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.
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.
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.
In the first Sunday home game the Braves ever play, Milt Gaston, with his brother Alex behind the plate, relieves Red Ruffing in the seventh 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.
The Red Sox trade Red Ruffing to the Yankees for $50,000 and Cedric Durst, who will hit .245 in 102 games during his only season in Boston. New York's new right-hander, a future Hall of Famer, will post a 231-12 (.651) along with an ERA of 3.47 during his 15 seasons with the Bronx ball club.
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).
In his first major league start, Dodger rookie starter Tommy Lasorda ties a record, throwing three wild pitches in the first inning of the team's 4-3 victory over St. Louis at Ebbets Field. The future Dodgers' Hall of Fame skipper, During his one inning of work, will be spiked by Wally Moon, covering a play at home plate after uncorking on of his errant pitches.
When your luck is battin' zero
Get your chin up off the floor
Mister you can be a hero
You can open any door, there's nothin' to it but to do it
You've gotta have heart
- 'You Gotta to Have Heart' lyrics from Damn Yankees
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.
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.
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.
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 the distance, giving up just four hits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mets backstop Mike Piazza passes Carlton Fisk for most home runs hit by a catcher when he hits his 352nd round tripper as a catcher. The Norristown, PA native's 405-foot opposite-field historic homer comes off a Jerome Williams' 3-1 fastball during the first inning of the Mets' 8-2 victory at Shea Stadium.
Roger Clemens moves ahead of Steve Carlton (4,136) into second place on the career strikeouts list when gets Raul Mondesi swinging in the fifth inning of the Astros' 9-2 victory of Pittsburgh at Minute Maid Park. Nolan Ryan's all-time mark of 5,714 whiffs appears to be out of of reach for 41 year-old 'Rocket', who would still need over another 1500 to challenge the record.
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 (Yankees -2001).
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.
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.
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 to viewers with 3-D television sets in New York, Connecticut, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Montana and Idaho.
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.
In front of a sparse crowd of 558 at Burlington's (IA) Community Field, the visiting Clinton (IA) LumberKings, after five innings, face a 16-run deficit in their Midwest League game against the Bees. The Class A affiliate of the Mariners will mount the largest comeback in the history of professional baseball when the team rallies to win the twelve-inning contest, 20-17.