Charlton's Baseball Chronology
Jason Giambi has two homers and a double to drive in five runs in the Yankees 7-1 win over the Orioles. O's SS Miguel Tejada is the teams only offensive producer with 4 hits including a homer. He has all 3 hits that winning P Randy Johnson gives up, plus one more off of Mo Rivera, for all 4 Baltimore hits, tying a ML mark
The Yankees score 7 runs in the 4th inning on their way to a 10-7 win over the Blue Jays. NY OF Bernie Williams and C Jorge Posada each hit HRs from both sides of the plate marking the 1st time in major league history that a pair of teammates switch hit homers in the same game. Jose Cruz hits a leadoff homer for Toronto for the second straight game. He had 2 homers yesterday.
The Cardinals defeat the Dodgers 12-5 as 3B Fernando Tatis sets a major league record by hitting 2 grand slams in a single inning. His 2 homers came in St. Louis' 11-run 3rd inning. He also sets a record with 8 RBIs in the inning while LA P Chan Ho Park becomes the 1st pitcher this century-and only the 2nd ever-to surrender 2 grand slams in a single frame. Bill Phillips of the Pirates did so in 1890. Park became the 36th major-leaguer to serve up two slams to the same player in his career.
At Fenway ex-Red Sox hitter Wil Cordero hits a 2-run HR off Jim Corsi in the 6th to give the Indians a 7-6 win over Boston. His hit follows the 2nd bench clearing brawl of the game. Rheal Cormier plunks Jim Thome and Corsi relieves. The first brawl comes in the 5th after Jarret Wright allows a homer walk and single then hits Darren Lewis with a pitch. Both are tossed. Lofton leading off and Fryman homer for Cleveland. The AL will suspend Indians P Jaret Wright (5 games) and 1B Jim Thome (3 days) and Red Sox OF Darren Lewis (3 days) and P Rheal Cormier (3 games) for participating in the brawls. All will appeal.
The Brewers sink the Pirates 9-1 as P Steve Woodard hurls the complete game victory. The win ends Milwaukee's NL record streak of 113 games without a complete game. 3B Jeff Cirillo leads the Brewer attack with 3 hits including a double and HR and 4 RBIs.
Royals P Hipolito Pichardo undergoes right elbow surgery which will keep him out the rest of the season.
Wichita State University P Ben Christensen hits Evansville leadoff hitter Anthony Molina with a warm-up pitch while Molina is about 30 feet from the plate. Molina receives 23 stitches to close a gash. Christensen explains that he thought Molina was trying to time his pitches and says pitching coach Brent Kemnitz has instructed pitchers to brush back the on-deck hitter if he's standing too close to the plate. The Missouri Valley Conference suspends Christensen and Kenmitz for the rest of the season. Molina will file assault charges against the pitcher which will result in an out-of-court settlement in 2002.
Brewers' OF Marquis Grissom hits his 103rd career homer in Milwaukee's 2-1 win over the Dodgers. He surpasses Lou Piniella's old record for most homers without a multiple-HR game. Grissom eventually reaches 109 career HR before hitting a pair on September 26.
In Milwaukee the A's rack up nine runs off knuckler Steve Sparks with Scott Brosius banging a 3-run homer in the first and a solo shot in the 4th. Jason Giambi tallies a double in the first off Sparks a triple in the 2nd and a two run homer in the 4th. With teammates urging him to stop at first on any hit Giambi lines out his next two times up. The A's need all 9 runs as the Brewers battle back to lose 9-6.
Padres' OF Tony Gwynn gets 5 hits including a double and HR in San Diego's 8-2 win over Philadelphia.
Milwaukee pitchers Cal Eldred and Jesse Orosco combine to shut out Texas on 1 hit in a 3-0 win. Eldred hurls the 1st 8 innings while Orosco pitches the 9th to get the save. Rafael Palmeiro's double is the only hit.
