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- 1880 - Fred Goldsmith of the Chicago White Stockings shuts out the Buffalo Bisons, 11 - 0, on two hits. Chicago extends its winning streak to 13 games, to set a new National League record.
- 1896 - The Cleveland Spiders takes advantage of 13 bases on balls and three wild pitches by a severely discontrolled Jouett Meekin, to beat the New York Giants, 11 - 5.
- 1897 - The Cincinnati Reds acquire slick first baseman and good hitter Jake Beckley from the New York Giants.
- 1904 - Dan McGann of the New York Giants collects five stolen bases in one game against the Brooklyn Superbas to set a major league record, a feat not duplicated until August 24, 1974, by Davey Lopes. Otis Nixon eventually will set a new mark with six stolen bases on June 16, 1991.
- 1909 - In an American League game featuring a major league record-setting 44 assists by both teams, the Cleveland Naps defeat the St. Louis Browns, 5 - 2. The National League-high assist marks of April 23, 1903 and May 15, 1909 (both between the New York Giants and Cincinnati Reds) fall short of today's record. Addie Joss for Cleveland and Barney Pelty for St. Louis are the pitchers as each team records 22 assists.
- 1911 - Art Fromme allow just one hit - a double by Honus Wagner in the 2nd inning - in pitching the Cincinnati Reds to a 1 - 0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- 1912 - New York Giants pitcher Red Ames steals home in the 5th inning of a 6 - 2 victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers.
- 1923 - At the Polo Grounds, Philadelphia Phillies slugger Cy Williams hits his 18th home run of the season, and his 15th of May, to set a new major league record for the month. The homer comes off New York Giants pitcher Rosy Ryan.
- 1937 - Carl Hubbell earns his 24th consecutive victory over two seasons and Mel Ott hits a 9th-inning home run as the New York Giants defeat the Cincinnati Reds, 3 - 2. Hubbell wins the game in relief. His 24-win string started on July 17, 1936.
- 1939 - For the first time in his career, Charlie Gehringer of the Detroit Tigers hits for the cycle, in a 12 - 5 win against the St. Louis Browns. Gehringer does it in order - single, double, triple, home run.
- 1946 - The outlaw Mexican League scuttles its competition, Mexico's only league entry in organized baseball. There are now 43 minor leagues for 1946. No other minor leagues will fold this year.
- 1955 - Norm Zauchin of the Boston Red Sox hits three home runs with a double and ten RBI in the first five innings of a 16 - 0 victory over the Washington Senators.
- 1958 - Kokutetsu Swallows ace Masaichi Kaneda has his Nippon Pro Baseball-record consecutive shutout streak end at 64 1/3 IP. Hiromu Fujii of the Hiroshima Carp takes him deep to end the streak.
- 1960 - Baltimore Orioles catcher Clint Courtney uses an oversized mitt in an effort to handle the pitches of knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm. The mitt, designed by Baltimore manager Paul Richards, is 50 percent larger than the standard. Courtney handles Wilhelm's pitches flawlessly in a 3 - 2 win over the Yankees. The oversized mitt will later be banned.
- 1964 - Roberto Clemente's longest clout? Not nearly. His longest out? Could be. In the 8th inning, with a runner on second and two men out, with the Pirates down by two, Clemente tees off and delivers what is quite possibly the longest out of his career, a missile headed for the deepest reaches of Forbes Field but one that is collared by the Phillies' Tony Gonzalez near the flag pole, some 450 feet away.
- Major League Baseball expands outside the confines of the United States as the National League announces expansion for the first time in seven years, awarding franchises to Montreal as well as San Diego, to begin play next season.
- Today is the only day on which two Hall of Famers are born: Jeff Bagwell in Boston, MA and Frank Thomas in Columbus, GA. Both will rank among the best sluggers and all-around hitters of the 1990s and 2000s and they will be their league's respective MVP in 1994.
- 1974 - Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Ken Brett no-hits the San Diego Padres until the 9th inning, settling for a two-hit, 6 - 0 shutout in the first game of the doubleheader. In the second game, Brett's two-run pinch-triple gives Pittsburgh an 8 - 7 victory.
- 1988 - Dwight Evans of the Boston Red Sox collects his 2,000th career hit in a 3 - 2 loss to the Oakland Athletics.
- 1993 - Former Atlanta Braves All-Star Dale Murphy announces his retirement from baseball. The two-time National League MVP retires with a .265 batting average, 398 home runs and 1,266 runs batted in.
