Charlton's Baseball Chronology
The Astros break a 7-game losing streak beating Greg Maddux and the Chicago Cubs 5-1. Maddux gets 17 of his 23 outs on the ground in the loss. LaTroy Hawkins of the Cubs retire the Houston Astros in the 9th inning on three pitched balls.
Illinois high school pitcher Joe Labek strikes out 40 batters a new high school record but loses 2-1 in 24 innings. Labek pitching for Ridgewood came on in relief in the 4th inning of a game against Evergreen Park on May 17. The scoreless game was suspended after 12 innings and resumed today. Both teams score in the 18th and Evergreen Park scores in the 24th on a double walk and bloop single. Labek strikes out 3 in the 24th to break the old record of 37 set in 1971 by Asher Oklahoma pitcher Billy Brimm in a 17-inning game.
The Orioles beat the Rangers in a slugfest 13-10. Melvin Mora leads Baltimore's 18-hit attack with 5 safeties including a pair of doubles.
Expos second baseman Jose Vidro hits a no-out walk off grand slam in the 10th off Hector Mercado as Montreal outslugs the Philadelphia Phillies, 13-9. The Phils get a homer from Pat Burrell and two from Jeremy Giambi.
More one-hitters. At Wrigley the Cubs edge the Brewers 1-0 on Kerry Wood's one-hitter. Mark Loretta's single in the 7th is the only Milwaukee hit. Woods strikes out 14. The Cubs staff has now thrown back-to-back one hitters: it was last done by the Rangers in 1996 when Ken Hill and Roger Pavlik did it.
At Fenway the Red Sox defeat the Blue Jays 4-0 on Hideo Nomo's one-hitter. The only Toronto hit is Shannon Stewart's double in the 4th extending his hitting streak to 15 games. Mike Lansing's 3-run double in the 8th gives Nomo some breathing room.
Greg Maddux becomes the first Brave pitcher since Dick Rudolph and Lefty Tyler in August 1916 to throw two 1-0 shutouts in the same month as he whips the Pirates 1-0. Maddux beat the Brewers 1-0 on May 2. Rafael Furcal's RBI single off Todd Ritchie (0-6) is the winner. The Bucs waste a chance in the 8th when they have 3 singles but 2 runners are caught stealing.
Medical alert! Devil Rays P Wilson Alvarez and Angels SS Gary DiSarcina both undergoes arthroscopic shoulder surgery and will miss the rest the entire 2000 season. Phillies P Mike Jackson will undergo his shoulder surgery tomorrow.
The Mariners score 8 runs in the 4th inning and go on to defeat the Twins by a score of 15-5.
In Arizona's 5-4 win over San Diego the D'backs Damian Miller becomes only the 8th ML catcher to participate in three double plays in a 9-inning game tying the NL record for DPs and tying the ML record for DPs started by a catcher. The last N.L. catcher to participate in 3 DPs was Ebba St. Claire of the Boston Braves in 1950. Chris Hoiles was part of 4 double plays for the Orioles on April 9 1998.
The Braves hit 3 solo homers in the 9th to beat the Braves 5-2. Two of the homers are back to back pinch homers by Keith Lockhart and Javy Lopez off Bob Wickman and two outs later Walt Weiss homers. The win goes to Rudy Seanez in relief of starter Greg Maddux who throws 7 shutout innings.
Cleveland 2B David Bell becomes the 3rd player in major league history to play against a team managed by his father. Bell's 2-run double brings home the go-ahead run in the Indians 7-4 win over Buddy Bell's Detroit Tigers. Bump Wills and Moises Alou are the only other players to appear in games against their fathers.
The Twins retire Kirby Puckett's #34 in a 90-minute pregame ceremony. The Twins then hold on to trip the A's 7-6 in 11 innings.
