Today in Baseball History
1890 Beating Pittsburgh, 4-2, Giants hurler Mickey Welch joins Pud Galvin and Tim Keefe in becoming baseball's third hurler to record his 300th victory. The 31-year old Brooklyn native will win only seven more games before ending his 13-year career next season.
1943 In a Red Cross charity game played at Yankee Stadium, retired outfielder Babe Ruth leads a Yank-Lands club, a combination of former Yankee and Indian ballplayers, against the Cloudbusters, a U.S. Navy team from the Chapel Hill Naval Pre-Flight School based at the University of North Carolina. ‘The Bambino', appearing as a pinch-hitter in his only plate appearance in the 8-5 loss to the servicemen, is walked by 25-year old Navy pilot trainee and Boston Braves right-hander Johnny Sain.
1952 The seventh-place Reds fire manager Luke Sewell, who will be replaced by the recently released skipper of the Browns, Rogers Hornsby. While the ‘Rajah’ takes a week to look over the Cincinnati farm system, coach Earle Brucker will take over the team on an interim basis.
1962 After mysteriously disappearing off the team bus in New York two days ago with teammate Gene Conley to use the rest room, Pumpsie Green returns to the Red Sox. The prodigal infielder is fined for his disappearance.
1963 **** Ellsworth strikes out Cardinals' left fielder Stan Musial three times in the Cubs' 5-1 victory at Wrigley Field. It will be the only time 'Stan the Man' is whiffed three times in a game during his 22-year career, a span of 3026 contests.
1964 During a 3-1 victory over the Yankees in New York, Jim Fregosi of the expansion Angels becomes the first player to hit for the cycle during the 3+ years of existence of the franchise. The Los Angeles shortstop will accomplish the feat again in 1968, making it the second occurrence in club history.
1967 The Indians break a five-game losing streak when Tony Horton hits a walk-off homer leading off the bottom of the 12th inning. The first baseman's round-tripper breaks up a scoreless pitching duel between Steve Hargan and Orioles' right-hander Moe Drabowski, who allows only six hits in the extra-inning contest at Cleveland Stadium.
1970 It is a tough day for Angels’ catcher Tom Egan when he is charged with five passed balls. To make matters worse the California backstop also commits an error allowing the winning run to score in a 6-5 loss to the Yankees.
1971 Orioles' third baseman Brooks Robinson, a sixteen-time gold glove winner, commits three errors. Thanks to Frank Robinson's ninth inning three-run walk-off home run off Rollie Fingers, the Orioles prevail and beat the A's, 3-2.
1976 White Sox pitchers John 'Blue Moon' Odom (5 innings) and Francisco Barrios (4 innings) combined to no-hit the A's, 2-1. The win will be the Chicago starter's last of his 84 victories in the major leagues.
1978 At Candlestick Park, the Giants beat the Cubs 9-8 in a game that began at Wrigley Field. The contest was suspended with two outs in the top of the eighth and resumed in San Francisco eight days later.
1979 Cubs' slugger Dave Kingman, who hit a pair of round-trippers yesterday, becomes the sixth player in major league history to hit three home runs in one game twice in a season. ''Sky King's' trio of long flies isn't enough when Chicago drops the Shea Stadium contest to the Mets, 6-4.
1983 American League president Lee MacPhail decides George Brett's 'Pine Tar' home run should count. The remainder of the game will be played on August 18 with the Royals beating the Yankees, 5-4.
1985 The Hall of Fame welcomes Lou Brock, Enos Slaughter, Arky Vaughan and Hoyt Wilhelm as members. Wilhelm is the first pitcher to be inducted because of his role as a relief pitcher.
1985 Darrell Evans's home run, a sixth-inning solo blast off Ken Schrom, proves to the difference when the Tigers beat Minnesota at the Metrodome, 3-2. The Detroit third baseman's 300th career round-tripper comes on a 3-0 pitch at exactly 3:00 pm.
1990 At Candlestick Park, Giants’ hurler Scott Garrelts is perfect, putting away the first 26 Reds batter he faces. Paul O’Neill’s two-out single to shallow centerfield in the ninth inning breaks up the no-hitter, and the right-hander ends up with a one-hit 4-0 blanking of Cincinnati.
1991 Expos' Dennis Martinez pitches a perfect game, defeating Los Angeles 2-0 at Dodger Stadium. Ron Hassey becomes the first backstop to ever catch two perfect games as he also was behind the plate on May 15, 1981 when Indian hurler Len Barker faced 27 batters beating the Blue Jays, 3-0.
1993 Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. homers in his eighth straight game to tie a major league record held by Dale Long (1956) and Don Mattingly (1987). In tomorrow’s game Junior will barely miss breaking the record as he hits a long double off the right-center field wall at the Kingdome.
1993 After a shaky one-inning relief performance, in which he gives up the go-ahead run, Anthony Young’s record-setting 27-game losing streak comes to an abrupt end when the Mets score twice in the ninth for a 5-4 walk-off victory over Florida at Shea Stadium. The infamous streak, which covered a span of 81 appearances over two seasons, included 14 losses as a starter and 13 as a reliever.
1994 Kenny Rogers hurls the 12th perfect game in modern major league history, and becomes the first American League left-hander to accomplish the feat when he beats the Angels, 4-0. The Rangers' southpaw throws the fifth no-hitter in franchise history, being the first to do it perfectly.
1995 The Yankees trade Danny Tartabull to the A's for Jason Beverlin and Ruben Sierra. Tartabull signed a lucrative free agent deal worth more than $5 million a year with New York after the 1991 season, but the outfielder never produced on the level he had playing with Kansas City.
