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- 1909 - The Chicago White Sox win their third straight 1 - 0 game over the St. Louis Browns in three days.
- 1918 - The New York Giants' 9-0 start and the Brooklyn Robins' 0-9 losing streak are both stopped, as the Robins win, 5 - 3, in the opening game of a doubleheader behind Larry Cheney's strong pitching.
- 1926 - 17-year-old Mel Ott makes his first major league appearance with the New York Giants pinch-hitting for Jimmy Ring. Ott strikes out as the Giants win, 9 - 8, over the Phillies. He won't play regularly until 1927.
- 1929 - Brooklyn Robins relief pitcher Clise Dudley hits a home run on the first major league pitch he sees at Philadelphia's Baker Bowl.
- 1930 - Chicago White Sox first baseman Bud Clancy has no chances in a nine-inning game against the St. Louis Browns.
- 1944 - Jim Tobin of the Boston Braves pitches a 2 - 0 no-hitter against the visiting Brooklyn Dodgers and also hits a home run.
- 1947 - Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium draws a crowd of more than 58,000 to honor the ailing star. In the game, Sid Hudson of the Washington Senators beats Spud Chandler and the Yankees, 1 - 0.
- 1968 - Tom Phoebus of the Baltimore Orioles pitches a 6 - 0 no hitter against the visiting Boston Red Sox. Third baseman Brooks Robinson drives in three runs and makes a great catch to rob Rico Petrocelli of a hit in the 8th inning.
- Curt Flood jumps the Washington Senators after 13 games and departs for Denmark, ending his playing career. Flood batted .293 and won seven Gold Glove Awards during his 15-year major league tenure. He will continue his antitrust suit, which will eventually reach the Supreme Court.
- Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves joins Babe Ruth and Willie Mays as the only major league players to hit 600 home runs. His historic homer, a 350-foot drive over the left field wall, comes off Gaylord Perry in the 3rd inning of a 6 - 5, ten-inning loss to the San Francisco Giants at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
- 1973 - Steve Busby of the Kansas City Royals pitches his first of two career no-hitters with a 3 - 0 victory over Detroit. It is the first Royals no-hitter and the first at Tiger Stadium since Virgil Trucks did it in 1952. Busby also becomes the first no-hit game pitcher not to bat after the American League's introduction of the designated hitter rule.
- 1983 - Walter Johnson's 56-year record of 3,508 career strikeouts is eclipsed by Nolan Ryan. Ryan strikes out Montreal Expos pinch-hitter Brad Mills in the 8th inning as the Houston Astros beat the Expos, 4 - 2.
- 1990 - Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Orel Hershiser will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his pitching shoulder. He had not missed a start since joining the club's rotation in 1984.
- 1994 - Scott Erickson of the Minnesota Twins, who allowed the most hits in the majors last season, pitches the first no-hitter in his team's 27-year history as Minnesota beats the Milwaukee Brewers, 6 - 0.
- 1996 - Barry Bonds becomes only the fourth player in major league history to amass 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases when he homers in the 3rd inning in the San Francisco Giants' 6 - 3 victory over the Florida Marlins. His father, Bobby Bonds, along with godfather Willie Mays and Andre Dawson are the only other players to reach 300-300.
- 2000 - Chicago White Sox shortstop Jose Valentin hits for the cycle and drives in five runs in a 13 - 4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
- 2002 - Derek Lowe of the Boston Red Sox, who struggled to keep his job as a closer the previous season, pitches a no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Brent Abernathy is the only baserunner Lowe allows in Boston's 10 - 0 victory.
- 2003 - Kevin Millwood pitches a no-hitter to lead the Philadelphia Phillies over the San Francisco Giants, 1 - 0. Millwood strikes out ten and walks three.
- Mark Grudzielanek hits for the cycle in his first four at-bats in the St. Louis Cardinals' 6 - 3 victory over Milwaukee. Grudzielanek is only the third Cardinals player to hit for the cycle at 40-year-old Busch Stadium, which is being demolished after this season. The others were Ray Lankford on September 15, 1991 against the Mets and Lou Brock on May 27, 1975 against the Padres.
- Jose Mesa of the Pittsburgh Pirates earns his 300th career save in Pittsburgh's 2 - 0 victory over Houston. Mesa becomes the 19th pitcher in major league history with 300 saves.