- 1997 - Ken Griffey, Jr. of the Seattle Mariners breaks his own major league record for home runs hit through May by connecting for his 23rd of the season in an 11 - 10 loss to Minnesota. Griffey breaks the mark he set in 1994 with 22 homers. In the same game, Mariners second baseman Joey Cora extends his hitting streak to 22 games, to set a team record and tie the American League mark for switch-hitters.
- The St. Louis Cardinals pay tribute to Dizzy Dean by dedicating a statue of the Hall of Fame pitcher by sculptor Harry Weber outside Busch Stadium. Dean joins Stan Musial, Red Schoendienst, Enos Slaughter, Bob Gibson, and Lou Brock who have also been honored in such a manner.
- The Cincinnati Reds retire the Number 24 jersey worn by Hall of Famer Tony Perez, making it just the sixth to be retired by the oldest professional baseball organization. The former first baseman joins Fred Hutchinson (1), Johnny Bench (5), Joe Morgan (8), Ted Kluszewski (18) and Frank Robinson (20) in this hallowed club. Ken Griffey, Jr., after being acquired by the Reds in the off-season, agrees to switch his uniform number from 24 to 30, the number worn by his father, Ken Griffey Sr., as a member of the Big Red Machine.
- 2001 - Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hits the 12,000th home run in Giants history. The home run comes off Colorado Rockies pitcher Denny Neagle in the 1st inning of a Giants 5 - 4 victory at Pacific Bell Park.
- 2003 - In Atlanta, Georgia, the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a decision preventing the Florida attorney general from investigating Major League Baseball's 2001 attempt to eliminate two teams. The 11th circuit decision, by Judges Gerald B. Tjoflat, Susan H. Black and Richard W. Goldberg, is based on the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and state law rather than the sport's antitrust exemption and is considered to be a major victory by the commissioner's office.
- 2004 - Carlos Peña of the Detroit Tigers goes 6 for 6 with two home runs, five RBI and four runs in a 17 - 7 victory over Kansas City.
- 2006 - At Fenway Park, Curt Schilling becomes the 104th pitcher in major league history to reach 200 wins in the 6 - 4 triumph over Tampa Bay. Trot Nixon has three RBI, Mark Loretta goes 3 for 5 with an RBI, and Jonathan Papelbon notches his 18th save in as many opportunities from the start of his career, extending his major league record. Schilling becomes only the fourth pitcher to earn his 200th win while in a Red Sox uniform, joining Lefty Grove (1934), Ferguson Jenkins (1976) and Luis Tiant (1978).
- 2008 - The Indians complete a triple steal during a 8 - 2 win over the ChiSox. It is the first in the majors in 21 years. With a 5 - 2 score in the 6th and the bases loaded, Ehren Wassermann tries to pick Jamey Carroll off first base. While Carroll is in a rundown, David Dellucci dashes for home and beats Paul Konerko's throw to Toby Hall. Grady Sizemore swipes third on the play while Carroll successfully makes it to second.
- 2009 - The Twins beat the Red Sox, 4 - 2, taking advantage of Boston wildness. The Red Sox throw six wild pitches, tying the modern major league record. Daisuke Matsuzaka throws four, the first Red Sox hurler to do so since Milt Gaston in 1929.
- Mike Pelfrey pitches the Mets' third consecutive shutout over the Phillies, 3 - 0 at Citi Field. The Phillies' hitting woes started even before coming to New York, when they were shut out for eight innings by veteran knuckleballer Tim Wakefield two days before facing the Mets. The Mets' own knuckleballer, R.A. Dickey, baffled the Phils in the first game of the series, followed by Japanese rookie Hisanori Takahashi in the second game. The Mets have only swept a series with three shutouts one other time in their history, during their Amazin' year of 1969, also against Philadelphia.
- Jason Hammel of the Rockies sets a personal best with eight strikeouts before he runs into trouble in the 6th inning of a game against the Diamondbacks. He departs with a 3 - 2 lead, but the Rockies' hitters go on a late-game power surge, with Seth Smith, Carlos Gonzalez and Ryan Spilborghs hitting consecutive 7th-inning home runs to seal an 8 - 2 win. The Rockies have won seven of eight, keeping pace in the surprisingly competitive NL West with the San Diego Padres, who have been making headlines with a sub-3.00 team ERA, and the surging Los Angeles Dodgers, who are 17-7 in May.
- The Red Sox win their 12th game in their last 14 to move into first place in the AL East. Today, they roll for a 6 - 3 win over Detroit behind ageless pitcher Tim Wakefield and homers by Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford.
