Charlton's Baseball Chronology
According to Forbes magazine, the New York Yankees are the 1st baseball team valued at more than $1 billion.
The Mets rally for 6 runs in the 8th inning and defeat the Padres, 7-2. Julio Franco hits a pinch 2-run HR in the inning to become the oldest player in history, at age 47, to hit a homer. He surpasses the record set by Philadelphia Athletics P Jack Quinn in 1930 who homered at 46 years and 357 days of age. Kaz Matsui hits an inside-the-park HR in the 3rd inning, making him the 1st person in ML history to homer in his first AB of the season in each of his first 3 seasons.
The Yankees defeat Minnesota 8-2. The win gives New York starting pitchers a 13-0 record the best mark by any starting staff at the beginning of the season since 1900.
Tony Mongelluzzo of the Savannah Sand Gnats (South Atlantic League) hits 4 homers before drawing a walk in his fifth plate appearance.
USC first baseman Bill Peavey homers twice against the Washington State Cougars. His second homer clears the RF fence at the Cougars' field and bounces on to the university's adjacent nine-hole golf course. When the equipment manager goes to retrieve the ball he is directed to the center hole of the practice green where the baseball had rolled in and stuck.
Toronto's Carlos Delgado hits 3 HRs in a game for the 2nd time this season as Toronto defeats KC 12-4. On 2 of the dingers Delgado combines with Raul Mondesi to go back-to-back the first time in a year that teammates have twice gone back-to-back in the same game.
Dodgers' GM Kevin Malone resigns. The final straw that did in the controversial GM was a verbal altercation with a fan during a Dodger game. The team was 178-176 in his 2+ years as GM. Assistant GM Dave Wallace will serve on an interim basis.
A new musical "The Curse of the Bambino" opens in Boston. Written by David Kruh with music and lyrics by Stephen Bergman the comedy is staged as a Greek tragedy complete with a Greek chorus composed of four fans.
Jon Lieber gets his first win and Sosa hits the first grand slam at the new PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Sosa's slam comes with 2 outs in the 9th and gives him 5 RBI on the day.
The Marlins defeat the Pirates 3-2 in 14 innings with P Vic Darensbourg getting the win in relief. It is Darensbourg's 1st major league win ending the longest streak of winless appearances at the start of a career at 123. His career record in the majors before today was 0-8.
The Rockies-Expos game in Denver is canceled after 15 people are killed in a massacre at Columbine high school near Denver. Tomorrow's game will also be canceled and the team will subsequently wear a sleeve patch in memory of tragedy.
Giants star Barry Bonds undergoes surgery on his right arm which will cause him to be out of action for at least 10 weeks.
The Nolan Ryan Museum opens in Alvin Texas.
In the Mariners 8-7 win over the Royals Alex Rodriguez again paces Seattle with two doubles and a homer. the young star ties Earl Sheehy's 1926 AL record of 8 extra base hits in 3 straight games: Alex had a triple and HR on the 18th 2 doubles and a triple on the 19th.
Arizona gaffs the Marlins 15-4 pounding 4 pitchers. The D'Backs use 6 pitchers including reliever Gregg Olson who hits a 2 run HR his 1st in the 7th off Henriquez. It will turn out to be Olson's last ML at bat. In 2.2 innings Henriquez gives up 5 singles a double triple and homer.
The O's Brady Anderson leads off with a home run the 3rd straight game he's socked a lead-off HR a major league record. No one has done it more than twice. Anderson adds another homer but it is not enough as Texas wins 8-3.
The Pirates release Tim Wakefield 8-1 in 1993 and the NL Rookie pitcher of the Year. The knuckleballer started the 1994 opener but spent most of the season in Buffalo (International League) going 5-15 and was shelled in his only start this spring. Wakefield will be picked up by the Red Sox.
Jeff Reardon 39 announces his retirement. He is 2nd on the all-time list for saves (367).
Dodgers president Peter O'Malley donates the Brooklyn Dodgers' 1955 World Championship banner to the borough in which it was won saying "The flag belongs in Brooklyn."
Less than a year after being banished from baseball for his illegal gambling activities all-time hit king Pete Rose pleads guilty to 2 felony counts of filing false income tax returns. On July 19th he will be sentenced to 5 months in prison and fined $50000.
