Today in Baseball History
1859 In the first college baseball game ever played, Amherst defeats their archrival, Williams College, 73-32 (66-32 by some reports). The game is played near the corner of North Street and Maplewood Avenue in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
1902 En route to a 2-0 victory over Baltimore, left-handed hurler Rube Wadell, playing in his first game for Connie Mack's A's, faces the minimum 27 batters, striking out 13 in the Oriole Park contest. In the sixth frame, the 25 year-old Philadelphia southpaw becomes the first American League pitcher to toss an immaculate inning when he fans Billy Gilbert, Harry Howell, and Jack Cronin on nine consecutive pitches.
1903 Cy Young drives in the contest's lone run when he blanks the Pale Hose at Chicago's South Side Park, 1-0. The shutout, his fourth consecutive complete game without allowing a run, is the Boston American right-hander's third 1-0 victory in a span of nine days.
1910 In front of a full house, the Browns spoil the White Sox debut at Comiskey Park beating the Pale Hose, 2-0. The new ballpark named after the owner replaces the obsolete South Side Park, built in 1890 and the team's home since 1900.
1914 Harry Kingman, son of the New York Congregationalist missionary and chaplain at Pomona College, becomes the first person born in China to play in a major league game. The 22-year old Yankees first baseman from Tientsini goes hitless in his only three big league at-bats, but reaches first on a base-on-balls.
1920 Leaving Robison Field in mid-season, the Cardinals make their debut as the home team at Sportsman's Park, also the home of the American League's St. Louis Browns, bowing to the Pirates, 6-2. After signing a ten-year lease for $20,000 annually with Browns' president Phil Ball, the team moves six blocks to be able to play its home games in a modern ballpark.
1920 At Fenway Park, Walter Johnson pitches a no-hitter, defeating the Red Sox, 1-0. Bucky Harris's error ruins the 'Big Train's' bid for a perfect game, but it's the Senator second baseman's hit which drives in the game's only run.
1934 Bill Terry leads all vote-getters in All-Star balloting with Babe Ruth of the Yankees getting the most votes in the American League. The Giants' first baseman will also be the skipper of the National League team.
1941 In a rain-shortened nightcap against the Red Sox, Joe DiMaggio ties Wee Willie Keeler's 1897's major league record consecutive game hit streak of 44 with the help of a difficult decision by the official scorer. Red Sox third baseman Jim Tabor makes a poor throw, but the 'Yankee Clipper' is given a hit by New York World Telegram's Dan Daniel.
1943 The Sporting News begins using a tabloid format as a means of saving newsprint. "The Bible of Baseball", which was established in 1886, became the dominant voice and major source of information for serious fans of the national pastime.
1943 Although the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League will not have an official All-Star Game until 1946, two teams, one composed of South Bend Blue Sox and Rockford Peaches players and the other made up of players from the Kenosha Comets and Racine Belles, put on an exhibition game under the lights at Wrigley Field. The AAGPBL contest is the first night game ever played in the historic Chicago ballpark.
1945 Away from the game for four years, Hank Greenberg makes a dramatic return in front of an emotional crowd of 47,700 at Briggs Stadium when he homers in his first game back from the Armed Forces. 'Hammerin Hank's round-tripper helps the first-place Tigers beat the A's, 9-5.
1950 'Eddye' Ford's Yankee debut is less than impressive as he gives up five runs on seven hits and walks six in 4 2/3 innings of relief against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The lefty will go on to become the winningest pitcher in franchise history and will be better known as ******.
1951 Indian right-hander Bob Feller becomes the third pitcher in major league history, joining Larry Corcoran and Cy Young, to pitch three career no-hitters when he defeats the Tigers, 2-1. Detroit scores its run in the fourth frame on an error, a stolen base, an errant pick-off throw and a sac fly.
1953 Mel Parnell wins his 100th career game as Boston blanks the Bronx Bombers at Yankee Stadium, 4-0. Joining Cy Young, Joe Wood, Lefty Grove and Joe Dobson, the southpaw from New Orleans becomes the fifth Red Sox hurler in franchise history to reach the milestone.
1957 Orioles' pitcher George Zuverink and catcher Frank Zupo form the first 'Z' battery in major league history as the Yankees beat the Birds, 3-2.
