Charlton's Baseball Chronology
The Dodgers explode for 10 runs in the 1st inning and go on to trounce the Reds 13-6. Jeff Kent matches a franchise record with 5 RBIs in the frame while Hee-seop Choi has 2 homers one in the 1st inning. Veteran Paul Wilson is guilty of allowing most of the runs giving up 8 runs all earned on 5 hits a walk and two hit batsmen. He and Blake Stein are the only pitchers since 1960 to give up 8 runs without recording an out.
The Cubs pound the Diamondbacks 11-3. Derek Lee gets 5 of Chicago's 15 hits including a HR and drives in 5 runs.
Jacque Jones is 5-for-5 with 2 homers in the Twins 7-3 victory over Tampa Bay.
The Phillies score 9 runs in the 2nd inning then hold on to beat the Giants 10-8. Pitcher Omar Daal has 2 hits in the big score the first Phillies pitcher to have 2 hits in a frame since Dennis Cook in 1990. In his next start on May 12 Daal will go 3-for-3.
At Camden Yards the Yankees continue to beat up on the Orioles winning 2-1 behind Mike Mussina. Scott Brosius hits a solo HR in the 8th to break a 1-1 tie. The Yanks tie a ML record by starting the season 13-0 against below .500 teams matching a mark set by the 1902 Pirates and the 1966 Indians.
The Devil Rays defeat the Red Sox 1-0 ending Pedro Martinez's 13-game winning streak. Martinez strikes out 17 Devil Rays in a losing effort. Steve Trachsel goes the distance to win for Tampa Bay.
In a Japanese League game at the Nagoya Dome against the Yokohama BayStars home-plate umpire Atsushi Kittaka calls a third strike on Dragons infielder Kazuyoshi Tatsunami. Tatsunami contests the call and his teammates rush from the dugout surrounding and wrestling the umpire. Kittaka's uniform is left with spike marks and his ribs are fractured. Three years ago ML ump Mike DiMuro quit the Japanese Leagues after being pushed in the chest by a batter.
In one of the finest pitching efforts ever Chicago Cub rookie righthander Kerry Wood fans 20 Houston Astros in a 2-0 one-hit victory to tie the major league mark for strikeouts in a 9-inning game. Making only his 5th big league start the 20-year-old ties the record held by Roger Clemens who performed the feat twice. Wood does not walk a batter in his masterpiece allowing only an infield single to Ricky Gutierrez in the 3rd inning that likely would have been an error had it occurred late in the game. The 20-year-old Wood became the 2nd pitcher in baseball history whose strikeout total matched his age (Bob Feller struck out 17 when he was 17-years-old). Wood struck out the first 5 batters of the game and struck out 7 in a row between the 7th and 9th innings a streak that ties Jamie Moyer's Cubs record. Pitcher Shane Reynolds meanwhile fans 10 and the two-team mark of 30 strikeouts is a NL record.
In a wild game the Yankees (22-6) beat the Rangers 15-13 after jumping out to a 9-0 lead with 2 in the 1st and 7 in the 2nd. But the Rangers came back with 7 in the 3rd. After the Yankees score 4 in the top of the 4th the Rangers score 3 to cut the lead to 13-10 then tie it with 3 in the 6th. Jorge Posada's RBI single gives the Yankees the lead in the 8th. Derek Jeter has 4 hits including a triple and homer and 5 RBI while Paul O'Neill contributes 3 hits 2 runs 2 RBI a double and a HR. Juan Gonzalez has 3 hits 5 RBI 3 runs and a HR for the Rangers. The game is a turning point for David Wells. After Wells allows 7 runs on 7 hits in 2 2/3 innings he receives a tongue lashing from Joe Torre which proves therapeutic.
Following today's 3-2 win over the Dodgers Reds' manager Ray Knight announces to the team that he's fining himself $250 for not knowing how many outs there were when he called for a bunt.
In 7 NL games the 14 teams score a total of 118 runs to tie a record as the highest-scoring day in NL history. Seven of the teams score at least 10 runs led by the Dodgers who plate 17 in their 17-11 win over Colorado. Three pinch hit homers (Mitch Webster John Vanderwal Mike Kingery) are struck in that game tying the NL & ML record with 2 hit by Colorado tying a ML record.
Anthony Young snaps his two-year win drought as a starter as the Cubs pummel the Pirates with 9 extra base hits to win 10-1. Young who set a ML record with 27 straight losses will win his next 2 starts.
