Charlton's Baseball Chronology
The Tigers defeat the Royals, 14-3. C Ivan Rodriguez leads the Detroit attack with 5 hits, including 3 doubles and a HR, while CF Curtis Granderson adds a HR. Tiger P Jeremy Bonderman allows a run in 6 2/3 IP. The Tigers will win again tomorrow and set a record for the most homeruns (15) in the first three games of a season.
Paced by Torii Hunter’s 4 hits, including a grand slam, and 6 RBI, the Twins roll to a 13-4 win over the Angels. Shannon Stewart and Luis Rodriguez also homer to back Brad Radke’s 6 innings and a win.
The A's use a five-run 8th to beat the visiting Yankees, 9-4. Yankees RF Gary Sheffield hits his 450th career HR and passes Frank Thomas and Jeff Bagwell into 28th place on the all time HR list. Thomas, now playing for the A’s, has some satisfaction, collecting 3 RBI.
Dwight Gooden is sentenced to a year + a day in prison for violating his probation by using cocaine.
In the Reds 8-6 victory over the Cubs, Ken Griffey, Jr. hits the 537th HR of his career to move past Mickey Mantle into 12th position on the all-time list. Winning pitcher Bronson Arroyo clubs his first ML homer, off Glendon Rusch. He’ll hit another off Rusch in two weeks.
The Twins down the Mariners 8-4 as Cy Young winner Johan Santana wins his 1st game of the season. In giving up 4 runs however Santana's streak of 22 straight starts allowing 3 or fewer runs is halted. It is the 2nd-longest streak of its kind in ML history.
Barry Bonds hits a 3-run homer off Roy Oswalt to tie the Astros 4-4 and J.T. Snow hits a sac fly in the 9th to win 5-4. Bonds is 3-for-3 with 2 doubles to go with his 659th career homer. His 3 extra base hits puts him ahead of Lou Gehrig into 5th on the career extra base hits vs. league average list and with 1 walk he passes Ted Williams for 2nd on career walks vs. league average.
The A's confirmed that 2B Mark Ellis has a torn labrum and will have to miss the entire 2004 season.
At Wrigley Field‚ the Pittsburgh Pirates nip the Cubs‚ 2-1. Dave Williams pitches 6 innings for the Bucs‚ leaving after Sammy Sosa hits a homer that bounces back on the field. A new addition to Wrigley is a green tennis wind screen the Cubs erected on the fence lining the back of the bleachers in left field to block views from the rooftops on Sheffield and Waveland avenues. This is the latest skirmish in the war between the Cubs and bar owners who have put up roof top venues. FX Reprographics had 22 people at $113 apiece in the bleachers atop Michael Kaufman's skinny building on the left-field line on Waveland. Kaufman and the other 10 rooftop owners disagree that they are stealing the Cubs' product.
Paul O'Neill hits a 1st inning HR off Dan Reichert for the only run in the Yankees' 1-0 win over the Orioles. Mike Mussina (7.2 IP) is the winner. It is only the 2nd time in team history that the Yankees win a 1-0 game with a 1st inning HR. Previously it was done in 1941 with the HR by Phil Rizzuto.
The Diamondbacks bite the Phillies 11-3 with Mike Morgan picking up the save. Arizona is his 12th major league team an ML record. (though Bobo Newsom switched teams more often). He also becomes the 25th player and 9th pitcher to appear in 4 decades. Earlier today Jesse Orosco of the Cardinals became the 24th player and 8th pitcher to do so. (See also Elmer Valo September 30 1939).
OF Juan Encarnacion homers on the first pitch of the game and P Brian Moehler takes a no-hitter into the 7th inning as the Tigers defeat the Rangers 11-5. Texas P Mike Morgan sets a major league record by appearing in a game for his 11th team. And Detroit P Masao Kida becomes the first Tokyo-born player to appear in a big league game when he pitches the 8th inning in relief.
OF Albert Belle hits a 3-run homer in his Baltimore debut and Cal Ripken Jr. has to leave the game with a back injury as the Orioles defeat the Devil Rays 10-7. Ripken will not play tomorrow marking the first time in 17 years that he is forced to miss a game because of an injury. Prior to today's game Ripken's father is honored with his #7 painted into the 3rd base coach's box. A former Oriole manager and coach Ripken Sr. died of lung cancer on March 25 at age 63. Following the game Baltimore P Doug Johns is arrested on drunk driving and marijuana possession charges.
The Giants defeat the Reds‚ 11-8‚ on third baseman Charlie Hayes's go-ahead three-run homer in the 8th inning. Hayes replaced starter Bill Mueller‚ who broke his toe after being hit by a Brett Tomko pitch as the second batter up in the game. SF OF Bobby Bonds sets an NL record by receiving his 290th career intentional walk in the 4th inning. The old record was held by Hank Aaron.
Dodgers OF Raul Mondesi hits a 2-outs 3-run HR in the bottom of the 9th to tie the score then hits a 2-out 2-run homer in the last of the 11th to win the game as LA defeats Arizona 8-6. Mondesi drives in a total of 6 runs as Davey Johnson wins his managerial debut with the Dodgers.
