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    2004

    The Royals score a team-record 26 runs on their way to a 26-5 win over the Tigers in the 1st game of a DH. KC scores in 7 of their 9 times up‚ including plating 11 runs in the 3rd. Joe Randa strokes 6 hits and scores a ML record-tying 6 runs for the Royals‚ becoming the 1st AL player ever to record 6 of each in a 9-inning game. The Royals are shut out by Detroit in the 2nd game‚ 8-0.

    The Mariners down the Red Sox‚ 7-1‚ as Ichiro Suzuki breaks his own AL record for singles in a season with 194. He set the mark as a rookie in 2001.

    The Phillies get homers from their first two batters‚ Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco‚ leading off the game and go on to beat the Braves‚ 9-4. Lieberthal and Burrell add homers to back Ryan Madosn (9-2).

    The Tribune Company‚ owners of the Cubs‚ misses the Mark with a check. Mark Guthrie‚ 43‚ a former newspaper carrier for the Hartford Courant‚ which is owned by the Tribune‚ receives a check meant for former pitcher Mark Guthrie. A year ago‚ the Tribune's payroll department mixed the two men up and deposited $301‚000 of the baseball player's pay into the newspaper carrier's bank account. It took five weeks for the company to detect the error. The deliveryman noticed the money‚ but didn't touch it. He knew it was a mistake‚ and cooperated with Tribune. But Guthrie of Connecticut stopped the last $26‚000 from being taken out of his account until the company proved to him that he would not suffer any tax ramifications over the company's error. Guthrie‚ the baseball player‚ didn't get picked up by the Cubs and is now a free agent. Guthrie the newspaper carrier was also dropped by the media conglomerate due to the lawsuit‚ and is presumably also a free agent.

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    2003

    In an 18-5 laugher over Atlanta‚ the Phils hits two grand slams and a 3-run homer. Mike Liebrthal hits the 3-run homer while Tomas Perez has a grand slam and 5 RBIs. Jason Michael‚ who enters in the 5th with the Phils up 13-2‚ adds another grand slam. Atlanta has 3 homers‚ one each by Javy LopezMark DeRosa and Julio Franco.

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    2002

    The Diamondbacks beat the Padres‚ 5-2‚ as Randy Johnson reaches 300 strikeouts for the 5th consecutive season‚ extending his ML record.

    Texas shrugs off two Seattle homers from their first two batters‚ Ichiro Suzuki and Desi Relaford‚ and beats Seattle‚ 12-7. Alex Rodriguez hits two 3-run homers for Texas and Dennys Bayes throws 3 scoreless innings of relief for the win.

    For the 3rd time this season‚ Alex Gonzalez ends a game with a HR‚ as the Cubs beat Montreal‚ 3-2. His 9th inning solo HR off Jim Brower snaps a 2-2 tie.

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    2001

    The Giants squeak by the Rockies‚ 9-4 in 11 innings. Barry Bonds hits 3 HRs in a game for the 2nd time this season‚ giving him 63 for the year‚ besting Roger Maris' mark of 61 for lefthanded hitters.

    Seattle beats up on the hapless Orioles‚ winning 6-0 behind Jamie Moyer. Moyer walks one and gives up 2 hits-all to Jeff Conine-in notching his 12th straight win over the O's. The Birds are still winless at Safeco Field‚ losing 13 straight. Brett Boone supplies all the runs needed with a 2-run HR in the 1st‚ his 35th‚ off Josh Towers‚ to break a 67-year-old AL record for RBIs by a 2B.

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    2000

    The Astros kick the Cubs‚ 14-4‚ hitting a team-record 7 HRs in the process. Richard HidalgoLance Berkman‚ and Tim Bogar each hit a pair‚ with Daryle Ward adding another.

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    1999

    The Padres defeat the Expos‚ 10-3‚ in a game where they are nearly allowed 4 outs in the 7th inning. When Pads Reggie Sanders strikes out for the 3rd out‚ the umpires don't notice and the players do not leave the field. Phil Nevin comes to the plate and runs the count to 2-1 against the Expos P Ted Lilly before someone in the Montreal dugout points out the problem to home plate ump Jerry Layne.

    In the Cubs 5-3 loss to the Reds‚ Sammy Sosa hits his 59th homer. Sosa has more homers than the Cubs have wins: 56. They'velost 31 of their last 39 games.

    In Baltimore's 6-5 win over the Twns‚ Albert Belle drives in his 100th run‚ the 9th season in a row he's had 100+ RBIs. On the minus side‚ Cal Ripken‚ Jr. grounds into his 324th double play to top Carl Yastrzemski for the all-time lead.

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    1998

    In Toronto's 6-3 loss to the Indians in 13 innings‚ Jays Alex Gonzalez strikes out 6 times. Tribe starter Dwight Gooden K's him the first 3 times‚ with 3 relievers add strikeouts.

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    1997

    Boston loses to the Yankees‚ 8-6‚ despite 2 RBIs for Nomar Garciaparra. The ribbies give Garciaparra 87 on the year‚ for a new major league record for leadoff men. Harvey Kuenn held the old mark with 85 in 1956 for Detroit.

    Detroit P Scott Sanders hurls a 1-hit‚ 4-0 shutout over the Rangers. 2B Domingo Cedeno's single is the only Texas safety.