1958 Fooled by the Cubs relief staff, Giant rookie outfielder Leon Wagner is tricked to look under the bullpen bench instead of the rain gutter 45 feet away. In the meantime, Tony Taylor makes it around the bases.
1960 H. Gabriel Murphy's option of first-refusal to buy the Senators from current owner Calvin Griffith expires. The chief minority stockholder, in an effort to stop the club from moving to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area to become the Twins, will lose two court decisions preventing him from keeping the team in Washington, D.C.
1962 In the second game of a doubleheader sweep of the Indians, the White Sox (Juan Pizarro, Nellie Fox and Al Smith) become the first team in major league history to record three run-scoring sacrifice flies in one inning. Three fly balls to Gene Green, two which are dropped by the Cleveland right fielder, set up the unprecedented occurrence.
1964 Five thousand cabbies and their families are on hand at Yankee Stadium to celebrate 'Taxi Day' at the Bronx ballpark. Billy Bryan's 11th inning solo home run is the decisive blow in Kansas City's 5-4 Wednesday afternoon victory.
1966 Woody Fryman faces the minimum 27 batters in the Pirates' 12-0 rout of the Mets at Shea Stadium. New York leadoff hitter Ron Hunt singles to center to start the bottom of the first, but is tagged out trying to swipe second base.
1968 Bob Gibson’s scoreless inning streak ends abruptly at 47 with a questionable call when the official scorer rules a wild pitch, and not a passed ball, allowed Len Gabrielson to score in the first inning of the Cardinals 5-1 victory over the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. Without the hometown decision, the Redbird right-hander, who will blank San Francisco in his next start, would been within three innings of breaking the mark of 58 scoreless frames established in June by Don Drysdale, tonight’s losing pitcher.
1982 Considered a questionable decision at the time because of his height, Cal Ripken is moved from third base to shortstop by Oriole manager Earl Weaver. The 6'4" future Hall of Famer takes over the job from veteran infielder Mark Belanger, an eight-time Gold Glover at the position.
1982 At Pawtucket’s McCoy Stadium, Mark Fidrych, mounting one more attempt to return to the majors, and Dave Righetti, the AL Rookie of the Year who was sent down by the Yankees to Triple-A Columbus to get straightened out after a slow start in his sophomore season, match up in one of the most memorable games ever played in the minor leagues. The chanting and cheering overflow crowd of 9,389, packed into the ballpark designed to accommodate 5,800 fans, vocally displays their support the ‘Bird’ throughout the game, and becomes delirious when he strikes out Butch Hobson for the final out in his improbable complete-game 7-5 victory.
1984 Paul Splittorff announces his retirement from baseball. The 37-year old southpaw, who be an analyst on pregame and postgame shows for KMBZ radio, leaves the Royals as the all-time leader in victories/losses (166/144), innings (2,554.2), and games started (392).
1990 As Comiskey Park celebrates its 80th birthday, Yankee hurler Andy Hawkins throws a no-hitter against the White Sox, but loses the game, 4-0. The right-hander is not credited with an official no-hitter because the home team doesn't need to bat in the bottom of the ninth.
1991 During a 14-7 Orioles rout of the Angels, the teams tie a major league record, slugging 11 home runs during the Memorial Stadium contest. O's starter Mike Mussina gives up all of the Halos' round-trippers to tie Jim Palmer's club record of giving 5 in a game.
1997 After hitting a bouncer down the Astrodome's first base line, Tim Bogar comes all the way around to score when Manny Ramirez doesn't play the ball after it comes to a stop under the bullpen bench. The Indians outfielder, unaware of the park's ground rules, begins signaling to the umpire that the ball is out of play as the Astros infielder circles the bases for an easy inside-the-park home run.
1997 Collecting his 26th save in 27 chances this season, Randy Myers records the 300th save of his career when he strikes out the side in the Orioles' 4-1 victory over Philadelphia at Camden Yards. The 34 year-old closer, who will finish with 347 saves during his 19 years in the major league leagues with six different teams, is the ninth reliever and second southpaw in the history of the game to reach the milestone.
2000 On the country's 133rd birthday, a Canada Day pitching match up features a pair of Canadian starters in Montreal as Marlin Ryan Dempster, a native of British Columbia, defeats Mike Johnson of Edmonton and the Expos, 6-5.
