After being sidelined at the start of the season because of a foot injury, Joe DiMaggio makes his much anticipated major league debut. The 21 year-old rookie outfielder lives up to the hype, collecting three hits, including a triple, and scores three runs in the Yankees' 14-5 victory over the Browns in New York.
In his first major league start, Cardinal rookie Henry Gornicki throws a one-hitter, beating Philadelphia at Shibe Park, 6-1. The 30 year-old right-hander, who will win only fifteen games in his career, gives up the lone hit to rookie outfielder Stanley Benjamin.
In a controversial move, Branch Rickey trades five Dodgers, including southerner Kirby Higby, to the Pirates for five-foot, six-inch left-hand-hitting outfielder Al Gionfriddo and $100,000. Some believe 'the Mahatma' made the deal to send a message to the team about his commitment to breaking the color barrier and his support of Jackie Robinson, the first black to play in the major leagues this century.
The Cardinals trade center fielder Harry Walker along with right-hander Freddy Schmidt to the Phillies for right fielder Ron Northey. ‘Harry the Hat’ will finish the season hitting .363, capturing the National League batting crown.
Although he beats the White Sox, 4-3, Vic Raschi balks four times during the contest. The Yankee pitcher is unable to adjust to the new rule which requires a pitcher to come to a rest for a full second.
In a 17-3 rout over the Browns at Sportsman's Park, Gil McDougald ties a major league record with six RBIs in one inning. The Yankee rookie hits his first career home run, a grand slam, and then adds a two-run triple as the Bronx Bombers break out for 11 runs in the ninth inning.
In an effort to fill the void in center field created by Joe DiMaggio’s retirement and Mickey Mantle’s recovery from last season’s knee surgery, the Yankees trade Jackie Jensen and right-hander Spec Shea to the Senators for veteran fly chaser Irv Noren. In 1958, Jensen will win the American League MVP playing for Boston.
At Briggs Stadium, Charlie Maxwell hits four straight home runs in a doubleheader, helping the 2-15 Tigers, under new manager Jimmy Dykes, sweep the Yankees 4-2 and 8-2. It was Dykes' first day as skipper and he put Charlie back in the lineup even though 'Ole Paw Paw' was hitting only .136 at the time.
In a deal with the Indians, the Senators trade light-hitting outfielder Willie Tasby for southpaws Don Rudolph and Steve Hamilton. At the start of next season, Washington will obtain Jim Coates from the Yankees in exchange for Hamilton, who will go on to post a 34-20 (.630) record during his eight-year tenure with the Bronx Bombers.
In his only at bat with the Orioles, Buster Narum goes deep off Cleveland southpaw Don Mossi. The 22 year-old Baltimore rookie hurler, who will be optioned to Triple-A Rochester in six days, will become the first pitcher to have more homers than wins in a season.
After previously blanking Boston and Kansas City, Indian right-hander Luis Tiant tosses his third consecutive shutout when he beats the Yankees in the Bronx, 1-0. The 25 year-old 'El Tiante’ has yet to surrender a single run this season.
The Reds beat the Braves at Riverfront Stadium, 6-1, making Gary Nolan a winner for the first time in nearly two and half seasons. The right-hander's last win came on October 3, 1972 when he beat the Astros by an identical score in Cincinnati.
Nolan Ryan, after taking the mound against the Rangers in the second inning at Arlington Stadium, finds a rubber snake and a large rubber crab when he reaches for the rosin bag. The Angels right-hander, who gets the victory when the Halos beat Texas, 4-2, suspects opposing manager Billy Martin for the shenanigans, calling the prank a "Little League stunt".
In a 6-1 defeat to the Brewers, Indian outfielder Bobby Bonds hits his 300th home run off Moose Haas to become only the second player in major league history to steal at least 300 bases (413) and hit 300 round trippers. Willie Mays was the first to accomplish the feat. (July 4, 1961).
Ferguson Jenkins becomes only the fourth major league hurler to win 100 games in each league when he defeats the Orioles, 3-2. The Ranger right-hander joins Cy Young, Jim Bunning, and Gaylord Perry in accomplishing the feat.
Willie McCovey homers for the final time, a solo shot off Scott Sanderson in the fourth inning of the Giants’ 3-2 loss to Montreal at Olympic Stadium. The 42 year-old future Hall of Fame first baseman, who hit the first of his 521 round-trippers in 1959, joins Red Sox legend Ted Williams as the only other major leaguer to homer in four different decades.
Facing the minimum 27 batters, Mike Flanagan and the Orioles beat Seattle‚ 6-0. The Baltimore southpaw gives up three hits and a walk‚ but two double plays‚ a pickoff, and a caught stealing attempt deprive the opposition of any men left on base.
After returning from a stint on the disabled list, Dave Wilhelmi of the Shreveport Captains throws a perfect game, beating the Arkansas Travelers in Little Rock, 7-0. It takes two spectacular ninth inning catches in the outfield to complete the second perfecto in Texas League history.
Don Mattingly connects for three sacrifice flies in a 9-4 win over the Rangers. The Yankee first baseman is only the sixth player to accomplish this feat.
Joe Cowley, pitching in relief, makes his final major league appearance, giving up three runs in two-thirds of an inning in the Phillies' 9-6 loss to Cincinnati. The 28 year-old right-hander becomes the only pitcher in major league history never to win another game after pitching a no-hitter, a feat he accomplished last season against the Angels as a starter with the White Sox.