Oakland's Pedro Munoz belts the longest home run in the 5-year history of Camden Yards to lead the A's to a 6-3 win over the Orioles. The 463-foot shot to dead center comes in the 6th inning with 2 on and breaks a 2-2 tie. Mark McGwire also homers for Oakland. The O's get two more homers from Brady Anderson and a dinger from Mike Bordick but that's all the scoring.
Minnesota relief P Mark Guthrie hurls 6 innings against Detroit fanning 12 to get the win in the Twins' 4-3 victory over the Tigers. It is the most batters struck out by a relief in 15 years.
Royals' P Kevin Appier strikes out 13 Rangers in only 5 2/3 innings in KC's 8-3 victory over Texas. According to records traced back to 1986 no other pitcher in that time had pitched less than 6 innings in a game and had that many strikeouts. Appier is removed from the contest since he had thrown 108 pitches and had had to sit through a 49-minute rain delay.
El Paso Diablos public address announcer Derrick Grubbs is ejected from the team's game against Jackson because of music he played during the contest.
George Brett collects his 2000th hit off Bryan Clark in the 4th inning of Kansas City's 2-1 17-inning victory over the White Sox. Brett finishes the day 1-for-7 while Scott Bankhead picks up his first ML win.
At Cleveland Pat Tabler is at bat for Toronto when pitcher John Cerutti picks Joe Carter off 1B unassisted. Cerutti beats Carter back to the bag. This same play occurred last month in an A's-Twins game.
The Texas Rangers coast to an 11-0 win over the White Sox on the strength of Charlie Hough's 3-hitter. Tom Seaver takes the loss. The Rangers score 7 times in the 3rd inning as Gary Ward makes all 3 outs with a ground out and a DP.
The Red Sox trade P Dennis Eckersley and minor leaguer Mike Brumley to the Cubs for veteran Bill Buckner who had been benched in Chicago in favor of Leon Durham. Buckner will immediately become Boston's starting 1B.
Texas utility man Bill Stein drives in the winning run with a pinch single in the bottom of the 9th inning of a 4-3 win over Minnesota. It is Stein's 7th consecutive pinch hit a new AL record.
Carl Yastrzemski plays in his 3000th ML game scoring the winning run in Boston's 8-7 triumph over Cleveland. Yaz joins Ty Cobb Stan Musial and Hank Aaron as the only major leaguers to appear in 3000 games.
In the last regularly scheduled Memorial Day doubleheader this century, the Seattle Mariners sweep a pair from the Kansas City Royals, winning 7–1 and 5–2. Rookie Brian Allard goes the distance to win the opener and he’s supported by Gary Gray's third two-homer game in 10 days.
Dave Kingman bunts in the first inning, then hits a grand slam in the 2nd as the Mets roll over the Phils, 13-3. Greg Harris posts his first ML win.
Seven different Dodgers including P Rick Sutcliffe hit HRs as Los Angeles buries the visiting Reds 17-6. Sutcliffe poles his off Tom Seaver. The last homer for LA comes when Davey Lopes hits a 3-0 pitch in the 6th with the Dodgers up 14-2. In his next at bat Dave Tomlin decks Lopes 4 straight times inciting a brawl.
The Braves ship Frank LaCorte (4-24 lifetime) to the Astros for Bo McLauglin (9-15 lifetime). LaCorte will turn it around going 19-20 for the rest of his career while McLauglin will win just one more game.
CF Lyman Bostock has 12 putouts in the 2nd game of a doubleheader tying the ML mark as the Twins sweep the Red Sox 13-5 and 94. Bostock is only the 3rd big leaguer to do it in 9 innings and just the 2nd CF in this century. His 17 putouts in the twinbill is also an AL record. Carlton Fisk and George Scott hit back-to-back homers for Boston the 5th time this year the Red Sox have done it.
Cleveland's Dennis Eckersley in his first ML start hurls a 3-hit shutout in beating Oakland 6-0.
Three pitchers on the Nishitetsu Lions are suspended from Japanese baseball for life for participating in a game-fixing scandal in the 1969 season.
The Cardinals tie a NL record with just one assist in Bob Gibson's 4-0 win at Los Angeles.
