Charlton's Baseball Chronology
The Mets score a franchise record 11 runs in the 6th inning on their way to a 13-7 victory over the Cubs. They tie a ML mark by hitting 2 grand slams in the frame—courtesy of Cliff Floyd and Carlos Beltran—then add another 2-run shot by David Wright.
The Phillies defeat the Mets 5-1. Bobby Abreu becomes just the 4th player in ML history to record at least 20 HRs and 20 steals in 6 consecutive seasons. Willie Mays Bobby Bonds and Barry Bonds are the others.
Against the Expos Jacque Jones homers in the 9th to tie the score at 4-4 and then the Twins win it in the 11th on a leadoff HR into the LF stands by Luis Rivas. Expo manager Frank Robinson is ejected for protesting that the hit was foul: replays show Robby correct. This is Robinson's 3rd ejection as a manager of the Expos and he and Don Zimmer Leo Durocher and Casey Stengel are the only major leaguers ejected from games in six decades.
Minnie Minoso becomes the 1st player to play professional baseball in 7 decades when he walks in the 1st inning as DH for the St. Paul Saints in their Northern League game against Gary. Minoso currently works in the Chicago White Sox community relations department.
The Mets send P Armando Benitez to the Yankees for pitcher Jason Anderson Anderson Garcia and Ryan Bicondoa. Benitez will compile a 1.93 ERA in 3 weeks in pinstripes before the Yanks trade him to Seattle for Jeff Nelson.
Dodgers manager Davey Johnson is hospitalized after experiencing dizziness as a result of an irregular heartbeat.
Randy Johnson tosses a 1-hitter as he leads Seattle to a 3-0 win over Minnesota. Johnson fans 11 and gives up only a single to 3B Brent Gates.
Red Sox SS Nomar Garciaparra goes 4-for-4 with 2 doubles and a HR driving in 5 runs and scoring 3 as he leads Boston to a 15-5 win over the Indians. The Sox ice the game with 7 runs in the 8th inning.
Kevin Brown tosses his first career one-hitter leading Florida over Los Angeles 5-1. Brown who no-hit San Francisco on June 10 faces just two batters over the minimum allowing a lead-off single to left by Raul Mondesi in the fifth. He strikes out 8 and retires his final 15 batters to hand the loss to Hideo Nomo
At Shea RF Sammy Sosa's running catch with the bases loaded in the seventh and catcher Scott Servais's pickoff in the eighth key Chicago to a 6-5 win over the Mets. Before the game New York reassigns general manager Joe McIlvaine and replaces him with his assistant Steve Phillips
In Oakland Mark McGwire hits his 33rd and 34th homers to lead the A's to an 11-3 win over the hapless Royals. Jose Canseco strikes out in all five at-bats for the Athletics tying an Oakland record. Combined with his three strikeouts on Monday he ties a major league record with eight whiffs in two consecutive games.
After failing to score in their first 2 at bats the Brewers proceed to score in each of their remaining turns at the plate to punch out Detroit by a score of 20-7. Greg Vaughn drives home 5 runs for Milwaukee and now leads the AL with 88 while Jose Valentin knocks out 4 hits.
Cleveland defeats Oakland 5-4 in 12 innings as Indians' 2B Carlos Baerga lashes out 5 hits including a double. The win opens up Cleveland's lead in the AL Central to 14 1/2 games.
At a press conference in Pittsburgh Greg Maddux announces that he has broken off negotiations with the Cubs management and would become a free agent after the season. Maddux is playing on a one-year contract. "I've given them two opportunities to sign me. I really think it should have been taken care of." Tomorrow Maddux will beat the first-place Pirates.
Don Mattingly bangs two homers one a second inning grand slam to pace the Yankees to a 12-3 win over host Texas. Mattingly now has 7 homers in 6 games. His 2nd inning grand slam his 4th of the year off Charlie Hough followed a bases-loaded walk to Mike Pagliarulo. Hough had 8 strikeouts but his knuckleball was too much for little-used catch Mike Stanley who sets an AL record with 5 passed balls. His teammate Geno Petralli will tie then break the record next month with 6 passed balls.
