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Sep 24, 2006 - The Padres edge the Pirates, 2-1. Trevor Hoffman gets the save for SD to become baseball’s career saves leader. His 43rd save of the year gives Hoffman 479 for his career to break Lee Smith’s record.
Jul 28, 2006 - After Carlos Lee rejects a contract extension of 4 year $48 million, the Brewers trade him and OF Nelson Cruz to the Rangers for Ps Francisco Cordero and Julian Cordero, and OFs Kevin Mench and Laynce Nix. After the season Lee will sign with the Rangers for $100 million for 6 years.
Apr 19, 2006 - The Cubs (9-5) score three unearned runs in the 8th to beat the Dodgers, 5–4, but lose Derrek Lee, who breaks two bones in his right wrist in a collision at first base. When he returns to action on June 25, the club will be 28-45.
Apr 18, 2006 - The NL Central leaders, the Houston Astros (10-4), reach the .500 mark as a franchise when they even their record at 3,507-3,507. But it isn’t easy as they edge the Brewers, 13-12. Milwaukee scores 10 runs in the last three innings on 2 homers by Carlos Lee and one by Prince Fielder. Roy Oswalt (3-0) is the winning pitcher. The Astros join 12 other clubs with overall records of .500 or better.
Apr 11, 2006 - Anthony Velazquez sets a high school record as he throws his second consecutive perfect game. The junior at Bayside High in New York City, who goes by the nickname "Tiki," recorded his first perfecto on April 11 against John Browne High then followed with another slice of perfection against Flushing High. The only other U.S. high school pitchers to throw two perfect games in their careers were Ken Beardslee in the late 1940s and L.J. Grantham in 1958 and 1959.
Apr 11, 2006 - Anthony Velazquez sets a high school record as he throws his second consecutive perfect game. The junior at Bayside High in New York City, who goes by the nickname "Tiki," recorded his first perfecto on April 11 against John Browne High then followed with another slice of perfection against Flushing High. The only other U.S. high school pitchers to throw two perfect games in their careers were Ken Beardslee in the late 1940s and L.J. Grantham in 1958 and 1959.
Apr 3, 2006 - The Yankees roll by the A's, 15-2 as Alex Rodriguez has a grand slam and 5 RBI. Hideki Matsui has 4 hits, including a 3-run homer, to drive in 4. Randy Johnson, with 7 IP, is the recipient of the offense. A's starter Barry Zito joins Brad Havens (1983) and Dave Stewart (1995) as the only Opening Day starters since 1945 to give up seven or more runs and record just four outs. The A's are wearing a right-sleeve arm patch on their home uniforms in memory of Bill King, their lead radio announcer since 1981. The patch features a microphone emblazoned with King's name and his signature call, "Holy Toledo." The Blue Jays are paying tribute to Tom Cheek who broadcast 4,306 consecutive regular-season games beginning with the team's first ever in 1977. The team will wear a left-sleeve arm patch featuring a microphone and the initials "TC."
Nov 8, 2005 - In Venezuela pitcher Ugueth Urbina is arrested on a charge of attempted murder. Last month a group of men allegedly wielded machetes at several employees at his family's ranch then poured gasoline on them in an attempt to set them on fire. Five workers were injured and one of them suffered burns on the back and right arm police said. One victim accused Urbina of being among the attackers. Urbina's lawyer said the pitcher was sleeping at the time and was not involved. Urbina is a free agent after playing the last season with the Phillies. It was the second violent incident for the Urbina family. Urbina's mother was kidnapped by drug traffickers in September 2004 and held for $6 million. She was rescued five months later in a mountainous area in southern Venezuela.
Nov 7, 2005 - Pete Rose Jr. pleads guilt to federal charges that he distributed GBL a drug that converts into GHB a workout and sleep aid also known as the "date rape drug." He faces up to two years in prison and could be fined $1 million. Rose acknowledges that he distributed the drug to teammates while playing for the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts.
Aug 25, 2005 - With 3 hits and a homer from Travis Hafner 4 hits from Victor Martinez and a grand slam from Rafeal Belliard the Indians roll over Tampa Bay 12-4. Martinez had 7 straight hits before making an out in his last at bat. Travis Lee drives in all 4 TB runs.
Aug 14, 2005 - Tampa Bay's Travis Lee cracks a pinch hit homerun off Bob Wickman for the game's only score and TB beats Cleveland 1-0. This is just the 3rd time a solo pinch homer has accounted for the only score (Bill Taylor in 1954 and Candy Maldonado in 1985).
Aug 6, 2005 - The Cubs Glendon Rusch loses his perfect game in the 7th but beats the Cardinals 5-2. Derrek Lee on his 30th birthday hits his 40th HR and Corey Patterson also homers. Cardinals rightfielder Hector Luna makes two errors on two separate plays on the same batter in the same at bat. Neifi Perez hit a foul flyball and Luna drops it for an error. Perez hits another ball down the line for a double which Luna misplays for another error.
Aug 4, 2005 - The Orioles fire manager Lee Mazzilli and name bench coach Sam Perlozzo the interim manager for the remainder of the season. It won't help. The Orioles will join the 1978 A's as the only teams since 1900 to be 14 games over .500 then fall at least 14 games under .500 in the course of a season.
Jun 19, 2005 - Rafael Palmeiro hits his 560th career HR and Sosa adds a clutch-RBI single to push the Orioles to a 4-2 win over Colorado. 20-year-old Hayden Penn (2-0) goes 6 2/3 innings for the win. Manager Lee Mazzilli is thrown out of the game in the 6th inning for protesting a foul call. He tosses a tray of bubble gum onto the field and will earn a one-game suspension for it. In 2003 Devil Rays pitcher Jeremi Gonzalez tossed a bucket of sun flower seeds onto the field and earned no time off; last year Billy Wagner got a two-game suspension for tossing a stack of cups and then followed by trying to heave the water cooler onto the field.
May 27, 2005 - Cubs P Mark Prior has to leave the game in the 4th inning after being hit in the elbow by a line drive off the bat of Brad Hawpe. A MRI shows a fracture that will sideline the ace indefinitely but he will be back in action next month. Todd Wellemeyer fills in to earn the 10-3 win over the Rockies. Derrek Lee hits two homers Neifi Perez has a HR and 4 RBI and Corey Patterson adds a solo shot.
May 6, 2005 - The Padres defeat the Cardinals 6-5 as Trevor Hofman gets his 400th career save. He becomes the 3rd pitcher in history to reach the plateau following Lee Smith (478) and John Franco (424).
Sep 15, 2004 - Derrek Lee Sammy Sosa and Michael Barrett hit back-to-back-to-back HRs in a 13-5 win over the Pirates. Lee's homer is his 30th giving the Cubs four players with 30 homers for the first time in club history.
Sep 11, 2004 - The Cubs best the Marlins 5-2 on Derrek Lee's 3-run double in the 8th. Relief P LaTroy Hawkins strikes out the side on 9 pitches in the 9th inning to nail down the victory for Chicago.
Sep 2, 2004 - The Yankees score 1 in the 1st and five in the 2nd off Indian starter Cliff Lee enroute to a 9-1 win. A-Rod homers and Gary Sheffield has 3 hits and 3 RBI to reach the 100 RBI mark. He joins 19th century star Dan Brouthers who drove in 100 RBIs for 5 different teams between 1887 and 1894. Sheffield also drove in 100 for the Padres Marlins Dodgers and Braves. Joining him today with 100 RBIs is Victor Martinez who hits a solo homer off Steve Karsay who is making his first appearance since 2003.
Aug 27, 2004 - The Astros jump on Cubs starter Kerry Wood who lasts 4+ innings and continue against Kyle Farnsworth. The Astros Roy Oswalt wins 15-7 surviving a confrontation with Cubs C Michael Barrett when he steps in the batter's box; he plunked Barrett five days ago and he and Wood were ejected. Kent Mercker later hits Oswalt. Carlos Beltran hits 2 homers and has now homered in each of his last 5 games. He also steals two bases matching Howard Johnson who hit 2 HRs and stole twice on July 11 1987. Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman hit back-to-back homers and Jeff Kent also goes deep. Nomar Garciaparra and Derrek Lee homer for the Cubs. Farnsworth after giving up 6 runs in the 9th kicks an electric fan and sprains his right knee; tomorrow he goes on the 15-day disabled list.
Jun 16, 2004 - Florida's Carl Pavano allows just 3 hits and walks no one as the Marlins trip the White Sox 4-0. Mike Lowell's 16th HR is all the scoring Pavano needs. Carlos Lee of the Sox has his 28-game hit streak stopped but the outfielder does break the team record shared by Luke Appling and Albert Belle.
Mar 21, 2004 - Tattoos are taboo for Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Justin Miller. Baseball tells Miller he must wear long-sleeved shirts under his uniform when he pitches because the tattoos on his arm are a distraction to hitters. More than 50 percent of Miller's body is covered by tattoos. "We had (umpire supervisor) Jim McKean come in the other day and said that someone had complained about Justin's tattoos and some of them are colored'' Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said. "All they have done is ask that he wear sleeves when he pitches.''
Oct 12, 2003 - With Game 4 of the AL championship series postponed by rain attention is on Don Zimmer who apologizes for yesterday's melee. "I'm embarrassed at what happened'' Zimmer said fighting back tears. "I'm embarrassed for the Yankees the Red Sox the fans the umpires and my family.'' Zimmer is fined $5000 by Bob Watson baseball's vice president in charge of discipline Martinez is fined $50000 Ramirez $25000 and Garcia $10000. Boston owner John Henry pleased with Zimmer's apology says he "wouldn't mind seeing the same thing coming from our side.'' Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar says he hoped Zimmer's remarks would put an end to the "sideshow." Boston center fielder Johnny Damon acknowledges that the Red Sox also were to blame in the brawl. "If I was involved I'd apologize. But then Zimmer wasn't coming after my life he was coming after Pedro's." It is not Zimmer's last press conference; he will announce after the Series that he is fed up with Steinbrenner's interference and that he is retiring.
Sep 19, 2003 - Russ Ortiz wins his 20th outpitching Josh Beckett (8-8) to give Atlanta a 1-0 win over the Marlins. He gives up only 3 hits one to Derrek Lee who is caught stealing. Lee will end up with 30+ homers and 20 stolen bases. Javy Lopez doubles in the 2nd and scores the games only run.
Jul 31, 2003 - Oakland wins its 9th straight edging Tampa Bay 4-3. Rookie Rich Harden earns the win with 10 K's in 7 innings. Devil Ray coaches Lee Elia and John McLaren are tossed in the 5th for protesting a call and TB starter Jermi Gonzalez who goes 8 innings in the loss is also tossed one of the few times in memory that a pitcher throws a CG and earns an ejection. After pitching the 8th Gonzalez who had complained about ump Joe Brinkman's calls continued his grumbling and finally fired a bucket of sunflower seeds onto the field earning him an ejection (which does not appear in the box score).
Jun 4, 2003 - The Angels pound out 7 homers in defeating the Expos 11-2. Garrett Anderson hits 3 round-trippers while Jeff DaVanon has his 3rd straight 2-homer game. DaVanon ties the major league record (Gus Zernial 1951; Frank Thomas 1962; Lee May 1969) ties the AL record with 6 HR in 3 games (1st set by Lazzeri in 1936) and becomes the 3rd player to homer from both sides of the plate in consecutive games (Eddie Murray 1987; Ken Caminiti 1995).
Jun 2, 2003 - In the opening round of the June Draft the Devil Rays pick first and take high schooler Delmon Young quickly inking him to a ML contract that includes a $3.7 million bonus. His brother Dmitri was drafted 4th overall in 1991. This will be the first draft in history in which every player drafted in the first two rounds will sign though first round bonuses will average $1.757 million down from last year's average of $2.1 million. Only 16 players of the 307 drafted will not sign a new record (24 in 2000 was the previous mark). The Expos sign all 19 draftees. Picking 2nd the Brewers take 2B Rickie Weeks who set an NCAA record with a career BA of .473. The Tigers take Wake Forest's Kyle Sleeth and the Padres use #4 to pick Tim Stauffer. The Cubs use the 6th pick to take Ryan Harvey an OF from Dunedin High School; he'll sign for $2.4 million. His teammate from last year Brian Dopirak is a Cubs minor leaguer drafted in 2002. The O's ink 2002 draftee Adam Loewen for $4.2 million a week before they would lose his rights then take Nick Markalis with the #7. The best debuts in this class will be put in by Lou Palmisano (Helena .394) a 3rd round pick of Milwaukee and Michael Aubrey (Lake County .348) Cleveland's 1st round pick. The Blue Jays #2 pick Josh Banks will go 7-2 for Auburn.
Apr 21, 2003 - The Indians defeat the White Sox 9-2 despite a HR by Derek Lee. Lee has homered in 5 consecutive games to tie a Chicago mark. Frank Thomas was the last White Sox player to perform the feat.
Sep 29, 2002 - The Cubs fire manager Bruce Kimm who took over from Don Baylor on July 5. Kimm requested that the announcement be made prior to the game a 7-3 Cubs win. Kerry Wood (12-12) strikes out 9 in 6 innings and the Cub relievers add 6 more. The Cubs end the season leading the majors in strikeouts by batters (1269) and pitchers (1333) the first team to accomplish the feat since Boston (UA) in 1884. Sammy Sosa hits his 49th to lead the NL; it is 499th career homer (45 have come in starts by Wood). Pluses for the Bucs include 2 homers one by Tony Alvarez his first in the majors. Josh Fogg (12-12) sets a modern club record for starts by a rookie (33); Sam Leever had 39 in 1899.
Sep 2, 2002 - Braden Looper (1-5) in his 66th relief appearance of the year extends the Mets home losing streak to 15 in the 12-inning first game of a doubleheader. Florida wins 3-2. Preston Wilson ties the game in the 9th with a HR and Juan Encarnacion wins it with an RBI double. The Mets take the nightcap 11-5 overcoming back-to-back home runs in the 2nd by Derrek Lee and Mike Lowell. Mike Piazza drills a pinch 3-run HR. The win snaps the Mets home loss streak at 15 games a NL record set the 1911 Braves. They last won at home on July 31.
Jul 24, 2002 - Damian Moss allows only a single safety in 7 innings as the Braves hold the Marlins to that one hit in a 10-0 victory. Derrek Lee's leadoff single in the 5th inning is Florida's only hit.
Jun 22, 2002 - St. Louis Cardinals P Darryl Kile is found dead in his hotel room prior to Saturday's scheduled game against the Cubs. His room is locked from the inside and he is believed to have died in his sleep. The game between the Cubs and Cardinals is postponed.
May 31, 2002 - The Devil Rays score 8 runs in the 4th inning of their game against Oakland but still come out on the short end of a 13-9 score. Home plate umpire Steve Rippley is forced to leave the game after being hit in the head by a pitch from Tampa Bay's Lee Gardner which hits Adam Piatt and deflects off catcher John Flaherty before hitting Rippley. He suffers a slight fracture between his left temple and cheekbone but never loses consciousness and is removed on a stretcher.
May 29, 2002 - 25-year-old minor leaguer Joe Bauldree dies in his sleep. The former Atlanta farmhand a pitcher for the Indy Allentown Ambassadors had a history of irregular heart beat.
Sep 4, 2001 - In the 34th World Cup 16-year-old Taiwan pitcher Luo Chin-lung stops Australia 14-4. He works 5 innings fanning 8. His performance will earn him a $1.4 signing bonus from the Rockies. Later in the day teammate Lee Cheng-nan allows 2 hits in beating Japan allows just 2 hits over 9 frames. An embarrassed Japan national team stacked with 14 Japan League professionals fails to win a medal after losing to Cuba.
Jul 3, 2001 - Pawtucket's Izzy Alcantara makes every sport show in the country when he reacts to an inside pitch by drop-kicking Wilkes Barre/Scranton C Jeremy Salazer and then charging the mound. Izzy's Bruce Lee impression will earn him a 7-game suspension and get him dropped from the IL All-star game. The Sox will call up the slugger on September 1.
Jul 3, 2000 - The Marlins defeat the Mets 2-0 on Derrick Lee's 2-run homer in the 9th off Turk Wendell. Jesse Sanchez 0-6 versus NY is the winner. The loss ends C Mike Piazza's streak of 15 consecutive games with an RBI 2 short of the major league mark.
May 12, 2000 - Angels P Kent Mercker is hospitalized following a cerebral hemorrhage. He had left Anaheim's game Thursday night complaining of headaches and dizziness. Doctors say the bleeding has stopped and that Mercker is completely coherent.
Mar 16, 2000 - In a 3-team deal the Toronto Blue Jays Texas Rangers and Montreal Expos all exchanged first basemen. Toronto trades David Segui to Texas. The Rangers then send Lee Stevens to the Expos. Montreal then swaps Brad Fullmer to the Blue Jays.
Sep 3, 1999 - The Rangers beat the White Sox 10-4 and now have 5 players with 20+ HR for the 1st time in team history: Rafael Palmeiro (41) Juan Gonzalez (32) Ivan Rodriguez (31) Lee Stevens (22) Todd Zeile (20). Rusty Greer (18) will join them.
Jul 26, 1999 - The Diamondbacks bring up Mexican star Erubiel Durazo 25 to replace slumping 1B Travis Lee. Durazo whose contract was purchase from the Monterrey Sultans last December after he hit .350 tore up the minors (AA El Paso .403 14 HR in 64 games; AAA Tucson .407 10 HR 30 G). He'll do the same in the majors hitting .329 11 homers in 52 games.
Jul 15, 1999 - The Rangers tie the major league record with walks by 3 consecutive pinch hitters (Rusty Greer Rafael Palmeiro Lee Stevens) in the bottom of the 9th against the Diamondbacks. The Rangers win 3-2.
Jun 9, 1999 - Arizona defeats the Cubs 8-7 as 1B Travis Lee gets 5 hits including a double and triple. Diamondbacks P Byung-Hyun Kim is ejected from the game after a bandage containing heat balm flies out of his shirt sleeve. Kim claims he used such a bandage during games in Korea but forgot to take it off when he entered the contest.
May 7, 1999 - The White Sox top the Athletics 7-1 as rookie OF Carlos Lee shows why he is the Sox top prospect by hitting a homer in his first at bat. Lee is the first Sox player to ever hit a HR in his 1st big league at bat.
Apr 20, 1999 - The Rockies-Expos game in Denver is canceled after 15 people are killed in a massacre at Columbine high school near Denver. Tomorrow's game will also be canceled and the team will subsequently wear a sleeve patch in memory of tragedy.
