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This Day in Baseball History
June 27th

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1911 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.
1930 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.
1940 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.
1958 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, en route to completing his third consecutive shutout.
1962 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.
1964 Max Alvis is stricken with a bout of spinal meningitis which will sideline the Indians' 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.
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.
1972 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.
1973 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.
1973 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 dad's funeral in Illinois.
1977 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.
1977 The Rangers, after offering the job to Twins legend Harmon Killebrew, hire Billy Hunter as the team's manager, making him the club's fourth skipper in this week. Minnesota had replaced the fired Frank Lucchesi with Eddie Stanky, who left after one game due to homesickness, resulting in third base coach Connie Ryan, who refused to assume the position full-time, becoming the interim manager for six games.
1980 Dodger southpaw Jerry Reuss, facing only 28 batters, no-hits the Giants at 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.
1982 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.
1984 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.
1986 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.
1987 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.
1993 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. (Ed. note - Sadly, AY will die on this date in 2017 at the age of 51, losing his battle to brain cancer. LP)
1999 In front of 56,530 fans, the Mariners beat the Rangers, 5-2, in the 1,765th and last major league game to be played at the Kingdome. The final contest at 'the Accident on the Occidental' features a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning by Ken Griffey, Jr., who also makes an astounding over-the-fence catch to rob Juan Gonzalez of three-run round-tripper.

2002 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.
2003 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. Leadoff 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.
2008 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 Kingman's 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.
2010 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 CC 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 M's.
2010 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 gives up a two-run homer to Vernon Wells in the third inning, yielding his record-breaking 506th gopher ball.
2010 In the fifth inning of an eventual 2-1 Rays' loss to Arizona, Evan Longoria confronts B.J. Upton in the dugout after the outfielder doesn't appear to hustle after Rusty Ryal's 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 baseman's criticism, needs to be restrained by teammates.
2011 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.
2016 Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant becomes the third major leaguer ever to collect five extra-base hits in one contest, and the first to do so with three home runs and two doubles. The 24 year-old Chicago infielder's Great American Ball Park offensive output joins the ranks of Ranger outfielder Josh Hamilton (Camden Yards, 2012) and Braves first baseman Joe Adcock (Ebbets Field, 1954), who both hit four homers and a double to accomplish the feat.

27 Fact(s) Found