Today in Baseball History
1905 Philadelphia A's Rube Waddell pitches a five-inning no-hit game, blanking the Browns, 2-0. The shortened masterpiece, which isn't officially considered a no-hitter, includes the southpaw striking out nine of the 15 St. Louis batters he faces before a torrential rain washes out the Columbia Park contest.
1914 Brooklyn's Jake Daubert sets a National League record with four sacrifices in one game. The first baseman's efforts aren't enough when the Dodgers drop an 8-7 decision to Philadelphia at Ebbets Field.
1916 At Fenway Park, Red Sox southpaw Babe Ruth defeats Walter Johnson and the Senators in 13 innings, 1-0. After holding Boston to just four hits over the first twelve frames, Washington's 'Big Train' yields three more in the 13th, allowing Jack Barry to score the game's lone run.
1926 When Babe Herman doubles with the bases loaded, three Dodgers wind up on third base. The runner on second rounds third but decides to go back as the runner from first reaches the same base, and a few seconds later Herman slides in to join his two teammates.
1941 Although leading Boston, 6-3, when the game is called at the start of the eighth after a 40-minute rain delay, the Senators will lose the game. Washington forfeits the contest when the American League upholds Red Sox manager Joe Cronin's protest that the home ground crew deliberately refused to cover the field when it started to rain.
"I don't compare 'em, I just catch 'em."- Giants outfielder Willie Mays
With one out in the top of the eighth inning and a runner on third base in a 1-1 tied game‚ Willie Mays, running at full speed, makes an incredible catch of Carl Furillo's drive to deep centerfield. After grabbing the ball, the rookie outfielder turns counterclockwise and throws a perfect strike to home to nail a surprised Billy Cox at home to complete the double play, and some believe, the catch, in the eventual Giants' 3-1 Polo Grounds victory over the Dodgers, is the impetus for the beginning of the team's incredible comeback from an 11.5 game deficit to win the National League pennant.
1954 The Orioles lose their 27th consecutive game as the visiting team in Cleveland with a 3-1 nightcap loss to the Indians. The record losing streak on the road against one opponent started on August 13, 1952 when the franchise played as the St. Louis Browns.
1955 At Sportsman's Park, Braves starting pitcher Warren Spahn hits a home run and a triple in his 12-1 complete-game victory over the Redbirds. The crafty left-hander, who will hit 35 homers in his 21-year career, has now homered in every National League stadium.
1962 Choo Choo Coleman and Jim Hickman tie a major league record by each hitting a home run as a pinch hitter as teammates in the same game. The Amazin' Mets still manage to lose to the Phillies, an 8-7 defeat in 13 innings at the Polo Grounds.
1962 In the first game of a Polo Grounds doubleheader, Don Demeter hits home runs off two different pitchers named Bob Miller. The outfielder's third inning round-tripper off Mets' right-handed starter Robert Lane Miller, and his homer in the ninth off southpaw Robert Gerald Miller both contribute to the Phillies' 9-3 victory over the Amazin's.
1965 With pregame festivities celebrating his appearance as the first Japanese player in a major league game completed, Masanori Murakami, normally a reliever, starts the game. In a 15-9 Giants win over the Phillies at Candlestick Park, the southpaw from Otsuki pitches 2.1 innings, allowing four hits and three earned runs while striking out four.
1965 In the nightcap of a Cleveland Stadium doubleheader, Indians pinch-hitter Max Alvis hits a two-run homer in the ninth to knot the score at 3-3, and two innings later, Leon Wagner, also pinch hitting, blasts a two-run round-tripper to beat the Twins, 6-4. The two pinch-hit home runs in one game ties a major league record.
1970 Reds' right fielder Pete Rose goes 0-for-7, including striking out five consecutive times. The defending National League batting champ's futility at the plate contributes to Cincinnati's 5-4 loss to Philadelphia.
1970 With the bases loaded and one gone in the bottom of the ninth with a 2-1 lead, Tom Seaver strikes out Bob Tillman for the apparent second out, but Jerry Grote's passed ball allows Tony Gonzalez to score the tying run for the Braves. In his effort to cut down the runner at home, the Mets catcher overthrows Seaver, who is covering the plate, bringing in Rico Carty home from third base with the winning tally giving Atlanta a stunning 3-2 victory, thanks to the two runs being scored on a called third strike.
1975 Earl Weaver is ejected twice by umpire Ron Luciano. The fiery Baltimore manager is thrown out in the first game of a doubleheader and is tossed again before the start of the second game.
1989 In his second start after coming back from cancer surgery, left-hander Dave Dravecky's breaks his arm when he throws a wild pitch to Tim Raines in the sixth inning of the Giants' 3-2 victory over Montreal at Olympic Stadium. The 33 year-old Youngstown, Ohio native, who will be credited with the win, collapses to the ground, clutching his left arm in severe pain after the humerus bone snaps midway between his shoulder and elbow, with the sound of the bone breaking clearly audible throughout the ballpark.
1990 A dramatic game-winning grand slam by Mark McGwire gives the Oakland A's a ten-inning victory over the Red Sox, 6-2. 'Big Mac' becomes the first player to hit thirty home runs in each of his first four seasons.
1990 Phillies southpaw Terry Mulholland faces just twenty-seven hitters, no-hitting the Giants, 6-0, as a double play erases the only batter to reach base due to third baseman Charlie Hayes' throwing error. The gem is the first nine-inning no-hitter ever thrown at the Philadelphia ballpark, and is the eighth no-no of the season, surpassing the previous record of seven set in 1908 and tied in 1917.
1993 Nolan Ryan wins the 324th and last victory of his 27-year career when the Rangers beat Cleveland, 6-4. The 46 year-old right-hander, who will lose his his next four games, sees his career come to an end two starts sooner than he planned when a torn ligament forces him to leave the mound in the first inning in what will prove to be his worst big league outing and final major league appearance.
