Max Carey gets two hits in both the first and eighth innings when the Pirates beat the Cardinals at Sportsman's Park, 24-6. The feat will not be accomplished again until Rennie Stennett, also with Pittsburgh, collects two hits in one inning twice, the first and the fifth frames, in 1975.
The Cardinals pick up future Hall of Famer Grover Cleveland Alexander, who was placed on waivers by the Cubs. The acquisition of 'Old Pete' will prove to be pivotal to the Redbirds' World Series triumph over the Yankees when the 39 year-old right-hander wins Games 2 and 6 and saves Game 7 of the Fall Classic.
The National League finally approves the use of uniform numbers to identify players. Although some teams in the AL implemented digits on their jerseys on a regular basis a few seasons ago, the Senior Circuit had refused to follow suit, probably as the result of the Cardinals being harassed by opposing players and fans when they wore numerals on their sleeves in 1923.
At Brooklyn's Ebbets Field, Ival Goodman hits an unusual home run when his fifth-inning fly ball lands and stays on top of the scoreboard in right field. With the perched ball considered in play, the three Dodger outfielders watch the Reds' right fielder round the bases for an easy inside-the park round-tripper in their 7-2 loss to Cincinnati.
In their 5-4 victory over Detroit, the Yankees establish a new record by hitting at least one home run in 18 straight contests. Joe DiMaggio's sixth inning blast not only breaks the major league mark, previously held by the Tigers, but also continues his own consecutive game hitting streak to 35 games.
In the first game of a twin bill, Charley Schantz gets the win when the Phillies blank Boston for 15 innings, matching the longest shutout in franchise history. Philadelphia right-fielder Ron Northey's homer in the top of the frame scores the game's only run in the 1-0 victory at Braves Field.
Boston right-hander Jim Tobin holds the Phillies hitless in the shortened five-inning nightcap, blanking Philadelphia at Braves Field, 7-0. In April, 'Abba Dabba' threw a full-game no-hitter against Brooklyn.
After pitching a no-hitter four days ago against the Braves, Reds hurler Ewell Blackwell loses his chance for a second consecutive no-hitter when Dodger second baseman Eddie Stanky singles with one out the ninth inning at Crosley Field.
Sandy Koufax goes the distance, beating Philadelphia at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, 6-2. The Dodger southpaw fans 16 Phillies to set a new record for strikeouts in a night game.
Boog Powell becomes the first Oriole player to homer over the center field hedge at in Baltimore's Memorial Stadium with a 469-foot blast off Don Schwall in the Birds' 4-3 victory over Boston. In 1957, Yankee superstar Mickey Mantle became the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat.
At the Astrodome, Houston sets a home attendance mark which will last for 22 years. Dodger southpaw Sandy Koufax, who tosses a complete game to improve his record to 13-2, beats the hometown team, 5-2, in front of the 50,908 fans attending the Wednesday contest.
In the seventh inning of a 4–2 Padres win over home town San Francisco, Randy Jones ties Christy Mathewson's NL mark by going 68 innings without issuing a base on balls. The southpaw's streak will end when he walks Marc Hill leading off the next frame, keeping the 63-year-old record intact.
In a 7-4 victory over the Orioles at Memorial Stadium, the Red Sox collect their 100th round-tripper of the season, the earliest the club has ever reached the milestone. Today's homers, hit by George Scott, Jim Rice, Carlton Fisk (2) and Butch Hobson all off Jim Palmer, contribute to a major league record of 29 home runs launched by one club in a span of eight consecutive games.
Phillies' Pete Rose moves into second place for career hits by a National Leaguer, passing Hank Aaron with his 3,772nd hit. The historic hit is a third inning double off of Cardinal hurler John Stuper.
In an emotional home plate ceremony prior to the Twins contest at the Metrodome, a letter of intent is signed by Calvin Griffith and his sister Thelma Hayes ending the longest family ownership of a team in baseball history. The franchise, originally based in Washington, D.C. and owned by the Griffiths since 1920, is sold to Carl Pohlad, a Minnesota banker.
After spending over two weeks training to make a comeback with the Mets, Tom Seaver announces his retirement. The future Hall of Famer ends his career with 311 victories, of which 198 came wearing a Met uniform.
