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1879 At Star Park, Harry McCormick, the Syracuse starter, hits a first-inning homer to beat Tommy Bond and the Boston Red Stockings, 1-0. This most likely will be the only occurrence in major league history that a pitcher will record a 1-0 victory with his own first inning round-tripper being the game's lone run.
1900 In Brooklyn, a sheriff seizes the St. Louis share of gate receipts to reimburse Gus Weyhing, recently released by the Cardinals after posting a 3-4 record in eight starts with the team, who claims to have been cheated out of ten days of pay. Next week, the right-hander, known as Cannonball by his teammates, will sign with the Superbas as a free agent.
1928 At Navin Field in Detroit, Bob Meusel again hits for the cycle. The Yankees outfielder becomes the first big leaguer to accomplish the feat for a third time during his career.
1933 Future Yankees superstar Joe DiMaggio sees his 61-game hitting streak come to an end in the PCL game against the Oakland Oaks. The San Francisco Seals' 19-year old outfielder's accomplishment sets a new minor league record, shattering the mark of 49 established by Jack Ness in 1914.
1935 Ed Linke starts a 1-2-6 double play when Yankees outfielder Jesse Hill's line drive, that caroms of his head, is caught by catcher Jack Redmond, who relays the ball to shortstop Red Kress to double up Ben Chapman at second base. The Senator right-hander will be hospitalized for two days after being carried off the pitcher's mound on a stretcher.
1939 New York scores in every inning, blasting the Browns at Yankee Stadium, 14-1. The home team, which doesn't need bat in the bottom of the ninth frame, coasts to an easy victory, thanks to the three-hit gem thrown by Red Ruffing.
1948 The Bambino makes his final public appearance at the New York premiere of The Babe Ruth Story. The Sultan of Swat will die of throat cancer three weeks later.
1948 Former Dodger skipper Leo Durocher, who left the team ten days ago, makes his first appearance at Ebbets Field since taking over the Giants. The return of the 'Lip' is less-than-triumphant when his new team drops a 13-4 decision to Brooklyn.
1951 In a 9-1 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field, Jim Russell becomes the first player in major league history to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in a game in two different games. The Dodger outfielder's accomplishment will be surpassed in 1956 when Yankee slugger Mickey Mantle goes deep both right and left-handed in the same game for a third time.
1957 Tiger right-hander Jim Bunning two-hits the Yankees in the Bronx, 3-2, but one is Mickey Mantle's 200th career home run, a ninth-inning line drive over the left field wall. Both players will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
1961 Johnny Blanchard hits his fourth consecutive home run over three games, setting a major league mark. The backup catcher's two homers in this game pace the Yankees over the White Sox, 5-2.
1962 Braves' hurler Warren Spahn, en route to a complete game win, homers off Mets' right-hander Craig Anderson to set the National League record for round trippers hit by a pitcher. The southpaw's 31st career home run helps Milwaukee to extend New York's losing streak to 11 with a 6-1 victory at County Stadium.
1962 Red Sox pitcher Gene Conley and infielder Pumpsie Green mysteriously disappear after leaving the team bus in traffic to use the bathroom. Later in the day, Conley is refused a ticket at the airport to fly to Israel because he doesn't have a visa.
1963 With ten-year old Bill Bradley, who had regained some of his eyesight, in the stands and the bases loaded in the first inning of a game against New York at Colt Stadium, Bob Aspromonte sends Tracy Stallard's pitch over the left-field wall for a grand slam, fulfilling his young fan's wish to see his hero hit a home run that leaves the third baseman in tears as the two embraced when the game is halted for the special moment. Their well-publicized friendship began last season when the Colt 45's player went to a Houston hospital to visit the blindfolded boy, who had lost his eyesight when a tree that was struck by lightning fell on him.
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1975 At Wrigley Field, Bill Madlock collects six hits in a game when he singles five times and triples in the Cubs' 9-8 ten-inning loss to New York. 'Mad Dog', finishing with a .354 average, will win the first of his four batting titles (1975, '76, '81, '83) this season.
1984 In a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh at Montreal's Olympic Stadium, Expo first baseman Pete Rose singles for the 3,052nd time, tying him Ty Cobb on the all-time career list. 'Charlie Hustle' will finish his 24-year major league career with 3215 singles, accounting for 75.5% of his major-league record 4,256 hits
1987 After hitting a single off Oakland's Dennis Lamp in the first inning of the Brewers' 7-4 victory at County Stadium, leadoff batter Paul Molitor steals second and third base, and then swipes home plate to complete a rare stolen base cycle. The Milwaukee DH becomes the first American Leaguer to steal his way around the bases since Dave Nelson accomplished the feat with the Rangers in 1974.
1991 Mark Gardner no-hits the Dodgers for nine innings, but Los Angeles wins the game in the bottom of the tenth on two singles off the Expos' starter and Darryl Strawberry's RBI single off reliever Jeff Fassero. It's the first time the Dodgers had been held hitless at home for nine innings since Johnny Vander Meer's second straight no-hitter in 1938.
1992 In his 319th career victory, which surpasses Phil Niekro's total for #12 on the all-time list, Nolan Ryan strikes out his 100th batter for 23 consecutive seasons, a major league record. The 45-year old right-hander, who is 5-0 with an ERA of 1.65 in his last six games, gets the win when the Rangers beat Baltimore and Mike Mussina at Camden Yards, 6-2.
1993 The Padres trade left-hander Bruce Hurst along with righty Greg Harris to the Rockies for backstop Brad Ausmus and right-handers Doug Bochtler and Andy Ashby (the player to be named later). After compiling a stellar 55-37 (.598) won-loss record during the first four of five seasons with San Diego, the 35 year-old southpaw starts only two games for the team this year due to his rehabilitation from surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and labrum, and will appear in only three games with Colorado after the trade.
1998 Don Sutton and Larry Doby are inducted into the Hall of Fame along with Lee MacPhail, George Davis and Joe Rogan. MacPhail joins his dad, Larry, to become the first father and son to be enshrined at Cooperstown.
1998 Hitting his 380th career homer, Jose Canseco becomes the all-time Latin home run leader, passing Orlando Cepeda and Tony Perez.
1998 Trevor Hoffman fails to set a big league record with 42 consecutive saves as Astros outfielder Moises Alou goes deep on the first pitch thrown by the Padres closer. The ninth inning homer ties the game, but San Diego prevails and beats Houston in the 10th, 5-4.
2000 The Phillies send their number one starter, Curt Schilling, to Arizona for first baseman-outfielder Travis Lee and pitchers Omar Daal, Vicente Padilla and Nelson Figueroa.
2002 Carl Everett becomes the first Ranger to hit two home runs in one inning. The Texas designated hitter homers twice in the nine-run seventh inning during the 12-4 rout of the visiting A's.
2005 After waiting through a 2 hours, 43 minutes rain delay in Atlanta to start the game, Greg Maddux becomes the 13th pitcher in baseball history to register 3,000 strikeouts. Taking an inside fastball in the top of the third inning, Omar Vizquel of the Giants becomes the historic victim of the 39-year old Braves right-hander.
2007 Jose Mesa, in a losing effort, becomes the 11th pitcher to appear in 1000 games when Washington beats the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, 7-6. The 39-year old right-handed reliever, best known for his seven seasons with Indians, has played for eight teams during his 19-year tenure in the major leagues.
2010 Allowing only a second-inning walk to Brennan Boesch, who is promptly erased on a double play, Matt Garza faces the minimum 27 batters in his no-hitter against the Tigers. With the right-hander's 5-0 victory, the Rays join the 1917 Browns and White Sox as the only teams to be involved in three no-hitters in the same season.
2011 With a 9-2 victory in New York, the Mariners post their first win since July 5 to end their 17-game losing streak, a franchise record. Seattle's recent futility surpassed the team's previous longest winless drought, which consisted of 14 consecutive defeats in 1992.
2011 The 19-inning, 6-hour and 39-minute game between the Pirates and Braves at Turner Field ends in a 4-3 Atlanta victory when Jerry Meals makes one of the worst calls in baseball history. The home plate umpire rules that Michael McKenry had missed Julio Lugo, although it was evident to everyone in ballpark that the base runner was tagged out three feet in front of the dish.