1995 Although he is hitting .287 and has 26 stolen bases in 75 games for KC, Vince Coleman is designated for assignment by the Royals. The Mariners acquire the 33 year-old fleet outfielder and will compile a 26-14 record with their new leadoff hitter, a key factor for Seattle in capturing the American League Wild Card.
"For a huge portion of my generation, Mickey Mantle was that baseball hero. And for reasons that no statistics, no dry recitation of facts can possibly capture, he was the most compelling baseball hero of our lifetime. And he was our symbol of baseball at a time when the game meant something to us that perhaps it no longer does." - Bob Costas, delivering the eulogy at Mickey Mantle's funeral. At request of the Mantle family, Bob Costas delivers the eulogy at Mickey's funeral. The popular broadcaster, known for his love of the game and his admiration of the Yankee superstar, describes the Hall of Famer as "a fragile hero to whom we had an emotional attachment so strong and lasting that it defied logic."
1999 In the first frame of Anaheim's 10-2 victory in Detroit, Chuck Finley becomes the first major league hurler in history to strike out four batters in one inning twice in his career. The Angels' southpaw also accomplished the feat against the Yankees earlier in the season on May 12.
2000 Club owner Ted Turner and Dale Murphy, who won the National League Most Valuable Player award in back-to-back seasons in 1981 and 1982, are inducted into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame, joining Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, Phil Niekro and Warren Spahn. The popular Gold Glove and Silver Slugger outfielder spent 15 seasons with Atlanta, batting .268 and hitting 371 home runs for the team.
2005 Randy Winn becomes the twenty-first player in Giants history to hit for the cycle. The fleet flychaser, obtained from the Mariners two weeks ago, singles in the first, homers in the third, doubles in the fourth and completes the feat with a triple in the sixth inning.
2005 Felix Hernandez becomes the first teenager to strike out at least 10 batters since Dwight 'Doc' Gooden accomplished the feat with the Mets in May of 1984. The 18 year-old Mariner rookie righty K’s 11 batters as the Mariners maul the Royals, 11-3.
2006 Joining Jim Hickman (1965), Dave Kingman (1978), Caudell Washington (1980), Darryl Strawberry (1985), Gary Carter (1985) and Edgardo Alfonzo (1999), Jose Reyes, in an 11-4 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, becomes the seventh Mets player to hit three homers in a game. Like all his predecessors, his trifecta is accomplished on the road.
2006 The Dodgers, with their 4-0 blanking of the Marlins, win their sixth consecutive game and 17th in the last 18 contests. The stretch is the team's best run since the Brooklyn Superbas went 20-1 in 1899.
2006 In a contest which takes five-hours, 21 minutes to complete, the Diamondbacks beat the Rockies at Coors Field, 2-1. The 18-inning game ties the D-Back franchise record for the most innings played in a game, and is also longest in Colorado history for both frames played and time of game.
2007 The Devil Rays have come to terms with their first overall selection in the June first-year player draft, left-handed pitcher David Price. The Vanderbilt University (11-1, 2.63) southpaw signs a six-year major league contract which could be worth as much as $11.25 million if the college junior sticks in the bigs for the length of the deal.
2008 Buster Posey, the fifth overall pick in the June amateur draft, gets the largest up-front bonus in major league history when he agrees to a $6.2 million signing deal with the Giants. The highly touted catcher gets slightly more than infielders Tim Beckham (first pick/shortstop), who receives $6.15 million from the Rays and Pedro Alvarez (second pick/third baseman), who gets $6 million from the Pirates.
2011 At Petco Park, Jason Isringhausen becomes the 23rd major league pitcher to record 300 career saves when the Mets defeat San Diego in 10 innings, 5-4. The 38 year-old right-handed closer is the third pitcher, along with John Franco (1996) and Billy Wagner (2006), to achieve his 300th save wearing a Mets uniform.
2011 Jim Thome becomes the eighth player to reach the 600 career home runs plateau when he hits a two-run homer in the sixth (599), followed by three-run blast an inning later off Detroit's Daniel Schlereth. Needing fewer at-bats to reach 600 than anyone except for Babe Ruth, the 40 year-old Twins slugger accomplishes the feat in his 8,167th at-bat, compared to the Bambino's 6,921.
2012 Joining Philip Humber (White Sox) and Matt Cain (Giants), Felix Hernandez becomes the third hurler to throw a perfect game this season, marking the first time in major league history that three spotless gems have been hurled in the same year. "King Felix's" 1-0 victory over the Rays at Safeco Field is the first perfect game and fourth no-hitter in Mariner history, which includes hitless games tossed by Randy Johnson (1990) and Chris Bosio (1993) and the combined effort of six pitchers in June.
2012 Giants left fielder Melky Cabrera will miss the rest of the season when he is suspended for 50 games by MLB for testing positive for high levels of testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance. The MVP of the All-Star Game, who currently is 13 points behind Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen as the second-leading hitter in the National League, is one plate appearance shy of automatically qualifying for the NL batting title, but could still win the crown if he were to have the circuit's best average after the addition of a theoretical at-bat.
2013 A proposal that would dramatically increase the number of plays that can be reviewed during a game is presented at the quarterly Owners Meetings by a committee consisting of Braves president John Schuerholz and former major league skippers Joe Torre and Tony La Russa. The rule change, which will be formally voted on by the owners in November, will allow a manager to inform an umpire that he wants to initiate a play review, with challenges being permitted once in the first six innings and twice more from the seventh through the end of the game, without any provision to cover the possibility of an obviously missed call late in the game when all of a team's challenges have been used.