» Buck Martinez is fired as Toronto manager. He is replaced by 3B coach Carlos Tosca.
» The Dodgers edge the Astros, 9-8 in 10 innings. OF Tom Goodwin gets five hits for LA, including a double.
» Brian Jordan has four RBIs to lead the Braves to a 11-7 win over the Yankees. Greg Maddux (5 2/3 IP, 13 H, seven ER, three BB, five SO) allows hits to the first four batters he faces for the first time in his career. Roger Clemens (5 IP, six H, six R, four ER, four BB, seven SO) is equally ineffective and neither get a decision. Derek Jeter has four hits and two walks, just the 6th player to get four hits in a game off Maddux.
» Tampa Bay OF Quinton McCracken undergoes surgery for a torn ACL in his right knee and will be out the rest of the season. McCracken caught his cleats in the wall trying to catch what turned out to be a home run by Juan Gonzalez.
» By playing in his 1,000th game, Roberto Alomar of the Orioles qualifies as the American League's alltime fielding percentage leader (.9871) at 2B. Baltimore defeats the Red Sox, 30, with Alomar bringing home one of the runs.
Behind Roger Clemens, the Blue Jays defeat the Tigers, 10. The Rocket won't lose another game until 1999.
» In St. Louis, John Mabry drives in six runs and Ron Gant has four RBIs to lead the Cardinals to a 154 win over the Colorado Rockies. SS Royce Clayton is 5-for-6 as St. Louis collects 21 hits. The Cardinals hit three homers in a 7-run 5th off Jerry Dipoto.
In Atlanta, the Padres get a little help from the umps to top the Braves, 52. After viewing television tapes, the umps reverse a call and take away Keith Lockhart's a two-run homer in the 8th after Lockhart circles the bases. Lockhart then grounds out to end the inning. The Padres score three in the ninth against Mark Wohlers to win.
Greeting a raucous bell-ringing crowd in his return to Jacobs Field, Albert Belle clouts a 3-run homer and two doubles to lead the White Sox to a 95 win over the Tribe. Belle finishes the game with an obscene gesture to the crowd. The gesture will cost him a $5,000 fine from the league, payable in tickets to underprivileged kids.
In Oakland, Mark McGwire hits his 22nd homer as Oakland rallies for five runs in the seventh inning to beat Detroit, 98. It is McGwire's 10th homer in 19 games.
The annual June amateur draft features two brothers being drafted in the first round. Ignoring J.D. Drew's warnings about not drafting him unless they're ready to pay out, the Phils take the FSU junior with the 2nd pick, while the Indians take his brother Tim Drew, a high school senior, with the 28th pick: it's the first time brothers have been picked in the same first round. In another first, Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, VA, has two players picked on the first round; Michael Cuddyer, a SS, by the Twins with the 9th pick, and pitcher John Curtice, by the Red Sox with the 17th pick. The number one pick overall is Rice University pitcher Matt Anderson by the Tigers, who skip over J.D. Drew because of the anticipated cost. Anderson was the WAC Tournament MVP and the top pitching prospect in the Cape Cod League last summer. Drew, The Sporting News College Player of the Year, is the first Division I player in history to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in one season.
The Anaheim Angels take Troy Glaus, UCLA 3B with the 3rd pick. The Giants, use 4th to take Seton Hall pitcher Jason Grilli, son of former ML pitcher Steve Grilli. Toronto uses #5 on Texas high schooler Vernon Wells. The Mets have the 6th pick and pick Tampa high schooler Geoff Goetz, nixing another Florida pitcher Rick Ankiel because he is being advised by agent Scott Boras: Ankiel goes to the Cards at #72 (2nd round). Number seven is the Royals and they take U of the Pacific fireballer Dan Reichert. Number 10 Jon Garland, considered possibly the best high school pitching prospect in the draft, goes to the Cubs, who will swap him to the White Sox next July. The Reds take Scott Williamson on the 9th round.
The Mariners, picking 19th, take Ryan Anderson, nicknamed "Big Unit II," dashing the Tigers hopes of taking the 6' 10" high school pitcher from Westland, MI. With the next pick, the Cardinals take Adam Kennedy, from Cal State Northridge. Kennedy led the nation in hits for the second consecutive season, the first time an NCAA player to do so. The Yankees gamble at #24, picking high school star Tyrell Godwin, of Elizabethtown, NC. A two-sport athlete, Godwin is committed to North Carolina to play football. The Padres (#27) pick Stetson SS Kevin Nicholson, the MVP of the Cape Cod League last summer. He is the first Canadian ever drafted in the first round. The Athletics appear to have the best draft with Tim Hudson (6th round), Eric DuBose (1st), Chad Harville (2nd), Robert Vaz (7th). Nathan Haynes is selected on round one but will be traded to the Angels for Randy Velarde.