The Orioles set a ML record for consecutive losses at the start of a season falling to 0-14 with an 8-6 loss to the Brewers. The 1904 Senators and 1920 Tigers each lost their first 13 games of the season. It's not over yet for the O's.
Claudell Washington hits the 10000th home run in Yankees history and Jack Clark hits his first AL home run in the top of the 10th inning to give New York a 7-6 win over Minnesota. The Yankees are the first ML club to hit 10000 homers.
San Francisco's Vida Blue wins his 200th career game combining with Jeff Robinson to shut out the Padres 4-0.
By defeating the Reds 4-2 for its 12th victory in a row The Braves tie the modern ML record for consecutive wins at the start of a season. Steve Bedrosian pitches 41?3 innings of relief to earn his first ML win.
In a 6-1 win over California Oakland's Rickey Henderson steals home.
Detroit C Milt May acquired in December 1975 breaks his ankle when he crashes into the wall behind home plate chasing a foul. He is out of action for the 1976 season.
It's a good thing he can pitch as Red Sox hurler Ray Jarvis strikes out 5 times against Cleveland but wins 9-4.
Hank Aaron clouts homers 399 and 400 to lead the Braves to a victory 8-1 over the Phillies. The first shot is off starter Ray Culp in the 1st inning and number 400 comes in the 9th inning off Bo Belinsky.
Yankee rookie Bob Meyer makes his ML debut at Fenway Park in a 4-0 loss to the Red Sox. Meyer is the last Yankee rookie pitcher this century to open in Boston. Ralph Terry made his debut there in 1956.
At Los Angeles Braves pitcher Bob Sadowski notches a 7-1 win and sets a Braves franchise record of striking out 5 times in a regulation game. The only other Braves to whiff five times was Harry Stovey who did it in extra innings in 1891.
The Giants rout the Dodgers 12-2 behind the 2 homers by Danny O'Connell and Mays's hitting. Willie has 3 hits including a HR scores 3 and knocks in 3.
With a double and triple in regulation Roy Sievers belts a HR in the 10th to give the Senators a 6-5 win over the visiting Red Sox. Sievers homered yesterday after going homerless during spring training and the first 3 regular games.
In a slugfest at Fenway the Yankees top the Sox 10-7. Moose Skowron drills two homers one a tape-measure shot to the right of the CF flag pole out of the park. Mantle is 3-for-6 with two doubles and two RBIs.
At Boston first baseman Dick Gernert raps 3 homers in a twin sweep of the Senators 4-2 and 11-4. He hits 2 homers in the a.m. Patriot's Day game the home opener in Boston then another + 3-run double off the CF flagpole in the afternoon game. Parnell runs his record to 19-3 vs. Washington in the opener. McDermott beats Porterfield in the p.m. game.
Ted Kluszewski leads the Reds as Cincy turns back the Pirates 8-6 and 12-2. Klu has a two-run homer in the opener off Murry Dickson and then knocks in 7 runs in the nitecap with a grand slam and two triples. Joe Adcock belts a pair of homers to back Harry Perkowski's complete game. The Reds are now a game in back of Brooklyn.
Sal Maglie allows two hits and the Giants top the Dodgers 6-0. The shutout is the first by a visiting pitcher at Ebbets since 1949. The Brooks last shutout anywhere was on June 26 1951 when Maglie beat them at the Polo Grounds. Davey Williams and Hank Thompson belt homers for New York.
The A's win their first game at Fenway since September 12 1948 beating the Sox 6-3. Making it sweeter is besting Mel Parnell winner of 10 straight over Philadelphia. The A's break a 3-3 tie in the 8th with 3 runs to make Alex Kellner the winner just the 3rd lefty since 1948 to go the distance in Fenway.
In the Opener at Comiskey Park George Vico of the Tigers hits the first pitch thrown to him in the majors for a HR a first in the AL. Chicago's Joe Haynes is the pitcher. Mike Tresh answers for the Sox with his 2nd career homer off Hal Newhouser; Tresh's first career homer came back in May 19 1940 off Dutch Leonard. The Tigers win 5-2.
