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- Brooklyn batters a wild Christy Mathewson for six hits in two innings, knocking him out of the game in the 3rd, the first time this season Matty has not finished a start. The Giants lose, 8 - 3.
- Jack Chesbro stops the visiting Reds, 9 - 2, and Fred Clarke backs him up by hitting for the cycle.
- 1902 - John McGraw has his first win as the Giants' manager, when New York downs Brooklyn, 4 - 1.
- 1903 - In a doubleheader with New York, Cy Young wins the opener, 6 - 1, in a match that takes one hour, 35 minutes. New York wins the nitecap, 4 - 2.
- 1904 - After losing, 3 - 1, to Boston in the opener, the Reds unload for a 15 - 1 win in the second game. Leading the offense is Cy Seymour, who goes 5 for 5, with two doubles and a triple.
- 1907 - The Austin Senators (Texas League) steal 23 bases and beat San Antonio, 44 - 0.
- 1909 - Three days after pitching a 1 - 0 shutout, Grover Cleveland Alexander of the Galesburg (IL) Boosters, tosses a no-hitter against Pekin. He strikes out 10 and walks one. On the 26th he will beat Macomb, 1 - 0, in 18 innings. In that game he doesn't allow a hit until the 10th inning.
- 1912 - Iron Man McGinnity is still pitching doubleheaders, winning a pair of games for Newark against Rochester (International League) at age 41.
- 1915 - Jack Ness of Oakland (Pacific Coast League) has his 49-game hitting streak stopped. He bats .440 in the longest streak thus far in organized baseball.
- 1917 - The Cubs sweep a doubleheader with Brooklyn on two shutouts. Grover Alexander wins the opener, 3 - 0, and Phil Douglas shuffles in to take the nitecap, 6 - 0.
- When umpires Brick Owens and Tom Connolly miss a train, the Detroit and St. Louis trainers, Bits Bierhalter and Dan Howley, are pressed into service.
- Cubs 1B Ray Grimes homers in Chicago's 4 - 1 win over the Robins, giving him at least one RBI in 17 consecutive games, a major league record. He'll fail to drive in a run on the 25th against Boston.
- Edd Roush ends his holdout and signs with the Reds.
- The Yankees start planning for the World Series when they pick up 3B Joe Dugan and one-time Cleveland World Series hero Elmer Smith from Boston, giving up OF Elmer Miller, SS Chick Fewster, SS Johnny Mitchell, and, later, P Lefty O'Doul. The contending Browns and other western clubs howl in protest and this deal will lead to a rule barring non-waiver trades after June 15th.
- 1925 - The A's move back into first place with a 5 - 4 win over the Red Sox and an assist from Lou Gehrig, who hits the first of his major league-record 23 grand slams to beat Firpo Marberry and the Senators, 11 - 7.
- 1926 - Detroit and Washington take the unheard of time of two hours and 40 minutes to play nine innings. Detroit's 19 hits give them a 9 - 6 win, but much of the time is consumed by manager Ty Cobb's arguing over a balk call, then trying to have a heckling fan removed from the stands.
- 1929 - The Cardinals decide they made a mistake when they sent manager Bill McKechnie to Rochester and brought up Billy Southworth; they swap them back again. Both will make the Hall of Fame for their managerial work.
- 1930 - Pie Traynor of the Pirates is responsible for two victories over the Phillies. His home run in the 9th seals the first game, 2 - 1, and he comes through with a three-run homer in the 13th inning of the nightcap to win, 16 - 15.
- 1932 - Cleveland P Wes Ferrell makes 10 assists in a 12-inning game, but loses to the White Sox, 6 - 5. The record in both leagues is 12.
- 1935 - Paul Dean puts the Cards in first place with a win in the opener of a doubleheader with the Giants. The Giants regain the lead in the nightcap with an 8 - 2 win.
- 1936 - The White Sox edge the Nationals, 7 - 6, for their 17th win in 21 games. Vern Kennedy wins his ninth straight when he drives home the winner with an 8th-inning double against Bobo Newsom. Luke Appling is 2 for 4 to keep his American league-leading batting average at .382.
- 1939 - The Dodgers use the new yellow-colored baseball again, but the Cardinals see it better in a 12 - 0 win.
- 1942 - After giving up a lead-off bloop single, Newark Eagles hurler Leon Day strikes out 18 Baltimore Elite Giants to set a Negro League record.
- 1943 - Outfielders Luis Olmo, Augie Galan and Stan Bordagaray of the Dodgers account for 18 putouts in a game against Cincinnati.
