpire Jim Joyce emphatically calls Jason Donald safe. After seeing the replay, the first base arbitrator tearfully admits his error and apologizes to the 28 year-old Venezuelan right-hander for his blown call.

2013 At PNC Park, Garrett Jones became only the second player and the first Pirate to hit ball into Davy Jones' Locker on the fly when his two-run eighth inning round-tripper ties the score in the Bucs' eventual 5-4 win over Cincinnati. In 2002, Houston's Daryle Ward also launched a shot that splashed into the waters of the Allegheny River.

31 Fact(s) Found