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    May 29


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    2003

    The Rockies outscore the visiting Dodgers‚ 12-5‚ behind Todd Helton's 3 home runs and Ron Belliard's 5 hits. Helton adds a single as he bats in six runs.

    The Red Sox‚ in need of a closer‚ trade Shea Hillenbrand to the Diamondbacks for closer Byung Hyun Kim. The Diamondbacks were reportedly not eager to swap the 24-year-old South Korean. Hillenbrand was almost traded last winter to the Expos for Bartolo Colon.

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    2002

    In an article in Sports Illustrated magazine‚ former NL MVP Ken Caminiti says that about 50 percent of current ML players use some form of steroids.

    25-year-old minor leaguer Joe Bauldree dies in his sleep. The former Atlanta farmhand‚ a pitcher for the Indy Allentown Ambassadors‚ had a history of irregular heart beat.

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    2001

    The Diamondbacks defeat the Giants‚ 1-0 in 18 innings with the game lasting five hours and 53 minutes. Erubial Durazo throws out a runner at home in the 17th‚ then drives in Steve Finley with a double in the 18th. The loss goes to Ryan Vogelsong‚ making his ML debut. Vogelsong almost redeems himself with a double in his first ML at bat in the 18th. The 2 teams combine for 139 plate appearances and their 14 pitchers throw a total of 503 pitches (301 strikes and 202 balls).

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    2000

    The Yankees defeat the A's Olivares‚ 4-1‚ on Andy Pettitte's 2-hitter. In the 6th inning‚ Oakland 2B Randy Velarde turns an unassisted triple play‚ just the 11th in history‚ on a line drive by Shane Spencer. With runners on 1st and 2nd running with the pitch‚ Velarde tags Jorge Posada as he nears 2B‚ then touches the bag to retire Tino Martinez. In 1995‚ while with the Yankees‚ Velarde turned an unassisted triple play against the Dodgers in spring training following the strike.

    The Dodgers defeat the Mets‚ 4-1. Mets SS Rey Ordońez breaks his left forearm on a tag play in the 1st inning and will be out the season. His arm hits the helmet of a sliding F.P. Santangelo. The Mets will fill in with various bodies for 2 months before renting Mike Bordick from the O's.

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    1999

    The Padres score 8 runs in the 3rd inning on the way to a 12-3 win over the Brewers.

    Arizona's Byung-Hyun Kim. 20-year-old Korean‚ makes his ML debut against the Mets‚ Relieving in the 9th‚ he strikes out Mike Piazza to end the game and preserve the 8-7 win.

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    1997

    The Yankees finally agree to terms with Japanese pitcher Hideki Irabu‚ signing the fireballer to a 4-year contract worth $12.8 million. The deal includes a signing bonus of $8.5 million.

    In Florida‚ Rockies' OF Ellis Burks hits a 2-run double to cap a three-run rally in the ninth inning and help Colorado beat Florida‚ 6-5. Colorado trails 4-0 in the 6th‚ before Larry WalkerAndres Galarraga‚ and Dante Bichette hit consecutive homers off Alex Fernandez.

    In Toronto‚ Tino Martinez hits his 20th homer-his third in three games-and David Cone strikes out 12 to lead New York over Toronto‚ 4-0. Jeff Nelson strikes out 3 Jays in relief. Martinez raised his RBI total to 56 with a single in the first off Woody Williams (1-5) and a solo shot in the third.

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    1996

    John Smoltz (11-1) allows 4 hits in topping the Cubs‚ 2-0‚ in Atlanta. Smoltz strikes out 13 to raise his NL-lead to 97.

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    1995

    Marlins P Chris Hammond hits a grand slam in Florida's 9-7 win over the Astros. He is the 1st pitcher to connect for a HR with the bases full since 1986. Marlins' 3B Terry Pendleton gets 5 hits in the game‚ including a double and triple.

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    1994

    The Braves trade OF Deion Sanders to the Reds in exchange for OF Roberto Kelly and minor league P Roger Etheridge.

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    1993

    OF Jose Canseco hurls the 8th inning of the Rangers 15-1 loss to the Red Sox. He allows 3 earned runs on 3 walks and 2 singles before retiring the side.

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    1990

    Rickey Henderson steals his 893rd career base in Oakland's 2-1 loss to the Blue Jays‚ surpassing Ty Cobb as the AL's all-time leader. Lou Brock's mark of 938 is next.