On his final day as a professional baseball player, 45-year old White Sox backstop Carlton Fisk catches his 2,226th game to surpass Bob Boone as the all-time leader. 'Pudge' played the first 11 seasons in his 24-year major league career with the Red Sox.
Hitting his 31st home run of the season, Ken Griffey Jr. breaks Babe Ruth's record for most homers before July 1. Although the Yankee slugger needed only 63 games to reach 30 homers in 1928 and 68 games in 1930, Junior accomplishes the feat in the Mariners' 70th game of the season.
In the Mets' 5-2 victory at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, southpaw closer John Franco picks up his 253rd save‚ the most by a left hander. The first two Braves' batters in the lineup, Roberto Kelly and Jeff Blauser‚ both hit home runs off New York starter Pete Smith, but the back-to-back first inning round-trippers will prove to be the only scoring done by the team for the rest of the game.
Four Braves players homer in the third inning of the team's 12-5 rout of Philadelphia at Veterans Stadium. The round-trippers by Chipper Jones, Fred McGriff, Michael Tucker and Jeff Blauser account for six of the nine runs scored in the frame.
At Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, the Marlins defeat the Devil Rays in an inter-league contest, 3-2. The Citrus Series contest marks the first time the two major league teams from Florida have faced one another in the regular season.
Although he has been dead for fifty-one years, Hack Wilson is awarded another RBI, increasing his major league RBI record to 191. The commissioner's office revises the total after baseball's historian Jerome Holtzman discovered the Cubs outfielder did not get credit for driving in Kiki Cuyler with a third-inning single inning in a game played in July of 1930.
The Braves trade John Rocker along with minor league third baseman Troy Cameron to the Indians in a four-player deal in return for relievers Steve Karsay and Steve Reed as well as cash. The Atlanta fireballer became a national figure after his negative comments about New Yorkers, homosexuals, unwed moms and immigrants appeared in Sports Illustrated.
Commissioner Bud Selig decides to postpone the scheduled game between St. Louis and the Cubs when pitcher Darryl Kile is found dead in his Chicago hotel room as the result of coronary disease. The 33-year old Cardinal right-hander is the first active major league player to pass away during the regular season since 1979, when Yankee captain Thurman Munson was killed while practicing landing his plane at the Akron-Canton Airport.
Going going 0-for-4, Luis Castillo's 35-game hitting streak comes to an end when he is left on deck as the the Marlins cap off a four-run, ninth-inning rally to beat the Detroit 5-4. The streak is the longest ever accomplished by a second baseman, a mark that Phillies' second-sacker Chase Utley will equal in 2006.
Opposing a pitcher who was born in the year before he began in major league career, Roger Clemens makes his much-hyped season debut against the Twins. The 'Rocket', starting his 23-year major league season, is bested by Francisco Liriano, a 22-year-old pitching sensation from the Dominican Republic, as Minnesota beats the Astros, 4-2.
In just his fourth major league start, Cardinals starter Anthony Reyes throws a one-hitter, but is beaten by the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, 1-0. The only hit the Redbird rookie right-hander gives up is Jim Thome's seventh inning solo home run.
The fifth longest consecutive game streak in baseball history comes to an end at 1,152 when Migel Tejada sits out when Baltimore plays the Diamondbacks in Arizona. The Oriole shortstop, who was struck by San Diego's Doug Brocail two games ago, resulting in a non-displaced fracture of the left radius, continued his streak yesterday with an attempted sac bunt, but was lifted for a pinch runner in the first inning.
Mark Teixeira's three home runs account for half of the Braves' runs in their 8-3 interleague victory over Seattle. Atlanta's switch-hitting first baseman smacks solo shots from the left side in the second and fourth innings, and then adds a two-run round-tripper batting right-handed in the seventh frame of the Turner Field contest.
The Marlins tie the franchise record for most losses in a month when they are beaten by the Angels in 10 innings, 6-5. The defeat is the team's 20th out of 22 decisions in June.
In the nightcap of a twin bill split with New York, Chris Heisey blasts three homers and drives in half of the Reds' runs in the team's 10-2 interleague rout of the Bronx Bombers. The Cincinnati leadoff hitter goes deep off Brian Gordon in the first and fifth, and in the eighth frame connects off Hector Noesi in the Great American Ball Park contest.