In his last minor league appearance, 23 year-old Cy Young strikes out 18 batters en route to tossing a no-hitter in a Tri-State contest against McKeesport (PA). The right-hander will amass a record 511 victories during his 22-year Hall of Fame career.
In a confrontation of future inaugural Hall of Famers, Honus Wagner goes 5-for-5 off Giants starter Christy Mathewson in the Pirates’ 7-2 victory over the Giants in front of an overflow crowd of 30,000 fans at the Polo Grounds. The Pittsburgh third baseman holds up a finger after each hit he collects to New York right fielder Mike Donlin, the hitless player he passes to take over the National League batting lead.
At Cleveland’s League Park, the A’s pull off two triple steals in one game. The double-triple takes place in the first inning and then again in the fourth as Philadelphia, who pummels the Indians, 14-1, will steal only 48 bases this season for the second lowest total in the league, being six swipes ahead of the Red Sox.
Lefty Grove, going the distance, wins his 20th game of the season when the A’s beat Cleveland at Shibe Park, 6-3. The Philadelphia southpaw, who improves his record to 20-2, is the second quickest player to reach the milestone, with Rube Marquard (Giants, July 19‚ 1912) being the only hurler to have accomplished the feat earlier in a season.
New York freshman Atley Donald sets the American League rookie record for consecutive wins when he goes the distance, beating the Browns at Yankee Stadium, 5-1. The 28 year-old right-hander, who is known as 'Swampy' to his teammates, limits St. Louis to five hits for his twelfth straight victory.
On his third try, Lefty Grove becomes the sixth pitcher in major league history since 1901 to earn his 300th victory. The 41 year-old Red Sox southpaw joins Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, and Eddie Plank in reaching the milestone when he beats Cleveland, 10-6, giving up 12 hits for his last victory in the big leagues.
Joe DiMaggio, who retired after 13 seasons with the Yankees with a .325 batting average, is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The 'Greatest Living Ballplayer', a title which will be officially bestowed on 'Joltin' Joe' based on a poll taken by MLB in 1969, is elected by the writers in his fourth year on the ballot.
Roberto Clemente becomes the only player ever to hit a walk-off inside-the-park grand slam, blasting a ninth-inning four-run homer off Jim Brosnan to give the Pirates a dramatic 9-8 walk-off victory over the Cubs at Forbes Field. Last season, the Pittsburgh right fielder's first-ever career round-tripper, which will be the first of ten IPHRs he will hit during his 18 years with the Bucs, also did not clear the fence.
By hitting four home runs in the doubleheader sweep of the White Sox, Roger Maris moves 25 games ahead of Babe Ruth's 1927 pace. The Yankee slugger now has 40 for the year and will finish the season with a record 61 round trippers.
At Sportsman's Park, Stan Musial surpasses Giants' legend Mel Ott as the National League’s all-time RBI leader. ‘Stan the Man’s’ two-run home run off Don Drysdale in a 5-2 loss to the Dodgers gives the Cardinals’ right fielder 1,862 career runs batted in with the Redbirds.
Red Sox great Ted Williams is inducted into the Hall of Fame. In his induction speech, the 'Splendid Splinter' makes a strong appeal for the inclusion of Negro League stars at Cooperstown.
Cubs general manager John Holland announces Whitey Lockman will manage the Cubs, replacing Leo Durocher, who 'stepped down' as the team’s skipper after posting a 535-526 (.504) record during his seven years at the helm. 'Leo the Lip' will be hired by the Astros to replace Harry Walker at the end of next month.
At Atlanta Stadium, Reds second baseman Joe Morgan's single scores Nate Colbert of the Padres in the bottom of the tenth inning to give the National League a 4-3 walk-off All-Star game victory over the Junior Circuit. The NL has won all seven of the extra-inning Mid-Summer Classics contests.
In his managerial debut with the club, Clyde King guides the Braves to a 1-0 extra-inning victory over San Diego. The former Giant skipper, who replaced the recently dismissed Eddie Matthews, will finish the season with a 38-25 record, but will be fired in August next year with his club mired in fifth place in the NL West.
