Entering the bottom of the eighth inning trailing the Indians, 15-4, the A's cross the plate 13 times in the frame. Philadelphia will hold on to the lead in the top of the ninth to defeat Cleveland in an amazing 17-15 come-from-behind victory at Shibe Park.
In the first night game played in New York City, Johnny Vander Meer pitches his second consecutive no-hitter, beating the Dodgers at Brooklyn's Ebbets Field, 6-0. Four days ago, the Reds' southpaw held the Braves hitless in a 3-0 victory at Crosley Field.
In the Giants' 12-1 rout of the Pirates at the Polo Grounds, Harry Danning hits for the cycle, becoming the last player to have an inside-the-park as part of this rare feat. The Giant catcher is able to circle the bases when the 460-foot fly ball gets stuck behind the Eddie Grant Memorial and Pittsburgh center fielder Vince DiMaggio cannot free it in time.
The Tigers play their first home game under the lights, defeating the Philadelphia A's, 4-1. Actually, 52 years earlier the club played a night game, but the results never made it into the books as an official game.
Shortly after 1a.m., Ruth Ann Steinhagen shoots Eddie Waitkus in the chest with a rifle at Chicago's Edgewater Beach Hotel, after luring him to her room with an urgent note delivered by the bellhop. The obsessed fan, who had become infatuated with the first baseman when he played with the Cubs, apparently is upset and agitated because the All-Star infielder was traded to the Phillies
The Cubs trade Andy Pfako along with Johnny Schmitz, Wayne Terwilliger, and Rube Walker to the Dodgers for Bruce Edwards, Joe Hatten, Eddie Miksis, and Gene Hermanski. The deal, which prevents the coveted 'Handy Andy' from going to the rival Giants, is the first of many to be made by Buzzy Bavasi, Brooklyn’s new general manager.
Trailing 11-0 after three innings, the Cardinals overcome the double-digit deficit to defeat the Giants at the Polo Grounds, 14-12. The Redbirds score seven runs in the top of the fifth and another seven in the last three frames of the game to accomplish the biggest rally in National League history.
After striking out against the Amarillo Gold Sox, 22 year-old Albuquerque Dukes outfielder Larry Segovia kicks a water fountain in the dugout, breaking a pipe that creates a 50-foot high cascade of water which soaks his teammates and nearby fans. The West Texas-New Mexico League contest will be delayed as the grounds crew shuts off the water, repairs the damages, and removes the puddles from the playing field.
Red Schoendienst, who was unexpectedly traded to the Giants last season by Cardinals GM Frank Lane, is dealt a year and a day later by New York to Milwaukee for Ray Crone, Danny O'Connell, and Bobby Thomson. The nine-time All-Star, who hit .301 during his two partial seasons in the Big Apple, will play a key role in the Braves' World Championship, leading the league with 200 hits and finishing third in the NL MVP balloting.
Identical twins are split up by the Pirates when Eddie O'Brien stays with Pittsburgh, but his brother Johnny, along with third baseman Gene Freese, is traded to the Cardinals for infielder Dick Schofield. Eddie, who appeared in April for the Bucs as a defensive replacement, will finish his tenure with the team that signed him a baby bonus in 1953 without playing another game this season.
In a move that is perceived to be a prelude to a second deal with the Yankees, the A's trade Woodie Held and Vic Power to the Indians for southpaw Dick Tomanek, utility player Preston Ward, and right fielder Roger Maris. Owner Arnold Johnson, already under pressure for allowing Kansas City to become a farm club for the Bronx Bombers, is warned by American League president Will Harridge not to send the outfield slugger to New York for at least 18 months.
At Candlestick Park, Juan Marichal no-hits Houston, 1-0, to become the first Giants hurler in 34 years, and the first since the franchise moved to San Francisco, to accomplish the feat. The 25 year-old Dominican native outduels Colt .45's right-hander Dick Drott, who tosses a complete game three-hitter, yielding the game's only run in the eighth inning, giving up doubles to Chuck Hiller and Jimmy Davenport. (Our thanks to Richard J. Drake, who attended the game as a nine year-old with his grandfather, for reminding us about this outstanding achievement).
In a six-player transaction that also includes Jack Spring, Paul Toth, Doug Clemens, and Bobby Shantz, Chicago trades a little-known outfielder named Lou Brock, who will become a fixture with the Redbirds for the next fifteen years, amassing 3,023 career hits, to St. Louis for right-hander Ernie Broglio. The deal, thought at the time to be a steal for the Cubs, will become infamous when the former 20-game winner pitches poorly for his new team, posting a 7-19 record during his brief two and half seasons with the team, and the 24 year-old they gave up enjoys a Hall of Fame career.
