Today in Baseball History
1881 At Haymakers' Grounds, future Hall of Fame first baseman Roger Connor becomes the first major leaguer to hit a grand slam, giving the Troy Trojans a 7-4 walk-off victory over the Worcester Ruby Legs. The 23-year old Waterbury, CT native's sayonara slam, a home run which wins a game when a team is down by three runs in the bottom of the final inning, comes with two outs.
1914 Braves' shortstop Johnny Evers is suspended for three days after swearing at umpire Mal Eason. The Boston captain, who has been banned by the league on several occasions this season, claims he was talking to the ball and not to the arbitrator.
1919 Cleveland's right-hander Ray Caldwell no-hits the Yankees in the first game of a doubleheader sweep in New York, 3-0. The right-handed spitballer, released by the Red Sox in July, finishes the season winning five of six starts for the Tribe with an ERA of 1.71.
1933 The inaugural East-West All-Star game is played at Comiskey Park, the site of the first major league All-Star game played exactly one month ago. Gus Greenlee and Tom Wilson’s idea to showcase the black talent in the Negro Leagues draws 20,000 fans, helping to relieve some of the burden facing the the financially-strapped club owners.
1950 For the second consecutive year, the Red Sox sweep the home season series with the A's. The winning streak at Fenway now extends to 22 wins without a loss against Philadelphia.
1950 In New York's 8-1 victory over the Senators at Washington, D.C.'s Griffith Stadium, Joe DiMaggio becomes the first major leaguer to hit three home runs in the 39-year history of the ballpark. It is the third time that Joltin' Joe has hit a trio of round-trippers in a game, but he has never accomplished the feat at Yankee Stadium.
1959 Tim McCarver makes his major league debut at the age of 17 when he flies out to right field as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of the Cardinals' 7-4 loss to Milwaukee at County Stadium. The high school backstop, who was scouted by Hall of Fame catcher Bill Dickey, turns down football scholarships from Notre Dame and Tennessee to play baseball.
1963 In the first inning of an 8-0 rout of the Cubs at Sportsman's Park, Cardinals left fielder Stan Musial becomes the first grandfather in big league history to hit a home run. The 42-year old new grandpa accomplishes the feat in his first at-bat since the birth of his grandson earlier in the day.
1963 In the Mets' 4-2 victory over the Giants at the Polo Grounds, Carlton Willey retires the side in order, getting all three Alou brothers - Jesus, Matty and Felipe - to make an out. The Dominican trio becomes the first three siblings to bat consecutively in the same inning.
1964 With his office being responsible for all of the costs for teams not making it into the postseason, Baseball commissioner Ford Frick authorizes the Phillies, Yankees, White Sox and Orioles to print tickets for the World Series. Due to a historic late-season collapse by Philadelphia, the surging Cardinals win the National League pennant on the last day of the season, and will play the Bronx Bombers in the Fall Classic.
1967 In the first game of a doubleheader at White Sox Park, Chicago right-hander Joe Horlen no-hits the visiting Tigers, 6-0. Detroit also goes scoreless in the nightcap when the team is blanked by Cisco Carlos, 4-0.
1967 At Candlestick Park, San Francisco hurler Gaylord Perry’s 40-inning team record consecutive scoreless streak comes to an end as the Cubs score an unearned run in the seventh inning of a 2-1 victory over Fergie Jenkins and the Cubs. The future Hall of Famer will match his franchise mark with another string of scoreless innings in 1970.
1969 At Shea Stadium, the Mets move into first place for the first time in their history. The Amazins, with their doubleheader sweep of Montreal, a 3-2 win in 12 innings in the opener and a 7-1 victory in the nightcap, take a one-game lead over the second-place Cubs.
1974 Lou Brock ties and then breaks Maury Wills's 12-year-old single season stolen base record with his 104th and 105th swipes. The Cardinal left fielder’s thievery against the Phillies doesn’t help as the Redbirds drop the Busch Stadium contest, 8-2.
1977 The expansion Blue Jays rout the first-place Yankees at the Stadium, 19-3. Toronto third baseman Roy Howell leads the way with two home runs, two doubles and a single, resulting in 13 total bases and nine RBIs.
