» December 5, 1988: Not the best trade the Cubs have ever made. The Cubs and Rangers complete a 9-player swap, with Chicago giving up OF Rafael Palmeiro, P Jamie Moyer, and P Drew Hall in exchange for IF Curtis Wilkerson and pitchers Mitch Williams, Paul Kilgus, and Steve Wilson, and a pair of minor leaguers to be named.
» June 6, 1991: The Royals defeat the Rangers, 4-3, in 18 innings, stranding an American League record 25 baserunners in the process. The two teams combine to tie a major league mark by combining to leave 45 runners on base. Texas 1B Rafael Palmeiro goes 0-9 in the contest.
» April 23, 1993: Milwaukee pitchers Cal Eldred and Jesse Orosco combine to shut out Texas on one hit in a 3-0 win. Eldred hurls the 1st eight innings while Orosco pitches the 9th to get the save. Rafael Palmeiro's double is the only hit.
» June 17, 1993:
Texas OF Juan Gonzalez drives home eight runs in the Rangers' 18-2 win over the Angels. Gonzalez has a double and home run in his four hits. Doug Strange has four hits and Jose Canseco and Rafael Palmeiro also homer.
» December 12, 1993: The Orioles sign free agent 1B Rafael Palmeiro, while the Indians hand free agent Dennis Martinez a two-year contract worth $9 million. With the Expos, Martinez passed up his chance to reach the playoffs with the Braves when he nixed an August 25 trade, exercising his veto rights as a 10-and-5 player. Instead he stayed with Montreal and helped them make their run at the Phillies.
» April 26, 1994: Baltimore OF Brady Anderson gets four extra-base hits in his first four trips to the plate in the Orioles' 10-4 win over Oakland. Anderson's two doubles and two home runs all come while leading off an inning. Rafael Palmeiro and Chris Hoiles both homer to back Arthur Rhodes.
» May 17, 1996:
At Baltimore, the Orioles outlast the Mariners, 14–13, and outhit the M's 21 to 20. The winner is Alan Mills, despite his giving up four earned runs in one 1/3 innings. Rafael Palmeiro and Alex Rodriguez each collect six RBI, while the O's Chris Hoiles chips in with 4. The Orioles bang four homers and score seven runs in the last two innings, while the M's hit two homers and score seven runs in the last three innings. Each team strands 13 runners in the four hour, 20 minute marathon. Palmeiro strokes five hits for the Orioles. Hoiles becomes only the 4th player in history to hit a game-ending grand slam on a 3-2 pitch with two outs and his team trailing by three runs.
» May 28, 1996:
Cal Ripken powers three homers, good for eight RBI, to lead the Orioles to a 12–8 win over Seattle. Ripken hits a pair of two-run homers and a grand slam, tying him with Eddie Murray as the O's career home run leader with 333. Brother Billy Ripken also homers in the same inning with Cal, and Brady Anderson (19), Rafael Palmeiro, and Ken Griffey, Jr. (18) add homers as both teams total 24 hits.
» July 27, 1996:
The Orioles score 10 runs off Orel Hershiser, including a grand slam by Rafael Palmeiro, to whip the Indians 14–2 at Camden Yards. Hershiser gives up 11 hits and four walks in five 1/3 innings.
» August 16, 1996:
Trailing 2-0, the Orioles score 14 runs over the final three innings to defeat the Athletics, 14-3, in the 1st game of a double-header. Rafael Palmeiro drives home six runs for Baltimore, and each member of the starting lineup, with the exception of leadoff man Roberto Alomar, gets at least two hits. The Orioles stroke 19 hits for the 2nd day in a row off Oakland pitching. Baltimore also takes the nightcap, 5–4 in 10 innings.
» October 10, 1996:
Baltimore's 5-3 win over the Yankees in Game two evens the ALCS at one game apiece. Rafael Palmeiro's 7th-inning homer is the key blow.
» June 4, 1997: For the 2nd straight night, Rafael Palmeiro knocks in the winning run to beat the stumbling New Yorkers, as the Orioles whips the Yankees, 9–7. The Yanks had tied the game at seven apiece on Charlie Hayes' pinch grand slam. The O's Chris Hoiles has two RBIs and Cal Ripken, showing no effects from signing (a major-league record?) 2200 copies of his new book after last night's game, hits a homer. Ripken did not get through with the autographing until 3:01 a.m. The Orioles extend their winning streak to seven games and move nine 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Yankees in the American League East.
