|This Date In Baseball|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 20 April 2012 19:01|
Compiled By PAUL MONTELLA|
By The Associated Press
1876 - In the first National League game, Joseph Borden of Boston beat the hometown Philadelphia team 6-5.
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 at Washington 3-1 before 11,950 fans.
1915 - Pinstripes first appeared on Yankees uniforms.
1922 - Ken Williams of the St. Louis Browns hit three home runs against Chicago.
1934 - Chicago's Lon Warneke pitched his second consecutive one-hitter, beating St. Louis and Dizzy Dean 15-2.
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 recipient 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 Mets struck out the last 10 Padres he faced for a 2-1 victory over San Diego. He gave up two hits and finished with a total of 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 when they lost 2-1 to the Cincinnati Reds.
1991 - San Francisco's Robby Thompson hit for the cycle in a 7-5 loss to the San Diego Padres. Thompson tripled in the first, homered in the third, singled in the sixth and doubled in the 9th.
1993 - Chris Bosio pitched a no-hitter to give the Seattle Mariners a 7-0 win over the Boston Red Sox.
2006 - The Milwaukee Brewers became the first major league team in 40 years to hit five home runs in one inning, beating the Reds 11-0. Three other teams have accomplished the feat: the 1939 New York Giants, 1949 Philadelphia Phillies and 1961 San Francisco Giants - all against Cincinnati as well.
2007 - The Boston Red Sox hit four straight home runs against the New York Yankees, tying a major league record. Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek connected in a span of 10 pitches during the third inning against Chase Wright, who was making his second major league start for New York. Boston won 7-6.
2008 - Atlanta's John Smoltz became the 16th pitcher in major league history to reach the 3,000-strikeout plateau in the Braves' 6-0 loss to the Washington Nationals. Smoltz fanned Felipe Lopez in the third inning, his fourth of the game, to reach the mark.
2010 - The Milwaukee Brewers piled up 25 hits to trounce Pittsburgh 20-0, the most-lopsided loss in Pirates history. Milwaukee matched a club mark for margin of victory and set a record for its biggest shutout win.
Today's birthday: Dee Gordon 24.
1903 - The New York Highlanders won their first game as a major league team, 7-2 over the Washington Senators.
1913 - New York Giants ace Christy Mathewson beat the Phillies 3-1, throwing just 67 pitches.
1939 - Rookie Ted Williams went 4-for-5, including his first major league home run, but the Red Sox lost to Philadelphia 12-8 at Fenway Park.
1946 - Ed Head of the Brooklyn Dodgers no-hit the Boston Braves 5-0 at Ebbets Field. Head was making his first start after a year's military service.
1952 - Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians and Bob Cain of the St. Louis Browns matched one-hitters. Cain wound up as the winner, 1-0.
1952 - Hoyt Wilhelm of the Giants hit a home run at the Polo Grounds in his first major league at-bat. He was the winner, too, and pitched 1,070 games in the majors - but never hit another homer.
1954 - Hank Aaron hit the first home run of his major league career. The drive came against Vic Raschi in the Milwaukee Braves' 7-5 victory over St. Louis.
1962 - After an 0-9 start, the expansion New York Mets won their first game 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.
1999 - Fernando Tatis hit two grand slams in one inning to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 12-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tatis became the first player in major league history to hit two grand slams in one inning and set a record with eight RBIs in one inning.
2000 - Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada each homered from both sides of the plate as the Yankees beat Toronto 10-7. It is the first time that feat has been accomplished by two players on the same team in the same game.
2007 - Alex Rodriguez became the first player in major league history to hit 14 homers in the first 18 games of a season and tied the record for April homers, connecting in the second and ninth innings of the New York Yankees' 10-8 loss to Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
2008 - The Chicago Cubs won their 10,000th game, joining the Giants as the only franchise to reach that mark with a 7-6 10-inning victory at Colorado.
2009 - Ichiro Suzuki lined James Shields' second pitch of the game for a home run, the only run of Seattle's 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. It was the 22nd time a leadoff homer was the deciding run in a game, and it was just the second time it happened for the Mariners.
Today's birthdays: Emilio Bonifacio 27; Andruw Jones 35.
1901 - Chicago defeated Cleveland 8-2 in the first American League game. Three other scheduled games were rained out. The game lasted 1 hour, 30 minutes in front of a reported crowd of 14,000 at the Chicago Cricket Club.
1911 - Battle Creek of the South Michigan League turned two triple plays in the first two innings against Grand Rapids.