- 1944 - Cub Bill Nicholson hits four homers in a doubleheader, including three consecutive shots in the second game. The Cubs win the first game, 7 - 4, but the Giants prevail in the nightcap, 12 - 10. Nicholson is walked intentionally with the bases loaded in the 7th inning of the second game. Nicholson has hit six home runs within 48 hours (one two nights ago, one yesterday, and the four today).
- 1947 - Ralph Kiner hits home runs number 24 and 25, breaking the Pirate record of 23 by Johnny Rizzo in 1938 and tied by Kiner as a rookie last year. Trailing home run king Johnny Mize, 14 to 3, at the end of May, Kiner will have 25 to Mize's 31 by the end of July.
- Larry Jansen's five-hitter gives the Giants a 5 - 0 win over the Cubs. Johnny Mize's 1st-inning homer off Russ Meyer provides all the scoring the Giants need.
- After missing 15 games with a torn rib cartilage, Ted Williams is 2 for 4 to help the Red Sox down the White Sox, 13 - 1. Bobby Doerr collects his 18th homer and adds a double and single to back Mickey Harris. Boston has now won nine straight to pull within a game and a half of the first-place Indians.
- Sheldon Jones of the New York Giants pitches a one-hitter against the Cubs, winning, 3 - 0, in the second game of a doubleheader. Rube Walker's hit in the 8th is the only safety. Larry Jansen takes the first game, 5 - 3.
- Tigers P Saul Rogovin hits a 2nd-inning grand slam off Yankees P Eddie Lopat as the first-place Bengals nip the onrushing New York Yankees, 6 - 5.
- 1955 - LF Del Ennis of the Phillies hits three home runs and drives in all seven runs as the Phils win, 7 - 2.
- 1956 - Joe Cronin and Hank Greenberg are officially inducted into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, NY.
- 1957 - Mickey Mantle hits for the cycle, and adds a stolen base, against Chicago's Bob Keegan. The Yankees win, 10 - 6.
- Dodger Norm Larker hits a ball just inside the first base line, which the Pirates believe to be foul. When umpire Vic Delmore signals it fair, P Bob Porterfield picks up the ball from where it has rolled into the bullpen. Though not playing, Porterfield is ejected for intentional interference with a ball in play. Larker is safe on second base. The Dodgers still lose, 11 - 3, in the doubleheader opener and are now in last place.
- Baseball's pre-eminent hitter (and spitter), Boston's Ted Williams, is at it again although today, as noted by Bob Holbrook of the Boston Globe, Teddy Baseball branches out, irrigating an unsuspecting gathering of Kansas City supporters. After hitting a 4th-inning grounder to first, writes Holbrook, "Williams jogged part way to first, saw the play was routine and then made an abrupt turn and started back to the dugout. For his lack of fire on this play the Kansas City fans set up a crescendo of boos. Ted bristled and made his dying swan leap, spitting at the fans as he pirouetted through the air. That's all the fans needed. They set up a thunderous round of boos, the spontaneity of which amazed the observers in this sector."
- 1959 - With Ty Cobb in the stands, the Tigers make 15 hits to beat the Senators, 11 - 2. Harvey Kuenn, the American League's leading hitter, is 4 for 4 and scores four runs. Jim Bunning allows four hits to win.
- Kansas City OF Whitey Herzog hits into the only all-Cuban triple play in major league history. The action goes from Washington P Pedro Ramos, to 1B Julio Becquer, to SS Jose Valdivielso. The win, however, goes to reliever Chuck Stobbs as the Nats take an 8 - 3 decision. Harmon Killebrew has a two-run homer.
- In an effort to distract Ted Williams during his at-bats in the 6th and 8th innings, Indians CF Jimmy Piersall goes into a war dance. Piersall gets tossed for his efforts and manager Joe Gordon is also ejected for arguing Jimmy's case. It is Piersall's sixth ejection of the season. Gordon had previously announced that any more ejections would cost Piersall $500 each, but he thinks today's thumbing is unwarranted and waives the fine. American League president Joe Cronin is less forgiving and fines Piersall $100. The Indians win, 4 - 2, behind Jim Perry's pitching and the first major league home run of Mike de la Hoz.
- 1961 - Using 21 pitchers, the Tigers (11) and A's (10) set an American League record for most hurlers used in an 18-inning doubleheader. At 3 hours, 54 minutes, the second game is the longest 9-inning contest in AL history. The entire doubleheader lasts six hours, 50 minutes, a major league record. The Tigers sweep, 6 - 4 and 17 - 14, taking first place by one percentage point. In the second game, Detroit P Frank Lary collides with rookie 3B Steve Boros, and both players leave the game with injuries. Lary does not miss a start but Boros's collarbone is broken and he will not return until September 1st. He has 53 RBIs to date.
