1990 January

9th  Jim Palmer, a 3-time AL Cy Young Award winner, and Joe Morgan, a 2-time NL MVP, are elected to the Hall of Fame in their first years of eligibility.

15th  Former Blue Jay Cecil Fielder signs with Detroit as a free agent after spending last season with Japan’s Hanshin Tigers, where he hit 38 homers.

26th  Boston hires Elaine Weddington as assistant GM, making her the highest-ranking black female in the major leagues.

1990 March

4th  The St. Petersburg Pelicans get home runs from Lamar Johnson and Steve Kemp and rout the West Palm Beach Tropics 12–4 to win the first-ever championship of the Senior Professional Baseball Association.

7th  Former ML pitcher Mickey McDermott wins $5.7 million in the Arizona Lottery. As he relates the story to the Phoenix New Times, “Let me tell you how this happened, I was on a barstool for two days and finally I went home to sleep it off. I’m not a kid anymore. It takes me time to get over a hangover. Pretty soon, my wife Betty wakes me up and orders me into the living room. ‘I want you to sit up and listen to something I’ve got to tell you,’ she says. ‘I couldn’t figure what was so important. Was she going to leave me? Did I accidentally kill the cat? `We’ve just won the lottery,’ she tells me. `Our share will be almost $6 million. Mickey McDermott, you are one lucky Irish son of a bitch!’” McDermott gives up drinking as one result of his good fortune. In August 2016, former reliever Don Stanhouse will win $5 million in the Texas Lottery game Mega Millions.

15th  ML owners refuse to open the spring training camps without a new Basic Agreement with the Players’ Association, beginning a lockout that will last 32 days and postpone the start of the regular season by one week.

24th  Former Red Sox slugger Tony Conigliaro dies of pneumonia and kidney failure at the age of 45. Conigliaro was the youngest ML player ever to reach 100 career home runs, and then he was nearly blinded by a 1967 beaning.

27th  For the 2nd time in 3 years, the Special Veterans Committee chooses not to elect a single player to the Hall of Fame in its annual balloting.


18th  The players and owners reach a new collective-bargaining agreement that will end the 32-day lockout of spring training camps. Highlights of the deal include increasing the clubs’ contributions to the players’ pension fund, raising the minimum ML salary to $100,000, and a compromise on salary arbitration that leaves 17 percent of players with between 2 and 3 years of ML experience eligible.

22nd  The ML umpires announce that they will boycott exhibition games to protest not having been consulted in the revision of the regular season schedule after the lockout. They will return to work on April 1st.

28th  A plan to allow starting pitchers to earn victories with only 3 innings pitched (because of the abbreviated spring training period) is scrapped, but teams will be allowed to open the regular season with 27-man rosters instead of the allowed maximum of 25.

1990 April

9th  On Opening Day, Houston’s Glenn Davis ties a ML record when he is hit by pitches 3 times in an 8–4, 11-inning loss to the Reds. For the Reds, it is just their 3rd road opener since 1876. On hand are members of the 1965 Yankees and 1965 Astros, the two teams that opened the Astrodome. Of the 32 old timers on hand, former Astro Nolan Ryan has struck out 14 of them.

On Opening Day in Texas, the Rangers beat Toronto, 4–2. Texas ace Nolan Ryan pitches 7 innings of no hit ball and then is lifted by Bobby Valentine. Because of the baseball strike, Ryan had pitched just 7 innings of spring training and Valentine does not want to risk injury.

At Kansas City, Sam Horn blasts a pair of three-run homers to pace the Orioles to a 7–6, 11-inning win over the Royals. It is the most RBIs on Opening Day by an Oriole.

At St. Louis, the Cardinals edge the Expos, 6–5, in 11 innings.  Rookie Delino DeShields has 4 hits, including a pair of doubles, half the Expo hit total. He’s just the 2nd player (11th overall) to debut on Opening Day with 4 hits.

At Shea, the Pirates pound Doc Gooden (0-1) for 5 runs in 4.1 innings and go on to win, 12–3. Doug Drabek gets the win as Bonilla and Van Slyke homer to back his pitching. Gooden has a losing record for the first time in 9 seasons.

At Chicago, the White Sox open against Milwaukee, winning, 2–1. Cuban-born Tony Fossas pitches a rare 6th inning, retiring the side on 3 pitches, but then gives up the winning run in the 7th.

10th  Wade Boggs is intentionally walked 3 times in Boston’s 4–2 win over Detroit, tying the ML record for a 9-inning game.

In the home opener at Toronto, President George Bush, guest of Canadian PM Brian Mulroney, becomes the 1st US president to throw out a first pitch on foreign soil. Toronto then beats Texas, 2-1 in front of 49,673.

Rain washes out the Indians opener at home against the Yankees.

11th  California’s Mark Langston and Mike Witt combine to no-hit the Mariners 1–0 for the first combined no-hitter in the major leagues since 1976. It is Langston’s first start for the Angels since signing as a free agent in the off-season. 1B Wally Joyner makes an error in the 5th when he overthrows Langston on Pete O’Brien’s grounder. O’Brien tries for 2B, not realizing that C Lance Parrish baked up the play and has the ball. He’s thrown out.

The A’s Mike Norris relieves Mike Moore in 8th and pitches 2 scoreless innings in a 3–0 win over Minnesota. It is Norris’s first ML appearance since 1983 because of drug, shoulder and tax problems.

At the SkyDome, Texas scores 5 runs in each of the first two innings to beat the Blue Jays, 11-5.  Pete Incaviglia has a 3-run homer and drives in 5 runs, while George Bell has a grand slam for Toronto, connecting in the 3rdoff Kevin Brown.

12th  San Francisco’s Brett Butler ties the ML record by drawing 5 walks in a 13–4 win over Atlanta. Two other players will draw 5 walks this year, but they will need extra innings to do it.

The Yankees open the season in New York in front of 50,114 with Billy Martin’s son throwing out the first ball. The Yankees win 6–4 win over the Indians, scoring twice in the 8th inning to break a 4–4 tie. Luis Polonia’s hit breaks the tie and the Yanks score another run on an error. Eric Plunk is the winner over Jesse Orosco. Polonia will be rewarded for his hit by being sent to the Angels in two weeks for Claudell Washington.

13th  In Seattle, the Mariners show off their new mascot, The Mariner Moose, who dances on the field at the Kingdome. The Oakland A’s are not amused, banging on 21 hits, including 4 by Rickey Henderson, who homers to lead off the game. Oakland has a 12-1 lead after 4 innings and wins, 15-7.

14th  Bret Saberhagen gets the win and Mark Davis earns the save as Kansas City beats Toronto, 3–1. It is the first time ever that 2 reigning Cy Young Award winners have figured in the same victory.

16th  At Fenway, the Brewers have 20 hits, but no HRs, in pounding Boston, 18–0. It is Milwaukee’s largest shutout margin ever. Dave Parker has 4 hits including 3 doubles as Teddy Higuera is the easy winner over Mike Boddicker.  All 5 Sox pitchers allow runs.

17th  At Shea, the Cubs steal 5 bases, Lloyd McClendon hits a grand slam—his only homer of the year, and Jerome Walton scores 3 runs as the Cubs win, 8-6.  Chicago scores 2 unearned runs in the 13th for the victory.

At Tiger Stadium, the Yankees defeat the Tigers, 4-1, as Tim Leary earns the decision. In the 2nd, Roberto Kelly is picked off 1B but is safe at 2B when the second baseman drops the throw. Kelly is then picked off 2B and is thrown out at 3B, just the 5th player in ML history to be caught stealing twice in an inning.  He does steal successfully in the 9th.

18th  In a 6–2 win at San Francisco, Dodger 1B Eddie Murray homers from both sides of the plate, the first major leaguer to pull the feat in both leagues.  Murray has done it 8 times in the AL. Brooks adds a HR for LA and Mike Morgan takes the win.

20th  Less than a year after being banished from baseball for his illegal gambling activities, all-time hit king Pete Rose pleads guilty to 2 felony counts of filing false income tax returns. On July 19th, he will be sentenced to 5 months in prison and fined $50,000.

Seattle’s Brian Holman has a perfect no-hitter with one out to go but loses it on his first pitch to the A’s Ken Phelps. Phelps hits a HR, but then Holman fans Rickey Henderson for a 6–1 win.

21st  The Reds beat the Braves 8–1 to run their record to 9-0, the best start in club history. The lone Brave score is a HR by Dale Murphy, his 335th as an Atlanta Braves, passing Hank Aaron. The Reds will lose tomorrow to Atlanta, the team with the best (13–0 in 1982) start ever.

California’s Bert Blyleven lasts just 4 innings, allowing 7 runs in an 8–0 loss to Minnesota. Blyleven allows 9 hits, including homers to Hrbek and Randy Bush. He’s now reached the 400 mark in gopher balls, 7th on the all-time list. West is the winner with help from Candelaria.

Pedro Guerrero has a grand slam and 5 RBIs for the Cardinals but the Phillies outlast the Birds to win, 7-6, in 10 innings at Busch. The Phillies outhit the Cards, 19 to 9.

22nd At Shea, Sid Fernandez fires a 2-hit shutout as the Mets stop the Expos, 5-0. Tim Raines has both hits and adds 2 stolen bases.  It is the third time in his career that Raines has had the Expos only hits. Keith Miller hits a 2-run homer and Tim Teufel has a 2-run pinch single.

23rd Joe Carter hits a 1st-inning grand slam and drives in 7 runs as the Padres blast the visiting Giants, 13-3. Andy Benes goes 6 innings for the win.

In a White Sox-Cubs exhibition game, Steve Lyons plays all 9 positions for the South Siders. The Sox win, 6-5.

25th At Fenway, gimpy-legged Bill Buckner, 41, hoofs out an inside-the-park home run for the Red Sox, easily beating the throw in from Claudell Washington, who had fallen into the RF stands.  It will be Buckner’s only homer in this, the last, season of his four-decade career as he will play just 22 games. The Red Sox lose, 3–1, to the Angels Kirk McCaskill.

26th  Nolan Ryan pitches a one-hitter and sets a Ranger record with 16 strikeouts in a 1–0 win over the White Sox. It is Ryan’s 12th career one-hitter (which ties him with ML leader Bob Feller) and 200th career game with at least 10 strikeouts.

27th  Dodgers ace Orel Hershiser will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his pitching shoulder. He hadn’t missed a start since joining the club’s rotation in 1984.

Wally Backman goes 6-for-6 in Pittsburgh’s 9–4 win over San Diego to become the first NL player in 15 years to get 6 hits in a game.

Frank Viola (4-0) and two relievers allow 3 hits as the Mets shut out the Astros, 1-0. Mark Carreon’s homer is the game’s lone score.

The Phillies plate 6 runs in the last 2 innings to beat the Braves, 7-1.  The big blow is a grand slam in the 8th by Carmelo Martinez.

28th  Frank Tanana wins his 200th career game, as Detroit tops Milwaukee, 13–5.

At Fenway, the Red Sox beat the A’s, 12–3. At the 12:07 start, the temperature is 95 degrees; when the game ends 3 hours, 50 minutes later, the temperature is 55 degrees and windy.

29th  The Cubs Greg Maddux sets a ML record for pitchers when he records 7 putouts in a 4–0 win over the Dodgers. Maddux will record 39 putouts for the year to tie Vic Willis’s NL mark for the century set in 1904.  Greg will then match it again in 1991 and 1993.

Rather than go on the disabled list for the first time in his career, Dan Quisenberry announces his retirement. The Q man retires as the all-time AL save king with 238.

30thSteve Finley takes away a 3-run homer from Lance Parrish when he makes an 8th inning catch above the wall. The play preserves a tie and the Orioles then win, 2–1, in the 12th inning over the visiting Angels.

1990 May

1st  The Braves Derek Lilliquist homers twice in a 5–2 win over the Mets, becoming the first pitcher to do so since Jim Gott in 1985.

2nd  Marty Clary pitches 7 innings for his lone win of the year (he’ll lose 10) as the Braves beat the host Expos, 8-1. Andres Thomas hits a grand slam in the 3rd and drives in 5 runs.

Gary Gaetti connects for a pair of 3-run homers off Jack Morris as the Twins trip the Tigers, 8-2. David West allows 3 hits in winning his second of the year,

3rd  New York rookie Mike Blowers, handed the starting hot corner job, ties an AL record by committing 4 errors at third base in the Yankees’ 10–5 loss to the Indians.

4th  The Red Sox trade reliever Lee Smith to the Cardinals for OF Tom Brunansky.

5th  Brian Harper clouts a grand slam in the Twins 5-run 8th as they come from a run down against the Brewers to win, 9-5.

6th  Cecil Fielder clubs 3 home runs, and Chet Lemon adds 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.

Rickey Henderson hits a leadoff HR for the second game in a row and Curt Young stifles the Red Sox on 2 hits in 8 innings. Oakland wins, 4-2.  Henderson pushes his leadoff HR record to 43.

Mariners 3B Edgar Martinez makes 4 errors in a 5–4 win over the Orioles, tying the AL record last equaled by Mike Blowers just 3 days ago.

Rickey Jordan hits a grand slam as the Phillies score 6 runs in the 7th to come from behind and beat the visiting Dodgers, 9-5.

7th  Jose Canseco hits a 3-run homer and a solo shot, both off Tim Leary, as the A’s down the visiting Yankees, 5-1. Mike Moore pitches 7 solid innings for the win. A game highlight is manager Tony La Russa rescuing a feral cat from the field.

8th  Gerald Perry belts a grand slam as Kansas City scores 6 runs in the 1st inning against Nolan Ryan and beats Texas, 10-5. Ryan exits in the 1st in his shortest outing since 1985.

9th  At New York, the A’s edge the Yankees, 2–1, in 11 innings. Rickey Henderson plates the first run, scoring from 2B on a 6–3 ground out.  Honeycutt is the winning pitcher.

Louisville OF Bernard Gilkey sets an American Association record by collecting 3 hits—2 singles and a HR—in the Redbird’s 16-run 3rd inning against the Nashville Sounds. 21 players collect 14 hits in the frame.  The Redbirds win 18–4 after losing to the Sounds yesterday, 17–5.

11th  The Yankees end their relationship with Dave Winfield, who had an 0-for-23 streak in April .Citing a no-trade clause in his contract, Winfield refuses to report to the Angels after being traded for Mike Witt. Winfield will eventually accept the trade on May 16th, ending his often stormy relationship with Yankee owner George Steinbrenner. When Winfield is elected to the Hall of Fame, his plaque will show him wearing a Padres cap.

13th  Oil Can Boyd allows 9 hits but no runs and Tim Wallach drives in 8 runs as the Expos whitewash the Padres, 15-0. Wallach has 4 hits, including a pair of 3-run homers off Eric Show. Larry Walker hits a 3-run homer off reliever Calvin Schiraldi.

The Dodgers trade veteran 2B Willie Randolph to the A’s for OF Stan Javier.

14th  At Dodger Stadium, it is a pitching and hitting duel between Fernando Valenzuela of the Dodgers and the Expos Kevin Foster, as LA wins, 3-2. Valenzuela allows 5 hits in 8 innings, including serving up a homerun to Foster. Foster returns the favor, giving up a single and homer to Valenzuela.  The last time opposing pitchers both hit homers was 1966.

At Royals Stadium, light-hitting catcher Rey Palacios enters the game as a pinch runner in the 9th when the Royals tie the game with the Red Sox at 5 apiece.  He stays in and then socks a walkoff grand slam in the 10th.

15th  Terry Kennedy has a grand slam in the 4th but Gary Carter, batting for Kennedy in the 8th, drives in the go ahead run with a double as the Giants edge the Mets, 6-5.

17th  At the SkyDome, Brian Giles has a double and a 3-run homer in the 9-run 3rd inning for the Mariners. He follows that with a grand slam in the 5th as the M’s beat the Blue Jays, 14-6. Glenallen Hill has a single a pair of 2-run homers for Toronto.

18th  In a 7–0 loss to the Astros, Cubs 2B Ryne Sandberg finally commits an error. This ends his ML-record errorless streaks at 123 games and 584 chances. Joe Morgan held the previous record of 91 games.

Paul O’Neill of the Reds cracks a two-out game-ending homer in the 9th as Cincy edges the Cardinals, 1-0. Ken Dayley takes the loss while Norm Charlton is the winner in relief.

Gary Templeton clubs a 2nd-inning grand slam, off Frank Viola, as San Diego trips the visiting Mets, 6-3.

Bobby Bonilla is a double shy of the cycle as he hits a grand slam in Pittsburgh’s 9-3 win over the Braves in Atlanta. Wally Backman adds 3 singles and a homer.

The Orioles use an AL record-tying 6 consecutive singles in the first inning to score 7 runs on their way to a 13-1 pasting of the Rangers. Dave Johnson goes the distance for the decision. Mike Witt gives up 10 hits and 9 runs in 4+ innings.

19thThe Red Sox roll over the Twins at Fenway, winning, 13–1, behind Roger Clemens. Tom Brunansky paces the 20 hit attack, going 5-for-5.

In a 39-hit slugfest at Dodger Stadium, the Phillies have 24 hits and outlast the Dodgers to win, 15-12, in 11 innings. Kal Daniels has a grand slam and 5 RBIs for LA, while Tommy Herr has 5 hits and 3 RBIs for the Phils. Each team uses 7 pitchers in the nearly 5-hour game.

20th  Ahead 10-4 after two innings, the Braves hold on for a 13-11 win over the visiting Pirates.  Ron Gant and Dale Murphy each slug a pair of homers for Atlanta, while Bobby Bonilla hits two homers and scores 5 runs for the Bucs.  It is only the 3rd time in history a player has scored 5 runs for a losing team. Barry Bonds adds a homer.

At Yankee Stadium, Don Mattingly hits a 2-run homer in the 9th to tie the game at 3 apiece, but the Royals push across a run in the 10th to beat the Yankees, 4-3. Rick Cerrone catches the first 8 innings, then plays second base for the last two.  Seemingly, he is the first Yankee to catch and play second base in a game [turn of the century player Aleck Smith is noted as doing it for the Yankees (sic).  He played for the Giants]

21st  At Dodger Stadium, the Mets pound Mike Morgan for 9 runs in 2+ innings to beat the Dodgers, 12-3. Daryl Boston hits a 2-run homer in the 2nd and Kevin McReynolds adds a grand slam.

22nd  Andre Dawson sets an ML record when he is intentionally walked 5 times during a 16-inning 2–1 Cubs’ win over the Reds. Cincinnati issues 7 intentional passes altogether to tiea ML record set by Houston in 1984. Dawson’s last walk, his third in extra innings, loads the bases before Dave Clark singles in Ryne Sandberg.

Barry Bonds hits his first career grand slam, off Dan Schatzeder, to pace the first-place Pirates to an 8-4 win over Houston. Neal Heaton (7-1) pitches a workmanlike 6+ innings.

Mike Marshall clubs a grand slam and drives in 6 runs against his old team as the Mets down the Dodgers, 8-4. Kevin Elster contributes 4 hits including a homer.

At the SkyDome, Jose Canseco has 3 hits, including a grand slam, and drives in all of Oakland’s runs as they edge the Blue Jays, 5-4.  Kelly Gruber hits a pair of solo shots for the Jays.

23rd  At the Metrodome, Yankee starter Tim Leary strikes out 11 as he shuts out the Twins, 12-0. Steve Balboni hits a pinch homer, then adds another homer—both off John Candelaria; Balboni is the first Yankee to accomplish the feat. Candelaria serves up 4 gophers, and starter Tim Drummond tee up two.

Kal Daniels belts a 3-run homer, off Paul Assenmacher, as the Dodgers score 4 in the 8th to beat the host Cubs, 4-3. Starter Mike Harkey is charged with 3 of the runs.  Harkey makes all 3 putouts in the 4th inning, tying the NL mark.  Lynch (1986) and Reuschel (1975) were the last Chicago pitchers to do it.

At the Astrodome, the Astros steal 8 bases in a 7-3 victory over the Pirates. Eric Yelding is the top thief with 4.

24th  In the Padres 8-4 win over the Mets, reliever Greg Harris nails Kevin Elster with a pitch in the back, a move that prompts a bench-clearing brawl when Elster charges the mound.  Elster is tossed for his charge. Harris apparently plunks Elster for his move in yesterday’s game when, with the Mets ahead 11-0, the shortstop swung at a 3-0 pitch. It is the only time Elster will be hit by a pitch this year.

25th  Kevin Mitchell drives in 5 runs on three homers and the Giants edge the Pirates, 9-8 at Three Rivers Stadium.

26th  Jeff Treadway connects for three home runs to drive in six runs as the Braves pummel the Phillies, 12-3. Pete Smith scatters 8 hits in the win.

27th  John Smoltz is 2 outs away from a no-hitter when the Phillies Len Dykstra doubles. Smoltz finishes with a 6–1 two-hit win for the Braves.

The Angels tally all their runs on homers in beating the Brewers, 7-3, behind Chuck Finley (7-2).  Lance Parrish hits a 2-run homer, Johnny Ray solos, and Wally Joyner clubs a grand slam.

28th  The Twins Scott Erickson shuts out the Rangers, 3–0, stopping their 14-game win streak.  Erickson will be named AL pitcher of the Month, going 5–0.

29th  Rickey Henderson steals his 893rd career base in Oakland’s 2–1 loss to the Blue Jays, surpassing Ty Cobb as the AL’s all-time leader. Lou Brock’s mark of 938 is next.

With the team struggling (20-22), the Mets fire manager Davey Johnson, whose 6-year winning percentage was .593. Coach Buddy Harrelson replaces him and the Mets will win 20 of their next 23 games before cooling down.

28thAt Texas, Roger Clemens (8-2) and the Red Sox beat Charlie Hough, 2–1. The Rocket and the Knuckler combine to toss over to first base 51 times. Only Hough is around to finish.

In San Diego, the Phils Mike Schmidt announces his retirement.

Bob Welch (7-2) pitches into the 6th inning and the A’s edge the Royals, 6-4. Bo Jackson has an inside-the-park homer with a man on off Welch in the 6th.

30thAt Arlington, the Rangers beat the Red Sox, 4-3, on Pete Incaviglia’s RBI double in the 10th. Wade Boggs has a homer for Boston and Bill Buckner in his final ML game. On June 5, he’ll end his four-decade career with a .289 career batting average.

1990 June

1st  In a slugfest in Seattle, Jay Buhner and Cecil Fielder both hit grand slams and collect 5 RBIs as Detroit tops the Mariners, 9-7.

At Candlestick, Glenn Davis clouts 3 homers and drives in 5 runs, but that is it for the Astros offense as they lose to the Giants, 6-5, in 11 innings.  Houston collects 5 hits.

2nd  Seattle’s Randy Johnson, at 6 feet 10 inches the tallest pitcher in ML history, pitches the first Mariners’ no-hitter, a 2–0 win over the Tigers. He walks 6 and strikes out 8. Fifty of the pitches are clocked at 94 MPH or above as the only threat is a Gary Ward deep fly ball to CF.

The Dodgers release veteran OF John Shelby, who will sign with the Tigers.  Almost a year ago today, Shelby went 0-for-10 in a 22-inning game.

3rd  At Busch, the Cardinals beat the Cubs, 7-4, as Ozzie Smith steals 3 bases and Vince Coleman swipes 4. The Birds steal 8 all told with Joe Girardi behind the plate.

4th  The Dodgers Ramon Martinez, 22, strikes out 18 Braves in a 2–0 win. He ties Sandy Koufax’s club record and is one short of the NL mark. Martinez whiffed none in the 9th inning.

San Francisco score 5 in the 1st inning and John Burkett (5-1) pitches 9 innings as the host Giants defeat the Reds, 10-1. Reds reliever Tim Birtsas strikes out 4 Giants in the 7th.

The Braves wisely select Florida high school SS Chipper Jones with the first pick in the annual free-agent draft. The Tigers follow with Tony Clark and the Phils use the 3rd pick on Mike Lieberthal. The A’s use their 14th choice to take the much sought after Todd Van Poppel, passed over because of his stated intention to pitch at the University of Texas. The A’s change his mind and he signs on July 16th for $1.2 million. Picking 20th, the Orioles take Stanford’s Mike Mussina. Late in the 6th round, the independent Class A Miami Miracle drafts Mike Lansing under a never-before-used rule. The rule will be abolished, but Lansing will play two years with the Miracle and make the majors with the Expos. Troy Percival (Angels) and Mike Hampton (Mariners) go in the 6th round, Rusty Greer (Rangers) in the 10th, and on the 12th round, the Twins take SS Pat Meares. The White Sox end up with the best draft, taking Alex Fernandez (1st round), Bob Wickman (2nd), Robert Ellis (3rd), James Baldwin (4th), Ray Durham (5th), Brandon Wilson (18th), and Jason Bere (36th). After selecting Carl Everett with the 10th overall pick, the Yanks pull 3 winners out of the low rounds: Andy Pettitte in the 20th round, Jorge Posada in the 24th, and Shane Spencer in the 25th.

6th  A week after the Mets fire their manager, the Yankees follow suit. Bucky Dent, the Yank’s skipper for just 89 games, is replaced by Stump Merrill, who managed the Columbus farm team.

For the 2nd time this season, Cecil Fielder belts 3 homers in a game, as Detroit beats the Indians 6–4. Fielder is only the 4th AL player to have two 3-HR games in a season.

In a 12-11 10-inning loss to the Cardinals, the Phillies Von Hayes is walked 5 times. The last, in the 10th, is intentional. Hayes is the third player this year to receive 5 walks in a game.

7thAt Fenway, Red Sox pitchers Greg Harris and Jeff Reardon combine on a one-hitter, beating the Yankees, 3–0. Jesse Barfield’s single is the lone New York hit.

8th  At Wrigley, Shawon Dunston has a single and grand slam in the Cubs’ 9-run 3rd inning as Chicago trounces Philadelphia, 15-2.

George Bell has a single and a pair of homers to drive in 6 runs as the Blue Jays come from behind by scoring 7 in the 8th and 9th to beat the host Brewers, 11-5. Kelly Gruber scores 4 runs. Tom Gilles, who made his ML debut yesterday, picks up the win by retiring one batter. This is final appearance.

At County Stadium, the Giants collect 27 hits as the stomp on the Braves, 23-8. Rookie Rick Parker has 4 hits, including a 3-run homer, scores 4 and drives in 6 runs. Will Clark also dirves in 6 runs as he hits two homers and a double. Jose Uribe has 4 hits, scores 4 and drives in 3. Dale Murphy, with 4 hits, has one of Atlanta’s 3 homers.

9th  Dodger Eddie Murray homers from each side of the plate for the 10th time in his career (the 2nd time in 1990) to tie Mickey Mantle’s ML record. The Dodgers beat the Padres 5–4 in 11 innings. The Reds Rick Mahler gives up 4 runs in less than 4 innings as Houston wins, 4–1. For Mahler, it is his 11th consecutive loss to the Astros.

Pete Harnisch allows 4 hits in 8 innings as the Orioles beat the visiting Yankees, 10-1. Chuck Cary exits in the 1st inning having allowed 6 runs. Randy Milligan supplies most of the offense with 3 homers good for 6 RBIs.

At Fenway, Ellis Burks has 3 hits, including a double, to drive in 6 runs as the Red Sox top the Indians, 11-6. The Sox lead the Blue Jays by a game and a half in the AL East.

10th  Joe Girardi has a double and homer and Andre Dawson belts his 16th homer as the Cubs down the Phils, 7-3. Len Dykstra has a pair of hits to run his batting streak to 23 games.

11th  Ageless Nolan Ryan pitches his unprecedented 6th career no-hitter, striking out 14 batters in a 5–0 win over the A’s. He is the first to pitch a no-hitter for 3 different teams, and the first to throw a no-hitter in 3 different decades.  The A’s are missing McGwire, Canseco, and Lansford in the lineup.

The Phils Lenny Dykstra’s hitting streaks stops at 23 games, as he goes 0-for-8 in a doubleheader with Montreal. Dykstra’s average drops from .407 to .392.

12th  Baltimore wins in dramatic fashion, beating Milwaukee, 4–3 in 10 innings. Dan Plesac serves up a 2-out HR in the 9th to Mickey Tettleton which ties the game, then tees up a leadoff homer to Milligan in the 10th. Orioles SS Cal Ripken plays in his 1,308th consecutive game to move past Everett Scott into 2nd place on the all-time list. By passing Scott, Ripken sets a record for consecutive games at one position. Gehrig’s longest was 885 games at 1B.

The Mets outhit the Cubs 21 to 16 and outscore them, 19–8. Dave Magadan and Kevin McReynolds homer to back Dwight Gooden (4–5).

At Riverfront, Tom Glavine scatters 7 hits as the Braves beat the Reds, 8-3, in game 1.  Greg Olson helps with a grand slam and Jeff Blauser has 4 hits. Ron Gant’s triple, homer and 2 RBI lead the Braves to a 3-2 win in game 2.

13th  Kansas City’s Willie Wilson steals his 600th career base in an 11–4 win over California.

Highly touted prospect Steve Avery makes his ML debut for the Braves and gives up 8 runs in 21⁄3innings. The Reds scalp the Braves, 13–4.

The Giants Trevor Wilson no-hits the Padres for 8 innings before Mike Pagliarulo singles. Wilson settles for a 6–0 one hitter, the Giants’ 14th win in their last 15 games.

The wind is blowing out at Wrigley as the Mets take a pair from the Cubs, winning 15-10 and 9-6.  New York scores 5 runs in the 9th in each game.  Howard Johnson has a grand slam in the 9th in game 1 and Mark Carreon has a pinch 2-run homer in the 9th of game 2. Ryne Sandberg has 3 homers on the afternoon.

14th  The NL announces plans to expand from 12 to 14 teams for the 1993 season. The price of admission is 95 million dollars.

17th  At Tiger Stadium, the Angels manage just 4 hits, but one is a 5th inning grand slam by Lance Parrish, as they beat the Tigers, 7-3. Steve Finley (10-3) allows 3 runs in 6 innings for the win.

19th  Gary Carter catches his 1,862nd career game to break Al Lopez’s NL mark. He goes 0-for-3 in the Giants’ 4–3 loss to San Diego. Batting for Ed Vosberg in the bottom of the 5th, Giants Don Robinson becomes the first pitcher to hit a pinch HR since 1971. San Diego’s Bruce Hurst serves up the gopher. His job done, Robinson does not pitch.

20th  At Tiger Stadium, the first-place Athletics deflate Detroit, 12-7. Terry Steinbach belts a grand slam and drives in 6 runs.

22nd  The last-place Braves fire manager Russ Nixon and replace him with GM Bobby Cox, who last managed Toronto in 1985.

23rdIn Seattle’s 8-6, 11-inning win over Texas, Henry Cotto has 3 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, and 4 stolen bases.

24th  The Twins Scott Erickson wins his 12th game in a row, stopping the Yankees, 5–0, and allowing just 2 hits. He retires 24 of the final 25 batters. Erickson will go on the DL for the first 2 weeks in July with a strained elbow.

Led by Jim Eisenreich’s 5 hits, the Royals have 23 hits in beating the Twins, 11-2. Danny Tartabull has a single, double and homer to drive in 4 runs.

26th  Howard Johnson drives in 2 runs in the 11th as the Mets win, 7-5 over the Cardinals at Busch. Terry Pendleton is 5-for-6 for St. Louis.

27th  Brewers DH Dave Parker gets his 2,500th career hit in a 5–4 win over the Yankees.

29th  Oakland’s Dave Stewart and the Dodgers Fernando Valenzuela both throw no-hitters today, the first time this has happened since Hippo Vaughn and Fred Toney’s double no-hitter in 1917. Stewart blanks the Blue Jays 5–0, and a few hours later Valenzuela beats the Cardinals 6–0. The only threat to Stewart is a fly ball by Fred McGriff that Dave Henderson catches with his back pinned to the wall. Fernando almost loses his no-hitter with 1 out in the 9th when Pedro Guerrero hits a grounder up the middle with a runner on. Valenzuela, a former Gold Glover deflects the ball to 2B where SS Alfredo Griffin starts a DP.

Scott Erickson, 10–0 for the past 2 months, has his 12-game win streak snapped, as the Twins lose to the White Sox, 8–4.

1990 July

1st  Yankees Andy Hawkins throws the season’s 6th no-hitter, but still loses 4–0 to the White Sox. With 2 out in the bottom of the 8th, New York’s Mike Blowers misplays Sosa’s routine grounder for an error, and Hawkins walks 2 to load the bases. Outfielders Jim Leyritz and Jesse Barfield drop back-to-back fly balls to allow all 4 runs to score. Barfield loses Ivan Calderon’s fly ball in the sun and the ball bounces off his mitt. Ken Johnson in 1964 was the last pitcher to lose a no-hitter.

2nd  Nolan Ryan strikes out 7 batters in a 3–2 loss to the Red Sox. This gives him a record 22 seasons with at least 100 strikeouts. He had shared the record of 21 with Don Sutton.

The Braves send Dion James to the Indians for CF Oddibe McDowell.  The Braves will move Dale Murphy back to RF.

4th  Vince Coleman picks up a 7-game suspension when the bill of his cap butts ump Ed Montague during a argument in a 9-2 loss to the Giants. SF scores 4 in both the 7th and 8th innings to put it away.

6th  In his first start since losing a no-hitter, Andy Hawkins pitches 112⁄3innings of shutout ball only to lose in the 12th 2–0 to the Twins. Hawkins is now 1-6 for the Yankees.

Disgusted with the team’s performance, Whitey Herzog resigns as manager of the Cardinals after 10 years. Red Schoendienst will replace him temporarily and Joe Torre will be named permanent manager on August 1st.

After Greg Swindell tops Scott Sanderson, 6-1, in the opener, Oakland bangs out 7 homers in the first 5 innings in game 2 to swamp the host Indians, 12-1. Rickey Henderson and Mark McGwire each hit two, while Jose Canseco, Jamie Quirk and Carney Lansford have one apiece.

8th  Losing 7–0 to California in the 3rd, the Brewers score 20 unanswered runs, including 13 in the 5th, to win. This is the biggest swing of runs since 1980 and will not be topped in the 90s. Looking for his 279th win, Bert Blyleven starts for the Angels but never makes it out of the 4th. He’ll win only once more the rest of the year. Darryl Hamilton has a grand slam and 6 RBIs, Jim Gantner has 3 hits and 5 RBIs, and Dave Parker has a homer to drive in 2.

10th  Six AL pitchers combine for a 2-hitter and a 2–0 victory over the NL in a rain-delayed All Star game at Wrigley Field. Rangers 2B Julio Franco drives in both runs in the 7th inning and is named MVP.

At the halfway mark in the season, the Reds are leading the NL West by 8 games, while Pittsburgh is a half game ahead in the East. In the AL, Boston leads by a halfgame and Oakland by one game.

11th  At Comiskey Park, the White Sox honor their 1917 World Championship team by donning old-fashioned uniforms and scaling concessions back to WWI prices. Chicago then loses 12–9 to Milwaukee in 13 innings.

Jack McKeon resigns as manager of the Padres but keeps his position as San Diego’s vice president of baseball operations. He is replaced in the dugout by Greg Riddoch. Later in the season, McKeon will lose his front-office job as well.

12th  The White Sox Melido Perez pitches a rain-shortened 6-inning no-hitter over the Yankees, as Chicago wins, 8–0. This is the 7th no-hitter this season, the most since 1917. Lance Johnson makes a diving over-the-shoulder catch in the 5th to save a hit and also bangs a 3-run HR.

13th  Randy Milligan has a pair of homers for the Orioles and Phil Bradley hits a pinch grand slam in the 8th, off John Candelaria, as the Birds pull ahead to beat the Twins, 8-5 in a game 1 opener in Baltimore. Kent Hrbek has a homer in the game and adds another in game 2, a 3-1 victory behind David West and Terry Leach.  Light hitting John Moses adds a 2-run homer for the difference.

14th  Dante Bichette, Dave Winfield, and Brian Downing each homer twice in California’s 8–7 win over Toronto. This is the 8th time 3 teammates have done this in the ML.

Mike Morgan allows just 3 hits as the Dodgers beat the Cubs, 7-0. Greg Maddux gives up all the Dodger runs in 8 innings. Doing the most damage for LA is Kal Daniels, who hits a pair of 3-run homers.

15th  Gerald Perry again paces the Royals to a victory by collecting a single, double, triple and 3 steals in the 13-4 win over the Red Sox. Yesterday, Perry set a club record by going 7-for-9 in a doubleheader.

At Atlanta, the Braves out-homer the Expos, 5-3, but lose 16-14 as the two teams collect 34 hits. Treadway, Presley and Justice all homer in the 7th off Dale Mohoric, but Tim Wallace’s grand slam and Galarraga’s 3-run HR offset them. Kremer and Murphy for Atlanta, and Fitzgerald for Montreal also homer.

RF Felix Jose robs Robin Yount of a HR in the top of the 1st, then hits a grand slam in the bottom of the frame as the A’s beat the Brewers, 4-1. Jose also throws out Parker at the plate. Chris Bosio and Jamie Navarro combine on a 2-hitter.

The White Sox sweep the 4-game series with the host Yankees, winning 8-5, and sending the last place Bombers to their 14th loss in 19 games.

16th  At Riverfront, the Reds hit four homers, including a grand slam by Eric Davis, in subduing the Expos, 8-3. Cincy maintains its 7.5 game lead in the NL West.

17th  The Twins pull off a ML first—2 triple plays in the same game, in the 4th and 8th innings. Both are started on grounders to 3B Gary Gaetti, who has started five of the Twins’ last 6 triple killings. Despite the ML record, the Red Sox win anyway, 1–0.

At Yankee Stadium, Bo Jackson slugs 3 straight HRs, the third homer his career 100th, then separates his shoulder in the 6th inning diving for a line drive off the bat of Yankee Deion Sanders. Sanders ends up with an inside-the-park HR, but Kansas City takes home a 10–7 win. Jackson will be out for 6 weeks. Mel Stottlemyre, Jr. makes his ML debut, pitching an inning of relief inning against the Bronx Bombers.

At the Kingdome, Alvin Davis hits a grand slam to pace the Mariners to a 7-5 win over Toronto. Fred McGriff has a homer and 4 RBIs for the Jays.

Don Robinson (6-1) goes 8 innings and Matt Williams socks a grand slam as the Giants beat the NL East leading Pirates, 6-3.

18th  A day after setting a ML record for triple plays, the Twins and Red Sox tie one for DPs. The Red Sox ground into 6 double plays, while the Twins ground into 3 to tie the ML record, as the Red Sox win again, 5–4. In addition, Hrbek lines into a DP in the 1st. The mark of 9 ground out DPs in regulation was last accomplished on May 1, 1966 by Boston and California. Boston will finish the year having grounded into a ML record 174 double plays.

Arbitrator George Nicolau rules in favor of the players association saying that the 26 ML owners colluded and were aware of a databank that detailed 1987 salary offers. In September he will decide the damage amounted to $102.5 million.

In Cincinnati, Andres Gallaraga’s second homer of the game, a 2-out 9th inning grand slam, ties the game, but the Reds plate a run in the bottom of the 11th to win, 8-7. Barry Larkin triples and Paul O’Neill singles him home with the winning run.

At Three Rivers, Jeff King caps the Pirates scoring with an 8th-ining grand slam, as the Bucs beat the Giants, 11-2. King has 5 RBI.

20th  Kevin Appier fires a shutout for the last-place Royals, beating Roger Clemens and the Red Sox, 5–0.  The Sox take the nightcap, 3–1, scoring a pair on Mike Greenwell’s 2-run homer off starter Aquino (4–1).

Sid Fernandez strikes out 10 batters in 7 1/3 innings as the Mets beat Atlanta, 6-1. El Sid strikes out 7 batters in a row.

The Orioles pick up Ron Kittle from the White Sox, and send Chicago OF Phil Bradley.

21st  In his first ML start, Baltimore’s Big Ben McDonald shuts out Chicago 2–0. McDonald was the first pick in the 1989 June draft. It is the first shut out in a AL debut in 15 years.

22nd  At Three Rivers, Gary Redus hits a grand slam and Jay Bell has a homer and 3 RBIs as the Pirates top the Dodgers, 11-6. Pittsburgh leads the Mets by a game and a half.

23rd  Dickie Thon’s 6th inning grand slam, off Frank Viola, gives the Phillies a 7-4 win over the Mets.

At Tigers Stadium, the Orioles score 7 in the 3rd then add on 6 in the 9th to beat the Tigers, 13-3.  Mike Devereaux drives in 6 runs on a triple and grand slam.

24th  Who needs a pickoff motion? Atlanta pitcher Charlie Leibrandt picks off Craig Biggio by beating him back to 1B. Hough wins the game, 9–3.  Atlanta takes the nightcap from Houston scoring in the 8th and 9th to win, 9–8.

Vince Coleman paces the Cards to a 9-4 win over the visiting Cubs. Coleman is 4-for-4, including a triple and homer, scores 4 runs, and steal 4 bases. His last theft is a 2-out straight steal of home in the 8th with Mike Bielecki on the mound and McGee hitting.

25th  For the 2nd time in his career, George Brett hits for the cycle, as Kansas City beats Toronto, 6–1.

Before the start of the Padres-Reds game in San Diego, comedienne Roseanne Barr screeches out a rendition of the National Anthem, finishing with a crotch grab that causes a crescendo of boos. Ed Whitson then wins, 2-1 for the Pads.

Danny Darwin of the Astros strikes out 10 batters as he beats the Braves, 5-1.  First baseman Franklin Stubbs has no hits at bat and no putouts at first base. He records 2 assists.

Jose Canseco leads the A’s to a 13-3 pasting of the Angels as he hits a pair of homers off Bert Blyleven and drives in 6 runs. Ron Hassey also homers off the big Dutchman as he drives in 3 runs.

Twenty-five-year veteran umpire Bob Engel resigns after pleading no contest to charges of shoplifting baseball cards in California. He allegedly stole 4,180 Score baseball cards, worth $143.98, from a Target store in Bakersfield and attempted to steal another 50 packs from a Costco. This follows an incident a few weeks ago when a card dealer was found bludgeoned to death behind the display case in his shop in San Luis Obispo.

26th  With a bit of assistance from Royals catcher Mike Macfarlane, the Blue Jays top KC, 7-5. The Jays load the bases with two outs in the second, when Mookie Wilson swings at a 3-2 pitch that bounces in the dirt and rolls just a few feet away. Macfarlane picks up the ball and, rather than step on the plate for a force play, fires wildly to first, allowing three runs to score.

27th  The Braves drop 10 runs on the Giants in the 6th inning to win, 10–1. The big inning features two home runs and six RBIs by Dale Murphy, just the 3rd player in history to pull off the feat.

28th  Cal Ripken’s errorless streak ends at 95 consecutive games, as Baltimore loses to Kansas City 10–9. The streak is a new ML record for a SS, eclipsing Kevin Elster’s 89-game mark.

Cubs SS Shawon Dunston ties a ML record with 3 triples in a 10–7 win over the Expos. Shawon also drives in 5 runs.

With one out to go, the Giants Scott Garrelts loses a no-hitter when the Reds Paul O’Neill singles. Garrelts finishes with a 4–0 one-hit win.

29th  At Detroit, the Red Sox bang out 12 doubles, tying an AL record, in a 13–3 win over the Tigers. Boggs has 3, while Naehring, Jody Reed, and Burks each have 2. Harris wins easily. The previous AL record was 11, set on July 14, 1934 by Detroit against New York. The 12 two-baggers will be tied in 1996 by Cleveland.

At Minnesota, the Twins edge the A’s, 6-5, when C Brian Harper hits a bases-loaded single in the 10th inning. Earlier, Harper had a swipe of home on the front end of a double steal.

Dwight Gooden (7 IP) and Bob Ojeda combine to stop the Cardinals, 6-0, as the NL East leading Mets maintain a one-game lead over the Pirates. Gooden goes to 11-5 and is helped by batterymate Mackay Sasser’s grand slam.

30th  In a surprisingly harsh ruling, Commissioner Fay Vincent orders Yankees owner George Steinbrenner to resign as the club’s general partner by August 20th and bans him from day-to-day operation of the team for life. The ruling is a result of Steinbrenner’s $40,000 payment to confessed gambler Howie Spira for damaging information about since-traded Yankee star Dave Winfield.

Jack Clark hits his 300th career HR in San Diego’s 4–3 eleven-inning loss to the Braves. His homer in the 10th ties the game and is his 17th homer in extra innings. He’s now in 2nd place in overtime homers to Mays’ 22.

Nolan Ryan becomes the 20th 300-game winner in history, in an 11–3 Texas win over Milwaukee. Ryan is not around to finish, joining Steve Carlton and Early Wynn as the only pitchers not to hurl a complete game for their 300th win.

31stAt County Stadium, the Rangers seal the outcome with a 6-run 9th inning power display as Pete Incavilgia solos and Julio Franco clubs a grand slam.  Texas wins, 11-3, over Milwaukee, behind Nolan Ryan’s 7+ innings.

1990 August

1stDave Stewart beats the Mariners for the 14th straight time, but it takes him 11 innings to do it as the A’s win, 1–0. Stewart scatters 5 hits, 3 by Ken Griffey, Jr. Erik Hanson allows just 2 safeties through 10 innings, but the A’s collect 3 hits off reliever Schooler in the 11th to win. Stewart’s 14-game win streak started August 13, 1986. There won’t be another extra-inning shutout thrown by a pitcher in the regular season until Roy Halladay on September 2003.

In Cleveland’s 4-1 win over Kansas City, Alex Cole steals 5 bases.

The Cards spot the Phils an 8-1 lead then come to lose, 11-10, Willie McGee has a hit for the Birds to extend his hitting streak to 22 games, while Darren Daulton score 4 runs for the winners. St. Louis then lets Red Schoendienst go as interim manager and hire Joe Torre.

2nd  Yankees rookie Kevin Maas hits 2 homers, his 9th and 10th, in just 77 at bats, the fastest any player has ever reached that mark. But the Yanks lose to Detroit 6–5 in 11 innings, when Chet Lemon triples in Bergman. Lloyd Moseby adds a grand slam for Detroit.

3rd  Cleveland’s Tom Candiotti has his no-hitter spoiled in the 8th inning when New York’s Oscar Azocar singles. Candy leaves the game then and takes the loss as the Tribe drops a 6–4 decision. In just his 2nd week in the majors, Cleveland’s Alex Cole ties a ML record by stealing 7 bases in 2 games. He set the club record by swiping 5 bases against the Royals on August 1st.

The Braves trade 2-time MVP OF Dale Murphy and a player to be named to the Phillies for reliever Jeff Parrett and a pair of players to be named later. The Phillies will get Tommy Greene, a not too shabby player to be named. The Braves are not as lucky receiving Jim Vatcher and Victor Rosario.

At Arlington, Jamie Moyer (1-3) allows three hits and Steve Bueschele hits a 7th-inning grand slam as the Rangers shoot down the Blue Jays, 9-1.

Pittsburgh’s Doug Drabek is one out away from a no-hitter when he gives up a single to the Phillies Sil Campusano, who is hitting .188. Drabek finishes with an 11–0 one-hitter.

4th  At Riverfront, Joe Carter nicks Rick Mahler for an 11th inning grand slam as the Padres drop the Reds, 7-3.

In Baltimore, George Brett has a double and homer, Danny Tartabull hits a pair of homers, and Mike McFarlane adds a grand slam and 5 RBIs as the Royals clip the Orioles, 9-1. Andy McGaffigan (3-0) goes 6 innings.

The Indians go on the warpath, breaking a 3-3 tie with the last-place Yankees by scoring 14 runs in the last 4 innings to win, 17-3 at Yankee Stadium. The Tribe hit 4 homers, including a 6thinning grand slam by Cory Snyder, off Tim Leary.

Seattle scores a run in each of the last 4 innings to edge the Twins, 4-3. Catcher Brian Harper has a double for Minnesota to extend his consecutive-game hitting streak to 25.

5th  Hall of Fame induction ceremonies for Jim Palmer and Joe Morgan are rained out in Cooperstown, NY. The ceremony will be conducted the following day at a local high school.

6th  Roberto Kelly, who hit a walkoff homer yesterday, hits a leadoff homer today as the Yankees down the Indians, 2-1. Kelly matches Joe Gordon, the last Yankee to accomplish the feat, in 1940. Brett Gardner, in 2017, will join the trio.

Giants outfielder Rick Leach is suspended for 60 days following a positive drug test.

7th  Dave Winfield collects his 2,500th career hit, a single off Tom Bolton, as California loses to Boston, 6–3.

8th  Pete Rose begins serving his 5-month prison sentence at Marion (IL) Federal prison camp.

The Expos send pitcher Zane Smith to the Pirates in exchange for Scott Ruskin, Willie Greene and a player to be named later (prospect Moises Alou). Alou will have just 20 at bats this year and miss all of next year because of shoulder surgery but turn into an All-star. Smith will help the Bucs into the post season by going 6-2 after the trade and 16-10 in 1991.

9th  San Diego SS Garry Templeton collects his 2,000 ML hit, exactly 14 years after getting his first. The Padres beat the Braves 7–0, with Bruce Hurst winning over Charlie Leibrandt.

Lance Dickson, a first round pick in the June draft, makes his debut for the Cubs and gives up a leadoff single to Rex Hudler. Hudler is picked off and caught stealing 2B.  The Cards score 3 in 6 innings of Dickson and win, 3-1, behind Ken Hill.

The Yankees beat Brad Radke and the Twins, 4–1, stopping Radke’s 12-game winning streak. Luis Sojo snaps a 1–1 tie in the 8th with a 2–run HR. Since 1950, only 3 pitchers have won 12 straight games.

10th  In Cleveland, Mitch Webster hits a grand slam in the Indians 5-run 4th as the Tribe tops Detroit, 5-2.

12th  After a 71⁄2hour rain delay, the White Sox-Rangers game is finally postponed.

14th  California posts a 9–5 win over the Yankees with the winning margin coming on an inside-the-park grand slam by Luis Polonia in the 2nd. Yankee RF Jesse Barfield misses a shoe string catch and his leisurely pursuit of the ball allows Polonia to score. Jim Abbott is the winner. Barfield will misplay another drive into an 4-run IPHR in 2 weeks.

Kansas City edges Texas, 1-0 on Jim Eisenreich’s 9th inning game-ending HR. Gary Mielke serves up the gopher. Steve Farr wins with 3 innings of relief.

Glenallen Hill has a triple and grand slam and Todd Stottlemyre pitches 7 shutout innings as the Blue Jays whip the host White Sox, 12-4. Kelly Gruber and George Bell each knock in 3 runs as the Jays stay 2 games in back of Boston in the AL East. Bell’s ribbies come on three sac flies, tying a ML mark.

15th  The Phillies Terry Mulholland spins the major leagues’ 8th no-hitter of the season. Mulholland faces the minimum 27 batters in blanking the Giants 6–0, as just one runner reaches base on a throwing error by Charlie Hayes. But Hayes makes the last putout by grabbing a Gary Carter line drive. John Kruk also makes a crucial play by reaching into the stands to pull back a one-out popup by Matt Williams in the 8th.

Herm Winningham of the Reds hits 3 triples in a 3-1, 12-inning win over the host Cardinals.  His 3rd triple breaks the 1-1 tie.  Herm adds a double for 4 long hits, tying the club mark.

Mark McGwire hits a game-winning grand slam, off Rob Murphy, in the bottom of the 10th to give Oakland a 6–2 win over Boston. He becomes the first player to hit 30 HRs in each of his first 4 seasons.

At Busch Stadium, Herm Winningham’s third triple of the game drives in the go-ahead run in the 12th as the Reds beat the Cardinals, 3-1. Winningham also has a double in the game.

16th  In a 7–5 loss to the Indians, the Twins Kirby Puckett starts off in RF and then moves to SS, 3B, and 2B in the 8th inning.  Newman switches from 3B to SS back to 3B in the frame. Cleveland fails to score.

17th  In Chicago’s 4–2 game 2 win over Texas, Carlton Fisk homers off Charlie Hough to become the White Sox’ all-time HR leader (with 187) and the all-time leader in HRs by a catcher (328). Texas wins the opener in the bottom of the 13th inning when Gary Pettis hits a leadoff triple, and scores on Ruben Sierra’s drive. Texas wastes a 10-inning effort from Nolan Ryan in which he strikes out 15. Hibbard goes 8 frames for the Chisox.

Oakland’s Bob Welch (20-4) wins his 20th game of the season, 8–3, over the Orioles. McGwire hits his 31st homer and drives in 3.

Bob Tewksbury retires the first 21 batters before allowing a leadoff double in the 8th to Franklin Stubbs. He then retires the next 6 batters to finish with a one hit, 5-0 win as St. Louis wins at home over the Astros.

18th  At Wrigley, Mark Lemke has 5 hits as the Braves collect 24 hits in beating the Cubs, 17-6. Tommy Gregg has 2 hits and 4 RBIs for Atlanta.

19th  Dodger SS Jose Offerman leads off the bottom of the first with a HR in his first ML at bat, but that is all the LA scoring as Montreal wins 2–1. Offerman had not homered all season in the minors.

At Candlestick, Ernest Riles hits a 6th inning pinch grand slam off Doc Gooden, but the Mets have an answer in Kevin McReynolds, who clubs 2 homers and drives in 6 runs as they win, 10-9. The Mets stay 2 games in back of Pittsburgh in the NL East.

21st  Trailing 11–1 after 7 innings, the Phillies score 2 in the 8th and 9 more in the 9th inning to beat the Dodgers 12–11.

Billy Hatcher ties a ML record with 4 doubles to pace the Reds to an 8–1 win over the Cubs. Mahler beats Harkey. The only score for Chicago in Ryne Sandberg’s 29th homer.

For the last time this century, two rookie pitchers debut against each other as Paul Abbott of the Twins squares off against Jim Campbell of the Royals. Abbott is the loser as the Royals win, 8–7. He’ll do better in his next outing, allowing 3 Texas hits in 8 innings.

23rd  Bobby Bonilla hits his 29th homer, a grand slam, to tie him for the NL lead with Ryne Sandberg, in the Pirates 9-3 lashing of the Reds.  Pittsburgh leads the NL East by 4 games.

25thRed Sox farmhand Kevin Morton pitches a 7-inning perfect game as New Britain (AA) beats Reading, 1–0.

26th  In his first game after 6 weeks on the disabled list, Bo Jackson homers in his first at bat, off Randy Johnson, to tie a ML record with 4 consecutive homers. Bo adds a single and double as KC rolls by Seattle, 8–2.

The Red Sox shut out the Blue Jays for the 3rd consecutive day to extend their lead in the AL East to 4 games. Toronto, leading the ML in runs scored, loses 2–0, 1–0, and 1–0.  Harris (7 2/3 IP) is the winner today, Clemens (CG) yesterday, and Kieker (8IP) on the 24th.

27th  Boston’s Ellis Burks homers twice in an 8-run 4th inning of a 12–4 pasting of Cleveland. It is only the 2nd time a Sox hitter has homered twice in an inning (Bill Regan, June 16, 1928). Burks has 5 RBIs to back Mike Boddicker’s win. Boddicker holds the Tribe scoreless through 6 frames.

The Brewers-Blue Jays game is delayed 35 minutes when a huge swarm of gnats descends onto the field through the open SkyDome roof. Milwaukee scratches out a 4–2 win.

For Texas, Charlie Hough allows 10 walks in 5 innings before being lifted in the 6th. California can score just 3 runs off him but scores 4 off 2 reliever to win, 7–3.

28th  Ryne Sandberg homers in the Cubs’ 5–2 win over the Astros to become the first 2B ever to post back-to-back 30-HR seasons. He will finish the year with 40 HRs to become the first 2B since Rogers Hornsby in 1925 to lead the league in that category.

29th  The defending World Champion A’s seemingly lock up another pennant by acquiring slugger Harold Baines from the Rangers for a pair of minor leaguers (P Scott Chiamparino and P Joe Bitker) and OF Willie McGee from the Cardinals for Felix Jose and 2 more minor leaguers (3B Stan Royer and P Daryle Green). McGee, who will be a free agent at the end of the year, is hitting (.335), which will lead the NL in hitting.

At Minnesota, Twins SS Greg Gagne has a homer and 3 steals, including home, in a 6–1 win over the White Sox. Mark Guthrie goes the distance for the win.

Mercy Rule? Against the Braves, the Pirates plate 4 runs in the top of the 7th before the umps call the game on account of rain. Barry Bonds drives in 5 runs and Doug Drabek (17-5) allows 2 hits. Pittsburgh’s lead is 2 games.

The Dodgers score 8 runs in the 5th in a 12-2 thrashing of the host Phillies. Chris Gwynn’s grand slam is the big blow in the frame. Fernando Valenzuela records his 12th win.

30th  Boston’s Roger Clemens reaches 20 wins for the 3rd time in 5 years by beating Cleveland, 9–2. Rocket K’s 9 and walks none.

Minnesota CF John Moses misplays a long drive by Ron Karkovice, and the White Sox catcher ends up with an inside-the-park grand slam. That’s all the scoring Jack McDowell needs as the Sox win, 4–3.

Gregg Jefferies hits a 2-run homer, Howard Johnson a 3-run homer, and Darryl Strawberry has a grand slam and 5 RBIs as the Mets thrash the Giants, 12-2.

Ron Karkovice clubs a grand slam off David West and Jack McDowell pitches 8 innings as the White Sox edge the Twins, 4-3.

31st  Ken Griffeys—Jr. in CF and Sr. in LF—become the first father-and-son combination in ML history to play as teammates, and they each go 1-for-4 in Seattle’s 5–2 win over the Royals, The Mariners had signed the elder Griffey after he was waived by the Reds last week.

Dennis Eckersley saves his 40th game of the season in Oakland’s 4–2 win over Texas to join Dan Quisenberry and Jeff Reardon as the only pitchers to save 40 games twice.

Luis Rivera has a grand slam and 5 RBIs to lead the Red Sox to a 7-3 win over the Yankees at  Fenway. Greg Harris goes 8 innings to record his 12th win as the Red Sox enter September with a 6.5 game lead over the Blue Jays in the AL East.

1990 September

1st  The 3rd inside-the-park grand slam of the season is hit by Boston’s Mike Greenwell off Greg Cadaret, as the Red Sox beat visiting New York 15–1. Greenwell’s grounder eludes Jesse Barfield in the RF corner: Barfield’s shoetop miss on August 14 gave Polonia his slam. The last season with three inside-the-park slams? 1947. Greenwell’s only other inside-the-park slam was also off Cadaret, in 1989 at Fenway. Boston jumps on Yankee starter Andy Hawkins who lasted 1⁄3of an inning. Hawkins has now pitched a total of one inning in 3 starts at Fenway Park and given up 18 runs (ERA 162.).

Bobby Witt allows 10 walks against Oakland in 7 innings, the 2nd Ranger in a 4 days to hand out 10 walks.  Before this season, the last pitcher to hand out 10 walks was Andy Hassler, in 1974. Witt also has 10 strikeouts and wins, 3–2, for his 10th victory in a row.

2nd  In the year of no-hitters, Dave Stieb pitches the 9th and final one of the season, blanking Cleveland 3–0. It is the first no-hitter in Blue Jays’ history, and the first for Stieb after three close-calls, which were ended by 9th-inning hits. Stieb had previously thrown 5 one-hitters. He K’s 9 in beating Bud Black.

3rd  The White Sox Bobby Thigpen tops Dave Righetti’s ML record with his 47th save of the season in Chicago’s 4–2 win over the Royals. Thigpen will finish the season with a superlative 57 saves.

4th  Houston spots the Dodgers a 7-0 lead before roaring back to take a 10-8 victory. Kal Daniels has a pair of homers, including a grand slam, and 6 RBIs for the host Dodgers. It is his second 6-RBI game this year.

Bobby Thigpen picks up his 48th save, in relief of Jack McDowell, as the White Sox beat KC, 6-3.  Lance Johnson scores 3 runs and pinch runner Sammy Sosa steals 2 bases, typing an AL record, and scores a run.

5th  The Pirates beat the Mets 1–0 and 3–1 to open a 21⁄2game lead over New York in the NL East. Zane Smith pitches a one-hitter in the opener for the Bucs, which has swept all 5 of its doubleheaders this season.

In the battle of division leaders, Bob Welch (23-5) throws 8 shutout innings and Mark McGwire hits his 34th homer and drives in 4 runs as the visiting A’s trump the Red Sox, 10-0.

At Memorial Stadium, Harold Reynolds belts a 9th-inning grand slam, off Kevin Hickey, to break a 5-5 tie as the Mariners trim the Orioles, 9-5. Reynolds has 5 RBIs.

6th  The last-place Phils top the first place Cubs 9–1 behind Bruce Ruffin’s first complete game in three seasons. With the Cards beating the Mets, Chicago leads St. Louis by 1/2 game in the NL East.

At Yankee Stadium, Deion Sanders strikes out in the 6th for the Yankees ending his rookie (14 games in 1989) season with a .158 average in 57 games. Neon then shakes hands in the dugout, and heads for Atlanta to join the Falcons.  On the 10th, he will return a punt for a TD. California scores 6 off Lee Guetterman in the 11th to beat the Yanks, 12–6.

Ruben Sierra’s grand slam in the 1st kickstarts the Rangers to a 12-1 pasting of the Royals. Bobby Witt allows no earned runs in 7 innings for the easy win.

9th  Oakland beats New York 7–3 to complete a 12-game sweep of the Yankees this year. The season sweep is a first for the Yankees.

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.

10th  In the first head-to-head matchup of pitchers named Abbott, Jim’s Angels beat Paul’s Twins 3–1. Minnesota’s Carmen Castillo pinch hits late in the game to complete the successful “Abbott and Castillo” revival.

11th  New York beats Texas 5–4 to snap pitcher Bobby Witt’s personal 12-game winning streak. The Yanks score 2 in both the 7th and 8th innings to come from behind. Dave Righetti saves his 31st.

Coming off his first ML start where he threw 7 shutout innings, Mel Stottlemyre, Jr. is roughed up by visiting Toronto, allowing 5 runs in 3 frames and serving up a grand slam to Tony Fernandez. The Jays win 8–4, handing Mel his only ML decision in this, his last ML appearance. Tomorrow, he can console his brother Todd, who allows 6 runs in 5 innings in losing to the Royals, 7–5.

12th  Yankees starter Steve Adkins doesn’t allow a hit in his ML debut, but he walks 8 batters in just 1 1/3innings, as Texas wins 5–4. Adkins walks the first three batters, then retires the side. After a fly out in the 2nd, he walks the next five before being lifted, two shy of Dolly Gray’s consecutive walk record.

14th  Ken Griffey, Sr. and Jr., hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning of a Seattle 7–5 loss to California.  Kirk McCaskill serves up both Griffey homers.

Oakland’s Dave Stewart wins his 20th game of the season 9–1 over the Twins to become the first pitcher since Jim Palmer (1975-78) to post 4 straight 20-game seasons.

At the Skydome, Sam Horn hits a grand slam for the Orioles but it is not enough as the O’s fall to the Blue Jays, 8-7.

Kal Daniels hits his second grand slam in 10 days as the Dodgers beat the host Reds, 10-4. LA scores 8 runs in the 6th.

15thDespite solo homers in the 5th by brothers Billy and Cal Ripken, both off David Wells, the Orioles lose 4–3 to Toronto. The Jays score 3 in the bottom of the 9th on Kelly Gruber’s home run to make a winner of reliever Blair. The brothers Ripken will homer together one more time, in 1996, again in the same inning.

16th  At Shea, the Mets lose 8-3 to the Phillies but stay just a half game in back of the Pirates.

Cleveland trades pending free agent Bud Black (11–10) to Toronto for Mauro Guzzo, Steve Cummings, and Alex Sanchez.  Black will sign with the Giants on November 9.

17th  The Blue Jays’ 6–4 win over the Yankees is watched by 49,902 at the SkyDome, giving Toronto a ML-season attendance record. The Jays will finish the season with 58 consecutive sellouts and a total attendance of 3,885,284.

Arbitrator George Nicolau, who ruled in July that the baseball owners colluded to keep down the salaries of free agents in 1987-88, decides damages amounted to $102.5 million to the players association.  It is the 5th win in a row for the players.

18th  Alvin Davis’s grand slam is the feature of Seattle’s 7-run 7th as they beat the visiting Rangers, 7-3. Rich DeLucia pitches 8 innings for his first ML win.

19th  Doug Drabek wins his 20th game and Bobby Bonds hits his 30th and 31st HRs, as Pittsburgh beats Chicago 8–7. Two days later Bonds will steal his 50th base of the season.

Seattle scores 4 in the bottom of the 1st against Nolan Ryan, but Texas rallies with 4 in the 4th and sinks the Mariners, 6-5. Mike Stanley, a catcher, steals home in the 4th on the front end of a double steal (as noted by Chuck Rosciam).

Benito Santiago’s grand slam in the 6th gives the Padres the lead as they rally to beat the Dodgers, 9-4.

21st  The Padres fire Jack McKeon, who has been the San Diego GM for 10 years.

22nd  Following a 2-0 victory over the visiting Rangers, Kent Hrbek of the Twins fractures his ankle in a club house incident, ending his season.  The Twins will still finish in last place.

23rd  At Veterans Stadium, Charlie Hayes singles in the winning run in the 16th to give the Phils a hard-fought 2-1 decision over the Expos.  Both teams score in the 12th.

Jack Morris scatters 4 hits and the Tigers limit their scoring to the 2nd inning as they stop the A’s, 6-0. Cecil Fielder hits his league-leading 48th homer, a grand slam.

Gary Gaetti hits a grand slam off the Rangers Charlie Hough for his 200th career HR, as the Twins win 6–4. It comes 9 years and 4 days after his first ML homer, also off of Hough.

25th  The Oakland A’s clinch their 3rd consecutive AL West title by beating Kansas City 5–0. Dave Stewart (22–10) goes the distance for the win.

The Yankees tie a ML record when their first 8 batters all hit safely in a 15–3 rout of the Orioles. Tony Telford allows the first 6 hits to take the loss. The only other times the first 8 batters reach safely in the AL happened in 1954 (July 6) and 1960 (April 24), also against the Orioles. The Cubs in 2009 will be the next team to collect 8 hits from their first 8 batters. The Yanks hit 6 homers in the game.

Tom Glavine (10-11) and Mark Grant combine on a 10-0 Atlanta win over the Reds. Two homers in the 5th, one a grand slam by David Justice, kayo Cincy starter Norm Charlton.

Tough day at the office for Terry Mulholland. The Phillies pitcher allows just 2 Cardinal baserunners—Bernard Gilkey’s leadoff triple and double later—and loses, 1–0.

27th  The first-place Reds beat the Braves, 4-2, as Tom Browning wins his 15th. Rob Dibble picks up a save and strikes out 2 in 2 innings.  He will join Dick Radatz as the only pitchers this century to strike out 125 or more batters in consecutive seasons without starting a game.

28th  Alvin Davis has a double and grand slam and collects 6 RBIs in Seattle’s 11-4 win at Comiskey. Randy Johnson strikes out 11 for his 14th win.

29th  Tom Brunansky hits 3 homers and drives in 6 runs while Roger Clemens tosses a scoreless 6 innings to earn his 22nd win as Boston beats the Blue Jays, 7-5. Dennis Lamp gives up 5 runs in the 9th, including allowing a grand slam to Kelly Gruber. Boston’s lead over Toronto is 2 games.

The Reds clinch the NL West title during a rain delay of their 3–1 loss to the Padres when the 2nd-place Dodgers lose 4–3 to San Francisco. The Reds, never out of first place, are the first NL team ever to lead from wire to wire in a 162-game schedule.

30th  Pittsburgh beats St. Louis 2–0 behind Doug Drabek’s 3-hitter to clinch its first NL East title since 1979. The loss assures the Cards of finishing last for the first time since 1918.

The White Sox beat Seattle 2–1 in the last game played at historic Comiskey Park, which is to be torn down after 80 seasons of major-league ball. Chicago will play next season at the new Comiskey Park located across the street.

1990 October

1st  The Dodgers young ace Ramon Martinez wins his 20th game of the season 2–1 over the Padres. LA scores in the 8th and 9th for the win over Benes.

At Stade Olympique, Montreal uses two 7-run innings to stop the Cardinals, 15-9. Each team has 17 hits. Tim Raines has one hit—a grand slam in the 7th—and drives in 5 runs for the Expos, while Milt Thompson has two of the four homers for the Birds, now 70-90.

2nd  Oakland’s Bob Welch wins his 27th game of the year, beating California, 6–4. The 2 Hendersons—Dave and Rickey—score 5 runs total. Welch wins his 27 in just 238 innings, a ML-record average of one win per 9 innings, the best ratio for a 20-game winner. Welch had no wins out of the bullpen (as noted by Bill Deane), unlike Bob Grim, who won 20 games in 1954 in 199 IP. Fred Fitzsimmons, 16-2 in 134 innings in 1940, is the only starter with a better ratio.

3rd  Boston beats Chicago, 3–1, on the final day of the season to wrap up its 3rd AL East title in 5 seasons. Tom Brunansky ends the game with a spectacular sliding catch in the RF corner with the tying runs on base. Frank Thomas scores the only run for the Pale Hose and ends his spectacular rookie season with a .330 batting average and a rookie-record .454 OBA. The previous mark, an unofficial one, was set by Olaf Henrickson in 1911 when he hit .366 in 93 at bats. His OBA was .449.

Cecil Fielder becomes the 11th player ever to hit 50 HRs when he belts his 50th and 51st in the Tigers’ season finale, a 10–3 win over New York. He is the first AL player since 1961 to reach the 50 mark. Kevin Maas homers and Gary Ward, playing in his last ML game, hits a grand slam as Jack Morris (15–18) is the winner.  Maas ends the season with 21 homers and 41 RBI, the only player, till Barry Bonds in 2001 to not double his homer total in RBIs. The Yankees end their year with a dismal 67 wins and the worst record in the AL.

George Brett pinch hits a single in Kansas City’s finale, a 5–2 loss to Cleveland, to end the season at .329 and win the AL batting crown, his 3rd in 3 decades. Willie McGee’s .335 wins the NL batting title despite having been traded out of the league in August. He hits .324 overall.

Eddie Murray is 2-for-3 in the Dodgers’ 7–3 loss to San Diego. Murray ends the season with a .330 batting average, the highest in the majors, but he wins no title.

At Pittsburgh, Frank Viola wins his 20th when the Mets beat the Pirates 6–3. In front of his hometown fans, New York’s George Jelic homers—his first, last, and only hit in the majors. It comes off Doug Bair on his last at bat. Buc Jerry Reuss, in his only start this year, gives up one earned run, a HR to Teufel in the 6th, but gets no decision in his last appearance in the majors. Reuss, with 4 appearances this year, joins the exclusive 4-decade club (1969-90) and also closes out his career with 220 wins, but never 20 in a season, a ML record. Milt Pappas also won 200 that way as did Tanana this year. Tanana will end his career with 233 wins and no 20-win seasons.

4th  Trailing 3–0 after one inning, the Pirates come from behind to beat the Reds 4–3 in game 1 of the NLCS.

5th  Right fielder Paul O’Neill drives in both Cincinnati runs and throws out a runner at 3rd base to spark the Reds to a 2–1 win in game 2 of the NLCS, tying the series at one game apiece.

6th  Boston’s Roger Clemens pitches 6 shutout innings, but Oakland rallies for one run in the 7th, one in the 8th, and 7 in the 9th to win game 1 of the ALCS 9–1. The A’s 7-run 9th ties the ALCS record for runs in an inning.

7th  Late-season acquisition Harold Baines drives in 3 runs to lead the A’s to a 4–1 win over the Red Sox and a 2-0 lead in the ALCS.

8th  Mariano Duncan belts a 3-run home run and Reds relievers Rob Dibble, Norm Charlton, and Randy Myers combine to strike out 7 batters in 32⁄3 innings as Cincinnati beats Pittsburgh 6–3 in game 3 of the NLCS.

9th  The Red Sox fail to hold a 1–0 lead for the 3rd consecutive game as Oakland opens up a commanding 3-0 lead in the ALCS with a 4–1 victory. In Pittsburgh, Paul O’Neill and Chris Sabo each homer to lead the Reds to a 5–3 win and a 3-1 lead in the NLCS.

10th  After Red Sox starter Roger Clemens is ejected in the 2nd inning for cursing at home plate umpire Terry Cooney, Oakland beats Boston 3–1 to complete a 4-game sweep of the ALCS and earn its 3rd-straight trip to the World Series.

