Warren G. Harding, who will be elected as the next president of the United States, throws three pitches for the Kerrigan Tailors, a semi-pro team, in an exhibition game played against the Cubs. The contest, in which the Giants, Reds, and Indians declined to be participants, was arranged in the presidential candidate's hometown to make him more appealing to the masses.
Lew Krausse Sr., in his final major league appearance, shuts out the Red Sox in the nightcap of a twin bill at Philadelphia's Shibe Park, 15-0. Later in the week, the A's right-hander will pitch in an exhibition game against Stroudsburg, but the 20 year-old will never again hurl in a major league game, ending his brief two-year career with a 5-1 record.
When Babe Dahlgren strikes out while being given an intentional walk and George Selkirk and Joe Gordon try to steal home on successive pitches by trotting to the plate, Red Sox fans throw a barrage of garbage onto the playing field at Fenway Park to protest the Yankees making deliberate outs to take advantage of the 6:30 Sunday curfew. Umpire Cal Hubbard rules the action of the Boston crowd makes it impossible to continue the game and forfeits the game to New York, giving the Bronx Bombers a 9-0 'official' victory .
In his major league debut, Washington's Miguel Fornieles tosses a one-hitter, beating the visiting A's at Griffith Stadium, 5-0. The Senators' 20 year-old rookie right-hander, who will be traded to the White Sox in the offseason for Chuck Stobbs, finishes the season with a 2-2 record, posting an ERA of 1.37 in four games.
In the second inning of the Cubs' 12-2 rout of St. Louis at Wrigley Field, Ernie Banks sets the record for home runs hit by a shortstop when he hits a two-run, two-out shot off Redbird southpaw Paul LaPalme for his 40th round-tripper. 'Mr. Cub' will extend the mark to 44 homers this season and will boost the total to 48 in 1958.
At Wrigley Field, the Braves sweep the Cubs, 23-10 and 4-0. In the opener, Frank Torre crosses the plate in the first, second, third, fourth, sixth, and ninth innings, tying a major league record by scoring six times in one game.
Ted Williams homers off Senator right-hander Don Lee in the eighth inning of the Red Sox's 5-1 victory over Washington at Fenway Park. As a rookie in 1939, the Boston outfielder also went deep off Lee's dad, Thornton.
Stan Musial, with a ninth-inning pinch-hit single in the Cardinals’ 4-3 loss to New York at Busch Stadium, moves past Tris Speaker on the all-time hits list into second place with his 3‚516th hit. ’Stan the Man’, who will finish his career with a total of 3630, will remain far behind Ty Cobb's total of 4191 and will be eventually surpassed by Pete Rose (4256) and Hank Aaron (3771).
Cubs first baseman Ernie Banks hits his 400th career home run, a three-run round-tripper off Cardinal hurler Curt Simmons in the third-inning, helping Chicago to defeat St. Louis at Wrigley Field, 5-3. 'Mr. Cub' will finish his 19-year career with 512 home runs, including 277 home runs stroked as a shortstop, the record at the time of his retirement.
In anticipation of the team's move to Anaheim next year, owner Gene Autry announces the Los Angeles Angels will now known as the California Angels effective today, becoming the second major league team to be named after an entire state. The franchise, the first to change its moniker during the season, will eventually use a logo that incorporates an image of the Golden State, along with the team's iconic halo.
During a pregame ceremony at Shea Stadium, the Mets retire Casey Stengel's uniform number 37. The team's first manager, who decided to retire shortly after fracturing his hip at the end of July, compiled a 175-404 record with the expansion team, never finishing higher than in last place.
Willie Davis, with his sixth-inning double in the team's 5-4 loss to New York at Dodger Stadium, breaks a 53 year-old franchise record by hitting safely in thirty consecutive games. The LA outfielder surpasses the streak established by Zack Wheat in 1916 when the team played in Brooklyn.