- At Cincinnati, Reds pitcher Jim O'Toole loses his no-hit bid when Bob Skinner doubles in the 8th inning. O'Toole finishes with a 3 - 0 one-hitter against the Pirates.
- Pitcher Bob Feller, manager Bill McKechnie, infielder Jackie Robinson and outfielder Edd Roush are inducted into the Hall of Fame.
- 1963 - At Wrigley Field, Jim Maloney pitches a one-hitter as the Reds edge the Cubs, 1 - 0. Ellis Burton's single in the 1st inning is the only hit for Chicago.
- 1964 - A's rookie Bert Campaneris sends Minnesota to defeat, 4 - 3, with two home runs in his major league debut. The first comes on the first pitch thrown to him, by Jim Kaat, making him just the second American League player to debut like that. And the 21-year-old Cuban joins Bob Nieman as the only player since 1900 with two home runs in his first major league game.
- 1965 - In a 5 - 1 win over the Mets, Phillies first baseman Dick Stuart homers at Shea Stadium, becoming the first player to have gone deep in 23 major league ballparks.
- At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks celebrate Old-Timers' Day but lose to the Angels, 7 - 6, despite a grand slam from Mickey Mantle. The slam, off Marcelino Lopez, is Mickey's ninth. He ties Babe Ruth - not in home runs, but in games played as a Yankee.
- Bob Allison of the Twins suffers a broken left hand when hit by a Jim Lonborg pitch during Minnesota's 10 - 4 win over the Red Sox.
- The Red Sox sweep a doubleheader from the Indians, to run Boston's win streak to 10 games, all on the road. The Sox are now a half-game behind first-place Chicago. At Logan Airport, 10,000 fans are on hand to greet the Sox when they return.
- The disappointing Pirates continue to flounder, splitting a pair with the last-place Astros, dropping the opener thanks in large part to outsize slugging by the "Toy Cannon", Jimmy Wynn. Four of Houston's eight runs ride home on Wynn's two homers, the last of which is a three-run, tape-measure coup-de-grâce which puts Houston up by 8 before Pittsburgh even shows a pulse. The culminating "Cannon Shot" passes over the batting cage to the left of the 457-foot mark on the way out, putting it in the company of historic shots by Rogers Hornsby, Josh Gibson, Ralph Kiner, Dick Stuart and Roberto Clemente. As it turns out, the Pirates do eventually compete and what looked like icing will prove to be Houston's margin of victory as they hold on and outlast Pittsburgh, 8 - 5.
- Al Lopez undergoes an emergency appendectomy. Les Moss will serve as White Sox manager during his 36-game absence.
- For the first time, a NPB All-Star Game begins and ends with a homer. The Pacific League's Art Lopez takes the Central League's Gentaro Shimada deep on the first pitch of 1968 NPB All-Star Game 1 but the CL then shuts out the PL the rest of the way. At 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th, Shinichi Eto goes yard off Shigeo Ishii to win it.
- Willie McCovey hits two home runs as the National League beats the American League, 9 - 3, for its seventh straight All-Star Game win, with McCovey named All-Star MVP. Mel Stottlemyre starts for the AL when Denny McLain is late arriving from a dental appointment. An interesting sidelight is provided by Roberto Clemente's sole turn at bat. He strikes out at the hands of "Sudden" Sam McDowell but, on the way there, one swing of the bat will furnish Larry Dierker's most vivid memory from the game: "With all of the long balls, the one I remember most was hit by Roberto Clemente. The Great One hit it all the way into the upper deck, but it was foul. I had seen balls hit farther, but I had never seen a ball hit that far to the opposite field!"
- 1970 - At Wrigley Field, Milt Pappas shuts out the Reds in a Cubs 1 - 0 win. It is the only shutout of the year against the Reds, tying the National League record. Jim McGlothlin takes the loss.
- Pat Dobson wins his tenth straight for the Orioles, beating California, 4 - 3.
- Catfish Hunter is knocked out in the 7th inning, but before he exits he drives in four runs as Oakland beats Detroit and Mickey Lolich, 9 - 7. Sal Bando has two homers, while the Tigers hit 4.
- 1974 - The National League triumphs in the All-Star Game in Pittsburgh, winning, 7 - 2. Steve Garvey, elected as a starter as a write-in choice, is the game's MVP.
