Joe DiMaggio becomes the first Yankee and fifth player in major league history to hit two home runs in one inning. The 21-year old rookie outfielder’s homers come in the fifth frame in an 18-11 trouncing of the White Sox at Comiskey Park.
Traveling at dusk in a light rain on Washington's Highway 10 en route to Bremerton, eight Spokane Indians players and their manager, Mel Cole, are killed when their team bus veers off a Cascade Mountain pass road to avoid an oncoming car approximately sixty miles east of Seattle. Jack Lohrke, a future infielder with the Giants and Phillies, will become known as 'Lucky', having left the bus at its last stop 15 minutes before the accident at Snoqualmie Pass because he had received orders to report to San Diego.
At Forbes Field, Jackie Robinson steals home in the Dodgers’ 4-2 victory over the Pirates. It is the Brooklyn infielder's first thievery of the dish, something the rookie will accomplish 19 times during his ten-year career.
Giants' catcher Wes Westrum hits three home runs and a triple. The 27-year old backstop's fifteen total bases help New York defeat Cincinnati at the Polo Grounds, 12-2.
Willie Mays makes his professional baseball debut playing centerfield for Trenton, the Giants' farm team in the Class B Inter State League. The 20-year old outfielder from Alabama goes hitless in the game against Hagerstown in Maryland, but will hit .353 in 81 games, before being promoted to the Minneapolis Millers, the Triple A affiliate of the parent club.
The Braves sign right-hander Joey Jay from Middletown, Connecticut as an amateur free agent. The 17-year old bonus baby will become the first former Little Leaguer to play in the major leagues.
In an 18-7 Washington loss to the Tigers, Senator third baseman Harmon Killebrew hits his first major league home run. The 18-year old rookie, who becomes known as 'Killer', will finish his 22-year Hall of Fame career with 573 homers.
Stan Musial returns to the Cardinals' lineup after being benched at the start of the season by skipper Solly Hemus, who tried to implement a youth movement in the organization. The 39-year old future Hall of Famer responds with a single in the team's 4-3 loss to Philadelphia.
The longest game ever played in Yankee history ends thanks to a home run hit by Jack Reed in the 22nd inning. The Mississippi native's lone big league career homer helps the Bronx Bombers beat Detroit in Tiger Stadium, 9-7.
Jim Northrup becomes the sixth big leaguer to hit two grand slams in the same game. The “Slammer’s” power surge in the fifth (off Eddie Fisher) and sixth (off Billy Rohr) frames enables the Tigers to rout the Indians at Cleveland Stadium, 14-3.
Phillies skipper Bob Skinner suspends Dick Allen indefinitely after the slugger fails to appear for a twilight doubleheader at Shea Stadium against New York. The 27-year old first baseman, who will be reinstated on July 20, got stuck in traffic after watching a horse race in New Jersey.
In the last game ever played at Crosley Field, Lee May and Johnny Bench hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth to give the Reds a 5-4 win. After the game home plate is presented to Mayor Eugene Ruehlman and is flown by helicopter to the Reds' new home, Riverfront Stadium.
After fouling off a ninth-inning "Folly Floater" thrown by Steve Hamilton in the eventual 7-2 Cleveland victory at Yankee Stadium, Tony Horton asks the New York hurler to throw him the pitch again. The Indians first baseman crawls back to the dugout when his second foul ball is caught by backstop Thurman Munson.
After hitting what appears to be a three-run homer in the third inning at Metropolitan Stadium, Ralph Garr is called out for passing teammate Jim Essian, who waited at first base to make sure the ball cleared the fence. The White Sox outfielder known as the Road Runner is awarded a two-run single, but the mistake proves costly when Chicago loses the game in Minnesota, 7-6.
Bob Watson completes the cycle with an eighth-inning RBI single, leading the Houston to a 6-5 victory over San Francisco at the Astrodome. The 31 year-old first baseman will become the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat in both leagues when he also collects a single, double, triple, and home run in a contest playing for the Red Sox in 1979.
In a 5-1 defeat to Texas, future Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson makes his major league debut with the A's. The 20-year old outfielder singles and doubles and swipes the first of his 1,406 stolen bases, a major league record.
In one of the longest games ever played, it takes 27 innings for the Bluefield Orioles to beat the hometown Burlington Indians, 3-2. The Appalachian League contest, which ended at 3:27 in the morning, lasted eight hours and 15 minutes.
In a tribute held at Shea Stadium, Tom Seaver (41) becomes the only Met player to have his uniform number retired. In addition to managers Casey Stengel (37) and Gil Hodges (14), the future Hall of Fame right-hander, who compiled a 198-124 record (.615) during a dozen seasons with the Amazins, becomes the third person to be honored by the franchise in this manner.
