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1908 In Brooklyn, the last-place Cardinals blank the Brooklyn Superbas (Dodgers), 3-0. The entire Washington Park contest is played with just one ball.
1910 In one of baseball's all-time classic pitching duels, A's Jack Coombs and White Sox hurler Ed Walsh both go the distance in a 16-inning scoreless tie before the Chicago contest is called at 7:00 pm due darkness. In the final frame, 'Big Ed' pitches out of a second-and-third jam with no outs, and Colby Jack' strikes out the side with Walsh making the final out of the game.
1929 In front of 55,000 fans at Yankee Stadium, the Indians tally nine runs with two outs in the ninth inning to rout the Bronx Bombers in the nightcap, 14-6. The Tribe's comeback is assisted by two New York errors, including a miscue by Mark Koenig on a ground ball to short that would have ended the game.
1932 After being fined $1,000 and suspended until Carl Reynolds, the player whose jaw he broke in two places a month ago was ready to play again for the Senators, Bill Dickey returns to the Yankees line-up. The future Hall of Fame catcher bangs out four hits, including a grand slam, despite missing 31 games.
1935 Walter Johnson (46-48) resigns as manager of the Indians and will be replaced by Steve O'Neill (36-23). The Tribe has dropped 23 of its last 32 decisions.
1941 At Ebbets Field, Dodger backstop Mickey Owens becomes the first catcher to handle three foul pop ups in one inning.
1942 In a military relief game at the Polo Grounds which will be the last war-time twilight game played, Pee Wee Reese's grand slam in the top of the ninth, which puts the Dodgers up 5-1, doesn't count because of the 9:10 pm government curfew. The game ends up as a 1-1 tie with the Giants.
1945 Two remarkable debut pitching performances by Senators' rookies make the 15-4 loss to Boston a most memorable contest. The game which features Tom McBride tying a major league record by driving in six runs with a bases-loaded double and triple during the Red Sox 12-run fourth inning, sees Joe Cleary, the last major leaguer to be born in Ireland, giving up seven runs on five hits and three walks in his only big league appearance to finish with a career ERA of 189.0, and in mop-up work, WW II veteran Bert Shepard, with an amputated leg as a result of being wounded in WW ll, hurls five 1/3 innings, giving up just one run on just three hits in his only major league appearance.
1948 Ernie Harwell, filling in for Red Barber who is recovering from a bleeding ulcer, calls his first major league game as the Dodgers beat the Cubs at Ebbets Field, 5-4. To obtain the future Hall of Fame broadcaster, Brooklyn general manager Branch Rickey trades minor league catcher Cliff Daper to the Atlanta Crackers.
1955 At Chicago’s Wrigley Field, Ernie Banks hits three home runs as the Cubs out slug the Pirates, 11-10. The Windy City's first baseman goes deep off three different Buc hurlers.
1963 At County Stadium, Roger Craig suffers his 20th loss of the season when the Mets lose to Milwaukee, 2-1. The defeat is the right-hander's 18th consecutive setback, tying Cliff Curtis' National League mark set in 1910 with the Braves, and one loss shy of A's Jack Nabors' 1916 major league record.
1963 With Yankees trailing Baltimore, 10-9, in the night cap of twin bill, Mickey Mantle, after missing two months of the season with a broken foot, makes a dramatic return to the lineup as a pinch hitter when he homers to deep left field in the bottom of the seventh inning off George Brunet to tie score. The crowd of nearly 40,000 fans goes wild as the 'Mick' hobbles around the bases in the Bronx Bombers' eventual 11-10 walk-off win, a victory made possible by Yogi Berra's two-out walk-off round-tripper in the bottom of the 10th inning.
1965 Roy Hofheinz buys R.E. "Bob" Smith's remaining shares of the Houston Sports Association to take control of the Astros. Due to a rift between them, the former co-owner had made the offer thinking the 'Judge' couldn't put the funds together.
1968 The Yankees, once again, honor their aging superstar when the team hosts the second of three Mickey Mantle Days at the ballpark in the Bronx. Prior to the game, over 2000 young fans paid tribute to the future Hall of Fame outfielder by parading across the field with homemade banners expressing their admiration for the living legend.
1971 In a Texas League contest, Tommy Walker hurls a 15-inning no-hitter beating the Albuquerque Dukes, 1-0. The Dallas-Fort Worth Spur right-hander faces only 47 batters during the minor league game, two over the minimum.
1980 In the first managerial change in franchise history, Maury Wills replaces Darrell Johnson in the Mariners dugout. The M's will fare no better finishing the season 44 games under .500.