Houston rookie Ken Caminiti debuts with a bang. He hits a triple in the 5th inning a homer in the 7th and scores the winning run in the 9th following a walk. The Astros beat the Phillies 2-1. Caminiti is just the 4th major leaguer to debut with a homer and triple.
The NL beats the AL 6-1 at Minnesota's Metrodome for its 13th win in the last 14 All-Star Games. San Diego's LaMarr Hoyt allows one unearned run in 3 innings and is named MVP.
Despite much speculation that he is simply malingering the Astros place star pitcher J. R. Richard on the 21-day disabled list with a mystery arm problem. The 6 foot 8 inch righthander is 10-4 with a 1.89 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 114 innings but has removed himself from 10 games this year complaining of fatigue and a "dead arm." On July 23rd Richard will check into a hospital for a series of physical and psychological tests to determine the cause of his "erratic" behavior.
The California Supreme Court rules that Ted Giannoulas better known as the man inside the San Diego Chicken suit can appear publicly in chicken suits similar to the one that brought him fame but not bearing the call letters of San Diego's KGB radio station. The station had fired Giannoulas when he began appearing publicly in the suit without permission and claimed it had all rights to the costume which was first used as a promotional device in 1975.
After the Mariners tie the game at 3 apiece in top of the 8th Fred Lynn hits a 2-out double to drive in 2 runs and the Red Sox hold on for a 6-3 win their 8th in a row at Fenway and 27-4 in their last 31 games. The M's lose their 9th in a row with the loss going to former Hubman Dick Pole.
Tulsa's Dave Righetti strikes out 21 Midland batters in 9 innings to set a Texas League record. A Tulsa reliever loses the game 4-2 in extra innings.
Commissioner Bowie Kuhn is reelected for a 7-year term.
Vida Blue boosts his record to 18-3 with a one-hit 4-0 victory over Detroit. Taylor's single in the 4th is the only hit.
Until today only 3 balls have been hit into the 70-foot high RF upper deck at Three Rivers Stadium and Willie Stargell hit all of them (he'll hit another on May 31 1973). Today Bob Robertson joins Stargell when he connects with a cannon shot off Padres P Steve Arlin in a Bucs victory.
The Reds spoil the Pirates debut in Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium 3-2. Cincinnati's Tony Perez hits the park's first homer offsetting a later one by hometown Willie Stargell. The Pirates parade their new uniforms of stretchable cotton and nylon.
Chicago's Ken Holtzman gives up two hits and two Astro runs-both unearned-and drops a 2-1 decision at Houston. Billy Williams makes a bid for a game-tying homer in the 9th but his long fly hits a Dome speaker and drops foul.
After White Sox lefty Jerry Nyman walks in a run with the bases loaded Rod Carew steals home for the 7th time as the AL-West leading Twins sweep a twin bill winning 9-8 and 6-3 from the White Sox. Carew ties Pete Reiser's ML record for steals of home in a season a record since given back to Ty Cobb (8 steals in 1912) in 1991 after further research.
Despite 4 homers by Montreal the Pirates beat the Expos 8-7 scoring 3 in the 8th and 3 in the 9th. The Pirates only homer comes in the 8th innings with Matty Alou on 2B and Dan McGinn pitching when Willie Stargell splashes a pitch over the RF fence into the municipal swimming pool at Jarry Park.
Cleveland CF Jose Cardenal becomes the 4th OF in ML history with 2 unassisted DPs in one season as he helps the Tribe to a 2-1 win over the Angels. He also pulled one off on June 8th versus the Tigers.
Glenn Beckert runs his hit streak to 21 games when he hits a 12th inning double to drive in the winning run in a 4-3 victory over the Phils. REgan is the w9inner in relief of Holtzman.
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.
After beating the Indians yesterday the Yanks sweep a doubleheader today to knock the Tribe out of first. New York wins the opener when Berra ties the game in the 9th with a homer and Mantle wins it 7-5 in the 10th with a 2-run shot off Gary Bell. Bobby Shantz wins the nitecap 4-0. New York is 5 1/2 games out of first.