- 1975 - Willie Crawford and Lee Lacy connect for 9th-inning back-to-back pinch home runs off Bob Forsch, but the Dodgers lose anyway, 5 - 4, to the Cardinals. They are the second pair of Dodgers to pinch hit back-to-back homers.
- The Angels fire manager Dick Williams. Norm Sherry takes over the reins.
- In a game against the Taiyo Whales, Sadaharu Oh of the Yomiuri Giants hits his 700th home run, the only player in Japanese baseball to reach that number.
- 1977 - Paul Blair hits a 9th-inning three-run homer to give the Yankees' Ron Guidry a 3 - 1 victory over the Brewers.
- 1978 - Reggie Jackson returns to the team and the Yankees win their fifth straight, 3 - 1, over the White Sox. At the Chicago airport, Billy Martin, reacting to reporters' questions about Jackson and George Steinbrenner, replies: "The two deserve each other. One's a born liar; the other's convicted." The remarks will cost Billy his job. The next day, Martin resigns under pressure, giving way to Bob Lemon after a one-game interim by Dick Howser.
- 1979 - At Wrigley Field, the Reds and Cubs complete a game suspended on May 10th because the Cubs had to catch a plane. That contest was tied 7 - 7 after nine innings. Both teams score in the 11th and the Cubs win in the 18th on a run-scoring single by Steve Ontiveros. The Cubs then win the regularly-scheduled game, 2 - 1, with Willie Hernandez getting the victory.
- 1984 - The Angels' Mike Witt strikes out 16 Mariners in a 7 - 1 victory.
- 1985 - Oddibe McDowell becomes the first Texas Ranger to hit for the cycle, going 5 for 5 in an 8 - 4 win over Cleveland.
- 1986 - In Toronto's 6 - 2 win at Seattle, Tony Fernandez hits a single in the 7th with the ensuing rundown requiring five players to touch the ball a total of eight times, with the catcher getting the putout at second base.
- 1987 - The Red Sox waive Bill Buckner, the goat of last season's World Series loss to the Mets, and promote slugger Sam Horn from Pawtucket.
- Texas's Nolan Ryan notches his 308th career win in a 5 - 4 victory over the Red Sox. Rich Gossage garners his 308th career save in relief. The game marks Ryan's 545th consecutive start, surpassing Steve Carlton's major league record.
- During an 8 - 5 Chicago win, Cincinnati P Rob Dibble throws a ball at Cubs OF Doug Dascenzo as Dascenzo runs to first base. Dibble is fined by the league office, but not suspended. Cubs OF Andre Dawson bumps umpire Joe West and will be suspended for one game and fined $1,000.
- 1992 - White Sox C Carlton Fisk hits a triple in Chicago's 6 - 2 win over the Brewers. He becomes the oldest player to hit a triple, at age 44, since Pete Rose hit two in 1986 at age 45.
- 1995 - Oakland P Dave Stewart announces his retirement from baseball.
- The Pirates trade P Danny Darwin to the Astros in exchange for minor league P Rich Loiselle.
- In the pitchers' hell known as Coors Field, the Rockies take a pair from the Mets, out-slugging them, 10 - 7 and 11 - 10. The two games feature 59 hits, including eight home runs, off 17 pitchers. In the 1st inning of the nitecap, Dante Bichette, Andres Galarraga and Vinny Castilla hit consecutive homers off Pete Harnisch. Galarraga hits another in the 3rd, one of his six hits for the day.
- The Reds defeat the Phillies, 5 - 3, as SS Barry Larkin drives in all the Cincinnati runs on two home runs.
- At the Astrodome, San Diego's Rob Deer launches one of the highest balls ever hit, striking a cable holding up a loud speaker. It's declared a dead ball. The Pads don't need it as they win, 7 - 4.
- Following the Giants' 2-11 mark since the All-Star break, San Francisco picks up Joe Carter from Baltimore and Jose Mesa, Alvin Morman and Shawon Dunston from the Indians. The Giants send Steve Reed (1.48 ERA in 50 appearances) and minor leaguer Jacob Cruz to Cleveland, and Darin Blood to Baltimore. The Giants receive cash in both swaps.
- Baltimore C Lenny Webster's four hits - including a double and homer - and six ribbies power the Orioles to a 9 - 7 win over Oakland.
- The Mets obtain P Kenny Rogers from the Athletics for OF Terrence Long and P Leoner Vasquez.
- The Pirates obtain C Joe Oliver and C Humberto Cota from the Devil Rays for OF Jose Guillen and P Jeff Sparks. Guillen, who drove in 154 runs in his first two seasons, has been sub-par this year after arriving at spring training a month late due to visa problems. Pittsburgh is desperate for catching help following the injury of Jason Kendall earlier this month.