- SS Brandon Crawford hits a grand slam in his first major league game to lead the Giants to a 5 - 4 win over Milwaukee. Tim Lincecum is the winner over Shaun Marcum. The Giants get a scare in the 8th when Prince Fielder bowls over C Eli Whiteside in a collision at the plate; the play comes only two days after starting catcher Buster Posey was lost for the season with a broken ankle as the result of a similar collision, but Whiteside is okay and can complete the game.
- The Rockies and Reds combine for nine home runs, the most ever hit in a single game at Great American Ballpark, as the Reds prevail, 7 - 5. Mat Latos allows five hits in 7 1/3 innings - all of them solo homers - to pick up the win; Jamie Moyer who has surrendered more long balls than anyone in major league history, adds another four to his total. Eight different players go deep, with Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez the only man to do so twice.
- Paul Konerko hits his 400th homer in a White Sox uniform, a three-run shot off Ubaldo Jimenez in the 4th, to lead Chicago to a 12 - 6 win over Cleveland, completing a three-game sweep. Konerko is now batting .399 for the year and the Sox have moved to within half a game of the AL Central-leading Indians.
- 2013 - Yu Darvish adds to his major league-leading strikeout total by fanning 14 batters, matching a career high, but he gives up a two-run game-tying homer to Didi Gregorius in the 8th, and the Rangers surrender another run in the 9th, as Arizona completes a doubleheader sweep, 5 - 3 and 5 - 4. The D-Backs' Tyler Skaggs strikes out nine and picks up the win in the opener in a one-day call-up from the minors.
- 2014 - Things have not been going so well on the mound for Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo this year, but today it's with his bat that he gives his team a win. Called upon as a pinch-hitter in the 10th inning against the Orioles, he hits a double off T.J. McFarland to drive in Mark Reynolds from first base for a 7 - 6 win. The Orioles had walked Reynolds intentionally with two outs and the bases empty, knowing P Francisco Rodriguez was due up next and that Milwaukee had used all of its position players already. However, Gallardo, who boasts a lifetime .202 batting average and 12 homers, makes them pay for their presumption that pitchers cannot hit.
- The Dodgers and Braves complete a six-player trade, with 3B Juan Uribe and P Chris Withrow headed to Atlanta in return for IF Alberto Callaspo and Ps Eric Stults, Ian Thomas and Juan Jaime. Callaspo originally blocked the trade, as is his right as a player who was signed as a free agent before the season, but changes his mind after thinking about it for a day.
- Cubs pitcher Jon Lester sets a new record for most hitless at bats from the start of a career by going 0 for 2 in a game against the Nationals. Coming into the game, he had been tied with Joey Hamilton with 57 fruitless at-bats.
- SUNY Cortland wins the 2015 Division III College World Series for their first national title. Trailing the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 2 - 1, in the 9th, Cortland scores five times in the inning to avoid a Game 3. Nick Hart singles in Matthew Michalski with the tying run and Justin Teague with the winning run. Seth Lamando gets the win and Conrad Ziemendorf is named Most Outstanding Player.
- 2018 - A game between between the Astros and Indians begins as a pitcher's duel between Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, former college teammates and rivals at UCLA, but ends with a 10 - 9 Indians win in 14 innings. Bauer strikes out 13 in 7 1/3 innings for Cleveland, while Cole has eight in seven innings. Both bullpens falter however, as Houston scores six runs in the 8th, but Cleveland comes back with five in the bottom of the 9th to force extra innings. Evan Gattis hits a three-run homer off Ben Taylor for the Astros, before three relievers allow seven hits to the Indians in the 9th, with a two-out, two-run single by Michael Brantley being the key blow. The two teams exchange solo home runs in the 13th, with Gattis going deep again and Yonder Alonso replying, before Greg Allen homers off Brad Peacock's first pitch of the bottom of the 14th to end the game.
- 2019 - Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers continues to have a superlative season. Today, in a 9 - 5 win over the Mets, he hits his 19th homer of the year and also throws out two baserunners. He nabs Michael Conforto at home in the 1st, and then gets Carlos Gomez at third base in the 8th, completing a double play on a throw from just in front of the warning track in right field.