Mar 31, 1999 - Commissioner Bud Selig confirms that discussions are underway which could lead to advertising space being sold on the sleeves of players uniforms
Aug 26, 1998 - Florida's Derek Lee Kevin Orie and Cliff Floyd hit consecutive HRs in the 9th inning of a game with St. Louis. The Marlins who were trailing 6-0 at the time go on to tie the game with 6 runs then win 7-6 with a run in the 10th. Mark McGwire hits HR #54 for the Cards.
May 19, 1998 - The Yankees defeat the Orioles 9-5 in a game marked by a brawl which results in 5 ejections. Players involved will be suspended for a total of 18 games. The melee begins when Baltimore relief P Armando Benitez hits Tino Martinez in the back with a pitch following an 8th-inning HR by Bernie Williams.
Apr 2, 1998 - Kevin Elster‚ Mike Simms‚ Juan Gonzalez‚ Ivan Rodriguez‚ and Lee Stevens all homer as Texas pounds out a 20-4 win over the White Sox. The Rangers‚ with 23 safeties‚ tie an AL record as 9 players have 2 or more hits in the contest.
Mar 31, 1998 - The Arizona Diamondbacks drop a 9-2 decision to the Rockies in their first game ever. P Andy Benes is tagged with the loss and rookies Travis Lee who gets 3 hits and Karim Garcia hit HRs. Vinny Castilla drives in 5 runs for Colorado.
Dec 15, 1997 - The Marlins trade ace Kevin Brown to the Padres for 1B Derrek Lee and pitchers Rafael Medina and Steve Hoff. In the next two days the Fish send P Dennis Cook to the Mets for OF Fletcher Bates and P Scott Comer‚ and trade IF Kurt Abbott to the Athletics in exchange for P Eric Ludwick.
Apr 14, 1997 - The Braves pound the Reds 14-5 behind Kenny Lofton's 5 hits 2 SBs and 5 runs scored. Deion Sanders wearing his short-sleeves uniform ties a Reds record with 4 steals. In early April Deion had shorten the sleeves in a misguided gesture to honor Jackie Robinson. Sanders copied a Jackie photo on a box of Wheaties a photo in which he appears to have no sleeves on his uniform. When told he was in violation of a dress code the Reds voted to join Deion and they appeared on field that way April 11.
Nov 25, 1996 - The Tampa Bay Devil Rays sign high school pitcher Matt White for a record $10.2 million bonus. The 6' 5" White had a 0.65 ERA for Waynesboro (Pa) High School last spring‚ and then was drafted 7th in June by the Giants. He became a free agent in September on a technicality when San Francisco failed to mail him a contract within 15 days of the draft. The deal tops the $10 million signing last month of the number 2 pick‚ Travis Lee‚ by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Oct 11, 1996 - The Arizona Diamondbacks sign Travis Lee to a 4-year $10 million contract. Lee selected by the Twins in this year's amateur draft was declared a free agent on September 24th because Minnesota failed to offer him a contract within 15 days of the end of the draft. Arizona outbid several other teams for Lee's services. Lee's deal will be voided by major league officials next week and have to be reworked.
Jul 6, 1996 - During the Yankees 2-0 win over the Brewers the team announces the purchase of Darryl Strawberry's contract from Columbus. John Wetteland preserves Jimmy Key's win with a save in his 20th consecutive appearance breaking Lee Smith's record.
Jun 4, 1996 - Pitching dominates the baseball draft as 14 of the first 22 selections are moundsmen. Clemson pitcher Kris Benson is the top choice going to Pittsburgh where he'll snag a $2 million signing bonus while the Twins pick power hitting Travis Lee from San Diego State as the 2nd choice. The Cards follow with Wichita State P Braden Looper. Picking 14th the White Sox take lefty Bobby Seay but will declare him a free agent in August when they can't reach an agreement with his agent Steve Boras. Travis Lee John Patterson (Expos) and Matt White (Giants) will also not sign and become free agents because of a loophole discovered by Scott Boras. The agent says that the letters tendered are not offers on specific forms and that only the latter can be used within 15 days of drafting or the players are free agents. The four will ink contracts with the Devil Rays and Diamondbacks with White getting a $10.2 bonus the largest in history. The Marlin use their 1st pick 9th overall on college player of the year Mark Kotsay and will ink him to a $1125000 contract. The Royals take high schooler Dee Brown in the first round. The Cubs use #17 on pitcher Todd Noel and in the second round take Georgia prep star Quincy Carter. Carter will hit .215 and .211 in Class A in 1996-97 before returning to college football and then quarterbacking for the Dallas Cowboys. Boston picks Shea Hildebrand in the 10th round; he'll be the 1st Sox rookie since Ted Williams to start his career with a 9-game hit streak. Texas takes Travis Hafner in the 31st round.
May 22, 1995 - The Durham Bulls and Winston-Salem Warthogs engage in a brawl which sees 10 players ejected in a Carolina League game. Winston-Salem P Glen Cullop is knocked unconscious in the melee which occurs on "Strike Out Domestic Violence Night." A total of $6000 in fines is levied and 124 games in suspensions.
Oct 19, 1994 - For the third year in a row a Dodger is named Rookie of the Year. Raul Mondesi like last year's pick Mike Piazza is a unanimous choice. The fleet Dominican OF hit .306 with 16 homers and 16 assists.
May 27, 1994 - The Silver Bullets defeat the Richfield Rockets 7-2 before a crowd of 3954 in what is believed to be the first victory by a women's pro team over a men's squad. Lee Anne Ketcham fans 14 for the Silver Bullets.
Aug 31, 1993 - In a flurry of deadline trades the Reds sent pitchers Johnny Ruffin and Jim Pierce to the White Sox in exchange for P Tim Belcher; The Dodgers trade OF Eric Davis to the Tigers for a player to be named later (P John DeSilva): Davis will be a free agent at the end of the year. The Cardinals trade closer P Lee Smith to the Yankees in exchange for P Richard Batchelor.
Jun 27, 1993 - The Calgary Cannons of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League explode for 35 hits in a 23-12 pasting of the Las Vegas Stars. Cannons' OF Lee Tinsley goes 7-for-8 in the contest. Calgary ties a PCL record with 9 consecutive hits in the 2nd inning.
Jun 6, 1993 - Baltimore's Cal Ripken strains his right knee during a 7th inning brawl between the Orioles and Mariners putting his consecutive game streak in jeopardy. He remains in the game however though later he says "it was the closest I've come to not playing." 8 players are suspended for their involvement in the melee which begins when Seattle C Bill Haselman charges the mound. The Orioles eventually win the game by a score of 5-2.
Sep 28, 1991 - The Cards Lee Smith ties the NL record for saves with his 45th as St. Louis beats the Cubs 3-2. Smith pitches a scoreless 9th to tie the mark of another Cardinal ex-Cub Bruce Sutter who racked up 45 in 1984.
Sep 13, 1991 - Toronto OF Joe Carter drives in a run in the Blue Jays' 7-6 victory over the A's becoming the 1st player in history to reach the 100 plateau in 3 consecutive seasons with 3 different teams. Nine players (Dick Allen Orlando Cepeda Rocky Colavito Goose Goslin Rogers Hornsby Reggie Jackson Lee May Al Simmons and Vic Wertz) have collected 100 RBI with three teams but none consecutively.
Aug 14, 1991 - Jeff Reardon of the Red Sox and Lee Smith of the Cardinals both reach the 30-save level for the 6th season. Reardon notches his in a 2-1 win over Cleveland while Smith saves St. Louis' 5-4 victory over the Mets.
Aug 7, 1991 - Schottzie the St. Bernard mascot of the Cincinnati Reds is put to sleep. The dog is buried at team owner Marge Schott's home with a Reds' cap on his head.
Aug 23, 1989 - Rick Dempsey homers off Dennis Martinez in the top of the 22nd inning to break up a scoreless tie and give the Dodgers a 1-0 win over the Expos. The game features one thumbing-the umps toss the Expos mascot Youppi in the 11th for annoying Tommie Lasorda-and he then returns in the 13th wearing pajamas. He carries a pillow and sleeps on the home dugout roof where the umps have restricted him. In the 16th Larry Walker apparently scores the game-winner but the Dodgers appeal-with 2 umps in the tunnel-and get it. Eddie Murray in the 18th moves the 2B ump and slams a drive that Walker makes a phantom catch off the padding in RF. Fans stand for three "seventh-inning stretches" during the ML record (in time and for a 1-0 game) 6 hours: 14 minute game. Other club records are set and several ML records are noted: most innings (22) without a walk by the Expos tops the Pirates (who used one pitcher) against the Giants July 17 1914.
May 24, 1989 - Yankees reliever Lee Guetterman gives up 5 runs in the 9th inning of New York's 11-4 loss to California‚ ending his consecutive scoreless inning streak at 30 2/3. It is the longest season-opening streak in the majors since Harry Brecheen's in 1948‚ and the longest season-opening streak ever by a reliever.
Sep 24, 1988 - Toronto's Dave Stieb is one out away from a no-hitter when Julio Franco's apparent game-ending grounder takes a bad hop over 2B Manny Lee's head and Stieb is forced to settle for a 1-0 one-hitter. It is the 7th no-hitter broken up in the 9th inning this season.
Sep 23, 1988 - The Angels fire manager Cookie Rojas and the Phillies fire manager Lee Elia. 3B coach Moose Stubing (California) and John Vukovich (Philadelphia) will manage the clubs for the remainder of this season. Stubing will return to the coaching box after going 0-8.
Sep 23, 1988 - At Candlestick Park the Dodgers win 3-0 behind Orel Hershiser (23-8) who pitches a complete game shutout to extend his record-vying streak to 49 consecutive shutout innings. Mickey Hatcher's 2-out 3-run homer in the 8th off starter Atlee Hammaker is all the scoring.
Jul 4, 1988 - NL umpire Lee Weyer 51 dies of a heart attack after working the Cubs 3-2 win over San Francisco. In a 1987 Sports Illustrated poll of NL catchers the 6'6" Weyer was rates the best.
Sep 11, 1987 - At County Stadium, the Texas Rangers beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-1. In the 9th the umps check Ranger reliever Dale Mohorcic but can find no evidence of sandpaper that he is using to scuff balls. Tomorrow Mohorcic will go on the 15 day DL with gastrointestinal bleeding caused by the item he swallowed before the umpire's inspection.
Aug 9, 1987 - With help from Lee Smith Scott Sanderson beats the Mets 6-3 at Shea Stadium. The loser is Doc Gooden who snaps his 10-game winning streak against the Cubs. He'll start another streak of 12 wins.
Jun 12, 1986 - Juan Beniquez joins Lee Lacy as the 2nd unlikely Oriole to hit 3 home runs in a game this month connecting for 3 solo shots in Baltimore's 7-5 loss to the Yankees. Between them Beniquez and Lacy will hit 17 home runs this season.
Jun 8, 1986 - In the longest 9-inning game by time in AL history Baltimore's Lee Lacy goes 4-for-6 with 3 home runs and 6 RBI as the Orioles club the Yankees 18-9. The game features 9 pitchers 36 hits and 16 walks and takes 4:16 to complete.
Jun 7, 1986 - University of Arkansas's Jeff King The Sporting News college player of the year is the first choice in the June draft. The Pirates take the third baseman. U. of Texas P Gregg Swindell is the next pick by Cleveland. Neither will sign for 6 weeks but Swindell will be in the major leagues after going 2-1 in the minors. The Giants take UNLV's Matt Williams with the 3rd pick; Texas picking 4th selects Kevin Brown followed by high schooler Kent Mercker (Braves) Gary Sheffield (Brewers) and Brad Brink (Phillies). The Mets take Lee May Jr. with the #21 pick but the youngster will not perform like his dad and hit just 8 homers in 8 years in the minors. After being skipped over because scouts are convinced the Heisman Trophy winner is headed to the NFL Bo Jackson is taken in the 4th round by the Royals. Another draftee #10 Greg McMurtry by the Red Sox will skip baseball and play in the NFL. College Pitcher of the Year Mike Loynd is taken by Texas in the 7th Round. A total of 331 high schoolers are drafted the most since 1979 due mainly to the dissolution of the January draft.
Jun 27, 1985 - The Padres trade 2B Alan Wiggins to the Orioles for pitcher Roy Lee Jackson and a player to be named later. Wiggins who recently completed his 2nd stay at a drug rehabilitation center was never reactivated by the Padres who vowed that he would never play for them again.
Jun 22, 1985 - In his first ML at bat Curt Ford delivers a pinch single off Lee Smith to give St. Louis a 2-1 win over the Cubs and sole possession of first place in the NL East. Chicago which had been clinging to first place has now lost 11 in a row.
Apr 28, 1985 - Darryl Strawberry hits a grand slam in the first inning at New York but it takes another five hours before the Mets score again. Mookie Wilson scores from 3B when Clint Hurdle's grounder went through the legs of Pittsburgh first baseman Jason Thompson for an error in the 18th inning to give the Mets a 5-4 victory in a game that lasts 5 hours 21 minutes. Lee Tunnell the Bucs 7th pitcher takes the loss. A defensive gem by Rusty Staub robs the Pirates of at least one run in the top of the 18th. Staub 41 who weighs 230 is pressed into service when the Mets ran out of players in the 12th inning. Staub played right field when right-handed batters came up and left field when left-handed hitters batted. He was playing right in the top of the 18th. With Tunnell on second and two out pinch hitter Rick Rhoden hits a looping fly ball down the RF line and Staub makes a running catch to save a run. In the bottom of the 18th Gary Carter draws a walk and Wilson running for him goes to third on Strawberry's single to right. When Hurdle's grounder went through Thompson it ends the longest game in 3 years. Through one stretch in the marathon in which 43 players were used Pirate pitchers hold the Mets hitless for 10 innings.
Aug 7, 1984 - The Cubs sweep a pair from the visiting Mets winning 8-6 and 8-4. Rick Sutcliffe (9-1) beats Ron Darling (10-5) in the opener benefiting from a 6-run 5th inning. Keith Moreland hits a 3-run HR and Cey a 2-run shot in the 5th. A 5-run 4th in game 2 propels Chicago to the win for reliever Tim Stoddard. Lee Smith notches his 25th save.
Aug 2, 1984 - Divine intervention? The Cubs edge the Expos 3-2 with the help of an "immaculate deflection" by reliever Lee Smith. With runners on 1B and 3B pinch hitter Pete Rose laces a line drive towards CF that hits Smith's glove then bounces off his shoulder and hip to SS Dave Owen who turns it into a DP. The win coupled with the Mets loss to the Pirates puts the Cubs 1 1/2 games ahead in the NL East.
Jun 4, 1984 - The Tigers break a 3-3 tie in the 10th when Dave Bergman golfs a three-run homer into the upper deck at Tiger Stadium. Bergman had fouled 7 pitches off Roy Lee Howell before connecting. Howard Johnson had a three run homer in the 7th to account for the other half of Detroit's scoring.
May 31, 1984 - Mario Soto is suspended for 5 days by NL president Chub Feeney for his role in a 32-minute melee that marred the Reds-Cubs game on May 27th. After shoving 3B umpire Steve Ripley who had signaled that Ron Cey's long ?y ball was a 3-run home run (it was later ruled foul) a bat-wielding Soto then tried to attack a park vendor who had thrown a bag of ice at him. Soto will be suspended again for 5 more days later in the season for his June 16th fight with Claudell Washington.
Aug 22, 1983 - The Cubs replace Lee Elia with Charlie Fox a special assistant to GM Dallas Green who managed the Giants to the NL West title in 1971. Chicago is in 5th place in the NL East with a 54-69 record.
Aug 5, 1983 - AL president Lee MacPhail suspends Yankees manager Billy Martin for the 2nd time this season because of continuing abuse of umpires. Martin is suspended for 2 games for calling umpire Dale Ford "a stone liar" after a July 31st game with the White Sox. He earned a 3-game suspension earlier this year for kicking dirt on umpire Drew Coble.
Jul 24, 1983 - In the memorable "Pine Tar Game" at Yankee Stadium George Brett hits an apparent 2-run home run off Rich Gossage to give the Royals a 5-4 lead with 2 outs in the 9th inning only to have it taken away when Yankees manager Billy Martin at the urging of coach Don Zimmer points out that the pine tar on Brett's bat handle exceeds the 17 inches allowed in the rules. As a result Brett is called out for illegally batting the ball giving New York a 4-3 victory. Brett goes ballistic a the Royals immediately protest and AL President Lee MacPhail overrules his umpires for the first time saying that while the rules should certainly be rewritten and clarified the home run will stand and the game will be resumed from that point on August 18th.
May 31, 1983 - AL President Lee MacPhail suspends Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for one week citing "repeated problems" with the outspoken owner's public criticism of umpires. Steinbrenner who had been fined $50000 by Commissioner Kuhn during spring training for berating some NL umpires cannot attend games or be in his Yankee Stadium office during the suspension.
May 14, 1983 - Toronto's Luis Leal and Roy Lee Jackson combine to one-hit the Indians 8-1 allowing only an 8th-inning single to Chris Bando. Starter Leal pitches 5 innings and is replaced by Jackson after a 1:42 rain delay.
May 14, 1982 - With the bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th Pittsburgh's Lee Lacy greets Reds reliever Tom Hume with a grand slam home run. But in the celebration. Lacy passes teammate Omar Moreno between 1B and 2B. Lacy gets only a single and three ribbies but the Bucs pull out a victory 8-7.
May 29, 1981 - A's manager Billy Martin flies into a rage and heaves 2 handfuls of dirt on home plate umpire Terry Cooney's back after being ejected for arguing ball and strike calls. He will be suspended by AL president Lee MacPhail for 7 days.
Mar 22, 1981 - Orioles manager Earl Weaver is suspended for 3 days by AL president Lee MacPhail for removing his club from the field and forfeiting a spring training game to the Royals. It is the 4th career suspension for Weaver who was upset that the umpires did not provide him with an official batting order after Kansas City made numerous substitutions.
Sep 14, 1980 - In a 10-7 win over the Cubs Lee Mazzilli homers to break a drought for Mets. (as noted by Tom Ruane) It is the 1st homer in 175.2 innings going back to August 26 when Claudell Washington homered. This will be the longest drought for the rest of the century. The Mets also had droughts of 134.1 inning (4/15-5/3) and 117.1 inning (5/6- 5/24).
