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June 28th

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1907 Yankees' catcher Branch Rickey is behind the plate as the Senators steal 13 bases in one game. Although not a terrific player, 'the Mahatma' will become one of the premier baseball administrators in the history of the game.
1910 At Palace of the Fans, Joe Tinker steals home twice becoming the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat in the same game. The Cubs' shortstop thievery helps Chicago beat the Reds, 11-1.
1911 After playing home games at the Highlanders' Hilltop Park for the past six weeks, the Giants return to the Polo Grounds with a 3-0 victory over Boston. Their home, devastated by an April fire, re-opens with temporary wooden stands to be used for the remainder of the year until a renovated structure made of steel and concrete is completed for the 1912 season.
1913 Due to the relocation of the Covington, Kentucky (formerly Cincinnati) franchise to Kansas City, organized baseball declares war on the new independent Federal League. Kansas City is considered territory of the American Association.
1919 Red Sox right-hander Carl Mays hurls two complete games, beating the Yandkees, 2-0, in the first game and losing the nightcap, 4-1. The submariner will be traded to the Yankees at the end of July.
1939 In a twin bill sweep at Shibe Park, the Yankees set the major league record for home runs in a game and in a doubleheader. The Bronx Bombers hit 8 homers in the opener and another 5 in the night cap on their way to routing the A's, 23-2 and 10-0.
1949 Joe DiMaggio returns to the line-up after missing the first 69 games of the season due to an ailing heel. The Yankee Clipper will hit four home runs in a three-game sweep against the Red Sox.
1959 In a 6-0 loss to the Giants, Wally Post becomes the first major leaguer to throw out two runners from the outfield in one inning. In the bottom of the first, the Phillies' outfielder nails Orlando Cepeda at second base and then starts a 9-6-3 double play on Daryl Spencer's fly ball to right field.
1969 After ending an 11-game losing streak in their previous contest, the expansion Padres are the victims of a 19-0 shutout for the second time this season when Dodgers right-hander Don Drysdale equals the National League-record for the largest margin of victory in a shutout. L.A. will score more than half of their runs when they tally ten times in the third inning.
1970 In the final games played at Forbes Field, the Pirates sweep a doubleheader from the Cubs, 3-2 and 4-1 in front of 40,198 fans, to gain a first place tie with the Mets. The old ballpark in Pittsburgh served as the Bucs' home since 1909.
1973 White Sox first baseman Dick Allen's left leg is fractured as a result of a collision at the bag with Angels' baserunner Mike Epstein. The Chicago slugger, hitting .310 with 16 homers at the time, will miss most of the season, and his team, only one game out of first place, will finished the campaign 17 games behind Oakland, the AL West Division winners.
1976 Mark 'the Bird' Fidrych amuses a “Monday Night Baseball” national television audience talking to the baseball as he one-hits the Yankees, 5-1 in under two hours. The unsung Tigers rookie, who made the team on the final cut of spring training, will finish the season with a 19-9 record.