2000 ****** Herzog, the winningest manager in the franchise's history, and Willie Wilson, a speedy outfielder who was an offensive spark plug, become members of the Kansas City Royals' Hall of Fame.
2000 BARK, Baseball Aquatic Retrieval Korps, debuts at Pac Bell. Six Portuguese water dogs will be used to retrieve Splashdown home runs hit by the Giants and their opponents which land in McCovey's Cove.
2001 Back near the end of Bonilla’s playing days, the New York Mets agreed to pay him $1,193,248.20 annually on July 1 for 25 years, beginning in 2011.
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2003 Just a few hours after obtaining Roberto Alomar from the Mets, the White Sox acquire outfielder Carl Everett (.274, 18, 51) from the Rangers. Texas will pick two or three players from a Chicago minor league pool, and the team will also give money to help pay part of the former outfielder's $9.15 million deal.
2003 The Marlins set a franchise mark for runs scored and tie a team record with 25 hits, with Miguel Cabrera, Ivan Rodriguez and Luis Castillo collecting four each. The celebration of the 20-1 victory over the Braves is tempered when a photographer is injured and is airlifted to a hospital as a result of being hit by Darren Bragg's bat, which slips from the outfielder's hand and flies into the stands.
2003 After spending a disappointing season and a half in New York, Roberto Alomar is traded by the Mets with cash to the White Sox for prospect Andrew Salvo, right-hander Edwin Almonte and southpaw Royce Ring. The 12-time Gold Glove second baseman's funk continues in the American League when the former All-Star infielder hits just .253 with Chicago.
2005 After walking 2,100 miles from Camp Verde, Arizona to reach Wrigley Field, Bill Holden throws the ceremonial first pitch and leads the crowd singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the seventh- inning stretch at the Nationals-Cubs game. Inspired by the DVD, This Old Cub, a documentary about former Chicago All-Star third baseman Ron Santo, who lost both his legs to diabetes, the 56-year old school teacher, with two bad knees, pounded the pavement for 172 days and raised $250,000 with his ‘Walk the Walk’ campaign for juvenile diabetes research.
2008 In the shortest nine-inning game in the history of Coors Field, Aaron Cook throws only 79 pitches in the one hour, 58 minute contest. The right-hander’s five-hitter snaps the Rockies' eight-game losing streak with the 4-0 victory over the visiting Padres.
2009 In the Red Sox' 6-5 victory at Camden Yards, Jonathan Papelbon retires the Baltimore batters in order in the 11th inning to become the franchise's all-time leader in in saves. The 28-year-old closer, who surpasses Bob Stanley for the club record, has compiled 133 saves during his four years with the club.
2010 The first-place Rangers acquire catcher Bengie Molina and cash from the Giants for reliever Chris Ray and a minor league right-hander, Michael Main. Texas’ acquisition of the veteran backstop fills the void created by the off-season loss of Pudge Rodriguez to Washington and the inconsistent play of Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
2010 On an interim basis, Kirk Gibson, the team’s bench coach, is promoted to be the manager of the Diamondbacks replacing A.J. Hinch, who piloted the team to an 89-123 record in a little more than a full season in the dugout. In addition to letting go their manager, the last-place team also fires general manager Josh Byrnes.
2011 In the seventh inning of a 5-0 inter-league victory of the Angels in Anaheim, Dee Gordon steals second and third base and then completes the stolen base cycle by swiping home. The Dodger shortstop becomes the 40th major leaguer to accomplish the trifecta in the same frame.
2013 Prior to the game at Citi Field, the Mets and Diamondbacks honor the 19 firefighters killed while battling a wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona with a moment of silence. Additionally, each team hangs a jersey with the word Yarnell stitched on the back above the number 19 in their respective dugouts.
2014 Rick Porcello becomes the fourth pitcher in Tiger history, and the first since Dizzy Trout in 1944, to throw a shutout without issuing a walk or recording a strikeout when he blanks Oakland, 3-0. The Detroit right-hander, who records 17 groundball outs and 10 in the air in his 95-pitch outing, is the first major league hurler to accomplish the rare feat since Jeff Ballard's performance for Baltimore on August 21, 1989.