1917 - George Mogridge of the New York Yankees pitched a no-hitter against the Red Sox in Boston, winning 2-1.
1931 - Chicago's Rogers Hornsby hit three consecutive homers to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-6 at Forbes Field.
1947 - Johnny Mize of the New York Giants hit three consecutive homers in a 14-5 loss in Boston. It was a major league-record fifth time in his career that Mize hit three home runs in one game.
1958 - Lee Walls hit three homers and drove in eight runs as the Chicago Cubs routed the Los Angeles Dodgers 15-2 at the Coliseum.
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 Mets beat the San Francisco Giants 7-6.
1994 - Julio Franco and Robin Ventura twice hit back-to-back homers in Chicago's 7-6 loss to Detroit.
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 highest run total against the Tigers in 84 years, matching the mark set in a 24-2 loss to the Philadelphia Athletics on May 18, 1912.
1998 - Moises Alou drove in five runs and Carl Everett homered from each side of the plate to lead Houston to an 8-4 win over Montreal.
2007 - Oakland set a major league record in a 4-2 win over Baltimore, keeping the Orioles off the scoreboard in the first inning. It was the 20th straight game in which the A's did not allow a first-inning run, a record for the start of the season.
Today's birthdays: Aaron Cunningham 26; Carlos Beltran 35; Chipper Jones 40; Omar Vizquel 45.
1901 - In the opener at Detroit's Bennett Park, the Tigers beat Milwaukee in 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 pitcher Jack Chesbro recorded the first of his 41 victories on the season, an American League record that still stands.
1933 - Yankees pitcher Russ Van Atta made a spectacular debut by blanking Washington 16-0 and going 4-for-4.
1976 - Cubs center fielder Rick Monday rescued the American flag from two trespassers who tried to set it on fire in the outfield of Dodger Stadium. The incident happened in the fourth inning of a 5-4, 10-inning loss to Los Angeles.
1977 - The Cincinnati Reds romped to a 23-9 victory over the Braves in Atlanta. The Reds tied a National League record by scoring 12 runs in the fifth inning off three Braves pitchers. 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 layoff as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Florida Marlins 8-7. Players had gone on strike the previous season.
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 in all, including three in one inning as the Indians beat the Brewers 11-4.
2001 - Rickey Henderson of the Padres set the major league walks record with his 2,063rd base on balls in San Diego's 5-3 loss to Philadelphia.
2009 - Albert Pujols hit his second grand slam of the season and surpassed 1,000 career RBIs in St. Louis' 8-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
Today's birthdays: Danny Espinosa 25; Robert Andino 28; J.P. Howell 29.
1902 - Cleveland's Addie Joss pitched a one-hitter in his major league debut. Joss allowed a scratch single to Jessie Burkett as the Indians beat the St. Louis Browns 3-0.
1905 - Jack McCarthy of the Cubs threw out three runners at the plate, each of whom became the second out of a double play. McCarthy's defense preserved a 2-1 win over the Pirates.
1941 - The Chicago Cubs became the first major league team to install an organ at their ballpark. Roy Nelson took to the keyboard and played a pregame program.
1951 - Connie Marrero of Washington pitched a one-hitter for a 2-1 win over Philadelphia. The one hit was a homer by Barney McCosky. Joe Coleman, the losing pitcher served up solo homers to Mickey Vernon and Gil Coan.
1952 - Detroit's Art Houtteman had his no-hit bid broken up on a two-out ninth-inning hit by Harry Simpson but the Tigers routed the Indians 13-0.
1955 - New York's Bob Turley pitched a one-hitter and struck 10 to lead the Yankees to a 5-0 win over the Chicago White Sox.
1961 - Roger Maris of the New York Yankees began his successful run at Babe Ruth's single-season home run record with the first of his 61 homers, connecting in the fifth inning against Detroit right-hander Paul Foytack.
1970 - Willie McCovey and Dick Dietz each hit grand slams as the San Francisco beat Montreal 11-1 in the first game of a doubleheader. McCovey added another homer to back Mike McCormick's win.
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. Ted Simmons singled to lead off the second inning.
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 as he allowed only Ron Kittle's check-swing single in the second inning.
1994 - Baltimore's Brady Anderson has four extra-base hits in the Orioles' 10-4 win over Oakland. Anderson's two doubles and two homers came while leading off an 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.