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    1996

    Thomas Howard and Hal Morris‚ the first two batters for the Reds‚ connect for homeruns‚ but that is all the Cincy scoring as the Dodgers win‚ 7-2. The win keeps LA tied for the NL West with San Diego.

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    1995

    In the Japan-Central League‚ the visiting Yakult Swallows beat the Yomiuri Giants‚ behind Terry Bross's no hitter. Bross becomes only the second foreign-born pitcher to pitch a no-hitter.

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    1993

    The major leagues vote to divide each league into 3 divisions‚ and add another round of playoffs featuring 2 wild-card teams.

    Promoted to majors‚ Oakland SS Kurt Abbott homers in 2nd at bat‚ off Jack Morris. Abbott has 3 hits and 4 RBIs as the A's top the Blue Jays‚ 7-4. John Olerud hits his 48th double on his way to a ML high 54‚ good for 15th place on the all-time list.

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    1992

    Milwaukee OF Robin Yount gets the 3‚000th hit of his career in his team's 5-4 loss to the Indians. He also becomes only the 2nd player in history to record 200 HRs‚ 200 SBs and 100 triples‚ duplicating Willie Mays' feat.

    Philadelphia P Chuck Schilling tosses a 1-hit‚ 2-1 victory over the Mets. The lone hit is a HR by Bobby Bonilla in the 5th inning.

    At Royals Stadium‚ David Cone (2-1) shuts out the Royals to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 win. Kevin Appier (15-8) allows one run in two innings‚ and takes the loss.

    The Braves score 7 runs in the first inning and Tom Glavine coasts to a 12-7 victory over the Reds. Leadoff batter Otis Nixon walks twice in the 1st‚ and Lonnie Smith hits a 3-run HR in the frame. Bream and Pendleton add later homers. Nixon is the 3rd Brave to walk twice in an inning.

    Milwaukee owner Bud Selig is chosen as chairman of the major league's executive council‚ effectively becoming the interim baseball commissioner. Tomorrow he is appointed acting commissioner.

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    1991

    At Cleveland‚ Eric Bell debuts with three innings of scoreless relief‚ and leaves in the 8th with the score‚ 3-3. The Sox score a run and win‚ 4-3.

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    1990

    Dave Stewart wins his 19th, as the Oakland Athletics score 4 runs in the top of the 9th to beat the Yankees , 7-3. In the frame, Willie McGee hits a two-run triple, his 3rd hit of the game, and the A’s sweep the season series with the Yankees, 12-0.

    Seattle's Matt Young strikes out 4 batters in the first inning of a 3-1 win over the Red Sox. He's the 2nd pitcher this year to K four batters in an inning.

    The Cubs Luis Salazar singles in the tying run in 8th‚ then doubles in the winner in the 10th to give Chicago a 3-2 win over St. Louis. The Cubs now lead the Cards by 1 1/2 games. Yesterday‚ the Cubs blew a 7-2 lead to lose 9-8 to the Cards.

    Oops. Tiger RF Scott Lusader loses the battle to bright sun and soggy turf and makes 3 errors (2 fielding and 1 throwing) in the first inning against the White Sox. It's a first in the AL since 1925. The Sox score 7 runs in the inning and coast home 13-3‚ snapping the Tigers' 7-game winning streak.

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    1989

    California's Devon White steals 4 bases including 2B‚ 3B‚ and home in the same inning in the Angels 8-5 win over Boston. The Angels score 3 in the 8th to break a tie.

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    1988

    Bruce Sutter joins Rollie Fingers and Rich Gossage as the only pitchers to save 300 games as Atlanta beats San Diego 5-4 in 11 innings.

    Dave Stewart lasts 5+ innings‚ good enough for his 18th win‚ as Oakland beats the Royals‚ 14-6. Each team has 15 hits as Luis Polonia is 5-for-5 with 5 runs scores for the A's.

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    1987

    Nolan Ryan strikes out 16 Giants in 8 innings during Houston's 4-2 victory to take over the ML strikeout lead with 226. Ryan will finish the season with 270 strikeouts‚ tops in the major leagues.

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    1983

    White Sox Britt Burns pitches a one-hit 11-0 win over the Angels. California's sole hit is Mike Brown's single with 2 out in the 7th. Sox teammates Carlton FiskTom Paciorek‚ and Greg Luzinski make it easy for Britt by clouting consecutive homers in the first inning.

    Oakland's first two batter‚ Rickey Henderson and Mike Davis‚ line homers off Toronto's Jim Clancy. It turns out to be the margin of difference in a 7-5 win.

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    1980

    Reds fireballer Mario Soto strikes out 15 Braves in a 7-1 Reds win in Atlanta.

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    1979

    The first place Orioles romp to their 7th win in a row‚ larruping the Red Sox‚ 16-4. Rick Dempsey hits a grand slam for the Birds in their 6-run 6th‚ and Bumbry adds a HR in the same frame. Jim Rice homers for the Bosox. Sox C Bob Montgomery is 1-for-2 in his last ML game. He is the last ML batter to wear a hard liner in his cap instead of a batting helmet.

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    1978

    Ron Guidry (21-2) gives up two singles in the 1st inning and that's it. New York sends 12 runners to the plate and scores 7 runs in the 4th inning to win 7-0 against Dennis Eckersley and cut the Boston lead to a single game. For Guidry‚ it is his 7th shutout of the year‚ and the first lefty shutout in Fenway since 1974 (Ken Holtzman‚ August 5th). With the Brewers' victory over the Twins‚ Milwaukee trails by just 4 1/2 games.