Texas starter Ken Hill yields a one-out first-inning infield single to Bobby Higginson before going on to retire the next 26 batters in the team’s 11-0 victory at Tiger Stadium. Tomorrow, the Ranger right-hander’s effort will be matched by teammate Roger Pavlik, who will also give up only one hit against Detroit, making it the first time in 79 years in the American League that a team has thrown consecutive one-hitters.
Dan Wilson hits the first inside-the-park grand slam in the history of the Mariners. The backstop's first-inning bases-full round-tripper proves to be the difference in the M's 10-6 victory over Detroit at the Kingdome.
In the second game of a home-and-home series, the Cuban national team, facing major league competition in the United States for the first time, defeats the struggling Orioles at Camden Yards, 12-6. In March, Baltimore, after being greeted by Fidel Castro, prevailed at Havana's Estadio Latinoamericano, edging Cuba in 11 innings, 3-2.
In a 12-11, 10-inning loss to the A's, Red Sox rookie Creighton Gubanich becomes only fourth player to hit a grand slam for his first major league hit. The reserve catcher joins Bill Duggleby (1898 - Phillies), Bobby Bonds (1968 - Giants), and Orlando Mercado (1982 -Mariners) in accomplishing the feat.
The Rockies set a franchise record, collecting 24 hits in a 16-7 rout of Montreal. Colorado's first baseman Todd Helton goes 5-for-5 in the Coors Field contest, with all nine starters getting at least one hit and driving in at least one run.
Johnny Oates resigns as the Ranger manager and will be replaced by the team's third base coach Jerry Narron. A poor start of 11-17 due to a lack of pitching, and owner Tom Hicks' high expectations after signing prized free agent Alex Rodriguez, had led to the speculation the Texas skipper would soon be fired.
Michael Orschlin, the third fan to jump onto the field at Kauffman Stadium this season, is taken away on a stretcher during the ninth inning of a Royals' loss as of a result of broken foot. The 22 year-old, trying to win a $400 wager from a friend, will face a $1,000 fine for trespassing.
Similar to last season, the aging outfielder Rickey Henderson re-signs with the Atlantic League’s Bears, hoping for a shot of returning to the big leagues. The 45 year-old future Hall of Famer batted .339, hit eight home runs, drove in 33 runs, scored 52 runs, and stole nine bases for the Newark team last season before joining the Dodgers in July.
With a 9-0 margin, a state legislative committee votes to approve a bill, which will require the Los Angeles Angels, formerly known as the Anaheim Angels, to disclose on all promotional material, including tickets, ads, and team publications that the team is based in Anaheim. Using the example of an orange juice company selling OJ that contains no oranges, California Assemblyman Tom Umberg, the bill's sponsor, says he is is trying to promote truth in sports advertising.
The White Sox, with the best record in the majors, establish a big league record, having led in all 28 games played to this point in the season. The eventual World Champs will post a 99-63 record this season.
Major League Baseball will sell the Nationals to a group led by Theodore Lerner, a Maryland-based real estate developer, for $450 million. In 2002, the 29 other big league owners collectively bought the Montreal Expos franchise for $120 million, and then moved the failing franchise to Washington, D.C. last season.
With his three-run blast at Chase Field off Diamondbacks' ace Brandon Webb, Carlos Delgado moves ahead of Juan Gonzalez as the home run leader for players born in Puerto Rico. The Mets first baseman’s 435th career home run places the Aguadilla native 36th on the all-time major league list.
Defeating San Diego 2-1 in 10 innings, the Dodgers tie a franchise record, winning their ninth consecutive decision at home from the start of the season. The 1946 club also reeled off nine straight victories at Brooklyn's Ebbets Field at the beginning of the post-war campaign.
In the eighth inning of the Rays' 5-3 victory over Boston, Carl Crawford steals his sixth base of the game to become the fourth major leaguer to accomplish the feat. The 27 year-old perennial American League stolen base champ joins Eddie Collins (twice 1912 - A's ), Otis Nixon (Braves - 1991), and Eric Young (Rockies - 1996) as the only players to pilfer a half dozen bags in a contest since 1900.
Francisco Liriano's first complete game in his six-year major league career is a no-hitter, a 1-0 gem thrown against the White Sox at a chilly U.S. Cellular Field. The Twins' 27 year-old southpaw entered the game with a 2-4 record along with a 9.13 ERA, fueling speculation that he was in danger of losing his spot in the Minnesota rotation.
The Mets set the record for the longest hitless streak by a major league pitching staff to start a season when Jenrry Mejia grounds out to second, making the New York hurlers, collectively, 0-for-46 since Opening Day. The dubious mark, previously established by the 1914 St. Louis Browns, will be extended to 64 at bats before Jacob deGrom, in his first major league at bat, singles off Yankee right-hander Chase Whitley.
The Nationals blank the Mets at Citi Field, 1-0, on consecutive days, marking the first time in 19 years that a road opponent has recorded 1-0 victories against the same team on back-to-back days. The Cardinals last accomplished the feat in 1996 when they held Phillies scoreless, scoring lone runs in the April 19 and 20th contests at Veterans Stadium.