    With the team struggling (20-22)‚ the Mets fire manager Davey Johnson‚ whose 6-year winning percentage was .593. Coach Buddy Harrelson replaces him and the Mets will win 20 of their next 23 games before cooling down.

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    1989

    Phillies 3B Mike Schmidt‚ 39‚ retires. The future Hall of Famer is 7th on the all-time home run list with 548‚ but was hitting just .203 this season. He will still get elected to the All-Star team‚ but won't play.

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    1987

    Pete O'Brien drives in 4 runs and scores 5 runs to lead the Texas Rangers to a 16-5 win over Kansas City. Bo Jackson has a pair of homers for the losers.

    In the Tigers 15-7 win over the Twins‚ the two teams combine for 8 homers. Tom Brookens has a grand slam for the winners while Mark Salas‚ who enters the game in the 7th has 5 RBIs on two homers for the Twins.

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    1984

    The Braves overcome a 4-0 deficit to beat the Cubs‚ 7-4‚ but lose 3B Bob Horner‚ who breaks his wrist diving for a ball and will be sidelined for the rest of the season. Horner broke the same wrist last year and missed the final 43 games.

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    1983

    Dodgers pitcher Steve Howe is readmitted to a drug treatment center after suffering a relapse of the cocaine problem for which he had sought treatment after last season. Howe hadn't allowed an earned run in his 14 appearances this season.

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    1982

    The Indians beat the White Sox 5-2‚ handing pitcher LaMarr Hoyt his first loss of the season. Hoyt had started the season 9-0 and had won 14 consecutive decisions since last August 27th.

    At Minnesota‚ the Yanks put runners on 1B (Graig Nettles) and 2B (Bobby Murcer) with no outs. When Roy Smalley strikes out on a wide 3-2 pitch from Terry Felton‚ Murcer attempts to steal 3B. But Sal Butera's throw beats him so badly he retreats to 2B only to find Nettles there. Gaetti tags Murcer who is standing safely alone on the base‚ and then throws to Hrbek to catch Nettles heading back to 1B. Murcer then tries for 3B and Hrbek's throw to Felton covering completes the triple play. Alas‚ Felton‚ 0-8 coming into the game gets a no-decision‚ and will lose another 5 to finish his career with an 0-16 record.

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    1981

    A's manager Billy Martin flies into a rage and heaves 2 handfuls of dirt on home plate umpire Terry Cooney's back after being ejected for arguing ball and strike calls. He will be suspended by AL president Lee MacPhail for 7 days.

    Montreal trades OF Ellis Valentine to the Mets for P Jeff Reardon‚ OF Dan Norman‚ and a player to be named. Valentine will play just 159 games for the Mets‚ while Reardon will blossom into one of baseball's best relievers.

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    1980

    Dodger Bob Welch faces the minimum 27 batters in a 3-0 one-hitter near-perfect game against the Braves. The lone Atlanta base runner is Larvell Blanks‚ who singles in the 4th inning and is erased on a double play.

    Johnny Bench hits 3 home runs off Randy Jones in Cincinnati's 5-3 win over San Diego. It is the 3rd 3-HR game of his career.

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    1979

    Former Indian 1B Luke Easter‚ working as a bank guard in Cleveland‚ is shot to death in a holdup.

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    1977

    Johnny Bench's 1st-inning grand slam off Rick Rhoden jump starts the Reds to a 8-1 win over the Dodgers.

    Larry Parish is 5-for-5‚ including 3 homers‚ with 5 RBIs and 5 runs scored to lead the Expos to a 14-4 win over the Cardinals. Del Unser also homers for Montreal.

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    1976

    The only HR of Joe Niekro's 22-year career comes at the expense of brother Phil as the Astros tie the Braves in the 7th‚ then win 4-3.

    The Reds score 3 runs in the 9th to edge the Dodgers‚ 6-5. Ken Griffey's 2-run triple ties the game‚ and Joe Morgan's single wins it.

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    1974

    The visiting Mets lose to the Reds‚ 3-2‚ when Tony Perez clubs a 10th inning homer off John Matlack.

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    1971

    The Mets feature firepower as Nolan Ryan and Tom Seaver combine to strike out 26‚ tying Mets own ML record (Sept. 9‚ 1970) in a sweep of the Padres. Seaver wins the opener‚ 5-1‚ with 10 K's and Ryan cops the nitecap‚ 2-1. Mets batters strike out 15 times: the 41 strikeouts ties the ML record.

