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May 16th

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1912 Due to his assault on Claude Lucker, a handicapped fan and a regular heckler, Ty Cobb is suspended. Although today's game is rained out, the Tigers meet in Philadelphia, voting to boycott if the 'Georgia Peach' is not allowed to play.
1913 Alfredo Cabrera, born in the Canary Islands, becomes the first person from Spain to appear in the majors. The 32-year old Cardinals shortstop will go 0-for-2 in the only big league game he will play, a 6-5 loss to the Dodgers at Ebbets Field.
1917 Thanks to a scoring change made after the game by a panel of sportswriters reversing a first inning hit into an error, Bob Groom of the Browns no-hits the White Sox, 4-0. Ernie Koob, his St. Louis teammate, also threw a no-hitter yesterday against the Pale Hose.
1932 Lefty Gomez throws a five-hitter blanking Cleveland, 8-0, giving the Yankees their fourth consecutive shutout. The southpaw's performance joins the efforts of Johnny Allen, George Pipgras, and Red Ruffing, who also held their opponents scoreless.
1933 In a 12-inning contest against the Indians, Senators' 19-year old rookie Cecil Travis gets five hits in his major league debut, joining Fred Clarke as the only other player to do so. The two teams establish a major league record by using a total of 11 pitchers in Washington's extra inning victory over Cleveland.
1939 With half of the expected crowd on-hand due to the cold weather, only 15,109 fans at Shibe Park see the Indians defeat the A's, 8-3, in the first night game ever played in the American League. In 1935, the Reds became the first major league team to host an evening tilt.
1953 After loading the bases against the Yankees in the top of the ninth inning, the White Sox pinch hit southpaw pitcher Tommy Byrne for the right-handed hitting third baseman Vern Stephens, who has ten career grand slams. The unusual move pays off when the lefty pinch-hitter homers off Ewell Blackwell to give Chicago a 5-3 victory.
1954 The Orioles draw a record 46,796 fans at Memorial Stadium for a doubleheader with the Yankees. The Birds split the twin bill with the Bronx Bombers, losing the first game 2-0 and taking the nightcap, 6-2.
1959 The 100th anniversary of the first intercollegiate baseball game is celebrated when the original contest between Amherst and Williams is reenacted. Commissioner Ford Frick, American League president Joe Cronin and National League president Warren Giles are on hand to enjoy the festivities, which includes a chess match which also occurred between the schools a century ago.
1965 Future Hall of Famer Jim Palmer, pitching 3.2 innings in relief, wins his first major league game when the Orioles defeat the Yankees at Memorial Stadium, 7-5. The 19-year old Orioles' rookie right-hander makes the day more memorable when he hits a two-run homer off Jim Bouton in the fourth inning.
1966 Bob Swift is named Detroit's acting manager when Charlie Dressen suffers a heart attack, his second in two years. In August, the 67-year old recovering Tiger skipper will die as a result of being stricken with a kidney infection.
1967 Reliever Phil Regan loses his first game in 77 appearances. The 'Vulture' gets pinned with his first defeat in over a year when Astros' third baseman Bob Aspromonte hits a two-run triple in the tenth to beat the Dodgers, 5-3.
1969 Jim Bouton records his first victory as a knuckleball pitcher when the Pilots hold on to defeat Boston, 10-9, in an extra-inning contest played at Fenway Park. The 30-year old right-hander throws three scoreless innings and gets the win when Seattle scores six runs in the 11th inning, and the Red Sox's five-run rally falls a run short in the bottom of the frame.
1970 During a game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium, Alan Fish, sitting with friends from the Poinsettia Playground in the second row seats along the first base line, is struck in the head by a foul ball off the bat of Manny Mota. The 14-year-old boy will die four days later to become the only fatality as a result of a batted ball in major league history.
1972 With a Ruthian blast at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium off Burt Hooton, first baseman Greg Luzinski 'rings' the replica of the Liberty Bell hanging in dead center field on the fourth level. The 500-foot clanger, which will be overshadowed by Rick Monday's three routine round-trippers, will account for the Phillies' only run when they lose to the Cubs, 8-1.
1981 Astros' shortstop Craig Reynolds hits three triples in one game, helping Houston to beat the Cubs, 6-1. The Texas native is only the seventh major league player to accomplish this feat.
1983 In an 11-4 rout of the Pirates, rookie right fielder Darryl Strawberry hit his first major league home run, a two-run round-tripper off Pittsburgh's Lee Tunnell at Three Rivers Stadium. The troubled Mets outfielder, the eventual franchise leader with 252 homers, will hit a total of 335 during his turbulent 17-year career with the Mets, Dodgers, Giants and Yankees.