1979 The Giants trade Bill Madlock, along with Lenny Randle and Dave Roberts to the Pirates for hurlers Ed Whitson, Fred Breining, and Al Holland. The ‘Mad Dog’ will play a pivotal role for Pittsburgh this season, batting .328 in 88 games for the World Champion Bucs,
1984 Dwight Evans completes a cycle with a walk-off home run becoming only the fourth major league player to accomplish the feat. The Red Sox outfielder's game-ending three-run blast in the 11th inning gives Boston a dramatic 9-6 victory over Seattle at Fenway Park.
1987 In a seven-game day, American League batters combined to hit a record 28 home runs.
1989 In an area known as Camden Yards, the razing of structures on the 85-acre parcel of land begins to make room for a new ballpark for the Orioles in downtown Baltimore. The fan-friendly baseball-only facility, which will make its debut in April of 1992, will set the standard for all new ballparks to be built in the future as teams try to copy the "retro" look done so successfully by the HOK architectural firm.
1991 In the Reds' 8-5 victory over Houston at Riverfront Stadium‚ Barry Larkin hits three consecutive home runs to join Ernie Banks (1955 Cubs) and Fred Patek (1980 Angels) as the only shortstops to to go deep three times in a game. The trio of round-trippers also gives the future Hall of Famer a major league record-tying five homers over a two-game span.
2000 Jeff Cirillo hits three homers, doubles, drives in six runs and scores five times as the Rockies beat San Francisco in a slugfest, 17-13.
2000 The Rockies draw their 20 millionth fan to one ballpark faster than any other team in major league history. Taking less than six years, Colorado eclipses the Dodgers' mark of taking nine years in two stadiums to reach the milestone.
2001 After 20 seasons in San Diego, Padre outfielder Tony Gwynn announces he'll retire at the end of the season. The future Hall of Famer has the highest lifetime batting average (.338) among all active players.
2004 In a 14-6 win over the Expos at Citizens Bank Park, David Bell becomes the seventh player in Phillies’ history to hit for the cycle. The Philadelphia third baseman joins his grandfather Gus Bell (1951) as the only grandson and grandfather combination to accomplish the feat.
2006 Losing to the White Sox, 4-3, the Pirates set a team record with their 13th consecutive defeat. The 1939 Bucs had held the dubious mark losing 12 in row during their 68-85 sixth place finish in the National League.
2006 With his worst outing in the two seasons with the Mets, Pedro Martinez is routed by his former teammates in his return to Fenway as the BoSox maul the Mets, 10-2. The crowd, who chanted "Pedro! Pedro!" before the game, showed their appreciation of the Dominican's history as a Red Sox player with a standing ovation during yesterday's video tribute which highlighted the right-hander's achievements with Boston.
2007 Frank Thomas hits a three-run homer off Twins hurler Carlos Silva in the first inning of the Blue Jays' 8-5 loss at the Metrodome to become the 21st major leaguer to hit 500 home runs. The 'Big Hurt', who has hit 50 homers (10%) against the Twins, also hit his first home run of his career in Minnesota in 1990.
2007 With the third of his five hits in the Astros' 8-5 victory over the Colorado at Minute Maid Park, Craig Biggio collects his 3000th hit to become the 27th major leaguer to reach the plateau, and the ninth player to do it with the same team. The milestone is reached in the seventh inning with a single off Aaron Cook, but the Houston second baseman is thrown out trying to stretch the historic hit into a double.

2008 In Chavez Ravine, the Dodgers, without the benefit of a hit for the entire game, defeat the Angels, 1-0. The combined losing effort of Halos hurlers Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo isn’t considered officially as a no-hitter because the home team didn’t have to bat in the ninth.
2009 Mariano Rivera joins Trevor Hoffman in becoming only the second pitcher to record 500 major league saves. The right-hander reliever, who also registered his first RBI of his 15-year career, reached the milestone by getting the last four outs in the Yankees' 4-2 win over the Mets at Citi Field.
2010 In a scene reminiscent of Dave Dravecky breaking his arm in 1989 as a result of throwing a ball to a batter, Tiger reliever Joel Zumaya crumbles to his knees in extreme pain after releasing a pitch in a game against Minnesota at Target Field. The hard-throwing right-hander will miss the remainder of the season, but because there is no ligament damage to his elbow, the prognosis for next season is optimistic.
2010 The Cubs place Carlos Zambrano on the restricted list after the right-hander is suspended for three games for his recent dugout tirade when he had to be separated from teammate Derrek Lee in the visitors' dugout after surrendering four runs to the White Sox in the bottom of the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field. The excitable hurler is scheduled to be evaluated by doctors mutually selected by Major League Baseball and the players' union.
2010 The Cubs honor Ron Santo for his 50 years in baseball. The former third baseman and current WGN radio analyst receives a white flag with "Santo 50" printed in the team’s colors that is autographed by the players, a photo of the Wrigley Field marquee with the message, "Thank you Ron for 50 great years", and the seventy-year old will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch as well as sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch.
2011 After playing 299 games without a grand slam, the Mets hit two bases full homers in the span of seven at-bats during their 14-3 rout of Detroit at Comerica Park. Jason Bay breaks the nearly two-year drought with a fourth inning round-tripper, and Carlos Beltran goes deep six batters later in the fifth frame.

31 Fact(s) Found