The Brewers lose their one slugger when John Jaha goes under the knife to repair his left shoulder. He will be out for the season.
» Pitching against the Padres, Expos P Pedro Martinez (41) retires the first 27 batters, only to see the Pods Bip Roberts lead off the 10th inning with a double. Reliever Mel Rojas then retires the next three batters. San Diego starter Joey Hamilton is almost as good, giving up just three hits and no runs through nine innings. Reliever Brian Williams yields Jeff Treadway's RBI single in the top of the 10th. With the rules regarding no-hitters revised in 1991, Martinez receives credit for neither a perfect game nor a no-hitter. The win moves the Expos to within three games of the National League East-leading Phillies.
Rangers 3B Dean Palmer, hitting .333 with nine home runs and 24 RBIs in his first 114 at-bat, ruptures the biceps tendon in his left arm while swinging at, and missing, a pitch from Minnesota's Kevin Tapani. Palmer will be sidelined until the final week of the season. Tapani goes on to shut out Texas, 4-0.
The Giants recall replacement IF Joel Chimelis from Phoenix. SF players will call meetings in protest of his presence and he will be returned to the minors in two days without appearing in a game.
» Seattle selects SS Alex Rodriguez of Westminster Christian HS in Miami with the 1st pick in the amateur draft. Rodriguez hit .417 with 17 homers and 90 stolen bases. The Brewers get pitchers Jeff D'Amico and Kelly Wunsch with two 1st round picks. Both will prove injury prone, but they do take SS Mark Loretta on the 7th round. The Phils take Scott Rolen on the 2nd round; the Braves select Kevin Millwood (11th) and John Rocker (18th), while the Indians take Richie Sexson (24th).
» LHP Brien Taylor of East Carteret HS in Beaufort, NC, is selected by the Yankees as the 1st pick in the major league draft. The Yanks will sign him for $1.55 millionthree times the previous high. Arizona State OF Mike Kelly is taken 2nd by the Atlanta Braves. The Indians pick up Manny Ramirez in the 1st round; the Twins take Brad Radke (8th round), the Brewers pick Jeff Cirillo (11th), the Expos take Kirk Rueter (19th), while the Mariners pick Matt Mantei on the 25th. The Mets pick up Jason Isringhausen on the 44th round.
» Nolan Ryan pitches his 2nd one-hitter this season and 11th overall, allowing only a first-inning lead-off single to Harold Reynolds, in a 61 win over Seattle. Ryan also strikes out 11 to tie Don Sutton's major-league record of 21 seasons with at least 100 strikeouts.
Houston beats Los Angeles 54 in 22 innings in a game that takes 7:14 to complete. Rafael Ramirez's 2nd RBI of the game finally ends it at 2:50 a.m. on the 4th. When the Dodgers use up all 24 players, (except for tomorrow's starter Tim Belcher), 3B Jeff Hamilton becomes the final and losing pitcher and P Fernando Valenzuela finishes the game at 1B. John Shelby goes 010 for the Dodgers.
The Padres trade John Kruk and Randy Ready to the Phils for Chris James. Kruk had a sub-par .241 last season, after hitting .309 and .313 the previous two. He'll rebound to .300 this season.
» The Royals trade P Bud Black to Cleveland for versatile Pat Tabler.
» The Cubs rout Houston 227 at Wrigley Field in a game that features a ML-record-tying three grand slams. Keith Moreland and Brian Dayett hit grand slams for Chicago and Billy Hatcher connects for the Astros to equal the record set by the Orioles and Rangers last August 6th.
» The Brewers select University of North Carolina catcher B.J. Surhoff with the first pick in what will prove to be an extremely fruitful free-agent draft. Surhoff was the catcher for the U.S. Olympic Team last summer, and fellow Olympians Will Clark (Mississippi State), Bobby Witt (University of Oklahoma), and Barry Larkin (University of Michigan) are drafted 2nd, 3rd, and 4th by the Giants, Rangers, and Reds, respectively. The Cubs get a good one in the 24th round: Mark Grace while the White Sox take Randy Velarde on the 18th round. The Brewers take Phil Clark with the 18th pick of the first round, following his brother Isaiah Clark who was a 1st round pick last year. Neither will play in the ML, but brother Jerald Clark, who goes to the Padres on the 12th round today, will make it. The Tigers pick a winner in the 22nd round with John Smoltz, then trade him in 1987.