Bob Patterson gets Jeff Reed to hit into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded to save the Pirates’ 3–2 win over the Reds and send the NLCS back to Cincinnati for game 6.

12th  Danny Jackson, Norm Charlton, and Randy Myers combine on a one-hitter, as Cincinnati beats the Pirates 2–1 to win the NLCS in 6 games.

16th  In game 1 of the World Series, Eric Davis becomes the 22nd player ever to homer in his first WS at bat and the Reds go on to rout the A’s 7–0, ending Oakland’s 10-game post-season winning streak.

17th  In the first extra-inning WS game since 1986, the underdog Reds beat the A’s 5–4 in 10 innings to take a surprising 2-0 lead in the Series. Reds OF Billy Hatcher goes 4-for-4 to run his consecutive hit streak to 7, tying Thurman Munson’s WS record. He also has 8 straight hits going back to his last at bat in the NLCS.

19th  Cincinnati moves within one game of a shocking World Series sweep by beating Oakland 8–3 in game 3. 3B Chris Sabo slugs a pair of home runs for the Reds.

20th The talk of an Oakland dynasty is proven premature, as Cincinnati beats Oakland 2–1 to complete one of the most stunning sweeps in WS history. Series MVP Jose Rijo (2-0, 0.59 ERA) retires the last 20 batters he faces to give the Reds their first World Championship since 1976.  Not joining the celebration at the end is Eric Davis, who ruptures his kidney diving for a ball during the game and is taken to the hospital. It will take Davis several years to fully recover.

24th  The Red Sox announce that they will not renew the contract of veteran Dwight Evans, who had been with the club since 1972. Evans will eventually sign a one-year contract with Baltimore.

1990 November

6th  Braves OF Dave Justice wins the NL Rookie of the Year award. He hit .282 with 28 HRs, 20 coming after he replaced Dale Murphy in RF in early August.

7th  Cleveland’s Sandy Alomar, Jr. wins the AL Rookie of the Year Award unanimously, joining Carlton Fisk and Mark McGwire as the only players to do so.

8th  Free-agent slugger Darryl Strawberry signs a 5-year contract with his hometown Dodgers, formally ending his 8-year stay with the Mets. He is the Mets all-time HR leader with 252.

11th  California’s Chuck Finley and Seattle’s Randy Johnson combine to pitch a no-hitter in the finale of an 8-game exhibition series between American and Japanese all-star teams. But Japan still wins the series 4-3 with one tie, the first time since 1970 that a touring US team has left Japan with a losing record.

13th  Oakland’s Bob Welch wins the AL Cy Young Award. His 27 wins were the most in the majors since Steve Carlton in 1972.

14th  Doug Drabek (22-6) wins the NL Cy Young Award, collecting 23 of a possible 24 first-place votes.

19th  Pittsburgh’s Barry Bonds wins the NL MVP Award, easily outdistancing teammate and runner-up Bobby Bonilla. Bonds hit .301 with 33 home runs, 114 RBI, and 52 stolen bases.

20th  Oakland’s Rickey Henderson edges Detroit’s Cecil Fielder for the AL MVP Award. Henderson hit .325 with 28 HRs and a ML-best 65 stolen bases.

Red Sox ace Roger Clemens is suspended for the first 5 games of the 1991 season and fined $10,000 for his outburst in game 4 of the ALCS.

21st  Veteran P Mike Boddicker (17-8 with Boston) signs as a free agent with the Royals, while Danny Jackson signs with the Cubs. Tom Browning re-signs with the Reds.

23rd  Former catcher Bo Diaz, 37, is crushed to death when a rooftop satellite dish topples over at his home in Venezuela. Diaz last played for the Reds in 1989.

29th  A consortium of Canadian investors led by Expos president Claud Brochu agrees to buy the club from Charles Bronfman for a reported $85 million, assuring that the team will remain in Montreal.

1990 December

3rd  NL batting champion Willie McGee signs as a free agent with the Giants, ending his 3-month stint across the bay with Oakland.

4th  Reliever Dave Righetti signs as a free agent with the Giants. San Francisco now has spent $33 million for free agents Righetti, Willie McGee, and Bud Black since the end of the season.

5th  In a major trade, the Blue Jays send 1B Fred McGriff and veteran SS Tony Fernandez to San Diego for 2B Roberto Alomar and slugging OF Joe Carter.

Free-agent OF Vince Coleman signs a 4-year contract with the Mets. He has led the NL in stolen bases each of the last 6 seasons, and this year (June 3rd) copped his 500th theft in his 804th game, the quickest player to reach that plateau.

6th  Free agent George Bell signs with the Cubs.

Fifteen more players become “free look” free agents as part of the settlement of the most recent collusion case against the owners. It will also cost the clubs a whopping $280 million in damages.

At Leland’s auction house in New York City, Shoeless Joe Jackson’s signature is sold for $23,100, the most money ever paid for a 19th or 20th century signature. Jackson, who could not read or write, copied the signature from one written out by his wife. The signature, which was resold within hours, was cut from an unknown document.

15th  AL Cy Young winner and free agent Bob Welch re-signs with Oakland, while “free look” free agents Jack Clark and Brett Butler sign with the Red Sox and Dodgers, respectively.

The Mets send veteran lefty Bob Ojeda and minor leaguer Greg Hansell to the Dodgers for OF Hubie Brooks.

18th  The NL announces the 6 finalist cities for the 2 expansion clubs that will join the league in 1993: Buffalo, Denver, Miami, Orlando, Tampa-St. Petersburg, and Washington, DC.

20th  The Chicago White Sox sign veteran knuckler Charlie Hough, a free agent. Hough spent every year of the 70’s with the Dodgers and every year of the 1980s with Texas.

24th  The Expos trade Tim Raines and a pair of minor leaguers to the White Sox for OF Ivan Calderon and reliever Barry Jones.

26th  The Senior Professional Baseball Association folds in the middle of its 2nd season when the Fort Myers Sun Sox franchise collapses due to a financial dispute among club owners.

31st  A’s 3B Carney Lansford is severely injured in a New Year’s Eve snowmobile accident. He will undergo surgery on January 6th to reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee as well as repair other ligament damage.  Lansford will play just 5 games in 1991, but return to the starting lineup in 1992.

1991 January

7th Pete Rose is released from federal prison in Marion, Illinois, after serving five months for tax evasion. He will now begin the second part of his sentence, consisting of 1,000 hours of community service at Cincinnati inner-city schools.

8th Rod Carew, Gaylord Perry, and Ferguson Jenkins are elected to the Hall of Fame, with Carew becoming the 22nd player to be named in his first year of eligibility.

9th Former Padres and Orioles IF Alan Wiggins dies in a Los Angeles hospital at age 32, reportedly from complications due to AIDS.

10th The Orioles obtain slugging 1B Glenn Davis from the Astros but give up the farm sending OF Steve Finley, P Pete Harnisch, and P Curt Schilling to Houston. Davis will spend three years in Baltimore, mostly injured, and hit just .247.

12th Tigers obtain C Mickey Tettleton from the Orioles in exchange for P Jeff Robinson.

13th  While playing for the Oakland Raiders of the NFL, Bo Jackson suffers a career-threatening injury in an AFC playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Originally diagnosed as a pulled thigh muscle, the Kansas City Royals learn of the severity of the injury just as spring begins. They will release Jackson shortly after, fearing that his baseball career is over, and he’ll sign with the White Sox.

20th  Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens is arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer during a disturbance at a Houston nightclub. Clemens’ brother Gary is also arrested.

22nd Dodger announcer and Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysdale is arrested on drunk driving charges following an accident in which a woman is injured.

1991 February

4th The 12 members of the board of directors of the Hall of Fame vote unanimously to bar Pete Rose from the ballot. He will become eligible again only if the commissioner reinstates him by December, 2005.

5th Jack Morris signs a contract with his hometown team, the Minnesota Twins. In doing so, he turns down a 3-year offer from the Detroit Tigers. The key is an opt-out clause after the first year that GM Andy MacPhail inserts in the contract, the first time this is used.  Morris will be a major reason that the Twins win the World Series, going 18-12 in the regular season and 4-0 in the post-season. He will then exercise his opt-out clause.

8th Boston pitcher Roger Clemens signs a 4-year $21,521,000 contract extension, making him baseball’s highest paid player. The contract calls for Clemens to receive $4.4 million in 1992, $4.5 million in 1993, $5 million in 1994, $5.5 million in 1995, and an option worth $5,830,250 for 1996.

The Braves sign free-agent Glenn Wilson but he will be released in early June without getting into a game.  He will have a swan song with Pittsburgh in 1993.

26th Former Yankee 2B Tony Lazzeri and former major league owner Bill Veeck are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veteran’s Committee.

1991 March

11th  Jim Palmer, who is in the Orioles camp as a non-roster player, has a shaky outing against the Red Sox at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, giving up 5 hits and 2 runs in 2 innings. Palmer, who retired in 1984, will retire again tomorrow, citing a hamstring injury.

12th Commissioner Fay Vincent orders a ban on the use of smokeless tobacco in the Class A Appalachian and Northwest leagues and the rookie Pioneer and Gulf Coast leagues.

At a gambling trial in Mississippi, Philadelphia Phillies OF Lenny Dykstra admits to having lost $78,000 playing poker during the 1988 and 1989 off-seasons.

14th The Angels obtain DH Dave Parker from the Brewers in exchange for OF Dante Bichette and a player to be named later.

18th California hurler Jim Abbott, born without a right hand, lashes a 400-foot triple in an exhibition game against the Giants in Scottsdale, Arizona. Rick Reuschel surrenders the 3-bagger.

22nd  At Sotheby’s in New York, a 1909-10 tobacco card in mint condition of Honus Wagner sells for $451,000 (with the 10% auction house premium) to hockey star Wayne Gretzky and LA Kings owner Bruce McNall. A 1952 Topps card of Mickey Mantle goes for $49,500, tripling the pre-auction estimate, while a baseball, signed by 12 players at the 1939 Hall of Fame induction ceremony, sells for $20,900.

26th  Pinch-hitter Dan Lehrman of Ball State ties an NCAA record by hitting 2 homers in the same inning in a 13-8 victory over Indians-Purdue.

28th Methodist College defeats Maryville, 43-0, to set an NCAA record for runs in a game. The previous record of 42 had been set by King College in 1902. Methodist scores 15 runs in the 1st inning, and strokes 34 hits in the contest, including 7 by Brandon Bridgers.

29th Pete Incaviglia is released by the Texas Rangers. The slugger, who hit at least 21 homers in each of his first five seasons, will sign with the Tigers on April 7.

1991 April

1st  Expos trade OF Otis Nixon and minor league 3B Sol Rodriguez to the Braves in exchange for C Jimmy Kremers and a player to be named later.

3rd Nolan Ryan and his son, Reid, pitch against each other as the Rangers take on the University of Texas. Reid, a 19-year-old freshman, gives up 4 runs in 2 innings, and is down 4–1 to his father when he leaves the game. Dad gives up 5 hits, 3 runs, and strikes out 7 in 5 innings, as the Rangers win 12–5.

The White Sox sign former Royal Bo Jackson to a contract which could earn him more than $8 million over 3 years if he is healthy.

7th Phillies obtain P Mitch Williams from the Cubs in exchange for P Chuck McElroy and P Bob Scanlan.

8th Major league umpires strike on Opening Day, as amateur umps are used as replacements. The arbiters, whose working agreement expired on December 31, will settle and return to work the next day. Among the benefits won by the union is an increase in starting salaries from $41,000 to $60,000.

Nolan Ryan starts and Goose Gossage pitches in relief for Texas in a 5-4 loss to Milwaukee. It marks the first time a 300-game winner hurls in the same contest as a teammate with 300 saves.

Jack Clark bangs a 3rd-inning grand slam, off Dave Stieb, and Roger Clemens pitches visiting Boston to a 6-2 win over Toronto. Clark, the NL leader in RBIs the past two seasons, signed with Boston in December.

9th The average baseball salary on Opening Day reaches a record $891,188, with 223 players  making at least $1 million.

10th Scott Sanderson hurls 8 no-hit innings against the Tigers in his first appearance as a Yankee. He surrenders a wind-blown double to Tony Phillips on his first pitch of the 9th, and is replaced by Greg Cadaret, who finishes the 1-hitter for a 4-0 NY victory.

Sixty-eight-year-old Minnie Minoso is denied a chance to appear in a professional game in his 6th consecutive decade by baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent. Minoso had been scheduled to suit up for the independent Miami Miracle of the Class A Florida State League in their April 13 game against the Ft. Lauderdale Yankees. Vincent refuses to allow Minoso to sign a contract, even for a single night.

11th Oakland pitcher Eric Show goes on the disabled list with an infected thumb from repeatedly biting his nails.

Astros SS Eric Yelding rushes the mound after Reds pitcher Rob Dibble throws a pitch behind Yelding in the Astros’ 4-1 victory. Yelding will be fined $1,000 and suspended one day for his actions, while Dibble will receive a 3-game suspension.

Montreal’s Rick Mahler gives up 5 runs in less than 5 innings as the Mets beat Montreal, 6–3. For Mahler, it is his 11th consecutive loss to the Mets. Last year he suffered his 11th consecutive defeat against Houston.

13th California’s Dave Winfield collects 15 total bases and 6 RBIs on 3 HRs, a double and single in the Haloes 15-9 win over the Twins.

14th In the 3rd inning of the Rangers 15–3 win over the Orioles, Nolan Ryan becomes the 12th pitcher in history to reach 5,000 innings pitched. Ryan notches the victory for his 1st win of the year and his 1st over the Orioles in 15 years.  Since beating the Birds as an Angel, in 1976, Ryan had lost 9 straight.

15th Phillies pitcher Jason Grimsley uncorks 4 wild pitches in a 5–4 loss to the Cubs.

Donning the power tools of ignorance, catcher Steve Decker and P Bud Black start together for the Giants against the Dodgers, marking the first Black & Decker battery in major league history. Black pitches 7 innings and loses the contest, 2–1, while Decker gets 1 hit in 4 at bats.

Mariners hurler Randy Johnson commits a balk in the 4th inning of a game against Minnesota when the Seattle mascot, Mariner Moose, throws a bag of peanuts onto the Kingdome turf. Johnson shakes it off and goes the distance in the 8-4 victory for his 1st win of the season.

At Fenway, Brook Jacoby hits a 13th inning homer to give the Indians a 1-0 win over the Red Sox.  Charles Nagy pitches 8+ innings of shutout ball and Matt Young allows 2 hits in 9 innings for the Sox.

At County Stadium, Sam Horn hits an 8th-inning grand slam for Baltimore as the O’s beat the Brewers, 7-2.

18th Orioles 1B Glenn Davis commits 4 errors in an 11-inning 4-3 loss to the Brewers to tie the AL single game mark originally set in 1939 by Jim Wasdell of the Senators.

The White Sox play the first game ever in the new Comiskey Park, losing 16-0 to the Tigers. Frank Tanana hurls the 7-hit shutout for Detroit.

19th In Pittsburgh, Andre Dawson belts a pinch grand slam in the 9th to give the Cubs a short-lived 4-3 lead, but the Pirates score 2 to win, 5-4. Jeff King drives home the winner. Andy Van Slyke has a homer and 3 RBIs.

20th Mike LaValliere hits a grand slam in the Pirates 6-run 6th as the Bucs down the Cubs, 9-3.

21st Pittsburgh becomes the first team in ML history to come back from a 5-run deficit in the bottom half of an extra inning to win a game. After the Cubs score 5 runs, 4 on a grand slam by Andre Dawson, his second in 3 days, the Pirates strike 6 times in the 11th inning to eke out a 13-12 victory. Don Slaught’s double with 2 on ends the inning in which the Bucs collect 5 hits.

Milwaukee scores 5 runs in the 8th to tie Toronto at 8 apiece and then win in the 10th on Robin Yount’s 3-run homer.

The Giants Steve Decker connects in the 9th inning off Curt Schilling for a game-ending HR as San Francisco beats Houston, 1-0.

After losing his 1st two starts when the Twins were shut out, Scott Erickson is victorious, 4–3, at California. He allows 5 hits and benefits from an tie-breaking unearned run off reliever Mark Eichhorn. It is the start of a 12-game win streak for Erickson, who will go 20–8 on the year.

22nd Giants 2B Robby Thompson hits for the cycle in a 7-5 loss to the Padres. Thompson triples in the 1st, homers in the 3rd, singles in the 6th, and doubles in the 9th.

23rd Rob Dibble of the Reds fans 6 consecutive Astros to tie the NL record for most Ks in a row by a relief pitcher. Dibble records his 2nd save of the year as the Reds defeat the Astros, 3-1.

Manager Nick Leyva is fired by the Phillies after just 13 games, and replaced by Jim Fregosi. It is the second-fastest firing in major league history. Cal Ripken Sr. was fired by Baltimore after 6 games in 1988. Under Fregosi, the Phils lose their 10th in 14 games, dropping a 2–1 decision to the Mets.  Jason Grimsley is the loser as both Mets score on walks.

In the top of the 6th at Fenway, the Jays John Olerud is at bat when Sox pitcher Roger Clemens catches  Joe Carter napping and picks off the base runner unassisted at 1B. Carter was caught by pitcher John Cerutti the same way in 1986.

24th Houston rookie P Darryl Kile hurls 6 hitless innings against Cincinnati in his first big league start. Manager Art Howe removes him with the no-hitter intact rather than risk an injury to his arm. The Reds finally manage a single off Curt Schilling in the 9th as Houston wins, 1-0, in 13 innings.

At Dodger Stadium, Kal Daniels has a grand slam and drives in 6 runs as the Dodgers trim the Braves, 8-4.

26th Roger Clemens’ appeal of the 5-game suspension and $10,000 fine levied against him for his confrontation with umpire Jim Evans and threat to “get” umpire Terry Cooney during the 1990 AL playoffs isdenied by commissioner Fay Vincent.

28th Jack Morris of the Twins wins the 200th game of his career, defeating the Mariners, 8-2. He is the 89th hurler to reach the mark.

Philadelphia hurler Jason Grimsley sets a major league mark by tossing a wild pitch in his 9th consecutive game (dating back to 1990), but Grimsley notches a 9–2 win over the Padres. The old record of 8 was set in 1985 by Jaimie Cocanower of the Brewers. In the same contest, the Phillies turn the first triple play in the 20-year history of Veterans Stadium. It happens in the 1st inning after the initial two batters walk: Randy Ready catches Gwynn’s line drive, steps on 2B, then steps around the runner Tony Fernandez to throw to 1B, missing a chance for an unassisted triple play. Afterwards, Ready says, “”I really didn’t think about it at the time. My instincts just said to throw the ball to first and get the easy play and that’s what I did.”

After recording the final out in his save of the Reds 4-3 win over the Cubs, Cincinnati pitcher Rob Dibble takes the ball from catcher Joe Oliver and hurls it into the center field bleachers, where it strikes Meg Porter, a 27-year-old first-grade teacher. Dibble later apologizes for his tantrum, saying, “I have to mature. I have to come to grips with it.” The righthander will receive a 4-game suspension for his actions.

The Expos top the host Cardinals, 9-6, when Marquis Grissom clubs a grand slam in the 8th inning, off Juan Agosto. Grissom has 4 hits and 5 RBIs in the game.

30th Delino DeSheilds hits a leadoff game-ending homerun in the 9th inning off Mike Morgan to give Montreal a 1-0 victory over the Dodgers.  It is just the 2nd hit off Morgan in the game.  Dennis Martinez is the victor.

Rob Deer has a grand slam and 5 RBIs to lead the Tigers to a 13-7 win over the host Royals.

1991 May

st 44-year-old Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan hurls the record 7th no-hitter of his amazing career, defeating the Toronto Blue Jays on Arlington Appreciation Night by a score of 3-0. Ryan strikes out 16 batters in the process, marking the 209th time he has fanned 10 or more in a game, and the 26th time putting 15 or more down on strikes.

The Brewers defeat the White Sox in a 6-hour, 5-minute, 19-inning contest, the longest in the AL since the same two clubs played 25 innings on May 8, 1984. Oddly enough, Willie Randolph, who drove home the winning run in the 19th, had been the last out in Nolan Ryan’s 6th no-hitter.

Oakland’s Rickey Henderson garners his 939th career stolen base in the 4th inning of a game against the Yankees to break Lou Brock’s all-time mark. With Brock standing next to him, Henderson modestly proclaims, “Lou Brock was certainly a great base stealer, but today I’m the greatest of all time.” In another curious tie-in with Nolan Ryan, Henderson had been the victim of Ryan’s 5,000th career strikeout.

Dodger OF Darryl Strawberry ties an NL record by striking out 5 times in a game against the Expos. “I really can’t figure it out,” he says, “because I feel so good up there.” Strawberry also drops a fly ball for a 3-base error in the 9-3 loss.

3rd The Pirates defeat the Astros 1-0 in a 1-hour, 45-minute contest, the NL’s shortest 9-inning game since September 1, 1981.

4th Mackey Sasser and Mark Carreon stroke consecutive pinch HRs in the 9th, off Jeff Brantley, in the Mets’ 6-4, 12-inning win over the Giants. It is the first time the feat has been performed in the NL since 1975. Howard Johnson finishes the scoring with a 2-run homer in the 12th.

Chris James of the Indians collects 9 RBIs in Cleveland’s 20-6 victory over the A’s. James hits 3-run HRs in the 1st and 2nd innings off Kirk Dressendorfer.

5th Rookie Jeff Bagwell of the Astros clobbers a 456-foot HR into the upper left field seats in Three Rivers Stadium in a 6-4 victory over the Pirates. He is the 9th player to reach the upper deck at Three Rivers.

Kevin Maas of the Yankees homers in the top of the 16th to give New York a 4-3 lead over the Mariners.  Greg Briley answers with a 2-run game-ending HR to give the M’s a 5-4 win.

At Comiskey, Boston’s Kevin Romine hits his first homer of the year—and career fifth, a 2nd inning grand slam off Alex Fernandez as Boston builds a 9-0 lead after 5 1/2 innings. The Red Sox top the Chisox, 9-1, as Matt Young wins his first of the year.

Dodd Johnson, 1B for the Reno Silver Sox of the California League, homers, doubles, singles, and drives in 5 runs in a single inning against High Desert. Reno sends 20 batters to the plate and scores 15 runs in the inning on its way to a 20-8 win.

6th 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 broken cheekbone, and will be sidelined until mid-July. Daulton’s injuries are less severe and include a broken eye socket.

7th  Harold Baines leads Oakland to an 11–3 win over Baltimore by bashing 3 home runs and a double in 4 at bats. Mike Moore (5–0) is the winner.

8th Howard Spira is found guilty of trying to extort money from Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. Spira had already received $40,000 from Steinbrenner.

Ricky Jordan’s 6th-inning grand slam, off Andy Benes, is the difference as the Phillies beat the Padres, 5-2.

10th Oakland OF Jose Canseco is photographed leaving the West Side apartment of singer Madonna. He then goes 0-for-3 in Oakland’s 5–3 loss to the Yankees.

The Angels score 4 in the 7th on Wally Joyner’s grand slam off Eric King, and 6 more in the 9th as they top the Indians, 12-2.

11th When a heckler taunts recovering alcoholic Albert Belle during Cleveland’s 2-1 loss to California, the Indians’ OF hits the fan in the chest with a baseball. Many in the crowd applaud Belle, who is suspended for one week by AL president Dr. Bobby Brown and ordered to contribute a week’s salary to a charity of his choice.

Behind Eric Davis and Paul O’Neill, each of whom hit a pair of homers, the Reds down the Cubs, 12-2. O’Neill adds a pair of doubles for 12 total bases and knocks in 6 runs. Hatcher for the Reds and Dunston for the Cubs, also homer.

12th Six-foot ten-inch Randy Johnson of the Mariners squares off against 6-foot 7-inch Ben McDonald of the Orioles in the tallest pitching matchup in history. Neither is involved in the decision in the game won by the Mariners, 5-4.

At Fenway, the Red Sox celebrate “Ted Williams Day” by renaming Lansdowne Street, behind the LF wall, “Ted Williams Way.” Boston then spoils an 8-inning effort by Roger Clemens and loses in 10 innings to the White Sox, 4–3. Thigpen is the winner.

13th California’s Dave Winfield moves into 25th place on the all-time RBI list by bringing home the 1,538th of his career in California’s 9-5 win over Cleveland. He surpasses Joe DiMaggio in the process.

During a intentional walk, Gary Pettis of the Tigers is picked off 3B by the Rangers. Texas wins, 8–1.

Three generations of Carays make history by broadcasting the Braves-Cubs game—Hall of Fame announcer Harry, son Skip, and grandson Chip.

14th Hubie Brooks connects for a 3rd-inning grand slam and the Mets whip the Padres, 6-1.

15th Paul Molitor of the Brewers hits for the cycle in a 4-2 victory over Minnesota. Molitor triples in the 1st, singles in the 3rd, doubles in the 5th, and homers in the 7th.

The Red Sox defeat the White Sox by a 9-6 score in a night game at Fenway Park, which takes 4 hours and 11 minutes to complete for a new AL record. The contest is 9 minutes longer than the previous longest night game.

Queen Elizabeth and President George Bush are among the 32,596 on hand at Camden Yards for the O’s–A’s game. Bush tosses out the first ball. Bob Welsh wins, 6–3 for Oakland, allowing 3 solo home runs, 2 by Randy Milligan and one by Worthington.

16th The Triple A Calgary Cannons hit 3 grand slams in their 22-7 win over the Tacoma Tigers. Dave Cochrane, Chuck Jackson, and Alonzo Powell connect with the bases full for the Cannons in what is believed to be a 1st in professional baseball.

17th Sid Bream belts a grand slam off Bob Patterson in the 7th, and Ron Gant and Lonnie Smith also homer as the Braves beat the Pirates, 9-3.

18th At Yankee Stadium, Mariners pitcher Pat Rice makes his ML debut and allows just 2 hits and no runs in 5.2 innings and earns his first victory, a 4-1 win over the Yankees. Rice is the first pitcher since Bill Rohr in 1967 to debut with a win at Yankee Stadium, but this will prove to be his only ML victory.

19th Jack Morris pitches 4 innings for the Twins against Detroit and allows all 8 runs, surrendering 3 homers. Cecil Fielder hits a 3-run homer, Milt Cuyler adds a grand slam, both in the 1st inning, and Pete Incaviglia solos in the 3rd.  Mike Pagliarulo hits a pair of homers off Dan Petry as the Tigers win, 8-3.

20th As they did yesterday, the Tigers strike with a grand slam in the 1st inning, this time by Pete Incaviglia, who drives in 5 runs in the game. Detroit tops the Orioles, 11-5.

21st Manager Don Zimmer is fired by the Cubs and replaced by Jim Essian.

22nd Manager John Wathan is fired by the Royals. He will be replaced by Hal McRae.

Oakland reliever Dennis Eckersley picks off Toronto pinch runner Kenny Williams in the 9th of a 2–1 A’s victory.  Eck’s last pickoff occurred 4 years ago when, on June 29, 1987, he picked off a White Sox runner. Kenny Williams!

23rd Philadelphia’s Tommy Greene tosses a 2-0 no-hitter against the Expos. Greene strikes out 10 batters and walks 7 in the contest. The victory gives Greene one fewer career wins (6) than Nolan Ryan has no-hitters (7).

Kirby Puckett has his 2nd career 6-hit game in a 12 inning 10–6 loss to Texas. Russell is the winner over Steve Bedrosian.

Manager Frank Robinson is fired by the Orioles—the 3rd manager in three days to get the ax—and replaced by first-base coach Johnny Oates.

25th  Kurt Stillwell has 4 hits, including a 9th inning grand slam, and drives in 5 runs as the Royals trounce the Twins, 11-2. Jose Tartabull adds 3 RBIs on 3 hits as Mark Gubicza wins his first of the year.

27th  Julio Franco has a triple and homer to pace a 15-hit attack by Texas as they defeat the Twins, 11-4, and run their win streak to 14 straight games.

In a game against the Portland Beavers at Civic Stadium, Portland, Vancouver OF Rodney McCray runs through a plywood fence in right field while trying to catch a ball hit by Chip Hale. McCray was not hurt seriously, but becomes an instant celebrity as the play is shown repeatedly on newscasts across the country.

28th Minnesota’s Scott Erickson. the AL pitcher of the Month, shuts out Texas, 3-0, stopping the Rangers’ 14-game winning streak, the longest in club history, but not the longest in the AL this season. Starting June 1, the Twins will win 15 in a row.

Ron Gant leads off with a HR for the 2nd time in two games, and the Braves rally in the 9th to beat the Padres, 8-6. David Justice hits a 2-run single in the 9th.

30th OF Rickey Henderson of the A’s hits a leadoff HR against Todd Stottlemyre of Toronto. It is the 46th time he has started a game with a homer, extending his major league record. Oakland defeats the Blue Jays, 8-6.

31st Mike Gallego hits a grand slam for the A’s in the 2nd, but that’s all the scoring they can muster as they lose to the White Sox, 5-4. Scott Fletcher drives home the game-winner in the 9th.

     Mets trade IF Tim Teufel to the Padres for SS Gary Templeton.

Class A pitcher Mike Hampton pitches a no-hitter for the San Bernardino Spirit, a Seattle farm team.

1991 June

1st In Toronto, Dave Winfield’s 2nd-inning grand slam off Willie Fraser proves to be the winning margin as the Angels down the Blue Jays, 11-8. Winfield drives in 5 runs and Luis Polonia collects 5 hits.

2nd After 6 seasons and 49 games, manager Buck Rodgers is fired by the Expos and replaced by 3B coach Tom Runnells. “I knew and the players knew that Tommy Runnells was [GM] Dave Dombrowksi’s man,” opines Buck. “I wasn’t.” At 36, Runnells is the youngest manager in the Majors.

3rd LHP Brien Taylor of East Carteret HS in Beaufort, NC, is selected by the Yankees as the 1st pick in the major league draft. The Yanks will sign him for $1.55 million—three times the previous high. Arizona State OF Mike Kelly is taken 2nd by the Atlanta Braves. The Indians pick up Manny Ramirez in the 1st round; the Twins take Brad Radke (8th round), the Brewers pick Jeff Cirillo (11th), the Expos take Kirk Kreuter (19th), while the Mariners pick Matt Mantei on the 25th. The Mets pick up Jason Isringhausen on the 44th round.

In a CWS matchup of first round pitchers, Creighton’s Alan Benes (drafted in 1993) and Wichita State’s Tyler Green, drafted earlier today by the Phils, battle for 9 innings with each giving up 2 unearned runs. Benes allows 4 hits and walks none in 8 1/3, while Green strikes out 14 in 9 innings. Shockers CF Jim Audley beats out an infield hit in the 12th and comes around to score, putting Wichita up, 3–2. Audley then throws out a runner at home to end the game.

6th The Royals defeat the Rangers, 4-3, in 18 innings, stranding an AL record 25 baserunners in the process. The two teams combine to tie a major league mark by leaving 45 runners on base. Texas 1B Rafael Palmeiro goes 0-9 in the contest.

At Oakland, the first-place A’s hold off the Brewers to win, 9-8. Mark McGwire hits a 3-run homer and Harold Baines adds a grand slam for Oakland in the 7th, while Dante Bichette has a grand slam in the 8th and a solo homer for the Brewers.

7th Indians OF Albert Belle is sent to the minors after failing to run hard on a double-play grounder in a 2-1 loss to Chicago.

At the Stadium, Don Mattingly’s RBI single in the 9th gives the Yankees a 5-4 win over Texas.  All the Rangers’ runs come on Brain Downing’s 5th-inning grand slam off Mike Witt.

8th Louisiana State University wins the College World Series with a 6-3 win over Wichita State behind Chad Ogea. The Tigers complete the season with a mark of 55-18 en route to their first national championship.

At Memorial Stadium, the Blue Jays double the Orioles, 8-4, as Roberto Alomar steals 4 bases.

10th At Wrigley, Lennie Harris hits a 4thinning grand slam off Chuck McElroy, and Eddie Murray drives in another 4 runs as the Dodgers belt the Cubs, 13-5.

12th Atlanta’s Steve Avery defeats the Mets by a score of 6-1. By going 4-for-4 at the plate, Avery becomes the first pitcher to stroke 4 hits in a game since Cincinnati’s Danny Jackson did so in 1988.

In a straw vote held at the owner’s meetings in California, NL owners voted unanimously to admit Denver and Miami to the league beginning in 1993.

At the Metrodome, Pedro Munoz hits a grand slam in the Twins 5-run 1st and Minnesota beats the Yankees, 6-3. Jesse Barfield has a pair of homers for New York.

14th The Cleveland Indians are shut out for the 3rd game in a row, losing 7-0 to Minnesota. The mark matches the team record and falls one short of the major league mark. Shane Mack has a grand slam for the Twins and drives in 5 runs to back Jack Morris’s 7 shutout innings.

In a trade that upsets the Reds players, Cincy sends minor league prospect Reggie Jefferson to Cleveland for minor leaguer Tim Costo. Jefferson hit .417 in spring training, was brought up in May and contracted pneumonia June 4. Rather than put him on the disabled list, the Reds chose to “designate him for assignment,” meaning that after 10 days they had to trade him or risk losing him.

15th Pitching against the Reds in only his second major league start, Phillies rookie Andy Ashby strikes out the side on 9 pitches in the 4th inning. A first for the Phillies, it is the 19th time in major league history this has happened, and the 4th time a rookie has accomplished the feat. Hod Eller (1917), Sloppy Thurston (1923), and Nolan Ryan (1968) were the other freshmen to turn the trick. Ashby is the loser in the 3-1 Phillie loss.

     At County Stadium, Mo Vaughn belts a pair of homers and drives in 5 runs as the Brewers beat the A’s, 6-4, in the first of two. Rickey Henderson has 4 stolen bases and scores 3 times. Rickey hits a 3-run homer in game 2 as Oakland wins, 7-3.

Another rookie makes his mark as the Giants Mike Remlinger, in his first ML start, shuts out the Pirates, 4–0.

Former baseball commissioner Albert “Happy” Chandler dies of a stroke at age 92. As commissioner from 1945 to 1951, Chandler held office when Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947.

16th In a 7-6 loss to Montreal, the Braves’ Otis Nixon steals 6 bases to set a new NL mark, and tie the major league record of Eddie Collins, who did it twice in 1912.  Nixon singles to lead off the 9th and steals 2nd. After two are out, he steals 3B uncontested.  Told afterwards he had tied the record, a surprised Nixon remarks, “I thought the record was held by Rickey Henderson or Vince Coleman. I don’t know who this guy (Collins) is.”

At Milwaukee, Mark McGwire’s second homer of the game, a 3-run shot in the 8th, knots the game at 8 apiece.  Greg Vaughn then belts a walkoff grand slam in the 9th for an 11-7 Brewers win over the A’s.

At SkyDome, Joe Orsulak hits a pinch grand slam off Duane Ward and Baltimore scores 5 runs in the 7th to snap an 8-8 tie and beat the Blue Jays, 13-8. Randy Milligan scores 4 runs and Leo Gomez adds 3 hits, 3 runs and 3 RBIs.  Joe Carter has 3 hits, 3 runs and 4 RBIs for the Jays.

17th The Orioles defeat the Twins, 6-5, putting a halt to Minnesota’s 15-game club-record winning streak—the longest in the majors since 1977. Seven of the wins came against Cleveland. During the streak, which began June 1, the Twins go from 5th to leading by 1/2 game. Baltimore’s Cal Ripken Jr. records his 6th consecutive multi-hit game by going 2-for-4 in the contest. The last player to perform the feat was Baltimore’s Eddie Murray in 1980.

18th Former Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky, 35, has his left arm amputated to alleviate chronic infection and nerve damage. The operation is done at New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital. Dravecky has had three operations on the arm to remove cancerous tumors.  He won a game 10 months after his first operation, when doctors removed 50% of the major pitching muscle in his arm.

Howard Johnson connects for a grand slam as the Mets hold on for a 7-5 win over the Reds. Alejandro Pena (3-0) wins in relief.

At Comiskey, Carlos Baerga drives in 4 runs on 2 homers, both of Charlie Hough, but the Sox answer when Robin Ventura hits a grand slam in the 6th off Tom Candiotti, The Sox beat Cleveland, 6-5, with Hough the winner over Candiotti.

19th In the 9th inning of a game against Minnesota, Orioles relief pitcher Gregg Olson tosses 3 wild pitches and commits an error, helping the Twins score 5 runs and come back to beat the Orioles, 8-4.

In Arlington, the Royals use a 20-hit attack to down the Rangers, 15-2. Hector Wagner goes 6 innings to record his lone ML win.  Kirk Gibson has a grand slam off Joe Bitker and scores 3 runs.  It is Bitker’s last ML game.

22nd Mickey Tettleton of the Tigers becomes the 17th player to ever hit a ball out of Tiger Stadium in Detroit as the Tigers drop a 10-3 decision to the Angels.

23rd At Kansas City, the Royals lose a pair of extra-inning heartbreakers to the Orioles. The Birds take the opener, 11-8, in 10 innings as Tim Hulett solos and Brady Anderson hits a 2-run homer in the extra frame.  Anderson scores 4 runs.  Chris Hoiles ties the game in the 9th with a grand slam, and Cal Ripken contributes 4 hits. The O’s take the nightcap, 9-8, in 12 innings.

24th California’s Dave Winfield goes 5-for-5 and hits for the cycle as the Angels defeat Kansas City, 9-4. In so doing, he becomes the oldest player in history (39) to accomplish the feat. He completes the cycle, the first of his career, in the 8th with a triple off infielder Bill Pecota, making his first pitching appearance. Winfield was the first batter faced by Pecota, who took over when Tom Gordon’s hemorrhoids acted up.

The Twins Scott Erickson wins his 12th consecutive decision, tops the majors, stopping the Yankees, 5–0, on 2 hits. He retires 24 of the final 25 batters.

Frank Thomas clubs an 8th-inning grand slam off Michael Jackson and drives home 5 runs as the White Sox beat the visiting Mariners, 6-2.

25th Kevin McReynolds reaches reliever Scott Ruskin for a 9th inning walkoff grand slam and the Mets top the Expos, 8-5.

At Riverfront, Jeff Reed hits a grand slam in the Reds’ 6-run 1st as Cincinnati whips the Padres, 8-2.

26th Mickey Tettleton repeats his feat of 4 days ago by again hitting a HR out of Tiger Stadium, in an 8-7 win over the Brewers. The Tigers break a 7–7 tie with 2 outs in the 9th.

The California Angels set an AL mark by playing their 13th consecutive errorless game, a 10-5 win over Kansas City. The previous mark of 12 had been set by Detroit in 1963.

Cory Davis’ 434-foot homer off San Diego’s Craig Lefferts keeps the Giants from being shut out three straight times.

27th The Indians trade P Tom Candiotti and OF Turner Ward to the Blue Jays in exchange for OF Glenallen Hill, OF Mark Whiten, P Denis Boucher, and a player to be named later.

28th Reds SS Barry Larkin hits 3 consecutive HRs in an 8-5 win over the Astros, giving him a major league record-tying 5 over a 2-game span. Ernie Banks and Fred Patek are the only other SS to homer 3 times in a game.

29th  In an 8–4 loss to the White Sox, the Twins Kirby Puckett collects his 1500th career hit, off winnerGreg Hibbard. Scott Erickson is the loser, ending his 12 game win streak.

The visiting Yankees score 3 in the 9th off Dan Plesac to beat Milwaukee, 9–8. Kevin Maas and Jess Barfield homer for the Bombers. Teddy Higuera (3–2), in the first year of a $13 million, 4-year contract pitches 7 innings, allowing 3 runs. Higuera, who started the year on the DL, will go on the DL again when a significant tear to his rotary cuff is discovered.  This is his last ML appearance.

Harold Baines hits a grand slam in the 7th and Dave Henderson follows with a homer as the A’s beat the host Royals, 6-3.

1991 July

2nd After grounding out in a 4-1 loss to the Dodgers, Padres C Benito Santiago throws his batting helmet in disgust. The helmet bounces into the dugout, where it strikes pitching coach Mike Roarke in the head before ricocheting over to bean coach Greg Riddoch, giving him a concussion. Santiago is fined $300.

Max Venable has 3 hits, including a grand slam, and Dave Parker has 3 hits and 3 runs as California flushes the Royals, 10-3. The Angels are in 2nd place by a game in the AL West.

Luis Rivera, Mike Greenwell and Jody Reed each have 4 hits as the Red Sox total 22 in thrashing the Brewers, 14-4. Milwaukee catcher Rick Dempsey takes the mound in the 9th inning, allowing 3 hits and a run. He’s the 6th pitcher this century to both catch and pitch in the same game. In two days, SF catcher Greg Litton will pinch hit and pitch the 9th inning.

4th At Wrigley, the Cubs take an 8-2 lead after 7 innings against the Pirates, only to see the Bucs score 6 runs to tie it at 8 apiece.  Orlando Merced’s grand slam off Dave Smith in the 8th is the big blow. Pittsburgh ties in the 9th on back-to-back doubles by Barry Bonilla and Barry Bonds. Mark Grace hits his second homer of the game in the 11th for a walkoff 10-9 win over the first-place Pirates. Chuck McElroy (5-0) is the winner.

Kevin Reimer socks a 2-out 10th inning walkoff homer to give the Rangers a 5-4 win over the A’s. All of Oakland’s scoring comes on a grand slam by Rickey Henderson.

5th Denver and Miami are approved by NL owners as expansion franchises scheduled to begin play in 1993.

Jose Canseco hits his league-leading 21st HR, a grand slam off Tom Gordon in the 4th, as Oakland pounds the Royals, 9-3.

6th In a 9-7 loss to Oakland at Royals Stadium, Danny Tartabull of the Royals becomes the 1st Royal to hit 3 HRs in a game.

Manager John McNamara is fired by the Indians and replaced by 1B coach Mike Hargrove.

7th Umpire Steve Palermo and former pro football player Terence Mann are shot while coming to the aid of two women during an attempted robbery in a restaurant parking lot in Dallas. Palermo is listed in stable condition after being shot in the stomach.

Nolan Ryan strikes out 14 batters, including 7 batters in a row, in 8 1/3 innings against California.  Texas wins, 7-0, beating Chuck Finley (12-4).

9th Cal Ripken Jr.’s 3-run HR lifts the AL to a 4-2 win over the NL in the annual All-Star Game. Andre Dawson homers for the NLers who lose for the 4th straight year. Ripken, who also won the pre-All-Star Game Home Run Derby, is named the game’s MVP.

11th At Tiger Stadium, Mike MacFarlane’s grand slam highlites an 8-run 2nd inning as Kansas City beats Detroit, 9-5.

The Reds trade 1B Todd Benzinger to the Royals in exchange for OF-1B Carmelo Martinez.

Recently released by the Angels, Fernando Valenzuela signs a minor league contract with them and will report to Midland, Texas.

13th The Orioles defeat the A’s 2-0 on a combined no-hitter by pitchers Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson, and Gregg Olson. It is only the second time in history that 4 pitchers have combined to throw a no-hitter. On September 28, 1975, Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott, Paul Lindblad, and Rollie Fingers turned the trick for Oakland against the California Angels. Starter Bob Milacki is lifted in the 6th after Willie Wilson smashes a ball off the pitcher’s index finger.

The only rainout in Astrodome history is caused by major flooding in Houston. The seven inches of rain prevents players and no more than 20 fans from getting to the ball park.

14th Pitcher Kip Gross loses 2 games, in 2 different leagues, 1,100 miles apart. The Cincinnati hurler takes the loss in the Reds 10-6 defeat by the Pirates, and also becomes the loser of a game played by the Triple A Nashville club. It was the completion of a game in Denver, which had been suspended by rain back on May 15.

At the Vet, the Giants unleash a 22-hit attack to subdue the Phillies, 17-5. Will Clark has 5 hits, including a grand slam, and drives in 7 runs, Matt Williams hits a pair of homers and drives home 4, and Kevin Mitchell adds a 3-run homer. Kelly Downs has 2 hits and 2 RBIs and wins in relief.

Hal McRae hits two homers, one a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs as the Royals pound the Tigers, 18-4. Mike McFarlane adds a pair of homers and 5 ribbies, Todd Benzinger has 4 hits, including a homer, Jim Eisenreich has 4 hits, and George Brett hits a 2-run homer in the 1st in the 21-hit barrage.

15th Seattle’s Edgar Martinez just misses hitting for the cycle for the second game in a row. He strokes a single, double, and triple in a 5-1 win over the Yankees. On the 14th, he had 2 singles, a triple, and a HR against the Indians.

Mets trade P Ron Darling and minor league P Mike Thomas to the Expos in exchange for P Tim Burke.

At the Vet Darren Daulton hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs as the Phillies hold off the Dodgers, 9-8. Greg Gagne hits a 3-run homer as the Twins score in each of the first 4 innings in an 11-7 win over the Brewers. Franklin Stubbs has a grand slam for Milwaukee.

17th Two naked Braves fans run onto the field at Fulton County Stadium then slide into home plate. The duo are apprehended by security guards. Not distracted, the Braves defeat the Cubs, 12-2.

In a 15-inning, 9-8 loss to the Royals, Sam Horn of the Orioles becomes the first non-pitcher to strike out 6 consecutive times in a single game. Pitcher Carl Weilman of the Browns was the only other player to have the dubious distinction, performing the feat on August 25, 1913. Striking out six times labels a batter a “Horn,” a term Mike Flanagan will coin in the July 29 Sports Illustrated.

Cleveland defeats Oakland, 2-1, as Indians hurler Rod Nichols gets the victory and breaks a personal 13-game losing streak dating back to September of 1989.

Randy Johnson takes just 4 innings to rack up 10 walks. He fans 4, tosses a wild pitch and allows one hit and 4 runs in his stint, a 6–1 loss to the Brewers.  Bill Wegman takes the complete game win.

19th Detroit pounds Kansas City, 17–0 to give Bill Gullickson an easy win over Tom Gordon, who strikes out 10 in 6 innings.  Tony Phillips has 3 hits and 5 RBIs.  It is the worst loss in franchise history for KC, and a reversal of the matchup on July 14th between the same two starters. The Royals routed the Bengals, 18–4.

Cal Ripken Jr. strokes his 20th HR of the season in Baltimore’s 4-1 victory over Seattle. He becomes just the 8th player in history to reach that number in each of his first 10 big league seasons and it comes in Ripken’s 1,500th consecutive game played. Roy Smith is the winner over Rich DeLucia.

Robin Ventura drives in 6 runs on 2 homers and 2 doubles to lead Chicago to a 14–3 win over Milwaukee. Jack McDowell (12-4) is the winner.

At Jack Murphy, homers provide all the scoring as the Phillies whip the Padres, 4-1. Gerald Clark’s solo off Jose de Jesus does it for the Pads, and Dave Hollins grand slam off Dennis Rasmussen does it for the Phils.

20thAt Boston, Twins ace Scott Erickson stops the Red Sox, 5–0. Kirby Puckett hits his first ever homer at Fenway.

21st The Expos trade P Oil Can Boyd to the Rangers for pitchers Jonathan Hurst and Joey Eischen, and a player to be named later. Boyd last pitched on the 19th, shutting out the Giants, 6–0, on 5 hits.

Losing 14–1 to the Twins, the Red Sox put OF Steve Lyons on the mound. Lyons, who pitched once last year for Chicago, toils one inning giving up 2 hits and recording a strikeout. Kevin Tapani is the winner as the first-place Twins complete a 4-game sweep.

At Shea, the Mets jump on Bob Ojeda for 8 runs in 3 innings and coast to a 9–4 win over the Dodgers. Dwight Gooden notches his 11th consecutive win over the Dodgers stretching back to 1985. It is the second straight day of 100+ temperature in New York.

23rd Texas’s Nolan Ryan notches his 308th career win in a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox and Rich Gossage garners his 308th career save in relief. The game marked Ryan’s 545th consecutive start, surpassing Steve Carlton’s major league record.

During an 8-5 Chicago win, Cincinnati P Rob Dibble throws a ball at Cubs OF Doug Dascenzo as Dascenzo runs to 1B. Dibble is fined by the league office, but not suspended. Cubs OF Andre Dawson bumps umpire Joe West and will be suspended for one game and fined $1,000.

Gary Redus has a grand slam and Bobby Bonilla hits a 2-run homer to pace the Pirates to a 12-3 win over Atlanta. Doug Drabek gets the win for the NL-East leaders.

Todd Benzinger’s grand slam in the 6th gives KC an 8-1 lead and they hold on to beat the Brewers, 8-7. Franklin Stubbs has a pair of triples for the Royals, his only triples of the year, and B.J. Surhoff has 4 ribbies for Milwaukee.

At Yankee Stadium, Ken Griffey, Jr. completes the scoring with a 9th inning grand slam as Seattle is victorious over the Yankees, 6-1.

Luis Sojo has 4 of the Angels 15 hits in a 5-4 win over the Orioles. Randy Milligan has a grand slam for the Birds.

24th In a game against the Mariners, the Yankees score 3 runs on a ground ball hit back to the pitcher. With runners on 2nd and 3rd and one out in the 4th, Pat Kelly hits a comebacker to Erik Hanson. The Seattle hurler traps Kevin Maas in a rundown between 3rd and home, but Maas scores when 3B Edgar Martinez’s throw hits him in the back. The ball rolls up the first base line in foul territory where it is recovered by C Dave Cochrane. Cochrane throws home to head off Alvaro Espinoza who is also attempting to score. The throw goes into the Mariners’ dugout allowing Espinoza and Kelly to cross the plate with the 2nd and 3rd runs.

Recently recalled 1B Brian Hunter of the Braves hits a HR in Atlanta’s 7-4 loss to Pittsburgh while his former minor league team, the Richmond Braves, is finishing a suspended game against Pawtucket. Hunter had homered in that game before it was called, giving him round-trippers in the major and minor leagues on the same day.

25th A jersey once worn by Yankees Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle is sold for $71,500 at an auction in Manhattan. A Ty Cobb tobacco card brings in $62,700.

26th Against the Dodgers, Montreal’s Mark Gardner pitches a no-hitter for 9 innings before Lenny Harris beats out an infield single in the 10th. The Dodgers get 2 more hits, including an RBI single by Darryl Strawberry, to plate the only run of the contest. After a 2-out walk in the 1st to Eddie Murray, Gardner retires 19 in a row. The Expos manage only 2 hits themselves against the combined efforts of Orel Hershiser, Kevin Gross, and Jay Howell. Gardner is the 11th pitcher to lose a no-hitter after 9 innings; the last being Jim Maloney, on June 14, 1965, and the first pitcher to hurl 9 no-hit innings against the Dodgers since Johnny Vander Meer, in 1938.

The Indians trade IF Brook Jacoby to the A’s for OF Lee Tinsley and P Apolinar Garcia.

Cincinnati 3B Chris Sabo pushes an autograph seeker into a window in Busch Stadium following a 5–1 loss to the Cardinals.

Dwight Evans for Baltimore and Ernest Riles for the A’s hit grand slams in Oakland’s 12-9 win over the Orioles. Joe Klink (7-2) pitches a scoreless inning for the win.

27th  Dan Gladden’s 3-run homer in the 9th enables the host Twins to beat Milwaukee, 7–4.  Gladden’s hit follows a bunt single by Shane Mack and a dribbler by Randy Bush. He has now driven in the winner in three straight games.

28th  Dennis Martinez of the Expos tosses the 13th (excluding Haddix and Shore) perfect game in major league history, setting down all 27 Dodgers to face him in a 2-0 win. Martinez strikes out 5 in the contest. Catcher Ron Hassey becomes the 1st receiver to catch 2 perfectos, having been behind the plate for Len Barker’s masterpiece in 1981. Dodger IF Alfredo Griffin goes 0-for-3 against Martinez, to go along with his 0-for-3 in Tom Browning’s perfect game in 1988, and 0-for-2 in Len Barker’s perfecto in 1981.

29th During a game at Yankee Stadium, Oakland OF Jose Canseco is bombarded with assorted objects by unruly fans. Included among the objects are an inflatable doll, a transistor radio, and a head of cabbage. Oakland escapes with a 10–8 victory, and Canseco  strokes a double in 4 at bats.

The Mariners hit 4 consecutive doubles in a 7-run 7th inning of their 11-4 victory over the Orioles, falling one shy of the major league record.

Ken Caminiti bangs a grand slam and Craig Biggio has 4 hits and 2 runs as Houston clips the Cardinals, 6-2.

30th Boston relief pitcher Jeff Gray collapses in the clubhouse prior to the Red Sox game with Texas. He becomes lightheaded, his speech slurs, and he suffers weakness in the right side of his body. Diagnosed as suffering from a stroke, Gray will undergo two years of rehab and, in 1994, become a minor league pitching coach.  Gray’s stroke comes on the 11th anniversary of J.R. Richards stroke. In the game which follows, the Red Sox Carlos Quintana ties a major league record by driving in 6 runs in one inning in Boston’s 11-6 victory. He clubs a double and a grand slam, off Oil Can Boyd.

     Ken Griffey, Jr. strokes his second grand slam in a week as the Mariners top the Orioles, 8-2.

The Angels trade 3B Jack Howell to the Padres for OF Shawn Abner.

31st   Rickey Henderson hits a leadoff HR for the 47th time to start the scoring and Boston’s Jack Clark finishes the scoring with a 14th inning walkoff HR as Boston beats Oakland 11-10. It is Clark’s 3rd homer of the game; the first is a grand slam in the 3rd off Dave Stewart. Wade Boggs is 5-for-7 including 3 doubles. Greg Harris (7-11) is the winning pitcher throwing 4 hitless innings.

     Robin Ventura belts two homers, including a 2-out walkoff grand slam in the 9th off Goose Gossage, to give the White Sox a 10-8 win over Texas.

Chili Davis and Shane Mack hit solo homers, and Kent Hrbek belts a grand slam in the Twins 8-run 2nd inning against Scott Sanderson as Minnesota whips the Yankees, 12-3.  Mack adds a second homer in the 6th.

     The Astros trade P Jim Clancy to the Braves for P Matt Turner and a player to be named later.

The Expos trade recently acquired P Ron Darling to the A’s for 2 minor league pitchers.

The Phillies trade P Roger McDowell to the Dodgers for P Mike Hartley and OF Braulio Castillo.

1991 August

2nd Mike Jeffcoat of the Rangers gets an RBI double in the 9th inning of a 15-1 win over the Brewers. He becomes the first AL pitcher to drive in a run in a game since the DH rule went into effect in 1973, and the first AL pitcher to get a hit since Ferguson Jenkins did so on October 2, 1974. Rafael Palmeiro has 4 hits and 4 RBIs and Kevin Reimer contributes a 3-run homer.

Following the Reds’ 7–3 loss to the Giants, Cincinnati manager Lou Piniella accuses umpire Gary Darling of being biased against the Reds. The eruption occurs when Darling overrules Dutch Rennert, who had called Bill Doran’s ball a home run. The Major League Umpires Association will file a $5 million defamation suit against Piniella on the 4th.

In Atlanta, the Padres collect 20 hits, including a grand slam by Tim Tuefel, to down the Braves, 13-3.  Bruce Hurst (13-5) has 2 RBIs to help in the win.

3rd Oakland OF Dave Henderson blasts 3 HRs in his first 3 at bats in an 8-6 loss to Minnesota.

6th  The Blue Jays edge the booming bats of the Tigers, 2-1, and increase their lead to 5 1/2 games over Detroit. Toronto’s Tom Henke saves his 24th game in 24 opportunities breaking the record set by John Franco in 1988, and tied by Rob Dibble two years later. Guillermo Hernandez of Detroit saved 32 consecutive games in 1984, but blown saves were not an official stat at the time.

After John Kruk is walked intentionally, Dale Murphy cracks a walkoff grand slam in the 11th to give the Phils a 6-2 win over the Cubs.

7th  The Giants Darren Lewis hits a leadoff home run for the only score of the game against Atlanta, as Bud Black (9-9) wins, 1–0.  Lewis’s homer off Charlie Liebrandt is his first ML homer.

Schotzie (the second ‘t’ is silent), the St. Bernard mascot of the Cincinnati Reds, is put to sleep. The dog is buried with a Reds’ cap on his head at team owner Marge Schott’s home.

In Philadelphia, the Phils edge the Cubs, 5-4, in 11 innings when Wes Chamberlain drives in the winning run with his 3rd hit of the game.  Mitch Williams is the winning pitcher with one inning of relief. It is the 3rd game in the last three that the Wild Thing is the winning pitcher, tying the NL record last matched by Kent Tekulve in 1980.

Deion Sanders makes the conversion from baseball to football, practicing with the Atlanta Falcons for the first time. Neon Deion hits .304 in 97 games with the Braves, and his 14 triples will lead the majors.

8th The Detroit Tigers fan a team record 21 times in a 14-inning, 4-0 win over the Blue Jays. Mark Salas hits a 3-run pinch homer of Tom Henke in the top of the 14th. Mickey Tettleton follows one out later with another HR. Starters Gullickson and Candiotti match zeroes for 7 innings, with Candy striking out 12.

9th In a solid pickup for the Blue Jays, they acquire veteran outfielder Candy Maldonado from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for Rob Wishnevski and a player to be named later (William Suero). Candy, who signed with Milwaukee in April, will help the Jays to two Playoffs and a World Series.

10th  The game between the Astros and Braves was delayed for 5 minutes when a moth became lodged in the ear of Houston OF Mike Simms. Astros trainer Dave Labossiere removed the insect with a pair of tweezers. The Braves record a 4-0 victory when the game is finally completed.

11th White Sox hurler Wilson Alvarez becomes the first rookie to throw a no-hitter since 1983 when he defeats the Orioles, 7-0, in his 2nd big league start. In his first start, on July 24, 1989, he did not retire any of the 5 batters he faced, giving up 2 hits and 3 walks.

Bernie Williams scores 4 runs as the Yankees defeat the visiting Tigers, 12-6, in the first of two. Mickey Tettleton hits a grand slam and Dave Bergman a pair for Detroit in game 2, but the Yankees win 10-8 in 10 innings. Mel Hall’s 2-run homer ends it.

13th At Jack Murphy Stadium, the Padres get a 3rd-inning grand slam from Fred McGriff and score 3 more in the 4th to take a 9-2 lead over the Astros. But Luis Gonzalez belts a 3-run homer in the 6th to start a comeback and the Astros rally for a 12-9 victory.

14th California’s Dave Winfield slugs the 400th HR of his career, becoming the 23rd player in history to reach the milestone, in a 7-4 win over the Minnesota Twins. The blow comes off Minnesota southpaw Dave West.

Jeff Reardon of the Red Sox and Lee Smith of the Cardinals both reach the 30-save level for the 6th season. Reardon notches his in a 2-1 win over Cleveland, while Smith saves St. Louis’ 5-4 victory over the Mets.

San Diego’s Fred McGriff hits a grand slam for the 2nd game in a row, tying a major league mark. He is the 12th player—but just the 3rd National Leaguer—to perform the feat, with Babe Ruth the only one to do so twice. His blast brings home all San Diego’s runs in a 4-1 win over the Astros.

Seattle’s Randy Johnson tosses a 1-hitter against the Oakland A’s, losing the no-hitter in the 9th inning when Mike Gallego singles. He records his 11th win of the year with the 4-0 victory.

Atlanta’s Tom Glavine (18–3) leaves after 7 innings and Randy St. Claire and Mike Stanton mop up a 15–0 whitewash over Pittsburgh. Lonnie Smith has 5 hits and Hunter and Nixon 4 apiece for the Braves. St. Claire, in his second year with Atlanta, along with his father Ebba, is the first father-son pair to play for the Braves.

At Yankee Stadium, the Royals top the Yankees, 5-1, on Danny Tartabull’s 11th inning grand slam off Steve Farr.  Tom Gordon (9-10) is the winner with 3 innings of relief.

15thYankees 1B Don Mattingly is benched and fined $250 for refusing to cut his shoulder-length hair, but the Yankees still beat Kansas City, 5–1. He will get one two days later, and the hair will eventually be auctioned off for $3,000 to benefit a children’s charity. Mattingly is not alone; Steve Farr, Matt Nokes, and Pascual Perez have all been told their hair length violates club policy.  Mel Hall, who wears his hair in a small ponytail before and after games, is warned his appearance is “borderline.”

16th  The Red Sox obtain P Dan Petry from the Braves in exchange for a player to be named later.

18th  Toronto’s first two hitters—Devon White and Roberto Alomar—hit home runs off Detroit’s Bill Gullickson in the Blue Jays’ 4-2 win. Gullickson teed up leadoff homers once before, in the NL.

Rafael Palmiero hits a 2-run homer in the 1st and Juan Gonzalez adds a grand slam in the 6th as Texas deflates the Indians, 9-4.

20th  Dickie Thon’s 2-out, two-run homer in the 9th gives the Phils a  6–5 win over the Pirates. The Phillies had gone 346 games since winning in the 9th: tomorrow, they’ll win again in the 9th, and on the following nite, win in the 10th.

Will Clark drives in 5 runs on 3 hits, including a grand slam, as the Giants win 9-3 over the Astros.

21st  Yankees OF Bernie Williams fans 5 consecutive times in a 7-4 loss to the Royals to tie the major league mark for a 9-inning game. He’s consoled by Yankee hitting coach Frank Howard, one of the 28 batters who share the mark. Bernie’s 5 Ks sets a franchise record for position players.

It is all Strawberry for the first-place Dodgers, as Darryl Strawberry bangs a grand slam in the 5th and follows with a 3-run homer in the 7th in the Dodgers 9-5 win over the Padres. LA leads the NL West by 2.5 games over the Braves.

At Riverfront, Francisco Cabrera hits his second homer of the game with 2 outs in the 9th inning, a 3-run shot that gives the Braves a 9-9 tie with the Reds. David Justice drives in the game winner in the 13th with his fourth hit of the game.

Toronto manager Cito Gaston is hospitalized with a herniated disk and Gene Tenace takes over on an interim basis. He’ll be 13-6 in his first 19 games to keep Toronto on top.

In Helena, Montana, the Helena Brewers beat Idaho Falls, 28–0 in the Pioneer League. Helena has 27 hits, including six homers, but sets no records. The good news for Idaho Falls is no errors, and their last pitcher is 1B Loren Gress. He outpitches the real pitchers, giving up no runs and a hit in 1 1/3 innings.

At the Little League World Series, Jason Marquis celebrates his 13th birthday by leading his South Shore team to a victory in the first round over Chad Pennington and his Ohio team. Marquis throws a three-hitter, strikes out 11, not allowing a walk, and has three hits and three RBIs. After playing shortstop in a loss, he then leads his team to a win over Canada in the third-place game, throwing a no-hitter.

22nd  Forget about taking one for the team; in the Phils 10-inning victory, John Kruk gets hit by a pitch for the first time in 2,682 at bats when the Pirates Randy Tomlin plunks him. “It didn’t feel good,” grouses Kruk. Herm Winningham had held the record for active players (1,799 appearances).

Bob Welch allows 4 hits, one a 9th inning HR by Wally Joyner, as Oakland edges the Angels, 2-1. It is Welch’s 10th straight win over the Haloes.

23rd The Rangers 6-1 win over the Royals is marked by an unusual play in the 8th inning. KC’s 2B Terry Shumpert is charged with a 4-base error when he collides with RF Danny Tartabull while going back on a short fly hit by Juan Gonzalez. Gonzalez and the 2 runners in front of him score as the ball rolls all the way to the warning track.

24th  Mariners hurler Rob Murphy sets what is believed to be a major league record by appearing in his 121st straight game without a win, a 7-2 loss to Detroit. Tom Henke had pitched in 120 consecutive winless games from 1986 to 1988.

25th Darrin Jackson hits a grand slam and solo homer to pace San Diego to a 12-9 win over the Cubs. Tim Tuefel adds a 3-run homer. Cubs OF Doug Dascenzo commits an error in ending his NL-record streak of 242 consecutive games without a miscue (442 chances). The streak, which began in 1988, is 2 games short of the AL record.

Manager Doug Rader is fired by the Angels and replaced by former Expos manager Buck Rodgers.

26th Number 1 draft pick Brien Taylor is signed to a guaranteed $1.55 million contract by the Yankees. It is the largest deal ever given to an amateur player, surpassing the $1.2 million paid to Todd Van Poppel by Oakland in 1990. Taylor will be injured in a bar fight and never make it to the Majors.

Bret Saberhagen of the Royals hurls a no-hitter against the White Sox, winning by a 7-0 count. He strikes out 5 while walking only 2. Charlie Hough takes the loss for Chicago, becoming the 7th pitcher in history to wind up on the losing side of more than one no-hitter. Saberhagen also becomes the 3rd pitcher in history to throw a no-hitter, win a Cy Young Award, and be named World Series MVP, joining Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson.

Jeff Blauser is 3-for-3, including a grand slam, and David Justice has a homer and 3 RBIs as the Braves outslug the Expos to win, 14-9. Montreal hits four homers.

28th Cincinnati’s Tom Browning defeats Montreal’s Dennis Martinez, 11-3, in the first matchup of perfect game hurlers in 25 years. Sandy Koufax and Jim Bunning performed the feat on October 2, 1966. Mariano Duncan has 4 hits, including a pair of homers, to drive in 4 runs and score 3.

Jim Eppard of the Salinas Spurs of the California League plays all 9 positions as the Spurs defeat the San Bernardino Spirit, 2-1. Eppard gets credit for the win by pitching a scoreless 5th inning. The former California Angels OF becomes one of the few left-handers to play every position in a single game.

The Mets trade P Alejandro Pena to the Braves for P Tony Castillo and a player to be named later.

Chico Walker has 3 hits, including a 4th inning grand slam, as the Cubs down the host Giants, 8-6. Mike Bielecki allows all the Giants scoring but picks up his 12th win.

The Orioles knuckle under to Tom Candiotti, losing 3-0 to the Jays pitcher who allows one hit. A 1st-inning infield single by Joe Orsulak is the lone hit.

At Veterans Stadium, Charlie Hayes hits a 1st-inning grand slam and then drives in the winning run in the Phillies 3-run 10th as Philadelphia wins, 11-10, over Houston. Ken Caminiti has 5 RBIs for the Expos.

29th  The White Sox Carlton Fisk crashes two homers to become the oldest player in the 20th century to accomplish the mark.  He’ll top this by hitting two homers on October 3rd. Jack McDowell (15–8) goes the distance to beat Cleveland, 7–2.

30th The Rangers trade 3B Steve Buechele to the Pirates in exchange prospect Kurt Miller and a player to be named later. The “Later named” is another pitching prospect, Hector Fajardo.

31st  The Twins Chuck Knoblauch hits his first ML homer, off the Orioles Mike Mussina, and it puts the Twins ahead in the 6th. It is Knoblach’s only homer this year. The Twins win, 5–2, with the W going to Kevin Tapani.

1991 September

1st  The Red Sox score 10 runs in the first 2 innings, 8 off Randy Johnson, to beat Seattle, 13-2. Tom Brunansky clubs a grand slam off Scott Bankhead, in relief of the sputtering Big Unit, and finishes with 6 RBIs. Wade Boggs has 4 hits to take over the AL batting lead with a .338 average.

2nd Three months after an operation that replaced a vein in his arm with one from his leg, White Sox pitcher Roberto Hernandez holds the Royals hitless for 6 innings before Bill Pecota leads off the 7th with a double, the only hit Hernandez allows in Chicago’s 5–1 win over KC. In the same game, Bo Jackson makes his miraculous return to the majors following a career-threatening football injury. He hits a sacrifice fly to drive in a run against his former team. Bo will end the year hitting .225 in 23 games, with 3 homers and 14 RBIs.

Ryne Sandberg hits a grand slam in the Cubs 6-run 8th as they come from behind to clip the Padres, 10-8. Luis Salazar has a 3-run homer in the 6th for Chicago.

At the Metrodome, Shane Mack hits a grand slam in Minnesota’s 5-run 8th as they put away the Indians, 9-3.

Rick Lankford hits a tying homer in the 9th and the Cardinals plate 3 runs in the 11th to top the Dodgers, 7-4. The Dodgers stay tied in the NL West with the Braves.

3rd  In a game in Montreal, shortstop Jeff Blauser breaks a big left toe and will be out for two weeks. The Braves will call up SS Rico Rossy to replace him. The Braves manage just 4 hits against Montreal, but win, 4-1. behind John Smoltz.

Three months after undergoing 8 1/2 hours of surgery to remove two blood clots from his right forearm, White Sox rookie Roberto Hernandez makes his ML debut, limiting the Royals to 1 hit in 7 innings. The Sox win, 5–1. The other medical story in the game is the return of Bo Jackson, following his hip transplant surgery. Bo is hitless.

Milwaukee’s Jim Gantner has a double and hits his first homer since 1987, a streak of 1762 at bats without a dinger. In 2 days he’ll hit another. With 2 outs in the 9th, Robin Yount bangs a 3-run HR off Oakland’s Dennis Eckersley for a 5–3 win.

4th After 30 years, the asterisk attached to Roger Maris’ 61 HRs in 1961 is removed by an 8-man Committee for Statistical Accuracy. Regarding the expunging of the asterisk, historian Bill Deane later points out, “It was an easy job: the asterisk never existed. Maris’s record was, from 1962 until 1991, listed separately from Ruth’s and was never actually defined by ‘some distinctive mark.’”  The committee also defines a no-hit game as one which ends after 9 or more innings with one team failing to get a hit. This removes 50 games from the list that had previously been considered no-no’s, mostly shortened games, but also including Harvey Haddix’s 12 perfect innings against the Braves in 1959 and Jim Maloney’ 1965 1–0 loss in 11-innings. Another casualty is Ernie Shore’s 27 straight outs in 1917, a game in which he relieved Ruth with a runner on and no outs in the 1st.  It is now a combined no-hitter.

Lou Gehrig’s 1938 Yankee road uniform brings $220,000 at a memorabilia auction in San Francisco, becoming the most expensive non-card sports memorabilia item ever sold. A Honus Wagner card goes for $125,500 while an autographed Gehrig bat sells for $47,500.

Infielders Shane Turner and Tommy Shields both play all 9 positions for the Rochester Red Wings in their season finale, an 8–0 win against Syracuse oftheClass AAA International League.

5th Paul O’Neill paces a 17-hit Reds attack as they overwhelm the visiting Astros, 13-2. O’Neill has three doubles, a HR, and 5 RBIs.  It is the second time this season he’s had four extra base hits; he is the 5th major leaguer this century to do so. Billy Williams, in 1969, did it last.

Ozzie Guillen’s grand slam is the highlight as the White Sox score 10 runs in the 4th inning against the Royals, all with 2 outs. Chicago wins by a score of 11-2. Bo Jackson drives in 3 runs with his first two hits since returning from a serious hip injury. Slugger Frank Thomas receives a mauling, bruising his wrist in a 2nd inning collision with Terry Shumpert, then chipping two front teeth when he is hit in the mouth with a ball thrown by pitcher Charlie Hough.  Hough gets a throwing error on the toss.

6th The Red Sox overcome a grand slam by Seattle’s Dave Valle to defeat the M’s, 6-5.

7th Tim Teufel breaks up a scoreless tie between the Padres and Cardinals by hitting a 10th inning walkoff homerun. Mike Maddux, with 2 innings of relief for the Pads, is the winner and Cris Carpenter takes the loss.

8th  At Montreal, The Expos take a 4-2 lead after two innings and that is all the scoring as Dennis Martinez pitches 7 innings for the win.  Barry Jones earns a save in the 9th inning when he relieves with 2 on and no out and induces Chris Sabo to hit into a game ending triple play.

9th  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.

10th The Indians score 5 in the 6th off Bill Wegman, 4 coming home on a grand slam by Reggie Jefferson, and top the Brewers, 5-2. Doug Jones is the winner.

At Shea, Pete Schourek pitches a one-hitter a the Mets stop the Expos, 9-0.  Schourek contributes 2 RBIs in his only career shutout. Howard Johnson and Mackey Sasser each have 3 hits and 3 RBIs. For the third time in his career, Kenny Williams has his team’s lone hit.

11th Atlanta’s Kent Mercker, Mark Wohlers and Alejandro Pena combine to toss a 1-0 no-hitter against San Diego. It is only the second no-hitter in Atlanta history, following Phil Niekro’s 1973 masterpiece over the same Padres.