2012 After hitting a long fly ball down the left-field line at Citizens Bank Park, Carlos Gomez completes his home run trot around the bases. Arriving at home plate, he is made aware that the ball was called foul, and then the embarrassed Brewers center fielder promptly takes a called third strike on a pitch thrown right down the middle.

2012 Starling Marte becomes the 28th player in history to homer on the first pitch he sees in the major leagues when he goes yard to deep left-center field at Minute Maid Park off Houston's Dallas Keuchel. The 23 year-old left fielder is the first Pirates player to hit a home run in his first big league at-bat since Don Leppert accomplished the feat in 1961.

2012 Matt Harvey establishes a Mets record for strikeouts in his major league debut when he fans 11 batters in team’s 3-1 victory over Arizona at Chase Field. In his 5.1 innings on the mound, the rookie right-hander gives up three hits, while collecting two hits in the batter’s box.
2013 The Cubs trade Alfonso Soriano, along with cash, to the Yankees in exchange for minor-leaguer Corey Black, a 21 year-old right-handed pitching prospect. The 37 year-old Dominican left fielder made his major league debut with the Bronx Bombers in 1999, developing into an All-star second baseman, before being traded to Texas four seasons later as part of a blockbuster deal that brought Alex Rodriguez to New York.

34 Fact(s) Found