After going 0-for-6 in the first game of a doubleheader, Beaneater Bob Lowe becomes the first major leaguer to hit four home runs in one game, helping Boston to beat Cincinnati and Elton 'Icebox' Chamberlain, 20-11.
At Cincinnati's Palace of the Fans, 32 year-old Cubs first baseman Frank Chance is plunked by a pitch five times during a doubleheader. In the first game of the twin bill, the future Hall of Famer loses consciousness briefly when one of the misguided pitches hits the 'the Peerless Leader's' head.
Red Sox outfielder and future Hall of Famer Harry Hooper becomes the first major leaguer to start both games of a doubleheader with a home run. The feat will not be repeated again until 1993, when A's leadoff hitter Rickey Henderson opens each game of a twin bill against Cleveland with a homer.
The Eddie Grant Memorial, built in memory of a former Giants player killed in World War I, is dedicated at the Polo Grounds. The five-foot high monument is located at the base of the clubhouse wall in center field.
After being traded for one another between games of a doubleheader, Chicago outfielder Cliff Heathcote and Redbird right fielder Max Flack exchange their Cardinal and Cub uniforms. The pair of fly chasers will both get hits for their new teams in the nightcap of Cubs Park twin bill, which is swept by the home team, 4-1 and 3-1.
Between games of a doubleheader against Pittsburgh at Forbes Field, second baseman Rogers Hornsby, who will continue to be an active player, replaces Branch Rickey as the manager of the Cardinals. Rickey will remain in his role as the team's general manager, a position he will hold until 1942.
Cubs' shortstop Jimmy Cooney completes an unassisted triple play as he snares Paul Waner's liner, steps on second to double up Paul's brother, Lloyd, and then tags Clyde Barnhart coming from first for the third out.
Rogers Hornsby receives his MVP award and is given a thousand gold coins by National League president John Heydler at a ceremony at home plate prior to the Cubs' contest against St. Louis. Ironically, the ‘Rajah’ will break his ankle while advancing to third base during the Wrigley Field contest and will not play again until the middle of August.
After dropping a twin bill, some White Sox players accuse George Moriarty of deliberately blowing calls against their team. The umpire, a former Pale Hose player himself, challenges them to a fight, but after he knocks down pitcher Mike Gaston with one punch, skipper Lew Fonseca and backstops Charlie Berry and Frank Grube even the score by thrashing the aggressive arbitrator.
In a pre-game ceremony, the Yankees dedicate a plaque in memory of skipper Miller Huggins. Their former manager, who died near the end of last season, would be delighted with today's doubleheader sweep of the Red Sox, 7-5 and 13-3.
Ben Chapman breaks up Earl Whitehill's no-hitter in the bottom of the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Last season, the Bronx Bomber left fielder, after being provoked, hit the right-hander with a punch in the passageway, causing a melee between the two teams that resulted in a 20-minute delay of the game before the police could restore order.
At the Baker Bowl, Babe Ruth of the Boston Braves plays his final major league game, going hitless in a first inning at-bat against the Phillies. On June 2, the former Yankees superstar will announce his retirement from baseball.
A new Yankee Stadium attendance record is set as 81,841 fans attend a doubleheader against the Red Sox. The Bronx Bombers sweep the twin bill, 10-0 and 5-4.
With contests played in Rockford (Illinois) and Racine (Wisconsin), the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League begins the first season of its 12-year existence. The original AAGPBL four-team circuit, which also includes the war-production cities of Kenosha (Wisconsin) and South Bend (Indiana), will attract 176,612 baseball enthusiasts during the league's inaugural season.
In Boston’s 10-8 victory over the Dodgers, Bama Rowell’s long drive hits the Bulova clock located above the right field scoreboard, making the left-fielder the first major leaguer to reach the famous landmark at Ebbets Field. The crushing four-bagger, that shatters the face of the clock causing glass to cascade onto Dodgers right fielder Dixie Walker, is believed to be the inspiration for author Bernard Malamud having Roy Hobbs, the hero of his 1952 novel, The Natural, belt a similar home run, which also rains glass over the diamond.
Mickey Mantle comes within 18 inches of becoming the first player to hit a home run out of Yankee Stadium. The prodigious poke off Senators' right-hander Pedro Ramos was still climbing when the ball struck the facade in the upper stands in right field.
At Yankee Stadium, Billy and his brothers attend their first big league game with their dad, Jack Crystal. The future entertainment superstar, who will write and perform a one-man play about his father and develop a movie script about the 1961 Yankees, tremendously enjoys watching his beloved Bronx Bombers sweep a mid-week doubleheader from the Senators, 4-3 and 12-5.
Frank Thomas strokes a double off Sandy Koufax in the Mets’ 13-6 loss to Los Angeles, extending his franchise mark of consecutive games with a hit to 18 for the expansion team. The streak, which will be only one shy of Maury Wills' league-leading total for the season, is halted when the New York left fielder goes 0-for-4 in nightcap of the Dodgers’ sweep at the Polo Grounds.