Aug 20, 1980 - Pittsburgh's Omar Moreno steals his 70th base of the season becoming the first player this century with 3 consecutive 70-steal seasons. The fleet outfielder swiped 71 in 1978 77 in 1979 and will finish 1980 with a career-high 96. Pittsburgh loses to Houston 5-1.
Jun 20, 1980 - White Sox reliever Ed Farmer swears he will take criminal action against Detroit's Al Cowens following an on-field brawl in Chicago. Cowens hit a grounder to SS and then charged the mound instead of running to 1B. The action stemmed from an incident a year earlier when a Farmer pitch shattered Cowens' jaw. AL prexy Lee MacPhail will suspend Cowens for 7 games. The Tigers win 5-3 in 11 innings.
Jul 24, 1979 - In Pittsburgh a 4th-inning call results in a 34-minute rhubarb during the Pirates-Reds game. With Buc runners on 1st and 3rd a 3-1 pitch to Omar Moreno is called a ball but Johnny Bench throws to 2B ahead of the runner from 1B Lee Lacy who is attempting to steal. Lacy is called out by Dick Stello even though Moreno has just received a walk (therefore entitling Lacy to 2B) and walks off the bag. He is then tagged out by Dave Concepcion precipitating the argument. The subsequent protest is rejected by NL president Feeney and the Pirates 6-5 loss is upheld.
Jul 17, 1979 - The NL wins its 8th straight All-Star Game 7-6 at Seattle. Lee Mazzilli homers to tie the game in the 8th and walks in the 9th to bring in the winning run. Dave Parker with 2 outstanding throws is named the game's MVP and Pete Rose plays a record 5th All-Star position. The Red Sox provide the starting OF for the AL in Rice Yaz and Lynn though Yaz has played 1B most of the season.
Jun 30, 1979 - The Mets overcome a pinch hit grand slam by the Cubs Mike Vail's in the 11th inning and hang on to win 9-8. The Mets break a 3-3 tie and score 6 runs in the top of the 11th at Wrigley to take a 9-3 lead. The big blows are 2-run homers by Lee Mazzilli his second HR of the game and Joel Youngblood. Chicago storms back with 5 runs in the bottom of the frame but New York prevails. This is the first time since Cy Williams did it in 1925 that a team has hit a grand slam in an extra inning and lost. It is the 3rd time that a Cub has hit a pinch grand slam in extra innings.
Jun 9, 1979 - Tom Seaver fires a 3-hitter retiring the last 24 batters in the Reds 7-1 win over the Expos. As noted by Rhodes and Snyder in their Reds history Dave Concepcion hits a red seat homer off Bill Lee.
May 31, 1979 - The Expos complete a series sweep over the Phillies each win by a shutout. Scott Sanderson is the 1-0 winner today following whitewashes by teammates Steve Rogers (9-0) and Bill Lee (2-0). Christensen allows just 2 hits in 7 innings but takes the loss.
Jun 26, 1978 - Toronto's Dave McKay and Otto Velez each hit 2 doubles in one inning during a 24-10 rout of Baltimore. With the score 19-6 following a homer by Lee May Earl Weaver tosses OF Larry Harlow at the Blue Jays. Harlow gets 2 batters out in the 5th then walks 3 in a row and hurls a wild pitch. He then allows a single a walk and a three-run HR by John Mayberry to make the score 24-6. Mayberry comes off the bench to hit a 3-run homer a 2-run homer and a 2-run double good for 7 RBIs. The last non-starter to have 7 RBI was Roy Siever in June 1961. Bullpen catcher Ellie Hendricks then relieves Harlow and gives up just a walk and no runs in 2-1/3 innings. Closer Don Stanhouse takes over in the 8th.
Jun 17, 1978 - The Red Sox win their 9th straight handing the Mariners their 10th straight loss 5-4. The Sox score two in the 9th including a game winning single by Yaz. Dwight Evans had earlier parked his 15th homer. Bill Lee wearing a "friendship first competition second" t-shirt returns to the Sox and is fined a day's pay.
Jun 16, 1978 - After doing a morning cooking demonstration at a Boston department store Bill Lee (7-3) storms out of the Red Sox clubhouse saying he is retiring from baseball. Lee has had arm problems in addition to the Sox allowing 10 unearned runs in Lee's last two starts. The Spaceman is also upset that yesterday the Sox sold his good friend Bernie Carbo to the Indians reportedly saying "Today just cost us the pennant." Lee's walkout will last one day. Despite Lee's takeoff the Red Sox top Seattle 6-3 as Carlton Fisk bangs two doubles his 4th multi-hit game in a row. He has 11 doubles in his last 6 games.
May 17, 1978 - Lee Lacy hits a pinch HR as the Dodgers beat the Pirates 10-1. It is Lacy's 3rd consecutive HR in a pinch-hitting role setting a ML record. His previous blasts were on May 2nd and 6th.
May 11, 1978 - Jim Rice belts his 11th homer of the season to lead the Red Sox to a 5-4 win over Baltimore. Fred Lynn adds a single double and triple to help Bill Lee (5-0) to his 5th win. Dennis Martinez takes the loss.
Jul 12, 1977 - Steve Henderson hits a game-winning HR off Bruce Sutter to give the Mets a 4-2 victory over the Cubs. After the game the Cubs relief ace admits his arm is bothering him and asks to be excused from the All-Star game. Bleeding will be found in Sutter's arm and he will get the week off after the All-Star break to rest it.
May 20, 1976 - At New York‚ Carl Yastrzemski clubs 2 homers‚ giving him 5 in two games‚ to tie a ML mark. Boston wins‚ 8-2. Boston P Bill Lee injures his arm in a fight with Yankee players‚ ending up on the bottom of a pile of players. Lee never really recovers from the injury although he will win 16 games with the Expos in 1979. The fight starts when Lou Piniella‚ running on Dwight Evans‚ is gunned down at the plate and barrels into Fisk. Both come up swinging and both benches clear. Lee then blames Martin for espousing a fighting style that brought the brawl on. In 2006, Lee gives an interview to the Marin Independent Journal where he recounts how the Red Sox treated his injury "They're going, 'Here take this, take this, take this.’ Afterwards I've got sterazolidin, butazolidin, Clenerol, Indicin. I've got everything in me. I can pitch in the American League, but I couldn't run in the Kentucky Derby. Holy cow, I'm glowing in the dark."
Dec 12, 1975 - After being a White Sox for 2 days‚ Dick Ruthven goes to Atlanta‚ along with Danny Osborn. Chicago receives Ralph Garr and Larvell Blanks. Blanks is then dealt to Cleveland for 2B Jack Brohamer. The Sox then trade P Rich Hinton and C Jeff Sovern to the Reds for P Clay Carroll‚ and finish the day by shipping Lee Richard to the Cards for Buddy Bradford and P Greg Terlecky.
Oct 22, 1975 - At Boston the Sox take a 3-0 lead in the 3rd off Don Gullett but the Reds rally to tie it in the 7th. Perez hits a 2-run shot in the 6th off Bill Lee golfing one of the Spaceman's bloopers over the Green Monster. Jim Willoughby is relieved by Jim Burton and Joe Morgan's single wins the deciding game 4-3. The Reds come from behind in all four of their victories. Rose is named the WS MVP.
Jul 27, 1975 - In the first of a twinbill at Shea Stadium Red Sox CF Fred Lynn makes a great running catch to save the game for pitcher Bill Lee. Lee wins 1-0 and then Roger Moret completes the whitewash with a 6-0 nitecap win. The losses seem to finish the Yanks pennant hopes and Bill Virdon's managing job.
Jul 23, 1975 - Willie Crawford and Lee Lacy connect for 9th-inning back-to-back pinch HRs off Bob Forsch but the Dodgers lose anyway 5-4 to the Cardinals. They are the 2nd pair of Dodgers to pinch hit back-to-back homers.
Jun 28, 1974 - At Cleveland Indians OF Leron Lee crashes into Boston C Carlton Fisk knocking him out of the game. Fisk's left knee injury is so serious he will not return to action this year and with a broken arm sustained in next year's spring training will not play until June of 1975.
Jun 19, 1974 - Runners are passed in 2 different games tonight depriving Giant Ed Goodson of a HR in a Cardinals-Giants match and creating confusion in a Pirates-Dodgers match. Goodson clocks a 3rd inning pitch from Bob Gibson then passes teammate Garry Maddox between 1B and 2B. Instead of a HR he gets one RBI and a single. The Giants win 5-4 outhitting the Cards 14-5. In the latter Joe Ferguson apparently strikes out with the sacks full and walks away while Pirate C Manny Sanguillen agrees and rolls the ball to the mound. Lee Lacy the LA runner on 3rd jogs to the dugout. The runner from 2B Jimmy Wynn comes around but is tagged out sliding at home. Lee Lacy scurries from the dugout slides home and is also tagged out. Lacy though tagged is ruled safe according to the rules which gives him home automatically when a base on balls is called with the sacks full. The confusion is deemed moot as the Pirates prevail 7-3.
Jun 7, 1974 - At Comiskey Park a popcorn machine catches fire in RF stands delaying the game 70 minutes and sending fans fleeing for safety. The Sox then pop Boston 8-6.
May 6, 1974 - Oakland P Paul Lindblad makes an errant throw in the first inning of a 6-3 loss to Baltimore. This ends Lindblad's ML-record streak of 385 consecutive errorless games dating back to August 27 1966. Lee Smith will later top Lindblad's mark in the NL.
Dec 11, 1973 - In a motel in the Dominican Republic‚ Cesar Cedeno is with a girl friend when she takes his gun and accidentally shoots and kills herself. After the gunshot‚ Cedeno calls the police and says that a woman has been killed. Then he flees the scene before turning himself in to the police 8 hours later. Cedeno is charged with voluntary manslaughter‚ and spends 20 days in jail before the charges are reduced to involuntary manslaughter and he is released. He will be found guilty of the latter‚ fined‚ but spend no more time in jail.
Jun 20, 1973 - Red Sox lead off batters Rick Miller and Reggie Smith belt homers off Milwaukee's Bill Parsons. In 1971 Smith also followed a leadoff homer with one of his own. Bill Lee makes the lead stand up in beating the Brewers Bill Parsons 3-2.
Jul 4, 1972 - Leron Lee singles in the 9th to break up Tom Seaver's no-hitter but the Mets shut out the Padres 2-0 in the opener. Seaver strikes out 11. The Pads take the nitecap 4-2 as Nate Colbert hits his 16th homer.
Nov 29, 1971 - In 3 blockbuster deals‚ the Cubs trade P Ken Holtzman to the A's for OF Rick Monday; the Giants trade P Gaylord Perry and SS Frank Duffy to the Indians for P Sam McDowell; and the Reds trade 1B Lee May‚ 2B Tommy Helms‚ and OF Jimmy Stewart to the Astros for 2B Joe Morgan‚ OF Cesar Geronimo‚ and P Jack Billingham. This trade‚ criticized in the Cincinnati press‚ is one of the best in Reds history‚ and puts the wheels on the big Red Machine‚ as future Hall of Famer Morgan will win 2 MVPs.
Aug 2, 1971 - Bill Lee pitches tremendous relief allowing just 2 hits in 8 1/3 innings and the 2nd-place Red Sox come back to beat the AL East first place Orioles 7-4. The Birds get all their runs off Tiant in the 1st.
Oct 14, 1970 - After Casey Stengel throws out the first pitch Lee May's 8th-inning 3-run homer gives the Reds their first Series win 6-5. RF Pete Rose throws out Brooks Robinson at the plate and homers in the 5th. The loss ends the Orioles' 17-game winning streak which started at the end of the regular season.
Sep 27, 1970 - The Orioles rally for 2 runs in the 8th inning to beat the Indians Sam McDowell 4-3. Dick Hall wins his 10th game with 3 innings of hitless relief. He also walks no one and ends the year with more wins than walks-10 wins and only 6 walks in 61 innings. Not since Slim Sallee's 21 wins in 1919 when he walked 20 has a pitcher accomplished this. Bret Saberhagen in 1994 will be the next winning 14 and walking 13. Before Sallee Christy Mathewson had 2 seasons of more wins than walks.
Aug 15, 1970 - In a 5-4 Reds win over the Phillies Lee May drives in all the runs for Cincinnati. His 2nd homer in the bottom of the 9th ties the game and his single in the 14th wins it. Rose is 0-for-7 with 5 straight K's. The Phils Billy Champion is the losing pitcher but all is not lost. Champion picks up a PCL win today as Eugene completes a suspended game in which he is the victor.
Jul 4, 1970 - The Cards send 3 pinch hitters to the plate in the 8th inning and all 3 strike out. Steve Renko of the Expos fans 10 in the game including Jim Beauchamp Vic Davalillo and Leron Lee in the 8th to give Montreal an 8-0 win.
Jun 24, 1970 - Before 28027 the Reds play their final game at Cincinnati's Crosley Field beating the Giants 5-4. Johnny Bench and Lee May hit back-to-back homers off Juan Marichal in the 8th for the win.
Jun 5, 1970 - In a sign of things to come Minnesota rookie Bert Blyleven gives up a homer to the first batter he faces in the majors Lee Maye. Blyleven settles down and allows just 4 more hits in 7 innings and beats Washington 2-1. Blyleven was brought up from Evansville (AA) to replace the injured Tiant.
May 17, 1970 - At Crosley Field Hank Aaron collects his 3000th hit a first-inning infield single and his 570th HR off Wayne Granger but the Reds beat Atlanta 7-6 in 15 innings. Pete Rose's 9th inning homer knots the game at 3-3 and the Reds score another 3 in the 10th to tie the game at 6 apiece. The Reds score in the 10th on a double by Perez and homers by Bench (who starts the game in CF) and Lee May. Don Gullett pitches the last 2 innings and drives in the winner with a single. Perez is 5-for-7 in the contest. Aaron is collared in game 1 a 5-1 Reds victory. The DH draws 33217 the largest crowd at Crosley Field since 1947.
Apr 22, 1970 - The Cubs defeat the Cards 7-5 ending Mike Torrez's 11-game winning streak going back to last year. Don Kessinger has 3 hits including an inside-the-park HR and Billy Williams drives in 3 runs. Joe Torre homers for the Cards and Leron Lee hits his 1st ML homer.
Apr 16, 1970 - Reds' ace Jim Maloney suffers a severed Achilles tendon in his left leg while running the bases against the Dodgers in the 3rd inning. He is replaced by 19-year-old rookie Don Gullett who earns his first ML victory 12-2 with 5 innings of shutout ball. Lee May collects 4 hits including a grand slam. Maloney 29 will never win another game in the majors.
Apr 14, 1970 - At Wrigley Field Ken Holtzman pitches the Cubs to a 5-4 win over the Phillies. At the end of the game hundreds of fans swarm the field many of them climbing over the wall in right field. The melee prompts the Cubs management to install a restraint in RF an 18-inch wire basket jutting out at an angle from the 11-foot high wall.
Apr 6, 1970 - In the last home opener at Crosley Field the Reds top the Expos 5-1 behind Jim Merritt. It is the first win for manager Sparky Anderson. The Reds have 3 homers in the 4th when Lee May Bernie Carbo and Bobby Tolan connect. It is Carbo's first ML hit. Joe Sparma takes the loss.
Jul 15, 1969 - Reds OF Lee May hits 4 homers against the Braves in a doubleheader split. May hits a pair in each game driving in 5 runs in each. The Reds lose the lidlifter 9-8 then take game two 10-4.
Jul 3, 1969 - At Los Angeles Lee May hits a 2-run homer in the 11th and the Reds beat the Dodgers 4-3. For May second in the NL to McCovey (27) in dingers it is his 23rd homer matching his birth date and uniform number (his younger brother Carlos will also have his birth date as his uniform number) Granger the 3rd Red pitcher in the 11th stops the Dodger rally.
May 28, 1969 - In a 7-6 win over Pittsburgh NL HR leader Lee May of the Reds hits a pair garnering a ML-record-tying 6 in 3 straight games (at least one in each). He hit a pair in both the games against the Expos on the 24th and 25th.
Sep 27, 1968 - Facing Lee Stange at Fenway Park Mantle flies out in his final plate appearance before being replaced by Andy Kosko. Kosko's homer ties the score in the 8th and Pepitone's HR in the 9th gives New York a 4-3 win.
Aug 4, 1968 - In pre-game ceremonies at Busch Stadium honoring him Stan Musial is joined by his 1941 Cardinal teammates. a 10-foot bronze statue of Musial at is unveiled at one of the Stadium entrances. The crowd of 47445 then watch as Bob Gibson battles the Cubs for 12 innings before Chicago P Lee Elia singles home the winning run in the 13th. Cubs win 6-5.
Sep 1, 1967 - Cincinnati's Bob Lee walks Dick Groat with the bases loaded in the 21st inning to give the Giants a 1-0 victory at Crosley Field. Twenty scoreless innings tie the ML mark set by the Pirates and the Braves on August 1 1918 a game Pittsburgh also won in the 21st 2-0. Gaylord Perry with 9 one-run losses during the season pitches the first 16 innings of shutout ball with Frank Linzy going the last 5. Mel Queen tosses 9 1/3 inning for the Reds.
Jul 3, 1967 - In St. Louis the fans get boxing with their baseball in the Cards 7-3 win over the Reds. After Bob Gibson pitched inside to Tony Perez in the 5th inning the pair exchange words after Perez flies out. Both benches empty but there is no fighting until the Reds bullpen led by Bob Lee show up. It takes 12 minutes before the police are needed to restore order.
Jun 7, 1967 - At Crosley Field Reds P Gary Nolan strikes out 15 Giants including Willie Mays 4 times. But her still loses 4-3. Willie McCovey belts a 3-run homer in the 8th to tie the game and reliever Bob Lee allows the last run to score to pin the loss on Nolan. This is the 11th one-run game in a row that for the Reds a ML record. They won 7 of them. The closest any team has vome to matching the Reds is Brooklyn in 1927 the Cardinals in 1920 and the Giants of 1910.
Apr 16, 1967 - At Yankee Stadium The Red Sox and Yankees struggle for 18 innings before New York wins it 7-6 in a game that lasts 5 hours and 50 minutes. Carl Yastrzemski and Tony Conigliaro each have 5 hits for the Sox but it is Joe Pepitone's two-out single that beats Lee Stange. Al Downing is the winner.
