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January 03, 
  1920 - Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold pitcher-outfielder Babe Ruth
  to the New York Yankees for $125,000 plus a $350,000 loan.  The loan was used
  to turn the play "No, No, Nannette" into a hit.

  1973 - A 12-member group headed by George Steinbrenner bought the New York
  Yankees from the Columbia Broadcasting System for a reported $10-12 million. 

baseball January 04, 1920 - The National Negro Baseball League, the first black baseball league, was organized. 1977 - Mary Shane was hired by the Chicago White Sox as the first female play-by-play announcer on TV.
baseball January 05, 1934 - Both the National and the American baseball leagues selected a uniform ball to be used by both leagues. 1957 - Jackie Robinson announced his retirement from baseball.
baseball January 06, 1976 - Ted Turner purchased the Atlanta Braves for a reported $12 million. 1903 - Two N.Y. businessmen bought the struggling American League Baltimore baseball franchise for $18,000 and moved it to New York, where it became the Yankees. 1991 - A special committee of the Major League Baseball authorities officially banned all-time hit leader Pete Rose from being elected into the Hall of Fame.
baseball January 11, 1973 - The owners of American League baseball teams voted to adopt the designated-hitter rule on a trial basis.
baseball January 12, 1999 - Mark McGwire's 70th home run ball was sold at auction in New York for $3 million to an anonymous bidder.
baseball January 14, 1954 - N.Y. Yankee Joe DiMaggio married actress Marilyn Monroe at San Francisco's City Hall. The union lasted nine months. 1976 - Ted Turner became CEO of the Atlanta Braves.
baseball January 18, 1996 - Baseball owners broke with more than a century of tradition, unanimously approving interleague play in 1997.
baseball January 22, 1929 - The Yankees announced they would put numbers on the backs of their uniforms, becoming the first team to permanently do so.
baseball January 24, 1962 - Jackie Robinson became the first black player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
baseball January 28, 1958 - Brooklyn Dodger catcher Roy Campanella's career ended when he lost control of his car on a slick highway. He became a paraplegic and was confined to a wheelchair the remainder of his life.
baseball January 29, 1900 - The American Baseball League was founded in Chicago. They were Buffalo, N.Y.; Chicago; Cleveland, Ohio; Detroit, Mich.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Kansas City, Mo.; Milwaukee, Wis.; and Minneapolis, Minn. 1936 - The first members of baseball's Hall of Fame, including Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, were named in Cooperstown, N.Y.
baseball February 02, 1876 - Baseball's National League was formed in New York with eight teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia and St. Louis.
baseball February 03, 1876 - Albert Spalding and his brother took $800 and started a sporting goods company. They manufactured the first official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, and football. 1989 - Bill White became the first black man to head an American professional sports league when he was named to succeed A. Bartlett Giamatti as National League president. 1993 - Marge Schott was suspended as Cincinnati Reds owner for one year for her repeated use of racial and ethnic slurs.
baseball February 06, 1895 - Baseball legend Babe Ruth was born in Baltimore. (Please note that Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth miss sharing a birthday by only a few hours: Aaron's birthday is February 5, 1934)
baseball February 07, 1949 - Joe DiMaggio re-signed with the Yankees for $100,000, the first six-figure contract in the major leagues.
baseball February 13, 1920 - The National Negro Baseball League was organized.
baseball February 14, 1998 - Chicago Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray, 77, was hospitalized after he collapsed at a nightclub in Palm Springs, Calif. He died five days later.
baseball April 02, 1952 - Hall of Fame outfielder Monte Irvin of the New York Giants broke his ankle in an exhibition game and was lost for the season. 1984 - The New York Mets lost to the Cincinnati Reds 8-1 for their first opening-day defeat in 10 years. 1995 - Baseball owners accepted the players' union offer to play without a contract, ending the longest and costliest strike in the history of professional sports. 1997 - For the first time, the salary of one player -- Albert Belle -- exceeded the payroll of an entire team -- the Pittsburgh Pirates. Belle, the game's highest-paid player for 1997 at $10 million, made $928,333 more than the whole Pirates payroll, which totaled $9,071,667.
baseball April 4, 1971 - In Philadelphia, Veterans Stadium is dedicated as the new $49.5 million home of baseball's Phillies and football's Eagles. With a seating capacity of 62,000 for football & 56,000 for baseball, it's the biggest park in the National League. 1974 - Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves tied Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th round-tripper in Cincinnati. 1988 - George Bell became the first player to hit three home runs on opening day, leading the Toronto Blue Jays past the Kansas City Royals 5-3. Bell, bitter throughout spring training with his move to designated hitter, homered three times in that role off Bret Saberhagen. 1994 - Chicago's Karl Rhodes hit three solo home runs off Dwight Gooden in a 12-8 loss to the New York Mets on opening day at Wrigley Field. Rhodes became the second player to homer three times in an opener. 1998 - Mark McGwire tied Willie Mays' NL record by hitting a home run in each of his first four games. McGwire launched a towering three-run shot in the sixth inning of an 8-6 victory over the San Diego Padres. 1999 - The Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 8-2 in baseball's first season opener held in Mexico.
baseball April 5, 1971 - In their last opening day, the Washington Senators, behind pitcher Dick Bosman, beat the Oakland A's 8-0 before 45,000 fans at RFK Stadium. 1972 - For the first time in history, the major leagues failed to open because of a player strike, which started on April 1. The traditional season opener between Houston and Cincinnati was canceled, and 86 games were lost before the strike was settled. 1993 - The expansion Florida Marlins won their first game, 6-3 over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Joe Robbie Stadium. The new Colorado Rockies lost to the Mets, 3-0 in New York.
baseball April 6, 1973 - Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees became the first major league designated hitter. With the bases loaded in the first inning, he was walked by pitcher Luis Tiant, but the Red Sox won 15-5. 1977 - The Seattle Mariners played their first regular-season game and lost 7-0 to the California Angels at the Kingdome. 1982 - A freak storm that brought subfreezing temperatures and dumped heavy snow from the Northeast to the Midwest forced the postponement of AL openers in New York, Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland and Milwaukee, and NL openers in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
baseball April 7, 1969 - The Yankees spoiled the managerial debut of Ted Williams by defeating the Senators 8-4 in the opener at Washington's RFK Stadium. President Nixon and a crowd of 45,000 attended. 1970 - Three weeks after moving their franchise from Seattle to Milwaukee, the former Pilots played their first game as the Brewers and lost 12-0 to the visiting California Angels. 1977 - The expansion Toronto Blue Jays began their major league odyssey with a 9-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Toronto's Exhibition Stadium. Al Woods, pinch-hitting for Steve Bowling in the fifth inning, became the 11th pinch-hitter with a home run in his first at-bat. 1979 - Ken Forsch of the Houston Astros pitched a no-hitter against Atlanta to duplicate the no-hitter tossed by his brother Bob of the Cardinals against the Phillies on April 16, 1978. They were the first brothers to pitch no-hitters. 1984 - Detroit's Jack Morris pitched a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox despite giving up six walks. It was the first Tiger no-hitter since Jim Bunning's in 1958. 1999 - For the first time since 1982, Cal Ripken missed a start because of injury. 2000 - A record 57 home runs were hit in the major leagues, two more than the previous mark set last Aug. 13, 1997. While the record last year was set in 17 games, there were 15 in the major leagues Friday night. The 36 homers in the American League were a record for a league in one day, topping the previous mark of 30, accomplished twice previously in the AL (June 10, 1962, and June 14, 1964), and three times in the NL (May 8, 1970, last July 2 and last Aug. 13). Baltimore and Detroit combined to hit nine homers, and Texas and Toronto hit seven. Charles Johnson homered for the fourth time in three games for Baltimore. His three-run homer highlighted a six-run fifth inning as the teams combined for five home runs in the inning to tie a major league record. Cleveland's Omar Vizquel hit his fourth career grand slam in the Indians' 14-5 victory at Tampa Bay.
baseball April 8, 1969 - The Montreal Expos played their first regular season game -- the first international contest in major league history -- and defeated the eventual world champion New York Mets, 10-9, at Shea Stadium. Expos pitcher Dan McGinn hit the expansion team's first home run. 1974 - In the opener in Atlanta, Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's career record by hitting his 715th home run off Los Angeles left-hander Al Downing in the fourth inning. The Braves beat the Dodgers 7-4 before nearly 54,000. 1975 - Frank Robinson became the first black manager in major league history by making his debut as player-manager of the Cleveland Indians. He hit a home run in his first at-bat -- as a designated hitter -- to help beat the New York Yankees, 5-3. 1986 - Jim Presley of the Seattle Mariners hit home runs in the ninth and 10th innings for a come-from-behind 8-4 Opening Day victory over the California Angels. 1987 - Pitchers Phil Niekro and Steve Carlton of the Cleveland Indians teamed to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 14-3. Niekro recorded his 312th victory and Carlton pitched four shutout innings in relief. It was the first time in modern history that two 300-game winners pitched for the same team in the same game. 1993 - Carlos Baerga of the Cleveland Indians became the first major leaguer to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the same inning. The homers came in the seventh inning of a 15-5 rout of the New York Yankees. 1994 - Kent Mercker of the Atlanta Braves pitched the season's first no-hitter, beating the Dodgers 6-0. It was the first complete game of Mercker's career.
baseball April 09, 1913 - Ebbets Field opened in Brooklyn and the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Dodgers 1-0 before a crowd of 10,000. The stadium, which cost $750,000 to build, was named after Charles Ebbets, the club's principal owner. 1947 - Dodgers manager Leo Durocher was suspended for one year by commissioner Happy Chandler for "the accumulation of unpleasant incidents" detrimental to baseball. 1965 - The Houston Astrodome opened with an exhibition game between the New York Yankees and Astros. President Johnson attended and Gov. John Connally threw out the first ball. Mickey Mantle hit the first home run but the Astros won 2-1 in 12 innings. 1969 - Billy Williams of Chicago hit four consecutive doubles to lead the Cubs to an 11-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. 1981 - Fernando Valenzuela made his first major league start a stunning success by pitching a 2-0, five-hit triumph over the Houston Astros in Los Angeles. He would go on to win his first eight games. 1985 - Chicago's Tom Seaver made his 15th opening-day start to break Christy Mathewson's record. Seaver pitched 6 2/3 innings and was credited with the victory as the White Sox beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2. 1993 - The Colorado Rockies beat the Montreal Expos 11-4 for their first win ever and set a National League record for attendance in their home debut. The crowd of 80,227 broke the record of 78,672 set on April 18, 1958, by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
baseball April 10, 1913 - President Wilson threw out the first ball as the Senators edged the New York Yankees 2-1 in Washington's home opener. Walter Johnson allowed an unearned run in the first inning, but did not yield another run for 56 consecutive innings. 1947 - Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey announced he had purchased the contract of Jackie Robinson from the Montreal Royals. 1962 - The Houston Colt .45s, in the first major league game played in Texas, beat the Chicago Cubs 11-2 before 25,000 fans. Roman Mejias led Houston's offense with two home runs. 1971 - The Phillies play their first game in the new Veterans Stadium, beating the Montreal Expos, 4-1. 1982 - Under icy conditions, the Cleveland Indians opened the season at Municipal Stadium with an 8-3 loss to the Texas Rangers before 62,443 fans. Five hundred tons of snow had to be removed from the field; the game-time temperature was 38 degrees with a wind chill of 17. 2000 - On his father's 50th birthday, Ken Griffey Jr. becomes the youngest player (30 years, 141 days) to hit 400 career homers beating Jimmie Foxx's previous mark(30 years, 248 days old).
baseball April 11, 1912 - Rube Marquard of the New York Giants began a 19-game winning streak with an 18-3 victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers. 1947 - Jackie Robinson became the first black in major league baseball. He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers against the New York Yankees in an exhibition game. 1961 - The Los Angeles Angels won their first major league game, 7-2 over the Orioles in Baltimore. Ted Kluszewski had two homers for the Angels. 1962 - The New York Mets played their first game and lost 11-4 to the Cardinals in St. Louis. 1969 - The Seattle Pilots played their first game, with Gary Bell beating the White Sox 7-0 at Sicks Stadium. 1985 - Seattle's Gorman Thomas hit three homers and drove in six runs, leading the Mariners to a 14-6 victory over the Oakland A's. 1990 - Mark Langston made his Angels debut by combining with Mike Witt on a no-hitter as California beat the Seattle Mariners 1-0. 1996 - Greg Maddux's major league record of road victories ended at 18 with a 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres. He was 18-0 with an 0.99 ERA in 20 regular-season road starts since losing at Montreal on June 27, 1994. 2000 - The first game played at the new Pacific Bell Park before a sellout crowd of 40,930. The Giants loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-5.
baseball April 12, 1955 - In their first game at Kansas City, the transplanted Athletics defeated the Detroit Tigers 6-2 at Municipal Stadium. 1962 - Los Angeles Dodgers rookie left-hander Pete Richert ties Karl Spooner of the Brooklyn Dodgers record set in September of '54 striking out the first six Cincinnati Reds batters he faced in his major league debut (a relief stint). Richert will tie another record with four strikeouts in the third inning. 1965 - Richie Allen hit the first home run in the Houston Astrodome, off Bob Bruce, as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Astros 2-0. 1966 - A crowd of 50,671 welcomed the Braves to Atlanta, but Willie Stargell spoiled the opener with a two-run homer in the 13th inning, giving the Pirates a 3-2 victory. 1980 - Cecil Cooper and Don Money each hit grand slams in the second inning of Milwaukee's 18-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox. 1992 - Boston's Matt Young pitched eight no-hit innings at Cleveland but lost 2-1. In the second game, the Indians managed only two hits off Roger Clemens to set a major league record for fewest hits (2) in a doubleheader. 1994 - Scott Cooper hit for the cycle and drove in five runs, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 22-11 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