- The Cubs' Javier Baez is at the center of one of the wildest baserunning plays anyone has ever seen. With two outs in the 3rd inning and Willson Contreras on second base, he hits what looks like a routine inning-ending grounder to third base. However, Pirates 3B Erik Gonzalez throws wildly to first base, pulling 1B Will Craig off the bag, towards home. Baez abruptly stops running, and retreats towards home, and Craig, instead of simply touching the nearby bag to end the inning, begins to chase him. Meanwhile, Contreras has never stopped running and is about to cross home plate. Craig sees him and relays to C Michael Perez, but his throw is high and Contreras slides safely under the tag. Seeing this, Baez, who has practically returned to home plate by that point, turns around again and dashes back towards first base. Had 2B Adam Frazier thought to cover the bag, Baez would have been put out easily and Contreras' run would have been erased, but Frazier is still dashing to reach the base as well, and Perez's throw ends up in right field. Not only is Baez not put out, he makes it all the way to second base on a play that brings back fond memories of Little League baseball mayhem to everyone who witnesses it.
- Curaçao Neptunus beats the Hoofddorp Pioniers, 3 - 2. Diegomar Markwell wins his 150th Hoofdklasse game, tying Bart Volkerijk for second all-time behind former teammate Rob Cordemans. Kevin Kelly saves Markwell's historic win, while Dudley Leonora gets three hits and Stijn van der Meer drives in a pair for the offensive support.
- 2022 - Down 8 - 2 heading into the top of the 7th against the Red Sox, the Orioles score ten unanswered runs over the last three innings to win the game, 12 - 8. The comeback includes a three-run homer by Jorge Mateo off Jake Diekman in the 7th, a two-run shot by Austin Hays off John Schreiber when the Birds tie the score in the 8th, and a four-run outburst against Matt Strahm and Hirokazu Sawamura in the 9th, with Anthony Santander, who collects three RBIs in the game, driving in the go-ahead run. It had been six years since the Orioles had last erased a six-run deficit.
- 1843 - John Rogers, owner (d. 1910)
- 1849 - Jimmy Hallinan, infielder (d. 1879)
- 1851 - George Walton, umpire (d. 1927)
- 1862 - Ed Crane, pitcher (d. 1896)
- 1874 - Lefty Hopper, pitcher (d. 1959)
- 1882 - Bill Ludwig, catcher (d. 1947)
- 1894 - Frank Snyder, catcher (d. 1962)
- 1895 - Manuel Oliveros, minor league manager; Salón de la Fama (d. 1983)
- 1903 - Ted Stockard, infielder (d. 1962)
- 1908 - Euel Moore, pitcher (d. 1989)
- 1908 - Samuel Thompson, pitcher (d. 1978)
- 1909 - Pinky Higgins, infielder, manager; All-Star (d. 1969)
- 1912 - Terry Moore, outfielder, manager; All-Star (d. 1995)
- 1913 - Hal Spindel, catcher (d. 2002)
- 1914 - Johnny Welaj, outfielder (d. 2003)
- 1916 - John Dudra, infielder (d. 1965)
- 1924 - Tom Hurd, pitcher (d. 1982)
- 1926 - Harvey Gentry, pinch hitter (d. 2018)
- 1929 - George O'Donnell, pitcher (d. 2012)
- 1933 - Ted Rogers, owner (d. 2008)
- 1934 - Ray Daviault, pitcher (d. 2020)
- 1935 - Jerry Kindall, infielder (d. 2017)
- 1938 - Fred Bruckbauer, pitcher (d. 2007)
- 1941 - Dan Ardell, infielder
- 1944 - Jim Holt, outfielder (d. 2019)
- 1947 - Bill Marchant, college coach (d. 2016)
- 1948 - Gary Nolan, pitcher; All-Star
- 1949 - Terry Collins, , manager
- 1949 - Mark Connor, coach
- 1951 - Melissa Ludtke, writer
- 1954 - Mike Ondina, minor league outfielder
- 1954 - Nobuhiro Takashiro, NPB infielder
- 1955 - Ross Baumgarten, pitcher
- 1956 - Bud Anderson, pitcher
- 1956 - Mark Clear, pitcher; All-Star
- 1958 - Hua-Wei Lin, Taiwan national team infielder and manager