In the second game of a Cleveland Stadium twi-night doubleheader, Buddy Bell launches a ninth-inning two-run home run to tie the score at 3, enabling the Indians to beat Baltimore in 13 innings, 5-4. With their 8-7 victory in the opener, the Tribe ends the day a half game out of first place in the tight four-team race in the American League East.
Pete Rose becomes the all-time hit leader among switch-hitters when he collects his 2,881st career hit, a fourth inning single off Pete Falcone in the Reds' 9-8 loss to St. Louis at Busch Stadium. Frankie Frisch, an infielder dubbed the Fordham Flash, had established the record nearly a half century ago playing with the Giants and the Cardinals.
Pete Rose’s third inning Shea Stadium single to left off Mets righty Craig Swan establishes a National League record for hits in consecutive games. The Reds infielder has hit safely in 38 games, breaking Tommy Holmes’ mark set as a member of the Boston Braves in 1945.
In a 3-2 Giants victory over the Cardinals at Candlestick Park, Jack Clark establishes a franchise record, hitting safely in 26 straight games. The San Francisco right-fielder's fourth inning double off Bob Forsch keeps his consecutive games hitting streak intact.
Mike Schmidt becomes the all-time Phillies' franchise home run leader when he hits the first of his two round-trippers in the team's 6-5 extra-inning victory over Atlanta at Veterans Stadium. The future Hall of Fame of third baseman, who will retire with 548 homers, passes Del Ennis' mark of 259 that the outfielder established playing with Philadelphia from 1945-56.
The Cubs test their $5 million lighting system prior to their historic first night game at Wrigley Field scheduled for August 8th against the Phillies. Six banks of lights on 33-foot steel towers along the first-base and third-base baselines illuminate the field during the charity event in which players take batting practice and participate in a home run derby.
After having a commanding 9-0 lead, and still ahead 10-3 entering the bottom of the ninth inning, the Mets barely hold on to beat the Phillies at Veterans Stadium, 10-9. The nail biter causes the usually even mannered Bob Murphy to use a mild obscenity in his call of the final out, "they win the damn thing by a score of 10 to 9!"
Following his first-inning single, a triple in the third, and a fifth frame two-bagger, George Brett hits a leadoff homer in the seventh to complete the cycle in the Royals' 6-1 victory over Toronto at the Sky Dome. The Kansas City third baseman, who will retire with a lifetime .305 batting average, also accomplished the rare feat against Baltimore in 1979.
Between games of a twin bill against Cincinnati on 'Working Women's Night' at Jack Murphy Stadium, Roseanne Barr, the star of the hit television show whose executive producer is new Padres' owner Tom Werner, sings an irreverent rendition of the The Star-Spangled Banner that will be widely criticized, including a remark by President George H. W. Bush, who calls her performance "disgraceful." The comedian, known for her biting sarcasm, spits and grabs her crotch as if adjusting a protective cup after singing the National Anthem in a loud and off-tune screechy manner.
Rico Brogna, who was recalled from the Norfolk Tides five days ago where he was hitting .351, becomes the third Mets rookie to get five hits in a game, joining Dick Smith (1964) and John Milner (1972). The 24 year-old slick-fielding first baseman collects three singles and two doubles in five at-bats during New York’s 7-2 victory over St. Louis at Busch Stadium.
In the top of the fourth inning, Dante Bichette puts the Rockies ahead, 6-4, with a three-run home run off Jim Deshaies at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium. The round-tripper is the 18th of the season for the 31 year-old outfielder, but only his first on the road.
Rockies left-hander Bruce Ruffin strikes out four batters in one inning, a feat accomplished only 25 times in major league history. The opportunity for the rare occurrence happens when Cubs’ catcher Scott Servais strikes out swinging, but reaches first base safely after whiffing on the southpaw's wild pitch.
Rockies leadoff batter Neifi Perez becomes the third player in team history to hit for the cycle. In a 5-2 victory over St. Louis at Coors Field, the Colorado shortstop goes deep in the seventh inning off Matt Morris to complete the rare accomplishment.
