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 will also 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In a nationally televised game, Denny McLain becomes a thirty-game winner when the 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Notching his last major league victory (62-63), Jim Bouton wins a major league game for the 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.
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 San Francisco a 7-6 walk-off victory over the Atlanta at Candlestick Park.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 being cancelled, shortening both the 1994 and 1995 seasons.
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.
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.
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.
The Braves clinch their seventh straight division title, taking the NL East crown with a 4-2 victory over Philadelphia at Turner Field. Only seven professional sport franchises have finished first during the regular season at least seven times in a row.
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 games.
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.
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.
The Devil Rays, playing the 148th game on the schedule, 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 in 1979.
Vladimir Guerrero, homering in his final at-bat, hits for 'Le Carrousel' at Montreal's Olympic Stadium. The Expos right fielder, facing the Mets southpaw Tom Glavine, doubled (2nd), singled (3rd), tripled (5th), and then completed the sixth cycle in team history by going deep off Dan Wheeler (7th).
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.
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.
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.
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 basepaths by pinch runner Alejandro Machad to finish the trip around the diamond in Boston's 5-3 win over Toronto at the Skydome.
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.
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.
Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, with his eighth-inning thievery in a 7-4 loss to the Braves at Shea Stadium, 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.
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.
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.
After missing 50 contests for a PED infraction in April 2008 while playing for the Giants, Eliezer Alfonzo becomes the first player to be suspended twice under the MLB drug program. The Colorado catcher will appeal the 100-game suspension, having the ban overturned for procedural reasons when his urine sample is not handled in the manner outlined in baseball's agreement with the players.
With Cub runners on first and second in the fourth inning of the team's 7-3 victory over Chicago, the Pirates turn an 5-4-3 around-the-horn triple play when third baseman Josh Harrison fields Matt Szczur’s hard grounder, stepping on the bag to force Chris Valaika before firing the ball to second to Neil Walker to retire Mike Ott. The second baseman's relay to first sacker Andrew Lambo completes the first triple killing in the 14-year history of PNC Park.
Jonathan Papelbon is ejected for grabbing his crotch, responding to the boos from the Citizens Bank Park crowd after he gives up four runs in the ninth inning of Phillies' 5-4 loss to Miami. The Philadelphia closer, who will apologize while insisting he wasn't making a vulgar motion toward fans, will be suspended for seven games and fined by Major League Baseball for making a lewd gesture and for bumping Joe West, the ump who will also receive a one-day suspension for pulling on the reliever's jersey after he threw the player out of the game.