Cleveland's one-arm pitcher Hugh Daily no-hits Philadelphia, 1-0. The fireballing Irish right-hander lost his left hand as a result of a gun accident earlier in his life.
Johnny Evers, acquired to replace second baseman Bobby Lowe, who broke his ankle, joins shortstop Joe Tinker and first baseman Frank Chance on the Chicago infield, marking the first time the three Cubs' infielders have played together. The legendary double play trio will be immortalized in Franklin Pierce Adams' baseball poem, "Baseball's Sad Lexicon," better known as "Tinker to Evers to Chance".
Tigers' outfielder Ty Cobb hits his ninth round-tripper, all inside-the park, to win the home run crown. The Georgia Peach will hit 117 round-trippers during his 24-year career, but this is the only season he will lead the league.
In the first game of a twin bill, Robins' (Dodgers) starter Dazzy Vance no-hits the Phillies at Ebbets Field, 10-1. The Brooklyn hurler had one-hit the team from the City of Brotherly Love five days earlier.
With their 100th victory of the year, the Yankees clinch the American league pennant as George Pipqras beat the Indians at Cleveland Stadium, 9-3. Yankee Joe McCarthy, who captured a flag with the 1929 Cubs, becomes the first manager to win pennants in both the American and National League.
White Sox veteran hurlers Sad Sam Jones (41) and Red Faber (44) are the starting pitchers in a doubleheader split with the A's at Philadelphia's Shibe Park. It will be another 53 seasons before another pair 40+ year-old teammates (Yankees Tommy John and Joe Niekro) start both ends of a twin bill.
Indians' teenage pitching phenom Bob Feller sets a new American League record by striking out 17 batters when he two-hits the A's at Shibe Park, 5-2. After the season, the 17 year-old will return to his Van Meter, Iowa home to graduate from high school.
Only 281 patrons are in attendance at Crosley Field to watch the hometown Reds beat New York, 3-2. The Thursday crowd will be the smallest gathering of fans during the 58-year history of the Cincinnati ballpark.
Taking advantage of the shallow position the left fielder is playing due to the Boudreau shift, Ted Williams hits his lone career inside-the-park home run, which proves to be the difference in the Red Sox' 1-0 victory over the Indians. The win clinches Boston's first American League pennant since 1918.
While batting, 32-year old Indian pitcher Don Black suffers a cerebral hemorrhage and is rushed to the hospital in critical condition. The hurler will survive, but his major league career is over.
For the second time in his career, Ralph Kiner hits four consecutive homers. After homering in his last two at-bat in the previous game (September 11) he goes deep in his first two at bats in today's contest.
Giants' pitcher Sal Maglie's consecutive scoreless inning streak ends at 45 when Pirates' outfielder Gus Bell hits a 257-foot pop fly which just clears the wall at the Polo Grounds.
At Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, the Cardinals split a three-team twin bill, beating the Giants 6-4 in a rescheduled afternoon game due to rain the day before, and then the Redbirds are blanked by the Braves in the regularly scheduled night game, 2-0. It is the first time since 1883 that a three-team twin bill has been played.
Bob Trice becomes the first black player to appear for the A's. The former Homestead Grays hurler will pitch in only three games for Philadelphia this season and 19 next year and a few more in 1956.
In the top of the fifth inning at Crosley Field, Danny Murphy hits a two-out, three-run home run in an 8-6 loss to the Reds. The 18-year old right-fielder becomes the youngest Cubs player ever to homer.
On Friday the 13th, hard luck hurler Roger Craig, en route to his 21st loss of the season, allows the lone run of the game to score after getting the first two outs in the ninth inning in the Mets' 1-0 loss to Houston at the Polo Grounds. The defeat marks the fifth time the New York right-hander has dropped a 1-0 decision this season.
The Cardinals become only the second team in major league history this century to score at least one run in every inning as they rout Chicago, 15-2. A dropped pop-up in the top of the ninth secures St. Louis' place in history.
At the Astrodome facing Don Nottebart, Giant outfielder Willie Mays becomes the fifth player in major league history to hit 500 career home runs. The 'Say Hey Kid' will hit a league-leading and career high 52 home runs en route to his second MVP season.
