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1884 In a National League contest played at the South End Grounds, Umpire Van Cort infuriates the visiting Detroit Wolverines when he calls their batter out when it is blatantly obvious that Mike Hines, the Beaneater's backstop, clearly did not catch the foul tip. The disputed strike three is stuck in the Boston catcher's mask.
1910 Issuing just one walk which spoils his bid for a perfect game, A's right-hander Chief Bender, who is part Chippewa, throws a 4-0 no-hitter at Shibe Park against the Cleveland Naps (Indians). The home plate umpire is Bill Dinneen, who tossed a no-hit game against the White Sox playing with the Pilgrims (Red Sox) in 1905, making him the only person in big league history to both throw a no-hitter and call one as an umpire.
1915 White Sox hurler Red Faber hurls only 67 pitches in his complete-game 4-1 victory over the Senators. The future Hall of Fame right-hander's low-pitch count is assisted when he needs to throw only three pitches to retire the side in both the third and fifth innings.
1937 At the Baker Bowl Ducky Medwick hits two home runs and two doubles. The Cardinal outfielder's 12 total bases contribute to the Redbirds' 15-3 rout over the Phillies.
1941 After five undistinguished seasons of being called the Bees, the National League franchise in Boston is once again known as the Braves. New owners had hoped to change the team's image by renaming the franchise.
1950 Ted Williams apologizes to Red Sox fans for the 'insulting' gestures he made after being booed by the Fenway Faithful for allowing the eventual winning run to score on his second error of yesterday's game. In response to the patrons' vocal displeasure, the 'Splendid Splinter' had bowed three times to various sections of the Boston ballpark and made an obscene gesture with his finger.
1955 After walking the bases full in the bottom of the ninth, Cubs right-hander Sam 'Toothpick' Jones whiffs Dick Groat, Roberto Clemente and Frank Thomas to preserve his 4-0 no-hitter against the Pirates. Unfortunately only 2,918 fans are on hand at Wrigley Field to witness the first no-hitter ever thrown by a black player and the ninth rookie to throw a hitless game.
1956 Carl Erskine tosses his second career no-hitter when he holds the crosstown rival Giants hitless in the Dodgers' 3-0 victory at Ebbets Field. The right-handed 'Oisk' also threw a no-no against the Cubs in 1952.
1956 Don Ferrarese gets his first major league victory blanking the Bronx Bombers at Yankee Stadium, 1-0. The Orioles rookie southpaw loses a no-hitter when Andy Carey leads off the ninth inning with a single.
1958 In a 12-3 rout of their West Coast rival, Willie Mays homers twice against the Dodgers in the LA Memorial Coliseum contest. The 'Say Hey Kid's' second round-tripper, a fifth inning shot off Ed Roebuck, is the first grand slam ever hit by a San Francisco Giant.
1962 For a team which has lost 17 of their first 22 games, Craig Anderson, who will not win another major league game, dropping his next 19 decisions that includes 16 this season, gets the victory in both ends of a doubleheader when the Mets beat the Braves at the Polo Grounds, 3-2 and 8-7. The reliever's day of work will amount to 5% of the team's total victories for the season.
1966 The first game ever played at Busch Memorial Stadium is an extra inning affair. Lou Brock singles in the winning run in the 12th inning giving the Cardinals a 4-3 victory over the Braves.
1968 Luis Tiant improves his record to 5-2 when he tosses his fourth consecutive shutout blanking the Orioles in the first game of a twin bill at Memorial Stadium, 2-0. 'El Tiante', finishing the season with a 21-9 record, will post a league-leading 1.60 ERA in 34 appearances for the Tribe.
1968 The Mets play their 1000th game in franchise history, losing to Chicago at Wrigley Field in the first game of a doubleheader, 4-3. The Amazins have compiled a 332-664 record along with four games that ended in a tie during the span, but start their next millennium of match ups with a resounding 10-0 rout of the Cubs in the nightcap.
1970 At Wrigley Field only 5,264 fans see Ernie Banks hit his 500th career home run, but on hand to witness the historic home run is Frank Secory, one of the umpires of the 1953 contest in which Mr. Cub hit his first round-tripper. The second-inning line drive, hit off Braves' pitcher Pat Jarvis into the left-field bleachers, bounces back onto the field and is given to the Cub first baseman after the ball is retrieved by Atlanta outfielder, Rico Carty.
1971 Carl Taylor, after taking himself out of the game in the top of the seventh inning, goes into the clubhouse in Baltimore and sets fire to his baseball equipment and uniform in front of his locker. The 27-year old Royals' outfielder, who will be suspended for his actions, told manager Bob Lemon earlier to get a new left fielder because he was not helping the team or himself.
1972 In a contest that takes five hours and 47 minutes to complete, the Brewers beat the hometown Twins at Metropolitan Stadium, 4-3. Mike Ferraro singles off Burt Blyleven to plate Ron Theobald with the decisive run in the top of the 22nd inning.
1974 In a 4-3 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field, Bronx native Ed Kranepool collects his 1000th major league hit. The James Monroe High School graduate, who will play his entire 18-year career with the Mets, remains the all-time franchise leader with 1,418 hits.
1978 At Royals Stadium, a potential game-ending routine flyball to right center becomes an Amos Otis walk-off inside-the-park homer when Reggie Jackson and Mickey Rivers collide in the outfield. The misplay turns a sure Goose Gossage save into a devastating loss for the World Champions Bronx Bombers.