Sep 23, 1966 - The visiting Red Sox and Lee Stange beat the Yankees 2-1 pinning the loss on Mel Stottlemyre. It is the 20th loss of the year for the Yankee ace. The last Yankee to lose 20 games was Sam Jones who lost 21 in 1925.
Aug 26, 1966 - With Baltimore trailing Boston 2-0 in the 9th inning Vic Roznovsky and Boog Powell sting Lee Stange with back-to-back pinch-hit HRs to tie the game. This is just the 4th time in baseball history that back-to-back pinch HRs have occurred and the 2nd time in the AL. Baltimore wins in the 12th 3-2.
Aug 7, 1966 - Lee Bales gets off to a shaky ML start striking out 4 times as the Braves beat the Phillies 3-0. Bales equals the NL record first set by Billy Sunday (May 22 1883) for most initial-game K's.
May 17, 1965 - At Chavez Ravine Don Mincher cracks a pinch homer to tie the game at 4-4 but the Angels push across a run in the 10th to top Minnesota 5-4. Bob Lee is the winner. Mincher's homer will be the only Twins round tripper this year at Chavez.
Aug 23, 1963 - 1B Lee Thomas of the Angels ties a ML record by participating in 6 DPs in a 17-0 romp at Washington. 3B Felix Torres starts 4 of them to tie a ML record. Ken McBride is the recipient of the outburst while Steve Ridzik is the loser.
Sep 15, 1962 - At Cleveland 22-year-old Sudden Sam McDowell pitches 6 scoreless innings striking out 7. He leaves after one out in the 7th after his hard throwing causes him to breaks 2 ribs. With 2 outs in the 9th the Twins score 3 against Funk to win 3-2. Lee Stange in relief gains his first ML win. McDowell just recalled from Portland (PCL) where he compiled an 8-0 record including a one-hitter and no-hitter in consecutive starts will go 11-4 this year.
Aug 16, 1962 - For the 2nd night in a row Frank Robinson clouts 2 homers to power the Reds to a 7-1 win over the Braves. Robby now has 9 homers in 8 games 11 in the last 12. Lee Maye's HR off Maloney is the only Braves' score.
Jun 12, 1962 - The Braves beat the Dodgers 15-2 as the Aaron brothers-Hank and Tommie-hit HRs in the same game for the first time. They'll do it twice more this year. Hank has three hits and drives in three runs before retiring in the 7th for a pinch-hitter Lee May. May is the first of six hitters who will pinch for Aaron.
May 6, 1962 - Lee Thomas has 5 hits to lead a 19-hit attack by the Angels as they beat the Orioles 15-7 to sweep the 3-game series. Brooks Robinson hits a grand slam to tie the game at 7-7 in the 5th.
Dec 15, 1961 - The Mets continue spending‚ sending Lee Walls and $100‚000 to the Dodgers for Charlie Neal. Neal‚ the 5th ex-Dodger on the roster‚ was downed by the measles in the Spring and a knee spur later on.
Sep 5, 1961 - Los Angeles's Lee Thomas ties the ML record with 9 hits in a doubleheader 5 in the first game and 4 including 3 HRs in the 2nd. Thomas ties the AL record with 19 total bases in a doubleheader. But Kansas City wins both games from the Angels 7-3 and 13-12.
Sep 2, 1960 - In the first game of a doubleheader Ted Williams homers off Don Lee of the Senators. Williams had homered against Lee's father Thornton 20 years earlier. Boston sweeps winning the first 4-1 and the 2nd game 3-2.
Jun 15, 1960 - Philadelphia sends Wally Post back to Cincinnati along with OF Harry Anderson and 1B Fred Hopke for outfielders Tony Gonzalez and Lee Walls. Gonzalez will be a reliable starter for 9 years in Philley and in 1962 will be the first CF to field 1.000.
Apr 8, 1960 - The Cubs get infielder Don Zimmer from the Dodgers in return for infielder John Goryl OF Lee Handley minor league P Ron Perranoski and cash. Perranoski 11-10 at Ft. Worth will develop into the top reliever in the NL.
Mar 26, 1960 - An Orioles-Reds series scheduled for Havana Cuba is moved to Miami by Baltimore chief Lee MacPhail. The Reds with a farm club in Cuba want the trip but the Orioles fear increased political unrest in the area.
May 1, 1957 - The Cubs send 1B Dee Fondy and 2B Gene Baker to Pittsburgh for 1B Dale Long and OF Lee Walls. Fondy hits .300 but will be traded while Walls and Long will knock out 45 HRs for the Cubs this season.
Apr 28, 1957 - The Tigers Al Aber goes 1-1 against the Indians today winning the opener 2-0 with 2 innings of relief. The loser is Early Wynn who allows one hit in the first 8 innings as he matches rookie Don Lee (7 IP) 0-0. Wynn who homered off Lee's father is 0-for-2 at the plate. Aber loses the nitecap 3-2 when House makes an error in the 10th inning juggling the ball at the plate with Busby scoring. Aber had made the putout at 1B on a 3-1 play and 3B coach Stanky waved Busby around from 2B. Avila and Colavito homer for the Tribe while Bolling connects for Detroit.
Dec 9, 1955 - The Phillies purchase veteran Frankie Baumholtz from the Cubs. Frankie will play in 76 games next year without an extra base hit‚ a NL record that will be topped. Red Sox Mike McNally‚ in 1916‚ played in 87 games without an long hit‚ a record Luis Gomez will break in 1989 (as noted by Lee Sinins).
Sep 6, 1953 - The feuding continues as the Dodgers beat the Giants 6-3 but lose Carl Furillo the NL's leading hitter at .344 for the rest of the regular season. Furillo is hit on the wrist by a Ruben Gomez pitch in the 2nd and is restrained from charging the mound. He goes to first base and with a 3-2 count on the next batter Furillo races from 1B into the dugout to swing at Leo Durocher. who ordered the beaning. In the melee a Giants player steps on Furillo's left hand breaking a finger. Furillo will not play again till the World Series but his .344 will lead the NL in hitting. Roy Campanella homers in the 2nd inning and sets the ML mark for HRs by a catcher. His 38th tops the NL high of 37 hit by Cubs C Gabby Hartnett in 1930.
May 30, 1952 - Over the protests of manager Paul Richards White Sox GM Frank Lane swaps fleet CF Jim Busby along with Mel Hoderlein to Washington for Sam Mele. Busby's loss leaves a defensive hole in the outfield which the Sox will fill when they acquire Jim Rivera in July.
Jan 4, 1952 - Ex-Reds pitcher Lee Grissom is acquitted of manslaughter charges stemming from a bar room fight on July 30 1950 when he struck a 27-year-old truck driver. Grissom was 12-17 for the last-place Reds in 1937.
Aug 21, 1949 - A barrage of bottles from the Philadelphia stands as protest of a decision by umpire George Barr over a trapped line drive by Ashburn results in the first forfeiture in the ML in 7 years. Umpires Al Barlick and Lee Ballanfant are hit by flying objects during the 15-minute melee. The Giants who receive this forfeit gave one away in 1942 when hordes of youngsters invaded the field. The Giants are leading 4-2 with one out in the 9th of the second game of a doubleheader when the forfeit occurs. Per the rules in effect neither pitcher-Larry Jansen nor Schoolboy Rowe-get a decision. As a result of the forfeit Shibe Park officials ban the sale of soft drinks in bottles.
May 29, 1948 - Richie Ashburn hits his 1st ML homer a leadoff inside-the-park HR off Thornton Lee's 3rd pitch. It runs Ashburn's hit streak to 18 games but it's the Phils only run as the Giants win 7-1. Bill Rigney leads off the 1st 3rd and 5th innings with hits while Sid Gordon adds a three-run homer in the 5th. Lee is a complete-game winner over another ex-AL hurler Walt Dubiel.
Jul 9, 1945 - At Washington the Senators defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers 4-3 in a game marred by the career-ending knee injury suffered by Brooklyn's rookie pitcher Lee Pfund. Ironically the game's winning pitcher is Bert Shepard who had lost a leg in military service. Shepard pitches 4 innings and gives up two runs.
Apr 17, 1945 - At Cleveland Thornton Lee is the winning pitcher in the White Sox 5-2 victory over the Indians. Tony Cuccinello helps with a successful hidden ball trick in the 6th on Lou Boudreau at 3B. For Cooch it is at least his 4th successful use of the ploy the first coming in 1929. As historian Bill Deane notes this is the first time the trick has worked on Opening Day.
Aug 5, 1942 - White Sox 1B Don Kolloway's 2-out steal of home in the 5th inning is the only run of the game against Tiger lefty Hal Newhouser. Sore-armed Thornton Lee is the winner. There are 7 games played today and 5 end in shutouts.
Sep 14, 1941 - Boston increases its second place margin over the White Sox by sweeping a pair 9-2 and 5-1 In game 1 Jimmie Foxx starts the Boston scoring with a grand slam in the 1st inning off Ted Lyons. Dom DiMaggio Finney and Williams continue to pummel the vet as the Sox collect 14 hits. In game 2 the Fenwaymen thwart Thornton Lee's bid for a 20th win. In game 1 Ted Williams draws a walk for the 19th consecutive game stretching back to August 24. This is a new ML record that will be quietly broken by Roy Cullenbine in 1947. Williams total for the 19 games is 36 walks. He is walkless in game 2 but triples in 4 at bats.
Aug 17, 1941 - In the 2nd game of a doubleheader in Philadelphia the Phils top the Giants 18-2. Joe Marty leads the attack with 5 hits and 5 RBIs while Lee Grissom wins his 1st after 11 straight defeats. The Phils also take the opener 6-2.
Jul 17, 1941 - At Chicago the other DiMaggio-Dom-cracks a triple and home run to lead the Red Sox to a 7-4 win over the White Sox. Another streak is stopped as starter Thornton Lee is lifted after 16 straight complete games for Chicago. Herb Newsome is the winner.
Jul 13, 1941 - In Chicago the Yankees sweep two winning 8-1 and 1-0 in 11 innings to run their win streak to 14. Joe DiMaggio continues his streak with three singles in the opener and another in the nitecap off Thornton Lee. New York's lead in the AL is 5 games.
Jun 28, 1941 - Players act as umpires after Casey Stengel receives a telegram from umpire Babe Pinelli that he other the two other umps Al Barlick and Lee Ballanfant are fogbound on a nightboat from New York. Stengel picks Johnny Cooney to ump behind the plate while Manager Leo Durocher picks Freddy Fitzsimmons. There are no beefs in the first inning though Boston plates one run and when the regularly assigned umpires finally run on the field just before the second inning the fans greet them with foghorn imitations. Boston wins 3-2.
Dec 4, 1940 - The Cubs swap SS Bobby Mattick‚ OF Jim Gleeson and a player to be announced to the Reds for SS Billy Myers. Myers will split his time between Chicago and the minors in '41 and quit in 1942 rather than take a pay cut.
Sep 9, 1940 - The Indians lose their 7th straight as White Sox lefty Thornton Lee beats them 2-1. The Tigers take over first place with the Yankees one game back. Tomorrow's opener in Cleveland with the Yanks will be rained out.
Jun 11, 1940 - In the 2nd of two Paul Dean debuts with the Giants and beats the Cubs 3-1 on 4 hits. Joe Moore runs his hitting streak to 14 games when he belts an 8th inning homer off Claude Passeau. The Giants win the opener 4-0 behind Bill Lohrman to pull within 1 1/2 games of the Reds and Dodgers. Bill Lee is the losing Cubs hurler in that one.
Apr 16, 1940 - In the earliest start of today's openers the Reds shade the visiting Cubs 2-1. Derringer outguns Lee with all the runs coming on homers: McCormick Goodman and Galan for the Cubs.
Jan 4, 1940 - The Reds send sore-armed lefty Lee Grissom to the Yankees for 26-year-old pitcher Joe Beggs. As noted by historian Lyle Spatz Beggs had to clear waivers from all 7 AL teams who likely were not aware of the impending swap. This is due to the new rule voted last month barring the AL pennant winner (read Yankees) from any trades within the league. Beggs will go 12-3 for the Reds while Grissom will be sold to the Dodgers on May 15.
Oct 11, 1939 - In Los Angeles Bob Feller is paid $2000 to pitch against the Philadelphia Colored Royal Giants. Feller fans 14 in 7 innings and leaves with the score 2-2 after which the Royal Giants score 3 to win 5-2 with Terris McDuffie winning over Lee Stine.
Jul 25, 1939 - Unbeaten rookie Atley Donald wins his 12th in a row for the Yankees beating the visiting Browns 5-1. DiMaggio's HR off Brownie southpaw Howard Mills is the big blow as the ball travels an estimated 450 feet into the LF Bleachers. Only Hank Greenberg last year has reached those distant seats in 16 years. Red Rolfe also homers to back Atlee's five-hit victory.
Jul 15, 1939 - A disputed call on a Harry Craft ?y ball down the LF foul line into the upper deck at the Polo Grounds touches off a melee in which the Giants Billy Jurges and umpire George Magerkurth spit at each other. Both will be fined $150 and suspended for 10 days. NL President Ford Frick announces that 2-foot screens are to be installed inside all foul poles to prevent future arguments. The AL eventually also adopts the rule. The Giants lose 8-4 to the Reds and will add another 8 in a row to take them out of contention.
Jun 7, 1939 - With Joe DiMaggio back in CF after an absence of 35 games because of a foot injury the Yankees roll to a 5-2 win over the White Sox. DiMaggio knocks in the Yanks' first run with a triple and scores another in New York's three-run 5th. Yankee nemesis Thornton Lee leaves the game with a torn muscle in his left shoulder after 5 1/3 innings while New York's starter Lefty Gomez goes 7 innings before wilting in the heat. New York's lead over the idle Red Sox is now 9 games.
May 16, 1939 - A crowd of 15109 watch the first AL night game played at Shibe Park with Cleveland beating the A's 8-3 in 10 innings. Johnny Humphries is the winner over Roy Parmalee.
Sep 28, 1938 - At Wrigley 34465 fans show up for one of the most dramatic games in history. The Pirates take a 3-1 lead in the 6th on Johnny Rizzo's 2-run homer his 21st of the year. Chicago ties it in the 6th but the Bucs score twice again in the 8th for a 5-3 lead. A weary Bill Lee relieves gives up a run but gets starter Bob Klinger to hit into a DP. Klinger then gives up a single and is lifted for little-used Bill Swift who gives up two runs and the game is knotted at 5-5. Then with two outs in the 9th inning Cubs manager Gabby Hartnett hits the "homer in the gloaming" against Mace Brown to break the tie and put the Cubs in first place ahead of the Pirates. With 2 outs and none on base the umpires intended to call the game because of darkness after Hartnett's turn at bat. Rizzo ends the year with a ML record having homered in 9 parks including Baker's Bowl and Connie Mack Stadium.
Sep 27, 1938 - With the Pirates 1 1?2 game up on the Cubs Dizzy Dean stops the Bucs for 8 innings with his "nothing ball." In the 9th Bill Lee who pitched a complete game win against the Cards yesterday relieves Dean (7-1) and the Cubs hold on to win 2-1. The Pirate lead is down to a half game.
Sep 26, 1938 - With several players from the Pirates in the stands at Wrigley Bill Lee wins his 21st game stopping the Reds 6-3. However the Reds stop Lee's streak of scoreless innings at 37 1/3.
Sep 22, 1938 - Bill Lee of the Cubs pitches his 4th consecutive shutout a 4-0 blanking of the Phils. He matches the feat of Ed Reulbach (1908) and Grover Alexander (1911). It is Lee's 9th shut out of the season. Clay Bryant wins the nitecap for Chicago 2-1 for his 18th victory.
Sep 17, 1938 - Bill Lee pitches the visiting Cubs to a 4-0 win over New York allowing 13 Giants hits in the game one short of the record number in a shut out. Lee's performance his 3rd straight shutout combined with the Cubs' 7-inning 4-2 win behind Clay Bryant in the nitecap leaves the Cubs 2 1/2 games behind the leading Pirates. General Lee topped the Pirates 3-0 and the Reds 2-0 and in between tossed 1 1/3 innings of shut out relief.
Sep 5, 1938 - In Pittsburgh the Cubs sweep a Labor Day doubleheader from the leading Pirates winning 3-0 behind Bill Lee and 4-3 in back of Clay Bryant to move 4 games behind to the leaders. Brandt and Tobin take the losses for the Bucs.
Aug 21, 1938 - Before 40402 at Wrigley the Cubs sweep the Pirates winning 6-4 and 6-1 to cut the Bucs lead to 7 games. Bill Lee is the winner over Cy Blanton in the opener while Tex Carleton tops Russ Bauers in the nitecap.
Aug 19, 1938 - In preparation for 1940 Olympic tournament in Tokyo the U.S. Olympic Baseball team loses 5-3 to England in a rain-shortened 6-inning match in Leeds. The England side consisting mostly of Canadians and other Commonwealth players has now beaten the Americans in four of the five games and the International Baseball Federation will crown the Brits as the Inaugural World Amateur Champions. The outbreak of the War will cancel the 1940 Olympic Games.
Jun 7, 1938 - At Fenway umpire Bill McGowan-who had tossed Johnny Allen on Opening Day-orders the Cleveland pitcher to cut off part of a shirt sleeve which is dangling as he pitches distracting the batter. Allen refuses and walks off the mound. He is fined $250 by Cleveland manager Oscar Vitt who makes a pitching change to avoid a forfeit. The Indians win the game 7-5. Tribe owner Alva Bradley hurries to Boston and buys the shirt for $250; the shirt is then displayed at Higbee's Department Store owned by Bradley's brother. The shirt later makes its way to the Hall of Fame museum in Cooperstown NY.
Jun 3, 1938 - Bill Lee of the Cubs blanks the Boston Bees 4-0 for his 3rd straight shutout and Chicago moves to within 1 1?2 games of the Giants who lose their 4th straight to the Pirates. Lee will run his string to 32 scoreless innings and pitch 47 straight innings in which he allows one unearned run and one extra base hits.
May 23, 1938 - The Cubs Bill Lee tops the Braves 4-1 as the Braves score their only tally in the 4th when pitcher Lou Fette drives in the run. This is the only run that Lee will allow in 47 straight innings going back to the 19th when he tossed a shutout. He will shut out Pirates 5-0 on May 27 the Reds 3-0 on May 30 and the Braves 4-0 on June 3.