Before an Opening Day crowd of 48130 at the Polo Grounds the Dodgers rally for 4 runs in the 8th to beat the Giants 7-6. Billy Cox's 2-run homer is the big blow. Robinson collects a 2-run double when Rhawn and Lockman collide on an easy popup. Roy Campanella makes his ML debut coming in for Hodges behind the plate.
At St. Louis Bill Nicholson clubs 2 homers including a slam and drives in 6 runs to lead the Cubs 7-4 over the Cards. Swish's first RBI comes in the first inning when he's hit by a Howie Pollet pitch with the bases loaded. His slam in the 5th finishes Pollet's pitching. Johnny Schmitz is the winner.
Pitching for Portland (PCL) former Tiger ace Tommy Bridges pitches a no-hitter against SF winning 2-0.
As a capacity crowd of 40887 cheer at Wrigley Field the Cubs raise the 1945 pennant then lose their first game after 3 victories. Harry Brecheen of the Cards scatters 6 hits to win 2-0. It's Chicago's biggest opener since 1929.
In the delayed presidential opener in Washington tribute is paid to the late FDR before Speaker Sam Rayburn tosses out the first ball. The Yankees win their 4th straight pounding 3 pitchers for a 6-3 win.
Mickey Grasso future ML catcher escapes from a German prisoner-of-war camp. He was captured in North Africa in February 1943 during Operation Torch.
At Cincinnati the Reds edge the Cubs 2-1 behind Tommy de la Cruz. the loser is Bill Fleming. The major league career of Mike Kosman ends after a 30-yard dash. Sent in to pinch-run for Steve Mesner at 3rd base for the Reds Kosman is thrown out at the plate and never appears in another box score.
After a pair of 2-1 victories the Giants use heavy artillery to subdue the Braves 10-8. Ott Lombardi and Medwick homer and Ducky adds 2 singles and a double. The Braves make it close knocking out starter Melton and beating up reliever Lou Polli making his first ML appearance since 1932. Feldman retires the side in the 9th after 3 runs had scored in both the 8th and 9th.
Twenty-six-year old Elmer Gedeon a part-time outfielder with the Senators in 1939 is killed when his plane is shot down over France. He is the first major leaguer killed in the war. Gedeon is the son of former major leaguer Joe Gedeon.
The season starts 2 weeks later than customary. Stalwarts such as Joe DiMaggio Ted Williams Enos Slaughter and Johnny Mize are gone among some 60 players who could have been classified as regulars in the 1942 season. In the "presidential opener" in Washington the Senators under new manager Ossie Bluege defeat the A's 7-5.
Braves manager Casey Stengel is struck by a taxi fracturing a leg and will miss much of the season. Dave Egan a Boston sportswriter nominates cabdriver as Sportsman of the Year weary of Stengel's humor in the face of the Braves' pitiful record. Whitey Wietelman had a different version of the events (as related by Stan Fischler): "I was sitting in a bar with Casey having a couple of beers. He had to go across the street to the Miles Standish Hotel. He wore a big black coat and a black hat. He walked into the cab-and that's what happened." Tomorrow's 3rd game in the Boston City Series will be called on account of mud. But the Red Sox will win the final match 1-0 behind Tex Hughson.
At Shibe Park the Yankees bombard the A's 19-5 with Joe DiMaggio driving in 6 runs 4 on a grand slam. Red Ruffing is down 4-2 to Chubby Dean after 4 innings but the New Yorkers notch 8 runs in the 5th. Joe Gordon has 2 home runs good for 5 RBIs.
At the Polo Grounds the Giants draw 56314 to date the biggest crowd ever to view a single game. They get their money's worth as the Dodgers shade the Giants 10-9. Mel Ott has 2 of the 5 homers hit in the game. The Dodgers score the winning run in the 9th when Dolph Camilli scores from 2B after Babe Young's throw hits Kampouris running from 1B in the head. Reiser has 4 hits for Brooklyn and Hugh Casey wins in relief.
At the direction of Larry MacPhail the Dodgers start to wear liners designed by Dr. Walter Dandy in their caps. This is in response to the numerous beanball wars of 1940 that hospitalized Joe Medwick Billy Jurges and others and the cap will "save" Pete Reiser when he is beaned by the Phil's Ike Pearson. In August Dr. Dandy will apply for a patent on the cap but will turned down because the Patent Office has already granted one to MacPhail. An accommodation will be reached between the two granting Dandy the patent with royalties going to the Majors. The Dandy cap will get only occasional use until 1949 when it is discarded.