12thTexas Ranger Nolan Ryan wins his 10th game, beating the Twins, 4–3, and becoming just the second pitcher ever to reach double figures in wins in 20 different seasons. Don Sutton did it 21 seasons. The win, Ryan’s 312th of his career moves him past Tom Seaver into 14th place on the career list. Jack Morris is the CG loser.

13th Toronto OF Joe Carter drives in a run in the Blue Jays’ 7-6 victory over the A’s, becoming the first player in history to reach the 100 plateau in 3 consecutive seasons with 3 different teams. Nine players (Dick Allen, Orlando Cepeda, Rocky Colavito, Goose Goslin, Rogers Hornsby, Reggie Jackson, Lee May, Al Simmons, and Vic Wertz) have collected 100 RBI with three teams, but none consecutively.

Paul O’Neill has 5 RBIs on a homer and three doubles, and Hal Morris and Chris Sabo each have 3 RBIs to lead the Reds to a 13-2 victory over Houston. For O’Neill it is his 2nd game this year in which he collects 4 extra base hits, tying the ML record.

A 55-ton concrete beam crashes onto an empty public walkway at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. The Expos will reschedule, playing their final 13 home games on the road while the stadium is repaired and growing cracks in concrete ribs supporting the stadium are checked out.

14th Mariano Duncan, Hal Morris, and Paul O’Neill hit back-to-back-to-back HRs off Astros hurler Mark Portugal for the Reds. The homers account for the only Cincinnati runs in a 7-3 loss.

In the 10th inning of the game between Cleveland and Baltimore, Indians reliever Eric Bell pitches to the Orioles’ 2B Juan Bell, who skies a fly to left where it is caught by the Tribe’s Albert Belle. Cleveland comes out on top with a 6–5 win, and Eric Bell, with 1 2/3 innings of relief, rings up his first win.

In the Tigers’ 6-4 win over the Brewers, Detroit’s Cecil Fielder hits a 502-foot HR, which is believed to be the first ball ever hit out of Milwaukee’s County Stadium, off Dan Plesac. The ball lands in the back of a truck driven by Gary Schumacher, who doesn’t stop until he is near Madison.

15th Cardinals rookie Ray Lankford hits for the cycle in a 7-2 win over the Mets.

In Baltimore’s 4-3 win over Cleveland, O’s OF Joe Orsulak—he starts today in LF and switches to RF—has an assist, his 6th assist in an 11-day stretch. He leads ML outfielders with 20 assists and will finish with 22.

Sid Bream hits a 1st-inning grand slam, off Ramon Martinez, and drives in 5 runs as the Braves subdue the Dodgers, 9-1. Steve Avery (16-8) is the winner. The Braves now lead the Dodgers by a game and a half.

At Skydome, Jose Canseco starts the scoring with a 2-run homer in the 1st and ends it with his 41st homer, a grand slam in the 9th, off Jack Aker, as Oakland doubles the Blue Jays, 10-5.

Craig Grebeck blasts a grand slam in the 3rd and Harold Baines and Carlton Fisk add 2-run homers in the 8th as the White Sox beat the Angels, 9-2. Charlie Hough wins his 9th.

16th  It’s a day for suspensions. Atlanta OF Otis Nixon is suspended for 60 days (the remainder of the season) for violating baseball’s drug policy. Nixon, who had been arrested on charges of cocaine possession in 1987, is currently leading the NL with 72 SBs. He will miss the NL playoffs due to the suspension.  Cincinnati P Norm Charlton is suspended for 7 days and fined an undisclosed amount for admitting he intentionally threw at Dodgers C Mike Piazza in a game played on September 9th.

Bonehead baserunning almost costs the Dodgers a win over the Reds. With one out in the 11th, and the score 3–3, L.A. has Jose Offerman on 3B, with Brett Butler on 1B. When Lennie Harris hits a ground ball, Offerman tries to score but fails to touch the plate and is tagged out on the throw. Harris is called out for passing Butler, who inexplicably stands watching the play. But the Dodgers rally with 3 runs in the 12th to win, 6–5. Eddie Murray hits his 1st triple of the year and Eric Karros has his 1st ML hit, a double, before Joey Hamilton’s game winning single. L.A. sets a NL-record in the 4 1/2 hour marathon by using 27 players, including 9 pitchers.  The Reds use 19.

The Braves blow a 3-run lead and lose to the Giants, 8–5, at Candlestick Park. Darren Lewis scores half the Giants runs despite having no hits. He has 3 stolen bases.

Barry Bonds homers and drives in his 100th run for the 2nd consecutive season, just the 8th Pirate to accomplish that. Pittsburgh beats the Cubs, 9–2,

Kevin Tapani (15-8) becomes the Twins third 15-game winner, pitching a 3-hitter for 7 2/3 inning against the Royals.  The Twins win, 9–0, jumping on Mark Gubicza. Tapani is 13–2 since June 5.

18th  In Toronto’s 5–3 win over Seattle, Toronto’s Rob Ducey is knocked unconscious in a collision at the plate with Seattle C Scott Bradley. Unlike most catchers, Bradley keeps his mask on for throws from the OF, and Ducey hits his head on the mask.

San Diego’s Tony Gwynn undergoes arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage in his left knee.  Gwynn has missed 11 of the Padres’ last 17 games. He has just 4 hits in his last 27 at bats and has fallen behind Hal Morris in the batting race.

Despite Cal Ripken’s 30th homer of the year, Baltimore loses to Boston, 7–5. With 42 doubles already, Cal is the first SS in ML history to top 30 HRs and 40 doubles in the same year.

19th  The first-place Pirates score 5 in the 9th, 4 on a walk off grand slam by Curtis Wilkerson to trip the Cardinals, 5-1. Todd Zeile’s homer is the lone score for the Birds.

Ken Griffey, Jr drives in 4 runs with his third grand slam of the season as the Mariners sink the Royals, 10-5. Alvin Davis also drives in 4 runs. Jose Tartabull has 3 RBIs on 3 hits, including his 29th homer, for KC.

20th  Bill Spiers has a pair of homers, one a grand slam, to pace the Brewers to an 8-5 win over the host Tigers.

Steve Avery (17-8) shuts out the Dodgers, 3-0, and the Braves move into 1st place by a half game over LA.

21st  The Dodgers score runs in the 8th and 9th to edge the Braves, 2-1, and retake 1st place. Juan Samuel drives in the winning run with a triple.

22ndEric Bell fires 4 innings of scoreless relief, and the Indians score two in the 9th to beat the Orioles, 2–1. With the 6,863 in attendance, the Tribe tops one million.

Tom Glavine gives up 3 runs in 4 innings and the Braves lose to the Dodgers, 3-0. Ramon Martinez fires 7 innings for the Dodgers, now 1.5 games ahead of Atlanta. Los Angeles will go just 6-5 the rest of the way playing the Padres and Giants.

23rd Roberto Kelly has 3 hits and 4 RBIs, and Matt Nokes adds a grand slam as the Yankees edge the Brewers, 9-8. The Yanks are in 5th place in the AL-East with the Brewers in 4th.

24th Howard Johnson of the Mets strokes his 37th HR of the season to set a new NL record for switch-hitters, in NY’s 10-8 loss to Pittsburgh. Johnson himself had set the previous mark in 1987. He will finish the year with 38 homers and 117 RBIs, becoming the first switch-hitter to lead the NL in driving in runs. Daryl Boston adds a grand slam for New York, the only two homers in the game, as the Corsairs unleash a 17-hit attack.

At the Metrodome, Scott Erickson pitches a one-hitter and the Twins collect 12 hits to beat the White Sox, 9-2. Dan Pasqua’s 2-run homer is the only hit that Erickson allows.  Kent Hrbek hits a 2-run homer and Kirby Puckett and Chuck Knoblauch each drive in 3.

25th  Falcons defensive back Deion Sanders rejoins the Atlanta Braves for the remainder of the season to help the Braves’ pennant drive. Sanders still wants to play in the Falcons’ game on the 29th against New Orleans.

John Kruk hits a grand slam and solo homer to provide all the scoring as the Phils edge the Cubs, 5–4.

27th  The Indians lose their 100th game as the Yankees beat Greg Swindell, 3–0. With 8 innings of work, Pascual Perez (2–4) earns his last ML decision.

28th The 10th inning proves deadly for pitchers: Detroit’s Lou Whitaker hits a 3-run double off Greg Olson to give the Tigers a 5–4 win over the Orioles; Dean Palmer cracks a 3-run homer off Dennis Eckersley to give Texas a 6–3 victory over the Athletics.

In a 5–4 loss to the Indians, Yankees manager Stump Merrill goes to the bullpen for the 75th straight time, surpassing the record set by the 1977 Padres. Reliever Greg Cadaret takes the loss, while Eric Bell (3–0) wins in relief. to also set a record—most wins without a loss on a team with 100 losses He’ll win another on October 4 against New York to finish 4-0.

Following a 6–2 Mets loss to Phillies rookie Cliff Brantley, manager Bud Harrelson is fired by the Mets.

The Giants top the Dodgers, 4–1, as Don Robinson earns his first save in 3 years by stopping the Dodgers.  In the 9th inning, L.A. loads the bases with one out, but does not score.  Will Clark hits a 2-run homer to drive in his 109th and 110th runs of the year. With the Braves 5-4 comeback win over the Astros, the Dodgers lead in the West is one game with 7 to play.

The Cards Lee Smith ties the NL record for saves with his 45th, as St. Louis beats the Cubs, 3–2.  Smith pitches a scoreless 9th to tie the mark of another Cardinal ex-Cub, Bruce Sutter, who racked up 45 in 1984.

29th  Setting a ML record for hits in consecutive innings, Rickey Henderson hits safely in each of the first 5 frames as Oakland scores 18 runs. Rickey has singles in the first, second, third and fourth innings before hitting a home run in the fifth. He is pinch-hit for in the seventh, leaving with 4 runs and 4 RBIs. Oakland wins over Texas, 19–5, inflicting much of the damage (8 runs) on starter Kevin Brown.

Braves acquire P Mike Bielecki and C Damon Berryhill from the Cubs in exchange for P Turk Wendell and P Yorkis Perez.

Tim Spehr hits a grand slam, off Jim Abbott, as the Royals take an 8-0 lead over the Angels, and win, 8-4.

Jay Bell hits a grand slam, off Doug Simons, as the Pirates do all their scoring in the 2nd inning to beat the Mets, 6-5.

1991 October

1st Lee Smith of the Cardinals sets an NL record with his 46th save of the year in a 3-1 victory over the Expos. He’ll finish the year with 47.

At Fenway, the Tigers outhit the Red Sox to win, 8–5. Frank Tanana (12–12) evens his record. Wade Boggs has a pair of doubles to top the 40 mark for the 7th straight year. Only Joe Medwick has done this in ML history.

Joe Oliver hits a grand slam as the Reds score 6 runs in the 1st inning against the Braves.  But Atlanta claws back to win, 7-6. Terry Pendleton is 4-for-5 with a homer, and David Justice provides the margin of victory with a 2-run homer in the 9th. The Braves trail the Dodgers by a game.

2nd  The Padres score 6 runs in the 8th and belt the Dodgers, 9-4, sending LA into a tie for first place with the Braves.

3rd In the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins, Chicago C Carlton Fisk smashes 2 HRs and a double to lead the White Sox to a 13-12 12-inning victory. In doing so, just 9 months shy of his 44th birthday, Fisk becomes the oldest 20th century player to hit a pair of 4-baggers in the same game. His 7th inning grand slam off Steve Bedrosian also makes him the oldest major leaguer ever to hit a bases loaded homer. Cap Anson, at 45, clubbed two homers on this date in 1897: he’s the oldest to hit a pair. The two teams combine to collect 40 hits and bang 8 homers. Game 1 goes 10 innings as the Sox win, 3-2, with 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th and another in the 10th.

At Fenway, Rob Deer hits a 3-run homer and Cecil Fielder clubs his 44th, an 8th-inning grand slam, as the Tigers down the Red Sox, 10-5. Fielder and Canseco are tied for the AL lead in HRs.

4th  Trailing 3–2 in the 9th, Cleveland’s Jim Thome hits a two-out, two-run homer, his first in the majors, to give the Tribe the lead over the Yankees. Steve Olin pitches the 9th to save the win for reliever Eric Bell. With four wins over the past month, Bell (4-0) ends the year with the most wins for an undefeated pitcher on a team losing a hundred games (as noted by Greg Crouse).

5th  The Cubs sweep a pair from the Cards, winning 3–2 and 7–5. Bob Scanlon wins game 1 and recently acquired Yorkis Perez takes game 2.

At Arlington Stadium, Rickey Henderson is 4-for-4, including a double and homer, scores 3, knocks in 3, and steals 4 bases to pace the A’s to a 12-5 win over Texas.

The Braves win their 8th in a row, defeating the Astros, 5-2 behind the pitching of John Smoltz.

6th  Greg Maddux and the Cubs beat the Cards, 7-3, with Omar Olivares the loser.  The Cards are thwarted in their attempt to become the first team since the 1912 Washington Senators to have 10 players with 10 or more stolen bases. In the 9th inning, Joe Torre inserts Tom Pagnozzi, with 9 steals, into the game as a pinch runner, but Hector Villanueva throws him out. Yesterday, Pagnozzi reached base twice and both times the burly Villanueva gunned him down.

It’s Fan Appreciation Day as David Cone of the Mets ties an NL record by striking out 19 Phillies in a 7–0 Mets win. The total gives Cone 241 for the year, as he leads the league for the 2nd straight season. Teammate Howard Johnson ends the season with 117 RBIs to lead the NL, the first Mets player to do so. He’s also the first NL switch-hitter to lead in ribbies.

7th Manager Stump Merrill is fired by the Yankees.

8th The Twins defeat the Blue Jays, 5–4, in Game 1 of the ALCS behind Jack Morris.

Manager Joe Morgan is fired by the Red Sox and replaced by Butch Hobson.

9th The Blue Jays even the ALCS at 1 game apiece with a 5-2 triumph, snapping Minnesota’s post season home winning streak at 7 games.

The Pirates defeat the Braves in Game 1 of the NLCS, 5–1. 1990 Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek gets the victory for the Bucs and Andy Van Slyke homers.

Manager Tom Trebelhorn is fired by the Brewers.

10th Steve Avery’s brilliant pitching helps the Braves even the NLCS at a game apiece. Avery holds the Pirates scoreless for 8 1/3 innings, allowing just 6 hits. Atlanta scores the game’s only run on a double by Mark Lemke in the 6th inning.  In attendance are Bill Craib and Sue Easler, who visited ever major and minor-league ball park—all 178 of them—during the year. They began their tour on April 9th at Oakland and ended it October 6th at Yankee Stadium.

Manager Jim Lefebvre is fired by the Mariners and replaced by 3B coach Bill Plummer.

11th Mike Pagliarulo strokes a pinch 2-run  homer in the 10th inning to power the Twins to a 3-2 victory over the Blue Jays in Game 3 of the ALCS.

The Mets hire Jeff Torborg as manager. Torborg resigned as manager of the White Sox to take the position with New York.

12th The Twins take a 3 games to 1 lead in the ALCS with a 9-3 win behind Jack Morris. OF Dan Gladden drives in 3 runs for the victors, and Kirby Puckett homers.

Catcher Greg Olson’s 2-run homer caps a 4-run Brave 1st as Atlanta goes on to a 10-3 victory over Pittsburgh in Game 3 of the NLCS. Ron Gant and Sid Bream homer for the Braves, who take a 2 games to 1 lead.

13th Minnesota advances to the World Series for the 2nd time in 3 years with a come-from-behind 8-5 win over Toronto. ALCS MVP Kirby Puckett leads the way with a homer in the 1st and a single to break a 5-5 tie in the 8th. Rick Aguilera gains his 3rd save of the series as reliever David West notches the win.

Mike LaValliere’s 2-out pinch single in the 10th inning drives home the go-ahead run as the Pirates even the NLCS. Steve Buechele’s 3 hits give him 5 straight over 2 games to tie an NLCS record.

14th OF David Justice of the Braves fails to touch 3B while running home, costing Atlanta a run in an eventual 1-0 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 5 of the NLCS. Jose Lind’s single in the 5th accounts for the only run of the game.

16th Greg Olson’s 9th inning double scores the only run of the game as the Braves, behind another magnificent performance by Steve Avery, shut out the Pirates, 1-0, to force a 7th game. Atlanta’s Ron Gant steals his 6th base of the series in the 9th for a new playoff record.

17th The Braves advance to the World Series with John Smoltz leading the way as he hurls a 6-hit, 4-0 shutout. The Pirates fail to score in the last 22 innings of the series. Steve Avery is named the MVP of the NLCS.

18th The managerial merry-go-round continues as Jim Essian is fired as manager of the Chicago Cubs. Managers axed to leave this year include Nick Leyva, Frank Robinson, John Wathan, Buck Rodgers, John McNamara, Don Zimmer, Doug Rader, Bud Harrelson, Jim Essian, Tom Trebelhorn, Joe Morgan (from Massachusetts), Stump Merrill, and Jim Lefebvre.

19th The Twins defeat the Braves 5-2 in Game 1 of the World Series. SS Greg Gagne’s 3-run HR off Charlie Leibrandt in the 5th inning helps support the strong effort of winning pitcher Jack Morris.

20th The Twins take a 2-0 lead in the Series with a 3-2 victory over the Braves. The deciding blow is a leadoff HR in the 8th inning by rookie Scott Leius. Chili Davis also homers for Minnesota.

22nd 2B Mark Lemke’s 2-out single in the 12th inning gives the Braves a 5-4 win in Game 3 of the Series. Lemke had made a potentially crucial error in the top half of the inning. The contest is the longest night game in Series history at 4 hours and 4 minutes, and the second longest by innings. The Twins use a WS-record 23 players in the game.

23rd The Braves even the Series at 2 games apiece with a 3-2 win in Game 4. Journeyman catcher Jerry Willard’s sac fly in the bottom of the 9th is the deciding blow. Terry Pendleton and Lonnie Smith stroke solo homers for the NLers, while Mike Pagliarulo does the same for the Twins.

24th  The Braves win their 3rd game in a row, 14-5, to take the Series lead. Lonnie Smith, David Justice, and Brian Hunter pound out HRs, with Smith becoming the first player to homer in 3 consecutive Series games since Reggie Jackson in 1977. Smith, who became Atlanta’s starting LF when Otis Nixon was suspended for failing a drug test in September, is playing for his fourth team in a World Series.

26th Minnesota evens the Series at 3 games each with a 4-3 win on Kirby Puckett’s dramatic HR in the bottom half of the 11th inning.

27th In one of the great World Series finales, the Twins become World Champions with a 1-0 victory in 10 innings behind Jack Morris’s masterful pitching. Gene Larkin’s single off Alejandro Pena scores Dan Gladden with the game’s only run. The game is the first Game 7 to go into extra innings since the Senators-Giants Series in 1924. Morris is named the Series MVP for the Twins, who win all 4 games in the Metrodome while losing all 3 in Atlanta. Four of the 7 games are decided on the final pitch, while 5 are decided by a single run, and 3 in extra innings. All are Series records. Morris’s 10-inning masterpiece is the last extra-inning complete game of the century.

1991 November

3rd  Jeff Bagwell is named the NL Rookie of the Year and is the first Astro to win the award.  He hit .294 with a team-leading 15 homers and 82 RBIs. His 82 walks also led the Astros. Bagwell was picked in the 4th round of the 1989 draft by the Red Sox, then traded in the 1990 stretch drive for pitcher Larry Andersen.

5th Terry Pendleton of the Braves wins the NL MVP Award. The third baseman led the NL in batting average and hits, tied for first in total bases and was 3rd in slugging. He’ll be named Comeback Player of the Year—the first player to raise his average 80 points and add 15 HRs—and win his 3rd Gold Glove. Barry Bonds is runner-up; the 2 will switch places next year.

The Indians trade P Greg Swindell to the Reds in exchange for P Jack Armstrong, Scott Scudder, and Joe Turek.

6thThe Twins Chuck Knoblauch is named the AL Rookie of the Year. Knoblach hit .281 and stole 25 bases in 30 tries.  His 15 post-season hits is a record for first-year players.

8th  Cal Ripken, Jr. is named the AL MVP, beating out Cecil Fielder of Detroit. The Gold Glove third baseman hit .323, 34 homers, and 114 RBIs.

25th The Expos trade 1B Andres Galarraga to the Cardinals in exchange for P Ken Hill.

27th The Dodgers acquire OF Eric Davis and P Kip Gross from the Reds in exchange for P Tim Belcher and John Wetteland. The Dodgers have high expectations of the brittle Davis, but he’ll play in just 76 games in 1992.

The Mets sign free agent 1B Eddie Murray to a 2-year, $7.5 million contract.

Lee Elia is named manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.

1991 December

nd The Mets sign free agent OF Bobby Bonilla to a 5-year, $29 million contract.

3rd The Dodgers sign free agent P Tom Candiotti to a 4-year contract.

6th The Brewers obtain P Jesse Orosco from the Indians in exchange for a player to be named.

8th  The Angels acquire 1B-OF Von Hayes from the Phillies in exchange for P Kurt Abbott and OF Ruben Amaro Jr.

The Reds trade P Randy Myers to the Padres in exchange for IF-OF Bip Roberts and a player to be named. The

Brewer reliever Julio Muchado (3-3) is arrested for murder in Venezuela. Muchado is accused of shooting a woman following an auto accident between his car and a car in which the woman was a passenger. Muchado will be convicted and, following appeals, be sentenced to 12 years in 1996.

9th  The Royals sign free agent 1B Wally Joyner to a 1-year, $4.2 million contract.

The Expos trade P Barry Jones to the Phillies in exchange for C Darrin Fletcher and cash.

10th  Admitted gambler Howard Spira is sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for attempting to extort $110,000 from Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

The Giants trade OF Kevin Mitchell and P Mike Remlinger to the Mariners in exchange for P Bill Swift, Mike Jackson, and Dave Burba.

11thIn a blockbuster trade, the Mets obtain two-time Cy Young winner Brett Saberhagen along with SS Bill Pecota from the Royals in exchange for Kevin McReynolds, Gregg Jefferies, and Keith Miller.

18th   After Jack Morris exercises his opt-out clause with the Twins, he signs a 2-year, $10.85 million contract with the Blue Jays.  The agreement calls for $4.45M in 1992 and $5.425 in ’93. Morris’s contract with the Twins was $9M for three years.

19th  Former minor league umpire Pam Postema files a sex discrimination suit against the National and American leagues, the Triple-A Alliance, and the Baseball Office for Umpire Development.

Yankees P Steve Howe is arrested in Montana on a charge of possession of cocaine. Howe has been suspended from baseball five times for drug and alcohol problems.

The Blue Jays sign free agent OF Dave Winfield to a 1-year contract.

29th  The White Sox sign free agent P Kirk McCaskill to a 3-year contract.

1992 January

2nd The Red Sox sign free agent P Frank Viola.

6th The Yankees sign free agent OF Danny Tartabull to a 5-year contract.

7th  Pitcher Tom Seaver and Rollie Fingers are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Seaver finishes with a record 98.8% of the votes cast. Pete Rose, ineligible because of his ban from baseball, receives 41 write–in votes.

9th  Former Yankee Joe Pepitone is charged with assault after a scuffle at a hotel in Kiamesha Lake, NY. The fight started when Pepitone was called a “has-been.”

10th  The Yankees trade 2B Steve Sax to the White Sox in exchange for P Melido Perez, Domingo Jean and Bob Wickman.

22nd The Mets trade OF Mark Carreon and P Tony Castillo to the Tigers in exchange for P Paul Gibson and Randy Marshall.

23rd  A group calling itself The Baseball Club of Seattle announces that it will attempt to buy the Mariners for $100 million. Some $75 million of the money will come from Hiroshi Yamauchi, president of Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Osaka, Japan.

28th  Tigers 1B Cecil Fielder avoids arbitration by agreeing to a $4.5 million contract, for the largest single–season deal in history.

31st  The Pirates sign OF Barry Bonds to a one-year contract worth $4.7 million, the largest-ever one-year deal.

1992 February

5th  The Pirates name former catcher Ted Simmons as general manager.

13th  Oakland outfielder Jose Canseco rams his wife’s car, causing $10,000 in damage, following an argument with his wife, Esther.

22nd  Red Sox 1B Carlos Quintana breaks his left arm and right toe in an automobile accident in Caracas, Venezuela.

26th  Boston Red Sox majority owner Jean Yawkey dies at age 83.

1992 March

2nd  Cubs 2B Ryne Sandberg becomes the highest paid player in baseball history when he agrees to a 4-year contract extension worth $28.4 million.

6th  Yankees P Pascual Perez is suspended for one year for violation of baseball’s drug policy.

10th  Pirates get OF Kirk Gibson from the Royals in exchange for P Neal Heaton.

12th  Yankees VP and chief administrative officer Joseph Molloy, son-in-law of principal owner George Steinbrenner, is elected as new managing general partner of the club.

16th  Angels P Matt Keough is hit in the head by a batted ball during an exhibition game in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is taken to the hospital and undergoes emergency surgery to remove a blood clot.

The Pirates trade P John Smiley to the Twins in exchange for P Denny Neagle and OF Midre Cummings.

17th  Pitcher Hal Newhouser and umpire Bill McGowan are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee.

18th  Georgina Thompson of Wellington, Kansas, is jailed on a charge of contracting a hit man to murder her common-law husband. She used her husband’s baseball card collection as a down payment to the hit man.

Negotiations between players and management produce an agreement ending the owners’ lockout.

27th  The Brewers trade IF Gary Sheffield and P Geoff Kellogg to the Padres in exchange for P Ricky Bones, SS Jose Valentin and OF Matt Mieske.

A lawsuit is filed against Mets P David Cone by 3 women charges him with exposing himself to them while in the bullpen at Shea Stadium.

30th  The Cubs trade OF George Bell to the White Sox in exchange for OF Sammy Sosa and P Ken Patterson.

1992 April

2nd The Phillies trade P Jason Grimsley (1-7 in 1991) to the Astros in exchange for P Curt Schilling.

3rd  The Red Sox conclude 27 years of spring training at Winter Haven, Florida, by beating the Tigers, 14–4.

4th Chicago White Sox OF Bo Jackson undergoes hip–replacement surgery. He suffered the injury in an NFL game in January of 1991.

6th The Seattle Mariners lose to the Texas Rangers, 12–10, on Opening Day, allowing Texas to score 9 runs with 2 outs in the 8th inning. The game draws 55,918 to the Kingdome.

A crowd of 44,568 sees the Orioles defeat the Indians, 2–0, as they play the first game ever in Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Pitching in his 8th Opener, Rick Sutcliffe hurls the shutout for Baltimore.

Toronto’s Jack Morris sets a record with his 13th consecutive Opening Day start, as he goes all the way in defeating the Tigers, 4–2.

Mets reliever Jeff Innis is credited with the win over the Cardinals in NY’s 4–2 Opening Day victory. In 1991, Innis became the only pitcher in baseball history to appear in at least 60 games with neither a win nor a save.

7th  At Opening Day in Philadelphia, Greg Maddux holds the Phils to 6 hits in 7 innings and the Cubs win, 4–3.

Oakland’s 9-run 6thproves too much for the Tigers as they fall to the host A’s, 12-7. Terry Steinbach hits a 3-run homer in the frame and Mark McGwire has 4 RBIs.  Cecil Fielder drives in 5 runs for Detroit, 4 on a grand slam.

8th  At County Stadium, the Brewers, down a run going into the bottom of the 9th, tie the score, then win 9-5 over the Twins when B.J. Surhoff belts a walkoff grand slam off Rick Aguilera.

At Detroit, the Blue Jays overcome a pair of homers and 6 RBIs from Cecil Fielder to edge the Tigers, 10-9. Robbie Alomar has a 3-run homer for Toronto.

In a barnburner at Riverfront, the Expos outslug the Reds to win, 14-11. Roberto Kelly hits a grand slam in the 2ndfor Cincy, but Montreal scores 8 times in the 4thto complete their scoring.

9th  On the first pitch of the Mets–Cardinals game, Vince Coleman and Donovan Osborne are both injured when Coleman beats out a bunt for a hit. Coleman sustains a strained left hamstring while running and Osborne sprains his left ankle while covering on the play in his major league debut. Both players are eventually forced to leave the game, a 7-1 victory for New York.

At Chicago, the Yankees Jim Leyritz hits an 8thinning grand slam off Bobby Thigpen to complete New York’s scoring in an 11-6 win. It is one of three New York homers.

Kirk Gibson belts a 1stinning grand slam for Detroit, but California comes back for a 7-5 win.

Prosecutors drop rape charges against Mets P Dwight Gooden and OF Vince Coleman and Daryl Boston. On March 3, a 31–year–old woman had accused the players of raping her on March 30, 1991.

10th  In his 5th season, San Diego’s Dave Eiland becomes the 9th pitcher in history to homer in his first major league at bat, connecting against Bob Ojeda of the Dodgers in an 8–3 Padre win. Eiland allows one unearned run in 4 innings and gets lifted after giving up a leadoff single in the 5th. The winless Eiland will end the year on another trivia record note: he joins Buster Narum and Ed Hobaugh, both in 1963, as pitchers with more homers than wins in a year. Rookie pitcher Jim Bullinger will also homer on his first ML at bat this year. Fred McGriff helps put the game away with a 7th inning grand slam off John Candelaria.

11th  Cleveland 2B Carlos Baerga is 6-for-9 in the Indians 7–5, 19-inning loss to the Red Sox. Tim Noehring’s 2-run homer in the top of the 19th, off Eric Bell, is the difference for the Sox.  Mike Gardiner, the last of 6 relievers, is the winner.

Montreal’s Archi Cianfrocco gets the most from his first ML hit, collecting 3 ribbies on a single.  The runners were off with the pitch with two out and a 3-2 count and Spike Owen scores from 1B. The Expos beat the Mets, 9–2.

At Oakland, Dan Pasqua belts a 3rd-inning grand slam, off Dave Stewart, as Chicago takes a 6-0 lead over the A’s.  But Oakland comes back to tie the score in the 9th and win it, 7-6, in the 10th on Rickey Henderson’s RBI single.

12th  Red Sox P Matt Young does not give up a hit but walks 7 in hurling an 8-inning, complete game no-hitter against the Indians. He loses, however, to Charles Nagy by a score of 2–1, in the first game of a twinbill. Stolen bases figure in each Tribe score as Kenny Lofton steals 4 bases. John Flaherty, in his ML debut, is behind the plate.  In the second contest, Boston’s Roger Clemens hurls a 2-hit shutout, winning, 3–0. The Indians’ 2 hits in the twinbill sets a major league record, breaking the old mark of 3 held by 4 teams.

The Angels trade SS Dick Schofield to the Mets for P Julio Valera and a player to be named later (Julian Vasquez).

13th  The Yankees (5–0) and Blue Jays (6–0), meet, marking only the third time this century that 2 unbeaten teams had met so late in the season. The Yankees win, 5–2.

Darnell Coles triples in the 8thinning to drive in the go-ahead run as Toronto beats Seattle, 6-5. Omar Vizquel hits a grand slam for the M’s.

In Cleveland, the Tigers do all their scoring in the last three innings as they break a six-game losing streak with a 7-5 win over the Indians.  Rob Deer and Mark Carreon hit back-to-back homers in the 7th.  In their six-game losing streak to start the season, the Tigers were never in the lead in any of the games, the first team since 1900 to start a campaign that way.

16th  Seattle manager Bill Plummer mistakenly fills out a lineup card with two first baseman and no DH. It doesn’t help as the Mariners go on to lose the game to the White Sox, 5–4.

17th  Phillies SS Kim Batiste commits 4 errors in a 7–4 loss to Pittsburgh.

Randy Milligan hits a pair of homers, including a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs as Baltimore beats Detroit, 8-0. Rick Sutcliffe allows 4 hits in throwing the shutout.

20th  The Cubs Greg Maddux (3-0) beats the Phillies again, this time at Wrigley, 8–3. He also clouts a long HR onto Waveland Avenue. Gary Scott adds a 4th-inning grand slam, off Kyle Abbott (0-3).

In Montreal, the Pirates break the game wide open with a 9-run 9th to sink the Expos, 11-1. Barry Bonds clouts a 3-run homer and Kirk Gibson belts a grand slam, off Bill Sampen.

Alan Trammell, Cecil Fielder and Mickey Tettleton ring Big Ben McDonald for consecutive homers on a total of 7 pitches in the 4th inning to take a 4-0 lead. Tettleton’s homer bounces off the warehouse. But the Orioles score 5 in the bottom of the frame and 7 more in the 7th to beat Detroit, 12-4. Sam Horn adds a homer in the 4th, hitting one into the CF bleachers 420 feet away, the first player to do so. Mike Devereaux has 3 hits, including a homer.

21stAt the Metrodome, the Brewers score 3 runs in the 10thon 3 hits and 2 steals to beat the Twins, 10-8. Kent Hrbek hits a grand slam for Minnesota.

22nd  At Arlington, Travis Fryman scores 4 runs and collects 4 hits, including a homer, as Detroit outslugs Texas, 12-8. Rafael Palmeiro has a grand slam for Texas.

23rdDave Winfield hits the Twins second grand slam in 3 days, but again it fall short as the they lose to the Tigers, 12-4.  Travis Fryman drives in 4 runs and hits a 3 run-homer.

24th  Former 14-year major leaguer Derrel Thomas is arrested on drug charges in Los Angeles.

Former Yankees vice president Leonard Kleinman drops his $30 million lawsuit against baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent. The suit had been one of the obstacles standing in the way of George Steinbrenner’s reinstatement with the Yankees.

25thIn the Pirates 1–0 win over the host Cubs, the Bucs are helped by a helmet. With Kirk Gibson on first, Jay Bell hits a grounder that strikes Gibson’s helmet, which had flown off. The ball rebounds to Sandberg who throws to Walker and the relay to Salazar nabs Gibson. As Andy Van Slyke notes, the play goes “7 1/2 to 4 to 5 to 6.” Bell reaches on the infield single and Van Slyke follows with a double for the only run. Tomlin (4–0) is the winner over Greg Maddux (3–1).

At Anaheim, Tino Martinez slugs a 2nd-inning grand slam and the Mariners ride it to a 10-6 win over the Angels. Junior Felix has a 3-run homer for California.

26thThe Royals go to 2-16 with a decisive 9-0 win over the host Blue Jays.  KC’s first two hitters, Keith Miller and Brian McRae hit homers and score seven runs to back Mark Gubiscza’s 7 innings of shutout ball.

30th  The Dodgers-Phillies game in Los Angeles is postponed as a result of riots prompted by the Rodney King verdict.

The White Sox cuff Nolan Ryan around, scoring 7 runs off him in 2+ innings, en route to a 12-1 win over the Rangers. Jack McDowell goes to 5-0 with the effort. George Bell has 5 hits and scores 4 runs.

Junior Felix is 4-for-4 with a homer and 6 RBIs as California whip the host Indians, 8-5.

1992 May

1st Oakland OF Rickey Henderson steals the 1,000th base of his career in the first inning of the A’s 7–6 win over Detroit. Mark McGwire adds a homer and Mike Parrett (4–0) picks up the win when the A’s score a run in the 8th.

Seattle’s Randy Johnson hands out 10 walks in just 4 1/3 innings in a 15–1 swamping by the Orioles. The Big Unit allows 8 earned runs. Reliever Gene Harris tees up three homers in his inning. Mike Devereaux has a pair of homers, one a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs.  6′ 7″ McDonald (3–0) pitches the complete-game win.

2nd  Yankee P Scott Sanderson becomes the 12th pitcher in history to surrender 4 HRs in a single inning. He is rocked in the 5th inning of the game against Minnesota by Shane Mack, Kirby Puckett, Kent Hrbek, and Randy Bush. The Twins need all the dingers as they win, 7–6.

3rd  Eddie Murray of the Mets hits his 400th career HR in NY’s 7–0 win over the Braves. David Cone hurls the 5–hit shutout.

Philadelphia 2B Mariano Duncan strokes 5 hits and scores 5 runs in the Phillies 12–3 win over San Francisco.

In a 6-3 loss to the Angels, Cleveland’s Alex Cole is 4-for-4 with 5 stolen bases. It is the second time he’s stolen 5 bases in a game.

4th  The Pirates score 11 runs in the 6th inning on their way to a12–5 win over Cincinnati. Buc reliever Dennis Lamp, who pitches only the top of the 6th, is the happy recipient of the outburst.

White Sox P Alex Fernandez hurls a 1-hit shutout over the Brewers, winning 7–0. Dante Bichette’s double is the lone hit.

During KC’s 11–6 win over Cleveland, Indians OF Albert Belle charges the mound after 2 of Neal Heaton’s pitches sail behind him. In the bullpen, Indian P Ted Power gets up from his chair to join the fight at the mound, and suffers a strained right calf muscle. He is forced to go on the DL with the injury.

Chris Hoiles cracks a grand slam, off Todd Burns, as Baltimore scores 5 runs in the 7th and beats the Rangers, 8-5.

5th  Expos OF Larry Walker hits a HR off a speaker hanging from the roof of Olympic Stadium in Montreal’s 5–2 victory over San Diego.

George Bell hits a 1st-inning grand slam, off Chris Bosio, to start the Sox on their way to a 12-2 pasting of the Brewers. Jack McDowell (6-0) goes 8 innings for the win.

7th  The Indians commit around-the-horn errors in a 8–7 victory over the Rangers. 1B Paul Sorrento boots a ground ball, 2B Carlos Baerga misses a pop–up, SS Mark Lewis drops a throw and 3B Brook Jacoby boots another grounder.

At the Kingdome, Dave Winfield hits a grand slam in the Blue Jay’s 5-run 9th as they edge the Mariners, 8-7.  Ken Griffey Jr. has a pair of homers and drives in 4 for the M’s.

8th  Astros P Butch Henry gets his first major league hit—a 3–run, inside–the–park homer—but its not enough as Houston loses 6–3 to Pittsburgh. It will be Henry’s only ML homer.

10th  In Pittsburgh, the Astros sink the Pirates, 6-4, as Jeff Bagwell hits a pinch homer in the 8th and another in the 10th. He is the first Astro to accomplish the feat.

At Royals Stadium, Jack Clark hits 2 homers and drives in 6 runs to lead the Red Sox to a 10-6 win over the Royals. Frank Viola is the winning pitcher.

11th  Gene Harris, who walked out less than a week after serving up three homers in one inning on May 1, is traded by Seattle Mariners to the San Diego Padres for Will Taylor.

12th  KC Royals president Joe Burke dies of cancer at age 68.

13th  The Pirates blow an 8–run lead, but manage to hold on for an 11–10 victory over the Braves. Pittsburgh led, 10–2, in the 4th inning.

Matt Nokes hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs, and Kevin Maas adds a 3-run homer, as the Yankees sink the visiting Mariners, 12-4. Jay Buhner finishes the scoring with a pinch 3-run homer in the 9th.

15th  The Mets newly acquired Bret Saberhagen (3–2) pitches 5 innings before leaving with tendinitis in his pitching hand that will effectively sideline him for the rest of the year. He will not win another game following today’s 4–1 score over the Dodgers.

Franklin Stubbs belts a 10th inning walkoff grand slam, off Kenny Rogers, to give the Brewers a 7-3 win over the visiting Rangers.

16thThe Padres get 8 RBIs from the first three hitters as the edge the Pirates, 10-9. Barry Bonds has a grand slam for the Bucs off Greg Harris.

17th With a 3–2 loss to Seattle, the Blue Jays pass the 1 million mark in attendance, the earliest this has been accomplished.  It took the Jays just 21 dates to do it. The previous mark was shared by the 1991 Blue Jays and the 1981 Dodgers.

In Boston’s 3–1 loss to California, Wade Boggs has hit # 2,000, the 6th Red Sox to reach mark (Yaz, Williams, Rice, Evans, Doerr). Mark Langston is the winner.

Felix Jose hits a grand slam and an RBI single in the 2-run 9th as the Cardinals clip the host Astros, 7-5.

18th  San Diego P Bruce Hurst hurls a one-hit shutout over the Mets, defeating Dwight Gooden by a score of 3–0. The only hit is a single by the recently acquired Chico Walker. Hurst does it without Tony Gwynn, who breaks the tip of his right middle finger by slamming it in the door of his Porsche on the way to the bank.  Gwynn is hitting .369.

19th  Bobby Rose hits an 8th inning homer off New York’s Steve Howe to give California a 4–3 lead, but New York wins 5–4 in 10 innings. For the young Rose, it is his last at bat in the majors.

Texas scores 3 runs in the top of the 9th, 2 on a Ruben Sierra HR, and the Rangers outshoot the Indians,  8-7. Mark Whiten has a grand slam for Cleveland.

Bill Doran bangs a one-out 9th inning grand slam, off John Wetteland, and the Reds beat the Expos, 7-4.

20th  Roger Clemens (6-3) pitches 8 innings of 2-run ball and Ellis Burks hits an 8th inning grand slam, off Mike Schooler, as Boston beats the Mariners, 6-4.

At Comiskey, Gregg Jefferies hits a 5th inning grand slam, off Alex Jeffries, and the Royals top the White Sox, 7-2.

North Carolina Little League coach Richard Blackwell is arrested after slashing the throat of a rival coach during an argument over a game of a few days earlier. On June 8, Blackwell will be banned from participating in Little League for 2 years, but will not be given jail time after pleading guilty to a reduced sentence.

21st  Four members of the California Angels, including manager Buck Rodgers, are hospitalized after the bus carrying the team swerves into a row of trees off the New Jersey Turnpike. Rodgers, the most seriously injured, incurs a broken right rib, left knee and right elbow. John Wathan takes over the team as interim manager. The Angels were driving to a game in Baltimore tomorrow.

22nd  The Expos fire manager Tom Runnells and replace him with Felipe Alou.

23rd Mike Moore goes 4 innings, allowing 5 runs, as the Red Sox beat the A’s, 5-1. For Moore, it is his 10th straight loss to Boston, going back to April 1987

24th  The Braves John Smoltz sets a franchise record by striking out 15 batters in a 2–1 win over the Expos.  He walks 2 in beating Mark Gardner.

Bill Krueger (5-0) enjoys himself pitching 7 innings as the Twins pulverize the Tigers, 15-0. Shane Mack hits a grand slam in the 4th off Frank Tanana, and Brian Harper adds 4 RBIs on 3 hits.

25th  In a slugfest at Yankee Stadium, New York scores 9 runs without making an out in the 8th inning to top the Brewers, 13-10. Danny Tartabull has a grand slam in the frame and drives in 5 runs. Matt Nokes has 2 hits in the 8th and 4 for the game.

El Paso Diablos public address announcer Derrick Grubbs is ejected from the team’s game against Jackson because of music he plays during the contest.

26th  The Tigers’ Bill Gullickson becomes just the first Detroit pitcher since 1954 to hurl a complete game victory without issuing a walk or strikeout. He defeats the Royals, 8–1.

27th  Todd Benzinger hits a 3rd-inning grand slam and Eric Karros hits a 9th-inning 3-run homer as the Dodgers overwhelm the NL East leading Cardinals, 9-2. Tom Candiotti pitches 8 innings for the victory.

29th  Kirby Puckett hits a grand slam in the Twins 8-run 4th inning, as Minnesota flattens Detroit, 17-5. The Twins are in 3rd place in the AL West,  1.5 games behind Oakland.

30th  By beating the Milwaukee Brewers, 8–1, Scott Sanderson of the Yankees becomes the 9th pitcher to beat all 26 major league teams in his career. He joins Nolan Ryan, Tommy John, Don Sutton, Mike Torrez, Rick Wise, Gaylord Perry, Doyle Alexander and Rich Gossage as the only pitchers to accomplish the feat.

1992 June

1st Toronto OF Devon White becomes just the 6th player in history to hit both a leadoff HR and an extra–inning four–bagger in the same game. He does so in the Blue Jays 5–3 win over Minnesota. He also becomes the 56th player in history to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game.

The Astros select Cal State–Fullerton 3B Phil Nevin with the first pick in the amateur draft, and sign him for $700,000. For financial reasons, they pass over Derek Jeter, who had been recommended by area scout Hal Newhouser. Newhouser quits. The Indians (2) take Paul Shuey for $650,000; the Expos (3) take Mississippi State’s B.J. Wallace for $550,000; the Reds (5) pick Chad Mottola for $400,000, all of whom sign today. The Orioles at #4, sign Jeffrey Hammonds for $975,000, the highest price in the draft. Picking 6th, the Yanks take Derek Jeter, who will reject a University of Michigan offer to sign for $700,000 with New York. The Marlins will use their first pick on catcher Charles Johnson, who eventually signs for $575,000. The A’s take Jason Giambi (2nd round) and the Cards get T.J. Mathews on the 36th. The Giants snag Marvin Bernard on the 50th round. The Brewers take Ken Felder on the first round but he will prove a flop: their best pick is Scott Karl (6th round). Marvin Benard goes to the Giants on the 50th round.

The Mets score 8 runs in the first two innings off John Burkett and swamp the Giants, 14-1. Sid Fernandez is the easy winner. Bobby Bonilla has single, double and a grand slam for the Mets to drive in 6 runs. Cory Snyder hits a homer for SF.

2nd Eddie Murray’s grand slam off starter Trevor Wilson is the difference as the Mets edge the Giants, 4-3.

3rd Kirby Puckett belts his second grand slam in 5 days and the Twins top the Blue Jays, 11-3. Puckett drives in 5 runs. The Jays outhit the Twins, 14 to 11. Rafael Palmeiro has 4 hits and 3 RBIs and Dean Palmer belts a grand slam for Texas.

At Cleveland, Sandy Alomar hits a grand slam as the Tribe scores 7 runs in the 4th en route to an 8-3 win over the Mariners.

4th  For the second day in a row, the Twins win despite being outhit as they beat Texas, 15-12. Red-hot Kirby Puckett has 4 hits, including a homer, and scores 3 runs. The Twins are a half game behind the A’s.

     Ken Griffey, Jr. and Kevin Mitchell each hit a pair of homers in the Mariners’ 10-3 win over Cleveland. One of Mitchell’s is a grand slam.

San Jose voters say no to the Giants by rejecting a plan to build a new stadium in their city. The Astros show they like the old stadium as they bang the Giants, 12–6, before a sparse crowd of 8,850.

Carl Stotz, creator of Little League baseball, dies at age 82 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

6th  Eddie Murray drives home 2 runs in the Mets 15–1 win over the Pirates. It gives him 1,510 career RBIs, the most ever by a switch-hitter, passing Mickey Mantle (1,509).

At Candlestick, Cory Snyder has a single, two doubles and a homer to drive in 7 runs as the Giants pound Houston, 12-6.

7th  OF Juan Gonzalez of the Rangers hits 3 HRs, including a 2-run homer in the 8th, against the Twins. Texas needs them all winning, 5–4. Witt is the winner.

Against the Astros, SF’s Trevor Wilson allows just 2 hits and finishes with a flourish, striking out the side in the 9th on 9 pitches. The Giants win, 3–0.

Mickey Tettleton hits a grand slam for Detroit, but the Yankees respond with three homers to edge the visiting Tigers, 6-5.

Pepperdine defeats Cal State-Fullerton, 3–2, to win the College World Series.

8th  Chicago Cubs rookie pitcher Jim Bullinger becomes the 10th pitcher in history to hit a HR in his first major league at bat, doing so on the first pitch thrown to him by Rheal Cormier of the Cardinals. The Cubs win the game, 5–2, then complete the sweep with a 6-4 victory in game 2.

Montreal P Ken Hill hurls a one-hitter over the Mets, and drives in a run in the 6–0 shutout. The only Met hit is an questionable infield single by P Anthony Young.

Cecil Fielder hits a 3-run homer and Milt Cuyler adds a grand slam off Dennis Cook as the Tigers score 7 runs in the 1st inning and whip the Indians, 9-2.

Yankees P Steve Howe is suspended from baseball indefinitely after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of attempting to buy cocaine. It is Howe’s 7th suspension.

9th The Dodgers Orel Hershiser scatters 4 hits in 8 innings to beat the Braves, 3–2. Kal Daniels 2-out HR in the 8th, off reliever Mike Stanton, is the difference. For Hershiser, it is his 12th straight win over Atlanta going back to September 13, 1987.

The Yankees trade P Lee Guetterman to the Mets for P Tim Burke.

10thAt Milwaukee, Mark McGwire hits his 22nd homer of the year and his career 200th. It comes in his 2,852nd at bat, and he is the 5th quickest to reach 200. The fastest was Ralph Kiner (2,537), then Ruth (2,580) Killebrew (2,584) and Eddie Mathews (2,811). Winning for first-place Oakland is Ron Darling (6–3).

Luis Polonia steals 4 bases for California, but the White Sox win, 3-2, in 12 innings.

11th Baseball owners vote 25–1 to allow the purchase of the Seattle Mariners by a group headed by Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi of Japan. It signals the first non-North American ownership of a major league team.

12th Chris Hoiles hits a pair of homers and Leo Gomez adds a grand slam as the Orioles top the Tigers, 6-0. Mike Mussina (8-1) is the winner. With Toronto being shut out by the Red Sox, Baltimore is in a tie for first in the AL East.

Frank Viola throws 7+ innings and Wade Boggs supplies a grand slam off Dave Steib as Boston stops Toronto, 5-0.

13th Detroit takes a 7–0 lead over the Orioles into the 8th inning, then score 8 times.  Dan Gladden makes all 3 outs in the frame against reliever Mike Flanagan, grounding out then grounding into a DP. The Birds score in the 9th  at Detroit to avoid the shutout, losing, 15–1.

First place Oakland scores 6 runs in the 8th inning to beat Texas, 7-1. Mark McGwire belts a grand slam for Oakland off Kenny Rogers. McGwire leads the AL with 23 homers.

14th  At the Astrodome, Pete Incaviglia hits a double and two homers to drive in 7 runs as Houston rolls to a 15-7 win over the Giants. Kevin Bass belts a 3-run homer for SF. Dave Righetti (1-3) is touched for 9 runs in 3+ innings.

15th  Red Sox P Jeff Reardon moves into first place on the all-time save list with number 342. It comes in Boston’s 1–0 win over the Yankees. Dobson is the winner over Sanderson. Plantier’s homer is the only score.

Jeff King of the Pirates becomes the 5th player in major league history to be caught stealing twice in an inning. In the 5th inning of Pittsburgh’s game against Philadelphia, King leads off with a single. He’s trapped off base, but collides with Phillies P Terry Mulholland as he tries to get back. Mulholland is called for interference, and King is charged with a caught stealing, even though he remained on base. Later that inning, he is thrown out attempting to steal 3B. The Phillies win the game, 4–1.

16th  Cardinals OF Brian Jordan signs a $2.4 million, 3-year contract with St. Louis, ending his 2–sport career. He had also been a defensive back with the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL. The rookie, who last played on May 22, is hitting .233, will be back in action on the 22nd.

The Mariners shrug off a 6th inning grand slam by Steve Sax and score 6 n the 8th to beat the White Sox, 9-6. Tino Martinez has a 2-run homer in the 8th.

18th  Gary Sheffield hits two homers, one a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs as the Padres top the host Giants, 9-4. Rookie Frank Seminara picks up his first ML victory.

19th  Mike Devereaux belts his second grand slam of the year and Cal Ripken and Randy Milligan homer as Baltimore tops the visiting Yankees, 10-7. Danny Tartabull supplies a 3-run homer for New York, now 8 games behind first-place Baltimore. Yanks manager Buck Showalter and coach Russ Meyer get tossed for bench jockeying. Meyer was last ejected 36 years ago in 1956 when he was a player.

22nd  Mariners OF Dave Cochrane ties a club record for most assists by an OF in a game with 2, and sets a club mark for most errors in a game with 3. The Athletics defeat the Mariners, 7–2.

23rd  Led by Harold Baines, who has a double and a homer, Oakland scores 10 runs in the 3rd inning en route to a 12–2 win over Seattle. Canseco also homers to make it an easy win for Slusarski. Baines collects 5 RBIs in the inning and 7 in the game.

Cecil Fielder cracks a grand slam in Detroit’s 7-run 4th as the Tigers whip the Red Sox, 11-7.

24th Yankees P Steve Howe is permanently banned from baseball by Commissioner Fay Vincent after having pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of attempting to purchase a gram of cocaine. It is Howe’s 7th ban from the game, as he becomes the first player ever permanently banned from baseball because of drugs.

The Mets, behind Doc Gooden, defeat the Cubs, 3–2 at New York. Jackson takes the loss.  Gooden has now beaten the Cubs 12 straight times (according to historian Ed Hartig). Before his loss in August, 1987, he had another streak of 10 straight wins over the Cubs.

25thChicago’s Greg Maddux and New York’s Vince Coleman almost get into a fight, but Maddux takes it out on the Mets by striking out 10 in a 3–1 Chicago win.

26th  The Padres top the Giants, 6–2, scoring 4 runs in the 4th.  The Pads might’ve scored more but Tony Fernandez is thrown out twice in the inning, matching the ML record. Fernandez will attempt to steal 40 times this season, and be successful on just half; this is the worst percentage for anyone with 20 steals since Jack Fournier in 1923.

Glenn Braggs belts a 1st-inning grand slam, off Steve Avery, and Tom Browning rides it for a 7-4 Reds win over the Braves.

Felix Jose has 3 RBIs, including the game-winner in the bottom of the 9th, as the Cards edge the Mets, 4-3. Vince Coleman is 0-for-1 for the Mets, but collects 4 stolen bases.

27th  The Mets edge the Cards with all the runs coming on homers: Gallagher and Jones match dingers, and Howard Johnson’s homer in the bottom of the 9th makes John Franco (6-0) a winner. It is Johnson’s last homer of the year.

      The Dodgers trade OF Kal Daniels to the Cubs in exchange for a player to be named.

28th  Minnesota rumbles by Oakland for the 3rd straight game, 10–2, to leave the two teams tied in the AL West at 43–31. Erickson wins over Campbell. Kirby Puckett and Greg Gagne homer for the Twins.

29th   The Cubs finally beat their nemesis Dwight Gooden, pinning a 5-2 loss on him at Wrigley Field.  Gooden beat the Cubs 5 days ago for his 12th win in a row over Chicago, and his 22nd in his last 23 decisions against them. He’ll finish his career at 28-4 versus Chicago.

Pittsfield Mets P James Popoff fans 19 Batavia Clippers in a 5–3 victory in the NY–Penn League. It is Popoff’s first professional victory.

Terry Steinbach’s 4th hit of the game scores the go-ahead run in the 11th and he scores the winner as the A’s edge the Mariners, 5-4. Tino Martinez has 5 hits for the M’s.

30th  At Fenway, Bob Zupcic hits his first homer of the year, a walkoff grand slam, off Mike Henneman (0-3), to give the Red Sox an 8-5 win over Detroit.

1992 July

1st White Sox SS Craig Grebeck gets 5 hits in Chicago’s 8–5 win over the Indians. Bobby Thigpen saves it for Kirk McCaskill, the winner over Jack Armstrong (2–10).

3rd  Dodgers P Pedro Astacio makes an impressive major league debut with a 3–hit, 2–0 shutout over the Phillies in the 2nd game of a DH. Astacio fans 10 Phils while walking 4. The Dodgers also take the opener, 5–1, with Bob Ojeda topping Curt Schilling.

Cleveland sends washout speedster Alex Cole (.206 with 9 stolen bases) to the Pirates for Tony Mitchell and John Carter. For Cole, it is his 4th team in 3 years. He’ll vacate Pittsburgh for the Rockies after the season.

Walt Terrell outpitches Randy Johnson in the opener, a 6-4 Tiger win over the Mariners, he’ll pick up another win in two days. Seattle answers in game 2 with an 11-0 swamping of Detroit in game 2 behind Erik Hanson’s 6-hitter. Jay Buhner backs him with a double and grand slam.

Mike Devereaux has 5 hits and scores twice as the Orioles top the Twins, 6-1. Mike Mussina (9-3) gives up 12 hits in 8+ innings.

4th In Atlanta’s 4–2 win over the Cubs, Brave SS Jeff Blauser hits a 2–run HR in the first inning to start the scoring. It is the 1,776th big league homer hit on the holiday.  Brian Hunter adds a solo shot to back Charlie Leibrandt (7–3).

Montreal OF Larry Walker throws out Padre SS Tony Fernandez at 1B on a 1-hopper to right in the 1st inning of the Expos 3–2 win over SD. Fred McGriff has a solo HR off starter Chris Nabholtz, with John Wetteland picking up his first win of the year.

5th  Umpire Bill Hohn ejects a Atlanta Braves fan from the Braves-Cubs game for making obscene gestures. The gestures might have been meant for the Braves, who are shut out 8–0.  Greg Maddux goes 7 innings for the win over John Smoltz, giving up 3 runs. The other 5 come off Juan Berenguer, who lasts 1/3 of an inning.  Chicago gets homers from Kal Daniels (grand slam), Dawson, Sandberg, and Grace.

At Comiskey, George Bell provides Chicago’s scoring with a grand slam off Mike Gardiner and the White Sox stop the Red Sox, 4-2. Greg Hibbard is the winner.

6th The Cardinals-Padres game at Jack Murphy Stadium is held up for 4 minutes when a wild skunk wanders out onto the field. The Cardinals eventually win the game by a score of 4–0 on Mark Clark’s 4-hitter.

Houston manages just 5 hits—including 2 singles, a double and triple by Jeff Bagwell—in losing to Pittsburgh’s Zane Smith, 1-0. Orlando Merced’s homer is the lone score.

Commissioner Fay Vincent orders realignment of the NL for the 1993 season, forcing the Cubs and Cardinals into the Western Division.

7th  For the second time in his career,Pittsburgh’s Andy Van Slyke records an unassisted double play, in the Pirates 5–3 win over the Astros. Van Slyke races in from center field to catch a fly ball, then continues in to double up Ken Caminiti, who was running from 2B on the play. Van Slyke pulled off another in 1987.

8th  Down 4-3 in the 8th the Indians respond with a 5 run inning, 4 coming home on Albert Belle’s grand slam. Charles Nagy goes to 11-4 for the cellar-dwelling Tribe.

9th  Baltimore’s Brady Anderson and Mike Devereaux lead off the game against the Twins Scott Erickson with back-to-back homers. The Orioles go on to a 4–2 victory.

The Red Sox trade P Tom Bolton to the Reds in exchange for OF Billy Hatcher.

At Yankee Stadium, Edgar Martinez blasts a 1st-inning 3-run homer, but the Yankees plate 6 in their bottom of the frame. Mike Stanley belts a grand slam off Randy Johnson. New York score once more and holds on for a 7-6 win.

Bobby Valentine is fired as manager of the Texas Rangers. At the time, he had managed the team for 1,186 games, the most in major league history with one club without winning a division or league title. Toby Harrah replaces Valentine on an interim basis and watches as Texas hits three homers in the 1st inning, the first a 3-run homer by Ruben Sierra. Dean Palmer adds a grand slam in the 5th to make it easy for Nolan Ryan who strikes out 8 in 7 innings. Texas tops Cleveland, 14-4.

10th  The Pirates trade 3B Steve Buechele to the Cubs in exchange for P Danny Jackson. The swap opens up the Bucs 3B spot for Jeff King.

Light-hitting Bob Zupcic belts his second homer of the year—and his second grand slam in 10 days—in Boston’s 5-run 8th, but starter Roger Clemens allows 3 runs in the 9th as Chicago ties it 5-5. Mo Vaughn then triples in the 9th and scores the winner on Billy Hatcher’s single.

11th  Atlanta 2B Jeff Blauser hits 3 HRs in a 7–4 win over the Cubs. Blauser had hit only 39 round-trippers in the previous 6 seasons. He becomes only the 4th SS ever to hit 3 homers in a game, joining Ernie Banks, Barry Larkin, and Fred Patek.

Mo Vaughn hits a 3-run homer in the 5th and Tom Brunansky follows an inning later with a grand slam and Boston wrings the White Sox, 11-2.

12th  Jeff Blauser hits 3 homers and drives in 5 runs as the Braves stop the Cubs, 7-4. His third homer is a 3-run blast in the 10th, off Paul Assenmacher.

Mark Whiten hits a 3-run homer in the 8th to give the Indians a 6-3 win over Texas. Rafael Palmeiro has 5 hits for Texas.

14th  The AL pounds out a record 19 hits in defeating the NL by a score of 13–6 in the All-Star Game. It’s the AL’s 5th straight win. Seattle’s Ken Griffey Jr., who stroked a single, double, and HR is named the game’s MVP, 12 years after his dad wins the same honor.

16th  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.

17th  Baltimore P Mike Mussina tosses a one-hitter against the Texas Rangers, striking out 10 as the Orioles win by a score of 8–0. Reimer has the lone hit, a double. Kevin Brown (14–5) takes the loss.

David Cone throws 166 pitches (tied for 3rd highest in the 1990s) as the Mets edge the Giants, 1-0. Bill Swift is the loser. Cone walks 4 and strikes out 13 in shutting out San Francisco for the 2nd time this year. He beat them on May 24th, striking out 10.

Behind Greg Maddux, the Cubs beat first-place Pittsburgh, 2–1. Buc CF Andy Van Slyke has 2 hits and makes an unassisted DP.

19th  At Shea, Dick Schofield hits a 3-run double and a 3-run homer to pace the Mets to an 8-4 victory over the Giants.

21st  Royals rookie P Hipolito Pichardo hurls a one-hitter against the Red Sox, defeating Boston by a score of 8–0. Luis Rivera’s double in the 6th inning is the only safety.

The Mariners Randy Johnson (5–11) strikes out 13 batters in 6 innings, but gives up 6 runs—3 earned—in losing to Detroit, 6–2. Frank Tanana is the winner. It is Johnson’s 8th loss in a row, the longest losing streak for an AL starter this year.

Former NL Cy Young Award winner Mark Davis is traded by the Royals to the Braves in exchange for P Juan Berenguer.

23rd  White Sox C Carlton Fisk hits a triple in Chicago’s 6–2 win over the  Brewers. He becomes the oldest player to hit a triple, at age 44, since Pete Rose hit 2 in 1986 at age 45.

24th  Minnesota P Scott Erickson hurls a 1–hit, 5-0 victory over the Red Sox in the first game of a DH. Tom Brunansky’s single is the only hit as Clemens takes the loss.  Boston wins the nightcap, 5–4, scoring a run with one out in the 9th.

Commissioner Fay Vincent announces that George Steinbrenner can resume active control of the Yankees on March 1, 1993.

25th  Angels’ rookie P Scott Fortugno defeats the Tigers, 3–0, becoming, at age 30, the oldest pitcher to win his first major league game since Tony Fossas of the Brewers did so at age 31 in 1989.

The Braves defeat the Pirates, 1–0, despite getting only one hit. The one safety is a 2nd-inning homer by OF David Justice off Jackson.  Charlie Leibrandt goes 8 innings for the win.

26th  Nolan Ryan strikes out his 100th batter, reaching that mark for a record 23rd year in a row. He subdues the Orioles 6–2 and passes Phil Niekro as number 12 on the all-time win list with 319.  Juan Gonzalez helps with a 450 foot homer to CF—the longest yet at Camden Yards.

California’s Von Hayes collects 3 ribbies on bases-loaded single. Rene Gonzales from 1B on the 2-out single as the Angels beat the Tigers, 4–3. Hayes’ is the 3rd 3-run single this year (Cianfrocco on April 24 and Belle on May 1).

Hal Morris has 3-hits, including a 10th-inning homer, as the Reds edge the Cardinals, 7-6. Darnell Coles has 5 hits for the Reds.

27th  Sammy Sosa, disabled since June 13 after being hit on the right hand by Dennis Martinez and breaking a bone, bats leadoff and has 3 hits.  He homers on the first pitch from Doug Drabek. In his first start at Wrigley since his announcement that he’s leaving, Greg Maddux beats the Pirates, 3–2. In the 8th inning the Wrigley faithful give the ace pitcher a standing ovation.

Houston starts its club record 26-game road trip with a grand slam by Eric Anthony in the 11th to beat Atlanta, 5-1.  The Astros marathon journey is necessitated by the Republican Convention taking over the Astrodome.

Tom Brunansky hits a 1st-inning grand slam, his second in two weeks, and the Red Sox go on to beat Texas, 7-5.

Terry Steinbach starts Oakland’s scoring with a 3-run homer in the 1st and Randy Ready caps the scoring with a 9th inning grand slam. Oakland beats Minnesota 9-1 as Bob Welch (8-5) allows 2 hits in 7 innings.

28thIn the Mets 8–6 win over the Phils, Howard Johnson suffers a hairline fracture of his wrist.  He’ll go on the DL August 3 and miss the rest of the season. Eddie Murray has 4 hits, including a pair of homers, for the Mets, while Darren Daulton bangs a 1st-inning grand slam for the Phils, off David Cone.

29thTrailing in the 8th, Dave Hollins belts the Phils second grand slam in two days, and Philadelphia tops New York, 6-3.

30th  The Blue Jays trade C Greg Myers and OF Rob Ducey to the Angels for P Mark Eichhorn.

31st  Cecil Fielder belts a pair of 3-run homers to lead the Tigers to a 9-6 win over the Indians. His second homer comes in the 9th inning.  It is Cecil’s second 6-RBI game this year.

At Three Rivers, knuckler Tim Wakefield strikes out 10, walks 5 and tosses 3 wild pitches in his ML debut as Pittsburgh beats the Cardinals, 3-2.  The 3 wild pitches matches the debut mark of Nap Rucker (1906) and Bill Hoffman (1939) for post-1900 play. Steve Hargan owns the record with 4 wild pitches in his debut in 1965.

1992 August

1st  Glenallen Hill and Brook Jacoby each have 3 hits, including a homer, to pace the Indians to an 8-5 victory over the visiting Tigers. Thomas Howard adds 4 hits, while Cecil Fielder hits a grand slam for the Bengals, off Ted Power.

Brian Harper belts a grand slam in the 8th as the Twins take a 9-2 lead, then cough up 4 runs in the 9th before winning, 9-6, over the Brewers.

Wes Chamberlain connects for a 1st-inning grand slam, off Ken Hill, and the Phils top the Expos, 4-2. Montreal now trails Pittsburgh by 2 games in the NL East.

2nd Rollie Fingers, Bill McGowan, Hal Newhouser and Tom Seaver are inducted in baseball’s Hall of Fame.

3rd  Tigers president Bo Schembechler and team chairman Jim Campbell are both fired.

4th Dave Stewart goes 6 innings in Oakland’s 9-0 whitewash of Texas. Jose Canseco walks 5 times and has no official at bats.

An unidentified buyer purchases a toothpick once used by Mets Hall of Fame P Tom Seaver at a memorabilia auction in New York for $400. At the same auction, actor Charlie Sheen pays $85,000 for the ball hit by Mookie Wilson which went through Bill Buckner’s legs to end Game Six of the 1986 WS.

5th  Oakland OF Jose Canseco ties an AL record (Billy Rogell, Detroit, in 1938) as he walks in 7 consecutive at bats after receiving free passes his first 2 times up against the Rangers in Oakland’s 4–3 victory. He walked 5 times in yesterday’s game.

6th Padres Gary Sheffield and Fred McGriff become the first Padre teammates to swat back–to–back HRs twice in the same game. The Padres beat the Astros, 7–5.

Texas P Nolan Ryan is ejected from a game for the first time in his 26–year career, getting tossed after engaging in a shouting match with Oakland’s Willie Wilson with 2 outs in the 9th inning. The Athletics win, 2–0.

7th The A’s top the Royals, 8-6, as Carney Lansford belts a grand slam and Mark McGwire hits a pair of homers. Bob Welsh (10-5) takes the win, allowing a run in 5 innings.

     The Giants announce that the team has been sold to a group of Tampa Bay investors for a reported $110 million an the team will move to St. Petersburg for 1993.  The move will be blocked by other investors.

Boston slugger Jack Clark files for bankruptcy, listing debts of $11,459,305.97 and assets of $4,781,780. Clark is in the middle of a 3-year contract worth $8.7 million. Among other things, Clark owns 18 automobiles.

As of today, the No. 1 hitters in the AL and NL, Edgar Martinez and John Kruk, are both hitting .341. The No. 2 hitters in each league, Kirby Puckett and Andy Van Slyke, are each hitting .331. The No. 3 hitters in each league, Shane Mack and Gary Sheffield, are both hitting .329.

The Mets obtain OF Kevin Bass from the Giants for a player to be named (Rob Katzeroff).

8th  Cleveland P Charles Nagy hurls a one-hitter against the Orioles, defeating Baltimore by a score of 6–0. Glenn Davis gets the only Baltimore safety.

The Braves knock Tom Candiotti out with 4 runs in the 1st, and then plate 6 runs in the 7th to beat the Dodgers, 12-2.  Terry Pendleton has a grand slam and Sid Bream collects 4 hits, including a homer, to drive in 4 runs.

Michael Jackson moonwalks in the winning run in the 16th, handing Billy Doran the third walk of the frame (+ an HPB) as the Reds outlast the Giants, 4-3, at Candlestick.

At Wrigley, the season ends for the Mets Dave Magadan as he is hit on wrist by relay throw from Cubs Rey Sanchez in New York’s 3-run 5th.  Chicago wins, 4-3, with a run in the 9th.

9th  Yankees rookie P Sam Militello allows just 1 hit in 7 innings as he defeats the Red Sox, 6–0, in his major league debut.

10th  The Mets Vince Coleman will end the season with just 27 walks, but he picks up 5 today (3 intentional) against the Pirates to tie the 20th century mark. Pittsburgh breaks a 1-1 tie against the host Mets, scoring 3 runs in the 16th inning to win, 4–2. Reliever Dennis Cooke wins as the Bucs Andy Van Slyke and the Mets Bill Pecota homer. Franco pitches his second of 4 straight games, a season-high effort that puts him back on the disabled list.

11th  Tim Raines has 4 hits, scores 2 and drives in 2 as the White Sox beat the A’s, 10-6. Lance Johnson has a hit and scores a pair to extend his hitting streak to 25 consecutive games.

14th  Atlanta OF Lonnie Smith gets 5 hits, including a grand slam, and drives home 6 runs, in the Braves’ 15–0 whitewashing of the Pirates. Brian Hunter and Otis Nixon each have 4 hits. Tommy Glavine coasts to his 18th win and his league leading 5th shutout. Starter Zane Smith allows 4 runs in a third of an inning to lose.

Kirby Puckett has a pair of homers, including a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs as the Twins top the Mariners, 9-6. The M’s are mired in last place while the Twins are 3 games behind the A’s in the AL West.

Gary Sheffield hits a grand slam in the Padres 5-run 2nd inning, as San Diego whips the Reds, 5-1. Jim Deshais (3-2) is relieved in the 9th but wins.

15th  Expos P Mark Gardner becomes the first NL pitcher since 1954 to hit 3 batters in a single inning, as he hits the Cardinals’ Ray Lankford, Andres Galarraga and Luis Alicea. The Cardinals win, 6–4, as Andres Gallaraga hits a grand slam in the 8thoff John Wetteland.

Texas P Bobby Witt walks 10 Tigers in 4 2/3 innings, as Detroit strolls past the Rangers, 10–3.  No one has walked this many in this few innings: Randy Johnson walked 10 on May 1 of this year and Witt passed 10 on September 1, 1990.

16thGreg Maddux allows 4 hits as the Cubs beat Houston, 1–0. Maddux goes the route, winning his 15th, beating Brian Williams.

17th  Dodgers P Kevin Gross tosses a no–hitter in defeating the Giants by a score of 2–0. It is the 8th no–hitter in LA Dodgers history. Gross throws 99 pitches, 71 for strikes.  The only threat is an 8th inning liner by Robby Thompson that SS Jose Offerman snares. Eric Karros hits his 17 homer to provide the margin.

18th  In a 7-6 loss to the Astros, the Cardinals make 2 errors, by Lankford and Woodson (1st inning), the first St. Louis errors in 17 games.  The 16 straight errorless games (7/30 – 8/16) sets a ML record.

In Cleveland, the Indians beat the Twins, 8-1. Minnesota’s Shane Mack has a hit to extend his consecutive game hitting streak to 22.

19th  Mariners 2B Bret Boone makes his major league debut against the Orioles. By doing so, he becomes the first 3rd–generation player in the major leagues, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Ray, and his father Bob. Boone goes 1–for–4 and drives in a run in Seattle’s 10–8 victory. Edgar Martinez hits a 4th-inning grand slam for the M’s, off Todd Frohwirth.

