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1914 Ben Tincup becomes the first person from the Cherokee tribe to play in the major leagues. The 21 year-old Phillies right-hander makes his debut at Forbes Field in an 8-2 loss to the Pirates.
1922 The Yankees, the Giants' tenants in the Polo Grounds since 1913, begin construction on their ballpark in the Bronx. The stadium will become known as the 'House that Ruth Built,' acknowledging the Babe's popularity and influence.
1925 Pete Donohue goes 5-for-5 with four singles and a home run when the Reds beat Philadelphia at the Baker Bowl, 11-2. The 24 year-old right-hander also gets the win, giving up seven hits, only two more than his production at the plate, in the complete-game victory.
1930 Babe Ruth ties a major league record, hitting five homers in two games and six in three games when he had a trio of round-trippers in the second game of yesterday's doubleheader, two more in the opener of today's twin bill, adding one more in the nightcap. Teammate Lou Gehrig also goes deep three times in the second game of the doubleheader, a 20-13 Yankee victory over the A's at Philadelphia's Shibe Park.
1933 Yankee third baseman Joe Sewell is struck out for the first time this season, a victim of Cleveland's Wes Ferrell. The 34 year-old infielder, playing in his final season, will strike out only three more times in 524 at-bats.
1938 Ted Lyons records his 200th career win when Chicago beats Washington at Griffith Stadium, 9-2. The future Hall of Famer, nicknamed Sunday Teddy for his success on the Sabbath, winning 52 of 82 decisions on that day of the week from 1939 until 1942, will compile a 260-230 record during a 21-year major league career, all with the White Sox.
1942 Ted Williams is sworn into the U.S. Navy but will remain with the Red Sox until called for active duty. Earlier in the year, a public outcry occurred when the Boston outfielder asked to be reclassified from Class 1-A to 3-A, due to being the sole support of his mother, causing the Quaker Oats Company to drop him from their ads.
1952 The Celler congressional committee concludes the need to regulate baseball is unnecessary. The report states that the major leagues can solve their issues and opposes legislation exempting the sport's reserve clause from existing antitrust laws.
1954 Due to Reds' manager Birdie Tebbetts implementing a four-man outfield against Stan Musial, the box score for the contest shows left-handed thrower Nino Escalera coming into the game as a shortstop. In reality, although Escalera replaced infielder Roy McMillian, the rookie manager stationed him in right-center between Cincinnati outfielders Wally Post and Gus Bell.

1957 At Fenway Park, the Red Sox go deep four times in the sixth inning in an 11-0 rout over Cleveland. Gene Mauch, Ted Williams, Dick Gernert, and Frank Malzone all homer on the first 16 pitches thrown by Cal McLish.
1959 Hoyt Wilhelm one-hits the Yankees in the Orioles' 5-0 victory at Memorial Stadium. Jerry Lumpe's single in the eighth spoils the knuckleballer's bid for a no-hitter.
1962 Roger Maris is intentionally walked four times to establish a major league record. The quartet of free passes is issued by four different Halo hurlers in New York's' 2-1 victory over the Angels in 12 innings at Yankee Stadium.
1963 Mickey Mantle once again barely misses becoming the first player to hit a home run out of Yankee Stadium. The monstrous walk-off blast off A's hurler Bill Fischer, giving the Yankees an 8-7 victory, lands just a few feet below the decorative facade down the right-field line.
1968 At Wrigley Field, Pirates' slugger Willie Stargell hits three home runs and barely misses a fourth in a 13-6 rout over the Cubs. 'Pops' also hit a single and a double, which bounced off the railing of the left-field fence back onto the playing field.

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1976 Reggie Smith drives in five runs in the Cardinals' 7-6 victory over Philadelphia at Veterans Stadium. The St. Louis switch-hitter's third homer of the game, a two-out solo shot in the ninth, proves to be the difference.
1977 The Red Sox (6) and Brewers (5) collectively hit 11 home runs, tying a major league record in Boston's 14-10 victory at Fenway Park. The round-tripper riot equals the total collected by the Yankees/Tigers in 1950 and matched by the Cubs/Mets in 1967.
1981 After an 11-25 (.306) start, the Twins make a managerial change, replacing Johnny Goryl. Billy Gardner, a very successful minor league skipper, winning six championships in 13 seasons, gets his first opportunity to manage a big-league club.
1982 In his last major league at-bat, Mario Mendoza, who will become a minor league hitting instructor, reaches first on a fielder's choice, ending his nine-year career with a .215 batting average. The Ranger infielder's name will become infamous, as players struggling at the plate will become known as performing below the 'Mendoza Line.'
1983 Cliff Johnson ties Jerry Lynch's major league mark when he hits the 18th pinch home run of his career. The eighth inning solo shot comes off Tippy Martinez in the Blue Jays' 5-0 victory over Baltimore at Exhibition Stadium.
1985 Pete Rose becomes the all-time leader in the National League for runs scored when he crosses the plate for the 2,108th time in his career. The Reds' player-manager surpasses Hank Aaron when he tallies a run in the sixth inning of a 7-4 loss to Chicago at Wrigley Field.
1990 During the Cubs' 2-1 victory against the Reds in a 16-inning contest at Wrigley Field, Andre Dawson is walked five times intentionally to set a major league record. Yankees outfielder Roger Maris established the previous mark of four free passes in a game on this date in 1962 and then equaled by Padres shortstop Gerry Templeton in 1985.
1992 Felipe Alou becomes the Expos manager, replacing Tom Runnels, who compiled 68-81 (.456) records during his one-plus seasons at the helm. The new 57 year-old skipper, who will manage the team for a decade, leads the 17-20 Montreal club to an eventual second-place finish in the National League East.
1995 After a brawl between the Durham Bulls and Winston-Salem Warthogs, which takes more than 30 minutes to sort out, ten players are ejected during 'Strike Out Domestic Violence Night' at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The president of the Carolina League will hand down 124 days of suspensions, including every player in uniform, for a specified amount of time.