    In a great trade for Cincinnati‚ the Giants ship OF George Foster to the Reds for SS Frank Duffy and P Vern Geishert.

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    1970

    The Orioles Mike Cuellar strikes out 4 batters consecutively in the 4th inning of a 2-0 win over California. He allows 4 hits and Boog Powell supplies the offense with a 2-run HR.

    The Reds strand 16 runners in the first 8 innings against the visiting Expos‚ but win‚ 6-4‚ on Bobby Tolan's 9th inning homer. The Expos have never won a game at Crosley Field.

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    1969

    With the Braves drubbing the Mets 12-0‚ manager Lum Harris lifts Hank Aaron for another Lum-Mike Lum. Lum hits a pinch double off Al Jackson and takes over in LF as the Braves coast to a 15-3 win. It is the 3rd time in his career that Aaron has been lifted for a pinch hitter.

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    1968

    The Reds spot the Dodgers a 5-0 lead after three innings‚ then come back to win‚ 6-5.

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    1967

    Orioles 1B Mike Epstein and P Frank Bertaina are traded to the Senators for P Pete Richert.

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    1966

    Ron Santo's 10th-inning HR gives the Cubs a 3-2 win over Atlanta. The day before‚ he beat the Braves with a 3-run‚ 12th-inning HR in an 8-5 win.

    Washington Senators centerfielder Don Lock hits a 3-run homer in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox and righthander Phil Ortega makes it stand for a 3-2 win. Ortega strikes out 7 batters in a row.

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    1965

    OF Harvey Kuenn‚ P Bob Hendley and C Ed Bailey are traded from the Giants to the Cubs for C Dick Bertell and 1B/OF Len Gabrielson.

    Orioles club president Joe Inglehart sells his 32 percent holding in the club to National Brewing Company President Jerry Hoffberger and club treasurer Zanvyl Krieger.

    Mickey Lolich's 10-inning win is Detroit's 2nd straight 2-hit 1-0 win against Cleveland.

    Dick Allen cranks a 529-foot home run over the left CF roof at Connie Mack Stadium in the 1st inning off Chicago's Larry Jackson. The Phils win 4-2.

    Lou Johnson hits 2 HRs to back Don Drysdale's pitching and give the Dodgers a 5-3 win over the Braves.

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    1964

    The Reds and Dodgers play 17th innings before the game is a called at 2-2. All 4 runs come in the 12th inning. NL rules state that no inning may start after 12:50 a.m.

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    1962

    Ernie Banks makes a spectacular return from his May 25th beaning with 3 Hrs and a double against the Braves at Wrigley Field. Three teammates hit HRs‚ but the Cubs lose to the Braves‚ 11-9. Samuel hits his 1st ML HR and Torre and Adcock also connect. The Cubs outhit the Braves‚ 15-8‚ but a Rodgers error in the 3rd opens the way for 6 unearned runs.

    The Angels get P Don Lee from the Twins for Jim Donohue. Lee‚ 3-3 with the Twins‚ will go 8-8 with LA.

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    1961

    At Fenway‚ Ike Delock outduels Whitey Ford to beat the Yankees‚ 2-1. New York's scoring is Mantle's first homer in two weeks.

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    1959

    President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his White House staff attend a game. He gets slugger Harmon Killebrew's autograph on a HR ball for his grandson David‚ as Washington defeats the Red Sox 7-6. The Killer will bang 15 homers in May.

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    1957

    Tough talking NY Mayor Robert Wagner says he plans to confer with the Giants and Dodgers about the proposed move‚ but that the city will not be "blackjacked" into anything.

    Four PCL teams may seek as much as $6.7 million in indemnities if both the Los Angeles Angels and the San Francisco Seals withdraw from the league.

    At Washington‚ Camilo Pascual gives up two solo homers‚ to Mantle and Bauer‚ but the Senators win 6-2. Pascual will groove 43 gopher balls this year.

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    1956

    For the second time in two years‚ Gus Bell of the Redlegs hits 3 homers-all consecutive-going 5-for-5 in a 10-4 win over the Cubs at Wrigley. Bell drives in 7 runs. Brooks Lawrence coasts to his 6th straight win.

    Dodgers P Don Newcombe beats the Pirates 10-1 and blanks Dale Long in 4 ABs‚ stopping his home run streak. Newk has a 3-run double off Kline in the 2nd to help clinch his 7th win.