1982 After driving in the winning run in the Mets' 7-4 victory over the Cubs, Joel Youngblood, who is traded to the Expos during the game, flies to Philadelphia and singles for Montreal to become the first player to have a hit for two different teams on the same day in different cities. The 30-year all-star collects his two historic hits off two future Hall of Famers, a single off Ferguson Jenkins in Chicago and gets his other knock of Steve Carlton in the City of Brotherly Love.
1983 Dave Winfield kills a seagull at Exhibition Stadium with a warmup throw prior to the home fifth inning. After the 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays, the Yankees outfielder is arrested by the Ontario police and charged with animal cruelty.
1984 In a 9-2 Giants rout of the Astros, Jeffrey Leonard collects five hits. The cleanup slugger gets all singles and, therefore, is unable to demonstrate his one-flap-down home run trot in front of the Houston fans at the Astrodome.
1985 At Yankee Stadium, White Sox Tom Seaver becomes the 17th player in major league history to record his 300th victory when he six-hits the Bronx Bombers, 4-1. All of the Yankees' hits are singles.
1985 Rod Carew of the Angels singles off of Twin Frank Viola in the third inning to become the 16th major leaguer to amass 3000 hits.
1985 Prior to the loss that results in Tom Seaver's 300th career victory, the Yankees honor Phil Rizzuto by retiring their former player and current broadcaster's uniform #10. The 'Scooter', known for the expression 'Holy Cow', is knocked over in a pre-game ceremony by a fitting gift from the team, a cow wearing a halo.
1987 In the fourth match up of 300-game winners since 1900, Angels’ hurler Don Sutton (317) allows four hits in six innings to beat Steve Carlton (328) and the Twins, 12-3. The 645 combined victories is the largest number of wins ever accumulated by pitchers starting the same major league game.
1989 Dave Stieb retires the first 26 batters he faces before giving up two-hits in a 2-1 win over the Yankees. Last September, the Blue Jays' hard-luck hurler lost back-to-back no-hit bids with two outs in the ninth inning.
1990 The Braves trade Dale Murphy to the Phillies for Jeff Parrett, Jim Vatcher and Victor Rosario. The move enables the youngster David Justice to return to right field and win the Rookie-of-the-Year Award.
1992 At an auction, actor Charlie Sheen pays $93,500 for the ‘Mookie Ball’ which went through Bill Buckner’s legs capping the miraculous Met comeback in the sixth game of the Fall Classic in 1986. Arthur Richman, the team’s traveling secretary, who was given the ball that night by right field umpire, Ed Montague, gives the all the proceeds to charity.
1993 After being hit by a Ryan Express fastball, Robin Ventura charges the mound to get at the 46-year old pitcher. Nolan Ryan responds by putting the White Sox third baseman in a headlock and punches him six times, much to the pleasure of the Rangers fans at Arlington Stadium.

1994 Fan favorite Kent Hrbek announces his retirement effective at the end of the season. The Twins first baseman, who played his entire 14-year career in Minnesota, ranks near the top in virtually every team offensive category.
1994 In Anaheim, Goose Gossage makes his 1000th major league appearance retiring Tim Salmon on a pop-up in the seventh inning of an eventual 4-2 Angels loss to the Mariners. The future Hall of Fame reliever will end his 22-year career playing in 1002 games with seven different teams.
1996 Baltimore managers Earl Weaver and Ned Hanlon, Kentucky congressman Jim Bunning and Negro League star Bill Foster are inducted into the Hall of Fame.
1998 Darryl Strawberry hits a game-tying pinch-hit grand slam highlighting a nine-run ninth inning in the Yankees' 10-5 come-from-behind victory over Oakland. The 'Straw' is the first player in the American League to hit two pinch-hit grand slams in one season
1999 In an effort to break out of a team slump which has resulted in 15 losses in 19 decisions, all nine Angel batters use Jim Edmonds' bat the first time through the order. The center fielder's lumber yields dramatic results when the Halos go 4-for-8 with one walk in the first inning, including Bengie Molina's first career hit, an RBI double, in LA's 4-3 win over Kansas City at Edison Field.
2000 Joining Dave Kingman, Frank Huelsman, Willis Hudlin, Paul Lehner, Wes Covington, Ted Gray and Mike Kilkenny, Dave Martinez ties a major league record as he appears for his fourth team in a season. In the past four months the veteran outfielder/first baseman has played for the Devil Rays, Cubs, Rangers and now the Blue Jays.
