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1884 Meriden, ahead 5-3 in the top of the ninth inning, wins the Connecticut State League contest when Hartford forfeits because the team refuses to use a ball, needed to replaces the one that was hit foul into a marsh behind home plate, citing the sphere did not come from a box sealed by the league secretary. The suddenly shortened game also featured the only home run hit that season at the Meriden ballpark, a round-tripper stroked by its captain, future Hall of Fame manager Connie Mack.
1902 The trio of Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance completes their first twin killing in a 6-3 win over Cincinnati at Chicago's West Side Grounds. The Cubs' legendary douple-play combination will be immortalized by the 1910 baseball poem by Franklin Pierce Adams, Baseball's Sad Lexicon.
1904 Beating the Braves, 3-2, Giant hurler George Wiltse runs his career record to 12-0. 'Hooks' dozen consecutive victories establish the record for the most wins at the start of a career for a starter.
1928 The Braves play their ninth consecutive doubleheader. The streak, which began on September 4th, sees the team lose five in a row, including four to the Giants.
1929 Between games of a twin bill, Cincinnati entertains fans by sponsoring a base-circling contest with the winning player receiving $75 in prize money. Evar Swanson breaks Hans Lobartís record of 13.8 seconds set earlier in the year as he completes the 360 foot dash in 13.3 seconds, according to official AAU timers who officiated the race.
1938 For the fifth time in a major league game, brothers homer in the same contest when Pirates teammates Lloyd and Paul Waner both go deep in the fifth inning of the Bucs' 7-2 victory over New York at the Polo Grounds. Although 'Big and Little Poison' have completed the deed twice before, they are the first siblings in history to hit the home runs in consecutive at-bats, a feat which will not be duplicated again until the Upton Brothers go back-to-back for the Braves in 2013.
1946 At the end of the fifth inning of the second game of a doubleheader against the Cubs, a giant swarm of gnats engulfs Ebbets Field. With Dodger hurler Kirby Higbe slapping the critters with his glove, the game is postponed due to the insects and the impending darkness.
1950 At Ebbets Field, Cardinal starter, Cloyd Boyer, hurts his arm while warming up and is replaced by Red Munger. The reliever goes the distance beating the Dodgers, 6-2, getting credit for a complete game, but not for a game started.
1950 Johnny Mize hits three home runs in one game for the sixth time in his careerā establishing a major league record. The first baseman's offensive output, which makes him the second player to accomplish a three-homer game in both leagues along with Babe Ruth, isn't enough when the Yankees lose at Detroit, 9-7.
1958 Snuffy Stirnweiss is killed when the New Jersey commuter train in which he is a passenger plunges off the CRRNJ Newark Bay Bridge between Elizabethport and Bayonne. The 39-year old former all-star infielder, who played with the Yankees, Browns and Indians, led the American League in hitting with a .309 average playing for New York in 1945.
1960 Giants' superstar Willie Mays ties a major league mark by hitting three triples in an 8-6 victory over the Philadelphia. The third three-bagger of the game in the eleventh inning for the ĎSay Hey Kidí, who collects 5 hits in 6 at-bats, leads to the eventual go-ahead run in the Connie Mack Stadium contest.
1963 Inspired by their fans, the Mets hold the first of many Banner Days. The Polo Grounds event gives the 'New Breed' an opportunity to display their creative ideas with signs, including some with a negative tone, with an on the field parade between games of a doubleheader against the Colt .45s.
1964 At Wrigley Field, Larry Jackson fires a six-hitter beating the Reds, 6-1, to become the seasonís first 20-game winner. The 33-year old right-handed workhorse will finish the campaign with a 24-11 record for the eighth-place Cubs.
1967 At the spacious Astrodome, Jimmy Wynn becomes the first Astro to hit three homers in one game. The 'Toy Cannon's' performance isn't enough as the Braves beat Houston, 9-8.
1969 Cardinal hurler Steve Carlton fans nineteen batters, including three in the final frame, to establish a new major league mark for strikeouts for a nine-inning game. Lefty's performance is spoiled when Ron Swoboda's pair of two-run homers proves to be the difference in the Redbirds' 4-3 loss to the Mets at Busch Stadium.
1971 Making his debut in relief in the ninth inning against the Braves, Astros' rookie Larry Yount injures his right shoulder on his very first warm up pitch, and the 21-year-old right-hander will never get another chance to pitch in the bigs. Robin's older brother's total major league experience will consist of just one-warm up pitch.
1971 The Oakland A's win the American League West Division with their 3-2 victory over Chicago and the Royals' 6-2 loss to California. The franchise hadn't won a title since 1931 when Connie Mack managed the team in Philadelphia.
1974 On a bright, sunny day at Fenway Park, Rico Petrocelli is struck behind the left ear, below the helmet, when he loses Jim Slaton's pitch due to the blinding glare off the outfield bleachers. The beaning, which causes inner ear damage, results in the third baseman missing the rest of the season and will hasten his early retirement prior to the start of the 1977 season at the age of 33.
