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1903 In an afternoon game called because of unusual darkness, Giants' pitcher Red Ames, making his major league debut, tosses a five-inning no-hitter against the Cardinals. The New York right-hander, who also will no-hit the Superbas on Opening Day in 1909 before yielding a single with one out in the tenth, will have both of his no-hit bids discounted after the 1991 change of rules no longer gives credit for no-hit performances in games played for less than nine innings or for contests where the first hit is given up in extra innings.
1913 Despite giving up fourteen hits, Cubs' pitcher Larry Cheney blanks the Giants, 7-0. It is the first time a team has been shut out after collecting that many hits.
1923 Red Sox first baseman George Burns completes an unassisted triple play against the Indians as he gathers in Frank Brower's line drive, tags Rube Lutzke coming from first, and beats Riggs Stephenson back to second.
1941 With his 6-5 victory over New York at Sportsman's Park, Cardinals right-hander Howie Krist finishes the season, 10-0. Spud's perfect season establishes a National League record for the most wins in a season by a pitcher without a defeat.
1942 The Yankees win their 13th American League pennant when they beat Cleveland at League Park, 8-3. The Bronx Bombers will finish the season 103-51, nine games ahead of Boston, but will lose the World Series to the Cardinals in five games.
1951 In a 9-6 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, rookie Bob Nieman hits consecutive dingers off Mickey McDermott, becoming the first player to hit home runs in his first two career at bats in the majors. In his third trip to the plate, the St. Louis Browns' freshman beats out a bunt for a base hit.
1951 Preacher Roe wins his 20th game of the season when the Dodgers beat the Pirates at Forbes Field‚ 3-1. The 36-year old southpaw will finish the season with a 22-3 record.
1954 In the Giants' 1-0 victory over the Redbirds, Willie Mays strokes a first-inning double and scores the game's lone run. The two-bagger is the 'Say Hey Kid's' 82nd extra-base hit of the season, breaking the team record established by Mel Ott.
1955 In a 3-2 victory over the Senators, Indians fireballer Herb Score establishes a new rookie record for strikeouts in a season, surpassing Grover Cleveland Alexander's mark of 227 strikeouts set in 1911. The American League Rookie of the Year will finish the campaign with 245 punch outs, a total which will not be topped until 1984 when Mets right-hander Dwight Gooden strikes out 251 batters.
1968 Denny McLain becomes a thirty-game winner when Tigers rally for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Oakland 5-4. The Detroit right-hander, who will finish the season 31-6, is the first hurler to accomplish the feat since Dizzy Dean reached the milestone in 1934.
1969 With more than two weeks left in the season, the Orioles clinch the first-ever American League East title when they beat Cleveland at Memorial Stadium, 7-3. The heavily-favored Birds will sweep Minnesota, the AL West Champs, to capture a pennant, but will lose the World Series in five games to New York.
1974 The Nettles for the second time in their careers both hit home runs in the same game when Graig goes yard in the first frame with Tiger southpaw Mickey Lolich on the mound, and his brother Jim takes Yankee right-hander Pat Dobson deep in the second inning of New York's 10-7 victory in Detroit. In 1972, the siblings also hit round-trippers as opponents in the same contest, but playing with different teams.
1975 Mel Ott's forty-seven year old record is broken when Brewers shortstop Robin Yount plays his 242nd major league game as a teenager. The youthful infielder was 18 years, 2 months and six days old when made his debut with Milwaukee in 1973.
1976 At Memorial Stadium, Dennis Martínez makes his major league debut pitching 5.2 innings of shutout baseball in relief to get the win in the Orioles' 9-7 victory over the Tigers. The Granada native, who will win 245 games, is the first person from Nicaragua to appear in a major league game.
1978 Notching his last major league victory (62-63), Jim Bouton wins a major league game for first time since 1970. The 39-year old 'Bulldog' limits San Francisco to three hits in six innings of work in the Braves' 4-0 victory.
1986 Bob Brenly, usually a catcher, ties a major league record by making four errors in one inning playing third base. The Giants infielder makes amends by hitting two homers, including the ninth inning game-winner that gives the team San Francisco a 7-6 walk off victory over the Atlanta at Candlestick Park.
1986 At Royals Stadium, Kansas City rookie outfielder Bo Jackson hits his first major league home run. The 475-foot blast hit by the NFL running back is the longest homer ever hit in the ballpark.
1987 In an 18-3 Toronto blowout, which features the visitors hitting a major league record ten home runs, Orioles' manager Cal Ripken Sr. puts Ron Washington at shortstop, ending his son's record streak at 8,243 consecutive-innings, a span of 904 games.
1987 The Blue Jays blast a major league record of ten home runs in an 18-3 rout of the Orioles at Exhibition Stadium. Ernie Whitt goes deep three times‚ Rance Mulliniks and George Bell each hit a pair and Lloyd Moseby‚ Rob Ducey‚ and Fred McGriff each go deep once, with Baltimore's Mike Hart adding one to tie the two-team major league mark of 11.
1987 In the seventh inning of an 18-3 rout of the Orioles at Exhibition Stadium, Kelly Gruber, appearing as a pinch-hitter, makes all three outs by hitting into a double play and then finishing the seven-run frame with a strikeout. In between his at-bats, there are five singles and two home runs.
1988 In his first start against his former club, Mike Boddicker beats the Orioles, 4-1, with Red Sox outfielder Mike Greenwell hitting for the cycle. Last month, Baltimore traded the popular right-hander, who had spent nine years with the club, to Boston in return for Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling.
