Today in Baseball History
1886 At Washington's Capitol Park, backstop Connie Mack makes his major league debut as the Senators edge Philadelphia, 4-3.
1886 Roger Connor becomes the first and only player to hit a ball out of the original Polo Grounds (110th Street and Fifth Avenue). The Giants’ first baseman receives a $500 gold watch from stockbrokers and others to honor his accomplishment.
1902 John Malarkey, leading off in the bottom of the 11th inning, hits a game-ending homer off St. Louis right-hander Mike O'Neill to give the Beaneaters a 4-3 victory in the first game of a twin bill at Boston's South End Grounds. Malarkey becomes the first pitcher in baseball history to earn a victory by hitting his own walk-off home run.
1912 Eddie Collins steals six bases as Philadelphia beats the Tigers. 9-7. The A's second baseman will swipe six bases again on September 22.
1915 Eddie Plank of the Federal League's St. Louis Terriers records his 300th victory when he defeats the Newark Peppers 12-5. The future Hall of Famer (1946) is the ninth player and first southpaw to reach this milestone.
1918 In the earliest conclusion of the Fall Classic, Boston's Carl Mays three-hits the Cubs 2-1 with the Red Sox winning the World Series in six games. The regular season was shortened due to World War I.
1928 Yankee shortstop Mark Koenig’s routine catch of A’s pinch hitter Ty Cobb’s pop fly behind third base will mark the last time the ‘Georgia Peach’ swings a bat in the big leagues. The aging 41-year old, who is the all-time hits leader, will announce his retirement six days later, ending a 24 year Hall of Fame career.
1938 Free admission, bats and peanuts highlight Lefty O'Doul Day for Kids at Seals' Stadium. Between games of the Seals and Oaks doubleheader, the kids have a chance to scramble for autographed balls thrown by the players.
1948 For the 16th consecutive season, the Phillies will have a losing season as the team drops its 78th game to Warren Spahn and the Braves, 13-2. The drought, which began in 1933, is the longest in big league history.
1954 ****** Lockman hits a pinch-hit grand slam. The bases full home run propels the Giants to a 7-5 victory over the Reds at the Polo Grounds.
1955 Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams collects his 2000th career hit in a 5-3 loss to the Yankees.
1955 In his first and only major league appearance, Fred Van Dusen, entering the game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning for the Phillies, is hit by a pitch thrown by Humberto Robinson of the Braves. The 18 year-old bonus baby's career ends with an on-base percentage of 1.000, but without a batting average.
1956 Reds' flychaser Frank Robinson ties the National League rookie record for home runs with his 38th in an 11-5 victory over the Giants.
1958 Del Crandall, after working the count full with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, hits a grand slam, giving the Braves a dramatic 5-4 walk-off victory over Philadelphia. Milwaukee had entered the final frame at County Stadium behind 4-0 before the backstop abruptly ended the game with his 'ultimate grand slam'.
1959 The Dodgers end Elroy Face's consecutive win streak at 22 with a 5-4 victory over the Pirates. The reliever, who will end the season with an 18-1 record, is beaten by Chuck Churn, the winner of only three major league career victories.
1959 At Memorial Stadium, two twenty year-old Oriole hurlers throw complete-game shutouts in a twin bill sweep against the White Sox. Jack Fischer wins the opener 3-0, and Jerry Walker pitches 16 innings, beating the Pale Hose in the nightcap, 1-0.
1964 At Milwaukee’s County Stadium, Braves' southpaw Danny Lemaster throws a one-hitter, beating the Reds and Jim Maloney, who gives up only two hits, 1-0. The only run of the two-hour and six-minute contest scores on a sac fly by Felipe Alou plating Gene Oliver in the bottom of the eighth inning.
1966 Braves' pitcher Pat Jarvis becomes the first of Nolan Ryan's 5,714 career strikeouts.
1966 In his first major league at-bat, John Miller homers off Lee Stange in the second inning of the Yankees' 4-2 victory over Boston at Fenway Park. The 22 year-old left fielder, whose total of 10 hits in his 32-game career will include just two round-trippers, will become the only player to hit home runs in his first and last major league plate appearance when he goes deep as a pinch-hitter for the Dodgers in his final turn at bat in 1966.
