Bill Lennon becomes the first catcher to throw a runner out trying to steal second. The Fort Wayne Kekiongas (NA) backstop accomplishes the feat in the seventh inning of the very first major league game ever played.
President William H. Taft leaves Robinson Park, where the Cardinals are routing the Reds, to catch a great pitching duel between the Naps' Cy Young and the Browns' Joe Lake at Sportsman's Park. The chief executive will stay to the last out of the American League contest, which ends in a three-to-three tie after 14 innings of play.
A SRO crowd attends the first-ever major league game played on a Sunday in Brooklyn. The Ebbets Field contest, in which the Dodgers beat the Braves, 6-2, was made possible when the New York Legislature passed the Sunday Baseball Bill into law.
In an effort to put less strain on Babe Ruth's leg, the 'Bambino' plays first base, moving Lou Gehrig to right field. The ‘Iron Horse’ commits an error in the outfield, helping the Senators to beat the Yankees, 7-3.
In his first-ever at-bat in the city of Detroit, Boston rookie Ted Williams becomes the first player to hit a homer which totally clears the right field seats at Briggs Stadium. The prodigious poke proves to be the difference when the Red Sox edge the Tigers, 7-6.
For the first time in the city's history, blacks are allowed to buy grandstand seats in St. Louis. The Browns and Cardinals are the last major league teams to integrate seating for fans, having restricted the minority to the bleachers in previous years.
The Phillies and Cardinals set a major league record by using using a total of 42 players in one game. Philadelphia wins the Busch Stadium contest, that includes four future Hall of Famers, in eleven innings, 14-10.
In a contest delayed 12 minutes by snow, the Braves, thanks to Warren Spahn's six-hitter, move out of last place when the team beats the Pirates and former teammate Max Surkont, 6-1. The temperature in Milwaukee is reported to have dropped 37º during the game.
Boston manager Pinky Higgins accepts a Red Sox schedule that is printed in braille from Francis B. Ierardi, the founder and manager of the National Braille Press. The slate of games, which will appear in the May 7 publication of the Weekly News, marks the first time a baseball schedule has been available for the blind.
In a 7-5 loss to Chicago at County Stadium, Bob Shaw commits five balks to establish a new major league mark. After walking Billy Williams in the third inning, the Braves' right-hander balks three times, allowing a run to score.
In a 6-1 victory over L.A. at Candlestick Park, Willie Mays becomes the all-time National League home run leader when he strokes his 512th career round-tripper off Dodger starter Claude Osteen. The San Francisco center fielder passes another Giant, breaking the mark established by Mel Ott in 1946.
The Simon and Garfunkel tune "Mrs. Robinson" debuts on the Billboard's Top 40. The song's lyrics include the memorable question for the Yankees' former center fielder, "Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you."
At the Astrodome, Houston sets a National League record, turning seven double plays against the Giants, with first baseman Curt Blefary taking part in all of them. The abundance of twin killings helps the Astros to win the game, 3-1.
With his third inning RBI single in the Braves' 5-3 victory over Pittsburgh, Rico Carty establishes an Atlanta team record by getting a hit in his 23rd consecutive game. The 30 year-old left fielder, who hasn't had a hitless game since Opening Day, will win the National League batting title with a .366 average.
In Candlestick Park at 12:32 pm, the Astros' Bob Watson scores the major league's one millionth run. The future 'Dean of Discipline' for baseball crosses the plate on Milt May's three-run home run seconds ahead of Dave Concepcion of the Reds to earn the distinction.
Illinois Eugene F. Schlickman, co-author of the House of Representative Resolution 747 declaring today as Rick Monday Day, will be in attendance when the Cub outfielder is presented by Los Angeles vice president and GM Al Campanis with the flag he saved that was about to burned on the field at Dodger Stadium. Last month, the former Marine reservist, in a game played in Los Angeles, ran in from his position, swiping the 'Stars and Stripes' away from a father and a son, who were intent on setting it afire.
Ron Davis establishes a major league mark for consecutive strikeouts by a reliever when he fans eight straight Angel batters in the Yankees' 4-2 victory over California. Entering the game in the bottom of the seventh inning, the right-handed reliever gets Don Baylor to pop up, and then he proceeds to strike out all of the other hitters he faces en route to his second save of the season.
Jose Cruz's three-run home run in the first inning proves to be the difference in the Astros' 5-4 win over the Chicago. The Houston left fielder's brother, Hector, homers for the Cubs in the sixth frame of the Wrigley Field contest, making the natives of Arroyo, Puerto Rico the tenth different pair of siblings to go deep in the same game.
Dave Kingman's 180 foot pop-up enters a drainage valve located in the Metrodome roof, and much to the surprise of the Twins infielders waiting to make the catch, the ball doesn't drop back into play. The A's slugger is credited with a ground-rule double, but the ball will stay put in the lining of the dome until tomorrow.
Baltimore's Cal Ripken, en route to baseball's all-time mark for consecutive games played, breaks Brooks Robinson's club record when he plays in his 464th consecutive contest. The Orioles shortstop marks the occasion by hitting a double and a home run in the BIrds' 8-6 loss to Minnesota at the Metrodome.
Junior Felix becomes the 53rd player in major league history to hit a home run in his first at-bat. The Blue Jay rookie's initial blast comes off California's Kirk McCaskill in a 10-inning loss to the Angels, 3-2.
Chris James establishes the club record for RBIs in a game by driving in nine runs with a pair of homers and two singles, helping Cleveland to crush the A's, 20-6. The Indians first baseman's offensive output will account for 22% of the 41 runs he will drive in this season.
