At Chicago's Lakefront Park, the National League's White Stockings send 23 batters to the plate, who score 13 runs before an out is recorded. Tommy Burns and Ned Williamson both score three times in the 18-run, 18-hit seventh inning, establishing a major league record, that still stands today.
Frank Smith no-hits the Tigers, 15-0 in the biggest no-hit rout in major league history. The White Sox right hander will toss another no-hitter in 1908, beating the A's, 1-0.
In a game which purposely matches the superstars, Boston hurler Smokey Joe Wood bests Senators' legend Walter Johnson, 1-0 for his 30th (14th consecutive) victory in a season in which he will win 34. The Red Sox' only run is a result of back-to-back doubles by Tris Speaker and Duffy Lewis, the first two-bagger should have been an easy fly out, but the ball lands into an area cordoned off by a rope to section off the overflow Fenway Park crowd.
Jeff Tesreau becomes the third rookie to throw a no-hitter. The 24-year old right-hander holds the Phillies hitless in the Giants' 3-0 victory in the first game of a twin bill at the Baker Bowl.
In a game that features a total of only six hits, the Brooklyn Robins beat Boston 1-0 behind the strong two-hit performance of right-hander Bill Doak. The Braves Field victory is the team's 15th consecutive win, establishing the longest winning streak in franchise history.
The National League's longest game of the season ends when Del Ennis hits a walk-off home run in the 17th inning, giving the Phillies a 7-6 victory over the Braves in the first game of a twin bill at Shibe Park. Philadelphia starter Robin Roberts goes the distance, giving up 18 hits in the three-hour and fifty minute contest.
With Giants manager Leo Durocher yelling "stick it in his ear", Rubén Gómez hits Carl Furillo, the National League's leading hitter, on the wrist by a pitch. After taking first base, the Dodgers right fielder bolts into the opposing dugout to choke 'Leo the Lip', but in the melee, the knuckle on his little finger is fractured, putting an end to his season.
Carlos Paula of Cuba integrates the Washington Senators. Next year, in his only full season in the majors, the Havana-born outfielder will be given consideration for the Rookie of the Year honors as he leads all freshmen by hitting .299.
In Detroit, Tiger right-hander Earl Wilson throws a complete game to earn his 20th victory of the season, beating the A’s in the nightcap of a twin bill, 6-3. The 32-year old Louisianian will compile a 22-11 record along with an ERA of 3.27, helping to keep the second-place club in the pennant race until the final day of the season.
Jerry Koosman sets a new franchise mark for victories, getting his 17th win of the season when the Mets beat Pittsburgh, 4-1. The rookie southpaw breaks the team record established last year by Tom Seaver.
A’s southpaw Ken Holtzman and first baseman Mike Epstein wear black armbands on the sleeves of their uniforms to pay respect to the 11 Israeli Olympic athletes who were killed yesterday by terrorists in Munich. The action taken by the Jewish players, affirming the importance of their faith, is well received by the club, with Reggie Jackson wearing an armband in solidarity, along with skipper Dick Williams being fully supportive of the symbolic gesture made by the Oakland teammates.
Two Alou brothers are released by the Yankees. Felipe is sold to the Expos and Matty goes to the Cardinals.
The formerly first-place Pirates make a rash decision to replace their skipper Bill Virdon, after the team drops three of four to St. Louis to fall three games back in the standings. The bespectacled manager, who led the club to a division title last year, will be replace with Danny Murtaugh, the man whom he had replaced prior to the 1972 season.
Behind the complete-game pitching performances by Dave McNally and Mike Cuellar, the Orioles sweep a twin bill, blanking Cleveland twice, 2-0 and 1-0. The victories are the fourth and fifth consecutive shutouts thrown by the Birds‚ who establish an American League mark by hurling 54 straight scoreless frames.
Fernando Valenzuela ties the National League's rookie record for shutouts, blanking St. Louis, 5-0, for his seventh whitewash of the season. The Dodger lefty shares the mark with Irv Young (1905 Beaneaters), Grover Alexander (1911 Phillies), and Jerry Koosman (1968 Mets).
Calling it the most the ''most agonizing'' decision he has made as the owner of the Yankees, George Steinbrenner fires Gene Michael and replaces him with Bob Lemon. The former skipper's demise was prompted by his comments to the press concerning his inability to no longer tolerate the Boss's constant threats of dismissal, and for his refusal to apologize for the remarks.
In a match up of aces that lives up its advanced billing, Dwight Gooden and Fernando Valenzuela hook up in one of the best pitchers’ duel in recent memory. New York beats LA, 2-0, thanks to Darryl Strawberry's two-run double on a day that the Mets right-hander strikes out 10 batters, throwing nine shutout innings while the Dodgers southpaw pitches 11 innings without allowing a run.
