|This Date In Baseball|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 07 June 2007 07:43|
By The Associated Press
1921 - Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees became baseball's career home run leader by hitting his 120th off Cleveland's Jim Bagby in the third inning. The Indians took the game 8-6.
1944 - Joe Nuxhall, at 15 years, 10 months and 11 days, became the youngest player in major league history when he pitched 2-3 of an inning for the Cincinnati Reds in an 18-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
1959 - Rocky Colavito of Cleveland hit four consecutive home runs at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium, a tough home run park. Billy Martin and Minnie Minoso also homered in the Indians' 11-8 victory.
1966 - Cleveland's Sonny Siebert threw the only no-hitter of the year as the Indians beat the Washington Senators 2-0.
1972 - Hank Aaron's grand slam pushed the Atlanta Braves to a 15-3 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies. It was Aaron's 649th home run, moving him ahead of Willie Mays into second place on the career home run list. It was also his 14th grand slam, tying Gil Hodges' NL record.
1981 - Pete Rose's single in the first inning off Nolan Ryan gave him 3,630 hits, tying Stan Musial's NL record. Philadelphia beat Houston 5-4 before more than 57,000 at Veterans Stadium.
1997 - Kevin Brown threw a no-hitter and kept himself from a perfect game by hitting a batter in the eighth inning, leading the Florida Marlins over the San Francisco Giants 9-0.
2000 - Darin Erstad hit a double in the Anaheim Angels' 10-3 win over Arizona to give him a major league-leading 100 hits in 61 games. He became the fastest to reach the 100-hit mark since Heinie Manush did it in 60 games for the 1934 Washington Senators.
2005 - Baltimore's 4-3 win over Cincinnati marked the first time that three 500-homer players appeared in the same game - the Orioles' Sammy Sosa (580) and Rafael Palmeiro (559), and the Reds' Ken Griffey, who hit a solo shot in the eighth inning for No. 511.
2006 - Reggie Sanders became the fifth player in major league history with 300 homers and 300 stolen bases when he hit a two-run shot in Kansas City's 9-5 loss to Tampa Bay. Sanders homered off Chad Harville in the ninth to reach the milestone, joining Barry Bonds, Willie Mays, Andre Dawson and Bobby Bonds.
Today's birthdays: Matt Chico 24; Freddy Garcia 31.
1904 - Bob Wicker of the Chicago Cubs pitched 9 1-3 hitless innings before Sam Mertes of the New York Giants singled. Wicker won a 1-0, 12-inning one-hitter.
1938 - Johnny Vander Meer hurled the first of two consecutive no-hitters as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Boston Braves 3-0.
1967 - The Chicago Cubs hit seven homers and the New York Mets four in the second game of a doubleheader, tying the major league record set by the New York Yankees (6) and Detroit Tigers (5) in 1950. Adolfo Phillips hit four home runs in the doubleheader for Chicago.
1981 - Following Seattle's 8-2 win over Baltimore, major league players went on strike.
1985 - Von Hayes became the first player in major league history to hit two home runs in the first inning. Hayes connected twice in a nine-run first, powering the Philadelphia Phillies to a 26-7 victory over the New York Mets.
1990 - Nolan Ryan pitched the sixth no-hitter of his career, extending his major league record, as the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 5-0. Ryan was the first to pitch no-hitters for three teams and, at 43, the oldest to throw one.
1995 - Mark McGwire hit three home runs in consecutive at-bats and tied the major league record of five homers in consecutive games, leading the Oakland Athletics over the Boston Red Sox 8-1.
1995 - Lee Smith set a major league record with a save in his 16th consecutive appearance, pitching a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the California Angels' 5-4 victory over Baltimore. Smith broke the mark of 15 straight set by Doug Jones in 1988.
1997 - Roger Clemens lost for the first time after 11 straight wins to open the season as the Seattle Mariners topped the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1.
2002 - Jared Sandberg became the 16th AL player to homer twice in an inning, and the third this season, as Tampa Bay beat Los Angeles 11-2.
2003 - Houston's Roy Oswalt, Pete Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel and Billy Wagner combined for the first no-hitter against the New York Yankees in 45 years, winning 8-0. The sextet set a record for the highest number of pitchers to throw a no-hitter in major league history - four accomplished the feat twice.