2002 - Odalis Perez was perfect for six innings as Los Angeles beat the Cubs 10-0 at Wrigley Field, but he wound up with a one-hitter after speedy Corey Patterson beat out a bad-hop infield single leading off the seventh. Perez faced the minimum 27 batters in his first career shutout.
2005 - Alex Rodriguez hit three home runs and had a career-high 10 RBIs to lead the New York Yankees over the Los Angeles Angels 12-4. Rodriguez homered in his first three at-bats, including his 11th career grand slam in the fourth.
Today's birthdays: Sean Rodriguez 27; Kosuke Fukudome 35; Geoff Blum 39.
1909 - The Chicago White Sox win their third straight 1-0 game over St. Louis in three days.
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.
1929 - Brooklyn relief pitcher Clise Dudley homered on the first major league pitch he saw at Philadelphia's Baker Bowl.
1930 - Chicago White Sox first baseman Bud Clancy had no chances in a nine-inning game against St. Louis.
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 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.
2000 - Chicago White Sox shortstop Jose Valentin hit for the cycle and drove in five runs in a 13-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Valentin hit the cycle in single, double, triple and home run order.
2002 - Derek Lowe, who struggled to keep his job as a closer last season, pitched a no-hitter against Tampa Bay. Brent Abernathy was the only baserunner Lowe allowed in Boston's 10-0 victory.
2003 - Kevin Millwood pitched a no-hitter to lead the Philadelphia Phillies over the San Francisco Giants 1-0. Millwood struck out 10 and walked three.
2005 - Mark Grudzielanek hit for the cycle in his first four at-bats in St. Louis' 6-3 victory over Milwaukee.
2005 - Jose Mesa earned his 300th career save in Pittsburgh's 2-0 victory over Houston. Mesa became the 19th pitcher in major league history with 300.
2007 - Kirk Radomski, a former New York Mets clubhouse employee, pleaded guilty to distributing steroids to major league players for a decade and agreed to help baseball's steroids investigators.
2009 - West Virginia State's Bo Darby hit home runs in five consecutive at-bats over two games, including four in one contest. The sophomore outfielder homered in his first four trips to the plate against Salem International. He also connected in his final at-bat two days earlier against the University of Charleston. Darby homered twice more in the second game of the doubleheader, giving him six for the day with 14 RBIs.
2009 - Colorado's Dexter Fowler tied a modern-day rookie mark with five stolen bases in the Rockies' 12-7 win over San Diego. Fowler gave the Padres fits all night, becoming the first rookie to steal that many bases since Damian Jackson on June 28, 1999. That contest also involved Colorado and San Diego.
Today's birthday: Chris Carpenter 37.
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.
1934 - Detroit's Goose Goslin hit into four double plays, but the Tigers still beat Cleveland 4-1.
1945 - Chicago's Hank Wyse pitched a one-hitter over Pittsburgh for a 6-0 win. The only Pirate hit was by Bill Salkeld in the eighth inning.
1956 - Cincinnati rookie Frank Robinson hit the first home run of his 586 lifetime homers in a 9-1 win over Chicago. Robinson's homer came off Paul Minner in Crosley Field.
1961 - Warren Spahn, at the age of 40, no-hit the San Francisco Giants 1-0 at Milwaukee.
1966 - Cleveland's Sonny Siebert defeated the Angels 2-1 as the Indians tied the modern major league record with their 10th straight win since opening day.
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.
1982 - Philadelphia's Pete Rose went 5-for-5 to tie Max Carey for the NL record with nine career five-hit games. The Phillies scored six runs in the top of the ninth to beat Los Angeles 9-3.
1988 - The winless Baltimore Orioles set an American League record by losing their 21st straight, falling to the Minnesota Twins 4-2.
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.
1989 - Toronto's Nelson Liriano broke up a no-hitter in the ninth inning for the second time in six days ending Kirk McCaskill's bid with a pinch-hit double. McCaskill settled for a one-hitter as California won 9-0.
1999 - Colorado's Larry Walker hit three home runs and drove in eight runs to lead the Rockies to a 9-7 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
2002 - The Angels defeated the Blue Jays 8-5 as SS David Eckstein hits a grand slam for the second day in a row, hitting a 14th inning blast off Pedro Borbon a day after he homered in an 11-4 win over Toronto. Eckstein hit eight home runs for the year.
2011 - Ben Zobrist set a Tampa Bay record with eight RBIs, hitting a home run and two doubles as the Rays routed the Minnesota Twins 15-3 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.
Today's birthday: Dillon Gee 26; David Freese 29.
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