Sep 6, 1937 - The Giants take a Labor Day pair from the Phillies winning 6-2 and 9-3 and move 3 games ahead of the Cubs who split with the Reds losing 7-3 and winning 2-1. Reds pitcher Lee Grissom allows just one hit in the nitecap but loses. Phil Cavarretta's leadoff 2B in the 8th a fly ball that Hub Walker overruns an error and a botched sac bunt load the bases. A wild pitch and a sac fly win it for Curt Davis breaking the Cubs 5-game losing streak.
Aug 6, 1937 - For the second time in the 20th century the first two batters in a game-Roy Johnson and Rabbit Warstler of the Boston Bees-lead off with HRs. The mark will be tied a month later and surpassed by San Diego in 1987. The two homers come off Tex Carleton who will come back in two days to pitch a complete game win over the Bees. Waving off the Bee stings the Cubs sweep today 12-6 and 6-2. Curt Davis wins the opener over Ira Hutchinson and Roy Parmelee notches the win in the nitecap against Guy Bush.
Aug 3, 1937 - The Cubs boost their lead in the NL to 7 games as Bill Lee stops the Phils on 3 hits. Lee also hits a homer in the 4-1 win. For Lee it is his 10th straight win over the Phillies going back to 1935.
Jul 5, 1937 - Before 39240 at Wrigley Field the Cubs outlast the Cardinals in a doubleheader winning the opener 13-12 in 14 innings and taking the nitecap 9-7. Bill Lee starts both games for the Cubs and hangs on for the victory in game 2. Charlie Root is the winner in game one with 6 innings of relief. Billy Jurges drives home the winner in the first game and Frank Demaree is 6-for-7. Demaree manages another 2 hits in the nitecap. The two games last 6-1/2 hours. The Cubs now lead the Giants by 2 games.
May 9, 1937 - Before a crowd of 36520 at the Polo Grounds Carl Hubbell wins his 4th straight and his 20th in a row subduing the Cubs and Bill Lee 4-1. The game is scoreless for 6 innings. Dick Bartell hits a 2-run HR in the 8th and Fank Demaree homers in the 9th for the only score of King Carl. Hubbell matches the mark of Rube Marquard who won one game in 1911 and 19 straight more in 1912.
Jan 27, 1937 - In Cincinnati the worst flood in the city's history inundates Crosley Field covering home plate with as much as 21 feet of water. The lower grandstand is completely covered. Reds pitchers Gene Schott and Lee Grissom row a boat out from the center field wall and the resulting photo appears across the country.
Sep 13, 1936 - The Cardinals and Giants split a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds before 64417 the largest crowd in the 60-year history of the NL. It is estimated that 50000 fans are turned away the gates having been closed 3 hours before the start of the twinbill. Bill Terry's league leaders take the opener 8-4 then lose the nitecap 4-3 to stay 3 1/2 games ahead of St. Louis. In the lid lifter Dick Bartell cracks a 2-run homer in the 1st and Mel Ott follows with his 36th homer then adds his 37th. In the nitecap Dizzy Dean makes his 3rd appearance in 2 days to save the win for Roy Parmalee. Diz threw a complete game and relieved in game 2 at Brooklyn yesterday.
Jul 13, 1936 - Bill Lee wins a 1-0 duel from Carl Hubbell who allows just two hits as the Cubs move into first place. It is the last game the Giants ace will lose in 1936; he will win his next 16 decisions this year and his first 8 next year.
Jun 21, 1936 - At Brooklyn the visiting Cubs take the opener 7-2 behind Curt Davis but in the nitecap Van Mungo stops the Cubs' win streak at 15 by winning 6-4. Charlie Grimm socks a pinch homer in the 8th of game 2 but it's not enough as Bill Lee takes the loss. The Cubs are now a half game behind the Cards who lose to the Giants. The Cubs win streak will be their 2nd longest of the 20th century: last year's 21-game skein is the longest.
Jun 20, 1936 - At Brooklyn the Cubs Ken O'Dea breaks a 4-4 tie with a 9th inning pinch single and Chicago wins 6-4 extending its winning streak to 14 games. The lowly Dodgers knock starter Bill Lee out in the 2nd but relievers Larry French and Charley Root are effective in holding the hosts in check.
May 29, 1936 - In the 2nd 15-0 shutout in a week New York's Al Smith is the beneficiary of the hitting as he closes down the Braves. Smith will toss 4 shutouts this year tops in the NL. Smith gives up a Texas Leaguer by Hal Lee in the 8th and a ground single in the 9th.
May 23, 1936 - At Crosley Field Following a single by Lee Handley and two pinch hitters reaching base Sammy Byrd hits a pinch ultimate grand slam in the bottom of the 9th to give the Reds a 4-3 win over Pittsburgh. Bucs starter Bob Swift loads the bases and reliever Cy Blanton serves up just one pitch to Byrd who lets it fly. Byrd will hit one more homer this year and then retire next March 10 to play professional golf. The three pinch hitters scoring ties the NL record.
Apr 29, 1936 - In St. Louis Roy Parmelee former Giants pitcher beats Carl Hubbell 2-1 in a 17-inning duel. The game is scoreless until the 12th when the Giants score a run but the Cards match it in the bottom of the 12th. Parmelee allows just 6 hits in 17 innings while King Carl gives up 11.
Oct 6, 1935 - Lon Warneke keeps the Cubs alive with 6 innings of shutout ball for his 2nd win. He leaves because of a sore shoulder and Bill Lee relieves in the 3-1 victory. Chuck Klein hits a 2-run homer.
Sep 27, 1935 - The Cubs clinch the NL pennant in the first game of a doubleheader with the Cardinals 6-2 besting Dizzy Dean as Bill Lee wins his 20th. The Cubs tally 15 hits off Diz led by Freddie Lindstrom's 4. With Roy Henshaw's victory 5-3 in the nitecap the Cubs extend their win streak to an incredible 21 games and reach the 100-win mark. Only once during the winning streak have the Cubs pitchers given up more than 3 runs. The streak ties the franchise mark set in 1880.
Sep 2, 1935 - With the Cubs splitting two with the 7th-place Reds at Wrigley Chicago is just 2 1/2 in back of the Cards. Chicago wins 3-1 in the opener as Lon Warneke tops Tony Freitas then lose 4-2 to Gene Schott. Bill Lee takes the loss.
Jul 30, 1935 - The Pirates fry Larry French former Buc pitcher for 4 runs in the 1st inning but the red-hot Cubs win 9-6. Bill Lee relieves French and allows just 4 hits after the opening inning. The game features a brawl between Billy Jurges and the Cubs reserve catcher Wally Stephenson. The fight earns Stephenson a quick trip back to Chicago but when Hartnett hurts his ankle the combative catcher will be told to rejoin the team in Cincinnati to back up Ken O'Dea. Hartnett won't return to the lineup till August 11.
Jun 15, 1935 - The Cubs rattle 18 hits off 4 Brooklyn pitchers to win 9-4. Bill Lee allows no earned runs in the victory. Stan Hack is 4-for-4 + getting hit with a pitch; he had three straight hits to end yesterday giving him 7 straight. Rookie Ken O'Dea belts a 3-run homer.
Jun 7, 1935 - Behind Roy Parmelee's pitching the Giants squeeze by the visiting Braves 3-2 in 10 innings. Mel Ott homers in the 9th to tie and Bill Terry drives in the winning run in the 10th off Ben Cantwell. Giants LF Joe Moore hits in his 11th straight game.
May 30, 1935 - The Memorial Day twin bill at the Polo Grounds breaks all NL attendance records when 63943 see the Giants take a pair from the Dodgers 8-3 and 6-0. Thousands are turned away and the gates are closed 40 minutes before game time. Roy Parmelee coasts in the opener after Mel Ott hits a grand slam in the first inning. In his first appearance at the Polo Grounds as a Giant Al Cuccinello also homers in the same inning. Fred Fitzsimmons twirls a 2-hitter in the nitecap.
May 28, 1935 - The Reds run their winning streak to 6 games their longest in 4 years beating Boston 13-4. Babe Ruth is 0-for-3 scoring a run but stumbles twice and injures his leg running and is replaced in LF by Lee.
May 22, 1935 - After a ruling by Commissioner Landis in which he states that Alabama Pitts has paid his debt to society the Albany Senators (IL) sign the legendary athletic star and parolee from Sing Sing prison. The Senators a farm team of Washington are managed by Pitts' friend Johnny Evers. Pitts will have 2 hits in his first game but after weak hitting Albany will release him. He'll sign with York (New York-Penn) and move on to the Charlotte Hornets (Carolina) on July 28 1936. On June 7 1941 Pitts will die after getting knifed in a barroom brawl.
Sep 23, 1934 - The Giants split a pair with the Braves to remain even with the Cards. New York takes the opener 8-0 behind Roy Parmelee. In game 2 Carl Hubbell gives up no hits through 5 innings but he wilts in the 8th and the Braves score 3. Boston wins it in the 11th 4-3 scoring a run off Joe Bowman on a 2-out single steal wild pitch and single.
Jul 17, 1934 - Lon Warneke Cubs mound ace intentionally walks Gus Mancuso in the 7th to load the bases and bring up the Giants P Roy Parmelee. After two wild swings Tarzan hatchets a high pitch for a grand slam and a 5-3 win.
Jun 30, 1934 - On 25th anniversary of Forbes Field a granite monument to Barney Dreyfuss is unveiled to the left of the exit gate before the start of the Cubs-Pirates match. The Windy City squad wins 4-2 behind Bill Lee the 8th straight win for the Cubs.
May 17, 1934 - In his first game in Philadelphia since the Phillies traded him to the Cubs Chuck Klein hits 2 HRs to pace first-place Chicago to a 10-3 win. Gabby Hartnett adds another as Chicago pounds four hurlers for twenty hits. Cuyler and Camilli have four apiece to back the five hitting pitching of Bill Lee and Pat Malone. Malone gets credit for the win.
May 13, 1934 - For the second time in his career Cleveland's Lloyd Brown serves up a grand slam to Lou Gehrig as the Yanks roll 8-0 behind Lefty Gomez. Ben Chapman adds a homer and a pair of triples to lead New York. Babe Ruth leaves in the 4th inning when he is hit on the knee cap by a pitch from Thornton Lee.
Sep 15, 1933 - The Giants sweep a pair from the Cubs at Wrigley Field winning 5-1 and 4-0. Reliever Hi Bell helps apply the whitewash in game 2 besting Lon Warneke. Starter Tarzan Parmalee is leading 3-0 when he hits Tuck Stainback on the arm breaking it. He walks the bases full and Bell comes in.
Jul 16, 1933 - Red Lucas of the Reds pitches a 15-inning 1-0 win over Roy Parmelee and the Giants in the opener of a doubleheader. The Giants do the honors in the nitecap winning 1-0 as Carl Hubbell beats Paul Derringer.
Jul 2, 1933 - Carl Hubbell pitches an entire 18-inning shutout for the Giants over the Cardinals to tie Walter Johnson's ML record for the longest 1-0 victory. He strikes out 12 and walks none allowing only 6 hits in a duel with Tex Carleton who goes the first 16 innings. Jess Haines relieves in the 17th and in the 18th gives up a single to Joe Moore a sacrifice bunt to Gus Mancuso and an intentional pass to Travis Jackson. Hubbell then forces at 2nd and a single by Hughey Critz ends it. In game 2 played in semidarkness Roy Parmelee matches Hubbell and wins 1-0 on a Johnny Vergez HR. The notoriously wild Giants' pitcher does not issue a walk and strikes out 13 to beat Dizzy Dean who is pitching on a day's rest. The Cards go a record 27 innings in the two games with no walks. Not until 1950 will the Cards be shut out again in a twin bill and again it'll be NY.
Sep 20, 1932 - Hoping to boast attendance the Sacramento Senators and Oakland Acorns open their final Coast League series here by starting two Asian American pitchers. For the Senators is Kenso Nushida a Japanese-American and Lee Hun Hong a Chinese-American goes for Oakland.
Oct 14, 1930 - Brooklyn sends a bundle of cash to the last-place Phillies together with Jumbo Elliott Clise Dudley and Hal Lee to obtain Lefty O'Doul and Fresco Thompson. Elliott 10-7 with Brooklyn in 1930 (his only winning season in 5 for the Brooks) will win a league-high 19 games in 1931.
Jul 21, 1930 - Four pinch-hit HRs are hit during a doubleheader split between Brooklyn and St. Louis. Hal Lee and Harvey Hendrick connect for Brooklyn; George Puccinelli and Jim Bottomley homer for the Cards. The homers represent the first ML hits for both Lee and Puccinelli. Hendrick's pinch homer with two on and two out in the 9th gives Brooklyn a 9–8 win over Flint Rhem in the opener. Guy Mancuso, Frankie Frisch and Bottomley homer in the opener as the Cardinals score all their runs on home runs. Led by Andy High's four hits, the Redbirds outslug the Robins for a 17–10 win in the nitecap. In that game, Brooklyn's Hal Lee adds to the day's homer barrage with his first ML hit, a 3-run pinch homer in the 2nd inning off Al Grabowski. The day's carnage results in 54 hits, 44 runs, 18 extra base hits, and 11 errors. The split drops Brooklyn into second place.
Oct 6, 1929 - At Boston the Giants close the season by beating the Braves 9-4. In the 9th the Braves put in 2 coaches Johnny Evers at 2B and Hank Gowdy at catcher Gowdy's 10th game of the year. Roy Parmelee is the winner with Red Lucas pitching the last 4 innings. Lucas leads the NL in complete games (28) and pinch hits: Lucas hits .293 in 140 at bats.
Aug 26, 1929 - In the 8th inning of a 5-5 game at Wrigley Field Cubs 3B Norm McMillan hits a line drive down the LF line with the bases loaded. Reds LF Evar Swanson shaded toward center can't find the ball which he sees bounce off a gutter in foul territory. McMillan circles the bases and 4 runs score. Later Cubs relief P Ken Penner picks up his jacket in the bullpen and discovers the ball in his right sleeve. It is Chicago's 8th grand slam of the year.
Aug 3, 1929 - The Cubs complain about the ragged shirt sleeve on Dodger Dazzy Vance's pitching arm an age-old trick to distract a batter. A rule will be passed enforcing neater dressing habits by pitchers. For the second day in a row Vance has not much more than a sleeve as the Cubs pound Brooklyn 12-2 behind Hal Carlson.
May 19, 1929 - In the 4th inning at Detroit fleet White Sox CF Johnny Mostil 2-time AL SB leader breaks his right leg tripping over home on the uncontested front end of a double steal. The injury ends his ML playing days at the age of 33. Mostil missed most of the 1927 season following a suicide attempt in spring training in Shreveport. Ted Lyons wins for the Sox 10-3 making 2 hits and scoring twice.
Oct 4, 1928 - The Cardinals lack the Yankees' power but have a .325 hitter in Jim Bottomley who tied with Hack Wilson for NL HR honors with 31 and led in RBI with 136. St. Louis has a solid infield defense with Frankie Frisch the venerable Rabbit Maranville and their fleet OF led by Taylor Douthit whose 547 putouts and 566 total chances in CF have set post-1900 records.
Sep 9, 1928 - At age 38 Yankee P Urban Shocker dies of pneumonia in Denver where he had gone for his health. Only now does it become known that he had suffered from an enlarged heart and was unable to sleep lying down for 2 years. Shocker who never had a losing season was 18-6 in 1927 but appeared in only one game in 1928.
Sep 11, 1927 - White Sox CF Johnny Mostil plays his first full game of the year going 1-for-6 in a 12-inning 6-5 loss to the Senators the 2nd of 12 straight losses for Chicago. Mostil has been out all season since slashing his wrists in spring training allegedly because his girl friend left him for his roommate Bill Barrett. Mostil will make 13 appearances this season playing a full game just once more on the last day of the year. With a 300+ lifetime average the fleet outfielder will not reach that mark again.
Sep 1, 1927 - The Pirates take over 1st place by beating the visiting Cubs 4-3. Joe Harris has a double and HR to back the Bucs Lee Meadows. Both Waners cut down runners with throws in the 2nd and 3rd innings.
Jul 8, 1927 - Cubs righthander Charlie Root's tosses the first one hitter of the year a 1-0 win over Bucs ace Lee Meadows. Pitt has the top three hitters in the league (Harris Waner Barnhart) but it is C Johnny Gooch's two-out single in the 8th that breaks the no-hitter. Chicago scores its only run on a throwing error by Buc's captain Pie Traynor. Root wins his 15th and will lead the NL with 26 wins and 309 IP.
Jul 4, 1927 - The Pirates draw 60000 in sweeping the World Champion Cardinals 7-2 and 6-4. Lee Meadows (11-2) scatters 8 hits-half by Lester Bell-in outpitching Pete Alexander in the morning contest. Alexander allows 11 hits in his 7 innings. Watty Holm's 8th-inning HR off Carmen Hill ties the afternoon game but Clyde Barnhart answers with a 2-run double to keep the Bucs a half-game ahead of Chicago.
Jun 30, 1927 - Pirates SS Glenn Wright heading home from St. Louis after a beaning in a game with the Cards is slightly injured when the train he is riding is wrecked near Dennison Ohio. Pitcher Lee Meadows accompanying Wright is also shook up.
Jun 16, 1927 - The Pirates' Lee Meadows wins his 9th of the season to beat Boston 6-0 as red-hot Paul Waner hits in his 19th straight game and the 12th straight game he's had 2 or more hits. Waner also has 3 RBI the 12th straight game he has knocked in a run and the 11th straight game he has tallied an extra base hit. His extra base streak will reach a NL record 14 games before it is stopped on the 20th.
Oct 10, 1926 - On a drizzling New York afternoon only 38093 show up at the Stadium for the deciding WS contest. Grover Alexander possibly sleeping off a hangover in the bullpen barely notices when Jess Haines take a 3-2 lead over Waite Hoyt into the 7th. Haines weakens in the last of the 7th; 3 walks put Earle Combs Bob Meusel and Lou Gehrig on base with 2 out and Tony Lazzeri at the plate. Hornsby then waves in Alexander. On a 1-1 count Lazzeri hits a line drive into the left-field seats a few feet to the foul side of the pole then swings and misses for strike 3. Alexander sets the Yanks down in order until Babe Ruth draws his 11th walk with 2 out in the 9th and is thrown out inexplicably trying to steal 2B. The Cards and St. Louis have their first World Championship. Each winner collects $5584.51 the losers $3417.75.