- The Astros hit four homers off Cardinal hurler Andy Benes to tie the major league record for homers allowed by one pitcher in an inning. The 2nd-inning uprising helps Houston set a team record for homers in one inning and tie a team record with six home runs for the game. The Astros win, 15 - 7. Benes is the 17th pitcher to surrender four homers in a single frame, and the second this year.
- After rejecting a trade to the Mets, Reds All-Star shortstop Barry Larkin agrees to a three-year, $27-million contract extension that will keep him Cincinnati until 2003.
- Behind Pedro Martinez, the Red Sox defeat the White Sox, 1 - 0. Martinez goes the distance, striking out 15 and not walking a batter.
- The Big Red Machine rolls into Cooperstown, delivering first baseman Tony Perez, manager Sparky Anderson and Reds announcer Marty Brennaman into the Baseball Hall of Fame along with 1975 Red Sox World Series rival Carlton Fisk. Also enshrined are 19th Century Cincinnati second baseman Bid McPhee and Negro League star "Turkey" Stearnes.
- 2001 - The Indians defeat the White Sox, 2 - 0, as C.C. Sabathia becomes the youngest pitcher to win 10 games in the majors since Ed Correa did so for the 1986 Texas Rangers.
- The Dodgers get IF Tyler Houston from the Brewers in exchange for pitchers Ben Diggins and Shane Nance.
- Celebrating his 29th birthday by hitting three homers in Boston's 22 - 4 rout of the Devil Rays, Nomar Garciaparra ties a major league record, becoming the 26th player to hit five home runs in two games. It is the Red Sox shortstop's second three-homer game; he also accomplished the feat against the Mariners on May 10, 1999. Garciaparra drives in eight.
- The Reds obtain P Brian Moehler and IF Matt Boone from the Tigers in exchange for IF David Espinosa and two players to be named. Moehler, 1-1 with a 2.29 ERA, will go 2-4 with a 6.02 ERA as a Red.
- 2005 - At SBC Park, uniform number 36 is added to the second deck of the left field bleachers, joining nine others as the Giants honor Gaylord Perry. The Hall of Famer, who won 134 of his 314 career victories with San Francisco, remembers his 37-year old son, Jack, who died last month of complications from leukemia.
- 2007 - Just back from bereavement leave following the death of his grandfather, Aaron Harang fans 10 Brewers in 10 innings. He gets a no-decision. It is the first 10+ inning performance by a Cincinnati Reds hurler since Rick Mahler in 1989.
- 2008 - All eight countries have announced their rosters for the 2008 Olympics. Rob Cordemans of the Netherlands and Pedro Luis Lazo of Cuba become the first four-time Olympians in baseball. The oldest player is 41-year-old Rhéal Cormier, who first played for Team Canada 20 years ago; he is older than Dutch manager Robert Eenhoorn and his pitching coach on Team Canada, Denis Boucher.
- 2009 - Mark Buehrle of the White Sox pitches the 18th perfect game in major league history in shutting down the Rays, 5 - 0. Dewayne Wise, inserted as a defensive substitute in the 9th, saves the gem by reaching over the left-center field fence to deprive Gabe Kapler of a home run. It is the second career no-hitter for Buehrle, who threw one on April 18, 2007. After the game, he receives a congratulatory phone call from President Barack Obama, a staunch White Sox fan.
- The Red Sox extend Seattle's losing streak to 14 games, tied for the longest in team history, with a 3 - 1 win at Fenway Park which is also Terry Francona's 1000th as Sox manager. Josh Beckett is the winner.
- Pittsburgh's stay on top of the NL Central is short-lived as they fall into second place with a 9 - 1 loss to the Cardinals, having lost three games in a row while the Redbirds won as many. Jaime Garcia is the winner over Kevin Correia while Lance Berkman and Yadier Molina hit home runs.
- Teams get an early start on the trading deadline, as a number of deals are consumated today. Most stunning is the Mariners sending OF Ichiro Suzuki to the Yankees in return for minor league Ps D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar. In other trades, the Marlins send P Anibal Sanchez and IF Omar Infante to the Tigers in return for P Jacob Turner and minor-leaguers Rob Brantly and Brian Flynn; in a major league first, the teams also swap picks in next season's amateur draft. The Angels acquire P Barry Enright from the Diamondbacks for future considerations, while the Cubs send P Ryan Dempster to the Braves, although that deal is pending Dempster's approval, which will not come.