1995 The Yankees obtain David Cone from the Blue Jays in exchange for Marty Janzen and two minor leaguers, Jason Jarvis and Mike Gordon. The trade for the right-hander, considered to be one of the best deals in franchise history, will prove to an important piece of the team's success in the late nineties.
1996 Darryl Strawberry's 300th career round-tripper is a dramatic ninth inning, two-run dinger which gives the Yankees a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the Royals. The 34 year-old 'Straw' will finish his stormy 17-year major league career with 335, hitting 75% of his round-trippers as a member of New York's other team, the Mets.
1998 After setting the record yesterday for hitting the most home runs before getting a grand slam, Sammy Sosa hits another today in the Cubs' 7-5 loss to Arizona at Bank One Ballpark. The Chicago slugger becomes the 18th major leaguer to hit a bases-loaded homer on consecutive days.
2000 Unable to win in four months, David Cone is sent to the team's minor league camp in Tampa by Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. The struggling veteran will be under supervision of Billy Connors, the Yankees vice president of player personnel.
2000 The Mets have a busy day on the trading block as they obtain Oriole shortstop Mike Bordick for utility players Melvin Mora and Mike Kinkade and minor pitchers Lesli Brea and Pat Gorman. A few hours later New York completes a four-player deal with the Devil Rays receiving reliever Rick White and outfielder Bubba Trammell in exchange for minor leaguers Jason Tyner and Paul Wilson.
2001 Oriole outfielder Melvin Mora's wife, Gisel, gives birth to quintuplets. The three boys and two girls, who all weighed in under two and half pounds, are doing well.
2001 With two outs in the ninth inning at PNC Park, Brian Giles erases a three-run deficit with a walk-off grand slam defeating an astounded Astros squad, 9-8. The Pittsburgh's left-fielder's 'sayonara slam' is hit off Houston's all-star closer, Billy Wagner.
2002 During his induction speech at the Hall of Fame ceremonies in Cooperstown, with the song 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' playing in the background and with a copy of 'The Wizard of Oz' in his hands, Ozzie Smith compares his baseball career to Dorothy's away trip from Kansas. Citing the recipe for his success during his 19-year career with the Cardinals and Padres, the 47 year-old tells the crowd he had the mind to dream, which the Scarecrow cherished, a heart to believe, which the Tin Man wanted, and courage to persevere, which the Lion lacked.
2002 The Giants trade two minor league pitchers, right-hander Felix Diaz and left-hander Ryan Meaux, to obtain veteran center fielder Kenny Lofton from the White Sox. The 35 year-old outfielder will finish the season with the second-place club, hitting .267 in 46 games before signing as a free agent with the Pirates.
2002 In a 7-1 loss to the Phillies at Turner Field, Gary Sheffield's team record of reaching base ends at 52 straight games. The Braves' right fielder surpasses Dale Murphy's previous mark of 48 consecutive contests.
2004 Troy Percival strikes out Alfonso Soriano and gets Mark Teixeira to ground out to nail down a 2-0 Angels victory over Texas in Anaheim. The 34 year-old right-hander becomes the 18th major league closer to record 300 career saves and the fifth fastest to reach the milestone.
2005 At Whataburger Field, a trio of Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers-AA) pitchers hurl nine perfect innings to beat the hometown Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros-AA), 3-0. A.J. Murray (6), Steve Karsay (2) and Scott Feldman (1) combine to throw only the third nine-inning perfect game, the first by a combination of hurlers, in the 117 year history of the Texas League.
2006 The Brewers have a busy day wheeling and dealing as the team sends All-star left-fielder Carlos Lee and a minor league outfielder to Texas and acquire third baseman David Bell from the Phillies in separate deals. The Brew Crew gets reliever Francisco Cordero, flychasers Kevin Mench and Laynce Nix, and a minor league southpaw from the Rangers, and trading Class A right-hander Wilfrido Laureano to the Philadelphia for their new infielder.
2006 In an an 8-7 loss to the Diamondbacks at Minute Maid Park, Luke Scott becomes the first rookie and sixth player in franchise history to hit for the cycle. The Houston 28-year-old right-fielder, who had a three-run homer in the fourth, a fifth inning triple and double in the seventh inning, completes the rare feat with a two-out single in the 11th inning.
2007 With the help of two day-night doubleheaders, MLB establishes a new daily attendance record as 717,478 go through the turnstiles for the 17 games played on Saturday. The former mark of 640,412, set on July 3, 1999, was accomplished with the same number of games played.
2011 The Mets officially announce the club has acquired 21-year-old right-hander Zack Wheeler, a top minor league prospect from the Giants, in exchange for outfielder Carlos Beltran and cash considerations. New York bids farewell to their all-star outfielder, who is batting .289 along with 15 home runs and 66 RBIs in the final season of his seven-year deal with the team.
2011 With their 10-9 victory, the visiting Mets complete a four-game sweep in Cincinnati for the first time in franchise history. The Great American Ball Park victory is especially rewarding because Carlos Beltran, the team's best offensive player, was traded to San Francisco during the series.
2012 Ike Davis drives in all of the runs in the Mets’ 6-3 loss in Arizona when he becomes the ninth player in franchise history to hit three home runs in a game. The New York first baseman joins Steve Finley (2004, Diamondbacks), Eddie Murray (1980, Orioles), and Clyde McCullough (1942. Cubs) as only the fourth player in baseball history to account for all three of his team’s runs with solo homers in a defeat.
2013 In the first Baseball Hall of Fame ceremony without a living inductee in 48 years, Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert, 19th-century backstop Deacon White, and umpire Hank O’Day, are inducted in Cooperstown, after being elected by the Pre-Integration Veterans Committee in December. The last time there weren't any living inductees to be honored occurred in 1968, when when Pud Galvin, the game's first 300-game winner, was enshrined 63 years after his death.