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1902 The White Sox' first no-hitter in franchise history is tossed by Jim 'Nixey' Callahan when he defeats the Tigers, 2-0. The right-hander will accumulate 99 victories on the mound, but the utility player will pitch in only eight of his 13 seasons in the major leagues.
1907 At Exposition Park in Pittsburgh, Nick Maddox no-hits the Dodgers, 2-1. At the age of 20 years and ten months, the Pirates hurler becomes the youngest pitcher and the second rookie to throw a no-hitter.
1908 Defeating the A's, 1-0, Frank Smith hurls his second career no-hit game. 'Piano Mover', as the right hander was called by his White Sox' teammates, also held the Tigers hitless for a game in 1905.
1908 In the bottom of the ninth inning at Huntington Avenue Grounds, Freddy Parent, while being walked intentionally by Eddie Plank, reaches out and pokes a shallow sac fly to right field. The unexpected sacrifice scores the winning run in the White Sox 1-0 victory over Philadelphia, and gives Frank Smith, who held the A's hitless, his second career no-hitter.
1911 Bill Bergen ends his major league career with the lowest lifetime batting average for a position player in major league history by hitting an anemic .170 during his 11-year tenure with the Reds and Superbas. The 33-year old backstop, who had only one year of batting above .200, also holds the records for lowest season batting average for a regular (.139 in 1909) and the longest streak of at-bats without a hit (46 in 1909).
1912 Losing to the Tigers, 6-4, Smoky Joe Wood fails to break Walter Johnson's record of 16 consecutive victories, established earlier in the season. Joe Lake gets the win pitching the last five innings after replacing starter Bill Covington, who is thrown out of the game during the 5th inning.
1919 On Babe Ruth Day in Boston, the Bambino scores the winning run in both ends of the doubleheader. Ironically, it will be the last game he plays for the Red Sox in Fenway.
1924 The 37-year old righty Grover Cleveland Alexander earns his 300th victory when the Cubs beat the Giants in 12 innings, 7-3. 'Old Pete' will collect 373 victories during his 20-year career.
1931 For the first time in 19 years, Gabby Street appears in a major league game. The 48-year old Cardinal skipper is 0-for-1, but the backstop displays his old catching skills when he nails Brooklyn runner Babe Herman trying to steal a base.
1932 The Cubs clinch the National League pennant when they beat Pittsburgh, 5-2, thanks to Kiki Cuyler's seventh-inning bases-loaded triple. The Wrigley Field contest features rookie second baseman Billy Herman's 200th hit of the season.
1951 Replacing "Happy" Chandler, Ford Frick is selected by the owners to be the third commissioner of the sport. The former National League president, who will be best remembered for his decision as commish for suggesting the single-season home run records of Babe Ruth and Roger Maris be listed separately based on the length of the season, will hold the position for fourteen years.
1953 Gene Baker, the other half of the Kansas City Monarchs double play duo along with Ernie Banks, joins his former Negro League teammate making his major league debut with the Cubs. In 1961, the second baseman will be named manager of the minor league Batavia, New York team, becoming the first black manager in organized baseball.
1954 The Giants clinch the pennant when they beat the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 7-1. The National League champs, finishing the season five games ahead of second-place Brooklyn, will go on to sweep Cleveland in the Fall Classic.
1955 Willie Mays becomes the seventh player to hit fifty home runs in a season when he connects off Pittsburgh's Vern Law for the second time in the Giants' 14-8 victory at the Polo Grounds. The round-tripper is the 24-year old center fielder's seventh in six consecutive games.
1958 Thanks to a Gus Triandos home run, recently acquired Oriole knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm no-hits Yankees, 1-0. It will be the last time in this century the Yankees will fail to get a hit in a game.
1959 Losing to the Dodgers, 8-2, the San Francisco Giants play their last game at Seals Stadium. The transplanted New York team, which compiled an 86-68 record in their two-year stay in the former PCL park, will move to the newly constructed Candlestick Park next season.
1961 In a 13-inning contest, Sandy Koufax goes the distance, beating the Cubs, 3-2, in the last regular season game to be played at the LA Memorial Coliseum, which was originally built for the 1932 Olympics. The Dodgers are leaving the only home they have known since moving from Brooklyn four seasons ago to play in a brand new stadium in Chavez Ravine, located a few miles from downtown Los Angeles.