1979 Bill Murray, anchorman on Saturday Night Live Weekend Update reports 42-year-old Chico Escuela (a fictional baseball player portrayed by Garrett Morris) has informed the Mets that he is quitting baseball. Although baseball has been “berra berra good...” to him, a crushing blow off the bat of Dodger first baseman Steve Garvey into the Dominican’s infielder’s crotch ends an inspiring comeback.
1985 After a record 458 major league games are played at the start of a season before a contest is postponed due to inclement weather, the Brewers-Indians game is rained out in Cleveland.
1990 Blanking the Dodgers at Shea Stadium, 7-0, Frank Viola gets his seventh consecutive win from the start of the season. The Mets southpaw sets a franchise record of nine straight victories, dating back to the his past two decisions last season.
1997 In a Jet magazine article, Frank Thomas says his remarks were taken out of context and he was "hurt" and "embarrassed" by the portions of his ESPN interview that ABC's "Nightline" used in their segment about Jackie Robinson. The White Sox All-Star was shown saying that he rarely thinks about Robinson's efforts in breaking down baseball's color barrier.
1998 Mark Grace is the first player to have his home run ball land in the swimming pool which is located 415 feet from home plate just behind the right-center field fence of the new Bank One Ballpark. The Cubs' first baseman, who will become a fan favorite in Arizona after signing as a free agent with the club in 2000, will not accomplish the feat again during his three seasons of playing in the desert.
1998 The Padres' home game streak, which started in April of 1983 without a rainout ends in a scheduled contest against the team, the Mets, that is leading the major leagues with eight washouts already this season. A game in San Diego hadn't been rained out in the previous 15 years, covering a total of 1,184 games.
2000 Striking out 15 Orioles, Boston's Pedro Martinez ties an American League record set in 1968 by Indian hurler Luis Tiant for most strikeouts over two games, 32. The Red Sox fireballer had 17 strikeouts in his last start against the Devil Rays.
2001 Baseball is ordered by an arbitrator Alan Symonette to reinstate nine of the 22 'resigning' umpires released two years ago and must give them back pay for missed time. The order also states veteran umpires Frank Pulli and Terry Tata do not need to retire after the season as previously planned.
2001 Carlos Delgado surpasses Joe Carter to become the all-time Blue Jay career leader in round trippers. The first baseman hits his 204th home run in a Toronto uniform in a 7-2 loss to Seattle at the SkyDome.
2001 In a game in which every San Diego regular reaches base, A.J. Burnett no-hits the Padres, 3-0. Although no Friars reach base with a hit, San Diego has plenty of opportunities when the Marlins' right-handed rookie issues a record nine walks in hitless gem.
2004 As the Minute Maid Ballpark crowd responds with a standing ovation, former Iraqi hostage Thomas Hamill throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Astros' game against Miami. The 44-year old Houston-based Halliburton subsidiary KBR employee, who escaped after being wounded and captured when his convoy was attacked, throws a strike despite wearing a cast on his throwing arm.
2004 In one of the most remarkable at-bats in big league history, Alex Cora fouls off 14 consecutive pitches and then hits the 18th thrown to him by the Cubs’ Matt Clement over the right-field fence for a two-run home run which doubles LA's lead to 4-0. The Dodger Stadium crowd cheered each foul ball as the total started to be displayed on the scoreboard.
2007 Angels' right-hander Bartolo Colon wins his 12th straight decision against the Rangers as a starter to tie a major league mark. Pedro Martinez, who accomplished the feat facing Seattle from 1998-2004 pitching for the Red Sox, is the only other hurler to win a dozen consecutive starts against an opponent.
2008 In the nightcap of a twin bill against the Blue Jays, Asdrubal Cabrera completes the 14th unassisted triple play in major league history. The Indians second baseman catches Lyle Overbay’s line drive, then steps on second to force out Kevin Mench, and gets the third out tagging Marco Scutaro, the runner from first base.
2008 Buster Posey plays all nine positions for the Florida State Seminoles in a 10-0 victory over Savannah State. The future Giants' Rookie of the Year, starting the game at catcher, plays every infield position from the second to the fifth inning, moves to left field to begin the sixth before shifting to center with two outs, strikes out both hitters that he faces in the seventh before becoming the right-fielder for the final out of the frame.
2009 In a 5-3 victory over LA at Citizens Bank Park, Jayson Werth steals home to complete his journey around the bases that also included the swiping of second on and third base. In addition to becoming the first major leaguer to complete the stolen base cycle since Eric Young accomplished the feat in 1996 with Colorado, the Phillies' right-fielder ties a team record established by Sherry Magee (2, 1906) and Garry Maddox (1978).
2010 Major League Baseball announces the Phillies' scheduled visit to Canada to play Toronto will be switched to Philadelphia due to security concerns raised as a result of the G-20 Summit being held in the Canadian city. The visiting Blue Jays will be considered the home team, batting last, and the use of a designated hitter will be permitted in the Citizens Bank Park contests.
2013 The Cubs and Anthony Rizzo agree to a $41 million, seven-year contract in a deal that could reach of $68 million over nine seasons. In January of 2012, Chicago acquired the 23 year-old first baseman and right-handed starting pitcher Zach Cates from the Padres in exchange for right-handed starter Andrew Cashner and outfielder Kyung-Min Na.

37 Fact(s) Found