Phillies OF Lenny Dykstra crashes his Mercedes into two trees while driving home with Darren Daulton from teammate John Kruk's bachelor party. Dykstra who is charged with driving under the influence suffers 3 broken ribs a broken collarbone and a broken cheekbone and will be sidelined until mid-July. Daulton's injuries are less severe.
Cecil Fielder clubs 3 home runs and Chet Lemon a pair but the Tigers still lose to the Blue Jays 11-7. Toronto's Kelly Gruber hits 2 HRs to give him 9 for the year one behind Fielder. Ten home runs are hit in the game one shy of the ML record.
Cal Ripken hits for the cycle in Baltimore's 6-1 win over Texas completing the feat with a solo home run in the 9th inning.
At the Kingdome Gaylord Perry (3-2) becomes the 15th pitcher to win 300 career games beating the Yankees 7-3. Perry gives up 9 hits and 6 walks in beating Doyle Alexander and he is the first pitcher to reach the 300-win plateau since Early Wynn in 1963. Perry allegedly wears a different uniform each inning in order to sell them as memorabilia. The Yanks and Alexander lose more than the game: after giving up 5 runs in the 3rd Alexander enters the dugout and punches the wall breaking a knuckle and sidelining himself for 2 months.
Mariners manager Maury Wills is fired and replaced by Rene Lachemann. Seattle was 6-18 the worst start in the club's 5-year history. In Lachemann's first game Seattle pounds Milwaukee 12-1 and pitcher Mike Parrott snaps his personal 18-game losing streak one shy of the AL record.
Red Sox rookie Jim Wright fires a 3-0 shut out over Chicago in his first ML start.
In a 9-5 loss to Texas Yankee 2B Willie Randolph pulls the hidden ball trick on Texas Bump Wills in the first inning. In 1980 Randolph will have it pulled on him (as noted by Bill Deane) and he joins Cepeda as the only 2 players known to pull off and have pulled on them the HBT.
Oakland P Paul Lindblad makes an errant throw in the first inning of a 6-3 loss to Baltimore. This ends Lindblad's ML-record streak of 385 consecutive errorless games dating back to August 27 1966. Lee Smith will later top Lindblad's mark in the NL.
Commissioner Bowie Kuhn signs ML baseball to a $72 million television contract with NBC.
Baltimore's Dave Leonard shuts out the Tigers 4-0 as Detroit manages just 23 at bats in the 9-inning game. Jim Northrup's 2-out single in the 7th is the only safety but Leonard walks 7 and hits 2 batters. The O's pull of 3 double plays 3 Tigers are caught stealing and one is caught in a rundown.
The Yanks hit 4 home runs-two by Hector Lopez and one apiece by Mantle and Maris-to back Jim Bouton's 9-2 opening win over the Senators. Washington comes back from a 4-0 deficit to win the nitecap 5-4 despite a 3 -run Mantle homer off starter Claude Osteen.
Mickey Mantle hits HRs right- and lefthanded for the 9th time in the 2nd game of a doubleheader as the Yankees win 8-0 over the Senators at the Stadium. His first homer follows a Maris round-tripper. The shutout is Jim Bouton's first win the majors. In the opener a 4-2 Nats win Mantle accounts for both Yankee runs with a lefthanded homer.
At Cincinnati the Cards salvage a nitecap win 3-0 when Stan Musial blasts a 3-run HR in the 9th off Drabowsky. Gibson is the winner. The Reds win the opener 5-4. Musial also sets a record for most games played appearing in his 2786th and 2787th.
Giant Mike McCormick 19 shuts out Pittsburgh 7-0 on 3 infield singles. Orlando Cepeda's first-inning HR helps put the game away.
Led By Willie Mays's 4 stolen bases the Giants edge the Cards 5-4.
Bobo Holloman of the St. Louis Browns pitches a no-hitter in his first ML start-his 5th appearance only the 3rd rookie to do so in a 6-0 win over the A's Morris Martin. Bobo also drives home three runs on a pair of singles his only 2 ML hits. Within 3 months he will be out of the majors for good the winner of just 3 games the fewest by a no-hit pitcher.
Pirate P Cliff Chambers throws a no-hitter at the Boston Braves in Boston winning 3-0. He walks 8 and throws one wild pitch but hangs on to record only the second no-hit game in Pirate history. Chambers hitting .429 drives in Wally Westlake with the 3rd run in the 8th. The loser is George Estock a Braves reliever making his only ML start and the loss is his only ML decision. For Chambers it is his last win in a Pirates' uniform before he's traded to St. Louis.
