At Chicago's South Side Park, the Cleveland Blues (Indians) collect 23 singles as the team coasts to a 13-1 victory over the White Sox. Pale Hose hurler Bock Baker gives up all of the one-base hits, a major league record.
At Ebbets Field, Lee King drives in seven runs in the Phillies' 10-7 win over the Robins. The Philadelphia outfielder will collect a total of only 15 RBIs this season playing with Philadelphia and the Giants.
The Red Sox lose to the A's, 7-3, in their first ever Sunday home game. Due to Fenway's proximity to a church and the resulting protesters, the game is played one mile west of its home at its cross-town rival’s ballpark, Braves Field.
Thanks to a lack of control and a pair of Red Sox errors, the A's score four runs without the benefit of a base hit. The ninth inning Boston meltdown accounts for Philadelphia's 5-4 comeback victory at Fenway Park.
At Navin Field, Goose Goslin grounds into four consecutive double plays. The Tiger outfielder's lack of offense doesn't matter, as Detroit beats the visiting Indians, 4-1.
Jim Martin, the Pampa Oilers' catcher, is struck by lightning behind the plate during a Class C West Texas-New Mexico League contest played at Abilene's Blue Sox Stadium. The 20 year-old backstop, who will return to the lineup tomorrow, is knocked unconscious by the bolt of electricity that propels his mask 20 feet beyond the pitcher’s mound.
At a night game against Cleveland, the White Sox unveil the 'Monster', their new exploding scoreboard at the Comiskey Park. The $300,000 brainchild of Chicago owner Bill Veeck will produce fireworks and accompanying sound effects whenever a home run is hit by a hometown player.
Five days past his 40th birthday, Warren Spahn becomes the second oldest pitcher, only behind Cy Young's performance at the age of 41 years and three months, to throw a no-hitter. Hank Aaron knocks in the game's only run when the Braves beat the Giants at County Stadium, 1-0.
As Houston fans cheer their pre-game ascent, Mets announcer Lindsey Nelson and a radio engineer climb into the Astrodome's gondola and are hoisted 208 feet above second base to broadcast the game. The umpiring crew determines that any ball hitting the pair will be in play, since an existing ground rule also calls a ball hitting any part of the dome is also in play.
Padres' rookie Ozzie Smith, a future Hall of Famer due to his defensive prowess at short, makes what he will rate as his best play ever when he dives to his left to field a grounder hit by Jeff Burroughs of Atlanta. Although the ball takes a bad hop and scoots behind the 'Wizard's' head, he promptly sticks out his bare right hand, snagging the ball before popping to his feet to get the out at first base.
After the Yankees get off to a 6-10 start, skipper Yogi Berra is fired and replaced by Billy Martin, who is returning to manage the club for the fourth time. The fired manager vows not to return to Yankee Stadium for as long as George Steinbrenner is the owner of the team, and it will take 14 years for the two to reconcile.
Mike Boddicker tosses his second career one-hitter when the Orioles beat Kansas City at Royals Stadium‚ 3-0. The only hit given up by the 29 year-old right-hander is a sixth-inning single to Willie Wilson.
The Orioles establish a new American League record with their 21st consecutive loss, bowing to the Twins, 4-2. The Zero-O's are off to the worst start in baseball history.
Showing their displeasure at the recent baseball strike, three fans jump a Shea Stadium fence with one out in the top of the fourth inning, and begin scattering dollar bills at the feet of the Mets' players on the field. As a finale to their defiant act, the trio stands on second base with arms raised, showing the Opening Day crowd T-shirts that are stenciled with the word Greed.
Juan Gonzalez establishes a new major league record for April by driving in 35 runs during the month. The Rangers right-fielder sets the mark with two RBIs in the 7-2 victory over Minnesota at the Metrodome.
Changes recommended by baseball’s special committee for on-field matters, including the expansion of All-Star rosters to 34 players, including 13 pitchers, will be implemented for this season's Mid-Summer classic scheduled to be played at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Other new adopted rules include the use of a designated hitter every year, making a pitcher who starts on the final Sunday prior to the break ineligible to play, and allowing re-entry into a game if the last available position player at any position is injured.
Luke Hughes becomes the fifth player in Twins' history to homer in his first at-bat in the major leagues when he goes deep off Detroit's Max Scherzer in Minnesota's 11-6 loss at Comerica Park. The Australian-born rookie third baseman joins Rick Renick (1968), Dave McKay (1975), Gary Gaetti (1981), and Andre David (1984) in accomplishing the feat.
Phillies slugger Ryan Howard agrees to a $125 million, five-year contract extension that could keep the infielder with the team until 2017. The 30 year-old first baseman's $25 million guaranteed average salary during the new deal is the second-highest amount in the major leagues, trailing behind only Alex Rodriguez’s ten-year contract with the Yankees that averages $27.5 million per season.
David Wright surpasses Ed Kranepool to become the Mets all-time leader in doubles. The 27 year-old third baseman, who collected his 1,000th career hit yesterday, strokes his 226th two-bagger in the second inning of the Mets' 7-3 victory over L.A. at Citi Field.
Ben Zobrist breaks the Rays' RBIs record of seven established in 2007 by Carlos Pena when he drives in eight runs with an RBI single, a three-run homer, along with a pair of two-run doubles. The All-Star infielder's offensive output helps Tampa Bay trounce the Twins 15-3 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader at Target Field.
Bryce Harper makes his much-anticipated debut in the Nationals' 4-3 loss to Los Angeles at Chavez Ravine. The 19 year-old rookie center fielder, who drives in the potential go-ahead run in the ninth inning with a sacrifice fly, doubles in the top of the seventh off Chad Billingsley for his first major league hit.
Adam Jones, who is currently leading the Orioles in both homers and RBIs and has a 17-game hitting streak, has agreed to the richest contract in franchise history. The 26 year-old center fielder comes to terms with the team on an $85.5-million, six-year no-trade deal that will keep the All-Star flychaser in Baltimore through the 2018 season.
In the first game of a day-night doubleheader, Jeremy Guthrie ties a franchise record by going 16 consecutive starts without a loss for the Royals. The 34 year-old right-hander works 6.2 innings without giving up a run in Kansas City's 9-0 victory over Cleveland at Kauffman Stadium.
The Blue Jays become the first team to start six players from the Dominican Republic in a game. The sellout crowd of 45,260 at the Rogers Centre is delighted when Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Juan Francisco, and Moises Sierra help Toronto trounce Boston 7-1.