    At Yankee Stadium‚ Mantle's walk in the 7th is the first base runner against Willard Nixon‚ and Mantle's 2-out 9th inning homer deprives the Boston righty of a shutout. Boston wins 7-3 at the Stadium.

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    1955

    Larry Doby of the Indians hits the first ML HR over the outer wall in Kansas City‚ an estimated 500-foot clout in the 6th. The Indians win 4-2 behind Herb Score‚ who is replaced in the 9th after singles by C Wilmer Shantz and PH Slaughter. Wilmer's brother Bobby Shantz is the loser.

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    1954

    Before a record Milwaukee crowd of 40‚001‚ the Cardinals beat the Braves 13-7‚ snapping the Braves 10-game win streak.

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    1953

    3B Bob Elliott lines a double in the Browns 6-run 11th inning‚ as they beat the Tigers 11-5. For Elliot it is his 2‚000th ML hit. Harry Brecheen (1-6) wins his first.

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    1952

    Boston's Maury McDermott faces 27 batters and fires a one-hitter to beat the visiting Senators‚ 1-0. Mel Hoderlein's 4th inning single is the only hit and he is erased on the basepaths. Maruy walks one batter who is also doubled up. The Senators leave no runners on base today and combined with 2 they left on base on the 27th set a new ML low for fewest left on base‚ two consectuve games. It will be matched in both leagues.

    The Giants Willie Mays enters the army. Although Mays is hitting just .236‚ the Giants are 2 1/2 games in first place. They will lose 8 of their next 10 games.

    Meanwhile‚ the Giants lose another young Birmingham player as Braves scout Dewey Griggs signs Henry Aaron to a contract. The Indianapolis Clowns receive telegram offers from both clubs‚ and Aaron‚ thinking he'll have a better chance to make the team‚ prefers the Braves.

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    1951

    The Indians sign high school star Billy Joe Davidson for a reported $150‚000‚ eclipsing the $100‚000 the Pirates paid to Paul Pettit in 1949. Several teams sought the services of the tall lefty‚ alleged to be the best Indians prospect since Bob Feller.

    Indians hurler Bob Lemon one-hits the Tigers 2-1. The only Bengal hit is Vic Wertz's HR.

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    1950

    White Sox P Howie Judson‚ loser of 15 straight games-14 last year and 1 this year-breaks his string of reverses with a 12-8 relief win over the Browns.

    Pueblo (Western League) announces that its players will don shorts during the summer.

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    1949

    After 44 games and 285 errorless chances‚ 2B Red Schoendienst of the Cardinals errs twice against the Pirates. His last E was September 15‚ 1948. Elmer Riddle wins‚ 4-2‚ over the Cards Harry Brecheen.

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    1948

    Richie Ashburn hits his 1st ML homer‚ a leadoff inside-the-park HR‚ off Thornton Lee's 3rd pitch. It runs Ashburn's hit streak to 18 games but it's the Phils only run‚ as the Giants win‚ 7-1. Bill Rigney leads off the 1st‚ 3rd‚ and 5th innings with hits‚ while Sid Gordon adds a three-run homer in the 5th. Lee is a complete-game winner over another ex-AL hurler‚ Walt Dubiel.

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    1946

    Boo Ferriss shuts out the A's‚ 2-0‚ as the Boston Red Sox start another win streak.

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    1942

    New York's Lefty Gomez‚ self-described as the worst-hitting pitcher in baseball‚ bangs out 4 hits in pitching a 4-hit‚ 16-1 victory over Washington. They are his last ML hits. Buddy Hassett adds 4 hits as well.

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    1941

    The Cards nip the Reds 10-9 for their 10th straight win. The last five are one run victories. The Reds almost pull the game out‚ scoring 3 in the 9th‚ but Marty Marion snags a Ernie Lombardi line drive and doubles up Ernie Koy at 2B.

    Ted Williams is 3-for-5 and scores a pair in the Red Sox 6-4 win over the A's. Ted will score 2 or more runs for the next 7 games giving him 8 in a row.

    Despite scoring 5 runs in the top of the 6th‚ the Yanks and Senators tie 2-2 in a game called after 5 innings. DiMaggio has a hit and a strikeout‚ just his 3rd this year.

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    1939

    The Cubs get Claude Passeau from the Phillies for Kirby HigbeJoe Marty‚ and Ray Harrell and $50‚000.

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    1937

    In a Class A Western League game between the Des Moines Demons and the Cedar Rapids Raiders‚ both teams wear polo helmets as head protectors.

