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June 4th

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1890 Submariner Tim Keefe of the New York Giants franchise of the Players League defeats the Boston Reds, 9-4, to record his 300th victory. 'Sir Timothy', who won 19 straight decisions in 1888, will finish his 14-year career with 342 victories.
1911 In a 26-3 win over the Braves at the Palace of the Fans in Cincinnati, thirteen Reds players cross home plate. It is the highest number of different players from one team to score in a single game in major league history.
1937 Gus Suhr establishes a new National League record when he plays in his 822nd consecutive game. The Pirates first baseman's streak will end the following day when he attends his mother's funeral in San Francisco.
1940 The Braves sign South Park High School (Buffalo, NY) standout Warren Spahn, who will make his major league debut in 1942 when he appears in two games as a 20 year-old for Boston before serving three years in the Army during World War II. The Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient will return to the National League in 1946 to win the first game of his career at the age of 25 en route to becoming the all-time winningest southpaw in the history of the game with 363 victories.
1940 The Cardinals play their first night game at home, losing to Brooklyn, 10-1, despite Joe Medwick's 5-for-5 performance that included three doubles. The honor of hosting the first evening tilt in St. Louis, that took place on May 24, was given to the Browns, after the two teams finally agreed to split the $150,000 cost of installing lights at Sportsman's Park, the ballpark they share.
1940 Pittsburgh routs the Boston Bees, 14-2, in the first night game played in the Steel City. Joe Bowman, the Pirates' starter, tosses a five-hitter, with rookies Bob Elliott and Maurice Van Robays providing the offense with timely extra-base hits.
1951 Pirates outfielder Gus Bell hits for the cycle in Philadelphia as the Bucs beat the Phillies, 12-4. In 2004, his grandson David, whose dad Buddy also played in the major leagues, also collects a single, double, triple, and home run in a game, marking the first time a grandfather-grandson combination has accomplished the feat.
1953 As part of a ten-player swap, the Pirates trade Ralph Kiner, along with Joe Garagiola, George Metkovich and Howie Pollet to the Cubs for Bob Addis, Toby Atwell, George Freese, Gene Hermanski, Bob Schultz, Preston Ward and $150,000. The perennial All-Star outfielder will be replaced by freshman Frank Thomas, who will hit 30 home runs and collect 102 RBIs to establish new rookie records for the franchise.
1957 At a seventy-five minute show-down meeting at City Hall with Walter O'Malley and Horace Stoneham, the club presidents of the Dodgers and Giants, respectively, Mayor Robert Wagner is told by the owners neither club has a commitment to move out of New York - and none to stay in the Big Apple. The teams, who have been given permission by the National League to explore the possibility of moving their franchises to the West Coast, are assured by His Honor that the city will be of assistance in replacing the Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field, the aging ballparks the clubs call home.
1964 At Connie Mack Stadium, Sandy Koufax throws his third no-hitter in three years, blanking the Phillies 3-0. The Dodgers' southpaw, who will add a perfect game to his resume next season, joins Bob Feller as the only other modern major leaguer to pitch three career hitless games.
1967 At Busch Stadium, Cardinals outfielder Curt Flood's errorless streak of 227 games and 568 chances ends when he drops Rich Nye's fifth-inning fly ball. The muff leads to an unearned run, but St. Louis still beats Chicago, 4-3.
1968 In LA's Ambassador Hotel, Robert Kennedy, giving his victory speech for his win in the California primary before being fatally shot, tells his followers in the packed ballroom, "I like to express my high regard to Don Drysdale, who pitched his sixth straight shutout tonight. And I hope we can have as good fortune in our campaign." At nearby Chavez Ravine, the Dodgers right-hander had blanked the Bucs, 6-0, extending his scoreless streak to 54 innings.

1968 Don Drysdale, pitching his sixth consecutive shutout, defeats the Pirates, 5-0. The Dodger right-hander will extend his major league record scoreless streak to 58.2 innings before yielding a run in his next start.
1972 The Dodgers retire Roy Campanella's uniform number 39. Campy, who won the MVP three times catching for Brooklyn in the fifties, joins Jackie Robinson (42) and Sandy Koufax (32) to be honored in this manner.
1974 On ten-cent beer night, when an estimated 60,000 cups of brew are sold to a crowd of 25,134, the Indians forfeit the game due to the unruly behavior of their fans. Home plate ump Nestor Chylak stops play with the score tied at five in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Rangers the victory.
1976 Mets right fielder Dave Kingman, in the team's 11-0 victory at Dodger Stadium, hits three home runs. Sky King's two-run dinger and two three-run round-trippers drive in eight runs, a new club record.
1980 Mets right-hander Pat Zachry (7) and Neil Allen (3) combine to throw a three-hitter against the Cardinals at Shea Stadium. Unfortunately for the Mets, the third Redbird hit is a home run by Ken Reitz leading off the tenth inning of team’s eventual 1-0 loss to St. Louis.
1980 At Shea Stadium, Jim Kaat, recently traded from the Yankees, goes the distance when the Cardinal left-hander blanks the Mets in 10 innings, 1-0. The 41 year-old hurler, who didn't start a game last season, gets the victory thanks to third baseman Ken Reitz's extra inning solo home run.
1986 In a 12-3 rout of the Braves, Pirates rookie outfielder Barry Bonds hits his first major league home run, off Craig McMurtry. Bobby's son will become the all-time career home run leader, hitting 762 during his 22-year career playing for Pittsburgh and the San Francisco Giants.
1989 After trailing 10-0 after six innings, the Blue Jays rally to beat the Red Sox, 13-11. The Fenway Park contest is decided with Junior Felix's two-run home run in the top of the 12th inning.
1990 En route to a 6-0 complete-game victory, 22 year-old Dodger right-hander Ramon Martinez limits Atlanta to three hits. Pedro's older brother, who will finish the season with a 20-6 record, strikes out 18 batters during the contest.
1996 Jacksonville Suns' (Tigers - AA) reliever Pamela Davis throws one scoreless inning of relief and gets the win in a minor league exhibition game against the Australian Olympic team, becoming the first woman to pitch for a major league farm club.
1996 Paul Wilder is selected as the Devil Rays' first-ever draft pick when the team participates in the June free agent amateur draft. The 18 year-old outfielder-first baseman, who tops the huge list of 97 players chosen by Tampa Bay, will spend four years in the minor leagues without ever appearing in a major league game. 