Testifying before the Senate subcommittee on Anti-Trust and Monopoly, Commissioner Ford Frick asks the Senate to approve legislation to curb television and radio broadcasts of baseball games. Minor league baseball towns are being wrecked, he claims. "We have got to be able to handle this problem or within 10 years there will be no television problem because there will be no baseball." When asked about the possibility of the Washington franchise shifting cities, Frick replies, "Removal of the club from Washington would be catastrophic. Baseball cannot afford not to be in Washington."
A group headed by Fred Knorr and John Fetzer buys the Detroit Tigers and Briggs Stadium for a record $5.5 million.
The Browns tie a record with 3 successive HRs-by Clint Courtney Dick Kryhoski and Jim Dyck-in the first inning and their 5 bases-empty HRs in 3 innings establishes a new mark. It's enough to beat the Yankees 8-6.
While in Detroit the Yanks option rookie Mickey Mantle to Kansas City (AA). Mantle plagued with strikeouts-3 on the 13th-and in a slump will go 0-for-22 in his start with the Blues before ending with a tear at .361. The Yankees will recall him August 20th. Art Schallock takes Mickey's place on the Yankee roster and gives up 7 hits in 2.3 innings in today's 8-6 win.
The ML players connect for 37 HRs today for a new record. Leading the offense today is Cincinnati with two wins over the Giants 16-4 and 11-10. In the AL the Red Sox and Indians hit 7 HRs in their doubleheader split: Moose Dropo collects 3 homers.
The Cubs knock the Phillies out of a tie for first place sweeping 8-0 and 10-3. The Cubs lose Cavarretta when he is hit by a Johnson pitch in game 1 fracturing his forearm. Hank Sauer takes over 1B. Walt Dubiel fires the shutout and Doyle Lade is the CG winner in game 2. The loss goes to Bob Miller in game 2 the first defeat for the rookie after 8 straight wins. Ex-Bruin Russ Meyer loses the first game after defeating the Cubs 5 straight times (as noted by Ed Hartig). The Mad Monk the greatest ever Cubs killer will win his next 17 decisions against Chicago before losing on May 11 1955.
At Boston Warren Spahn hits a 2-run homer and hurls the Braves to a 6-1 win over the Cubs. Pete Reiser paces the 12-hit attack on the Bruins with 4 hits. Jeff Heath making his 1st appearance since fracturing his ankle last September is 1-for-5.
The Reds win for the first time in 9 games at Ebbets Field winning 7-6 in 10 innings. Walker Cooper's 2nd homer of the game a 2-run shot in the 10th off reliever Rex Barney is the margin of victory. Cooper's first homer in the 2nd inning opened the scoring and the Dodgers retaliated in the same frame scoring on a triple steal executed by Robinson Hodges and Cox.
There are 3 managerial changes today. Ben Chapman is fired by the Phillies (though owner Carpenter insists he was "not fired" saying "I'd like to make it clear that there is a difference between not firing a man and concluding business with him.") and Dusty Cooke takes over on an interim basis. Eddie Sawyer with no ML experience as player or manager will get the job after Cooke goes 8-6. But the big news is from New York. The Giants remove Mel Ott and replace him with Leo Durocher who obtains his release from Brooklyn. The Dodgers bring back mild-mannered Burt Shotton who replaced Durocher once before. In a newspaper poll over the winter an overwhelming majority voted for the gentlemanly Shotton to replace The Lip. The changes today portend those at the end of the season: Bucky Harris of the Yankees Ted Lyons of the White Sox and Steve O'Neill of the Tigers will be released.
The Browns frustrate the third-place Yanks whipping Allie Reynolds 10-4. Bob Dillinger leads the way with a bases loaded triple three singles two stolen bases and 5 RBI. Cliff Fannin holds the Yanks scoreless until Phil Rizzuto's homer in the 8th.
Ordered by Bill Veeck to pass up the All-Star game a well-rested Bob Feller is shelled from the mound with only one out in the first inning by the A's. The A's score first when Feller absent-mindedly goes into a windup with two on and Coleman and McCosky pull a double steal. The Mackmen then jump on Bob Muncrief and roll to a 10-5 win over the AL-leading Indians. Lou Brissie wins his 4th straight. Joe Coleman will shut out the Tribe 5-0 tomorrow to split the series.