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    1936

    In the 2nd 15-0 shutout in a week‚ New York's Al Smith is the beneficiary of the hitting as he closes down the Braves. Smith will toss 4 shutouts this year‚ tops in the NL. Smith gives up a Texas Leaguer by Hal Lee in the 8th and a ground single in the 9th.

    On tour in the US‚ Japan's Waseda University nine loses to the University of Chicago‚ 18-16‚ as the 2 teams combine for 34 hits and 17 errors. Waseda scores 9 in the top of the 9th and Chicago answers with 5. Waseda will win tomorrow's rematch‚ 10-5‚ as pitcher Wakahara allows 10 hits but strikes out 17.

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    1934

    The Yankees purchase—some would say rent—spitballer Burleigh Grimes from the Pittsburgh Pirates. After 10 appearances with the Yankees, the Yanks will release Grimes and the Pirates will reobtain him.

    At St. Louis, Ray Pepper has five hits, including 2 homers, and drives in five runs to lead the Browns to a 12-7 win over Detroit. Pepper will knock in 101 runs this year, but his career total will be just 170 RBIs; he is the only player in history to have a 100 RBIs without reaching 200 for his career. Four other homers are hit today—two by Detroit—but George Blaeholder goes the distance for the win.

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    1932

    The Red Sox split a pair with the visiting A's‚ winning 6-4 before losing 3-0. It is the Sox last Sunday game at Braves Field. With the lifting of the ban against playing Sunday ball at Fenway (because of a nearby church)‚ the Sox will play a Sunday game there July 3.

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    1930

    The Cubs scheduled game with the Reds is postponed due to the sudden death of Chicago pitcher Hal Carlson.

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    1929

    The Pirates take over first place from the Cubs with their 8th straight win‚ a 7-2 whipping of visiting Chicago. Rookie Steve Swetonic‚ who holds the Cubs scoreless for 7 frames‚ is the winner.

    Detroit's George Uhle notches his 9th consecutive win of the year‚ beating the Browns‚ 7-6. McManus has 3 hits‚ including a HR and double for the Tigers.

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    1928

    At Ebbets Field‚ Bill Terry hits for the cycle to lead the Giants to a 12-5 win over Brooklyn.

    At Yankee Stadium‚ the Yankees sweep a pair from Washington‚ 3-2 and 12-3. Leo Durocher's bases-loaded triple in the opener gives George Pipgras (8-1) the win. Gehrig and Ruth both slug a pair of homers in the nitecap: Lou hits his 9th in the 3rd‚ off Washington starter Milt Gaston‚ then Ruth and Gehrig hit back-to-back dingers in the 4th off Lloyd Brown. Ruth adds his 18th off Brown in the 7th. Combs also homers.

    The Reds lose another star when CF Ethan Allen is beaned and breaks his cheek in an exhibition game in Buffalo.

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    1927

    In a loosely played game at Yankee Stadium‚ the Yanks swamp the Red Sox‚ 15-7‚ scoring 7 runs in the 8th inning. Babe Ruth propels his 13th homer‚ off Danny MacFayden‚ while Johnny Grabowski is 4-for-4 with a walk. Ruether is ineffective‚ serving up gopher ball to Bosox Hartley in the 2nd and Haney in the 3rd. The Sox give it back in the 4th with 3 walks‚ 2 errors‚ a single by Meusel and a double by Koenig‚ to make 4 runs. Ted Wingfield‚ pitching 2/3 of the 4th‚ takes the loss.

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    1922

    The U.S. Supreme Court rules baseball is not interstate commerce‚ and the Baltimore Feds lose their case. The request for a rehearing will be denied.

    The Browns top Detroit‚ 9-6‚ paced by Ken Williams grand slam in the 3rd inning. Harry Heilmann and Ty Cobb get into an argument with the umpires and will be suspended‚ missing tomorrow's twinbill.

    Against Philadelphia‚ the Yankees plate 7 runs in the 7th to beat the Athletics‚ 7-4. Carl Mays is the winner‚ notching his 20th straight victory over the A's.

    In the 9th inning at Ebbets Field, pinch hitter Clarence Mitchell, batting for starter Leon Cadore, hits a two-run homer, but the Dodgers come up short, losing to Boston, 5-4. Mitchell’s blast is the first pinch homer by a Dodgers P.

