Charlton's Baseball Chronology
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 Walker Andres 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former Indian 1B Luke Easter working as a bank guard in Cleveland is shot to death in a holdup.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Indians sign high school star Billy Joe Davidson for a reported $150000 eclipsing the $100000 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.
Pueblo (Western League) announces that its players will don shorts during the summer.
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.
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.
Boo Ferriss shuts out the A's 2-0 as the Boston Red Sox start another win streak.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 14000 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Brooklyn team is notified by a Brooklyn building inspector that the center field bleachers at Washington Park are unsafe. They are removed.
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.
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.
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.
New York pitcher Mark "Fido" Baldwin wins a three-hit shutout by driving in the games lone run to slip by Cincinnati.
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.
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.
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.
In yet another exciting game Buffalo Counters 4 Cleveland 9th inning runs with 2 of their own to win 9-8.
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).
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.
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 4000. Baltimore defeats Cleveland 5-3.