Rookie Granny Hamner drives in 7 runs to lead the Phils to an 11-10 squeaker over the Cardinals. Hamner has a pair of doubles and a single to go along with spectacular fielding starting DPs in the 8th and 9th. Ken Heintzelman who relieves Blix Donnelly after Stan Musial's grand slam in the 2nd is the winner.
In a Yankee uniform for just 2 days Bobo Newsom records his 200th victory a 3-1 win over Cleveland. It is New York's 17th straight win. Vic Raschi adds another win with a 7-2 victory in the nitecap.
Pinch-hitter Erv Dusak fails on a sacrifice attempt then hits a dramatic 3-run HR in the 9th gives the Cards a 5-4 win over Brooklyn and a sweep of their 4-game series. The win Howie Pollet's 10th of the year moves St. Louis to within a half game of the first place Dodgers. The four games including a doubleheader brings 87027 to Sportsman's Park.
At Fenway Bob Feller tops Tex Hughson and the Red Sox 6-3. Feller lost to Hughson 1-0 in their last meeting but wins his 16th today fanning 7. Ken Keltner belts two homers and Pat Seerey adds one his 14th off Tex. Heinz Becker in his first AL game adds two doubles and a single. Ted Williams in 5 at-bats against the "Williams Wall" is 2-for-5 trickling a single into left and smashing a line-drive triple past Seerey in RF. Boston remains in first place by 11 games.
At Ogdensburg (Border League) Ogdensburg rolls over Granby 35-14 as the Maples outhit the Red Sox 32-21. Maples playing-manager Bob Dill pickles the ball going 6-for-6 with 2 home runs a triple 3 doubles and 10 RBIs.
In the first of two games the Dodgers score 8 unearned runs against the Braves to win 8-5 and break their 16-game losing streak. Curt Davis is the winner. They will lose another 5 in a row. The 16 straight is the longest losing streak in the NL since the Reds of 1914 lost 19.
Chattanooga's Joe Engel since pro ball's only Chinese player George Ho. Ho is a junior at St. Johns in New York and hit .380 in two years of semipro ball in NYC.
DiMaggio is 3-for-4 as the Yanks pummel the Indians 10-3. Joe's streak is now at 56 games.
Bees All-Star SS Eddie Miller collides with teammate OF Al Simmons and fractures a bone in his ankle. He will be out for the season. The Bees beat the Reds 3-0 behind Bill Posedel before losing game 2 4-3.
In the opener of two at Philadelphia Cardinal P Si Johnson beats Phils' starter Bucky Walters 10-3. Both pitchers relieve in the nitecap and Johnson again tops Walters as the Cards win 18-10 scoring 8 runs in the 10th inning. There are six homers in the two games with Terry Moore collecting two. St. Louis is now tied for 3rd with Pittsburgh.
At Detroit the Tigers score 7 runs in the 6th inning on one hit and seven passes to trounce the Yankees 14-7 ending New York's win streak of 10 games. Monte Pearson starts the action by walking three on 15 pitches fans Gee Walker then walks Rudy York. Pat Malone then gives up a hit and walks two. Two errors and another walk forces in a 7th before Gee Walker strikes out again to end it. Detroit bats around in the 8th to score another 5 runs off Johnny Broaca. Poffenberger is the winning recipient. New York ends its 9-game win streak but stays 6 1/2 ahead of Boston.
Braves C Al Lopez reaches first 3 times on errors the 3rd player to do so each time hitting the ball to SS Billy Jurges. It is little help though as the Cubs edge the Braves 1-0 in 10 innings. Lon Warneke is the winner over hard luck Ben Cantwell.
The A's trip the Tigers again 8-2 at Shibe Park behind three doubles and five RBIs from Pinky Higgins. Jimmy Foxx clouts his 17th homer to back George Blaeholder's pitching. With the Yankees topping Chicago Detroit falls to 2 1/2 games behind New York.