baseball April 13, 1914 - The first Federal League game was played at Baltimore and the Terrapins defeated Buffalo 3-2 behind Jack Quinn. A crowd estimated at 27,000 stood 15 rows deep in the outfield to watch the return of big league baseball to Baltimore. 1953 - For the first time in a half century, a new city was represented in the American or National leagues. The Braves moved from Boston to Milwaukee and opened at Cincinnati, where Max Surkont beat the Reds 2-0. 1954 - Henry Aaron made his major league debut in left field for the Milwaukee Braves and went 0-for-5 in a 9-8 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Cincinnati's Jim Greengrass hit four doubles in his first major league game. 1963 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds tripled off Pittsburgh's Bob Friend for his first major league hit. 1972 - The first players strike in baseball history ended. 1984 - Pete Rose got his 4,000th hit, a double off Philadelphia's Jerry Koosman. The hit came exactly 21 years after his first hit. 1987 - The San Diego Padres set a major league record when the first three batters in the bottom of the first inning hit homers off San Francisco starter Roger Mason in their home opener. The Padres, trailing 2-0, got homers from Marvell Wynne, Tony Gwynn and John Kruk. 1993 - Lee Smith became the career saves leader as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-7. Smith got his 358th save, surpassing Jeff Reardon of the Cincinnati Reds. 1998 - A 500-pound steel joint fell from the upper level of New York's Yankee Stadium, crashing onto seats below. No fans were inside the park at the time. 1999 - Texas catcher Ivan Rodriguez drove in nine runs in the Rangers' 15-6 victory at Seattle. Rodriguez hit a three-run homer in the first, a two-run single in the second and his first career grand slam in the third as Texas took a 13-0 lead.
baseball April 14, 1915 - In the opening game at Philadelphia, left-hander Herb Pennock of the A's blanked the Red Sox 5-0. He gave up only one hit -- a scratch single by Harry Hooper with two out in the ninth. 1917 - Ed Cicotte of the Chicago White Sox pitched an 11-0 no-hitter over the St. Louis Browns. 1925 - The Cleveland Indians opened the season with a 21-14 victory over the St. Louis Browns, the most runs scored by one club on opening day. The Indians scored 12 runs in the eighth inning when the Browns made five errors. Browns first baseman George Sisler had four errors in the game. 1967 - Boston rookie Bill Rohr lost a no-hit bid in his first major league start when Elston Howard singled in the ninth inning for the New York Yankees' only hit in a 3-0 loss to the Red Sox. 1969 - The first major league game outside the United States was played in Montreal's Jarry Park with the Expos beating the St. Louis Cardinals 8-7. 1999 - John Franco struck out the side in the ninth inning of the New York Mets' 4-1 win over the Florida Marlins, becoming only the second pitcher to reach 400 career saves. 1999 - Jose Canseco became the 28th player in major league history to reach the 400 home-run plateau. He hit a 386-foot shot in the third inning of Tampa Bay's 7-6 loss to Toronto.
baseball April 15, 1909 - Leon Ames of the New York Giants pitched a no-hitter for 9 1/3 innings on opening day, but lost 3-0 to Brooklyn in 13 innings. 1915 - Rube Marquard of the New York Giants no-hit the Brooklyn Dodgers, winning 2-0. 1947 - Jackie Robinson, baseball's first black major league player, made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on opening day. He went 0-for-3, but scored the deciding run in a 5-3 victory over the Boston Braves in Brooklyn. 1957 - President Eisenhower officially opened the 1956 season by tossing out the first ball at Griffith Stadium in Washington D.C. The ball was the 10 millionth Spalding baseball to be used in major league play. 1958 - Major League Baseball came to California as the transplanted Giants and Dodgers played the first game on the Pacific Coast. Playing in Seals Stadium in San Francisco, Ruben Gomez blanked Los Angeles 8-0. 1968 - Houston and the New York Mets played 24 innings in a night game in the Astrodome before the Astros won 1-0. The game lasted more than six hours. 1976 - The Yankees opened the refurbished Yankee Stadium with an 11-4 rout of the Minnesota Twins. 1987 - Juan Nieves threw the first no-hitter in Brewers history as Milwaukee beat Baltimore 7-0. 1993 - Sparky Anderson earned his 2,000th victory as a manager as the Detroit Tigers rallied to beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2. 1993 - Andre Dawson became the 25th player to hit 400 home runs as the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3. 1998 - The first-ever AL-NL doubleheader is held in New York's Shea Stadium as the New York Yankees beat the Anaheim Angels 6-3 and the New York Mets edge the Chicago Cubs 2-1. The Yankees, forced from their stadium because of a fallen beam draw a crowd of 40,743, a dramatic contrast to the gathering of 16,012 who show up for the Mets game at night.
baseball April 16, 1929 - Cleveland's Earl Averill became the first American League player to hit a home run in his first plate appearance. It came on an 0-2 pitch off Detroit's Earl Whitehill. The Indians won on Carl Lind's double in the 11th inning. 1935 - Babe Ruth, 40, made a successful National League debut in Boston. His single and homer off Carl Hubbell led the Braves over the Giants, 4-2. 1940 - Bob Feller of Cleveland defeated the Chicago White Sox, 1-0, in the only Opening Day no-hitter in major league history. 1940 - A baseball game was televised for the first time, by WGN-TV. It was an exhibition game at Wrigley Field with Jack Brickhouse doing the play-by-play. The White Sox defeated the Cubs, 4-1. 1972 - Burt Hooton of the Cubs pitched a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies, winning 4-0 at Wrigley Field. 1978 - Bob Forsch of the St. Louis Cardinals no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-0. Less than a year later, Bob's brother, Ken, of the Houston Astros pitched a no-hitter against Atlanta. They are the only brothers to throw no-hitters. 1984 - Dave Kingman of the Oakland A's hit three home runs, including a grand slam, in his first three at-bats. He drove in a total of eight runs in a 9-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
baseball April 17, 1892 - In the first Sunday game in National League history, Cincinnati defeated St. Louis 5-1. 1951 - In his first major league game, Mickey Mantle went 1-for-4 as the New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-0. 1953 - Mickey Mantle hit a shot that cleared the bleachers at Griffith Stadium, 565-feet from home plate. The homer was hit in the fifth inning off Chuck Stobbs in a 7-3 win over the Senators. 1964 - The New York Mets lost their first game at Shea Stadium, 4-3 to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pittsburgh's Willie Stargell hit the first homer at Shea. 1969 - Bill Stoneman of Montreal pitched a 7-0 no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies in only the 10th game of the Expos' existence. 1976 - Mike Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies hit four consecutive home runs and added a single in an 18-6, 10-inning victory over the Cubs in Wrigley Field. Hitting .167 going into the game, Schmidt connected twice off Rick Reuschel, once off Rick's brother, Paul, and once off Darold Knowles. He drove in eight runs. 1995 - Larry Doby returns to baseball as special assistant to American League president Gene Budig. Doby became the first black player in League when he joined the Cleveland Indians in July of 1947.
baseball April 18, 1899 - John McGraw, only 26, made his managerial debut with the Orioles. He led them to a 5-3 victory over the New York Giants, a team he would later manage for more than 30 years. 1923 - In the first game played in Yankee Stadium, a record 72,400 watched Babe Ruth lead the Yankees to victory over the Red Sox with a home run. 1945 - In his major league debut, one-armed outfielder Pete Gray got one hit in four at-bats in the St. Louis Browns' 7-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers. 1950 - The first opening-night game was held in St. Louis. The Cardinals, behind a complete game by Gerry Staley and home runs from Red Schoendienst and Stan Musial, beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2. 1982 - The Atlanta Braves defeated the Astros 6-5 in Houston to set a National League record as they won their 11th straight game to start the season. 1987 - Philadelphia's Mike Schmidt hit his 500th home run with two outs in the ninth to rally the Phillies to an 8-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium.
baseball April 19, 1900 - The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Boston Braves, 19-17, in 10 innings, to set a major league record for most runs scored by two clubs on Opening Day. The Braves scored nine runs in the ninth inning to put the game into extra innings. 1920 - Al Schacht, who later became the "Clown Prince of Baseball," was all business as he pitched the Senators to a 7-0 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics. 1938 - Emmett Mueller of the Phillies and Ernie Koy of the visiting Dodgers each homered in their first major-league at-bats as Brooklyn defeated Philadelphia, 12-5. 1956 - The Brooklyn Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-4, in 10 innings at Roosevelt Stadium in the first major-league game ever held in New Jersey. 1981 - In an International League night game, the Rochester Red Wings and Pawtucket Red Sox played to a 2-2 tie through 32 innings before play was suspended at 4:07 a.m. The game was completed later in the season with Pawtucket scoring the winning run in the 33rd inning of the longest game in professional baseball history. 1987 - Rob Deer hit a three-run homer to tie the score and Dale Sveum won the game with a two-run shot as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied for five runs in the ninth inning to beat the Texas Rangers, 6-4, and set an American League record with their 12th straight victory to start the season. 1996 - Juan Gonzalez homered and drove in six runs as Texas beat Baltimore, 26-7. The Rangers scored 16 runs in the eighth inning -- one short of the modern major league mark -- and scored the most runs by an AL team in 41 years.
baseball April 20, 1910 - Addie Joss of Cleveland pitched the second no-hitter of his career, a 1-0 win over the White Sox in Chicago. 1912 - Fenway Park was opened in Boston and the Red Sox defeated the visiting New York Yankees, 7-6, in 11 innings. Tiger Stadium in Detroit also opens its doors as the Tigers defeated the Cleveland Indians, 6-5. 1916 - The Chicago Cubs played their first game at Weeghman Park -- renamed Wrigley Field in 1926 -- defeating the Cincinnati Reds, 7-6, in 11 innings. 1920 - Manager Gavvy Cravath of the Philadelphia Phillies inserted himself as a pinch hitter and beat the New York Giants with a three-run homer, 3-0. It was his last in the majors. 1939 - In his first major league game, Ted Williams hit a 400-foot double in four at-bats as the Boston Red Sox lost, 2-0, to New York at Yankee Stadium. 1967 - Tom Seaver of the New York Mets recorded his first major-league victory with a 6-1 triumph over the Chicago Cubs. Seaver went 7 2/3 innings and gave up eight hits and one run. 1982 - The Atlanta Braves recorded their 12th consecutive victory from the beginning of the season -- a 4-2 decision over Cincinnati in Atlanta -- and eclipsed the major-league record set a year earlier by the Oakland A's. 1988 - The Baltimore Orioles set a major-league record with their 14th straight defeat at the start of the season, losing to the Milwaukee Brewers, 8-6. 1990 - Seattle's Brian Holman lost his bid for baseball's 13th perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning on Ken Phelps' pinch-hit home run in the Mariners' 6-1 victory over Oakland.
baseball April 21, 1910 - The Cleveland Indians played their first game at League Park and lost to the Detroit Tigers 5-0, in front of 19,867. 1955 - The Brooklyn Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 14-4 at Ebbets Field for their 10th consecutive victory from the start of the season -- a major-league record that lasted until 1981. 1967 - After 737 consecutive games, the Dodgers were rained out for the first time since moving to Los Angeles. The St. Louis Cardinals were scheduled. 1982 - The Atlanta Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 for their 13th straight victory. 1984 - In only his second start since August 1982, Montreal pitcher David Palmer threw five perfect innings against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 4-0 victory stopped by rain. 1987 - The Milwaukee Brewers' 13-game winning streak from the start of the season ended with a 7-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Milwaukee shared the major league streak of 13 straight, set by the Atlanta Braves in 1982. 1994 - Eddie Murray set a major-league record with his 11th switch-hit home run game as the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 10-6. 1996 - Brady Anderson led off with a home run for the fourth straight game for Baltimore. The Texas Rangers overcame that homer and beat the Orioles 9-6.
baseball April 22, 1876 - In the first National League game ever played, Joseph Borden of Boston beat the hometown Philadelphia 5-4. 1898 - Theodore Breitenstein of the Cincinnati Reds and James Hughes of Baltimore each pitched no-hit ball games. Breitenstein no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-0 and Hughes no-hit the Boston Braves 8-0. 1903 - The New York Highlanders lost their first game, 3-1 before 11,950 fans at Washington. 1915 - Pinstripes first appeared on the Yankees uniforms. 1955 - The Athletics won their major league debut in Kansas City with a 6-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers before a standing-room crowd of 32,147 -- the largest paid crowd for any event in Kansas City. 1959 - The Chicago White Sox scored 11 runs with only one hit in the seventh inning of a 20-6 rout of the Kansas City A's. Johnny Callison had the hit -- a single. In the inning, Chicago was the recipients of 10 walks -- five with the bases loaded -- three Kansas City errors and one hit batsman. 1966 - The Braves won their first game in Atlanta by beating the New York Mets 8-4. 1970 - Tom Seaver of the New York Mets struck out the last 10 Padres he faced in a 2-1 victory over San Diego. He gave up only two hits and finished with 19 strikeouts, tying Steve Carlton's major-league record. 1982 - The Atlanta Braves' major-league record for the fastest start was stopped at 13 straight victories as they lost 2-1 to the Cincinnati Reds. 1993 - Chris Bosio pitched a no-hitter as the Seattle Mariners beat the Boston Red Sox 7-0.