The Pirates sweep a pair from the Giants as Jim Bunning wins his 200th game in the opener. Bunning strikes out 8 in winning 2-1 over Perry. Mazeroski and Taylor hit homers in the nitecap to back Bob Moose's 6-2 win. Taylor's is his first ML HR.
Detroit OF Al Kaline is hit by the A's Lew Krausse's pitch and suffers a broken arm. He will be out until June 30th. The Tigers win 2-1 behind Denny McLain who scores the game's first run in the 8th. The A's run in the 9th is unearned.
Nine different Twins (5) and Red Sox (4) hit HRs tying a ML record. Minnesota wins the slugfest 17-5. Boston's Gerry Moses age 18 years and 9 months goes into the record books when he pinch hits his first homer off Mudcat Grant. Moses is the youngest player to ever pinch hit a round tripper.
Ground is broken for a new stadium in St. Louis.
Buffalo seeks membership in the Continental League.
White Sox pitcher Dick Donovan stops Detroit 4-0 on one hit.
Cards rookie sensation Wally Moon swipes 4 bases in the Cards 9-4 win over the Cubs. Musial has a single double and triple to back Haddix's pitching.
Warren Spahn tops the Reds 3-1 for his 10th straight win over Cincy. It is a team record that will be broken by Spahn in 10 years. He helps his own cause with a homer off loser Herm Wehmeier. It is the Braves 8th win in a row.
At New York the Giants explode for 11 runs in the 8th inning to overwhelm the Pirates 21-4. The Buccos score 3 in the top of the 8th for a NL record for the frame. Led by Lockman's grand slam the Giants score 5 in the 7th then collect 8 hits in the 8th including 2 homers. Johnny Antonelli has his 6th win and hits his first ML HR. Davey Williams has a single and HR in the 8th. Willie Mays scores 5 runs.
Billy Pierce and Virgil Trucks combine to give the White Sox a 4-2 win over the Indians and stop Cleveland's 11-game win streak. Bob Lemon takes the loss. Cleveland's Al Smith steals a base off Sherman Lollar the last base runner to swipe one this year. The Sox catcher will throw out the next 18 base runners who try.
The Yankees and Red Sox play the longest 9-inning game to date lasting 3 hours and 52 minutes. Boston lefty Mickey McDermott take 2 hours 45 minutes to pitch 6 of the innings as Boston outlasts New York 14-10. Mantle hits an opposite field homer off McDermott.
Russ Meyer of the Dodgers is fined $100 and suspended 3 days for obscene gestures and abusive language picked up by TV close-ups. NL President Warren Giles and Commissioner Ford Frick oppose dugout shots by TV cameras.
The U.S. Supreme Court announces that it will review all the antitrust suits under the Sherman Act with regard to baseball with the focal point being the reserve clause.
Max Surkont of the Braves fans 8 Reds in a row establishing a new ML mark as the Braves win 10-3 in game 2 of a doubleheader. Surkont strikes out 7 in a row before rain delays the game and then he strikes out Andy Seminick to start the 5th. Surkont fans 13 on the way to his 6th straight win. The Braves take the opener 5-1 behind Don Liddle.
The Red Sox outhit the Browns 19-15 and out score to win 15-12. Boston scores 10 runs in the last 3 innings. Walt Dropo drives in 6 runs 4 with a grand slam in the 8th. It is his 10th HR since joining the Sox on May 3.
The Athletics make some changes. Connie Mack's son Earle who had been assistant manager assumes the duties of chief scout. Earle who had hoped to succeed his father as manager is replaced by Jimmie Dykes. Mickey Cochrane is named general manager. It doesn't help today as the Yanks extend their winning streak to 9 games by defeating the A's 2-0 behind Ed Lopat and Joe Page.
The Oakland Oaks of the PCL buy recalcitrant OF Dick Wakefield from the Yanks. New York will not allow him to buy out his own contract.
