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1914 – Iron Joe McGinnity of New York scored his 14th straight victory by beating Pittsburgh 2-0. With the victory, the Giants took first place over Chicago.
1933 – Philadelphia’s Jimmie Foxx scored his first three batting hits against Lefty Gomez as the A’s beat the New York Yankees 14-10. Foxx had scored his last time the day before to tie a major league record hitting four straight home runs. Bobby Lowe did so in 1894.
1940 – Harry Craft of Cincinnati connected for a home run, triple, double and two singles in seven batting to lead a 27-hit offense as the Reds beat the Dodgers 23-2 in Brooklyn.
1950 – Boston Red Sox defeat St. Louis Browns 29-4 at Fenway Park and set major league records for points scored; longest hits, 17 (nine doubles, one triple and seven homers); most total bases, 60; most extra goals on long shots, 32; most races over two games, 49; most hits in two games, 51, including 28 this game. Bobby Doerr had three homers and 8 RBIs, Walt Dropo hit two homers and produced seven runs and Ted Williams added two homers and five RBIs.
1968 – Howie Bedell’s sacrificial fly in the fifth inning ends Don Drysdale’s record streak of 58 2-3 consecutive scoreless innings. The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3.
1969 – The New York Yankees’ number 7 was retired on Mickey Mantle’s day. A crowd of 60,096 came to Yankee Stadium to honor Mantle and watched the Yankees sweep the Chicago White Sox 3-1, 11-2.
1975 – Detroit’s Tom Veryzer doubled up with two strikeouts in the ninth to end Ken Holtzman of Oakland’s draw. Outfielder Bill North misjudged Veryzer’s hit but was not charged with an error. Holtzman put out the last batter for a 4-0 win.
1986 – In the longest 9 innings per time game in AL history, Lee Lacy of Baltimore went 4 for 6 with three homers and six RBIs as the Orioles beat the New York Yankees 18-9 . The game took 4:16 to complete.
1996 – Warren Morris hit a two-run homer with two strikeouts late in the ninth inning to give Louisiana State a 9-8 victory over Miami in the College World Series championship game.
2001 – Damion Easley became the ninth Detroit player to hit for the round as the Tigers beat Milwaukee 9-4.
2010 – Stephen Strasburg exceeded expectations in his high-profile major league debut, pulling out 14 catches in seven innings to lead the Washington Nationals to a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The No.1 pick in last year’s draft allowed four hits, two earned runs and failed to produce a batter, racking up the most strikeouts in a game opener since JR Richard did. 15 for Houston in 1971.
2012 – Kevin Millwood and five Seattle relievers combined in a no-hitting game, the third in franchise history, and the Mariners beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0. Millwood went through six innings, allowing only one walk. But as he warmed up for the seventh, he felt a pinch in his groin and was taken out of the game. Five relievers combined to finish the hitterless, capped by Tom Wilhelmsen taking out Andre Ethier on routine ground to end it.
2013 – In the longest Major League game in over three years, Adeiny Hechavarria hit an RBI single in the 20th inning and the Miami Marlins outlasted the New York Mets 2-1.
1901 – The New York Giants set a major league record with 31 hits, beating Cincinnati 25-13. Al Selbach of the Giants went 6-for-7 with two doubles and four singles and scored four runs.
1906 – Boston ended a 19-game losing streak by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3.
1914 – Honus Wagner of the Pittsburgh Pirates got the 3,000th hit of his career against Erskine Mayer of Philadelphia in a 3-1 loss to the Phillies at the Baker Bowl. Wagner’s hit, a brace, came in ninth. Wagner joined Cap Anson as the only member of the 3000 hits club.
1935 – The St. Louis Cardinals become the 10th team in major league history to score a run in each inning in a 13-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
1946 – Commissioner Happy Chandler imposed five-year suspensions on players who jumped in the Mexican League and three-year suspensions on those who violated the reservation clause.
1946 – Mel Ott of the New York Giants becomes the first coach to be sent off on both sides of a doubles program. The Pittsburgh Pirates won both games, 2-1 and 5-1.