- Ben Broussard of the Cleveland Indians goes 4 for 5 with two home runs, including a grand slam and eight RBI, in Cleveland's 15 - 3 win over the Boston Red Sox.
- Top Tampa Bay prospect Delmon Young is suspended indefinitely by the International League, a day after throwing a bat that hits a replacement umpire in the chest. The 20-year-old Young, brother of Detroit star Dmitri Young and honored as the 2005 Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America, was ejected in the 1st inning following a called third strike in the Durham Bulls' Triple-A game at Pawtucket. The suspension will be for 50 games.
- 2008 - The Reds top the Giants, 10 - 1. Barry Zito falls to 0-6 with a 7.53 ERA. One of the highest-paid players in baseball, Zito is the third pitcher since 1956 to have gone 0-6 before May; Dave Stewart in 1984 and Mike Maroth in 2003 were the others.
- Raul Ibanez hits a grand slam off Joel Hanrahan in the 8th inning to lead Philadelphia to a 13 - 11 win over Washington. Ibanez's blast follows another grand slam by Ryan Howard off Shairon Martis in the 5th. The Nationals are up 6 - 2 and 11 - 7, but cough up the lead twice, negating a five-home run performance by their hitters.
- Rookie Dexter Fowler steals five bases against San Diego to lead the Rockies to a 12 - 7 victory. The Rocks steal eight bases overall against the battery of Chris Young and Nick Hundley. As part of the madness on the base paths, Brad Hawpe is hit in the head by catcher Hundley's pick-off attempt at second base and is knocked out of the game. Fowler ties the post-1900 rookie record for steals in a game.
- Francisco Liriano continues to display the form that made him a rookie sensation before arm surgery in 2006. The Twins' starter pitches a third consecutive game in which he does not allow a run, going eight innings in a 2 - 0 win over Detroit. He has an 0.93 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 29 innings this year.
- With a 3-16 record coming into the game, the Orioles win at home for the first time this year, beating the Yankees, 5 - 4. It's hard slogging, though, as the Yankees score two unearned runs in the 9th and Alfredo Simon records the first save of his career in his first appearance since reconstructive elbow surgery last May. Alberto Castillo is the winner in relief. The Orioles now have a two-game winning streak, but their record is still four games worse than any other team in the majors.
- The Mets sweep the Dodgers in a doubleheader, 4 - 0 and 10 - 5, to extend their winning streak to six games and to record their eighth win in their last nine games. Jason Bay hits his first home run as a Met in support of Johan Santana's pitching in the opener, while David Wright drives in four runs in the nitecap.
- Chipper Jones drives in three runs in Atlanta's 7 - 0 win over San Diego, moving past Mickey Mantle on the all-time RBI list with 1,512. Among switch-hitters, only Eddie Murray has more RBI than Jones with 1,917. Tommy Hanson is the winner over Mat Latos, who falls to 0-4.
- Justin Smoak, back from the bereavement list following the death of his father, homers and drives in five runs as Seattle routs Detroit, 10 - 1, to earn Erik Bedard his first win since June 7, 2009.
- Stuck in last place in the AL West in spite of spending lavishly in the off-season free agent market, the Angels make a couple of moves, releasing veteran OF Bobby Abreu and replacing closer Jordan Walden with Scott Downs. They call up top prospect Mike Trout to take Abreu's place.
- The Tigers' Delmon Young is arrested in Manhattan after a confrontation outside the Hilton Hotel in the early morning. He is charged with aggravated harassment but also with a hate crime for hurling anti-semitic insults and attacking a group of passers-by while visibly intoxicated.
- The Rockies reverse a 6 - 2 deficit with an 11-run 5th-inning outburst against the Mets, then pull out with an 18 - 9 win at Coors Field. Eric Young starts the ball rolling by beating P Chris Schwinden's throw on a comebacker to the mound; three walks, seven hits, four errors and a hit batsman later, the Rockies are cruising to an easy win; Carlos Gonzalez drives in five runs during the frame, then Ramon Hernandez adds a grand slam in the 7th. For the Mets, Scott Hairston hits for the cycle in a losing cause, while the two teams combine for 36 hits in the slugfest.
- José Abreu sets a record for most RBIs by a rookie in April when he drives in four runs in a 9 - 2 win over the Rays, giving him 31 ribbies for the month. He hits a two-run homer off David Price in the 6th and adds a two-run single in the 7th. The previous record was 27, by Albert Pujols in 2001. His tenth homer extends the mark he already held for most long balls. Scott Carroll is the beneficiary of all those runs, as he wins his major league debut.