The Yankees dedicate a plaque in the memory of Mel Allen, who died of heart failure at the age of 83 in 1996. The Monument Park tablet calls their longtime play-by-play announcer "A Yankee institution, a national treasure" and includes his signature line, "How about that?"
After receiving an invitation from the team to participate in Old-Timers' Day, Jim Bouton returns to Yankee Stadium for the first time in nearly thirty years. The former Bronx Bomber right-hander's banishment, believed to be the result of having written his controversial book, Ball Four, comes to an end when his son Michael writes an open letter to the New York Times that was printed on Father's Day urging the franchise to reconsider their decision about his dad, who is still grieving about the loss of his daughter Laurie in an auto accident last August.
The Hall of Fame adds an unprecedented number of first-time eligible candidates when George Brett, Nolan Ryan, and Robin Yount are enshrined in Cooperstown. In addition, the Veteran Committee's selections Orlando Cepeda, Nestor Chylak, Frank Selee, and 'Smokey' Joe Williams are also inducted, joining the trio of first-timers elected by the BBWAA.
Paul Molitor, a member of the 3,000 hit club, and Dennis Eckersley, who appeared in the most games of any Hall of Fame pitcher (1,071 games), are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Long time Bay Area broadcaster Lon Simmons, who called games for the A's and Giants, wins the Ford C. Frick Award and the J.G. Taylor Spink Award is won by New York Times writer Murray Chass, enabling both to become members of the Hall for their outstanding reporting of the national pastime.
Carlos Delgado's three-run blast in the Blue Jays' 5-3 victory over Tampa Bay makes the slugger the first player in the 27-year history of the franchise to drive in 1,000 runs. The Toronto first baseman, who will also play for the Mets and Marlins, will collect 1512 RBIs during his 17-year major league career.
The Angels acquire right-hander Dan Haren from the last-place Diamondbacks in exchange for southpaws Joe Saunders and Patrick Corbin, RHP Rafael Rodriguez, and a player to be named. The addition of the three-time All-Star strengthens an already strong rotation that includes Ervin Santana, Jered Weaver, Joel Piniero, and Scott Kazmir, who is presently on the disabled list.
Andre Dawson, an outfielder with the Expos and Cubs, becomes the 203rd player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Joining 'Hawk' in Cooperstown are former manager Whitey Herzog, major league ump Doug Harvey, broadcaster Jon Miller, and baseball writer Bill Madden.
The Baseball Hall of Fame honors John Fogerty, for his classic rock song “Centerfield”. At the induction ceremonies, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer performs his 1985 hit, and then donates his baseball bat shaped-guitar to the Cooperstown museum.
Chris Coghlan seriously injures himself when he tries to smash a shaving-cream pie in Wes Helms’s face after his teammate hit a single to give the Marlins a 5-4 walk-off victory over Atlanta. The 2009 NL Rookie of the Year will go on the disabled list with a torn meniscus in his left knee, and will miss the remainder of the season.
Michael Cuddyer becomes the first Twins' position player to pitch since outfielder John Moses hurled against California in 1990. Moving from right field to the mound in the eighth inning, the starting first baseman gives up a double to Mike Napoli, a single to Mitch Moreland, and after Endy Chavez grounds out, the right-hander walks Ian Kinsler to load the bases, but then gets Elvis Andrus to fly out and David Murphy to pop-up for a scoreless frame in the 20-6 loss in Texas.
With the bases loaded and two outs, rookie Jason Kipnis delivers his first career hit, giving the Indians a 3-2 walk-off ninth-inning victory over Los Angeles. The 24 year-old second baseman had been 0-for-5 since being called up three days ago.
With their 4-0 victory of Houston combined with the St. Louis 6-5 loss to Cincinnati and Milwaukee's 4-0 loss to Colorado, the Pirates find themselves in sole possession of first place. This is the latest point in the season the Bucs have been on top of the standings since mid-july of the 1997 season.
Cole Hamels becomes the best paid Phillies player in history when he signs a guaranteed six-year, $144 million contract. The deal, the second richest contract for a pitcher, only behind the Yankees agreement with CC Sabathia, includes an option for a seventh season that could pay the 28 year-old southpaw as much as $162 million through 2019.