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1901 Christy Mathewson becomes the first rookie to throw a no-hitter in baseball history in the modern era. The 20-year old right-hander holds the Cardinals hitless in the Giants' 5-0 victory at Robison Field in St. Louis.
1939 National League president Ford Frick orders two-foot screens affixed inside all foul poles after Billy Jurges of the Giants and umpire George Magerkurth spit at each other after a foul ball call down the left field line is disputed at the Polo Grounds. The American League will soon follow the Senior Circuit lead and will also install foul ball screens.
1950 Citing the competition of television and radio, the Colonial League ceases its operation. The four-year old circuit of Class B clubs was established in 1947 and featured teams from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
1952 Trailing in their final turn at bat by six runs, Eddie Joost's walk-off grand slam off of Satchel Paige gives the A's a dramatic 7-6 victory over the Browns at Shibe Park. 'Old Satch', who yielded a game-ending bases full round-tripper to Sammy White two weeks ago at Fenway Park, becomes the first hurler in major league history to give up two walk-off grand slams in the same season.
1960 Home plate umpire Frank Dascoli stops play for 24 minutes when Willie McCovey hits a pitch into shallow left field that no one can see because of the dense fog. The Giants first baseman's second inning 'invisible triple' doesn't deter the Dodgers when they go on to win the Candlestick Park contest, 5-3.
1960 Brooks Robinson becomes the first Oriole to hit for the cycle when he strokes a two-run triple to center field off Turk Lown in the ninth inning. The third baseman's 5-for-5 performance contributes to Baltimore's 5-2 victory over Chicago at Comiskey Park.
1962 In the seventh inning of the nightcap of a twin bill split with the Pirates at Forbes Field, Cardinal left fielder Stan Musial establishes a new National League record with his 10,428th time at bat. 'Stan the Man' who will finish his 22-year career with 10,972 plate appearances, surpasses Honus Wagner's mark set in 1917. (Two more at-bats will be credited to the The Flying Dutchman upon further research)
1967 Cardinals' pitcher Bob Gibson's right fibula is fractured by a Roberto Clemente line drive during a 6-3 loss to the Pirates. The injury will sideline the Redbird right-hander until Labor Day, but he will recover well enough to allow only three earned runs in three complete World Series game victories over the Red Sox.
1969 Richard Nixon becomes the first president to witness a triple play. In a 7-3 Senator victory at RFK Stadium, the Tigers pull off the around-the-horn triple killing on an Ed Brinkman grounder in the bottom of the fifth inning.
1969 In the Braves' first game after the All-Star break, Hank Aaron goes deep off Clay Carroll in the fifth inning of the team's 9-8 comeback victory over Cincinnati at Crosley Field. The round-tripper, the 534th home run of his career, moves the 'Hammer' into fourth place on the all-time list, ahead of Jimmie Foxx and only two behind Mickey Mantle.
1973 Angels' hurler Nolan Ryan pitches his second no-hitter of the season defeating the Tigers, 6-0 in front of 41,411 fans in Detroit. Umpire Ron Luciano doesn't permit Norm Cash to use a piano leg instead of a bat in the ninth inning.
1980 Establishing a new mark for home runs by a catcher Johnny Bench of the Reds breaks Yogi Berra's record by hitting his 314th round tripper as a backstop. The future Hall of Famer has also hit 33 dingers while playing other positions.
1985 During the first day of the All-Star break before the Midsummer Classic to be played in Minneapolis, the Players’ Association sets an August 6 strike date. The union will keep their word, but the season will resume two days later.
1985 At the Metrodome in Minnesota, a new tradition is started the day before the All-Star game as an official format is used for its Home Run Derby. Although these types of hitting exhibitions have occurred in the past, it is the first time the contest is acknowledged by Major League Baseball.
1986 The 1986 All-Star Game, a 3-2 American League victory played in the Astrodome, is the last contest Dick Howser will manage in the major leagues. The Royals skipper, who has some some obvious mental lapses during the game, admits he felt ill and later will be diagnosed with a brain tumor.
1988 For the second time this season, Red Sox fireballer Roger Clemens strikes out sixteen Royals. The doubleheader sweep over Kansas City marks Joe Morgan's Boston managerial debut.
1990 In an 8-5 White Sox victory at Yankee Stadium, Bobby Thigpen becomes the quickest player to reach 30 saves in a season. The Chicago closer will establish a major league record this season saving 57 games for the South-siders.
1993 Cal Ripken, Jr. hits his 278th homer as a shortstop breaking Ernie Banks record for the most ever hit by a major leaguer playing that position. Both Hall of Famers will play different infield positions during their careers with 'Mr. Cub' going deep a total of 512 times for Chicago and the 'Iron Man' clearing the fences on 431 occasions for the Orioles.
1994 After being confiscated in the first inning of the Indians-White Sox contest at Comiskey Park, Albert Belle's bat, suspected of being corked, is placed in umpire Dave Phillips' locker for further examination. The attempt to take and replace the suspected bat by a bungling burglar, who gains access to the umpire's room by squirming through the stadium's overhead crawl space, a thievery Jason Grimsley will confess to five-years later, is immediately uncovered with the discovery of pieces of broken ceiling tile on the floor, and a new name on the 'clean' bat which now reads, Paul Sorrento.
