John McGraw, the team's third skipper this season, begins his 30-year tenure as manager of the Giants, losing to Philadelphia at the Polo Grounds, 5-3. The fiery skipper left the fledgling American League Orioles midseason, bringing three key players from Baltimore, first baseman Dan McGann, catcher Roger Bresnahan, and right-hander Joe McGinnity, all who started in today's game.
During the top of the second inning of a 6-1 win over the Red Sox at Cleveland’s League Park, Neal Ball executes the first unassisted triple play in the post-1900 era of baseball. The Naps (Indians) shortstop catches an Ambrose McConnell line drive, steps on second to force out Heinie Wagner, and then tags Jake Stahl for the third out as he comes from first base.
In the same game he pulls off the first unassisted triple killing in major league history, Neal Ball records nine putouts at shortstop, another big league first, in the Naps' (Indians) 6-1 win over Boston at Cleveland’s League Park. The diminutive infielder's glove from that game will be enshrined at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Cy Young wins his 500th game when the Naps (Indians) beat the Senators in 11 innings at American League Park, 5-4. During his 22-year major league career, from 1890-1911 pitching for five different teams, the 43 year-old right-hander will compile 511 victories, 94 more than Walter Johnson, who is second on the all-time list.
Former circus acrobat Walter Carlisle completes an unassisted triple-play for Vernon (LA) of the Pacific Coast League when he catches a ball in shallow center field, flips and touches second base, and beats the runner back to first base.
Future Hall of Famer Rube Marquard wins his 20th game when the Giants beat St. Louis at the Polo Grounds, 6-3. The 25 year-old right-hander, who will finish the season with a 26-11 record, reaches the coveted milestone quicker than any other hurler in history.
The Washington Senators steal eight bases in one inning off of Indians' catcher Steve O'Neil. The first inning thievery establishes a major league record for stolen bases in one frame.
With the first of his two homers in the nightcap of a twin bill against Chicago at the Polo Grounds, Babe Ruth becomes the first player to hit 30 home runs in a season. The historic home run breaks his own season mark of 29 and the ‘Rajah of Rap’ will finish the season with a resounding 54 round-trippers.
Cardinals hurler Hi Bell goes the distance in both games of a Sportsman's Park doubleheader, beating the Braves, 6-1 and 2-1. The 27 year-old right-hander from Kentucky will be the last National League pitcher to win two complete game victories in one day.
The Giants honor John McGraw, the team's manager since 1902, with a Silver Jubilee celebration, showering 'Mugsy' with gifts that include a huge silver loving cup, a silver platter, and a silver cane for his 25 years of service to the club. The rain during the pre-game ceremony at the Polo Grounds doesn't dampen the spirits of the enthusiastic crowd of 25,000 fans, which includes Mayor Jimmy Walker, many former players, Commissioner Landis, George M. Cohan, and Commander Richard E. Byrd.
Red Sox catcher Rick Ferrell hits a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning off his brother, after Wes had gone deep in the top of the frame in the Indians' 9-8 victory at Fenway Park. The pair of round-trippers mark the third time brothers have homered in the same game, but the first time the feat has been accomplished by siblings on opposing teams.
Seventeen year-old Iowa farm boy Bob Feller makes his major league debut, pitching one inning of relief against the Senators in Washington, D.C. The hard throwing 'kid' allows no hits and no runs, striking out none and walks two batters. (Feller claims the box score is wrong - he claims to have struck out Buddy Lewis in his autobiography.)
During a contest between Chicago and the Red Sox, Red Jones ejects 14 members of the White Sox for their bench jockeying initiated when the ump warns Chisox hurler Joe Haynes after Ted Williams is knocked down with a pitch. It was reported for years the home plate arbitrator's ire may have been raised by a ventriloquist sitting behind the visitors' dugout, but during recent interviews with the participants of the game played more than sixty years ago, it is revealed many of them believe the incident was precipitated by third-base coach Mule Haas, who wasn't thrown out of the game but was known to be more than capable of making rude sounds and infuriating remarks.