1966 The Mets' 3-0 victory over Houston, their 63rd win, assures the team will lose less than a hundred games in a season for the first time in the five-year history of the franchise. The Amazin's, who will finish the campaign in ninth place with a 66-95 record, averaged 113 losses a season during their first four years in the league.
1966 In his second major league game, Tom Phoebus hurls his second straight shutout in the Orioles’ 4-0 victory over the A’s. In his major league debut five days ago, the 24 year-old right-handed rookie also blanked the Angels, earning a 2-0 complete-game victory at Memorial Stadium.
1968 Mickey Mantle hit his 536th and final home run of his 18-year major league career. The homer is given up by Jim Lonborg in a 4-3 loss to the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.
1969 Giving the Pirates their third win in two days against the eventual world champs, Bob Moose no-hits the first-place Mets at Shea Stadium, 4-0. The 21-year old Pirates right-hander will compile a 14-3 record with a 2.91 ERA for the third-place Bucs this season.
1972 By scoring all of their runs in the second inning, the Braves put it on cruise control beating the Astros, 13-6. Only 2061 fans are on hand at Atlanta Stadium to enjoy the big inning.
1972 With a 6-2 complete-game victory over Montreal at Wrigley Field, Milt Pappas wins his 200th major league game. The Cubs' right-hander becomes the first hurler to reach the milestone without the benefit of a single 20-win season.
1973 After sharing the news on the NBC Today Show, Willie Mays officially announces his retirement at a press conference held at the ballpark's Diamond Club. In five days, the aging superstar will be feted with a night at Shea Stadium.
1973 The Pirates just miss' scoring in the top of the 13th inning when Dave Augustine’s ‘home run' bounces off the top of the fence into the glove of left fielder Cleon Jones, who relays the ball to Wayne Garrett in time for the third baseman to nail Richie Zisk at the plate. In the bottom of the frame, Mets rookie catcher Ron Hodges ends the Shea Stadium contest, which will become known as the 'Ball on the Wall Game’, with a one-out single off Bucs’ reliever Dave Giusti, plating John Milner for the 4-3 victory.
1980 In memory of Thurman Munson, a bronze plaque is dedicated to the deceased New York catcher in Yankee Stadium's Memorial Park. The 32-year old team captain Munson was killed last season attempting to land his Cessna Citation at Akron-Canton Airport.
1980 Baltimore hurler Steve Stone ties a club record for the most wins in a season when he beats the Blue Jays for his 24th victory. The Orioles’ right-hander matches the 1970 totals of both Mike Cuellar and Dave McNally.
1983 In the first inning of a 14–1 rain-shortened five-inning victory over the Orioles, the Tigers stroke 10 consecutive hits and score 11 runs. Detroit's opening offense ties the American League record for runs scored to start a game, which was established by the Boston Americans in 1901.

1984 With a 5-4 victory over San Francisco at Jack Murphy Stadium, the Padres win their first division crown. In addition to winning the clincher, Tim Lollar hits a three-run home run in the second inning to help his cause.
1986 Tying the National League record for steals in one game, Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn swipes five bases as the Astros beat San Diego, 10–6. During his 20-year career, the .338 lifetime hitter will average only 16 stolen bases per season.
1988 Wade Boggs becomes the first player in this century to get 200 hits in six consecutive years. The 30-year old Red sox third baseman will extend the streak to seven straight seasons with 205 hits in 1989.
1992 Phillies' second baseman Mickey Morandini catches Jeff King's line drive, steps on second doubling up Andy Van Slyke and tags Barry Bonds to complete an unassisted triple play in a 3-2 loss to the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium.
1995 The Padres play their one-thousandth home game without having a rain out. The streak, which began on April 20, 1983, will end on May 12, 1998, a total of 1,184 games over a span of 15 years.
1995 The Rockies equal a franchise record for runs scored as they rout the Padres on 23 hits, 20-1. Colorado outfielder Matt Holliday also ties a club mark with an eight RBI day, homering twice in the Coors Field contest.
1996 Eddie Murray’s 500th home run ball is sold to Michael Lasky for $280,000 and it could be worth as much as $500,000 thanks to an annuity to be paid over 20 years. The new owner, who is the founder of the Psychic Friends Network, plans to put the Camden Yards souvenir on public display for “the people of Baltimore".
1997 Cardinal Mark McGwire becomes the first major leaguer to hit 20 home runs for two different teams in the same season. 'Big Mac' had hit 34 with the A's before being traded to St. Louis.
