Charlton's Baseball Chronology
The NL Central leaders, the Houston Astros (10-4), reach the .500 mark as a franchise when they even their record at 3,507-3,507. But it isn’t easy as they edge the Brewers, 13-12. Milwaukee scores 10 runs in the last three innings on 2 homers by Carlos Lee and one by Prince Fielder. Roy Oswalt (3-0) is the winning pitcher. The Astros join 12 other clubs with overall records of .500 or better.
The Yankees score an AL record-tying (for the inning) 13 runs in the 2nd inning on their way to a 19-8 thrashing of the Devil Rays. Alex Rodriguez leads the 20-hit attack with 5 safeties including 2 doubles and a pair of HRs and 6 RBI. He scores 5 runs. Tino Martinez also drives home 6 runs for NY. The last time the Yankees scored 13 runs in an inning was in 1945; the team record of 14 in an inning was set in 1920 against the Senators.
The Orioles score 8 runs in the 2nd inning and go on to defeat the Devil Rays 9-7.
Bartolo Colon allows 3 runs in 9 innings against his old team the Indians as the White Sox win 5-3. Frank breaks Luke Appling's team record for walks when he draws 2 bases on balls the 2nd intentional giving him 1303 for his 14-season career. Appling compiled 1302 walks over 20 seasons with the Pale Hose.
Milwaukee fires manager Davey Lopes and hires coach Jerry Royster as interim manager in his place. In their first game under Royster the Brewers beat the Cardinals 7-5 as Richie Sexson drives home all 7 runs on 2 HRs and a triple.
The Angels defeat the Blue Jays 16-10 as 2B Adam Kennedy drives home 8 runs for Anaheim. Kennedy hits a grand slam and a bases-loaded triple the first time a player has done that since Luis Olmo in 1945. Craig Grebeck Raul Mondesi and Carlos Delgado hit back-to-back-to-back homers for the Blue Jays in the 6th inning.
The Braves stroke 24 hits in pounding the Rockies 20-5. Atlanta scores 10 runs in the 9th inning on the way to setting an Atlanta record for runs scored in a game. Andruw Jones has 5 hits including a HR and triple and drives home 6 runs while Eddie Perez collects 5 singles. The Braves attack features at least one hit from everyone in the lineup except WP Greg Maddux.
The Yankees set a team record for the longest win streak in Detroit as they win their 12th straight beating the Tigers 8-3. It is their 8th straight win overall and David Cone's first of the year. Greg Keagle takes the loss. The Tigers beat the Yanks tomorrow 2-1.
The Cardinals unveiled a bronze statue of Bob Gibson outside Busch Stadium then beat the Phils 6-5.
Walks'll kill you. The Rangers Roger Pavlik sets a AL record by walking the first four batters he faces in a 6-5 loss to the Blue Jays Pavlik will go on the DL on May 7 and will stay there for 118 days.
Veteran P Jack Morris announces his retirement after 17 years and 254 victories.
The game between the Giants and Braves at Candlestick Park is delayed for 5 minutes when fans shower the field with souvenir baseballs. When order is restored the Giants go on to defeat the Braves 13-12 in 11 innings.
In a 6-2 win at San Francisco Dodger 1B Eddie Murray homers from both sides of the plate the first major leaguer to pull the feat in both leagues. Murray has done it 8 times in the AL. Brooks adds a HR for LA and Mike Morgan takes the win.
Mike Schmidt hits his 500th career home run a 3-run shot off Pittsburgh's Don Robinson in the top of the 9th inning to give the Phillies an 8-6 win. Schmidt is the 15th ML player to reach the 500-HR plateau.
In a wild game in St. Louis the Cards come back from a one-run deficit in the 9th to tie at 7-7 on Ozzie Smith's steal of 3B and score on a wild throw by the Mets' Carter. The Mets score in the 10th on a wild pitch to move ahead 8-7. Jesse Orosco who gave up the unearned run in the 9th gives up three singles to knot the score at 8 apiece. With the sacks full Jesse serves Tommy Herr a game-winning grand slam for St. Louis. Howard Johnson has a 3-run homer and 4 RBI for the Mets.
The Brewers tie the AL record for wins to start the season when they beat Texas for the 5th times this year. Milwaukee is now 11-0.