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    1977

    In the second game of a doubleheader loss in Boston‚ Tiger rookies Lou Whitaker and Allan Trammell debut together. They will hold down the 2B and SS jobs in Detroit for a record 19 years. Boston prevails today‚ 5-1 and 8-6.

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    1976

    George Brett is 5-for-5 to lead the Royals to a 6-5 win over the Angels in 10 innings.

    At Texas‚ Rod Carew hits a pinch grand slam in the 7th‚ off Hargan for the Twins‚ as Minnesota wins‚ 6-0. It is Carew's 3rd grand slam of the year‚ Dave Goltz twirls the shutout.

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    1975

    The Cubs Bill Madlock suffers an "incomplete fracture" of his right thumb when hit by a Bruce Kison pitch in a 6-5 win over the Pirates.

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    1974

    At Fenway‚ the Yankees beat the Red Sox‚ 6-3‚ for their first win in Boston since July 31 of last year. The Yankees have won 2 of 24 games at Fenway since 1972.

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    1972

    Gaylord Perry‚ who twice won 20+ games with the Giants‚ becomes the first pitcher in 48 years to win 20 in both leagues as he defeats the Red Sox‚ 2-1‚ in 10 innings. Cleveland 3B Nettles homers with one out in the 10th off Gary Peters. The last hurler to win 20 in each league was Carl Mays‚ who did it with the Yankees‚ in 1921‚ and the Reds‚ in 1924.

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    1970

    Bowie Kuhn hands Denny McLain his third suspension of the year‚ this one is for carrying a gun‚ plus other unspecified charges‚ and ends McLain's season with a 3-5 record.

    California's Alex Johnson becomes the 3rd player in history to put one into the CF bleachers at Comiskey when he connects in the 6th against Chicago's Billy Wynne in a 2-1 loss in 8 innings. The Sox also win the opener‚ 11-4‚ to break their 8 game losing streak. Bill Melton leads to 5-homer offense with a pair and 5 RBIs.

    Pitching in his 2nd ML game‚ Reds rookie Milt Wilcox pitches a 5-0 shutout over the Dodgers in LA.

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    1969

    With a 3-2 win‚ Tom Seaver hands Chicago its 6th straight loss‚ giving the Mets a sweep of 2 games. New York now trails the Cubs by one-half game.

    Atlanta's Phil Niekro joins the 20-win circle for the first time with a 2-1 defeat of the Dodgers. The victory pulls the Braves into 3rd place‚ 11?2 games from the NL West lead.

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    1968

    Joe Gordon is hired to manage the Royals.

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    1967

    Sox starter Gary Peters takes a 3-0 lead into the 9th inning‚ but a 7-run 9th keeps Detroit tied for first place with the Twins with a 7-3 win at Chicago. Chicago is now in 4th place‚ two games in back‚ with the Red Sox in 3rd place just a half-game behind.

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    1965

    In LA‚ a duel between Dodger Sandy Koufax and Bob Hendley of the Cubs is perfect until Dodger LF Lou Johnson walks in the 5th. Following a sacrifice‚ Johnson steals 3B and scores on C Chris Krug's wild throw. Johnson later gets the game's only hit‚ a 7th-inning single. Koufax's 4th no-hitter in 4 years is a perfect game. One hit by 2 clubs in a completed 9-inning game is also a ML record‚ as is the one runner left on base. The 2 base runners in a game is a ML record. For Chicago pitchers‚ it is the 2nd one-hitter they've thrown against LA this year and lost. Ellsworth lost on May 15‚ 1965.

    The Angels waive Lu Clinton and both the Indians and the Athletics claimed him. Since the rule on waivers is that the team lowest in the standings gets first dibs‚ Clinton join the Athletics (as noted by Merritt Clifton). He arrives in mid-game and appears as a pinch-hitter‚ striking out‚ as California beats the A's‚ 7-2. He and the Athletics then learned after the game that Clinton has been awarded to the Indians because the Athletics' claim was filed after the 24-hour claiming period had expired. Charlie Finley knew this before Clinton reported to the Athletics‚ but manager Haywood Sullivan‚ fed up with Finley's second-guessing‚ didn't answer the telephone during the game‚ and therefore didn't find out.

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    1964

    The Dodgers whip the Giants‚ 8-1‚ behind Don Drysdale. Tommy Davis has a HR‚ while Willie Davis has 4 RBI. Big Frank Howard hits a 3-run homer off Bob Hendley‚ the 8th homer he's clubbed off him in 20 at bats‚ including 4 consecutive last year (not in the same game).

    The Seattle Post-Intelligenter reports that Cleveland GM Gabe Paul has requested economic surveys of the Seattle market in anticipation of a possible Indians' move to the Northwest.

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    1962

    Boston's Lou Clinton makes 4 stellar grabs in the outfield and adds a homer‚ triple and single as the Red Sox trip the Yankees‚ 9-3 in 16 innings at the Stadium. Dick Radatz takes over for Hal Kolstad and pitches 9 innings of relief before leaving in the 16th for a pinch hitter.