1963 – Playing Sunday night’s first game in major league history due to excessive heat during the day, the Houston Colt .45s handed the San Francisco Giants their seventh straight loss to Houston, 3-0. Turk Farrell and Skinny Brown started the shutout.
1966 – Rich Rollins, Zoilo Versalles, Tony Oliva, Don Mincher and Harmon Killebrew scored in the seventh inning for the Minnesota Twins in a 9-4 win over the Kansas City Athletics.
1979 – Nolan Ryan of California struck out 16 batters as the Angels beat the Detroit Tigers 9-1. It was the 21st time in his career that he had struck out at least 15 batters in a game.
1986 – Chicago pitcher Tom Seaver (306) and California Angels pitcher Don Sutton (298) had the highest composite winning total (604) for opposing pitchers since 1926, when Walter Johnson (406) faced Red Faber (197). Sutton threw a two-hit shutout to beat the White Sox 3-0.
1990 – Eddie Murray of the Los Angeles Dodgers tied Mickey Mantle’s record by hitting either side of the plate in the same game for the 10th time in his career. The Dodgers beat the Padres 5-4 in 11 innings.
1998 – Angels’ Cecil Fielder and Diamondbacks Yamil Benitez each reached the Grand Slam in the same round in Anaheim’s 10-8 win over Arizona. It was the first time the two teams had hit a Grand Slam tournament in the same round since 1992.
2008 – Ken Griffey Jr. became the sixth player in baseball history to reach 600 home runs after a Mark Hendrickson gap in the first inning of the Cincinnati Reds’ 9-4 victory over the Florida Marlins.
2014 – Lonnie Chisenhall had nine RBIs and three homers in a five-hit game, Michael Brantley scored five times and the Cleveland Indians beat the Texas Rangers 17-7.
2015 – Chris Heston pitched the first without a hitting in his 13th career start, leading the San Francisco Giants to the New York Mets 5-0. The rookie allowed three baserunners – all on slaps. He also had a two-run single for his first RBIs in the big leagues and finished with two more hits than the Mets.
Today’s Birthdays: Jonathan Holder 26; Tony Wolters 27; Joe Kelly 31; Yuli Gurriel 35.
1921 – Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees becomes the leader of baseball’s career, scoring his 120th against Jim Bagby of Cleveland in the third inning. The Indians won 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 for the Cincinnati Reds in an 18-0 loss to the Cardinals in St. Louis.
1959 – Rocky Colavito of Cleveland hit four straight home runs at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, a tough home run park. Billy Martin and Minnie Minoso also scored in the Indians’ 11-8 victory.
1966 – Cleveland’s Sonny Siebert threw the lone hit 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 against the Philadelphia Phillies. It was Aaron’s 649th home run, placing him ahead of Willie Mays in second place on the career home run list. It was also his 14th Grand Slam, tying Gil Hodges’ record in the Netherlands.
1997 – Kevin Brown threw a hit and saved himself from a perfect game by hitting a batter in the eighth inning, leading the Florida Marlins to the San Francisco Giants 9-0.
2005 – Baltimore’s 4-3 win over Cincinnati marked the first time three players from 500 homers have appeared in the same game – Sammy Sosa of the Orioles (580) and Rafael Palmeiro (559), and Ken Griffey of the Reds, 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 goals when he hit a two-runner shot in Kansas City’s 9-5 loss to Tampa Bay. Sanders beat Chad Harville in the ninth to reach the milestone joining Barry Bonds, Willie Mays, Andre Dawson and Bobby Bonds.
2011 – Tony La Russa made his 5,000th game when the St. Louis Cardinals lost to the Milwaukee Brewers 8-0. La Russa set a record 2,676-2,324 with the White Sox, Track and Field and Cardinals. Only Connie Mack has managed more games with 7,755 over 53 years.
2012 – Frankie Vanderka threw three hits, Travis Jankowski had four hits and Stony Brook completed an unlikely run to the College World Series with a 7-2 win over LSU in the deciding Baton Rouge super regional game. Stony Brook became just the second team to open the tournament as a No. 4 seed in the regional round and advance to the World Series. The first was Fresno State in its superb 2008 race to a national title.