1980 Bill Gullickson whiffs 18 batters, the most strikeouts ever recorded by a rookie in a major league game. The Expos right-hander throws a complete-game four-hitter, beating Chicago at Olympic Stadium, 4-2.
1985 Both teams charge onto the Shea Stadium field when George Forster is hit with a first-inning pitch thrown by Cardinal starter Danny Cox, who appeared annoyed by the Mets' hitter stepping out of the box several times during the at-bat. Minutes after the bench-clearing incident and order is restored‚ Howard Johnson hits a grand slam to give New York an eventual 5-4 win and a one-game lead over the Redbirds in the tight NL East race.
1985 Keith Hernandez receives a two-minute standing ovation from the Mets fans in his first game back at Shea after testifying in a Pittsburgh courtroom. The New York first baseman, who responds with a run-producing single against his former team, admitted on the witness stand to having used cocaine while playing for the Cardinals.
1992 Cardinals vice chairman Fred Kuhlman tells reporters that a "security check" had revealed serious issues involving the two out-of-state investors, Vince Piazza and Vincent N. Tirendi, part of the six-man group trying to buy the Giants and move the franchise to Florida. The candid reply to the press will cost baseball more than $6 million to settle a suit that includes a letter of apology from acting Commissioner Bud Selig to Vince Piazza, whose son Mike started his major league career with the Dodgers nine days before his father's rejection by the MLB owners.
1997 In a 7-6 loss to the Giants, Cardinal Mark McGwire becomes only the second player in major league history to hit 50 home runs in consecutive seasons. Babe Ruth accomplished the feat twice, in the 1920-21 and 1927-28 seasons.
1999 At Yankee Stadium, Boston starter Pedro Martinez allows just one hit, a second-inning solo home run to Chili Davis, en route to a complete-game 3-1 victory. Fanning 18 batters, the Red Sox right-hander extends his own record to 40 consecutive innings with at least one strikeout per frame.
2000 On his 37th birthday, Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson becomes the 12th pitcher to strikeout 3,000 batters. Florida third baseman Mike Lowell is the 'Big Unit's' historic victim, whiffing on four pitches to end the fourth inning. The lefty's first strike out of the game, his 300th of the season, ties Nolan Ryan for accomplishing the feat in three consecutive years.
2002 Alex Rodriguez breaks the home run record for shortstops he established last season. The Ranger infielder slugs his major league leading 52nd and 53rd home runs of the season, helping Texas to defeat the Mariners, 3-2.
2003 Javy Lopez homers off Phillies' righty Vicente Padilla to give the Braves a franchise-record 216 home runs for the season. The 1996 Orioles hold the major league mark with 257 and the Astros established the National League record at 249 in 2000.
2006 Francisco Rodriguez becomes the youngest pitcher to notch his 100th career save when he retires the side in order in the ninth inning of the Angels' 4-3 victory over Toronto. The 24-year-old right-handed closer breaks the previous mark held by Gregg Olson, who accomplished the feat with Baltimore in 1992.
2007 Hitting his 20th home run of the season, Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies breaks Ernie Banks' National League rookie record for most home runs by a shortstop in a single season. The Cubs Hall of Famer, who compiled a total of 512 homers, hit 19 dingers as a freshman in 1954.
2007 At Safeco Field, A's backstop Kurt Suzuki and DH Dan Johnson both hit grand slams in the team's 9-3 victory over Seattle. The Oakland catcher's bases-loaded homer comes in the top off the second inning off Horacio Ramirez with his teammate accomplishing the same feat with two outs in the ninth off Ryan Rowland-Smith.
2008 In a 3-2 Astros loss at Citizens Bank Park, Charlton Jimerson, pinch hitting for Roger Clemens, homers off Phillies' southpaw Cole Hamels. The sixth inning blast to center field makes the Houston rookie the third player in franchise history to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat.
2008 With a 4-2 victory over the visiting Yankees, the Angels clinch the division flag on the earliest date in the history of the American League West. The Halos, the first club this season to secure a postseason spot, have finished in first place four times in the past five seasons.
2013 With three doubles and a home run, Mark Trumbo ties a franchise record with four extra-base hits and becomes the first player in Angels' history to collect five hits and score five runs in the same game. The Anaheim's first baseman's ten total bases, however, yields only two RBIs in the Halos’ 12-6 victory over Toronto at the Rogers Centre.