Much to the protest of the Yankees brass, Fay Vincent permanently suspends pitcher Steve Howe for repeated drug offenses, after the left-handed reliever is arrested for buying a gram of cocaine. In November, an arbitrator will overturn the lifetime ban, allowing the former Rookie of the Year to enjoy one of his best seasons when he saves 15 games with a 1.80 ERA for the Bronx Bombers in 1994.
During the Marlins' fire sale, San Diego goes shopping and acquires Gary Sheffield, Rich Rodriguez, and an unheralded rookie right-hander. The little-known freshman reliever is Trevor Hoffman, who will go on to save 552 games for the Padres during his fifteen and half years with the franchise.
Randy Johnson breaks Ron Guidry's American League record for strikeouts in a game by a left-hander. The Mariners southpaw whiffs 19 A's, but still losses the Kingdome contest, 4-1.
With a bunt single in the second, a double in the fifth, a triple in the sixth, and a homer in the seventh, Brad Wilkerson becomes the fifth Expo player to hit for the cycle. The left fielder's 4-for-4 performance, which drives in four runs, enables Montreal to beat Pittsburgh, 6-4.
After enjoying a 6-for-6 performance against Philadelphia three days ago, Nomar Garciaparra goes 5-for-5 in the Red Sox' 10-1 rout of Detroit at Fenway Park. All eleven hits are singles.
In a slugfest at the Skydome, Julio Lugo goes 5-for-5 to set a club record for hits in a game. The Toronto shortstop's effort isn't enough to stop the Devil Rays as they pound out 24 hits en route to a 19-13 rout of the Blue Jays.
Due to Bernie Williams dropping a ball in center field, the Mets become the first National League team to hit three sacrifice flies in one inning. Backstop Ramon Castro's sac fly to right ties the game at 1-1 as David Wright advances to third; the Yankees' center fielder then drops Jose Reyes' deep fly ball, allowing Wright to score; Mike Cameron skies to right plating Mientkiewicz, who had advanced to third on an errant pick off throw.
During an eventual 11-0 inter-league loss to the Mariners at Shea Stadium, Brian Runge enrages Jerry Manuel when the ump appears to show up Carlos Beltrán after calling a strike on the center fielder. The commissioner’s office will suspend the home plate umpire for one game for bumping the Mets manager during the ensuing heated argument, with the New York skipper and outfielder, who were both thrown out of the game, being fined for arguing balls and strikes.
The Chiefs and Dragons bench-clearing brawl, which results in 15 players being ejected, although some will be allowed back into the game so that the teams could complete the Midwest League contest, starts when Peoria right-hander Julio Castillo fires a ball toward the Dayton dugout, causing both teams to charge the Fifth Third Field. The 20-year-old Dominican starter will be arrested on a felony assault charge because his errant throw ricochets into the crowd hitting a male fan.
In New York's 4-2 loss to Colorado, A.J. Burnett becomes the first Yankee hurler to strike out four hitters in one inning. The right-hander starts the sixth frame by whiffing Rockies batters Chris Iannetta and Carlos Gonzalez and when Chris Nelson reaches first base after swinging at a wild pitch for a third strike, he faces Todd Helton and strikes him out swinging to end the inning.
Michael Kacer, a 29-year old veteran who lost his arm during a rocket attack in Afghanistan, makes an amazing grab of Curtis Granderson's foul ball at Yankee Stadium. The event attracts national attention when the video of the catch becomes viral on the web, and with ESPN including it in its top plays segment on SportsCenter.
The Nationals name bench coach John McLaren as the interim manager to replace the departed Jim Riggleman, who surprised the team by quitting yesterday. Washington GM Mike Rizzo indicates the appointment is just for a few games, and will name Davey Johnson as the long-term replacement in the next few days.
For the second time in two years a club plays as a road team in their own ballpark when the Marlins' three-game series with the Mariners is shifted to Safeco Field due to preparations at Sun Life Stadium for a U2 concert to be held in Miami. Last season, MLB moved the Blue Jays home series against the Phillies, scheduled to be played at Rogers Centre, due to security concerns raised because of protests at the G20 Summit that was being held near the Toronto stadium.
In their 5-1 inter-league loss to the Rays at Minute Maid Park, the Astros become the first team to use three pitchers with the same last name in a single game. Houston starter Wandy Rodriguez is followed to the mound by Fernando Rodriguez in the seventh and eighth with Aneury Rodriguez tossing a scoreless ninth frame.
At Tropicana Field, the Rays halt the Blue Jays' 11-game winning streak, 4-3, thanks to back-to-back-to-back home runs in the second inning by James Loney, Wil Myers, and Sam Fuld. It is the second time in franchise history that the team has hit three consecutive home runs; Evan Longoria, Willy Aybar and Dioner Navarro accomplished the feat in Anaheim in 2008.