1990 Mariner Ken Griffey and his son, Junior, become the first father and son to hit homers in the same major league game. The back-to-back blasts are given up by Angel hurler Kirk McCaskill.
1991 Baltimore's Juan Bell's tenth inning at-bat against Eric Bell is not a ringing success when he flies out to Albert Belle in left field. The Orioles drop the Memorial Stadium contest to the clangorous Cleveland club in 11 innings, 6-5.
1993 Mike Piazza sets the major league record for home runs by a rookie catcher when he hits his 29th round-tripper, a first-inning two-run shot off San Diego's Doug Brocail over the center field fence at Jack Murphy Stadium. The National League's eventual Rookie of the Year, who will finish the season with 35, breaks the mark set by Matt Nokes, who was a freshman backstop for the Tigers in 1987.
1994 Due to the strike, 26 of the 28 MLB team owners vote to cancel the remainder of the season, making baseball the first major professional sport to lose an entire postseason due to a labor strife. The 232-day work stoppage will result in 948 games were cancelled, shortening both the 1994 and 1995 seasons.
1996 Todd Hundley passes Roy Campanella as the all-time leader for homers by a catcher. His homer helps the Mets come back from a five-run deficit and eventually beat the Braves, 6-5.
1996 Mark McGwire hits his 50th home run off Cleveland hurler Chad Ogea, becoming the 13th player in major league history to reach that plateau. The A's first baseman gives the milestone ball to his eight-year-old son, Matthew.
1998 At Kauffman Stadium, the Royals become the fifth team in baseball history to score in every inning. The eight innings of consistency lead to a 16-6 win over the A's.

1999 With a 12-2 pounding of the Phillies at the Astrodome, Houston establishes a club record with a twelve-game winning streak. The Astros' victory also extends Philadelphia's losing streak to 11 consecutive losses.
2002 Barry Bonds ties Hank Aaron for the most 100-RBI seasons by a National League player as he drives in his 100th run of the season for the 11th time in his career. The major league record is 13, shared by Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, and Babe Ruth.
2002 Chin-Feng Chen becomes the first Taiwan-born player to appear in the major leagues as he walks and scores as a pinch-hitter for the Dodgers against the Rockies. The 24-year-old first baseman-outfielder played for the 1990 Taiwan team which won the Little League World Series.
2002 Playing the 148th game on the schedule, the Devil Rays suffer their 100th defeat, losing to the Blue Jays at the SkyDome, 8-4. Tampa Bay (48-100) becomes the first team to lose 100 games in consecutive seasons since Toronto accomplished the dubious mark for three straight years starting 1979.
2003 Homering in his final at-bat, Vladimir Guerrero hits for 'Le Carrousel' at Montreal's Olympic Stadium. Facing Mets' southpaw Tom Glavine, the Expos' right fielder doubled (2nd), singled (3rd) and hit a triple (5th) and completed the sixth cycle in team history going deep off Dan Wheeler (7th).
2003 Dropping a 7-2 decision to Kansas City at Comerica Park, the Tigers become the first team in 34 years to lose 110 games in a season. The defeat sets a dubious franchise mark for losses in a year, surpassing the 1996 Detroit squad that finished the season with a 53-109 record.
2005 Braves’ center fielder Andruw Jones hits his 50th home run in the eighth inning of a 12-4 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Curacao native is the first major leaguer to reach the plateau since Alex Rodriguez hit 57 homers playing shortstop for the Rangers in 2002.
2005 As a tribute to his mother, Roger Clemens pitches on the day his mom Bess passes away. The 'Rocket' gets the win as the Astros beat the Marlins, 10-2, the score his Mom predicted when she told him she wanted him to start that night.
2005 On his way to home plate to score ahead of Tony Graffanino, who homered over the left-field wall, Gabe Kapler ruptures his Achilles tendon while rounding second base, and he cannot continue around the bases. After a delay of five-minutes, the Red Sox outfielder is carried off the field and is replaced in the base paths by pinch runner Alejandro Machad to finish the trip around the diamond in Boston's 5-3 win over Toronto at the Skydome.
2007 Ten-year-old Bosox fan Griffin Whitman is disappointed when Yankees outfielder Shelley Duncan, when asked for an autograph, writes in the boy's spiral-bound notebook, "RED SOX SUCK!" before signing his name. The 27-year-old flychaser, whose dad is the respected pitching coach of the Cardinals, is surprised by the negative reaction of the family.
2008 Carlos Zambrano becomes the first Cubs pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Milt Pappas accomplished the feat against the Padres in 1972. The Chicago right-hander’s 5-0 hitless gem comes at the expense of the the displaced Astros, who are playing a relocated ‘home game’ in Milwaukee’s Miller Park as a result of Hurricane Ike.
2008 With his 8th inning thievery in a 7-4 loss to the Braves at Shea Stadium, Mets' shortstop Jose Reyes becomes the first player to have four straight seasons of 50 or more stolen bases playing for a New York area team, which also includes Yankees, Dodgers, and Giants. The accomplishment extends the infielder's own record as he is also the only Gotham major leaguer to achieve the feat for three consecutive years.
2011 With their 3-2 loss to St. Louis, the Pirates extend their record streak of consecutive losing seasons to 19 straight years, the longest in American professional sports history. The Bucs, who led the NL Central by a half-game on July 20, have lost 38 of 54 contests since then, leaving the team with a 67-82 won-loss record.
2011 Braves' fireballer Brandon Beachy establishes the modern franchise record for strikeouts in a season by a rookie pitcher when he whiffs eight batters in 4.1 innings, bringing his to total to 160. Irv Young struck out 156 in 1905 when the team played in Boston and were known as the Beaneaters.

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