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This Day in Baseball History
May 9th

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1871 Esteban Enrique 'Steve' Bellßn becomes the first Hispanic player to appear in a major league game. The 21 year-old Cuban plays the infield for the Troy Haymakers of the National Association in a 9-5 loss to the Boston Red Stockings.
1888 Colonels' right-hander Elton 'Icebox' Chamberlain, a natural right-hander, throws left-handed for the final two innings during his complete-game victory against the visiting Kansas City Cowboys. Louisville wins the American Association contest played in Eclipse Park, 18-6.
1901 Indians' rookie hurler Earl Moore holds the White Sox hitless for nine innings before giving up two hits in the tenth inning to lose, 4-2. 'Crossfire' will compile a 16-14 record in his year in the big leagues.
1937 Reds' starter Peaches Davis gives up 15 hits, but goes the distance in the Reds' 21-10 rout of Philadelphia. The right-hander's batterymate, Ernie Lombardi, goes 6-for-6 in the Baker Bowl ballgame, collecting five singles and a double.
1943 Due to poor grade of rubber cement used to make baseballs because of wartime rubber shortages, a different type of baseball is put into play today, with dramatic results. In eight games, six home runs are hit, compared to a total of nine homers tallied in the season's first 72 games.
1947 After leading his team in verbally abusing Jackie Robinson with racial slurs during yesterday's game at Shibe Park, Philadelphia manager Ben Chapman, who admits he had been 'kinda loud', sends word to the Brooklyn clubhouse that he would like to make amends by posing with the Dodger first baseman for the newspaper photographers. The orchestrated gesture, which Robinson agrees to, admitting later that is one of the hardest things he ever had to make himself do, is prompted by the bad press created by the Phillies manager's intolerance and the wrath of Commissioner Chandler.

1950 In a 10-5 victory over Brooklyn at Forbes Field, Pirates slugger Ralph Kiner hits two home runs, including his second grand slam in four games. The future Hall of Famer, who will collect eight career homers with the bases juiced, also cleared the bases with a round-tripper on May 6 off Giants' right-hander Clint Hartung.
1961 In a 13-5 victory over the Twins, Jim Gentile becomes the fourth major leaguer to hit two grand slams in the same game. The Orioles' first baseman, the first to accomplish the feat in consecutive at bats, goes deep in the first two innings of the contest.
1967 Wearing his familiar uniform #9, Roger Maris hits his first National League home run on the ninth day of the month in seat 9 of section 9. The right-fielder's sixth-inning round-tripper off Woodie Fryman contributes to the Cardinals' 6-3 victory over Pittsburgh at Forbes Field.
1971 A gathering of 43,307 fans watches the Orioles drop a twin bill to the A's at Memorial Stadium, 6-2 and 2-1. The unscheduled doubleheader draws a record walk-in crowd of 31,626 (73%), the largest in Baltimore's history.
1973 For the second time in his career, Johnny Bench hits three homers off Steve Carlton. The Reds' backstop's seven RBIs help Cincinnati beat the Phillies, 9-7.
1977 At Exhibition Stadium, the Blue Jays beat the Mariners, 10-4, when the two new American League's teams meet for the first time. Toronto will win their inaugural season series with Seattle, taking six of the ten games against their West Coast rival.
1979 At the Astrodome, substitute umpire David Pallone ejects the entire Cardinal bench after the players throw helmets and bats onto the field to protest a call. The minor league arbitrator was pressed into duty due to the major league umpire strike.
1984 The first eight-hour major league game, which started last night before being suspended in the 17th inning because of a curfew, finally comes to an end when Harold Baines homers with one out in the 25th inning, giving the White Sox a 7-6 victory over the Brewers. Tom Seaver, who will also start and pitch 8.1 innings in the nightcap, gets the win pitching one inning of relief.
1987 Eddie Murray becomes the first major leaguer to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in consecutive games when he connects connects off left-handed Bob James in the sixth inning of the Orioles' 9-6 victory over Chicago at Comiskey Park. In yesterday's contest, the Baltimore first baseman also homered off southpaw Ray Searage and righty Jose DeLeon.
1995 The Indians tie a major league record by scoring eight runs in the first inning before making an out. Seven of the runs score as the results of home runs, including Kenny Lofton's leadoff round-tripper, Paul Sorrento's grand slam, and Carlos Baerga's two run blast.
1998 With the White Sox' 3-0 victory over Baltimore at Memorial Stadium, 38 year-old Jerry Reuss becomes the 86th pitcher to record his 200th major league career win. The southpaw joins Milt Pappas as the only other pitcher to reach the milestone without the benefit of a 20-win season.
1999 After starting with a single, Marshall McDougal hits six consecutive home runs and drives in 16 runs in a 26-2 rout of Maryland. The Florida State junior second baseman, who will become a member of the Rangers' 40-man roster, breaks existing NCAA records for runs batted in and homers in a single game.
1999 After 552 relief appearances, Mike Stanton starts a major league game, breaking Gary Lavelle's record for most appearances prior to starting a game. The southpaw shuts out Seattle for four innings, giving up two hits, in New York's 6-1 victory at Yankee Stadium.
2002 In a 3-1 Yankee victory over Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field, Mariano Rivera saves his 225th game as a Yankee to establish a new franchise record. The previous mark of 224 was set in 1990 by Dave Righetti.
2006 Ivan Rodriguez, after 1,914 games behind the plate, plays first base, making it the first time in his career he is at a position other than catcher. Later in the season, 'Pudge' also makes an appearance at second base, filling in for injured Tiger infielder Placido Polanco.
2006 Delmon Young is suspended for 50 games by the International League for throwing a bat which hit a replacement umpire in the chest. The Devil Rays' top prospect, the brother of Tiger star Dmitri Young, was selected as the minor league player of the year by Baseball America in 2005.
2007 Jarrod Saltalamacchia, on his 22nd birthday, makes his major league debut. With 14 letters in his last name, the Braves backstop has the longest surname in baseball history, besting 15 other major leaguers who played with 13 letters in their family name.
2010 Dallas Braden, recently made infamous due to his words with Alex Rodriguez when the Yankee third baseman cut across the diamond via the pitcher's mound, throws the 19th perfect game in baseball history, a 4-0 victory over the Rays in Oakland. In attendance for the 26 year-old left-hander's Mother's Day gem is his grandmother, who raised him after his mom died of a melanoma during his senior year at Stagg High School in Stockton, California.
2011 Milton Bradley, playing for his eighth club since his Expos debut in 2000, is cut by the Mariners, who still owe him the remaining part of his $13 million deal for this season. Although no specific incident triggers the team's decision, the 33 year-old slumping outfielder had recently been suspended for a game after bumping an umpire, ejected from another contest for contesting a third strike, and a few days ago he became the target of the Seattle fans' wrath for what they perceived as his lack of hustle.
2015 With runners on second and third, the Pirates turn the first recorded 4-5-4 triple play in baseball history, recording all three outs entirely on the left side of the infield. The oddity occurs when Yadier Molina lines out to second baseman Neil Walker (1), who throws to third baseman Jung Ho Kang to double up Jhonny Peralta (2), who had strayed too far off the third, and then fields the third baseman's return throw to triple up Jason Heywood at second base (3).

26 Fact(s) Found