Jerry Koosman ties the National League rookie record when he hurls his seventh shutout of the season, blanking Pittsburgh on just three singles. The left-hander's 2-0 victory, the Mets' 67th win of the season - a franchise high, equals the mark shared by Irving Young (Braves, 1905) and Grover Cleveland Alexander (Phillies, 1911).
In a 6-4 defeat to the Reds, Bobby Bonds becomes the fourth player in major league history to steal at least 30 bases and hit at least thirty home runs in the same season. The other members of the 30/30 club include Ken Williams (1922-Browns), Willie Mays (1956 & 1957-Giants) and Hank Aaron (1963-Braves).
After connecting for #499 in Game 1 of a doubleheader, Frank Robinson of the Orioles joins the 500 home run club in the nightcap with a ninth-inning three-run homer off Fred Scherman of the Tigers.
At Tiger Stadium, the visiting Yankees defeat Detroit, 7-3, to take sole possession of first place for the first time this season. On July 19, the Bronx Bombers trailed the Red Sox by 14 games in the American East Division.
In addition to throwing a complete-game shutout to beat St. Louis, 2-0, for his 20th victory of the season, Phillies' southpaw Steve Carlton also goes deep in the fifth inning of the Veterans Stadium contest. It's the fourth time 'Lefty' has blanked his opponents and homered in the same game, becoming the first pitcher to have accomplished the feat in three different decades.
Mike Fitzgerald becomes the 48th major leaguer to hit a home run in his first big league at bat. The Mets rookie backstop's second-inning homer of Tony Ghelfi contributes to a 5-1 victory over Philadelphia at Veterans Stadium.
Recording his 39th save, Royals’ closer Dan Quisenberry breaks John Hiller’s single-season record. The submariner gets the last two outs in a 4-3 victory over the Angels.
In a 14-1 trouncing of the Twins at the Metrodome, the Rangers hit a team record seven home runs, including blasts from Darrell Porter (2), Ruben Sierra (2), Steve Buechele, Pete O'Brien, and Pete Incaviglia. Minnesota's starter Bert Blyleven is tagged for five of the round-trippers, which raises his gopher ball total to 44 this season, establishing a new American League record.
Fay Vincent becomes baseball's eighth commissioner when he succeeds the late Bart Giamatti.
Earning his 162nd win since the start of the 1980 season, Jack Morris beats the Tribe at Cleveland Stadium, 3-1. During the eighties, the Tiger right-hander compiles the most victories (162-119) during the decade, but will never finish higher than third place in the Cy Young Award balloting during the ten-year span.
Appearing in the same game for the 1,915th time, Tiger second baseman Lou Whitaker and shortstop Alan Trammell set an American League record for joint appearances. The Detroit middle infielders surpass the mark established in 1990 by Royals' teammates George Brett and Frank White.
By hitting his 30th home run Dante Bichette joins his teammate Ellis Burks as a member of the 30/30 club. The Rockies join the 1987 New York Mets as the only teams in history to have two 30-30 players (Howard Johnson and Darryl Strawberry) during the same season.
Alex Rodriguez became the first player in Mariners history to collect 200 hits in a season. The 20 year-old Seattle shortstop, who gets an RBI single off Minnesota's Travis Miller in the first inning to reach the milestone, will finish the season with 215 hits and a Major League leading .358 batting average.
Sammy Sosa eclipses a National League record for the most home runs hit at one park by one player set by Ted Kluszewski when he hits his 35th Wrigley Field round-tripper, surpassing the former Reds first baseman's total at Crosley Field in 1954. The Cubs right fielder's 62nd of the season ties Mark McGwire for the league's lead in their historic home run race.
Sammy Sosa's ninth-inning homer in the bottom of the ninth off Eric Plunk helps to tie the game at 10 runs apiece in the Cubs' eventual 11-10 extra-inning victory over Milwaukee at Wrigley Field. The round-tripper, his second of the contest, is the Chicago right fielder's 62nd of the season, to pass Roger Maris's single season mark and tying him with Mark McGwire for the league's lead.
Due to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Major League Baseball postpones all games through September 17. The 91 missed games, the most regular-season contests not played since World War I forced the cancellation of the final month of the 1918 season, have been re-scheduled for the week after the regular season ends, meaning the World Series is likely to extend into November for the first time in history.