Aug 26, 1926 - Pittsburgh RF Paul Waner goes 6-for-6 including 2 doubles and a triple in a 15-7 win against the Giants. Waner uses 6 different bats to accomplish his feat. Bucs P Lee Meadows is doubled up at 2B when he tries to advance on a ground out. He gives up 5 runs to New York in the next inning.
Feb 2, 1926 - The NL holds its Golden Jubilee Banquet in New York. Among nearly 1000 invited guests are 10 players from the 1876 season and 2 umpires including Billy McLean who was the umpire for the first NL game.
Oct 7, 1925 - Walter Johnson (20-7) opens the World Series in Pittsburgh. A 5th-inning HR by Pie Traynor is the only damaging blow, as Johnson fans 10 of the heavy-hitting Bucs for a 4-1 win over Lee Meadows (19-10). Sam Rice, Joe Harris, and Ossie Bluege‚ with 2 hits each, drive in the Washington Senators' runs. The Pirates' charity ball sign, which during the year totaled how many fans had returned foul balls for $1, remained at 829 as no fouls were turned in today.
Jun 6, 1925 - Fred Clarke and Honus Wagner are in the lineup of a 1901 Pirates team that plays a brief game as part of Golden Jubilee Day in Pittsburgh. A week later Clarke will join the Pirates as assistant to the president a move that will lead to a player revolt in which heads roll and pennants are lost.
May 8, 1925 - Every NL city will have a Golden Jubilee Day. The first between two of the original teams left from the 1876 season at Boston sees former Boston players from 1876 on hand. The Braves beat Chicago 5-2.
Apr 22, 1925 - The Senators play their home opener with President Coolidge throwing out the first ball. caught by Walter Johnson. Behind Johnson trounces the Ruth-less Yankees 10-1. Rookie Lou Gehrig is in RF in place of the ailing Babe. Coolidge stands in the top of the 7th despite the sleeve tugging of Mrs. Coolidge who eventually stands as well. The President's entourage then stands. Coolidge rises for the bottom of the 7th also.
Feb 25, 1925 - John McGraw arrives in Florida and is installed as president of a real estate development near Bradenton called Pennant Park. With streets named for early Giants heroes and lots offered for $2500 to $5000 McGraw hires a fleet of salesmen and heads north. NY newspapers run a series of full-page ads featuring a picture of John McGraw with the bold caption "You've followed me in baseball now follow me in real estate." A year later the boom will go bust washed away by two hurricanes. McGraw will incur a loss of $100000 after paying off close friends players and other investors and will be hounded by creditors.
Feb 2, 1925 - The NL inaugurates its Golden Jubilee Year by holding its spring meeting in the same room in New York's Broadway Central Hotel where the league was organized on February 2 1876.
Oct 9, 1924 - In the 2nd death to strike the Cincinnati team this year Reds 1B Jake Daubert dies at 40 from complications from an October 2 operation for gallstones and appendicitis. The death is controversial: years later Daubert's son will contend that the doctors missed a spleen condition that later was common in several family members including the son. The death certificate will note a secondary cause of death is due to concussion caused by a beaning (May 28). This will be enough for the widow to start a law suit against the Reds. Daubert's teammates barnstorming in West Virginia when they hear of his death cancel the rest of their games.
Aug 8, 1924 - Ruth has a pair of homers-his 37th and 38th-plus a triple and 2 walks but it is not enough as the Yankees fall to Cleveland 10-8. Bush and Shawkey do the bleeding. George Myatt's 2-run homer is the difference in the 3-run 9th. Myatt also has a single and double.
Aug 8, 1924 - At Philadelphia Lee Meadows wins a pitching duel 1-0 over Jimmy Ring by hitting an 8th inning homer over the LF wall. At 1 hour: 12 minutes it is one of the fastest games of the year.
Jul 11, 1924 - Cubs 1B Lee Cotter equals a ML record when he makes 21 putouts and one assist in a game against Brooklyn but Chicago loses 9-1.
Apr 15, 1924 - The Reds beat the Pirates 6-5 before a crowd of 35747 a record for Redland Field. Tom Sheehan is the winner over Lee Meadows. Bubbles Hargrave is 4-for-4 with a pair of triples. This is the first Reds game broadcast on the radio on WLW and WSAI: KDKA also broadcasts the game back to Pittsburgh.
Apr 15, 1924 - The Cards beat the Cubs 6-5 as Jeff Pfeffer is the winner over Vic Aldridge. Despite the victory St. Louis will waive the veteran to Pittsburgh next month. The Cards' Rogers Hornsby is the only batter who ever goes 2-for-5 on Opening Day and improves on his BA for the rest of the year. His .424 will be the highest ML BA in the 20th century. The Cardinals open the season with the players wearing small numbers on their sleeves an experiment that will continue in 1925 then be dropped.
Dec 15, 1923 - Al Szymanski‚ 21‚ who signed with his hometown Milwaukee club in the spring and was farmed out to Shreveport‚ is traded. Connie Mack secured the rights to his contract while he was at Shreveport; at the end of the season he reported to Milwaukee and hit .398 in 24 games. Scorekeepers change his name to Simmons. The A's send IF Heinie Scheer and outfielders Wid Matthews and Frank "Beauty" McGowan to Milwaukee for the Simmons sleeper.
Oct 6, 1923 - Braves rookie SS Ernie Padgett playing in his 2nd game pulls an unassisted triple play against the Phils the first in the NL since 1878. Walter Holke lines out Cotton Tierney is forced and Cliff Lee is tagged out. It is the first unassisted TP in the NL since 1878. The Braves win the 5-inning nitecap 4-1 to sweep the twinbill. Joe Batchelder picks up the W over Lefty Weinert.
Sep 23, 1923 - In Atlanta the wooden Ponce De Leon Park home of the Crackers (South Association) burns down in a spectacular blaze. There is only one injury-a secretary who had fallen asleep in the front office is resuced but suffers burns. The park will be rebuilt in steel and concrete renamed Spiller Park after the club president and reopen for the 1924 season.
Aug 2, 1923 - The Browns drop a pair to the Senators losing 5-0 to rookie Monroe Mitchell then losing 2-1 to George Mogridge. Mitchell will go just 2-4 in his only ML season. The Browns help the recruit by twice batting out of turn (as noted by Clifford Blau). In the first inning Ken Williams hit in Jacobson's place. Then in the ninth Hank Severeid batted when Gerber was supposed to and the latter was called out. Coincidently or not the Browns will fire manager Lee Fohl in a few days and replace him with Jimmy Austin.
May 23, 1923 - Pittsburgh sends 2B Cotton Tierney and P Whitney Glazner to the Phils for 2B Johnny Rawlings and P Lee Meadows. Meadows will win 85 games over the next 5 years as Glazner's replacement in the Pittsburgh rotation.
Dec 13, 1922 - Alarmed at the increase in HR hitting (1‚054 in the major leagues‚ up from 936)‚ some AL owners back a zoning system setting a minimum of 300 feet for a ball to be called a HR. The motion dies. In another action‚ the league requires each club to furnish 2 home uniforms per player‚ plus extra caps and stockings on the road‚ to improve the players' appearance. In NL meetings‚ Charlie Ebbets proposes putting numbers on players' sleeves or caps. It's left to each club to do as it wishes.
Sep 15, 1922 - C Butch Henline is the first NL player to hit 3 homers in a game since 1897 as the Phils beat the Cards 10-9. Henline hit no homers last year. His 3rd HR ties the game in the 9th inning and Cliff Lee then hits the game-winning HR. Lee ends the year with 17 homers-all at Baker Bowl. Only Gavvy Cravath in 1914 and Mel Ott will have more homers in a season this century coming all at home.
Sep 3, 1922 - The Giants pull off a 2nd inning triple play against the Phils. With runners on 1B and 2B Jimmy Smith pops up and the infield fly rule is called. Although Smith is called out Frisch fails to catch the ball and the runners take off. Giants right fielder Ross Youngs picks the ball up and the relay catches runner Cliff Lee at 3B for out #2. 3B Heinie Groh's throw and relay catch Sam Leslie at 1B for the 3rd out. The Giants then break a 7-7 tie in the 9th when Frankie Frisch scores from 2B on a muffed 6-3 play that Phils pitcher Jimmy Ring bobbles.
May 7, 1922 - Giants righthander Jesse Barnes walks Cy Williams in the 5th to spoil a 6-0 perfect no-hitter over the Phils. Williams is erased on a DP and Barnes faces just 27 batters in the no-hitter. Lee Meadows takes the loss.
Apr 30, 1922 - Johnny Mostil fleet-footed White Sox CF moves over to LF for the only time in his career and makes two outstanding catches to save Charlie Robertson's 2-0 perfect game over Detroit. Robertson is the 3rd pitcher in the 20th century to pitch a perfect game. Play is stopped twice after Ty Cobb and Harry Heilmann complain that Robertson is doctoring the ball. The losing pitcher is Herman Pillette whose son Duane will pitch in the AL.
Jul 1, 1921 - Casey Stengel is traded from the last-place Phils to the 2nd-place Giants along with IF Johnny Rawlings and P Red Causey for IF Goldie Rapp and outfielders Lance Richbourg and Lee King.
May 12, 1921 - At St. Louis George Kelly hits his 2nd grand slam in 2 weeks to power the Giants to a 7-5 win over the Cardinals. He'll end up with three for the year. Slim Sallee is the winner of Bill Sherdel.
Apr 28, 1921 - Meanwhile in the AL Indians hurler George Uhle does the same to Detroit's Dutch Leonard in the 4th in a 12-5 win. Uhle is 3-for-5 setting a ML-record (since beaten) for pitchers with 6 RBIs and his slam is his first ML HR. Meadows poked his first on the 16th off Slim Sallee.
Apr 24, 1921 - At the Polo Grounds Phil Douglas pitches a one-hitter to beat the Phils Lee Meadows 1-0. Kelly's triple scores Frisch with the lone run. The lone Quaker hit is a single by SS Ralph Miller.
Dec 18, 1920 - On his 34th birthday‚ Ty Cobb signs to manage the Tigers for $32‚500‚ making him the highest-paid player and 2nd to John McGraw among managers. He replaces Hughie Jennings‚ who resigns after 14 years to join his old teammate McGraw as assistant manager of the Giants. In other managerial changes at the ML meetings: Lee Fohl replaces Jimmy Burke with the Browns; Clark Griffith‚ now president of the Senators‚ gives up the managing job to SS George McBride; George Stallings buys the Rochester club and leaves the Boston Braves‚ replaced by Fred Mitchell from the Cubs‚ who is replaced by Johnny Evers; former Yankees skipper Bill Donovan takes over the Phils from Gavvy Cravath.
Aug 31, 1920 - In Chicago the Phils beat the Cubs 3-0 as Lee Meadows tops Pete Alexander. This game later draws some suspicion because of heavy betting reportedly placed on the outcome which shifted the odds from the Cubs to the Phils. Bill Veeck pulls his scheduled pitcher Claude Hendrix for Alex who is above suspicion and offers the ace $500 if he wins. Hendrix who made 23 starts this year makes none the rest of the campaign and will be released after the season.
Jul 16, 1920 - At Pittsburgh the Pirates' Earl Hamilton runs out of steam after pitching 16 scoreless innings against the Giants and loses 7-0 in 17. Rube Benton picks up the CG win. The Giants put together three straight triples in the last inning with Frankie Frisch's coming with the sacks full. George Kelly and Lee King follow Frisch with triples. Cooper then relieves to put out the side. The 7 runs in the 17th is a ML record and comes just 2 months after a record is set for the 16th frame.
Jun 9, 1920 - Former Chicago OF Lee Magee loses his suit against the Cubs. He had charged that he was released without just cause last February. While on the witness stand Magee admitted to having bet on the first game of a doubleheader with Cincinnati on July 25 1918 while a member of the Reds. He said he bet $500 along with Hal Chase. He said he found out after the game that the money had been bet on Boston and stopped payment on the check to the bookmaker. Chase's check went through. The Reds won the game in the 13th on Roush's HR. Christy Mathewson testifies that as the Reds manager he was suspicious that all was not right in the game.
Jun 8, 1920 - At the Polo Grounds the Reds' Edd Roush falls asleep in CF during a long argument in the infield. Heinie Groh goes out to wake him but the ump ejects Roush for delaying the game. As a result of the long argument McGraw announces that he will file a protest if the Giants lose. But they don't winning 5-4 behind Jesse Barnes.
Jun 8, 1920 - Former Reds pitcher Pete Schneider now with Beaumont (Texas) denies that he was implicated with Lee Magee and Hal Chase in an alleged plan to throw a July 25 1918 game to Boston when he was with the Reds. Schneider said that before the game in question Sherry Magee told him "he'd better be careful" because he (Magee) understood that some of the Reds players were betting on Boston. "If that so I won't work today" Schneider supposedly said to Magee. Schneider said he was not approached by Lee Magee or Hal Chase prior to the first game of 2 (New York Times) in which he ended up not pitching. He threw a shutout in the nitecap. The two Magees-unrelated Chase and Schneider were teammates on the Reds in 1918.
May 20, 1920 - The Phils hit the cellar having fallen from first in 17 days. They lose 6-4 to the Cards with the Bert Gallia in his first NL start after coming from the Browns taking the loss. Willie Sherdel the 3rd St. Louis pitcher allows no base runners. With the season all but over Phils manager Gavvy Cravath will start fast-working pitcher Lee Meadows every Saturday at home so Cravath can get an early start to his weekend cottage.
Feb 20, 1920 - The Cubs give an unconditional release to Lee Magee after they learned a week ago from him that he had been betting against his team. Magee will sue the Cubs for his salary of $4500 charging that his livelihood as a ball player was destroyed through the sudden canceling of his contract. The Cubs will ask for a dismissal of the suit saying that "previous to the making of the contract the plaintiff was guilty of betting against the team of which he was a member and sought to win bets by intentional bad playing to defeat said team."
Feb 12, 1920 - Frank "Home Run" Baker's wife Ottalee dies at 31 leaving 2 small children. Baker will miss the entire season to stay home and take care of the children returning in 1921 to hit .294. Baker also missed the 1915 season preferring to hold out rather than sign with the A's.
Feb 10, 1920 - Lee Magee "wanting to make a clean breast of things" admits to NL Prexy Heydler and Cubs head William Veeck that he tried to "toss" a game with the Braves when he was with the Reds but that the Reds won in the 13th. Heydler will later testify on June 8th that Magee told him he became suspicious that Hal Chase had double-crossed him and so he stopped payment on the check.
Oct 8, 1919 - Ed Cicotte pitches game 7 and the Sox play like they mean it. Joe Jackson and Felsch drive in 2 each for a 4-1 win. The Reds make 4 errors behind Slim Sallee's pitching before 32006 Cincinnati fans who pay a record WS game receipt total of $101768.
Oct 2, 1919 - In game 2 after an easy 3 innings Lefty Williams walks 3 Reds gives up a single to Edd Roush and a triple to Larry Kopf and the Reds lead 3-0. Slim Sallee scatters 10 hits as Risberg and Gandil fail in the clutch. The final score is 4-2. Joe Jackson has 3 hits; his .375 BA will make it appear later that he was trying.
Sep 28, 1919 - In a doubleheader match that draws 20000 the Giants beat the Phils 6-1 and 7-1 in the first game one that takes just 51 minutes a ML record fastest game ever. Tossing just 64 pitches Jess Barnes allows 5 hits to win his 25th over Lee Meadows. The record for the shortest NL game was set last week by the Reds. In 1912 the Giants played a pre-World series exhibition with the Phils in just 39 minutes. Hal Chase bails out and skips the game; his old friend John McGraw covers up saying that the first sacker with the shady reputation has headed for California.
Sep 26, 1919 - The NL champion Reds win a pair from the Cubs 6-5 and 3-0. Slim Sallee wins his 21st game in the opener and in the 9th inning helps with a single as the Reds score the winning run. He walks none ending the year with 21 wins and just 20 walks. Not till Saberhagen in 1994 who will win 14 and walk 13 will anyone match him. The Reds rip Hippo Vaughn in the nitecap and win 8-0 behind Fisher's 3-hitter.
Aug 6, 1919 - The Cincinnati Times-Star notes that in each of the first 3 innings of Brooklyn's 6-1 victory over the Reds Jimmy Johnston faces a different Cincinnati pitcher-Slim Sallee Ray Fisher and Dolf Luque-and raps each one for a single as Brooklyn gets all their runs in the first 3 frames. Luque finishes the game allowing no more runs.
Jul 27, 1919 - Before a packed house in Cincinnati the Reds win a pair from the Pirates 5-3 and 2-1. The 2nd game goes only 3 innings being the continuation of a July 6th game called at the end of 6 innings to let the Reds catch a train for Boston. The Giants protest this game saying it should have gone 9 innings. Slim Sallee wins the opener walking none and allowing 11 hits.
Jul 18, 1919 - In a Friday game in Cleveland the Indians one-eyed starter Hi Jasper gives up an early 2-run homer to Boston's Babe Ruth but leaves the game in the 8th with the score tied 3-3. Joe Harris then cracks a pinch triple to drive home 3 runs as the Tribe takes a 7-3 lead. When the Sox score a run and Elmer Myers loads the bases on walks manager Lee Fohl signals for another reliever. Tribe CF Speaker protests that it should be a righty but Fohl goes with lefthander Fritz Coumbe who had not pitched since May to pitch to Ruth. The Babe pounds a high curve for a grand slam-his 3rd of the year-and an 8-7 Boston win. After the game owner Jim Dunn fires Fohl replacing him with Tris Speaker who will stay on for 7 years. The first thing Speaker does is ticket Coumbe to the minors.
Aug 25, 1918 - At Boston the Reds top the Braves 4-2 in 13 innings. In February Lee Magee will confess that he and Hal Chase each bet $500 for their team the Reds to lose this game. Ironically Magee scores the winning when Edd Roush hits a two run homer.
Aug 22, 1918 - Zack Wheat has three hits against Brooklyn but it is Hugh Bezdel's bases loaded walk in the 9th that brings home John Brock with the winning run. St. Louis wins 4-3. Brooklyn comes back to take the nitecap 5-2 using shoddy St. Louis fielding to beat Lee Meadows.
Aug 18, 1918 - The Cardinals sweep the visiting Phils winning 4-0 and 5-1 behind Bill Sherdel and Lee Meadows. In the opener as SS Rogers Hornsby scores 2 of the Birds runs then provides the big blow in the nitecap by following three walks with a grand slam in the 3rd inning off Milt Watson. This is one of six grand slams in the NL; the AL will have no slams for the only time in history.