A syndicate of 12 Bostonians buys 73 percent of the Braves formerly the Bees for $350000 from the Charles F. Adams estate.
A minor league attendance record is set at Jersey City as 45112 see the Giants farm team play Newark (International League).
The Red Sox show off their prize rookie Ted Williams before 30278 in the opener in New York delayed two days because of rain. After striking out twice Williams collects a double off Red Ruffing who wins 2-0. Gehrig makes an error goes hitless and lines into two double plays in the only game featuring the two great sluggers. Other notables in what will become a historic box score include Joe DiMaggio Bill Dickey Jimmie Foxx Joe Cronin Bobby Doerr Red Rolfe and losing pitcher Lefty Grove. The Yanks score their first run on a homer by Dickey and their 2nd tally on an error by Jimmy Foxx. Boston has baserunners in each inning but Ruffing tosses just the 2nd opening day shut out in Yankee history. Four umpires work the game including 3B ump George Pipgras the starting pitcher for the Yankees in the 1929 Opener; his opponent for the Red Sox that day was Red Ruffing.
Bob Feller pitches the first of 12 career one-hitters beating the Browns 9-0. The only hit is catcher Billy Sullivan's 6th inning bunt single. After the game Sullivan apologizes to Feller.
Gee Walker of the Tigers becomes the only player to hit for the cycle on Opening Day when he performs the feat against the Cleveland Indians hitting in reverse order for a homer triple double and single. Detroit wins 4-3.
The Senators open the season before 45850 at Yankee Stadium with a 3-2 win over Lefty Gomez. The Yankees tally 10 hits off Monte Weaver including two doubles and a single by Lou Gehrig. Gehrig is playing in his 1809th straight game. Al Simmons purchased two weeks earlier from Detroit cracks a disputed homer in the 6th to tie the game at 2-2: New York argues that a fan reached over the railing and touched the ball. The Nats score the winning run in the 8th on a long sac fly by Shanty Hogan.
At Cincinnati the Cards Dizzy Dean gives up 13 hits walks 2 makes a fielding error and still wins 2-0 in 10 innings. Doubles by Johnny Mize and Joe Medwick and a single by Durocher hand the loss to Peaches Davis. The Reds strand 14 in the shutout.
At Ebbets Field the Giants lose 4-3 to the rival Dodgers. Dick Bartell who scrapped with Mungo last year takes the first Mungo pitch for a strike. When Rowdy Richard turns to protest the call with umpire Reardon he is hit in the face with an overripe tomato. Mungo wins over Hal Schumacher.
At Brooklyn Dodger castoff Wayne "three fingered" Osborne hands Freddie Fitzsimmons a 4-1 lead but the Bees come back to tie 6-6 in the 12th in a game called on account of darkness. Bees reliever Ben Cantrell induces a 1-2-3 DP to end the 12th. Joe Stripp ends his holdout and signs with the Dodgers today.
The Yankees draw the largest paid attendance 55452 for any home opener. [Their "announced" attendance however when the stadium opened in 1923 was 74217]. Babe Ruth homers as Lefty Gomez beats Lefty Grove and the Yankees defeat the Athletics 8-3.
The Cubs open at Wrigley Field and manage just 4 hits off Reds' ace Red Lucas. Cincy wins 7-2. Lucas is in the middle of a remarkable streak of innings pitched without being relieved a streak which began last August 13th and won't end until July 15th when Red completes 250 innings.
In today's issue of the Chicago Tribune writer Irwin Howe names his all-time all-star team based on his 42 years of observing baseball: Babe Ruth RF; Tris Speaker CF; Ty Cobb LF; Cap Anson 1B; Eddie Collins 2B; Honus Wagner SS; Pie Traynor 3B; Ray Schalk C; Cy Young P; Walter Johnson P.
Detroit rookie Paul Easterling hits his 3rd HR in 3 days all against the Browns as the Tigers take their 3rd in a row 3-0. The Browns collect just 4 singles off Earl Whitehill. For Easterling this is the last HR he hits for the year.
