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.
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's thievery helps Chicago beat the Reds, 11-1.
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.
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.
After moving up to mound for a possible cutoff play, White Sox backstop Ray Schalk continues to second base and takes a throw from first baseman Chick Gandil to double up Browns baserunner Ray Demmitt, who failed retouch second base, attempting to get back to first. The play makes the 26 year-old future Hall of Fame receiver the first catcher to make a putout at every single base, a feat that will not be accomplished again until on the same date in 1964 when Johnny Rosboro tags Willie Mays out in rundown play when outfielder tries to steal second.
Red Sox right-hander Carl Mays hurls two complete games, beating the Yankees, 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.
In a twin bill sweep at Shibe Park, the Yankees set the major league record for home runs in a game and in two consecutive games when the team hit eight homers in the opener and another five in the night cap on their way in sweeping the A's, 23-2 and 10-0. In the first game of the twin bill, the Bronx Bombers collect 53 total bases to establish an American League record.
At Shibe Park, Lou Gehrig receives a tremendous standing ovation from the Philadelphia crowd when he brings out the lineup card to umpires prior to the second game of a twin bill. A’s manager Connie Mack, who rarely leaves the dugout, goes to home plate to shake the hand of the terminally ill Yankee captain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
In a seven-game day, American League batters combined to hit a record 28 home runs. The A's contribute five round-trippers to the new mark when Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco, known as the Bash Brothers, both go deep twice with teammate Reggie Jackson adding another in the team's 10-0 rout of Cleveland.
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.
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.
After giving up 11 runs in the first four innings, the Rockies storm back to beat San Francisco, 17-13. Colorado third baseman Jeff Cirillo hits three homers, doubles, drives in six runs and scores five times in the Coors Field slugfest.
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.
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.
With his seventh inning triple the Phillies' 14-6 win over Montreal at Citizens Bank Park, David Bell becomes the eighth player in franchise history, and the first since Gregg Jefferies in 1995, to hit for the cycle. The Philadelphia third baseman joins his grandfather Gus Bell (1951) as the only grandson and grandfather combination to have accomplished the feat.
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.
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.
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.
With the third of his five hits in the Astros' 8-5 victory over 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.
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.
Mariano Rivera joins Trevor Hoffman in becoming only the second pitcher to record 500 major league saves. The right-handed reliever, who also registers his first RBI of his 15-year career, reaches the milestone by getting the last four outs in the Yankees' 4-2 win over the Mets at Citi Field.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During an on-field ceremony prior to the game against Arizona at Turner Field, the Braves honor Chipper Jones, who was officially inducted into the Braves' Hall of Fame earlier in the day. Joining team legends Hank Aaron (44), Warren Spahn (21), Eddie Mathews (44), Phil Niekro (35), Dale Murphy (3), Greg Maddux (31), Tom Glavine (47), John Smoltz (29), and Bobby Cox (6), the 40 year-old Atlanta third baseman, who will finish his 19-year career when the season ends, becomes the tenth person to have his number retired by the franchise when his jersey #10 is unveiled on the outfield wall.
Steven Matz, who goes 3-for-3 at the plate, becomes the first pitcher to drive in four runs in his major league debut, delivering a two-run double in his first at-bat and then driving in another pair with a sixth-inning single. The Mets 24 year-old rookie right-hander from Stony Brook, NY, gives up five hits and two runs in 7.2 innings en route to earning his first victory when the Mets beat Cincinnati at Citi Field, 7-2