- Hours after being acquired in a trade, Ichiro Suzuki singles off Kevin Millwood in his first at-bat as a Yankee in a 4 - 1 win over his former team, the Mariners. Hiroki Kuroda is the winner while Alex Rodriguez hits his 15th homer of the season.
- 2013 - The Orioles acquire veteran reliever Francisco Rodriguez from the Brewers for infield prospect Nick Delmonico.
- The Tigers shore up their bullpen with the acquisition of Joakim Soria from the Rangers in return for Ps Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel. Closer has proved to be a weak link for the Tigers this year, with Joe Nathan sporting a 5.89 ERA.
- Padres OF Cameron Maybin is handed a 25-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamines; he is the first major leaguer suspended for PED use this season.
- The A's make the first deal of the trading deadline season, sending P Scott Kazmir to the Astros in return for two minor leaguers, P Daniel Mengden and C Jacob Nottingham. In another deal, the Pirates re-acquire 3B Aramis Ramirez, who last played for them 12 years earlier, in return for P Yhonathan Barrios.
- The USA women's national team gets their first complete game no-hitter (they had a combined no-hitter in 2008). In the 2015 Pan American Games, Stacy Piagno blanks Puerto Rico. Piagno nearly has a perfect game, walking Lisandra Berrios but retiring every one else she faces. Brittany Gomez and Anna Kimbrell each have two runs and two RBI in the 9 - 0 win.
- 2016 - In a bizarre incident, White Sox ace Chris Sale is scratched from a scheduled start against the Tigers because of what General Manager Rick Hahn describes as a "clubhouse incident". Sale apparently was upset at this team's decision to wear throwback uniforms from the late 1970s, including their infamous dark blue long-collared jerseys, and in a fit of sartorial criticism, destroyed the uniforms with a pair of scissors. Matt Albers makes an emergency start wearing the Sox's 1980s white jerseys. Sale's tantrum will result in a five-day suspension handed by the ChiSox and he will be traded for a package of prospects after the season.
- In a doubleheader in the Gulf Coast League, both games end as seven-inning no-hitters tossed by the GCL Nationals against the GCL Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium in West Palm Beach, FL. In the opener, Joan Baez (6 innings) and Jose Jimenez (1 inning) combine on a 4 - 0 shutout, then in the second game Jared Johnson, making only his second professional start, starts off with four hitless innings before handing the ball to Gilberto Chu who finishes the feat by tossing three perfect frames, completing the 1-0 win.
- The Cubs defeat the Cardinals, 5 - 3, thanks to a two-run homer by Willson Contreras off Michael Wacha in the 6th, to clinch a first-place tie with the Brewers in the NL Central. Kyle Schwarber also homers for Chicago, while Randal Grichuk and Paul DeJong hit solo shots off Jose Quintana, who wins his second straight start since being acquired by the Cubs in a mid-season trade. Milwaukee has blown a 5 1/2 game lead since the All-Star break, while the Cubs had not been in first since June 6th.
- 2018 - The Red Sox continue their scorching pace as a 5 - 3 win over the Orioles, behind the pitching of Rick Porcello, puts them at 40 games above .500 for the first time since 1949. Ironically, that team had finished the year one game behind the Yankees.
- 2019 - The Yankees defeat the Twins, 14 - 12 in 10 innings in a game that features five lead changes and the Yankees coming back from 6 runs down at one point. Didi Gregorius has 5 hits and 7 RBIs, while Aaron Hicks ends it with a great diving catch in centerfield, robbing Max Kepler with the bases loaded. Both Taylor Rogers and Aroldis Chapman blow save opportunities in the 9th to force extra innings.
- Commissioner Rob Manfred springs a surprise on everyone as he announces a modified postseason format for this year only. There will be eight teams participating from each league: the two teams with the best records in each division, and the ones with the two next best records in the league. The teams will be seeded one to eight. The Wild Card Game will be replaced by a preliminary round with all teams participating, played in best-of-three format, with all games played in the better-ranked team's ballpark.
- In the most belated opening day in major league history, a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Yankees defeat the Nationals, 4 - 1 in an interleague game ended in the 6th inning by a violent thunderstorm. Without any spectators present, the nation's chief immunologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, throws a wild ceremonial first pitch at Nationals Park, before Giancarlo Stanton hits a two-run homer off Max Scherzer to put New York ahead to stay in the top of the 1st. The Yankees' prize off-season signing, Gerrit Cole, allows just one hit, a solo homer by Adam Eaton, in pitching an abbreviated complete game. As a reminder that the health crisis is still a reality, the Nationals play without LF Juan Soto, who tests positive for COVID-19 on the morning of the game.