The Yankees batter Washington 18–5. Among their 22 hits are a HR, 2 doubles, and 2 singles by Babe Ruth, who scores 5 runs and drives in 8. The Babe's home run is a 2-run shot in the first inning off Walter Johnson. Rookie Bill Morrell debuts in relief for the Senators and this is noteworthy only because contemporary accounts list his age at 26, and his birth year as 1900. In fact, Morrell was born in 1893, making him off by seven years, a possible ML record. Later encyclopedias will carry his correct birth date. (as noted by Dick Thompson)
The Cubs win 12-11 over the Pirates on Gabby Hartnett's 9th-inning HR his 2nd of the game. There are 8 HRs in the game 6 by the Cubs who had hit 4 the day before. The Cubs will hit 90 for the year more than double their team total of 42 last year.
Phils' manager Gavvy Cravath inserts himself as a pinch hitter and hits a 3-run HR to beat the Giants 3-0. For Cravath the top HR hitter of the past decade it is his last four bagger. Eppa Rixey is the winner over Rube Benton.
In a preview of their May 1 marathon Brooklyn's Leon Cadore and the Braves' Joe Oeschger battle for 11 innings before Brooklyn rookie Walter Hood lines an RBI double to win it 1-0. Hood took over in CF in the 6th after Hy Myers was tossed for fighting with Oscar Dugey.
At Cleveland the Indians wins a marathon from Detroit 11-10 as 10 pitchers combine to issue 18 walks and a hit batsman. Caldwell is the winner for the Tribe in a game that takes 3 hours and 4 minutes.
On a cold aftenoon the Red Sox best Slim Love 4-3 to beat the Yankees and run their record to 6-0 the first Sox team to start the season so well. They'll lose on the 22nd.
The Cubs play their first game in the newly built Federal League park that will soon have its name changed to Wrigley Field. The stadium minus the upper deck added later seats 14000 but 20000 fans are on hand. Greeting fans on the Addison Street side is JOA a bear cub owned by Cub's (partial) owner J. Ogden Armour. Everyone goes home happy as Vic Saier's 11th inning sac fly gives the Cubs 7-6 a win over the Reds.
Washington 3B Eddie Foster hits his only homer of the year and the last he will hit. He ends his career in 1923 with 6 homers in 3278 at bats.
Boston's Babe Ruth is 0-for-4 at the plate but whips the A's 7-1 on five hits.
The 25-player limit is suspended in the AL and NL. With uncertainty over who has signed with what teams it is almost impossible to know how many players may be on the roster at any one time.
The Boston Red Sox open in the new Fenway Park with a 7-6 11-inning win over the New York Yankees before 27000. Spitballer Bucky O'Brien and Sea Lion Hall top Jumbo Jim Vaughn handing the Yankees their 6th straight loss.
After hitting the game-winning HR in the 11th inning to beat the Reds 5-4 Cubs OF Jimmy Sheckard forgets and heads for the clubhouse after touching 2B. Teammates yell to him to complete the circuit which he does. The manager of the Reds is Hank O'Day who was the umpire that day in 1908 when Fred Merkle failed to touch 2B.
Detroit opens remodeled Navin Park and beats Cleveland 6-5 in 11 innings before 24384. George Mullin wins his own game with a RBI single. Detroit opens with two double steals in the 1st inning including Cobb's swipe of home when Crawford takes 2B. Cobb has two singles and two steals today.
In New York Jeff Tesreau takes over for Marquard in the 9th inning with the Giants leading 2-1. An error lets in 2 Brooklyn runners but New York scores 2 in the bottom of the 9th for a 4-3 win. Since Marquard faced 3 batters in the 9th the victory is awarded to Tesreau.
At the Polo Grounds Hooks Wiltse tosses a 3-hit shutout over the Doves in the Giants' home opener. New York tops Boston 4-0.
The National Commission learns that an effort to bribe umpires Klem and Johnstone was made before the Giants-Cubs playoff game in 1908. The identity of the alleged briber is not disclosed but all clubs are notified of the results of the investigation. Klem reveals that the alleged briber was Dr. Joseph Creamer a well-known New York physician who served at many cycling and boxing events. Creamer who served as the Giants' team physician last season denies the charges but he will be barred for life from all major league ball parks.