Tommy Glavine (19–3) wins his 13th in a row, stopping the Expos, 4–2. Mike Stanton gets the last 2 outs. Jeff Blauser’s 2–run homer of starter Chris Nabholtz is the big blow.

20th  At Milwaukee, Blue Jays P David Wells allows 13 runs, all earned, in 4 1/3 innings in Toronto’s 16–3 loss to the Brewers. Boomer allows 11 hits, walks 4 and hits 2.

Chicago’s Charlie Hough allows 5 runs in losing to Ron Darling and the A’s, 5–3. For Hough it is his 20th appearance, the 20th year he’s been in that many games. The only other pitchers to make 20 appearances in 20 years were Eppa Rixey and Cy Young. The knuckleballer will make 20+ appearances in each of the next two seasons to set a ML record.

At Yankee Stadium, the Bombers score 5 runs in the 1st inning, but Oakland comes back as Jose Canseco clubs a grand slam in the 7th, off John Habyan, and Carney Lansford hits a 3-run homer in the 9th, off Steve Farr.  Oakland wins, 8-6.

22ndLed by rookie John Valentin’s first ML homer—a grand slam off Mike Schooler—the Red Sox gaff the visiting Marlins, 10–8. The Sox score 7 runs in their last 3 innings to win, with Tom Brunansky’s 2-run homer in the 8thproviding the dagger.

Montreal wins at home, beating the Reds, 3-1. Marquis Grissom has 3 hits and 2 runs and has two stolen bases, one of 3B and one at home on a straight steal. Grissom will be successful stealing third on 24 out of 26 attempts.

23rd In his last outing as a Met, David Cone (13–7) gives up 4 runs in 7 innings in losing to the Padres, 4–3. Cone gives up just 3 hits. Mets Bobby Bonilla homers in his 4th consecutive game, tying the club mark.

Despite an unassisted DP by CF Brian McRae, the Royals lose to the White Sox, 3–1. Jack McDowell pitches the complete game for his 17th win as Brett and Ventura match homers.

With the help of Jose Canseco’s 4 ribbies, Mike Moore wins his 13th, 7–3, over Baltimore. Dennis Eckersley gets the last out for his 40th save: he is the first closer to notch 40 saves in 4 different seasons.

In a Class A Florida State League game, Andy Carter of the Clearwater Phillies defeats Scott Bakkum of the Winter Haven Red Sox, 1–0. Neither team gets a hit in what is believed to be the first double no–hitter in the minors in 40 years.

24th  Dave Stewart (9-8) goes 5+ innings to earn his 10th straight win over the Red Sox as the A’s beat Boston, 9-3. Oakland leads Minnesota in the AL West by 7 games.

25th  Recalled earlier in the day from Tucson (AAA), Houston’s Andujar Cedeno hits for the cycle against the Cards, the first Astro to cycle since Bob Watson in 1977.  The Cards win, though, 5–3, in 13 innings.

Chicago P Mike Harkey makes it into the box score of the Cubs’ game against the Padres, but doesn’t throw a pitch. While warming up, he strains a groin muscle and has to be replaced by Jeff Robinson. The Padres defeat the Cubs, 7–4.

The Expos score 5 runs—3 earned—off Tommy Glavine in 4 2/3 inning and win 6–0, stopping Glavine’s win streak at 13 games. Chris Nabholtz, who lost his last outing to Glavine, goes 7 1/3 inning for the win. Glavine will start another wining streak of 13 games—all against the Expos—and will not lose again to Montreal until June 27, 2000.

26th  Pittsburgh rookie P Tim Wakefield defeats Tom Candiotti of the Dodgers, 2–0, in the first matchup of knuckleballers in the NL since 1982. Candiotti gives up 9 hits in 6 innings, while Wakefield (4–1) allows 6 hits in 9 frames.

Brian Harper hits a game-ending homerun in the 9th to give the Twins a 1-0 win over the Tigers. John Kiely is the losing pitcher.

At Comiskey, the Blue Jays swamp the White Sox, 9-0 on Todd Stottlemyre’s one-hitter. Dan Pasqua’s 8th inning double is the lone hit. It is the third time in his career he’s had his team’s only hit.

Danny Tartabull’s grand slam off Bruce Ruffin provides all the Yankee scoring as they edge the Brewers, 4-3. The Yankees are a game ahead of the Red Sox, who are in last place in the AL East.

27th  The Mets trade P David Cone to the front runner Blue Jays in exchange for IF Jeff Kent and OF Ryan Thompson. Cone will miss leading the NL in strikeouts by one as John Smoltz registers a K on the final day of the season.  Cone, who led the NL in strikeouts the past two seasons, would have been the first NL pitcher in 50 years to lead in strikeouts for three consecutive years.

28th  The 3rd place Brewers set an AL record with 31 hits in their 22–2 rout of the Blue Jays at the SkyDome. It is the most hits in a game by a major league team in 91 years, and this time there were no fans on the field to add to help the hit total. The 26 singles sets a new AL mark. Kevin Seitzer and Scott Fletcher each get 5 hits, combine for 8 RBIs and 7 runs. Darryl Hamilton has 8 at bats and collects 4 hits and 5 RBIs. The Brewers also tie the AL mark of 4 players with 4 or more hits. Last accomplished by Boston on June 8, 1950 against the Browns. Milwaukee fails to score in just one inning as they record their first win on the road in 11 games.

The Padres outslug the Pirates, 11–6, with Fred McGriff collecting 3 hits and providing the longest HR in the majors this season at 473 feet.  It is Fred’s 30th.  Gary Sheffield adds his 28th.

29th  After striking out his 1,000th career batter in Atlanta’s 7–6 win over Philadelphia, Braves P Charlie Leibrandt rolls the ball into the Atlanta dugout to keep as a souvenir. Unfortunately, he forgets to call time, and the runner Ricky Jordan on base is allowed to advance on the error.

The Tigers club 4 homers, including a grand slam by Lou Whitaker, as they drive by Kansas City, 12-1. Bill Gullickson (14-8) is the winner going 7 innings.

30th  Cubs rookie P Jim Bullinger tosses a one-hitter against the Giants in his third big league start, defeating SF, 3–1. The only hit he allows is Kirk Manwaring’s HR in the 8th inning.

Boston 1B Scott Cooper records 5 hits, including a 3-run double in the 10th, in the Red Sox 4–2, 10–inning win over the Angels.

Trailing 3–1 to the Reds in the 9th, Bobby Bonilla hits a dramatic 3-run homer off Ron Dibble to give the Mets a 4–3 win.

The Red Sox send P Jeff Reardon to the Braves in exchange for minor leaguers Nate Minchey and Sean Ross.

31st  The A’s trade OF Jose Canseco to the Rangers in exchange for OF Ruben Sierra and P Jeff Russell and Bobby Witt.

The Padres trade P Craig Lefferts to the Orioles in exchange for minor league P Erik Schullstrom and a player to be named.

Minnesota sends pitcher Bill Krueger to Montreal for Darren Reid. It is the 3rd season that Krueger has split between the AL and the NL: only Sal Maglie has done it more often.

Eric Anthony hits his second grand slam of the season and the Astros roll to a 9-2 victory over the Phillies.

1992 September

1st  Jack Morris (18-5) goes 8 innings as his Blue Jays trip the White Sox, 9-3. Kelly Gruber helps with a grand slam in the 4th, off Donn Pall.

2nd Phillies P Terry Mulholland sets a major league record with his 14th pickoff of the season, as he catches Pete Incaviglia of the Astros off base in the 6th inning. But Houston wins the game, 3–2.

3rd  Toronto gets 10 consecutive hits, to tie an AL record, in the 2nd inning of its 16–5 win over Minnesota.

Baseball owners vote 18–9, with one abstention, calling for the resignation of Commissioner Fay Vincent.

4th  Yankees OF Roberto Kelly ties a major league record by reaching base on catcher’s interference for the 7th time this year. Pittsburgh’s Dale Berra set the mark in 1983. Texas C Ivan Rodriguez is the latest victim of Kelly in New York’s 6–3 victory.

Toronto stays a half game ahead of Baltimore in the AL East by bombing the Twins, 16-5. Toronto scores 8 runs in the 2nd to make David Cone’s first win for Toronto an easy one. Cone strikes out 6 in his 6 innings. John Olerud and Devon White each have 4 hits for the Jays, as does Chile Davis for the Twins. Joe Carter hits his 30th homer and Candy Maldonado his 19th.

Rick Sutcliffe allows 7 runs in 7 innings, but picks up his 15th win as the Orioles edge California, 8-7. Lee Stevens hits a grand slam for the Angels in the 4th.

At Three Rivers, Todd Benzinger second grand slam of the season puts Los Angeles ahead in the 9th, but the Pirates score 3 in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Dodgers, 6-5. Don Slaught’s RBI-single scores the winner.

Eddie Murray’s second grand slam of the year is the feature of a 5-run 6th as the Mets top the Reds, 5-2. Sid Fernandez wins his 12th.

At Wrigley, Shawn Boskie serves up a pair of homers and the Cubs lose, 7-5, to the Padres. Andre Dawson has 5 hits for the Cubs.

5th The first-place Braves score 4 in the 9th to edge the Phillies, 6-5. Sid Bream hits a 2 run homer in the 9th and after Mitch Williams comes on Brian Hunter hits a 2-run pinch-hit walk-off homer to hand the Wild Thing the loss.

6th Seattle P Mike Schooler gives up a 12–inning, 2–out grand slam to Cleveland’s Carlos Martinez to give the Indians a 12–9 win. It is the 4th grand slam hit off Schooler this year to tie the major league record. Indians OF Albert Belle hits 3 homers in the contest.

7th Baseball commissioner Fay Vincent resigns three days after failing to receive a vote of confidence from the owners at a meeting in Rosemont, Illinois.

In a battle of future Hall of Famers, Boston’s Roger Clemens beats Texas flamethrower Nolan Ryan, 3-0. The Rocket strikes out 9, including 7 Texas batters in a row.

At Candlestick, the Padres get all their scoring from homeruns as they beat the Giants, 7-5. Gary Sheffield hits his 30th, Darrin Jackson belts a 2-run homer and Jerald Clark adds a grand slam.

The Cubs collect 21 hits as they edge the Pirates, 6-5, in 11 innings at Pittsburgh. Alex Arias is 5-for-5 for Chicago.

After Albert Belle hits 3 homers in the game, Carlos Martinez closes in out with an “ultimate” (David Vincent’s term) grand slam, a walkoff bases loaded 4-bagger in the 12th with his team behind by three runs. Cleveland wins, 12-9, over Seattle with each slugger driving in 5 runs. Jay Buhner has two homers for the M’s, the second coming in the top of the 12th.

8th  Yankees OF Danny Tartabull goes 5-for-5 with 2 homers and a double, and drives in 9 runs as New York defeats Baltimore, 16–4. Scott Sanderson is the winner.

The Blue Jays top the visiting Royals, 5–0, behind Jimmy Key’s complete game shutout.  Following the game, Toronto rookie C Mike Maksudian wins $800 from his teammates, who bet that he wouldn’t eat a live locust. Maksudian, who claims to have eaten moths, grasshoppers, frogs, lizards, roaches and aquarium fish, swallowed the 1 1/2 inch long insect, but declined an offer of $2,000 to swallow a rat.

At Minnesota, the Mariners take a 4-2 lead in the 6th on a Ken Griffey, Jr. grand slam, but the Twins respond with 6 runs to win, 8-4. The Twins are 4.5 games in back of the A’s.

At Candlestick, the Giants tip the Padres, 6-5, in 16 innings. Tony Gwynn has 5 hits for the Pads. Matt Williams has 3 hits, including a homer, and 4 RBIs for SF.

The Athletics down the Angels, 14-2, as Carney Lansford collects 5 hits and drives in 5.

9th  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.

Dave Stewart wins his 19th, as the A’s score 4 runs in the top of the 9th to beat New York, 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.

Chicago’s Ryne Sandberg and Pittsburgh’s Jeff King match 6th-inning grand slams, but the Bucs outslug the Cubs to win, 13-8.

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.

10th  The Reds’ Glenn Braggs closes out his career by clouting a homer in his last at bat, off Steve Avery. Braggs tears cartilage in his right knee on the swing, and is forced to leave the game. Atlanta eventually wins, 3–2.

11th  The O’s Mike Mussina (15-5) bests the Brewers Bill Wegman, 3–2, as both pitchers go the distance. Cal Ripken twists his ankle running out a second base, but stays in the game. The O’s will recall SS Manny Alexander, but Ripken keeps the streak going.

12th  Tim Leary gives up 4 runs in 3+ innings to take the loss, 5–4, as the Oakland A’s edge Seattle. For Leary, it is his 10th straight loss to Oakland stretching back to 1986. Moore is the winner as Eckersley strikes out 3 of the 4 batters he faces for his 45th save.

Jaime Navarro allows 5 hits as he shuts out the Orioles, 5-0. John Jaha has 4 stolen bases for Milwaukee, the first Brewer to accomplish that.

13thCleveland’s Kenny Lofton steals his 53rd and 54th bases breaking the AL rookie record of 53 set by Donie Bush in 1909.  Lofton will swipe a league-high 66 bases, 12 ahead of another rookie Pat Listach, and lead AL center fielders with 14 assists. He scores both runs today, including the winner in the 9th, to beat the White Sox, 2–1. Eric Plunk is the winner with Steve Olin picking up his 25th save.

Ray Lankford hits a 5th-inning grand slam to start the Cardinals scoring as they beat the Cubs, 10-3.

15th  Houston 1B Jeff Bagwell gets 5 hits in the Astros’ 9–6 victory over the Giants. His 3–run homer in the 11th inning is the deciding blow.

At St. Louis, the Pirates edge the Cards, 4–2 behind homers by Jeff King, Barry Bonds, and Andy Van Slyke.  Mark Clark (3–10) is the loser. Bucs RF Alex Cole helps with a 9–3 putout in the 2nd inning to nip Clark.

16th  White Sox 1B Frank Thomas gets 5 hits, all singles, in Chicago’s 9–6 win over the Yankees. Rookie Sterling Hitchcock loses his first ML decision.

The Cubs blow out the Phils 14–9 to give Greg Maddux his 18th win.  Maddux gives up 3 earned runs in 6 innings.  Led by Andre Dawson’s 4 hits, the first 4 hitters collect 11 hits and 11 ribbies for the Cubs.  Dave Hollins homers for the Phils, while Dawson, Sandberg and Rick Wilkins go deep for Chicago.  Mark Grace makes his an error, ending his streak of 102 errorless games at 1B; his streak began after 2 errors on May 18 vs. the Dodgers.

17th  The Philippine team is stripped of its Little League World Series title, as Little League authorities say the Asians used ineligible players. The team from Long Beach, California, is awarded the title.

The Pirates increase their lead over the Expos to 4 games with a 3-2 16-inning victory over Montreal. Cecil Espy triples and scores on Jay Bell’s single in the 16th.  Bell extends his hitting streak to 22 consecutive games.

18th  Pittsburgh’s Barry Bonds hits his 30th HR of the season off Philadelphia’s Terry Mulholland in the Pirates’ 5–2 win over the Phillies. Bonds thus becomes the 5th player in history to have a pair of 30-HR, 30-stolen bases seasons. The others include his father, Willie Mays, Howard Johnson, and Ron Gant.

In Cleveland, the White Sox edge the Indians, 8-7. Ron Karkovice has 3 RBIs and, on the front end of a double steal with Steve Sax, swipes home.  It is the catcher’s 9th stolen base of the year.

20th  Phillies 2B Mickey Morandini becomes the 9th player in history to turn an unassisted triple play in Philadelphia’s 13 inning 3–2 loss to the Pirates. With runners on 1st and 2nd in the 6th inning, Morandini catches Jeff King’s line drive, steps on 2nd to double up Andy Van Slyke, and tags out Barry Bonds, who is running from 1st.

The Cubs Shawn Boskie gives up 6 hits and 6 runs in the 1st and departs with no outs.  He also loses as the Cards coast to a 16–4 win.  St. Louis 3B Stan Royer has 4 hits, 4 runs, and 4 RBIs, Geronimo Pena drives in 4 runs, and Rod Brewer has 5 hits and 4 runs.

21st  Oakland P Dennis Eckersley becomes the 2nd pitcher in history to record 50 saves in a season as he preserves the Athletics’ 6–5 win over Chicago. The White Sox’ Bobby Thigpen had 57 saves in 1990.

John Kruk drives in 3 runs and Darren Daulton hits a grand slam as the Phils defeat the host Expos, 9-2.

23rd  Cincinnati OF Bip Roberts ties an NL record with his 10th consecutive hit, in a 3–0 win over the Dodgers. He becomes the 8th player to achieve the feat. He finishes the day 1-for-4.  Pugh, with an inning from Dibble, is the winner.

The Padres celebrate “Unemployment Night” by firing manager Greg Riddoch. He is replaced by Jim Riggleman.  It doesn’t help as the Astros beat San Diego, 7–6. Anthony and Bagwell each hit their 17th HR for Houston, while Guillermo Velasquez pinch hits a 2–run homer for the Pads.

For the second time in 8 days, the Pirates witness a 9–3 putout; this time it is Montreal RF Larry Walker gunning out Tim Wakefield at 1B in the 6th. It is the 2nd time this season that Walker has thrown out a runner at 1B. Moises Alou, who enters the game as a pinch runner, hits a grand slam in the bottom of the 14th to win it for Montreal, 5–1.

John Kruk hits a 1st inning 3-run homer and Tom Marsh has 3 hits, including a grand slam, and 5 RBIs, as the Phillies down the Cubs, 9-3.

Bernice Gera, professional baseball’s first female umpire, dies at age 61.

24th  Toronto’s Dave Winfield becomes the first 40-year-old in major league history to drive in 100 runs in a season when he strokes a 2–run double off Baltimore’s Ben McDonald. The Blue Jays defeat the Orioles, 8–2.

Baseball’s executive council rescinds the NL realignment announced by Fay Vincent earlier this year. Vincent has since resigned from his post.

25th  The Mariners and Rangers use a major league–record 54 players, 29 by the Mariners, in Seattle’s 4–3 win in 16 innings. The previous mark was 53 set in 1986. Seattle also goes into the record books by using 11 different pitchers; the previous mark was 10. The first sub was pitcher Rich DeLucia, who did not enter until the 7th inning. and issues the first walk. The frustrated Rangers strand 20 runners, helped by a club record of 18 strikeouts. After Omar Vizquel drives home the winning run, Brian Fisher picks up the save, his first since 1989 and the last of his career.

26th  The Mets lose to the Pirates, 19–2 as the Bucs collect 20 hits, including homers by Bonds and Andy Van Slyke. Van Slyke adds a triple and Lloyd McLendon has a 1st-inning grand slam. IF Bill Pecota pinch hits and pitches the last inning for New York, becoming the first position player ever to hurl an inning for the Mets.  He gives up one hit and one run.

Greg Vaughn’s HR in the 6th is the difference in the Brewers 2–1 win over the A’s. Milwaukee’s Pat Listach draws a walk after taking 17 pitches from A’s starter Ron Darling. He’s cut down stealing. Reliever Jesse Orosco is the winner over his former Met teammate.

Richard Seitz, creator of the APBA baseball game, dies at the age of 77.

27th  Mariners P Randy Johnson ties an AL record for lefthanders by striking out 18 Texas Rangers in a 3–2 Mariners’ loss. Ron Guidry of the Yankees set the mark against California on June 17, 1978.

At Yankee Stadium, Jack Morris wins his 20th of the year, going 6 innings in a 12–2 blowout over the 4th place Yanks. Toronto scores 9 runs off Scott Sanderson, who leaves in the 2nd inning. Joe Carter paces the 19-hit attack with 4 hits. The Jays maintain a 2 1/2 game lead in the East over Milwaukee.

At Wrigley, Gary Carter makes his last game a memorable one as he drives in the only run with a 7th-inning double to give the Expos a 1-0 win over the Cubs. Kent Bottenfield ( 6 ip) and three relievers stop the Cubs. Mike Morgan takes the loss, giving up a run and 2 hits in 7 innings.

At Baltimore, the Red Sox top the O’s, 6–1, behind Joe Hesketh who goes 8 innings. Wade Boggs has 4 hits and scores 3 runs. Before the game the Orioles resign catcher Rick Dempsey, who they had signed and released earlier in the summer. The four-decade vet enters in the 8th inning and grounds out in his final ML appearance.

28th  After 21 straight games in which they failed to score more than 4 runs, the Orioles plate 7 in a 7-3 win over the visiting Red Sox.  Brady Anderson has a pair of solo homers, one leading off the game, and Leo Gomez adds a 3-run double for the O’s. In june 2018, the Royals will approach the O’s mark by going 19 straight without scoring more than 4 runs.

29th  Royals P Dennis Rasmussen (4–0) hurls a one-hit, 2–0 shutout over the Angels. Damion Easley’s leadoff single in the 4th inning is the only California hit. Bert Blyleven takes the loss, serving up a 2-run gopher to MacFarlane.

At County Stadium, the Blue Jays plate 4 in the top of the 9thto beat the Brewers, 9-6. Paul Molitor, Rob Butler and John Olerud each have two doubles and Olerud adds 3 walks to his total. One of the walks is intentional, giving him an AL-record tying 33 for the year. Ted Williams had 33 in 1957.  Barry Bonds will get a jaw-dropping 120 IBB in 2004.

30th  George Brett of the Royals gets the 3,000th hit of his career, stroking 4 safeties in Kansas City’s 4–0 win over California. Moments after his 3,000th, Brett is picked off base by Tim Fortugno. Reed is the winner, firing the secondnd successive shutout for the Royals.

Greg Maddux blanks the Pirates, 6–0, to become the Cubs first 20–game winner in 15 years. He will tie Tom Glavine for the NL lead in wins.

At the SkyDome, the Jays David Cone allows 4 hits, one a homer by John Valentin, over 8 innings, but loses to Boston, 1-0, on Frank Viola’s one-hitter. Devon White has an infield single to lead off the 9th for the Jays.

1992 October

2ndThe Braves beat the Padres, 7–2, behind Pete Smith’s 6+ innings. Smith ends his one winning ML season (out of 9) at a perfect 7–0, after a 7–4 stint at Richmond.

Mariners pitcher Dave Fleming scatters 8 hits in winning his 17th game, 2-0, over the White Sox.  The loss goes to Charlie Hough, his 10th straight loss to Seattle.

3rd  In a battle of also-rans at Fenway Park, the Red Sox trip the Yankees, 7–5, with the win going to Gardner, who throws 6 2/3 innings of relief. Cooper and Plantier hits HRs for the Sox, who end the season’s power outage with 84 home runs. Except for the strike year of ’94, this is the only season since 1945 the Sox have not reached 100 dingers. Slugger Jack Clark drops from 28 to 5 road homers this year.

At Milwaukee, the A’s knock the 2nd place Brewers out of the race, beating them, 10–3.  The A’s, first in the AL West, knock 4 homers including Mark McGwire’s 42nd. Ricky Bones lasts just 1 1/3 innings and takes the loss. Mike Moore wins his 17th.

4th  Juan Gonzales has 3 hits, including his AL-high 43rd homer, one better than McGwire, to pace the Rangers to 9–5 win over California. Dean Palmer also homers, both coming off Bert Blyleven, to help Kevin Brown win his 21st.

Greg Litton, pinch hitting in the 13th for Dave Righetti, hits a pinch grand slam to give the Giants a 6-2 win over the visiting Reds. It is the latest pinch slam in ML history.

The Pirates top the Mets, 2–0, behind rookie Tim Wakefield (8-1).

6th The Braves win the opening game of the NLCS with a 5–1 victory over the Pirates. John Smoltz gets the win and Jeff Blauser homers for Atlanta. Ron Gant of the Braves sets a major league record by successfully stealing his 9th consecutive post-season base.

The Reds accept the resignation of manager Lou Piniella. He will be replaced by Tony Perez on October 30th.

7th  The A’s win the opening game of the ALCS with a 4–3 victory over the Blue Jays. All but one of the game’s runs are scored by homers, as Mark McGwire, Terry Steinbach and Harold Baines connect for Oakland, and Dave Winfield and Pat Borders for Toronto.

The Braves take a 2–0 lead in the NLCS with a 13–5 pounding of the Pirates. Ron Gant hits a grand slam for Atlanta, the first of his big league career.

8th  The Blue Jays even the ALCS at 1 game apiece with a 3–1 win over the A’s. Kelly Gruber’s 2–run HR in the 5th inning is the decisive blow, as David Cone records the victory.

9th  Rookie Tim Wakefield hurls Pittsburgh to a 3–2 victory over the Braves, giving the Pirates their first win in the NLCS. He is the first rookie to start an NL playoff game since Philadelphia’s Charles Hudson in 1983. Ron Gant homers for the Braves, but Andy Van Slyke’s sac fly in the 7th provides the margin of victory.

10th  The Blue Jays defeat the A’s, 7–5, behind the pitching of Juan Guzman and HRs by Kelly Gruber and Candy Maldonado. Toronto takes the lead in the ALCS by a 2–1 margin.

The Braves take a 3–1 lead in the NLCS, defeating the Pirates, 6–4, behind the hitting, baserunning and pitching of John Smoltz. Smoltz, who had 2 singles and a stolen base, becomes the first NL pitcher to win his first 4 playoff starts.

Mike Ilitch of Little Caesar’s Pizza buys the Detroit Tigers from Tom Monaghan of Domino’s Pizza.

11th  The Blue Jays win their 3rd game in a row, defeating the A’s, 7–6, in 11 innings after trailing 6–1 through 8. Roberto Alomar’s 2-run HR ties the game in the 9th, and John Olerud has 4 hits for Toronto.

Pittsburgh P Bob Walk stops the Braves on 3 hits to give the Pirates a 7–1 win in Game 5 of the NLCS. Braves P Steve Avery fails to make it past the 1st inning, marking the quickest exit by a hurler in the NL playoffs since Pittsburgh’s Bob Moose in 1972.

12th  Dave Stewart stops Toronto on 8 hits, and reserve IF Jerry Browne strokes 4 himself, as the A’s avoid elimination with a 6–2 win in Game 5 of the ALCS. Ruben Sierra and Dave Winfield homer in the contest.

13th  The Pirates even the NLCS at 3 games apiece with a 13–4 rout of the Braves. Tim Wakefield wins his 2nd game of the series. Bobby Bonds and Lloyd McClendon each have 2 hits in Pittsburgh’s 8–run 2nd inning to tie a playoff record.

The Mariners fire manager Bill Plummer.

14th  The Blue Jays win the ALCS with a 9–2 victory over Oakland, becoming the first Canadian team to advance to the WS. Joe Carter and Candy Maldonado bash HRs for Toronto while Juan Guzman gets the win.

The Braves come from behind to defeat the Pirates, 3–2, to win the NLCS. Down 2–0 to Doug Drabek entering the 9th, The decisive blow comes with 2 outs, as seldom-used 3rd-string C Francisco Cabrera drives in the tying and winning runs with a pinch-hit single. John Smoltz, who works 6 strong innings without a decision, is named the series MVP.

16th  Groundbreaking ceremonies are held in Denver for Coors Field, the future home of the Colorado Rockies.

17th  C Damon Berryhill hits a 3-run HR in the 6th inning to give the Braves a 3–1 victory in Game 1 of the WS. The pitching matchup of Tom Glavine and Jack Morris is the first time that a pair of 20–game winners starts the opening game of a WS since 1969. Glavine goes all the way for the win, while Joe Carter homers for the only Toronto run.

18th  The Blue Jays even the WS with a 5–4 win over the Braves. Pinch-hitter Ed Sprague’s 2–run HR in the top of the 9th proves to be the margin of victory, marking just the 2nd time in WS history that a 9th-inning HR turns a losing margin into a winning one. The other was Kirk Gibson’s homer in the 1988 Series.

20th  The Blue Jays take the WS lead with a 3–2 win over Atlanta on Candy Maldonado’s bases–loaded single in the 9th inning. Duane Ward gets credit for the victory in relief of Juan Guzman, and Joe Carter and Kelly Gruber homer for Toronto. In the 4th inning, Blue Jays’ OF Devon White’s sensational catch nearly results in a triple play. Atlanta OF Deion Sanders was ruled safe on the play, but replays show he should have been the 3rd out. Braves manager is ejected from the game in the 9th, becoming the first manager to be thrown out of a Series game since 1985. By starting in RF, Toronto’s Joe Carter becomes the first player to start the first 3 games of a WS at 3 different positions. He started Game 1 at 1B and Game 2 in LF.

21st  Toronto takes a 3–1 lead in the Series with a 2–1 victory in Game 4. Jimmy Key gets the victory and Pat Borders homers for the Blue Jays. It marks a record 10 straight post season games in which Toronto has hit a HR.

22nd  The Braves cut the Blue Jays’ lead to 3–2 with a 7–2 win in Game 5. John Smoltz gets the win, with Lonnie Smith’s 5th-inning grand slam being the big blow for Atlanta.

Former Dodger and Yankee broadcaster Red Barber dies at age 84 in Florida of pneumonia and other complications following emergency surgery to remove an intestinal blockage.

23rd  Florida hires Rene Lachemann as the team’s first manager.

24th  The Blue Jays clinch their first WS championship with a 4–3 win over Atlanta in Game 6. Dave Winfield’s 2–out, 2–run double in the top of the 11th gives Toronto a 4–2 lead. The Braves score a run in the bottom half of the inning and have the tying run on third when the final out is made. Jimmy Key wins the game in relief, and Candy Maldonado homers for the Blue Jays. Toronto C Pat Borders, with a .450 BA, is named Series MVP.

26th  The Rangers hire Kevin Kennedy as manager.

The Mets trade P Wally Whitehurst, OF D.J. Dozier, and a player to be named to the Padres in exchange for SS Tony Fernandez.

27th  The Rockies hire Don Baylor as the team’s first manager.

1992 November

3rd  The Yankees trade their best outfielder Roberto Kelly and minor league 1B Joe DeBerry to the Reds in exchange for lefty hitting Paul O’Neill. O’Neill’s average will jump from .259 with the Reds to .303 with New York. Kelly will have two .300+ seasons in Cincy before being swapped.

5th  Former Pirate, Yankee and Mariner P Rod Scurry dies of cardiopulmonary arrest at age 36.

9th  Lou Piniella is named manager of the Seattle Mariners.

Drayton McLane Jr. officially becomes owner of the Houston Astros, purchasing the team from John McMullen for $115 million.

10th  Baseball owners refuse to grant permission for the SF Giants to move to St. Petersburg, Florida.

12th  Arbitrator George Nicolau overturns the suspension of Yankees P Steve Howe for being too severe. The pitcher is resigned by the Yankees.

13thFormer Reds marketing director Charles Levy, in a deposition in support of fired Controller Tom Sabo’s suit against the Reds, says Marge Schott referred to former Reds Eric Davis and Dave Parker as  “million-dollar niggers.”  He also says she had a swastika arm band at home. Roger Blaemire, a former veep, testifies that he also heard her use racial slurs.

14th  Marge Schott issue a statement saying. “I am not a racist.”  On the 20th she will issue a statement saying her use of the word “nigger” and owning the Nazi arm band were not meant to offend.

16th  The Rockies sign free agent 1B Andres Galarraga who rejoins Don Baylor, his hitting coach with the Cards. Galarraga is coming off his second injury-plagued year, having missed 44 days of the season after being hit on the wrist by a Wally Whitehurst pitch in the 3rd game of the season.

17th  Baseball holds the expansion draft to stock the rosters of the NL’s two new teams, the Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies. A total of 72 players are chosen. P David Nied is the first pick of the Rockies, while OF Nigel Wilson is selected first by the Marlins. The Fish take Jose Martinez with #2, while the Rocks pick vet Charlie Hayes. The best picks for Florida are #4 Trevor Hoffman, eventually packaged for Gary Sheffield; #11 Jeff Conine, who will hit 81 homers in 4 years; and #18 Cris Carpenter, later dealt to Texas for Rob Nen. For Colorado, they will find gold with #6 Eric Young, #10 Joe Girardi, #16 Vinny Castilla, and #18 Armando Reynoso. Picks #13 and 14 are good ones—Andy Ashby, Brad Ausmus and Doug Bochtler—but they’ll all go to the Padres in 1993 in an ill-fated deal for pricey vet pitchers Hurst and Harris.

The Reds trade P Norm Charlton to the Mariners in exchange for OF Kevin Mitchell.

The Cubs trade SS Alex Arias and 3B Gary Scott to the Marlins for P Greg Hibbard.

The Athletics trade SS Walt Weiss to the Marlins for C Eric Helfand and a player to be named.

The Rockies make their first trade a good one, sending OF Kevin Reimer to the Brewers for OF Dante Bichette. Bichette hit .287 for Milwaukee, but just .246 in the 2nd half of the year.

The Dodgers trade P Rudy Seanez to the Rockies in exchange for Jody Reed.

19th  The Pirates trade 2B Jose Lind to the Royals for pitchers Dennis Moeller and Joel Johnston.

Eric Karros is named the NL’s Rookie of the Year. The Dodger 1B hit .257 with 20 homers, and was the first Dodger rookie to reach 20 HRs since Frank Howard in 1960.

22nd  The AL names Milwaukee SS Pat Listach the Rookie of the Year. Listach was recalled on April 7 to replace the injured Bill Spiers and hit .290. He was the first Brewer to steal 50 bases in a season.

27th  The Blue Jays sign free agent IF–OF Darnell Coles.

29th  Marge Schott is quoted in today’s NY Times as saying, that Adolph Hitler was initially good for Germany, that her references to “niggers” was in jest, and she couldn’t understand why the word “Jap” was offensive. The ML will appoint a 4-man committee to investigate Schott.

30th  The Reds sign free agent P John Smiley to a 4-year contract.

1992 December

1st The Astros sign free agent P Doug Drabek to a 4-year contract worth $19.5 million.

The Cubs sign free agent P Jose Guzman to a 4-year contract, beating out the Yankees offer. Guzman is coming off his best ML season, going 16–11 with the Rangers.

3rd  The Mariners sign free agent P Chris Bosio to a 4-year contract.

4th  The Yankees sign free agent SS Spike Owen to a 3-year contract.

The Astros new owner Drayton McLane, Jr. signs free agent P Greg Swindell to a 4-year contract worth $17 million.

5th  The Twins trade P David West to the Phillies in exchange for P Mike Hartley.

The Dodgers sign free agent OF Cory Snyder to a 2-year contract.

6th  The Yankees trade 1B J.T. Snow and pitchers Russ Springer and Jerry Nielsen to the Angels in exchange for P Jim Abbott.

7th  Owners vote to reopen the collective bargaining agreement with the players.

The Blue Jays sign free agent DH–1B Paul Molitor.

The Reds sign free agent OF Roberto Kelly to a 3-year contract.

8th  It’s signing day as the Giants ink free agent OF Barry Bonds and make him baseball’s highest–paid player, with a 6-year contract worth $43.75 million.

The Royals sign free agent P David Cone and free agent SS Greg Gagne to 3-year contracts. Cone turns down an offer from the Yankees.

The Blue Jays sign free agent P Dave Stewart.

The White Sox sign free agent P Dave Stieb.

The Indians sign free agent P Bob Ojeda.

The Red Sox sign free agent P Scott Bankhead to a 2-year contract.

The Twins sign free agent P Jim Deshaies.

The Athletics sign free agent P Storm Davis to a 2-year contract.

The Angels trade IF Luis Sojo to the Blue Jays in exchange for 3B Kelly Gruber.

The Cubs sign free agent P Dan Plesac to a 2-year contract.

The Marlins sign free agents Dave Magadan, Charlie Hough, and Geronimo Berroa.

The Phillies ink free agent outfielder Pete Incaviglia and Milt Thompson to 2-year contracts.

9th  Marge Schott appears at the major league baseball winter meetings in Louisville and apologizes for insensitive remarks.

Florida Marlins president Carl Barger dies from a heart attack at age 62. Despite the pall cast over the gathering by the death, the players’ agents scoop up $228 million dollars worth of contracts in the five days of the meeting. Pirate GM Ted Simmons selects lefty Dave Otto from the Indians in the Rule 5 draft, neglecting to notice that Otto had a $500,000 guaranteed contract. Because of the auction-like atmosphere, the owners will terminate the winter meetings for the next six years.

The Red Sox sign free agent OF Andre Dawson to a 2-year contract.

The Braves sign free agent Cy Young and Gold Glove winner Greg Maddux to a 5-year contract for $28 million. Maddux rejects an offer from the Yankees worth $34 million for 5 years. Agent Scott Boras told the Yankees that if they increased their offer to $37.5 million that Maddux would sign, but when the Braves entered the picture Maddux was forced to reconsider. Atlanta then trades pitchers Charlie Leibrandt and Pat Gomez to the Rangers in exchange for 3B Jose Oliva. Leibrandt (15–7) saw his star fall in Atlanta when he gave up 11th-inning extra base hits in the 1992 WS and the 1991 NLCS. Maddux, who turned down a $28.5 million contract extension in mid–season with the Cubs, signs for $28 million, $6 million less than the Yankees offer, Maddux which included a $9 Million signing bonus.

The Cubs sign free agent P Randy Myers to a 3-year contract. Myers had lost his closer role with San Diego for a month after giving up a game tying HR to Andre Dawson on June 2.

The Dodgers sign free agent P Todd Worrell to a 3-year contract.

The Giants sign free agent OF Dave Martinez to a 2-year contract.

10th  A day after missing on Maddux, the Yankees sign free agent P Jimmy Key to a 4-year contract.

11th  The Orioles sign free agent 2B Harold Reynolds.

The Angels sign free agent OF Chili Davis to a 2-year contract.

The Tigers sign free agent P Bill Krueger to a 2-year contract.

The Cubs sign free agent OF Candy Maldonado to a 2-year contract.

14th  Oakland re-signs catcher Terry Steinbach, who takes $3 million less than an offer from the Yankees.

15th  The Yankees sign free agent 3B Wade Boggs to a 3-year contract.

The Rangers sign free agent reliever Tom Henke to a 2-year $8 million contract. Henke, who started his career with Texas, had 34 saves in 37 tries with Toronto.

16th  The Giants name Dusty Baker as manager to replace Roger Craig.

The Marlins sign free agent C Benito Santiago to a 2-year contract. Santiago, who went 272 games with the Padres without a passed ball, will have 11 this year trying to catch Charlie Hough.

17th  The Twins sign free agent DH–OF Dave Winfield to a 2-year contract. Winfield returns to his home town.

18th  The Cubs sign free agent OF Willie Wilson to a 2-year contract.

The Mets sign free agent OF Joe Orsulak.

21st  The Rockies sign free agent OF Daryl Boston.

23rd  The Mariners sign free agent C Mackey Sasser to a 2-year contract.

24th  The Expos trade 3B Tim Wallach to the Dodgers in exchange for minor league SS Tim Barker.

1993 January

3rdThe White Sox sign free agent OF Ellis Burks, who played with the Red Sox the past 6 seasons.

4th The Braves sign free agent Bill Pecota to a 2-year contract. Primarily an infielder, Pecota has played every position including pitcher and DH.

The Pirates sign free agent OF Lonnie Smith.

5th The Astros sign free agents Kevin Bass and Jose Uribe.

7th The Tigers sign Cecil Fielder to a 5-year $36 million contract, temporarily making him the highest paid player in the majors.

11th The Rev. Jesse Jackson tells baseball owners that unless a plan to hire more minorities for front-office jobs is in place by April 5, he will call for selective boycotts.

12th The Giants are bought by Peter A. Magowan and a local group that promises to keep the team in the Bay City.

13th The Giants sign free agents Todd Benzinger and Mark Carreon.

The Rangers sign free agent P Craig Lefferts.

14th The Athletics trade OF Harold Baines to the Orioles in exchange for minor league pitchers Bob Chouinard and Allen Plaster.

The Pirates sign veteran Glenn Wilson who has not played in the majors in two years.

15th The Blue Jays sign free agent SS Dick Schofield to a contract.

27th The Royals sign free agents Hubie Brooks and Frank DiPino.

28th The Brewers sign free agent OF Tom Brunansky.

1993 February

1st The Athletics sign free agent 3B Kevin Seitzer.

3rd Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott is fined $25,000 and banned from the day-to-day operation of her team for a year, resulting from her reported use of ethnic and racial slurs.

11th The Angels sign free agent P Scott Sanderson.

The Padres sign free agent C Mike Scioscia.

12th The Royals trade IF Gregg Jefferies and minor league OF Ed Gerald to the Cardinals in exchange for OF Felix Jose and IF-OF Craig Wilson. Jeffries will blossom in St. Louis, hitting .343. this season and .322 next, before moving on to Philadelphia as a free agent.

18th The Red Sox sign free agent P Jeff Russell.

1993 March

1st George Steinbrenner resumes his role as general partner of the Yankees following his suspension from baseball because of his dealings with gambler Howard Spira.

5th In the Cubs Cactus League opener, a 10-0 win, Cubs star Ryne Sandberg breaks a bone in his left hand when he is hit by a pitch from San Francisco’s Mike Jackson. He’ll miss the first 21 regular season games.

6th John Wetteland, Expos closer, fractures his right big toe after kicking a batting-practice screen in spring training.

10th The Giants hire Sherry Davis as public address announcer at Candlestick Park, making her the first female to hold the position in a major league ballpark.

14th The Reds announce that Schottzie 02, the St. Bernard owned by Reds president Marge Schott, is being banned from the field at Riverfront Stadium for the season.

22nd Cleveland pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews are killed, and Bob Ojeda is seriously injured, when the motorboat in which they are riding strikes a pier on Little Lake Nellie in Florida. Crews and Olin are the first active major leaguers to die since Thurman Munson in 1979. The Dodgers, for whom Crews played the previous six years and was very popular, will retire his #52.

27th The Marlins trade 3B Gary Scott and a player to be named to the Reds in exchange for P Chris Hammond.

The Cubs put second baseman Ryne Sandberg (broken hand) and SS Shawon Dunston (lower back rehab) on the DL.  The two will miss opening day for the first time in 9 years together.

30th The Padres trade OF Darrin Jackson to the Blue Jays in exchange for outfielders Derek Bell and Stoney Briggs.

31st NL president Bill White announces his resignation, which will take place in March of next year.

The Cardinals trade P Mark Clark and SS Juan Andujar to the Indians in exchange for OF Mark Whiten. Whiten will have his best season for the Cards in ’93.

1993 April

1st No joke. Actor and former major leaguer Johnny Berardino is awarded a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Berardino appeared as Dr. Steve Hardy on General Hospital.  He joins another major leaguer Chuck Connor, who has a star on Hollywood Boulevard, as well as Gene Autry, who has five stars. The Angels retired #26 in honor of Autry.

2nd  In the final spring training game for the Red Sox, Frank Viola and Corey Bailey combine to no-hit the Phillies, winning, 10–0.

3rd The Rockies sign free agent vet Dale Murphy. The two-time MVP will hit just .143 in 26 games for the Rocks.

5th At Joe Robbie Stadium, the Florida Marlins make their NL debut with a 6-3 win over the Dodgers. Jeff Conine goes 4-for-4 while Charlie Hough gets the win. Joe DiMaggio throws out the first ball.

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 5 hits in 8 1/3 innings to beat his old team, the Chicago Cubs, 1–0.

Eric Fox hits an 8thinning grand slam, off Tom Bolton as Oakland beats the visiting Tigers, 9-4.

6th In his NL debut, Cubs P Juan Guzman takes a perfect game into the 8th inning against Atlanta, finally settling for a 1-hit, 1-0 victory. Otis Nixon’s single with 2 outs in the 9th is the Braves’ only hit. It is the first time in ML history that teams have traded 1-0 wins in the first two games of the season.

The Phils Mitch Williams changes his uniform number from 28 to 99, the highest number in history.  He picks up a save today and vows to throw at 99 mph every outing.

8th Indians 2B Carlos Baerga becomes the first player in major league history to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning, connecting in the 9-run 7th inning of Cleveland’s 15-5 win over the Yankees.

At Riverfront, Roberto Kelly hits a grand slam in the 2nd to give the Reds a brief lead, but Montreal scores 8 in the 4th to go ahead, eventually winning, 14-11. Kevin Mitchell has 4 hits for Cincy

9th The Rockies defeat the Expos, 11-4, before 80,227 fans in the first major league game played at Mile High Stadium in Colorado.

Chicago’s Bo Jackson homers on his first swing after coming back from hip replacement surgery. Bo stays in the game playing LF. Jim Leyritz has 3 hits and his last one is an 8th inning grand slam for New York, who win, 11-6.

Brewers OF Darryl Hamilton sets an AL record by handling his 541st consecutive chance without an error. Milwaukee defeats the Athletics, 6-5.

11th Expos second sacker Mike Lansing gets 5 hits in Montreal’s 19-9 win over the Rockies. Lansing had been inserted into the lineup when Delino DeShields came down with chicken pox.

13th Cardinals’ P Lee Smith sets an all-time major league record with his 358th career save, breaking Jeff Reardon’s mark. Smith preserves St. Louis’ 9-7 win over the Dodgers.

The Tigers defeat the Athletics, 20-4. Rob Deer, Mickey Tettleton, and Travis Fryman each contribute 3-run homers. Detroit collects 18 hits and leaves 12 on base.

14th P Graeme Lloyd and C Dave Nilsson form the first all-Australian battery in major league history in the Brewers’ 12-2 loss to the Angels.  The 2 Aussies pitch in the 9th, when the Angels score 6 runs, after scoring 5 in the 8th.

Padres second baseman Tim Teufel strokes 5 hits in a losing cause as San Diego falls to the Pirates, 11-7.

15th Boston’s Andre Dawson slams the 400th HR of his career in the Red Sox 4-3 win over the Indians. Boston scores a pair of runs in the 13th off Eric Plunk for the W.

The Tigers best Oakland, 3-2, giving manager Sparky Anderson his 2,000th career win. Only 6 men in the history of the game have won more.

17th Seven players score as the Tigers score 20 runs in a game for the second time this week, beating the Mariners, 20-3. Rob Deer is 1-for-2 and scores 4 runs, while Fryman has 4 hits and scores 5 runs. Kreuter adds 4 hits and 3 runs and Thurman paces the Bengals with 4 RBIs. Hampton takes the loss with 2.1 innings of work.

In the Orioles’ 7-5 loss to the Angels, Baltimore winds up with 3 runners on 3rd base in a rare display of dumb baseball. With the bases loaded and one out, OF Mike Devereaux hits a fly ball which is trapped by CF Chad Curtis. Curtis throws home. Jeff Tackett, the baserunner on 3rd, returns to the base after running halfway home. Brady Anderson, who was on 2nd, advanced to 3rd. Chito Martinez, the baserunner on 1st, rounded 2nd and headed for 3rd. Angel C John Orton walked to 3rd where he tagged all 3 runners. Tackett was called out on a force, and Martinez was called out, completing the inning-ending double play.

18th The game between the Giants and Braves at Candlestick Park is delayed for 5 minutes when fans shower the field with souvenir baseballs. When order is restored, the Giants go on to defeat the Braves, 13-12 in 11 innings.

22nd Seattle’s Chris Bosio hurls a 7-0 no-hitter against the Red Sox. He walks the first 2 batters he faces, fires a DP ball, then finishes the game by retiring the last 26 Red Sox in a row.

23rd Milwaukee pitchers Cal Eldred and Jesse Orosco combine to shut out Texas on 1 hit in a 3-0 win. Eldred hurls the first 8 innings while Orosco pitches the 9th to get the save. Rafael Palmeiro’s double is the only hit.

24thIn Chicago, the Reds smack two grand slams, one by Chris Sabo in the 1st inning and another by Joe Oliver in the 7th, to beat the Cubs, 15-5.

At the Metrodome, the Tigers smack five homers to whip the Twins, 17-1. Lou Whitaker has a 3-run homer and 4 ribbies, and Mickey Tettleton, who did not start the game, has a grand slam.

Modesto A’s catcher Izzy Molino cycles and collects 8 RBIs in a 22–1 blasting of Stockton.

25thAt the Kingdome, the Yankees score a run in the 6thand hold on for a 10-9 win over Seattle. Tino Martinez hits a solo blast for the M’s in the 9thto cut the margin, and Pete O’Brien hits a grand slam in the 3rd.

At Mile High Stadium, Junior Felix hits a grand slam, off Scot Aldred, as the Marlins score 8 runs in the 4thand beat the Rockies, 11-1.

26th The Phillies come back from an 8-0 deficit to defeat the Giants, 9-8 in 10 innings. The winning run scores on a wild pitch.

Mets P Dwight Gooden hurts his shoulder when he is struck by a golf club teammate Vince Coleman is swinging in the clubhouse.

27th Pirates knuckler Tim Wakefield (3-2) tosses 172 pitches in defeating Atlanta, 6-2, in 11 innings. It is the most pitches thrown by a pitcher in one game in the 1990s. Fernando Valenzuela, in 1987, was the last to throw that many pitches in a game.

In his first start since pitching a no-hitter five days ago, Chris Bosio throws 5 shutout innings but breaks his collarbone covering 1B in the 5thinning on a 3-6-1 double play. Jeff Treadway grounds into the DP and then collides with Bosio. Seattle beats Cleveland, 4-0, as Delucia and Charlton finish up for Bosio, who will be on the DL for a month.

Yankee P Jimmy Key holds the Angels to one hit in pitching NY to a 5-0 victory. A 6th inning single by Gary DiSarcina is California’s only safety.

29th Toronto 1B John Olerud strokes 5 hits in the Blue Jays’ 8-0 win over the Royals.

30th Milwaukee’s Graeme Lloyd becomes the first Australian to win a major league game by defeating the Rangers, 5-4.

Frank Thomas belts an RBI double and a grand slam, off Todd Stottlemyre, to lead the White Sox to a 10-2 victory over the visiting Blue Jays. Alex Fernandez (3-2) goes 7 innings for the win.

1993 May

1stAt Joe Robbie, Edgar Renteria hits an RBI single and the Marlins edge the Rockies, 7-6, in 12 innings. Jeff Conine hits his first homer of the year for Florida, a grand slam in the 5thoff David Nied.

2nd Texas rolls over the Brewers, 13–2 collecting 15 hits. Canseco has a single, double and HR before leaving for a pinch runner.  Protecting a 12–2 lead, Jeff Bronkey pitches 3 innings in relief of Nen, and picks up a save in his ML debut with Texas. Bronkey is the first major leaguer born in Afghanistan.

The Triple-A American Association game between Iowa and Buffalo is called because of a toxic cloud in Des Moines. The area around the stadium is evacuated when several barrels of chemicals explode during a fire, releasing toxic fumes.

4th The Cubs and Rockies combine for 38 hits in an 11-inning night game at Wrigley Field. The Rockies score 4 runs in the 11th, then hang on for a 14-13 win over the Cubs as Willie Blair allows the 3 runs, including a 2-out 2 run homer by Sammy Sosa, to card the victory. Sosa also hit a 2-out 3-run homer in the 9th, and has 5 hits for the game.  The Rockies counter with back-to-back homers in the 5th by Girardi and Clark, Hayes homers in the 6th, and light-hitting Jim Tatum hits his first ML homer in the 8th—a pinch hit grand slam.

The Marlins host the Reds for the first time, and whip them, 9-6. Chris Sabo has a grand slam in the 4th for the Reds. Orestes Destrade hits a 3-run homer in the 1st and drives in 5 runs for the Marlins. Chris Hammond goes an undistinguished 6 innings to get his first win of the year.

5th   At Wrigley, Ryne Sandberg makes his first error since 1990, a throwing error in the 3rd inning that leads to a run.  The Cubs beat the Rockies, 3-2, as Greg Hibbard goes 8 innings for the win.

In an 11–2 win over the Phillies, the Giants score 7 runs in the 5th inning.  Darren Lewis makes all 3 outs at  in the frame, popping out and then ending the inning with a DP.

7th Tigers 1B-C Mickey Tettleton hits HRs from both sides of the plate in Detroit’s 7-6, 12-inning win over the Yankees. It is the 2nd time Tettleton has turned the trick in his career. Detroit uses 3 walks and a hit to win in the 12th.

In a Triple-A game between the Omaha Royals and Oklahoma City 89ers, the Royals explode for 4 consecutive HRs with 2 outs in the 8th inning of their 11-4 victory. Karl Rhodes, Terry Shumpert, Russ McGinnis, and Bob Hamelin all connected for Omaha, off Gerald Alexander After the next batter made the 3rd out, Benny DiStefano led off the 9th for Oklahoma City with a homer, making 5 round-trippers in 6 batters. The Royals win, 11–4. Only once before in the minors have there been 4 straight homers hit: for Tulsa (Western League) on July 1, 1923 Lyman Smith, Jocko Conlon, Wes Griffin, and Jim Blakesley hit HRs off Wichita’s Karl Black. They were the first four batters of the contest in the opener of a doubleheader.

8th  At Denver, the Rockies blow a 6–0 lead in the 8th inning and lose to the Braves, 8–7 on Sid Bream’s pinch-hit, opposite field, pop fly grand slam.

9th The Rockies reach the 1,000,000 mark for attendance in their meeting with Atlanta. It is the fastest (17 home dates) any team has gotten to the magic number. The Braves win the game, however, 12-7.

Mariano Duncan cracks a 2-out 8thinning grand slam, off Lee Smith, as the Phillies edge the Cardinals, 6-5.

Cubs 1B Mark Grace hits for the cycle in Chicago’s 5-4 loss to the Padres. He is the 14th Cub to do so.

10th  For the second day in a row, the Phillies use a late inning grand slam to win, this time beating the Pirates, 5-1. Darren Daulton connects off starter Bob Walk.

12th  Chuck Carr hits his first homer of the season, a 2ndinning grand slam, as the Marlins gaff the Expos, 10-7.

13th  In the Royals 7-3 victory over the Indians, George Brett hits the 300th HR of his career, making him the 6th player with 300 homers and 3,000 hits. Cleveland OF Albert Belle receives a 3-game suspension for charging the mound after being hit by a pitch from Hippolito Pichardo of the Royals.

14th Colorado rookie 1B Jay Gainer hits the first pitch he sees in the major leagues for a HR, becoming the 12th major leaguer to accomplish the feat. The Reds defeat the Rockies, however, 13-5. Kevin Mitchell is 4-for-4, his 5th multi-hit game in a row, to raise his average to .407.

At San Diego in the top of the 8th, Matt Williams is at bat with runners on 1B and 3B. Padres pitcher Greg Harris than picks off Barry Bonds at 1B unassisted for the 2nd out. The Padres prevail, 3-1.

15th The Expos retire Rusty Staub’s uniform prior to the game with the Mets.

In Milwaukee, Cleveland starter Charles Nagy (2–6) leaves the game with a shoulder injury after pitching to just two batters.  Nagy will go on the DL in 2 days and undergo surgery on June 29.

16th Seattle P Randy Johnson hurls a 1-hit, 7-0 victory over the Athletics. He loses his no-hitter when Lance Blankenship singles with one out in the 9th inning. Mike Blowers connects for a grand slam in the 6th, off Bobby Witt.

Ellis Burks clouts a pair of homers, including a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs as the White Sox trounce the Rangers, 15-8. Bo Jackson contributes a double and 3-run homer, and Frank Thomas has 4 hits. Dean Palmer connects for a grand slam off starter and winner, Alex Fernandez (5-2).

17th Seattle 3B Mike Blowers hits a grand slam, off Craig Lefferts, to pace the Mariners to a 16-9 victory over Texas. Blowers also hit a grand slam yesterday.

Philadelphia 1B John Kruk gets 5 hits in the Phillies’ 10-3 victory over Florida.

18th At Camden Yards, Fernando Valenzuela (1-3) allows just 2 hits in a rain-shortened 7-0 Orioles 7-0 victory over Cleveland. It is his first ML win since 1990.

Eric Davis cracks a grand slam off John Smiley as the Dodgers score 5 runs in the 5thon their way to a 9-1 whipping of the Reds. Kevin Gross goes the distance for the win.

19th Dallas Green replaces Jeff Torborg as manager of the Mets.

Pitcher Dave Stewart, who has won 13 of his last 14 decisions against the Red Sox, is pounded by Boston for 10 earned runs in 1 2/3 innings. The Red Sox hold on for a 10-5 victory.

20th 14-year-old Tommy McCoy, batboy for the Class A Savannah Cardinals, is fired by the team after the club was told by the US Department of Labor that they were in violation of child labor laws. McCoy, apparently, was staying out too late doing his job. When US Secretary of Labor Robert Reich hears the story, however, he exempts batboys and bat girls from the law. McCoy will be reinstated on May 27th.

Montreal’s Chris Nabholz serves up his second grand slam in 8 days as Pete Incaviglia connects in the first inning. The Phillies win, 9-3, behind Curt Schilling.

21stMike Mussina allows 7 runs in 3 innings, including a grand slam to Kevin Reimer, as his Orioles lose to the visiting Brewers, 9-3.

22ndCardinal minor leaguer Diego Ruiz is killed and teammate Eddie Williams are injured when their car slams into a cement pole. Williams, a catcher with Springfield (Midwest League), is the driver.

B.J. Birdie, mascot of the Toronto Blue Jays, is ejected from Toronto’s game against Minnesota by umpire Jim McKean after holding his nose on a call. The Blue Jays win 7-0 over the Twins as 5 Jay pitchers record 15 strikeouts. Danny Cox (4-0), in relief of Stottlemyre in the 3rd, is the winner. Devon White has a single, double, homer and stolen base to pace the offense.

23rdAt Comiskey, the White Sox come from behind the edge the A’s, 5-4, in 10 innings.  George Bell hits a 2-run homer in the 8th, the Sox plate another in the 9th, and Bell hits an RBI-triple in the 10th.

24th Indian rookie P Tommy Kramer hurls a one-hitter in his second major league start, defeating Texas, 4-1. Julio Franco’s 4th inning HR is the only Ranger safety.

The Mariners defeat the Angels, 4-3, in 14 innings. In the course of the game, California OF Luis Polonia ties an AL record by being caught stealing 3 times, twice on pitchouts.

Davey Johnson replaces Tony Perez as manager of the Reds. Cincinnati was 20-24 under Perez.

Only 15 fans are in the stands, including 2 scouts and a mascot, at the start of the day when the Quad City River Bandits meet the Rockford Royals in a Class A Midwest League doubleheader.

26th Run Butted In?  Texas rightfielder Jose Canseco has a long fly ball off the bat of Cleveland’s Carlos Martinez bounce off his head and over the wall for a homer. The Indians defeat the Rangers, 7-6.

Cincinnati P Tim Belcher hurls a one-hit, 4-0 shutout over the Braves. A first inning double by Deion Sanders is Atlanta’s only hit.

The Cubs trade Heathcliff Slocum (1-0) to the Indians for Jose Hernandez. The future all-star shortstop will have six seasons with the Cubs.

27th Mike Pierce of Shenandoah High School in Indiana hits 3 HRs in a single inning of his team’s 23-2 win over Union High School to break a record held by 34 other players.

Hitting just .177 with one homer, Glenn Davis accepts a minor league assignment from the Orioles.  It won’t go well. In three days, he will come to the aid of teammate Randy Ready outside a bar in Norfolk, Virginia and have his jaw broken in a fight.  Coming back from the injury, he will be hit in the head by a line drive off Baltimore teammate Jeffrey Hammonds on August 1.  He’ll return in early September, get left out of a game against a lefty pitcher, argue with his manager Johnny Oakes, and receive a quick release. Davis will play in the minors next year and in Japan the two years after that, but not play in the ML after May 23. His homer this year is the 190thand last of his career, the most homers by anyone without hitting a grand slam.

Two homers shy of 400, Dale Murphy reluctantly announces his retirement before the Rockies game in Houston. The Rockies were going to release Murphy to make room for Chris Jones. Murphy hit no homers in his brief time with the Rockies.

28th Robin Yount and the Brewers defeat George Brett and the Royals, 5-1, in the first meeting of two 3,000-hit players since 1925.

Do we really need to practice intentional walks? At the Metrodome, the Indians score 2 in the top of the 9th to tie the Twins, 6-6. The Twins come back in the bottom of the 9th to put runners on 2B and 3B with Kirby Puckett at the plate. Eric Plunk attempts to intentionally walk Puckett, but a passed ball by C Lance Parrish allows Chuck Knoblauch to score the winning run.

At Mile High Stadium, the Phillies total 20 hits as they clobber the Rockies, 15-9. Dave Hollins has 3 doubles and Darren Daulton hits a double and homer to drive in 4 runs. Butch Henry allows 9 runs in 2+ innings.

29th OF Jose Canseco hurls the 8th inning of the Rangers 15-1 loss to the Red Sox. He allows 3 earned runs on 3 walks and 2 singles before retiring the side.

30th  The Phils Tommy Greene belts a 2-run homer during the Phillies 18-1 blitz of the Rockies.  Greene coasts to his 7th win without a loss.

1993 June

1st The Cubs trade P Heathcliff Slocumb to the Indians in exchange for minor league SS Jose Hernandez.

2nd At Tiger Stadium, Ron Karkovice hits a grand slam in Chicago’s 6-run 1st inning, then adds a solo in the 8th. Cora and Ventura homer as the White Sox roll to a 10-1 win. Jason Bere earns his first ML victory.

Roberto Alomar has 4 hits, including a pair of homers off Angels starter Julio Valero, and bangs in 5 runs as Toronto wins on the road, 7-6.  The real banging occurs in the 6thinning when Chad Curtis reaches base on a HBP and Tim Salmon homers. Curtis then pops out of the dugout and runs toward Jays 3B Ed Sprague who had been jawing at him as he circled the bases. Both benches empty and an 18-minute brawl ensues. It is promotional ball night at Anaheim Stadium and balls come raining down on the field. Sprague and Curtis earn ejections and both will be suspended for 3 games. Also ejected are four other players, including Darnell Coles, who takes a swing at a fan and hits a policeman instead.

3rd Seattle selects SS Alex Rodriguez of Westminster Christian HS in Miami with the first pick in the amateur draft. Rodriguez hit .417 with 17 homers and 90 stolen bases. The Tigers, picking 9th, take speedster Matt Brunson, who will steal 106 bases in 329 A-level minor league games: impressive, considering he will hit just .200. The Brewers get pitchers Jeff D’Amico and Kelly Wunsch with two first round picks. Both will prove injury prone, but they do take SS Mark Loretta on the 7th round. The Phils take Scott Rolen on the 2nd round; the Braves select Kevin Millwood (11th) and John Rocker (18th), while the Indians take Richie Sexson (24th). The Padres pick Gary Matthews, Jr. on the 13th round. The Dodgers pick Wichita State pitcher Darren Dreifort, who will skip the minor leagues and debut on April 7, 1994.

6th Baltimore’s Cal Ripken strains his right knee during a 7th inning brawl between the Orioles and Mariners, putting his consecutive game streak in jeopardy. He remains in the game, however, though later he says, “it was the closest I’ve come to not playing.” Eight players are suspended for their involvement in the 20-minute melee, which begins when Seattle C Bill Haselman charges the mound after being plunked by Mike Mussina. Wholesale ejections occur including Chris Bosio, Jeff Tackett, Mark Williamson, Haselman, Alan Mills, David Segui, Rick Sutcliffe, Norm Charlton, Mackey Sasser and Mariners manager Lou Piniella; pitcher Mike Mussina was not ejected. The Orioles eventually win the game by a score of 5-2.

Tigers defeat the Angels, 11-4. In the course of the game, they pull off a rare feat by hitting for the cycle in a 4-hitter span. With one out in the 3rd inning, Travis Fryman singles, Cecil Fielder homers, Kirk Gibson doubles, and Chad Kreuter triples. Of the 5 California pitchers to take the mound, the only one to retire Detroit in order is IF Rene Gonzalez, who has not pitched since American Legion ball.

7th Milwaukee P Cal Eldred defeats the Mariners, 5-3, for his 7th win of the year. This gives him 20 victories in his first 30 career appearances in the majors, tying him for the “quickest” 20 wins in history with 3 other hurlers—Boo Ferriss (1945), Russ Ford (1910), and Nick Maddox (1908).

The Montreal Expos sell Matt Stairs to the Chunichi Dragons (Japan Central). More of a rental, Montreal will re-sign him in December and sell him to the Red Sox in February.

Reds pitcher John Smiley has 4 hits and 3 RBI while pitching a complete game 12-3 victory over Montreal. Bip Roberts also has 4 hits, including 3 doubles.

8th Led by Joe Carter’s 5thinning grand slam the Blue Jays pound out 4 homers as they whip the Angels, 14-6.

9th The Padres fire GM Joe McIlvaine and appoint 29-year-old Randy Smith as VP of baseball operations and GM, making him the youngest GM in the history of major league baseball.

11th Seattle P Erik Hanson allows 4 runs on a single in the 4th inning of the Mariners’ 8-2 loss to California. With the bases loaded, Greg Myers strokes a single to left. Left fielder Henry Cotto boots the ball, then throws over the head of C Bill Haselman as 2 runs score. Hanson, who is backing up home, fires a throw over 3B Edgar Martinez’s head allowing 2 more runners to score.

The Yankees-Brewers game at County Stadium is interrupted by some 100 sea gulls who swoop down onto the field, apparently in search of moths hatching in the infield and outfield grass. The Yankees eventually win the game by a score of 5–4, winning in the 9th on a two-run pinch homer by Kevin Maas.  While no players or seagulls are hurt, Wade Boggs called the situation “terribly dangerous.” The seagulls will return for tomorrow night’s game, but the Brewers will be prepared for the birds.  Gus the wonder dog, on loan from the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association, will keep them away.

The Mets trade SS Tony Fernandez to the Blue Jays in exchange for OF Darrin Jackson.

12th Giants’ second baseman Robby Thompson gets 5 hits in SF’s 5-4 victory over the Cubs.

The first two batters for Oakland, Rickey Henderson and Craig Paquette, homer off Minnesota’s Jim Deshais, but that is all the scoring the A’s can muster. Minnesota wins, 7–2.

Down 7–0 to Doug Drabek in the 3rd inning, the Rockies surge back to beat Houston, 14–11.

Tim Raines hits a leadoff homer for the White Sox, and Ron Karkovice finishes their scoring with a 15th inning homer as Chicago wins, 2-1, over Kansas City.

Behind the pitching of freshman Brett Laxton, LSU wins the College World Series with an 8-0, 3-hit victory over Wichita State in the championship game. Laxton gets the start because Mike Sirotka pitched 9 innings against Long Beach. His 16 Ks ties a mark in a final game set by ASU’s Tom Burgess in 1967. His shutout is the first and only in a series finale since 1961, when SC’s Jim Withers did it. Teammate Todd Walker, who homers today, is named the Series MVP.

15th Seattle’s Ken Griffey Jr. hits the 100th HR of his career in the Mariners’ 6-1 win over the Royals, making him the 6th-youngest player to reach that level in major league history.

The Braves edge the Mets, 2–1, in a pitching duel between Bret Saberhagen and Tom Glavine. Saberhagen goes 8 innings, allowing a home run to Sid Bream. Glavine finishes the Mets with 79 pitches, allowing just a HR to Darrin Jackson, his first hit as a Met since coming from Toronto. The Mets also lose closer John Franco, who walks in the winning run, then later punches the door to the sauna in the visiting clubhouse and needs stitches in the knuckle of his right index finger. Franco trashed a clubhouse last week, firing an ash tray during the tantrum.

After baseball owners have an all day meeting in Denver to discuss, among other things, bench-clearing brawls, they arrive at Mile high Stadium for the 7th inning, and witness two fights and 4 ejections. After a Ramon Martinez brushback pitch, Andres Galarraga singles and breaks for second clipping second baseman Jody Reed with his spikes. Martinez then plunks Charlie Hayes, who charges the mound, and the brawling starts. Rock’s reliever Keith Shephard, a former boxer, throws at Cory Snyder in the 8th, then gestures him to come on. Brawl 2 and 2 more ejections. The Dodgers win, 12–4.

16th Florida C Mitch Lyden becomes the 67th major league player to homer in his first at bat, doing so in the Marlins’ 6-4 loss to the Cubs. In relief, Jim Bullinger is the winner in his only decision of the year. The Cubs celebrate the 100th anniversary of Cracker Jack, which was introduced at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, by having Sailor Jack, the company’s mascot, throw out the ceremonial first pitch. All 31,140 fans receive free Cracker Jack.

Oakland OF Rickey Henderson steals his 24th base of the year in the Athletics’ 4-0 loss to the White Sox. The SB is the 1,066th of his career, making him the world’s all-time leader, surpassing the total of 1,065 of Yutaka Fukumoto, who played in Japan from 1970 to 1988.

17th Giants OF Darren Lewis sets a major league record by playing his 243rd consecutive errorless game. It is the most ever by an OF at the start of his career. The Giants defeat the Reds, 5-1, as Bill Swift and Kevin Rogers combine to 1-hit Cincinnati. Kevin Mitchell’s infield single leading off the 8th inning is the Reds’ only hit.

Cleveland second baseman Carlos Baerga hits 3 HRs and drives in all 5 runs in the Indians’ 9-5 loss to Detroit. His teammates manage a single off winner Mike Moore. The Tigers hit 5 four-baggers of their own, including a pair each by Travis Fryman and Dan Gladden. Three players with 2 or more homers in a game ties an AL mark.

Texas OF Juan Gonzalez drives home 8 runs in the Rangers’ 18-2 win over the Angels. Gonzalez has a double and HR in his 4 hits. Strange has 4 hits and Canseco and Palmeiro also homer.

In Denver, the ML owners vote 26-2 to expand the playoffs for the first time in 25 years. With the change, 8 teams will qualify for post-season play.

The Pirates release Glenn Wilson.

18th Montreal P Dennis Martinez records his 200th career victory, getting the decision in a 2-1 win over the Braves.

The Tigers defeat the Blue Jays on “Singles Night” at Tiger Stadium. Detroit gets 15 hits in the game—all singles.

The Athletics come back from an 8-0 deficit to defeat the Royals, 10-9.

19th Pittsburgh GM and former major league catcher Ted Simmons resigns after suffering a heart attack on June 8. He is succeeded by Cam Bonifay.

20th  George Bell connects for a 1st-inning grand slam and solo homer in the 4-run 8th to pace the White Sox to an 11-6 win over the host Angels.

In a 3–2 loss to Chattanooga, Knoxville Smokies manager Garth Iorg and P Travis Baptist are ejected for breaking a rule banning the use of tobacco in the dugout or clubhouse. Baptist was tossed for chewing it and Iorg for not stopping him. The rule has been in effect for all the minor leagues since June 15th.

22nd Paced by Kevin Mitchell, who has 2 doubles, a triple and a HR and 5 runs scored, the first 4 Reds in the lineup plate 14 runs in beating Colorado, 16-13. The Reds rally from deficits of 5-0, 10-6, and 11-10 to win.  Mitchell is in the middle of a 20-game hit streak but will suffer a season-ending injury in July.

Carlton Fisk of the White Sox, plays his 2,226 and final ML game, surpassing Bob Boone’s record of 2,225 for most games caught. Fisk reluctantly retires with 3,999 total bases, the most ever for a catcher. The Sox will exacerbate Fisk’s bitterness by refusing to allow him into the locker room after the Sox make the playoffs this year. When the Sox retire Fisk #72 in 1997, Fisk will request that Jerry Reinsdorf and GM Ron Schueler not be there for the ceremony, and when he goes into Cooperstown he will wear a Red Sox cap. A clerical error about 3 games caught in 1981 in which Fisk relieved initially gives him a total of 2,229 games caught. This error will appear on Fisk’s Hall of Fame plaque when he is inducted, in the 5th edition of Total Baseball, and in the 1997 edition of The Sports Encyclopedia-Baseball. Other records books such as the final edition of The Baseball Encyclopedia, the 1997 editions of The Sporting News Complete Baseball Record Book and the Elias Book of Baseball Records both correctly showed him with 2,226 games caught lifetime. SABR historian Wayne McElreavy and others note the discrepancy and the plaque and subsequent editions of the record books have corrected the total to 2,226. Ivan Rodriguez will surpass Fisk in games played in 2009.

23rd Seattle OF Jay Buhner hits for the cycle in the Mariners 8-7, 14-inning win over the Athletics.

Toronto 1B John Olerud has his 26-game hitting streak snapped in the Blue Jays’ 4-3 loss to the Yankees.

The Padres trade P Tim Scott to the Expos in exchange for IF-OF Archi Cianfrocco.

24th The Mets tie an 86-year-old record when they lose to the Cardinals, 8-5. They have not won 2 straight games for the 61st consecutive time.