Manager Nick Leyva is fired by the Phillies after just 13 games and replaced by Jim Fregosi. It is the second-fastest firing in major league history. Cal Ripken Sr. was fired by Baltimore after 6 games in 1988. Under Fregosi the Phils lose their 10th in 14 games dropping a 2-1 decision to the Mets. Jason Grimsley is the loser as both Mets score on walks.
In the top of the 6th at Fenway the Jays John Olerud is at bat when Sox pitcher Roger Clemens catches Joe Carter napping and picks off the baserunner unassisted at 1B. Carter was caught by pitcher John Ceruti the same way in 1986.
Nolan Ryan is 2 outs from a no-hitter when Nelson Liriano triples and Ryan settles for a 4-1 one-hitter over the Blue Jays. It is Ryan's 10th career one-hitter and the 4th that breaks up a no-hitter in the last inning. He'll have one more.
The Yankees trade 1B Bob Watson to Atlanta for minor leaguer P Bob Patterson. Watson was given the choice of Philadelphia LA or Atlanta. In 2 weeks the Yankees will trade their other first baseman Dave Revering who hit .465 in spring training.
The White Sox sweep the O's pounding Baltimore for 26 hits in the opener and scoring in each of the 1st six innings to win 18-5. Almon and Lemon each have 4 hits as 9 Sox have multi-hit games. Bernazard has Chicago's only HR while Singleton hits a pair for the O's. The Sox take the nitecap 5-3.
Angels P Bruce Kison settles for a one-hitter when Minnesota's Ken Landreaux rips a double with one out in the 9th inning of California's 17-0 romp. It is the 2nd time in a year that Kison has lost a no-hitter with one out in the 9th. For Landreaux the hit marks the beginning of a 31-game hitting streak. The loser today is Terry Felton.
Reds 2B Joe Morgan commits an error during a 2-1 10-inning win over the Giants ending his ML record streak of 91 consecutive errorless games since July 6 1977. Three Reds pitchers combine on a 2-hitter hand out 12 walks and strand 14 runners.
The Ranger's Tom Grieve bangs a double and homer in the same inning but it is not enough as Detroit wins 7-6.
Sending 14 men to the plate the Astros erupt for 10 runs in the 9th to defeat the Giants 13-7. Cesar Cedeno collects 5 hits including 2 in the 9th when he drives in 3 runs. May has a 3-run homer in the 9th
Mike Cuellar and Denny McLain the two pitchers who will tie for the Cy Young award square off for 10 innings before the Orioles Cuellar wins 3-2. McLain retires 21 straight before Hendricks doubles in the 10th and Cuellar retires 20 straight.
Two days after putting on a Cubs uniform Ferguson Jenkins hits his first major league homer off Don Sutton drives in a 2nd run and shuts out the Dodgers to win 2-0. For rookie Sutton it is the first of 13 straight losses the Cubs will hand him.
Houston's Ken Johnson becomes the first pitcher ever to hurl a 9-inning no-hitter and lose as Cincinnati wins 1-0. Two errors in the 9th the second by 2B Nellie Fox on Vada Pinson's grounder allows Pete Rose to score the only run. Joe Nuxhall wins with a 4-hitter.
Art Mahaffey fans a batter in each inning and 17 in all a Phillies' record while beating the Cubs 6-0. The Phils win the first game 1-0 behind Frank Sullivan's pitching and a game-ending homer by Bobby Smith off Dick Ellsworth.
After a conference with Fidel Castro Havana club president Bobby Maduro says the team will stay in Cuba despite the political unrest.
In an ongoing dispute with soap operatic properties a Chicago Court orders Mrs. Dorothy Comiskey Rigney to distribute stock from her mother's estate so she can not effectively bar her brother Charles A. Comiskey from sitting on the White Sox Board.
Gil Hodges hits his 300th HR and Pee Wee Reese plays in his 2000th game but the Dodgers lose 7-6 to the Cubs. Duke Snider injures his arm before the game trying to throw a ball out of the Los Angeles Coliseum. Unamused Dodger officials dock him a day's pay.