- In the only other game played today, RF Mookie Betts makes his presence felt in his first game in a Dodgers uniform, one day after signing a $325-million contract extension, in an 8 - 1 win over the Giants. Rookie Dustin May, a last-minute replacement for scheduled opening day starter Clayton Kershaw, victim of a back injury, allows the Giants an early run, but it's all blue after that as Kiké Hernandez drives in 5 runs on 4 hits, while Betts starts a five-run rally in the 7th with his first hit for his new team, scoring the go-ahead run on a close play at home.
- 2021 - The Cleveland baseball team announces it will be called the Cleveland Guardians beginning in 2022. The name replaces the name "Indians" which had been used for over 100 years but has grown increasingly controversial over the past two decades.
- 1866 - Tub Welch, catcher (d. 1901)
- 1874 - Sport McAllister, infielder (d. 1962)
- 1876 - Ginger Beaumont, outfielder (d. 1956)
- 1876 - Harry Mathews, coach (d. 1945)
- 1880 - Lew Brockett, pitcher (d. 1960)
- 1881 - Ed Cermak, outfielder (d. 1911)
- 1889 - Lee Dressen, infielder (d. 1931)
- 1889 - Marty Purtell, minor league infielder and manager (d. 1970)
- 1889 - Jack Ridgway, pitcher (d. 1928)
- 1890 - Pete Schmidt, pitcher (d. 1973)
- 1891 - Jack Theis, pitcher (d. 1941)
- 1895 - Art Rico, catcher (d. 1919)
- 1897 - Hod Ford, infielder (d. 1977)
- 1897 - Cy Fried, pitcher (d. 1970)
- 1899 - Ed Holley, pitcher (d. 1986)
- 1899 - Chuck Rowland, catcher (d. 1992)
- 1900 - Jimmie Wilson, catcher, manager; All-Star (d. 1947)
- 1901 - Mack Hillis, infielder (d. 1961)
- 1907 - Saburo Miyatake, NPB infielder-pitcher; Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame (d. 1956)
- 1908 - Ival Goodman, outfielder; All-Star (d. 1984)
- 1910 - Paul Chervinko, catcher (d. 1976)
- 1912 - Clyde Spearman, outfielder (d. 1955)
- 1914 - Frank Croucher, infielder (d. 1980)
- 1915 - Hersh Lyons, pitcher (d. 2008)
- 1917 - Ray Scarborough, pitcher; All-Star (d. 1982)
- 1918 - Pee Wee Reese, infielder; All-Star, Hall of Famer (d. 1999)
- 1918 - Walter Sessi, outfielder (d. 1998)
- 1919 - Strick Shofner, infielder (d. 1998)
- 1922 - Mary Rountree, AAGPBL catcher (d. 2007)
- 1923 - Luis Aloma, pitcher (d. 1997)
- 1925 - René Solis, minor league pitcher (d. 2013)
- 1926 - Johnny Groth, outfielder (d. 2021)
- 1926 - Erk Russell, college coach (d. 2006)
- 1927 - Virgil Jester, pitcher (d. 2016)
- 1928 - Anthony Gubicza, minor league pitcher (d. 1991)
- 1931 - Fred Aug, minor league infielder (d. 2011)
- 1931 - Joe Stanka, pitcher (d. 2018)
- 1933 - Bert Convy, minor league outfielder (d. 1991)
- 1933 - Johnny James, pitcher
- 1936 - Don Drysdale, pitcher; All-Star, Hall of Famer (d. 1993)
- 1937 - Teo Acosta, minor league outfielder (d. 2004)
- 1937 - Dean Look, outfielder
- 1940 - Hank Allen, outfielder
- 1946 - Bert Bandy, minor league pitcher (d. 2010)
- 1950 - Joe Goddard, catcher
- 1959 - Steve Minor, scout (d. 2012)
- 1959 - Donald Vertommen, First Division outfielder
- 1961 - David Clarkson, Australian national team catcher
- 1961 - Chuck Crim, pitcher
- 1963 - Pat Pacillo, pitcher
- 1964 - Mike Gellinger, coach
- 1966 - Todd Butler, college coach
- 1966 - Len Picota, minor league pitcher and manager
- 1968 - Bubba Carpenter, outfielder
- 1969 - José Arza, Spanish national team infielder
- 1969 - Henry Mercedes, catcher
- 1970 - Johnny Cardenas, college coach