The Reds and Giants split a pair at the Polo Grounds with the Reds taking the opener 4-3 in 10 innings. Reds 2B Connie Ryan nabs Whitey Lockman in the 10th with the hidden ball trick the 2nd time in 2 years that he's pulled it off against New York. The Giants take the nitecap 8-5 behind Dave Koslo's 1st win of the year.
Boom Boom Beck 46-year-old coach for the Toledo Mud Hens takes the mound in the game 1 of a twinbill against Minneapolis (AA) and wins 10-2. The victory gives the former major leaguer an overall pro mark of 236-236.
The Boston Braves hit 5 HRs in a 15-11 trouncing of the Reds. This gives them a NL record 13 HRs in 3 consecutive games breaking the Giants' mark of 12 set on July 1 2 3 1947. Luis Olmo Earl Torgeson Bob Elliott Willard Marshall and Sid Gordon hit the five today. Hatton and Northey hit consecutive HRs for the Reds.
Bobby Shantz makes a sensational debut tossing nine hitless innings in relief in a 13-inning 5-4 Athletics' win over the Tigers. Shantz finally gives up 2 hits and a run in the 13th but old-timer Wally Moses now back with the A's saves him with a 2-run HR in the bottom of the 13th.
Suspended manager Leo Durocher and his wife Lorraine Day are in the stands as the Dodgers win 7-6 over the Cards on a Pee Wee Reese HR. Robinson has two singles. The Dodgers have now won 10 of 11 while the Cards have lost 10 of 11.
The Red Sox sweep two games from the Browns in a postponed twinbill with Boo Ferriss winning the opener 7-5 behind Ted Williams 3 RBIs. In the 8th inning of the opener with George Metkovich on first Johnny Pesky grounds out on a hit-and-run. He had hit safely 11 times up one shy of Pinky Higgins ML record hitting streak. Manager Cronin said Pesky had called the play on his own and he would have had him hitting away. In the nitecap Williams scores the winning run in the 9th on Dom DiMaggio's RBI single and the Sox Joe Dobson comes away with a 5-4 win. Dom will drive in a record-tying 84 runs hitting in the leadoff spot (87 altogether). The Sox have now won 11 in a row and are 3 games in front of the Yankees.
In Washington's 7-4 win Cecil Travis gets his 6th straight hit over 2 games before being stopped by Cleveland's Steve Gromek. A prewar hitting star Travis has few other starring moments as a player after suffering frozen feet in combat in Europe.
Tiger pitchers Hal Newhouser and Al Benton shut out the Browns in a doubleheader. Prince Hal wins 3-0 and Benton follows with a 1-0 victory. Roy Cullenbine hits a 9th inning HR in game 2 off Tex Shirley for the win. He did it also last year while with the Indians.
At Boston White Sox vet Ted Lyons loses to Joe Dobson 3-1 in 10 innings. Bobby Doerr is the difference for Boston hitting homers in the 8th and 10th innings. The White Sox have given Lyons (1-3) just 2 runs in his 4 decisions.
The Dodgers snag veteran 2B Billy Herman from the Cubs for OF Charlie Gilbert IF Johnny Hudson and $65000. Herman the premier 2B in the league is hitting just .194 but will replace the journeyman Pete Coscarart. In his first game as a Dodger Herman is 4-for-4 to lead Brooklyn to a 7-3 win over visiting Pittsburgh.
The newly renamed Braves beat the Cards 5-4 to snap the Redbirds 10-game win streak (12 on the road). All the runs come in the 5th and are unearned. It's the Cards first loss away from St. Louis since losing in spring training March 29th. Since then they'd won 25 straight-exhibition and regular-away from home.
Playing in his last game before induction into the Army tomorrow Hank Greenberg hits 2 HRs to lead Detroit to a 7-4 win over the Yankees. Each time he teams with Bruce Campbell to go back-to-back the 2nd time in his career he's done it. Rudy York and he teamed up. A few days later OF Joe Gallagher of the Dodgers is drafted. No other regular ML player will be drafted during the season but several others on training rosters will as contemporary writers phrase it "join the colors."
Forget yesterday's mark. Two ML records are set as Pittsburgh uses 24 players and both clubs use 40 as the Boston Bees win in 12 innings 10-7. The Bucs have lost 6 in a row.
OF Bob Seeds of the Newark Bears (IL) hits 4 HRs in 4 successive innings and drives in 12 runs against Buffalo. Tomorrow he will slam 3 more. His 7 HRs in the 2-day barrage account for 17 RBIs and 30 total bases. In his first 59 games Seeds will clout 28 HRs and drive in 95 runs. His reward? The Yanks decide he won't break into their lineup and will sell him to the Giants for $40000 on June 24th.