baseball April 23, 1903 - The New York Highlanders won their first major-league game with a 7-2 decision over the Washington Senators. 1939 - Rookie Ted Williams went 4-for-5, including his first major-league home run, but the Boston Red Sox lost to Philadelphia, 12-8, at Fenway Park. 1946 - Ed Head of the Brooklyn Dodgers pitches a 5-0 no-hitter against the Boston Braves at Ebbetts Field. 1952 - Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians and Bob Cain of the St. Louis Browns matched one-hitters, but Cain won, 1-0. 1952 - Hoyt Wilhelm of the Giants won his first major-league game (in relief), but more dramatically, hit a home run at the Polo Grounds in his first major-league at-bat. Although he pitched in 1,070 games in the majors, he never hit another homer. 1954 - Hank Aaron hit the first home run of his major-league career. The blow was off Vic Rashi in the Milwaukee Braves' 7-5 victory over St. Louis. 1962 - After an 0-9 start, the New York Mets won their first game ever, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates, 9-1, behind Jay Hook. 1964 - Ken Johnson of the Houston Colt .45s became the first pitcher to lose a nine-inning no-hitter when Pete Rose scored an unearned run to give the Cincinnati Reds a 1-0 victory. 1989 - Nolan Ryan came within two outs of his sixth career no-hitter, losing it when Nelson Liriano tripled in the ninth inning as the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-1. Ryan finished with his 10th lifetime one-hitter.
baseball April 24, 1901 - In the first American League game, which comes 25 years after the National League, Chicago defeats Cleveland, 8-2, in approximately 90 minutes before about 14,000 fans at the Chicago Cricket Club. The other three scheduled games, featuring the other six American League clubs, are rained out. 1917 - George Mogridge of the New York Yankees pitched a no-hitter over the Red Sox in Boston, winning 2-1. 1958 - Lee Walls hit three homers and drove in eight runs as the Chicago Cubs shelled the Los Angeles Dodgers 15-2 at the Coliseum. Pitcher Gene Fodge picked up his only major league victory. 1962 - Sandy Koufax struck out 18 Chicago Cubs and pitched the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 10-2 victory at Wrigley Field. 1965 - Casey Stengel recorded his 3,000th victory as a manager as the New York Mets beat the San Francisco Giants 7-6. 1996 - Greg Myers and Paul Molitor each had five RBIs as the Minnesota Twins set a team record for runs and routed the Detroit Tigers 24-11. It was the most runs against the Tigers in 84 years, matching the mark set in a 24-2 loss to the Philadelphia Athletics on May 18, 1912.
baseball April 25, 1901 - In the American League opener at Detroit's Bennett Park, the Tigers beat Milwaukee with a great comeback. Trailing 13-4 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Tigers scored 10 runs for a 14-13 victory. Frank Dillon had four doubles. 1904 - New York Yankees pitcher Jack Chesbro recorded the first of his 41 victories on the season, an American League record that still stands. 1933 - New York Yankees pitcher Russ Van Atta made a spectacular debut by blanking Washington 16-0 and going 4-for-4. 1976 - Chicago Cubs center fielder Rick Monday rescued the American flag from two trespassers who tried to set it on fire in the outfield at Dodger Stadium. The situation occurred during the fourth inning of a 5-4, 10-inning loss to Los Angeles. 1977 - The Cincinnati Reds beat the Atlanta Braves 23-9. The Reds tied a National League record by scoring 12 runs in the fifth inning. George Foster had seven RBIs, five runs scored, two home runs, a double and a single. 1995 - Major League Baseball returned after a 257-day strike as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Florida Marlins 8-7. 1997 - Matt Williams hit three homers and David Justice homered twice as the Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers combined to match a major-league record for home runs in a nine-inning night game with 11. Cleveland hit a club record eight, including three in one inning, as the Indians beat the Brewers 11-4.
baseball April 26, 1905 - Jack McCarthy of the Chicago Cubs became the only outfielder in major league history to throw out three runners at the plate, each of whom became the second out of a double play. The victims were the Pirates in a 2-1 loss. 1941 - The Cubs became the first major league team to install an organ. Roy Nelson took to the keyboard and played a pregame program. 1961 - Roger Maris of the New York Yankees began his successful assault on Babe Ruth's single-season home run record at Tiger Stadium with the first of his 61 homers, in the fifth inning against Detroit right-hander Paul Foytack. 1980 - Steve Carlton of Philadelphia pitched the sixth one-hitter of his career against St. Louis for a National League record. The Phillies beat the Cardinals 2-0. 1990 - Nolan Ryan tied Bob Feller's major league record of 12 one-hitters as the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago White Sox 1-0. Ryan struck out 16 batters as he allowed only Ron Kittle's check-swing single to right field in the second inning. 1995 - The Colorado Rockies posted an 11-9 victory over the New York Mets in 14 innings, tying the NL record for innings played in a season opener.
baseball April 27, 1918 - The Brooklyn Dodgers got into the win column after a major league record 0-9 start, with a 5-3 victory over the New York Giants in the opening game of a doubleheader. 1944 - Jim Tobin of the Braves pitched a no-hitter against the Dodgers in Boston, winning 2-0. He also hit a homer. 1947 - Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium drew a crowd of more than 58,000 to honor the ailing star. In the game, Sid Hudson of the Washington Senators beat Spud Chandler 1-0. 1968 - Tom Phoebus of the Orioles no-hit the Boston Red Sox 6-0 at Baltimore. 1973 - Kansas City's Steve Busby pitched his first of two career no-hitters with a 3-0 victory over the Tigers at Detroit. 1983 - Walter Johnson's record of 3,508 career strikeouts was eclipsed by Houston's Nolan Ryan -- a record which stood for 56 years. Ryan fanned Montreal pinch-hitter Brad Mills in the eighth inning as the Astros beat the Expos 4-2. 1994 - Scott Erickson, who allowed the most hits in the majors the previous season, pitched Minnesota's first no-hitter in 27 years as the Twins beat Milwaukee 6-0. 1996 - Barry Bonds became only the fourth major leaguer to amass 300 homers and 300 steals when he homered in the third inning of the San Francisco Giants' 6-3 victory over the Florida Marlins. His father, Bobby Bonds, godfather Willie Mays and Andre Dawson are the only other players to reach 300-300.
baseball April 28, 1901 - Cleveland pitcher Bock Baker gave up a record 23 singles as the Chicago White Sox beat the Indians 13-1. 1930 - The first night game in organized baseball was played in Independence, Kan. In a Western Association game, Muskogee defeated Independence 13-3. 1961 - Warren Spahn, at the age of 40, no-hit the San Francisco Giants 1-0 at Milwaukee. 1971 - Hank Aaron connected off Gaylord Perry for his 600th career home run in the Atlanta Braves' 10-inning, 6-5 loss to the San Francisco Giants. 1988 - The winless Baltimore Orioles set an American League record by losing their 21st straight, 4-2 to the Minnesota Twins. 1989 - Rickey Henderson of the New York Yankees set a major league record when he led off a game with a home run for the 36th time in his career, breaking a tie with Bobby Bonds.
baseball April 29, 1918 - Center fielder Tris Speaker executed the fourth unassisted double play of his career in the Cleveland Indians' 8-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox. 1931 - Wes Ferrell of the Cleveland Indians pitched a 7-0 no-hitter over the St. Louis Browns, including his brother Rick. Wes also knocked in four runs with a homer and a double. 1933 - In a strange play at home plate, catcher Luke Sewell of the Washington Senators tagged out two Yankees runners on the same play. Lou Gehrig had held up, thinking a fly ball would be caught. Dixie Walker closed up on him, and both were tagged out trying to score. 1981 - Steve Carlton struck out Montreal's Tim Wallach in the first inning of the Philadelphia Phillies' 6-2 victory over the visiting Expos to become the sixth major league pitcher -- and first left-hander -- to strike out 3,000 batters. 1986 - Roger Clemens set a major league record by striking out 20 batters as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Seattle Mariners 3-1. 1987 - Andre Dawson had five hits and hit for the cycle, leading the Chicago Cubs to an 8-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants. 1988 - The Baltimore Orioles ended a 21-game losing streak by winning their first game, 9-0 over the Chicago White Sox on a combined four-hitter by Mark Williamson and Dave Schmidt. 1994 - Kirk Rueter of Montreal became the first major league pitcher since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 to start his career with a 10-0 record as the Expos beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2.
baseball April 30, 1903 - The New York Highlanders won their home opener at Hilltop Park, 6-2 over Washington. 1922 - Charlie Robertson of the Chicago White Sox pitched a 2-0 perfect game against the Detroit Tigers. 1940 - James "Tex" Carleton of the Brooklyn Dodgers threw a 3-0 no-hitter at Cincinnati. 1946 - Bob Feller struck out 11 New York Yankees en route to his second of three career no-hitters, a 1-0 victory at Yankee Stadium. 1961 - Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants hit four home runs in a 14-4 victory over the Braves in Milwaukee. 1967 - Steve Barber and Stu Miller of the Baltimore Orioles combined on a no-hitter in a 2-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers in the first game of a doubleheader. Barber pitched 8 2/3 innings and Miller one-third of an inning. 1969 - Jim Maloney of the Cincinnati Reds struck out 13 Houston batters en route to a 10-0 no-hitter over the Astros, the third of his career. 1988 - New York and Cincinnati hooked up in a wild game at Riverfront Stadium that the Mets pulled out 6-5, on a delayed call by first base umpire Dave Pallone. The call resulted in a $10,000 fine and 30-day suspension of Reds manager Pete Rose, when Pallone accidentally poked Rose in the cheek and Rose shoved Pallone twice. 1999 - About 3,000 fans wearing T-shirts that said, "$hare the wealth" protested baseball economics at the Yankees-Royals game. The protesters turned their backs when the Yankees batted, then walked out of Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium during the fourth inning. The Yankees began the season with baseball's top payroll at $85.05 million, and the Royals were 25th at $23.8 million.
baseball May 1, 1906 - John Lush of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched a no-hitter at Brooklyn, beating the Dodgers 6-0. 1920 - Joe Oeschger of the Boston Braves and Leon Cadore of the Brooklyn Dodgers each pitched 26 innings in a 1-1 tie, the longest in major league history. 1959 - Early Wynn of the Chicago White Sox pitched a one-hitter, struck out 14, and hit a double and home run for a 1-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox -- at the age of 39. 1969 - Houston's Don Wilson beat the Cincinnati Reds with a 4-0 no-hitter at Crosley Field, one day after the Reds' Jim Maloney no-hit the Astros and nine days after Wilson absorbed a 14-0 pounding by Cincinnati. 1973 - The San Francisco Giants scored seven runs with two outs in the ninth inning to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-7. 1991 - Rickey Henderson broke Lou Brock as baseball's career stolen base leader with his 939th steal as the Oakland Athletics beat the New York Yankees, 7-4. 1991 - Nolan Ryan pitched his seventh no-hitter, struck out 16 and shut down the best-hitting team in the majors as the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-0. 1992 - The Dodgers postponed a three-game series against Montreal because of rioting in Los Angeles following the Rodney King verdict. 1992 - Oakland's Rickey Henderson stole his 1,000th career base in the first inning at Tiger Stadium.
baseball May 2, 1917 - Fred Toney of the Cincinnati Reds and Hippo Vaughn of the Chicago Cubs pitched a double no-hitter for nine innings, but the Reds won 1-0 on two hits in the 10th. Jim Thorpe drove in the winning run. 1923 - Walter Johnson recorded his first shutout of the season and the 100th of his major league career as the Washington Senators defeated the New York Yankees 3-0. 1939 - Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees did not play against the Detroit Tigers, ending his consecutive games played streak at 2,130. Gehrig never played again. 1954 - Stan Musial hit five home runs in a doubleheader split with the New York Giants. The Cardinals won the first game 10-6, but lost the second 9-7. 1995 - Hideo Nomo of the Los Angeles Dodgers became the first Japanese native in three decades to play in the majors. Nomo pitched five scoreless innings of one-hit ball, but the Dodgers blew a 3-0 lead and lost to San Francisco 4-3.
baseball May 3, 1936 - Joe DiMaggio made his major league debut for the New York Yankees and had three hits in a 14-5 victory over the St. Louis Browns. 1951 - Rookie Gil McDougald of New York drove in six runs in one inning to tie a major league record as the Yankees beat the St. Louis Browns 17-3 at Sportsman's Park. McDougald had a two-run triple and a grand slam in an 11-run ninth inning. 1959 - Detroit's Charlie Maxwell hit four consecutive homers in a doubleheader sweep of the New York Yankees, 4-2 and 8-2, at Briggs Stadium. 1980 - Ferguson Jenkins of the Texas Rangers became the fourth pitcher in major league history to win 100 or more games in both leagues. Jenkins beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 at Arlington Stadium. Cy Young, Jim Bunning and Gaylord Perry also reached the milestone. 1994 - Philadelphia reliever Andy Carter made his major league debut and was ejected from the game after hitting 2-of-3 San Diego Padres batters he faced.
baseball May 4, 1910 - The Browns and Cardinals played home games in St. Louis, and President Taft, not wanting to offend either club, saw parts of each game at Robinson Field and Sportsman's Park. 1969 - The Houston Astros set an NL record by turning seven double plays against the San Francisco Giants. First baseman Curt Blefary participated in all seven. 1975 - Bob Watson of the Houston Astros, sensing baseball history, raced around the bases on Milt May's home run and crossed the plate at Candlestick Park in time to score Major League Baseball's 1 millionth run, seconds ahead of Dave Concepcion of Cincinnati. 1981 - New York's Ron Davis struck out eight consecutive Angels in relief as the Yankees defeated California, 4-2. 1989 - Toronto's Junior Felix became the 53rd player in major league history to hit a home run in his first at-bat, blasting a third-inning drive off California's Kirk McCaskill as the Blue Jays lost, 3-2, in 10 innings. 1991 - Chris James drove in nine runs with two homers and two singles, breaking Cleveland's club record for RBIs and leading the Indians to a 20-6 victory over the Oakland Athletics. 1996 - The Texas Rangers became the first American League team in 79 years to pitch consecutive one-hitters as Roger Pavlik held Detroit to a fifth-inning home run in a 3-1 win. Ken Hill one-hit Detroit on May 3, retiring the last 26 batters he faced.