At Fenway Ted Williams belts a CF homer and a single to drive in 2 runs as the Red Sox beat the Orioles 3-1. Frank Sullivan allows 4 hits in winning. The Sox Gene Mauch hits into an unusual DP with Dick Gernert on 3B. Mauch grounds to 1B George Kell who steps on 1B and throws home. Mauch throws up his hands and deflects the throw. Gernert is ruled out on the interference call.
Rookie Don Drysdale makes his first ML start a dandy by striking out the side in the first inning. He strikes out 9 as Brooklyn beats the Phils 6-1.
The visiting White Sox erupt for 29 hits in a 29-6 ripping of Kansas City. C Sherm Lollar becomes the only man in the decade to get 2 hits in one inning twice in the same game. Lollar's feat comes in the 2nd and 6th innings. Chico Carrasquel goes 5-for-6 as the White Sox pound out 7 HRs. Bob Nieman has 7 RBIs to pace the Sox offensive attack with 2 homers; Lollar (2) Walt Dropo pitcher Jack Harshman and Minnie Minoso also homer. Chico Carrasquel and Minoso each score 5 runs. KC gets homers from Vic Power and Bill Renna. Bobby Shantz takes the loss.
In a celebrated fight with the Dodgers Alvin Dark takes on Jackie Robinson after the latter bowls over pitcher Sheldon Jones covering first on a bunt. Jones injures his back in the incident. Brooklyn wins 3-1.
Jackie Robinson steals 2B and 3B then swipes home on the front end of a triple steal with Gil Hodges and Sandy Amoros in the 6th against the Pirates. The Dodgers win 6-5 in 13 innings when Robinson doubles home Junior Gilliam.
Future Hall of Famer Hoyt Wilhelm of the New York Giants wins his first ML game pitching 5 1/3 innings in relief in a 9-5 win. In his first at bat he cleans a pitch from the Braves' Dick Hoover for a homer. It will be Wilhelm's only ML HR in 1070 games. The loser is rookie Gene Conley.
Vinegar Bend Mizell the Cards highly touted rookie allows just 5 hits in his ML debut but he is shaded by the Reds Ken Raffensberger who wins 2-1. The game was marred by ejections of Stanky Hemus and Brazle. Stanky's banishment his first as a manager follows a strike call by ump Scotty Robb. The NL will fine and reprimand Robb for pushing Stanky. Stanky and Hemus also receive fines.
Bob Cain of the Browns and Bob Feller of the Indians each pitch a one-hitter with the Browns prevailing 1-0 and moving into first place. The game ties a ML record for the fewest hits by two teams and sets the AL record. The last double one-hitter was July 4 1906. The Browns Bobby Young hits a triple in the first inning and scores the lone run on an Al Rosen error on Marty Marion's grounder. The Indians only hit is a single by Luke Easter. For Feller it is the 4th time he's tossed a one-hitter against the Brownies and his 11th career one-hitter. It'll be 35 years before another Tribe tosser Tom Candiotti pitches a one-hit loss.
In the second of two games the Braves and Phillies start the match in daylight and finish under the lights a first in the majors. Phils win 6-5. Johnny Sain hurls the Braves to a 4-3 win over the visiting Phils in the opener.
At Detroit the Tigers use consecutive solo homers in the 8th from Roy Cullenbine Dick Wakefield and Hoot Evers to beat the White Sox 7-4. Cullenbine adds an earlier homer and Eddie Lake adds a 5th Bengal blast to back Fred Hutchinson's win over Eddie Lopat.
Ed Head of the Brooklyn Dodgers tosses a no-hitter at the Braves beating Boston's Mort Cooper 5-0 before 30287 at Ebbets Field. It is Head's first ML appearance since his return from the military. He last pitched in the ML in July 9 1944 when the Pirates knocked him out in 2 innings. Head was a left-handed pitcher until 1935 when he broke his pitching arm and he was forced to pitch right-handed.