After never having had a multi-homer game in his career, dating back to Little League, Giants second baseman Robby Thompson hits 2 HRs in a game for the 2nd day in a row, leading SF to a 17-2 win over the Rockies. Thompson gets 5 hits on the day for the Giants.

The Marlins obtain OF Gary Sheffield and P Rich Rodriguez from the Padres for P Trevor Hoffman, Andres Berumen and Jose Martinez. The Fish will give Sheffield a 4-year contract extension in September.

25th The host Indians down the Royals, 6-1, as Paul Sorrento belts an 8th inning grand slam off reliever Tom Gordon.

26th Knoxville Smokies pitcher Travis Baptist is the first pitcher to be ejected and fined for using snuff. The rule banning smoking and chewing tobacco in the minor leagues went into effect on June 15.  The Phoenix Firebirds protested the ban by not speaking to the media for a week, and refusing to sign autographs or make public appearances (Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball).

Starting his third game as White Sox catcher for Fisk is Mike LaValliere and his arm proves worthy as he throws out all four would be base stealers. The White Sox beat the Mariners, 7-4, as Ellis Burks has a grand slam for Chicago. LaValliere is in the middle of a string of 12 straight base runners thrown out and he will finish this year with the Sox allowing 8 stolen bases and throwing out 24 runners.

27th Atlanta OF Ron Gant fans 4 times against Houston’s Darryl Kile, giving him 7 consecutive strikeouts, and a record-tying 10 in his last 3 games. The Astros and Kile defeat the Braves, 3-0.

In Milwaukee, the Sausage race moves from the animated scoreboard to live action when—much to the surprise of players and fans—three life sized sausages emerge from the left field gate and make their way to home plate. The Bratwurst wins the live race. The Blue Jays win the regulation game, 5-4.

The Marlins trade 3B Dave Magadan to the Mariners for OF Henry Cotto and P Jeff Darwin.

The Calgary Cannons of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League explode for 35 hits in a 23-12 pasting of the Las Vegas Stars. Cannons’ OF Lee Tinsley goes 7-for-8 in the contest. Calgary ties a PCL record with 9 consecutive hits in the 2nd inning.

28th Rangers OF Jose Canseco faces ligament transplant surgery in his arm, which he injured during his brief one inning stint on the mound in relief on May 29.

You have to wonder how “Beat It” sounds on a stadium organ?  Batting against San Francisco’s Michael Jackson in the bottom of the 9th, pinchhitter Dave Hansen clubs a grand slam to break a scoreless tie and give the Dodgers a 4-0 win. It is Hansen’s first homer of the year.

29th The Expos defeat the Pirates, 9–2, as Moises Alou, Marquis Grissom, and Larry Walker hit consecutive HRs in the 7th inning.

The Indians down the White Sox, 8-2, using a 6-run 4th inning.  Kenny Lofton hits his only homer of the year, a grand slam, in the frame.

30th The Mets defeat the Marlins, 7–1, to win their 2nd game in a row for the first time in 65 games.

The Indians finish their home stand with a 4–2 win over the White Sox. The Indians have now won 23 straight at Jacobs Field.

No mas. 70-year-old Minnie Minoso, signed by Mike Veeck, appears as a DH for the St. Paul Saints in a game against Thunder Bay in the independent Northern League. Minoso grounds back to pitcher Yoshi Seo in his only at bat. Minnie will make one more appearance, in 2003, when the Saints bring him back for one at-bat.  He’ll take walk.

The Cubs use 4 solo homers to subdue the Padres, 4-1. Wilkens, Grace and Sosa with 2 do the damage.

1993 July

1st The Indians announce that Chief Wahoo is staying. The Chief has been on the uniforms since 1947, with the current design appearing on the 1951 uniforms. The Chief did not appear on the 1972 uniform.

At Busch, Brian Jordan belts a grand slam and drives in 5 runs to pace the Cardinals to a 14-5 thrashing of the Phillies. Bernard Gilkey has 4 hits and 3 runs, while Gregg Jefferies has 3 hits, 3 runs and 2 RBI. The Cards now trail the Phillies by 5.5 games.

2nd Chicago OF Sammy Sosa gets 6 hits, one short of the NL record, in the Cubs’ 11-8 win over the Rockies. The Cubs total 21 hits at Mile High Stadium. With hits in his last three at bats in his last game, on July 30th, Sosa sets a Cubs record with 9 straight hits. He’ll reach base on a walk in his first at-bat tomorrow before cooling off with three outs/

Robin Ventura belts a grand slam, off Mike Mussina, and the White Sox roll to a 12-1 win over the visiting Orioles.

Bring a sleeping bag. At the Vet, the Phillies and Padres split a doubleheader, with the Padres taking the opener, 5-2, and the Phils winning game 2 in the 10thinning, 6-5. Game 2 concludes at 4:40 a.m. on July 3 when reliever Trevor Hoffman allows a game-ending single to Phils closer Mitch Williams.  There is no record of how many of the 54,627 fans stay till the end.

3rd Detroit’s Cecil Fielder becomes the 3rd player in history to homer onto the left field roof at Tiger Stadium, doing so in the Tigers’ 11-5 loss to the Rangers. Harmon Killebrew and Frank Howard are the only other players to accomplish the feat.

In a 5-4 loss to the Rockies, Ryne Sandberg lines a 1st-inning single for his 2,000th hit as a Cub.  Colorado scores 3 runs in the 9th inning for the come-from-behind win.

5th Oakland OF Rickey Henderson leads off both games of the A’s doubleheader against the Indians with HRs. It is the first time this has happened since 1913, when Harry Hooper performed the feat for the Boston Red Sox. The Athletics win the first game, 6-5, but the Indians come back to take the nightcap, 6-2.

6th At County Stadium, Dean Palmer hits a 3-run homer and drives in 6 runs as the Rangers pummel three Brewer pitchers for an 11-1 victory.  Charlie Leibrandt (8-4) goes 7 innings for the win.

At Oakland, Cleveland pinch hitter Carlos Martinez caps a 17-hit attack with a 3-run tie-breaking homer in the 9th inning as the Indians top the A’s, 11-8. Craig Paquette’s 3-run homer for the A’s had tied the game in the 8th.

7th In LA, the Phillies defeat the Dodgers, 7-6, in a 20 inning marathon when Dykstra hits a bases-loaded 2-run double off Rod Nichols. The game takes 6 hours and 10 minutes, and concludes at 1:47 AM. The Phils Mitch Williams blows a 5–3 lead in the 9th, allowing a hit and walking 3 before being ejected by Jim Quick.  Afterwards, John Kruk says, “I came here and I wanted to kill Mitch, but they told me it was against the law.” Phils rookie Kevin Stocker makes his ML debut, playing all 20 innings.

Montreal P Kirk Reuter makes his ML debut with 8 1/3 innings of shutout ball against the Giants. John Wetteland comes in to get the final 2 outs in Montreal’s 3-0 victory.

Mets P Bret Saberhagen throws a firecracker under a table near reporters at Shea Stadium, but no one is hurt.

Reds P Tom Browning is fined $500 for leaving the Cincinnati dugout during the Reds’ 4-3 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field, and watching the contest from the roof of a 3-story building across Sheffield Avenue.

9th By homering twice in Montreal’s 6-1 win over San Diego, Expo OF Moises Alou sets a record for most hits that are all homers in consecutive games, with 6. He had a homer yesterday, one on the 7th, and 2 on the 6th.

10th Todd Hundley drives in 4 runs to pace the Mets to a 7-6 win over the Dodgers at Shea Stadium.  It is the third consecutive day of 100 degree weather in New York.

13th Players Association chief Donald Fehr says that if serious negotiations between the players and the owners don’t begin soon, the players could go out on strike in September, threatening the postseason.

A class action suit by two season ticket holders against the Padres is settled out of court. The suit argued that a preseason form letter from Padres president Dick Freeman stated that the team would be contenders because of its group of young stars, which the Padres then traded away. The Padres agreed to loosen their refund policy and the plaintiffs withdraw their demand that the team not trade Fred McGriff. McGriff goes within the week.

14th The AL defeats the NL, 9-3, in the All-Star Game. Kirby Puckett, Roberto Alomar, and Gary Sheffield hit HRs, while the win goes to Jack McDowell. Craig Biggio is at second baseman for the NL: last year he was on the team as a catcher, the first player ever to make it at those two positions.  A highlight of the game is Randy Johnson firing a 95-MPH fastball over John Kruk’s head.  Kruk bails out on the next two pitches, saying afterwards, he’s going to kill somebody.”

15th The Orioles defeat the Twins, 5–3, as Cal Ripken hits the 278th HR of his career as a SS for a new major league mark. Ernie Banks held the old standard.

Mike Morgan allows 5 hits in pitching his first complete game of the year, beating the Rockies, 1–0. Sammy Sosa singles, steals 2B, and Steve Buechele drives a single off Willie Blair to score Sosa. For the Rockies, it is the closest to a shutout they’ll get this year.

Led by Rafael Palmeiro, Texas snaps a 7-7 tie with Detroit to win, 12–7. Palmeiro has 4 long hits—2 homers and 2 doubles—as the Rangers win their 9th in 10 games. They have scored 33 runs in their last 3 games. This is the first of two games this year that Raffy will collect 4 extra base hits.

Mike Boddicker informs the Brewers he is retiring. The pitcher was acquired from Kansas City on April 26 and last pitched June 13.

16th Giants OF Darren Lewis sets a major league record by playing his 267th consecutive game without an error. He snaps Don Demeter’s record. The Giants defeat the Mets, 4-2.

17th The Rangers trade pitchers Robb Nen and Kurt Miller to the Marlins for P Cris Carpenter.

Spokane (PCL) pitcher Glenn Dishman retires the first 26 Yakima batters. The 27th batter hits an easy roller to the second baseman who tosses to 1B Jason Thompson. Thompson starts celebrating early, pulling his foot off the bag for an error before he records the out. Dishman gets the next batter for his no hitter.

18th Atlanta’s Steve Avery and 2 relievers shut out the Pirates, 2-0, despite surrendering 13 hits, just one shy of the record for most hits allowed in a shutout.

The Braves obtain 1B Fred McGriff from the Padres in exchange for minor leaguers Melvin Nieves and Donnie Elliott.

19th At Atlanta, Donovan Osborne (9-3) combines with 3 relievers to shut out the Braves, 4-0. Brian Jordan hits a pair of homers and Mark Whitten soloes.

20th Baltimore P Ben McDonald (7–8) hurls a 1-hit shutout to beat the Royals and David Cone, 7-0.  Gary Gaetti’s single in the 4th is the only hit.

At Cleveland, the Indians stop the Athletics, 9-5. Carlos Baerga greets reliever Joe Boever with a 2nd-inning four-run homer as he drives in 5 runs in the contest.

21st Mariner OF Jay Buhner collects 5 hits in Seattle’s 10-3 win over the Yankees. Hanson goes all the allowing no earned runs to beat Jimmy Key (12–3).

In Minnesota’s 7–2 win over Detroit, Tony Phillips goes 0–4 with 2 strikeouts against two Minnesota Twins pitchers—Tapani and Wills.  It is his only game without a hit, walk or hit batsmen in a string of 101 games.

22nd During Colorado’s 7-6 win over St. Louis, Cardinal P Bob Tewksbury surrenders a walk to Eric Young in the 7th inning, ending his streak of 55 1/3 innings without issuing a free pass. The NL record is 68.

Kansas City’s Greg Gagne hits a HR off Detroit’s Mark Leiter in the Royals’ 12-6 victory. The HR is the 10,000th hit in the long history of Tiger Stadium, making it the first ballpark to reach that figure. During the game, Detroit 3B Travis Fryman draws a walk off KC P Enrique Burgos, then proceeds to circle the bases on 3 wild pitches by Burgos.

Kirby Puckett belts a ball to the left of the baggie hanging on the RF fence at the Metrodome.  The ball is ruled in play and Kirby gets a double, though the replay shows it to be a homer. Minnesota goes on to defeat the Orioles, 8-4.

23rd At San Francisco, Barry Bonds hits a homer in the 9th off Phils Curt Schilling to tie the game 1-1.  Jim Eisenreich’s homer in the 4th had been the game’s only score.  Hollins finally scores in the 14th to give the Phils a 2-1 victory.

24th The Mets are defeated by the Dodgers, 5-4, as Anthony Young loses his major league record 27th straight decision. Following the game, Mets OF Vince Coleman tosses a firecracker from his car, injuring 2 youngsters and a woman. Coleman will be charged with a felony.

Bo Jackson’s 4th hit of the game, a 9th inning single, drives in the winning run as the White Sox edge the visiting Brewers, 6-5.  Scott Radnisky (5-0) faces one batter and picks up the victory.

25th Detroit P Mike Moore hurls a one-hit, 3-0 shutout over the Royals. Wally Joyner’s 2nd inning single is the only Kansas City safety.

26th The Padres trade pitchers Bruce Hurst and Greg Harris to the Rockies in exchange for C Brad Ausmus and pitchers Doug Bochtler and Andy Ashby.

Pinch hitter Tom Brunansky of the Brewers ends the Red Sox 10 game win streak with a 2-run, 2-out HR in the bottom of the 9th for a 3–2 win. The dinger comes off Jeff Russell in relief of Roger Clemens.

27th Phillies 1B John Kruk gets 5 hits in Philadelphia’s 10-7 win over the visiting Cardinals.

The Padres blank the Cubs, 8-0, as Sand Diego’s Tony Gwynn knocks 5 hits in a game for the third time this season.

28th Seattle’s Ken Griffey homers for the 8th consecutive game, tying the major league mark set by Dale Long and tied by Don Mattingly. The Mariners lose to the Twins, however, 5-1.

The Mets defeat the Marlins, 5-4, as Anthony Young takes the win in relief, ending his 27-game losing streak. Young (1-13) will end the season at 1-16 despite a 3.77 ERA.

Detroit 3B Travis Fryman strokes 5 safeties as he hits for the cycle in the Tigers’ 12-7 loss to the Yankees. He is the first Tiger to cycle in 43 years.

Robin Ventura’s second grand slam of the year powers the White Sox to a 9-4 win over the Indians. It is his 4th grand slam. The Sox take a 9-0 lead after two innings, as Bo Jackson adds a 3-run homer in the 2nd.

Darren Daulton belts a grand slam and two-run triple as the Phils pound the Cards, 14–6. Dave Hollins drives in 3 runs as well for the Quakers.

29th Reds P Tom Browning is arrested for possession of marijuana.

The Phils complete a three-game sweep of the Cardinals, beating them 6-4, and now lead the NL East by 7 games.

30th The Yankees obtain P Paul Assenmacher from the Cubs in a 3-way deal which sees P John Habyan go to the Royals and OF Karl Rhodes to the Cubs.

31st The Expos retire Gary Carter’s uniform prior to their game with Florida.

Toronto obtains OF Rickey Henderson from the Athletics in exchange for minor leaguers Steve Karsay and Jose Herrera.

The Reds trade P Tim Belcher to the White Sox for pitchers Johnny Ruffin and Jeff Pierce. The White Sox hope Belcher will be their fifth starter, but that won’t happen.

The Pirates trade P Stan Belinda to the Royals for pitchers John Lieber and Dan Miceli.

1993 August

1st During the Orioles’ 2-1 loss to the Red Sox, Baltimore’s Glenn Davis is knocked unconscious by a foul ball lined off the bat of Jeffrey Hammonds into the Orioles’ dugout. Davis, who is recovering from a broken jaw, did not sustain any further damage.

Reggie Jackson is inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Royals owner Ewing Kauffman dies at age 76 of bone cancer.

The Memphis Chicks of the Southern League rout the Nashville Xpress, 25-5, setting league records for runs and hits (32) in a game.  Jeff Garber is 5-for-6 with a league record 8 RBIs.

The Stockton Ports of the California League defeat the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, 25-7, setting league records in the process for hits (29) and team at bats (56).

2nd The Cubs defeat the Pirates, 12-10, in a game marked by 7 HRs, 6 ejections, 3 brushbacks and a brawl. Carlos Garcia has a pair of homers for the Bucs, and gets hit by a pitched ball for his efforts. Bob Scanlon then fires a pitch at Mark Grace, which precipitates a brawl.  Scanlon will be suspended for 7 games for his actions. Doug Jenning’s 3-run homer ties it at 8-8 for the Cubs, then Steve Buechele hits a 2-run HR and Sosa hits his 22nd homer to make it 11-8.

In a bankruptcy auction, The Baltimore Orioles are sold for $173 million by lawyer Peter Angelos and banker Bill DeWitt, Jr. Eli Jacobs, the previous owner, declared bankruptcy, necessitating the sale. He bought the team for $70 million.  The previous high for a sports franchise was the $140 million for the Dallas Cowboys in 1989.

4th OF Tony Gwynn of the Padres gets 6 hits in SD’s 11-10 win over the Giants. It is the 4th time this season he has 5 or more hits in a game, tying a major league record set by Wee Willie Keeler in 1897, and equaled by Ty Cobb and Stan Musial.

White Sox 3B Robin Ventura charges Nolan Ryan after a pitch hits him in the 3rd inning. Ryan gets Ventura in a headlock and throws 6 punches to emerge the winner. Ventura is suspended 2 games for his actions, while Ryan is not disciplined. Ryan (3-3) also is the winner with 7 IP, 5 K’s and 3 hits allowed. He retires 12 of 13 batters after punching out Ventura.

Chris Sabo belts his third grand slam of the season to pace the Reds to a 9-3 win over visitting Colorado.  Bip Roberts, who pinch ran yesterday, is struck down by the Reds’ injury bug and will not play the rest of the year.  He’ll sign with the Padres for 1994.

Following a 3-1 loss in Montreal, Mets manager Dallas Green is asked by a reporter how he copes with losing. “I just beat the hell out of Sylvia (his wife) and kick the dog and whatever else I have to do to get it out.”  A Mets spokesman later apologizes for Green.

6th Mike Piazza hits an 8th inning homer to put the Dodgers on the board, then with a man on in the 9th Eric Karros takes Rob Dibble deep for a walkoff homer and a 3-2 win over the Reds. Cincinnati’s scores come on solo homers off the Martinez brothers: Reggie Sanders hits one off Ramon Martinez in the 2nd inning and Chris Sabo hits another off brother Pedro (9-2) in the 9th.  It is the third time that teammate brothers have served up homers in the same game.

7th Indian P Bob Ojeda returns to action following the spring training accident which took the lives of teammates Steve Olin and Tim Crews. He gets a standing O from the Camden Yards fans  as he hurls 2 innings in the Orioles 8-6 win over Cleveland. Mark McLemore is 4-for-4 for the O’s, and Cal Ripken connects for 2 homers to drive in 4 runs. Kenny Lofton is 4-for-4 for the Indians, while Sandy Alomar has a triple and homer and 3 RBI.

The Mets Bret Saberhagen injures his left knee and will miss the rest of the season.

8th Mariners’ P Brad Holman is struck in the forehead by a line drive off the bat of Texas’s Mario Diaz. The Rangers win the game, 7-1, and Holman suffers a fractured sinus cavity. Ken Griffey Jr. makes an error in the contest, breaking his AL record string of 573 consecutive chances without a miscue.

Cleveland OF Albert Belle drives home 2 runs with a sacrifice fly as the Indians lose to Baltimore, 7-6.

10th Mets P Bret Saberhagen admits to having sprayed bleach at 3 reporters on July 27. He agrees to donate one day’s pay—$15,384.61—to the Eye Research Foundation.

The Phillies obtain P Bobby Thigpen from the White Sox in exchange for P Jose DeLeon.

After Gregg Jefferies hits into a triple play in the top of the 8th, the Cardinals come back from a half hour rain delay to score 2 in the 9th. Brian Jordan hits his second homer of the game and Mark Whiten follows suit with a homer, both off Joel Johnson. St. Louis wins, 4-2 over Pittsburgh.

In his second start with Chicago, Tim Belcher fires a 2-hitter as the White Sox beat the visiting A’s, 4-0. Brent Gates has both hits for Oakland, while Ellis Burks has a double and 3 RBI for Chicago.

11th Tigers OF Dan Gladden hits a grand slam in Detroit’s 15-5 win over the Orioles. Gladden also hit a grand slam in yesterday’s game against Baltimore, making him the 14th player in history to do so in consecutive games. Earlier this year, Mike Blowers became the 13th player to match the mark.

12th The Tigers defeat the Orioles, 17-11, as C Chad Kreuter hits a grand slam. It marks the 3rd consecutive game in which a Tiger hits a grand slam, tying a major league record set by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1978.  The 2 teams combine for 37 hits.  Travis Fryman is the only one with 4 hits, including 3 doubles.  Twelve players score for the Tigers, one short of the AL record, and 7 for the O’s.

     At Comiskey, Kevin Appier (13-6) outduels Jack McDowell (18-7) as the Royals stop the White Sox, 4-2.  Tim Raines belts a solo homer in the 1st inning for his 2,000 career hit.

An all-night owners meeting in Kohler, Wisconsin fails to produce an agreement on revenue sharing among clubs.

13th Rickey Henderson, recently traded to Toronto by Oakland, gives teammate Turner Ward $25,000 for uniform No. 24. Henderson had complained that he was having trouble hitting with No. 14 on his back. It doesn’t work today as Rickey goes 0-for-4 in Toronto’s 5-2 loss to Boston.

14th Chicago’s Alex Fernandez (14-6) allows 2 hits in beating the Royals, 4-1. A single in the 1st and a homer in the 2nd are the only hits. He retires 22 batters in a row and after a 2-out walk in the 9th, turns it over to Scott Radinsky for a final out. Robin Ventura homers off David Cone.

15th Twins’ OF Kirby Puckett gets 5 hits, including a pair of 2-run HRs, in Minnesota’s 12-5 win over Oakland.

At Chicago, the Giants Barry Bonds and Matt Williams slug back-to-back homers twice to beat the Cubs, 9–7. The second pair come in the 11th inning off Randy Myers.

The Twins trade 3B Mike Pagliarulo to the Orioles for P Erik Schullstrom.

17th The Class A Bellingham Mariners score 17 runs in the 3rd inning of their 25-2 win over Spokane.

The Reds trade 1B Randy Milligan to the Indians in exchange for a player to be named.

18th Boston P Danny Darwin hurls a 1-hit, 5-0 shutout over the visiting White Sox. Dan Pasqua’s triple with 1 out in the 8th inning is Chicago’s only safety.

19th  The Phils lose, 6–5, to the Expos when John Kruk makes a 9th inning error. With their 2nd loss in three games to Montreal, the Phils lead drops to 4 games with 11 to play. Their biggest lead has been 11 1/2 games.

20thCandy is dandy but we’d rather have Glenallen Hill. The Indians trade Candy Maldonado to the Cubs for Hill, who will have two productive stints in Chicago.

21st The Tigers trade OF Rob Deer to the Red Sox for a player to be named. Deer will homer tomorrow in his first at bat for the Sox in a 3–2 loss to the Indians.

After allowing a homer in a 3–2 loss to Houston, Phils pitcher Terry Mulholland breaks his right hand punching a water cooler. “It’s stupid, but it really would’ve been stupid if I had hit it with my left hand,” responds the southpaw.

22nd Frank Thomas homers off Jim Deshaies and Jack McDowell makes it hold up for his 20th win as the first-place White Sox beat the Twins, 1-0. McDowell is the only 20-game winner in the AL this year.

23rd Toronto OF Joe Carter slugs 3 HRs in the Blue Jays’ 9-8 loss to the Indians. It is the 5th time in his career that he has homered 3 times in a game, setting an AL record.

24th The Padres score 13 runs in the first inning against the Cardinals, 8 off starter Allen Watson (6-1), who will finish the year at 6-7.  They win, 17–4, as they outhomer the Cards, 5-2. It is the fourth time the Birds have given up 13 runs in a frame. Reliever Todd Burns surrenders 4 homers, becoming just the second Cardinal reliever to serve up that many (Johnny Stuart, June 22, 1925).

In the battle of the division tail enders, Milwaukee OF Kevin Reimer is 6-for-6 and scores 4 runs in the Brewers’ 7–6, 12 inning win over Oakland in the nightcap of 2.  The Brew Crew collects 21 hits.  They have 13 hits in the opener, a 9–2 win in which Reimer is 1-for-2. Milwaukee trails 2–1 until the 7th.

The Phils Danny Jackson beats the Rockies, 4-2, for his 10th win of the year. The Phils have five starters in double figure wins for the first time since 1932.

25th For the second time in 10 days teammates hit back-to-back homers twice in a game.  Fred McGriff and David Justice connect today for the Braves in a 9–1 win over San Francisco. McGriff teamed up with Sheffield in 1992 to accomplish the feat.

26th Mets co-owner Fred Wilpon announces the OF Vince Coleman will remain on “administrative leave” for the rest of the season, but that he is through as a Met.

27th At Atlanta, the Cubs and Braves combine for 6 homers with Chicago emerging with a 9-7 win. Derrick May’s 7th-inning grand slam puts Chicago ahead.

28th Texas OF Juan Gonzalez hits 3 HRs in the Rangers’ 11-1 win over the Orioles.

The Mets sign P Kirk Presley, their top pick in this year’s amateur draft, for $960,000. The pitcher is a distant cousin of Elvis Presley. In 1999, Gerry Hunsicker will recall his decision to draft Presley: “I didn’t make one of the brightest decisions of my career when I passed on a young pitcher out of Ferrum College [Billy Wagner] and chose another who never got out of A ball.”

In Williamsport, Long Beach becomes the first U.S. team to repeat as Little League champions, beating Panama, 3–2.  Long Beach, led by Jeff Burrough’s son, Sean, is just the 3rd team to repeat as champs: Seoul, South Korea in 1984-85 and Monterrey, Mexico, in 1957-58 are the other repeaters.

29th KC’s George Brett steals a base in the Royals’ 5-4 win over the Red Sox, making him only the 3rd player in history with 3,000 hits, 300 HRs, and 200 SBs. Willie Mays and Hank Aaron are the others to accomplish the feat.

30th Oakland P Rich Gossage breaks his right wrist when he trips over a ball bag prior to the Athletics game with Toronto. The Blue Jays beat Oakland, 4-2.

Bill Gullickson pitches 6 innings for the Tigers, who plate 7 runs after he leaves to ensure his win, 13-2 over the Mariners. Gullickson has beaten Seattle ten straight times.

At Wrigley, Rick Wilkens slugs a walkoff grand slam in the 11th as the Cubs top the NL East-leading Phillies, 10-6. For Wilkens, it is his 25th homer.

31st 3B Gary Gaetti of the Royals hits the 239th HR of his career in KC’s 6-5 win over Milwaukee. By doing so, he becomes the all-time HR leader for players who homered in their first big league at bat, moving past Hall of Famer Earl Averill.

In the Orioles 8-2 win over the Angels, Mike Mussina strikes out 6 straight batters. Mike Pagliarulo has 4 hits, including a HR.

The Minnesota Twins defeat the Indians in 22 innings by a score of 5-4 when Pedro Munoz hits a game-ending HR.  It is the 2nd longest game ended by a homer.

The Braves beat the Giants for the 4th straight time and are just 3 1/2 games behind SF in the NL West.   Barry Bonds has 3 singles and his 39th HR, while David Justice drives in 4 runs for the Braves.

At Fenway, Juan Gonzalez hits his 40th HR, off Roger Clemens, in the Rangers 8-1 win over the Red Sox.

Toronto edges the Athletics, 3-2, in 10 innings, pinning the loss on Dennis Eckersley.  They now lead the Yankees by 1.5 games in the Al East.

The Yankees lose to the White Sox, leaders in the AL West, by an 11-3 score. Tim Raines rocks a pair of homers, one from each side of the plate, and drives in 4 runs.

In a flurry of deadline trades, the Reds sent pitchers Johnny Ruffin and Jim Pierce to the White Sox in exchange for P Tim Belcher; The Dodgers trade OF Eric Davis to the Tigers for a player to be named later (P John DeSilva): Davis will be a free agent at the end of the year. The Cardinals trade closer P Lee Smith to the Yankees in exchange for P Richard Batchelor.

1993 September

1stTerry Mulholland beats the Cubs, 4–1, the 149th game in a row the Phils have scored, one short of the NL record set by Pittsburgh 1924-5.

3rdTeam owners vote to split the leagues into three divisions and add a wild-card round to the playoffs for the 1994 season.

After going hitless in his first ML game yesterday, Manny Ramirez unloads for two homers and a double as the Indians whip the Yankees, 7-3, at the Stadium.  Bob Ojeda goes 5.1 innings for his first victory since his March boating accident. The loss leaves the Yankees 2 games behind Toronto, also losers today.

4th Yankees P Jim Abbott (10-11) tosses a no-hitter against the Indians, defeating them by a score of 4-0. Abbott strikes out 3 and walks 5.

The Phillies lose to the Reds by a score of 6-5. In doing so, they set a new NL record by not being shut out in 151 consecutive games. The major league mark of 308 is held by the Yankees.

5th Philadelphia 1B John Kruk walks in his first at bat in the Phils 5-3 win over Cincinnati, giving him 100 free passes for the season. He is the third Phillie to reach the mark this year, making them the first NL team ever to have such a trio.

The White Sox trim the Tigers, 5-3, in Detroit, as Frank Thomas hits his 40th homer of the year and George Bell adds his 10th, a 2-run homer. Thomas is the first White Sox player to hit 40 homers in a season.

At Wrigley, Ryn Thompson breaks up a scoreless tie with an 8th inning homer, and the Mets hand it back to the Cubs when Glenallen Hill belts a pinch 2-run walkoff homer in the 9th for Chicago’s 2-1 win. Jose Bautista (7-2) is the loser.

6th Pitcher Denis Boucher makes his Expos debut in a 4–3 win over Colorado. Boucher and C Joe Siddall form the first all-Canadian battery in modern big league history.

Rafael Palmeiro has his 2nd game this season with 4 extra base hits as he paces the Rangers to an 8-5 victory over the Yankees. Palmeiro has 2 homers and 2 doubles, The two games this season ties a ML record last done by Paul O’Neill, in 1991.

In the Cubs 7-6 win over the Phils, Ryne Sandberg is held hitless, ending his 17–game hitting streak He’ll hit safely in 24 of his last 25 games as his season ends September 13th when he breaks a finger sliding. Steve Buechele, Willie Wilson and Steve Lake hit consecutive homers in the 6th inning off Roger Mason. It is Wilson’s only homer as a Cub.

7th Cardinals OF Mark Whiten ties the major–league record for RBIs in a game with 12 in St. Louis’ 15-2 win over the Reds in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. Whiten hits a record-tying 4 HRs, including a first inning grand slam, in the contest. His only out is a pop out in the 4th. Zeile, who scores 3 in the opener,  scores ahead of Mark 3 times, while Gerald Perry is on base for each of the homers. With 1 RBI in the opener, a 14–13 loss, he also ties Nate Colbert’s mark of 13 RBIs in a doubleheader. Prior to today, Whiten had not homered in 4 weeks. Bob Tewksbury (16-8) is the winner in the Whiten blowout.

Detroit C Chad Kreuter homers from both sides of the plate in the Tigers’ 10-6 win over California. He is the 2nd Tiger this year to perform the feat, joining Mickey Tettleton, who did so on May 7.

8th Houston’s Darryl Kile no-hits the Mets, winning by a score of 7-1. He fans 9 and walks 1. Mets 3B Butch Huskey becomes the third player in history to make his major league debut on the losing end of a no-hitter. Byron Browne and Don Young of the Cubs did so in Sandy Koufax’s perfect game in 1965.

The Pirates trade OF Lonnie Smith to the Orioles in exchange for 2 minor league players to be named.

Felix Fermin has his career day, hitting a single, double and triple and driving in 6 runs as Cleveland rolls to a 15-8 win over the Twins.

Down 5-1 at the Vet, the Cubs plate 7 runs in the 7th inning to defeat the NL-East leading Phils, 8-5. Kevin Roberson’s pinch triple with the bases loaded is the big blow.

9th 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. The loss, the Jays fifth in a row, leaves them tied for first place with the idle Yankees in the AL East.

At Candlestick, the Cardinals score 6 runs in the 6th to power their way to a 9-4 win over the Giants. Todd Zeile celebrates his birthday with a grand slam in the frame.

12th The Twins defeat the Rangers, 4-2, on Nolan Ryan Appreciation Night in Arlington, Texas. Ryan takes the loss for Texas.

Paul Molitor drives in his 100th run of the year in the Blue Jays’ 4-1 win over California. He thus becomes the oldest player in major league history to post his first 100-RBI season.

In a 9–2 win, Houston’s Jeff Bagwell is struck on the left hand by a pitch from the Phils Ben Rivera. He suffers a broken bone and will miss the last 20 games, snapping his consecutive game streak at a club-record 304.

Tony Gwynn, who hasn’t played since September 5, undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery.  Gwynn’s average is a league-leading .358.

13th Royals C Mike McFarlane twice is charged with throwing errors to first base following strikeouts in Kansas City’s 9-0 win over Chicago. Kevin Appier (16–6) throws 7 shutout innings for the win. The loss leaves the Sox just 2.5 games ahead of the Rangers.

The Astros’ game against the Rockies in Colorado is postponed when the Denver area is hit by a late-summer storm which deposits more than 5 inches of snow. Just 24 hours before game time, it had been 92 degrees.

14th Carlos Garcia hits the first pitch of the game, from Chris Hammond, for a homerun and the Pirates beat the Marlins, 1-0, in a 6-inning, rain-shortened game.  Paul Wagner is the winner.  The last first-pitch homer to win a 1-0 game was hit by Pete Rose, in September 1963.

15th The NL announces realignment of its teams into 3 divisions, with Pittsburgh agreeing to move into the Central Division.

16th Dave Winfield of the Twins singles for the 3,000th hit of his career, making him the 19th player to reach that mark. Dennis Eckersley serves up a single in the 9th as Minnesota tops the Athletics by a score of 5–4.

17th The Rockies defeat the Dodgers, 12–3, as they surpass the 4 million mark in attendance, setting a new single season record.

Houston P Pete Harnisch hurls a one-hit 3–0 shutout against the Padres. A questionable bunt single by Jarvis Brown in the 6th is SD’s only safety.

Expos OF Curtis Pride—who is mostly deaf—gets his first major league hit in Montreal’s 8-7, 12-inning win over the Phillies. The Phillies score all 7 in the 6th when they knock out Pedro Martinez. Daulton homers and Dykstra hits a triple in the frame. Mitch Williams walks 2 and gives up a hits in the 12th in losing. Scott is the winner, striking out the side in the 12th.

In a last try for the pennant, the Yankees obtain 40-year-old vet Frank Tanana (7-15) from the Mets for minor league P Kenny Greer. Tanana will go 0–2 to finish out his career at 240–236, and set a ML record for most wins without racking up a 20-win season.

18th The Yankees defeat the Red Sox, 4-3, because of a fan who runs out on the field. With NY trailing, 3-1, with 2 outs and a man on 1st in the 9th inning, Mike Stanley hits a fly ball to left that apparently ends the game. Umpire Tim Welke, however, had called time when the fan bolted onto the field, giving Stanley a second chance. He singled on the next pitch. That was followed by a hit by Wade Boggs, a walk to Dion James, and a single by Don Mattingly which drove home the tying and winning runs.

19th In the 9th inning at Oakland, Robin Ventura takes Dennis Eckersley deep with a man on as the White Sox snap a 1-1 tie to win, 3-1. Scott Radinsky (7-2) earns the win in relief of starter Tim Belcher.

20th Giants P Jim Deshaies goes 0-for-2 in a 7-2 win over the Astros. In doing so, he sets a major league record by going 372 career at bats without having an extra-base hit. The old mark had been set by Virgil Barnes.

21stAt Montreal, the Braves swamp the red hot Expos, by a score of 18–5 as the two teams combine to use a record 13 pinch hitters. The Expos, winners of 19 of their last 22 games, and fighting to catch the Phils, use 4 pinch batters, the Braves a record 9.  In the 7th, Bobby Cox decides to rest his regular and sends a record 6 pinch hitters to the plate, including the first 5 batters, another record.

The Rockies win their 63rd game of the year, beating the Padres, 15–4. Colorado (63-90) is now slightly ahead of the expansion Marlins (62-89).  Andres Galarraga is 4-for-6 to raise his average to .381 but must get 502 plate appearances to beat the idle Gwynn for the battling title.

Todd Stottlemyre shuts out the Red Sox on 3 hits, winning 5-0. It is Toronto’s 9th straight win and leaves them 5 games ahead of the Yankees.  Roger Clemens (11-14) takes the loss.

22nd  At the Kingdome, Nolan Ryan gives up the last homer of his career in his final big league appearance, a 1st inning grand slam to Dann Howitt. Ryan leaves the game, after throwing only 28 pitches and recording no outs, with a torn ligament in his right elbow as the Mariners top the Rangers, 7-4. The grand slam, which followed three straight walks, is the 10th that Ryan has served up, a ML record, and Nolan is the only pitcher to serve up a grand slam on his last pitch in his career. Bob Gibson is close, but retired a batter after serving up a slam.

23rd  At Riverfront, the Reds snap a 12-game losing streak with an 11-2 pasting of the Dodgers. Tim Pugh wins his 9th.

24th The Rockies defeat the Reds, 9-2, setting a new NL record for wins by an expansion team with 65.

25th Cincinnati P Jose Rijo shuts out the Rockies, 6-0, on one hit. Charlie Hayes’ broken bat single in the 2nd inning is Colorado’s only hit.

26th Seattle P Randy Johnson strikes out Ruben Sierra of the Athletics for his 300th strikeout of the season, making him the 12th pitcher this century to reach that mark. The Mariners lose to the Athletics, 3-2, in 12 innings.

The Rockies set a season attendance record, reaching 4,483,350 as they defeat the Reds, 12-7.

27th The White Sox clinch the AL West title with a 4-2 win over the visiting Mariners. Bo Jackson connects on a 3-0 pitch in the 6th for a 3-run homer off Dave Fleming to snap a scoreless tie. Wilson Alvarez (15-8) wins his 7th in a row.

28th After 3 unsuccessful attempts, Dennis Martinez of the Expos picks up his 100th NL victory, defeating the Marlins, 3-2. He becomes the 7th pitcher in history to win 100 games in each league, joining Cy Young, Nolan Ryan, Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins, Jim Bunning. and Al Orth.

At Pittsburgh, the Phils clinch the NL East title with a 10–7 win. It is their 46th come-from-behind win this year.

29th Toronto defeats Milwaukee, 9-6, scoring 4 runs in the top of the 9th. Blue Jays 1B John Olerud reaches base 5 times, as does Rob Butler, and ties the AL record for intentional walks in a season with 33: Ted Williams set the record in 1957. Toronto hurler Juan Guzman sets a new league mark for wild pitches in a season. His 2 errant tosses give him a total of 25 for the year, erasing Jack Morris’ record, set in 1987. He fails in his bid to win his 8th straight and stays at 14-3.

The Rockies put in a crimp in the Giants by beating them, 5–3. Darryl Boston has a pair of homers and Nelson Liriano has one to lead the Rockies. The Giants are now tied with the Braves, winners today over Houston.

At Jack Murphy, Reds pitcher Tim Pugh finishes his season with a stellar 8-0 shutout of the Padres. Bill Bean hits a one-out single in the 9th for the only hit off Pugh. Chris Sabo hits his team-high 21st homer of the year in the 5th, a 3-run shot.

30th The Phillies lose to the Pirates, 5-0, suffering their first shutout in 174 games to set a new modern NL record.

1993 October

2nd  At Atlanta, Greg Maddux limits the Rockies to 4 hits, winning 10–1. One of the hits is by Andres Galarraga, and it comes on his 502nd trip to the plate, just qualifying him for the NL batting title at .370.

3rd The Mets score 5 in the 9th and beat the Marlins, 9-2. Dwight Gooden raises his batting average to .200 with a pinch single in the 9th, while journeyman Chico Walker ends his major league career with a 9th inning 2-out solo homer off the Marlins’ Matt Turner. Walker will resurface as a replacement player in 1995, but will be released by the Padres on March 30th. Chuck Carr has his 58th stolen base to lead the NL.

Tommy Glavine outpitches David Nied and the Braves defeat the Rockies, 5–3, thus becoming the first NL team this century to sweep a season series from another team. Atlanta won all 13 contests between the 2 clubs and has won 104 overall. The Giants just miss a one-game playoff, finishing with 103 wins.

The Royals defeat the Rangers, 4-1, in the final game at Arlington Stadium, before a crowd of 41,039. The Rangers will move into their new stadium next season.

Toronto’s Joe Carter connect twice for homers in the 8-run 2nd inning as the Jays beat the Orioles, 11-6. For the first time in 100 years, teammates finish 1-2-3 in the race for the league batting title. Toronto’s John Olerud wins the crown with an average of .363, followed by Paul Molitor at .332 and Roberto Alomar at .326. Alomar is 3-for-4 in the game with 5 RBIs.

Jason Bere (7 IP) wins his 12th as the White Sox shut out the Indians, 4-0, in the last game played at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium.  A crowd of 72,390 are on hand to see Mel Harder throw out the first pitch. Harder pitched the first game at the park on July 31, 1932, before a crowd of 80,184. Bob Hope, who once appeared on a 1963 cover of Sports Illustrated wearing an Indians uniform, makes an appearance and sings, “Thanks for the Memories.” The stadium will be razed 1996 to make way for a new home of the Cleveland Browns.

4th AL owners unanimously approve the sale of the Orioles to attorney Peter Angelos and his partners.

5th The Astros fire manager Art Howe. Former Astros star Bob Watson is named Houston’s GM, becoming the first black to hold that position in the major leagues.

The Blue Jays take Game 1 of the ALCS, defeating the White Sox by a score of 7-3. Paul Molitor and Ed Sprague each have 4 hits for the winners as Juan Guzman notches the win.

6th Toronto goes up 2-games-to-0 by beating Chicago, 3-1, in Game 2 of the ALCS behind Dave Stewart.

The Phillies take the opener of the NLCS, besting the Braves by a score of 4-3 in 10 innings. Kim Batiste’s single is the deciding hit.

The Cubs fire manager Jim Lefebvre.

7th The Braves even the NLCS at 1 game apiece by mauling the Phillies, 14-3, on 16 hits. The 14 runs are an LCS record. Terry Pendleton, Fred McGriff, Jeff Blauser, and Damon Berryhill each homer for Atlanta, as Greg Maddux cruises to the win.  McGriff’s dinger is upper deck.

The New York office of consumer affairs files civil charges against Hall of Fame C Johnny Bench, for allegedly making misleading claims while on the Home Shopping Network. In December, Bench will pay $5,000 to settle the case.

8th Wilson Alvarez’s complete game 6-1 victory gives Chicago its first win in the ALCS.

9th The Braves go up a game in the NLCS with a 9-4 victory. Philadelphia’s John Kruk hits the game’s only HR and triple, but Tom Glavine gets the win.

The White Sox even the ALCS at 2 games apiece with a 7-4 win over Toronto. Lance Johnson homers and triples for Chicago, and Frank Thomas also clouts a 4-bagger. With his HR, Johnson becomes the first non-pitcher in history to hit a HR in ALCS play without having hit one any in the regular season.

10th The Phillies even the NLCS as Danny Jackson is victorious in a 2-1 pitcher’s duel with John Smoltz. Jackson also drives in the winning run with a 4th inning single.

Despite homers by Ellis Burks and Robin Ventura, the Blue Jays take Game 5 of the ALCS with a 5-3 win. Roberto Alomar strokes 3 hits to back Juan Guzman’s 2nd win of the series.

11th The Phillies notch their 2nd 4-3, 10-inning victory of the NLCS and take a 3-games-to-2 lead over the Braves. Lenny Dykstra’s homer off Mark Wohlers is the winning hit, while Darren Daulton also knocks a round-tripper. Exactly 7 years ago, Dykstra hit a 10th inning HR to beat the Astros in the NLCS.

12th Toronto captures the AL pennant with a 6-3 win in Game 6 of the ALCS,. Dave Stewart gets the win for the Blue Jays, giving him an 8-0 record in ALCS play. Devon White homers for Toronto.

13th The combined pitching of Tommy Greene and Mitch Williams give the Phillies a 6-3 win over the Braves and the NL pennant. Dave Hollins hits a 2-run homer for the winners, while Mickey Morandini and Darren Daulton also drive in 2 runs each. Curt Schilling is named the NLCS MVP despite no victories: he gave up just 3 earned runs and struck out 19 in 16 innings.

The Cubs name Tom Trebelhorn as manager, replacing Jim Lefebvre.

16th In the WS opener, the Blue Jays defeat the Phils, 8-5, behind HRs by Devon White and John Olerud. Al Leiter gets the win in relief. Olerud’s HR in the 6th breaks a 4–4 tie.

17th  HRs by Jim Eisenreich, a 3 run blast, and Lenny Dykstra lead Philadelphia to a 6-4 win over Toronto to even the Series at a game apiece. Terry Mulholland records the win.

19th Following a 72-minute delay because of rain, the Blue Jays finally take the field against the Phillies and pound out a 10-3 victory in Game 3. Toronto’s 13 hits include a HR and triple by Paul Molitor. Pat Hentgen gets credit for the win.

20th In one of the wildest games in WS history, the Blue Jays come out on top in Game 4 with a 15-14 victory. Toronto’s 6-run rally in the 8th inning is capped by Devon White’s 2-run triple, while Lenny Dykstra hits a pair of homers for the losers. The 29 runs in the WS eclipses the 22 scored in a 1936 WS game.

21st In sharp contrast to Game 4, the pitchers are in control of Game 5 of the Series, with Curt Schilling holding Toronto to 5 hits in shutting them down by a count of 2-0. Kevin Stocker’s double in the 2nd inning proves to be decisive.

23rd In a dramatic finish, Joe Carter of the Blue Jays homers off of Mitch Williams with 2 men on base in the bottom of the 9th to give Toronto an 8-6 victory and the World Championship. Lenny Dykstra hits his 4th homer of the Series for the Phils.  Paul Molitor is named the WS MVP.

Mike Piazza is the unanimous choice for NL Rookie of the Year. Selected as a favor to a friend of Lasorda’s on the 62nd round of the 1988 draft,  Piazza is the first rookie since Walt Dropo in 1950 to hit .300, collect 30 homers, and 100 RBIs. No NL rookie has done that since Wally Berger in 1930.

25th  The AL matches the NL by making Tim Salmon the unanimous choice for Rookie of the Year. The Angels outfielder hit .283 with 31 homers and 95 RBIs.

1993 November

1st Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott returns to take over the day-to-day operations of the Reds following her 9-month suspension for using racial and ethnic epithets.

2nd The Indians trade P Heathcliff Slocumb to the Phillies in exchange for OF Ruben Amaro.

The Mariners trade second baseman Bret Boone and P Erik Hanson to the Reds in exchange for P Bobby Ayala and C Dan Wilson.

3rd Cleveland Indians P Cliff Young is killed in a truck crash in Willis, Texas. He is the third Indians pitcher to die this year.

9th The Mariners trade 3B Dave Magadan and cash to the Marlins in exchange for P Jeff Darwin.

17th The Braves trade 1B Brian Hunter to the Pirates in exchange for a player to be named.

19th The Expos acquire P Pedro Martinez from the Dodgers in exchange for second baseman Delino DeShields.

The Rockies sign free agent IF-OF Howard Johnson.

21st The Giants sign free agent P Mark Portugal to a 3-year contract.

22nd The Orioles sign free agent P Sid Fernandez to a 3-year contract.

The Rangers sign free agent 1B Will Clark to a 5-year contract.

24th The Rangers sign free agent P Rick Honeycutt.

The Braves trade P Pete Smith to the Mets in exchange for OF Dave Gallagher.

27th The Astros trade P Xavier Hernandez to the Yankees in exchange for P Domingo Jean and second baseman Andy Stankiewicz.

1993 December

2nd The Indians sign free agent 1B Eddie Murray.

The Phillies trade P Mitch Williams to the Astros in exchange for P Doug Jones and Jeff Juden.

10th The Colorado Silver Bullets are officially recognized as the first all-women’s baseball team in the minor leagues. Sponsored by Coors Brewery, and managed by Phil Niekro, the barnstorming team’s mission is to promote women in baseball at all levels. They will eventually relocate to Atlanta.

12th The Orioles sign free agent 1B Rafael Palmeiro, while the Indians hand free agent Dennis Martinez a two-year contract worth $9 million. With the Expos, Martinez passed up his chance to reach the playoffs with the Braves when he nixed an August 25 trade, exercising his veto rights as a 10-and-5 player. Instead he stayed with Montreal and helped them make their run at the Phillies.

13th The Indians release slugger Sam Horn, who had 33 at bats at the end of the season, hitting .455 with 4 homers. The Yankees will sign Sam in a week.

15th The White Sox sign free agent DH Julio Franco.

17th The Athletics sign OF Rickey Henderson.

18th Top Yankees P prospect Brien Taylor injures his shoulder in a fight near his home in North Carolina. The injury will require surgery and cause Taylor to miss the entire 1994 season. Taylor, who signed for a $1.55 million bonus in 1991 will not make it to the majors.

20th The Indians trade SS Felix Fermin and 1B Reggie Jefferson to the Mariners in exchange for SS Omar Vizquel. Vizquel will win 8 of his 11 gold gloves in Cleveland.

The Yankees sign free agent OF Luis Polonia.

The Athletics trade SS Kurt Abbott to the Marlins in exchange for OF Kerwin Moore.

26th The Athletics sign free agent P Dave Righetti.

31st Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement runs out with no new agreement yet signed.

1994 January

5th The Mets trade OF Vince Coleman to the Royals in exchange for OF Kevin McReynolds. For McReynolds, it is his second stint in NY.

6th The Rangers sign free agent pitcher Jay Howell and tomorrow they ink Jack Armstrong.

The Reds sign free agent P Jeff Brantley.

The Rockies sign free agent SS Walt Weiss.

8th The Colorado Silver Bullets, professional baseball’s first women’s team, holds its first public tryouts in Orlando, Florida. An invitation-only tryout was held in Orlando on December 18.

10th Former NL President Chub Feeney dies of a heart attack at age 72.

The Padres sign free agent IF/OF Bip Roberts.

12th Steve Carlton is elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, receiving almost 96% of the vote. Orlando Cepeda falls 7 votes short of the 75% required for election.

13th The Angels sign free agent P Craig Lefferts while the Twins sign free agent P Jim Deshaies.

14th The Orioles sign free agent 3B Chris Sabo.

The Mariners sign free agent P Greg Hibbard.

     The Braves sign free agent IF Bill Pecota to a 2-year contract.

18th Major league owners approve a new revenue-sharing plan keyed to a salary cap, which requires the players’ approval.

19th Major league owners amend the major league agreement, giving complete power to the commissioner on labor negotiations. Bud Selig will continue to act as interim commissioner.

26th The Astros sign free agent 1B Sid Bream.

29th The Orioles sign free agent P Lee Smith.

30th The Royals sign free agent OF Dave Henderson.

31st The Angels sign free agent OF Bo Jackson.


1994 February

3rd Atlanta OF Ron Gant breaks his right leg in a motorbike accident a week after signing the largest single-season contract in history.

7th Basketball superstar Michael Jordan signs a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox. He is invited to spring training with the team as a non-roster player.

The Tigers sign free agent P Tim Belcher.

9th The Ted Williams Retrospective Museum and Library opens in Hernando, Florida.

The Phillies trade P Terry Mulholland and a player to be named to the Yankees in exchange for P Bobby Munoz, second baseman Kevin Jordan, and minor league P Ryan Karp.

11th Milwaukee’s Robin Yount retires after 21 years with the Brewers.

The owners greatly reduce the commissioner’s power to act in “the best interests of baseball.”

15th Ila Borders becomes the first woman to pitch in a college game. Appearing for Southern California College of Cosa Mesa, she 5-hits Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 12-1.

20th Toronto pitchers Dave Stewart and Todd Stottlemyre are arrested following a scuffle with police outside a Tampa nightclub. Both are charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.

25th The veterans committee elects Phil Rizzuto and Leo Durocher to baseball’s Hall of Fame.

1994 March

st Leonard Coleman, executive director of Major League Baseball’s market development department, is elected president of the NL, succeeding Bill White.

3rd Darryl Strawberry comes under investigation by the IRS for allegedly failing to report income from autograph and memorabilia shows.

4th Michael Jordan bounces out to Texas pitcher Darren Oliver in his first at bat in spring training.

9th Phillies 1B John Kruk is diagnosed with testicular cancer.

16th Former Padres P Eric Show dies at age 37 of unknown causes at Rancho L’Abri Drug and Alcohol treatment center near SD.

18th The Braves release OF Ron Gant, who broke his leg in a motorcycle accident.

27th The Orioles trade 1B David Segui to the Mets for P Tom Wegmann and SS Kevin Baez.

29th The Padres trade second baseman Harold Reynolds to the Angels in exchange for P Hilly Hathaway.

30th The Mets trade P Anthony Young to the Cubs in exchange for SS Jose Vizcaino.

31st  The Mets continue dealing by swapping former number one selections with the Tigers. They send pitcher Alan Zinter to Detroit for 1B Rico Brogna. Rico will start at Norfolk but after the Mets bring him up he will hit .351 in 39 games.

1994 April

3rd Cardinals OF Ray Langford hits a HR as the first batter of the 1994 season. St. Louis goes on the defeat Cincinnati, 6-4, with Bob Tewksbury gaining the win.

4th Cubs OF Tuffy Rhodes becomes first NL player to hit 3 HRs on opening day when he connects off Doc Gooden at Wrigley Field, but the Mets beat the Cubs 12-8, with Gooden getting the win over Mike Morgan. Tuffy’s three HRs are consecutive and he adds a single.

Jacobs Field in Cleveland opens with the Indians defeating the Mariners, 4-3, in front of 41,259 fans. Seattle OF Eric Anthony hits the stadium’s first HR, while Eric Plunk notches the first victory in relief.

6th In Toronto, the White Sox win their first of the year, beating the Blue Jays, 9-2, behind 7 innings by starter Wilson Alvarez. Robin Ventura hits 2 homers, one a grand slam, and Darrin Jackson also hits two, one pinch hit. He is the first White Sox player to hit two homers, one pinch hit, in a game.

7th The Marlins score a run in the 1st against Ramon Martinez and make it stand up as they edge the Dodgers, 1-0. Darren Dreifort, the ’93 NCAA Player of the Year at Wichita State and the number 2 pick in last year’s draft, pitches a scoreless 9th for the Dodgers. Dreifort jumped right to the ML without playing in the minors.

8th Braves P Kent Mercker no-hits the Dodgers, 6-0, fanning 10 in the process. It his first complete game in the majors. Chan Ho Park comes on to pitch in the 9th for the Dodgers, becoming the first Korean player to appear in a major league game.

Darryl Strawberry enters the Betty Ford Clinic in Rancho Mirage, California, for 18 days of treatment for substance abuse.

Oakland defeats Minnesota, 15-5, as Geronimo Berroa gets 5 hits, and drives home 5 runs, for the A’s.

11th At the regular season opening of The Ballpark at Arlington, a fan posing for pictures falls from the railing of the right field home run porch. Hollye Minter falls some 35 feet and breaks her right arm, ribs, and several bones in her neck. The Brewers go on to defeat the Rangers, 4-3.

12th Boston 3B Scott Cooper hits for the cycle while going 5-for-6 in the Red Sox’ 22-11 victory over KC. It is the most runs ever scored in a game against the Royals.

13th Montreal P Pedro Martinez’s bid for a perfect game, in only his 5th major league start, goes down the tubes as he hits Reds OF Reggie Sanders on an 0-2 count with 1 out in the 8th inning. Sanders apparently thinks that Martinez did it deliberately and charges the mound, setting off a bench-clearing brawl. When order is restored, Martinez loses his no-hitter when Brian Dorsett singles to lead off the 9th. He does not figure in the decision, as the Reds rally to tie. Montreal wins, 3-2, with a run in the bottom of the inning.

Indians P Derek Lilliquist is credited with Cleveland’s 6-5 win without retiring a batter. With 2 outs in 9th of a 5-5 tie, the runner on 1B, Rex Hudler, is thrown out trying to steal. The Indians go on to score in the 10th to win the game.

15th The Angels rally to score 7 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning against Toronto to tie the game at 13-13. The Blue Jays had scored 5 runs in the top half of the inning to take a 10-3 lead. California pushes across the winning run in the 10th to come out on top with a 14-13 victory.

Beloit Brewers P Kelly Wunsch strikes out 5 batters in the 3rd inning of Beloit’s Class A Midwest League game against the Springfield Sultans. Two of the 5 reach base after striking out on pitches that get away from the catcher. Wunsch loses, but his mitt ends up in Cooperstown.

16th At the opener at Mile High Stadium, Andres Galarraga hits a grand slam in the 5-run 7th as the Rockies top the Expos, 7-3. Prior to the game, Dinger, the official mascot of the Colorado Rockies, is hatched on the field. He is an anthropomorphic purple triceratops.

18th  In a 7-1 win over the visiting Cardinals, Braves hitters Ryan Klesko, Fred McGriff, and David Justice hit back-to-back-to-back homers, all off Rick Sutcliffe.

Tim Raines rocks three homers and scores 5 runs to lead the White Sox to a 12-1 win over the Red Sox. Frank Thomas also homers for the Pale Hose.

19th The Red Sox defeat the Athletics, 13-5, as Mo Vaughn and Tim Naehring twice hit back-to-back HRs. The pair connect off Bob Welch in the 2nd inning and off Carlos Reyes in the 6th.

     In the SkyDome, the Blue Jays belt Kevin Brown (0-4) for career-high 10 runs in 3+ innings en route to a 13-3 shellacking of Texas. Brown allows 12 hits, including a double and 3-run homer to Joe Carter.

Expo OF Larry Walker throws out Giants P John Burkett at 1B on a ground ball into RF. Montreal goes on to defeat San Francisco, 4-3.

21st Cleveland 1B Eddie Murray smacks HRs from both sides of the plate in the Indians’ 10-6 win over the Twins. It is the 11th time that he has performed the feat, breaking the record previously held by Mickey Mantle.

22nd Mo Vaughan’s single in the bottom of the 9th drives in the game-winner as the Red Sox edge the Angels, 6-5. Billy Hatcher’s steal of home with 2 outs in the 7th ties the Angels, 5–5.

23rd Padres’ OF Tony Gwynn gets 5 hits, including a double and HR, in San Diego’s 8-2 win over Philadelphia.

Toronto’s Al Leiter gives up a leadoff HR to Chuck Knoblauch, walks 5, balks 3 times and gives up 5 earned runs in 6+ innings, but still earns the win as the Jays down the Twins, 8-6.  No one will balk 3 times again until 2009. Joe Carter backs Leiter with a double, homer and 3 RBIs.

24th Julio Franco and Robin Ventura twice hit back-to-back HRs in Chicago’s 7-6 loss to Detroit. It is the 17th time it has happened in major league history, and the 2nd time this week.

25th Padres’ P Scott Sanders and OF Derek Bell are arrested in New York on charges of soliciting undercover policewomen posing as prostitutes, prior to San Diego’s game against the Mets. The Padres go on to win the game, 6-3, as Sanders picks up his first career save. Charges against Sanders and Bell will be dismissed in October for lack of evidence.

26th Baltimore OF Brady Anderson gets 4 extra-base hits in his first 4 trips to the plate in the Orioles’ 10-4 win over Oakland. Anderson’s 2 doubles and 2 HRs all come while leading off an inning. His 12 total bases is one shy of the club record. Palmeiro and Hoiles both homer to back Arthur Rhoades.

27th Minnesota P Scott Erickson no-hits the Brewers, 6-0. It is the first no-hitter in the history of the Metrodome. Erickson strikes out 5 while walking 4 in his gem, the first Minnesota no-hitter in 27 years.

Toronto OF Joe Carter sets an new major league record by driving home his 30th run of April with a 1st-inning single in the Blue Jays’ 11-3 loss to Texas. Carter will finish the month with 31.

29th Montreal P Kirk Reuter defeats SD by a score of 3-1. In doing so, he becomes the first major league pitcher since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 to begin his career by winning his first 10 decisions. The all-time record is 12, held by former Giants hurler, Hooks Wiltse, who did so in 1904, and tied by Butch Metzger (1974-76).

Colorado 1B Andres Galarraga sets a new NL record by driving in his 30th run of the month in the Rockies’ 6-5 victory over Chicago. The previous league mark of 29 was held by Dale Murphy and Ron Cey.

30th  The Orioles and Mike Mussina top Seattle and Randy Johnson, 6–4.  The O’s lose rookie Jeffrey Hammonds when he suffers a concussion running into catcher Bill Haselman while trying to score on a sac fly. Jack Voight takes over for Hammonds and is 3-for-5 with a homer.

1994 May

2nd For the first time ever, the Cubs do not don their traditional white uniforms for their game with Cincinnati at Wrigley Field. The change doesn’t help, however, as Chicago records its 11th straight home loss, losing 9-0 to John Smiley while wearing blue jerseys. Smiley allows 2 hits.

At Shea, the Giants drop 9 runs on the Mets in the 3rdinning, and roll to a 10-3 victory. Pitcher Mark Portugal (4-1) allows no runs in 7 innings and has a single and triple in the Giants big inning.  He’ll do it again in 1996.

3rd Phillies P Andy Carter makes his major league debut in Philadelphia’s 8-3 loss to San Diego. Carter faces only 3 batters in relief of Shawn Boskie, hits 2 of them, and is ejected from the game by home plate umpire Jim Quick.

At Denver, Ray Lankford leads off for St. Louis with his 2nd leadoff homer in two games, but that is the Cards scoring. Colorado then plates 10 runs to win, 10-1.

Florida OF Chuck Carr record the first 5-hit game in Marlins history, doing so in the team’s 6-3 win over the Braves. Carr’s 5 singles helps Florida move 2 games over .500 for the first time in their 2-year history.

4th Detroit second baseman Lou Whitaker drives in 7 runs in the Tigers’ 14-7 win over the Rangers. He strokes a 3-run HR in the 3rd inning, and a grand slam in the 8th.

The Cubs end their club record home-losing streak of 12 games by beating the Reds, 5–2. Steve Trachsel is the winner, with help from HRs by Sosa and Eddie Zambrano and a “good luck” goat in attendance.

5th Tampa Yankees DH Edwin Salcedo hits an apparent 430-foot HR in a game against the Brevard County Manatees, but does not even receive credit for a single. Salcedo misses first base while rounding the bases, and is called out on appeal. The Manatees defeat the Yankees, 5-3.

6th  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.

8th Jose Tartabull, Mike Stanley, and Gerald Williams hit back-to-back-to-back HRs for the Yankees in the 6th inning of NY’s 8-4 win over Boston.

Pittsburgh OF Andy Van Slyke goes 8-for-9 in the Pirates’ 9-2 and 9-3 doubleheader sweep of the Cubs. Van Slyke homers and doubles in the first game, while driving in 4 runs.

In their first official game against an all-men’s team, the Colorado Silver Bullets are defeated by the Northern League All-Stars, 19-0. The Bullets are outhit, 21-2, and commit 6 errors in the field.

9th  Central Valley (California League) SS Neifi Perez pulls an unassisted triple play on a line drive.

10th The Braves score 7 runs in the bottom of the 9th to come back from an 8-1 deficit to tie the Phillies. Atlanta goes on to win the game, 9-8 in 15 innings.

12th The Pirates lose to the Phillies, 6-4. In the process, they have 17 runners left on base, just 1 shy of the NL record for a 9-inning game.

13th OF Tim Salmon leads the Angels to an 11-1 win over the Mariners with 5 hits, including 2 HRs. Salmon drive home 5 runs while scoring 4 himself. The 5 safeties give him 13 hits in his last 15 at bats, tying the AL mark for most hits in 3 games set by Joe Cronin in 1933 and tied by Walt Dropo in 1952. His three straight games with four hits in each also ties the two.

14th In only his 2nd major league appearance, Cleveland P Paul Shuey fans 4 batters in the 9th inning of the Tribe’s 9-3 win over Detroit. He becomes only the 10th pitcher in AL history, and the first rookie, to fan 4 in an inning.

15th Six Florida Marlins pitchers combine to shut out the Cubs, 3-0. Starter Chris Hammond gets credit for the victory.

17thSix St. Louis Cardinals pitchers combine to shut out the Pirates on 2 hits, 2-0. It is only the 3rd time in NL history, and the 2nd time in 3 days, that 6 hurlers have combined to blank another team. Tom Urbani gets the win, allowing one hit in 7 1/3 innings.

Pitcher Frank Viola undergoes surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left elbow and will be out for the year.

Marcel Lachemann is named manager of the Angels, replacing Buck Rodgers.

18thThe Cincinnati Enquirerquotes Marge Schott as saying she doesn’t want her Reds players to wear earrings, because “only fruits wear earrings.” She will later clarify her statement saying she was “not prejudice against any group, regardless of lifestyle preferences.” Dodger P Roger McDowell buys earrings for the whole team and they will wear them in the clubhouse in Cincinnati: Lasorda doesn’t allow them to wear them on the field.

The Dodgers beat the Rockies, 8-2, behind Orel Hirshiser’s 8 strong innings.  Batting for Hirshiser, Garey Ingram hits a pinch homer on his first ML at bat. He’ll have just 3 career HRs.

Japanese P Hiromi Makihara of the Yomiuri Giants pitches a perfect game, 6–0 win over the Hiroshima Toyo Carp.  It is the 15th perfect game in Japanese baseball history.

20th Minnesota OF Kirby Puckett’s 7 RBIs leads the Twins to a 21-2 victory over the Red Sox. Minnesota scores 11 times in the 5th inning to put the game away. Rookie OF Andy Tomberlin hurls the last 2 innings for the Sox, and allows just 1 hit and no runs. This is Tomberlin only mound appearance so he finishes with an ERA of zero.

The Mariners fall just short of matching the Twins by defeating the Rangers by a score of 19-2. Five Mariners hit HRs as Seattle knocks out 21 hits in setting a team record for runs scored.

22nd Kansas City P David Cone hurls a 1-hit, 4-0 shutout over the Angels. Chili Davis’ opposite-field single in the 5th inning is California’s only safety.

At Joe Robbie Stadium, Cards pitcher Allen Watson puts himself in a hole by given up three consecutive homers in the 2nd inning to Everett, Renteria and Conine. He walks 2 batters before 2 of the gophers. Watson then plunks Orestes Destrade prompting a melee and ejections. Watson gets tossed along with Destrade, pitcher Luis Aquino and OF Bernard Gilkey. Down 7-2 the Cards plate 4 runs in the 6th and another 4 in the 9th to salvage a 10-9 win.  Luis Alicea has 5 hits and scores twice Gregg Jeffries has a homer and double good for 3 RBIs.  Watson will be suspended for 10 games for his HBP, while Destrade will find out in 3 days that he gets a 4-game suspension. He also finds out that he and his .208 average are being sent to the minors: when he refuses, he will be given his release on June 2 and never make it back to the majors.  Today’s 1-for-1 is his swan song.

At Wrigley Field, Derrick Lee greets Rod Beck’s appearance with a homerun in the bottom of the 11th as the Cubs down the Giants, 6-5. It is the second game in three days the Cubs have won in the 11th.

24thAt home, the Cardinals set a new ML record for futility by leaving 16 runners left on base in a shutout, a 4–0 loss to the Phils.  This is two more strandees than the NL mark, and one more than the AL record.  The Cards collect 9 hits and 8 walks to strand runners in every inning but the first. At the end of the 8 innings the game is scoreless, but new Cards reliever Mike Perez gives up 2 hits and a walk, then a 3-run homer to Pete Incaviglia. The old record of 15 runners left on base in a shutout had been done 4 times, the last on May 12, 1975. The Mariners in 1998 will match the Cards futility and set the AL record.

25th Royals’ P Kevin Appier strikes out 13 Rangers in only 5 2/3 innings in KC’s 8-3 victory over Texas. According to records traced back to 1986, no other pitcher in that time had pitched less than 6 innings in a game and had that many strikeouts. Appier is removed from the contest since he had thrown 108 pitches, and had had to sit through a 49-minute rain delay. Appier’s record will be broken by Detroit’s Max Scherzer in 2010.

The Dodgers release OF Darryl Strawberry.

27th The Silver Bullets defeat the Richfield Rockets, 7-2, before a crowd of 3,954, in what is believed to be the first victory by a women’s pro team over a men’s squad. Lee Anne Ketcham fans 14 for the Silver Bullets.

28th In a wild one at the Metrodome, the Twins prevail over the Tigers, 10-9, in 10 innings. Steve Dunn’s RBI double in the 10th is the decider.  Kirk Gibson hits a pinch 3-run homer in the 7th, then adds another homer in the 9th: Frank Howard is the only other Tigers to accomplish that feat.

29th The Braves trade OF Deion Sanders to the Reds in exchange for OF Roberto Kelly and minor league P Roger Etheridge.

30th At Yankee Stadium, the White Sox stop the Yankees, 7-2, as Scott Sanderson (4-0) pitches 7 innings. Darrin Jackson hits a 3-run homer and Lance Johnson has 4 hits, including a pair of triples. Johnson will again lead the AL in triples this year, doing it for the fourth straight time.  He is the only player to lead in triples four consecutive years.

31st KC OF Brian McRae strokes 5 hits in the Royals’ 9-7 win over Boston.

The Padres score 13 runs in the 2nd inning of their 15-5 victory over the Pirates.

The Red Sox trade OF Billy Hatcher and P Paul Quantrill to the Phillies in exchange for OF Wes Chamberlain and minor league P Mike Sullivan.

1994 June

1st Detroit 3B Travis Fryman strokes 5 hits in the Tigers’ 11-3 win over the Orioles.

2nd The NY Mets select Florida State P Paul Wilson with the first pick in the amateur draft. OF Ben Grieve is selected 2nd by the Oakland Athletics. The Brewers Sal Bando, a former ASU third baseman, picks another ASU 3rd sacker, Antone Williamson, with Milwaukee’s the 4th pick overall. The Brewers do find a good 5th round pick in Steve Woodard. The Marlins use the 5th overall on Josh Booty, rated the top high school QB in the nation. Booty will sign with the Fish for $1.6 million, hit .198 in 4 years in the minors, have a cup of coffee with the Marlins, and return to college football. The Dodgers pick Paul Konerko with the 13th overall pick, while Carlton Loewer is taken by the Phils with the 23rd pick. The Royals take Jose Rosado on the 12th round. Boston ends up with the best draft, taking Nomar Garciaparra (1st round, 12th pick), Brian Rose (3rd round), Brian Barkley (5th), Damien Sapp (10th), Donie Sadler (11th), and Carl Pavano (18th). The Twins pick Corey Koskie on the 26th round. On a draft-and-follow, the Cubs take Kyle Farnsworth on the 47th round. The Rockies use their first round pick to take Doug Million, high school player of the year, but they miss a PR bet by not signing him for a million ($905,000).  Million will die of a severe asthma attack at age 21.

4th Minnesota OF Pedro Munoz drives in 7 runs to lead the Twins to a 21-7 win over Detroit. Minnesota becomes the first team since the 1950 Red Sox to score more than 20 runs in a game 2 times in the same season. They had previously beaten Boston, 21-2, on May 20.

5th OF Alex Ochoa and 1B Brent Miller, of the Class AA Bowie Baysox, each homer twice in the 4th inning of Bowie’s 28-10 win over the Harrisburg Senators. It is only the 3rd time in minor league history that 2 players from the same team have homered in the same inning. A total of 11 HRs are hit in the game, including 7 by the Baysox.

     The International Baseball Association votes down a proposal to allow open competition in IBA events such as the world championships and the Olympics.

6th At Texas, Bernie Williams puts a capper on the Yankees scoring with a 9th inning grand slam off Darren Oliver, his second homer of the game, as New York trounces the Rangers, 17-7. Bernie drives in 7 runs. Mike Stanley has 3 RBIs and Wade Boggs hits a 3-run homer. The Yankees lead the AL East by 3.5 games.

7th Toronto defeats Chicago, 9-5, stopping Wilson Alvarez’s winning streak at 15 games. Bo Jackson drives home all 5 of the White Sox runs. Alvarez falls 2 short of the AL record held jointly by Johnny Allen and Dave McNally.

8th AL owners elect Gene Budig as league president, replacing Bobby Brown.