Aug 6, 1918 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants Pete Compton drives home Art Fletcher in the bottom of the 9th to beat Matty's Reds 4-3. Bob Steele acquired from the Bucs is the winner over Jimmie Ring. Lee Magee with his face swollen after yesterday's fight sits out the game for the Reds and Heinie Zimmerman on doctor's orders to avoid the near 90+ degree heat watches for the Giants.
Aug 5, 1918 - During the Reds batting practice at Ebbets Field fans are treated to an impromptu fight between two Reds 2B Lee Magee and left fielder Earl "Greasy" Neale. Teammates separate the two but the decision is awarded to Neale who will play just 3 innings today. The Reds then turn on the Robins pounding 13 hits for a 5-0 win. Mike Regan is the winner scattering 4 hits. The Reds (43-51) are in 5th place a half-game ahead of Brooklyn.
Jul 25, 1918 - The Reds sweep a pair from the Braves winning 4-2 in 13 innings and 5-0. In the opener Lee McGee's grounder takes a bad bounce and breaks SS Johnny Rawlings nose and Edd Roush follows with a home run over Jimmy Canavan's head in left. Both starters finish as Hod Eller wins over Pat Ragan. Pete Schneider is the shutout winner in the 2nd game. In 1920 Lee Magee will admit in court that he and Hal Chase bet on Boston to win the first game today and he aided the bet with 2 errors and one base-running gaffe in the game.
Jul 10, 1918 - Reds pitchers Jimmy Ring and Mike Regan combine to whitewash the Robins winning 7-0 and 5-0. Brooklyn manages 6 hits in the opener and two in second game. Lee Magee and Edd Roush combine for 6 hits and 4 runs off Burleigh Grimes in game 2.
Jul 2, 1918 - At the Polo Grounds Long Cy Williams clouts a three-run homer in the 7th off Slim Sallee to lead the Phillies to 5-2 win over the Giants. But several bright spots for the Giants include the appearances of Laughing Larry Doyle and Ferdie Schupp both out of the lineup for months. Doyle was hitting .420 when was hit by a pitch on May 4th and has been in the hospital for much of the interim. Before the game each of the 20 Philley players was presented with a new wrist watch because Bob Meusel hit the Ingersoll watch sign on the outfield fence the other day.
Apr 28, 1918 - The Browns send 2B Lee Magee back to the Yankees in exchange for Tim Hendryx. New York then swaps Magee to the Cincinnati Reds for catcher Tommy Clarke. Clarke won't play for the Yanks but appears in just one this year for the Cubs.
Oct 6, 1917 - Before the WS starts Charles Comiskey offers one percent of his team's WS share to Clark Griffith's Bat and Ball Fund for American soldiers in France. In Chicago Happy Felsch's HR is the difference as Ed Cicotte beats the Giants' Slim Sallee 2-1 in the Series opener.
Sep 24, 1917 - At the Polo Grounds Slim Sallee tops the Cards 2-1 and clinches the N.L. pennant for the Giants their 6th under McGraw. The New Yorkers manage just 4 hits (and six walks) off Bill Doaks but they come when needed.
Mar 25, 1917 - The Red Sox beat Brooklyn 11-2 in Hot Springs. For tomorrow's game in Memphis players on both teams will sport numbers on their sleeves the idea of Robins' owner Charles Ebbets. His reasoning is that fans in non-Major league cities would be unfamiliar with the players.
Sep 30, 1916 - In the opener of a doubleheader Giants pitcher Rube Benton takes a no hitter into the 8th inning before Braves 1B Ed Konetchy repeats his performance of 2 days ago by lacing a hit the only Boston safety. Benton wins the one-hitter 4-0 for New York's ML record 26th win in a row. Boston then wins the 2nd game 8-3 behind Lefty Tyler to snap the historic streak. Jeff Tesreau in relief of Slim Sallee is ineffective. Despite the winning streak and an earlier skein of 17 victories on the road New York finishes in 4th place.
Jun 27, 1916 - Boston's Babe Ruth allows 2 runs in the first inning but settles down to beat the A's 7-2 while striking out 10. Red Sox infielder Larry Gardner is caught stealing 3 times the 2nd time this year that A's catchers have caught a base runner three times (New York's Fritz Maisel April 26). On June 29th Lee Magee will be caught 3 times by the A's while trying to steal and not until Rickey Henderson in 1982 will an AL runner be cut down thrice in a game.
Jun 26, 1916 - Cleveland players in a game with the White Sox wear numbers pinned to their their sleeves marking the first time players are identified by numbers corresponding to those on the scorecard. Jack Graney leading off for the Tribe is the first batter to wear a number in the 20th century. Cleveland also puts up the numbers to win 2-0.
Feb 16, 1916 - Energetic recruiting by Ban Johnson produces a pair of Chicago contractors to take over the Cleveland franchise from Charles W. Somers a lavish spender at the AL's creation but now in financial difficulties. J. C. Dunn and P. S. McCarthy pay $500000-$60000 less than the asking price. E. S. Barnard will stay on as vice president; Lee Fohl as manager.
Jul 29, 1915 - In Kansas City Brookfed pitcher Dan Marion fires a 4-0 shutout. KC's George Stovall and Lee Magee watch from the stands after their altercation with umpire Corcoran. The runin will also cause the postponement Saturday of "George Stovall Day" celebrations.
Jun 9, 1915 - In St. Louis the Cardinals collect 7 runs in the 7th inning as they hold off the Giants to win 11-10. It is not the only loss: Owen Wilson has his wallet and $700 stolen from the clubhouse during the game. The trainer reports that he had fallen asleep there and when he awoke he saw a stranger who said he was getting a drink of water.
Apr 19, 1915 - In a 4-1 loss to the Reds St. Louis Cardinals righthander Lee Meadows makes his NL debut and becomes the first player to wear glasses regularly on the field since P Will White in 1877. Later in the season Carmen Hill will become the 2nd pitcher to do so.
Jan 2, 1915 - The Cardinals sue to prevent OF Lee Magee‚ 25‚ from playing for the Brooklyn Tip-Tops. Like similar suits filed by clubs against players in the past‚ the action will fail. Magee will play and manage in the Federal League.
Sep 7, 1914 - The Braves and Giants play an A.M.-P.M. twin bill in Boston on Labor Day. To accommodate the crowds the Braves have moved their home games to Fenway Park courtesy of owner Joe Lannin: Fenway has triple the seating capacity of South End Grounds. The two contests draw 74163 on the day. The Braves down 4-3 to Mathewson in the 9th storm back for 2 runs to win the opener. Josh Devore scratches a single Herb Moran doubles into the crowd ringing the outfield and Johnny Evers slaps a single that eludes George Burns to drive home the tying and winning runs. Jeff Tesreau wins the nitecap 10-1 and the Giants pile on Lefty Tyler. In the Giants' 4-run sixth Snodgrass takes a pitch on the sleeve to reach 1B thumbing his nose at Tyler along the way. Lefty retaliates by acting out Fred's 1912 muff. When Snodgrass returns to CF the crowd is merciless to the point that Boston Mayor Curley rushes on the field and demands the umpires eject the Giant player. McGraw worried that Snodgrass might incur an injury replaces Snodgrass.
Jul 30, 1914 - A wild melee mars the Tigers 3-2 win over the Senators. With the score tied in the 9th the Nats Ray Morgan seemingly beats out a grounder when he slides into 1B but umpire Sheridan calls him out. Morgan comes up with a handful of dirt which he throws at the ump's feet. ("This happens in nearly every game." Washington Post). Sheridan thinks that Morgan meant to hit him with the dirt and swings at the player catching him on the jaw. Ainsmith then leads a charge out of the dugout and punches the ump as both teams rush out. Ainsmith and Morgan are ejected and as they are walking by the box seats a fan calls Ainsmith a name. Eddie leans in and asks him to repeat it and when the fan does the catcher decks him starting a near riot. Morgan jumps into the stands as does Bull Henry who gets hit in the back with a chair. Eventually calm is restored but the game is delayed 15 minutes. Shaw wild pitches in a Tiger run in the 10th to give Detroit a 3-2 win. Harry Coveleski is the winner allowing 3 hits and striking out 11.
Jul 17, 1913 - The visiting Cardinals split a pair with the Giants winning 4-2 before losing 3-2. It is not the only split pair today as St. Louis teammates Ted Cather and Lee Magee are ejected for fighting with each other.
Jul 15, 1913 - Jake Stahl hobbled by a foot injury is released as Red Sox manager. President Jimmy McAleer says that it was not differences with Stahl but that the stockholders want a player-manager. C Bill Carrigan replaces him.
May 31, 1913 - New York beats the Phils, 3–2, to sweep the four-game series with the NL leaders. With the win John McGraw joins Fred Clarke, Cap Anson, Frank Selee, and Connie Mack as managers who have won 1,000 games.
Sep 18, 1912 - Despite being rained out in Cleveland the Red Sox (97-41) clinch the pennant when the A's lose the first game of a doubleheader with Chicago. Red Sox president McAleer informs the Yankees that Boston will not play a rained out game with them.
Aug 26, 1912 - At Boston Owen Wilson has his 2nd three-triple doubleheader this year. The fleet Buc triples off Otto Hess in the game 1 win 5-4. In the nitecap an 8-4 loss he triples in the 6th and 8th innings off Ed Donnelly.
Aug 1, 1912 - Phillies manager Roger Bresnahan helps in a 4-3 win over visiting St. Louis. With the bases loaded in the 5th Bresnahan suddenly jumps off the bench yells and starts running towards home. Slim Sallee stops in the middle of his windup to Sherry Magee and the ump calls a balk. Paskert then hits a sac fly to drive in the go ahead run.
Jul 25, 1912 - Fleet OF Max Carey goes hitless but steals 4 bases and scores 5 runs in the Pirates 12-3 win over host Brooklyn. Carey will lead the NL in thefts 10 times and retire with 738. Owen Wilson has a triple for Pittsburgh off Eddie Stack one of 36 he'll hit this year for unthreatened ML record.
May 8, 1912 - The White Sox beat Washington 7-6 snapping Walter Johnson's five-game win streak. Johnson gives up two 2-run home runs one to Harry Lord in the 1st and another to Ping Bodie in the 5th. A Johnson fastball breaks the arm of 3B Lee Tannehill an injury that will hamper the infielder's throwing ability and ends the career of the 10-year veteran. Sox starter Joe Benz leaves with an injury after pitching 1 1/3 inning; Ed Walsh pitches the next 5 2/3 innings allowing 3 runs and Frank Lange allows the same in his 2 innings.
Sep 15, 1911 - Washington manager Jimmy McAleer announces his resignation. Ban Johnson then arranges for McAleer and Robert R. McRoy buy a half-interest in the Red Sox for $150000. Clark Griffith will take over as manager and by purchasing 10% of the team its largest single stock holder.
Sep 9, 1911 - Detroit's Pat Mullin pitches a 1-0 shutout over the White Sox and gets some help when Lee Tannehill's liner is caught by LF Delos Drake who turns it into a triple play throwing to Donie Bush who relays to 1B Del Ganier.
Aug 4, 1911 - At Washington the Senators sweep the White Sox winning 1-0 in 11 innings then winning 3-2 in regulation. Doc White and Walter Johnson go all the way in the opener. The Sox almost score in the 7th but Rollie Zeider is called out at home and severly twists his ankle in the attempt. In the 9th Milan doubles and Germany Schaefer bunts him to 3B and is safe at 1B. Germany steals 2B and after Elbefeld pops out and Walker is at bat Germany steals first base. Manager Duffy then comes onto the field to argue that Schaefer should be out for stealing 1B and while the argument goes on Germany takes off for 2B getting caught in a rundown. Milan then attempts to score and is thrown out at home. The Senators then protest to ump Connolly saying the Sox have ten men on the field but it falls on deaf ears. The game is marked by spectacular fielding including Lee Tannehill of the White Sox sets a ML mark as the only SS to execute 2 unassisted double plays in one game though it is not even mentioned in the Chicago Tribune writeup.
Jul 11, 1911 - The Federal Express of the New York New Haven and Hartford Railroad carrying the St. Louis Cardinals to Boston plunges down an 18-foot embankment outside Bridgeport CT killing 14 passengers. The team's Pullmans were originally just behind the baggage coaches near the front. When noise prevented the players from sleeping manager Bresnahan requested the car be changed. The day coach that replaced the players' car was crushed and splintered. The players help remove bodies and rescue the injured then board a special train to Boston where the day's game is postponed. The railroad pays each player $25 for his rescue work and for lost belongings.
Jul 3, 1911 - With the Phils leading the Giants' Christy Mathewson 4-3 Pete Alexander relieves Sleepy Bill Burns in the 7th and holds New York scoreless over the last 3 innings. The Phils jump on Matty for another 3 runs in the 8th to win 7-3. New York holds a one-game lead over the Cubs.
May 18, 1911 - The Superbas edge the visiting Reds 2-1 behind Doc Scanlan and Al Burch who has 3 hits and drives in both runs. Reds reliever Bill Burns is suspended and sent home for laziness after falling asleep on the stoop of the Brooklyn clubhouse. During a recent game in Boston he was sent to the bullpen to warm up and after throwing a few balls he went into the clubhouse and fell asleep. "As a result Manager Griffith sent him home to get all the sleep he desires" (New York Times May 22 as noted by Kevin Gertsen).
May 13, 1911 - At Hilltop Park Fred Merkle has 6 RBIs in one inning-on a double and an inside-the-park home run-as the Giants tee off on three St. Louis pitchers for 13 runs in the first inning including 7 before an out is recorded. Merkle adds a 3-run double in the inning and then scores the last run on the front end of a successful double steal. The spree ties a first inning ML record enjoyed by the Boston Beaneaters against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1900 and it remains a Giants club record through the 20th century. John McGraw decides to save starter Mathewson for another day and lifts him after one inning but the official scorer credits Matty with the win. McGraw wants to give Marquard some experience in pitching without pressure and brings in Rube to finish. He works the last 8 innings and strikes out 14 setting a 20th century NL record and a since broken ML record for strikeouts by a reliever: Walter Johnson will K 15 batters in 1913 and Randy Johnson will match it in 2001 while Denny McLain will rack up 14 in 1965. The Giants roll 19-5 pinning the loss on Harry Sallee.
Jul 31, 1910 - In the first of two at White Sox Park good fielding Lee Tannehill hits a wind blown fly ball that bounces under a outfield gate for a grand slam HR the first in the new park. It is his first homer since 1903. But Ty Cobb supplies a home run off Ed Walsh the first by a visiting player to give the Tigers a 6-5 win over the Sox. Chicago will hit two more homers at home in 1910 and both of those will bounce under outfield gates as well.
Apr 14, 1910 - With the weather perfect President and Mrs. William Howard Taft along with Veep Sherman surprise the Nationals by showing up for the season Opener. Jimmy McAleer suggests Taft throw out the first ball and he becomes the first president to do so. Walter Johnson catches it then pitches the first of his 14 Opening Day Washington games striking out 9. An easy ?y hit by Frank "Home Run" Baker into the overflow crowd-a ground-rule double-mars his 3-0 pitching gem over rival Eddie Plank. Gabby Street is behind the plate for Johnson the only Opener in which he catches for Walter.
Oct 2, 1909 - In the first game of a season-ending doubleheader against Washington Jim Curry plays second base for the Athletics and goes 1-for-4 against Walter Johnson. At 16 years six months and 22 days Curry is the youngest player in American League history and the youngest major league position player in the 20th century (his birth year is reported as both 1889 and 1893): Carl Scheib will debut at 16 years of age in 1943. Walter Johnson's 6-5 loss in the opener seals the last-place finish for Washington with 110 losses-Johnson and Bob Groom suffering 51 of them. The A's take the nitecap as well 7-2. Three years later when Washington rises to 2nd place Johnson and Groom will combine for 56 wins. Today Groom and P Dolly Gray play the outfield for the Nationals. The last place finish costs Pongo Joe Cantillon his job. The new manager is Jimmy McAleer.
Oct 1, 1908 - Ed Reulbach shuts out the Reds for a 6-0 Cubs win and Reulbach's 4th straight shutout tying a mark set by Three Fingered Brown earlier in the year. Big Ed will complete 44 consecutive scoreless innings an NL record until Carl Hubbell's 46 in 1933 and the 4 straight shutouts will not be tied until another Cub Bill Lee does it in 1938.
Aug 17, 1908 - In a rain-shortened game Christy Mathewson throws his mitt on the field and defeats the Cards 3-0 in 6 innings with Harry Sallee taking the loss. With the Giants at bat in the 5th McGraw signals Cy Seymour to steal home-even though Cards C Bill Ludwig has the ball. Jack Barry the next batter then strikes out on 3 pitches as the Giants race to beat the downpour.
Jul 21, 1908 - In St. Louis the Cards split with the Giants with Harry Sallee losing the opener 4-2. Mathewson wins his 21st straight over St. Louis though he gives up 11 hits in the victory. The Cards beat Dummy Taylor in the nitecap 3-1 in 12 innings.
May 25, 1908 - Detroit scores an unearned run in the 3rd against Washington lefty Bill Burns but not until 2 are out in the 9th does a Tiger collect a base hit. Germany Schaefer singles to center off "Sleepy Bill" for the only Bengal hit as Detroit wins 1-0. Washington will lose 29 games this year by shutouts an AL record.
Apr 16, 1908 - Pittsburgh's Sam Leever tosses a 3-hit shutout over the Cardinals as Pittsburgh sweeps the 3-game series. But the big news for the Pirates is the signing of Honus Wagner for another year. The star SS ends his holdout and will play on the 19th in a 4-3 loss to the Reds.
Apr 11, 1907 - At Philadelphia Cy Young leaves in the 9th inning for a pinch hitter with Boston ahead 4-3. Lee Tannehill relieves gives up a tying run in the 9th but shuts outs the A's for another 5 innings before Boston scores 4 in the 14th to win. The write up of the game gives the victory to Young stating that Tannehill didn't pitch well enough to win.
Sep 3, 1906 - The White Sox drop out of first place by losing a pair to the host Cleveland Naps 10-3 and 4-3. The victor in the morning game is Otto Hess who gains his first win over Chicago after 11 starts in four years. The Sox lose Lee Tannehill in game two when he is hurt in a collision at 3B on an attempted double steal. He is sent back to Chicago and feared lost for the season. The p.m. game draws 13000.