1974 Gaylord Perry goes the distance for his 20th victory when he beats Baltimore and Ross Grimsley at Memorial Stadiumā 1-0. The right-hander, who will finish the season with a 21-13 record, will be the last Indian pitcher in the twentieth century to win twenty games.
1975 Mike Vail ties the National League rookie record as the outfielder hits in his twenty-third consecutive game. The Mets' late season call upís streak matches the 1948 freshman performances of Richie Ashburn (1948, Phillies) and Alvin Dark (1948, Braves).
1977 The Royals set a club record of 16 straight victories when they defeat the A's in ten innings in the nightcap of a doubleheader, 5-4.
1977 Fearing for the safety of his left fielder, Orioles manager Earl Weaver, trailing 4-0, pulls his team off the field when his request to remove the tarp covering the Blue Jays' bullpen area is declined by third base ump Marty Springstead. After waiting for 15 minutes in a light rain for the O's to return, the Exhibition Stadium contest is forfeited to the home team by the umpires.
1978 In front of 47,188 fans at Dodger Stadium, Don Sutton throws a six-hitter to beat Atlanta, 5-0. With tonight's attendance, Los Angeles becomes the first team in major league history to draw three million fans at home.
1979 After hitting a single in the second, a double in the fourth, and a triple in the eighth, Bob Watson completes a natural cycle with a home run in the ninth inning of the Red Sox 10-2 victory over Baltimore at Memorial Stadium. The Boston first baseman becomes the first modern major leaguer to hit for the cycle in both leagues having accomplished the feat with Houston in 1977.
1990 Striking out pinch-hitter Danny Heep, Bobby Thigpen saves his 50th game as the White Sox beat the Red Sox, 7-4. The Chicago closer played the outfield in college.
1990 Brothers Billy and†Cal Ripken, in the first of the two times times they will accomplish the feat, both homer in the same game. The siblings home runs are overshadowed by†Kelly Gruberís three run round-tripper in the ninth inning that gives the Blue Jays a 4-3 walk-off victory over the Orioles at the Skydome.
1995 Ozzie Smith takes part in the 1,554th twin killing of his career to set a new big league record for double plays. The Cardinals' shortstop's wizardry isn't enough to prevent the Redbirds' 7-6 loss to the Dodgers at Busch Stadium.
1996 In a 16-6 rout of the Tigers, the Orioles break the major league record for team home runs in a season passing the 1961 Yankees mark of 240.
1996 Thanks to Andres Galarraga's three-run homer the Rockies establish a big league record for runs scored at home. Colorado, which will amass 658 tallies at Coors Field, scores its 626th, 627th and 628th runs of the season when the 'Big Cat' goes deep to surpass the 1950 Red Sox who crossed the plate 625 times.
1996 Frank Thomas slams his 215th career home run in a White Sox uniform to surpass Carlton Fisk as the franchise all-time leader. The Big Hurt's historic homer is the first of three round trippers he hits in a 9-8 loss to the Red Sox at Boston's Fenway Park.
1996 The Rangers retire their first number in franchise history when they honor Nolan Ryan. The future owner of the team, who wore uniform jersey #34, pitched two no-hitters and won his 300th career game during his five years on the mound for Texas.
1997 The newly renovated Anaheim Stadium will now be known as Edison International Field. The 30-year old Angelsí ballpark will once again be a baseball-only facility.
1998 In a 12-7 win over the Twins, Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. becomes the fourth-youngest (28 years and 10 months) player to reach 1,000 RBIs. Junior got to the 1,000 mark younger than anyone except Mel Ott (27 years, three months), Jimmie Foxx (27 years, eight months) and Lou Gehrig (28 years, 9 1/2 months).
1998 Ending a six-game drought without a homer, Mark McGwire, pinch-hitting in the ninth inning, hits his 63rd homer. The solo shot off Jason Christiansen in the Cardinals' 8-6 loss to the Pirates allows 'Big Mac' to regain the home-run lead over Sammy Sosa.
1998 Working the ninth for his 40th save in the Rangers' 6-5 win over the Orioles, John Wetteland joins three other pitchers in major league history to have three or more 40-save seasons. Dennis Eckersley, Jeff Reardon and Lee Smith have also accomplished the same feat.
1998 Rolando Arrojo (14-12) sets a record for wins by an expansion pitcher when the Devil Rays defeat the Angels, 8-1.
1999 The owners unanimously approved a resolution to redraft the Major League Agreement allowing the American League and National League to merge in all aspects except on the field, where the leagues and divisions will remain the same.
2000 A's first baseman Jason Giambi sets a team record by hitting his fourth grand slam of the season as Oakland drubs the Devil Rays, 17-3. The base-loaded shot also ties a major league record for the most grand slams by a team in a single season, 12.