11th Detroit defeats California by a score of 11-5 as OF Kirk Gibson drives home 7 of the runs on a pair of homers, including a 9th inning grand slam off Mike Butcher.

13th Texas trounces Seattle, 17-9, as DH Jose Canseco drives home 8 runs with 5 hits. Canseco counts 3 HRs among his safeties. Ken Griffey, Jr. almost matches Jose as he drives in 6 runs, 4 on a grand slam. Not since June 1984 have two opponents each knocked in 6 or more runs.

Colorado beats Atlanta, 7-2, marking the Rockies first victory ever over the Braves after 16 consecutive defeats. Former Atlanta pitcher Marvin Freeman gets the win.

Montreal P Jeff Fassero loses a no-hitter with 2 outs in the 9th inning as Pittsburgh second baseman Carlos Garcia singles. SS Jay Bell follows with a HR, but the Expos hold on for a 10-2 victory.

Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg announces his retirement, effective immediately.

14th Baseball owners make a salary cap proposal, asking players to split revenue 50-50. Salary arbitration would be eliminated, and free agency for players reached after 4 years in the majors instead of 6. The players will reject the proposal on June 18th.

16th Trailing 6–4 going into the bottom of the 9th, the Indians rally to tie the game, then win it 7–6 when Albert Belle smacks an RBI-double to left center.  The Sox elected to pitch to Belle with first base open. The win is Cleveland’s 15th consecutive home victory.

The Pirates defeat the Cardinals, 7-5 in 10 innings, in a game which sees St. Louis turn an NL-record-tying 7 double plays.

The Red Sox trade C Dave Valle to the Brewers in exchange for OF Tom Brunansky.

17th Seattle defeats KC, 5-1, as Ken Griffey Jr. socks his 30th HR of the season. In doing so, he joins Babe Ruth as the only players to have hit 30 homers before June 30. Ruth did so in both 1928 and 1930.

Atlanta defeats Cincinnati, 6-5, to give Braves’ manager Bobby Cox his 1,000th career victory.

19th The Reds score 7 runs in the first inning and go on to defeat Atlanta, 12-4, using a 20-hit attack for the second day in a row. Hal Morris, Kevin Mitchell, Jeff Branson, and Eddie Taubensee all homer off Braves’ starter John Smoltz in the frame, as the Atlanta hurler becomes the 14th pitcher in major league history to surrender 4 round-trippers in a single inning. He also allows 20 total bases, a 20th century NL record. Atlanta adds a homer to match the 2-team homerun mark for one inning.

Detroit beats Toronto by a score of 3-1. Mickey Tettleton homers for the Tigers, marking the 25th consecutive game in which a Detroit player had hit a round-tripper. That ties the major league record held by the 1941 Yankees. Cleveland’s Charles Nagy and Eric Plunk will stop the streak tomorrow.

The Giants sign OF Darryl Strawberry, recently released from a drug rehabilitation program in California, and then released by the Dodgers.

20th Umpires Dana DeMuth, Tom Hallion, Paul Runge, and Angel Hernandez work the Atlanta-NY game wearing shorts and Braves T-shirts and caps. The umps regular equipment was lost in transit. The Braves win the game, 7-3.

21st The Red Sox score 10 times in the top of the first inning as they go on to defeat the Blue Jays, 13-1.

At Tiger Stadium, the Tigers score 6 runs in the 9th inning to come back on the Indians and win, 7-5. Lou Whitaker’s walkoff grand slam, off Derek Lilliquist, caps the scoring.  Joe Boever (6-0) is the happy winner.

22nd OF Ken Griffey Jr. leads the Mariners to a 12-3 win over the Angels by stroking his 31st HR of the season. In doing so, Griffey breaks Babe Ruth’s record for most HRs before the end of June, set by the Babe in 1926 and 1930.

The Mets Pete Smith gives up homers to the first two Atlanta batters, Roberto Kelly and Jeff Blauser, then settles down as the Mets win, 5-2, beating Greg Maddux. John Franco picks up his 253rd save, the most by a left hander.

After two straight losses, White Sox pitcher Wilson Alvarez beats Texas, 4-0. Alvarez had set a club record with 15 straight wins earlier.

23rd Oakland P Bobby Witt narrowly misses hurling a perfect game, defeating KC on a 4-0, 1-hitter. Umpire Gary Cederstrom calls Greg Gagne safe on a close play at 1st in the 6th inning, for the Royals only hit, but TV replays show that Gagne was out. The play went 1B Troy Neel to Witt covering. Witt fans 14 and does not walk a batter in his masterpiece.

The Reds defeat the Giants, 7-5, in a contest that sees SF P Pat Gomez throw 3 consecutive wild pitches in the 8th inning. Gomez’s next pitch, like the 3 previous ones, bounces in the dirt, but C Kirt Manwaring is able to block it, preventing Gomez from becoming just the 3rd pitcher ever to throw 4 wild pitches in an inning.

The Senate Judiciary Committee fails to approve antitrust legislation by a vote of 10-7. According to Donald Fehr, executive director of the Major League Players Association, the action leaves the players with little choice but to strike.

A brawl during a Class A Florida State League game between the Port Charlotte Rangers and the West Palm Beach Expos results in a record $4,425 in fines, and 44 suspensions. With both benches and bullpens emptying, the only players who escaped without fines or suspensions are either in the clubhouse or not at the game.

24th Aided by a 9-run 6th inning, Houston goes on to defeat the Dodgers, 16-4. 1B Jeff Bagwell drives home 6 of the Astros’ runs as he slugs 3 homers, including 2 in the 6th inning. He is the 28th player in major league history to homer twice in the same inning. He leads the NL in RBI with 74.

At Jacobs Field, the Yankees and Cleveland battle to a 9-5 score at the end of 7 innings when a curfew calls the game at 1:18 a.m.  There are a total of 3:10 in rain delays counting the delay to start the game. The game will be completed tomorrow with the Yankees winning 11-6 in a game that takes 4:03 in total to play, a Cleveland team record. Not to be outdone, the two teams play to a 12-11 Yankee win on the following day in a game that takes exactly 4:03 to play.  The two teams total 11 runs scored in the 8th.

25th At Shea, the Pirates beat the Mets, 3–1, behind Zane Smith. Brett Saberhagen (7-4) gives up a 3-run homer to Orlando Merced in the 4th for all the Buc scoring. Saberhagen will win his next 7 decisions.

27th The Cubs defeat the Pirates, 2-1, as P Randy Myers records his 200th career save. He is only the 3rd left-hander to reach the mark.

28th Oakland P Bobby Witt follows up his 1-hit shutout over the Royals with a 2-hit whitewashing of the Angels, winning by a score of 3-0.

Before a crowd of 55,021, the Rockies split a pair with the visiting Padres. The Rocks outslug the Pads to win the opener, 10–9, as the 2 teams combine for 6 homers. No balls leave the park in game 2, an 11–3 Padre win. San Diego scores a (post 1893) NL record 9 runs in the 11th, and the 10 runs in the inning by 2 teams is one short of the NL mark.

The Phils injury plagued C Darren Daulton suffers another season-ending injury when he uses his left collarbone to catcher a foul tip off the bat of Jeff Conine. Daulton will be out the rest of the season. Florida beats the Phils, 2–1, as Jeff Mutis wins his first and only game in the NL.

Mets P Dwight Gooden receives a 60-day suspension for violating terms of his drug aftercare program.

29th The Dodgers defeat the Giants, 6-2, as SF 3B Matt Williams homers off Ramon Martinez in the 4th inning. It is Williams’ 29th HR of the season, breaking Willie Stargell’s NL mark for homers before July.

The A’s Scott Brosius hits a game-ending HR in the 9th off the Angels Chuck Finley to give Oakland a 1-0 win.

30th In Montreal’s 7-3 victory over the Giants, SF OF Darren Lewis commits an error, allowing Cliff Floyd’s base hit to skip under his glove. It is Lewis’ first error in 392 major league games (938 chances), and his first since May 10, 1991, at Triple-A Phoenix.

1994 July

1st The Orioles and Angels combine to hit a major league record-tying 11 HRs in a contest won by Baltimore, 14-7. The Orioles smash 6 of the round-trippers and the Angels hit 5. It is the 8th 11-HR game in history. Surprisingly, none of the homers go as far as 400 feet.

2nd Seattle OF Ken Griffey Jr. leads the Mariners to a 12-6 win over the Yankees by getting 5 singles.

3rd The Mets’ Rico Brogna breaks up Andy Benes’ no-hit bid with a double in the 8th inning.  The Padres win, 7–0, as Benes fans 13 and walks only 1 in his 1-hitter. He also drives home 3 runs with a double of his own.

Athletics P Bobby Witt hurls his 3rd consecutive shutout, defeating the Red Sox, 10-0 on a 6-hitter.

The Indians retire Larry Doby’s uniform number 47 years after he broke the AL color line.

4thAt Wrigley Field, Dante Bichette hits a 2-run double in the 15th, off Randy Myers, to give the Rockies a 4–2 win over the Cubs. Bichette has another RBI in the 11th while the first score comes on Eric Young’s leadoff HR. Bruce Walton wins his first and last NL decision and finishes his career 2–0.

5th Toronto 3B Darnell Coles leads the Blue Jays to a 14-3 win over Minnesota by stroking 3 homers and driving home 4 runs.

California C Chris Turner leads the Angels to a 10-3 win over Boston. Entering the game batting only .138, Turner strokes 5 hits, including a pair of doubles, and gets 2 RBIs. With a 2nd-inning theft, he also becomes the first Angel catcher ever to steal home.

7th Pittsburgh C Don Slaught gets 5 hits, but it’s not enough to keep the Pirates from losing to the Reds, 8-7. His 5 safeties include a pair of doubles.

8th In Seattle’s 7-4 win over Boston, Red Sox SS John Valentin turns the 10th unassisted triple play in major league history. In the 2nd inning, he catches a line drive off the bat of Marc Newfield, steps on 2nd base to retire Mike Blowers, then tags runner Keith Mitchell who is heading for 2nd. Valentin then homers in the bottom of the 2nd. Blue chipper Alex Rodriguez, 18, is 0-for-3 in his ML debut, but makes a long throw to start a DP.

9th  Alex Rodriguez, the first draft pick in 1993, has his first 2 ML hits in Seattle’s 7–4 win over Boston. Rodriguez is the youngest player to start in the majors since C Brian Milner for Toronto, June 23, 1978.

11th The Pirates unveil a statue of Roberto Clemente outside Three Rivers Stadium.

12th Moises Alou’s double in the 10th inning gives the NL an 8-7 victory over the AL in the All-Star Game. The NL is now a perfect 9-0 in extra-inning contests. Houston P John Hudek becomes the first P in history to appear in an All-Star Game before recording a major league victory. Fred McGriff, whose 2-run homer in the 9th inning tied the score, takes MVP honors.

14th Chicago’s Alex Fernandez strikes out 12 innings to win his 8th straight game, defeating Cleveland, 6–3. The White Sox move ahead of the Tribe by 1/2 game in the AL Central.

The Twins lose to the Brewers, 6-4, in the Metrodome. During the course of the game, 2 balls hit off the ceiling of the stadium—a Kent Hrbek fly ball which drops for a double, and a Pedro Munoz popup, caught by Milwaukee 1B Kevin Seitzer.

St. Louis SS Ozzie Smith records 4 assists in the Cardinals’ 8-1 loss to Colorado, moving him past Luis Aparicio and into first place on the all-time list.

Whoops. Blue Jay outfielder Joe Carter appears with his uniform spelling “Torotno”. The uniform maker Wilson is to blame.

15th  In game 2 against the Padres, the Mets Bret Saberhagen goes 10 innings, striking out 11, giving up 5 hits and allowing no runs. Consistent with his record-setting season, he walks none. He’ll end up with more wins than walks, 14 to 13.

In the first inning at Comiskey Park, Sox manager Gene Lamont accuses Indian slugger Albert Belle of using a corked bat, and umpire Dave Phillips confiscates the bat and stores it in the ump’s dressing room. In a Mission Impossible caper revealed in 1999, the Indians Jason Grimsley crawls 100 feet along a ceiling, drops down into the dressing room, and exchanges Belle’s bat for one of Paul Sorrento’s.  After the 3–2 Indian’s win, the switch is discovered to the consternation of the umps and the White Sox. The Indians subsequently turn over one of Belle’s bats and Belle is given a 10-day suspension, later reduced to 7 games.

16th At Comiskey Park, the Indians win their 2nd straight game, 2-0, behind Dennis Martinez. Tomorrow, Chicago will hammer Jack Morris, 5–2, to move back into first place by two percentage points.

Detroit defeats KC, 13-7, despite 5 hits, all singles, by Royals’ 1B Wally Joyner. Travis Fryman’s grand slam powers the Tigers.

17th Colorado draws 61,972 fans to its 10-6 win over St. Louis, establishing a major league record for attendance for a 4-game set with 259,113. Dante Bichette hits his second grand slam in the past month, a 3rd-inning shot off Rick Sutcliffe.

The Richmond Braves defeat the Norfolk Tides, 3-2 in 12 innings, in a Class AAA International League game. The contest is marked by a brawl in the 8th inning in which both dugouts empty and 1 player is ejected. A new anti-fighting policy in the minors mandates fines and suspensions for any player who leaves his position, the dugout, or the bullpen during a fight. IL president suspends and fines 35 players for their actions.

18th The Houston Astros spot the visiting St. Louis Cardinals an 11-run lead after 3 innings, but rally to win 15–12. The Astros score 11 runs in the 6th on the way to matching the largest comeback in NL history. Jeff Bagwell has a double and homer and Andujar Cedeno is 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs. Mike Hampton gets the win with two shutout innings.

At Shea, the Dodgers go 10 innings to edge the Mets, 7-6. Tim Wallach drives in 6 runs for the Dodgers on 2 hits, one his 20th homer of the year. Tom Candiotti, the 2nd of 4 pitchers, goes 7 innings and tosses 127 pitches in his only relief appearance of the year. It is the most pitches thrown by a reliever since 1990 and will not be topped through 2009.

Cleveland OF Albert Belle is suspended for 10 days for using a corked bat in a July 14 game against the White Sox. The suspension will be reduced to 7 days plus a $7,000 fine when Belle agrees to drop his appeal.

The Major League Baseball Players Association rejects the owners’ salary cap proposal as baseball moves a step closer to a strike.

19th Cardinals’ P Vicente Palacios hurls a 1-hit shutout against Houston, defeating the Astros, 10-0. Palacios allows only a 3rd-inning single to Andujar Cedeno and a walk, while striking out 8 batters.

Two hours before the Mariners are scheduled to play the Orioles in the Kingdome, four 15-pound wood-fiber tiles fall from the ceiling of the stadium, landing in the empty seats. The game is postponed indefinitely as an inspection finds that many water-damaged tiles will have to be replaced before baseball can be played there again this season. The M’s would’ve played the final two months on the road if the strike had not occurred.

20th  Mark Grace collects 4 hits, including 3 doubles, as the Cubs beat the Rockies, 9–8. His 3rd double, in the 8th, drives home the game winner.

21st The Phillies trade P Shawn Boskie to the Mariners in exchange for a player to be named (Fred McNair).

22nd Cleveland defeats Chicago, 9-8, as Indians’ third baseman Jim Thome clouts 3 solo HRs. The victory moves the Tribe to within 2 games of the division-leading Chisox.

Mets P Dwight Gooden is admitted to the Betty Ford Center in California for treatment of substance abuse.

24th The Expos defeat the Dodgers, 7-4, as OF Rondell White drives home all 7 runs for Montreal. White strokes 2 singles, a double, and a HR in 5 ABs, as the Expos maintain their 1 1/2 game lead over Atlanta in the NL East.

At the Astrodome, Craig Biggio has a grand slam and 4 RBIs and Jeff Bagwell has a pair of homers and 5 RBIs as the Astros down the Pirates, 13-1. With 4 RBIs yesterday, Bagwell now leads the league with 98.

27th Florida P Charlie Hough is placed on the disabled list due to a degenerative hip condition, ending his 25-year major league career.

28th Texas P Kenny Rogers hurls a perfect game, defeating the Angels, 4-0. Rogers fans 8 in the 11th regular season perfect game in major league history. He becomes the first left-hander in AL history to toss a perfecto and the 14th pitcher in history.

The Players Association executive board approves of August 12 as the date for a strike.

30th Detroit defeats Oakland, 14-2, as Tiger C Chad Kreuter ties a major league record with 3 sacrifice flies. He is the 9th player in history to perform the feat.

The Giants defeat the Rockies by a score of 6-4, as Giants pitcher Rod Beck sets a major league record by converting his 25th save in 25 opportunities. Beck held the previous record of 24 which he set last season.

31st The Giants beat the Rockies, 9-4, as 3B Matt Williams hits his 39th and 40th HRs of the year. This gives him a new NL mark for homers through July. The previous standard was 36. The all-time record of 41 was set by Babe Ruth in 1928, and tied by Jimmie Foxx 4 years later.

Jeff Bagwell’s 36th homer is the only Astro score in their 7–1 loss, but he ties a club record with 29 RBIs for the month. His 105 ribbies through July is the 4th best in NL history.

Steve Carlton, Leo Durocher, and Phil Rizzuto are inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame.

The Phillies trade OF Milt Thompson to the Astrosin exchange for P Tom Edens.

1994 August

1st Baltimore’s Cal Ripken becomes the 2nd player in history to appear in 2,000 consecutive games, as the Orioles shut out the Twins, 1-0, behind Arthur Rhodes, who was recalled from Triple-A Rochester just yesterday. Ripken goes hitless in 4 at bats. Cal’s streak will go on hold at 2009 when the strike commences.

In Montreal, the Cards Geronimo Pena hits a 2-out homer in the 9th to tie at 2-2, but Marquis Grissom lines an inside-the-park homer in the 10th to give the Expos a 3-2 victory.

Hostilities between the owners and players heat up. The owners withhold $7.8 million they are obligated to pay the players’ pension and benefit plans.

2nd The Giants lose to the Reds, 9-7, despite 3 HRs from OF Barry Bonds. Bonds picks up 4 ribbies as the Giants fall 2 games behind the Dodgers in the Western Division race. Barry Larkin has a pair of homers and a double for the Reds.

3rd The Reds defeat the Giants, 17-4, on 24 hits as former Giant Kevin Mitchell gets 5 hits and 5 RBIs against his former teammates. Mitchell strokes 2 singles, 2 doubles, and a HR. Brett Boone scores 5 runs. The Reds set the tone in the first inning when the first two batters, Jacob Brumfield and Boone, homer and, after a walk, Mitchell homers.

Wearing 1924 Monarch uniforms, the Royals beat the A’s, 9-5 to run their win streak to 12 games. Bob Hamelin hits his 23rd homer to break Bo Jackson’s club mark for rookies.

At Stade Olympique, the Expos clip the Cardinals, 8-3, as three players hit solo homers and Larry Walker hits 3 doubles. Walker will add one more to finish the year with a NL high 44 doubles. He is the first player in history with 40+ doubles in fewer than 400 at bats.

4th Seattle defeats California, 4-2, as Rich Gossage notches the win in relief. It is Gossage’s 1,000th major league appearance on the mound, making him the 3rd pitcher to ever reach that milestone. Only Hoyt Wilhelm (1,070) and Kent Tekulve (1,050) have gotten into more games as pitchers.

Todd Zeile of the Cardinals hits a grand slam off Mel Rojas in the top of the 9thas St. Louis beats Montreal, 7-3. The Expos score a pair in the bottom of the 9th.

5th Baltimore P Ben McDonald 1-hits Milwaukee, winning by a score of 4-0. McDonald fans 9 and walks 4 in his masterpiece, allowing only a 4th-inning single to Dave Nilsson.

Atlanta 1B Fred McGriff hits a HR in the Braves’ 16-6 win over Cincinnati, making him only the 9th major leaguer in history to hit 30 or more homers in 7 consecutive seasons.

In the Astros 12–4 win over the Giants, Jeff Bagwell is 3-for-4 to set several club records.  His 38th homer is a new mark, his 2 extra base hits give him 71, and his 5 RBIs give him 112 to pass Bob Watson. Bagwell will hit his 39th tomorrow. Bagwell will lead the NL this year with 116 RBI and 104 runs scored, the only player in the league to top the century mark in these two categories.

6th The Mariners defeat the Royals, 11-2, to end KC’s 14-game winning streak, the 2nd longest in club history. KC started the streak in 3rd place, the same spot they’re in today.

Detroit edge Toronto, 3-2, as Blue Jay OF Joe Carter steals second base in the 4th inning. In doing so, he becomes just the 10th player in history to amass 300 HRs and 200 SBs.

Cards lefty Danny Jackson severely sprain his right ankle while running the bases, and will be out the rest of the year. The ligament will not respond to treatment and Jackson will miss the opening of the 1995 season. Jackson underwent thyroid-cancer surgery after the 1993 season and did not react well to the medication. He started the season by losing 9 straight and is at 2–12 now.

7th Pittsburgh SS Jay Bell strokes 5 base hits, including a pair of doubles, leading the Pirates to a 6-5 win over the Cardinals. His single in the bottom of the 9th brings home the winning run.

10th Minnesota OF Kirby Puckett has pair of homers, including a grand slam, and drives in 7 runs as the Twins defeat the Red Sox by a score of 17-7. Rich Rowland has a pair for the Sox. Puckett has 112 ribbies to lead the AL in RBIs.

Saberhagen goes 7+ innings to win his 14th game and his seventh in row as the Mets top the Phillies, 6-2. Saberhagen walks one batter, his 13th of the year, to finish his season with more wins than walks.  The last to do that (with more than 15 decisions) was Slim Sallee, who won 21 while walking 20 in 1919.

11th Seattle defeats Oakland, 8-1, in the final game that will be played this season. Randy Johnson goes the distance for his 13th—and last—win of the year, and Ken Griffey, Jr, backs him with a 2ndinning grand slam off Ron Darling. It is his 40thhomer of the year, tops in the AL.

In a signature performance at Mile High, Greg Maddux shuts out the Rockies on 3 hits, walking none and striking out 7. The Braves win, 13-0, collecting 20 hits, 3 by Maddux.

12th Major league players go out on strike in the third work stoppage in the last 23 years. The dispute with owners centers on a salary cap, salary arbitration, free agency, and minimum salaries.

Starting at 6:20 a.m. WJMP, an Akron, Ohio, sports talk radio station, plays ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’ continuously until noon on October 19, a total of 57,161 times. The station alternates between two versions: a 70-second recording by Tom Chalkley (who teaches cartooning in the Art Workshops at Homewood, Ohio), and a 30-second instrumental version by the Bruce Springstone (no, not Springsteen) band. They are a local group and the music was arranged by Craig Hankin, a director of the Homewood Art Workshops. The total is a Guinness World Record.

17th Two workers involved in repairing the roof of the Kingdome are killed when their basket on a construction crane falls 250 feet to the floor of the stadium.

Former major league 1B Willie Mays Aikens is convicted by a federal jury on four counts of distributing crack cocaine and one count of using a gun in a drug transaction. He could face at least 15 years in prison.

23rd The Butte Copper Kings ended Billings’ 15-game winning streak in a Pioneer League game by a score of 22-21. The game sees a total of 43 runs, 53 hits, and 7 errors recorded.

25th Las Vegas Stars C Kevin Higgins and OF Keith Lockhart both play all 9 positions in the Stars’ 10-7 victory over Tacoma in a Class AAA game.

31st Minnesota OF-DH Dave Winfield is sold to the Indians.

Three-and-a-half hours of negotiations with federal mediators produces no progress in the strike, and no further talks are scheduled as the strike goes into its 4th week.

1994 September

2nd According to acting commissioner Bud Selig, September 9 is the tentative deadline for canceling the rest of the season if no agreement is reached between the owners and players.

9thThe Chicago Cubs hire Andy MacPhail as president/CEO.  He had been GM of the Twins where he won two World Championships (1987, 1991). To compensate the Twins, the Cubs send Class A pitcher Hector Trinidad to Minnesota.

12thAt Harrisburg, Bill Pulsipher of Binghamton (Eastern League) fires a 2-0 playoff no-hitter against Harrisburg. Binghamton evens the series at a game apiece and will win the series, 3 to 1.

14th The remainder of the baseball season is canceled by acting commissioner Bud Selig after 34 days of the players’ strike. There will be no World Series for the first time since 1904.

15th The Mets are informed that P Dwight Gooden is in violation of his aftercare program for substance abuse.

26th The Baltimore Orioles fire manager Johnny Oates.

1994 October

7th The Kansas City Royals name Bob Boone manager.

12th The Texas Rangers fire manager Kevin Kennedy.

14th Bud Selig and Donald Fehr meet with President Clinton at the White House in an effort to reach an agreement concerning the strike.

18th The Boston Red Sox name Kevin Kennedy, fired last week by Texas as their new manager.

19th  For the third year in a row, a Dodger is named Rookie of the Year. Raul Mondesi, like last year’s pick, Mike Piazza, is a unanimous choice. The fleet Dominican OF hit .306 with 16 homers and 16 assists.

21st The Chicago Cubs name Jim Riggleman as manager and the San Diego Padres name Bruce Bochy as manager.

22nd  Bob Hamelin, KC outfielder, easily outpaces Manny Ramirez to win the AL Rookie of the Year award.  Hamelin hit .282 with 24 homers in 101 games, the most he’ll play in his ML career.

1994 November

1st Plans are announced for the new United League, which plans to compete with the existing major leagues.

4th Dwight Gooden receives a year-long suspension for violating his aftercare program. He reportedly has continued to test positive for cocaine.

18th The Indians trade pitchers Dave Mlicki, Jerry Dipoto, Paul Byrd, and a player to be named to the Mets in exchange for OF Jeromy Burnitz and P Joe Roa.

28th The Astros trade P Pete Harnisch to the Mets in exchange for a player to be named.

29th The Marlins trade OF Carl Everett to the Mets in exchange for second baseman Quilvio Veras.

30th The Brewers trade P Doug Henry to the Mets in exchange for Javier Gonzales and infielder Fernando Vina. Vina will play 140 games at 2B and hit .283 while Henry will be 2–8 with the Mets.

1994 December

5th It is announced that Richard Ravitch will step down as negotiator for the owners on December 31.  He resigns tomorrow.

The Rangers sign free agent C Dave Valle to a 2-year contract.

7th The Cardinals trade second baseman Luis Alicea to the Red Sox in exchange for P Nate Minchey and minor league OF Jeff McNeely.

8th Darryl Strawberry and his agent, Eric Goldschmidt, are indicted for allegedly failing to report a half million dollars of income from the sale of autographs at baseball card shows.

9th The Red Sox obtain OF Jose Canseco from the Rangers in exchange for OF Otis Nixon and 3B Luis Ortiz

The Orioles sign free agent C Matt Nokes.

12th The Cardinals sign free agent pitchers Danny Jackson and Tom Henke.

13th The Angels sign free agent P Lee Smith to a 2-year contract. Smith was the AL Fireman of the Year in 1994 with Baltimore.

The Red Sox acquire second baseman Terry Shumpert from the Royals in exchange for a player to be named.

The Rangers sign free agent P Kevin Gross and second baseman Mark McLemore.

14th The Yankees obtain P Jack McDowell from the White Sox in exchange for minor league P Keith Heberling and a player to be named.

The Phillies sign free agent IF Gregg Jefferies to a 4-year contract.

Indians obtain IF/OF Tim Costo from the Reds in exchange for SS Mark Lewis.

Labor talks headed by federal mediator Bill Usery break down.

15th The Yankees sign free agent SS Tony Fernandez.

The owners approve a salary cap plan by a vote of 25-3, but agree to delay implementing it so that another round of talks with the players can be held.

22nd The Giants trade P John Burkett to the Rangers in exchange for minor league 1B/OF Desi Wilson and SS Rich Aurilia.

The Reds sign free agent P Jack Morris.

23rd With negotiations at a standstill, the owners unilaterally implement a salary cap.

28th The Astros obtain OF Derek Bell, IF Ricky Gutierrez, P Pedro Martinez, OF Phil Plantier, and IF Craig Shipley from the Padres in exchange for 3B Ken Caminiti, SS Andujar Cedeno, OF Steve Finley, 1B Roberto Petagine, P Brian Williams, and a player to be named. P Sean Fesh will go to the Padres next May to complete the 12-player deal, the biggest in the major leagues since 1957.

1995 January

1st Major league owners lock out the 64 AL and NL umpires.

4th Five bills aimed at ending the baseball strike are introduced into Congress.

5th According to players’ union chief Donald Fehr, all 835 unsigned major league players are free agents since the owners unilaterally changed the uniform contract.

9th Mike Schmidt is elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

10th Arbitrator Thomas Roberts awards 11 players a total of almost $10 million as a result of collusion charges brought against the owners.

13th Use of replacement players for spring training and regular season games is okayed by baseball’s executive council. Acting commissioner Bud Selig announces, “We are committed to playing the 1995 season and will do so with the best players willing to play.” Those willing will include garbage truck driver, teachers and other hopefuls, but also former major leaguers such as Oli Can Boyd, Doug Sisk, Jeff Stone and Pedro Borbon.  Lennie Randle, 46, out of the majors for 12 years, will hit .333 in 24 spring at bats before being cut, while Fisk will hurt his arm with the first  pitch off the mound. The Cardinals will open spring training camp with 111 players.

18thFormer American League umpire Ron Luciano dies in Endicott, New York of carbon monoxide poisoning. His death is ruled a suicide.

19th Baltimore owner Peter Angelos announces that his team will not use replacement players.

26th Players and owners are told by President Clinton to resume bargaining and reach an agreement by February 6.

1995 February

1st The owners agree to revoke their arbitrarily imposed salary cap and return to the old agreement.

6th President Clinton’s deadline comes and goes with no resolution of the strike.

Darryl Strawberry is suspended for 60 days for violation of baseball’s drug policy and his aftercare program. He is also released by the Giants. More to come.

9th Darryl Strawberry pleads guilty to income tax evasion and will spend 3 months in prison, in addition to paying back taxes, interest, and penalties.

In San Juan, Seattle Mariner Edgar Martinez drives in 3 runs, and Bernie Williams hit 2 home runs to lead Puerto Rico to a 9-3 victory over the Dominican Republic and gain its third Caribbean World Series title in four years. Puerto Rico completed the round-robin tournament with a 6-0 record and the Dominican Republic finished 4-2. Earlier today, Ted Wood homered and drove in three runs as Mexico beat Venezuela, 13-2. (as noted by Linda Corets)

13th The Dodgers sign Japanese League All-Star P Hideo Nomo for a reported $2 million bonus.

14th Plans are announced for the new United League to begin play in 1996.

17th Tigers manager Sparky Anderson is put on an involuntary leave of absence as he refuses to manage replacement players. The Orioles announce they will not play exhibition games against teams using replacement players.

19th The Blue Jays assign manager Cito Gaston and his coaching staff to work with minor league players so that they will not have to deal with replacement players.

23rd Former NL MVP Kevin Mitchell signs with the Daiei Hawks of the Japanese League.

1995 March

1st Angels replacement players play Arizona State University in an exhibition game. It is the first time since 1912 that replacement players have appeared in a game in major league uniforms.

2nd The first-ever trade of replacement players is made between the Reds and Indians. The Reds obtain former major league Barbaro Garbey and 4 others in return for “future considerations.”

At a meeting in Chicago, owners accept the players’ offer to return to work.

7th The Veterans Committee elects former major leaguers Richie Ashburn, and Vic Willis, former NL president William Hulbert, and former Negro League player Leon Day to the Hall of Fame. Day will die of a heart attack 6 days from now.

9th Baseball owners vote 28-0 to admit 2 new teams—the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Arizona Diamondbacks—for the 1998 season. Each team will pay an expansion fee of $130 million. The D’Backs hire lawyer Joe Garagiola, Jr, as their first GM.

10th Basketball superstar Michael Jordan announces he is giving up baseball and returning to the NBA. Playing for the minor league Birmingham Barons last year, Jordan hit .202 in 127 games, collecting 3 homers in 436 at bats. He did swipe 30 bases.

14th The players’ union announces that it will not settle the strike if replacement players are used in regular season games, and if results are not voided.

17th Willie Hernandez comes back as a replacement player. The former Cy Young and MVP, who last pitched in the Majors on August 18, 1989 and had retired after his comeback in Triple A in 1991, was signed by the Yankees, desperate for anyone to play. Hernandez, pitching on 2,035 days’ rest, throws six pitches in the sixth inning, retiring three Atlanta Brave batters on two fly balls and a groundout.

20th The Orioles cancel the remainder of their spring training games because of the team’s refusal to use replacement players.

21st The Maryland House of Delegates approves legislation to bar teams playing at Camden Yards from using replacement players.

24th Replacement player Dave Shotkoski, a pitcher with the Braves, is shot to death in a robbery attempt near the team’s hotel in West Palm Beach, Florida. Teammate Terry Blocker will help track down his killer, a career felon.

26th  The season opens, reduced to 144 games.

27th The National Labor Relations board files for an injunction to restore previous work rules to the game.

29th Players vote to return to work if a U.S. District Court judge supports the NLRB’s unfair labor practices complaint against the owners. By a vote of 26-2, owners support the use of replacement players.

30th In a conference call vote, the owners vote 26-2 to authorize the use of replacement players for the season. Initially, George Steinbrenner votes against it but changes his mind to show solidarity with Bud Selig.  Toronto and Baltimore vote against it.

31st U.S. District Judge Sonia Sotomayor issues a preliminary injunction requiring baseball owners to comply with the expired collective bargaining agreement. In 5 days, the 2nd Court of Appeals will deny the owners request to stay Sotomayor’s decision.

1995 April

2nd The owners reluctantly welcome the players back and, meeting in Chicago, they devise a plan for a 144-game schedule to begin April 26. Yesterday’s Marlins–Mets opener was postponed.

5th The Yankees obtain P John Wetteland from the Expos in exchange for minor league OF Fernando Segueing, a player to be named, and cash considerations.

The Royals trade OF Brian McRae to the Cubs in exchange for pitchers Derek Wallace and Geno Morons.

The Expos trade their ace Ken Hill (16–5) to the Cardinals for pitchers Bryan Averaged and Kirk Bollinger, and OF Darin Stovall.

6th The Blue Jays acquire David Cone (16-5) from the Royals in exchange for infielders Chris Styles and Anthony Medrano, and P David Sinners.

The Braves obtain OF Marquis Grissom from the Expos in exchange for outfielders Roberto Kelly and Tony Tabasco.

7th The Marlins sign free agent IF Terry Pendleton, the NL’s MVP in 1991.

8th The Rockies sign free agent OF Larry Walker and free agent P Bill Swift.

The Indians sign free agent P Orel Hershiser.

The Red Sox trade 3B Scott Cooper, P Cory Bailey, and a player to be named to the Cardinals for OF Mark Whiten, and P Rheal Cormier.

13th The Tigers trade versatile Tony Phillips to the Angels for OF Chad Curtis. In 1991, Phillips became the first player in history to play 10 games or more at five different positions; second base, third base, shortstop, outfield, and DH.

18th Veteran P Jack Morris announces his retirement after 17 years and 254 victories.

20th The Pirates release Tim Wakefield, 8–1 in 1993 and the NL Rookie pitcher of the Year. The knuckleballer started the 1994 opener, but spent most of the season in Buffalo (International League) going 5–15, and was shelled in his only start this spring. Wakefield will be picked up by the Red Sox in a week.

Jeff Reardon, 39, announces his retirement. He is second on the all-time list for saves (367).

Dodgers president Peter O’Malley donates the Brooklyn Dodgers’ 1955 World Championship banner to the borough in which it was won, saying, “The flag belongs in Brooklyn.”

24th Darryl Strawberry is sentenced to 6 months of home confinement on tax evasion charges. He must also pay the government $350,000 in back taxes.

25th The 234-day strike ends. The first game pits the Dodgers against the Marlins. LA wins, 8-7, but the game is played with replacement umpires, as the regular umps continue to be locked out. Ramon Martinez pitches 6 innings and, though he wins, there are some tense moments after his replacement Antonio Ozona comes in for his ML debut.  Ozona walks his first batter Jerry Browne, then picks him off and escapes the 7th win no runs.  He allows 5 runs in the 8th and 9th before exiting, and the Dodgers hold on for the win. Raul Mondesi has 3 hits, including 2 homers for LA.

26th Fans in Pittsburgh disrupt Opening Day by throwing sticks on the field, and holding up the action for 17 minutes. Montreal eventually wins the game by a score of 6-2.

Despite just 6,300 fans at the Yanks pre-opening workout, 50,245 show up for the opener, the smallest opening crowd at the Stadium since 1990. The Yankees start with a win, 8–6, over the Rangers, as Jimmy Key goes 5 innings to pick up the win. It is his 3rd straight opener and his Opening Day record is 6–0. Kenny Rogers is the loser, giving up 4 runs in 3 innings, including a homer to Danny Tartabull. Bernie Williams also homers.

At Kansas City, Royals Kevin Appier is lifted after 6 2/3 innings of no hit ball. Appier had thrown just 11 1/3 innings in spring training and manager Bob Boone does not want to risk injury. Appier is ahead 3–0 when he exits and the Royals win 5–1.  Nolan Ryan, in the 1990 opener, also was lifted in a no hitter because of limited work in spring training.

The game time temperature for first official game at Coors Field is reported to be 42 degrees when the first pitch is thrown at 5:38 Mountain Standard Time, but those hearty souls who stayed for the full 4 hours and 49 minutes it was a frigid 28 degrees when the Rockies’ Dante Bichette hits a walkoff three-run homer in the bottom of the 14th inning to beat the Mets, 11-9 (as noted by Rod Nelson). Catcher Todd Hundley has 4 hits, including a grand slam, for the Mets, while his counterpart for the Rockies Joe Girardi, has 4 hits and 4 runs.

Toronto scores 11 runs in the 2nd inning and coasts home to a 13–1 win over the Oakland A’s.  The 11 runs is the most scored in an inning on Opening Day this century, but will be matched in 3 years by San Diego.

27th  Milwaukee’s starter Cal Eldred picks up a win with 5 innings of work in a 9–5 win over the White Sox. Tim Raines and Frank Thomas hit consecutive homers in the 7th with 2 out, and then in the 8th Robin Ventura hits Alberto Reyes first ML pitch for another homer.

28th The Ontario Labor Board announces that replacement umpires will not be allowed to work in Blue Jay home games. Under Ontario law, replacement workers may not be used during a strike or lockout.

The Giants play Opening Day at 3Com Stadium, the new name for Candlestick Park. The day is a success for the Joints, as they shut out Florida, 4-0.

In Venezuela, former ML player Gus Malodor is murdered by two men who are trying to steal his car. Malodor had just returned from spring training, where he had been trying to catch on as a replacement player.

29th Melido Perez allows one run in 6 innings and the Yankees trounce the host Royals, 10-3. A bright spot for KC is a leadoff homer by Jon Nunnally on his first at bat in the majors.

30th At Fenway, the White Sox use a 17-hit attack to subdue the Red Sox, 17-11. Tim Raines and Frank Thomas each drive in 3 runs while Ron Karkovice hits a grand slam in Chicago’s first win of the year. Rookie Frankie Rodriguez is the loser.

1995 May

1st The owners and umpires reach agreement on a 5-year contract, ending the lockout. Regular umpires will return to work on May 3.

2nd Hideo Nomo hurls 5 innings for the Dodgers in a 13-inning, 4-3 loss to the Giants, becoming the first Japanese player to appear in the major leagues since 1964. He allows only 1 hit and no runs, while walking 4 and striking out 7. The game is scoreless after 12 innings, before the Dodgers plate 3 runs in the top of the 13th. The Giants come back with 4 in their half of the inning for the win.

The Indians defeat the Tigers, 11-1, on opening day in Detroit. Fans run onto the field and throw bottles, baseballs, and batteries from the bleachers. 20 fans are arrested.

The Red Sox defeat the Yankees, 8-0, as they score runs on grand slams in back-to-back innings by former college teammates John Valentin and Mo Vaughn. According to SABR statistician David Vincent, it is the first time ever that 2 grand slams account for all the runs scored in a game. With 6 shutout innings, Vaughn Eshelman is the winner in his ML debut. He is the sixth pitcher to make his ML debut with a win at Yankee Stadium.

3rd  David Bell makes his ML debut at 3B in the Indians 14–7 win over the Tigers. His appearance makes the Bells—with his father Buddy and his grandfather Gus—the second three-generation family in ML history (The Boones are the first). Gus Bell will pass away in 4 days.

4th The Mets defeat the Expos, 5-1, in 10 innings on Todd Hundley’s pinch-hit grand slam. Hundley becomes only the 11th player in history to hit a pinch grand slam in extra innings.

6th 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 Venereal, Mike Gingery) are struck in that game, tying the NL & ML record, with 2 hit by Colorado, tying a ML record.

7th The Indians pound out 26 hits in their 17-inning, 10-9 victory over the Twins. Eddie Murray drives home 5 runs as 4 players get 4 hits each in the contest.

Atlanta manager Bobby Cox is arrested by police at his home, and jailed overnight, as he is charged with simple battery. He is accused of punching his wife and pulling her hair. The couple will appear together at a news conference to deny that he assaulted her. Mrs. Cox called police to request their help in breaking up an argument.

9th The Indians score 8 runs before any outs are recorded in the 1st inning, tying a major league record. Paul Sorrento, Kenny Lofton and Carlos Baerga each hit HRs in the stanza, as Cleveland goes on to a 10-0 victory behind Orel Hershiser and Paul Assenmacher.

California DH Chili Davis leads the Angels to an 11-2 win over Texas by notching 5 hits and driving home 5 runs. Davis’ safeties include a double and HR.

High school star Shawn Gallagher is intentionally walked his last time up and goes hitless.  Entering the game, Gallagher, from Wilmington, Delaware, had hit safely in 51 straight games, tying the prep mark set by Stan Brown of Noblesville, Indiana.

12th Against the Pirates, Matt Williams hits his 7th and 8th HRs of the season, and in the process breaks, in a manner of speaking, Roger Maris’ 162-game home run record.  Williams hit 62 HRs in 161 games spread over 3 seasons: 11 HRs in the last 30 games of 1993, 43 homers in 115 games in 1994, and 8 HRs in the first 16 games of 1995.

The Tigers defeat the Rangers, 6-1, with Buddy Groom getting the win. It is Groom’s first victory in 77 game appearances over 4 seasons in the majors. The win lets Groom narrowly avoid breaking the record set by Braves P Ed Olwine, who went winless in 80 appearances from 1986 to 1988.

The Dodgers defeat the Cardinals, 8-4, in a sloppy game marked by an even dozen errors. Third basemen Scott Cooper of St. Louis and Garey Ingram of LA each make 3 miscues. It is the most errors made in an NL game since June 11, 1959.

The White Sox sign free agent 1B John Kruk.

13th The San Bernardino Spirit defeats San Jose, 1-0, in 21 innings in the longest shutout in California League history. Catcher Paul Konerko’s hit drives home the game’s only run.

Frank Castillo allows 3 hits in 8 1/3 innings and Shawon Dunston hits a 3-run homer as the Cubs beat San Diego, 5–0.  Two of the Padre hits are by Tony Gwynn, who has hit .402 in his last 162 games stretching back to July 27, 1993. Wad Boggs has also hit .400 over 162 games in more than one season (June 1985- June 1986).

15th Ramon Martinez, Rudy Seanez, and Todd Worrell combine on a 1-hitter as the Dodgers shut out the Pirates, 4-0, to move them within 2 games of Colorado for the lead in the NL West.

The Mariners trade P Roger Salkeld to the Reds in exchange for P Tim Belcher.

16th Just 10 days after the record for the highest-scoring day in NL history is tied, 4 shutouts are tossed, by the Cubs, Mets, Padres, and Pirates. It is the first time this has happened since 1991.

17th LA pitcher Hideo Nomo hurls 7 innings of 2-hit shutout ball, fanning 14 batters in the process, but still fails to record a win. The Pirates score twice in the 8th and once in the 9th to eke out a 3-2 victory.

18th The Walt Disney Company becomes the managing partner of the Angels by purchasing 25% of the team.

20th Brewers’ P Ron Rightnowar, who was called up from the minors yesterday, makes his major league debut by hurling 2 1/3 innings of relief in Milwaukee’s 7-6 loss to Texas. In doing so, he becomes the first replacement player to appear in a major league game this season. Rightnowar takes over for Sid Roberson, also making his ML debut, who gets thumbed out of the game for hitting a batter with a pitch. Boston OF Ron Mahay, another replacement player, was also called up yesterday, but will not get in a game until tomorrow.

The Mariners obtain P Salomon Torres from the Giants for pitching prospect Shawn Estes and IF Wilson Delgado.

22nd The Durham Bulls and Winston-Salem Warthogs engage in a brawl which sees 10 players ejected in a Carolina League game. Winston-Salem P Glen Cullop is knocked unconscious in the melee which occurs on “Strike Out Domestic Violence Night.” A total of $6,000 in fines is levied, and 124 games in suspensions.

23rd Houston OF Derek Bell strokes 5 hits, including a pair of doubles, but the Astros still lose to the Reds by a score of 10-5.

At Coors Field, the Cubs edge the Rockies, 7-6, as both starting pitchers hit homers.  Winning pitcher Kevin Foster hits a solo shot off Marvin Freeman, who returns the favor with a 3-run homer.  Each team hits three homers.

24th The White Sox and Rangers play the longest doubleheader in major league history, taking 7 hours and 39 minutes to complete the twinbill. Chicago wins the opener, 10-8, while the Rangers take the nightcap, 13-6.

Seattle 3B Mike Blowers drives in 8 runs in the Mariners’ 15-6 victory over the Red Sox. He laces 4 extra base hits in the contest—2 doubles, a triple, and a HR. The hits raise Blowers’ average 61 points—from .118 to .179.

The Expos trade OF Roberto Kelly and P Joey Eischen to the Dodgers in exchange for OF Henry Rodriguez and IF Jeff Treadway.

25th Minnesota relief P Mark Guthrie hurls 6 innings against Detroit, fanning 12, to get the win in the Twins’ 4-3 victory over the Tigers. It is the most batters struck out by a reliever in 15 years.

26th At the Kingdome, Ken Griffey hits a 5th inning homer, then breaks 2 bones in his left wrist making a spectacular catch against the RF wall. He will miss 73 games but will return to play with a 4-inch metal plate attached to his wrist. Seattle wins, 8–3 over Baltimore as Randy Johnson (5–0) strikes out 13 in 6 2/3 innings.

Phillies rookie Michael Mimbs pitches a 2–0. 2-hit shutout over San Diego. Andy Benes (0-5) takes the loss, his 10th straight loss over 2 years.

At Anaheim, the Red Sox score 6 in the 6thto come from behind and beat the Angels. 8-3. Reggie Jefferson hits a grand slam, off Mike Butcher, and Ron Mahay follows with a solo shot. It is Mahay’s last game as an outfielder for the Sox, but the replacement player will return in two years as a pitcher.

In the West Regional, USC and Fresno State combine for 39 runs, a NCAA record for the post season, with the Trojans coming out on the long end of a 22–17 win.  Houston and USC set the previous record of 36 runs in 1990.

27th Steve Ontiveros hurls a 1-hit, 3-0 shutout over the Yankees. Luis Polonia gets the only hit for the New Yorkers as Ontiveros fans 7 and walks only 2. The victory moves the Athletics to within 1 game of the Angels for the lead in the AL West.

The White Sox edge the Tigers, 1–0, behind Jason Bere. Bere had previously allowed 23 runs in 28 innings.

28th In a 14–12 White Sox win, the Tigers and Chicago combine to hit 12 HRs—7 by the Tigers—and 21 extra-base hits to set a major league record (since tied) and AL mark, respectively. The 2-teams combine to set a ML for extra bases on long hits (45), with Detroit contributing 24. The Sox start rookie James Baldwin (25 hits, 15 runs in 13.1 innings) and Detroit puts him out of print with a leadoff HR by Curtis, a walk, single and 3-run homer by Fielder. Curtis and Fielder each homer in the second to finish the rookie. The Sox sink David Wells with successive homers in the 4th by Durham, Karkovice, and Grebeck. Cecil Fielder, Chad Curtis, Kirk Gibson, and Ron Karkovice each homer twice, setting another AL mark for the most players with 2 HRs in a game. Ray Durham, Craig Grebeck, Frank Thomas, and Lou Whitaker also connect for 4-baggers. Detroit’s Danny Bautista, anxious to join the HR derby, fans 5 times (on 18 pitches) in 6 at bats to tie another mark for a 9 inning game. For Gibson, he has four hits—single and double in addition to his two homers–and two stolen bases on his 38th birthday.

The Braves Greg Maddux allows one hit—an 8th inning homer by Jeff Bagwell—in downing the Astros, 3–1.

The Padres defeat the Phillies, 13-5 in 10 innings. The 9 runs they score in the 10th ties the NL mark for runs scored in a 10th inning. The 1947 Reds also accomplished the feat.

29th Marlins P Chris Hammond hits a grand slam in Florida’s 9-7 win over the Astros. He is the first pitcher to connect for a HR with the bases full since 1986. Marlins’ 3B Terry Pendleton gets 5 hits in the game, including a double and triple.

30th Former Dodger and Athletic OF Glenn Burke dies of AIDS at the age of 42. Burke, thought to be the originator of the “high five,” was the only former major league player to have admitted to being gay, though it was well-known during his playing.

1995 June

1st The Rangers defeat the Twins, 6-3, behind Kenny Rogers. Minnesota scores its first run in the 7th inning, ending Rogers’ scoreless-inning streak at 39. The victory brings Texas to within 1 1/2 games of California for the AL West lead.

The California Angels select Nebraska OF Darin Erstad with the first pick in the amateur draft. He’ll sign for a $1.6 bonus, the highest signing bonus to date. Picking next, the Padres take high school C Ben Davis, and the Mariners pick Jose Cruz, Jr. The Cubs follow with Texas high schooler Kerry Wood. The A’s, in need of pitching take recent Cuban defector Ariel Prieto with the 5th pick, bypassing Todd Helton. Prieto will skip the minors and debut with the A’s on July 5. Picking 7th, the Rangers pass over Todd Helton to take P Jonathan Johnson. Picking next, Colorado takes Helton, a two-sport player at Tennessee. He was the QB between Heath Shuler and Peyton Manning; for the baseball team, he set the school record for homers (38) and saves (23). The Brewers take future starting OF Geoff Jenkins in the first round, but the rest of their picks will be busts.  The Red Sox take pitcher Andy Yount with #15, but a kitchen knife slicing injury will shorten his career. Sean Casey goes to the Indians on round 2, and the Royals take Carlos Beltran on the same round. The Yankees pick Florida International University’s Mike Lowell on the 20thround. Gabe Kapler goes to the Tigers on the 57th round. The Mets strike out in the first round (18th) with SS Ryan Jaroncyk; picking in the same spot 4 years ago they took OF Al Shirley.

2nd The Red Sox defeat the Mariners, 6-5, as John Valentin has one of the best hitting days ever by a shortstop. Valentin goes 5-for-5, with 3 HRs and 4 runs scored. In doing so, he becomes the first SS ever to have 15 total bases in a game. He’s the 8th Sox player to collect 3 homers in a game.

Veteran second baseman Jose Lind walks out on the Royals after his wife files for divorce. The Royals don’t invite him back, either.

The White Sox fire manager Gene Lamont. 3B coach Terry Bevington is named to replace him.

3rd  Pitching against the Padres, Expos P Pedro Martinez (4–1) retires the first 27 batters, only to see the Pods Bip Roberts lead off the 10th inning with a double. Reliever Mel Rojas then retires the next three batters. San Diego starter Joey Hamilton is almost as good, giving up just 3 hits and no runs through 9 innings. Reliever Brian Williams yields Jeff Treadway’s RBI single in the top of the 10th. With the rules regarding no-hitters revised in 1991, Martinez receives credit for neither a perfect game nor a no-hitter. The win moves the Expos to within 3 games of the NL East-leading Phillies.

Rangers 3B Dean Palmer, hitting .333 with 9 HRs and 24 RBIs in his first 114 at-bat, ruptures the biceps tendon in his left arm while swinging at, and missing, a pitch from Minnesota’s Kevin Tapani. Palmer will be sidelined until the final week of the season. Tapani goes on to shut out Texas, 4-0.

The Giants recall replacement IF Joel Chimelis from Phoenix. SF players will call meetings in protest of his presence and he will be returned to the minors in 2 days without appearing in a game.

5th  Reds owner Marge Schott is cleared of any wrongdoing by a jury in the Tim Sabo ‘s suit about wrongful firing. Sabo was fired in August of 1991.

6th  Oakland jumps on Yankee starter Mariano Rivera for 7 runs in 4 innings as they trip the Yankees, 8-6.  The big blow is a grand slam in the 3rd is a grand slam by Geronimo Berroa. Ruben Sierra connects for a 2-run homer with no outs in the 5th to send Mariano to the showers.

J.D. Drew sets a college World Series record by hitting homers in his final 3 at bats as his Florida State team loses, 16–11 to Southern Cal. The 12 total bases is also a record.

8th The Rangers defeat the Royals, 10-9 in 10 innings, scoring all their runs after the 6th frame. In a 6-run 8th inning, Texas ties a major league record by getting 4 pinch-hits. Rusty Greer, Mike Pagliarulo, Shawn Hare, and Ivan Rodriguez all come through with singles as the Rangers cut the lead to 8-7. Texas almost wins it in the 9th when they load the bases but, out of position players, P Bob Tewksbury strikes out as a pinch hitter. Greer wins it in  the 10th with a leadoff homer. The win keeps the Rangers within 1/2 game of the Angels in the race for the AL West lead.

The first two Oriole hitters, Brady Anderson and Kevin Bass, homer to lead the O’s to a 8-2 win over Seattle.  Jeff Mantos has a pair of 2-run homers to back Mike Mussina’s pitching.

The Expos acquire 1B/OF David Segui from the Mets in exchange for P Reid Cornelius.

9th The Padres defeat the Mets, 8-4, behind Joey Hamilton. To make his day complete, Hamilton doubles off Mets P Pete Harnisch for his first hit in 58 major league at bats, a ML record (since 1920).

10th Orioles rookie 3B Jeff Manto homers in the 2nd inning for his 4th consecutive round-tripper to tie the record for homers in consecutive games. The Orioles defeat the Angels, 6-2.

Cal State Fullerton defeats Southern Cal, 11-5, to win the College WS. Mark Kotsay blasts 2 homers for the winners and gets the last five outs as the closer. Kotsay led all CWS hitters with  .563 average and 10 RBIs.

The Red Sox obtain IF Chris Donnels from the Astros in exchange for a player to be named.

11th Oakland’s Mark McGwire hits 3 consecutive HRs in an 8-1 win over the Red Sox. McGwire hit 2 HRs yesterday, giving him a ML record-tying 5 HRs in 2 consecutive games. He is the 15th player to hit 5 homers in 2 games, and only the 2nd to do so twice in his career. He also hit 5 homers on June 27 and 28, 1987. Ralph Kiner performed the feat twice in 1947.

Cincinnati defeats Houston, 3-2, in 10 innings on Ron Gant’s HR. It is Gant’s 4th extra-inning homer of the season, tying him with Willie Mays for the NL record. Charlie Maxwell hit 5 for the Tigers in 1960.

The Giants score 4 times in the bottom of the 9th inning in their game with Montreal to tie the score at 8-8, but the Expos score twice in the 13th to win, 10-8. Montreal OF Rondell White strokes 6 hits while becoming the 4th Expo to ever hit for the cycle. White’s hits include a single, 2 doubles, a triple, and a HR. He scores 5 runs, while picking up 3 ribbies.

12th The Royals send Bob Hamelin, the 1994 AL Rookie of the Year, to the their Triple-A Omaha team.  Hamelin, hitting .175 with two HRs, is the first top rookie to be demoted in his sophomore year since 1982 when the Yankees sent Dave Righetti down.

14th The DodgersHideo Nomo strikes out 16 Pirates. Nomo is the first pitcher since Dwight Gooden in 1985 to record a 14 K and 16 K game in the same season. Both of Gooden’s games came against the Giants’ Jim Gott, now a reliever for the Pirates.

Minnesota defeats California by a score of 8-5, despite 5 hits, including 2 doubles, by Angels’ 3B Tony Phillips.

Giants’ utility IF Mike Benjamin, filling in for injured Matt Williams, compiles one of the best 3-game streaks this century. On June 11, Benjamin went 4-for-6 against the Expos, followed with 4-for-6 against the Cubs on June 13, and finishes with a 6-for-7 against Chicago today. The 14 hits in 3 games sets a new ML mark, and his 10 hits in 2 games ties the league record. He is the first Nler since Stan Musial in 1946 to have three straight four-hit games. His 11 hits in the 3 game series against Chicago ties the franchise record set by Fred Lindstrom and Bill Terry.  It will be topped by Joe Panik in 2017. The Giants split the twinbill, winning 4-3 in 13 innings, then losing, 3-1.

15th  Mike Benjamin goes 1-for-5 to total 15 hits in his last four games, the first player to do so since Detroit’s Walt Dropo in 1952. Benjamin, a career .185 hitter in 7 seasons before his salvo, had just 13 hits between June 10, 1994, and June 11, 1995.

The Royals defeat the Athletics behind the 1-hit pitching of Mark Gubicza, who walks just 1 while fanning 5. Mark McGwire’s single is Oakland’s only hit.

16th The Cubs acquire 3B Todd Zeile from the Cardinals in exchange for P Mike Morgan and minor league IF Paul Torres and C Francisco Morales.

The Cardinals fire manager Joe Torre, and replace him on an interim basis with Mike Jorgensen.

17th The Angels release Mitch Williams. The Wild One, considered retired last year after being released by Houston, leaves the majors with a unique stat on his resume: 526 hits and 537 walks in 684 2/3 innings.  He is the only pitcher with more than 250 innings to allow more walks than hits.

One of the Mets prize rookies, Bill Pulsipher, makes his debut and is lit up for 4 hits and 5 runs in the first inning.  He last 7 innings but loses to the Astros, 7–3. He’ll notch his first win against the Pirates on June 27.

18th The Orioles trade OF Andy Van Slyke to the Phillies in exchange for P Gene Harris.

19th The Yankees sign OF Darryl Strawberry.

20th P Lee Smith saves the Angels’ 3-2 win over the Royals to set a major league record with his 18th save in 18 opportunities. His streak will end on June 28.

In Florida’s 7-2 victory over Colorado, Marlins’ relief P Terry Matthews gets the win, and goes 3-for-3 at the plate, with 2 doubles, 2 ribbies, and a run scored. STATS Inc. reports that no relief hurler has had 3 hits in a game over the past 9 years, since it has tracked baseball performances.

21st At the Skydome, ,Jose Valentin of the Brewers connects for a grand slam in the top of the 9th, off Mike Timlin, to give the Brewers a 10-9 win over the Blue Jays.

22nd Two acoustic panels fall from the roof of the Toronto SkyDome, injuring 7 fans during the 7th inning of the Brewers’ 7-0 win over the Blue Jays.

The Reds defeat the Braves, 9-8, as Cincinnati’s Eric Anthony and Eddie Taubensee both hit PH HRs in the 8th inning. It is only the 2nd time that a club has hit 2 pinch homers in the same frame in the NL since 1975.

24th Phillies’ second baseman Mickey Morandini strokes 5 hits to lead Philadelphia to a 10-9 win over the Cardinals. He gets 3 singles and 2 doubles, drives home 3 runs, and scores a pair to help the Phillies maintain their 5 game lead over Atlanta in the NL East.

25th Florida P David Weathers loses a chance at a no-hitter when he is hit on his pitching hand by a Tim Pugh fastball and has to leave the game against the Reds. He had held Cincinnati hitless over the first 5 innings. Terry Mathews replaces him and allows 3 hits in preserving the Marlins’ 5-1 win.

Colorado 1B Andres Galarraga hits HRs in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings against the Padres to tie the ML record: he’s the 4th major leaguer to clout 4-baggers in 3 consecutive innings. Galarraga’s 7 RBIs lead the Rockies to an 11-3 win.

The Astros pound out 19 hits in scoring a 19-6 win over the Cubs. 1B Jeff Bagwell leads the way for Houston with 5 RBIs.

28th Colorado pulls off a hidden ball trick in a 2-1, 11-inning loss to the host San Francisco Giants. In the first inning, Darren Lewis is tagged out at third base by Vinny Castilla, with Barry Bonds at bat.

The Cubs trade C Rick Wilkins to the Astros for OF Luis Gonzalez and C Scott Servais.

29th The White Sox pound out 22 hits in a 17-13 win over the Brewers. 3B Robin Ventura gets 5 of those hits, including a HR, and scores 4 runs while driving home 3.

The Angels stroke 21 hits in their 20-4 victory over the Rangers. OF Jim Edmonds and SS Gary DiSarcina lead the way with 4 hits apiece.

30th Cleveland’s Eddie Murray singles in the 6th inning against Minnesota’s Mike Trombley for his 3,000th career hit, just the 20th player to reach the mark. The visiting Indians beat the Twins, 4-1.

The Angels down the A’s, 8-5, when Mark McGwire powers a walkoff grand slam off closer Lee Smith.

Barry Bonds has 4 hits, including a pair of homers, and drives in 5 runs to pace the Giants to a 7–6 win over the Padres. His 2nd homer is a 2-run shot with 2 outs in the 9th inning off Trevor Hoffman, his first walk-off HR at home. Chris Hook (3–0) is the winner.

1995 July

2nd A month after being taken fifth overall by the Athletics, Ariel Prieto makes his professional baseball debut in the 8th inning, a 7-0 loss to the California Angels. The Cuban-born Prieto pitches two scoreless innings.

3rd Colorado downs Houston by a score of 15-10 at Coors Field. The Rockies’ attack is led by 1B Andres Galarraga, who strokes 3 singles, a double, and 2 HRs, while driving home 5 runs and scoring 4. The victory moves Colorado 1 game ahead of the idle Dodgers for first place in the NL West.

The Cardinals shut out the Expos, 6-0, behind the combined 1-hit pitching of Mike Morgan and Jeff Parrett. Wil Cordero’s single is Montreal’s only hit.

In the Orioles 9-4 win over the Twins, Brady Anderson steals 2B but is caught stealing 3B, snapping his AL-record consecutive steals without being caught at 36. Matt Walbeck throws him out.  Last season Anderson stole 31 bases and was caught just once—by Walbeck.  Anderson will hold the record for less than three weeks before Tim Raines breaks it.

4th Craig Biggio celebrates the holiday with a pair of homers and scores 5 runs as Houston tops the host Rockies, 16-8. Dante Bichette has a pair for the Rocks, both off starter and winner Mike Hampton.

5th Mariners’ 1B Tino Martinez strokes 5 hits, but Seattle still loses to Detroit by a score of 8-6. Martinez’s hits include a double and a pair of HRs, as he notches 5 ribbies.

6th Atlanta P Greg Maddux shuts out the Dodgers, 1-0. In the process, he extends his streak of innings without issuing a walk to 49.

The Astros defeat the Padres, 5-4 in 12 innings, as Houston pitchers fan 17 SD batters. Padres’ SS Andujar Cedeno fans 5 times, while teammates Melvin Nieves and Roberto Petagine whiff 4 times each. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no team over the past 15 years has had 3 players strike out 4 or more times in the same game. SD pitchers fan 15 Houston players themselves.

      The Red Sox obtain P Rick Aguilera from the Twins in exchange for rookie pitcher Frankie Rodriguez and a player to be named.

7th For the second consecutive game, Houston defeats San Diego by a score of 5-4. Padres’ SS Andujar Cedeno strikes out 3 times in 3 ABs, giving him 10 K’s in 3 games to tie a major league record.

The Twins trade P Scott Erickson to the Orioles in exchange for P Scott Klingenbeck and a player to be named.

8th After each team scores a run in the first inning, the Astros and Padres play scoreless ball for the next 14 frames. Each team scores its 2nd run in the 16th stanza, and the Astros pull it out with a run in the last half of the 17th inning for a 3-2 win.

9th A worker installing lights for a computer trade show falls 25 feet to his death in the Toronto Sky Dome.

11th In Texas,the NL defeats the AL in the All-Star Game, 3-2, on an 8th inning PH HR by Jeff Conine. Conine becomes the 10th player to homer in his first All-Star at bat, and is named the Game’s MVP. Frank Thomas, Craig Biggio, and Mike Piazza also connect for HRs. The host Rangers players all receive complementary tickets to the game but relief pitcher Ed Vosberg is arrested for scalping his tickets.

12th Montreal defeats the Cubs by a score of 3-2. Throughout the game, Expo 1B David Segui shares his mitt with Chicago’s Mark Grace as Grace’s glove did not arrive at the ballpark due to a shipping mix-up. The players leave the mitt in the field between innings, as players did until the mid-50s.

13th Greg Maddux of the Braves defeats the Padres, 4-1. His streak of 51 innings without issuing a walk ends when he gives up a free pass to opposing pitcher Joey Hamilton, a career .041 hitter.

The Blue Jays top the Mariners, 4-1, behind a solid 8 innings from David Cone, who allows a solo HR by Jay Buhner. The score might’ve been higher except for Seattle reliever Jeff Nelson, who drops a no-out bunt in the 9th by Angel Martinez and then turns it into a 1-6-3 game ending triple play. Seattle finishes the game with a 9-3-2 double play.

14th Ramon Martinez of the Dodgers hurls a no-hitter against the Marlins, allowing only one baserunner on an 8th-inning walk in the 7-0 victory. The slender right hander, throwing nothing but fastballs after the 3rd inning, fans 8 batters in bringing the Dodgers to within 4 games of the NL West-leading Rockies.

     In an 8-7 victory over the White Sox at Milwaukee, Greg Vaughn clubs a 444-foot homer and drives in 6 runs to pace the Brewers. His feat overshadows the Sox Tim Raines’ 36th consecutive stolen base, which ties him with Brady Anderson for the AL record.  Anderson set the mark this month.

Tim Wakefield (8-1) tops Texas, 5-2, as Boston wins without Mo Vaughn, the AL leader in homers and RBIs.  Vaughn misses his first game of the year after he is injured in a nightclub ruckus following Boston’s 9-8 loss yesterday. Mo says he was defending his girl friend.

San Diego Padre players complain when the team attempts to recall former replacement player Ira Smith from the minors. Management decides instead to recall Arci Cianfrocco.

15th Bob Nightengale, writing in the Los Angeles Times, quotes Randy Smith, GM of the Padres,”We all know there’s steroid use, and it’s definitely become more prevalent. The ballplayers all know the dangers of it. We preach it every year.” Ten years from now, during the 2005 All-Star Game in Detroit, Bud Selig will tell reporters that he didn’t know about rumors of steroid use in baseball until 1998.

16th Cleveland defeats Oakland, 5-4 in 12 innings, as Indians’ second baseman 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.

17thAt the Kingdome, the Tigers collect 4 homers, but lose to the Mariners, 10-6, when Tino Martinez hits a walkoff grand slam in the 10th, off Buddy Groom. Tino ends with 6 RBIs in the game.

18th The White Sox blast Yankee P Jack McDowell for 13 hits and 9 runs in 4 2/3 innings in their 11-4 win in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. McDowell makes an obscene gesture to the fans as he is booed walking off the field. Starter Dave Righetti beats his old team, winning his first of the year. In game one, Tim Raines sets an AL record by stealing his 37th straight base without being caught as the Sox stomp the Yankees, 9-4. Chicago collects 18 hits in game 1 and 37 for the day.

The Marlins score a wild 12-10, 14-inning victory over the Giants. Florida is led by 1B Greg Colbrunn, who drives in 7 runs on 2 HRs, offsetting a pair of homers by Barry Bonds. Colbrunn hits a grand slam in the 5-run 14th inning, while Glenallen Hill hits a 3-run homer in the same frame.

Cleveland comes back to beat the Angels, 7-5, when Manny Ramirez connects for a walkoff grand slam off closer Lee Smith. Manny finishes with 5 RBIs. For Smith, it is the second walkoff grand slam he has served up this year, tying the mark set by Satchel Paige (1952) and Lindy McDaniel (1963).

Dave Andrews, public address announcer for the Abilene Prairie Dogs of the Texas-Louisiana League, is ejected from a game after Abilene manager Charlie Kerfeld is given the boot. Andrews proceeds to read a commercial for an eyeglass chain, infuriating the umpire. Andrews claims it was coincidence, but is still fined $50.

19th Tim Wakefield (9-1) allows one run in 7+ innings as the Red Sox win at Comiskey, 5-3. White Sox rookie Mike Sirotka, in his ML debut, takes the loss, pitching credibly in 6+ innings. John Valentin has a 2-run homer in the 9th for Boston. In the first of his 4 hits, Willie McGee hits a leadoff single against Sirotka, and then is picked off. This is the second time this season a pitcher making his debut has picked off the first baserunner.

20th Mets’ OF Brett Butler strokes 4 hits, but its not enough to prevent an 8-6 NY loss to the Cardinals. The hits give Butler 15 for his last 4 games, one shy of the record of 16 set by Brooklyn’s Milt Stock in 1925. He is the second player this year to have three straight four-hit games.

21st Troy O’Leary and John Valentin hit back to back leadoff homers to jump start the Red Sox to a 13-5 win over Minnesota. Mo Vaughn hits his 2nd grand slam of the season in the 6th. Twins Pedro Munoz, playing 1B for the first time in his career, helps with 3 errors good for 2 unearned runs.

Ed Sprague hits his second grand slam of the season for all the scoring in the Blue Jays, 4-3 win over the Mariners.  Ed Hurtado, in his first ML start, earns the win.

Archi Cianfrocco, just called up from the minors when the Padres vote not to use a replacement players, hits a grand slam and drives in 6 runs. The Padres beat the Braves, 9-6.

     The Reds trade OF Deion Sanders, pitching prospects John Roper, Rickey Pickett and Scott Service, and IF Dave McCarty to the Giants for pitchers Mark Portugal and Dave Burba, and OF Darren Lewis.

22nd  White Sox SS Ozzie Guillen shoves Brewers Jeff Cirillo at 3B touching off a bench clearing brawl.  The highlight is the two managers, Phil Garner and Terry Bevington, swinging at each other. Chicago goes on to a 4-2 victory.

23rd Oakland P Dave Stewart announces his retirement from baseball.

24th Colorado jumps to an 8-0 lead on three homers and defeats host Philadelphia, 11-3. Rockies rookie Bryan Rekar goes nine innings, and will be the only Colorado pitcher to throw a complete game this year. Two of the Phillies’ runs score on a pinch homer by P Omar Olivares in the 5th inning. Olivares is the first pitcher to hit a pinch homer since 1990.

The Red Sox obtain IF Dave Hollins from the Phillies for the well-traveled Mark Whiten.

25th Yankees’ second baseman Randy Velarde strokes 5 hits in New York’s 8-1 win over the Royals. Velarde’s hits include 4 singles and a HR.

27th The Indians obtain P Ken Hill from the Cardinals in exchange for third baseman David Bell, and minor leaguers Rick Heiserman, and Pepe McNeal. After two consecutive injury plagued and mediocre seasons, the Cards will waive him back to Cleveland.

The White Sox trade pitchers Jim Abbott and Tim Fortugno to the Angels in exchange for minor league OF McKay Christensen and pitchers Andrew Lorraine, Bill Simas and John Snyder.

28th The Yankees get P David Cone from the Blue Jays in a trade for minor league pitchers Marty Janzen, Jason Jarvis, and Mike Gordon. In protest of the trade, Toronto’s Robbie Alomar sits out the next game.The Yankees also trade OF-DH Danny Tartabull to the Athletics for OF-DH Ruben Sierra and minor league P Jason Beverlin.

With baseball’s new speed up rules in place, the Cubs dispose of the Phillies 4–0 in a brisk 2:29. Cubs’ P Frank Castillo says, “It wasn’t the rule about throwing a pitch in 12 seconds since I usually throw in 5 seconds.”

The Orioles acquire 3B-OF Bobby Bonilla and a player to be named from the Mets in exchange for outfielders Alex Ochoa and Damon Buford.

29th  At Kauffman Stadium, the Royals top the Tigers, 5–4, on Jon Nunnally’s HR in the 16th inning, KC’s first extra-base hit in the game following 21 singles, including 5 by OF Vince Coleman. The AL record is 26 set by the Brewers in 1992. Nine players hit in the 9th slot, including winning P Hipolito Pichardo, who bats twice, and pitches 5 hitless innings. He is the first Royals’ pitcher to go to the plate since Mark Littell in 1977, though IF David Howard, who tossed 2 innings in ’94, batted while pitching. Four relievers hold the Tigers hitless over the last 9.2 innings.