1995 The first printed reference to 'Manny Being Manny' is attributed to Mike Hargrove by Newsday's Jon Heyman. In a feature entitled Baseball Homecoming, the Indians skipper is quoted using the phrase to describe the behavior his young outfielder, Manny Ramirez.
1996 In a 13-1 rout over the Astros, Sammy Sosa becomes the first Cub to hit two home runs in one inning. The slugger accomplishes the feat leading off the seventh with a solo shot off Jeff Tabaka, and then hits a two-run round tripper off Jim Dougherty later in the frame.
1997 Trailing 11-2 after three innings, the Expos come back to beat the Giants at Olympic Stadium, 14-13. David Segui's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning plates Mike Lansing to break the 13-13 deadlock.
2000 After a fan steals Los Angeles' catcher Chad Kreuter's hat and hits him in the back of the head, many Dodgers, including coaches John Shelby and Rick Dempsey, go into the stands and start fighting with the Wrigley Field faithful. When the melee ends, several fans are arrested as the game is delayed nearly ten minutes, and there is litter all over the field.
2001 Chicago outfielder Sammy Sosa becomes the thirty-third major leaguer to reach 400 career homers when he goes deep off Houston's Shane Reynolds at Wrigley Field. The popular Dominican outfielder has hit 371 homers as a Cub, putting him third on the all-time franchise list behind Ernie Banks (512) and Billy Williams (392).
2002 The New York Times reports October 1, the first scheduled day of the postseason, is also being considered as a possible strike date by the Players Association. In yesterday's edition, the newspaper indicated an early August date was being considered for a labor action if a new CBA could not be reached.
2004 Ben Sheets becomes the 14th pitcher in baseball history to strike out 18 batters in a nine-inning game en route to a complete-game three hitter, beating the Braves, 4-1. The 26-year old right-hander whiffs eight of the final 11 hitters he faces to break the team record of 14 established by Moose Haas in 1978.
2006 In a game which features the Molina brothers as the respective catchers for their teams, the siblings swipe a base off each other. Jose's theft in the fourth is the key to an Angel four-run inning and Blue Jays backstop Bengie steals second base without drawing a throw from his older brother in the seventh inning of an 8-3 Los Angeles victory in Anaheim.
2006 For the fourth time in Yankee history, the team overcomes a nine-run deficit, defeating the Rangers at the Stadium, 14-13. Trailing 9-0 after an inning and a half, the Bronx Bombers battle back and win the game when Jorge Posada hits a two-out, two-run walk-off home run.
2006 After drawing a warning from home plate umpire Joe West for throwing a ball behind Barry Bonds, Astros' hurler Russ Springer strikes the Giants slugger on the shoulder with the fifth pitch of the at-bat. This incident will cost the 37-year old right-handed reliever four games when he will be suspended by MLB for his action against the San Francisco superstar, who needs just one home run to equal Babe Ruth's career home run mark.
2008 Prior to the the start of the Subway Series at Yankee Stadium, the visiting Mets conduct a closed-door clubhouse meeting to clear the air concerning comments made yesterday by Billy Wagner about his teammates' availability after games. Although the issue is addressed, more focus is placed on the team’s lackluster start to the season, and the need to get it done on the field.
2008 Jayson Werth ties the Phillies single game RBI record when he drives in eight runs in Philadelphia’s 10-3 win over Toronto. The 28-year old center fielder accomplishes the feat with three home runs in the friendly confines of Citizens Bank Park.
2011 Vin Mazzaro establishes a franchise record by allowing 14 runs in the 19-1 Indians' rout of the Royals. The 25-year old right-handed reliever, who will be sent down to the minors after the game with an ERA of 22.74, recorded just seven outs while giving up ten runs in the fourth inning and another four in the fifth frame before being removed.
2011 Drayton McLane sells the Astros for approximately $685 million to a group led by Jim Crane, who failed in his attempts to buy this team in 2008, the Cubs in 2009 and the Rangers with Mark Cuban in 2010. During McLane's tenure with Houston, which started in 1992, the club appeared in the postseason six times, including a losing trip to the World Series in 2005.
2012 At Tropicana Field, the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame, now located inside the Rays' ballpark, unveils the statue of Casey at the Bat, a seven-foot tall sculpture that weighs over 600 pounds. The work, created by renowned sculptor Mark Lundeen, is on loan from Mike Elwell, an artist from St. Petersburg, Florida.

32 Fact(s) Found