Today's birthdays: Jose Reyes 24; Yhency Brazoban 27.
1922 - Hub Pruett struck out Babe Ruth three consecutive times as the St. Louis Browns beat the New York Yankees 7-1.
1928 - Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees had two triples and two homers in a 15-7 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
1939 - The Baseball Hall of Fame was officially dedicated at Cooperstown, N.Y.
1954 - Milwaukee's Jim Wilson pitched the year's only no-hitter, blanking the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0.
1959 - The San Francisco Giants' Mike McCormick tossed a 3-0, five-inning no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies. Richie Ashburn singled in the top of the sixth for the Phillies, but the hit didn't count because the game was stopped by rain.
1970 - Dock Ellis of the Pittsburgh Pirates hurled a 2-0 no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader against the San Diego Padres. Ellis walked eight and hit a batter, and Willie Stargell hit two homers.
1981 - Thirteen games were canceled due to a players' strike.
1997 - After 126 years, baseball broke its tradition and played interleague games.
1999 - Cal Ripken went 6-for-6, homering twice and driving in six runs as the Baltimore Orioles scored the most runs in franchise history with a 22-1 rout of the Atlanta Braves.
2005 - Hee-Seop Choi hit three homers in his first three at-bats, including a go-ahead solo shot in the sixth, to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers past Minnesota 4-3.
2006 - Pitcher Jason Grimsley was suspended 50 games, less than a week after federal agents raided his home during an investigation into performance-enhancing drugs.
2006 - Chicago's Jose Contreras won his 15th straight start and struck out a career-high 11 batters to help the White Sox defeat Texas 8-3.
Today's birthdays: Hideki Matsui 33; Ryan Klesko 35.
1905 - Christy Mathewson of the New York Giants pitched his second no-hit game, beating the Chicago Cubs and Mordecai Brown 1-0. Mathewson and Brown matched no-hitters for eight innings. The Giants got two hits in the ninth for the win.
1912 - Christy Mathewson recorded his 300th career victory with a 3-2 triumph over the Chicago Cubs.
1921 - Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees pitched the first five innings and hit two home runs in an 11-8 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
1948 - Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium drew 49,641 fans who saw Ruth's No. 3 retired and the Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 5-3.
1957 - Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox hit three home runs and drove in five runs in a 9-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians, making Williams the first AL player to have two three-homer games in a season.
1973 - The Los Angeles Dodgers' infield of Steve Garvey (first base), Davey Lopes (second base), Ron Cey (third base) and Bill Russell (shortstop) played together for the first time in a 16-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. The quartet would set a major league record for longevity by playing 8 1/2 years in the same infield.
2001 - Texas' Ruben Sierra homered from both sides of the plate for the sixth time in his career, but the Rangers lost 5-3 to the Dodgers.
2003 - Roger Clemens reached 300 wins and became the third pitcher with 4,000 strikeouts, leading the New York Yankees over the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2. Clemens, the 21st pitcher to make it to 300, allowed two runs in 6 2-3 innings and struck out 10, raising his total to 4,006. Clemens joined Nolan Ryan (5,714) and Steve Carlton (4,136) in the 4,000-strikeout club.
1952 - Warren Spahn of the Boston Braves struck out 18 Cubs in a 3-1, 15-inning loss to Chicago. Spahn also homered.
1963 - Duke Snider hit his 400th career home run to highlight a 10-3 triumph by the New York Mets over the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field.
1965 - Jim Maloney struck out 18 and no-hit the New York Mets for 10 innings, but Johnny Lewis' lead-off home run in the 11th inning gave the Mets a 1-0 win.
1969 - Reggie Jackson of Oakland knocked in 10 runs with two homers, a double and two singles against the Red Sox in Boston. In the eighth, he drove in three runs with a single when he easily could have made second base. Oakland won 21-7.
1974 - Nolan Ryan struck out 19 batters in 12 innings to help give the California Angels a 4-3 win over the Boston Red Sox in 15 innings. Cecil Cooper of the Red Sox struck out six times in the game.