The Permanent Committee of the Hall of Fame announces the selection of 11 old-time players to membership in the Hall of Fame. Eleven former players-Joe Tinker Johnny Evers Frank Chance Jess Burkett Tom McCarthy Rube Waddell Eddie Plank Ed Walsh Jack Chesbro Clark Griffith and Joe McGinnity-are named. The committee also reveales the names of 39 others-managers executives umpires and sportswriters-to the new "Honor Rolls of Baseball."
Jim Tobin tosses a one-hitter in the Braves' home opener as Philadelphia 2B Ford Mullen gets the only hit in the 6th inning. In his previous start Tobin lost a 3-hitter to the Giants.
At Detroit, Hal White makes his second ML start and registers his second straight shutout, whipping the White Sox and Ted Lyons, 9-0. Lyons allows 16 hits. White allowed 6 runs in 4 relief innings last year, but recorded a shutout in his first ML start on April 18.
At Washington, the Senators down the Red Sox, 10-5, but lose starter Dutch Leonard in the second inning when he breaks his ankle on a play at first base. Leonard will pitch only six games this season.
With Ted Williams on the bench having reinjured his ankle yesterday the Red Sox fall to the Yankees 4-2 in 11 innings. Joe DiMaggio is hitless but Phil Rizzuto provides the offense by hitting his first ML homer a 2-run shot off Charlie Wagner in the 11th to win the contest.
In a PCL game Hollywood's Babe Herman pinch hits in the 9th with 2 out and hits a grand slam to beat Los Angeles 10-6. It's the Babe's 2nd PH homer this year.
Hank Greenberg baseball's highest paid star is ordered to report to his draft board on May 7th.
A flood at Crosley Field washes out a game against the St. Louis Cardinals the first time a flood has caused the postponement of an NL game. The teams will later decide to replay the game on May 13th when both teams will be heading east from St. Louis but they neglect to inform the NL office.
Chicago's Marv Owen equals a ML record with 4 doubles as the White Sox trounce the Browns 17-4.
Against the A's Bud Thomas Ted Williams connects for his first ML home run while going 4-for-5. The A's win 12-8 but Thomas will be waived to the Senators in a week.
In the first of 2 at Batlimore's Oriole Park 2 Rochester (IL) pitchers hold the Orioles to 3 hits but lose 5-3 (as noted by Al Kermisch). The three hits-all homers-are all by Pooch Puccinelli who drives in 5 runs. It is the IL star's third 3-homer game in the loop.
Carl Hubbell's first start of the season is a 3-hit 3-0 shutout against the Boston Bees. For the Giants ace it is his 17th straight win dating back to July 17 of last year.
Jersey City now a Giants farm team returns to the International League with the largest crowd 31294 in minor league history.
In the Dodgers 4-3 10-inning win over the Giants Dodgers OF Randy Moore breaks his right ankle sliding into 2B and will miss most of the season. He'll return to the active list on July 27 and play in just one more game on the field before August 27. He'll hit .103 next year his last. A Mel Ott HR gives the Giants the lead in the 10th but the Dodgers counter with 2 runs.
Before a NL-record home opener crowd of 47000 at the Polo Grounds drawn to see the Babe play for the Braves the Giants top Boston 6-5 in 11 innings. Ruth goes hitless however. Mel Ott provides the thunder with a game-winning hit.
Lou Gehrig's consecutive-game streak is threatened when he is knocked unconscious by an Earl Whitehill pitch in the New York-Washington game. He recovers and finishes the game a 5-4 loss to the Nats.
In Philadelphia the Yanks outslug the A's 16-5. It marks the 8th straight game that New York has homered.
At Philadelphia Rube Walberg gives up successive homers to Ruth and Gehrig in the 1st inning but holds on for a 4-3 A's win. Yankee SS Mark Koenig's wild throw in the 9th allows the winning run to score.
In the 3rd inning at St. Louis Roger Hornsby is hit on the head by a pitch from the Reds Dolf Luque (as noted by Retrosheet). A groggy Rajah is replaced with a courtesy runner Specs Toporcer. Hornsby returns to the field in the 4th but after 2 innings is taken to the hospital. He'll miss 2 games with a slight concussion. The Reds win 7-2.
