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    Jun 28, 2002 - Tampa Bay whips their cross state rival Marlins 4-0 behind Wilson Alvarez and 2 relievers. Jared Sandberg homers for TB. In the 7th‚ Kevin Millar of the Marlins hits a towering fly that lands on one of the catwalks that hang from the stadium's dome. It never comes down and it is ruled a double. It's the second time a ball has gotten stuck in a catwalk at the Trop. In 1999‚ Jose Canseco hit a home run drive that lodged there. Millar joins Ruppert Jones‚ Rickey Nelson‚ Dave KingmanAlvaro Espinoza and Canseco as the only players to hit a fair ball that got stuck in a stadium obstruction. Jones and Nelson both had hits get caught in the overhead speakers at the old Kingdome. The balls hit by Kingman and Espinoza were at the Minneapolis Metrodome with Kingman's getting stuck in a drainage valve and Espinoza's lodging in an overhead speaker.

    Aug 4, 2000 - The Blue Jays obtain OF Dave Martinez from the Rangers for a player to be named later. Martinez becomes the 9th major leaguer to play for 4 teams in a season. He began the year with Tampa Bay and also played with the Cubs‚ in addition to Texas and Toronto. The last to do so was Dave Kingman‚ in 1977.

    Aug 6, 1996 - Darryl Strawberry strokes 3 HRs off Kevin Tapani in the Yankees 9-2 victory over the White Sox. In doing so‚ he becomes just the 8th player to hit 3 in a game in both leagues. The others to do it were Babe RuthJohnny MizeDave KingmanCory SnyderDarnell ColesClaudell Washington‚ and Larry Parrish.

    Oct 1, 1986 - With three-run homers from Jerry Willard and Terry Steinbach and a solo shot by Dave Kingman, the Oakland Athletics beats the Texas Rangers, 9-7. For Kingman, the blast is his 35th of the season and sets a record for most home runs by a player in his final major league season.

    Sep 10, 1985 - Bruce Bochte hits a go-ahead HR in the 5th for the A's and Dave Kingman hits his 15th career grand slam as the A's beat the Rangers‚ 10-3.

    Aug 10, 1985 - Oakland's Dave Kingman becomes the 21st player to hit 400 career home runs‚ belting a 2-run shot off Matt Young in the first inning of the A's 11-5 win at Seattle.

    Jun 27, 1985 - San Francisco's Jeffrey Leonard hits for the cycle in a 7-6 loss to the Reds. He is the first Giant to do so since Dave Kingman in 1972.

    Apr 11, 1985 - Gorman Thomas‚ recovering from rotator cuff surgery‚ smashes 3 home runs in Seattle's 14-6 rout of visiting Oakland. The Mariners set a one-game club record with 7 home runs. Dave Kingman gets robbed of a monstrous homer when his deep drive in left bounces off a loud speaker and is caught.

    Aug 27, 1984 - Dave Kingman hits a double and homer to help Oakland score 7 runs in the 7th inning‚ but that's all the A's score in losing to the Yankees‚ 7-6. Bobby Meacham has 2 homers‚ including the game winner in the 8th‚ to back Dave Righetti's relief win. Bill Caudill loses.

    Jun 20, 1984 - Dave Kingman hits his 3rd grand slam of the season in the first inning of the A's 8-1 win over Kansas City. Kingman's 14 grand slams are the most among active players.

    May 4, 1984 - At Minnesota‚ Oakland's Dave Kingman hits a pop up that collides with the Metrodome‚ 180 feet up‚ and stays there. The ball is dislodged tomorrow. Frank Viola pitches 7 2/3 scoreless innings in the Twins 3-1 win.

    Apr 16, 1984 - Dave Kingman hits 3 home runs-including his 12th career grand slam-and drives in 8 runs in the A's 9-6 win over the Mariners. It is Kingman's 5th career 3-HR game‚ one shy of the ML record held by Johnny Mize.

    Jan 30, 1984 - After failing to trade him‚ the Mets give veteran slugger Dave Kingman his release. Kingman hit .198 with 13 home runs last year‚ but will find a new home as Oakland's designated hitter.

    Jun 10, 1983 - Dave Kingman cracks a 2-run 2-out HR in the bottom of the 17th to give the Mets a 4-2 win over the Expos. Kingman has 3 RBI in the game.

    Apr 13, 1983 - The Phillies score 5 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Mets‚ 10-9. The big blow is a game ending grand slam by Bo Diaz off Neil Allen with two outs. Pete Rose records his 700th double and scores his 2000th run while the bright spots for the Mets are their 17 hits‚ including 3 homers. Bob Bailor and Dave Kingman hit back-to-back HRs.

    Feb 28, 1981 - The Mets trade OF Steve Henderson and an estimated $100‚000 to the Cubs for slugger Dave Kingman‚ who led the NL with 48 HRs in 1979.

    Jul 28, 1979 - The Cubs Dave Kingman continues his slugging with a single and 3 consecutive HRs during a 6-4 loss to the Mets. It is Kingman's 2nd 3-HR game of the season (May 17th)‚ and enables him to tie the ML record with 5 HRs over 2 consecutive games.

    Jul 27, 1979 - The Cubs top the Mets at Shea Stadium‚ 4-2‚ behind Dave Kingman's 2 home runs.

    Jul 23, 1979 - At Wrigley‚ 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 9 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. Dave Kingman hits a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th for the win.

