» May 8, 1964: In Cleveland, there are tornado warnings, but New York supplies damage when Mickey Mantle cracks a 3-run homer off Tommy John in the 4th inning to lead New York to a 103 win.
» 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.
» September 8, 1967: The Tigers move into a first-place tie with the Twins, as Eddie Mathews and Jim Northrup hit home runs, and Mickey Lolich beats Tommy John 41 at Chicago.
» June 15, 1968:
Chicago's Tommy John becomes the 9th American League pitcher to hit four batters in one game, as he nails four Tigers in a 74 White Sox win.
» July 18, 1969:
Tommy John scatters eight hits in the White Sox 61 win over the Royals. The Sox outfield records no putouts behind John.
» May 5, 1970: The Indians and White Sox turn nine double plays today, tying an AL mark. Tommy John wins the battle for Chicago over Dean Chance, 21.
» December 2, 1971: The teams keep trading. Among those changing teams are Doyle Alexander (Baltimore), Dick Allen (White Sox), Tommy John (LA), and John Mayberry (KC).
» April 18, 1972: In Atlanta, Tommy John makes his NL debut and pitches the Dodgers to a 31 victory over the Braves. He scatters four hits in seven innings.
» July 3, 1974: Pitching in his ML-record 13th consecutive game for the Dodgers, Mike Marshall saves Tommy John's 41 win over the Reds in the first game of a doubleheader.
» October 8, 1977:
The Dodgers clinch the National League flag with a 41 win in front of an LCS-record crowd of 64,924 at Philadelphia. Dusty Baker, the playoff's MVP, hits a 2-run homer and scores twice as Tommy John allows seven hits in nine innings of work.
» November 2, 1977: The Phillies Steve Carlton outpoints the Dodgers Tommy John to win his 2nd Cy Young Award. Carlton led the National League with 23 wins, losing 10, and posting a 2.64 ERA.
» October 5, 1978: Tommy John notches a 4-hit shutout to beat the Phils 40, as Davey Lopes drives in three runs. The Dodgers lead two games to none.
» November 4, 1978: The 3rd annual reentry free-agent draft is held at the Plaza Hotel, New York City. Pete Rose, Tommy John, and Darrell Evans are the biggest names among the eligible players.
» November 22, 1978:
The Yankees sign Tommy John, a reentry free agent formerly with the Dodgers. The sinkerballer will be a valuable addition to the Yankees, winning 43 games in the next two seasons.
» October 31, 1979: Mike Flanagan, who posted a 23-9 record for the Orioles, is named the winner of the American League Cy Young Award by a comfortable margin over the Yankees Tommy John.
» June 7, 1980: Yankee pitcher Tommy John posts his 200th victory, a two-hit, 10 win over Seattle.
» April 9, 1981:
Before 55,123 at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees gun down the Rangers, 103. Bucky Dent and Bobby Murcer hit homers, with Willie Randolph following Murcer's blow with a triple. Dave Winfield, in his New York debut, has two hits and two walks, and Tommy John scatters seven hits in eight innings to win over Jon Matlack.
» October 13, 1981:
In the ALCS opener against Oakland, Yankee pitching once again asserts itself, as Tommy John, Ron Davis, and Goose Gossage combine to hold up Graig Nettles's first-inning 3-run double 31.
» October 21, 1981: Goose Gossage gets his 2nd save in as many days as he preserves Tommy John's win 30 in game 2. Bob Watson has two hits and an RBI.
» October 5, 1982: Angels Don Baylor collects five RBI, tying an LCS record, as California takes Game One 83 over Milwaukee. Tommy John picks up the win.
» May 12, 1984:
The visiting Angels and Tommy John stop the Tigers (265), 42. John goes nine innings scattering eight hits to beat Juan Berenguer. Rob Wilfong and Reggie Jackson belt homers with Reggie's going over the RF roof.
» August 15, 1984:
The Tigers cuff Tommy John for ten hits in six innings to beat the Angels, 83. Dan Petry (155) scatters eight hits in eight innings, and Dave Bergman backs him with two triples and three RBIs. With Cleveland beating Toronto twice, the Tigers lead is now nine games.
» August 26, 1984: In Anaheim, the Tigers use the long ball to beat the Angels, 126. Kirk Gibson has two homers and four runs scored, Marty Castillo, hits a homer and scores three times, and Chet Lemon belts his first grand slam ever. Tommy John goes just two 2/3 inning in losing to Milt Wilcox (157). Detroit leads the East by 12 games.
» July 26, 1985:
Tommy John, making his 1st appearance since being released by California on June 5, scatters four hits over six innings as the A's defeat the Brewers, 73. John is now 34.
» July 27, 1988: Tommy John achieves what is believed to be a ML first by committing three errors on one play in the Yankees' 163 rout of the Brewers. The feat ties the major-league record for errors in one inning by a pitcher.
» April 4, 1989: Before 52,394 at Minneapolis, the Yankees spoil the Twins Opening Day game by winning, 42. 45-year-old Tommy John, pitching in his 26th season, allows the Twins two run in seven innings of work, defeating Frank Viola. Roberto Kelly is 4-for-4 for New York, including the game's only homer.
» May 30, 1992: By beating the Milwaukee Brewers, 81, Scott Sanderson of the Yankees becomes the 9th pitcher to beat all 26 major league teams in his career. He joins Nolan Ryan, Tommy John, Don Sutton, Mike Torrez, Rick Wise, Gaylord Perry, Doyle Alexander and Rich Gossage as the only pitchers to accomplish the feat.
» March 19, 1999: The career of New York Mets righthander Paul Wilson is derailed again when he suffers a partially torn ligament in his pitching elbow while warming up before a threeinning stint in a minor-league game. An MRI will show a partial tear of the MCL in his elbow, and on March 30 he will undergo "Tommy John" surgery which will sideline him for the year.
» April 15, 2001:
The Braves Odalis Perez (7 IP) allows just four singles in sinking the Phillies, 30. Perez is making his 1st start after missing the entire 2000 season because of Tommy John surgery. Brian Jordan and Andruw Jones homer for the Braves.