Boston's Fritz Ostermueller holds the Indians to six hits in winning 2-1. The loss drop the Tribe to 2nd place behind the White Sox. Ostermueller wins his own game with a run scoring single in the 7th off Oral Hildebrand.
The Red Sox score 12 runs in the 4th inning helped along by a record-tying 4 consecutive triples hit by Carl Reynolds Moose Solters Rick Ferrell and Bucky Walters to beat Detroit 14-4. Firpo Marberry serves up all four triples. In their next at bats in the inning the foursome tack on two singles a walk and a double.
Senators 2B Buddy Myer is carried off the field unconscious after being hit by a Whit Wyatt pitch as Washington tops Detroit 6-2. Earl Whitehill wins despite giving up Hank Greenberg's first ML homer.
The AL announces that it will discontinue the MVP award. The NL will abandon it after this year; in 1931 the Baseball Writers Association will pick it up and conduct the balloting from then on.
In the PCL Oakland scores 2 runs in the 22nd inning to beat Sacramento 7-6.
Ty Cobb belts two more homers off Dave Danforth and Chester Falk giving him five round trippers in 2 days tying Cap Anson's 1884 feat. His 1st inning single gives him 9 straight hits and two other drives in the game are barely caught. His 6 RBIs lead the Tigers to a 11-4 clawing of the Browns. Mickey Cochrane hits his 1st ML HR off Sam Jones.
Cubs' pitcher Vic Aldridge collects 5 hits and picks up the victory as visiting Chicago tops the Pirates 11-7.
The Dodgers overcome a 7 run deficit to beat the visiting Phillies 11-9. Four hits and 4 errors in the first give the Phils 6 runs and a Williams homer in the 2nd is the extra point. Burleigh Grimes goes the distance for the win.
At the Polo Grounds Babe Ruth subs for the injured Dick Hoblitzel at first base and bats 6th. It is the first time Ruth hits in any other spot besides 9th. He goes 2-for-4 with a home run as the Sox lose 10-3. Ping Bodie has 5 RBIs as the Yankees sweep the 3-game series.
No-hitters are thrown on consecutive days as the Browns' Bob Groom no-hits the White Sox 3-0 in the 2nd game of the doubleheader. The Sox have just 23 official at-bats in 9 innings a record. This year Groom will be the losingest pitcher in the AL for the 3rd time. He lost a record-setting 19 straight games as a rookie with Washington in 1909. The Browns also win the first game 8-4 in 10 innings with Groom throwing the last 2 hitless innings. But Chicago will soon win 16 of 17 to overtake the sprinting Red Sox.
Red Sox P Babe Ruth clouts his first ML HR off the Yankees Jack Warhop in the 3rd inning at New York's Polo Grounds. Ruth has two other hits but loses the game in the 13th 4-3 as the Sox makes 4 errors behind him. Cy Pieh is the winner.
Pittfed's Ed Lennox collects the only Federal League cycle in a 10-4 win over Kansas City. He adds a 2nd home run the first player to do that since Tip O'Neill in 1887. The next to do it will be DiMaggio in 1937.
Better organized and financed than other aspiring circuits the Federal League opens modestly and quietly with clubs in Chicago Cleveland Pittsburgh Indianapolis St. Louis Kansas City and Covington KY. No attempt is made to sign established ML players. Cy Young manages Cleveland Deacon Phillippe manages Pittsburgh. After a 6-week season the pennant winner is Indianapolis.
The A's Eddie Collins hits the first homer at Washington DC's stadium but the Nationals prevail over Philadelphia 7-6.
At Pittsburgh the Cubs top the Pirates 5-1 for their 9th straight win. During the game the Pittsburgh ground crew uses a tarp to cover the entire infield the first time a ML team has done this. Fred Clarke the Pirates manager will file for a patent on June 7 for a "diamond cover" and the patent will be approved on February 2 1911. Previously some clubowners protected only the pitcher's slab or the home plate while others covered the bases as well. "One clubowner GeorgeTebeau of Louisville is said to have a circus tent with which he covers the whole infield when it rains." (Chicago Tribune September 30 1906)
At the Polo Grounds Boston's Irv "Little Cy" Young wins a duel with Christy Mathewson beating the Giants 2-1. New York (13-4) keeps its hold on first place.
The White Stockings commit 12 errors and the Tigers commit 6 for a modern ML record by 2 teams in one game. Thirteen of the E's are by the infields another AL mark. Sox shortstop Lee Tannehill leads the way with 4 errors while 3rd sacker Frank Isbell and Patsy Flaherty check in with 3 apiece. Trailing 9-7 in the 9th inning Chicago salvages a 10-9 victory for Patsy Flaherty over Mal Eason.