The Expos defeat the Pirates‚ 9-2‚ behind the pitching of Dustin Hermanson. Jason Phillips makes his major league debut in the 6th inning for Pittsburgh and sees his first pitch hit over the centerfield wall for a HR by C Chris Widger.
In the Opener at Anaheim‚ the Angels rally to beat the Indians‚ 6-5. Salmon and Anderson hit homers on consecutive pitches off Jaret Wright in the 4th. But Mo Vaughn, signed to a team record-high contract as a free agent during the off-season, tumbles into the Cleveland dugout while chasing a foul ball and severely sprains his ankle. Mo plays five innings before leaving but he'll miss 15 days. The injury will linger causing him problems at the plate and‚ he says later‚ causing the ligament damage that will curtail his 2000 season.
The Arizona Diamondbacks win their first game in franchise history 3-2 over the Giants. Andy Benes gets the win for the 1-5 D'backs.
Sterling Hitchcock and Trevor Hoffman combine to 1-hit the Phillies in posting a 4-1 victory. Hitchcock allows only a double to Rico Brogna in 8 innings as the 1st-place Pods win for the 4th time in 5 games.
Brian Hunter has 4 hits and 3 stolen bases as Detroit outlasts the White Sox 15-12. Bobby Higginson and Damion Easley each hit 3-run HRs. The Sox Chris Snopek filling in at 3B for Robin Ventura out with a broken ankle has three hits but makes his 3rd E in 4 games.
At Shea Stadium the Colorado Rockies make their NL debut losing to the Mets by a score of 3-0. Andres Galarraga gets a pair of hits for Colorado but is thrown out in the 9th trying to stretch a single. David Nied takes the loss giving up a homer to Bobby Bonilla.
The First Couple is 0-for-2 as President Clinton throws out the first ball in Baltimore and then watches the Orioles lose‚ 7-4‚ to Texas. In Chicago‚ Hillary Clinton throws out the first ball‚ But Greg Maddux‚ signed by the Braves as a free agent‚ allows five hits in 8 1/3 innings to beat his old team‚ the Chicago Cubs‚ 1-0.
Before 55802 at Yankee Stadium the Yankees score 6 runs off Frank Viola in 5 innings to top the Twins 8-0. Rick Rhoden allows 3 hits in 9 innings for the win. Roberto Kelly and Willie Randolph each have three hits while Jim Pagliarulo and Rickey Henderson belt homers.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth proposes a drug testing program in which ML players would be tested for drugs no more than 4 times a year from March to October. Cocaine‚ marijuana‚ heroin‚ and morphine would be included‚ but not amphetamines. There would be no penalty for first-time positive testing.
In his first appearance as a Met since 1977 Tom Seaver combines with Doug Sisk to shut out the Phillies 2-0 on 5 hits. It is Seaver's 14th NL Opening Day assignment tying Walter Johnson's record with Washington.
At Seattle the Mariners open with a 5-4 win over the Yankees. Gaylord Perry makes his 9th Opening Day start but the win goes to reliever Bryan Clark. Richie Zisk a Yankee Opening Day nemesis hits a two-run homer in Seattle's 4-run 3rd inning to chase Ron Guidry. New York chases Perry in the 6th with back-to back homers by Dave Winfield and Steve Kemp. Steve Henderson scores the winner in the 7th when he hits his 3rd single steals second takes 3rd on a grounder and scores on a sac fly.
At Yankee Stadium 52719 see Milwaukee jump on Ron Guidry for 4 runs in the 6th inning and beat New York 5-1. It's the most runs the Cy Young winner has allowed since 1977. The Yanks get singles from their first three hitters but manage to score just one run in the first off Mike Caldwell.
The White Sox trade SS Bucky Dent to the Yankees for OF Oscar Gamble and minor league pitchers LaMarr Hoyt and Bob Polinsky and an estimated $200000. Gamble will have a fine season in Chicago and Hoyt will blossom into the ace of the White Sox staff in the early 1980's.
Streakers and strippers highlight the Opening Day game at Chicago's Comiskey Park. The Angels beat the White Sox 8-2. Despite handing out 10 walks Nolan Ryan is the winner over Wilbur Wood with help from Leron Stanton who homers. For Wood it is the first of his AL high 42 starts the 3rd of 4 years in a row the knuckler will lead in that category.
For the first time in history the ML season fails to open due to a general player strike. The strike announced April 1st will erase 86 games from the ML schedules.
With 45000 fans on hand at RFK Stadium the Senators beat the Oakland A's 8-0 behind the pitching of Dick Bosman. The loser is Vida Blue who allows 4 runs in less than 3 innings. This will be the last Opening Day in Washington.
In 45 degree weather the Reds play their first opener at Riverfront Stadium dropping a 7-4 decision to the Braves. The Reds make 6 errors 3 by 3B Woody Woodward. The win goes to 6' 6" reliever Cecil Upshaw who missed last season after almost losing the ring finger on his pitching hand. Upshaw was dunking a basketball and his hand got entangled in the net causing the injury.