1968 Tying a dubious major league record, Cubs right-hander Ferguson Jenkins loses his fifth 1-0 decision of the season as the Mets and Jim McAndrew beat Chicago with a lone run at Wrigley Field. The Canadian-born hurler will finish the season with a 20-15 record, but is 20-6 in games in which his team scores a run.
1969 Implementing an innovation he conceived, team owner Ewing Kauffman announces plans to start the Kansas City Royals Baseball Academy. Syd Thrift, presently a member of KC's scouting department, will be named the director of the academy which will be designed to develop gifted athletes into major-league ready ballplayers for the organization.
1974 In a game that will feature a record 202 batters, the Cardinals defeat the Mets in the seven-hour and four minute Shea Stadium contest, 4-3, with Hank Webb taking the loss after making an errant pick off throw in the top of the 25th inning that leads to the eventual winning run. Redbird Ken Reitz's two-strike, two-out home run had tied the game in the top of ninth, making the extra innings necessary.
1985 At Riverfront Stadium in front of 47,237 hometown fans, Reds' player-manager Pete Rose collects his 4,192nd career hit to pass Ty Cobb, becoming the all-time major league hit leader. Padre righty Eric Show gives up the historic hit, a first inning single to left field, as Cincinnati beats San Diego, 2-0.
1987 With his 30th stolen base, Mets third baseman Howard Johnson becomes the first National League infielder to become a member of the 30-30 club. The other players in the Senior Circuit to have 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in the same season are outfielders Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Bobby Bonds, Dale Murphy, and Eric Davis.
1987 In the opening game of a critical series against the Mets, Terry Pendleton, with two outs and two strikes, hits a ninth-inning game-tying home run in the Cardinals' eventual 6-4 over-time victory at Shea Stadium. The Redbirds third basemen's dramatic long ball smashes the windshield of New York starter Ron Darling, who had pitched one-hit ball before being forced to leave the game in the top of the seventh due to severely spraining his right thumb fielding Vince Coleman's bunt single in the prior inning.
1991 Three Atlanta hurlers pitch the first combined no-hitter in National League history. Kent Mercker, Mark Wohlers and Alejandro Pena join forces to hold the opposing batters hitless in the Braves' 1-0 victory over the Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium.
1995 Yankees starter Jack McDowell throws exactly three pitches in the ninth inning, recording the final three outs of his 4-0 shutout of the Tribe at Jacobs Field. 'Black Jack' retires Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez, and Paul Sorrento on line drives to the outfield on the first pitch thrown to each batter.
1996 After hitting a home run off right-hander Francisco Cordova earlier in the game, Ken Caminiti goes deep in the bottom of the seventh inning off southpaw Matt Ruebel, making it the fourth time this season he has homered from both sides of the plate in a game. The Padres' third baseman breaks his own major league record, which he established last year when he accomplished the feat three times.
1997 In a 9-5 Mets victory over the Expos at Shea Stadium, slow-footed John Olerud legs out an eighth-inning three-run triple to complete the cycle. The New York first baseman becomes the seventh player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.
1998 Kevin Malone is named as the Dodgers' general manager, replacing Tommy Lasorda, who is promoted to Senior Vice President of the team. The "new sheriff in town" tenure in Los Angeles will be marked by the signing of high profile players to huge contracts, including Kevin Brown's seven-year deal making the right-hander the first $100 million man in baseball.
1998 Dropping an 8-2 decision against division-leading Atlanta, the Marlins lose their 100th game of the season, becoming the first team that has gone from being World Series champions to having triple digits defeats the next season. Florida, who has never had 100 defeats during its six-year existence, will compile a 54-108 (.333) record to finish last in the five-team National League East.
1999 Twins' southpaw Eric Milton throws a no-hitter against the visiting Angels, 7-0, the fourth since the team moved to Minnesota from Washington, D.C. in 1961. The 24 year-old retires the side in order in seven of the nine innings en route to his 13-strikeout gem at the Metrodome.
1999 Facing just one batter, Doug Jones records his 300th career save when he gets the final out in the A's 5-4 victory over Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field. The 42 year-old right-handed reliever, the 11th closer to reach the milestone, will retire at the end of next season with 303 saves.
