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1894 Fred Clarke makes his major league debut going 5-for-5 for the Louisville Colonels. The future Hall of Famer collects four singles and a triple.
1908 At New York's Hilltop Park, Red Sox legend Cy Young no-hits the Highlanders (Yankees), 8-0. The contest marks the third time the 41-year old has accomplished the feat.
1909 The Cubs spoil the Pirates' debut at Forbes Field, 3-2. The new state-of-the-art ballpark, named for General John Forbes who was an officer in the French and Indian War, is the first stadium to be made completely of steel and poured concrete.
1938 The Phillies lose the final game to be played at the Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl bowing to the Giants, 14-1. New York center fielder Hank Lieber hits the last homer in the history of the 51-year old ballpark.
1948 At Briggs Stadium, Indians right-hander Bob Lemon throws the first American League night time no-hitter blanking the Tigers, 2-0. The Tigers' home was the last park in the Junior Circuit to use lights, installing illumination only two weeks ago.
1961 Whitey Ford becomes the first pitcher in American League history to win eight games in one month. 'Slick's' complete-game 5-1 victory over the Senators is the Yankees' 22nd win in June.
1962 Due to an unusually thick fog at Colt Stadium, the game against the Reds is called after seven innings giving the Colt .45’s a 7-3 victory over Cincinnati. The shortened contest allows Houston’s skipper Harry Craft to get to the hospital in time for the birth of his first daughter.
1962 Sandy Koufax becomes the first Dodger southpaw to throw a no-hitter since Nap Rucker accomplished the feat in 1908 when he keeps the expansion Mets hitless in the team's 5-0 victory in Los Angeles. The 26 year-old left-hander, en route to fanning 13, strikes out the first three batters he faces - Richie Ashburn, Rod Kanehl, and Felix Mantilla- on nine pitches to start the game with an immaculate inning.
1967 Cookie Rojas, who joined the Phillies in 1964, plays his ninth different position for the team when he takes the mound in a 12-3 loss to San Francisco. In his ninth inning appearance, the all-star infielder allows no runs and gives up just one hit, ending the frame by getting future Hall of Famer Willie Mays to to fly out to right field in the Connie Mack Stadium contest.
1970 The Braves ruin the debut of Riverfront Stadium defeating the Reds, 8-2. In the first inning, Hank Aaron hits the park's first home run off Cincinnati's starter Jim McGlothlin.
1973 With an 8-7 extra-inning loss to L.A. at Riverfront Stadium, the Reds finish the day 11 games behind the first-place Dodgers. Led by the eventual National League MVP Pete Rose, who will win the batting title with a .338 average, Cincinnati will go on a 60-26 tear to capture the Western Division by 3.5 games.
1977 At Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, Cliff Johnson joins Joe DiMaggio and Joe Pepitone as the only players in Yankee history to hit two home runs in the same inning. The designated hitter goes deep twice in the eighth as the Bronx Bombers score eight runs in an 11-5 win over the Blue Jays.
1978 On an 0-2 pitch from Atlanta Braves pitcher Jamie Easterly, Giant first baseman Willie McCovey launches his 500th career home run over the left field fence at Fulton County Stadium becoming the 12th player to accomplish the feat. The historic homer occurs in the second inning of the opener of a doubleheader which the Giants sweep, 10-9 and 10-5.
1978 Larry Doby replaces Bob Lemon as skipper of the White Sox to become the second black to manage in the majors. Lemon will move on to New York to replace Billy Martin and will pilot the Yankees to a World Championship as Doby will be dismissed from his only managerial stint at the end of the season after posting a 37-50 record with the fifth place Pale Hose.
1985 Dodgers' slugger Pedro Guerrero ties a major league record by hitting 15 home runs in the month of June.
1986 Auburn outstanding football star Bo Jackson makes his pro baseball debut with the Memphis Chicks. The 1985 Heisman Trophy winner goes 1-for-4.
1995 At the Metrodome, Indians' designated hitter Eddie Murray collects his 3000th hit off Twins' right-hander Mike Trombley to become the 20th player to accomplish the feat. 'Steady Eddie' joins Pete Rose as only the second switch-hitter to reach the milestone.
1997 Rangers' hurler Bobby Witt becomes the first American League pitcher to hit a home run in a regular-season game in nearly 25 years. His round tripper off Ismael Valdes helps Texas to beat the Dodgers in interleague action, 3-2.
1998 With an eighth-inning homer against the Diamondbacks, Cubs' slugger Sammy Sosa extends his major league record for home runs in a month, hitting his 20th round-tripper in June.
2000 Trailing 8-2 with two outs in the eighth-inning, Mike Piazza's tie-breaking three-run homer completes a 10-run miracle comeback as the Mets stun the Braves, 11-8. Nine of the runs were driven in with two outs and the ten runs equal the most ever scored in an inning by the Mets.
2001 In his hometown of Waterbury, Connecticut, Roger Connor is honored with a four-foot-high marble monument at St. Joseph's Cemetery. The gravestone, which also includes the names of his wife and grandson, notes that the one-time all-time home run leader is a member of baseball's Hall of Fame.

