» December 9, 1982:
In what will turn out to be a pair of unwise deals, the Yankees sign free-agent OF Steve Kemp to a 5-year contract, and trade OF Dave Collins, pitcher Mike Morgan, and minor leaguer Fred McGriff to the Blue Jays for P Dale Murray and minor leaguer Tom Dodd.
» September 14, 1987: In an 18–3 rout of the Orioles, the Blue Jays erupt for a ML-record 10 home runs. Ernie Whitt leads the parade with three round trippers, Rance Mulliniks and George Bell hit 2, and Lloyd Moseby, Rob Ducey, and Fred McGriff each add one. Mike Hart hits one for Baltimore to tie the 2-team major-league record of 11. In the 7th inning, the Jays Kelly Gruber makes an out and, in his next at bat in the frame, hits into a DP tie a major-league record for most outs-inning. Cal Ripken's streak of 8,243 consecutive innings (908 games) is broken when he is lifted in the 8th for pinch runner Ron Washington.
» September 30, 1988:
Dave Stieb is one out away from a no-hitter for the 2nd consecutive game, but falls short again when Jim Traber bloops a single over the head of 1B Fred McGriff. Stieb finishes with his 2nd straight one-hitter 4–0 over the Orioles.
» June 29, 1990: Oakland's Dave Stewart and the Dodgers Fernando Valenzuela both throw no-hitters today, the first time this has happened since Hippo Vaughan and Fred Toney's double no-hitter in 1917. Stewart blanks the Blue Jays 5–0, and a few hours later Valenzuela beats the Cardinals 6–0. The only threat to Stewart is a fly ball by Fred McGriff that Dave Henderson catches with his back pinned to the wall. Fernando almost loses his no-hitter with one out in the 9th when Pedro Guerrero hits a grounder up the middle with a runner on. Valenzuela, a former Gold Glover deflects the ball to 2B where SS Alfredo Griffin starts a DP.
» December 5, 1990: In a major trade, the Blue Jays send 1B Fred McGriff and veteran SS Tony Fernandez to San Diego for 2B Roberto Alomar and slugging OF Joe Carter.
» August 14, 1991:
San Diego's Fred McGriff hits a grand slam for the 2nd game in a row, tying a major league mark. He is the 12th player—but just the 3rd National Leaguer—to perform the feat, with Babe Ruth the only one to do so twice. His blast brings home all San Diego's runs in a 4-1 win over the Astros.
» July 4, 1992:
Montreal OF Larry Walker throws out Padre SS Tony Fernandez at 1B on a 1-hopper to right in the 1st inning of the Expos 3–2 win over SD. Fred McGriff has a solo home run off starter Chris Nabholtz, with John Wetteland picking up his 1st win of the year.
» August 6, 1992: Padres Gary Sheffield and Fred McGriff become the first teammates to swat back-to-back HRs twice in the same game since Ernie Banks and Dee Fondy of the Cubs in 1955. The Padres win the game over the Astros, 7-5.
» August 28, 1992:
The Padres outslug the Pirates, 11-6, with Fred McGriff collecting three hits and providing the longest HR in the majors this season at 473 feet. It is Fred's 30th. Gary Sheffield adds his 28th.
» July 18, 1993:
The Braves obtain 1B Fred McGriff from the Padres in exchange for minor leaguers Melvin Nieves and Donnie Elliott.
» October 7, 1993: The Braves even the NLCS at one game apiece by mauling the Phillies, 14-3, on 16 hits. The 14 runs are an LCS record. Terry Pendleton, Fred McGriff, Jeff Blauser, and Damon Berryhill each homer for Atlanta, as Greg Maddux cruises to the win. McGriff's dinger is upper deck.
» July 12, 1994: Moises Alou's double in the 10th inning gives the National League an 8-7 victory over the American League in the All-Star Game. The NL is now a perfect 9-0 in extra-inning contests. Houston P John Hudek becomes the 1st P in history to appear in an All-Star Game before recording a major league victory. Fred McGriff, whose 2-run homer in the 9th inning tied the score, takes MVP honors.
» August 5, 1994:
Atlanta 1B Fred McGriff hits a home run in the Braves' 16-6 win over Cincinnati, making him only the 9th major leaguer in history to hit 30 or more homers in seven consecutive seasons.
» October 7, 1995:
The Braves win their Division Series with a 10-4 victory over Colorado. Greg Maddux notches the win, and Fred McGriff homers twice for Atlanta.