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1998 Brian Cox enjoys a 6-for-6 performance, which includes a grand slam in the team's ten-run third inning when Florida State demolishes Delaware 27-6 in the NCAA Atlantic II Regionals. Matt Diaz, a freshman for the Seminoles, contributes three home runs to the routing of the Fightin' Blue Hens.
1998 The Mets send Preston Wilson, Geoff Goetz, and Ed Yarnell to the Marlins for Mike Piazza. Florida had acquired the All-Star catcher last week from the Dodgers, along with Todd Zeile in exchange for Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, Charles Johnson, Jim Eisenreich, and Manuel Barrios.
1999 Mark McGwire becomes the third player to launch a ball out of Dodger Stadium when one of his two home runs travels 483 feet in the Cardinals’ 10-7 victory at Chavez Ravine. The slugging first baseman joins Willie Stargell, who accomplished the feat twice in 1969 and 1973, and Mike Piazza, whose Ruthian blast cleared the ballpark two seasons ago.
1999 After a stint on the disabled list and a rainout, Yankees' right-hander Roger Clemens finally breaks the American League record for consecutive victories with 18, previously shared by Johnny Allen (Indians, 1936-37) and Dave McNally (Orioles, 1968-69). The somewhat anticlimactic accomplishment includes ten no-decisions.
2000 Scoring seven times in the bottom of the ninth, the Brewers make their biggest comeback in franchise history, knotting the score at nine before only 3,913 fans at County Stadium. Jose Hernandez's solo homer in the next inning completes the come-from-behind victory when Milwaukee beats the Astros, 10-9.
2001 For the second time this season, Barry Bonds homers in six consecutive games. His nine homers during this span establish a National League mark. Senators' slugger Frank Howard's 1968 feat of hitting ten homers in six games is the major league record.
2002 The A's deal a stunned Jeremy Giambi to the Phillies in exchange for pinch-hitter John Mabry. The former Oakland outfielder is four years younger than the Phillies' utility man, but he doesn't meet the 'Moneyball' approach preached by GM Billy Beane.
2002 Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura approves a $120 million financing framework for a $330 million open-air stadium. The bill has only lukewarm support because they are unsure if they'll be able to find the required down payment and get a guarantee from major league baseball that a team will play in Minnesota for at least 30 years.
2003 Arturo Moreno purchases the World Champion Angels from Walt Disney for $184 million to become the third owner in the 43-year history of the franchise. The 56 year-old outdoor advertising tycoon, a fourth-generation Mexican-American, is the first Hispanic to have a controlling interest in a major league club.
2004 Oakland retires Reggie Jackson jersey number 9, honoring the slugger who played his first nine Hall of Fame seasons with the A's, helping the team club capture three consecutive World Series (1972-74). The former Athletics' right fielder, who had his #44 retired by the Yankees in 1993, becomes the eighth player to have his digits retired by two or more teams.
2006 In a 3-1 loss to the Braves at Petco Park, Jake Peavy fans 16 batters to set a Padres regular-season record for strikeouts and helps the team reach a franchise mark for a nine-inning game with 18 Ks. The 24 year-old right-hander from Alabama, who struck out every batter in the starting lineup at least once, including getting Andruw Jones swinging in three consecutive at-bats, loses the game when the only fly ball he allows lands beyond the fence as Ryan Langerhans takes him deep for a two-run homer in the second frame.
2008 J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell both hit grand slams when the Red Sox beat Kansas City, 11-8. Daisuke Matsuzaka, who gives up three runs in 5.1 innings, remains unbeaten, improving his record to 8-0 with the Fenway Park victory.
2009 With a broken-bat triple in the sixth inning, Michael Cuddyer completes the cycle in the Twins' 11-3 victory over Milwaukee at the Metrodome. In his first three turns at-bat, the Minnesota right-fielder hit a three-run home run in the first inning, doubled to the gap for a ground-rule two-bagger in the third, and singled in the fourth frame.

2010 After setting the mark in his previous game, Mike Redmond's major league record errorless-streak behind the plate comes to an end when his throw to second base, trying to thwart a would-be base stealer, skips past Mark Grudzielanek. The Indians catcher's streak started on July 22, 2004, and covered a span of 253 games.
2010 Matt Stairs ties a major league mark when he homers for his eleventh team in San Diego's 2-1 interleague victory in Seattle. The Padres designated hitter's fourth-inning homer off Ian Snell ties Todd Zeile's record, who accomplished the feat by going deep in an Expo uniform in 2003.
2012 Ricky Nolasco becomes the franchise leader in career wins when Miami beats Colorado at Marlins Park, 7-6. The 29 year-old right-hander, who hit a double to put his team ahead, surpasses Dontrelle Willis for the most team victories, improving his record to 69-53 for the South Florida squad.
2014 Barack Obama becomes the first U.S. president to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown. During his visit, the Commander in Chief, a White Sox fan, holds FDR's green-light letter and a pair of spikes worn by Chicago's "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, who was one of the eight players banned from the game for their alleged role in fixing the 1919 World Series.


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