"The Father of Baseball" Henry Chadwick the leading reporter commentator scorer and indefatigable promoter of the game dies in Brooklyn at age 85.
At Chicago the White Sox knock the Browns Rube Waddell out of the box with a 5-run 6th and a 2-run 7th to win 7-1. They would have plated more in the inning but Al Shaw's single results in a double play at the plate as two runners are tagged out on the same play RF Danny Hoffman to C Tubby Spencer.
Due to the late Easter this year games are played on Good Friday for the first time. At Philadelphia the Phils top the Giants 8-1.
Since yesterday was Sunday today is both Opening Day and Patriot's Day in Boston resulting in an unusual Opening Day doubleheader. The Boston Americans play an a.m. game before 8376 fans beating the A's Rube Waddell 9-4. The Athletics take the afternoon contest 10-7 watched by 27658 behind Eddie Plank and rookie Chief Bender. Cy Young and Long Tom Hughes pitch for Boston. Duke Farrell 16-year veteran is given a diamond ring by his Boston teammates in the 2nd inning of the opener. He collects 3 hits for the afternoon.
The NL doubleheader at Boston's South End Grounds draws just 6700. Boston takes the morning game 4-3 behind Togie Pittinger then lose the p.m. game to Philadelphia 10-7.
In an exhibition match in Chicago the Milwaukee Brewers top the White Stockings 3-2. Chuck Comiskey scheduled the tune-up with the American Association squad after the Brewers took three straight from the Cincinnati Reds.
Rube Waddell causes a sensation when he punches out a "masher" in a theatre.
John McGraw Baltimore's feisty 3B who will lead the league in runs (143) and walks (112) gets 3 of each in an 18-3 drubbing of Boston.
An overflow crowd of 18033 at Boston necessitates a ground rule of one base on a hit into the standing crowd. The Beaneaters then pound out 28 singles (and a double) in an 8-inning 21-8 win over Baltimore. This outburst equals the ML record for singles in one game set by Philadelphia against Louisville on August 17 1894.
The Cincinnati Times-Star sees the ML policy of "farming out promising players to the minor league teams" as detrimental to the minors.
The Cincinnati Times-Star sees the ML policy of "farming out promising players to minor league teams" as detrimental to the minors.
Against Baltimore (AA) Washington 2B Fred Dunlap once considered the greatest in the game suffers a career-ending broken left leg. The injury occurs in the 1st inning after Dunlap walks steals 2B and following a single circles 3B and attempts to return to the bag when he sees he can't get home. As noted by Bob Schaefer it is the 2nd time that Dunlap has broken a leg in a game: the first occurred on July 5 1887 when he collided with Sam Thompson in the 7th inning.
The Around the World tour ends with a final game in Chicago. The All Americas win the finale 22-9 to finish 26-23 (3 ties) over the Chicagos.
Opening Day in the NL. The inauguration of the new grandstand in Indianapolis is overshadowed by fights on the field involving Paul Hines and Dude Esterbrook of the Hoosiers and Dell Darling and Marty Sullivan of the Chicago Colts. Chicago wins 5-4 with Terry Larkin beating Only Nolan.
Chicago trades holdout Jim McCormick a 10-year vet to Pittsburgh for untried rookie P George Van Haltran. Van Haltran is staging something of a holdout as well staying in California to be with his mother who is seriously ill. Chicago also gets $2500.
Five Columbus (AA) Colts swap a total of 7 homers in an exhibition romp 29-0 over Muskegon MI Colt P Ed Morris allows 5 hits. Morris will win 34 games for Columbus this year while the Colts will homer 40 times a new AA record.
Chicago's new Lake Front Park is opened with a practice game. This field with its very short RF fence will house the White Stockings (NL) for 7 years.
The Chicago White Stockings under manager Nick Young leave for St. Louis for 2 weeks of practice before the season starts.
The first appearance of the Champion Mutuals occurs on their home grounds the Union Park in Brooklyn there being no baseball grounds in NYC. Several hundred spectators braves the brisk breezes to see a 5-inning game. The Mutuals win over a picked nine 30-7.