Yankee ace Herb Pennock holds a 1-0 lead into the 9th when Washington loads the bases. Nats manager Harris wants Walter Johnson to pinch hit but the Big Train is in showering when he gets the call. It takes him ten minutes to dress and enter the game all the while Yankee manager Huggins is screaming about the delay. Johnson justifies the wait by hitting the first pitch for a 2-run single to win the game for Washington 2-1. Six weeks late Ban Johnson will rule that only players on the bench or sidelines may be used as substitutes.
In the final game of the 4-game series with St. Louis Cleveland SS Joe Sewell is spiked in the heel and forced to leave the game. Brownie manager Fohl allows Jack Graney to be a "courtesy runner" for Sewell who exits for repairs and then returns to his position. The Indians win 7-3.
Anticipating a poor season at the gate the major leagues open a reduced 140-game season. Despite the lack of close races attendance remains high all year and every club will show a profit a complete reverse of the previous year.
The season opens in Washington with General Peyton C. March Army Chief of Staff throwing out the first ball. Walter Johnson wins a magnificent 1-0 13-inning duel with the A's Scott Perry scattering 9 hits and striking out 6. Johnson will beat the A's three times this year by a 1-0 score tying the AL and ML record. For the second time in his career he'll win a total of five 1-0 games tying the ML mark.
At the Polo Grounds 30000 fans watch the Red Sox roll over the Yankees 10-0 behind Carl Mays. Babe Ruth bounces a ball over Lewis's head for an inside-the-park homer in his first at bat and drives in 2 runs while Wally Schang has three doubles and a single. Former Sox star Duffy Lewis who missed the 1918 season while serving in the military is hitless in his Yankee debut. George Mogridge takes the loss allowing six runs in the 9th inning when SS Roger Peckinpaugh makes his 2nd and 3rd errors of the game.
Yankee lefty Herb Thormahlen loses his no-hitter when Boston's Amos Strunk singles with one out in the 9th. A single by PH Ruth and a walk load the bases and a short fly to Ping Bodie is dropped allowing Strunk to score the winner 1-0.
At Cleveland, the Indians down the St. Louis Browns, 8–2. Winning pitcher Fritz Coumbe allows two runs in the 4th when he walks Joe Gedeon follows with an inside-the-park homerun, missplayed by LF Jack Graney who, thinking the line drive is foul, doesn’t chase the ball. It is Gedeon’s only ML homerun.
At Cleveland, the Indians down the St. Louis Browns, 8–2. Winning pitcher Fritz Coumbe allows two runs in the 4th when he walks George Sisler and Joe Gedeon follows with an inside-the-park homerun, missplayed by LF Jack Graney who, thinking the line drive is foul, doesn’t chase the ball. It is Gedeon’s only ML homerun.
At Cleveland, the Indians down the St. Louis Browns, 8–2. Winning pitcher Fritz Coumbe allows two runs in the 4th when he walks George Sisler and Joe Gedeon follows with an inside-the-park homerun, when LF Jack Graney, thinking the line drive is foul, doesn’t chase the ball. It is Gedeon’s only ML homerun.
The Giants are saved from a humiliating exhibition loss to the Long Branch Cubans at West Side Park Jersey City when rain halts the game in the first inning with the Cubans leading 8-1.
Christy Mathewson sets down the Phils 3-1 throwing just 67 pitches. He retires the side in the 6th on 6 pitches and uses just 5 in the 9th inning. Ad Brennan takes the loss. Matty will use 70 pitches in a game on June 24th and (as noted by R.J. Lesch) TSN forgetting about today's game states that this "would have broken the record of 68 said to be held by old Ben Sanders but for getting in the hold (sic) in the 8th." The source of the Sanders claim seems to be the pitcher himself who asserted it in a letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer dated August 21 1911 (and reprinted in the Spalding Guide). The old pitcher wrote in response to a Mathewson game of August 16 "… it may be 1890 or 1892 but my recollection is that it was 1891 while playing with the Athletics in a game against the Browns in St. Louis where I only pitched 68 balls during a full nine-inning contest." [Researcher Cliff Blau tracked down the game played on August 5 1891 and Old Ben's recollections turned out to be not correct. He threw 91 pitches in the game which lasted 11 innings.]
