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This Day in Baseball History
May 10th

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1909 Church bells ring when Fred Toney completes the longest no-hitter in organized baseball history, a 1-0 victory over the Lexington Colts of the Blue Grass League. As word spread around town about the Class D Winchester Hustlers right-hander's performance on the mound, fans continued to stream into the ballpark before the lone run of the contest scored on a squeeze play in the bottom of the 17th.
1910 Bill Purtell gets the dubious distinction of becoming the first player in major league history to strike out two times in the same frame. During the sixth inning of the White Sox' 10-3 victory over Washington, the Chicago third baseman is victimized twice by future Hall of Famer Walter Johnson.
1934 Ben Chapman, who will lead the protest against Jackie Robinson in 1947, harasses a Jewish fan during a Yankee game played in the Bronx ballpark. The New York first baseman shouts disparaging epithets and taunts the team's supporter with Nazi salutes.
1934 In an 11-3 rout over the White Sox at Comiskey Park, Lou Gehrig ties a big league record, stroking four extra-base hits, which includes two doubles and two home runs. The Yankee first baseman accumulates the 12 total bases and seven RBIs in just five innings when he benches himself due to a severe cold.
1939 Phillies' backstop Dave Coble catches a ball thrown from the top of Philadelphia's City Hall. The rookie catcher handles the 521-foot dropped ball cleanly but likens the experience of a man jumping into his arms.
1953 With a double and home run, Roy Campanella drives in all the runs in the Dodgers' 5-0 victory over the Phillies at Ebbets Field. Campy's total of 40+ RBIs in the first 30 games will not be matched until Tino Martinez accomplishes the feat in 1997 with the Yankees.
1955 Dodger right-hander Don Newcombe faces only 27 batters when he one-hits Chicago at Wrigley Field, 3-0. Gene Baker, who will be thrown out trying to steal second base, ruins Newk's bid for perfection, with a fourth-inning single.
1958 The Tigers name Bill Norman, their field boss of Charleston in the American Association, as the team's manager, replacing Jack Tighe, who compiled a 99-104 record during his two seasons in Detroit. The second division club will finish in fifth place, posting a 56-49 record for the rest of the season, under the tutelage of their new skipper.
1967 Braves' outfielder Hank Aaron hits an inside-the-park homer off Phillie hurler Jim Bunning. It will be 'Hammerin' Hank's' only home run which doesn't clear the fence out of his record-setting 755 round-trippers.
1968 Denny McLain wins his fifth consecutive start, all complete games, going the distance in the Tigers' 12-1 rout of the Senators at D.C. Stadium. With the victory, Detroit takes possession of first place, a position the eventual world champs will maintain for the remainder of the season.
1970 Hoyt Wilhelm becomes the first major league pitcher to appear in 1000 games. The 47 year-old Braves' knuckleballer will end his 21-year career in 1972 with 1070 appearances.

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1981 Expos' hurler Charlie Lea no-hits the Giants, 4-0, becoming the first French-born pitcher to accomplish the feat. The 24 year-old right-hander was born in Orleans, France.

1993 Marlins right-hander Ryan Bowen hurls the first complete game in franchise history. The 25 year-old gives a lone run on three hits but loses the Shea Stadium contest, 1-0, to the Mets' Bret Saberhagen, who also goes the distance.
1999 Pete Rose, banned from all aspects of the game by Commissioner Giamatti in 1989, appears as a special instructor for the newly created Sacramento Steelheads. The team plays in the Western Baseball League, which is independent, and therefore not governed by major league baseball.
1999 In a 12-4 rout of the Mariners, Nomar Garciaparra hits two grand slams in the same game and adds a two-run homer as well. The Red Sox shortstop becomes the first American League player to drive in 10 runs in a game since 1975.
2001 A MRI reveals White Sox first baseman and two-time Most Valuable Player Frank Thomas has a right tricep tear, which will require surgery. The injury, caused by diving for a ground ball, will keep the 'Big Hurt' out of action for the rest of the season.
2005 Tony Pena, the 2003 American League Manager of the Year, resigns when the Royals get off to a slow. Bob Schaeffer, the team's bench coach, will try to improve the worst record in the big leagues (8-25) when he becomes Kansas City's skipper on an interim basis.
2006 At Safeco Field, the Devil Rays beat the Mariners, 1-0, with the lone run crossing the plate as the result of a fifth-inning balk committed by Jamie Moyer. The Seattle southpaw's body sways when he tries to adjust his grip on the ball without removing his foot from the rubber, allowing Toby Hall to cross the plate on the miscue.
2008 With the Padres' 3-2 victory over the Rockies at Petco Park, Greg Maddux, on his fifth attempt, wins the 350th game of his career. The 42 year-old right-hander gives up three hits in six innings to become the ninth pitcher in major league history to reach the milestone, and only the third hurler, along with Warren Spahn and Roger Clemens, to accomplish the feat since 1928.
2010 The Tigers, to honor the request of the late Ernie Harwell, ask Jose Feliciano to return to Detroit to perform the national anthem, 42 years after many fans were upset by his original rendition at Tiger Stadium. The Puerto Rico-born guitarist, who had been asked by the legendary broadcaster to perform during the pregame ceremony in 1968 before Game 5 of the Fall Classic, delivered a guitar-based, bluesy interpretation of the national anthem that became very controversial.
2011 Bill Gallo, the creator of colorful characters such as General Von Steingrabber, a caricature of the late George Steinbrenner, and Basement Bertha, who radiated good-humored optimism for the fans of the fledgling Mets, dies from complications of pneumonia at the age of 88. The cartoonist's last drawing, which was published in mid-April in the Daily News, his employer for seven decades, featured Bertha window shopping with the hope of being invited to the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine.
2012 At Camden Yards, the Orioles start the game with back-to-back-to-back home runs when Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy, and Nick Markakis give the team a 3-0 lead on the first eight pitches thrown by Rangers starter Colby Lewis. The Birds' trio of round-trippers to lead off the first inning marks the fourth time in major league history the feat has been accomplished, but it is the first occurrence in the American League.
2013 Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb strikes out 13 San Diego hitters, but doesn't make it out of the fourth inning in the Rays' 6-3 victory at the Trop. The right-hander records 12 of his 14 outs with K's, including four in the third frame, when a wild pitch on strike three allows the batter to reach first.
2015 On Mother's Day, 29 year-old Felix Hernandez becomes the fourth youngest player to strike out 2,000 batters when he whiffs A's outfielder Sam Fuld in the Mariners' 4-3 victory at Safeco Field. Only Walter Johnson, Bert Blyleven, and Sam McDowell have accomplished the feat at a younger age than the Seattle right-hander known as King Felix.

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