1978 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds had two hits in a 3-1 triumph over the Chicago Cubs to start his 44-game hitting streak.
1995 - Mike Benjamin went 6-for-7, setting a major league record with 14 hits in three games, and drove in the winning run in the 13th inning as the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3.
2002 - Aaron Boone hit a pair of homers - one in the ninth inning to tie the game and one to win it in the 11th - off Pittsburgh closer Mike Williams as Cincinnati beat the Pirates 4-3.
2002 - With all 14 interleague games - and one NL game - taking place in National League parks, the DH was not employed anywhere throughout major league baseball.
2005 - Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki became the third player since 1900 to reach 1,000 hits in fewer than 700 games when he singled in the bottom of the first inning in Seattle's 3-1 win over Philadelphia. Suzuki's 1,000th hit came in his 696th game. Chuck Klein reached the mark in 1933 in 683 games, and Lloyd Waner reached it in 1932 in 686 games.
2005 - Chris Carpenter pitched a one-hitter and struck out 10 to lead St. Louis to a 7-0 win over Toronto.
1902 - Corsicana defeated Texarkana 51-3 in a Texas League game. Nig Clark of Corsicana took advantage of the small park and hit eight homers. Some telegraph operators, thinking there was a mistake, reported the score as 5-3.
1925 - The Philadelphia Athletics went into the last half of the eighth inning trailing 15-4 and scored 13 runs to defeat Cleveland 17-15.
1938 - Four days after no-hitting the Boston Braves, Johnny Vander Meer of the Cincinnati Reds pitched his second straight no-hit game, defeating the Dodgers 6-0 in the first night game played in Brooklyn.
1952 - The St. Louis Cardinals, down 11-0 entering the fifth inning, came back for a 14-12 triumph over the New York Giants in the first game of a doubleheader and set a National League record for best comeback.
1963 - San Francisco's Juan Marichal pitched a no-hitter against the Houston Colts for a 1-0 victory, the first Giants no-hitter since Carl Hubbell's in 1929.
1976 - The Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros were ``rained in'' at the Houston Astrodome as 10 inches of rain fell on the city. Only members of both teams were able to make it to the stadium. Umpires, fans and stadium personnel were unable to make it through the water.
1980 - Cleveland's Jorge Orta collected six hits, a double and five singles, and scored four times in a 14-5 triumph over the Minnesota Twins. Toby Harrah had seven RBIs.
1992 - Jeff Reardon broke Rollie Fingers' career save mark of 341 when he preserved a 1-0 victory for the Boston Red Sox with one scoreless inning against the New York Yankees.
2002 - A double in the fifth inning of Texas' 4-0 loss to Houston gave Rafael Palmeiro 1,000 career extra-base hits. He became the 25th major league player to reach that mark.
Today's birthdays: Tony Clark 35; Andy Pettitte 35.
1916 - Tom Hughes of the Boston Braves pitched a no-hitter in a 2-0 win over Pittsburgh Pirates.
1938 - Jimmie Foxx didn't get a chance to hit as the St. Louis Browns walked him six straight times. The Boston Red Sox won anyway, 12-8.
1953 - The St. Louis Browns beat New York 3-1 to break the Yankees' 18-game winning streak and end their 14-game losing streak.
1957 - Relief pitcher Dixie Howell hit two home runs in the 3 2-3 innings he pitched to lead the Chicago White Sox to an 8-6 victory in the second game of a doubleheader against the Washington Senators.
1978 - After three ninth-inning misses, Tom Seaver threw the first no-hitter of his 12-year career as the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0.
1991 - Philadelphia rookie Andy Ashby struck out the side in the fourth inning against Cincinnati on nine pitches. It was the 12th time in National League history that it had been accomplished and the first time by a Phillies pitcher.
1991 - Otis Nixon of Atlanta stole six bases against Montreal to set a modern National League record and tie the major league record set by Eddie Collins of the Philadelphia A's in 1912.
2001 - John Olerud went 4-for-5 and hit for the cycle as Seattle beat the San Diego Padres 9-2. He hit a homer in the ninth to complete the cycle.
Today's birthdays: Jonathan Broxton 23; Kerry Wood 30; Chris Gomez 36.