2000 With 32 home games remaining, the Astros, who moved from the pitcher-friendly Astrodome to homer-haven Enron Field this season, set a franchise-record by already hitting 83 homers at home this season.
2003 Major League Baseball announces a five-year deal, which will generate more than $500 million in revenue, for apparel and headwear global licensing rights. The seven companies involved in the deal include Majestic Athletic, New Era Cap, Twins Enterprises, Nike USA, Dynasty Apparel Industries, Drew Pearson International and VF Imagewear.
2004 Continuing a tradition over a half a century old, the Cardinals announce their new ballpark scheduled to open in 2006 will also be known as Busch Stadium. In 1953, a month after Anheuser-Busch purchased the Cardinals, the brewery bought Sportsman's Park renaming it Busch Stadium and then kept the name in its new downtown stadium which opened in 1966 calling the facility Busch Memorial Stadium.
2004 Mike Matheny's major league errorless streak behind the plate ends when his errant throw allows the runners to advance to second and third base on an infield single. The Cardinals' catcher hadn't committed an error since August 2, 2002, a span of 252 games.
2005 After the team goes into a free fall from first place, the Orioles fire manager Lee Mazzilli (129-140) and replaces him with bench coach Sam Perlozzo on an interim basis. Currently suffering an eight-game losing streak, the Birds have dropped 16 of their last 18 games.
2006 At age 95, Elden Auker, the last living pitcher to face Babe Ruth, dies of congestive heart failure. The author of Sleeper Cars and Flannel Uniforms, which he wrote when he was ninety, started his major league career in 1931 by striking out Babe Ruth and getting Lou Gehrig to pop out.
2006 In the Phillies' 5-3 victory over the Mets, Chase Utley's hitting streak ends at 35 consecutive games. Philadelphia’s second baseman, who goes 0-for-5, has the fourth longest stretch in National League history.
2007 Needing only 14 seasons to accomplish the feat, Alex Rodriguez becomes the 22nd and youngest player (32 years and 8 days) to hit 500 career home runs. The historic three-run homer, off Royals’ starter Kyle Davies who was recently acquired from the Braves, is hit into the left-field seats at Yankee Stadium making A-Rod and Mickey Mantle the only two players to reach the milestone in the Bronx.
2007 In the second inning at Petco Park in of a front sellout crowd of 42,497 fans, Barry Bonds drives a Clay Hensley fastball over the left-field wall for his 755th home run tying Hank Aaron’s 33-year-old career home run record. The opposite-field drive, ironically off a pitcher who failed a steroid test as a minor leaguer in 2005, is met with mixed reactions as a few patrons hold up asterisk signs and the crowd responds to the feat with a mixture of cheers and jeers.
2008 At the start of the rain delay during the Astros and Cubs game at Wrigley Field, fans are advised to take cover in the concourse due to a tornado warning being issued by the National Weather Service for downtown Chicago. The game resumes in 2 hours, 45 minutes, but approximately an hour later more thunder and lightning and another 39-minute stoppage cause the contest to be called in the bottom of the eighth with Houston credited with a 2-0 rain-shortened victory.

2008 During a Brewers' 6-3 loss to the Reds at Great American Ball Park, first baseman Prince Fielder confronts starting pitcher Manny Parra in the dugout shoving the hurler twice in the dugout after an angry exchange of words. The Milwaukee hurler had taken a no-hitter into the fifth, but gave up six runs on four hits and four walks before leaving the game for a pinch hitter in the seventh inning.
2008 The Mariners stun the Twins with a 10-run seventh inning coming back from a 6-0 deficit in an eventual 11-6 victory at Safeco Field. With six runs driven in, Raul Ibanez, who hits a grand slam and a two-run single in the frame, establishes a club record for RBIs in one inning, one more than Ken Griffey Jr. mark set in 1999.
2010 Exactly three years to day he hit his 500th round-tripper, Alex Rodriguez eclipses Babe Ruth in becoming the youngest major leaguer to hit 600 career home runs when he blasts a two-run first-inning shot into Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. The 35-year old Bronx Bomber third baseman is the seventh player in baseball history to reach the milestone.
2010 The Phillies obtain Mike Sweeney from the Mariners for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The deal is necessitated for Philadelphia when their All-Star first baseman Ryan Howard is put on the disabled list with a severe sprained ankle.
2012 Mike Baxter sets a team record and ties a National League mark when he walks five times in a nine-inning game in the Mets' 6-4 victory over San Diego at Petco Park. Only five of the 25 pitches thrown to the New York right fielder were strikes, with thirteen of the final 14 being out of the strike zone.

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