Cal Ripken breaks Lou Gehrig's consecutive game record, playing in his 2,131st straight game. When the game becomes official in the middle of the fifth inning, the new 'Iron Man' takes a victory lap around Camden Yards during the 22-minute standing ovation from the sell-out crowd, including President Bill Clinton.
Brett Butler returns to the Dodger line-up four months after having surgery for throat cancer. The thirty-nine year old center fielder scores the decisive run in a 3-2 victory over the Pirates.
Eddie Murray of the Orioles becomes the 15th player in major league history to hit 500 home runs when his seventh-inning solo shot goes deep, knotting the score at 3-3 off Tiger pitcher Felipe Lira at Camden Yards. The Los Angeles native joins Hank Aaron and Willie Mays as the only players to reach this milestone and also have three thousand hits.
After reaching a sponsorship deal with a local energy company, the Reds officially rename Riverfront Stadium to Cinergy Field. The ballpark, a multi-purpose, circular cookie-cutter stadium, which opened in 1970, will be imploded in 2002 after serving the team for 32 seasons to help make to make room for Cincinnati's new home, the Great American Ball Park.
Paul Molitor reaches the 200-hit plateau for the fourth time in his career when he singles off Chuck Finley in the Twins' 6-2 victory over California at the Metrodome. The Minnesota DH becomes the second major leaguer to reach the milestone as a 40-year old, joining Sam Rice, who accomplished the feat while playing with the Senators in 1930.
After reaching an agreement with Mogan, Lewis and Bockis LLP, Major League Baseball can now use the URL www.mlb.com. The law firm registered the mlb.com in 1994 and refused to release the domain name, making it necessary for the sport to use www.majorleaguebaseball.com.
Scott Sheldon joins Bert Campaneris (A's, 1965) and César Tovar (Twins, 1968) to become the third player in baseball history to play all nine positions in a single game. With the White Sox ahead 10-0, the Ranger infielder comes into the game defensively in the bottom of the fourth inning, replacing backstop Bill Haselman, and will proceed to play in every spot on the field, including a third of an inning on the mound where he strikes out the only batter he faces.
Joining Babe Ruth, Roger Maris, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds becomes the fifth major leaguer to hit 60 home runs in a season. The 37 year-old Giant left fielder, who is the oldest to join this elite group, reaches the historic plateau the quickest, needing only 141 games to reach the milestone.
For the first time in 11 years, the Homer Hanky makes its return to the Metrodome in hopes of halting the A' record-setting 20-game winning streak. The Twins, 8-0 in World Series home games (1987 and 1991) with the fans waving their trademark towels, see the magic continue when they blank Oakland, 6-0.
At an afternoon press conference at PNC Park, Pirates General Manager Dave Littlefield announces manager Lloyd McClendon has been dismissed. The former skipper, who compiled a 336-446 record during his 3+ year tenure in the Bucs dugout, will be replaced by bench coach Pete Mackanin on an interim basis for the remainder of the season.
As part of the National Roberto Clemente Day celebration, teams will collect donations from fans in support of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. Also, in remembrance of those affected by the disaster, major league players will don helmets bearing the Red Cross logo on the right side and the number to call to help those in need will appear on the sides of the bases.
With the help of three defensive gems at Miami's Dolphin Stadium, Anibal Sanchez no-hits the Diamondbacks, 2-0, when Eric Byrnes makes the last out of the game on a questionable, bang-bang play at first base. The 22-year old Venezuelan hurler is the 18th rookie to throw a no-hitter and he joins Al Leiter, Kevin Brown and A.J. Burnett as the fourth Marlin to throw a no-hitter.
With a lead-off first-inning double in the Mariners' 5-2 loss in Oakland, Ichiro Suzuki becomes 259th player and the second-quickest to collect 2000 major league hits. In 1933, Al Simmons, playing with the White Sox, reached the milestone in his 1,390th game, a dozen contests less than Seattle's superstar.
Cal Ripken becomes the fifth Oriole of the six O's who have been inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame to have a statue dedicated in Camden Yards' Legends Park. The Iron Man joins Frank Robinson, Earl Weaver, Jim Palmer and Eddie Murray, along with Brooks Robinson, who will be also honored at the end of the month.
Facing his former team, Yusmeiro Petit retires the first 26 Diamondbacks he faces in the Giants’ 3-0 victory at AT&T Park. The 28 year-old right-hander’s bid for perfection is spoiled by pinch-hitter Eric Chavez, who strokes a line drive single to right field with two outs in the ninth inning.