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    1961

    On Whitey Ford Day at Yankee Stadium‚ Maris hits his 56th homer‚ off Cleveland's Mudcat Grant.‚ as the Yanks come from behind to win‚ 8-7‚ New York scores 4 in the 9th to enable Luis Arroyo to pick up his 12th relief win in a row.

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    1958

    Athletics 1B Preston Ward hits 3 HRs in a row in an 8-6 win against Baltimore.

    The Cardinals beat the Cubs‚ 8-7‚ with Jim Brosnan earning the win over his old team. Don Elston takes the loss. Ernie Banks hits his 1st HR in St. Louis in 2 years while Eddie Kasko cracks a grand slam.

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    1956

    The Hollywood Stars (PCL) sweep a pair from the LA Angels‚ 6-4 and 12-3‚ but Angel Steve Bilko belts his 54th home run. Only Tony Lazzeri‚ with 60 in 1925‚ is ahead of Bilko.

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    1955

    After losing the opener to the Cubs‚ 11-4‚ the Dodgers win the nitecap 16-9 as pitcher Clem Labine gets his 3rd HR of the year. Labine has just 3 hits all year‚ but all 3 are dingers. The Dodgers lead is now 161?2 games.

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    1954

    The Yanks Enos Slaughter spoils a no-hitter for the 3rd time by getting a single off Orioles P Joe Coleman‚ who finishes with a one-hitter and a 1-0 shutout.

    Hank Thompson's surprise squeeze bunt in the 9th with the bases loaded and 2 outs‚ allows the Giants to slip past the Cubs‚ 7-6 in the opener against the Cubs. Bob Rush and 2 relievers then combine on a 3-0 win in the nitecap to keep the Giants 4 games ahead of the Braves. Giants rookie Bob Lennon‚ who hit 64 HRs at Nashville‚ is 0-for-1 make his ML debut as a pinch hitter in game 2.

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    1953

    Mantle's 2-run HR off Chicago's Billy Pierce caps a 7-run 5th inning‚ as New York wins 9-3 at Yankee Stadium. Returning to CF after the 5th‚ Mantle is photographed blowing a huge bubble with a wad of gum. Manager Stengel will publicly rebuke the Mick‚ who will apologize for the indiscretion. However‚ Mantle does get an endorsement fee from the Bowman Gum company.

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    1952

    The Cardinals Stan Musial gets his 2‚000th hit‚ off the Phils Curt Simmons‚ as the Cardinals lose 4-2.

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    1951

    Sal Maglie wins his 20th game to give the Giants a 2-1 win over the Dodgers' Ralph Branca. Monte Irvin's two-run homer in the 4th gives New York all its scoring‚ The Dodgers score in the 8th on a double by Snider and a triple by Jackie Robinson. But 3B Bobby Thomson snags a ground‚ tags Robby‚ and throws to first for a DP. The Dodgers still lead the Giants by 5 1/2 games.

    The Yanks hit 5 homers-4 off the Nats' Dick Starr-to win‚ 7-5. Mantle's leadoff homer on the first pitch‚ which starts the scoring‚ slams against the bottom of the flag holder on the top of the right field stands. Vic Raschi then wins the nitecap‚ 2-0‚ in a game called after the 6th inning because of "darkness." Though Yankee Stadium has lights‚ unlike the NL‚ these cannot be used on Sunday. The Yankees (88-49) remain virtually tied with the Indians (88-51).

    The Indians use three 9th-inning bunts to edge the Browns‚ 4-3. Hegan leads off with a bunt that rolls foul‚ but then drives a single past the pulled-in 3B Jack Maguire. Two more bunts and a sac fly give Mike Garcia his 19th win. Reliever Satchel Paige takes the loss.

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    1950

    Sal Maglie of the Giants hurls his 4th consecutive shutout‚ tying a ML record‚ and beats the Dodgers 2-0. Alvin Dark's 2 HRs provide the runs.

    The Red Sox advance to within a half-game of the 2nd place Yankees by walloping the A's‚ 8-3 and 11-3. All the Boston runs in the opener are unearned. In game 2‚ a 7-run 2nd inning allows Walt Masterson to coast home as Zarilla‚ Stephens‚ and Doerr all homer. Dom DiMaggio steals his 15th: his 15 stolen bases will lead the AL‚ the lowest total in history.

    The Tigers and White Sox finally finish a game that started in April. The game was originally scheduled as the nitecap of a Doubleheader‚ April 30‚ but was halted by darkness after 9 innings deadlocked at 77. Rescheduled for August 10‚ the contest was halted in the 7th with the score 1-1. Art Houtteman finally ends it with a 1-0‚ 12 inning win. Hoot Evers triples and scores on a single by Johnny Groth. The league leaders fail to cash in by losing the nitecap‚ 5-4‚ cutting their lead to a half game over New York and a game ahead of Boston.

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    1949

    The Giants score 6 in the 7th to rip the Dodgers‚ 10-1 and end the Dodgers 6 game win streak. The Giants rap Roe‚ Branca and Barney for 13 hits‚ including homers by Bobby Thomson and Hank Thompson. Despite terrorizing the NL with baserunning‚ Jackie Robinson is picked off base by Dave Koslo‚ the 4th time the Giants pitchers have nabbed Robby.

    At St. Louis‚ Johnny Vander Meer wins just his 5th game‚ stopping the NL-leading Cards‚ 6-1. The Cards still lead the Dodgers by a game. Al Brazle (14-7) takes the loss.

