At the Baker Bowl, Ed Reulbach goes the distance when the Cubs defeat Philadelphia in 20 innings, 2-1. The right-handed rookie will finish the season with 18-14 (.563), along with an ERA of 1.42.
Billy Sullivan snags three baseballs dropped by batterymate Ed Walsh from atop of the 555-foot Washington Momument. The White Sox catcher, feeling the 200-to-300 pound force the objects gain in their vertical descent, nixes the idea of trying to catch a ball tossed from a plane.
Indian right-hander Ray Caldwell is knocked unconscious after being struck by lightning with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. The free-wheeling spitballer refuses to leave the game, needing just one more out for the win, and goes on to record the final out for the 2-1 victory over Philadelphia at Cleveland's League Park.
Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams, in Detroit's 12-1 blowout of the team, pitches the last two innings of the first game of a doubleheader at Fenway Park. The 'Splendid Splinter', who strikes out Rudy York on three pitches, allows only one run on three hits.
During a double-header against the Cardinals, a rag tag group of five 'musicians', dubbed the Dodger SymPhony by announcer Red Barber, makes their Ebbets Field's debut. This band, in which none of the members can read music, performs their zany antics at all evening and weekend games.
A thousand fans behind the Browns dugout are given yes and no signs to vote on decisions to be made by the coaching staff. Owner Bill Veeck's idea appears to work as St. Louis beats the A’s, 5-3. Ned Garver picks up the win.
After being demoted to the minor leagues six weeks ago, Mickey Mantle returns to the Yankee lineup, going 1-for-4 with a first-inning single off Early Wynn, in the team's 2-0 victory in Cleveland. The game will mark the first time the future Hall of Fame outfielder will wear the iconic #7 on the back of his uniform jersey; his original #6 was given away during his absence to infielder Bobby Brown, who had worn the numeral in previous seasons.
Johnny Kucks needs only 73 pitches to blank the Pale Hose, 2-0, on four hits in a two-hour contest played at Yankee Stadium. The 24 year-old All-Star right-hander, who improves his record to 17-7, has become the team's #2 starter, behind Whitey Ford, for the eventual world champs.
The Dodgers, in a 13-3 loss to Milwaukee at Ebbets Field, use eight pitchers in one game, tying a major league record. Johnny Podres gives up three home runs in the fourth frame when Nippy Jones, Hank Aaron, and Andy Pafko all go deep off the Brooklyn starter.
During a dull game, Vin Scully, the play-by-play voice of the Dodgers, knowing that many fans in the stands follow the game on transistor radios, asks his listeners to help him surprise third base umpire Frank Secory. His ballpark audience responds when the veteran broadcaster tells them, "Let's have some fun. As soon as the inning is over I'll count to three, and on three everybody yell, 'Happy birthday, Frank!'".
The Little League World Series is televised for the first time. With ABC's Wide World of Sports providing coverage of the championship game, Grenada Hills (CA) beats Stratford (CT), 2-1.
The Pilots trade Jim Bouton to the Astros for Roric Harrison and Dooley Womack. The reinvented knuckleball pitcher, who posted a 2-1 record along with an ERA of 3.91 in his 57 games with the Northwest expansion team, will continue to chronicle the 1969 season for his controversial book, Ball Four./i>
At Wrigley Field, Ernie Banks hits the final home run of his career in the Cubs' 5-4 loss to Cincinnati. Mr. Cub's 512th round-tripper, tying him for seventh-place on the all-time list with Edie Mathews, comes in the fourth frame off right-hander Jim McGlothlin, a two-out solo shot to left field that ties the score at 3-3.
Sitting in the top row of the bleachers at Cleveland Stadium, John Adams begins a tradition, that continues to this day, when he bangs on his drum to cheer on the Tribe. In 2011, the team paid tribute to the fan-favorite, in a pre-game ceremony commemorating his 3000th game that included Adams taking a ceremonial swing with his drum at a pitch thrown by Joe Charboneau.
Ed Halicki, inthe second game of a doubleheader sweep, no-hits the Mets, 6-0. The Candlestick Park masterpiece includes ten strikeouts by the Giants right-hander, who will never have a winning season in San Francisco and will post a 55-66 record during his seven year career.
Dave Lopes steals his major league record 38th consecutive base, but the streak will be stopped by Montreal backstop Gary Carter when he attempts to swipe another base in the Dodger Stadium contest. The second baseman will be thrown out in the 12th inning of the team's 5-3 loss in fourteenth frames.
At Tiger Stadium, Bill Freehan hits his 200th and final home run in a 12-7 loss to the White Sox. The Detroit catcher will finish his career with 100 homers hit at home, with the other 100 dingers hit on the road.
John Wathan breaks Ray Schalk's 1916 record for stolen bases by a catcher with his 31st stolen base of the season. The Royals' backstop accomplishes the feat when he swipes third base in the seventh inning of Kansas City's 5-3 victory over Texas at Arlington Stadium.
Orioles' southpaw Tippy Martinez picks off three runners in the tenth inning when the Blue Jays base runners take long leads, trying to take advantage of his new battery mate, Len Sakata, an infielder pressed into service behind the plate. The converted catcher gets revenge when his three-run homer in the bottom of the frame wins the game, 7-4.