With the Reds' 4-3 loss to the Pirates at Crosley Field, Brooks Lawrence's 13-game winning streak comes to an end. Roberto Clemente’s three-run homer in the ninth inning proves to be the decisive hit.
In his major league debut, Giants' rookie righty Juan Marichal one-hits the Phillies at Candlestick Park, 2-0. Philadelphia's lone hit is a two out eighth-inning single by pinch hitter Clay Dalrymple.
Pedro Ramos one-hits Detroit in the Senators' 5-0 victory at Briggs Stadium. The Washington right-hander's bid for a no-hitter is spoiled by Rocky Colavito's lead-off single to centerfield in the eighth inning.
In his major league debut, 23 year-old Indian rookie Luis Tiant throws a complete-game, a four-hit shutout, to beat Whitey Ford and the Yankees in New York, 3-0. The popular Cuban right-hander will compile a 229-172 record (.571) pitching for six teams during his 19 years in the big leagues.
In the first major league game to be played totally on artificial turf, Houston beats Philadelphia at the Astrodome, 8-2. Prior to this contest, the outfield consisted of painted dirt with only the infield covered with the new material created by Monsanto Company dubbed Astroturf.
In his final at-bat in the major leagues, Cardinals starter Tracy Stallard grounds out to short in the Redbirds' 10-9 victory over Atlanta. During his seven-year tenure, the right-hander, best known for giving up Roger Maris's 61st home run, sets a major league record by failing to get a base-on-balls in his 247 appearances at the plate.
Tom Matchick's two-run home run gives Detroit a dramatic 5-4 walk-off victory over Baltimore at Tiger Stadium. The rookie shortstop's round-tripper, the first of only four he will hit in his six-year major league career, comes with two outs off Moe Drabowsky.
Washington starter Joe Coleman throws his third consecutive shutout when he blanks the Bronx Bombers, 4-0. The 22 year-old right-hander, the Senators' first round pick (third overall) of the amateur draft in 1965, faces only 29 batters in his two-hit masterpiece in New York.
At Three Rivers Stadium, Luke Walker singles off Cecil Upshaw to break an 0-for-39 drought at the plate. The Pirates' southpaw pitches three innings of one-hit shutout baseball to pick up a save in the 8-3 victory over the Braves.
In an effort to quell a controversy over deserving players not being selected for the All-Star Game, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn grants permission to both leagues to increase their roster size to 29 players for next week's contest in Kansas City's Royals Stadium. The National League selects fading superstar Willie Mays with the Junior Circuit adding Nolan Ryan, who was not originally picked by American League manager Dick Williams although the Angel right-hander was the first pitcher since Johnny Vander Meer, the starter in the 1938 Mid-Summer Classic, to have two no-hitters before the break.
Dick Bosman no-hits the A’s at Cleveland Stadium. The 30 year-old right-hander misses a perfect game because of his own fourth inning throwing error, which gives Oakland their lone baserunner in the Indians' 4-0 victory.
At Candlestick Park, Doug Rader, batting eighth, plays the entire game without getting an official at bat. The Cardinals walk the Giants catcher four times, three intentionally, to get to John Montefusco, the Giants starter, who goes 0-for-4 at the plate but tosses a complete game to get the win in San Francisco's 5-2 victory.
After winning the American League pennant last season, Darrell Johnson is fired by the Red Sox and is replaced by third base coach Don Zimmer. The move is made after the fifth-place club gets off to a slow start, compiling a 41-45 record, 13 games behind the division leading Yankees.
With a four-run first inning, the National League coasts to a 7-5 win over the AL at the newly renovated Yankee Stadium. It's the Senior Circuit's sixth straight victory, and their 14th in the last 15 games.
Roy Lee Jackson retires the last 19 batters he faces en route to a complete game victory in the Mets' 13-3 rout of the Reds at Riverfront Stadium. The 26 year-old right-hander benefits from his teammates' 20-hit barrage in the Cincinnati contest.
Tony Gwynn doubles off of southpaw Sid Monge for his first major league hit. The 22 year-old rookie outfielder, who will end his Hall of Fame career with 3,141 hits, goes 2-for-4 with a sacrifice fly in the Padres' 7-6 loss to Philadelphia at Jack Murphy Stadium.