» George Bamberger resigns as manager of the New York Mets, whose 16-30 record is the big-leagues' worst. He will be replaced by Frank Howard, who managed the Padres in 1981.
» A minor-league attendance mark of 65,666 is set at Denver's Mile High Stadium as the Omaha Royals top the Bears 74.
» Royals C Jerry Grote hits a grand slam (his first home run since 1976) and goes 3-for-4 with a club-record seven RBI to lead Kansas City to a 129 win over Seattle. Grote had returned from a 2-year retirement to win a spot with the Royals as a free agent during spring training.
» Oakland makes it close when Dave Revering, Mitchell Page, and Tony Armas all homer in the 9th inning against Cleveland, but the Indians hold on for a 64 win.
The New York Mets select 18-year-old Darryl Strawberry from Los Angeles's Crenshaw High School with the first pick in the annual June free-agent draft. The Blue Jays then pick SS Garry Harris. Lefty Ken Dayley (Braves) is the 3rd pick, pitcher Mike King (A's) 4th, Jeff Pyburn (Padres) 5th, and Darnell Coles (M's) 6th. The Reds pick Danny Tartabull on the 3rd round and Eric Davis on the 8th. On the 16th round, the Twins take Jim Eisenreich while the Red Sox pick Oil Can Boyd. On the 4th round of the secondary phase draft on June 5, the Rangers find gold with Tom Henke.
» The Phils tops the Reds, 64, then lose 122 in the nitecap. George Foster has three homers for the Reds.
» The Phils Davey Johnson breaks up a 11, 9th-inning tie with Los Angeles by hitting his 2nd pinch grand slam of the year. His first came on April 30th when he broke up a 5th-inning tie in San Diego. Johnson is the first ML player to accomplish this feat, but Mike Ivie will duplicate it later this month.
» The Reds Fred Norman pitches a 2-hit shutout to beat the Astros, 40. Norman walks eight and uses 153 pitches in the win.
» The Red Sox send Bernie Carbo to Milwaukee in exchange for P Tom Murphy and OF Bobby Darwin.
» At Pittsburgh, Tony Perez hits a 3rd inning grand slam to power the Reds to a 51 win over the Pirates.
» The Reds spot the host Phils a 50 lead, then score three runs in the 7th, and one each in the 9th, 9th, and 10th to win, 65. Julian Javier starts the Reds scoring with a 2-run homer and ends it with an RBI single. Johnny Bench also homers, his 7th in the last five games to tie an National League record.
Rusty Staub of the Mets is struck in the right hand by a George Stone pitch during a game with the Braves. Staub, who missed seven games in the past four seasons, will miss 90 games this year.
Bobby Murcer and Thurman Munson crack 3-run home runs in the Yankees' 8-run 13th inning to beat the White Sox 1810. Murcer scores five runs on four hits.
» At Cincinnati, Cub southpaw Ken Holtzman tosses the 2nd no-hitter of his career, victimizing the Reds 10. Holtzman scores the only run, unearned, in the 3rd inning to beat Gary Nolan.
» Behind the slugging of Willie McCovey and Willie Mays, the Giants beat the Expos, 93, handing Montreal its 17th straight loss, tying the ML mark for expansion clubs set by the 1962 Mets. McCovey has a two run double and he follows a Mays homer in the 4th with one of his own.
» Boston P Dennis Bennett wins 62, beating Cleveland's Gary Bell.
» White Sox SS Ron Hansen undergoes surgery for a ruptured spinal disk. He is disabled the rest of the season.
» Chicago White Sox 1B Joe Cunningham is sidelined until Labor Day after fracturing his right collarbone in a collision with Angels 1B Charlie Dees. The Sox are a 1/2 game ahead of New York. Cunningham, who hit .295 last year with 101 walks, will never be the same player after the injury.
The Braves make their first appearance in Boston since moving in 1953, losing a 53 exhibition game to the Red Sox. The game is for the benefit of the Jimmy Fund.