1998 The Dodgers trade the 1995 National League Rookie of the Year Hideo Nomo (2-7 with a 5.05 ERA) and reliever Brad Clontz to the Mets for pitchers Dave Mlicki and Greg McMichael.
1998 The Indians become the first publicly traded major league team when the team raises $60 million by selling all four-million shares of common stock at the purchase price of $15. Although the shares sold to the public each carry a single vote, Mr. Jacobs will still control the club, owning most of the of the 2.3 million Class B shares that carry 10,000 votes each.
2000 Esteban Yan becomes the 14th player in baseball history to hit the first pitch thrown to him in a professional game for home run. In addition to his historic homer, the Devil Rays hurler picks up the victory in the inter-league contest against the Mets.
2001 After falling behind 3-0, Little League pitcher Robert Knight strikes out the final batter to complete a perfect game in which all 18 batters are struck out. The 5-foot-3 twelve year-old also had three hits as the Tigers beat the Giants, 7-0.
2001 In front of the team store at Miller Park, the Brewers unveil a bronze sculpture of Robin Yount, the two-time American League Most Valuable Player who played his entire 20-year career with the team. The work created by sculptor Brian Maughan depicts an older player in mid-swing, but is the called "The Kid," a nickname given to the future Hall of Famer as an 18 year-old in his rookie season in 1974.

The Kid

Photo courtesy of Steve Schar
2003 Although his bat may have contained cork in yesterday's game, all five of Sammy Sosa's historic bats housed at the Hall of Fame and the 76 confiscated from his locker by major league baseball revealed no signs of tampering. X-rays and CT scans were used to clear the Cubs slugger's remaining lumber.
2003 At Puerto Rico's Hiram Bithorn Stadium, Jeff DaVanon of the Angels joins Lee May (1969, Reds), Frank Thomas (1962, Mets), and Gus Zernial (1951, A's) as the fourth player to have three consecutive multi-homer games. At the same time, the Anaheim outfielder also becomes the third player to do it from both sides of the plate in two back-to-back contests, matching Ken Caminiti (1995, Padres) and Eddie Murray (1987, Orioles).
2004 At Turner Field, Julio Franco becomes the oldest player in baseball history to hit a grand slam. The 45 year-old Dominican first baseman's first inning bases-loaded home run proves to be the difference as the Braves beat the Phillies, 8-4.
2006 After going 1-for-11 in his first four games, Lastings Milledge collects three hits, including his first big league dinger. The two-run home run off Giants All-Star closer Armando Benitez, which ties the game in the tenth, sparks controversy when the Mets rookie, on his way to his position in right field in the 11th inning, high fives some of the Shea Stadium fans in the front row, much to the displeasure to many players in both dugouts.
2009 In the opener of a twin bill, Randy Johnson gives a solid six-inning performance in the Giants' 5-1 victory over the Nationals to earn his 300th victory. The 'Big Unit' becomes the 24th pitcher to accomplish the feat, and first to reach the milestone on his first attempt since Tom Seaver beat the Yankees in 1985.
2010 The Brevard County Manatees announce they will stop taking 'BP', to protest of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the company with the same initials. The Florida State League team, a farm club of the Brewers, plans to refer to batting practice as hitting rehearsal, to become better known as 'HR'.
2010 After coming home from a 0-6 road trip, Orioles manager Dave Trembley is fired by the club that has the worst record in the major leagues. Third base coach Juan Samuel is appointed the interim skipper of the 15-39 last-place Birds.
2012 With the No. 1 pick in the Major League Baseball draft, the Astros take Carlos Correa, making him the first player from Puerto Rico to be selected number one overall. Before the selection of the 17 year-old shortstop from Barrio Velázquez, former major league catcher Ramon Castro had previously been the highest-drafted player out of the Commonwealth when he was chosen No. 17 overall by Houston in 1994.
2013 After tying the game in the tenth inning with a home run off Steve Cishek, John Mayberry Jr. hits his first career bases-full round-tripper with two outs in the bottom of the 11th to give the Phillies a 7-3 walk-off victory over Miami at Citizens Bank Park. The Philadelphia outfielder, who entered the contest in the seventh frame as a pinch hitter, ties a major league record shared by five other players for the most round-trippers hit in extra innings in one game.

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