The Red Sox lose their protest about A's Stuffy McInnis hitting a 'warm-up' pitch homer, but the event causes a rule change. Warm-up pitches no longer end when a player steps into the box.
At Philadelphia's Shibe Park, Jack Quinn becomes the oldest player to hit a home run in major league history. The A's pitcher is nine days shy of his 47th birthday when he connects for the solo shot.
To honor the lyricist of Take Me Out to the Ballgame, Jack Norworth Day is celebrated at Brooklyn's Ebbets Field. Norworth and his partner Albert Von Tilzer, who wrote the music, had never seen a game when they created the song in 1908.
At Comiskey Park, White Sox hurler Billy Pierce retires 26 consecutive batters before pinch-hitter Ed Fitzgerald doubles weakly inside the right field line for the Senators' only hit. The 31 year-old southpaw goes on to strike out Albie Pearson on three pitches to one-hit Washington, 3-0.
Monroe High School standout Ed Kranepool signs a contract that includes a $85,000 bonus, as an amateur free agent with the Mets. The 17 year-old Bronx teenager will spend his entire 18-year career with the expansion team, establishing franchise records for hits, plate appearances, and games play.
Max Alvis is stricken with a bout of spinal meningitis which will sideline the Indian's everyday third baseman for six weeks. The Jasper, Texas native will rebound nicely, making the American League All-Star team next season and in 1967.
Al Kaline breaks his hand as he slams his bat into the bat rack after being struck out by Sam McDowell. The future Hall of Famer (1980) will miss 28 games for the second place Tigers.
Making his last career start, Wade Blasingame's American League debut for the Yankees is an inauspicious one, as the Tigers go deep three consecutive times in the first frame. The opening inning home runs by Aurelio Rodriguez, Al Kaline, and Willie Horton power Detroit over New York, 5-2.
In the opener of a twin bill at Shea Stadium, Buzz Capra pitches four innings of no-hit relief against the Phillies to get the save for starter George Stone as the Mets beat the Phillies, 7-6. A few hours earlier, the 25 year-old right-handed reliever had attended his dadís funeral in Illinois.
In the Cardinals' 15-4 rout of Pittsburgh at Three Rivers Stadium, Joe Torre hits for the cycle. The St. Louis first baseman accomplishes the feat with a first inning double, a home run in the third, a triple in the fourth, and a single with two outs in the ninth.
Willie McCovey becomes the first major leaguer to hit two homers in one inning twice in his career. The Giants' first baseman first accomplished the feat on 4/12/73.
Dodger southpaw Jerry Reuss, facing only 28 batters, no-hits the Giants at the Candlestick Park, 8-0. Shortstop Bill Russell's errant throw on Jack Clark's grounder with two outs in the first inning deprives the 31 year-old left-hander from tossing a perfect game.
The Braves tie a major league mark with seven double plays in the team's 2-0 victory over Cincinnati. Atlanta turns four twin killings in the first four frames of the 14 inning Riverfront Stadium contest.
Although he has stolen only one base all season, Dusty Baker is unstoppable on the basepaths as he steals second, third, and home in the Giants' 12-9 victory over the Reds at Candlestick Park.
Robby Thompson sets a major league record when he is thrown out four times trying to steal a base. The second baseman's futile attempts don't matter when the Giants beat Cincinnati, 7-6, in the 12-inning contest played at Riverfront Stadium.
Freshman first baseman Mark McGwire hits three home runs and drives in five runs, helping the A's to defeat the Indians, 13-3. 'Big Mac' will finish the season with 49 round-trippers, far surpassing the rookie record of 38, once shared by Frank Robinson and Wally Berger.
Anthony Young sets a major league record when he drops his 24th straight decision, a 5-3 Mets loss to St. Louis at Shea Stadium. The hard luck New York right-hander, who surpasses the mark established by Boston Dove hurler Cliff Curtis in 1911, will extend the dubious streak to 27 consecutive defeats before winning a game.
In front of 56,530 fans, the 1,765th and last major league game is played at the Kingdome with the Mariners beating the Rangers, 5-2. The final contest at 'the Accident on the Occidental' features a round-tripper and a home run saving catch by Ken Griffey, Jr.
As part of a six-player deal, the Indians trade their #1 starter, right hander Bartolo Colon, to the Expos for first baseman Lee Stevens, three minor league prospects, and cash. In exchange, Cleveland gets top prospect Brandon Phillips as well as southpaw Cliff Lee and flycatcher Grady Sizemore.
In the 50-minute bottom of the first inning at Fenway Park against the Marlins, the Red Sox establish a major league record by scoring 10 runs before making an out. Lead-off hitter Johnny Damon, with a single, double, and triple, ties a major league mark with three hits in an inning as the home team equals an American League record for most runs scored in the first frame with 14.
In a 15-6 Mets victory over the Yankees at the Stadium, Carlos Delgado, with a double, three-run homer, and a grand slam, establishes a new team record with 9 RBIs in one game. The first baseman, who breaks Dave Kingmanís 1976 club mark, also surpasses Sky King on the all-time home run list with the first of his two homers, moving into 34th place with his 443rd career round-tripper.
In a surprising swap between last-place teams, the Indians send Russell Branyan back to the Mariners in exchange for Class AAA outfielder Ezequiel Carrera and shortstop Juan Diaz. The trade allows the Tribe to put Matt LaPorta, a highly touted rookie acquired from Milwaukee in the trade for C.C. Sabathia two years ago, at first base, and for Seattle, the move is seen as a signal that GM Jack Zduriencik wants his players to know that winning is still a priority for the under-achieving Mís.
Phillies southpaw Jamie Moyer surpasses Hall of Famer Robin Roberts for allowing the most home runs in a career. In his 11-2 victory over Toronto, the 47 year-old starter yields a two-run homer to Vernon Wells in the third inning for his record breaking 506th gopher ball.
In the fifth inning of an eventual 2-1 Raysí loss to Arizona, Evan Longoria confronts B.J. Upton in the dugout after the outfielder doesnít appear to hustle after Rusty Ryalís deep drive to left-center field, allowing the hit to become a triple. The nose-to-nose exchange becomes heated and Upton, who takes exception to his third basemanís criticism, needs to be restrained by teammates.
Citing MLB refusal to sign off on a transaction that would provide the team with $385 million, the Dodgers file for bankruptcy protection in a Delaware court. Although there will be no disruption to the day-to-day status of the franchise, the Chapter 11 financing permits the Dodgers to use $150 million for daily operations and gives owner Frank McCourt time to seek a media deal that will ensure the club's long-term financial stability.