baseball May 5, 1904 - Denton True "Cy" Young pitched baseball's first perfect game. Not a single opposing player was able to reach first base. Young's outstanding performance led his Boston team to a 3-0 victory over Rube Waddell & Philadelphia Athletics. Having pitched nine hitless innings in his previous effort, he ran his string of hitless innings to 18. His nickname came from being considered "as fast as a cyclone," and reporters shortened it to "Cy." 1917 - Ernie Koob of the St. Louis Browns pitched a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox for a 1-0 win in St. Louis. 1925 - Manager Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers hit three homers, a double and two singles against the St. Louis Browns. 1962 - Bo Belinsky of the California Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 with a no-hitter at Dodger Stadium. Belinsky struck out nine and walked four. 1978 - Pete Rose became the 14th player with 3,000 hits when he singled against Montreal's Steve Rogers at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium. 1980 - National League president Chub Feeney suspended Pittsburgh's Bill Madlock for 15 days and fined him $5,000 for shoving his glove in the face of home plate umpire Gerry Crawford.
baseball May 7, 1917 - Babe Ruth of the Red Sox allowed only two hits as he out dueled Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators, 1-0. Ruth drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly. 1922 - Jesse Barnes of the New York Giants pitched the only no-hitter of the year, beating the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-0. 1925 - Pittsburgh shortstop Glenn Wright made an unassisted triple play in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals when he caught Jim Bottomley's line drive, stepped on second to double Jimmy Cooney, and tagged Rogers Hornsby coming from first. 1957 - Cleveland pitcher Herb Score was hit on the right eye by a line drive off the bat of Gil McDougald in the first inning. The ball broke Score's nose and damaged his eye; he missed the rest of the season. 1959 - A crowd of 93,103 came to the Los Angeles Coliseum on "Roy Campanella Night" to show their affection for the paralyzed Dodgers catcher. The Dodgers were beaten by the New York Yankees, 6-2, in an exhibition game that followed the ceremonies. 1960 - Norm Sherry, a replacement catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, hit a home run in the 11th inning to give his brother, relief pitcher Larry Sherry, a 3-2 triumph over the Philadelphia Phillies in Los Angeles. 1997 - The Montreal Expos scored 13 times to set an NL record for runs in a sixth inning during their 19-3 win over the San Francisco Giants. Montreal also scored five runs in the fourth to set an National League record for runs in consecutive innings with 18.
baseball May 8, 1906 - Philadelphia manager Connie Mack needed a substitute outfielder in the sixth inning of a game against Boston and called on pitcher Chief Bender to fill in. Bender hit two home runs, both inside the park. 1907 - Boston's Big Jeff Pfeffer threw a no-hitter to give the Braves a 6-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in Boston. 1935 - In the first game of a doubleheader, Ernie Lombardi of the Cincinnati Reds hit four doubles in consecutive innings (sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth) off four different Phillies pitchers. Lombardi also singled in the game as the Reds beat Philadelphia 15-4. 1966 - Frank Robinson became the only player ever to hit a home run out of Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. Robinson hit a 541-foot shot on a fly over the left-field wall off Cleveland right-hander Luis Tiant. The Orioles won 8-3. 1966 - The St. Louis Cardinals closed old Busch Stadium with a 10-5 loss to the San Francisco Giants. 1968 - Jim "Catfish" Hunter of the Oakland A's pitched a perfect game to beat the Minnesota Twins 4-0. 1984 - Minnesota's Kirby Puckett had four singles in his first major league game as the Twins beat the California Angels 5-0. 1994 - The Colorado Silver Bullets, the first women's team to play a pro men's team, lost 19-0 to the Northern League All-Stars. Leon Durham hit two homers and Oil Can Boyd started for the All-Stars. The Silver Bullets had two hits, struck out 16 times and made six errors. 1998 - Mark McGwire became the fastest player to hit 400 home runs when he connected in the third inning of the St. Louis Cardinals' game against the New York Mets. McGwire, the 26th player to reach the milestone, hit his 400 homers in 4,726 at-bats. The previous best was 4,854 by Babe Ruth.
baseball May 11, 1904 - Cy Young's 23-inning no-hit string ended. The streak included two innings on April 25, six on April 30, a perfect game against the Philadelphia A's on May 5, and six innings on this date. 1919 - Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators pitched 12 scoreless innings in a duel with Jack Quinn of the New York Yankees at the Polo Grounds. The Big Train allowed only two hits and retired 28 batters in a row. Future football star George Halas, batting leadoff for the Yankees, went 0-for-5, striking out twice. 1919 - Hod Eller of the Cincinnati Reds pitched a no-hitter in beating the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-0. 1923 - Setting several Pacific Coast League records, Pete Schneider of Vernon hit five homers and a double while driving in 14 runs in a 35-11 victory over Salt Lake City. 1955 - Ernie Banks' grand slam -- the first of five on the year -- led the Chicago Cubs to a 10-8 victory which snapped the Brooklyn Dodgers' 11-game winning streak. 1963 - Sandy Koufax pitched the second of four career no-hitters as Los Angeles beat San Francisco 8-0. 1971 - Cleveland pitcher Steve Dunning became the last American League pitcher to hit a grand slam. Dunning's homer off Diego Segui of the Oakland A's gave the Indians a 5-0 lead, but Phil Henningan got the victory as the Indians won 7-5. 1972 - The San Francisco Giants trade Willie Mays to the New York Mets. 1996 - Al Leiter, the wildest pitcher in the American League the previous season, pitched the first no-hitter in Florida's brief history as the Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 11-0. 1998 - Kerry Wood of the Chicago Cubs set a major league record for strikeouts in consecutive games by fanning 13 Arizona Diamondbacks in a 4-2 victory, giving him 33 in two games. The record for strikeouts in two starts was 32, set by Luis Tiant in 1968 and matched by Nolan Ryan (1974), Dwight Gooden (1984) and Randy Johnson (1997).
baseball May 12, 1910 - Chief Bender of the Philadelphia Athletics pitched a 4-0 no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians. 1937 - St. Louis' Joe Medwick hit two home runs and two doubles to lead the Cardinals to a 15-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. 1955 - Sam "Toothpick" Jones of the Cubs got a no-hitter the hard way. In the ninth inning against Pittsburgh, he walked the bases full and proceeded to strike out the next three batters for a 4-0 victory. 1956 - Carl Erskine of the Brooklyn Dodgers pitched a 3-0 no-hitter against the New York Giants. 1966 - Lou Brock's RBI single in the 12th inning gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 4-3 victory over Atlanta in the opening of Busch Memorial Stadium. Felipe Alou hit two home runs for the Braves. 1970 - Ernie Banks hit his 500th home run off Pat Jarvis in Chicago's 4-3 victory over Atlanta at Wrigley Field.
baseball May 13, 1952 - In an Appalachian League game, Ron Necciai of the Bristol Twins struck out 27 batters while pitching a 7-0 no-hitter against the Welch Miners. 1955 - Mickey Mantle hit three home runs -- two left-handed and one right-handed -- as the Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2. 1958 - Teammates Willie Mays and Darryl Spencer had four long hits apiece as San Francisco beat the Dodgers in Los Angeles 16-9. Mays had two homers, two triples, a single and four RBIs, and Spencer had two homers, a triple, a double and six RBIs for a combined 28 total bases. 1958 - Stan Musial got his 3,000th hit, a pinch-double off Chicago's Moe Drabowsky at Wrigley Field. The Cardinals won 5-3. 1967 - Mickey Mantle's 500th home run, off Stu Miller, lifted the New York Yankees to a 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. 1980 - Ray Knight of Cincinnati hit two home runs in the fifth inning -- including a grand slam -- to lead the Reds to a 15-4 rout of the New York Mets. 1982 - The Chicago Cubs won the 8,000th game in their history with a 5-0 victory over Houston at the Astrodome. 1989 - Kirby Puckett of the Minnesota Twins tied a major league record with four doubles against the Blue Jays. He became the 35th player to hit four doubles in a game, the first since Toronto's Damaso Garcia in 1986. 1993 - George Brett hit his 300th career home run in the sixth inning of Kansas City's 7-3 victory over Cleveland. Brett joined Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, Carl Yastrzemski, Willie Mays and Al Kaline as the only players with at least 3,000 hits and 300 homers. 1998 - The Atlanta Braves set an NL record and tied a major league mark by hitting home runs in 25 straight games, doing it when Ryan Klesko hit a two-run shot in the sixth inning against St. Louis.
baseball May 17, 1925 - Cleveland center fielder Tris Speaker gets his 3,000 th hit off left-hander Tom Zachary in a 2-1 loss to the Washington Senators.
baseball May 22, 1976 - St. Louis Cardinals switch-hitter Reggie Smith belts three -two right-handed and one left-handed-and drives in five runs in a 7-6 win over the Phillies. His third homer comes with two outs in the ninth inning and breaks a 6-6 tie.
baseball May 24, 1940 - For the first time a major league game is played at night in St. Louis.
baseball May 26, 1997 - The visiting Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 2-1, as Sammy Sosa and Tony Womack each hit rare inside-the-park homers in the sixth inning, less than five minutes apart. The last time two inside-the-park homers occurred in the same inning was August 27, 1977, when the Rangers' Toby Harrah and Bump Wills did it back-to-back on consecutive pitches.
baseball June 3, 1932 - Leading the New York Yankees to victory in a 20-13 slugfest with Philadelphia Athletics, Lou Gehrig becomes the first major leaguer in the twentieth century to slam four consecutive homers in one game. (note: Lou's teammate Babe Ruth will go through his career without ever hitting four homers in a game.
baseball June 5, 1911 - Boston's Smoky Joe Wood struck out three Chicago White Sox pinch hitters in the ninth to preserve a 5-4 win. 1955 - New York's Mickey Mantle hit a home run off Chicago's Billy Pierce that traveled an estimated 550 feet. The ball cleared the left-field upper deck at Comiskey Park. 1959 - Pittsburgh's Dick Stuart hit the longest home run ever at Forbes Field. Stuart hit a shot over the center-field wall off Chicago pitcher Glenn Hobbie. 1966 - Leo Cardenas of the Reds hit four home runs in a doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs. Cardenas hit two home runs in each game as Cincinnati won the opener 8-3 but dropped the second game, 9-5. 1986 - San Diego's Steve Garvey was ejected for the first time in his career when he argued a play at home plate. Garvey, the on-deck hitter, protested the last out of a triple play by the Atlanta Braves. Television replays showed that Bip Roberts was indeed safe. The Padres lost 4-2. 1989 - The Blue Jays lost their debut in the SkyDome as Glenn Braggs hit a two-run homer to lead the Milwaukee Brewers past Toronto 5-3. The $375 million complex featured a $100 million, four-section, retractable roof.
baseball June 6, 1918 - Casey Stengel, after being traded by Brooklyn in the off season, made his return to Ebbets Field a memorable one. In his first at-bat, Stengel called time, stepped out of the batter's box and doffed his cap. A bird flew out and the fans broke into laughter. 1934 - Myril Hoag hit a major league-record six singles in the New York Yankees' 15-3 rout of the Boston Red Sox. 1939 - The New York Giants hit five home runs in the fourth inning in a 17-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds at the Polo Grounds. With two out, Harry Danning, Al Demaree, Burgess Whitehead, Manny Salvo and Joe Moore each connected as the Giants scored eight runs in the inning. 1965 - Tom Tresh of the New York Yankees connected for three consecutive home runs in a 12-0 rout of the Chicago White Sox. Tresh hit his first homer righthanded off Juan Pizzaro in the first inning, then went to the other side of the plate and hit two against Bruce Howard in the third and fifth innings. 1986 - San Diego Padres manager Steve Boros was ejected before the first pitch of the game with the Atlanta Braves when he tried to give umpire Charlie Williams a videotape of a disputed play in the previous night's 4-2 loss to the Braves. 1992 - Eddie Murray drove in two runs at Pittsburgh to pass Mickey Mantle (1,509) as the all-time RBI leader among switch-hitters.
baseball June 9, 1901 - The New York Giants set a major league record with 31 hits in beating Cincinnati 25-13. Al Selbach of the Giants went 6-for-7 with two doubles and four singles and scored four runs. 1914 - Honus Wagner became the first player in modern baseball to get 3,000 hits. 1946 - Mel Ott of the New York Giants became the first manager to be ejected in both games of a doubleheader. The Pittsburgh Pirates won both, 2-1 and 5-1. 1963 - Playing the first Sunday night game in major league history, the Houston Colt .45s sent the San Francisco Giants to their seventh straight loss in Houston, 3-0. Turk Farrell and Skinny Brown pitched the shutout before 17,437 fans. Permission was granted because of the excessive heat in Houston during the day. 1966 - Rich Rollins, Zoilo Versalles, Tony Oliva, Don Mincher and Harmon Killebrew homered in the seventh inning for the Minnesota Twins in a 9-4 victory over the Kansas City Athletics. 1986 - Chicago pitcher Tom Seaver (306) and California Angels hurler Don Sutton (298) were the highest composite win total to face each other since Aug. 26, 1926, when Walter Johnson (406) faced Red Faber (197). Sutton beat the White Sox 3-0.
baseball June 18, 1947 - Cincinnati's Ewell Blackwell pitches a 6-0 no-hitter against the Boston Braves. 1950 - The Cleveland Indians scored 14 runs in the first inning for an American League record as they trounced the Philadelphia A's 21-2. 1953 - Dick Gernert's home run highlighted the 17-run, 14-hit seventh inning as the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 23-3. Gene Stephens had three hits and Sammy White scored three runs in that big inning at Fenway Park. - Tom Umas of the Angels beat the Texas Rangers 5-1. The 41-year-old right-hander became the 19th pitcher in baseball history to win 300 games.
baseball June 19, 1846 - The first baseball game using Alexander Cartwright's rules was played in Hoboken, New Jersey. In that historic game, only four innings long, the New York Nine defeated the New York Knickerbockers, 23 to 1. 1942 - Paul Waner got hit number 3,000 -- a single off Rip Sewell -- but the Boston Braves lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-6. 1961 - Roger Maris' ninth-inning homer off Kansas City's Jim Archer was his 25th of the year, putting him seven games ahead of Babe Ruth's pace in 1927. 1973 - Pete Rose of the Reds and Willie Davis of the Dodgers both collected their 2,000th hits. It was a single for Rose against the Giants and a home run for Davis against the Braves. 1974 - Steve Busby of the Kansas City Royals pitched his second no-hitter in 14 months and gave up just one walk in beating the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 at Milwaukee. 1977 - The Boston Red Sox hit five home runs in an 11-1 victory over the New York Yankees. The five homers gave the Red Sox a major league record 16 in three games. Boston hit six homers on the 17th and five on the 18th, also against the Yankees. In the series the Yankees had no homers. 1989 - Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose sued baseball, arguing that Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti should be prevented from hearing allegations that Rose had gambled on baseball games. 1999 - Todd Helton became the third player in Colorado Rockies history to hit for the cycle, with a 10-2 win over the Florida Marlins at Coors Field. Dante Bichette and Neifi Perez are the only other Rockies to hit for the cycle. All three have come at Coors Field. John Mabry has the only other cycle in Colorado, accomplishing the feat in 1996 while with St. Louis.