» July 6, 1997:
In Detroit, the Tigers top the Orioles, 14–9, their 3rd straight win after 11 consecutive losses. Brian Johnson and Travis Fryman homer for the Tigers while teammate Bobby Higginson adds a two-run inside-the-park homer, his fifth round tripper this week. For Scott Erickson (11-4) it is the worst start of his career for Baltimore, allowing all 12 runs, 11 earned, and 10 hits in four 1-3 innings. Willie Blair (6-4) takes the win in relief. The O's are led by Rafael Palmeiro's homer, triple and single and homers by Geronimo Berroa, Jeff Reboulet and Tony Tarasco.
» August 12, 1997: Scott Erickson pitches a three-hitter and Rafael Palmeiro has three hits, including a three-run homer, as the Baltimore Orioles defeat Oakland, 8-0. The game is played without a public address announcer. The Orioles shut off the microphone to pay tribute to Rex Barney, who had served as the Orioles' PA announcer since 1974. Barney, 72, was found dead in his home earlier in the day.
» September 16, 1997:
Jimmy Key, 0–7 in his last nine starts at Camden Yards, beats the Cleveland Indians 7-2 to give the Orioles a split in a day-night doubleheader. Roberto Alomar has three hits and three RBIs and Brady Anderson and Rafael Palmeiro homer in the win. In the opener, Charles Nagy pitches five-hit ball into the seventh inning and Matt Williams drives home two runs to lead the Indians to a 4-2 victory.
» October 12, 1997: The Indians again score the winning run in their last at bat, coming back from a 4-2 deficit to defeat the Orioles, 8-7, for their 3rd straight win in the ALCS. Sandy Alomar drives home the winner with a single after hitting a 2-run homer earlier in the contest. He also scores from 2B on a wild pitch in the 5th. Brady Anderson, Harold Baines, Rafael Palmeiro hit homers off Jaret Wright in the 5th while Manny Ramirez goes deep for the Tribe. Jose Mesa blows his 2nd save in two days, but receives credit for the win.
» June 19, 1998: A 3–run homer by 1B Rafael Palmeiro in the bottom of the 15th inning gives Baltimore a 7–4 win over the Blue Jays.
» July 17, 1998: Both Rafael Palmeiro and Albert Belle hit their 300th homers tonight. Palmeiro is 3–for–4 as his Orioles win, 4–1 over the Angels, and improve their record since the All–Star break to 9–0. Belle's homer—his 10th in 10 games since the break—and Robin Ventura's 9th–inning homer give the White Sox a 4–3 victory over the visiting Indians.
» August 8, 1998: Behind Rafael Palmeiro's 35th home run, the Orioles defeat the Twins, 6–3, despite five hits by Minnesota DH Paul Molitor. Molitor also swipes his 500th base. He's the 6th player with 500 steals and 3000 hits.
» December 1, 1998:
The Rangers sign free agent 1B Rafael Palmeiro to a 5–year contract.
» May 2, 1999: Texas DH Rafael Palmeiro has three hits, including his 2,000th, and Juan Gonzalez hits his 3rd home run in three games as the Rangers beat the Indians, 8–6.
» May 19, 1999:
The Rangers top the Devil Rays, 7-6, as Texas gets three consecutive home runs in the 5th inning by C Ivan Rodriguez, DH Rafael Palmeiro, and 3B Todd Zeile.
» June 30, 1999:
Texas defeats Anaheim, 18-4, as both DH Rafael Palmeiro and 3B Todd Zeile get four hits and drive home four runs.
» July 15, 1999:
The Rangers tie the major league record with walks by three consecutive pinch hitters (Rusty Greer, Rafael Palmeiro, Lee Stevens) in the bottom of the 9th against the Diamondbacks. The Rangers win, 3–2.
» September 3, 1999:
The Rangers beat the White Sox, 10–4 and now have five players with 20+ home run 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.
» November 18, 1999: Texas Rangers C Ivan Rodriguez is named the American League Most Valuable Player. Rodriguez was runnerup for team MVP to Rafael Palmeiro.
» September 23, 2000:
The Angels batter the Rangers, 15-4, despite Rafael Palmeiro's 400th career home run. He is the 32nd player to reach that total.
» 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 8, 2002: The Rangers set a major-league record by homering in their 26th consecutive game as Texas falls to Tampa Bay, 6–3. Rafael Palmeiro's solo shot in the 6th inning is the record–breaker. The streak will be ended at 27 games on the 10th.