» October 21, 1995: The Braves beat Cleveland, 3-2, in Game 1 of the WS behind Greg Maddux. Fred McGriff homers for Atlanta, while Kenny Lofton becomes the 1st player since 1921 to steal 2 bases in one inning of a Series game. The 2 teams combine for only 5 hits, tying a WS record for fewest hits by both clubs.
» October 24, 1995: An 11th-inning single by Eddie Murray gives the Indians a 7-6 win in Game 3 of the WS. Jose Mesa notches the victory with 3 shutout innings of relief. Fred McGriff and Ryan Klesko homer for Atlanta.
» April 30, 1996:
Fred McGriff gets five hits to lead Atlanta to a 7-5 victory over Houston, knocking the Astros into a tie for 1st in the National League Central. Every team in the division has a record below .500.
» May 19, 1996: Fred McGriff hits his 300th home run to lead the Braves to a 9–5 win over the Reds, the 9th straight victory for Atlanta over Cincy. Coupled with Montreal's loss to the Padres, Atlanta moves into the top spot in the National League East for the first time. McGriff is 4-for-4 today to raise his average to .353. John Smoltz (9–1) is the winner, giving up two hits in seven innings. Smoltz, with 74 K's, now leads the NL.
» May 20, 1996: Led by Chipper Jones and Tyler Houston, each with five RBI, the Braves pound the Cubs, 18–1 to make Steve Avery's 5th win an easy one. Houston gets his ribbies when he replaces Fred McGriff in the 5th inning.
» May 31, 1996:
The Braves scalp the Reds, 9–1, as they bang out ML-record tying six solo homers in the process. Fred McGriff and Eddie Perez each hit two, as the Braves win their 10th in 12 games.
» August 24, 1996: Atlanta defeats Chicago, 6-5, led by 1B Fred McGriff, who strokes five hits, including a double and two homers, and drives in four runs.
» October 3, 1996:
The Braves win another pitchers' duel with the Dodgers, defeating LA by a score of 3-2 on solo homers by Fred McGriff, Ryan Klesko, and Jermaine Dye.
» October 14, 1996: The Braves batter the Cardinals, 14-0, in Game five of the NLCS. John Smoltz gets the win, with Fred McGriff and Javy Lopez contributing homers. Atlanta sets a playoff record with 22 hits in the game.
» October 17, 1996: The Braves complete their comeback, winning their 3rd in a row, 15-0, to defeat the Cardinals and win the National League pennant. Homers by Fred McGriff, Javy Lopez, and Andruw Jones support the shutout pitching of Tom Glavine.
» October 21, 1996: Greg Maddux shuts out the Yankees by a score of 4-0, as the Braves take their 2nd straight as the visiting team. Fred McGriff's three RBIs give him a major league record 15 for the postseason.
» April 30, 1997:
Fred McGriff homers twice and Michael Tucker has five hits to lead the Braves to 12–3 win over the stumbling Reds. The Braves complete the first 19-win April in ML history. The Reds, losers of their 12th in 14 contests, get three hits from Deion Sanders, who raises his average to .385. Neon also swipes his 19th base.
» June 22, 1997: The Braves power four homers in a 9-run 3rd inning to sink the Phils, 12–5, handing Philadelphia its 8th loss in a row. Chipper Jones, Fred McGriff, Michael Tucker and Jeff Blauser all homer in Atlanta's biggest inning since 1989.
» June 29, 1997: In Atlanta, Keith Lockhart bangs a pinch grand slam as the Braves overcome a five-run deficit to beat the Phillies 6–5. Phils' starter Scott Ruffcorn does not give up a hit in five 1/3 innings, but exits after walking four batters, hitting two, and tossing two wild pitches. Ron Blazier relieves with two on and the score 5–0, but gives up an RBI single and Lockhart's slam. Fred McGriff's tie-breaking triple in the 7th pins the loss on Billy Brewer.
» September 15, 1997:
The Braves beat the Giants, 5–4 on Fred McGriff's 2-out, 2-run homer off Rod Beck in the 9th inning. The homer caps a 4-run rally for the 1st place Braves.