baseball June 20, 1912 - The New York Giants out slugged the Boston Braves, 21-12, with the teams scoring a total of 17 runs in the ninth inning. The Giants scored seven runs to take a 21-2 lead and the Braves scored 10 runs in the ninth. 1951 - Cleveland Indian Bobby Avila hit three home runs, a double and single in a 14-8 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. 1980 - Freddie Patek, one of baseball's smallest players at 5-foot-5, hit three home runs and a double to lead the California Angels in a 20-2 rout of the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park. 1982 - Pete Rose became the fifth major leaguer to appear in 3,000 games and extended a personal consecutive-game streak to 523 in a 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium. 1992 - Kelly Saunders became only the second woman to serve as a public address announcer at a major league game when she filled in for Rex Barney in Baltimore. 1994 - The Detroit Tigers' string of 25 straight games hitting a home run ended in a 7-1 loss to Cleveland. The streak matched the major league mark set by the 1941 New York Yankees. 1998 - Sammy Sosa hit two home runs for the second straight day to set a major league record with 16 homers in June as the Chicago Cubs beat Philadelphia, 9-4.
baseball June 21, 1916 - Rube Foster of the Red Sox pitched a no-hitter against the New York Yankees. Foster struck out three and walked three in a 2-0 win in Boston. 1941 - Lefty Grove's 20-game consecutive win streak at Fenway Park came to an end with a 13-9 loss to the St. Louis Browns. The streak spanned from May 3, 1938 to May 12, 1941. 1956 - In a rare double one-hitter, Chicago's Jack Harshman out dueled Connie Johnson and George Zuverink of Baltimore as the White Sox beat the Orioles, 1-0. 1964 - Jim Bunning of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched a perfect game against the New York Mets on Father's Day. The no-hitter gave Bunning one in each league. The Phillies' Gus Triandos became the first catcher to handle no-hitters in both leagues. 1970 - Detroit Tiger shortstop Cesar Gutierrez had seven hits in seven times at bat in a 9-8, 12-inning victory over the Cleveland Indians. Gutierrez had six singles and a double. 1989 - Carlton Fisk set an American League record for homers by a catcher and drove in three runs to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 7-3 victory over the New York Yankees. Fisk hit his 307th homer as a catcher to pass the Yankees' Yogi Berra.
baseball June 22, 1925 - The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 24-6 with Kiki Cuyler and Pie Traynor each hitting grand slams and Max Carey getting two hits in the first and eighth innings. 1930 - Lou Gehrig hit three home runs to lead the New York Yankees to a 20-13 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics in the second game of a doubleheader. Babe Ruth, who hit three homers in the nightcap the previous day, hit two homers in the opener and one in the nightcap for the Yankees. Ruth tied a major league record for five homers in two games and six homers in three games when he added another homer in today's second game. 1947 - Ewell Blackwell almost duplicated Johnny Vander Meer's double no-hit record by following his June 18 gem over Boston with 8 1/3 hitless innings against the Dodgers. 1962 - Baltimore Oriole Boog Powell became the first batter to hit a home run over the center field hedge at Memorial Stadium. The 469-foot clout came off Don Schwall of the Boston Red Sox. 1982 - Philadelphia's Pete Rose doubled off St. Louis pitcher John Stuper in the third inning to move into second place on the career hit list. Rose moved ahead of Hank Aaron with hit No. 3,772. 1993 - Carlton Fisk set the major league record for most games caught as the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 3-2. Fisk, 45, passed Bob Boone with his 2,226 game. 1994 - Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 31st home run of the season in Seattle's 12-3 victory at California, breaking Babe Ruth's record for most homers before the end of June. Ruth needed 63 games to reach 30 homers in 1928 and 68 games in 1930. Griffey did it in the Mariners' 70th game.
baseball June 24, 1936 - Rookie Joe DiMaggio hit two homers in the fifth inning and added two doubles in an 18-4 victory over the St. Louis Browns. 1950 - Wes Westrum of the New York Giants hit three home runs and a triple in a 12-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. 1955 - Harmon Killebrew hit his first major league homer, off Billy Hoeft at Griffith Stadium, but the Detroit Tigers beat the Washington Senators 18-7. 1962 - Jack Reed, substitute outfielder for the New York Yankees, hit a homer off Phil Regan in the 22nd inning to give Jim Bouton a 9-7 win over the Detroit Tigers. It was the only homer Reed hit in the majors. 1968 - Jim Northrup tied a major league record by hitting two grand slams in one game as the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 14-3. 1983 - Don Sutton of the Milwaukee Brewers became the eighth pitcher in major league history to strike out 3,000 batters. Sutton's 3,000th victim was Cleveland Indian Alan Bannister. 1984 - Oakland A's second baseman Joe Morgan hit his 265th home run, breaking Roger Hornsby's career home run record for the position. 1994 - Jeff Bagwell hit three homers, two in one inning to tie a major league record, as the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 16-4. 1997 - Randy Johnson of the Seattle Mariners struck out 19 -- one short of Roger Clemens' major league record for a nine-inning game. He became the first AL left-hander to fan 19, but the Oakland Athletics won 4-1.
baseball June 25, 1934 - Pitcher John Broaca tied a major league record by striking out five consecutive times, but pitched the Yankees to an 11-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Lou Gehrig had better luck at the plate, hitting for the cycle. 1937 - Augie Galan of Chicago became the first National League switch-hitter to hit home runs from both sides of the plate as the Cubs beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 11-2. 1950 - Chicago's Hank Sauer hit two home runs and two doubles to pace the Cubs to an 11-8 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. 1961 - Baltimore and California used a major league record 16 pitchers, eight by each side, as the Orioles edged the Angels 9-8 on Ron Hansen's 14th-inning homer. 1968 - Bobby Bonds, in his first major league game with the San Francisco Giants, hit a grand slam homer off Los Angeles' John Purdin. 1998 - Sammy Sosa broke the major league record for homers in a month, hitting his 19th of June in the Cubs' 6-4 loss to Detroit. Sosa passed the mark set by Detroit's Rudy York in August 1937.
baseball June 27, 1917 - Catcher Hank Gowdy of the Braves became the first player to enter military service in World War I. 1939 - The Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Braves played to 2-2 tie in 23 innings. Whitlow Wyatt pitched the first 16 innings for the Dodgers. Both clubs played a 26-inning tie in 1920 at the same Braves Field. 1958 - Billy Pierce of the Chicago White Sox retired 26 Washington batters before pinch-hitter Ed Fitzgerald hit a double just inside the right field line for the only hit. Pierce then struck out Albie Pearson on three pitches and beat the Senators, 3-0. 1973 - David Clyde, a $125,000, 18-year-old bonus baby with the Rangers, pitched five innings, struck out eight and allowed one hit in his first major league start. Texas beat the Minnesota Twins, 4-3, before 35,698 fans -- the Rangers' first home sellout at Arlington Stadium. 1980 - Los Angeles Dodger Jerry Reuss pitched a no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants in an 8-0 victory at Candlestick Park. 1986 - San Francisco rookie Robby Thompson set a major league record when he was caught stealing four times in the Giants' 7-6, 12-inning victory over the Cincinnati Reds. 1993 - Anthony Young of the New York Mets set a major league record by losing his 24th straight decision, 5-3 to the St. Louis Cardinals.
baseball June 28, 1970 - The Pittsburgh Pirates sweep a doubleheader from the Chicago Club, 3-2 and 4-1, in the final games played at Forbes Field, the team's home since June 30, 1909. On hand to say goodbye are 40,918 Pittsburgh fans.
baseball June 30, 1908 - At 41 years, 3 months, Cy Young of the Boston Red Sox pitched the third no-hitter of his career against the New York Highlanders. 1933 - Dizzy Dean struck out 17 as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 8-2. 1948 - Cleveland's Bob Lemon pitched a 2-0 no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers in the first American League no-hitter at night. 1949 - Joe DiMaggio played his first series of the year after a bone spur operation and hit .455, with four home runs and nine RBIs as the New York Yankees swept Boston at Fenway Park. 1962 - Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers struck out 13 New York Mets en route to the first of four career no-hitters, a 5-0 victory at Dodger Stadium. 1970 - Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati was dedicated, but Henry Aaron spoiled the show for the crowd of 51,050 with a first-inning homer off Jim McGlothlin as Atlanta beat the Reds 8-2. 1978 - Willie McCovey became the 12th player in major league history to hit 500 home runs, but his milestone shot off Atlanta's Jamie Easterly wasn't enough, as the Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 10-5 at Fulton County Stadium. 1995 - Eddie Murray of the Cleveland Indians became only the second switch-hitter and the 20th player in baseball history to reach 3,000 hits when he singled against the Minnesota Twins. Murray joined Pete Rose, the career hits leader with 4,256, as the only switch-hitters to get 3,000. 1997 - Bobby Witt of Texas hit the first home run by an American League pitcher in a regular season game in almost 25 years, connecting off Ismael Valdes in the Rangers' 3-2 victory over Los Angeles. 1998 - Sammy Sosa hit his 20th home run in June, extending his own major league record for most homers in a month, with an eighth-inning shot for the Cubs against Arizona.
baseball July 13, 1934 - Babe Ruth hit his 700th home run in a 4-2 victory over Tommy Bridges and the Detroit Tigers. Lou Gehrig left in the first inning with a severe case of lumbago, the most serious threat to his streak. He returned for one at bat the next day. 1943 - The first night game in All-Star history, at Philadelphia's Shibe Park, went to the AL, 5-4, despite a single, triple and home run by NL center fielder Vince DiMaggio of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The big blow was a three-run homer by Bobby Doerr of the Boston Red Sox, which gave the AL the lead for good. 1954 - Pitcher Dean Stone did not retire a batter and received credit for the AL's 11-9 All-Star victory at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium. Red Schoendienst tried to steal a run for the NL after Stone was summoned into the game in the eighth inning, but the pitcher's throw to the plate nailed the runner for the third out. 1963 - Early Wynn, at 43, registered his 300th and last league victory, pitching the first five innings of Cleveland's 7-4 triumph over the Kansas City A's. 1965 - The NL took the lead over the AL for the first time since the All-Star series began, winning 6-5 at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minn. 1971 - Reggie Jackson's mammoth home run off the power generator on the right-field roof at Tiger Stadium highlighted a barrage of six home runs -- three by each team -- as the AL beat the NL 6-4 in the All-Star game. 1982 - The NL registered its 11th consecutive All-Star victory over the AL with a 4-1 victory at Montreal's Olympic Stadium, the first game played outside the United States. Dave Concepcion's two-run homer off Dennis Eckersley in the second inning was the deciding hit. 1993 - Minnesota's Kirby Puckett homered and doubled to win the MVP award in the AL's 9-3 victory in the All-Star game at Camden Yards in Baltimore.
baseball July 15 1999 - San Francisco's Barry Bonds set a major league record by receiving his 294th intentional walk, breaking the career mark he shared with Henry Aaron.
baseball July 16, 1902 - John McGraw was named manager of the New York Giants, a post he would hold for 30 years. 1909 - Ed Summers of the Detroit Tigers allowed only seven hits and pitched all 18 innings of a 0-0 tie with the Washington Senators, the longest scoreless game in AL history. 1920 - Babe Ruth broke his own season record of 29 homers with his 30th as the New York Yankees beat the St. Louis Browns, 5-2. Ruth would finish the season with 54. 1941 - Joe DiMaggio extended his hitting streak to 56 games with a 3-for-4 day as the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 10-3. 1948 - After 8 1/2 years as Brooklyn manager, Leo Durocher stunned baseball by taking the helm of the arch-rival Giants in midseason. 1970 - The Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 before 48,846 in the first game at Three Rivers Stadium.
baseball July 18, 1882 - Ambidextrous pitcher Tony Mullane of Louisville pitched with both hands in a major league game at Baltimore. Normally a right-hander, Mullane switched to the left hand in the fourth inning. He eventually lost, 9-8. 1912 - The Chicago Cubs had 21 hits in 11 innings but still lost to the Philadelphia Phillies when Gavvy Cravath stole home. 1948 - Pat Seerey of the Chicago White Sox hit four home runs in a 12-11, 11-inning victory over the Philadelphia A's in the opener of a doubleheader. 1962 - Bob Allison and Harmon Killebrew of the Minnesota Twins each hit grand slams in the first inning of a 14-3 rout of the Cleveland Indians. 1970 - Willie Mays bounced career hit number 3,000 through the left side of the infield off Mike Wegener in the second inning of the San Francisco Giants' 10-1 romp over the Montreal Expos. 1987 - New York's Don Mattingly tied Dale Long's 31-year-old major league record when he hit a home run for the eighth consecutive game in the Yankees' 7-2 loss to the Texas Rangers. 1998 - Donnie Sadler's first major league home run was the first of Boston's record four two-out homers in a 9-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers. In the seven-run fourth inning, Darren Lewis, Nomar Garciaparra and Mo Vaughn followed to break the AL record of three held by six teams.
baseball July 19, 1909 - Cleveland shortstop Neal Ball pulled off the first unassisted triple play in modern major league history. 1910 - Cy Young registered his 500th career victory as the Cleveland Indians beat the Washington Senators, 5-4, in 11 innings. 1927 - Ty Cobb of the Philadelphia Athletics doubled off the glove of Harry Heilmann for his 4,000th hit. 1933 - Rick Ferrell of the Boston Red Sox hit a home run off brother Wes, pitching for the Cleveland Indians. Wes also homered in that game, marking the only time the two connected in the same contest. 1960 - Juan Marichal broke in with the San Francisco Giants by pitching a one-hit, 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. 1974 - Dick Bosman of the Cleveland Indians pitched a no-hit, 4-0 victory over the world champion Oakland A's. 1982 - In the first Old-timer's All-Star Classic, played at Washington's RFK Stadium before 29,000 fans, the AL won, 7-2. Luke Appling, 75, led off for the AL and hit a home run over the shortened left-field fence off Warren Spahn. 1989 - Cleveland's Joe Carter had the fourth three-home run game of his career, tying Lou Gehrig's AL record, and drove in six runs, powering the Indians past the Minnesota Twins, 10-1. 1994 - The Kingdome, home of the Seattle Mariners, was closed after four ceiling tiles fell nearly 180 feet into the stands behind home plate. The Mariners were forced into a 22-day road trip before the season was cut short by the players' strike.