- The Blue Jays are the first team to start six players from the Dominican Republic in the same game, as their line-up against the Red Sox features SS Jose Reyes, LF Melky Cabrera, CF Jose Bautista, 1B Edwin Encarnacion, DH Juan Francisco and RF Moises Sierra. There is joy in Santo Domingo as the proto-Dominican national team wins, 7 - 1, behind a strong performance by R.A. Dickey, one of only two U.S.-born players among the Jays' ten starters (the other is battery-mate Josh Thole).
- DOOR Neptunus becomes the first team in Hoofdklasse history to 1,000 wins, doing so against only 387 losses; at least four teams have played more games than Neptunus but no one else has won more than 816 games (Kinheim is second). The Dutch league has been around 93 years. To reach the milestone, Neptunus beats the Vaessen Pioniers, 12 - 4. Raily Legito and Urving Kemp each get three hits and three runs while Gyenuar Lopez drives in three. Misja Harcksen tosses 4 1/3 shutout innings of relief after starter Floris Timmer sputters. Elton Koeiman takes the loss for the Pioniers, while Vince Rooi gets three hits for them.
- 2015 - Today's scheduled game between the Orioles and the White Sox is postponed because of violent protests in downtown Baltimore, MD, following the death of a black man in police custody a week earlier. Two days earlier, as an Orioles game was headed for extra innings, the mayor's office asked spectators not to leave the ballpark because of safety concerns, before lifting the recommendation at the end of game after things had calmed down. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has also decreed a week-long curfew from 10 PM to 5 AM, making the playing of two scheduled night games problematic.
- Trevor Story of the Rockies sets a new National League rookie mark with his ninth homer of April, breaking the record of eight set by Albert Pujols in 2001; he is still one shy of the major league mark of ten, set by Jose Abreu in 2014. Colorado loses the game, though, 9 - 8 to the Pirates in 12 innings. Story will tie Abreu's mark with another long ball on April 29th.
- José Adolis García wins Serie Nacional MVP for 2015-2016. He is the first member of the Tigres de Ciego de Ávila to win the MVP, following a season in which he did not make the top ten in OPS but led in RBI and was in the top ten in doubles, homers, runs and steals in leading the team to a title. Yoandy Cruz is named Serie Nacional Rookie of the Year following a 7-2 campaign.
- 2017 - At a ceremony held in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, NY, ground is broken towards the construction of the Jackie Robinson Museum, scheduled to open in 2019. Jackie Robinson's widow, Rachel Robinson, and his daughter Sharon are present, alongside Commissioner Rob Manfred.
- 2021 - Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has the first three-homer game of his career and drives in seven runs in the Blue Jays' 9 - 5 win over the Nationals. His night's work includes a grand slam against Max Scherzer.
- 2023 - Already the only pitcher in CPBL history with 100 saves and 100 holds, Yu-Hsun Chen sets a new record when he records hold number 119; Chien-San Kao had held the mark before him.