Despite allowing no hits-and only 3 fair balls hit-and striking out 10 in 5 innings Texas rookie Bobby Witt is lifted in a game in Milwaukee. Why? Witt also walks 8 and throws 4 wild pitches allowing 2 runs. Texas rallies for 3 runs in the 9th to win 7-5.
The White Sox top Baltimore to go 8-0 for the season the team's best start ever. Rookie Salome Barojas picks up his 5th save in as many appearances.
The Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings (International League) play 32 innings before suspending play at 4:07 a.m. on April 19th with the score tied 2-2. The game is already the longest in professional baseball history surpassing a 29-inning Florida State League contest in 1966 and will be resumed on June 23rd.
The winless Braves shut out the undefeated Reds 5-0 behind Rick Matula's 5-hitter. Cincinnati had opened the season with 8 consecutive wins the best start in club history.
The Royals win their 8th straight beating the Blue Jays 5-0 behind Paul Splittorff's 5-hitter. Willie Wilson and Hal McRae open the game with singles and pull off a double steal. Following a 2-out intentional walk Amos Otis hits a grand slam to jump start the Royals scoring.
The Mets Nolan Ryan gives up a leadoff single to Denny Doyle then shuts out the Phillies without another hit. Ryan fans 15 in the 7-0 triumph. For the light-hitting Doyle it is the first of three one-hitters in which he has the lone hit.
The Reds score 7 runs in the 4th but the Giants roar back to win 16-9 at Crosley Field. Ron Hunt has a grand slam for SF and Jim Johnson is the winner in his only ML decision. Ken Henderson has no hits but scores 4 runs: the last man to score 4 runs on no hits was Gilliam in 1960.
The American Association opens the season using the DPH rule which the major leagues dropped near the end of spring training. The DPH will also be used in International League (AAA) the Eastern League (AA) and the Arizona Instructional League. Larry Osborne (Omaha; 0-41 BB 1 run) and John Brandt (0-4) are the ones in Oklahoma City. Denver's Charles Weatherspoon (1-4) and William Wolff (1-3 1 BB) are the DPHers in Tulsa. Tulsa manager Warren Spahn calls the DPH rule "terrible." (as noted by John Lewis).
At Boston, Cleveland righthander Luis Tiant ties an AL record set in 1901 (Dale Gear) by allowing 10 extra base hits as the Red Sox outslug the Indians, 10-7. Tiant (0-3), a 21-game winner last season, allows 5 doubles and 5 homers in 5 2/3 innings. Ken Harrelson has a pair of homers. Harrelson will join the Indians in a trade later during the season.
Jim Maloney tosses 6 innings of no-hit ball against the Dodgers before leaving with a pulled muscle. John Tsitouris relieves and pitches hitless ball until two are out in the 9th inning when Frank Howard beats out an infield single. Sandy Koufax fans the side on 9 pitches in the 3rd inning becoming the first NL pitcher to do it twice (and matching Lefty Grove) but Cincinnati wins 3-0 on Deron Johnson's 3-run homer.
At Crosley Field the Reds roll over the Dodgers 14-0. Jim O'Toole tosses a 4-hitter for the win while Joe Moeller making his first ML start is kayoed in the 2nd. Pinson has 5 RBIs.
In the AL opener at Washington a week later than the NL start President Dwight D. Eisenhower throws out the first ball then watches Camilo Pascual strike out 15 batters to tie Walter Johnson's record. Boston's only run in a 10-1 loss is a Ted Williams HR.
Trader Lane continues to swap sending Cleveland favorite Herb Score a lefty is sent to the White Sox for righty Barry Latman. Score and Colavito traded 3 days ago were the last two players to pre-date Lane's arrival in Cleveland.
Branch Rickey becomes president of the Continental League. He appoints a committee to study problems associated with acquiring players.
Jack Sanford of the Giants allows only a 7th-inning bloop single to pinch hitter Stan Musial in beating St. Louis 8-1 in San Francisco. The Cards score in the first on 3 walks a hit batter and a wild pitch. Cepeda hits his 5th HR in 4 games.
The Phils get 15 hits including a grand slam by pinch hitter Gene Freese to outslug the Reds 14-9. Don Newcombe loses for the 2nd time to the Phils this year with the win going to reliever Al Schroll. The Reds get homers from Frank Robinson Roy McMillan and pinch hitter Jerry Lynch.
