» June 20, 1951: Cleveland IF Bobby Avila hits three HRs going 5-for-6 against the Red Sox. His 15 total bases will stand as a team record until surpassed by Rocky Colavito in l959. Before today, Avila had hit just one homer against the Bosox. Cleveland outslugs Boston to win 14–8, as Early Wynn earns the complete game win.
» December 1, 1956: Cincinnati slugger Frank Robinson is unanimously voted the National League Rookie of the Year. White Sox SS Luis Aparicio is voted American League Rookie of the Year with 22 points, beating out Oriole Tito Francona and Indian Rocky Colavito.
» September 24, 1958: The Red Sox close out their home schedule with a 7–5 loss to the Yankees. Mickey Mantle cracks his 42nd homer of the year to put him three ahead of Rocky Colavito, who will finish at 42 home runs.
» November 26, 1958: The American League MVP is Boston slugger Jackie Jensen, winning over New York's Bob Turley and Cleveland's Rocky Colavito.
» June 10, 1959: Rocky Colavito hits four consecutive home runs in Baltimore's Memorial Stadium to lead the Indians to an 11–8 win. Colavito joins Lou Gehrig and Bobby Lowe as the only ML players to hit four consecutive four-baggers.
» April 17, 1960: On Easter Sunday, Frank Lane brings American League batting champ Harvey Kuenn to Cleveland and sends co-HR champ Rocky Colavito to Detroit. Colavito, an unparalleled fan favorite in Cleveland, had been a brief Spring hold out for more money. Colavito was on first base in an exhibition game in Memphis against the White Sox when manager Joe Gordon informed him of the trade. Rocky will hit 173 home runs before returning to the Tribe on January 20, 1965. Kuenn will report to Cleveland, pull a muscle, and never be the same hitter. He'll be traded after one season.
» April 18, 1960:
Trader Frank Lane continues to swap sending Cleveland favorite Herb Score, a lefty, is sent to the White Sox for righty Barry Latman. Score and Rocky Colavito, traded three days ago, were the last two players to pre-date Lane's arrival in Cleveland.
» April 19, 1960: Opening Day in Cleveland takes on added drama as Rocky Colavito makes his debut with the Tigers. He is hitless in six ABs and strikes out four times. Detroit's Frank Lary and Cleveland's Gary Bell each pitch 10 shutout innings. The Tigers score twice in the 11th, but Jim Piersall's 2-run single off Jim Bunning ties the game. In the 15th, as the major-league record for the longest Opening Day game is tied, Al Kaline's 2-run single gives Detroit a 4–2 win.
» April 22, 1960:
A record opening day crowd of 53,563 at Briggs Stadium sees the Tigers chalk up their 3rd straight win, 6–5, over the White Sox. Recently acquired Rocky Colavito blasts a home run in his first at bat in Detroit, and Eddie Yost adds a home run in the 5th.
» May 22, 1960: With Rocky Colavito on the bench because of poor hitting, the Tigers sweep the visiting Red Sox, 6–2 and 5–2. Boston has now lost nine straight and extend that to 10 games before winning. Jim Bunning and Hank Aguirre notch the wins, as the Hubmen strand 15 runners in the nitecap.
» June 4, 1960: Detroit's Chico Fernandez strokes a 10th-inning triple against Cleveland, and then swipes home for the final run in a 7–4 win. Rocky Colavito breaks out of his slump with a solo home run in the 4th and a 2-run home run in the 10th, off Stigman.
» April 30, 1961:
Using Joey Amalfitano's bat, Willie Mays becomes the 9th player in ML history to enjoy a 4-HR game, and his eight RBI pace the Giants to a 14–4 win at Milwaukee's County Stadium. Led by Willie's 4, the Giants total a record tying eight homers (and 13 in two games) as Orlando Cepeda (2), Felipe Alou, and Jose Pagan also homer. Willie's 6th inning homer clears the LF bleachers at County Stadium. Hank Aaron collects a pair for the Braves for all the scoring. Billy Loes is the winning pitcher, and it marks the 4th time he has been in uniform at a game where a player has hit four homers: Loes was with the Dodgers in '50 and '54 when Gil Hodges and the Braves Joe Adcock connected, and with the Orioles in '59 when Rocky Colavito collected four.
» May 12, 1961:
In the 8th inning at Yankee Stadium, Tiger OF Rocky Colavito goes into the stands behind 3B after a drunken fan who has been heckling Rocky's wife and father. Colavito is ejected, but the Tigers win in the 9th on P Frank Lary's home run. For Lary, it is his 25th win over the Yankees against just eight losses.
» May 13, 1961: Rocky Colavito returns to the Tigers lineup and rocks the Yankees with a 4–for-5 game, including two homers. The Tigers win, 8–3.
» June 5, 1961: In the first of two games at the Stadium, Mickey Mantle hits an 8th inning homer to help New York top the Twins 6–2. Mantle, Roger Maris, and Rocky Colavito each have hit 15.