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    1921

    At Redland Field‚ Pittsburgh's Clyde Barnhart hits a 9th inning line drive down the RF line that gets lost in tarp in front of the grandstand. By the time RF Pat Duncan finds the ball‚ Barnhart scores his first ML homer inside-the-park to tie the match at 2-2. Eppa Rixey gives up the homer but holds on for a 4-3‚ 13-inning victory. It is the only homer Rixey will allow in 301 innings pitched‚ and just one of 2 homers Reds pitchers will allow at home this season. Except for this‚ Rixey would have set the record for post-dead ball pitchers‚ a record that Allen Sothoron will post this year in fewer innings.

    The AL-leading Indians complete a sweep of the 4 games with the Browns by winning‚ 11-9‚ behind George Uhle. Cleveland totals 15 hits in 8 innings against Urban Shocker. In all 4 wins the Tribe scorre in double figures. Graney and Williams each have 2 homers‚ and Elmer Smith clubs one.

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    1920

    The Senators take two from the A's‚ winning 11-5 and 5-0. Against the A's‚ Walter Johnson plunks the first two batters‚ then easily beats the gun-shy Philadelphia lineup to win 5-0. Val Picinich has a homer‚ off Roy Moore‚ in the Nats' 4-run 4th.

    The first place Cubs make it 6 straight wins‚ beating the Cards 8-5‚ in a game in which base stealing determines the outcome. For Chicago‚ a double steal by Hollocher and Paskert helps‚ while the Cards drive Claude Hendrix from the mound in the 8th inning‚ then end the rally when Doc Lavan swipes third base‚ already occupied by teammate Jack Fournier.

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    1919

    Boston's Carl Mays allows just 4 hits in beating the A's.‚ 7-1 at Philadelphia. No runners reach base after the 3rd inning (as noted by historian Ted Farmer).

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    1917

    The visiting Red Sox sweep two from the Senators‚ winning 2-1 behind Dutch Leonard‚ and 9-0 behind Babe Ruth. The Sox will sweep two more tomorrow.

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    1916

    Christy Mathewson beats the Braves 3-0 for the Giants' 17th consecutive win on the road. Matty gives up just 4 singles in beating Dick Rudolph. New York is only 1 1/2 games behind the leading Dodgers.

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    1915

    Babe Ruth allows one hit through 8 innings but his Red Sox lose‚ 2-1‚ in the 9th when the A's Harry Davis hits a 2-run pinch single off of Babe. Boston takes the 2nd game‚ 6-5.

    The Cardinals and Pirates are scoreless in the first of 2 games when an hour-long rain delays the game after 5 innings. The umpires declare it a tie and start the 2nd game‚ which the Cards win 5-3 with a 5-run first.

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    1912

    At Fenway Park‚ the second-place Red Sox take two from Washington 21-8 and 12-11 in 8 innings. Joe Wood wins the opener‚ allowing 11 hits‚ while Boston collects 18 hits and 15 walks. The two squads combine for 59 hits for 77 total bases.

    Detroit whips the Browns‚ 7-5‚ in 14 innings with the help of a last-inning error and wild pitch. Cobb has 3 hits including a triple and has now hit in 23 straight games against the Browns (as noted by Trent McCotter). Cobb will match this streak versus one club in 1917-1918‚ but never top it.

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    1911

    Carrying the Cubs from St. Louis‚ the Pennsylvania Railroad sets a speed record‚ covering the 191 miles from Columbus‚ OH‚ to Pittsburgh in 215 minutes. Arriving in time for the game‚ the Cubs win‚ 4-1‚ with 4 runs in the 4th inning. Joe Tinker's triple is the big blow.

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    1909

    At Pittsburgh's Exposition Field‚ President William Taft and his half brother Charles‚ a part owner of the Cubs‚ are among the overflow crowd of 14‚000 on hand for the Chicago-Pirates game. The visitors break open the 3-3 game in the 11th by scoring 5 runs to win for Three-Finger Brown and move Chicago just percentage points behind the Bucs. Both teams leave immediately to play two games tomorrow in Chicago.

    The A's sweep a doubleheader from the visiting Red Sox‚ 6-2 and 6-4. In game 1 the A's Frank Baker belts the first homer ever hit over the RF wall at the new Shibe Park. His drive comes off Red Sox hurler Frank Arellanes.

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    1908

    At Ebbets Field‚ Christy Mathewson rights himself and shuts out Brooklyn for a 1-0 Giants win. Matty gives up 4 hits‚ K's 8‚ in beating Nap Rucker.