» The Senators trade outfielder Willie Tasby to the Indians for pitchers Steve Hamilton and Don Rudolph.
» At Detroit, Mickey Mantle homers off Ray Narleski in the 9th to give the Yankees a 65 win. New York chases nemesis Frank Lary with five runs in the 3rd.
» Led by Mickey Mantle's 3-run homer in the first, the Yanks jump on Dick Donovan, who does not retire a batter. New York rolls to an easy 130 win over the White Sox.
The Dodger referendum passes by a slim margin 24,293 votes. The proposition allows the city to sell 300 acres of Chavez Ravine to the Dodgers for their stadium. The National League president had stated that the Dodgers should vacate Los Angeles if the bill failed.
CF Richie Ashburn of the Phils goes 5-for-6 in the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Cards.
Stan Musial hits the 300th HR of his career, a fifth-inning, 3-run shot against Brooklyn's Johnny Podres. The Cards
use a NL-record eight pitchers but still lose 12-5.
The Cards trade veteran C Del Rice to the Braves for OF Pete Whisenant and C Charlie White.
Henry Thompson of the Giants hits three HRs and knocks in eight runs in a 13-8 win against the Cardinals. Willie Mays collects the other five RBI on two HRs.
Congress cites the research of New York City librarian Robert Henderson in proving that Alexander Cartwright "founded" baseball and not Abner Doubleday. His 1947
book Bat, Ball and Bishop documents Cartwright's contributions to the origins of the game of baseball.
In a blockbuster trade between Detroit and Boston, the Red Sox send Walt Dropo, Don Lenhardt, Johnny Pesky, Fred Hatfield, and Bill Wight to the Tigers for 3B George Kell, Hoot Evers, Dizzy Trout, and Johnny Lipon.
Y. Yamasaki of the Chunichi Dragons steals six bases in a single game for a Japanese record. This ties the AL record of six set by Eddie Collins of Philadelphia in 1912; it is one behind the NL record set by George Gore in 1881 and Billy Hamilton of Philadelphia in 1894.
» In direct challenge to a new league rule, the St. Louis Cardinals book a Sunday night game with Brooklyn, the first in ML history.
The Braves' Sid Gordon slugs his 3rd grand slam of the season, plus a 2nd home run, to account for seven Braves runs in a 106 whipping of Pittsburgh. Gordon now leads the NL in homers with 11. Wally Westlake hits a pair of homers, and Hank Schenz hits his 1st (and 2nd career) homer of the year. Johnny Sain gives up a home run to Sam Jethroe in winning his 8th, tops in the majors.
The Phils climb to a half game of first place by beating the Cubs, 62, behind Bubba Church's first ML win.
The A's release Bobo Newsom at his own request. He becomes a Senator for the fourth time two days later.
» The Cubs get waivers from all 15 teams and send Dizzy Dean to Tulsa (Texas League). Dean has submitted to a number of treatments, including teeth extraction, but his arm has not responded, and the Cubs hope the Texas League sun will help. He will pitch moderately well and is a great ticket seller.
Chicago loses to Brooklyn, 32, when Dolf Camilli homers off Claude Passeau.
» National League President Ford Frick orders the May 14th game at Sportsman's Park replayed, upholding the Reds protest of the Cardinals' 76, 10-inning win. Dusty Cooke's disputed triple is ruled a home run for the Reds OF. One umpire had signaled Cooke's hit a home run, and Cooke slowed down, only to be tagged out.
Bill Lee of the Cubs blanks the Boston Bees, 40, for his 3rd straight shutout, and Chicago moves to within one 1/2 games of the Giants, who lose their 4th straight to the Pirates. Lee will run his string to 32 scoreless innings, and pitch 47 straight innings in which he allows one unearned run and one extra base hits.
Washington's Rick Ferrell and Wes Ferrell each double in runs as Wes beats the White Sox, 51. Simmons adds a double and home run for the Nats.
Josh Gibson is credited with a drive that hits just two feet below the rim of Yankee Stadium, about 580 feet from home plate. It is estimated that the ball would have traveled nearly 700 feet.
» The Indians break a 44 tie by scoring a record seven runs in the 14th inning to beat the Red Sox, 114. The big blow is a grand slam by former Brownie Bruce Campbell.
» The St. Louis Browns tie the AL record with nine consecutive hits in the 6th inning, all with two outs, to beat Cleveland, 128. The loss drops the Tribe out of 1st place.