- 1857 - Joe Kappel, infielder (d. 1929)
- 1864 - Frank Gilmore, pitcher (d. 1929)
- 1865 - Bill Vinton, pitcher (d. 1893)
- 1878 - Charlie Chech, pitcher (d. 1938)
- 1878 - George Winter, pitcher (d. 1951)
- 1880 - Orth Collins, outfielder (d. 1949)
- 1884 - Bob Williams, catcher (d. 1962)
- 1888 - Lore Bader, pitcher (d. 1973)
- 1889 - Ira Courtney, USA national team infielder (d. 1968)
- 1889 - Dutch Hinrichs, pitcher (d. 1972)
- 1889 - Hy Myers, outfielder (d. 1965)
- 1893 - Charlie Boardman, pitcher (d. 1968)
- 1893 - John Dodge, infielder (d. 1916)
- 1893 - Allen Sothoron, pitcher, manager (d. 1939)
- 1896 - Rogers Hornsby, infielder, manager; Hall of Famer (d. 1963)
- 1898 - George Womack, catcher (d. 1928)
- 1901 - Johnny Stuart, pitcher (d. 1970)
- 1903 - Horace Stoneham, owner (d. 1990)
- 1909 - Lou Campo, Serie A1 manager (d. 1983)
- 1909 - John Whitehead, pitcher (d. 1964)
- 1910 - Johnny Hayes, catcher; All-Star (d. 1988)
- 1910 - Frenchy Uhalt, outfielder (d. 2004)
- 1914 - George Archie, infielder (d. 2001)
- 1914 - Larry Crawford, pitcher (d. 1994)
- 1914 - Jug Thesenga, pitcher (d. 2002)
- 1914 - Bobby Vandever, player (d. 1987)
- 1915 - Buddy Armour, outfielder; All-Star (d. 1974)
- 1916 - Enos Slaughter, outfielder; All-Star, Hall of Famer (d. 2002)
- 1918 - John Rice, umpire (d. 2011)
- 1918 - Eddie Vines, infielder (d. 1992)
- 1919 - Les Keiter, broadcaster (d. 2009)
- 1921 - Mary Reynolds, AAGPBL infielder and pitcher (d. 1991)
- 1923 - Kite Thomas, outfielder (d. 1995)
- 1924 - Bill Higdon, outfielder (d. 1986)
- 1924 - Frank Wurm, pitcher (d. 1993)
- 1931 - Fred Koenig, coach (d. 1993)
- 1936 - Anthony Lloyd, Negro League infielder
- 1938 - Earl Anthony, signed pitcher (d. 2001)
- 1942 - Roy van den Dungen Gronovius, Hoofdklasse infielder (d. 2015)
- 1942 - Keith Weber, minor league pitcher (d. 2011)
- 1943 - Nick Balodimas, minor league player (d. 2014)
- 1945 - Roberto Cadena, Mexican national team catcher (d. 2017)
- 1949 - Greg Kosc, umpire
- 1950 - Norihiro Mizutani, NPB pitcher (d. 2001)
- 1954 - Dick Monfort, owner
- 1956 - Kunio Takesue, scout
- 1957 - Willie Upshaw, infielder
- 1960 - Jim Eppard, outfielder
- 1960 - Brian Giles, infielder
- 1961 - Ray Hayward, pitcher
- 1962 - Tim Meacham, minor league pitcher
- 1963 - Sadaaki Yoshimura, NPB outfielder
- 1964 - Bill Kazmierczak, minor league pitcher
- 1964 - Marco Paddy, scout
- 1965 - Bob MacDonald, pitcher
- 1965 - Paul Miller, pitcher
- 1966 - Bob Ayrault, pitcher
- 1966 - Steve Finken, minor league infielder
- 1966 - Eric Hillman, pitcher
- 1967 - Tony Eusebio, catcher
- 1968 - Patrick Lennon, outfielder
- 1969 - Tom Singer, minor league pitcher
- 1970 - Mike Neill, outfielder
- 1971 - Ted Corbin, minor league infielder
- 1972 - Chad Zerbe, pitcher
- 1974 - Frank Catalanotto, outfielder
- 1974 - Steve Connelly, pitcher
- 1975 - Chris Carpenter, pitcher; All-Star
- 1975 - Pedro Feliz, infielder
- 1975 - Benj Sampson, pitcher
- 1976 - Long Shi, China Baseball League pitcher
- 1977 - Orber Moreno, pitcher
- 1977 - Brad Scott, college coach
- 1978 - Runelvys Hernandez, pitcher
- 1978 - Takahiro Suzuki, NPB outfielder
- 1979 - Haifeng Chen, China Baseball League pitcher
- 1981 - Roberto Bissonnette, minor league owner (d. 2016)
- 1981 - Joey Gathright, outfielder
- 1981 - Casey Janssen, pitcher
- 1983 - Alexander Sisyuk, Russian national team pitcher
- 1983 - Serhiy Tikhonets, Ukrainian national team infielder-outfielder
- 1984 - Mike Grace, minor league catcher
- 1984 - Luis Perdomo, pitcher