baseball July 21, 1921 - The Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees combined for an AL record 16 doubles as the Indians won 17-8. Cleveland had nine doubles and New York seven. 1945 - The Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Athletics battled 24 innings and ended in a 1-1 tie. Les Mueller pitched 19 2/3 innings for the Tigers. 1956 - Brooks Lawrence of the Cincinnati Reds had his 13-game winning streak broken as Roberto Clemente's three-run homer led the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-3 victory. 1970 - San Diego's Clay Kirby held the New York Mets hitless for eight innings but was lifted for a pinch hitter by manager Preston Gomez. With the Padres trailing 1-0 with two out in the eighth, Gomez elected to go for the win instead of letting Kirby finish the game. The Padres lost the no-hitter and the game, 3-0. 1973 - Hank Aaron of Atlanta hit his 700th home run in the third inning of an 8-4 Braves loss to Philadelphia. Aaron connected on a 1-1 fastball off Phillies pitcher Ken Brett. 1975 - Joe Torre of the New York Mets grounded into four double plays in a 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros. Felix Millan had four singles but was wiped out each time by Torre.
baseball July 22, 1905 - Weldon Henley of the Philadelphia Athletics pitched a no-hitter, defeating the St. Louis Browns, 6-0. It was the highlight of Henley's 5-12 season. 1906 - Bob Ewing pitched the Cincinnati Reds to a 10-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies without a single assist registered by his teammates. 1926 - Cincinnati had four triples in an 11-run second inning as the Reds beat the Boston Braves, 13-1. Curt Walker hit two in the inning to tie an NL record for most triples in an inning. 1962 - Floyd Robinson of the Chicago White Sox had six singles in six at-bats in a 7-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox. 1967 - The Atlanta Braves used five pitchers in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals for a major league record. The pitchers were Ken Johnson, Ramon Hernandez, Claude Raymond, Dick Kelley and Cecil Upshaw.
baseball July 25, 1918 - Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators allowed four hits over 15 innings to beat the St. Louis Browns, 1-0. The only hit off him in the first 11 innings was a triple by George Sisler. 1930 - The Philadelphia Athletics came up with a triple steal in the first inning and again in the fourth against the Cleveland Indians. 1939 - Atley Donald of the New York Yankees set a rookie pitching record in the AL when he registered his 12th consecutive victory since May 9, winning 5-1 over the St. Louis Browns. 1941 - Lefty Grove of the Boston Red Sox won his 300th and last game, beating the Cleveland Indians, 10-6. 1961 - En route to his 61-homer season, Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit four homers against the Chicago White Sox in a doubleheader to give him 40 for the year. The Yankees won both games, 5-1 and 12-0, and Maris moved 25 games ahead of Babe Ruth's 60-home run pace of 1927. 1978 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds singled to left off New York's Craig Swan in the third inning to set a NL record of hitting safely in 38 consecutive games. The Mets won, 9-2. 1991 - Seattle's Jay Buhner hit a 479-foot homer over the left-field bullpen at Yankee Stadium.
baseball July 26, 1962 - Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves set the National League record for home runs by a pitcher when he hit his 31st against New York's Craig Anderson. Spahn sent the Mets to their 11th straight loss, 6-1. 1970 - Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds hit three straight homers against Steve Carlton of the St. Louis Cardinals. On the same day, Orlando Cepeda of the Atlanta Braves connected for three consecutive homers in an 8-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs. 1984 - Pete Rose of the Montreal Expos tied Ty Cobb on the all-time career singles list with his 3,052nd, a base hit in the eighth inning in a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. 1991 - Montreal's Mark Gardner became the first to pitch nine no-hit innings against a Dodgers home team since Johnny Vander Meer beat Brooklyn at Ebbets Field on June 15, 1938, for his second straight no-hitter. But the Dodgers won in the 10th on two singles off Gardner and Darryl Strawberry's RBI single off Jeff Fassero.
baseball August 1, 1906 - Harry McIntire of the Brooklyn Dodgers pitched 10 2/3 innings of no-hit ball before Claude Ritchey of Pittsburgh singled. McIntire weakened in the 13th and lost, 1-0, to Pirates on an unearned run and finished with a four-hitter. 1941 - New York Yankees pitcher Lefty Gomez walked 11 St. Louis batters in a 9-0 victory to set a major league record for walks in a shutout. 1962 - Bill Monbouquette of the Boston Red Sox pitched a no-hitter to beat the White Sox, 1-0, in Chicago. 1970 - Willie Stargell of Pittsburgh hit three doubles and two home runs to power the Pirates to a 20-10 rout of the Braves in Atlanta. 1972 - Nate Colbert of the San Diego Padres drove in 13 runs in a doubleheader with five home runs and two singles. San Diego beat the Atlanta Braves, 9-0 and 11-7. 1977 - Willie McCovey of the San Francisco Giants hit his 18th career grand slam -- a total that still leads the National League. 1978 - Pete Rose went 0-for-4 against Atlanta pitchers Larry McWilliams and Gene Garber to end his 44-game hitting streak as the Braves defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 16-4. 1986 - Bert Blyleven pitched a two-hitter and became the 10th major league pitcher with 3,000 career strikeouts as he led the Minnesota Twins to a 10-1 victory over the Oakland A's. 1994 - Baltimore's Cal Ripken became only the second major leaguer to play 2,000 straight games as the Orioles beat Minnesota, 1-0.
baseball August 3, 1933 - Lefty Grove of the Philadelphia A's became the first pitcher since Aug. 2, 1931 -- a span of 309 games -- to shut out the New York Yankees, winning 7-0. 1948 - Cleveland's Satchel Paige made his first major league start and went seven innings to lead the Indians to a 5-3 victory over the Washington Senators. 1959 - The second game of All-Star play was won by the American League 5-3 at Los Angeles' Memorial Stadium. Nellie Fox of the Chicago White Sox singled in the deciding run in the seventh inning. 1961 - The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 19-0 for the largest shutout margin in a National League night game. 1969 - Pinch-hitter Rich Reese hit a grand slam to power the Minnesota Twins to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Baltimore Orioles and end Dave McNally's 15-game winning streak. McNally's two victories at the end of 1968 had given him 17 straight wins. 1989 - The Cincinnati Reds scored 14 runs in the first inning on a major league record 16 hits and went on to beat the Houston Astros 18-2. Seven Reds had two hits off starter Jim Clancy and reliever Bob Forsch in the first, breaking a century-old record.
baseball August 4, 1910 - Jack Coombs of the Philadelphia A's and Ed Walsh of the Chicago White Sox hooked up in a 16-inning scoreless tie. Coombs struck out 18 and allowed three hits. 1929 - The Cleveland Indians, down to their last out, scored nine runs in the ninth inning for a 14-6 comeback victory over the New York Yankees. 1963 - New York's Mickey Mantle, batting for the first time in two months after breaking his left foot, hit a pinch home run in the ninth inning to beat the Baltimore Orioles 11-10 and give the Yankees a split of a doubleheader. 1982 - Joel Youngblood became the first in major league history to get a base hit for two different teams in two different cities in the same day. In the afternoon, his hit drove in the winning run for the New York Mets in a 7-4 victory in Chicago. After the game, he was traded to the Montreal Expos and played that night in Philadelphia. He entered the game in right field in the fourth inning and later got a single. 1985 - The 40-year-old Tom Seaver became the 17th 300-game winner in major league history with a six-hitter -- all singles -- as the Chicago White Sox defeated the New York Yankees 4-1 on Phil Rizzuto Day. Seaver walked one and struck out seven, giving him 3,499 in his 19-year career. 1989 - Dave Stieb of the Toronto Blue Jays, who lost consecutive no-hit bids with two outs in the ninth inning in September, came within one out of a perfect game before settling for a two-hit 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees. 1997 - Brad Radke of Minnesota got his 12th straight win, pitching seven strong innings in the Twins' 9-3 victory over Toronto. Radke became only the third pitcher since 1950 to win 12 consecutive starts.
baseball August 12, 1921 - Philadelphia's George Smith gave up 12 hits and still pitched a shutout as the Phillies beat the Boston Braves 4-0. 1948 - The Cleveland Indians beat the St. Louis Browns 26-3 with a 29-hit barrage. The Indians set a major league record as 14 different players had hits. 1964 - Mickey Mantle hit a home run both left- and right-handed in the same game for the 10th time in his career, a major league record. 1966 - Art Shamsky of the Cincinnati Reds hit three home runs in a 14-11, 13-inning loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Crosley Field. Two of the homers came in the 10th and 11th innings. The game featured 11 homers by both clubs. Shamsky entered the game in the eighth inning for defensive purposes. In the bottom of the eighth, Shamsky hit a two-run homer to put the Reds ahead 8-7. Shamsky hit a solo shot to tie the game 9-9 in the 10th. He came back the in 11th inning with a two-run homer to tie the game again, 11-11. The Pirates scored three runs in the 13th to win. 1974 - Nolan Ryan of the California Angles struck out 19 Boston Red Sox for a 4-2 victory. 1986 - Don Baylor of the Boston Red Sox set an AL record when he was hit by a pitch for the 25th time for the season, breaking the record he had shared with Bill Freehan (1968) and Norm Elberfield (1911). Kansas City's Bud Black was the pitcher as the Royals completed a doubleheader sweep with a 6-5 victory. 1988 - The Boston Red Sox set an AL record with their 23rd straight victory at home, beating the Detroit Tigers 9-4. Boston surpassed the league mark of 22 set by the 1931 Philadelphia Athletics. 1994 - The players went on strike for the sport's eighth work stoppage since 1972.
baseball August 13, 1906 - Jack Taylor of the Chicago Cubs was chased by the Brooklyn Dodgers in the third inning, ending a streak of 187 complete games and 15 relief appearances that he had finished. 1910 - The Brooklyn Dodgers and the Pittsburgh Pirates played to an 8-8 tie. Each team had 38 at-bats, 13 hits, 12 assists, two errors, five strikeouts, three walks, one hit batsman and one passed ball. 1931 - Tony Cuccinello of the Cincinnati Reds had six hits in six at-bats against the Braves in Boston. Cuccinello had a triple, two doubles and three singles to knock in five runs as the Reds won 17-3. 1948 - Satchel Paige, 42, pitched his first major league complete game against the Chicago White Sox. Paige gave up only five hits en route to 5-0 Cleveland victory. 1969 - Jim Palmer of the Orioles, plagued by arm trouble the year before, pitched an 8-0 no-hitter against the Oakland A's in Baltimore. 1978 - The Baltimore Orioles benefited from the rain-out rule. The Orioles were leading New York 3-0 after six innings but the Yankees scored five runs in the top half of the seventh. Heavy rains ended the game in the bottom half of the inning and the score reverted to the end of the last completed frame, giving the Orioles the triumph. This rule was changed in 1980. 1979 - St. Louis' Lou Brock reached the 3,000-hit plateau with an infield hit off Chicago Cubs pitcher Dennis Lamp. St. Louis won the game 3-2. 1995 - Baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle died at a Dallas hospital of liver cancer; he was 63.
baseball August 16, 1948 - Baseball legend Babe Ruth died in New York at age 53.
baseball August 29, 1892 - Chicago Cubs catcher Pop Schriver, who is regarded as a poor fielder, becomes the first person to successfully catch a ball dropped from the top of the Washington Monument.
baseball September 3, 1928 - Ty Cobb got his 4,191th and final career hit.
1970 - Billy Williams of the Chicago Cubs asked to be kept out of the lineup, snapping his National League record of 1,117 consecutive games played. His record was broken in 1983 by Steve Garvey.
baseball September 4, 1966 - Los Angeles became the first team in major league history to draw more than 2 million at home and on the road as the Dodgers beat the Reds 8-6 before 18,670 fans in Cincinnati.
1941 - The New York Yankees clinched their third straight pennant on the earliest date in baseball history with a 6-3 victory over Boston.
1993 - Jim Abbott pitched the New York Yankees' first no-hitter in 10 years in a 4-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
baseball September 6, 1981 - Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0 to tie a National League record of seven shutouts by a rookie pitcher.
1995 - Cal Ripken played in his 2,131st consecutive major league game to surpass Lou Gehrig's 56-year record. Ripken received a 22-minute standing ovation and went 2-for-4, including a homer, in Baltimore's 4-2 win over California.
1996 - Eddie Murray hit his 500th home run, joining Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Willie Mays as the only players with at least 3,000 hits and 500 homers. Murray homered off Felipe Lira in the seventh inning of the Baltimore Orioles' 5-4, 12-inning loss to Detroit.
baseball September 11, 1974 - It took the St. Louis Cardinals 25 innings -- seven hours, four minutes -- to beat the New York Mets. A record 202 batters went to the plate, Felix Millan and John Milner had 12 appearances apiece.
1985 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds became the all-time hit leader with his 4,192nd hit to break Ty Cobb's record. Rose lined a 2-1 pitch off San Diego pitcher Eric Show to left-center field for a single in the first inning.
1987 - New York Mets third baseman Howard Johnson, with 34 homers, became the first National League infielder to get 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in the same season. His 30th stolen base came in the fourth inning of a 6-4, 10-inning loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
baseball September 14, 1990 - Ken Griffey and his son Ken Jr. hit consecutive homers in the first inning of the Seattle Mariners' 7-5 loss to the California Angels.
1994 - The baseball season, already shut down by a month-long strike, was canceled, along with the World Series, in a vote by 26 of the 28 teams.
1996 - Mark McGwire became the 13th major leaguer to hit 50 home runs in a season with a homer in a 9-8 loss to Cleveland.