Following a downtown parade in the morning the Giants-Dodgers game in Los Angeles sets a NL single-game record with 78682 fans in attendance as the Dodgers prevail 6-5. Hank Sauer hits 2 HRs for the Giants including the first at the Coliseum. After Jim Davenport scores what would have been the tying run in the 9th Giant he is called out for failing to touch 3B. Carl Erskine is the winner over Al Worthington.
In his 2nd major league game Vada Pinson 19 (Total Baseball will list Pinson's birth year as 1938: Macmillan and Bill James Abstract will list it as 1936) belts a grand slam to account for all the Reds scoring in a 4-1 win over the Pirates at Forbes Field.
About 150 black fans reject seats in the segregated section of Durham Athletic Park in the Carolina League after being denied seats in the non-segregated section.
New York's Mark Baldwin surrenders only 3 hits but is out dueled by Ed Stein who pitches his 2nd one-hitter of the season to lead Brooklyn to a 3-0 victory.
Portalnd manager Bill Sweeney a PCL skipper for 17 seasons dies in a San Diego hospital following an operation for a perforated stomach ulcer. Sweeney took ill during last night's Padres game but refused to leave the coach's box till the game was over.
In what can be described as a rare "pitcher's cycle" Pirate hurler Al Grunwald allows a single double triple and HR for 4 runs in one-third of an inning in his first ML game. Grunwald relieves in the 4th with the Giants ahead 3-0 and gives up a single to Don Mueller a double to Monte Irvin a triple to Mays and a HR to Whitey Lockman. The Giants score 8 runs in the inning 4 off Grunwald to win 12-3.
The White Sox collect 4 hits one more than the Indians but the 2 teams combine for 26 walks 4 short of the ML record set on May 9 1916. Six errors and 2 HBP indicate something was in the air. Sox win 7-6.
The Browns sweep a pair from the Tigers winning 8-7 in 11 innings and 3-2 in Detroit. Vic Wertz ties the opener 6-6 with a 2-out 2 strike 3-run homer in the 9th. Rookie Don Larsen makes his ML debut in the opener and at the plate is 2-for-2 without the decision. Larsen will later have a streak of 7 straight hits.
In their home Opener before 29874 Pittsburgh's Bob Friend shuts out the Reds 5-0 on 5 hits. It is the 2nd win in a row for the Pirates and they won't have a win streak longer than two games all season a 20th century ML record low.
At Pittsburgh the Bucs Murry Dickson goes 6 innings allowing 3 runs in the first inning to get the victory 5-4 over the Cards. Dickson cracks a homer and Wally Westlake also homers for the game winner. Tom Poholsky the first Cardinal rookie to ever start an opener pitches 7 innings and takes the loss.
In the pregame ceremonies at Wrigley Field Sam Snead tees off from home plate and hits a golf ball off the CF scoreboard the only ball ever to reach the structure. The Cubs follow suit in their home opener slamming the Reds 8-3 and beating Cub nemesis Ken Raffensberger. Rookie 1B Dee Fondy hits a 2nd-inning bases-loaded triple off Ken Raffensberger in his first ML at bat one of his 3 hits.
Cold weather including snow in Pittsburgh holds the opening day attendance for the 8 games to 171678. Last year it was 252700.
The first night Opening-Day game in history is played in St. Louis with the Cardinals defeating the Pirates 4-2 behind the 6-hit pitching of Gerry Staley. Musial and Schoendienst contribute home runs.
President Harry Truman throws out 2 balls at the Washington opener-one left-handed and the other right-handed-then watches the Senators beat the A's 8-7. When rain starts falling in the 6th he puts on a raincoat and remains to the end.
At the Polo Grounds Sam Jethroe becomes the first black to play for the Boston Braves. In his ML debut he goes 2-for-4 including a HR to lead the Braves to an 1-4 beating of the Giants. Spahn is the winner. Jethroe will go on to become NL Rookie of the Year.