- 1984 - Andrew Russell, minor league pitcher
- 1986 - Lennart Koster, Hoofdklasse outfielder
- 1987 - Nicky Mertens, First Division outfielder
- 1987 - Antal Roos, Dutch women's national team outfielder
- 1988 - José Miguel Fernández, infielder
- 1988 - Daniel Schmidt, minor league pitcher
- 1989 - Yobanis Salazar, minor league pitcher
- 1989 - Anthony Hewitt, minor league player
- 1990 - Aaron Brooks, pitcher
- 1990 - Rolando Petit, minor league catcher
- 1990 - Michael Ramirez, minor league catcher
- 1990 - Tommy Richards, college coach
- 1990 - Alejandro Segovia, minor league catcher
- 1990 - Ben Turner, minor league catcher
- 1990 - Ryan Westmoreland, minor league outfielder
- 1991 - Jeong-hun Lee, KBO pitcher
- 1991 - Jasvir Rakkar, minor league pitcher
- 1992 - Cody Dickson, minor league pitcher
- 1992 - Rusbel Fariñez, minor league infielder
- 1992 - Luis Ysla, minor league pitcher
- 1993 - J.D. Davis, infielder
- 1993 - Ethan Elias, minor league pitcher
- 1993 - Wei-Fan Tsai, Taiwan national team pitcher
- 1994 - Victor Croneld, Elitserien outfielder
- 1994 - Michael Rucker, pitcher
- 1994 - Corey Seager, infielder; All-Star
- 1995 - Buddy Reed, minor league outfielder
- 1904 - Bobby Cargo, infielder (b. 1868)
- 1911 - John Eagan, umpire (b. 1852)
- 1914 - Herb Worth, outfielder, umpire (b. 1847)
- 1916 - Jules Kustus, outfielder (b. 1882)
- 1921 - Hal Mauck, pitcher (b. 1869)
- 1923 - Paul Sentell, infielder; umpire (b. 1879)
- 1925 - Fred Crane, infielder (b. 1840)
- 1926 - Charlie Abbey, outfielder (b. 1866)
- 1927 - Otto Borchert, minor league owner (b. 1884)
- 1931 - John Waltz, manager (b. 1860)
- 1935 - Hisashi Koshimoto, college coach; Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame (b. 1894)
- 1939 - Chauncey Fisher, pitcher (b. 1872)
- 1948 - Ad Yale, infielder (b. 1870)
- 1951 - Bill Eagle, outfielder (b. 1877)
- 1955 - Perucho Cepeda, winter league infielder (b. 1906)
- 1961 - Frank Gibson, catcher (b. 1890)
- 1963 - Johnny Hutchings, pitcher (b. 1916)
- 1963 - Lou Manske, pitcher (b. 1884)
- 1967 - John McGraw, pitcher (b. 1890)
- 1968 - Paul Kardow, pitcher (b. 1915)
- 1969 - Harry Taylor, infielder (b. 1907)
- 1976 - Ed Durham, pitcher (b. 1907)
- 1977 - Ernie Neitzke, outfielder (b. 1894)
- 1979 - Jim Mooney, pitcher (b. 1906)
- 1980 - Rube Ehrhardt, pitcher (b. 1894)
- 1981 - Emerson Dickman, pitcher (b. 1914)
- 1982 - Truck Hannah, catcher (b. 1889)
- 1986 - Marty Karow, infielder (b. 1904)
- 1987 - John Burrows, pitcher (b. 1913)
- 1988 - Manuel Chávez, minor league infielder; Salón de la Fama (b. 1906)
- 1988 - Tommy Thomas, pitcher (b. 1899)
- 1992 - Harlond Clift, infielder; All-Star (b. 1912)
- 1995 - Kent Peterson, pitcher (b. 1925)
- 1998 - John Kennedy, infielder (b. 1926)
- 2000 - Brooks Lawrence, pitcher; All-Star (b. 1925)
- 2002 - Jerry Witte, infielder (b. 1915)
- 2005 - Yoshinori Okoso, owner; Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame (b. 1915)
- 2006 - William Close, minor league infielder and manager (b. 1927)
- 2006 - Roger Grooms, umpire (b. 1936)
- 2007 - Ralph McLeod, outfielder (b. 1916)
- 2008 - Art Johnson, pitcher (b. 1919)
- 2009 - Danny Morejon, outfielder (b. 1930)
- 2012 - Bill Skowron, infielder; All-Star (b. 1930)
- 2013 - Brad Lesley, pitcher (b. 1958)
- 2017 - Andrés Telemaco, Cuban Serie Nacional infielder (b. 1942)
- 2019 - Gene Stephens, outfielder (b. 1933)
- 2021 - Akira Wong, Guam national team coach (b. 1944)
- 2023 - Dick Groat, infielder; All-Star (b. 1930)
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