At Boston CF Tris Speaker pulls off his 2nd unassisted DP in 2 years the gem occurring in the 2nd inning against the Athletics. Speaker snares a low line drive and beats baserunner Harry Davis back to 2B. The game goes 11 innings with the A's prevailing 5-3. Eddie Plank is the starter and winner over Eddie Cicotte.
In the 6th inning of the Reds-Pirates game in Pittsburgh Honus Wagner steps across the plate to the other batter's box as Reds P Harry Gaspar delivers the ball. Umpire Bill Klem refuses to call him out. The Pirates win 2-1 but Reds manager Clark Grif?th protests and acting NL president Heydler backs Klem. But the league will override Heydler and Klem and order the game replayed September 20th. The Pirates will win again by a score of 4-3.
Behind the pitching of Harry Howell the New York Highlanders (1-1) win their first game 7-2 over Washington.
Butte (Pacific Coast League) makes 2 triple plays in one game against Los Angeles.
St. Louis Cardinals owner Frank DeHaas Robison offers to put up $10000 that the Pirates will not repeat as NL champions. Pittsburgh players accept the challenge with a matching pool and go on to win the pennant by 27 1?2 games.
The White Stocking open the season at home by marching in from the outfield accompanied by Thompson's American Band. After unfurling the AL pennant the Chicagoans then stop the Detroit Blues 12-2 behind Nixey Callahan.
Let the injunction wars begin: The Supreme Court of the District of Columbia issues a restraining order returnable May 3 against the National Baseball League stopping that organization from interfering with the 4 Washington AL ball players. In Chicago Charles Comiskey comes to the defense of Eddie McFarland saying the White Stockings just won't play him in Pennsylvania. In St. Louis lawyers for the NL Cardinals initiate proceedings in the circuit court of St. Louis to restrain Harper Wallace and Heidrick from playing with the St. Louis American League team. All three have signed contracts with the Cards. In Philadelphia President Shibe of the AL Athletics says according to his lawyers the Supreme Court ruling applies only to Lajoie and has no reference to any other player.
In front of nearly 13000 at Baltimore the Athletics beats the Orioles and Joe McGinnity 5-1. In the 8th inning when Connie Mack hears about the injunction affecting Nap Lajoie he pulls him from the game.
In Philadelphia's 19-8 win over New York Dan Brouthers scores 5 runs for Philadelphia.
Louisville breaks a tie with 8 runs in the 8th inning and holds on to defeat Chicago 18-14.
Bill Shindle of the Baltimore Orioles has 5 errors at shortstop in a 19-9 loss to Boston in the 2nd game of a twin bill. He also makes 2 in the opener. He will make 78 errors by the end of the season an improvement over his record 115 miscues in 1890 while playing for Philadelphia (PL).
With no outs and the bases loaded in the 9th Brooklyn's Darby O'Brien hits into a triple play against Philadelphia's John Thornton to end the game a 3-1 loss. New York's Mickey Welch will match Darby next month.
New York governor David Hill vetoes a last-ditch bill from the state legislature designed to block NYC's plans to force the Giants out of the Polo Grounds by cutting a street through the property.
The Athletics pile up 28 runs on 23 hits 5 walks and 13 Cleveland errors in making the largest score of the season.
The St. Louis Browns Tommy McCarthy performs a 1st in ML history when he reaches 1B on single steals 2B and 3B. Then with 2 out and with 2 strikes on batter Silver King he swipes home to win the game 3-2.
At Boston 2000 spectators see the Philadelphias (today called the Quakers later called the Phillies) and Boston. Philadelphia scores 4 in the 9th to win 8-5.