Oriole infielder Mike Bordick establishes a new American League record, playing his 96th consecutive errorless game at shortstop. The mark was held by former teammate Cal Ripken.
The U.S. Senate passes a resolution honoring Tiger broadcaster Ernie Harwell, who is retiring at end of the season. The 84-year-old has been a major league baseball announcer for 55 years.
After signing a one-day contract, Ken Daneyko grounds out to short in his professional baseball debut with the Newark Bears. The former New Jersey Devils defenseman, who was honored by the team before the game, plays DH against the Pennsylvania Road Warriors in a game started in a driving rainstorm and called immediately after his at bat.
At Oakland’s Network Associates Coliseum, a female fan suffers a broken nose, facial lacerations and a possible concussion as she is hit with a plastic chair thrown by Ranger reliever Frank Francisco. The altercation between fans and the several Rangers players, which takes place in the field box seats between the Texas dugout and bullpen, occurs with two outs in the ninth inning after Texas' Alfonso Soriano’s second homer of the game ties the game 5-5.
During the six-run second inning uprising by San Diego, each Dodger outfielder commits an error. The fielding of Ricky Ledee (lf), Jose Cruz Jr. (rf) and Jayson Werth (cf) contributes to the 6-4 loss to the first place Padres.
With a single in the first inning, a double in the second, and triple in the fourth, Gary Matthews blasts a homer in the sixth to complete the cycle in order in his first four at bats. The Texas center fielder, son of a former major leaguer, is only the third Ranger player to hit for the cycle, with Oddibe McDowell (1985) and Mark Teixeira (2004) being the others.
In the Padres' 10-0 rout of Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park, Mike Piazza hits his last home run as a catcher to extend his record to 396, the most ever hit by a major league backstop. The 37 year-old receiver surpassed Carlton Fisk in 2004 to establish the major league mark with his 352nd round-tripper while playing behind the plate for the Mets.
After 13 years on the job, Terry Ryan announces his resignation as Twins general manager will be effective at the end of the month. The 53-year-old, who will serve as the team's senior advisor to the GM, saw his team win the AL Central last season for the fourth time since 2001.
Striking out Raul Ibanez on a 3-2 changeup in the Angels' 5-2 victory over the Mariners, closer Francisco Rodriguez earns his 58th save to break the single-season record. K-Rod surpasses the mark established by Bobby Thigpen playing with the White Sox in 1990.
The Marlins become only the second major league team to have three infielders hit 30 home runs in the same season when Hanley Ramirez goes deep in Florida's 4-2 victory over the Nationals at Dolphin Stadium. The Florida shortstop joins teammates first baseman Mike Jacobs and second baseman Dan Uggla to match the feat accomplished in 2001 by A's infielders, Jason Giambi, Eric Chavez, and Miguel Tejada.
Ichiro Suzuki becomes the first player in major league history to collect 200 hits in nine consecutive seasons when he beats out an infield single in the Mariners' 5-0 nightcap victory over Texas at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The right-fielder had been tied with Wee Willie Keeler, who had eight straight years with 200 or more hits playing for the National League franchises in Baltimore and Brooklyn from 1894-1901.
After getting the first two outs on strikeouts, Mariano Rivera records his 600th career save when catcher Russell Martin throws out Ichiro Suzuki trying to steal second base for the final out of the game. The 41 year-old Yankee closer is one save shy of tying Trevor Hoffman's major league career record.
In a much anticipated start, Atlanta rookie David Hale sets a franchise record with nine strikeouts in his major league debut, but does not collect the victory when San Diego stages a late rally off the bullpen to overcome a three-run deficit to beat the Braves at Turner Field, 4-3. The 25 year-old right-hander from Marietta, GA surpasses the previous mark of eight shared by Bob Dresser (1902) and Kenshin Kawakami (2009).
Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte, with two out in the ninth inning, emerge from the dugout to take out legendary closer Mariano Rivera, giving the sold-out crowd at Yankee Stadium one last chance to cheer their beloved reliever. The unexpected visit to the mound, the brainchild of manager Joe Girardi, who asked permission from the umpires to implement the unorthodox move, triggers an emotional encounter between the remaining Core Four teammates that renders Mo speechless as he weeps from the adulation of his friends and fans.