In front of 29,000 enthusiastic fans at Washington’s RFK Stadium, the American League beats the NL in the first-ever Old-timer’s All-Star Classic, 7-2. Warren Spahn gives up a leadoff homer, over the shortened left-field fence, to 75 year-old Luke Appling, a Hall of Fame infielder who played his entire career with the White Sox.
Joe Carter blasts three homers in the Indians' 10-1 rout of Minnesota. It's the second time this season and the fourth three-home run game of the Cleveland outfielder's career, tying Lou Gehrig for the American League record.
The game against the Cardinals is delayed for an hour after a fire breaks out in the skybox/press box area of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Recently acquired Fred McGriff pinch-hits a homer, enabling the Braves to rally from a 5-0 deficit to win 7-5, and appears to ignite the beginning of the team's historic comeback from a 9 1/2 games deficit to win the National League West Division.
The Devil Rays name Chuck LaMar as the franchise's first general manager. Under the leadership of the former Braves assistant GM, the expansion team will compile a 518–777 (.400) record during the first eight years of its existence.
Carlos Delgado becomes the first player to reach the SkyDome's fifth deck with his Ruthian home run to right field. The massive blast snaps the Blue Jays first baseman's 0-for-29 slump.
In a 7-6 inter-league victory over Cincinnati, Jeff Weaver becomes the first Tigers pitcher to hit a double in 27 years. The last Detroit hurler to accomplish the feat was Chuck Seelbach. who banged a two-bagger off Lloyd Allen of the Angels on August 20, 1972.
The Blue Jays, hoping to strengthen their rotation in the midst of a pennant race with the first-place Yankees, trade minor league infielder Michael Young to Texas for Esteban Loaiza, who will post a disappointing 5-7 record down the stretch for the short-term contenders. The Rangers' newest prospect will develop into a perennial All-Star shortstop, batting .301 during his 13 seasons with the Texan team.
Arizona southpaw Randy Johnson sets a major league record for strikeouts by a reliever when fans he 16 batters, completing last night's game that was suspended in the top of the 3rd inning. The 'Big Unit' gets the victory in the Diamondbacks' 3-0 victory over San Diego in the Qualcomm Stadium Stadium contest.
In Pacific Coast League action at Portland's PGE Park, minor leaguer Tagg Bozied hits a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Tacoma Rainiers, 8-5. Upon his arrival at home plate, the Beavers' first baseman, jumping for joy, ruptures the patella tendon to his left knee and needs to be taken to Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital by ambulance.
Winning its second consecutive 1-0 contest, the Red Sox limit the Kansas City offense to four hits. The last time two straight 1-0 games occurred in Fenway Park was in 1916 when Babe Ruth and Ernie Shore blanked the Yankees and A's, respectively, on June 22 and 23 for the eventual World Champs.
Ian Kinsler becomes the fifth major leaguer in baseball history to hit both a leadoff and walkoff home run for his team in the same game. The Rangers' second baseman led off the bottom of the first inning with a round-tripper off Francisco Liriano, and then ended the contest in the bottom of the 12th with a game-ending two-run blast off R.A. Dickey to give Texas a 6-4 victory over Minnesota.
A surprise sixth contender participates in the Presidents Race when Sharknado, a character from the SyFy original movie about sharks being brought on land by a waterspout, ambushes George, Tom, Teddy, and Bill in the Nationals Park dash. Although Sharknado successfully blows past four of his competitors, Abe, with the wind to his back, secures a first-place finish.
Houston’s Brandon Barnes, who goes 5-for-5, scores three times, and drives in two runs in the Astros’ 10-7 loss to Seattle at Minute Maid Park, and collects the eighth cycle in franchise history. The Astros center fielder joins Cesar Cedeno (1972, 1976), Bob Watson (1977), Andujar Cedeno (1992), Jeff Bagwell (2001), Craig Biggio (2002), and Luke Scott (2006) when his eighth-inning double completes the historic accomplishment.