Roger Conner's Gravesite

2002 The Yankees become the first team in the American League since the 1956 White Sox to have four infielders and a catcher on the All-star roster. The fans vote for first baseman Jason Giambi, second baseman Alfonso Soriano and backstop Jorge Posada to be starters in the Midsummer Classic with shortstop Derek Jeter and third baseman Robin Ventura being selected by AL skipper Joe Torre.
2004 For the third straight game, the Tigers win thanks to a walk-off home run. Following the lead of teammates Eric Munson and Carlos Pena in the two previous games, Dmitri Young hits a two-run dinger in the 11th inning to beat the Indians, 9-7.
2005 After loading the bases in the top of the ninth, Chad Cordero gets Ryan Doumit to fly out to deep right field to record his 15th save of the month tying the Nationals closer with Lee Smith and John Wetteland for the most in a single month. Washington's 7-5 victory over Pittsburgh at RFK Stadium puts the first place team 4.5 games ahead of Atlanta.
2006 In the fastest game ever played in the seven-year history of Seattle's Safeco Field, the hometown Mariners are defeated by Colorado, 2-0. Colorado starter Josh Fogg faces the minimum 27 batters tossing a two hitter in the one-hour, 52 minutes contest, also the quickest in Rockies' history.
2006 The Reds' 47th homer, which establishes a club for the month of June, is a game-ending grand slam hit by Adam Dunn. The dramatic dinger, given up by closer Bob Wickman with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, powers Cincinnati over Cleveland, 9-8
2006 In a 5-2 loss to the Marlins, which stops their winning streak at 11, the Red Sox play their 17th consecutive errorless game. The accomplishment establishes a new big league mark, surpassing the Cardinals, who played 16 straight error-free games in 1992.
2007 Jacoby Ellsbury, making his debut starting in centerfield at Fenway Park, becomes the first person from the Navajo tribe to play in the major leagues. The 23-year old member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, who will play a significant role in the Red Sox World Championship batting .360 in 11 total postseason games, is put out by the catcher unassisted in his first big league at-bat.
2007 In a pre-game ceremony on Disability Awareness Night, the Fenway faithful show their support for the cause when they assist a young man with autism. The enthusiastic Red Sox crowd of 38,000 fans continue singing the national anthem when the nervous singer has trouble getting through the songs.

2008 A pair of demolition companies, which agree to work free of charge in exchange for the scrap-metal, begin knocking down Tiger Stadium, startng with bleachers in left-center field. The 96-year old ballpark has been vacant since the Tigers started playing in nearby Comerica Park nearly nine summers ago.
2012 In the Padres' 8-4 victory over Colorado, Yasmani Grandal becomes the first player to homer from both sides of the plate for his first two major league hits. The San Diego catcher, who had one at-bat in his debut four weeks ago against Arizona, flew out in the second inning before connecting for his historic homers in the fourth and sixth frames of the Coors Field's contest.

31 Fact(s) Found