- 1959 - Ron Tingley, catcher
- 1963 - Scott Jordan, outfielder
- 1963 - Edwin Nunez, pitcher
- 1964 - Ray Young, NPB pitcher
- 1965 - Jacob Brumfield, outfielder
- 1966 - John Jaha, infielder; All-Star
- 1966 - Jaime Roseboro, minor league outfielder
- 1966 - Jim Vatcher, outfielder
- 1968 - Jeff Bagwell, infielder; All-Star
- 1968 - Ota Kaňok, Extraliga outfielder; Czech Baseball Hall of Fame
- 1968 - Frank Thomas, infielder; All-Star; Hall of Fame
- 1969 - Todd Hundley, catcher; All-Star
- 1969 - Dennis McCaffery, minor league outfielder
- 1972 - Hirotoshi Kitagawa, NPB infielder
- 1973 - Atsushi Fukaya, NPB umpire
- 1974 - Kazuhiko Shiotani, NPB catcher
- 1976 - Joel Fuentes, minor league infielder
- 1977 - Mike Caruso, infielder
- 1980 - Shih-Hua Wang, CPBL infielder
- 1981 - Danny Betancourt, Cuban League pitcher
- 1983 - Justin Orenduff, minor league pitcher
- 1983 - Takayuki Terauchi, NPB infielder
- 1984 - Miguel Gonzalez, pitcher
- 1984 - Justin Vaclavik, minor league pitcher
- 1985 - Chien-Ming Chiang, NPB pitcher
- 1985 - Takehiro Donoue, NPB outfielder
- 1986 - Brendan Lafferty, minor league pitcher
- 1988 - Brad Boxberger, pitcher; All-Star
- 1989 - Kyle Hald, minor league pitcher
- 1990 - Saliya Wijesinghe, Sri Lankan national team pitcher
- 1991 - Jairo Diaz, pitcher
- 1991 - Matt Soren, minor league pitcher
- 1993 - Tanner Anderson, pitcher
- 1993 - Philipp Brenner, Austrian national team infielder
- 1994 - Jose Berrios, pitcher; All-Star
- 1994 - Josh Guyer, minor league pitcher
- 1994 - Grayson Long, minor league pitcher
- 1994 - Danny Young, pitcher
- 1995 - Yoan Moncada, infielder
- 1995 - Wo-Sau Pun, Hong Kong national team outfielder
- 1995 - Frankie Rios, minor league infielder
- 1995 - Fabián Vizcaino, minor league catcher
- 1996 - Isan Diaz, infielder
- 1999 - Nick Gonzales, minor league infielder
- 2000 - Ignacio Castro, Peruvian national team catcher
- 1917 - Tom Ford, pitcher (b. 1866)
- 1921 - Gil Hatfield, infielder (b. 1855)
- 1937 - Frank Grant, Negro League infielder; Hall of Famer (b. 1865)
- 1945 - Walter Carlisle, outfielder (b. 1883)
- 1947 - Ed Konetchy, infielder (b. 1885)
- 1947 - Harry Sage, catcher (b. 1864)
- 1949 - Jim Canavan, infielder (b. 1866)
- 1952 - Lew Ritter, catcher (b. 1875)
- 1953 - Jesse Burkett, outfielder; Hall of Famer (b. 1868)
- 1954 - Manuel Stewart, infielder (b. 1922)
- 1956 - Freddy Sale, pitcher (b. 1902)
- 1963 - Dave Jolly, pitcher (b. 1924)
- 1964 - Lou Jorda, umpire (b. 1893)
- 1966 - Red Rowe, minor league catcher and manager (b. 1887)
- 1968 - Herman Bronkie, infielder (b. 1885)
- 1968 - Rip Collins, pitcher (b. 1896)
- 1968 - Charlie Jackson, outfielder (b. 1894)
- 1969 - Lou Jackson, outfielder (b. 1935)
- 1971 - Jack Doscher, pitcher (b. 1880)
- 1979 - Norm Glaser, pitcher (b. 1894)
- 1981 - Elmer Leonard, pitcher (b. 1888)
- 1990 - José Del Vecchio, promoter (b. 1917)
- 1992 - Akira Takahashi, NPB pitcher (b. 1931)
- 1993 - Tomás Arroyo, minor league pitcher; Salon de la Fama (b. 1926)
- 1993 - Rex Carr, scout (b. 1915)
- 2000 - Maurice Richard, minor league infielder (b. 1921)
- 2002 - Luís Fiuza, Cuban national team pitcher (b. 1928)
- 2006 - Paul Gleason, minor league player (b. 1939)
- 2010 - Lou Arnold, AAGPBL pitcher (b. 1923)
- 2011 - Bill Harris, pitcher (b. 1930)
- 2014 - Roberto Vargas, pitcher (b. 1929)
- 2015 - Jack Baker, college coach (b. 1936)
- 2016 - Jack Allen, minor league manager (b. 1935)
- 2016 - Louise Sauer, AAGPBL pitcher (b. 1929)
- 2018 - Russell Buhite, minor league infielder (b. 1938)
- 2019 - Bill Buckner, infielder; All-Star (b. 1949)
- 2019 - Kelly Paris, infielder (b. 1957)
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