    The Cubs crush the host Pirates‚ 8-1‚ behind Walt Dubiel's three-hitter. Andy Pafko's grand slam climaxes a 7-run 5th inning‚ while Ralph Kiner's 44th homer in the 9th is the Bucs' only score.

    At Yankee Stadium‚ Ellis Kinder wins his 19th victory and his 9th straight‚ as Boston wins‚ 7-1. The Yanks manage just 4 hits‚ while Johnny Pesky and Bobby Doerr pound homers off Ed Lopat. Pesky has hit two homers this season‚ both at Yankee Stadium. Hugh Casey makes his AL debut‚ allowing two unearned runs in two innings. The loss cuts the Yanks lead to 1 1/2 games over the Red Sox.

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    1948

    Hard-throwing Rex Barney of the Brooklyn Dodgers survives a one-hour rain delay plus showers in the 6th‚ 8th‚ and 9th innings and hurls a no-hitter‚ beating the New York Giants and Monte Kennedy‚ 2-0. It is Barney's 10th win in 2 months‚ and keeps the 3rd-place Dodgers 31?2 games behind the NL-leading Braves.

    The Braves are rained out in Philadelphia.

    The Red Sox whip the Yankees‚ 9-4‚ scoring 8 runs in the 3rd. Williams (.367) has 2 hits to regain the AL lead over Boudreau.

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    1947

    For the second game in a row the Cubs win a 4-3 game and hit a grand slam. Today it is Cliff Alberson's pinch slam in the 9th inning that beats the Dodgers.

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    1946

    The Giants lose to Phils 5-4 as Bobby Thomson debuts with 2 hits. Del Ennis' 3-run HR is the big blow for the Phils.

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    1945

    Dick Fowler of the Philadelphia Athletics returns from 3 years with the Canadian Army and pitches a no-hitter‚ walking 4 and beating the St. Louis Browns‚ 1-0‚ in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. A triple by Hal Peck leads to the winning run in the 9th. It is the Canadian Fowler's first start since his return and his first ML shutout. The no-hitter is the first by an Athletic since 1916.

    Philadelphia and the Pirates split‚ with Pittsburgh winning 4-3 and losing 14-3. Philadelphia's Jimmie Foxx hits a HR in each game‚ his 6th and 7th of the season. The second HR is the 534th and last of his career.

    The Cubs sweep the Cards‚ 9-1 and 4-0‚ for their 17th doubleheader sweep this year. This ties the ML record set by the Cards last year.

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    1944

    The wobbling Browns lose to the White Sox‚ 2-1‚ in 14 innings and are now in 3rd place‚ a half game in back of Detroit. Jack Kramer pitches 12 innings for the Browns and accounts for the only St. Louis run with an 8th inning homer. Ed Lopat goes all the way for the win.

    The 4th place Red Sox put themselves 3 games from the top with a 7-1 win over the visiting Yankees. Rookie Rex Cecil allows just 5 hits. Catfish Metkovich has a HR and single to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 23 games‚ tying the Red Sox record held by Del Pratt‚ George Burns‚ and Ted Williams.

    The Cubs score 6 runs in the last 2 frames to beat the Cardinals‚ 6-1. It is Chicago's first win of the year over the league leaders. Cubs SS Len Merullo handles 17 of 18 chances and has 12 assists‚ 2 short of the NL mark .

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    1941

    The Reds purchase 3B Bert Haas from the Cards.

    The Indians release Mel Harder‚ who has been plagued with arm problems.

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    1940

    The Indians lose their 7th straight as White Sox lefty Thornton Lee beats them‚ 2-1. The Tigers take over first place with the Yankees one game back. Tomorrow's opener in Cleveland with the Yanks will be rained out.

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    1939

    After being rushed to the hospital‚ Jimmie Foxx is operated on for appendicitis‚ and will be out for the season. His 35 HRs will still win the AL title.

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    1938

    Lou Gehrig plays his 2‚100th consecutive game and has four hits to bring his average over .300. The Yanks trip the Senators‚ 3-0‚ behind Bump Hadley.

    In Cleveland‚ the Tigers top the Indians‚ 11-5‚ on Hank Greenberg's 47th homer of the year. Jeff Heath has a homer and 4 RBIs for Cleveland.

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    1936

    The Yankees sweep the Indians 11-3 and 12-9 to clinch the pennant on the earliest date ever. Gehrig smashes a grand slam as does Cleveland's Bill Knickerbocker. Gehrig will hit a career high 49 homers this year‚ 14 against Cleveland‚ including six in 11 games at home. The Yanks will finish in front by 19 1/2 games over the Tigers‚ the biggest margin in the team's history.

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    1935

    With the Cardinals' Phil Collins losing to Curt Davis and the Phils‚ 4-3‚ the Cubs win their 5th and 6th straight games. Chicago tops the Braves‚ 5-1 and 2-1‚ behind the pitching of Larry French and Tex Carleton‚ cutting the Cardinal lead to a single game.

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    1934

    Brooklyn pitchers Ray Benge and Van Lingle Mungo fire back-to-back shutouts over the Reds. Benge wins 5-0 and Mungo follows with a 3-0 victory.

    In one of the most memorable games in the Negro League history‚ Pittsburgh Crawfords' Satchel Paige duels the Philadelphia Stars' Slim Jones to a 1-1 stalemate‚ called after 9 innings due to darkness. Paige strikes out 12‚ and Jones‚ 9‚ before 30‚000 at Yankee Stadium.

