» June 2, 1987: The Mariners select Cincinnati high schooler Ken Griffey Jr., the son of Braves OF Ken Griffey, with the first pick overall in the free-agent draft. Picking 2nd, the Pirates take Mark Merchant, while the Twins take another high schooler Willie Banks with the 3rd pick. The Cubs pick Mike Harkey and the White Sox pick Jack McDowell with the 6th selection. McDowell will be the first of this class to reach the majors, Picking 9th, the Royals take Kevin Appier and on the 58th round, take UCLA's Jeff Conine. With the 22nd pick, the Astros take Seton Hall's Craig Biggio, who will be the first non-pitcher from the draft to make the majors. Picking 6th in the first round, the Braves select Derek Lilliquist, and on the 13th round take Mike Stanton. Because of his expected high price tag, Mike Mussina is selected in the 13th round. Albert Belle, suspended by LSU's coach after chasing a fan, goes to the Indians in round 2. Robb Nen goes in the 32nd round.
» June 4, 1990:
The Braves wisely select Florida high school SS Chipper Jones with the first pick in the annual free-agent draft. The Tigers follow with Tony Clark and the Phils use the 3rd pick on Mike Lieberthal. The A's use their 14th choice to take the much sought after Todd Van Poppel, passed over because of his stated intention to pitch at the University of Texas. The A's change his mind and he signs on July 16th for $1.2 million. Picking 20th, the Orioles take Stanford's Mike Mussina. Late in the 6th round, the independent Class A Miami Miracle drafts Mike Lansing under a never-before-used rule. The rule will be abolished, but Lansing will play two years with the Miracle and make the majors with the Expos. Troy Percival (Angels) and Mike Hampton (Mariners) go in the 6th round, Rusty Greer (Rangers) in the 10th, and on the 12th round, the Twins take SS Pat Meares. The White Sox end up with the best draft, taking Alex Fernandez (1st round), Bob Wickman (2nd), Robert Ellis (3rd), James Baldwin (4th), Ray Durham (5th), Brandon Wilson (18th), and Jason Bere (36th). After selecting Carl Everett with the 10th overall pick, the Yanks pull two winners out of the low rounds: Andy Pettitte in the 20th round and Jorge Posada in the 24th.
» August 31, 1991: The Twins' Chuck Knoblach hits his first ML homer, off the Orioles Mike Mussina, and it puts the Twins ahead in the 6th. It is Knoblach's only homer this year. The Twins win, 5–2, with the W going to Kevin Tapani.
» July 17, 1992: Baltimore P Mike Mussina tosses a one-hitter against the Texas Rangers, striking out 10 as the Orioles win by a score of 8–0. Reimer has the lone hit, a double. Kevin Brown (14–5) takes the loss.
» September 11, 1992: The O's Mike Mussina (15-5) bests the Brewers Bill Wegman, 3–2 as both pitchers go the distance. Cal Ripken twists his ankle running out a 2B, but stays in the game. The O's will recall SS Manny Alexander, but Ripken keeps the streak going.
» September 7, 1996:
Mike Mussina shuts out the Tigers, 6–0 for his 19th win, giving the Orioles their first shutout of the year. It takes them 141 games to do it.
» May 30, 1997: The Orioles' Mike Mussina retires the first 25 Indian batters before Sandy Alomar ruins his no-hit bid with a one-out single in the 9th. Mussina then strikes out the final two batters for a 3–0 victory.
» June 30, 1997:
In Baltimore Cal Ripken's second grand slam of the season is the big blow in a six-run third inning as the Orioles beat the hapless Phillies, 8–1. Mike Mussina wins his 100th game to help Baltimore end its four-game losing streak. For the Phils it is their 15th loss in 16 games.
» October 5, 1997: The Orioles close out the Mariners with a 3-1 victory in the 4th, and final, game of their playoff series. Seattle is held to two hits by Mike Mussina, Armando Benitez, and Randy Myers, while Jeff Reboulet and Geronimo Berroa hit home runs for Baltimore.
» October 11, 1997: The Orioles waste a masterful pitching performance from Mike Mussina, as Cleveland scores a run in the bottom of the 12th inning when Marquis Grissom steals home on a botched bunt attempt. Baltimore C Lenny Webster fails to chase after the ball, which he is sure was tipped by batter Omar Vizquel. Mussina gives up only three hits and one run in seven innings, while striking out 15 Indians. Orel Hershiser holds Baltimore scoreless through seven innings, allowing only four hits himself, as the Indians win, 2-1.
» October 15, 1997: The Orioles waste another magnificent effort by Mike Mussina as the Indians score the game's only run on Tony Fernandez's 12th-inning home run to win, 1-0. Mussina hurls eight shutout innings and allows just one hit, while walking two and striking out 10. Charles Nagy does not give up a run in seven 1/3 innings for the Indians, while surrendering nine hits, as the O's leave 14 batters on base.
» May 14, 1998: Baltimore pitcher Mike Mussina's nose is broken when he is hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Cleveland's Sandy Alomar in a 5–4 Indian win. Mussina had just recently returned from the DL where he had been placed because of a wart on his right index finger.
» August 4, 1998:
The Orioles Mike Mussina carries a no-hitter into the 8th before allowing a double to Frank Catalanotto. He ends with a 2–hit, 4–0, win at Detroit. Broadcasting the game is the long–time voice of the Tigers, Ernie Harwell. Ernie is celebrating his golden anniversary, starting as an announcer for the Dodgers on August 4, 1948. The Dodgers had to trade a player, Cliff Dapper, to the Atlanta Crackers to acquire Harwell.