- 1971 - Dee Dowler, minor league outfielder
- 1972 - James Frisbie, minor league pitcher and manager
- 1973 - Nomar Garciaparra, infielder; All-Star
- 1973 - Keith Hattig, minor league infielder
- 1974 - Larry Barnes, infielder
- 1975 - Willy Valera, minor league player
- 1975 - Christopher Chavez, minor league pitcher
- 1977 - Mack Paciorek, minor league infielder
- 1978 - Nick Eppinga, Hoofdklasse outfielder
- 1978 - Jim Magrane, minor league pitcher
- 1979 - Joan Carlos Pedroso, Cuban leagues infielder
- 1980 - Rick Asadoorian, minor league outfielder-pitcher
- 1980 - Dallas McPherson, infielder
- 1981 - Jerome Delos Santos, Northern Mariana Islands national team infielder
- 1981 - Hong-Chih Kuo, pitcher; All-Star
- 1982 - Joe Mather, outfielder
- 1982 - Reynaldo Rodríguez, minor league infielder
- 1983 - Anthony Rebyanski, college coach
- 1984 - Danyells García, Serie Nacional infielder
- 1985 - Hsin-Chuan Wang, Taiwan national team infielder
- 1986 - Andrew Carignan, pitcher
- 1987 - Luis Sierra, minor league infielder-catcher
- 1989 - Stephen Pryor, pitcher
- 1989 - Kleininger Teran, minor league infielder
- 1990 - Zach Borenstein, minor league outfielder
- 1990 - Clayton Cook, minor league pitcher
- 1990 - Daniel Harms, Bundesliga pitcher
- 1991 - Matt Carasiti, pitcher
- 1991 - Ping-Chieh Chen, minor league infielder
- 1991 - Greg Brodzinski, coach
- 1992 - Ashton Goudeau, pitcher
- 1992 - Will West, minor league pitcher
- 1993 - Matt Hall, pitcher
- 1993 - Alberto Mineo, minor league catcher
- 1997 - Ji-hoon Choi, KBO outfielder
- 1997 - Daniel Gosselin, Greek national team pitcher
- 1997 - Matthias Zotti, Serie A1 pitcher
- 1896 - Jack Beach, outfielder (b. 1862)
- 1904 - Ernie Mason, pitcher (b. 1870)
- 1919 - J.M. Richards, umpire (b. 1859)
- 1920 - Buttercup Dickerson, outfielder (b. 1858)
- 1933 - Rip Williams, catcher (b. 1882)
- 1937 - Phil Saylor, pitcher (b. 1871)
- 1949 - John Anderson, outfielder (b. 1873)
- 1950 - Bill Lange, outfielder (b. 1871)
- 1957 - Norman Wann, college coach (b. 1882)
- 1962 - Ralph Shinners, outfielder (b. 1895)
- 1969 - Roy Mahaffey, pitcher (b. 1903)
- 1974 - Walter Signer, pitcher (b. 1910)
- 1975 - Art Mills, pitcher (b. 1903)
- 1977 - Parnell Woods, infielder, manager; All-Star (b. 1912)
- 1979 - Lefty West, pitcher (b. 1915)
- 1980 - Wally Snell, catcher (b. 1889)
- 1982 - Roberto Pena, infielder (b. 1937)
- 1983 - Neil Robinson, outfielder; All-Star (b. 1907)
- 1987 - James Bizzle, outfielder (b. 1920)
- 1988 - Ken Polivka, pitcher (b. 1921)
- 1994 - Leroy Williams, infielder (b. 1927)
- 1996 - Red Munger, pitcher; All-Star (b. 1918)
- 1996 - Ed Wineapple, pitcher (b. 1905)
- 1996 - Stuart Williams, minor league infielder and manager (b. 1922)
- 1997 - Jeff Cross, infielder (b. 1918)
- 2002 - Peter Bethel, Bahamas national team infielder (b. 1950)
- 2002 - Ned Martin, broadcaster (b. 1923)
- 2003 - Juan Delis, infielder (b. 1928)
- 2003 - Grady Wilson, infielder (b. 1922)
- 2005 - Tony Daniels, infielder (b. 1923)
- 2005 - Harvey Tomter, minor league pitcher (b. 1934)
- 2007 - Otis Davis, pinch runner (b. 1920)
- 2012 - Louise Nippert, owner (b. 1911)
- 2014 - Paul Tretiak, scout (b. 1926)
- 2018 - Lawrence Jaros, minor league pitcher (b. 1928)
- 2020 - Noel Jenke, minor league outfielder (b. 1946)
- 2021 - Benny Looper, scout (b. 1948)
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