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This Day in Baseball History
June 22nd

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1925 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.
1926 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.
1932 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.
1936 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.

1941 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.
1944 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.
1944 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.
1947 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.
1959 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.
1962 Al Jacksonáthrows the first one-hitter in franchise history when the Mets beat the Colt .45's, the National League's other expansion team, at the Polo Grounds, 2-0. The lone hit given up by the southpaw isáJoey Amalfitano's line drive singleáto left field in the first inning.
1962 Boog Powell becomes the first Oriole player to homer over the center field hedge 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.
1966 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.
1976 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.
1977 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.
1979 With the Orioles trailing 5-3, going into the bottom of the ninth inning, Doug DeCinces hits a two-out walk-off home run off reliever Dave Tobik to give the team a 6-5 victory over the Tigers at Memorial Stadium. The win is credited for triggering the start of "Oriole Magic", igniting an atmosphere of unbridled enthusiasm in the Charm City for the franchise.

1982 The Phillies' Pete Rose moves past Hank Aaron into second place for career hits when he doubles off of Redbird right-hander John Stuper for his 3,772nd hit. 'Charlie Hustle', 419 hits shy of Ty Cobb's record, will surpass the Georgia Peach's total in 1985 with his 4,192nd hit, a single to left-center field at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium off San Diego's Eric Show.
1984 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.
1987 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.
1993 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.

1994 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.
1994 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.
1997 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.
1998 At Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, the Marlins defeat the Devil Rays in an interleague 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.
1999 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 in a game played in July of 1930.
2001 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.
2002 Going going 0-for-4, Luis Castillo's 35-game hitting streak comes to an end when he is left on deck as the Marlins cap off a four-run, ninth-inning rally to beat 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.
2002 A saddened Joe Girardi, the Cubs' player rep, informs the Wrigley Field crowd the scheduled game between St. Louis and the Cubs is postponed due to the death of Darryl Kile, who 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.

2006 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.
2006 Opposing a pitcher who was born the year before he began his major league career, Roger Clemens makes his much-hyped season debut against the Twins. The 'Rocket', starting his 23rd major league season, is bested by Francisco Liriano, a 22 year-old pitching sensation from the Dominican Republic, when Minnesota beats the Astros, 4-2.
2007 The fifth longest consecutive game streak in baseball history comes to an end at 1,152 when Miguel 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.
2008 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.
2010 Rays announcer Dewayne Staats, before calling his 5000th major league game, throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the hometown team's 2-1 loss to San Diego at Tropicana Field. The veteran broadcaster, in his 25th season, has also done play-by-play for the Cubs, Astros, and ESPN.
2011 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.
2011 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.

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