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    1933

    Joe Hauser‚ Minneapolis (AA)‚ hits 2 HRs to set all-time record of 69. Hauser also set the International League record mark at 63‚ with Baltimore in 1930.

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    1932

    The Tigers beat the Yankees 14-13 in a 14-inning game in which Lou Gehrig hits a grand slam and drives in 8 runs. He has reached this RBI feat twice before. Frankie Crosetti strikes out 4 times in the game‚ including twice in one inning. Detroit also tops the Yanks‚ 4-1‚ in 5 innings to finally complete the protested game of August 1st‚ and the tie of yesterday. The Yanks score their lone run in the 3rd inning off Buck Marrow with their only two hits of the game.

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    1931

    To raise funds to help the unemployed in the Depression‚ the Yankees‚ Giants‚ and Robins agree to a series of benefit games. Sixty thousand fans‚ paying regular prices‚ raise $59‚000 in the first matchup‚ as Babe Ruth homers and the Yankees beat the Giants 7-2. At Comiskey Park‚ a crowd of 34‚865 raises $45‚000 for Governor Emmerson's unemployment relief fund and watch the Cubs trim the White Sox‚ 3-0‚ behind Charley Root. Root twirls a 6-hitter and drives in all the runs.

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    1930

    The first place Cubs‚ sporting a team average of .311‚ invade Brooklyn and are shut out by rookie Ray Phelps‚ 3-0.

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    1929

    Chicago drives Sam Jones to the showers with three runs in the 7th‚ as the White Sox beat the Senators‚ 7-4. Young Ed Walsh is the winner‚ allowing six hits. Cissell hits for the circuit while Willie Kamm adds two triples and a double.

    The Cubs win their 90th‚ beating Boston‚ 4-3. Following two rain delays‚ Hack Wilson hits his 37th homer in the 7th to tie the game at 2-2. After Charlie Root walks in a run in the 9th‚ Riggs Stephenson's homer ties at 3-3‚ and two more hits hand Percy Jones the loss. Wilson and Chuck Klein are now tied for the NL lead in homers.

    At Cincinnati‚ the Giants Fred Fitzsimmons beats the Reds‚ 10-4‚ in game 2 for his 6th win over Cincinnati this season. Four of the wins are shutouts. In game 1‚ Carl Hubbell is the winner‚ 6-3.

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    1928

    A total of 85‚265 jam Yankee Stadium to watch the Yankees sweep 2 from the A's‚ 3-0 and 7-3‚ to move back into first place to stay. George Pipgras is the winner in the first game while the Yankee star of the nitecap is Bob Meusel‚ who takes an Ed Rommel knuckler out of the park for a grand slam in the 8th. Waite Hoyt is the winner.

    At Ebbets Field‚ the Robins come from behind to edge the Giants‚ 3-2‚ behind Dazzy Vance. Harvey Hendrick dinks a 2-run homer in the 8th‚ off Larry Benton‚ to tie‚ and Jake Flowers singles with 2 out in the 9th to drive home the winner. The ecstatic fans respond by covering the field with straw hats.

    The Cards blow a 7-3 lead and lose to Pittsburgh‚ 8-7. Their lead is cut to 2 1/2 games. Pete Alexander blows the lead‚ but the loss goes to reliever Art Reinhart. Hafey and Bottomley homer for the Cards‚ but the Bucs answer with the 7 hits from the Waners. Paul‚ leading the NL with .381‚ has 4 of them.

    Chicago's Alex Metzler breaks up a pitching duel between Ted Lyons and Willis Hudlin by cracking an 8th inning pinch homer to tie Cleveland‚ 1-1. The Sox get one more‚ then explode for 8 runs in the 9th inning to coast‚ 10-1. This is Metzler's 3rd and last roundtripper of the year and he will tie Bill Barrett for the team lead. His 55 RBIs will be 2nd on the Sox.

    At age 38‚ Yankee P Urban Shocker dies of pneumonia in Denver‚ where he had gone for his health. Only now does it become known that he had suffered from an enlarged heart and was unable to sleep lying down for 2 years. Shocker‚ who never had a losing season‚ was 18-6 in 1927 but appeared in only one game in 1928.

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    1926

    Trailing 6-3 at the end of 8 innings‚ Brooklyn then makes 9 hits and adds two walks to win going away‚ 12-6. A NL record five Brooklyn pinch hitters all deliver‚ including pinch hitter Dick Cox‚ who gets 2 hits‚ scores twice‚ and has 2 RBI in a 9-run 9th inning. Pinch hitter Moose Clabaugh bats twice in the 9th‚ collecting a hit: the six pinch hits sets a ML record and the 3 pinch runners scoring ties a ML mark set in 1900. The Phils use a record-tying 5 pitchers in the 9th with Waylon Dean taking the loss. The Phils are again paced by Cy Williams‚ who clubs two homers in his first two at-bats (three in a row)‚ before striking out in his next.

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    1923

    In an IL game‚ the Syracuse Stars are leading 3-2 in the 7th and final inning when ump George Magerkurth calls a Baltimore runner safe‚ giving the Orioles a last chance at bat. Stars manager Frank Shaughnessy protests and the fans agree with him by pouring out onto the field‚ and the ump awards the forfeit win to the O's.