At Tiger Stadium, Denny McLain enters the game in the first inning in relief and strikes out the first seven batters he faces to set a major league record. The Detroit right-hander will whiff 14 batters during his 6.2 innings as a reliever in the team's 6-5 victory over Boston.
The Phillies fire manager Gene Mauch and replace him with Bob Skinner, skipper of the team's farm club in San Diego. 'The Little General', who is best remembered for being at the helm during the club's infamous collapse in 1964, compiled a 646-684 (.486) record during his 8+year tenure with Philadelphia.
En route to setting the National League record of playing in 1,117 consecutive games, Billy Williams, after fouling a pitch off his foot in yesterday's contest, hobbles to the plate as a pinch hitter in the Cubs' 7-6 loss to Cincinnati at Crosley Field. It is the first time "Sweet Swingin' Billy" has not been in the starting lineup during the 878 games of the streak.
Massive flooding in the Houston metropolitan area prevents the umpiring crew from reaching the Astrodome and causes the first 'rain out' in the history of the enclosed ballpark. After the game is called off, the Pirates and Astros players, who had arrived early for practice, shared their clubhouse meal on the field with the few die-hard fans who braved the elements hoping to see a game.
In a ten-player trade between the Orioles and Yankees, both teams exchange four pitchers and a catcher. Baltimore sends moundsmen Ken Holtzman, Doyle Alexander, Jimmy Freeman, and Grant Jackson along with backstop Elrod Hendricks to New York for hurlers Tippy Martinez, Rudy May, Scott McGregor, and Dave Pagan, and catcher Rick Dempsey.
The Mets trade the 'Franchise', Tom Seaver, to the Reds for pitcher Pat Zachary, second baseman Doug Flynn, and minor leaguers Steve Henderson and Dan Norman. Dave Kingman is also traded by New York to the Angels for Bobby Valentine and a minor league player.
Pitching one scoreless inning to protect a 1-0 lead, Red Sox reliever Jeff Reardon breaks Rollie Fingers' career save mark of 341.
The Cardinals trade former MVP Keith Hernandez to the Mets for a pair of right-handed hurlers, Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey. The righties will compile a 21-22 record for the Redbirds, and the Gold Glove first baseman will spend seven seasons in New York, batting .297, playing an instrumental role in the club's World Championship in 1986.
The NY-Penn Minor League Erie Sailors beat the Jamestown Expos in 13 innings at College Stadium, 6-5, marking the first ever game played by a team representing the National League's new expansion team, the Florida Marlins. The first pitch of the franchise is thrown by John Lynch, who will leave baseball to eventually become a safety for the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos.
In the first inning of their 6-2 victory over the Braves, the Dodgers turn their first triple play in forty-seven years. After making a running, back-to-the-plate grab of Chipper Jones's popup to short left with runners on first and second, Juan Castro throws to second baseman Delino Deshields to double up Marquis Grissom, then the ball is relayed to first baseman Eric Karos to get Mark Lemke, who was also running on the pitch.
Brewers' pitcher Jim Abbott, born without a right hand, gets his first hit in his 11-year career. The southpaw previously played for the Angels and the Yankees in the American League and didn't bat due to the designated hitter rule.
Orioles' first baseman Will Clark gets his 2,000th career hit in the 10-inning victory over the Royals, 6-5. The 'Thrill' will end his 15-year big league career next season with 2,176 hits.
Blue Jay rookie Reed Johnson becomes the fourth major leaguer to end a game with a walk off homer after having hit a round-tripper to start the contest for his team. The 26 year-old right-fielder drilled Shawn Estes' 3-2 pitch over the left-centerfield fence leading off in the bottom of the first frame, and then ended the 4-4 stalemate with a tenth-inning solo shot off Cubs' reliever Mark Guthrie.
Joining Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor George Pataki, and team officials, George Steinbrenner announces plans for a new ballpark in the Bronx. The Yankee-financed $800 million facility, which will be built north of the current stadium in Macombs Dam Park, will seat at least 51,800 and will mirror the ‘The House that Ruth Built’, including limestone walls and the familiar copper frieze.
Matt Dermody, a Norwalk (IA) High School senior, strikes out every South Tama High batter who steps to the plate in a game shortened to six-innings when the state’s mercy rule is invoked because his team is ahead by ten or more runs after five frames. The 6-foot-5 southpaw, recently drafted in the 26th round by the Pirates, will attend the University of Iowa, playing for the Hawkeyes, before signing with the Blue Jays in 2013.