» November 18, 1997: The expansion draft for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks is held in Phoenix, Arizona. Florida pitcher Tony Saunders is taken with the 1st pick by the Devil Rays, while the Diamondbacks select pitcher Brian Anderson from Cleveland. Following the draft, the Diamondbacks acquire 3B Travis Fryman from the Tigers in exchange for infielders Joe Randa and Gabe Alvarez and P Matt Drews. They also obtain OF Devon White from the Marlins in exchange for P Jesus Martinez. In a rash of moves, the Devil Rays get 1B Fred McGriff from the Braves in exchange for a player to be named, C John Flaherty from the Padres in exchange for P Brian Boehringer and IF Andy Sheets, SS Kevin Stocker from the Phillies in exchange for Bobby Abreu, and sign free agent P Roberto Hernandez to a 4-year contract.
» April 1, 1998:
The expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays win their first game in franchise history, beating the Tigers, 11–8. Fred McGriff has four RBIs on three hits.
» April 29, 1999:
The Devil Rays defeat the White Sox, 4–1. Tampa Bay 1B Fred McGriff homers in the contest at Comiskey Park, tying the record held by Ellis Burks and Gary Gaetti for hitting home runs in 33 different major league parks.
» May 7, 1999:
At Jacobs Field, the Indians overcome a 9-1 deficit by scoring four runs in the 6th, seven runs in the 7th, and seven more in the 8th, to defeat the Devil Rays, 20-11. Down eight and winning by nine is the biggest swing since July 8, 1990, according to historian Tom Ruane. Roberto Alomar and David Justice each drive home five runs for the Tribe, who have five players get three or more hits. Tampa Bay's Fred McGriff hits a 2-run shot off another Tampa native, Dwight Gooden. For McGriff, it is the 34th ML park he has homered in, a new ML record. He was tied with Gary Gaetti and Ellis Burks.
» May 17, 1999: The Devil Rays outgun the Rangers, 13-3, as 1B Fred McGriff extends his major league record by hitting a home run in his 35th big league stadium—The Ballpark in Arlington.
» June 2, 2000:
The Mets beat the Devil Rays, 5-3, as Tampa Bay 1B Fred McGriff hits career home run number 400, making him the 31st player to reach the plateau. On June 4th he gets his 2000th hit in the Devil Rays win.
» August 26, 2000: The Devil Rays defeat the Orioles, 4-1, in the 1st game of a DH. Tampa Bay 1B Fred McGriff ties a major league mark by hitting a home run in his 37th different ballpark. Mark McGwire has also performed the feat. The Orioles take the 2nd game, 2-0.
» May 8, 2001:
The Devil Rays edge the Orioles, 4-3, as Tampa Bay's Fred McGriff joins Mark McGwire, Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Eddie Murray, and Reggie Jackson as the only players to homer off 300 different pitchers in their career. McGriff's solo in the 8th snaps a 3–3 tie.
» July 27, 2001:
The Cubs get 1B Fred McGriff from the Devil Rays in exchange for P Manny Aybar and a player to be named. The Cubs first try for McGriff on the 16th had been nixed by the slugger who said he did not want to uproot his family. His first game will be a night contest at Wrigley on the 29th, a 7-5 Cubs win.
» August 30, 2001: 3B Bill Mueller's walk–off home run gives the Cubs a 5–4 victory over the Marlins. 1B Fred McGriff hits a 3–run home run as he reaches 80 RBIs for the 14th straight season, becoming only the 2nd player in ML history to do so. Hank Aaron holds the record with 17 straight years.
» September 29, 2001:
Fred McGriff, Rondell White, and Todd Hundley hit home runs on consecutive pitches off Dave Mlicki in the 1st inning and the Cubs roll to a 6–2 win over the Astros.
» June 8, 2002:
At Seattle, Mark Prior pitches seven strong innings to give the Chicago Cubs a 2–0 interleague victory over the Mariners. Prior gives up just four hits and a walk while striking out 11, including the last five batters he faces. Sammy Sosa hits his major league–leading 21st homer in the sixth inning and Fred McGriff hits his 10th in the eighth.
» June 18, 2002: The Cubs defeat Texas, 4–3, as for the first time in ML history, four members of the 400–HR club play in the same game. Rafael Palmeiro and Juan Gonzalez start for the Rangers and Sammy Sosa and Fred McGriff for Chicago.
» September 22, 2002:
The Pirates beat the Cubs, 5–4, as Kris Benson wins his 5th straight. Fred McGriff hits his 30th home run for the Cubs, setting several marks with the round-tripper. He is the first player to hit 30 homers for five different teams, and it is the 42nd ML park he has homered in, breaking a tie with Ellis Burks at 41.