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    1922

    Danville's Otto Pahlman (III League) has his 50-game hitting streak stopped. Now in 2nd place‚ he'll end the century with the 4th longest streak ever in the minors.

    Baby Doll Jacobson collects 3 triples to lead the Browns to a 16-0 whitewash of the Tigers. The victory‚ the most lopsided in Browns' history‚ goes to pitcher Elam Vangilder. St. Louis totals 20 hits with Ken Williams hitting a homer in his 5th straight game‚ his 37th of the year. Sisler has 3 hits to keep his hit streak alive‚ as the Browns keep pace with New York‚ winners in 10 innings against Washington.

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    1921

    An AL record for total runs and hits is made when Chicago beats Detroit 20-15. Each team has 20 hits. Earl Sheely has 5 runs for Chicago.

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    1920

    In the opener of the pivotal 3-game series‚ Cleveland blasts the Yanks 10-4 behind the pitching of Stan Coveleski and the hitting of Doc Johnston. Johnston has 4 hits‚ two of them triples‚ and a steal of home. Ruth hits his 47th homer in the first‚ then receives 3 intentional walks.

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    1918

    In game 4‚ Ruth bats in 2 runs on a triple in the 4th and pitches 7 scoreless innings before the Cubs tie it in the 8th‚ ending Ruth's WS record of 29 2/3 scoreless innings. Shufflin' Phil Douglas relieves Lefty Tyler for Chicago in the last of the 8th and throws away the game‚ first by a wild pitch‚ then with an error. Ruth is the winning pitcher‚ but Mays relieves with 2 on and no out in the 9th.

    Finners Quinlan‚ an OF who last played in 1915‚ is wounded fighting in a battle at Argonne Wood‚ France. He loses an eye and his right leg.

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    1917

    Grover Alexander beats New York's Jeff Tesreau‚ 4-1. Ferdie Schupp takes the nitecap‚ 2-1 for New York‚ beating the Phils Eppa Rixey.

    In Chicago‚ with the score tied 3-3 in the 10th inning between the Sox and the Indians‚ umpire Brick Owens forfeits the game to Chicago‚ 9-0‚ because of the 'dilatory tactics' of the Tribe. Chicago now leads the AL by 7 games. The Cleveland players protest Owens ruling in the 10th when‚ with two on a no outs‚ he calls Jack Graney out on a close play. The ensuing argument delays the game ten minutes with several Indians rolling on the ground and tossing their mitts. When Chicago's first hitter‚ pitcher Dave Danforth‚ strikes out to open the bottom of the inning‚ Indian catcher Steve O'Neill fires the ball into CF‚ whereupon Owens calls the forfeit.

    The Cubs Phil Douglas stops the Pirates on 3 hits to beat Wilbur Cooper‚ 1-0.

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    1916

    Hippo Vaughn and Jimmy Lavender shut out the Pirates‚ 3-0 and 2-0‚ for a Cubs' doubleheader victory.

    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.

    In Washington‚ Boston's Babe Ruth tops the Senators and Walter Johnson‚ 2-1. Ruth gives up 4 hits while Johnson allows 8. It is the Babe's 4th win this season versus Johnson. Washington wins the nitecap‚ 4-3‚ in 10 innings.

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    1915

    Boston's Lefty Tyler allows just one Brooklyn hit‚ but loses 1-0. Jeff Pfeffer is nearly as perfect‚ allowing 2 hits for the win. Brooklyn scores the lone run on a walk by Hy MyersGus Getz's single‚ a double steal‚ and a sac fly.

    Sporting goods manufacturer A. G. Spalding‚ one of the original players‚ managers‚ and executives of the NL‚ dies at 65 in Point Loma‚ near San Diego‚ CA.

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    1914

    In the opener at Boston‚ the Phils win their only game in the series‚ 10-3‚ behind Pete Alexander. In game 2 of a doubleheader‚ George A. Davis‚ a Harvard law student‚ pitches the only shutout of his brief career‚ a 7-0 no-hitter for the first-place Braves over the Phils. The spitballer walks the bases loaded with no outs in the 5th‚ but "he rose to the occasion to prove his perfect candidacy to a niche in the hall of stars‚" writes the Boston Post. Released by the Highlanders in 1912‚ Davis will be 3-3 this year and next‚ then hang up his glove to start a law practice.

    At Washington‚ the Senators Jack Bentley shuts out New York‚ 1-0. Jack Warhop takes the loss‚ his 5th 1-0 loss of the year‚ which ties the AL record set by Bill Donovan in 1903. It won't be topped by any pitcher. Also not topped‚ or tied‚ is Warhop's loss today to the Senators‚ the 3rd time this year they've beaten him‚ 1-0. No pitcher will tie Warhop's ML record.

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    1913

    The Red Sox collect 21 assists against Detroit in a 3-2 win.

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    1912

    At the Polo Grounds‚ the Giants sweep two from Brooklyn‚ 2-1 and 7-2. Jumbo Jeff Tesreau takes the opener and Mathewson the nitecap.

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    1911

    Red Sox rookie Buck O'Brien shuts out the A's‚ 2-0‚ in his first major league start. He won't be scored on for 20 innings.