At Fenway Happy Chandler gives Ted Williams his MVP Award and then Governor Paul Dever tosses out the first ball. To the delight of 31822 fans Boston rips starter Allie Reynolds with a five-run 4th inning to drive the Chief from the game and take a 9-0 over the Yankees. But the Yanks score four in the 6th off Mel Parnell and then down 10-4 New York unloads for nine runs in the 8th. 2B Billy Martin (2-for-2) becomes the first player in history to get two base hits in one inning in his first ML game. He doubles against Mel Parnell on his first at bat in the 8th inning and singles off Al Papai. Walt Masterson gives up Tommy Henrich's 2nd triple of the game before giving way to four more Sox hurlers. Boo Ferriss pitching in his last game allows the last two runs in the 9th inning as the Yanks chalk up a 15-10 win the biggest blown lead the Sox have ever had at Fenway (June 4 1989 they'll blow a 10-run lad at home). DiMaggio Berra Vern Stephens and Doerr each have three hits. Don Johnson is the winner his last one for New York with Joe Page pitching a perfect 8th and 9th in relief.
The Giants shell the Dodgers 10-4 with Jackie Robinson hitting his first home run off Dave Koslo in the loss. In a sign of things to come this year the Giants counter with 6 homers-2 apiece by Bobby Thomson and Bill Rigney and one apiece by Johnny Mize and Willard Marshall. Scout Burt Shotton is the surprise choice to replace Leo Durocher: he participates in the pre game flag raising and then manages the team.
Sacramento's Tony Freitas 39 wins his 200th PCL game beating Oakland 4-2. Freitas who set a PCL record with 6 straight 20-win seasons will finish his career in 1950 (0-1) with 342 minor league wins and 25 in the majors. Retroactively SABR will name him the minor league's greatest pitcher.
Before an Opening Day crowd of 29825 at Ebbets Field the Dodgers celebrate their homecoming with an 8-1 win over the Giants. Vic Lombardi is the winner losing his shutout in the 9th. The Bums score 5 in the 3rd and 2 in the 5th when they steal 4 bases with Reiser stealing 2B and home.
At St. Louis Stan Musial has a double and homer to drive in 2 runs as the Cards beat the Pirates 4-2. A bright spot for the Bucs is Ralph Kiner's first ML homer off Howie Pollet in the 8th. It is the first run Pollet has allowed after 35.2 consecutive scoreless innings: he finished 1943 with 3 shutouts and 28 scoreless innings. The Cards go from white to red at 3B as Schoendienst a left fielder last season replaces Whitey Kurowski rusty after his holdout.
Robert Murphy Boston labor relations counsel announces the formation of the American Baseball Guild an organization for players. The organization will seek a minimum salary of $6500 binding arbitration and a share of any sale of a player.
Jackie Robinson debuts as 2B for the Montreal Royals (International League) and is the first recognized black in organized ball in this century. A HR and 3 singles in a 14-1 win over Jersey City starts off the season one in which he will win the IL batting championship at .349.
All 16 ML teams see action on Opening Day. But Bobby Doerr Tex Hughson and Mort Cooper are the only established stars still on the wartime rosters. A potential star among the new crop of rookies is George Kell now Connie Mack's 3B who last year with Lancaster (Inter-State League) led all minor league hitters with a .396 average.
In Washington Vice President Wallace throws out the first ball and the A's then nip the Senators 3-2 in 12 innings. The A's Connie Mack celebrates the start of his 50th year as manager.
At Fenway Park Hank Borowy of the Yankees shuts out the Red Sox 3-0 on five hits as Johnny Lindell hits the first HR of 1944 an opposite field shot in the 2nd inning. Yank Terry allows 7 hits in 7 innings to take the loss.
Military leaders on the Pacific Coast ask that the PCL limit crowds to 3000.
Announcer Red Barber calls the first-ever Dodger game to be broadcast a losing effort to the Giants 7-3. New York totals 13 hits in the game.
At Fenway Park Jim Bagby Jr. becomes the 7th pitcher this century to make his debut as an Opening Day pitcher. Bagby gives up 4 runs to the Yankees in 6 innings of work leaving with a 4-2 deficit. But in the bottom of the 6th the Sox pound Red Ruffing and reliever Joe Vance for six runs all charged to Red to win 8-4. Bagby is given the win with Ruffing the loser. Archie McKain pitches the last 3 innings allowing just one Yankee hit. Ben Chapman has the game's only homer in the 2nd inning.
Detroit's Jo Jo White ties an AL record with 5 walks as two White Sox pitchers hand out 12 walks. The last walk by reliever Joe Vance in his ML debut forces in the winning run in the 9th as the Tigers win 5-4.