» June 13, 1999:
The Orioles set a franchise record for runs scored, defeating the Braves, 22-1. 3B Cal Ripken Jr. goes 6-for-6 for Baltimore, hitting two homers, driving home six runs and scoring 5. His six hits in a 9-inning game ties the American League record. 1B Will Clark goes 4-for-4 with five RBIs. Mike Mussina earns the win as he allows one run on five hits in seven innings. He also joins in with two hits and three RBI. John Smoltz takes the loss as he allows seven runs on seven hits in two 1/3 IP. The Baltimore scoring record was 19, set in August 28, 1967, and the franchise record was the Browns 20 runs on August 18, 1950.
» September 17, 1999:
An incident that will help speed the firing of Orioles GM Wren occurs as the Orioles to travel. Cal Ripken is delayed in traffic and calls the team's traveling secretary to assure him that he'd be arriving at the airport within the next 10 minutes. At Wren's order, however, the plane takes off without Cal, who arrives at the gate a few minutes later and has to make his own travel arrangements. When Wren is fired after the season, part of the announcement reads: "In the opinion of management, there was no need for such an arbitrary and inflexible decision. In the meeting, Wren defiantly dismissed our concerns, characterized them as 'silly' and insisted he would invoke the same takeoff order no matter what the extenuating circumstances. The Orioles management cannot and will not abide having a GM operate in such an unreasonable, authoritarian manner and treat anyone this way, especially someone such as Cal who has done so much for the Orioles and for baseball." The O's defeat the Twins, 8–3, as Jesse Orosco preserves Mike Mussina's 15th win. For Orosco, it is major-league record 1,072 appearance. He had been tied with Dennis Eckersley.
» August 1, 2000:
The Orioles defeat the Twins, 10-0, as Mike Mussina hurls the 3rd 1-hitter of his career, while striking out 15 batters. Ron Coomer's single with two outs in the 7th inning is Minnesota's only hit.
» September 16, 2000:
Seattle's Jamie Moyer (13–9) scatters three hits over seven scoreless innings to coast to his 11th straight win over the Orioles, winning 14–0. Alex Rodriguez hits his 37th home run in the 1st off Mike Mussina. Moyer, 11–1 against his old team, started his win streak on April 18, 1996, when he was with Boston.
» November 30, 2000: The Yankees sign Orioles free agent P Mike Mussina to a 6-year contract worth $88.5 million. Mussina says a deciding factor was a call from Joe Torre.
» April 5, 2001: Paul O'Neill hits a 1st inning home run, off Dan Reichert, for the only run in the Yankees' 1-0 win over the Orioles. Mike Mussina (7.2 IP) is the winner. It is only the 2nd time in team history that the Yankees win a 1-0 game with a 1st inning home run. Previously, it was done in 1941, with the home run by Phil Rizzuto.
» May 1, 2001:
Mike Mussina 3-hits the Twins to win, 4–0, for the Yankees. David Justice has a solo home run in the 6th off Eric Milton, the losing pitcher, and Jorge Posada adds ribbie singles in the 7th and 9th.
» May 6, 2001:
At Camden Yards, the Yankees continue to beat up on the Orioles, winning 2–1, behind Mike Mussina. Scott Brosius hits a solo home run in the 8th to break a 1–1 tie. The Yanks tie a major-league record by starting the season 13-0 against below .500 teams, matching a mark set by the 1902 Pirates and the 1966 Indians.
» September 2, 2001: The Yankees defeat the Red Sox, 1–0, as P Mike Mussina comes within a strike of hurling a perfect game. Pinch-hitter Carl Everett's two–out, two–strike single in the 9th inning ruins Mussina's gem. It is the 3rd time in his career that the righty has taken a perfect game into the 8th inning. The Yankees score the only run of the contest in the top of the 9th on Enrique Wilson's double. Opposing hurler David Cone, who takes the loss, is the most recent pitcher to toss a perfecto. The Yankees sweep of the Red Sox was the first in baseball history by a team that did not score in the first seven inning of any of the games. In a move that enrages many players, Red Sox GM Dan Duquette abruptly relieves pitching coach John Cumberland of his duties just minutes after the game. A visibly angry Cumberland, who was promoted from bullpen coach to pitching coach last month when Joe Kerrigan became manager, said Duquette told him he was being reassigned to the team's training facility in Fort Myers, Fla. ''I'm not going,'' Cumberland said. ''That's official, that's for damn sure. That's OK. We've had a lot of good people leave this organization, and now it's going to be me because I'm not going to be reassigned.''
» October 13, 2001:
Jorge Posada's 5th inning solo homer accounts for all the scoring as the Yankees defeat Oakland, 1-0, to stay alive in their Division Series. Mike Mussina gives up just four hits in seven innings to get the win.
» October 18, 2001: New York wins its 2nd straight game in Seattle, 3-2, to take a 2-game-to-0 lead in the ALCS. Mike Mussina gets the victory and 3B Scott Brosius drives in two runs for the Yankees.
» October 27, 2001: The Diamondbacks pound the Yankees in the opener of the World Series by a score of 9-1 behind Curt Schilling. Schilling hurls seven innings to win his 4th game of the postseason. Craig Counsell and Luis Gonzalez homer for Arizona as Mike Mussina takes the loss.