At Wrigley the Cubs lose 7-5 to the Phils the Chicubs first loss after 8 straight wins. For Philadelphia the win snaps a five-game loss streak. Jim Bivin the Phils 3rd hurler gets credit for his first ML win.
Red Lucas of the Reds pitches a 15-inning 1-0 win over Roy Parmelee and the Giants in the opener of a doubleheader. The Giants do the honors in the nitecap winning 1-0 as Carl Hubbell beats Paul Derringer.
After two wins in relief over the Browns in the past two days Washington's Tommy Thomas gets a start and bests St. Louis 11-0 for his 3rd win in 3 days. He gives up just 3 hits 2 to Ferrell. He also won on July 11th beating Chicago the team that sold him to the Nats a month earlier. Thomas will top the Browns 7 times this year and beat them 7 times in 1927.
At a packed doubleheader in Ebbets Field the Cubs Pat Malone stops the Dodgers 6-4 in the opener. The 2nd game is a free-for-all that features Brooklyn's Del Bissonette trying to stretch a triple and being tagged out at home by Gabby Hartnett. Bissonette is knocked unconscious and leaves on a stretcher. Dodger P Dolf Luque despite being hit by a pitch from Charlie Root defeats the Cubs 5-3.
The Tigers score 8 runs in the first inning off Boston's Bill Piercy and beat the Red Sox 11-3. Piercy will be fined $100 for his alleged indifferent pitching.
At age 63 Arthur Irwin pioneer player manager and executive who began in the NL in 1880 jumps to his death from a ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
At Pittsburgh the Pirates' Earl Hamilton runs out of steam after pitching 16 scoreless innings against the Giants and loses 7-0 in 17. Rube Benton picks up the CG win. The Giants put together three straight triples in the last inning with Frankie Frisch's coming with the sacks full. George Kelly and Lee King follow Frisch with triples. Cooper then relieves to put out the side. The 7 runs in the 17th is a ML record and comes just 2 months after a record is set for the 16th frame.
In the first of two games Red Faber and the White Sox top Washington 4-1 handing Walter Johnson his 10th loss of the season. The Washington ace suffering from a sore arm will not pitch any more this season and will appear only as a pinch hitter in a few September games. Faber allows five hits and stops Sam Rice's hitting streak at 28 games. Eddie Cicotte wins the 2nd game 8-5 when Joe Jackson hits a grand slam in the top of the 9th. It's a birthday present to himself.
The Tigers minus Cobb who is nursing a sore thumb knock out rookie Babe Ruth in the 4th inning and trip the Red Sox 5-2. It is Ruth's first loss.
At Bennett Field Detroit and Washington play the longest scoreless game in AL history-18 innings. Ed Summers pitches the complete game holding the Nationals to 7 hits two walks (one intentional) while fanning 10. The Nationals' 30-year-old rookie Bill "Dolly" Gray allows only one hit before leaving with an injury after 8 innings. He is replaced by Bob Groom. Gray will put another entry in the record books next month when he walks 7 straight batters.
With the Nationals on the road their home field is host to the first Congressional baseball game. The Democrats beat the Republicans 26-16 in 7 innings.
At Chicago manager Frank Chicago figures to rattle Giants rookie Otis "Doc" Crandall and elects to bat the Cubs first (this option rule for the home team was changed in 1950). But Crandall is a rock and nurses a 4-1 lead into the last of the 9th. After one out Christy Mathewson warming in the bullpen decides the game is well in hand and goes into the clubhouse to shower. Crandall promptly walks three straight wherein McGraw looks in vain for Matty. The Giants ace quickly dries off throws on a uniform and puts his street shoes on. By the time he arrives on the mound reliever Joe McGinnity has walked in a run. Matty gets a ground out then a strikeout and the Giants win 4-3. Ed Reulbach takes the loss for Chicago.
Ed Walsh sets another ML record for fielding chances for pitchers handling 12 assists and 3 putouts in a 13-inning 3-2 White Sox win over visiting New York. His 12 assists (extra innings) will be matched by Nick Altrock in 1908 and Leon Cadore in 1920.
At New York the White Sox score 3 in the 10th to beat the Highlanders 7-4. Yesterday they won with 2 runs in the 9th.