The Pirates Deacon Phillippe en route to 25 wins lets one get away when the Cubs score 9 runs on 9 hits in the top of the 9th for an 11-4 triumph at Exposition Park. Dick Harley leads off the 9th with a single the first hit off Phillippe since the 2nd inning. Doc Casey drills a bases-loaded single to make the score 6-4 and Evers follows with a two-run triple. The scoring ends when Chance is forced at 2B. Jack Taylor is the winner the 3rd time in 11 days he's beaten the Bucs.
A circuit court in St. Louis rules that the NL reserve clause is unfairly restrictive on 3 defectors. who jumped to the Browns. The injunction brought by the NL is denied thus allowing Wallace Harper and Heidrick to stay as Browns. Inability to retrieve jumpers gives the NL a strong push to reconcile differences with the AL.
Christy Mathewson wins his fourth straight game blanking Philadelphia 4-0 on 5 hits. It is Matty's first career shutout.
The Detroit Tigers play their first Sunday home game at a new park just beyond the city limits. They will use this park for Sunday games for 3 years.
Reds P Bill Damman allows 11 hits but shuts out St. Louis 11-0.
Brooklyn scores 6 runs in the 9th inning and defeats Washington 10-9.
The Philadelphia-Louisville game is postponed on account of the running of the Kentucky Derby.
Star Boston SS Herman Long accidentally flicks hot ashes from his cigar into his eye causing him to miss several games.
Cincinnati wins its second consecutive extra-inning game over St. Louis winning 3-1 in 13 innings.
John Clarkson and Elton "Icebox" Chamberlain pitch a 14-inning scoreless tie finally called by Jack Sherdian because the angle of the sun was blinding both the batter and pitcher. Clarkson limits the Reds to 4 hits one fewer than the Beaneaters can manage off of Chamberlain. The Cincinnati Enquirer states that calling a game "on account of the sun" a good one. "His decision while it may appear ridiculous on the face of it was strange to relate a just and sensible one."
St. Louis southpaw Ted Breitenstein's no-hitter is broken up in the 9th when 2 singles produce the Bridegrooms' only runs in a 14-2 loss.
With Robinson's latest fine having been rescinded the Browns (AA) win the final game of their series with Kansas City 11-9. The winning runs come in the bottom of the 9th. A new rule for 1889 allows additional runs to score after the winning run in sudden death situations if the runners could score before the ball can be returned to the pitcher. This game demonstrates the problems with the rule since the Brown's Elton Chamberlain drove home the tying run on a hit through the second baseman's legs and then circled the bases for a home run when the Cowboys left the field without chasing the ball down. The Browns were batting last since the home team chose to bat first a prerogative that will stand till 1950 when the rules are codified.
Long John Reilly hits 2 HRs giving him 4 in Cincinnati's 4-game series versus Kansas City. Reilly will finish the season with an AA-leading 13 HRs.
The National Colored League patterned after the NL opens with a game in Pittsburgh the Gorhams beating the Keystones 11-8 before a crowd of 1200. Because of rainouts and small crowds the league which has been recognized by the National Agreement as a legitimate minor league will fold on May 16th after only 13 games.
Despite this week's labor unrest and the "discovery" by police of a plot to burn much of Chicago the White Stockings draw 4190 to their home opener against Detroit. They win 5-1.
Rookie P Larry McKeon of Indianapolis (AA) whose 41 losses will top the major leagues in 1884 pitches a 6-inning no-hitter. Rain halts the game with the score 0-0.
Buffalo P Pud Galvin the victim of Charlie Sweeney's one-hitter in his last outing turns on Boston (NL) with one of his own. He allows only a first-inning double but must wait until the 9th before his teammates produce the winning run in a 3-2 battle against Boston. Galvin (1-2) will finish the season at 46-22 and a 1.99 ERA his finest season.
Boston bowls over the Troy Trojans 18-3 as Joe Hornung becomes the first player to hit 2 triples in one inning. He does it in the 8th.
Two errors by SS Dan Stearns a local just picked up by the Wolverines helps Buffalo to a 3-2 win. Winning pitcher Jim Galvin is of the opinion that the 5 feet added to the pitching distance is a great help to his curve ball.
Chicago makes one error and turns 4 DPs to beat Indianapolis 3-1. The losing Blues make 7 errors.
Before 5000 the St. Louis Browns defeat the Chicago White Stockings 10-0 at the Grand Avenue Grounds (later known as Sportsman's Park). St. Louis's George Bradley allows but 4 hits.