baseball September 16, 1996 - Paul Molitor got his 3,000th career hit, becoming the 21st major leaguer to reach the mark and the first to do it with a triple.
baseball September 17, 1984 - Reggie Jackson, at 38, became the 13th player in major league history to hit 500 home runs. No. 500 came off Kansas City pitcher Bud Black. His homer came exactly 17 years after he got his first career hit.
1996 - Hideo Nomo pitched a no-hitter against the Colorado Rockies, and the the Los Angeles Dodgers won 9-0.
baseball September 18, 1954 - The Cleveland Indians clinched the American League pennant with a 3-2 triumph over the Detroit Tigers.
1963 - The New York Mets lost their last game at the Polo Grounds to the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-1, with a crowd of only 1,752.
1984 - The Detroit Tigers clinched the American League East Division with a 3-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, making the Tigers only the fourth team in major league history to lead from start to finish. The other three were the 1923 New York Giants, 1927 New York Yankees and the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers.
baseball September 19, 1955 - Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs set a major league record with his fifth grand slam of the season in a 12-inning, 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
1984 - Pete Rose reached the 100-hit mark for the 22nd consecutive year, an all-time record. He also tied the National League record for doubles with 725 as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2.
1997 - Mark McGwire hit his 54th homer and became the first major leaguer to hit 20 or more homers for two teams in the same season.
baseball September 20, 1927 - Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees hit his 60th home run of the season, breaking the record he set in 1921. Ruth homered off Washington's Tom Zachry.
1968 - Mickey Mantle hit his last home run in the major leagues, a solo shot against Boston's Jim Lonborg. Mantle had 536 homers.
baseball September 22, 1911 - Cy Young, 44, beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 1-0, for his 511th and final major league victory. 1986 - Fernando Valenzuela of Los Angeles became the first Mexican to win 20 games, beating the Houston Astros, 9-2, while allowing only two hits. 1993 - Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers faced only three Seattle batters before hurting his right elbow. Ryan finished his career with 324 wins, 5,714 strikeouts and seven no-hitters. 1993 - The Colorado Rockies played their final home game of their inaugural season and finished with a major league home attendance record. The Rockies played before 4,483,350 fans.
baseball September 25, 1979 - The California Angels won their first AL West title, beating Kansas City 4-1 behind pitcher Frank Tanana. 1987 - The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated San Diego 5-3 as the Padres' Benito Santiago set a modern major league record for rookies by hitting safely in his 27th consecutive game.
baseball September 26, 1961 - Roger Maris of the New York Yankees tied Babe Ruth's 34-year-old record with his 60th homer, off Baltimore's Jack Fisher. 1981 - Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros became the first pitcher to throw five no-hitters, with a 5-0 victory over Los Angeles at the Astrodome.
baseball September 27, 1923 - Lou Gehrig hit his first homer in the majors off Bill Piercy of the Boston Red Sox. On the same date 15 years later, he hit his 493rd and last off Dutch Leonard of the Senators. 1973 - The California Angels beat the Minnesota Twins, 5-4, in 11 innings, as Nolan Ryan struck out 16, including No. 383 of the season, a modern major league record. 1996 - San Francisco's Barry Bonds became only the second player to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases in a season. Jose Canseco was the other. Bonds, who had 42 homers, stole his 40th base in a 9-3 win over Colorado.
baseball September 28, 1919 - In the shortest nine-inning game in major league history, 51 minutes, the New York Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1. 1920 - A grand jury indicted eight members of the Chicago White Sox on charges of fixing the 1919 World Series in the "Black Sox Scandal." 1941 - Boston's Ted Williams went 6-for-8 in a doubleheader against the Philadelphia A's to finish the season with a .406 average. No player has batted .400 since. 1974 - California's Nolan Ryan pitched the third of seven career no-hitters, striking out 15 in beating the Minnesota Twins 4-0 at Anaheim Stadium. 1995 - Greg Harris of the Montreal Expos became the first pitcher in major league history to pitch with both hands. Harris faced four batters, two from his usual right side and two from the left, in the ninth inning of a 9-7 loss to Cincinnati.
baseball September 30, 1927 - Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season in the eighth inning off Tom Zachary, leading the New York Yankees to a 4-2 victory over the Washington Senators. 1947 - In the first televised World Series, the New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 5-3 in the opening game. 1972 - Roberto Clemente doubled off Jon Matlack during Pittsburgh's 5-0 victory over the New York Mets. The hit was the 3,000th and last for the Pirates star, who was killed in a plane crash during the off season. 1984 - California's Mike Witt pitched a perfect game against the Texas Rangers, 1-0. 1988 - Orel Hershiser of the Los Angeles Dodgers broke Don Drysdale's record of 58 consecutive scoreless innings by shutting out San Diego for 10 innings. The Padres won in the 16th inning, 2-1. Hershiser, who extended his streak to 59 innings, had five consecutive shutout victories during September. 1992 - George Brett became the 18th player to get 3,000 career hits in the Kansas City Royals' 4-0 win over the California Angels. 1995 - Albert Belle of the Cleveland Indians hit his 50th home run of the season and became the only player in history to hit 50 homers and 50 doubles in the same season.
baseball October 1, 1903 - The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Boston Red Sox 7-3 in the first World Series game ever played. Jimmy Sebring hit the first series home run, Deacon Phillippe was the winning pitcher and Cy Young the loser. 1932 - Babe Ruth, as legend has it, called his home run against Chicago's Charlie Root in the fifth inning of Game 3 of the World Series, won by the New York Yankees 7-5 at Wrigley Field. Ruth and Lou Gehrig each hit two homers for the Yankees. 1961 - Roger Maris hit his 61st home run against Tracy Stallard of the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. The homer eclipsed Babe Ruth's 34-year-old single-season record. The Yankees won 1-0.
baseball October 3, 1897 - Cap Anson closed out a remarkable 27-year career that started in the National Association in 1871. He hit two home runs against St. Louis. At 46, he was the oldest player to homer in the majors. 1946 - The St. Louis Cardinals won the National League pennant by beating the Brooklyn Dodgers 8-4 and sweeping the best-of-three playoff. 1947 - Floyd Bevens of the Yankees held the Dodgers hitless until two were out in the ninth, then pinch-hitter Cookie Lavagetto doubled in two runs for a 3-2 Brooklyn victory in the fourth game of the World Series. 1951 - Bobby Thomson hit a three-run homer off Ralph Branca of the Brooklyn Dodgers with one out in the bottom of the ninth to give the New York Giants a dramatic 5-4 playoff victory and the National League pennant. 1962 - The San Francisco Giants rallied for four runs in the ninth inning to win the third game of the tie-breaking playoffs, 6-4, over the Los Angeles Dodgers and move on to the World Series. 1971 - Bob Robertson's three home runs led the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 9-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants, tying the National League playoffs at 1-1. 1987 - Benito Santiago's 34-game hitting streak, an all-time rookie record, ended as the San Diego Padres snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. 1990 - George Brett became the first player to win a batting title in three different decades. Brett went 1-for-1 in Kansas City's 5-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians to win the American League title with a .329 average. Brett also won AL batting titles in 1976 and 1980. 1990 - Willie McGee became the first player to win a batting title in a league he didn't finish the season in. McGee, who had a .335 average when St. Louis traded him to Oakland on Aug. 28, won his second National League crown when Dave Magadan of the New York Mets failed to catch him on the season's final day. 1993 - The Toronto Blue Jays became the first team in American League history to have teammates finish 1-2-3 in the batting race. John Olerud led the league with a .363 batting average. Paul Molitor finished at .332 and Roberto Alomar closed the year at .326.
baseball October 4, 1906 - The Chicago Cubs won their 116th game in a 152-game schedule, for a winning percentage (.763) never equaled. 1955 - The Brooklyn Dodgers won their first World Series as Johnny Podres blanked the Yankees 2-0.
baseball October 8, 1956 - Don Larsen of the New York Yankees pitched the only perfect game in World Series history, beating the Brooklyn Dodgers 2-0.
baseball October 9, 1916 - Babe Ruth out pitched Sherry Smith of the Brooklyn Dodgers as the Boston Red Sox won the longest World Series game, 2-1 in 14 innings. 1928 - Babe Ruth hit three home runs in a World Series game for the second time in his career as the Yankees beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-3.
baseball October 10, 1980 - Kansas City's George Brett hit an upper deck three-run homer off relief ace Goose Gossage to give the Kansas City Royals a 4-2 victory and a three-game sweep of New York Yankees in the ALCS.
baseball October 11, 1985 - George Brett's four hits, including two homers, led the Kansas City Royals to 6-5 comeback victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in the third game of the ALCS.
baseball October 12, 1977 - The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Yankees 6-1 to even the World Series after two games. Catfish Hunter, who had not pitched in over a month, started the game for the Yankees. Ron Cey, Steve Yeager and Reggie Smith all homered and knocked out Hunter in the third inning.
1986 - The California Angels were one pitch away from their first pennant when they let the Boston Red Sox back into the American League playoffs with an 11-inning 7-6 victory in Game 5.
baseball October 13, 1903 - The Boston Pilgrims won the first World Series, five games to three, with a 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
1996 - Powered by a three-homer third inning and eight strong innings from Andy Pettitte, New York won its 34th American League pennant with a 6-4 victory over Baltimore. The Yankees took the ALCS, 4-1, and went to the World Series for the first time since 1981.
baseball October 14, 1965 - Sandy Koufax pitched his second shutout to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins and the World Series championship in seven games.
1992 - The Toronto Blue Jays became the first Canadian team to reach the World Series with a 9-2 win over the Oakland Athletics in Game 6 of the American League championship series.
baseball October 15, 1986 - The Boston Red Sox capped a monumental comeback by defeating the California Angels, 8-1 to win the American League pennant after trailing three-games-to-one.
1988 - With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Kirk Gibson hit a two-run, pinch homer to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 5-4 victory over Oakland in Game 1 of the World Series. Gibson, who did not start because of a strained left knee, limped around the bases.
baseball October 16, 1985 - The Kansas City Royals captured the American League pennant with a 6-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 7, capping a comeback from a 3-1 deficit.
baseball October 17, 1987 - The Minnesota Twins overpowered St. Louis 10-1 in the opening game of the first indoor World Series. Dan Gladden's grand slam capped a seven-run fourth inning.
1989 - Minutes before Game 3 of the World Series between Oakland A's and San Francisco Giants, an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale hit the Bay area. The game was postponed and the Series was resumed 11 days later, with the A's winning the Series.
1995 - The Cleveland Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, to claim their first AL pennant since 1954.
1996 - The Atlanta Braves had the biggest blowout in postseason history, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 15-0 in Game 7 of the NL championship series to complete a comeback from a 3-1 deficit. The Cardinals became the only club to blow a 3-1 edge three times in the postseason.
baseball October 18, 1977 - Reggie Jackson hit three consecutive home runs, all on the first pitch, to lead New York to an 8-4 victory over the Los Angles Dodgers and give the Yankees the World Series title in six games.
baseball October 20, 1988 - Orel Hershiser pitched a four-hitter and Mickey Hatcher and Mike Davis hit two-run homers, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a 5-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics and the World Series title in five games. Hershiser became only the third player to win the MVP in both the playoffs and the World Series.
1993 - Devon White's two-run triple capped a six-run eighth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for a 15-14 victory over the Phillies and a 3-1 World Series lead. The 29 runs broke the Series record of 22 set in Game 2 in 1936, when the Yankees beat the New York Giants 18-4. It was the longest nine-inning game in series history -- 4:14.
1998 - New York Yankees four-game sweep of the San Diego Padres to win the World Series.
baseball November 16, 1977 - Rod Carew wins AL MVP Award.
baseball November 17, 1998 - Roger Clemens won his record fifth Cy Young Award. Clemens also won the award in 1986, 1987, 1991 and 1997.
baseball November 19, 1984 - Dwight Gooden, 20, of the New York Mets, became the youngest major-league pitcher to be named Rookie of the Year in the National League.
baseball November 21, 1902 - Baseball's Philadelphia Athletics and the Philadelphia Phillies formed professional football teams, joining the Pittsburgh Stars in the first attempt at a pro football league, named the National Football League.
baseball November 22, 1961 - Frank Robinson became the first baseball player to be named Most Valuable Player in both major leagues.
baseball November 26, 1868 - The first baseball game was played in an enclosed field at 25th and Folsom in San Francisco.
baseball November 27, 1870 - The New York Times dubbed baseball "The National Game."
baseball November 30, 1948 - Baseball's Negro National League disbanded.
baseball December 09, 1992 - National League Cy Young winner Greg Maddux, who pitched seven years for the Cubs, snubs a bigger offer from the New York Yankees to sign a $28 million, five-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.
baseball December 11, 1951 - Joe DiMaggio officially retires from baseball; the Yankee Clipper ends his thirteen year career with a life time .325 BA and 361 HRs.
baseball December 13, 1949 - Baseball's American League rejected the revival of the spitball, which had been outlawed since 1920.
baseball December 17, 1965 - The Astrodome opened in Houston. The first event was a concert headlined by Judy Garland and The Supremes.
baseball December 23, 1994 - Baseball owners imposed a salary cap that was fiercely opposed by players.