The Giants tip the Phils 2-1 but almost lose Bill Terry in the process. In the 7th with a runner on 1B a Phillie batter lines a hit off the right-field wall at the Polo Grounds. Mel Ott's quick play of the carom and throw to the cut off man Travis Jackson holds the lead runner at 3B. Jackson noticing the runner at 1B taking a wide turn rifles the ball to first but it hits the surprised Terry in the face knocking him down. Terry recovers to play tomorrow.
Rip Collins ML debut is less than auspicious. Sent up to pinch hit for Paul Derringer with the bases loaded the Cubs bring in lefty Bud Teachout. Gabby Street then yanks Collins for Pepper Martin. The Cards win 7-5.
At St. Louis Wild Bill Hallahan lives up to his name by walking 9 but he allows just 2 hits and strikes out 11 as the Cardinals beat the Cubs 11-1. The Cards collect 16 hits including Showboat Fisher's 3 hits.
After two cancellations of their season start-their first ever-the Yankees open against the Red Sox before 40000 at the Stadium winning 7-3. Judge Landis presents diamond-studded watches to the New York players in honor of their championship season in 1928. New York Starter George Pipgras allows just 3 hits in 5 1/3 innings but walks 9. Reliever Fred Heimach then pitches hitless ball to preserve the win. In his first at bat against Boston's Red Ruffing the newly wed Babe hits a HR and as he rounds 2nd base he doffs his cap to his bride Claire in the stands. Gehrig adds a HR in the 6th off Milt Gaston. For the first time the Yanks have numbers on their uniforms assigned according to the player's spot in the lineup: Combs 1 Koenig 2 Ruth 3 Gehrig 4 Meusel 5 Lazzeri 6 Durocher 7 Grabowski 8. The win goes to Pipgras # 14 with Heimach #17 picking up the save.
In Philadelphia the twice-deferred opener unfolds before a frigid 6000 with the Giants handing the Quakers an 11-9 loss. For the first time in 15 years the Giants dress at their hotel and taxi to the ball park. Lefty O'Doul bangs a pair of homers for Philley while Hurst and Larry Benton in relief of winning pitcher Hubbell add round trippers for New York. Benton's comes in the Giants 6-run 9th when the New Yorkers twice pull off successful double steals. Each time Phils catcher Virgil Davis fires the ball into CF.
The Cubs set an NL Opening Day attendance record as a reported 46000 jam Wrigley Field to see Cincinnati rally and top the Cubs 9-6. The Cubs open the 8th inning with a homer by Kiki Cuyler and Earl Webb closes the inning with a 3-run homer as the two teams combine for 28 hits. Red Lucas tops Pat Malone for the win.
Charles Ebbets Dodgers president dies on the morning of the opener at Ebbets Field won by New York 7-1 before 25000. Both teams wear black arm bands and line up before the game in silent tribute. No NL games will be played on the 21st the day of Ebbets funeral. At the rainy funeral Ed McKeever the new club president will catch a cold that turns into pneumonia. He dies on May 27th. Manager Wilbert Robinson will take on the job of president as well.
In St. Louis the White Sox beat the Browns 14-5 as a crowd of several thousand storm the field after the game confronting owner Phil Ball in his box seat. The fans shout "Jake Jake" for Baby Doll Jacobson who is holding out. The police finally come to Ball's rescue and he leaves with his dignity.
On a balmy spring day the debut of Yankee Stadium is a huge success with an announced attendance of 74217. Another 25000 are turned away. Police arrest two for scalping: one man for trying to sell a $1.10 grandstand ticket for $1.25 while another tries to get $1.50. Governor Al Smith throws out the first ball. Bob Shawkey aided by Babe Ruth's 3-run clout in the 3rd inning beats Howard Ehmke and the Red Sox 4-1. Ruth hits the first home run in the Stadium and also makes the first error. Shawkey allows 3 hits including a run-scoring triple in the 7th by former Yank Norm McMillan.
Willie Kamm makes his debut for the White Sox in a 6-5 loss at Cleveland. He hits a double and handles 2 chances afield. The first $100000 priced minor league player (bought from the San Francisco Seals) Kamm will be voted by Chicago fans the all-time White Sox 3B.