1998 After nearly 16 years of not missing a game, Cal Ripken takes himself out of the lineup after playing in a major-league record 2,632 consecutive games. The Orioles shortstop's consecutive streak ends in Baltimore's loss to the Yankees at Camden Yards in a nationally televised Sunday night game.
1998 At Milwaukee's County Stadium, Cardinals' first baseman Mark McGwire extends his home run record to 65 and should have had his 66th homer of the season, but his fly ball to center field is ruled a ground rule double due to fan interference which video replays clearly show as the wrong call. Big Mac's first inning round-tripper, his 32th hit as a visiting player, breaks George Foster's 1977 National League and ties 1927 Babe Ruth's records for home runs hit on the road.
2002 Oriole infielder Mike Bordick sets a major league record when he plays his 102nd successive game at shortstop without committing an error. Mets middle infielder Rey Ordonez had established the previous mark over the 1999-2000 seasons.
2002 With a 9-3 victory over the Astros at Busch Stadium, the Cardinals clinch the Central Division of the National League. An emotional on- field celebration includes Albert Pujols carrying Darryl Kile's No. 57 jersey onto the field in tribute of the pitcher who died unexpectedly in June.
2003 Unlike this season when the team played twenty-five percent of its home games in San Juan, the players vote to play their entire 2004 home schedule in Montreal. The MLB owners, who collectively own the franchise, have been considering moving the Expos permanently to Washington, D.C., Portland (Oregon) or Monterrey (Mexico) or continuing the present format by having the team split home games between different locations (Puerto Rico or Mexico and Montreal).
2003 When Marcus Giles sends Brad Penny's 3-2 pitch into the stands, the Braves tie the National League record by having six players to hit at least 20 home runs in season. Along with the Atlanta's second baseman, Javy Lopez, Gary Sheffield, Andruw Jones, Chipper Jones and Vinny Castilla equal the mark established by Eddie Mathews (32), Hank Aaron (32), Joe Torre (27), Felipe Alou (23) Mack Jones (31) and Gene Oliver (21) of the 1965 Milwaukee Braves.
2006 Although the team bows to the Blue Jays at the Stadium, the Yankees capture their ninth consecutive AL East title thirty minutes later as the second place Red Sox are defeated by the Twins. The Bronx Bombers become the second team in the Big Apple this week to pop the champagne as their crosstown rivals, the Mets, clinched the NL East Division two days ago.
2006 After a Royals 3-0 loss to the Angels, KC skipper Buddy Bell announces he needs to take a medical leave to treat a growth in his tonsils and will be replaced in the dugout by bench coach Billy Doran. The manager's wife, Gloria, has also battled tonsil cancer.
2007 With his 4-for-4 performance and getting hit with a pitch with the bases loaded, September call-up J.R. Towles establishes a franchise-record eight RBIs as the Astros rout the Cardinals, 18-1. The outstanding offensive output by the 23-year old rookie catcher, who started the season with the Single-A Salem Avalanche, helps Houston produce its most lopsided victory in team history.
2008 With a 5-4 victory over St. Louis at Wrigley Field, the Cubs win their second straight National League Central Division championship. It is the first time the club will appear in consecutive postseasons since the 1906-08 teams played in the World Series.
2009 The Cubs suspend Milton Bradley for the rest of the year, a day after the turbulent outfielder criticizes the team in a newspaper interview citing there wasn't a “positive environment” in the organization, and he could see why the club hasn’t won a championship in the last century. The decision whether Chicago brings back the 32-year old, who still has two years remaining on a $30 million, three-year contract he signed as a free agent last offseason, will be general manager Jim Hendry’s call, according to manager Lou Piniella.
2010 A teen-age fan, wearing a red spandex suit with a red mask, is subdued by Matt Diaz after the intruder runs onto the field and eludes a security guard during the Braves-Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park. The Braves' left fielder tackles the costumed 17-year old, who will be released from juvenile detention tomorrow afternoon with the parents apologizing for their son's actions.
2010 George Steinbrenner is honored with a 7-by-5-foot, 760-pound monument of bronze atop a granite base in Monument Park. The unveiling of the tribute to the recently deceased Yankee owner is attended by estranged former manager Joe Torre, who is making his first visit to the new Yankee Stadium.
2011 Clayton Kershaw becomes the Dodgers' first 20-game winner since Ramon Martinez accomplished the feat in 1990. Allowing just one run in 7 1/3 innings, the southpaw gets the victory when LA beats the visiting Giants, 2-1.

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