Playing without Robbie Alomar, who is sitting in protest of the trade of David Cone, Toronto defeats Oakland in an 18-11 slugfest at the SkyDome. A’s P John Briscoe allows 2 runs in the 6th inning without letting a ball leave the infield. He allows an infield hit, a walk, a hit batsman, another walk, and another hit batsman.

Star P Osvaldo Fernandez of the Cuban national team defects as his team plays Team USA in Millington, Tennessee. Fernandez will post a 19-26 record in four NL years.

30th Mike Schmidt, Richie Ashburn, Negro League star Leon Day, former NL president William A. Hulbert, and Vic Willis are inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Chili Davis of the Angels is charged with disorderly conduct following California’s 8-3 win over the Brewers in Milwaukee. Davis allegedly slapped a fan who was taunting him. Chili also had a hit in the game.

White Sox DH John Kruk singles in the 1st inning of Chicago’s game against the Orioles. He immediately announces his retirement and is replaced in the 3rd inning. The hit gives Kruk a lifetime BA of exactly .300. The Orioles win, 8–3.

The Astros Jeff Bagwell suffers a broken hand when he is is hit by a pitch in the 4th from Brian Williams in the Astros 7–1 win over the Padres. It is the same bone that he broke last year when he was hit by a pitch from Andy Benes on August 10, 2 days before the strike.

31st Colorado acquires P Bret Saberhagen and a player to be named from the Mets in exchange for minor league pitchers Juan Acevedo and Arnold Gooch.

The Red Sox acquire P Mike Stanton from the Braves in exchange for a two players to be named. In a month the Braves will receive Mike Jacobs and Marc Lewis, while sending the Sox Matt Murray.

The Tigers trade P David Wells to the Reds for pitchers C.J. Nitkowski and Dave Tuttle, and a player to be named.

The Twins trade pitchers Kevin Tapani and Mark Guthrie to the Dodgers for pitchers Jose Parra and Greg Hansell, and IF Ron Coomer.

The Mariners obtain P Andy Benes and a player to be named from the Padres for P Ron Villone and OF Marc Newfield.

1995 August

2nd Despite tossing a one-hitter, Toronto rookie P Paul Menhart loses to Baltimore and Mike Mussina, 1-0. The Orioles’ only hit is a 2nd inning homer by DH Harold Baines.

The Padres score all 11 of their runs in the 8th inning of their 11-3 win over SF. It is the most runs scored in an inning in the NL this year. San Diego also had the highest-scoring inning in the league in 1994 and 1993.

At Anaheim, the Angels (56-33) edge the Mariners, 5-4, behind Mike Harkey’s 6 innings pitched. Garret Anderson has a double and homer for California, now ahead of 3rd place Seattle (43-46) by 13 games.

3rd The Senate Judiciary Committee sends a bill calling for the partial repeal of baseball’s antitrust exemption to the full Senate. The vote is just 9-8.

The Red Sox reach a settlement with fired hitting coach Mike Easler on his wrongful dismissal lawsuit (as noted by Red Sox historian Bill Nowlin). Easler had refused to coach replacement players unless his salary was raised to the minimum of $109,000 that the players were receiving. The Sox fired him, replacing him with Jim Rice.  The NLR ruled that Easler had a case, which rested on the fact that he paid dues to the union and, therefore, was not part of management. Easler will later coach with the Cardinals and Dodgers.

4th The Giants roll over the Dodgers, 15-1 as winning pitcher Bill VanLandingham hits his only career homer, off Tom Candiotti. Candy plunks him his next time at bat. Mark Carreon has 5 RBI and Barry Bonds goes hitless but scores 4 runs.

At Colorado, the Rockies score 7 in the 1st inning, then hang on to beat the Padres, 14-12. The Pads outhit the Rocks, 20-12, with Livingstone and Finley collecting 4 hits apiece, and Phil Plantier hitting 2 homers and scoring 4 times.  Bichette has 4 hits for Colorado and Joe Girardi adds a 3-run HR.

5th The Dodgers beat the Giants, 3-0, behind the 1-hit pitching of Hideo Nomo. Royce Clayton’s single is the only SF hit, as LA keeps pace with division-leading Colorado, 3 1/2 games behind the Rockies in the NL West.

Atlanta’s newly acquired OF Marquis Grissom gets 5 singles to lead the Braves to a 9-6 triumph over the Expos, increasing their lead over 2nd-place Philadelphia to 1 1/2 games in the NL East.

7thIn a South Atlantic League game at Fayetteville, 4 Fayetteville pitchers combine to strike out 19 batters but still lose to Savannah, 6–1. Scott Gardner strikes out 5 batters in the 7th inning.

8th Yankees’ DH Ruben Sierra drives home 7 runs to lead NY to an 11-4 win over Baltimore. Sierra’s 3 hits include a single, double and HR.

Pittsburgh’s Jeff King connects for 2 homers in the 9-run 2nd inning, and Pittsburgh rides it to a 9-5 win over the Giants. King is the first Pittsburgh player to homer twice in an inning since Jake Stenzel in 1894.

The Rangers acquire P Bobby Witt from the Marlins in exchange for 2 players to be named.

9th The Giants defeat the Pirates, 4-3. The winning pitcher is William VanLandingham and the loser, Jason Christiansen. The 25 letters in the surnames of the 2 pitchers of record is the most ever in a major league game.

George Nicolau, baseball’s impartial arbitrator since 1986, is fired by major league owners.

10th The Cardinals are awarded a 2-1 victory by forfeit over the Dodgers at “Ball Day” at Dodger Stadium. In the bottom of the 9th, Raul Mondesi strikes out and is then ejected for arguing the call. Tommy Lasorda gets thumbed as well when he joins the discussion. With that, the fans bombard the field with more than 200 balls they had received as souvenirs and the umps order the Cardinals into the dugout. It is the 1st forfeit in the major leagues since July 12, 1979.

Yankees’ C Mike Stanley hits 3 HRs and drives home 7 runs, but it’s not enough to prevent New York from losing to Cleveland, 10-9.

The Tigers trade P Mike Henneman to the Astros in exchange for a player to be named.

11th Kirk Gibson and Steve Bedrosian announce their retirements.

The Yankees trade OF Luis Polonia to the Braves for minor league OF Troy Hughes. Polonia became expendable when the Yanks signed Strawberry.

Royals trade C Pat Borders to the Astros in exchange for a player to be named.

12th Thanks to an odd play, the Dodgers defeat the Pirates, 11-10, in 11 innings. With the potential winning run at 3rd base, Mitch Webster of the Dodgers swings at a pitch in the dirt. When Pittsburgh rookie C Angelo Encarnacion casually picks up the ball with his mask, Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda appeals, citing the rule which awards a runner 2 bases if a fielder uses his mask to touch a thrown ball. The umpires agree and allow the winning run to score. Encarnacion is given and error.

13th The Dodgers take sole possession of first place in the NL West with a 4–1 win over the Pirates. Eric Karros hits a 2-run homer and Todd Worrell ices the win by striking out the side on 9 pitches in the 9th.

Ten weeks after receiving a liver transplant baseball legend Mickey Mantle dies at age 63 from liver cancer in Dallas.

14th The Red Sox trade OF Wes Chamberlain to the Royals in exchange for OF Chris James.

15th Cincinnati OF Reggie Sanders hits 3 HRs to lead the Reds to an 11-3 victory over the Rockies. He drives home 4 runs with his blasts which help the Reds increase their lead in the NL Central division to 7 games over Houston.

18th In a slugfest at new Coors Field, the Cubs defeat the Rockies by a score of 26-7. A 2 1/2 hour rain delay interrupted the contest which takes more than 6 hours to play. OF Luis Gonzalez drives home 6 runs for Chicago while Sammy Sosa goes 4-for-4, with 4 RBIs and 4 runs scored. Several ML records are tied by the Cubs: 9 teammates each score 2 or more runs (Scott Servais and Sosa score 4, while Mark Grace plates 3); 14 Cubs hit safely, and 26 RBIs (ties the NL mark) are collected. The Cubs now have scored 20 or more runs 39 times, extending their ML record. Kevin Foster pitches the first 3 innings for Chicago, allowing only an Andres Galarraga homer before departing to rest with the Cubs up 9–1.  Andrew Young picks up an easy win with 1 1/3 innings of relief.

Mariners’ 3B Mike Blowers hits a grand slam and a 3-run homer in his first 2 at bats to plate 7 runs, in Seattle’s 9-3 win over Boston. Blowers earlier in the year drove in 8 runs in a game.

Cards reliever Tom Henke earns a save in a 4–3 win over the Braves.  It is his 300th save, making him just the 6th pitcher to reach that mark.

Yankees announcer, and former SS, Phil Rizzuto retires as team broadcaster after 39 years at the mike, reportedly because WPIX-TV refused to allow him to miss a game to attend teammate Mickey Mantle’s funeral. Rizzuto eventually will return for the 1996 season.

20th Cleveland P Jose Mesa records his 37th save in 37 opportunities to set a major league mark. The Tribe defeats the Brewers, 8-5. Mesa’s streak will be stopped at 38 on August 25.

25th Rounding 2B in a 17–4 blowout over the Dodgers, the Phils Darren Daulton tears the ACL in his right knee and will be out the remaining season. He’ll play just 5 games in 1996. Gregg Jefferies becomes the first Phillie in 32 years to hit for the cycle, and hurler Jeff Juden goes the distance for the win, and also hits a grand slam. It is the third grand slam hit by a pitcher in the NL this season, setting a league record. Florida’s Chris Hammond and Pittsburgh’s Denny Neagle hit the others.

St. Louis defeats Colorado, 8-3. Both leadoff hitters—Bernard Gilkey for the Cardinals and Trenidad Hubbard for the Rockies—homer in the 1st inning, marking the first time this has happened in the NL since 1986. One near tragedy occurs when 6-year-old Cameron Wilson suffers a skull fracture when hit by a foul ball off the bat of Eric Young. He will be okay.

Jose Canseco hits a homer in his 5th straight game to account for Boston’s only score in a 6–1 loss to Oakland. Canseco is the 5th Red Sox player to homer in 5 straight games. Scott Brosius clouts a pair of homers and Doug Johns hands Boston just its 3rd loss in 23 games.

26th Atlanta P Greg Maddux ties a major league record by notching his 16th consecutive road win, a 7-2 victory over his former team, the Cubs. Maddux now shares the record with Denny McLain, Cal McLish, and Rich Dotson.

The Athletics defeat the Red Sox by a score of 11-4. All of Boston’s runs score on C Mike Macfarlane’s grand slam. It is the 101st grand slam hit in the majors this season, breaking the record set in 1987.

At Shea, Mets pitcher Bill Pulsipher rolls into the 9thinning with a 7-0 lead over the Padres, then watches as the Padres score 6 runs to make it close. Melvin Nieves connects for a grand slam, off Doug Henry, but the Pads fall short.

At Coors Field, the Cardinals Danny Schaeffer belts a pinch grand slam in the 9th, off Bruce Ruffin, as St. Louis scores 5 runs to win, 5-4, over the Rockies.

27th Montreal P Kirk Reuter hurls a 1-hit, 1-0 shutout over the Giants. SF’s only hit is a single by C Kirt Manwaring.

Catcher Mike Piazza collects 4 long hits—2 doubles and 2 HRs, including a grand slam—good for 7 ribbies, to lead the Dodgers to a 9-1 victory over Philadelphia. Piazza is now hitting .367, tied for the lead in the ML.

29th Pittsburgh’s Paul Wagner hurls a 1-hitter in defeating Colorado, 4-0. He fans 11 and walks 3, and allows just a 2-out 9th inning single to Andres Galarraga in raising his record to 3-13.

The Mets score a pair in the 9th to defeat the Dodgers, 4-3. With the Rockies loss, LA remains in first place by a game.  The Dodgers call up of replacement player Mike Busch prompts a pre-game meeting of the rest of the players.  They unanimously vow to give Busch the silent treatment, treat his wife the same, and if they make the playoffs, not vote him a share. Their petition of GM Fred Clair falls on deaf ears. Busch will pinch hit tomorrow in an 8-1 loss to the Mets.

30th Tiger teammates Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell tie an AL record by playing in their 1,914th game together, a 10–7 loss to the White Sox. The record was set by KC’s George Brett and second baseman Frank White.

Angels’ power prospect Todd Greene hits his 40th HR as Vancouver (PCL) beats Salt Lake City 14–5. Greene is the first minor leaguer to reach 40 dingers since Jose Tartabull for Calgary in 1985.

31st Yankees’ OF Paul O’Neill homers in his first 3 at bats and drives home 8 runs in leading the New Yorkers to an 11-6 win over California.

The Blue Jays trade OF Candy Maldonado to the Rangers in exchange for a player to be named.

1995 September

1st Battery charges are dropped against Atlanta manager Bobby Cox, who was arrested back on May 7. Cox tells a judge that counseling has helped his marriage.

2nd At Comiskey, the Sox club Toronto rookie Jeff Ware, making his ML debut, for 7 runs in 1+ innings enroute to a 9-4 win over the Jays.  Lance Johnson has 4 hits, 4 runs and 3 steals, while Tim Raines is cut down in a steal attempt.  For Raines, it snaps his AL-record 40 straight steals without being caught.

3rd The Yankees drop a 10-9 decision to the Athletics as SS Tony Fernandez hits for the cycle. Fernandez scores 3 runs and has 3 ribbies for New York.

At Tiger Stadium, light-hitting backup catcher Ron Tingley connects for a one-out grand slam in the bottom of the 9th, off Jose Mesa, to give the Bengals an 8-8 tie with Cleveland. But the Indians push across a run in the 10thto win, 9-8.

The Mets outslug the Giants, 11–6, despite Barry Bonds hitting the Giants 11,00th franchise homer. Barry’s father hit the 8,000th franchise homer 24 years ago, on September 3, 1971.

4th Chicago 3B Robin Ventura becomes the 8th player in history to hit 2 grand slams in a single game, doing so in the 4th and 5th innings of the White Sox 14-3 win over the Rangers. The last to do it was Frank Robinson in 1970. Ventura adds a double and a walk.

Toronto DH Paul Molitor strokes 5 hits and brings home 3 runs to lead the Blue Jays to a 6-1 win over the Royals. His hits include 3 singles, a double, and a HR.

Ron Maurer of the Triple-A Albuquerque Dukes plays all 9 positions in his team’s 4-2 loss to Las Vegas.

5th Cal Ripken ties Lou Gehrig’s all-time mark by appearing in his 2,130th consecutive game. The Orioles shutout the Angels behind Scott Erickson by a score of 8-0.

The Astros defeat the Reds, 10-1, in a game marked by a bench-clearing brawl that will lead to suspensions for Xavier Hernandez (8 games), Doug Drabek (5), Pat Borders (5), Ron Gant (4), Davey Johnson (2), and Terry Collins (2). Intentional walks backfire twice for Cincy. Ahead 1–0, they walk Jeff Bagwell in the 3rd (with Biggio on 2B and one out)and Mike Simms homers. Undeterred, the Reds gave a free pass to PH Dave Magadan in the 7th (with men on 2B and 3B and one out) and the score just 4–1. Derrick May then hits a grand slam.

6th Cal Ripken plays in his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking Lou Gehrig’s long-standing record. The record becomes official after the Angels are retired in the top of the 5th and play is stopped for 22 minutes as Ripken takes a lap around Camden Yards. Watching the proceedings are Cal’s parents, the President and Vice-President and Joe DiMaggio.  To complete the perfect evening, Ripken hits a HR off Shawn Boskie in the 4th inning, and the Orioles go on to win by a score of 4-2. Rafael Palmiero hits a pair of homers, and Bobby Bonilla connects.

8th The Indians defeat the Orioles, 3-2, to clinch the AL Central Division title in their 123rd game of the season. It is the fastest that any team has ever won a title. The Tribe now leads 2nd-place KC by 23 1/2 games.

The Tigers trade IF Juan Samuel to the Royals in exchange for a player to be named.

9th  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.

11th  At Jacobs Field, the Yankees record a rarity in their 4–0 win over the Indians—no assists. Jack McDowell allows 4 hits, walks 4 and strikes out 8 in the 9 innings as the Yanks register the 3rd no-assist game in the AL this century. Black Jack retires the side in the 9th on 3 pitches. The outfield makes 8 of the 27 putouts. It last happened in the ML in a Mets-Phils game on June 25, 1989, the only time in the NL.

14th The sale of the Oakland Athletics for $85 million to Steven Schott and Ken Hoffman is approved by major league owners. A provision of the sale is that the team must remain in Oakland.

15th Bobby Bonilla hits a 6th inning grand slam, off Mariano Rivera, to ice the Orioles victory, 8-1, over the Yankees. Rafael Palmeiro started the Birds scoring with a 3-run homer in the 1st off Sterling Hitchcock. Scott Erickson (11-10) goes the distance for the win. For Rivera, it is the second grand slam he’s served up this year: he won’t do it again until 2002.

16th  San Diego beats the Cubs, 12–4, as Sammy Sosa and Ken Caminiti each pound a pair of homers. Caminiti collects one from each side of the plate. Gwynn (.367) has 3 ribbies going 3-for-5.

17th Florida’s Pat Rapp 1-hits Colorado as the Marlins trounce the Rockies, 17-0. It’s Rapp’s 7th win in a row as a bloop single by Dante Bichette is Colorado’s only safety. The Marlins pound 6 Rockies’ pitchers for 21 safeties, including 5 for OF Gary Sheffield, who drives in 4 runs before being lifted for a PH in the 8th. Rapp will shut out the Mets in 5 days in a rain shortened game, the first Marlin to toss two shutouts in a row.

San Diego whips the Cubs, 11–3, as Ken Caminiti homers from both sides of the plate for the 2nd game in a row, tying a ML record. Only Eddie Murray (May 8, 9, 1987) has done that.

18th Gary Sheffield follows up his 5-for-5 performance of yesterday with 3 hits in 3 ABs—8 straight hits—for 7 RBIs, in Florida’s 13-10 loss to Philadelphia. Sheffield, who was on the DL, will hit 10 homers and club record 27 RBI in September.

The owners hire NYC labor commissioner Randy Levine as their chief labor negotiator.

19th Cleveland OF Albert Belle strokes 3 HRs the team’s 8-2 win over the White Sox, giving him 5 HRs over 2 consecutive games to tie a major league mark.

San Diego pummels Colorado, 15-4, as 3B Ken Caminiti drives home 8 runs with 4 hits, including a pair of homers, again from each side of the plate. Caminiti has now hit a pair of homers, right and left-handed, in 3 of his last 4 games. He’s the only major leaguer to ever to do it 3 times in a month. Jody Reed has 4 hits and 4 runs for the Pads. Andres Galarraga connects for his 30th homer, giving the Rockies 4 players with 30+ homers. This matches the 1977 Dodgers.

20th  Maybe it shoulda rained. The Padres play their 1,000th straight home game without a rainout, a streak going back to 1983, but the Rockies win, 10–2. Bill Swift (8-2) is the winner. Vinnie Castilla hits his 32nd HR and Walt Weiss his first of the year and scores 5 runs.

21st  Andy the Clown dies.  Andy (AKA Andrew Rozdilsky) was 77 and from 1960 to 1990 performed unofficially at Sox home games at Comiskey Park. In that period he missed just one home opener, in 1989, a day after his wife died.  With the new ownership in 1981, Andy was relegated to the upper decks when the Sox introduced Ribbie and Roobarb, who became the most disliked mascots in baseball. Andy was retired when the Sox built the new Comiskey Park.

22nd  At Seattle, Mark McGwire hits his 35th homer and the A’s take a 6-0 lead on the Mariners only to see it sink as the M’s score 6 in the 4th and win, 10-7.  Todd Van Poppel serves up a homer in the 4th to Ken Griffey, Jr. and then tees up a birthday present to Vince Coleman, a grand slam.

23rd White Sox OF Lance Johnson strokes 6 hits—including 3 triples—scores 4 runs and drives in 4 others as Chicago defeats Minnesota, 14-4. 3B Robin Ventura gets 5 hits for the Chisox, including 3 doubles.

24th Montreal P Carlos Perez is arrested in Atlanta and charged with the rape of a 20-year-old woman.

25th Cubs’ P Frank Castillo 1-hits the Cardinals, winning by a score of 7-0. Castillo strikes out 13, walks 2, and allows only a triple to OF Bernard Gilkey.

28th  Kirby Puckett is hit by a pitch by Cleveland’s Dennis Martinez and suffers a broken jaw and a burst artery in his mouth. The Indians go on to win the game, 12-4.

The Cubs become the first team this century to come back from 6 deficits in a game, as they rally to defeat the Astros, 12–11, in 11 innings. Craig Biggio scores 5 runs for the second time this year. During the game, a fan at Wrigley Field charges P Randy Myers. Myers, a martial arts expert, knocks the fan down and pins him until his teammates come to his aid.

The Angels Mark Langston holds the A’s to 6 hits and a run in 6 2/3 innings, as California wins, 4–1, to keep their division hopes alive.  The Angels, in first place for 124 days, beat Seattle yesterday, 2–0, behind the strong pitching of Chuck Finley.

Randy Johnson wins his 17th as Ken Griffey, Jr. snaps an 8th inning tie with a grand slam, as the Mariners top Texas, 6–2. The M’s hold a 2 game lead over the Angels.           The Reds defeat the Expos by a score of 9-7, with Expos reliever Greg Harris switch pitches the 9th ambidextrously. The Reds don’t score against him as he faces two with his (normal) right arm and two with his left. After Harris (right-handed) retires Reggie Sanders on a grounder, manager Felipe Alou permits him to do what he had wanted to try for 10 years. Following a wild lefty toss to the backstop, he walks Hal Morris. Remaining as a southpaw, though, he gets Eddy Taubensee to ground out. Finally, returning the ball to his right hand, he retires Bret Boone on a ground out. Harris uses a special six-finger glove, which is sent to the Hall of Fame. Before Harris, Bert Campaneris was the last pitcher to use both hands in a professional game, doing it in 1962 for Daytona Beach in the Florida State League. The only major leaguers to toss with each hand are: Tony Mullane (July 18, 1882); Larry Corcoran (June 10, 1884); John Roach, May 14, 1887; Elton “Ice Box” Chamberlin (May 9, 1888); Tony Mullane again (July 14, 1893). The Expos make the score respectable when Shane Andrews connects for a grand slam in the bottom of the 9th, off Chuck McElroy.

At Coors Field, Barry Bonds hits his 33rd homer and drives in 4 runs as the Giants prevail over the Rockies, 12-4. Rick Aurilia and Matt Williams also homer. For the third straight game, John Vanderwal has a pinch hit, a double, and now has 28 pinch hits for the season, a new ML record.

29th  The Cubs come back again, scoring three times in the 9th to tie the Astros, then scoring in the 10th to win 4–3. The win, the 8th straight for the Cubs, keeps their playoff hopes alive, and sends the Astros to their 3rd straight extra-inning loss. The Astros trail the Rockies by a game for the wild card slot.

The Mariners clinch a tie for the A.L. West with a 4–3 victory over Texas.

Kevin Brown tops the Tigers, 6–0, for the Orioles 3rd straight complete game shutout.

The Red Sox edge the Brewers 11–9 as John Valentin drives in 4 runs.  He now has 102 RBIs, the 4th SS in Bosox history to drive home 100 runs.

A three-judge panel in New York votes unanimously to uphold the injunction that brought the end to the strike last April. The owners had appealed the injunction issued last March 31st, but the panel said the Players Relation Committee had illegally attempted to eliminate free agency and salary arbitration.

30th Cleveland OF Albert Belle socks his 50th HR of the season in the Indians’ 3-2 win over the Royals. The homer is Belle’s 17th of September, tying Babe Ruth’s record for the month. Beginning September 13, Belle has hit 13 homers in 16 games (he did not play 9/24), tying Frank Howard’s mark set in May, 1968. With today’s homer, Belle becomes the first player ever to have 50 homer and 50 doubles in a season.

1995 October

1st Boston’s Chris Donnels hits a 9th inning homer, off  starter Scott Karl, for Boston’s only run in an 8–1 loss to the Brewers. It is Donnels last ML at bat, a mark he now shares with Ted Williams. Watching the ball sail over the RF wall is Brew’s pitcher Bill Wegman, installed in RF in the 9th inning. Wegman, with the Brewers organization since 1981, is making his last ML appearance as well. Also retiring is Brewers bullpen Harley Davidson motorcycle, the last bullpen cart in the majors. The first was a “little red car” that the Indians introduced in 1950.

Mike Mussina (19-9) pitches a 4–0 shutout over Detroit to give Baltimore (71-73) five straight shutout wins to end the season. Only Ben McDonald’s 12–0 win on the 30th was not a complete game by the starter.

2nd In a one-game playoff, Randy Johnson pitches the Mariners to a 9–1 win over the Angels.  The Cy Young winner-to be strikes out 12 and allows just 3 hits as the M’s make the post season for the first time in 19 years. Edgar Martinez is 2-for-3 to finish at .356 and win his 2nd batting title. He is the first AL right handed hitter in the last 50 years to win 2 batting titles, though its been done 4 times in the NL (Aaron, Clemente, Davis, Madlock).

Sparky Anderson resigns as manager of the Tigers after 17 years.

Montreal GM Kevin Malone announces his resignation, and is replaced on an interim basis by former Expos P Bill Stoneman.

3rd In Game 1 of the NL Division Series, the Reds score 4 runs in the 1st inning and go on to defeat the Dodgers, 7-2 behind Pete Schourek.

Atlanta defeats Colorado in Game 1 of the other NL Division Series, 5-4. 3B Chipper Jones homers twice, and Alejandro Pena picks up the win in relief.

The Yankees best Seattle, 9-6, in the opening game of their AL Division Series despite 2 HRs by Ken Griffey Jr.

The Indians defeat the Red Sox, 5-4, in 13 innings, to take Game 1 of the other AL Division Series. Catcher Tony Pena’s 13th-inning HR defeats his former teammates.

4th The Reds take a 2-games-to-0 lead in their series, defeating the Dodgers, 5-4, despite 2 HRs by Eric Karros. SS Chad Fonville gets 4 hits for LA in a losing cause.

The Braves defeat the Rockies for the 2nd straight day, 7-4, in a game featuring HRs by Larry Walker of Colorado and Marquis Grissom of Atlanta.

Behind the pitching of Orel Hershiser, Cleveland shuts out Boston, 4-0, for their 2nd win in their Division Series.

Jim Leyritz’s 2-run HR in the bottom of the 15th inning gives NY a 7-5 win over Seattle for their second consecutive win.

5th Christie’s Auction House in New York auctions off the largest collection of signed baseballs, 19,397, amassed by collector John Kirwin.  He started the collection in the mid-40’s while a youngster in Detroit and today’s sale, broken up into lots, comes on his 64thbirthday. Some of the autographs are as early as 1925.

6th The Reds pound Hideo Nomo for 7 hits and 5 runs in 5 innings and cruise to a 10-1 win over the Dodgers to sweep the best-of-5 series. Ron Gant, Bret Boone, and Mark Lewis all homer for Cincinnati. The homer by Lewis is a pinch grand slam off Mark Guthrie in the 6thinning, the first pinch hit grand slam in a postseason. Ricky Ledee will match Lewis in 1999.

The Rockies best the Braves, 7-5, in 10 innings to stay alive in their Division Series.

Randy Johnson tames the Yankees as Seattle defeats NY, 7-4, for their first win of the best-of-5 series.

The Indians use a 5-run 6th inning to defeat the Red Sox, 8-2, and sweep their series.

7th The Mariners defeat the Yankees, 11-8, at the Kingdome. Seattle hits 4 HRs in the contest and NY one.

Braves win their Division Series with a 10-4 victory over Colorado. Greg Maddux notches the win, and Fred McGriff homers twice for Atlanta.

8th Edgar Martinez’s 2-run double in the bottom half of the 11th innings gives the Mariners a dramatic 6-5 win, and a 3-games-to-2 victory over the Yankees in the Division Series.  Martinez bats .571 with 10 RBIs against the Yankees. Ken Griffey, Jr., who beats the relay home to score the winning run,  has 5 homers in the series.

10th Agreement is reached on the sale of the Pittsburgh Pirates to Kevin McClatchy and partners for $85 million.

Yankee owner George Steinbrenner is fined $50,000 for criticizing the umpiring in the NY-Seattle playoff series.

The Braves edge the Reds, 2-1, in 11 innings in the opening game of the NLCS. Mike Devereaux’s single is the deciding hit.

Seattle defeats Cleveland in Game 1 of the ALCS, 3-2, behind the pitching of rookie Bob Wolcott. With only 7 previous major league appearances, Wolcott becomes the least-experienced pitcher ever to win a postseason game in the AL.

11th The Braves take their 2nd straight extra-inning win over the Reds, defeating Cincinnati, 6-2, in 10 innings. Javy Lopez’s 3-run HR ices the victory.

Cleveland OF Manny Ramirez goes 4-for-4, including 2 HRs, to pace the Indians to a 5-2 win over the Mariners in Game 2 of the ALCS. HRs by Ken Griffey Jr. and Jay Buhner account for Seattle’s runs.

13th Atlanta wins its 3rd straight over Cincinnati, defeating the Reds, 5-2, behind Greg Maddux.

The Mariners go ahead of the Indians, 2-games-to-1 with a 5-2 win in 11 innings. Jay Buhner’s 2nd round-tripper of the contest is the game’s big blow.

14th The Braves clinch the NL pennant by sweeping the Reds with a 6-0 victory in Game 4 of the NLCS. Mike Devereaux hits a 3-run homer, and Steve Avery stars on the mound.

Cleveland evens the ALCS at 2 games apiece with a 7-0 win behind Ken Hill. Eddie Murray and Jim Thome homer for the Indians, and Orel Hershiser gets his 3rd victory of the postseason.

15th Another Jim Thome homer helps Cleveland defeat the Mariners, 3-2, in Game 5 of the ALCS.

16th The Yankees sign P Dwight Gooden, who has been on suspension for violation of his substance abuse program.

17th The Indians shut out Seattle, 4-0, behind the pitching of Dennis Martinez, Julian Tavarez, and Jose Mesa, to clinch the AL pennant.

Bobby Valentine, the 1st former major league manager to lead a Japanese team, is fired by the Chiba Lotte Marines.

21st The Braves beat Cleveland, 3-2, in Game 1 of the WS behind Greg Maddux. Fred McGriff homers for Atlanta, while Kenny Lofton becomes the 1st player since 1921 to steal 2 bases in one inning of a Series game. The 2 teams combine for only 5 hits, tying a WS record for fewest hits by both clubs.

After seven years, Roland Hemond resigns as General Manager of the Orioles. Baltimore will hire Pat Gillick as his replacement on the 27th.

22nd The Braves win again, 4-3, this time on the strength of a 2-run homer by C Javy Lopez. Tom Glavine is the winning pitcher.

23rd The Cardinals hire Tony LaRussa as manager, replacing Mike Jorgenson

The Yankees name Bob Watson GM, replacing Gene Michael.

Plans are approved for a new $320 million stadium for the Seattle Mariners.

24th  Before the start of game 3, Cleveland’s Albert Belle rants that his pre-game preparations are disrupted by the presence of NBC reporter Hannah Storm in the dugout.  Belle will be rung up with a $55,000 fine by Bud Selig and required to attend off-season counseling. An 11th-inning single by Eddie Murray gives the Indians a 7-6 win in Game 3 of the WS. Jose Mesa notches the victory with 3 shutout innings of relief. Fred McGriff and Ryan Klesko homer for Atlanta.

25th Anheuser-Busch, which has owned the Cardinals for 42 years, announces plans to sell the team.

The Braves take a 3-games-to-1 lead in the Series with a 5-2 win behind Steve Avery. Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez, and Ryan Klesko all homer.

26th Cleveland stays alive with a 5-4 win in Game 5 of the WS. Orel Hershiser gets credit for the win, and Albert Belle, Jim Thome, Luis Polonia, and Ryan Klesko all reach the seats.

28th In a pitcher’s duel, the Braves win Game 6 of the Series, 1-0, on a combined 1-hitter by Tom Glavine and Mark Wohlers. David Justice’s 6th-inning homer accounts for the game’s only run. In winning, the Braves become the first team to win World Championships representing three different cities—Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta. C Tony Pena’s leadoff single in the 6th is Cleveland’s only hit. Cleveland, which led the ML in homers and runs scored, bats just .179, the lowest average for a six-games series since 1911.

30th The Orioles name Davey Johnson as their new manager.

31st Cubs’ second baseman Ryne Sandberg, who retired last year in the middle of a 4-year, $28.4 million contract, announces that he will return for the 1996 season.

1995 November

2nd The Yankees name Joe Torre as their new manager, replacing Buck Showalter.

7th Baseball signs a $1.7 billion, 5-year deal with Fox, NBC, ESPN, and Liberty Media.

Former P Mitch Williams is cleared of rape charges filed against him by a Kentucky woman in February of 1994.

9th Dodgers P Hideo Nomo (13–6) is named NL Rookie of the Year, becoming the 1st Japanese player ever to win a major American baseball award.

11th  Minnesota’s Marty Cordova is named AL Rookie of the Year, winning by 6 points over California’s Garret Anderson, who outhit him by 44 points.

Gaffney Street, near the former site of Braves Field in Boston, is renamed Harry Agganis Way, after the former Boston College and Red Sox star who died during the 1955 season.

13th Atlanta P Greg Maddux wins the NL Cy Young Award for an unprecedented 4th straight time.  Maddux had a remarkable 19–2 record with a 1.63 ERA, the 2nd year his ERA is below 1.80.  Only Walter Johnson has done that.

The NL MVP Award goes to Reds SS Barry Larkin.

14th Mark Kotsay, of Cal State Fullerton, is named as winner of the Golden Spikes Award as the nation’s top amateur baseball player.

15th The Arizona Diamondbacks, who will not begin play until the 1998 season, sign Buck Showalter to a 7-year contract as manager.

16th The Oakland Athletics name Art Howe as their manager.

20th The Yankees trade minor league P Mike DeJean and a player to be named to the Rockies for C Joe Girardi. Girardi will solidify the catching for New York, while DeJean will set a ML mark for most appearances without a loss. He’ll go 7–0 through 1998, while making 88 appearances, breaking a little-known mark set by Phil Paine. DeJean will be 2–4 in ’99.

21st The Marlins sign free agent OF Devon White to a 3-year contract worth $9.9 million.

22nd The Angels sign free agent IF Randy Velarde to a 3-year contract.

27th Pat Gillick is named GM of the Baltimore Orioles.

29th The Dodgers trade second baseman Miguel Cairo and 3B Willis Otanez to the Mariners in exchange for 3B Mike Blowers.

30th The Dodgers sign free agent SS Greg Gagne.

1995 December

1st Dodger Hall of Famer Duke Snider is sentenced to 2 years probation and fined $5,000 for failing to pay taxes on money earned signing autographs at card shows.

2nd Michael Stirn, the fan who caught the ball Cal Ripken hit for a HR on the night he broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive game streak, sells it to a Maryland businessman for $41,736.

5th The Angels sign free agent 3B Tim Wallach.

The Twins bring back free agent DH Paul Molitor.

7th The Yankees obtain 1B Tino Martinez, P Jeff Nelson, and minor league P Jim Mecir from the Mariners in exchange for P Sterling Hitchcock and 3B Russ Davis. In a memorable day, Martinez signs a 5-year, $20.25 million contract, and his wife gives birth to their 3rd child.

The Red Sox sign free agent OF-DH Jose Canseco to a 2-year contract.

8th The Giants sign free agent OF Stan Javier to a 2-year contract.

11th The White Sox sign free agent DH Harold Baines.

The Yankees sign free agent IF Mariano Duncan to a 2-year contract.

12th The White Sox sign free agent OF Darren Lewis to a 2-year contract.

14th The Indians sign free agent P Jack McDowell to a 2-year contract.

The Mets sign free agent OF Lance Johnson to a 2-year contract.

The Orioles sign free agent P Randy Myers to a 2-year contract.

The Red Sox sign free agent C Mike Stanley.

The Marlins sign free agent P Al Leiter to a 3-year contract.

The Rangers sign free agent OF Darryl Hamilton.

The Cardinals trade pitchers Allan Watson, Rich DeLucia and Doug Creek to the Giants in exchange for SS Royce Clayton.

15th The Blue Jays sign free agent C Charlie O’Brien to a 2-year contract.

17th The Orioles acquire P Kent Mercker from the Braves in exchange for pitchers Joe Borowski and Rachaad Stewart.

The Royals obtain SS Jose Offerman from the Dodgers in exchange for P Billy Brewer.

18th The Padres sign free agent P Bob Tewksbury.

20th The Orioles sign free agent IF-OF B.J. Surhoff to a 3-year contract.

The Astros trade P Dave Veres and minor league C Raul Chavez to the Expos in exchange for 3B Sean Berry.

21st The Royals send Wally Joyner and minor league P Aaron Dorlarque to the Padres in exchange for IF Bip Roberts and minor league P Bryan Wolff

The Red Sox sign free agent P Tom Gordon to a 2-year contract.

The Orioles sign free agent second baseman Roberto Alomar to a 3-year contract.

22nd Anheuser-Busch agrees to sell the Cardinals for $150 million to an investment group that agrees to keep the team in St. Louis.

The Red Sox sign free agent P Jamie Moyer.

The Marlins sign free agent P Kevin Brown to a 3-year contract.

The Phillies sign free agent 3B Todd Zeile.

23rd The Cardinals sign free agent P Andy Benes to a 2-year contract, and free agent OF Ron Gant to a 5-year contract.

26th The Orioles acquire P David Wells from the Reds in exchange for outfielders Curtis Goodwin and Trovin Valdez.

The Cubs sign free agent Dave Magadan.

28th Former major league P John D’Acquisto is arrested on charges of trying to pass off a forged $200 million certificate of deposit as collateral on a deal at Prudential Securities Inc.

The White Sox trade veteran Tim Raines to the Yankees in exchange for future considerations. Rock hit .285 for the Sox in 1995. The Sox will receive Blaise Kozeniewski in February.

29th The Padres sign free agent OF Rickey Henderson to a 2-year contract.

30th The Yankees sign free agent lefty Kenny Rogers to a 4-year contract after debating whether to go after Chuck Finley. Rogers will go 44-25 for the Yankees.

1996 January

3rd  The Mariners sign free agent 1B Paul Sorrento.

5th The Padres sign free agent Craig Shipley. It is the second time around in San Diego for the Aussie.

8th For only the 7th time in history, the Baseball Writers Association of America fails to select a player for induction into baseball’s Hall of Fame.

9th The Braves trade OF Mike Kelly to the Reds in exchange for minor league P Chad Fox.

The Cardinals sign free agent IF Mike Gallego.

The Athletics trade P Todd Stottlemyre to the Cardinals in exchange for pitchers Bret Wagner, Jay Witasick and Carl Dale, and OF Allen Battle.

10th The Red Sox trade P Rheal Cormier, 1B Ryan McGuire and minor league P Shayne Bennett to the Expos in exchange for SS Wil Cordero and P Bryan Eversgerd.

13th The Marlins sign Cuban P Livan Hernandez to a 4-year $4.5 million contract, which includes a record $2.5 million bonus.

16th At a meeting in LA, interleague play is approved for the 1997 season by major league baseball’s executive council.

The Giants sign Cuban P Osvaldo Fernandez.

20th The White Sox sign free agent OF Tony Phillips to a 2-year contract and tomorrow pick up OF Danny Tartabull from the Athletics. The A’s get P Andrew Lorraine and OF Charlie Poe in exchange.

The Brewers sign free agent P Ben McDonald to a 2-year contract.

22nd The Mets trade pitchers Eric Ludwick and Erik Hiljus, and OF Yudith Ozorio, to the Cardinals in exchange for OF Bernard Gilkey.

29th The Red Sox trade outfielders Lee Tinsley and Glenn Murray and P Ken Ryan to the Phillies in exchange for P Heathcliff Slocumb, OF Rick Hollifield and P Larry Wimberly.

30th The Phillies sign free agent C Benito Santiago.

31st Ken Griffey Jr. becomes baseball’s highest-paid player by signing a 4-year, $34 million contract.

1996 February

1st The Royals sign free agent P Tim Belcher.

3rd The White Sox sign free agent P Kevin Tapani, a double-figure winner in each year in the 90’s.

8th Dave Winfield announces his retirement after 23 seasons. The 12-time All Star joins Aaron, Mays and Musial as the only players with 3,000 hits and 400 home runs.

13th The Cardinals complete a long-rumored swap, acquiring Dennis Eckersley, 42, from the A’s in exchange for minor leaguer Steve Montgomery. Eck replaces Tom Henke, who announced last month he was retiring.

The Cards announce that they are laying nearly three acres of natural grass over the field at Busch Stadium, replacing the artificial turf that has been used for 26 years. The turf will be ready for the April 8 opener against Montreal.

21st Despite the Baltimore Orioles winning in arbitration over P Arthur Rhodes, the players have their first winning year since 1990, going 14–10 in arbitration against the owners.  Rhodes, 2–5, gets a team offer raise to $300,000: the pitcher had asked for $675,000. Arbitration-eligible players increased their salaries by 64%, the lowest since 1998,

23rd The Rules Committee announces that the strike zone will be larger, dropping it from the top of the knees to the hollow below the knees. The change comes out of a series of recommendations to help speed up play.

1996 March

1st The Yankees christen Legends Field, their new $30 million 31-acre complex near the Tampa Airport.  The field has the exact dimensions of the stadium in the Bronx. On hand to see Phil Rizzuto toss out the first ball are former Yanks Whitey Ford, Catfish Hunter, Ron Guidry, and Chris Chambliss, who then watch the new Yankees beat the AL Champion Indians, 5–2.

2nd  At St. Petersburg’s Al Lang Field, two Japanese umpires work a game with two American umps.  Osamu Ito is behind the plate as the Pirates whip the Cardinals, 11–2. “I thought they did a good job,” commented Bucs’ manager Jim Leyland. “And even if they didn’t, you couldn’t argue with them.” In Dunedin, fellow Central League umps Samio Murakoshi and Toshio Azuma are part of a four-man crews that works the Phillies 12–2 win over the Blue Jays. Meanwhile, four umpires from the majors are on a 9-day tour of the Japanese Leagues.

5th The Veteran’s Committee elects four new members of the Hall of Fame, and just misses naming a fifth. The group elected includes Earl Weaver, Orioles manger for 17 seasons, Jim Bunning, who won 100 games in each league, 19th century manager Ned Hanlon, who won pennants in Baltimore and Brooklyn, and Bill Foster, the Negro League’s winningest pitcher. Nellie Fox receives the necessary 75% of the Committee’s votes, but the rules allow just one modern player elected, and Bunning has more votes.

22nd The Tigers trade pitchers Sean Bergman and Cade Gaspar, and OF Todd Steverson, to the Padres in exchange for OF Melvin Nieves, C Raul Casanova, and P Richie Lewis.

23rd  In a Grapefruit League game at Clearwater’s Jack Russell Stadium, the Phillies and Indians meet for the first time in their history, with the Tribe prevailing 8–2.

24th At Legends Field, New York Yankee infielder Tony Fernandez fractures his right elbow in a 8–3 game with the Astros, and is placed on the 60-day DL.

26th Voters in San Francisco vote 2-to-1 in favor of a privately-funded stadium to replace Candlestick Park, the windy 36-year-old home of the Giants. The passage of the measure, the first step towards building the 42,000 seat bayside park, exempts the Giants from the waterside height restrictions. Plans call for the park to be ready for Opening Day, 2000.

28th Kirby Puckett is taken to the Ft. Myers Hospital after he awakes with his vision affected by a career-threatening malady. He has a black dot in front of his left eye and his vision is diagnosed as 20/200. Puckett, who hit .360 in spring training, will undergo surgery on April 17.

29th The Giants sign pitcher Mark Gardner, released by the Florida Marlins.

31st  Hours before Opening Day, the Mets add a fifth starter to replace three of their ailing young arms on the DL. New York sends the expendable Ryan Thompson and pitcher Reid Cornelius to the Indians for Mark Clark.  Clark was 20–10 over the past two seasons.

In the earliest Opening Day ever, the Mariners sail past the White Sox in 12 innings, 3–2 in Seattle. Randy Johnson strikes out 14 Sox in 7 innings, but serves up a 2-run homer to Frank Thomas. Five M’s pitchers strike out a ML-Opener record 21 batters, including Ron Karkovice five times, a ML record for opening day, while the Sox use 7 pitchers in the loss.  The AL unveiled its new colorful red polo shirts for the umpires, part of the “What a Game” campaign to lure fans back to the parks.  The last sartorial change was in the 1970s when AL umps wore red blazers for several years.  Al umps will wear red and blue polo shirts for the season; NL umps will stick with traditional blue.

1996 April

1st At Riverfront Stadium, umpire John McSherry calls time from behind the plate and collapses on the field with a massive heart attack and dies. The popular McSherry, a veteran of 21 seasons, had been suffering from a series of medical problems, aggravated by his weight of 328 pounds. The game, just 7 pitches old between the Reds and Expos, is called, though owner Marge Schott feels otherwise: “Snow this morning and now this. I don’t believe it. I feel cheated. This isn’t supposed to happen to us, not in Cincinnati. This is our history, our tradition, our team. Nobody feels worse than me.” Schott, who will later apologize, says it with flowers instead.  But the Dayton Daily News will report on the 28th that the flowers she sends were given to her by a television station covering the Reds.

The Athletics open the season in Las Vegas since renovations to the Oakland Coliseum are still not finished. The night game with the Blue Jays at Cashman Field, with a seating of 9,553, draws just 7,294 and the Jays take advantage of a 25-mile-an hour wind to hit 3 homers and win, 9–6. It is the first time since September 3, 1957 that major league teams have played in a minor league park.

The New York Mets spot the Cardinals 6 runs, then roar back for a 7–6 win, the biggest Opening Day comeback this century.

Snow postpones the Yankee opener in Cleveland.

2nd At Baltimore, President Clinton tosses out the first ball and then watches Cal Ripken drive in 3 runs to give the Orioles a 4–2 win over the Royals.

The Mets announce that Bill Pulsipher will miss the 1996 season. The 22-year-old lefty experienced arm pain while throwing on March 28th, and results from an MRI indicate torn ligaments in his left arm, necessitating surgery April 17.

Cecil Fielder pulls a belated April fool’s joke on the Twins when, in the 9th inning, he takes off for 2nd base with a 3-2 count on Melvin Nieves and beats the throw from catcher Greg Myers. Fielder’s swipe is his first in 1,096 games in the majors. Tiger rookie RHP Clint Sodowsky allows 7 hits in 5 innings in his debut, and the Tigers win 10–6.

In the opener, Milwaukee has 22 hits including homers by Greg Vaughn and Jose Valentin, to outscore the Twins, 15–9. Valentin and Chuck Carr have 4 hits apiece. Other hitting in the game includes Vaughn getting plunked in the 8th inning, and Brewers Kevin Wickender retaliating in the bottom of the inning by hitting Garret Anderson. Both benches then clear for the traditional scrum in the center of the infield. Seven homers are hit, including a grand slam by Jim Edmonds, in the 37 total hits in the game.

3rd The Padres beat the Cubs, 7–5, with Joey Hamilton picking up his first win of the year (5 IP) and his first hit in 3 years. Hamilton had been 0-for-57 at the plate, one of the worst offensive starts in ML history. Tony Gwynn is 4-for-4, while Caminiti has 4 RBIs, 3 on a HR. Ausmus, Joyner, Servais and Sosa all hit homers. Frank Castillo is the loser.

     The College of St. Francis sets 71 records with a 71-1 four-inning defeat of Robert Morris College. The Fighting Saints score 26 runs in the 1st inning, 22 more in the 2nd, 4 in the 3rd and 19 in the 4th, collecting 44 hits along the way. 1st baseman Brian Mazurek hits for the cycle, while freshman SS Mike Palermo ties an NAIA record with 7 hits. LF Mike Holcomb sets a NCAA mark with 9 runs scored.

5th The Kansas City Royals unveil their new mascot Sluggerrr a crown-wearing lion, who cheers as the Royals edge the Red Sox, 5-4, in 12 innings. Johnny Damon has 3 RBIs and Tom Goodwin scores the winning run after stealing 2B and 3B.

Jim Bullinger allows no runs in 8 innings and is one of four players with 2 RBIs as the Cubs trim the Dodgers, 11-1.

6th Chan Ho Park becomes the first South Korean to win in the majors, pitching 4 scoreless innings in relief of injured starter Ramon Martinez as the Dodgers beat the Cubs, 3–1, at Wrigley.

Padres pitching prospect Matt LaChappa, 20, suffers a massive heart attack while warming up for the Rancho Cucamunga Quakes.

Warming up in the outfield before the Indians’ game with Toronto, Albert Belle heaves a ball at photographer Tony Tomsic, hitting him. Belle contends that it wasn’t deliberate, even though it was his second throw near Tomsic, and even though he warned the photog not to snap his picture. The league will open an investigation in two weeks and Tomsic will file a law suit on December 12th. The Indians win the game, defeating the Blue Jays, 5–3.

Terry Pendleton hits a game-ending homer leading off the 10th to give Florida a 1-0 win over the Giants. Mark Dewey, in relief of starter Mark Leiter who went 9 innings, serves up the gopher.

Tiger CF Melvin Nieves bangs two doubles, a triple and a homer as the Tigers top the A’s, 6–1. Nieves was acquired from the Padres in a spring training trade.

The Twins hand the Orioles their first loss of the year, topping the O’s, 8–3. Cal Ripken fumbles a grounder in the 5th inning stopping his errorless streak at 74 games.

At the Astrodome, Ken Caminiti of the Padres belts a 2-out grand slam in the 13th, off Alvin Morman, and San Diego beats Houston, 8-4.

Paul Sorrento has a grand slam and a 2-run homer, both off Steve Sparks, to pace Seattle to an 8-5 win over Milwaukee. Randy Johnson pitches into the 7thfor the win.

7th Mark Carreon drives home 6 runs on 2 homers, one a grand slam, to lead the Giants to a 14–7 gaffing of the Marlins.  Jeff Conine and Andre Dawson, with his 30th 4-hit game, each have 4 hits for the Fish. The win goes to Steve Bougeois, who wins his first in the majors with 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

Aussie Craig Shipley is 5-for-5 to lead the Padres to a 17–2 downing of the Astros. Sean Bergman wins his first in the NL by allowing just 2 hits in 8 innings. Brian Johnson adds 5 RBI for the Pads.

Phillies catcher-turned left fielder Darren Daulton goes on the DL because of pain in his right knee, which was reconstructed during the off-season. Daulton has had the left knee operated on 8 times during his 12-year-career.

8th The NL announces that 325-pound umpire Eric Gregg has been granted a leave of absence so he can enter a weight loss program.

9th Before an estimated crowd of 50,000, the Yankees snowball the Royals, 7–3, behind Andy Pettitte. The final tally is 7 runs, 10 hits, and 2 inches—of snow.

Cecil Fielder clubs a grand slam, one of three Tiger homers, in Detroit’s 10-9 victory over visiting Seattle. Bob Wells serves up the salami.

10th In his major league debut, Cuban defector Osvaldo Fernandez allows just 5 hits and one run in 8 innings as his Giants beat the Marlins, 5–1. Fernandez posted a fat 9.45 ERA in spring training.

11th  The Mariners get 3 homers and 4 RBIs from Dan Wilson and HRs from Russ Davis and Ken Griffey, Jr. to roll over Detroit 9–1. Randy Johnson, who has a no-hitter through six innings, is the winner.

At Camden Yards, the Orioles (6) and the Indians (2) combine for 8 homers, as the Orioles roll to a 14-4 win. Brady Anderson is the only hitter to go deep twice.

The Padres defeat the Braves, 2-1, ending Greg Maddux’s major league record streak of 18 consecutive road victories.

Jimmy Key wins his first of the year as the Yankees down the Royals, 5-3.  Joe Girardi steals home on the front end of a double steal, the first Yankee catcher in 30 years to swipe home. Jake Gibbs was the last in 1966.

12th Tom Urbanski pitches 5+ strong innings to win his 1st game of the year as the Cards top the Phils, 6–1. Dennis Eckersley, with his appearance in the 9th inning, ties Cy Young (8th place) with 906 appearances. The Cards offense is paced by Ray Lankford with two homers.

Reds fans are again able to get out of town scores at Riverfront Stadium.  In a cost-cutting move, owner Marge Schott had canceled the score-reporting service to save the monthly fee of $350.

13th After a lackluster loss in the Opener, Hideo Nomo is back on form as he strikes out 17 Florida batter en route to a 3–1 Dodger win. Billy Ashley and Raul Mondesi homer for the Dodgers.

In Milwaukee, Michael Tucker’s 3-run homer in the 5th inning—the only hit allowed by knuckleballer Steve Sparks—is enough to give the Royals a 3–2 win.

14th John Smoltz loses his no-hit bid when Tony Gwynn hits a one-out fly ball in the 7th that pops out of Ryan Klesko’s mitt just before he hits the fence. The hit is ruled a double. Smoltz K’s 13 and allows the one hit before giving way to Mark Wohlers in the 9th as the Braves top the Padres, 4–0.

Minutes before the start of the 2nd game with the Astros at Cincinnati, Reds’ owner Marge Schott walks on the field to apologize to Larry Vandover and the umpiring crew for her remarks following the death of John McSherry. Crew chief Harry Wendelstedt is mystified, saying, “I had no idea what she was doing out there.”  The Reds take the 2nd game 9–8 after winning the opener, 5–3.

Julio Franco’s homer in the 11th gives the Indians a 7–6 win over the Red Sox.  Boston is 2–8, and off to their worst start since 1945.

15th Despite a 9-1 deficit,Seattle wins an 11-10 squeaker over the Angels, overcoming a grand slam and 5 RBIs by Mike Aldrete.

16th  Cecil Fielder pounds three HRs to lead the Tigers to a 13–8 clipping of the Blue Jays. Fielder has now hit 9 homers for April.

Dan Wilson hits a grand slam and drives in all 5 Seattle runs to give the M’s a 5–3 win over the Angels. Ken Griffey Jr.’s sensational catch of George Arias’ line drive robs him of a 3-run homer.

In Pittsburgh’s 13-3 win over the Cardinals, Jay Bell and Orlando Merced each hit grand slams, tying a ML record.

The Phils first two batters, Lenny Dykstra and Mickey Morandini, hit homeruns, and Shane Andrews adds a 6th-inning grand slam, but the Expos win, 7-6, on Moises Alou’s RBI-single in the 9th.

Andy Ashby is the winning pitcher in San Diego’s 10-6 win over Colorado. Ashby also goes 4-for-4 with 3 RBIs against his old teammates.

17th  The Dodgers roll over the Giants, scoring 7 runs in the 4th inning, to win 11–2. Starter Chan Ho Park strikes out the side in the first two innings, as Dodger pitchers K 14.

18th  Paced by Alex Rodriguez’s first grand slam, off Clint Sodowsky, Seattle scores 6 runs in the 2ndand pummel the Tigers, 11-3.

19th The host Rangers show no mercy in running up the largest score in the A.L. in 41 years and trouncing the league-leading Orioles, 26–7. Sixteen of the runs come in the 56-minute 8th inning, their last at bat, and the largest 8th inning tally in baseball history. The inning is highlighted by Kevin Elster’s grand slam off O’s backup IF Manny Alexander. Manny, no Grover Cleveland Alexander, walks 4 including 3 with the bases loaded, but does manage to get an out. For O’s reliever Jesse Orosco, it’s a bad 2 days as he gives up 12 earned runs in 2 1/3 innings: The 2 outings raise his season ERA from 1.52 to 3.40.  It takes him 47 pitches to record one out. Juan Gonzalez hits two homers and has 6 RBIs, while Dean Palmer (2) and Will Clark also add round-trippers. Darryl Hamilton has 3 at bats in the 8th. O’s manager Johnson fumes when Mickey Tettleton takes 3B with Texas ahead 20–7: “I’ve seen it all, but guys tagging up from second with an 18-run lead, it’s ridiculous.” Texas manager Johnny Oates, who still carries a clipping from a 1983 IL game when Johnson, with a 9-run lead, had his team stealing against Oates’ squad, counters, “Davey didn’t have to use an infielder to pitch in that inning.”

The wind is blowing out in Chicago, and Brian McRae, with a grand slam, Sandberg and Mark Grace hit consecutive homers in the 6th to give the Cubs a 10–6 win over the Giants. Losing lefty Mike Watson serves up 5 Cub homers and shows little respect for venerable Wrigley Field: “I hate this place. They should burn it down.”

At County Stadium, Tom Glavine (3-1) fires a 3-hitter as the Braves down the Padres, 7-1.  Former president Jimmy Carter, sitting with his wife near the Padres dugout, snags a foul ball in the 6thoff the bat of Ken Caminiti after it bounces off the screen. Carter gets a standing ovation from the crowd. “He showed good hands,” said Braves catcher Javy Lopez. “The ricochet slowed it down a bit but you’ve got to admire any 70-year-old man catching a foul bare handed.” Carter attends 8 or 10 games as the guest of Ted Turner, but tonight he was the guest of Padres owner John Moores, a trustee at the Carter Center in Atlanta. Carter is the first president to catch a foul, notes foul-ball historian Zack Hample.  George Bush caught a foul ball at Yankee Stadium when he was a youngster.

The A’s have a delayed home opener in the reconstructed Oakland Coliseum, though there are no bleachers for the time being. The formerly symmetrical stadium now sports six distinct angles in the outfield, much like the old Forbes or Ebbets Field. All the fans tonight are given yellow construction helmets with the A’s logo on them. The A’s, 2–4 in their 6 early games in Las Vegas, lose 4–3 to the White Sox when Frank Thomas cracks a 2-run homer in the 8th to give Chicago reliever Matt Karchner his 3rd win.

At Anaheim, California’s Mark Langston picks up a complete game win, 4–3, over the Tigers. Detroit’s Mark Parent and the Angels’ Tim Wallach both homer, but neither is over the left field fence where actor Charlie Sheen has purchased 2,615 seats for himself and three friends, one of whom is Bret Michaels, the lead singer of Poison. Sheen, an inveterate sports memorabilia collector, was hoping for a home run in his vicinity. “I didn’t want to crawl over the paying public,” said Sheen after shelling out $6,500 for the seats and going home without a ball. “He should have bought tickets when I was pitching,” Chuck Finely said. “I could have served him up a couple.”

20th The Orioles Brady Anderson leads off with a home run, the 3rd straight game he’s socked a lead-off HR, a major league record. No one has done it more than twice. Anderson adds another homer but it is not enough as Texas wins, 8-3.

21st  Dean Palmer’s grand slam and 2-run homer lead Texas (13–4) to a 9–6 win over the Orioles and a sweep of the 3-game series. Brady Anderson socks a leadoff homer for the 4th straight game, a ML record.

Rookie pitcher Tom Thobe makes 2 errors in the 15th inning to allow the Padres to score, then grounds out to end the game, as Atlanta loses 2–1.

Seattle beats the Blue Jays, 9–5 as Ken Griffey, Jr. and Edgar Martinez hit back-to-back homers twice.  All 4 dingers come off starter Erik Hanson.

New York’s expensive free-agent, Kenny Rogers, finally debuts, throwing a no-hitter for 5 1/3 innings. He leaves with a 4–0 lead, and New York holds on for a 9–5 win over the Twins.

22nd  Rheal Cormier allows just 3 hits and Henry Rodriguez slams two homers and drives in 5 runs as host Montreal clips the Cardinals, 8–0. Rodriguez, starting in LF for the injured Moises Alou, homered twice on Saturday and is 9-for-14. Montreal (12–7) leads Atlanta in the N.L. East by 1 1/2 games.

Shawon Dunston makes 4 errors, but participates in 4 of the Giants 5 double plays in an 11–8 loss to the Astros. Dunston is mercifully lifted in the 8th, but his 4 errors is the most by a Giant since Bob Brenly’s 4 in a 1986 game.

In Arlington, Harold Baines, with a 3-run blast, and Robin Ventura hit consecutive homers in the 6th as the Sox halt the Rangers’ five-game win streak, 12–4. Ventura and Danny Tartabull then hit back-to-back homers in the 8th to cinch Alex Fernandez’s 3rd win.

23rd Albert Belle and Manny Ramirez each hit 3-run homers and the Indians hold off the Orioles for an 9–8 win. The Indians win their 10th in 11 games, while the O’s drop their 6th straight.

In Milwaukee, the A’s rack up nine runs off knuckler Steve Sparks, with Scott Brosius banging a 3-run homer in the first and a solo shot in the 4th. Jason Giambi tallies a double in the first off Sparks, a triple in the 2nd, and a two run homer in the 4th. With teammates urging him to stop at first on any hit, Giambi lines out his next two times up. The A’s need all 9 runs as the Brewers battle back to lose, 9–6.

24th  Twins’ manager Tom Kelly apologizes to the fans after his team wallops the host Tigers, 24–11, the highest score rung up on Detroit since their loss in 1912 when the team boycotted over the suspension of Ty Cobb and a sub team was hastily cobbled together. Greg Myers and Paul Molitor each drive in 5 runs, and Molitor scores 5 runs, as Minnesota scores against all 7 Tiger pitchers they face. Eric Bennett is the winning pitcher, though he doesn’t realize it until he hears it on Sports Center. The 35 runs is the most today as major league teams total 195 runs, the most this century. The average game total of 13.9 runs tops the record of 13.6 set on July 12, 1931.

Reggie Jefferson’s 3rd double of the game breaks a 7th-inning tie as Boston edges the Rangers 11–9. Texas is led by unlikely slugger Kevin Elster, who slugs homers in the 2nd and 3rd for 5 RBIs.

Henry Rodriguez clouts his 9th homer and Shane Andrews singles home the winner in the 10th as Montreal beat the Reds, 7–6, for its 6th straight win, to lead the NL East by 2 1/2 games. Rodriguez has now hit 6 homers in his last 13 at bats.

25th  The Mets bang 3 homers in the 7th and score 8 runs to bury the Cardinals, 9–3. Jose Vizcaino leads the way with 4 hits. He sets a team-record of 9 straight hits over 3 games, but strikes out his last at bat.

Jeff Cirillo and Pat Listach hit back-to-back homers to start the game against Seattle, and the Brewer hang on for a 6-5 victory,

26th  Mike Grace (4–0) retires the first 16 batters and pitches 8 innings after scattering 3 singles.  The Phils win 2–0 over the Reds, sending Cincy to their 9th loss in 10 games.

Gary Sheffield cracks a 2-run homer in the first inning off San Francisco starter Osvaldo Fernandez. For Sheffield, it is his 11th homer of April, matching the major league record for the month. Kevin Brown goes the route to win, 3-0.

Los Angeles wins, 1-0, over the Cubs on Delino DeShields solo homerun. Pedro Astacio is the winning pitcher as the Dodgers tie a ML record with 453 consecutive starts by righthanded pitchers.

Former AL pitcher Milt Gaston dies at age 100. Gaston played for 5 teams in the 1920s and 1930s and had 18 Hall of Fame teammates and managers, more than any player in history.

27th  Dodger Tom Candiotti starts against the Cubs, but departs after one inning with a muscle pull. His start breaks a 90-year-old ML record, and is the 454th consecutive start by a righthander for LA. The Dodgers, from October 2, 1902 until April 14, 1906, a string of 453 games, started nothing but righties. After Candiotti’s exit, the Cubs win 4–3 in 10 innings when Sammy Sosa singles home the winner. The win snaps the Cubs’ 7-game loss streak.

Barry Bonds hits two homers, the 300th and 301st of his career, then with the Giants leading 6–1, he is tossed out of the game for disputing a 6th-inning, 3rd-strike call. Bonds is only the 4th major leaguer to hit 300 homers and steal 300 bases, joining his father, his godfather Willie Mays, and Andre Dawson. Bonds Sr. is the first base coach today, filling in for Jim Davenport, while Dawson, playing left field for the Marlins, has the best view of the two homers. Mark Leiter (2–3) allows 6 hits for the 6–3 win, with Rod Beck getting the final out.

New York’s David Cone misses his first start in 9 years when he experiences a numbing in the fingers off his pitching hand. His replacement, Dwight Gooden, fashions a decent outing, allowing one run in 6 innings against the Twins. He has 7 strikeouts using a shorter stride off the mound. But the Yankee bullpen can’t match the Doc and the Twins score 4 runs on 6 hits off Bob Wickman in the 10th to win, 8–6.

Colorado second baseman Eric Young strokes 5 hits as the Rockies defeat the Expos, 6-5, in 13 innings.

28thVisiting Texas scores 4 runs in the 10th and holds on for a 5–4 win over the Orioles. Baltimore’s Brady Anderson cracks his 11th homer of April, joining Gary Sheffield, who hit his 11th of Friday, Willie Stargell (1971), Graig Nettles (1974), and Mike Schmidt (1976) as the only players to hit that many in the month.

Veteran Frank Viola, brought up yesterday from the minors, is rocked for 10 runs in 4 innings by the Indians. who roll to a 17–3 win over the Blue Jays. Sandy Alomar hits a 3-run homer and Albert Belle adds a solo shot and drives in 3 runs.

Darrin Fletcher and David Segui belt grand slams and Montreal sets a team record for scoring by routing Colorado, 21–9. Reserve outfielder F.P. Santangelo knocks in 5 runs, to go along with Segui’s 6 RBI, and Fletcher’s 5. SS Mark Grudzielanek strokes 5 hits for the Expos.

The Yankees top the Twins, 6–3, as reliever Mariano Rivera pitches the last 3 innings for the win.  Rivera has now thrown 9 hitless innings over his last three outings. Paul O’Neill, leading the A.L. in hitting, robs Molitor of a homer in the 7th and then clouts one of his own. The Yankees pull ahead of Baltimore in the A.L. East.

On the 100th anniversary of the opening of Bennett Field at Michigan and Trumbull Avenues, the Tigers lose to the A’s, 6–3. Scott Brosius rings up his 3rd two-homer game of the season, and Mark McGwire adds a homer, estimated at 462 feet, that almost clears the RF roof at Tiger Stadium, to lead the A’s. Oakland collects 4 homers off Greg Gohr, and adds another, while Detroit bangs two, including Cecil Fielder’s 10th of the year.

29th  On a smog-filled rainy evening, John Franco records his 300th save, pitching in relief in the Mets 3–2 win over the division-leading Expos. Franco is the first lefty to reach the 300-save mark. The save comes exactly 12 years to the day after his 1st one, for the Reds, in 1984.

30th  In the longest 9-inning game ever—4 hours and 21 minutes—the Yankees outslug the Orioles, 13–10 to disappoint 43,117 at Camden Yards.  The host O’s score 9 runs off starter Andy Pettitte and take a 9–4 lead in the 2nd. New York ties it at 9–9 in the 5th, then wins it in the 7th on Tino Martinez’s 3-run shot. Jim Leyritz and Paul O’Neill also homer for New York. The previous record for longest game was 4:18, set in a 1962 Dodgers-Giants game.

In Cincinnati, the Pirates send the Reds to their 8th straight loss, 10–7, by scoring 9 runs in the 4th inning. Jeff King hits two home runs in the deluge, including a grand slam off reliever Pugh. He hit two homers in an inning last August 8, and becomes just the 3rd person to accomplish that feat twice.

The host Twins score 10 runs in the 5th inning before making an out, to whip the Royals, 15–7. The highlight is Marty Cordova’s bases-loaded triple.

Led by Barry Bonds’ two homers, one a grand slam, the Giants rally from 4 runs down to top the Padres 9–4. Bonds finishes the first month with 11 home runs, tying mark for most homers in April.

Fred McGriff gets 5 hits to lead Atlanta to a 7-5 victory over Houston, knocking the Astros into a tie for 1st in the NL Central. Every team in the division has a record below .500.

1996 May

1st The Yanks and Orioles continue their marathon play, this one going 5 hours and 43 minutes before ending at 1 a.m. Tino Martinez, whose homer snapped yesterday’s tie, slugs a grand slam in the 15th off Jimmy Myers to give reliever Andy Pettitte the win. Bernie Williams has 5 hits while Gerald Williams collects 6—just the second Yankee to get 6 in a game; Myril Hoag in 1934, is the other. The O’s and Yankees strand 15 runners in extra innings, as both teams squander scoring opportunities, and New York survives 4 errors by two second basemen. Jim Mecir strikes out Brady Anderson with the bases loaded in the 10th after going to a 3–0 count. Cal Ripken is lifted for a pinch runner in the 8th—who is promptly picked off—and sits for the last 7 innings, the longest stretch he’s rested in 2,180 games.

Roger Clemens strikes out 13 Tigers, including Cecil Fielder three times, for his first win of the year. The 5–1 victory for the Sox sends Detroit to its 12th loss in 13 games.

The Mets and Expos swap shutouts, with Pedro Martinez topping New York in the opener, 4–0, and Jason Isringhausen allowing 4 hits in winning the nightcap, 6–0. Martinez. 8–0 against the Mets, allows just 2 singles, both in the 7th inning. Henry Rodriguez, who hits a 3-run homer after apparently peeking at Mets C Todd Hundley glove, says, “I’ve got 10 homers, I don’t need to look back.”

2nd In the 7th inning of the Mariners-Indians game, an earthquake rattles the Kingdome causing the umps to suspend the game. The quake registers 4.8 on the Richter scale. The Tribe leads 6–3 and the game will be completed tomorrow before the start of the Friday night game.

After missing his first start in 9 years because of a numbed finger on his pitching hand, David Cone tosses a complete game, 5–1 win over the White Sox. Jim Leyritz and Paul O’Neill back him with homers.

The Phils pick up J.R. Phillips from the Giants for a player to be named later.

3rd Ranger P Ken Hill gives up a 1st-inning infield single to Bobby Higginson, then retires 26 straight batters as Texas batters Detroit, 11–0. It is the 2nd one-hitter of Hill’s career. Texas is led by Juan Gonzalez, who knocks in 4 runs.

Benito Santiago’s second homer is an 9th-inning grand slam to knock starter Greg Maddux out of the game and give the Phillies a 6-3 win over the Braves. Philadelphia scores 5 in the 9th.

Mike Veeck, president of the St. Paul Saints (AA Northern League) announces the signing of Darryl Strawberry. The Straw joins another veteran, pitcher Jack Morris, who joined the team two weeks ago.

4th Roger Pavlik follows Ken Hill’s one-hitter with one of his own, the first time in 79 years teammates have tossed back-to-back one-hitters in the AL, as Texas tops the Tigers, 3–1. Mark Lewis’s 2-out homer in the 5th inning is the only Bengal safety. Neither Pavlik or Hill allows a walk.

The visiting A’s get a homer from Jason Giambi to beat the Royals, 5–2, but lose 3B Scott Brosius. Brosius, hitting .351 with 8 homers, is hit by a Mark Gubicza pitch in the 4th that breaks his right arm.

At Yankee Stadium, Chicago’s Harold Baines belts a grand slam off Jim Mecir in the 9th to give the White Sox some breathing room as they beat the Yankees, 11-5.  The Sox plate 4 in the 8th as well.

Down 5-3 in the 7th, the Reds get a grand slam by Eric Davis off Mark Dewey as they beat the Giants, 9-7. Eric Anthony adds a solo homer in the 7th, his second four bagger of the game, while the Giants pile up four homers of their own.

The Rockies bang out 21 hits, including a pair of three-run homers by Andres Galarraga, who drives in 7 runs to hook the Marlins 17–5. The Rockies score 7 runs in the first inning when they cash in 3 of their 5 home runs; two of them come from the first two hitters, Eric Young and Ellis Burks, and a 3rd from Larry Walker.

Butch Hobson, former Red Sox manager and current skipper of the Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, is arrested in Rhode Island on a cocaine possession charge. Hobson will resolve the charge without pleading guilty, but will perform 60 hours of community service. The Phils will fire Butch as manager on August 8th.

5th Toronto scores 10 unearned runs to beat Boston’s Tim Wakefield, 11–4, and snap the Sox win streak at 4 games.

In San Francisco, Eric Davis hits a grand slam for the 2nd straight game to lead the Reds to a 12–6 win over the Giants. Davis, who will total three grand slams this month, is just the 15th player to slam in consecutive games.