    May 17, 1979 - The wind is really blowing out at Wrigley as the Cubs (6) and the Phillies (5) combine for a ML-record-tying 11 HRs and 97 total bases during a wild 10-inning slugfest won 23-22 by the Phils. Dave Kingman has 3 HRs and 6 RBIs for the Cubs‚ while teammate Bill Buckner has a grand slam and 7 RBIs. Mike Schmidt's 2 HRs include the game-winner in the 10th off Cub relief ace Bruce Sutter. Bob Boone has 5 RBIs and Larry Bowa 5 hits. The Phils jump to a 7-0 lead in the 1st on 3 home runs‚ 3-run shots by Schmidt and Boone and one by P Randy Lerch. They lead 15-6 after 3 innings‚ and 21-9 going into the bottom of the 6th‚ but can't hold it. Rawly Eastwick shuts out the Cubs for 2 frames to win. The 2 teams combine to have 21 different players score runs and the 2-team total of 47 extra bases on long hits (24-Phi) sets a ML mark for an extra-inning game. It is the largest scoring game in the ML since August 25‚ 1922‚ when these same 2 teams met. At Wrigley Field.

    May 14, 1978 - Happy Mother's Day‚ Mrs. Kingman. Dave Kingman drives in 8 runs with a single and 3 HRs‚ including a 15th-inning 3-run shot that gives the Cubs a 10-7 win over the Dodgers. This is the 2nd time he has enjoyed a 3-HR‚ 8-RBI day at Dodger Stadium.

    Sep 15, 1977 - The Yankees purchase Dave Kingman from the Angels. It's Kingman's 4th team this year: he started the season with the Mets‚ was traded to San Diego in June‚ and to the Angels for cash on September 6. King Kong will hit 4 homers for the Yankees‚ giving him 26‚ a since-broken record for most homers in 2 leagues in one season (Deron Johnson hit 20 in 1973).

    Sep 6, 1977 - California acquires Dave Kingman for cash. Nine days later the Yankees will buy Kingman‚ making him the first player to wear 4 uniforms in 4 divisions in the same year. His 26 HRs will be the most by a player with more than 2 teams.

    Jun 15, 1977 - New York fans are in shock as the Mets trade ace P Tom Seaver to the Reds. In return they get P Pat Zachry‚ IF Doug Flynn‚ and minor leaguers Steve Henderson and Dan Norman. The Mets also trade slugger Dave Kingman to the Padres for utility player Bobby Valentine and a minor league pitcher.

    Sep 18, 1976 - Tom Seaver cuts down the Pirates for the 2nd time in 6 days‚ this time winning 6-2 at Shea. Dave Kingman belts his 35th homer and Ed Kranepool adds another of the Mets.

    Jul 19, 1976 - The Mets Dave Kingman tears ligaments in his thumb diving for a ball in a 4-2 loss to the Braves. Kingman‚ who already has 32 HRs for the season‚ will hit only 5 more after being sidelined for 6 weeks.

    Jun 17, 1976 - At Shea‚ Dave Kingman hits a game-ending homer in the 14th inning off reliever Charlie Hough to give the Mets a 1-0 victory over the Dodgers.

    Jun 4, 1976 - Dave Kingman hits 3 HRs and knocks in 8 runs during a Mets 11-0 win over the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine.

    Apr 14, 1976 - At Chicago‚ Mets Dave Kingman launches a HR estimated at 550 feet that plunks a house some 530 feet from home plate‚ but the Cubs survive to win‚ 6-5‚ and tie for 1st. Buddy Schultz cops his only victory of the year‚ and Hank Webb‚ in his only decision of the year‚ takes the loss. Capping the day is Randy Hundley‚ signed after the Padres release him‚ who ignites a 3-run rally in the 7th with a pinch double.

    Feb 28, 1975 - The Mets purchase 1B-OF Dave Kingman from the Giants.

    Apr 16, 1972 - Hitting for the cycle‚ Dave Kingman drives in 6 runs to lead the Giants to a 10-6 win over the Astros. The third sacker makes out in his final at bat after clouting a 3-run homer in the 7th. Sudden Sam McDowell‚ making his NL debut‚ pitches 5 2/3 innings for the win despite allowing 3-run homers to Bob Watson and Tommy Helms.

    Aug 1, 1971 - After homering yesterday off Dave Giusti‚ rookie Dave Kingman‚ in his 2nd ML game‚ clouts 2 homers for the Giants to help sweep a pair from the first-place Pirates‚ 11-7 and 8-3. McCovey adds a 3-run homer and Mays a bases-loaded double. Stargell has a pair of homers for the Pirates to go over the 100 RBI mark.

    Jun 4, 1970 - In the June draft‚ the Padres select high school catcher Mike Ivie as the number-one pick and sign him in 3 days to a $100‚000 contract. He'll play in the ML 11 years but catch only 9 games in the Bigs because of a phobia about throwing the ball back to the pitcher. Choosing next‚ the Indians take Stanford P Steve Dunning‚ who will debut in 10 days. He's just the 2nd player drafted who will skip the minors. Catchers Barry Foote (Expos) and Darrell Porter (Brewers) go next. The Pirates wait till the 14th round to take Dave Parker. Rich Gossage goes in the 9th round to the White Sox; Rick Reuschel to the Cubs (3); pitcher Dale Murphy to the Braves (18th). The Giants took Randy Moffitt and Chris Speier on the first round in January and repeat the good first round picks today with John D'Acquisto and Dave Kingman. The Reds take prep SS Gary Polczynski in the first round‚ but have better luck in the 8th (Wayne McEnaney)‚ the 10th (Ray Knight) and the 19th (Pat Zachary). The Phillies‚ Royals‚ Dodgers‚ and Angels pick 5th‚ 8th‚ 9th and 10th on the first round and also come up with duds. Future seventeen-year major leaguer Frank White goes undrafted today while the Cards take Bake McBride on the 37th round.

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