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1904 Cy Young tosses the first perfect game in American League history defeating Rube Waddell and the Philadelphia A's, 3-0. The Red Sox right-hander's gem is the first perfect game thrown in the majors since the distance between the mound and plate was changed from 45 feet to 60 feet, six inches in 1893.
1917 Thanks to the St. Louis scorer's decision to turn Buck Weaver's first inning questionable hit into an error, Browns' hurler Ernie Koob throws a no-hitter at Sportsman's Park. The southpaw beats Ed Cicotte and the White Sox, 1-0.
1925 At Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, Ty Cobb compiles 16 total bases by stroking three homers, two singles, and a double. The Georgia Peach's 6-for-6 performance helps the Tigers defeat the hometown Browns, 14-8.
1929 In the first Sunday home game the Braves ever play, Milt Gaston, with his brother Alex behind the plate, relieves Red Ruffing in the 7th inning to become the second pair of siblings in American League history to be battery mates. Tommy and Homer Thompson, who appeared in one game together for the Yankees in 1912, were the first.
1930 The Red Sox trade Red Ruffing to the Yankees for Cedric Durst. The deal enables Boston to sell Tom Zachary to the Braves for the waiver price.
1953 In the second game of a twin bill at Milwaukee’s County Stadium, Braves’ hurler Max Surkont strikes out the hitter for the third out of the second inning, and will continue to fan batters until there is one out in the fifth inning en route to a 10-3 victory over the Reds. The eight consecutive strikeouts establish a new major league record, surpassing the mark of seven straight strikeouts shared by Dazzy Vance (Robins aka Dodgers, 1924) and Van Mungo (Dodgers, 1936).
1955 Dodger rookie hurler Tommy Lasorda, making his first major league appearance, ties a record by throwing three wild pitches in the first inning of a 4-3 victory over the Cardinals. The future Dodgers' Hall of Fame skipper, who will compile a lifetime record of 0-4, will not get a decision in his debut, which will also include being spiked by Redbird Wally Moon covering a play at home plate.
1955 The musical Damn Yankees, based on Douglass Wallop's novel The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant opens on Broadway. The comedy, set in in Washington, D.C during the Bronx Bombers' dominance in baseball in the 1950s, tells the tale of an aging Washington Senators fan's bargain with the devil to help his hapless team.

1958 Behind by ten runs entering the final frame, the Giants score nine times in an unforgettable 11-10 loss to Pittsburgh. With the bases loaded, pinch-hitter Don Taussig pops out to end both the game and San Francisco's amazing attempted comeback at Seals Stadium.
1962 In just his fourth big league start, Bo Belinsky throws the first hitless game in Angels history and the first one ever tossed at Dodger Stadium, beating the Orioles, 2-0. The 25-year old southpaw is only the tenth rookie to throw a no-hitter.
1965 In a match-up of eventual Hall of Famers at Shea Stadium, Phillies' right-hander Jim Bunning beats the Mets, 1-0, for his sixth straight complete-game victory over the New Yorkers. The Philadelphia starter provides the game's lone run with a sixth-inning lead-off solo homer run off southpaw Warren Spahn, who also goes distance, giving up just four hits.
1978 At Riverfront Stadium, Pete Rose became the 13th player in major league history to collect his 3000th hit, a single to left field off Montreal right-hander Steve Rogers. The Reds' legend reaches the milestone in his 16th major league season, quicker than any of the other dozen players who have accomplished the feat.
1980 For pushing his glove in the face of umpire Gerry Crawford, Bill Madlock is suspended for 15 days and fined $5,000 by National League president Chub Feeney. The fiery Pirates' infielder became upset after being called out on strikes with the bases loaded in the fifth inning of the Bucs' 2-1 victory over Montreal four days ago.
1995 Thirty-three years after Don Zimmer played third base in the franchise's first game, Edgardo Alfonzo becomes the 100th player in Mets history to cover the 'hot corner'. Howard Johnson played the most games at the position, appearing in 835 games over a span of eight seasons.
1999 Beating the Cubs, 13-6, the Rockies become only the third team in the 1900's to score a run in every inning. The Cardinals also accomplished the feat against the Cubs in 1964, and the Giants scored in every frame against the Phillies in 1923.
2000 Cardinals' first baseman Mark McGwire hits the longest home run in the 30-year history of Riverfront Stadium/Cinergy Field, but the 473-foot shot isn't enough as Ken Griffey Jr.'s homer leads the Reds past St. Louis, 3-2.
2000 For the first time in team history, the Rangers overcome an eight-run deficit, beating the A's, 17-16. The teams tie (Red Sox and A's - June 29, 1950) an American League record as 18 players score, including every starter.
2000 Former Dodger skipper Tommy Lasorda is named manager of the United States' Olympic baseball team. The Hall of Fame pilot won four National League pennants and two World Series titles with Los Angeles.
2004 Major League Baseball announces each team, based on the comfort level of the franchise, will promote the movie Spider-Man 2 during the first weekend of interleague play, June 11 to 13. Seeing it as an opportunity to market the game to younger fans, the promotion will include placing a Spider-Man logo on all the bases.
2004 With his 352nd round tripper as a catcher, Mike Piazza of the Mets passes Carlton Fisk for most home runs hit by a catcher. The Norristown, PA native's historic 405-foot opposite field homer comes off a Jerome Williams' 3-1 fastball during the first inning of the Mets' 8-2 victory at Shea Stadium.
2004 With his strike out of Raul Mondesi swinging in the fifth inning, Roger Clemens moves ahead of Steve Carlton (4,136) into second place on the career strikeouts list. Nolan Ryan is the all-time K King with 5,714 whiffs.
2008 In the 4,000th game played at Dodger Stadium, Joe Torre’s Dodgers beat the Mets, 5-1. The Los Angeles skipper also managed in the 1,000th game at the Astrodome (Mets - 1977) and Coors Field (Yankees - 2007), the 2,000th at Busch Stadium (Cardinals - 1991), the 3,000th at Angel Stadium (Yankees - 2003) and the 6,000th at Yankee Stadium (Yankee -2001).
2008 At Coors Field, Derek Lowe throws 43 pitches before he retires the first Rockies batter of the game. The Dodgers starting pitcher never recovers from the 50-pitch, three-run first inning, leaving after the fifth of a 7-2 eventual loss to Colorado.
2009 The Dodgers tie the major league record of 12 consecutive wins at home to start the season with their 3-1 victory over Arizona. L.A.'s 12-0 start at home equals the mark set by the Tigers in 1911.
2010 Satellite provider DirecTV and the Yes Network announce their plans to televise what is believed to be the first major league baseball game to air in three dimensions. The July 10 Safeco Field telecast between the Yankees and Mariners will be available in viewers with 3-D television sets in New York, Connecticut, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Montana and Idaho.
2010 Boston honors their former All-Star shortstop Normar Garciaparra with a special day prior to the Red Sox-Angels game at Fenway Park. During spring training, the two-time batting champ had signed a one-day contract so he could retire as member of his original team.


26 Fact(s) Found