The Pirates edge the Giants 2-1 overcoming the pitching of Christy Mathewson who is knocked over by Fred Clarke in a play at 1B. Six Giants are tossed out of the coaching box during the game. Pittsburgh now trails New York by 6 games.
At New York Highlander's P Jack Chesbro swipes home in the bottom of the 10th to win his own game 9-8.
Roger Bresnahan playing center field for the Giants starts a triple play against the Pirates with the bases loaded. The future Hall of Fame catcher snags a line drive and his throw to home holds the runner at 3B. Catcher John Warner throws to 2B to get the runner advancing and the return home nabs the runner from 3rd. But Pittsburgh gets two inside-the park-homers from Ginger Beaumont who scores five runs and wins easily 16-4.
The Boston Americans score 7 runs in the first inning four coming after a 3rd out is disallowed because the umpire had turned to the bench to ask for new baseballs. Boston rolls to an 11-4 win over Cleveland.
Giants owner Andrew Freedman announces he has purchased controlling interest in the Baltimore club and releases Dan McGann Roger Bresnahan Joe McGinnity and Jack Cronin to sign with New York. Mike Donlin Joe Kelley and Cy Seymour go to the Reds where Kelley will take over as manager.
In Cleveland Boston's Cy Young notches his 12th straight win staggering to a 10-8 victory over the Blues. Buck Freeman has 3 hits including a triple off losing pitcher Moore.
A game is played under electric lights at the Clyde Park in San Antonio TX. Dallas wins the exhibition 10-5.
Owner outrage at players ineptitude is vividly expressed by Washington's president J. Earl Wagner. His Senators en route to a not-so-bad 7th place are denounced as "dunghills and quitters."
The Louisville Colonels announce the purchase of the contract of Patterson star Honus Wagner the Atlantic League's star fielder and batter.
After the Louisville Colonels score 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th to gain a 7-7 tie with New York the Giants complain that the rally was illegally aided by suspicious calls by the umpire. New York refuses to take the field in the 10th inning and the Colonels are awarded a 9-0 forfeit victory.
Cincinnati beats Baltimore 5-0 for its 11th straight win. The streak has moved the Reds into first place.
After Louisville falls into last place in the AA a Louisville Courier-Journal headline asks that someone "Give Them a Commercial Name to Advertise Something Outside the City." This headline reflects the relationship between baseball and business in the 19th-century city.
Chicago squeezes by Boston 8-7 with 3 runs in the bottom of the 12th to complete a 3-game sweep. The Colts move into first place when the Giants lose to Cleveland 12-6.
Indianapolis manager Frank Bancroft announces his resignation effective July 20. In the next 4 days he will stay and help Jack Glasscock his successor adjust to his new duties. Bancroft says he is retiring from baseball but he will be back in 1891 and work as the Reds GM from 1892 until his death in 1921.
At St. Louis, Detroit’s Sam Crane umpires when the regular ump fails to appear. Not surprisingly, his Detroit team wins, 7-3. It is the third game in a row that Crane has umped: he did the previous two games in Kansas City.
Second place Buffalo nips leading Chicago 10-9. Dan Brouthers ties the game with a 2-run triple then scores the winning run.
Jim Galvin wins over Monte Ward in the season's longest pitching duel 1-0 in 14 innings.
Frank Hankinson who has taken over as Chicago's chief pitcher because of Terry Larkin's arm trouble shuts out Troy for the 2nd time in 2 days.
John Montgomery Ward doubles home a run and posts his first win beating Indianapolis 4-2.
Davy Force ends the game with a nifty piece of strategy in the bottom of the 12th to allow St. Louis to beat Hartford 3-2. With 2 on and 1 out Force purposely drops a pop fly to short and with quick work turns it into a force at 3B and 2B for a game-ending DP.
The Boston and Athletic teams sail from Philadelphia for England. Round-trip tickets for baseball enthusiasts can be obtained for $100.
Lipman Pike of the Athletics of Philadelphia hits 6 HRs 5 in succession against the Alert Club of Philadelphia. Final score is 67-25.