The Yankees edge into 3rd place ahead of the Red Sox whipping Boston 17-2. Ted Williams 2-run homer in the 9th off Floyd Bevans deprives the Yankees of 4 straight shutouts George Stirnweiss scores 5 runs and King Kong Keller 4 runs in the 17 hit attack. Joe DiMaggio has 4 hits and 3 runs.
Joe Medwick returns to the Cardinals after a 7-year absence. Signed just before the doubleheader Medwick pinch-hits a double in game to account for the only run in a 2-1 loss to the Reds. Ducky has lost his power from his St. Louis heyday but he will hit .307 as PH and OF against lefthanders.
The first place Dodgers whip the Phillies 7-1 for their 14th straight win at Shibe Park. Augie Galan has single double and triple and is involved in an unusual "catcher's balk" play. Augie is at bat when Reiser on 3B breaks for home on an attempted steal. Phils C Andy Seminick tips Galan's bat on the play and umpire Al Barlick calls the balk. Reiser is awarded a steal of home and Galan gets 1B. The Dodgers will sweep a pair tomorrow at Shibe.
Red Sox CF Leon Culberson makes an unassisted DP when he catches a short looper and continues on to 2B to nab Vern Stephens before he can return. Despite the play the Red Sox lose to the Browns 5-0. Nels Potter records the shutout.
Ted Williams raises his batting average over .400 for the first time during the season. His run to be the first since Bill Terry in 1930 to exceed the magic number will be marked in newspapers throughout the season although it will often give way to the batting streak by Joe DiMaggio. DiMag singles today off Boston's Lefty Grove. Grove thus joins two of baseball's most famous streaks-Joe's current hitting streak and Ruth's 60 homers in 1927. Lefty served up a gopher on September 27 1927.
In his last three at bats against the Red Sox Emerson Dickson Cleveland's Ken Keltner belts 3 homers in an 11-0 romp at Fenway. It's the 11th time that an AL batter has hit 3 successive homers. Feller makes it easy pitching a one-hitter for the win. Bobby Doerr's 2nd inning single for Boston is the only hit against Rapid Robert: it'll be one of two one-hitters of Feller's in which Doerr has the only hit.
After hitting a solo HR against the Yankees in his third-inning at-bat off Bump Hadley to break a 1-1 tie player-manager Mickey Cochrane is hit by a 3-1 pitch from Hadley in the 5th inning and suffers a skull fracture in three places. Coach Del Baker will run the team for the hospitalized Detroit leader who will never return to active play. Cochrane's homer is his last at bat. In the hospital Cochrane will exonerate Hadley saying "I lost the ball." The Yanks win the game 4-3 beating Schoolboy Rowe who makes his first appearance of the season following a suspension for lack of conditioning.
Babe Ruth has a last hurrah hitting 3 home runs at Pittsburgh. The first shot is hit off Red Lucas while the last two homers come off veteran Guy Bush. The final one the last of his 714 career HRs is the first to clear the RF grandstand at Forbes Field and is measured at 600 feet. With that Ruth sits down in the dugout-Pittsburgh's-next to rookie Mace Brown. Ruth who hit 3 homers in a game just once in the AL (May 21 1930) is the first player to turn this hat trick in both leagues. Ruth lifts himself in the 7th inning finishing the day at 4-for-4 and 6 RBIs. But Ruth's old teammate Waite Hoyt in relief of Bush is the winner as Pittsburgh defeats the hapless Braves 11-7.
Here is Robert Creamer's account of the Babe's last home run in his 1974 book "Babe":
[Guy] Bush said 'I never saw a ball hit so hard before or since. He was fat and old but he still had that great swing. Even when he missed you could hear the bat go swish. I can't remember anything about the first home run he hit off me that day. I guess it was just another homer. But I can't forget that last one. It's probably still going. It was unbelievably long completely over the roof of the double-decked stands in right field and out of the park. Nobody had ever hit a ball over the roof in Forbes Field before.' Gus Miller the head usher went to investigate and was told the ball landed on the roof of one house bounced onto another and then into a lot where a boy picked it up and ran off with it. Miller measured the distance from the first house back to home plate and said it was 600 feet. His measurement may have been imprecise but it was still the longest home run ever hit in Pittsburgh.