After retiring the first 21 batters he faces, Cardinal starter Dick Hughes gives up two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning in an eventual 2-1 loss to the Reds at Crosley Field. In the top of the ninth, the Redbirds mount a rally as Orlando Cepeda and Tim McCarver open the frame with singles, but the game ends abruptly when the next batter, Phil Gagliano, hits into a 6-4-3-2 triple play with the last out being recorded at the plate when Cepeda attempts to score from third base.
The fans, using new computerized punch cards as ballots, will once again select the All-Star squads. For the past twelve seasons, the decision was made by managers, coaches, and players as a result of the Reds rooters stuffing the ballot box in 1957 to elect all but one of their starting position players to the Mid-Summer Classic.
Sadaharu Oh becomes the first Japanese player to hit 600 career homers. The Yomiuri Giants first baseman will hit 868 round-trippers during his 22-year career, a world record.
The Astros bang out 25 hits, a franchise high, beating the Braves in the nightcap of an Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium twin bill, 16-5. Twenty-three of Houston's safeties are singles, a National League record.
Twenty-two year-old Indian right-hander Dennis Eckersley throws a 12-strikeout no-hitter, beating the Angels at Cleveland Stadium, 1-0. The lone run scores in the first inning when Duane Kuiper, who had tripled thanks to the ball skipping under Gil Flores' glove in center field, is squeezed in by Jim Morris.
Cal Ripken's 2,632 record consecutive game streak, which will span 17 seasons, begins with the Oriole rookie going 0-for-2, batting eighth in a 6-0 loss to Toronto at Memorial Stadium. The 21 year-old infielder plays third base, his position for the first 27 games of the streak, before becoming the team's everyday shortstop, en route to surpassing Lou Gehrig's remarkable feat in 1995.
In a 6-4 loss to the Dodgers at Three Rivers Stadium, future home run king Barry Bonds goes 0-for-5 in his major league debut. The Pirates center fielder, batting leadoff, strikes out three times.
Eric Davis becomes the first National League player to hit three grand slams in a month. The 25 year-old outfielder's 19th homer of the season proves to be the difference in the Reds' 6-2 victory over Pittsburgh.
Yankees' hurler Scott Sanderson beats the Brewers, 8-1, to become the ninth pitcher to defeat all 26 teams in the majors. The 6'5" righty joins Nolan Ryan, Tommy John, Don Sutton, Mike Torrez, Rick Wise, Gaylord Perry, Doyle Alexander, and Rich Gossage in accomplishing the feat.
In an emotional on-the-field ceremony, Dan Quisenberry becomes the sixteenth member of the Royals Hall of Fame. The sinkerball pitcher with a submarine delivery was diagnosed with a grade IV malignant astrocyma and underwent brain surgery to remove the tumor in January.
Mark McGwire hits his 27th home run to establish a major league record for the most homers hit before the month of June. Last season, Ken Griffey Jr. set the previous mark with 24 round trippers in the first two months of the season.
After ending a streak of five straight losses to the Yankees, Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez makes light of the Curse of the Bambino by suggesting someone should wake up the Babe so he could drill him with a pitch. Boston will not beat the Bronx Bombers again during their final seven meetings of the season.
At Pac Bell, it takes 5 hours, 53 minutes and 18 innings for the Diamondbacks to defeat the Giants, 1-0. Erubiel Durazo's double plating Steve Finley accounts for the game's only run.
Barry Bonds hits career homer No. 522, passing Willie McCovey and Ted Williams to move up to #11 on the all time list, and making him the number one lefty home run hitter in National League history. The round tripper is the 17th hit by the Giant outfielder in May, breaking the record set by Mickey Mantle (1956) and Mark McGwire (1998).
At Shea Stadium, the Braves go deep four times off former teammate Tom Glavine to tie a National League record by hitting 55 home runs in a calendar month. The New York Giants (July, 1947) and the Cardinals (April, 2000) are the other teams to accomplish the feat.
Toronto's third baseman Howie Clark, believing he hears teammate John McDonald calling to make the play, allows Jorge Posada's ninth-inning pop fly to land on the ground untouched for an RBI single. The Blue Jays, convinced it was baserunner Alex Rodriguez' voice which caused the infielder to back off the play, become incensed, describing the Yankee superstar's behavior as bush league.
Max Scherzer becomes the first hurler since 1900 to strike out 14 batters in less than six innings. The Tigers right-hander reaches the total in five and two-thirds shutout frames en route to a Detroit 10-2 victory over Oakland at Comerica Park.
Jacoby Ellsbury sets a single-game franchise record when he swipes five bases in the Red Sox' 9-2 victory over Philadelphia. The 29 year-old center fielder led the American League in stolen bases in his first two seasons in the majors, but injuries during the recent years have slowed down the Boston speedy leadoff hitter.
The Mets become the first team to have three players appear in a game whose last name begins with a lower case 'd’, when Travis d'arnaud, Jake deGrom, and Matt den Dekker all play in the Mets’ 6-5 walk-off loss to Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park. After having to use an upside-down capital ‘P’ on d’arnaud’s jersey last season due to lack of lower case letters, New York equipment manager Kevin Kierst asked Majestic, MLB's uniform supplier, to make 'small’ uniform letters available, knowing there would be even more of a need this season.