Yankee Don Baylor ties a major league record when he is hit by a pitch for the 189th time in his career.
Pete Rose is banned from baseball for life by Commissioner Giamatti for gambling. The Reds' manager signs a five-page agreement with Giamatti in which he agrees to a lifetime penalty but does not admit to gambling on the national pastime.
Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. joins Babe Ruth, Ralph Kiner, Duke Snider, Ernie Banks, Harmon Killebrew and Mark McGwire as the only players to hit 40 homers in four consecutive seasons.
In his fifth rehabilitation start in the minors, Devil Rays' 26 year-old pitcher Tony Saunders' left arm breaks again throwing a wild pitch. The Devil Ray southpaw first broke his left humerus on May 26, 1999 throwing a 3-2 pitch in a game against the Rangers at Tropicana Field.
The wives of the three ironworkers who died in 1999 when a crane collapsed during the construction of Miller Park unveil Teamwork, a three-figured, 12-foot high bronze statuary honoring their husbands, Jeffery Wischer, William De Grave and Jerome Starr. The $250,000 sculpture, depicting a trio of construction workers wearing hardhats and carrying the tools of their trade, was commissioned by Milwaukee’s Habush, Habush and Rottier Charitable Foundation.
Bud Selig, citing how disruptive a delay in the major league schedule would be on pennant races, says it is unlikely major league players will ever be able to take part in the Olympics. The baseball commissioner hopes a World Cup, which begins in 2006, will serve as a substitute for the Summer Games.
After fouling off three Jose Valverde full-count fastballs, Mike Jacobs goes deep at BOB to become the only player to hit four home runs during the first four games of a major league career. The Mets rookie, who hits two round-trippers in the 18-4 rout of the Diamondbacks, has homered four times, including his first big league at-bat, in his first 13 plate appearances.
Sean Casey probably becomes the first player in baseball history to ground out to left field. The unique 5-7-3 play is the result of the batter starting to head back to the dugout, believing he was robbed of a hit, when the ball actually glanced off White Sox third baseman Joe Crede's glove, reaching left fielder Pablo Ozuna, whose throw to first base just beats the runner to the bag.
After waiting four hours and one minute to start the contest because of rain, the Yankees and Tigers begin an 11-inning marathon which takes four hours and 24 minutes to complete. The last pitch, which results in a three-run walk-off round-tripper hit by Detroit's shortstop Carlos Guillen, is thrown at 3:30 am and sends the several thousands fans remaining at Comerica Park home listening to Lionel Richie's 'All Night Long' as they exit the ballpark.
A day after protests concerning the sale of the gang-related items occurs in East Harlem, New Era announces it will remove the offending headwear which bears the colors and symbols of the Bloods, the Crips and the Latin Kings. Unknown to the Yankees, two white team caps had been wrapped with red and blue bandannas made by the MLB’s official cap manufacturer and had appeared to represent the Bloods and Crips, and also a black cap with the familiar interlocking NY had been available embroidered with a crown symbolic of the Latin Kings.
Padres starter Greg Maddux becomes the first pitcher to win 10 games in twenty consecutive seasons when he tosses seven solid innings in the team's 14-3 rout of Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park. During the streak, the right-hander compiled a 339-196 record, with 196 of those victories earned while hurling for the Braves.
Scoring at least one run in every inning, Hawaii wins the Little League World Series, beating Mexico, 12-3. To advance to the championship game, Waipahu scored six runs in the last inning (sixth), overcoming a four-run deficit, to beat Lake Charles, Louisiana in the semi-finals, 7-5.
After striking out, Denard Span is tossed from the game by plate umpire Brian Gorman for throwing his bat and helmet. The ejection comes after the game has ended as the rookie's called third strike is the final pitch of the Twins' 5-3 loss to the Angels.
Bud Selig, former Brewers owner and baseball's current commissioner, is honored with the unveiling of a bronze, seven-foot statue at Miller Park. Brian Maughan's piece of art, which portrays Selig with his right arm extended with his hand holding a baseball, joins the sculptures of Robin Yount and Hank Aaron in front of the Milwaukee ball park.
For the first time in history, the All-Star Game starters face each other in the same regular season when Mets right-hander Matt Harvey and Tigers' Max Scherzer are opposing pitchers in Detroit's 3-0 victory over the Amazins' at Citi Field, the site of this year's Mid-Summer Classic. The historic match up ends with the New York starter, who gives up 13 hits in 6.2 innings, going on the DL for season-ending surgery, and his opponent becoming just the third pitcher to start a season with a 19-1 record, joining Rube Marquard (1912 Giants) and Roger Clemens (2001 Yankees).
After the teams combine for 137 at-bats, 35 hits, 32 strikeouts and 28 walks, the Diamondbacks beat the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, 12-7. The 18-inning contest takes seven hours and six minutes to complete, making it the longest game in history, in terms of time, for both franchises.
Joc Pederson becomes the fourth player in the history of the Pacific Coast League to have a 30-30 season, and the first to accomplish the feat in 80 years, when he steals his 30th base for the Isotopes. The 22 year-old Albuquerque slugger, who has 32 home runs and a .432 slugging percentage in 116 games this season, will join the Dodgers when rosters expand next week.