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May 3rd

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1936 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.
1941 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.
1947 In a controversial move, Branch Rickey trades five Dodgers, including southerner Kirby Higby, to the Pirates for 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.
1947 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 batting .363 to capture the National League batting crown.
1950 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.
1951 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.
1952 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.
1959 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 line-up even though 'Ole Paw Paw' was hitting only .136 at the time.
1963 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.
1966 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.
1975 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.
1979 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).
1980 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.
1982 Facing the minimum 27 batters, Mike Flanagan and the Orioles beat Seattle‚ 6-0. The Baltimore right-hander gives up three hits and a walk‚ but two double plays‚ a pickoff and a caught stealing attempt deprives the opposition of any men left on base.
1983 After returning from a stint on the disabled list, Dave Wilhelmi of the Shrevport 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.
1986 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.
1987 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 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.
1998 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.
1999 For the first time, Cuba faces major league competition in the United States, and its national team defeats the struggling Baltimore Orioles, 12-6.
1999 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.
2000 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.
2001 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 Rodriquez, had led to the speculation the Texas skipper would soon be fired.
2001 Michael Orschlin, the third fan to jump onto 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.
2004 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.
2005 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.
2005 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.
2006 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.
2008 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 struggling Mets first baseman’s 435th career home run places the Aguadilla native 36th on all-time major league list.
2009 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.
2009 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.
2011 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.

31 Fact(s) Found