January 15, 1969 - Delino DeShields

January 17, 1960 - Chili Davis

January 26, 1935 - Bob Uecker

January 30, 1943 - Davey Johnson

January 31, 
  1931 - Ernie Banks
  1947 - Nolan Ryan

February 05, 1934 -  Hank Aaron 

March 12,
  1962 - Darryl Strawberry

  1971 - Raul Mondesi

April 2, 1945 - Don Sutton

April 4, 1938 - Baseball Commissioner Bart Giamatti

April 6, 1969 - Bret Boone

April 8, 1954 - Gary Carter

April 11, 1964 - Bret Saberhagen

April 13, 1963 - Mark Leiter

April 14,
  1941 - Pete Rose

  1966 - Greg Maddux
         David Justice

April 18, 1946 - Jim "Catfish" Hunter

April 20, 1973 - Todd Hollandsworth

April 24, 1972 - Chipper Jones

April 28, 1964 -  Barry Larkin

May 12, 1925 - Yogi Berra

May 15, 1953 - George Brett

June 18, 1966 - Sandy Alomar

June 19, 1903 - Lou Gehrig

June 20, 1970 - Mike Grace

June 27, 1970 - Jim Edmonds

June 28, 1949 - Don Baylor

June 30,
  1973 - Chan Ho Park 
  1971 - Garret Anderson
August 13,
  1964 - Jay Buhner 
  1964 - Tom Prince  

August 4, 1963 - Roger Clemens  

September 3, 1963 - Eric Plunk

September 4, 1968 - Mike Piazza 

September 10, 1963 - Randy Johnson

September 16, 1958 - Orel Hershiser 

September 19, 1967 - Jim Abbott

September 22, 1927 - Tommy Lasorda

October 1, 1963 - Mark McGwire

October 3,
  1954 - Dennis Eckersley

  1951 - Dave Winfield 

November 4, 1967 - Eric Karros

November 16,
  1962 - Chuck Finley

  1964 - Dwight Gooden

November 17, 1944 - Tom Seaver

November 19, 1938 -  Ted Turner (sports team owner)

November 21, 1969 - Ken Griffey Jr.

November 25, 1914 - "Joltin'" Joe DiMaggio

November 26, 1962 - Chuck Finley

November 29, 1927 - Vince (Vin) Scully

November 30, 1962 - Bo Jackson

December 07,
  1947 - Johnny Bench

  1967 - Tino Martinez

December 17, 1935 - Cal Ripken Sr.

December 22,
  1944 - Steve Carlton

  1948 - Steve Garvey

December 30,  1935 - Sandy Koufax

Seasons with 50 Homers by Two or More Players

1998 - Mark McGwire (70), Sammy Sosa (60), Ken Griffey Jr. (56), Vaughn, (50)
1997 - Mark McGwire (58)   and Ken Griffey Jr. (56)
1996 - Mark McGwire (52)   and Brady Anderson (50)
1961 - Roger Maris (61)    and Mickey Mantle (54)
1947 - Ralph Kiner (51)    and Johnny Mize (51)
1938 - Hank Greenberg (58) and Jimmie Foxx (50)

50-Home Run Paces (Month-By-Month)

(AP) - The month-by-month paces of hitters who had at least 50
home runs in a season (x-current):

Player, Year Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Total ------------ --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ----- x-MARK MCGWIRE, 1998 1 10 16 10 8 10 15 0 70 x-SAMMY SOSA, 1998 0 6 7 20 9 13 11 0 66 Roger Maris, 1961 0 1 11 15 13 11 9 1 61 Babe Ruth, 1927 0 4 12 9 9 9 17 0 60 Babe Ruth, 1921 0 5 10 13 10 10 10 1 59 Jimmie Foxx, 1932 0 4 13 12 12 7 10 0 58 Hank Greenberg, 1938 0 3 9 10 15 9 12 0 58 Mark McGwire, 1997 0 11 8 10 5 9 15 0 58 x-K. GRIFFEY JR., 1998 1 10 8 14 8 6 9 0 56 Ken Griffey Jr., 1997 0 13 11 5 3 12 12 0 56 Babe Ruth, 1920 0 0 12 12 13 7 10 0 54 Babe Ruth, 1928 0 4 15 11 11 6 7 0 54 Ralph Kiner, 1949 0 2 9 8 8 11 16 0 54 Mickey Mantle, 1961 0 7 7 11 14 9 6 0 54 Mickey Mantle, 1956 0 4 16 7 7 13 5 0 52 Willie Mays, 1965 0 5 12 5 2 17 10 1 52 George Foster, 1977 0 3 8 9 12 12 8 0 52 Mark McGwire, 1996 0 2 9 14 13 8 6 0 52 Ralph Kiner, 1947 0 1 2 14 8 14 12 0 51 Johnny Mize, 1947 0 7 7 6 11 13 7 0 51 Willie Mays, 1955 0 3 9 8 13 7 11 0 51 Cecil Fielder, 1990 0 7 11 8 7 9 9 0 51 Jimmie Foxx, 1938 0 1 10 11 7 9 10 2 50 Albert Belle, 1995 0 2 4 6 7 14 17 0 50 Brady Anderson, 1996 0 11 9 7 6 8 9 0 50 x- VAUGHN, 1998 50

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