Jun 21, 1906 - At the Polo Grounds umpire Bob Emslie tosses John McGraw in the 4th inning but his fellow ump Hank O'Day goes one better banishing Joe McGinnity and first sacker Dan McGann in the 5th. Down 4-2 Mathewson relieves for the Giants and shuts out the Pirates over the last 4 innings. The Giants load the bases in the 9th and Chappie McFarland relieves a tired Sam Leever. A single scores one and with two outs Doc Marshall singles to score the winning run. Mathewson wins 5-4.
Jun 7, 1906 - In Washington Rear Admiral Evans announces that as a result of the actions by Provincetown Mass. Selectmen who have banned Sunday baseball he is moving the battleships Maine and Missouri and the cruiser Yankton of the Atlantic fleet to Rockport Maine for the summer. The selectmen had initially endorsed Sunday baseball and then relented because of pressure from preachers who denounced the practice. A total of 10000 crew members are involved.
Aug 1, 1905 - Cubs manager Frank Selee resigns and is replaced by Frank Chance who is elected manager in a narrow vote among the players. Selee suffering from tuberculosis had not been making road trips and Chance has been serving as road manager. Selee who fashioned the team that will dominate the second half of the decade retires to Colorado. The visiting Phillies overcome a 5-0 deficit to down Chicago 7-6 in 11 innings.
Jun 9, 1905 - The Giants score 5 runs in the top of the first against Sam Leever but the Pirates come back with 6 runs off Joe McGinnity in the bottom of the inning. Mathewson relieves in the 2nd but 6 Giant errors help sink the visiting New Yorkers. Pitt wins 12-6.
Feb 7, 1905 - In Lynn MA Rube Waddell prevents a fire by carrying a burning stove out of a store and throwing it into a snow bank. Three days later he flees nearby Peabody to escape charges of assaulting and injuring his wife's parents.
Sep 23, 1904 - The Giants sleepwalk against the Pirates ("Pittsburg Plays All By Itself" is the NY Herald headline) as Red Ames allows 3 runs in 8 innings before John McGraw pulls him. His replacement is Frank Bowerman who gives up 4 runs in his only ML inning. The Pirates win 7-0.
Aug 17, 1904 - Jesse Tannehill a lefthander who will win 20 games or more 6 times pitches a no-hitter for Boston against the White Sox 6-0 Jesse's brother Lee playing 3B for Chicago swings no better than his teammates. Ed Walsh is the losing pitcher.
Oct 8, 1903 - Bill Dinneen evens the Series with a 6-3 win over Pittsburgh's Sam Leever who was 25-7 during the season. Ginger Beaumont leads the offense with 4 hits and two steals. The attendance in Pittsburgh is 11556.
Oct 2, 1903 - The Boston Americans Bill Dinneen blanks Pittsburgh 3-0 on 3 hits and 11 strikeouts to even the Series. His 4 starts will give him 3 victories making this the only WS to produce two 3-game winners. Boston LF Patsy Dougherty hits 2 HRs; in 14 WS games they are the only HRs he will hit. With Boston electing to bat first Patsy's first homer is a leadoff blast against Sam Leever.
Sep 24, 1903 - At New York the Highlanders take a pair from the St. Louis Browns winning 6-2 and 8-6. Jack Chesbro is the victor in the opener with a bit of help from the Browns John Anderson (as noted by Peter Morris). The Browns make 4 straight hits in the 8th and an error by Kid Elberfeld on Anderson's grounder loads the bases. With Bobby Wallace hitting Anderson inexplicably takes off for 2nd base and is thrown out trying to scramble back to 1B a play that will be referred to in the early part of the century as a "John Anderson play." Wallace strikes out on the play. Anderson explains that "I got too far off first base and couldn't get back." To which his manager McAleer responds "Tell me you big bum where did you think you were going?" After the game Clark Griffith brings up the possibility of a trade again and finds that the price had gone down. "Give me an old bat bag or anything" says McAleer"and take the big stiff." Anderson will be swapped to New York next month.
Aug 21, 1903 - In their 2nd straight doubleheader the Pirates and Giants again split with the Bucs taking the opener 5-0 behind Sam Leever. Mathewson wins the nitecap for New York 9-5 the 8th time he's whipped Pittsburgh this year. Matty scatters 10 singles and Ginger Beaumont's double.
Jun 26, 1903 - Before the start of the Giants-Pirates showdown Giants catcher Frank Bowerman starts a fight with Pirates player-manager Fred Clarke in the Giants office. While the cause of the brawl is unclear Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss reports it to the NL offices and Bowerman is fined $100. Clarke gets no fine but does take home a black eye. Mathewson then pitches his 5th victory over Pittsburgh defeating them 8-2 and beating Sam Leever. Sam Mertes who jumped from the AL and will lead the NL in doubles and RBIs doubles home 3 runs in the 5th.
Jun 15, 1903 - Following two rainouts the Pirates notch another shut out when Sam Leever beats Chicago 3-0 on his 3rd straight shutout. Leever allows just one hit garnered by Chicago hurler Jack Menefee.
Jun 8, 1903 - Pittsburgh's Sam Leever shuts out the Phils 2-0 beating Tully Sparks to keep the scoreless streak alive. It is Leever 2nd shut out during the Bucs' skein of 56 straight innings and he will lead the NL with 7 shutouts. Wagner is 2-for-3 and saves the shutout with a game-ending snag in left center of a line drive by pinch hitter Klondike Douglass.
Jun 3, 1903 - Pirate pitching shuts out the Giants for the 2nd day in a row with Sam Leever applying the whitewash 5-0. Pittsburgh scores their first run on a double steal with Claude Richey on the front end. Richey tallies 4 hits off Joe McGinnity to pace the offense. Ginger Beaumont adds a HR to deep CF in the 5th inning the same inning in which 3B coach Christy Mathewson is tossed for kicking dirt on umpire James Johnstone.
May 20, 1903 - After beating the Pirates in a relief effort yesterday Mathewson allows 6 hits in shutting out the defending NL champs 2-0. Sam Leever takes the loss. New York takes three games in the series and Mathewson wins them all.
May 6, 1903 - The White Stockings commit 12 errors and the Tigers commit 6 for a modern ML record by 2 teams in one game. Thirteen of the E's are by the infields another AL mark. Sox shortstop Lee Tannehill leads the way with 4 errors while 3rd sacker Frank Isbell and Patsy Flaherty check in with 3 apiece. Trailing 9-7 in the 9th inning Chicago salvages a 10-9 victory for Patsy Flaherty over Mal Eason.
Jun 2, 1902 - In a 12-0 win the Senators unload 3 homers in the 3rd inning against the White Sox P Clark Griffith as Ed Delahanty Bill Coughlin George Carey belt the Old Fox though not consecutively. After Wyatt Lee doubles Griffith takes himself out. According to the Chicago Daily Tribune a Washington fan had offered each member of the Nationals an expensive panama hat for their first shutout and a $50 bonus to whichever pitcher performed the feat. With little chance to win in the 9th Chicago "allowed themselves to be put out without effort" so that the Washington players could win their prize (as noted by Greg Beston).
May 8, 1902 - Chicago again tops the Giants winning 10-4. Cubs manager Frank Selee comments that the distance from the pitcher's mound to the plate looks short. Horace Fogel the Giants manager measures the distance and finds the lane is 15 inches short. New York protests and it is upheld on June 3rd. The two games are ordered replayed and the Giants will win them both.
Apr 27, 1902 - Cubs rookie lefthanded pitcher Jim St. Vrain batting righthanded at the urging of manager Selee grounds to Pittsburgh SS Honus Wagner. But then the confused St. Vrain runs toward 3B as the astonished Wagner throws him out at 1B. Pittsburgh wins 2-0 as Deacon Phillippe is the winner. The Pirate infield records all the putouts with 16 made at 1B. The Cubs now return to Chicago for a 25-game homestand.
Sep 14, 1901 - W. A. Phelon Jr. writing in today's issue of Sporting Life reports: "Noiseless umpiring is to be attempted at the South Side park Monday [the 16th] afternoon. Impossible as this may seem at first hearing it is to be attempted and there are even bets that it will be a go. George W. Hancock famed in Chicago as the man who invented indoor base ball will be responsible for the success or failure of the scheme. The umpire is to wear a red sleeve on the right arm and a white one on the left. For a strike he will raise the right arm for a ball the left; for an out he will hoist the right arm for a ball [sic] the other. People at the far end of the park unable to hear even that human buffalo Sheridan can see the colors and there seems a good chance for the trick to make a hit." There is no report that this was put into effect.
Jul 13, 1901 - At Detroit Bill "Doc" Nance has 6 hits-5 singles and a double-off 4 Cleveland pitchers to pace Detroit to a 19-12 win. Giving up the hits are Gus Weyhing (soon on his way to the Reds) Pete Dowling manager Jimmy McAleer in his only pitching appearance (0.1 IP 2H 3BB) and 3B Bill Bradley in his only pitching appearance (1IP 4H).
May 23, 1901 - At Cleveland's League Park the Blues score a ML record 9 runs with 2 outs in the 9th inning to defeat the Washington Nationals 14-13. Cleveland is down to one strike on Jack McCarthy but they put the next ten men on base winning the game on an error. Winning pitcher Bill Hoffer who had given up the 13 runs is carried off the field by the delirious crowd. Patton and Watty Lee pitch for Washington. The scoring (as noted by Bill Kirwin) occurs as follows: Hoffer strikes out Pickering grounds out McCarthy singles Bradley singles LaChance with two strikes on him) singles scoring McCarthy Wood is hit by pitch Scheibeck doubles (Patton replaced by Lee) Egan walks Beck (batting for Hoffer) doubles Pickering singles Beck home to tie the game and then moves to 2B on a passed ball. McCarthy who started the whole thing singles him home for the victory.
Jul 15, 1900 - At Detroit Tigers manager Tommy Burns afraid the crowd would injure umpire Joe Cantillon after the previous day's hostilities refuses to let him work and the game is forfeited to Cleveland. But Indians manager Jim McAleer agrees to play using reserve player Sport McAllister as the ump and Detroit wins 6-1.
Jul 15, 1899 - Boston manager Frank Selee is quoted by Sporting Life as saying: "I look upon Lajoie as a ballplaying genius with more natural talent than any ballplayer since Charley Ferguson."
May 30, 1899 - The Pirates sweep a Memorial Day doubleheader from Washington behind rookies Jimmy Williams and Sam Leever. Williams has 3 singles and a pair of doubles in the morning game as the Pirates win in 10 innings 4-3. In the afternoon contest the Pirates win in the 9th on pitcher Sam Leever's triple and player-manager Patsy Donovan's single.
Mar 29, 1899 - The Robison brothers owners of the Cleveland franchise gain control of the St. Louis franchise as well and redistribute players. St. Louis which finished 12th in 1898 is enhanced with Cy Young Jesse Burkett Bobby Wallace and manager-1B Patsy Tebeau. Cleveland is greatly weakened by the transfers. The new St. Louis owners change the name of Sportsman's Park to League Park. They also change the color of the team socks from brown to red. The team nickname becomes the Perfectos. The players going to Cleveland are Kid Carsey Jack Clements Lave Cross Tommy Dowd Dick Harley Bill Hill Harry Lochhead Harry Maupin Joe Quinn Jack Stivetts Willie Sudhoff Joe Sugden Sleeper Sullivan and Tommy Tucker.
Oct 15, 1898 - Boston wins its 5th pennant in the decade for Frank Selee equaling its 102 victories of 1892 but one fewer loss increases its percentage to .685 (102-47). Only 3 of the 12 clubs make a profit as attendance slacks off.
Apr 24, 1898 - Spain declares war on the U.S. and the ensuing conflict will depress baseball attendance. In one week Admiral Dewey will destroy the Spanish fleet in Manila bay.
Sep 30, 1897 - Boston clinches the 1897 NL pennant-Frank Selee's 4th-with a 12-3 victory over Brooklyn as Baltimore loses 9-3 to Washington. Their winning percentage of .705 is the highest in Boston history.
Jun 27, 1896 - In an aftermath to the previous day's brawl several Cleveland players are brought before a Louisville court on a warrant sworn by Louisville owner Hunt Stuckey. Manager Tebeau is fined $100 for disturbing the peace. Ed McKean and Jimmy McAleer are fined $75 each and Jesse Burkett $50.
Apr 24, 1894 - In a game atypical for 1894 Cy Young throws a 2-hit shutout at Cincinnati 1-0 as the Cleveland Spiders score the winning run in the 9th inning on McAleer single following Ewing's double.
Sep 7, 1891 - Anson sleeps through the morning game of a Labor Day bill in Brooklyn and his Colts lose 21-3. But he homers in the p.m. game which Chicago wins 3-2.
Aug 22, 1891 - In six plate appearances Walt Wilmot of the Chicago Colts draws 6 bases on balls from Cleveland Spider pitchers Lee Viau and Cy Young to set a ML record for walks in a game. Jimmie Foxx (6/16/38) and Andre Thornton (5/2/84) will be the only players to tie this record. Chicago wins today 11-9.
Aug 18, 1891 - Milwaukee is victorious in its first AA game beating the Browns in St. Louis 7-2. Back in Cincinnati the NL game is enlivened by Cleveland's Jimmy McAleer chasing the Reds' Arlie Latham around the field with a baseball bat. Latham had tripped McAleer as the runner rounded 3B/ No blows are struck as Cleveland wins 6-2.
Apr 28, 1891 - The new rule allowing for an unlimited number of substitutions gives managers new flexibility. Today Beaneater manager Frank Selee gives rookie Jim Sullivan a chance to pitch in the 9th inning with Boston leading 11-2. But when the youngster walks 5 men and allows 4 runs Selee brings in Kid Nichols to save the victory.
Jun 5, 1890 - At Cleveland (NL) Chicago is batting in the 3rd when a sudden downpour sends the teams to cover. Lightning strikes the grandstand; a shower of fire and splinters forces spectators to flee into the rain.
Jun 5, 1889 - Cleveland rookie Jim McAleer hits a 2-run homer in the 10th inning to beat Chicago 7-6 in first game of a twinbill. McAleer will hit only 13 homers in over 1000 ML games.
Nov 3, 1887 - The directors of the Omaha club agree to pay $3000 per month to manager Frank Selee to bring his team from Oshkosh where they won the Northwestern League pennant in 1887. Two top stars outfielders Tommy McCarthy and Dummy Hoy will spend 1888 in the ML however and Selee's Omaha team will finish 4th in the WA race.
Jul 14, 1887 - In Newark for an exhibition game against the International League Little Giants Cap Anson refuses to allow his NL champion Chicago White Stockings to play against Newark's Fleet Walker and George Stovey the black battery. Newark caves in to Anson's demands and uses Hughes and Cantz as the battery. The Little Giants win 9-4. Four years earlier when Walker was playing for Toledo Anson demanded that the catcher not appear in a game against Chicago or he'd pull his team. That time it was Anson who backed down and Walker caught the game.
Aug 22, 1886 - Dog helps chicken. It is the dog days of summer as Ab Powell‚ of the Reds reaches the ball on a long hit by Chicken Wolf‚ his pants are grabbed by a stray dog sleeping by the fence. The altercation prevents Powell from throwing the ball in and Wolf circles the bases with the inside-the-park home run that wins the game for Louisville 5-3 in 11 innings.
May 1, 1884 - Moses Fleetwood Walker becomes the first black in the ML when he plays for the Toledo club in the American Association. He goes 0-for-3 in his ML debut allowing 2 passed balls and committing 4 errors as his team bows to Louisville 5-1. He will do better in 41 subsequent games before injuries force Toledo to release him in late September. Racial bigotry will prevent his return to ML ball. In July he is joined by his brother Welday an OF. No other black player appears in a ML uniform until Jackie Robinson in 1947.
Mar 14, 1883 - In a Northwestern League meeting Peoria moves to ban blacks in order to prevent Toledo from playing star C Moses Fleetwood Walker. After an "exciting discussion" the motion is withdrawn and Walker is allowed to play.
Dec 9, 1882 - James H. Dudley‚ manager of a top black club in Richmond‚ VA‚ initiates discussion concerning the formation of a black league with teams from New York‚ Philadelphia‚ Pittsburgh‚ Cincinnati‚ Baltimore‚ Washington‚ DC‚ and Richmond. On February 10‚ 1883‚ Pittsburgh manager W. C. Lee expresses interest in the plan‚ but nothing comes of it.
Sep 10, 1881 - In a game in Albany Troy's Roger Connor hits the first grand slam in NL history and the first "ultimate" grand slam. The blow with his team 3 runs down comes off Worcester's Lee "Ruby Legs" Richmond with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th inning and wins the game 8-7.
Aug 21, 1881 - The Eclipse club refuses to allow black C. M. Fleetwood Walker to play for the visiting Cleveland Whites in a game in Louisville much to the disgust of many fans and sportswriters. Walker later becomes the first African-American to play ML baseball with the Toledo (AA) club in 1884.
Jun 26, 1880 - Abner Dalrymple George Gore and Larry Corcoran all normally lefthanded batters cross over and bat right-handed against southpaw Lee Richmond and get one hit each as Chicago beats Worcester 4-0. The victory runs the Whites' latest winning streak to 14 games breaking the "old" record that they set last month.
Jun 16, 1880 - After having played in an a.m. game and then attended his graduation ceremonies at Brown Lee Richmond is whisked into a special train so that he can pitch in the afternoon game in Worcester. He loses a tight game to Chicago 7-6 in 10 innings.
Jun 12, 1880 - John Lee Richmond pitches the first perfect game in professional history leading Worcester to a 1-0 victory over Cleveland. RF Lon Knight saves the no-hitter by throwing out Bill Phillips at 1B for a 9-3 putout.
Jun 9, 1879 - Back with Brown University Lee Richmond pitches his school to the College Championship by beating Yale 3-2. In the 9th Yale puts runners on 2B and 3B with 2 out but Richmond fans Ripley on a full count (8-2) pitch.
Jul 20, 1877 - First place Boston gets tripped up by cellar-dwelling Cincinnati 13-11 with the loss going to Will White making his ML debut. Cincy must like what they see because White will pitch for the Reds next year after his three-game rookie year in Boston. The bespeckled White is the only player in the 19th century to wear glasses on the playing field; Lee Meadows will be the next player in 1915 to wear glasses.