    Detroit's Pat Mullin pitches a 1-0 shutout over the White Sox‚ and gets some help when Lee Tannehill's liner is caught by LF Delos Drake who turns it into a triple play‚ throwing to Donie Bush who relays to 1B Del Ganier.

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    1909

    The Pirates beat the Reds‚ 3-1. Charles "Moon" Gibson of Pittsburgh catches his 112th consecutive game‚ breaking Chief Zimmer's 1890 record. His streak will end at 140.

    Chicago's Orval Overall tops the St. Louis Cardinals‚ 2-1 for his 15th straight win over the Birds. He started the streak on June 6‚ 1906. It is the longest Cub winning streak by one pitcher over a single team.

    Bill Dinneen‚ winner of 3 games in the first WS‚ is released by the St. Louis Browns and becomes an AL umpire‚ a position he will hold through 1937.

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    1908

    In a 7-3 New York win‚ the Giants steal 9 bases off Brooklyn's Billy Maloney‚ an outfielder pressed into service as a catcher. That's enough to make him quit the game. Following the game John McGraw makes his stage debut in a show at the Hippodrome. He has a small part in the show "Sporting Days."

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    1907

    Boston's Cy Young and the A's Rube Waddell battle to a 13-inning scoreless tie. Neither pitcher walks a batter.

    The Giants play their 5th doubleheader in a week‚ splitting shutouts with Boston. New York takes the opener‚ 10-0‚ then Irv Young outpitches Christy Mathewson‚ 1-0‚ in the 7-inning nitecap.

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    1904

    Cold weather keeps the crowd to 1‚844 in New York as the Giants Joe McGinnity allows 12 Philley hits but wins his 31st‚ 6-4. The nitecap is called after 5 innings and no score.

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    1901

    The White Sox sweep a doubleheader-and the 4-game series-with Boston by topping the Somersets‚ 4-3 and 6-4. Boston's Buck Freeman belts his 12th homer of the year. Chicago (75-46) now has a seven game lead over Boston (67-52).

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    1899

    Doc McJames of Brooklyn has a no-hitter until Hugh Duffy of Boston singles with 2 out in the 9th. Nevertheless‚ the league leaders win‚ 4-0.

    Jake Beckley of Cincinnati hits a grand slam‚ inside-the-park HR in a 12-6 loss to St. Louis. In the same game‚ Bill Phillips quick-pitches a perfect strike to Burkett‚ who had stepped out of the batter's box. True to his nickname of "The Crab‚" Jesse shows his irritation and is ejected. Emmet Heidrick has 4 singles and scores 3 times for St. Louis.

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    1895

    For the 2nd time in 10 days‚ last-place Louisville breaks an opponent's winning streak this time by beating the Phillies 9-8‚ snapping their 12-game streak. On August 30th the Colonels halted Brooklyn's 11-game streak with a 6-5 win.

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    1891

    Disgusted with owner Von der Ahe's constant criticism‚ St. Louis stars Tommy McCarthy and Jack Stivetts sign with the Boston Beaneaters (NL) for 1892.

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    1886

    In the first of a 3-game series in Chicago‚ Detroit‚ batting last‚ beats the White Stockings‚ 8-3‚ ending the Whites' 12-game win streak. Hardy Richardson has 3 triples.

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    1885

    The Grays beat the Phillies 3-1‚ ending their 13-game losing streak. This is the last ML game ever played in Providence.

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    1884

    Buffalo‚ with Jim Galvin pitching‚ stops Hoss Radbourn's winning streak of 18 straight games‚ A NL record. The final score is 2-0 over Providence‚ the second time the Grays have been shut out this year. Tim Keefe will top Hoss in 4 years.

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    1882

    After taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning‚ Troy loses to Chicago 24-1 in a shortened 8-inning battle. Five Chicago players get 4 hits each.

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    1879

    Tommy Bond of Boston shuts out Chicago again‚ 10-0 this time‚ for his 11th and final complete-game shutout of the season. Bond shut out Chicago yesterday‚ 4-0. This is the 3rd year in a row that he has led the NL in whitewashes.

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    1876

    Curveballer Candy Cummings of Hartford wins 2 games over Cincinnati‚ 14-4 in the morning and 8-1 in the afternoon. They are separate admission games. This marks the first time 2 games are played in the same day.

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    1874

    The stockholders of the Philadelphias baseball club vote 26-15 to expel player John J. Radcliffe. Umpire William McLean has testified that Radcliffe approached him before the game at Chicago on July 15th and offered him $175 if he would help Chicago win the game. Four other players were in on the plot: Candy Cummings‚ Nat Hicks‚ Bill Craver‚ and Denny Mack.

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    1871

    The Athletics visit Boston without their star pitcher Dick McBride‚ who misses the game because of illness. George Bechtel pitches and loses to Al Spalding at the Bostons‚ 17-14. Harry Wright‚ a .267 hitter‚ has 4 walks and 3 runs scored.

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    1857

    The Tri-Mountain team of Boston plays host to a team from Portland‚ Maine "on the common" today‚ winning 47-42 in 9 innings playing under the New York rules. According to accounts quoted in the June 24‚ 1912 L.A. Times‚ this was the first game decided in 9 innings rather than which team reached 100 runs first. Also‚ it was reportedly the first match where the ball was pitched not tossed. The ball‚ which was 10 inches‚ according to the Times report‚ surfaced in Kansas City in 1912 and was enscribed with the results of the game.

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