Forbes Field expert Dan Bonk said in 2002 that the head usher had the wrong address for the Babe blast and that the hit was very close to the foul line. It landed in a yard of a one-story house that today is painted in the blue and yellow Pirate colors.
At Boston Detroit wins 3-2 on Hank Greenberg's 2-run homer in the 6th inning. In his previous at bat in the 4th inning Greenberg's line drive hits pitcher Fritz Ostermueller breaking cheekbone and several teeth and sending him to the hospital.
The Red Sox get Wes Ferrell who was suspended by the Indians for $25000 and pitcher Bob Weiland and Bob Seeds. Dick Porter also goes to the Sox in the deal. Porter had no homers last year but hit one in his first at bat this season.
The A's win their 17th in a row 2 behind the White Sox' AL record beating the Yankees 4-2 and 16-4 at Philadelphia. Grove wins the opener and Mahaffey coasts to the win in the nitecap. Cochrane and Chapman match homers in the opener while Foxx is the only batter to leave the park in game 2. The streak the 4th (tied) longest of the century ends tomorrow when Lefty Gomez stops the A's 6-2. The A's are in first place by 5 games.
At the Polo Grounds the Giants belt 4 homers-2 by Jackson and one by Roush and Walsh-to whip the Braves 10-3. Roush's HR is the 2000th in Giants history.
Six games in the AL today produce 145 hits and 80 runs. Leading the way are the Senators and A's in Philadelphia with the Senators taking game 17-12 and losing the second game 7-6. The Nats score 11 runs in the 5th inning and hold on for the victory. Mickey Cochrane homers in game 2 with a pair on.
The Red Sox' 6-5 win over the Yankees deadlocks the 2 at the AL top. They'll run neck and neck until June 14th when the Sox begin to unravel.
Babe Ruth is suspended one day and fined $200 for throwing dirt on ump George Hildebrand after being called out at 2B while trying to stretch a single in the 3rd. Babe then goes into the stands after a heckler and is restrained by GM Ed Barrow. On his way to the CF clubhouse Ruth gestures to another heckler in RF. Babe gets stripped of his title as team captain as a result. New York beats the visiting Nationals 6-4.
In the 1st inning of game 1 against the Robins Phillies pitcher Bill Hubbell is hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Tommy Griffith and fractures his skull. Hubbell will return to pitch in 35 games this year. Brooklyn sweeps a pair winning 8-7 and 9-6 as Jimmy Johnston hits for the cycle.
The U.S. Supreme Court in a resounding 9-0 decision rule that baseball is not an interstate business. The suit had been brought by the Federal League's Baltimore franchise.
In St. Louis the Browns overcome Babe Ruth's 13th HR of the year to win 7-6. The Babe's blow travels an estimated 500 feet.
A's rookie Roy Moore stops the White Sox 5-1 and drives in 3 runs. Two of the runs come in on a homer while Frank Walker adds his 6th homer of the year. This is Moore's only victory of the year as he loses his next 13 to end at 1-13.
The Reds Rube Bressler makes his first start of season pitching 2 innings. He singles in the Reds 5-run 2nd then snaps his ankle sliding into 2B. Dolf Luque takes the mound and coasts to an 11-2 win over the visiting Braves.
White Sox CF Happy Felsch starts a triple play in the 8th inning to stop the Senators scoring threat then the Sox score a pair in the bottom of the frame off Walter Johnson and derail the Big Train 5-4.
New York SS Jack Martin gets plunked twice by Walter Johnson who hits three batters in the game. The second time Martin is hit the fast ball shatters his jaw. He will be out of action for five weeks. Johnson who consciously avoids throwing at batters will nevertheless hit 205 batters in his career.