Cesar Cedeno hits an inside-the-park grand slam when Dodger second baseman Jim Lefebvre and right fielder Bill Buckner collide, trying to make the fifth inning catch. The 200-foot dropped bloop contributes to the Astros' 9-3 victory over LA at the Astrodome.
Cubs starter Milt Pappas, after retiring twenty-six consecutive batters, walks Larry Stahl on a 3-2 pitch, losing a bid for a perfect game. 'Gimpy' retires the next batter, Gary Jestadt, to preserve his 8-0 no-hitter against the Padres at Wrigley Field.
Coming to bat in the top of the eighth inning trailing 8-0, the Mets score seven runs and add another four tallies in the ninth to stun the Astros, 11-8. The come-from-behind victory is the Amazins' biggest comeback in franchise history.
Roberto Clemente, with his 2,971st hit in a Pirates uniform, breaks Honus Wagner's record for the most hits in the history of the franchise. The historic blow is a three-run homer off San Francisco hurler Sam McDowell in the bottom of the fourth inning in an eventual 6-3 victory for the Bucs at Three Rivers Stadium.
In his major league debut, Doug Rau throws a three-hitter, beating St. Louis at Busch Stadium, 5-1. In his first big-league at-bat, the 23 year-old Dodger southpaw helps his cause with a RBI-triple in the second inning.
Dave Downs throws a complete game shutout in his first major league appearance, blanking the Braves, 3-0, in the nightcap of a twin bill at Atlanta Stadium. The 20 year-old Phillies' right-hander will never win another major league game when he develops a sore arm caused by tendonitis.
On the last day of his three-day suspension for ordering pitchers to throw spitballs, Billy Martin is fired as the Tigers' skipper, after serving three stormy seasons in the Detroit dugout. Jim Campbell, the team's general manager, announces the dismissal was made “for the good of the organization” with the recent incident being a contributing factor, but not the sole reason for releasing his manager.
Johnny LeMaster becomes the second player to hit an inside-the-park home run in his first major league at bat, dashing around the bases on a fourth-inning pitch thrown by Don Sutton in in the Giants' 7-3 win over LA at Candlestick Park. The San Francisco shortstop joins Luke Stuart, who accomplished the feat at Polo Grounds while playing for the 1921 Browns.
The A's Jose Canseco strikes out in his first major league at-bat. During his 17 seasons in the major leagues, the slugger will be struck out 1,942 times en route to hitting 462 home runs.
The Astros and Cubs use a major league record 53 players in the game. Billy Hatcher's home run off Greg Maddux in the top of the 18th inning is the difference in Houston's 8-7 victory at Wrigley Field.
Kevin Bass becomes the first National Leaguer to homer from both sides of the plate twice in one season when he goes deep twice in the Astros' 10-1 rout of the Chicago at the Astrodome. The Houston right fielder also accomplished the last month against San Francisco.
Dave Stieb pitches the major league record ninth no-hitter of the season, beating the Indians 3-0. Previously, the Blue Jay right-hander had lost three no-hit bids after two outs were recorded in the ninth inning.
The Rockies, drawing a crowd 47,699 for their 62nd home game, surpass the 1982 Dodgers when the team attracts 3,617,863 fans to Denver's Mile High Stadium, setting a new National League single-season attendance record. The expansion club will also break the 1992 Blue Jays' major league mark of 4,028,318 before the season is over.
After his operation in May to remove an aneurysm in his pitching arm, David Cone makes a dramatic return to the mound when he hurls seven innings of no-hit ball. Mariano Rivera gives up the opponent's only hit, a one-out infield single in the ninth inning to Jose Herrera, in the Yankees' 5-0 victory over the A's at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
Mike Greenwell beats the Mariners single-handedly, driving in all nine runs in the Red Sox' 9-8 victory over Seattle. The Boston right fielder, who has already collected a double, home run, and a grand slam, knocks in the decisive run with a 10th-inning single in the Kingdome contest.