» Against the Yankees in New York, the A's score 11 runs in the 2nd inning, then watch New York score 10 in the 5th. The A's fail to score after the 2nd, as pitcher Jumbo Brown strikes out 12 A's in six 1/3 innings of relief. The Yanks win 1711. Not until the Red Sox in 1998 will another opponent tally eleven runs in an inning at Yankee Stadium.
Connie Mack suspends overweight P George Earnshaw and fines him $500 for failure to get into shape.
John McGraw, who came to New York in 1902, resigns as manager of the Giants and is replaced by Bill Terry,
the team's star 1B.
Lou Gehrig hits four consecutive HRs and narrowly misses a fifth in the Yankees-Athletics slugfest won by New York 20-13. Tony Lazzeri hits for the cycle, and the teams set a still-standing record for extra bases on long hits in a single game (41).
Grover Cleveland Alexander is released by the Phillies after posting a 0-3 record. He ends his career thinking he has the NL record for most wins at 373, one more than Christy Mathewson. In 1946, a win disallowed in 1902 is restored to Mathewson's record, to leave the two pitchers at a tie.
HR-hitting 1B Joe "Unser Choe" Hauser is sold by the A's to Cleveland.
» Paul Waner of Pittsburgh homers off Claude Willoughby of the Phils in a 111 rout at Forbes Field. Wright and Grantham also homer as Vic Aldridge allows the visitors just one hit till the 9th inning. For Waner, his homer is the start of a National League record 14 straight games in which he'll have at least one long hit (12 doubles, five triples, three home run).
White Sox manager Eddie Collins makes hit No. 3,000 versus Detroit.
» Indians 1B Stuffy McInnis makes an error, his first in 163 games.
Boston lefty Hub Leonard pitches his second no-hitter, beating the Tigers' all-right-handed lineup in Detroit 5-0, and allowing just a first-inning walk.
Babe Ruth, playing CF, slugs a first-inning HR, his second in two days. Ty Cobb, out a week with an injured shoulder, pinch-hits in the ninth and fouls out.
» Philadelphia's Pete Alexander shuts out the Cardinals, 20. His shutout is saved when Dode Paskert makes a leaping catch to rob Frank Snyder of a home run. Lee Meadows is the loser.
In Cleveland, Tris Speaker drives in five runs with two triples and a single to lead the first-place Indians to an 112 win over the Red Sox.
» P Chief Johnson jumps from Cincinnati to Kansas City (FL); a judge grants a permanent injunction against him playing for KC, but he pitches for the Packers through 1915.
» New York's Rube Marquard wins his 11th in a row, clipping the Cardinals, 83.
» In Chicago, Cubs slugger Frank "Wildfire" Schulte hits a grand slam off Rube Marquard to beat the Giants, 84. Schulte will slam four this season, a record tied by Babe Ruth in 1919 and topped by Ernie Banks' five in 1955. The four this season are Schulte's only grand slams in his 11-year career. Ed Reulbach picks up the victory.
Led by Ty Cobb's three hits, including two triples, the Tigers beat the Senators' ace Walter Johnson, 72.
» Christy Mathewson fans 11 in whipping the Braves, 3-0. Matty is 8-3 but the Giants are in 5th place.
» The Cards Stoney McGlynn pitches both games in a doubleheader with the Reds, winning a 1-0 five-hitter in the opener. The Reds then rock Stoney for seven hits to win the nitecap, 5-1.
» At Washington Park, the Superbas successfully challenge the Sunday Blue Laws by playing under a new voluntary payment plan. Instead of dropping money in a box, fans hand it to an attendant who seats them in the proper section. Brooklyn then defeats the Beaneaters, 3-1.
» Pirate pitching shuts out the Giants for the 2nd day in a row with Sam Leever applying the whitewash, 5-0. Pittsburgh scores their first run on a double steal, with Claude Ritchey on the front end. Ritchey tallies four hits off Joe McGinnity to pace the offense. Ginger Beaumont adds a HR to deep CF in the 5th inning, the same inning in which 3B coach Christy Mathewson is tossed for kicking dirt on umpire James Johnstone.
» The Cardinals' Mike O'Neill, a pitcher and one of four ML brothers, hits the first pinch grand slam ever in the majors, against Boston Beaneater Togie Pittinger. It is an inside-the-park HR at Boston and scores his brother Jack. O'Neill becomes the first pitcher in the NL to hit a grand slam this century.