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    1905

    The Giants split an a.m.-p.m. twinbill with Brooklyn‚ winning the morning game 7-2 and dropping the nitecap‚ 4-3. Elmer Stricklett‚ an early proponent of the spitball (some account have him introducing the spitter to the NL)‚ allows just 5 Giant hits in the win.

    At Pittsburgh‚ Dave Brain hits 3 triples to pace the Cardinals to a 6-3 win over the Pirates. He'll match that mark on August 8.

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    1904

    In a Sunday game in Brooklyn‚ Hooks Wiltse makes his first ML start a good one‚ beating the Superbas‚ 5-3. Hooks adds 2 hits as the Giants sweep all 5 games from Brooklyn to remain in a tie for 1st with Chicago.

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    1903

    At the Polo Grounds‚ Mathewson tosses his 2nd shut out of the year‚ blanking Boston‚ 3-0‚ to keep New York in first place. A split with Boston tomorrow will drop them a half game off the pace.

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    1900

    The Brooklyn team is notified by a Brooklyn building inspector that the center field bleachers at Washington Park are unsafe. They are removed.

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    1896

    Baltimore leaps past Cincinnati in the NL race with a 4-1 defeat of the Reds.

    Washington P Charlie "Silver" King makes his first ML appearance since 1893 a success‚ as he wins a 6-hitter over Pittsburgh‚ 11-6. Bill Joyce helps by hitting for the cycle.

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    1895

    The Boston Herald box score credits Jake Beckley with a 3-run HR to give Pittsburgh an 8-6 win over Washington. Under the rules of the era‚ which do not allow a team batting in the bottom of the last inning to win by more than one run‚ Beckley should be credited only with a triplemaking the score 7-6. Apparently the rule is not strictly enforced.

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    1894

    Washington breaks its 17-game losing streak by whipping Louisville 12-2.

    Pittsburgh moves past Cleveland into first place by edging Baltimore 3-2 as the Spiders‚ held to 3 hits by Jouett Meekin‚ lose to New York 2-0.

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    1893

    New York pitcher Mark "Fido" Baldwin wins a three-hit shutout by driving in the games lone run to slip by Cincinnati.

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    1892

    A benefit All-Star game for Hub Collins‚ who died of typhoid fever on May 21st‚ is played at Brooklyn's Eastern Park. The game between the Collins' Brooklyn Bridegrooms and the St. Louis Browns (AA) raises $2804.90 for Collins' widow.

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    1886

    The Athletics try to slow the Browns down by loading the base paths with sand. St. Louis captain Comiskey refuses to play and even helps the grounds crew remove the sand. The Browns win the 2 games, 18-1 and 11-3, with a total of 14 stolen bases.

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    1884

    Taking advantage of a ground rule change which scores balls hit over Chicago's inviting 180' LF fence as HRs (instead of doubles)‚ 5 players hit round trippers in the White Stockings' NL home opener against Detroit‚ winning 29-5. Chicago will hit 142 HRs-last year they hit 13-during the 112-game season (more than 90 percent of them at home) to set a record that will last until the 1927 New York Yankees. The rule change appears to be unilaterally made by Cap Anson‚ as noted by historian Bob Schaeffer‚ and the other league owner will squawk to no avail. But the league will set a minimum distance of 210 feet for an outfield fence after the 1884 season.

    Ed Morris (Columbia AA) no-hits Pittsburgh 5-0‚ allowing only one walk.

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    1882

    In yet another exciting game‚ Buffalo Counters 4 Cleveland 9th inning runs with 2 of their own to win 9-8.

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    1880

    With George Wright in its lineup‚ Boston upsets Chicago 11-10. Wright scores 2 runs and fields flawlessly‚ but will play no more games because of protests from Providence‚ which still has him "reserved." The loss snaps Chicago's win streak of 13‚ which they will top in a little more than a month (June 2-July 8).

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    1875

    At Hamilton Park in New Haven‚ CT‚ Joseph McElroy Mann of Princeton College pitches a no-hitter against Yale and their star pitcher Avery‚ winning 3-0. This is the first college no-hitter‚ according to George Moreland's Balldom‚ a 1914 publication.

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    1872

    The first game to be played in Chicago since the Great Fire is played on the new grounds of the Chicago Base Ball Association before an enthusiastic crowd of 4‚000. Baltimore defeats Cleveland 5-3.

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