At Shea Stadium, Mackey Sasser and Mark Carreon, the first two batters in the ninth inning, both go deep as pinch-hitters off Jeff Brantley to knot the score at two runs apiece in the Mets' eventual 4-2 victory over San Francisco in 12 innings. It is the first time in the 30-year history of the franchise that two pinch-hitters have hit back-to-back round-trippers.
A fifth-inning home run by Mark Lewis is the only hit Ranger right-hander Roger Pavlik yields in his 3-1 complete-game victory over Detroit. Teammate Ken Hill, who retired the last 26 batters he faced yesterday, also allowed only one hit, making Texas the first American League club in 79 years to have one-hitters thrown in consecutive games.
After 6,136 at bats without a bases-loaded homer, Mark Grace hits his first career grand slam in the Cubs' 12-11 victory over Colorado at Wrigley Field. The Chicago first baseman's accomplishment now leaves Reds' shortstop Barry Larkin as the active player with the longest drought with the bases juiced, a span of 5,817 at-bats.
Doug Glanville collects five hits in a game for the second time in his career in the Phillies' 14-1 pounding of Cincinnati at Veterans Stadium. The Philadelphia outfielder's first hit, a lead-off two-bagger, is the first of four consecutive doubles hit in the bottom of the first frame to start the game, tying a major league record.
En route to a Blue Jay 8-3 victory over Seattle, Raul Mondesi collects 12 total bases. The outfielder's 4-for-4 performance includes two home runs, a pair of doubles, and six RBIs.
The fifth pair of 300-game winners in baseball history faces off against each other when Cubs starter Greg Maddux (305) bests Roger Clemens (329) and the Astros at Minute Maid Park, 3-2. The other pair of milestone moundsmen includes Don Sutton vs. Steve Carlton (1987), Don Sutton vs. Phil Niekro (1987), Don Sutton vs. Tom Seaver (1986), and Tim Keefe vs. Jim 'Pud' Galvin (1892).
At Detroit's Comerica Park, Mike Napoli, on the first pitch he sees in his first major league at-bat, hits a home run. The Angels catcher becomes the third player in franchise history to make such a dramatic debut, joining Don Rose (1972) and Dave Machemer (1978), who also accomplished the feat.
With the team's new owners looking on, the groundbreaking ceremony takes place for the new ballpark the Washington Nationals hope to play in at the start of the 2008 season. Theodore Lerner, head of the new ownership group chosen by MLB yesterday to buy the team, has already thought of changes for the $611 million neighborhood ballpark
In its May 8 issue, Forbes Magazine estimates the New York Yankees are the first baseball team to be worth more than $1 billion. At the opposite end of the economic study are the Devil Rays, who are valued at $209 million, last among the 30 major league teams.
The second inning Chase Field matchup of Julio Franco hitting against Randy Johnson marks the oldest hitter-pitcher confrontation in big league history. With a mere 92+ years of age between the two of them, the nearly 49 year-old Mets first baseman takes the Diamondback southpaw, four months shy of 44, deep to extend his own record as the oldest player to homer, and with his ninth inning swipe of second he continues to be the oldest to steal a base.
Yogi Berra is one of the 15 inaugural honorees to be inducted into the newly conceived New Jersey Hall of Fame. Although the Yankee legend considers fellow inductee Albert Einstein to be “a pretty smart guy,” he is not convinced the Nobel Prize winner for physics would have made a good manager.
With their 7-2 win over Arizona, the Dodgers establish a National League record for consecutive victories to open a season at home. Their 11-0 start surpasses the NL mark shared by the 1918 Giants, 1970 Cubs, and 1983 Atlanta Braves, and is one shy of the major-league record set by the Tigers in 1911.
Ryan Howard's grand slam powers the Phillies past St. Louis at Busch Stadium, 6-1. The slugging first baseman's seventh career grand salami ties Mike Schmidt's franchise record.
A 17 year-old fan, who jumped onto the outfield at Citizens Bank Park yesterday was subdued by a Philadelphia police officer using a Taser. The Phillies said the police department was discussing the appropriateness of its use of a stun gun with the team.
The Twins fans honor Ernie Harwell with a standing ovation upon hearing of his death when it is announced during the seventh-inning stretch in a game against Detroit. In September, the 92 year-old Hall of Fame announcer, who started his major league career with Brooklyn in 1948 and spent 42 years broadcasting Tiger games, shared that he had been diagnosed with inoperable cancer of the bile duct.
"He brings out the best in his players
and exemplifies what the sport of baseball is supposed to be about--
hustle, grit, loyalty and determination." - U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), praising Braves' manager Bobby Cox
At the United States Capitol, Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) present Bobby Cox framed copies of their statements submitted into the Congressional Record on April 20 honoring the Braves' skipper. The 68 year-old skipper has announced he will be retiring at the end of the season, after 51 seasons in professional baseball.
An anonymous bidder pays $418,250 for the baseball hit by Mookie Wilson that rolled through the legs of Bill Buckner, allowing the Mets to cap a two-out rally with a 6-5 walk-off victory in the tenth inning in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. The historic horsehide was the centerpiece of memorabillia being offered by Heritage Auctions from the collection of Los Angeles songwriter Seth Swirsky, which also included Reggie Jackson's third home run ball from Game 6 of the 1977 Fall Classic ($65,725), the Ranger cap that Jose Canseco was wearing in 1993 when a ball bounced off his head over the wall for a homer ($11,950), and a 1965 baseball signed by the Beatles from the Shea Stadium concert ($65,725).
En route to his first major league victory, Marlin rookie right-hander Jose Fernandez hurls one-hit ball, striking out nine in the team's 2-0 victory over Philadelphia. The 20 year-old's seven-inning superb outing is followed by Mike Dunn's perfect eighth with closer Steve Cishek getting the save by preserving the one-hitter at Citizens Bank Park.