2000 Passing both Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron, Mariner Rickey Henderson scores two runs to take over second place on the career list for runs scored. Henderson with a total of 2,175 will need to tally 71 runs to pass all time leader, Ty Cobb (2,245).
2000 In a 5-4 victory over the Giants, Padres' closer Trevor Hoffman becomes the third player in baseball history to have four 40-save seasons.
2002 Defeating the Indians after a 67-minute rain delay, 5-0, the Twins clinch the American League Central Division flag. Minnesota, which will be making its first playoff appearance since 1991, was almost eliminated during the off season due to contraction.
2003 With his 2,063rd career base on balls, Barry Bonds passes Babe Ruth on the all-time walks list. The Giant left fielder now trails only Rickey Henderson, who has 2,190 free passes.
2003 Rafael Palmeiro joins Jimmie Foxx as the only players to hit 35 homers and drive in 100 runs in nine consecutive seasons. The Hall of Famer Foxx accomplished the feat playing for the A's and Red Sox from 1932 to 1940.
2003 Thousands of Hanshin Tigers fans jump off the Ebisubashi Bridge into the Dotonbori River in celebration as their hometown heros clinch the Central League title for first time in 18 years. It has become a local ritual to jump into the murky river when the team wins.
2004 With the bases loaded in the fourth inning during an eventual 6-2 Expos victory at Dolphin Stadium, Mike Lowell tags Brian Schneider taking a lead off third base. The Expos catcher becomes the victim of the hidden ball trick not realizing the Marlins third baseman had not given the pitcher the ball after visiting the mound.
2006 For the ninth consecutive season, the Devil Rays lose 90-plus games. The 1936-45 Phillies are the only other team in big league history to accomplish the infamous feat.
2007 Prince Fielder's NL-leading 46th home run establishes a Brewers franchise record. The Milwaukee first baseman's third inning round tripper off Reds' hurler Kirk Saarloos breaks the team's home-run mark set by Gorman Thomas (1979) and Richie Sexson (2001, 2003).
2007 Although itís nowhere near the amount 1998ís Mark McGwire's single season home run record ball commanded, Giants slugger Barry Bonds' career No. 756 home run baseball sells for more than experts predicted. The ball thrown by Nationals pitcher Mike Bacsik on August 7, which was auctioned by Matt Murphy, the fan who caught the historic homer, is won by an unidentified bidder for $752,467.
2008 The day after dropping a doubleheader to the Phillies, the Brewers fire Ned Yost (457-502) ending the managerís six-year tenure which saw Milwaukee develop from cellar dwellers into a contender in the National League Central Division. New skipper Dale Sveum, formerly the teamís third base coach, will try to stop the recent skid of 11 losses in 14 games and keep the 83-67 club in contention for the wild card.
2010 Derek Jeter, giving a performance worthy of an Oscar, is awarded first base when the umpires determine the New York shortstop was hit by a pitch thrown by Chad Qualls. Video replay of the at-bat, that clearly shows the fastball hit the knob of the bat, prompts a national debate about the ethics demonstrated by the usually squeaky-clean Yankees captain, who admitted after the 4-3 loss to Tampa that he pretended to get hit by the pitch to get on base.
2010 The Cubs beat the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, 7-3, to complete their first three-game sweep in St. Louis in more than twenty years. The victory marks the first time since June 12, 1988 that the visiting Chicago fans can break out the brooms in the Gateway City.
2010 At Fenway Park, Jose Bautista establishes a new Blue Jay record for home runs in a season when he hit his 48th, a two-run blast on a 3-2 fastball thrown by Michael Bowden. The 29-year old outfielder, who has never gone deep more than 16 times in a year, breaks the mark established by George Bell in 1987.
2011 After hitting a first inning two-run homer, singling in the second, and stroking a leadoff double in the fifth, Pablo Sandoval hit for the cycle when he drives a pitch that sails just beyond the outstretched glove of Colorado's right fielder Carlos Gonzalez for a triple. 'Panda', a third baseman not known for speed, becomes the 25th Giant player to accomplish the feat, and the first since Fred Lewis did the deed in 2007, also at Coors Field.
2012 In the Marlins' 6-4 victory over Cincinnati in Miami, Jose Reyes is charged with baseball's unofficial 500,000th error. The All-star shortstop earns the dubious distinction when he flubs Drew Stubbs' ground ball in the seventh inning.
2012 In a thirty-minute pre-game ceremony, four U.S. Marine pilots unveiled a bronze statue of Jerry Coleman at Petco Park honoring the longtime Padres broadcaster for his 70 years of major league service in the booth and as a player, and for his distinguished career in the Marine Corps, where he flew 120 combat missions during WWII and the Korean conflict. The 7-foot, 5-inch sculpture, which sits on a granite base, is in front of three 4-foot by 8-foot panels that captures the 88 year old's roles in baseball, the military and as broadcaster.


55 Fact(s) Found