2001 In the wake of terrorist attacks on New York City's World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Major League Baseball cancels all games for security reasons and for the deep mourning for all the lives that have been lost. Yankee Stadium is evacuated as a precautionary measure.
2002 Yankee legends ****** Ford and Phil Rizzuto unveil a monument dedicated to the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks. The team also has a ceremonial tree planting in Monument Park in honor of the heroes and victims of the horrific events of a year ago.
2004 As 36,887 Bank One Ballpark fans hope to see Barry Bonds hit his 699th and perhaps 700th career homer, they watch the Giant left fielder reach a different milestone. The San Francisco slugger receives three bases-on-balls from Diamondback pitchers to break his own record and becomes the first major leaguer to walk over 200 times in a single season.
2006 Frank Thomas goes yard in his sixth straight game, setting an A's franchise record. The 'Big Hurt's' 36th home run, which comes off Twins' starter Carlos Silva, is nearly caught by center fielder Torii Hunter.
2006 Cody Ross ties two team records with three home runs and seven RBIs in the Marlins' 16-5 rout of Mets. The Florida right fielder's drives in all of his runs in the Dolphin Stadium contest with a pair of two-run homers and a three run round-tripper.
2008 Jack Cust whiffs in his first two plate appearances and K's again in the eighth inning to bring his strikeout total this season to 176. The A’s outfielder/DH breaks the franchise record previously held by Jose Canseco, who fanned 175 times in 1986.
2008 With his sixth-inning double in the 3-2 loss to the Cubs, Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols becomes only the third player in history to drive in 100 runs during his first eight major league seasons. The two other big leaguers to reach the plateau are Red sox outfielder Ted Williams, who also accomplished the feat for eight seasons from 1939-42, 46-49, and starting in 1924, fly-chaser Al Simmons did it for 11 years playing for the A’s (9) and the White Sox (2) .
2009 Prior to the start of the eighth inning at Comerica Park, a small boy races to the pitcher’s mound and grabs a baseball intended for Tigers' reliever Brandon Lyon. The youngster is helped back into the stands near the visitors' dugout and is allowed to keep the ball after a discussion between the boy's uncle and ballpark security reveals that the six year-old had misunderstood a suggestion to go to the railing to try to get a ball from one of the Blue Jay players.
2009 With an opposite-field single in the third inning of a 10-4 loss to Baltimore on a rainy New York night, Derek Jeter becomes the all-time team leader in hits for the historic franchise. The safety gives the Yankees captain 2,722 hits, one more than legendary Lou Gehrig, another 35 year-old team captain, who had held the record for more than 70 years.
2010 With MLB's permission, Pete Rose goes on the Great American Ball Park field for the celebration of his record-breaking hit that passed Ty Cobb, making him the all-time leader. The banished player is joined by former teammates, including Tony Perez and Cesar Geronimo, and Reds' owner Bob Castellini, who gives him a trophy commemorating the 25th anniversary of the historic 4,192nd hit.
2010 Jim Thome connects for career homer No. 587 to pass Hall of Famer Frank Robinson for eighth place on the all-time career list. The Twins DH's historic round-tripper, which he blasts in the top of the twelfth inning at Progressive Field, is the lone run scored in Minnesota's 1-0 victory over Cleveland.
2010 For the 10th consecutive campaign, starting with his rookie year, Albert Pujols drives in 100 or more runs. Only Al Simmons, with 11, has more seasons with 100 RBIs to start a career than the Cardinals' first baseman.
2011 The Mets' request to wear caps honoring police, firefighters and other first responders for their September 11th game against Chicago is denied by Major League Baseball. The hats, which were worn during the pre-game ceremony of remembrance, will be autographed and sold on Mets.com with the proceeds to be given to charities through the Mets' foundation.
2013 At Marlins Park, benches clear when Brian McCann confronts Jose Fernandez as the Miami starting pitcher crosses home plate after hitting his first career home run. The Braves' backstop and third baseman Chris Johnson take exception to the 21 year-old rookie right-hander admiring the home run from the batter box then glaring into the Atlanta dugout as he was rounding the bases.