» July 31, 1961: The 2nd All-Star Game of 1961 ends in a 1–1 tie at Fenway Park. Rocky Colavito homers for the American League run. Heavy rains end the exhibition after nine innings.
» August 18, 1961: Ron Kline, purchased from the Angels on August 10, blanks the Red Sox on four hits to give the Tigers a 5–0 win. Bill Monbouquette fails for the 9th time to win his 9th, lasting just four innings and gives up homers to Billy Bruton and Rocky Colavito.
» August 27, 1961:
Detroit's Rocky Colavito ties an American League record with four home runs—three in the 2nd game, in a doubleheader pummeling of the Senators 7–4 and 10–1 at Washington.
» August 28, 1961:
At Washington, Rocky Colavito and Al Kaline belt 1st-inning homers as Detroit wins, 7–3 to cut New York's lead to one 1/2 games. Rocky now has 39 homers and 120 RBIs. Jake Wood hits a 6th inning grand slam to complete the scoring for Detroit.
» June 24, 1962: A marathon between the Tigers and Yankees concludes in the 22nd inning when Jack Reed's home run—his only one in the ML—gives New York and Jim Bouton a 9–7 victory. Reed replaced Pepitone in the 13th. For the Tigers, Phil Regan takes the loss and Rocky Colavito has seven hits. Bobby Richardson ties a mark by going to the plate 11 times. At an even seven hours, the game is the slowest extra-inning contest in league history and it is the longest game in innings in Yankee history.
» July 30, 1962: Homers by Leon Wagner, Pete Runnels, and Rocky Colavito power the American League past the National League 9–4 in the 2nd All-Star Game of 1962.
» November 18, 1963: Detroit sends OF Rocky Colavito, P Bob Anderson, and a reported $50,000 to Kansas City for 2B Jerry Lumpe and pitchers Dave Wickersham and Ed Rakow.
» January 20, 1965:
Rocky Colavito returns to Cleveland in a 3-way deal
that sends outfielders Jim Landis and Mike Hershberger
and P Fred Talbot from the White Sox to Kansas City;
C Johnny Romano, OF Tommy Agee, and P Tommy John from
Cleveland to Chicago; and C Cam Carreon from the White
Sox to the Indians.
» October 3, 1965:
"Sudden" Sam McDowell (17–11) loses a 2–1 decision to Baltimore's Steve Barber, but the 22-year-old Tribe southpaw wraps up the AL lead in ERA (2.18) and strikeouts (325). Rocky Colavito plays his 162nd consecutive errorless game (274 chances), a ML season record.
» June 16, 1966: In New York, Rocky Colavito robs Mantle of a 1st inning homer by making a great catch at the bullpen gate. Mantle then hits a 3rd inning homer to the opposite field off Sam McDowell, and New York goes on to top the Indians, 7–6.
» July 29, 1967:
The Indians trade Rocky Colavito again, this time to the White Sox for OF Jim King and a player to be named.
» June 15, 1968:
The Yankees sign outfielder Rocky Colavito after his release by the Dodgers. In another deal, New York sells P John Wyatt to the Tigers.
» August 25, 1968: The Tigers, ahead 5–0, fail to score with two on in the 4th inning when the Yanks bring in Rocky Colavito. The 35-year-old slugger retires Al Kaline and Willie Horton and tosses two 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. In Rocky's only other appearance, in 1958, he also faced Kaline, and the victory by a non-pitcher will be the last this century. Bill Robinson and Bobby Cox crash successive homers to tie the score and, after a walk, Rocky comes around to score the winning run. In the 8th, Yankees reliever Lindy McDaniel ties the American League record for consecutive batters retired by setting down the first Tiger he faces, giving him 32 straight batters retired over four appearances. New York sweeps, winning 6–5 and then topping Mickey Lolich, 5–4. The four losses in New York leaves the Tigers just five ahead of the Orioles.
» September 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 three consecutive seasons with three 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.
» August 22, 2000:
Two position players take the mound in mop up rolls. Catcher Brent Mayne is called upon after the Rockies use nine pitchers through 11 innings against the Braves. Mayne starts the 12th—setting a NL record for most pitchers in a game–and allows a walk but no hits in a scoreless inning. Mayne, who never pitched at any level, gets Chipper Jones on a ground out to end the frame. The Rockies score to win 7–6 in 12 innings on rookie Adam Melhuse's 1st career hit. Mayne is the first position player to win since Rocky Colavito on August 25, 1968 and the first catcher to win a game since Buck Ewing, in 1889. Todd Helton is 1-for-4 and finishes the game hitting .39690.
» July 22, 2001:
At Cleveland, Bartolo Colon pitches the Tribe to a 6–3 win over the Tigers and pulls Cleveland within a game of Minnesota in the AL Central. Thome adds his AL-high 31st homer. Before the game, the Indians honor their Century 100, with 38 of their all-time greats on hand. Receiving the biggest applause is Rocky Colavito. Bob Feller, as well as 91-year-old great Mel Harder also receives a huge hand.