At Pro Player Stadium, Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire hits his 58th and 59th home runs of the season, surpassing Jimmie Foxx, who blasted 58 for the A's in 1932, and Hank Greenberg, who also accomplished the feat six years later with the Tigers. The St. Louis slugger will finish the year with 70 homers, far surpassing the single season mark of 61, established in 1961 by Yankee right fielder Roger Maris.
Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa hits his 56th homer of the season, tying the franchise record established in 1930 Hack Wilson. The right-fielder's solo round-tripper in the sixth inning of the Wrigley Field contest off Jason Bere contributes to Chicago's 4-2 victory over Cincinnati.
Nomar Garciaparra hits a ninth-inning grand slam, giving the Red Sox a 7-3 walk-off win over the Mariners at Fenway Park. The 25 year-old shortstop becomes one of only five players to hit 30 homers in each of his first two seasons, joining Rudy York (1937-38 Tigers), Ron Kittle (1983-84 White Sox), Jose Canseco (1986-87 A's), and Mark McGwire (1987-88 A's).
Cardinals starter Kent Mercker hits a grand slam, en route to picking up the win in the Redbirds' 14-4 rout of the Marlins at Dolphin Stadium. The fourth inning round-tripper off Jesus J Sanchez will be the only career homer the St. Louis southpaw will hit in his 18-year tenure in the major leagues.
Cal Ripken, Jr. sets off a very enthusiastic ovation at Camden Yards when he becomes the 29th major leaguer to hit 400 career home runs. The Oriole third baseman connects for a three-run blast with two outs off right-hander Rolando Arrojo in the third inning of the Birds' 11-6 victory over Tampa Bay.
Elvis Pena becomes the first person named Elvis to appear in a major league game. The 23 year-old Dominican infielder, in his debut for the Rockies, strikes out swinging as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning of Colorado's 8-3 loss to Milwaukee at Coors Field.
Red Sox pinch hitter Carl Everett, with two outs and two strikes, singles in the bottom of the ninth to spoil Mike Mussina's bid for a perfect game. The Yankee right-hander retires the next batter for his fourth career one-hitter, a 1-0 victory over Boston at Fenway Park.
For the first time in major league history, four games are completed on the same day with only one run scoring in the contest. The Yankees, Padres, Astros, and Blue Jays beat their respective opponents Red Sox, Diamondbacks, Brewers, and Tigers, 1-0.
In an effort to make the perception of the team younger and hipper, the Blue Jays unveiled their fourth logo in the franchise's 27-year history. The new look for the 2004 season adds black and silver trimming to a newly stylized bird while eliminating the red maple leaf backdrop and the word Blue.
At Tropicana Field, the Devil Rays' second triple play in franchise history is the first ever in the annals of the game in which the ball never touched the bat. The 2-6-2 triple killing occurs when Raul Ibanez strikes out on a 3-2 pitch, then Adrian Beltre is thrown out attempting to steal second by catcher Dioner Navarro, with shortstop Ben Zobrist returning the ball to the plate to nail Jose Lopez trying to score from third.
Joining Jeremy Hermida (Marlins, 2005) and Bill Duggleby (Phillies, 1898), Kevin Kouzmanoff becomes the third player in major league history to hit a grand slam in his first career at bat. The Indians' 25 year-old DH, filling in for the injured Travis Hafner, who hit six bases-juiced homers this season, tying a major league record, is the first person to accomplish the feat on the first pitch he ever sees in the big leagues.
The Pirates extend their franchise record consecutive losing season streak to 14 as the club drops their 82nd game of the season to Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals, 3-1. The 1933-1948 Phillies own the big league mark, finishing with a losing record for 16 straight seasons.
New York starter Jonathon Niese, who was born on the day the Mets won their last World Championship, makes his major league debut against the Brewers in Miller Park. On his second pitch of the game, the 21 year-old southpaw gives up a home run to Rickie Weeks, making the him the first rookie in franchise history to yield a home run to the initial batter he faces in his career.