1996 After making 2,216consecutive starts at shortstop, Oriole Cal Ripken returns to third base for the first time since June 30, 1982. The 2,216 straight starts is a major league record at any position.
1997 En route to a 16-2 rout of the Padres, the Giants set the NL record for the most runs in a seventh inning. Thirteen Giants cross the plate during the big inning at Qualcomm Stadium.
1999 For the first time in the franchise history, the Mariners play a home game outdoors. Under an open retactable roof, Seattle’s debut at the $517.6 million Safeco Field becomes forgettable as closer Jose Mesa squanders a ninth-inning lead by walking four batters resulting in a 3-2 defeat to the Padres.

1999 The Brewers postpone their game against Kansas City as a gesture of respect for the three workers who died when a huge crane collapsed lifting a portion of the roof for the team's new stadium, Miller Park. The crane broke in half as it lifted the 400-ton load damaging the partially completed stadium.
1999 At the Oakland Coliseum in the fifth inning of an 11-9 win over San Francisco, A's hurler Brad Rigby puts Barry Bonds on first base with a free pass giving the Giants left fielder the major league record for intentional walks with 294. The previous mark was set by Hank Aaron.
2000 The American Tobacco Company's near-mint condition 1909 Honus Wagner card goes for $1.1 million in an eBay online auction. The high bidder will pay $1.265 million including a 15 percent buyer's premium for the 91-year old card of the Hall of Fame Pirate shortstop.
2003 At the All-Star game played in Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field, Angels outfielder Garret Anderson goes 3-for-4 including a two-run homer and a double helping the American League to beat the NL, 7-6. Pinch-hitting in the eighth inning, Rangers third baseman Hank Blalock hits a go-ahead two-run homer off the usually untouchable reliever of the Dodgers, Eric Gagne.
2004 Eric Gagne surpasses Jeff Shaw for the most career saves in franchise history collecting his 130th save in a Dodger uniform. The 28-year old right-handed closer pitches a perfect ninth, striking out the side, in the team’s 5–2 victory over Arizona at Bank One Ballpark.
2005 With an RBI double off Joel Pineiro at Safeco Field, Rafael Palmeiro becomes the 26th player to collect 3000 hits. The Orioles first baseman joins Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Eddie Murray as one of only four major leaguers to record 3,000 hits and 500 home runs during his career.
2005 The Royals establish the longest losing streak by any big league franchise to play in Kansas City. Their 16th consecutive loss, a 11-3 decision to the Mariners, is one more than the 1884 Unions, the first team play professionally in the City of Fountains.
2005 At Miller Park, Mike Stanton's first appearance in a Washington Nationals' uniform is a memorable one as the southpaw balks home the winning run. Chris Magruder scores from third base in the bottom of the tenth giving the Brewers a 4-3 victory thanks to the call made by Paul Schrieber, the first base umpire.
2006 Vladimir Guerrero knocks in his 1000th career RBI plating Orlando Cabrera with a two-out single in the first inning as Los Angeles beats the Devil Rays at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, 9-2. The 30-year old Dominican outfielder becomes the seventh-fastest player ever to reach the milestone.
2007 In front of a sellout crowd of 44,872 at Citizens Bank Park, the 125-year old Phillies become the first team to lose 10,000 games as they are defeated by the Cardinals, 10-2. During the ninth inning, the hometown fans cheer as the much heralded milestone becomes a reality.
2007 Chone Figgins steals his 187th base in an Angel uniform to break the franchise record. The previous mark was set in 1987 by Gary Pettis, who is in the ballpark as a coach for the visiting Rangers.
2008 In the longest amount in time needed to complete an All-Star game, Rangers shortstop Michael Young's sac fly plates Justin Morneau of the Twins to end the 4 hour and 50 minute marathon. The record tying 15-inning contest gives the American League its 11th consecutive victory as the Junior Circuit beats the National League, 4-3.
2008 Dan Uggla becomes the first player in the history of the All-Star game to make three errors. The Marlins second baseman, who has two miscues in the 10th and one in the 13th in the American League 4-3, 15-inning victory at Yankee Stadium, doesn’t fare much better at the plate going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and grounding into a double play with runners on first and third in the 10th inning.
2008 Lou Gehrig‘s wool warm-up jacket, given to Marion and Ray Parker in 1941, friends of the Yankee first baseman and his wife Eleanor, is won with a $325,000 bid at the Hunt Auctions site at the All-Star Fan Fest at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. The heavy team jacket, most likely, is the one he wore to bring out the Yankee lineup card at Detroit's Briggs Stadium in 1939, on the day his streak of 2,130 consecutive games ended.
2009 The Phillies and Pedro Martinez finalize a one-year deal, reportedly worth $1 million. The three-time Cy Young winner, who was immediately placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a shoulder strain, has compiled a 214-99 record during his 17 seasons in the big leagues.
2013 NL manager Bruce Bochy names Matt Harvey as the National League's starter. The 24 year-old rookie right-hander, who becomes the first Mets pitcher to start an All-Star Game since Dwight Gooden got the nod in 1988, will be the sixth hurler to start the Mid-Summer Classic in his home ballpark when he faces the American League lineup tomorrow at Citi Field.

38 Fact(s) Found