Decked out in their new, predominantly orangeuniforms‚ the Houston Astros open at home with a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Larry Dierker is the winner over Bill Singer. Astro outfielders Cesar Geronimo and Jimmy Wynn make great throws to cut down LA rallies.
Shigeo Nagashima a rookie phenom makes his pro debut with the Yomiuri Giants. He is fanned 4 times but will go on to win the Central League batting title and have one of the distinguished careers in Japanese baseball.
The Phils ship Ron Negray‚ Tim Harkness‚ Elmer Valo‚ Ben Flowers‚ minor leaguer Mel Gaho‚ and $75‚000 to Brooklyn for the promising Chico Fernandez. Fernandez will be the first black player for the Phils when he plays on the 16th‚ five days before ex-Negro Leaguer John Kennedy makes his appearance for the Phils. Fernandez will enjoy his best season with the Detroit Tigers in 1961, when he hits a career-best 20 homeruns (his only season with more than six homers).
In the 6th inning of a PCL game against Hollywood San Diego Padres OF Herb Gorman suffers a heart attack and dies on the way to the hospital. He was 2-for-2 both doubles in the game before suffering the fatal blood clot. Gorman was 1-for-1 last year with the St. Louis Cards. The 2nd game of the DH is postponed (as noted by Joey Beretta).
At Greensboro NC a game between the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox is called at the end of 8 innings because the supply of balls is exhausted. The Reds win 12-10. The same happened to the two teams on April 6 1939 in Florence SC.
In Fayettville NC 5000 turn out to see Babe Ruth and the Braves defeat NC State 6-2. All balls hit in to the crowd are kept as souvenirs and by the time the last ball is hit into the crowd 12 dozen balls have been used up.
Veteran Frank Shellenback of the Hollywood Sheiks beats Oakland‚ 6-3‚ allowing no earned runs to notch his 262nd PCL victory. The spitball-knuckler breaks the record set by Spider Baum in 1920: Baum is now secretary of the Sheiks. Shellenback will go on to post a 295-178 minor league record. Shellenback pitched only two seasons in the majors. At the age of 18, he debuted with the Chicago White Sox and recorded a slightly better than league average 2.66 e.r.a. in 183 innings. In 1919, he pitched poorly (1-3, 5.14) for the team that would become known as The Black Sox. Normally, a picher as young as Shellenback would have received an opportunity to revive his major league career. But the ban on spitballs terminated Shellenback's big league prospects. However, his son, Jim Shellenback, would spend nine seasons in the majors as a journeyman pitcher
Three Cincinnati radio stations will broadcast 85 Reds games. Red Barber is hired by Crosley-owned WSAI.
Babe Ruth is to be sponsored by Quaker Oats to do three 15-minute broadcasts a week over NBC. The total of $39000 for 13 weeks is $4000 more than Ruth's baseball salary.
Reflecting the strength of corporate baseball teams an article (noted by Carlos Bauer) in today's Beloit Daily News reports that "Beloit Fairy pitchers (Hippo) Vaughn Cashion (Win) Noyes (Zip) Zabel and Dave Davenport (all ex-major leaguers) leave Beloit today for Hot Springs Arkansas where they will take a week-long conditioning drill before being joined by the remainder of the factory squad due to leave for the southland April 11. Manager Chubb will accompany the pitchers to Hot Springs and will be on hand to pray for less rain at that resort than has been the portion of the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Red Sox-which clubs have been wallowing through three weeks of soggy weather there."
In an exhibition game against the Hartford Senators Columbia University's Lou Gehrig is 2-for-2 with two tremendous homers. Hartford wins 4-3 and will later sign Lou for what will be a 12-game stint with the team.
In the final match of a 3-game series against the Memphis Turtles (Southern Association) the Red Sox win 10-5 to sweep. Babe Ruth pitches the final 5 innings in relief. The Sox are traveling north from their spring training camp in Hot Springs Arkansas.
An exhibition game with the newly christened Yankees opens Ebbets Field; 25000 are on hand to watch Nap Rucker beat the American Leaguers 3-2. The first HR is hit by Brooklyn's Casey Stengel who legs out an inside-the-parker in the 1st. Jake Daubert legs out another round tripper in the 2nd. The Yanks suffer a loss when Zack Wheat spikes starting SS Claud Derrick on his throwing hand. Derrick will play just 7 games before New York ships him to Sacramento (PCL).
In Philadelphia the Athletics score 2 in the 1st against the Phillies in their city series 5th game. Down 4-0 in the series the Phils score 2 in the bottom of the 9th to tie and the game ends that way after 18 innings.
Boston UA 1B James Ryan is said to have "a tremendous reach and can catch equally well with his left or right hand" an important skill to have in an era in which many players do not wear gloves or wear thin fingerless models on both hands.
The first practice game of the year takes place on the Capitoline Grounds in Brooklyn with members of the Atlantic Mutual and Eckford clubs participating. It snowed yesterday.
As noted by historian George Thompson a mention of the word "base ball" appears in the National Advocate relating a game played today. "I was much pleased in witnessing a company of active young men playing the manly and athletic game of 'base ball' at the Retreat in Broadway (Jones). I am informed they are an organized association and that a very interesting game will be played on Saturday next at the above place."