In St. Louis Grover Alexander beats the Cards 4-3 to stop the Phillies 6-game loss streak. The Card score 3 in the 9th but Pete hangs on for the win.
Righthander George Mullin wins his 9th in a row for Detroit 7-4 over Washington on his way to a league-leading 29-8 record.
Detroit scores an unearned run in the 3rd against Washington lefty Bill Burns but not until 2 are out in the 9th does a Tiger collect a base hit. Germany Schaefer singles to center off "Sleepy Bill" for the only Bengal hit as Detroit wins 1-0. Washington will lose 29 games this year by shutouts an AL record.
The Giants bust Irv Young for 6 runs in the 8th inning to beat Boston 9-1. McGinnity in relief of Mathewson now 7-1 gets a save.
Jesse Tannehill snaps the Boston Americans' 20-game losing streak-19 at home-with a 3-0 win over the White Sox. Jesse's batterymate Bob Peterson drives in all the runs in a game that takes 1 hour and 15 minutes. Both of these loss streaks by Boston are AL records. Both Boston teams will ?nish last while both Chicago teams ?nish first. It's the first time 2 cities have had 2 winners and 2 cellar-dwellers and it won't happen again until 1921 when New York has the winners and Philadelphia the last-placers.
In just his 7th big league game Deacon Phillippe of Louisville tosses a 7-0 no-hitter against the Giants. He walks 3 batters but will become baseball's best control pitcher with a career average of 1.25 bases on balls per game. The Colonels collect just 4 hits off Ed Doheny in scoring their 7 runs.
Chicago scores 20 runs off rookie Frank Kitson of Baltimore who pitched a shutout in his debut May 19th. The game is called after 7 innings with Chicago winning 20-4.
Cleveland rallies for 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th to topple the Athletics 10-9.
After a Louisville-Syracuse game played in Three Rivers NY part of the grandstand collapses throwing 50 or more people to the ground. No deaths are reported but many are injured.
Phillie 2B Ed Delahanty suffers a broken collarbone when he slides into Cleveland 2B Cub Stricker in the 5th inning. Delahanty will be out of action until July 30th.
At Columbus umpire Fred Goldsmith ejects Dave Orr and then forfeits the game to the visiting Brooklyn (AA) team when Orr refuses to leave the field. The two teams however refuse to abide by the forfeit and the game is eventually completed with a sub playing in Orr's place. Brooklyn wins 6-3.
Boston opens its new Grand Pavilion an elaborate double-decked structure. Though the Pavilion seats 2800 12000 see the Beaneaters lose their home opener to the Phillies 4-1.
Cleveland forges into a 3-way tie for first place in the NL with Detroit and Providence by defeating New York in 14 innings 4-3.
Buffalo gets revenge by humiliating Cleveland at home 20-1 as Charles Foley hits for the cycle the first in ML history. Foley will hit 2 grand slams this season the first to accomplish this.
With Jim White going 5-for-5 Buffalo beats Worcester 7-1.
At a special meeting in Niagara Falls Providence tries unsuccessfully to get Troy expelled from the league for failing to stay over in Providence for a makeup game on May 17. The league awards a forfeit of the game to Providence.
With starter Fred Corey disabled in the 1st inning by arm trouble Providence reliever Tricky Nichols has to stay in the box despite suffering a dislocated finger in the 3rd inning. He is hit hard and loses to Boston 17-10.
Pitching sensation Edward "The Only" Nolan of Indianapolis shuts out the White Stockings 3-0.
Louisville plays an exciting 2-2 tie with the Athletics which is called because of darkness after 14 innings. Each side scores a run in the 11th. Devlin who pitches the distance knocks in both runs for Louisville.
The heavily favored Mutuals are soundly defeated by the Haymakers of Troy in Brooklyn 25-10. Lipman Pike the Troy 2B collects 6 hits.
In Baltimore the Atlantics of Brooklyn edge the Maryland Club 13-12.