With two Tigers on base in the 9th (Ossie Vitt on 2B Babe Ellison on 1B) Cleveland CF Tris Speaker turns an unassisted double play to seal the Indians win 6-2. He traps a fly ball in the 9th and runs in to tag out Vitt who had hesitated and then steps on 2B forcing Ellison. On April 29th he will make another unassisted DP against Chicago his 6th unassisted DP a career record for outfielders. Stan Coveleski is the Indian winner today.
In the opener in St. Louis‚ Hippo Vaughn pitches the Cubs to a 6-4 win over Spittin' Bill Doak despite giving up the year's first home run‚ to the Cards Doug Baird. There will be just 239 four-baggers hit in this year of the shortened season.
Phillies star Pete Alexander blanks the Braves on 5 hits at Baker Bowl to win 4-0. Dick Rudolph takes the loss. It is Pete's first shutout of the year; 15 will follow.
The Nationals top the Red Sox 4-2 for Washington's first win in Boston since 1914.
At Ebbets Field Wilbert Robinson leads his Dodgers to a pasting of John McGraw's Giants. Brooklyn racks Christy Mathewson for 10 hits and 9 runs in 7 innings. Zack Wheat leads the way with a 3-run homer while driving home 5 runs.
The opener at the new Fenway Park is rained out.
The Pirates edge Chicago 1-0 in 12 innings handing the loss to ace Three Fingered Brown.
In an exhibition game between the New York Highlanders and the Jersey City Skeeters the 2 teams are concerned about violating the Sunday "Blue Laws." Worried about arrests the Jersey management passes out cards to spectators asking them to keep quiet.
In Brooklyn's home opener the Superbas manage 6 hits against Mathewson and strike out 12 times. Newly acquired 1B Fred Tenney has two hits and a RBI as the Giants win 4-0.
Eleven days after the start of the PCL season a great 70-second earthquake in San Francisco and the fire which follows destroys Recreation Park home of the San Francisco Seals as well as the offices of the PCL. The Seals (9-2) are leading the league. Oakland C Pat Donohue reportedly breaks both his legs when he jumps from a hotel window during the quake (Spalding's PCL Date Book) but he will recover to debut with the Boston Red Sox in May.
LA Angels (PCL) owner James Morley who had made several unsuccessful attempts to wreck the league disbands his team without the consent of the league. His lease at Chute Park is up on May 15 and the owners had refused to extend it; he will and up selling the team to local businessmen a day before the expiration. With telegraph service down PCL president Bert cannot immediately inform the Angels' players that Morley acted without the consent of the league and several players leave for the East. Fresno and LA will resume play on April 26 and will play each other in one of two cities for the next three weeks.
At Washington Boston pitcher George Winter pitches a one hitter and loses 1-0. Mullin's single is the only Nat safety.
At Baker Bowl Brooklyn's Jimmy Sheckard has 3 triples against the host Phils to lead his team to a 12-7 Opening Day win. The loser is Jack Dunn who will have more success in the 20s as the owner of the Baltimore Orioles. Three other NL openers are rained out.
John McGraw 26 makes his managerial debut with Baltimore by leading the Orioles to a 5-3 win over the New York Giants. He will later manage the Giants for 3 decades.
At Cincinnati 19-year-old Noodles Hahn makes his ML debut and beats the Pirates 7-5.
Jim Hughes of Sacramento makes his ML debut with Baltimore and pitches a 2-hit 9-0 win over Washington.
Philadelphia scores 5 runs in the 9th for a 7-6 victory over Baltimore.
At Opening Day in the AA umpire John Gaffney makes news by standing behind the pitcher with men on base an innovation that will soon be adopted by all single umpires.
The AA season opens with all 8 teams playing.
Pitcher Ted Firth is murdered. He pitched one game for Richmond (AA) in 1884.
The other clubs representing Washington and Baltimore meet in D.C. Candy Cummings pitching for the Lord Baltimores holds the Nationals to one run and 2 hits to win 7-1.
The first match of the season is played at Washington and the Lord Baltimores hand the Olympics their first "Chicago" or shutout game ever winning 16-0. Other teams in the professional association are the Atlantics Athletics Boston Cleveland Eckfords Haymakers Nationals Mutuals and the Mansfields of Middletown CT.