The Marlins lose to the Rockies, 5-4, in a game marked by the ejection of Florida equipment manager Mike Wallace. Umpire Paul Runge throws him out when Wallace throws up his hands after a close play at the plate.

At Wrigley, Sammy Sosa hits two homers, one in the 1stand a walkoff in the 9thas the Cubs tip the Mets, 5-4. Sammy’s second dinger breaks the window of an apartment across the street from the park.

In an interview aired tonight, Reds owner Marge Schott sticks her foot in her mouth again when she says that Hitler “was good in the beginning, but went too far.” Schott’s answers come in response to a question about her continued possession of a swastika. Schott’s views of Hitler are almost verbatim to those she expressed in 1992, which resulted in a league fine and a year’s suspension.

7th Eric Anthony and Eric Davis hit back-to-back homers in the 12th inning off reliever Todd Worrell to give host Cincinnati a 3–2 win over the Dodgers.  Before the game, the Dodgers announce that CF Brett Butler has throat cancer and will not return to baseball.  Butler, 38, has been on the DL since May 2, and a tonsillectomy revealed the cancerous lump.  He will undergo surgery on May 21.

In another announcement out of Cincinnati, Marge Schott issues an apology for her laudatory comments about Adolph Hitler made last Sunday. Acting commissioner Bud Selig says, “we will continue to monitor the situation.”

The first-place Yankees score 8 runs in the 6th inning to beat the hapless Tigers, 12–5. Paul O’Neill is 2-for-3 to raise his average to .384, and Ruben Sierra drives home 4 runs.  After the game, the Yankee players learn that clubhouse leader David Cone has an aneurysm in the front of his right shoulder that will require surgery on May 10th. Cone has experienced numbness in his pitching hand as a result.

The Angels put ace RHP Mark Langston on the DL and he will be out of action until early July with a cartilage tear in his right knee.

9th The Cardinals use an 11-run 8th inning to beat the Giants, 16–8.  Willie McGee’s grand slam is the highlight of the inning, and Luis Alicea also adds 4 RBI in the game. Barry Bonds hits his league high 15th homer to pace the Giants.

10th  Montreal’s Henry Rodriguez hits his 2nd homer of the game, a 3-run shot in the 8th, to send the Expos to a 5–2 win over the Astros.  Starter Jeff Fassero is the winner.  Following Rodriguez’ HR, the game is delayed when fans in the LF bleachers shower the field with “Oh, Henry” candy bars.

The Red Sox edge the Blue Jays, 6–5, in 11 innings. John Valentin ties the score with a 2-out homer in the 9th and Troy O’Leary homers in the 11th to win it.  Heathcliff Slocumb, Tom Gordon, and Mike Stanton combine to strike out 17 Jays.

For his second straight start, Braves’ P John Smoltz is backed by 18 hits and he coasts to his 7th straight win, 11–0 over the Phils. Javy Lopez leads the Braves with 4 hits. Smoltz beat the Phils, 11–9, on May 5th, when the Braves also collected 18 hits.

The Athletics defeat the Twins by a score of 15-5. Oakland CF Ernie Young gets 4 safeties, including 3 HRs, and drives home 6. Young entered the game with 3 career homers in 164 ABs. He is believed to have had the fewest career HRs of any player ever to hit 3 in a game.

Yankees’ P David Cone undergoes surgery to remove an aneurysm in his pitching arm.

11th  At Joe Robbie Stadium, Al Leiter tosses the major’s first no-hitter of the year, burying the Rockies, 11–0.  Leiter (6–2), using mostly fast balls, is in control all the way, and retires 5 batters in the 8th and 9th innings on just one pitch each. He walks 2 and fans 6 in his masterpiece.

At John Franco Day at Shea Stadium, the veteran reliever celebrates by being ejected in the 5th inning following a vicious benches-clearing brawl between the Mets and the Cubs. The brawl, which lasts 18 minutes, starts when Mets’ P Pete Harnisch reaches around ump Greg Bonin to punch Cubs’ C Scott Servais. There are 9 ejections, including Servais and Harnisch, who will receive an 8 game suspension and a $1,000 fine for his punch. Mets bullpen coach Steve Swisher, also ejected, will get a 2-game suspension. Fortunately for the Mets, Rico Brogna was only punched, and he hits back with his 2nd homer, to win, 7–6 in the 9th inning. Brogna adds a triple and double on the afternoon. In 1996, NL umps will toss 101 players, a decrease of 11 tosses from 1995; AL umps will eject 75 during the year, down from 93 in 1995.

Jeff Blauser hits 2 homers, one a grand slam, and drives home 7 runs in Atlanta’s 11–3 win over the Phils. Steve Avery (4–2) scatters 8 hits for the win, the Braves’ 7th straight and their 11th in 13 games.

Seattle OF Jay Buhner goes 4-for-4, slugging 2 HRs and driving home 6 runs, as he leads the Mariners to an 11-1 win over KC.

12th  Phils’ P Mike Grace outduels Greg Maddux to beat the Braves, 6–0, matching his record. The unbeaten rookie retires the last 17 batters.

Johnson (5–0), backed by Alex Rodriguez’ pair of two-run homers, tops the Royals, 8–5. It is Johnson’s 12th straight win over two seasons. Royals rookie OF Chris Stynes steals 2nd, 3rd, and home in the 1st inning for the 1st SBs of his career, He adds a 4th later in the contest.

Houston C Jerry Goff, brought up on May 8th, makes his presence felt by allowing a ML record-tying 6 passed balls in a 7–6 loss to Montreal. Five of the Expos’ runs are unearned. Goff hits a homer in the 2nd, in his first at bat this year, but allows 2 passed balls in the 1st, 3rd and 4th innings. Montreal SS Mark Grudzielanek gets 5 singles to lead the Expos, his second 5-hit game in two weeks. Goff joins Harry Vickers (1902) and Geno Petralli (1987) in the record books.

Led by leadoff batter Ernie Young, the A’s batter the Twins, 15-5. Young has 4 hits, including 3 homers, to drive in 6 runs and score 4 times. Steve Wojciechowski (4-0) pitches 5+ innings for the win.

Pittsburgh’s Zane Smith gives up 4 runs in 5.1 innings as the Pirates lose to the Giants, 7–2. It is the Giants’ 11 consecutive win over Smith going back to 1988.

13th In Miami, Terry Pendleton smashes a dramatic two-out grand slam in the 6th inning, following the ejection of starter Allen Benes, to lift the Marlins to a 5–2 win over the Cardinals. Benes (1–6) is ejected for hitting Gary Sheffield with a pitch that sparks a bench-clearing by both teams. Pendleton has driven in 11 runs in the past 3 games as the Marlins win their 8th straight.

Cubs’ P Steve Trachsel allows a lead off double to Brian Hunter, but shuts down the Astros without a hit after that to win, 6–0. Sammy Sosa homers for his 3rd consecutive game.

Pudgy Fernando Valenzuela gives up 5 hits over 6 2/3 innings, good enough for a 5–2 Padre win. The Pads are led by Brian Johnson’s 2-for-3; he has 8 hits in his last 12 at bats with 8 RBI.

14th Dwight Gooden, on the verge of being dropped from the Yankees just two weeks ago, twirls a no-hitter to sink the Mariners, 2–0.  Dr. No walks two in the 9th, but retires Ken Griffey, Jr., K’s Jay Buhner, and induces Paul Sorrento to pop out to end it. Gerald Williams saves the no-hitter when he runs down a 400-foot Alex Rodriguez liner in the first inning and turns it into a double play.  Gooden (2–3) has now thrown 16 straight innings of hitless ball.

15th  The Mariners spot the Yankees 4 runs, then hammer starter Jimmy Key and 5 other pitchers for 19 hits to win 10–5. Seven Mariners collect two or more hits, and Edgar Martinez drives in 4 runs. A wild Key takes his 5th straight loss, while Yankee reliever Mariano Rivera records four outs to stretch his runless innings to 21 2/3.  The Yanks will place Key on the 15 day DL.

Denny Neagle, allowing 4 hits in 7 innings, wins his 5th straight game to give Pittsburgh a 3–0 win over the Braves. The Braves have now been shut out 5 times, one more than all of last year. The Braves lose more than the game when OF David Justice dislocates his right shoulder swinging at a pitch in the 2nd inning. The shoulder has never healed from an injury last year, and Justice will undergo surgery that will sideline him for the year.

After a 2-hour delay in Milwaukee because of fog, Frank Thomas leads the way with 6 RBI as the White Sox bang the Brewers, 20–8. This ties a 1975 mark for the most runs given up by Milwaukee in a game. The Sox, with 21 hits, score 6 runs in the 2nd and another 6 in the 6th.

Mo Vaughn cracks two of Boston’s 4 home runs, and the Red Sox score in each of the first 7 innings, to clip the Angels, 17–6. Mike Stanley matches Mo’s 4 RBI.

The Yankees outbid 4 other American teams and sign Japanese P Katsuhiro Maeda to a $1.5 million contract. The Yanks obtain the fastballer from the Seibu Lions for more than $350,000.  Maeda, who has his hair dyed orange, was 0–2 with the Lions in 1995, but refused to sign for the 1996 season unless he was traded to a U.S. team.

16th Sammy Sosa became the first Cub ever to hit two homers in one inning, hitting them in the 8-run 7th inning at Wrigley.  The Cubs roll over the Astros, 13–1, as rookie Amaury Telemaco, recalled 2 days ago from Iowa (AAA), allows just one hit in 7 shutout innings.

As Tony Phillips says, “It’s not been a good 24 hours.”  The Sox outfielder is picked off base in the 9th inning of Chicago’s 3–2 loss to Milwaukee, then returns to the clubhouse to learn that battery charges have been pressed against him by a fan. Phillips and the fan got into a shoving match after the outfielder left yesterday’s game in the 7th inning, changed into street clothes and sought the fan. Phillips contends the fan was yelling racial slurs during the game. Both Phillips and the fan will eventually be charged with disorderly conduct and fined.

Albert Belle homers twice, his 15th and 16th of the year, to lead the Indians to a 8–3 win over the Tigers. Jack McDowell (5–1) is the winner for the division leading Indians, now 5 1/2 games ahead of the White Sox. Before the game, the AL orders Belle to receive “immediate counseling” and do community service as a result of his winging baseballs at a photographer several weeks ago. Belle’s agent replies that the star is already doing both.

17th Jermaine Dye, filling in for David Justice, smacks a HR in his 1st ML at bat to back Greg Maddux’s 8–2 win over the Reds. Dye is the first Brave to debut with a homer since Chuck Tanner did it on April 12, 1955.

Manny Ramirez hits a grand slam, off Gil Heredia (1–3), as the Indians score 6 runs in the 7th inning to outslug the Rangers, 12–10. Cleveland’s Eddie Murray and Texas SS Kevin Elster each have 4 hits: Elster has 2 homers and 2 doubles to drive in and score 4 runs. Murray’s 2 RBI moves him into 10th place on the all-time list with 1,840.

Dave Nilsson becomes the first Brewer player to homer twice in an inning, as Milwaukee scores 11 runs in the 6th to beat the Twins, 12–1. Nilsson’s 1st homer, off Jose Parra, snaps a 1–1 tie, and his 2nd blast, a 3-run homer off Eric Bennett pushes the score to 10–1.

At Baltimore, the Orioles outlast the Mariners, 14–13, and outhit the M’s 21 to 20.  The winner is Alan Mills, despite his giving up 4 earned runs in 1 1/3 innings. Rafael Palmeiro and Alex Rodriguez, with a grand slam and double, each collect 6 RBIs, while the O’s Chris Hoiles finishes the game with a grand slam off Norm Charlton. The Orioles bang 4 homers and score 7 runs in the last 2 innings, while the M’s hit 2 homers and score 7 runs in the last three innings. Each team strands 13 runners in the 4 hour, 20-minute marathon. Palmeiro strokes 5 hits for the Orioles. Hoiles becomes only the 4th player in history to hit a game-ending grand slam on a 3-2 pitch with two outs and his team trailing by three runs.

18th Mets’ backstop Todd Hundley drives in 7 runs, including 4 in the 9th on a grand slam off Jose Bautista, and Mark Clark wins, 14–5, over the Giants.  SS Rey Ordonez gets 4 hits and almost makes 4 throwing errors—he’s charged with 2—but Rico Brogna at first retrieves 2 for outs. Clark’s win is his 2nd complete game: no other Met has gone the distance.

19th Fred McGriff hits his 300th HR to lead the Braves to a 9–5 win over the Reds, the 9th straight victory for Atlanta over Cincy.  Coupled with Montreal’s loss to the Padres, Atlanta moves into the top spot in the NL East for the first time. McGriff is 4-for-4 today to raise his average to .353. John Smoltz (9–1) is the winner, giving up 2 hits in 7 innings. Smoltz, with 74 K’s, now leads the NL.

The White Sox continue to abuse the Tigers, winning 14–3, as Robin Ventura and Darren Lewis hit grand slams.  The Sox become just the 4th ML team to ever hit 3 grand slams in 2 consecutive games. Detroit pitchers give up 41 runs in the 3 games with Chicago and the team ERA balloons to 7.35.

20th Led by Chipper Jones and Tyler Houston, each with 5 RBI, the Braves pound the Cubs, 18–1 to make Steve Avery’s 5th win an easy one. Houston gets his ribbies when he replaces Fred McGriff in the 5th inning.

The Red Sox pound the A’s again, racking up 7 runs in the 3rd to win 16–4. As in yesterday’s 12–2 win, Vaughn and Canseco homer: Mo’s homer is his 9th in his last 12 games and ties him for the AL lead with 17.  Bill Haselman adds 4 hits, including a homer.

21st At Fenway Park, Seattle pounds out 19 hits to beat Boston, 13–7. Ken Griffey, Jr. becomes the 7th-youngest player to collect 200th homers, when he connects in the M’s 6-run 4th inning: Ott, Mathews, Foxx, Mantle, Frank Robinson and Aaron were all younger. Jay Buhner hits a 2-run shot in the inning, the 5th game in a row he’s connected, and Edgar Martinez adds 4 hits in the game.

Larry Walker powers the Rockies to a 12–10 win over the Pirates by driving in 6 runs and scoring 4. Walker connects for 2 home runs, a triple and a double as Colorado tallies 20 hits.  Tomorrow, Walker will get a double, triple, and triple to set a new NL record by getting extra-base hits in six straight plate appearances (i.e., with no intervening bases on balls, hit-by-pitch, or sacrifice bunts). The AL record is 7 with walks or sac fly in between. Earlier today, before the double/triple/homer, but not consecutive to them, he had already hit a home run. By doing so, he will tie the major league record for most extra-base hits (seven) in two consecutive games.

Dave Weathers homers and pitches 6 shutout innings as the streaking Marlins win, 3–2, over the slumping Reds. The Marlins (24-23) are over .500 for the first time in two years.

In San Francisco, the fans and players ignore a light earthquake at 3Com Park—4.8 on the Richter scale—in the 3rd inning, and the Giants break a 6th-inning tie to win 8–5 over the Expos. Matt Williams hits his 11th HR and drives in 3 runs for SF, while Henry Rodriguez hits his 17th homer for the Expos. His three ribbies give him 51 to lead the senior circuit.

Rex Hudler and Don Slaught, the first two batters for the Angels, hit homeruns to pace the Haloes to a 5-2 win over the Orioles.

The Phils Terry Mulholland defeats the Padres, 5-4. Mulholland, who entered the game with the 3rd-lowest batting average in history of any player with 400 at bats, clouts a 407-foot HR in the 2nd inning off Sean Bergman. As Mulholland explains, “Most great power hitters don’t hit for a high average.”

22nd The Athletics spoil Dwight Gooden Day in New York City by hitting 5 solo homers—three by Yankee-killer Geronimo Berroa–to beat the Yankees 5–1. The 5 runs, all coming on homers, ties the ML mark.

Albert Belle’s 21-game hit streak is stopped when, with two men on, he strikes out in the 9th inning to end the game, a 10–8 Cleveland loss to the Brewers.

23rd In the Red Sox 11–4 sinking of the Mariners, Roger Clemens tosses a complete game win and bounces his first major league hit, and the first by a Sox pitcher since 1972. Clemens (3–4) gets to bat when DH Jose Canseco moves to LF in the 8th inning.

David Howard steals home, the 2nd Royal to do it in 2 days—Bob Hamelin also swiped home against the Tigers—and Kevin Appier pitches 7 2/3 strong innings to give the Royals their 4th straight win, 4–2.

San Diego tops Philadelphia by a score of 7-5, as OF Steve Finley strokes 5 hits for the Padres, including a double and HR.

24th In Seattle, Ken Griffey, Jr. sinks the Yankees with three home runs, scoring 5 runs and driving in 6 as the Mariners win, 10–4. It is the first 3-homer game for Griffey. Scott Kamienicki takes the loss, his last game with the Yankees.  His season will end in a month when he goes on the triple-A DL.

25thOakland’s Pedro Munoz belts the longest home run in the 5-year history of Camden Yards to lead the A’s to a 6–3 win over the Orioles. The 463-foot shot to dead center comes in the 6th inning with 2 on, and breaks a 2–2 tie. Mark McGwire also homers for Oakland. The O’s get two more homers from Brady Anderson, and a dinger from Mike Bordick, but that’s all the scoring.

Mark Gardner (6–1), released by the Marlins in spring training, tosses a 3–2 win over the Phils to keep the Giants in first place in the NL West.

26th Frank Thomas, Harold Baines, and Robin Ventura belt consecutive homers in Chicago’s 7-run 8th inning as the Sox pound the Brewers, 12–1. Chad Kreuter adds a 4th homer in the frame as Chicago becomes the 16th team to hit 4 homers in an inning; The Twins are the only team to have hit 5. The Thomas, Baines, Ventura trio also homered in yesterday’s 9–7 win over Milwaukee.

Rex Hudler is 5-for-5 with a homer as the Angels roll over the Red Sox, 12–2. Shaun Boskie (6–1) is the winner.

Veteran IF Mike Sharperson, 34, dies in a one-car crash early this morning in Las Vegas, where he was playing for the Stars (AAA). Signed by the Padres last November 29th, he was scheduled to join San Diego tomorrow.

27th In Pittsburgh, Craig Biggio, triples, doubles and homers his first three times up to lead the Astros to a 5–3 win over the Bucs.  Houston reaches .500 for the first time, while the Pirates have lost 16 of their last 20.

The Tigers lose their 12th straight, dropping a 5–4 decision to the Royals in 13 innings.  Detroit has now lost 32 of their last 36 games.  Highly-touted rookie Justin Thompson tosses the first 8 innings, leaving with a 4–1 lead, but the Bengals make 3 errors in the 9th to help KC tie it.

The Yankees pound the Angels, 16–5, to remain in first place by a game over the Orioles. Bernie Williams, making his first start in 14 games because of injuries, has his 2nd 5-hit game of the month, The Yankees, down 5–4 after 4 innings, jump on former teammate Jim Abbott (1–8) and two relievers to score 8 runs in the 5th inning.  Abbott will lose another 5 before winning. He’ll finish at 2-18.

In New York, the Mets celebrate Memorial Day with the day off, a rarity on this holiday.

The Reds acquire all-time save leader Lee Smith, 37, from the Angels in exchange for lefty Chuck McElroy.

28th At Anaheim, Kenny Rogers loses his no-hitter in the 8th when Garret Anderson hits a lead off single, and loses the game in the 9th when he walks Chili Davis with the bases loaded to score an unearned run. Jason Grimsley is the winner, 1–0, dropping New York into a tie for first place with Baltimore.

Cal Ripken powers 3 homers, good for 8 RBI, to lead the Orioles to a 12–8 win over Seattle. Ripken hits a pair of two-run homers and a grand slam, tying him with Eddie Murray as the O’s career home run leader with 333. Brother Billy also homers in the same inning with Cal, and Brady Anderson (19), Rafael Palmeiro, and Ken Griffey, Jr. (18) add homers as both teams total 24 hits.

At the SkyDome, the White Sox defeat the Blue Jays, 8-5, as Robin Ventura hits a pair of homeruns, one pinch hit. He is the second Sox player to accomplish the feat.

In Philadelphia, Pete Incaviglia hammers a pair of three-run homers to lead the Phils to a 9–3 win over the Dodgers.  The win goes to rookie Mike Grace (7–2), who gives up 3 runs in 7 innings.         At Arlington Albert Belle dings his 21st in the 4th inning of the Indians 11–3 win over the Rangers  Belle, who is collecting his home run balls this season, asks for the ball when he is lifted in the 6th inning. Ken Logan, the fan who caught it. requests an autographed ball in exchange, prompting Belle to tell him to “@#$%^& off.” The Indian management quickly apologizes to Logan, and gets him another autographed ball.  Belle did the same thing in 1995.

29th John Smoltz (11–1) allows 4 hits in topping the Cubs, 2–0, in Atlanta. Smoltz strikes out 13 to raise his NL-lead to 97.

31st The Indians bang 18 hits to beat Milwaukee 10–4, but the biggest hit is when Albert Belle decks Brewers second baseman Fernando Vina with a vicious forearm in the 8th inning to set off a two-team brawl.  Belle was on first after being hit with a pitch.  In the 9th, Milwaukee reliever Terry Burrows throws 3 inside pitches before he finally plunks Belle. Tribe reliever Julian Tavarez then throws a pitch behind the back of Mike Matheny, who charges the mound. Both benches clear and during the brawl Tavarez slams down ump Joe Brinkman and Belle knuckles Brewer Steve Sparks. Belle, Tavarez, and Matheny will each receive 5-game suspensions for their brawling.

Rookie OF Roger Cedeno strokes 5 hits to lead the Dodgers to a 10–3 victory over the Mets.  Bobby Jones, winner of 5 straight, takes the loss, as the Dodgers pound out 16 hits. Ramon Martinez is the winner; he’s now won 10 straight over 15 starts.

The Braves scalp the Reds, 9–1, as they bang out ML-record tying six solo homers in the process.  Fred McGriff and Eddie Perez each hit two, as the Braves win their 10th in 12 games.

1996 June

1st Pittsburgh’s Paul Wagner allows just one hit in 7 innings, but his wildness costs him as the Rockies top the Bucs, 2–0.  Four Rockies’ pitchers combine for the team’s first shutout this year, matching last year’s total. Dante Bichette’s 2nd-inning single accounts for both Colorado scores against Wagner, who strikes out 10.

A day after the Indians-Brewers brawl, the two teams get into it again. And quickly. Leadoff hitter Ken Lofton doubles and then shoves second baseman Fernando Vina to clear both benches. The Brewers win the game 2–1.

With 5 singles, Chuck Knoblauch leads the Minnesota Twins over Texas, 9–5.

2nd In St. Louis, Todd Stottlemyre outpitches Houston’s Darryl Kile to win, 2–0, as the Cards sweep Houston in 3 games. Kile (6–4) hits 4 Cards in the game, the first time a pitcher has done that since Moe Drabowsky on this same date in 1957.

In Philadelphia, the Phils edge the Padres, 9–8, in 12 innings when Ricky Otero singles home the winner with two outs. Mark Whiten drives in 5 runs for the winners on 2 homers. The first place Padres suffer a blow when Wally Joyner fractured left thumb sliding in the 4th inning. He will be out of action for six weeks.

At Oakland, the Yankees win 11–4 and do it the old—fashioned way—by stealing 8 bases. Gerald Williams, with 10 career steals, has 4 steals to tie a club record, and rookie Derek Jeter adds 2. Kenny Rogers (4–1) is the benefactor, pitching 6 1/3 innings for the win, as the Yankees stay 1 1/2 games ahead of the O’s.

The Orioles unleash a 17-hit attack, including 4 homers—3 in a 6-run 3rd—to subdue the Angels, 14-1.  Scott Erickson is the beneficiary, winning his 10th straight over the Angels. Mike Devereaux scores 4 runs.

At Duluth’s Wade Stadium, Darryl Strawberry, in his comeback attempt, hits his first HR for the St. Paul Saints (Northern League), a mammoth 522-foot blast off Duluth Dukes pitcher Pat Ahearne.

4th Greg Jefferies celebrates his return to the Phillies lineup by going 4-for-5, and Pete Incaviglia clubs two 3-run homers as the Phils coast to a 12–3 rain-delayed win over visiting Chicago. Jefferies has been out of the lineup since April 4 with a thumb injury. It is the second game in a week that Incaviglia has hit a pair of 3-run homers.

For the 3rd time in two years Craig Biggio scores 5 runs as Houston doubles the Rockies, 16-8. John Cangelosi has a 3 run homer and scores 4 times to back Mark Hampton’s pitching.

Pitching dominates the baseball draft as 14 of the first 22 selections are moundsmen. Clemson pitcher Kris Benson is the top choice, going to Pittsburgh where he’ll snag a $2 million signing bonus, while the Twins pick power hitting Travis Lee from San Diego State as the 2nd choice. The Cards follow with Wichita State P Braden Looper. Picking 14th, the White Sox take lefty Bobby Seay, but will declare him a free agent in August when they can’t reach an agreement with his agent, Steve Boras. Travis Lee, John Patterson (Expos), and Matt White (Giants) will also not sign and become free agents because of a loophole discovered by Scott Boras. The agent says that the letters tendered are not offers on specific forms and that only the latter can be used within 15 days of drafting or the players are free agents. The four will ink contracts with the Devil Rays and Diamondbacks, with White getting a $10.2 bonus, the largest in history. The Marlin use their 1st pick, 9th overall, on college player of the year, Mark Kotsay, and will ink him to a $1,125,000 contract. The Royals take high schooler Dee Brown in the first round. The Cubs use #17 on pitcher Todd Noel, and in the second round take Georgia prep star Quincy Carter. Carter will hit .215 and .211 in Class A in 1996-97 before returning to college football and then quarterbacking for the Dallas Cowboys. Boston picks Shea Hildebrand in the 10th round; he’ll be the 1st Sox rookie since Ted Williams to start his career with a 9-game hit streak. Texas takes Travis Hafner in the 31st round.

Pam Davis, a starter for the Colorado Bullets women’s baseball team, pitches an inning of scoreless relief in a AA exhibition game. Davis relieves for the Jacksonville Suns (Southern League) against the Australian Olympic team with the Suns ahead, 6–0. She gives up a leadoff double, then retires the next three batters.

5th At Wrigley Field, the Cubs spot the Phillies a 4–0 lead, then Sammy Sosa drives home 5 runs on three homers to give Chicago a 9–6 win. Cubs’ SS Rey Sanchez will be out 6-8 weeks following an operation today to repair a fractured bone in his left hand. Sanchez injured the wrist in 1995 and has been bothered by it ever since.

In Cincy, the Giants score in each of the first seven innings to beat up the Reds, 15–4. Matt Williams and Marvin Bernard drive in 4 apiece to make it easy for Mark Gardner (7–1).

The Twins score 9 runs in the 4th inning to trim the Angels, 14–3. Chuck Knoblauch’s grand slam is the inning’s big blow.

The White Sox down the Red Sox, 8-6, despite Mo Vaughn’s 5 hits.  Frank Thomas’ sac fly in the 12th inning drives home the game winner.

The Red Sox sign Jeff Frye, released today by the Texas Rangers.

6th Boston’s John Valentin hits for the cycle to lead the Red Sox to a 7-4 win over Chicago. The White Sox also execute a triple play in the game, making it the first time since July 1, 1931 that a contest has featured both a triple play and a batter (Chuck Klein) hitting for the cycle.

7th Colorado rips Atlanta ace Greg Maddux for 11 hits and 7 runs in 3 1/3 innings on their way to a 21-hit, 19-8 victory.

In the major-league’s only scheduled doubleheader this season, Minnesota and Oakland split. Pat Meares 2-run homer in the 5th of the lidlifter gives the Twins a 4–2 win. Oakland outslugs the Twins, 13–7, in the nightcap. John Wasdin (3–0) is helped by George Williams grand slam in the 6-run 5th while Brent Gates, Geronimo Berroa, and Torey Lovullo also homer. All other twin bills this season are the result of makeup games.

8th At Minnesota, in the last regularly scheduled doubleheader in the 20th century this season, the Twins and A’s split. Minnesota takes the opener, 4–2, and the A’s cop the nightcap, 13–7. George Williams has a grand slam and Brent Gates a 2-run homer in the A’s 6-run 5th inning.  These two teams will play one last doubleheader, in 2001, the last scheduled twinbill in ML history.

LSU scores a dramatic 9-8 win over Miami to take the College World Series. The Tigers come from behind and win the game on second baseman Warren Morris’s 1st HR of the season, a 2-out, 2-run shot in the bottom of the 9th inning. It is the 1st-ever College WS-ending walk-off homer. Morris missed 39 games this year with a broken bone in his right wrist.

9th  In Denver, John Smoltz, pitching after the Rockies scored 32 runs in the first 2 games, picks up his 12th win in 13 decisions as the Braves win, 8–3.

10th The Mets defeat the Braves, 8-3, despite 5 hits for Atlanta SS Jeff Blauser. Todd Hundley strokes 2 homers in going 4-for-4 with 5 RBIs for NY. The Braves continue to maintain their 5 1/2 game lead over Montreal in the NL East.

The White Sox defeat the Red Sox, 8-2. Tim Wakefield goes the distance for Boston, surrendering 16 hits and making 162 pitches, all on 2 days rest. It is the most hits allowed in a game by a pitcher this decade.

11th The Mariners make Rick Aguilera’s 2nd start of the season a disaster by rocking him for 10 runs and 10 hits in 3+ innings. Dan Wilson has five of the M’s 24 hits as Seattle wins over host Minnesota, 18–8. Joey Cora and Alex Rodriguez each have 4 hits to back Wells (6–1).

The Cubs defeat the Phillies, 9-2, as they are led by OF Scott Bullett’s 5 hits and 4 runs batted in. Ryne Sandberg adds a bases-loaded triple.

12th The California Angels defeat the KC Royals, 4-3, in 10 innings to sweep the 3-game series between the two clubs. Chuck McElroy gets credit for all 3 wins in relief. He thus becomes the first pitcher to accomplish the feat since Mike Marshall of the Dodgers did it against the Giants in 1974. McElroy throws a total of 61 pitches in 4 1/3 innings to run his record to 5-0.

Jeff Fassero allows 5 hits in 8 innings as the Expos stop the Marlins, 8–0. Plate umpire Ed Rapuano is forced to leave the field on a stretcher after suffering a broken left collarbone. He was struck by a Andy Stankiewicz foul.

Marvin Freeman pitches 7 shutout innings as he and 2 relievers pitch the Rockies to an 8–0 shutout of the Astros in Denver.  It is the Rockies first shutout at Coors Field in 103 games.

At the Ball Park in Arlington, Mickey Tettleton cracks a pair of homers and Damon Buford celebrates his birthday with a grand slam as the Rangers drill the Brewers, 13-6.

Reds’ owner Marge Schott is again forced to relinquish day-to-day control of the team, this time through the 1998 season, because of her continual use of offensive remarks. Team controller John Allen will run the team, though Schott will retain her majority ownership.

The Yanks acquire Mike Aldrete from the Angels for Rich Monteleone.

13th  Roger Cedeno hits his first ML homer to lead the Dodgers to a 6–3 win over Tom Glavine and the Braves.

Barry Bonds has 4 hits, including his first homer in more than a month, to lead the Giants to a 12–8 win over the Astros. Down 9–0 after 2 innings, the Astros score 6 in the 5th, including Sean Berry’s pinch grand slam.

Yankees reliever John Wetteland is quoted as saying he’ll leave the Yankees at the end of the season. He later denies the comments but does leave after the season.

14th Cal Ripken of the Orioles plays in his 2,215th consecutive game, breaking the world record held by Japan’s Sachio Kinugasa (Hiroshima Carp). Kinugasa’s streak began in 1970 and lasted until he retired 17 years later. The Orioles defeat the Royals, 6–1.

Detroit beats Minnesota, 5-4, as each of the 9 hitters to appear in the game for the Tigers gets 1 hit apiece.

John Smoltz wins his 13th straight, throwing 8 shutout innings as the Braves beat the Dodgers, 3–1, in Atlanta. His streak ties Glavine’s team record, set in 1992.

In San Francisco, the Astros Jeff Bagwell hits 4 doubles as the Astros beat the Giants, 9–1. Bagwell’s 4 ties the ML record.

In Denver, the Rockies beat the Phils, 10–6, helped by Ellis Burks’ inside-the-park homer, the first ever hit at Coors Field.

15th  Kansas City relief pitcher Mike Magnante hurls 5 1/3 innings of one-hit ball to gain credit for the Royals’ 7-6, 16 inning win over the Orioles. The outing drops Magnante’s ERA to 5.33.

Behind Hideo Nomo, the Dodgers beat the Braves, 6–2, and in the first inning turn their first triple play in 47 years. The last tri-killing was 1949.

At the Metrodome, Cecil Fielder’s routine fly ball hits the ceiling for a 2-out 2-run double in the 7th breaks a 5–5 tie. The Tigers win, 7–5.

The Mets put young Paul Wilson on the disabled list for the next month with tendinitis. After the season, he’ll be diagnosed with a small tear of the right labrum and he’ll undergo surgery on November 12.

16th Long-time voice of the Yankees Mel Allen dies at age 83.

17thThe Braves beat the Padres, 9–3, as Greg Maddux (6–5) wins his first in a month. The Pads, losers of 14 of 16 games entered yesterday’s game tied for first in the NL West.

For the second time in 4 weeks, Greg Olson is reached for a grand slam as Terry Steinbach of Oakland connects in the top of the 10thto give the host Tigers an 8-4 loss.

18th  The Padres and Tigers swap shortstops and catchers, the Tigers getting Andujar Cedeno and  Brad Ausmus for John Flaherty and Chris Gomez.

Cub 1B Brant Brown, recalled 3 days ago to fill in for Mark Grace, slugs three homers in 4 at bats in a doubleheader against the Dodgers. It’s Brant’s high water mark as he will return to Iowa on the 28th. The Cubs split the two games, losing the opener, 9-6, before winning the nightcap, 7-4.

Montreal defeats Colorado, 12-8, with the help of 2 HRs and 7 runs batted in by second baseman Mike Lansing. His grand slam in the 8th proves to be the decisive blow, breaking a 7-7 tie.

The Yanks manage just 3 hits off Brad Radke, but one is a 2-run HR by Tino Martinez, as the Yanks beat Minnesota, 2–0. Radke had retired the first 20 batters. Kenny Rogers pitches 8 shutout innings for the win.

19th Atlanta defeats San Diego, 5-1, behind John Smoltz’s 2-hitter, his 14th straight victory. Smoltz retires the first 19 batters. The victory gives the Braves’ righthander a record of 14-1. Smoltz has not lost since April 4th, when SF beat him.  He’s the first NLer to win 14 in a row since Gooden in 1985.

In the Blue Jays 11–3 win over the Mariners, M’s star Ken Griffey break a bone in his right hand when he fouls a pitch off it. He’ll be out 4 weeks.

St. Louis SS Ozzie Smith announces that he will retire at the end of the season after 19 years in the big leagues. He’ll finish with 9,396 at bats and no grand slams, the most at bats without one.

20th  The Indians win their 13th straight over the Red Sox, winning 5–4 on Kenny Lofton’s bloop[ single in the 9th off Mike Stanton. Jim Thome hits a game-tying HR in the 8th, off Clemens, the 17th straight game in which the Indians have gone deep, a team record. Clemens leaves after 157 pitches with no decision.

In the first game of a Northeast League twinbill at West Warwick, Bangor beats Rhode Island, 16-5. Blue Ox 1B Corey Parker is 5-for-5 with 4 homers, a single, and 10 RBIs. He scores 5 runs.  Parker adds a homer in game 2, a 7-5 win by RI (as noted by Kevin Saldana).

21stThe Yankees acquire Billy Brewer and give Steve Howe his release.

22nd The Cubs beat the Padres, 9-6, in 16 innings. 1B Brant Brown is the hero for Chicago with 5 hits on the day, including a double and a 2-run homer in the 16th.

In Cleveland, Ruben Sierra homers from both sides of the plate as the Yankees beat the Indians, 11–9.  One of Sierra’s HRs comes in the 9-run 6th inning. Albert Belle, back from a 2-game suspension, is 3-for-5 with a homer, and Eddie Murray adds his 488th HR for the Tribe. The game takes 4:10.

24th Ron Gant homers on the first pitch and the Cards go on to beat the Braves, 9–2, ending John Smoltz’s 14-game winning streak. Brian Jordan has 6 RBIs to stop Smoltz, who was trying to match Gaylord Perry’s 15 game streak in 1974. Smoltz, 4–9 against the Cards, has not beaten them since 1992.

On Oh! Henry candy bar day in Montreal, Henry Rodriguez bangs 2 homers to tie for the NL lead at 25.  His Expos beat the Pirates, 11–3, 9 of the runs coming in the 2nd inning. Rodriguez adds a single and 2-run double.

     Former Yankees P Steve Howe, released by the team just two days ago, is arrested at Kennedy International Airport for carrying a loaded gun in his luggage. He will plead guilty to a misdemeanor and receive 3 years probation and 150 hours of community service.

25th  In Detroit, the A’s outslug the Tigers, 12–8. Bobby Higginson and Jason Giambi each drive in 5 runs while Cecil Fielder and Mark McGwire match homers. For McGwire, it is #300.

26th Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda undergoes an angioplasty after suffering a mild heart attack. Bill Russell is named Los Angeles’ interim manager

27th The Athletics stroke 8 HRs in an 18-2 pounding of the Angels. Scott Brosius hits 2, while Mark McGwire, Geronimo Berroa, Jason Giambi, Terry Steinbach, Ernie Young, and Jose Herrera also connect. The 7 different players going deep ties the ML record.

The Rockies pound the Dodgers, 13-1, as Andres Galarraga leads the way with a double, 2 homers, and a team-record 8 runs driven in.

28th Seattle scores 7 runs in the 1st inning, and 8 in the 5th, on the way to a 19-8 pasting of the Rangers. 3B Luis Sojo gets 5 hits for the winners.

29th The Athletics hit 3 HRs in an 11-9 win over the Angels, giving them a major league record-tying 18 in 4 games. They hit 4 on Tuesday, 8 on Thursday, and 3 on Friday in addition to today’s 3 to tie the Red Sox of 1977 (June 16-19).

The host Reds whip the Cubs, 9-5, using a 5-run 5th. Winning pitcher Mark Portugal opens the 5th with a base hit and singles a second time in the frame.  He is just the third pitcher (Juan Marichal, Herm Wehmeier) this century to twice have two hits in one inning (as noted by Mike Emeigh).

The Dodgers defeat the Rockies, 13-10, after leading 13-0 going into the bottom of the 8th inning. Colorado scores 8 runs in the 8th, then adds 2 more in the 9th to fall 3 short. Catcher Mike Piazza leads the way for LA with 3 home runs and 6 RBIs.

30th Rockies second baseman Eric Young steals 6 bases in Colorado’s 16-15 win over the Dodgers to tie a major league record. Three steals come in the 3rd inning when he steals 2B, 3B, and home. The two teams score in 14 of their 18 turns at bat, tying another big league mark. There are 7 lead changes in the contest, which is marked by 38 hits, 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases—9 steals when Hideo Nomo is on the mound and 10 with Mike Piazza behind the plate. Three of the homers come on consecutive pitches as Piazza, Karros, and Mondesi homer off Mark Thompson. The 4-hour and 20-minute game is the longest 9-inning contest in NL history. Raul Mondesi drives home 6 runs for LA, while Dante Bichette gets 5 hits and 4 ribbies for Colorado.

The Twins defeat the Royals, 5-2, as Minnesota LF Marty Cordova has his hitting streak stopped at 23 games.

The Giants lose their 10th in a row, as San Diego wins, 7–4.  It ties the losing streak record for the franchise in San Francisco.

Cards pitcher Todd Stottlemyre has 3 hits, 2 in the 6-run 2nd inning, in beating the Pirates, 10–3.

1996 July

1stAt Yankee Stadium, the Key outguns the Rocket, as Jimmy Key beats Roger Clemens, 2–0. Mike Aldrete’s solo HR in the 7th is the first score.

In San Francisco, Barry Bonds and Mark Carreon homer to lead the Giants to a 9–6 win over the Rockies.  The win snaps a 10-game losing streak, the longest for the Giants since a 10-game skein in 1985 and a 13-game losing streak in 1944.

In a 4–1 win over Chicago, Pirate RF Orlando Merced pulls off an unassisted DP, catching Mark Grace’s liner and loping to 1B.

2nd Oakland breaks a 6-6 tie by scoring 5 runs in the 9th inning to defeat Seattle 11-6. 1B Jason Giambi leads the way with 5 hits.

The Reds put P Pete Schourek on the 15-day DL, but he’ll undergo elbow surgery on July 17th and miss the rest of the season. The Reds other ace, Jose Rijo, recovering from surgery last August, has yet to pitch off the mound for Birmingham.

The Marlins sign Domingo Aramboles, 16-year-old Dominican pitcher, to a contract, giving him a $5,500 signing bonus. Aramboles produces a birth certificate showing he’s 16, but later on it is discovered that he is only 14, and the Commissioner’s office will nullify the contract. His 1.71 minor league ERA will earn him a big bonus when he signs in 1998. Josephang Bernhardt, another Latin ball player who will produce a phony birth certificate, will be taken away from Tampa Bay and sign with Toronto for $750,000.

An MRI on Tony Gwynn shows fraying of the tendon in his right heel. The Padres star will be out for at least 4 weeks and miss the All-star game.

3rd The Mets defeat the Phillies, 10-6, as rookie OF Alex Ochoa leads the way by going 5-for-5 and hitting for the cycle.

In Atlanta’s 3–1 win over the Expos, Montreal first baseman David Segui fractures his left thumb when pitcher Ugueth Urbina fires over to 1B and hits his teammate. Henry Rodriguez takes over at 1B.

The Yankees sign Venezuelan Jackson Melian, just turned 16, to a contract for $1.6 million. His bonus is a record for Latino ball players.

4th  In the 9th inning at Arlington, Texas reliever Dennis Cook hits a batter with the bases loaded, then serves up a grand slam to Paul Sorrento, in a 9-5 loss to the Mariners.

The Yankees provide the fireworks, signing Darryl Strawberry. On June 24th, Yankee GM Bob Watson said five times that Strawberry “doesn’t fit.”

5th After the California Angels score 3 runs in the top of the 1st inning, the Oakland Athletics respond with 13 of their own in the bottom half to mark the highest scoring 1st inning by 2 teams in major league history. The 13 runs is one short of the record. DH Matt Stairs ties a major league mark with a grand slam and 6 RBIs in the frame. The Athletics go on to post a 16-8 victory.

Behind Wilson Alvarez, the White Sox hand the Indians their first shutout of the year, beating them, 7–0. The Sox now trail the Tribe by just 2 games.

At the Metrodome, the Twins score 5 in the 9th to edge the Royals, 9-8. Chip Hale drives home the last two runs on a double. KC runners swipe 4 bases, including home by catcher Sal Fasano, on the front end of a double steal.

6th The Seattle Mariners ride 3 solo home runs by Edgar Martinez to a 9-5 win over the Texas Rangers.

During the Yankees 2–0 win over the Brewers, the team announces the purchase of Darryl Strawberry’s contract from Columbus. John Wetteland preserves Jimmy Key’s win with a save in his 20th consecutive appearance, breaking Lee Smith’s record.

7th The Marlins fire manager Rene Lachemann. Florida vice president John Boles replaces Lachemann, although he has not managed at any level in 10 years; except for Ted Turner’s one-game stint in the 1970s, Boles is the first manager since Emil Fuchs in 1929 with no professional playing experience at any level. He wins his first game today, 7–4, in 10 innings over the Phils.

9th The NL defeats the AL, 6-0, in the All-Star Game. Ken Caminiti and Mike Piazza homer for the winners. The game is the first All-Star contest in which no walks are issued by either team. Cal Ripken Jr. starts the game, despite suffering a broken nose when he accidentally catches a forearm from Chicago P Roberto Hernandez. Hernandez slipped on the tarp during the AL team photo shoot.

The Giants trade 1B Mark Carreon to the Indians for P Jim Poole.

At the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Cuba’s top pitcher Rolando Arrojo defects to the U.S.

11thAfter 14 straight road losses—a club record—the Phils finally win, beating the Expos, 3–2, behind Curt Schilling.

In the Twins 11–7 loss to the Indians, Chuck Knoblauch completes his 10th multi-hit game in a row—the longest such streak in the ML since Rich Dauer in 1978. Manny Ramirez and Albert Belle drive in 9 runs between them for the Tribe, and Jack McDowell picks up the win.

12th Down 9-2 as they bat in the last half of the 7th inning in Colorado, the Rockies score 11 times and hold on for a 13-12 win over the Padres. 3B Vinny Castilla’s grand slam—his 2nd homer of the game—is the big blow of the inning.

Minnesota star Kirby Puckett announces he is retiring, effective immediately, because of glaucoma in his right eye. He leaves with a .314 average for the season and a career mark of .318. Puckett was an All-star in ten of his 12 seasons with the Twins.

13th The Indians score 4 runs in the 4th, 5 runs in the 5th, and 6 runs in the 6th as they defeat the Twins, 19-11. The Tribe counts 12 doubles and 3 HRs among its 22 hits. The 12 doubles ties an AL record set in 1990, and the two teams combine for 18 doubles, a new AL record (the NL mark is 23). Of Rich Becker gets 4 hits, including a double and 2 homers, and drives home 6 runs for Minnesota.

Tim Naehring scores 5 runs on two hits, one a HR, as the Red Sox double the Tigers, 10-5.

The Giants top prospect Shawn Estes, throws his first game of the season, pitching 7 scoreless innings and striking out 11 Dodgers for his first win. The Giants win, 7–0.

14thIn Seattle, Ken Griffey returns to the M’s lineup after missing 20 games and drives in  3 runs with a homer and double. Bob Wells (8–2) pitches a 4-hitter to beat the Angels, 8–0.

In Cincinnati, Reggie Sanders hits 2 homers and P Dave Burba launches his first ML HR as the Reds beat the Pirates, 7–6. The Reds get the deciding runs in the 7th with Sanders 2nd HR and Eduardo Perez, son of Reds star Tony Perez, hits his first ML HR, off Steve Parris.

In Atlanta, Ryan Klesko belts 2 homers and drives in 6 runs to lead the Braves to a 15-10 drubbing of the Marlins. Jeff Conine has a pair of HRs for the Fish.

15th Cal Ripken is shifted to 3B after playing 2,216 consecutive games at SS for the Orioles but his consecutive game streak remains intact at 2,243 games. Baltimore defeats the Blue Jays, 8–6. Ripken’s replacement at short, Manny Alexander, will manage just a broken bat single in 18 at bats and after 6 games at 3B, Cal will return to shortstop.

16th 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.

17th The Red Sox take a 9–2 lead over the Yankees into the 7th inning in Boston. New York scores 3 in the 7th, 2 in the 8th, and 4 in the 9th to move ahead, 11-9. The Red Sox bounce back with 3 of their own in their last at bat to defeat NY by a score of 12-11 and end John Wetteland’s record save streak.

Lead-off hitter Kurt Abbott pounds a single, triple, and home run and drives in 6 runs to lead the Marlins to an 11-2 victory over the Astros.

Five Padre relievers help the Rockies set a club record of 11 runs in the 7th inning en route to a 13–12 Rock win.  Colorado overcomes a 7-run deficit.

Cards pitcher Andy Benes, who started the year going 1–7, evens his record at 8–8, beating the Reds 6–4.

19th For the second time in a week, a Red Sox player scores 5 runs: Jeff Frye is the scorer today as the Sox down the O’s, 13-2. Mo Vaughn and Mike Stanley provide 3-run homers to make it easy for Jamie Moyer (6-1).

20th The Indians defeat the Twins, 6–5, on Alvaro Espinoza’s 11th-inning homer. OF Kenny Lofton leads the way for the Tribe with 5 hits. Albert Belle rings his 226th homer as an Indian to tie Earl Averill’s club mark.

In the opening game at the Olympics, the U.S. team tops Nicaragua, 4–1, behind pitcher Kris Benson.

21st Oakland defeats Texas, 11–8, despite 5 hits—including a double and homer—by Rangers’ OF Rusty Greer. Terry Steinbach solo twice to extend his hitting streak to 21 games, and the A’s Scott Brosius collects a homer and 4 RBIs.  The two teams have 16 hits apiece and total 9 homers.

At Joe Robbie Stadium, the Phillies score 6 runs in the top of the 9th to beat the Marlins, 12-3. Benito Santiago connects for a grand slam, off Jay Powell, to complete the scoring.  It is his second 9th inning grand slam this year.

Hello, Eddie. The Orioles trade P Kent Mercker to the Indians for DH Eddie Murray. Murray returns to the Flock needing just 8 homers to reach 500.

22ndToronto’s Erik Hanson walks Cleveland’s Jim Thome without throwing a 4th ball. With the count 2-2 the pitch is wide and Thome jogs to 1B. Ump Mike Everett, a fill-in from the PCL, had incorrectly called the count 3–2 before the pitch, and Thome, who knew better, didn’t correct him.  The next batter Albert Belle hits a 3-run double for a 4-2 win.

Javy Lopez hits a 2-run pinch homer in the 8th to break a tie and give the visiting Braves an 8-6 win over the Cardinals. Mark Whitten also hits a pinch homer for the Braves to tie an oft-tied ML mark.

23rd The Reds defeat the Phillies, 5–3, as SS Barry Larkin drives in all Cincinnati runs on 2 HRs.

The Pirates trade P Danny Darwin to the Astros in exchange for minor league P Rich Loiselle.

At the Astrodome, San Diego’s Rob Deer launches one of the highest balls ever hit, striking a cable holding up a loud speaker. It’s declared a dead ball. The Pads don’t need it as they win, 7–4.

In the pitchers’ hell known as Coors Field, the Rockies take a pair from the Mets, outslugging them 10–7 and 11–10.  The two games feature 59 hits, including 8 HRs, off 17 pitchers. In the first inning of the nightcap, Dante Bichette, Andres Galarraga, and Vinny Castilla hit consecutive homers off Pete Harnisch. Galarraga hits another in the 3rd, one of his 6 hits for the day.

25thRoyals rookie Jose Rosado wins his first ML game, 7–0, shutting down the Yankees on 4 hits at Yankee Stadium.

Mark McGwire clouts his 37th homer into the 5th deck at Toronto’s SkyDome, just the 2nd player to reach there. The 488-foot drive off Huck Flener lands 4 rows up from where Jose Canseco hit one in the 1989 playoff.  The A’s still lose the game to the Jays, 4–3 when Joe Carter hits a dramatic 2-run 2-out homer in the bottom of the 9th. McGwire will hit his 38th tomorrow in an A’s win.

In San Francisco, the Giants edge the Braves, 4-3, as Barry Bonds hits a triple and homer. Chipper Jones makes it close with a 3-run homer in the 9th. Prior to the game, the Giants unveil their new mascot Lou Seal, a play on the song “Lucille.” Todd Schwenk, an Oakland Athletics fan, named the mascot in a KNBR phone-in contest.

26th The Cubs defeat the Rockies, 17–4, as C Tyler Houston leads the way with a single, double, homer, and 6 RBIs. Sammy Sosa has his NL-leading 34th homer.

The Yankees unload a 21 hit barrage and bat around twice to whip the Royals, 15–1. This is the most hits New York has collected in 9 innings since August 25, 1984, when they had 23 against Seattle. Jimmy Key is the easy winner, giving up 3 hits in 7 innings. Pat Kelly, who had been out the season with surgery, makes his debut and promptly injures a hamstring.

In a trade of catchers, the Astros trade Rick Wilkins to the Giants in exchange for popular Kirt Manwaring and cash.

Following a 2-homer, 5-RBI game on the 25th, Albert Belle goes 4-for-5 with a 3-run homer to lead the Indians to a 14–9 drubbing of the Orioles.  There are 7 homers in the game.

In a battle of aces, the Twins Brad Radke tops Roger Clemens, 5–1. The Red Sox ace is now 4–10.

27th The Padres pound the Marlins, 20-12, scoring 6 runs in the 6th inning, and 9 in the 8th. Wally Joyner leads the way with 5 ribbies, while John Flaherty hits a grand slam.

The Orioles score 10 runs off Orel Hershiser, including a grand slam by Palmeiro, to whip the Indians 14–2 at Camden Yards. Hershiser gives up 11 hits and 4 walks in 5 1/3 innings.

In Toronto, Joe Carter becomes the 3rd player to hit a homer into the upper level at the SkyDome, a 3-run shot that carries 483 feet. Berroa and Stairs homer for the A’s, the 23rd straight game the A’s have collected a homer run. But the Jays beat the A’s, 6–4.

The U.S. Olympic team connects for 5 homers in the first inning en route to a 15–5 win over Japan.

The White Sox pick up vet catcher Pat Borders from the Angels for minor leaguer Robert Ellis. Borders will replace Chad Kreuter, out with a season-ending shoulder injury.

28th Padres’ C John Flaherty has his 27-game hitting streak stopped by the Marlins in the Padres’ 8-2 win. The streak is the 2nd-longest ever by a catcher behind Benito Santiago’s Padres’ record.

Darryl Strawberry’s 300th career HR, a 2-run shot in the 9th, lifts the Yankees to a 3–2 win over the visiting Royals.  The Yankees now lead by 12 games.

Boston’s Arquimedez Pozo drives in 5 runs, 4 on a 9thinning grand slam, off Eddie Guardado, but Minnesota prevails, 9-8. The slam is Pozo’s only career homer.

29th Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda announces his retirement. Lasorda, who underwent an angioplasty earlier this year after suffering a heart attack, will become a team vice president. Bill Russell is named manager.

In the Reds 2–1 loss to the Astros, Reds IF Chris Sabo shatters his bat in the 2nd inning strewing pieces of cork over the field. He’ll be suspended for 7 games for using a corked bat.

The Indians trade second baseman Carlos Baerga and IF Alvaro Espinoza to the Mets in exchange for 3B Jeff Kent and SS Jose Vizcaino. Baerga, a former All-Star, is last in hitting and fielding among AL second basemen.

30th The Reds acquire OF Kevin Mitchell from the Red Sox for minor leaguers Brad Tweedlie and Roberto Mejia. Cincy also sells OF Eric Anthony to the Rockies.

Boston gets a leadoff hitter when the Mariners trade OF Darren Bragg to the Red Sox in exchange for P Jamie Moyer. Moyer, in a portent of his success with the M’s, is 7-1.

The Giants trade P Mark Leiter (4–10) to the Expos for pitchers Tim Scott and Kirk Rueter.

31st The Mariners club the Brewers, 9–3, hitting 7 homers in the game. Buhner, Griffey, and Rodriguez each have a pair, with Brian Hunter adding one. Sterling Hitchcock (11–4) is the winner.

Down by 2 runs going into the bottom of the 9th, Albert Belle connects off Bill Risley for a walkoff grand slam and a 4-2 Cleveland win over Toronto.

At the trading deadline, Detroit trades 1B-DH Cecil Fielder, 32, to the Yankees for OF-DH Ruben Sierra and minor league P Matt Drews. The Yankees also obtain P David Weathers from the Marlins for P Mark Hutton, but will send him to the minors in 3 weeks after the Angels light him up.

The Padres acquire OF Greg Vaughn, with 31 homers at Milwaukee, and a player to be named in exchange for P Bryce Florie, P Ron Villone, and OF Marc Newfield. Vaughn will end the season with 117 RBI, the first player to top 100 while playing in 2 leagues in a season.

The Angels trade IF Damion Easley to the Tigers for P Greg Gohr.

The Phillies trade P Terry Mulholland, 33, to the Mariners in exchange for struggling blue chipper Desi Relaford.

The Dodgers obtain OF Chad Curtis from the Tigers in exchange for pitchers Joey Eischen and John Cummings. Curtis will lead off in place of the cancer-stricken Brett Butler.

The Reds Sox send vet Mike Stanton to the Rangers for two young relievers, Mark Brandenburg and Kerry Lacy. The deal is made at 11:55 p.m.

1996 August

1st  The Red Sox put Jose Canseco on the DL for back surgery. With Mitchell and Canseco gone from the outfield, the Sox defense will improve and so will their record. But they lose today, 9–4, to the Royals, as Clemens (4-11) is tagged for 7 runs in 6 innings.

The Mets make a team-record 7 errors in handing a 13–9 win to the Pirates. The Bucs get 7 unearned runs.

In the Olympics, Japan stuns the U.S. team, 11–2 to qualify to play Cuba for the gold.  Japan pounds Kris Benson for 8 hits and 5 runs in 4 innings. Starter Masanori Sugiera scatters 6 hits in 5 2/3 innings for the win. Takeo Kawamura allows no hits in finishing.

3rd The Braves defeat the Dodgers, 5-3, in 18 innings. Rookie P Brad Woodall picks up his 1st victory with 2 2/3 innings of hitless relief.

4th Jim Bunning, Earl Weaver, Bill Foster, and Ned Hanlon are inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame.

The Braves end their 17-game 20-day road trip, with the 6–4 win over the Dodgers. The extended road stay is caused by the Atlanta-based Olympics.

5th The Orioles score 6 runs in the 8th inning to take a 13-3 lead over the Indians. After scoring 1 run in their half of the inning, Cleveland comes back with 6 of their own in the 9th, but falls 3 short and loses, 13-10. Chris Hoiles drives home 4 runs for the Orioles.

6th Darryl Strawberry strokes 3 HRs off Kevin Tapani in the Yankees 9-2 victory over the White Sox. In doing so, he becomes just the 8th player to hit 3 in a game in both leagues. The others to do it were Babe Ruth, Johnny Mize, Dave Kingman, Cory Snyder, Darnell Coles, Claudell Washington, and Larry Parrish.

Marcel Lachemann of the stumbling Angels quits as manager. John McNamara will take over for the rest of the season.

7th   Gary Gaetti hits a game-ending homer in the 9th to give the Cards a 1-0 win over the Padres.  Doug Bochtler is the losing pitcher.

The Indians score 3 in the 9th—one on a homer by Omar Vizquel—to beat the host Mariners, 5-4. Ken Griffey makes the last out for Seattle and goes 0-for-4 to snap a 35-game hitting streak against the Indians (from May 24, 1992, as noted by Retrosheet).

8th Eddie Murray’s 494th homer moves him ahead of Lou Gehrig to 15th place on the all time list.  The 2-run homer in the 6th inning breaks a tie as Baltimore beats the Brewers, 6–4.

Darryl Strawberry powers a pair of homers to lead the Yankees to an 8–4 win over the White Sox. Strawberry now has 5 homers in his last 9 at bats.

The Rangers acquire P John Burkett (6–10) from the Marlins in exchange for P Ryan Dempster and a player to be named.

9th The Tigers defeat the Yankees, 5–3, as DH Ruben Sierra, traded 9 days ago from the Yankees,  drives home all 5 Detroit runs with a double and 3-run homer.

Fernando Valenzuela limits Pittsburgh to 3 hits in 7 2/3 innings and Greg Vaughn hits the 100-RBI mark with a solo homer to lead the Padres to a 4–1 win. Vaughn, who had 95 RBIs with Milwaukee before being traded, is the first player to hit 100 ribbies in a season while playing in both leagues.

Cold hands?  In a 5-3 Kansas City victory, rookie reliever Jaime Bluma has a bad debut, giving up a 425 foot homer to California’s Rex Hudler, the first batter he faces. Bluma also loses a pre-game cow milking contest.

10th  Eddie Murray blasts his 18th career grand slam, highliting an 8-run 9th inning, as Baltimore beats the White Sox, 13–4. Murray’s slam, off Jeff Darwin, ties him for 2nd place with Willie McCovey.

The Rockies jump to a 7–0 lead over the Braves, then need back to back homers in the 10th to win, 9–7. Galarraga, with his 2nd homer, and Castilla homer off Mark Wohlers for the victory. Galarraga now leads the NL in RBIs with 107.

The Royals roll to an 18–3 win over California as Johnny Damon hits a grand slam and drives in 7 runs.  Jim Abbott loses his 11th straight decision.

Playing for Pawtucket (International L) Dwayne Hosey connects for two homers in the third inning against Ottawa in the first game of a doubleheader, hitting one from each side of the plate.  One homer is a grand slam, the other a two-run homer. He adds a third homer in the game.

11th  At Riverfront, the Dodgers snap a 5-5 tie with 5 runs in the top of the 9thto beat the Reds, 10-5. Tim Wallach clubs a grand slam in the frame.

     Clemson University P Kris Benson becomes the highest paid draft choice ever. He logs on with the Pirates for a $2 million signing bonus.

12th Geronimo Berroa hits 3 HRs in the Athletics’ 11-1 win over Minnesota. He becomes the 10th player in history to have a pair of 3-homer games in the same season. Berroa accounts for 5 of Oakland’s runs and Mark McGwire accounts for 4 with a pair of homers himself. McGwire, who missed 30 games, now has 41 homers.

The Expos defeat the Astros, 8-1, in a game marked by a 3rd-inning 10-minute brawl which will result in 4-game suspensions being handed down to Henry Rodriguez, Moises Alou, David Segui, Jeff Juden, and John Cangelosi. Danny Darwin gets 6 games.  Houston manager Terry Collins receives a gash that will require four stitches to close when he’s hit by a thrown batting helmet. The fight starts when Henry Rodriguez is plunked by a pitch, the apparent result of his stopping and admiring a homer, his 30th, he hit his last time up. Al Leiter pitches a 3-hitter to win, although he gives up a leadoff homer to Brian Hunter.

13th After failing to score in the first 3 innings, the Giants proceed to plate runs in each of their next 6 at bats, going on to defeat the Pirates, 12-10. Rick Wilkins’ PH grand slam in the 8th leads the Jints on to victory.

Robin Ventura belts his team-record 9th grand slam to pace the White Sox to an 8–4 win over the Yankees.  David Weathers serves up the gopher.

The Braves obtain 3B Terry Pendleton from the Marlins in exchange for minor league OF Roosevelt Brown.

Oklahoma City’s Rick Helling pitches a perfect game, winning 4–0 over Nashville.

14th The Red Sox clip the Blue Jays, 8–6, on a 3-run 9th inning.Jacob Brumfield has a pair of homers for the Jays and Otis Nixon swipes 4 bases.

Marlins’ OF Andre Dawson, in his 21st major league season, announces he will retire at the end of the year.

Giants infielder Shawon Dunston is operated on and will miss the remainder of the season.  Dunston suffered a head injury on August 4 in a collision with Astro SS Ricky Gutierrez.

The Braves bring up Andruw Jones. He is believed to be the first player since Phils pitcher Pat Combs in 1989 to start a season in A ball, play in AA, triple A, and the majors in the same season.

15th The Orioles score 15 runs over the final 3 innings on the way to an 18-5 win over the Athletics. Baltimore slugs 5 homers, including a pair by Chris Hoiles.

The 1st-place Braves top Curt Schilling and the Phils, 85. Terrel Wade wins his 4th against no losses and collects his 1st ML hit. Marquis Grissom extends his hit streak to 20 games with a single and double.

Larry Walker, out 2 months with a broken collarbone, makes his first start for the Rockies, but it doesn’t help as they lose for the 10th straight time at Joe Robbie Stadium, 7–6. The Marlins score 3 in the 8th to win.  Gary Sheffield belts his 34th homer for the Fish.

Frank Thomas hits 3 homers for the White Sox, becoming the Sox career HR leader, but Boston wins, 9–8. Thomas hits his 1st 2 off Tim Wakefield to pass Carlton Fisk (214).

Bobby Seay, the top pick of the Chicago White Sox in the June draft, is declared a free agent after the team fails to tender him a formal contract within 15 days of the draft, a violation of major league rules. Seay is the first player in the 32-year history of the draft to be declared a free agent in the summer he was selected.

16th San Diego OF Steve Finley homers in the Padres game against the Mets in Monterrey, Mexico. By doing so, he becomes the 1st major league player to have homered in 3 different countries, having previously hit four-baggers in the US and Canada. The Padres win the 1st regular season game to be played outside of the US or Canada, 15–10, belting 4 homers. Leadoff batter Tony Gwynn is 3-for-5 and will repeat it tomorrow in the 7–3 loss to the Mets.

Trailing 2-0, the Orioles score 14 runs over the final 3 innings to defeat the Athletics, 14-3, in the 1st game of a double-header. Rafael Palmeiro drives home 6 runs for Baltimore, and each member of the starting lineup, with the exception of leadoff man Roberto Alomar, gets at least 2 hits. The Orioles stroke 19 hits for the 2nd day in a row off Oakland pitching. Baltimore also takes the nightcap, 5–4 in 10 innings.

Playing for his 7th team in 6 years. Mark Whiten hits a pinch homer in his first at bat for Seattle to help beat the Yanks. In his last at for the Braves before being traded or farmhand Roger Blanco, Whiten belted a 3-run pinch homer to beat the Phils, 5–2. Whiten is the 45th player used by Seattle this season.

17th  Boston’s Roger Clemens (6-11) stops the Angels, 6–0, collecting his first shutout since April 20, 1994. It is the Rocket’s 37th shutout, leaving him one behind Cy Young. for the most in Sox history.

Thomas Howard had his 4th consecutive 3-hit game to lead the Reds to a 5–3 win over the Rockies.  Howard has 2 doubles and a run scoring triple and scores 3 runs.

18th Cleveland 3B Jim Thome strokes 4 hits, including a pair of homers, and drives home 6 runs to lead the Indians to an 11–3 victory over the Tigers.

Before 22,810 at Estadio Monterrey in Mexico, the San Diego Padres shut out the Mets, 8-0. Joey Hamilton pitches 7 shutout innings, and scores 2 runs on 2 hits, including his first ML homer, off Paul Wilson. He is the first player to hit his first homer outside the US (according to homerun expert Dave Vincent). Ken Caminiti hits two homeruns and drives in 4.

In Chicago, the Cubs spot the Astros a 5-0 advantage, then roar back to win, 10-8. Leo Gomez has a pinch 3-run double and drives in 4 runs as the Cubs collect 17 hits. Jaimie Navarro allows 6 runs in 6 innings, but emerges with the win.  He also ties a 98-year-old NL record when he commits 3 errors in the 4th.

In a wild contest in New York, the Mariners jump out to an 8-0 lead over the Yankees. The New Yorkers strike back with 7 runs in their half of the 4th inning to edge within 1. Seattle scores twice in the 6th, but the Yankees ties the score in the bottom half of the inning with 3 runs of their own. The score remains tied at 10-10 going into the 12th inning. Seattle scores 3 in the top half of the inning, 2 on 1B Paul Sorrento’s 2nd homer of the game. New York fights back with 2 in the bottom of the inning, but falls 1 shy, losing, 13-12. The Yankees remain 5 1/2 games ahead of Baltimore in the AL East, while Seattle stays 6 games behind Texas in 2nd place in the AL West.

19th  Unlikely slugger Rondell White hits a 2nd inning grand slam off a Tom Candiotti curve ball, to give the Expos a 7–3 win over the Dodgers.  The Expos have a 1-game lead over the Cards for the wild-card spot.

The Phils release Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams, was 1–2 with Scranton-Wilkes-Barre.

20th  Ken Caminiti has a grand slam and six RBIs to lead the Padres to a 7–4 win over the Expos. Starter Scott Sanders (6-4) pitches 6 2/3 innings of no hit ball before Darrel Fletcher singles.

In the Cubs 8–1 win over Florida, Sammy Sosa picks up his 100th RBI the hard way when he is hit by a Mark Hutton pitch with the bases loaded in the first inning. The pitch breaks Sosa’s wrist and the slugger will miss 4-6 weeks, stopping his consecutive games played of 304. Hutton records no outs, no hits, 5 earned runs, 4 walks and the one HBP.

Proving that the Mark Hutton for David Weathers trade three weeks ago was an even one, Weathers pitches 2/3 of an inning, allowing 5 earned runs on 5 hits and 3 walks against the Angels. The Yankees shrug off the 5-spot and whip the Angels, 17-6. Jim Leyritz has one of 3 homers for New York and drives in 5 runs.

Rangers SS Kevin Elster drops a throw, ending Texas’s errorless streak at an AL-record-tying 15 games. The Indians defeat the Rangers, 10-4, behind their powerful middle lineup: Ramirez hits a grand slam, Belle has a homer and 2 triples, and Thome homers.

21stPhils ace Curt Schilling faces 28 batters in a 2-hit, 6–0 win over the Dodgers. Schilling strikes out 12. Rookie Scott Rolen hits his 1st two ML homers, both off Hideo Nomo.

Welcome to the Bigs. Derek Jeter hits a home run off Jason Dickson’s first ML pitch, but that’s all the scoring for the slumping Yankees as the Angels’ rookie wins, 7–1. Chili Davis has a pair of homers, the first off loser Jimmy Key (9–10). Dickson wins his ML debut, just the 7th pitcher to make his ML debut and win at Yankee Stadium.

Cal Ripken is 4-for-5 including a homer to lead the surging Orioles to a 10–5 win over the Mariners.  The O’s overcome a pair of homers by Alex Rodriguez to win their 16th in 22 games.

The Rockies end Andy Benes’ 10-game win streak, beating the Cardinals, 10–2. The Rocks also claim Giants C Steve Decker, while the Giants claim the Rocks Trenidad Hubbard, essentially trading both waived players.

22nd  The Yankees claim Luis Sojo off waivers.

23rd The Yankees obtain P Graeme Lloyd and former Rookie of the Year Pat Listach from the Brewers in exchange for OF Gerald Williams and knuckler Bob Wickman. Lloyd is put to work and provides late inning relief as the first-place Yankees beat the A’s, 5–3. The Yanks will officially complain to the AL that the Brewers sent damaged goods in the 2 players, but the complaint is ignored. However, the Brewers will take back Listach and send Ricky Bones to the Yanks on the 29th. The Yanks will file a second grievance over Lloyd’s injury next month, and the Brewers will send minor leaguer Danny Perez as compensation.

24th Atlanta defeats Chicago, 6-5, led by 1B Fred McGriff, who for the second time this year strokes 5 hits, including a double and 2 homers, and drives in 4 runs.

Cubs’ minor leaguer Kerry Wood of Daytona combines on his 2nd no-hitter, a 3–0 win over Vero Beach. Wood goes 8 innings He pitched 7 innings of no-hit ball on July 28 against Tampa.

25th The Red Sox defeat the Mariners by a score of 8-5. Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez hit back-to-back homers for Seattle in the 8th inning, marking the 17th time this season Mariner players have hit consecutive homers, for a major league record.

The Rockies defeat the Pirates, 13-9, despite 5 hits, including a HR, by Pittsburgh second baseman Jeff King. Larry Walker and Vinny Castilla each drive home 4 runs for Colorado.

The Yankees dedicate their 1st new monument in 47 years, to Mickey Mantle, in Monument Park in center field at Yankee Stadium. Miller Huggins, Babe Ruth, and Lou Gehrig are also honored with monuments, while 15 men are honored on plaques.

The Cubs defeat the Braves, 3–2, stopping Marquis Grissom’s hitting streak at 28 games.

The Giants defeat the visiting Expos 7–2 and Barry Bonds sits, ending his consecutive game streak at 357, a Giants record.  Bonds had pinch hit in the previous 2 games.

The Cards Allen Benes, 1–7 in his first 8 decisions, loses 4–1 to the Astros. It is Benes’ 1st loss after reeling off 10 straight wins. Jeff Bagwell hits his 28th HR and drives in his 100th run for Houston, now up by 1 1/2 over the Cards. Donne Wall is the winner.

26th The Mets fire manager Dallas Green and replace him with Bobby Valentine.

The Giants William Van Landingham allows 2 hits over 8 innings and defeats the visiting Phils, 1–0. At one point, Van Landingham retires 17 straight hitters. Curt Schilling allows a run in the 1st, and strikes out 11, in taking the loss. Seven of the strikeouts are consecutive.

27th The Twins defeat the Blue Jays, 6-4 in 11 innings, with the help of 5 hits from DH Paul Molitor.

Roger Clemens (8-11) wins his 4th in a row, beating the Angels, 2–1. Sox reliever Heath Slocumb gives up the one run in the 9th.

28th The Braves acquire P Denny Neagle, who passes waivers, from the Pirates in exchange for minor leaguers Ron Wright and Corey Pointer, and a player to be named (Jason Schmidt) The Bucs will save some more bucks in 2 days, dealing vet Charlie Hayes.

Seattle’s 10-2 win over the visiting Yankees is delayed 10 minutes by a bench clearing brawl in the 8th inning following a close pitch by M’s rookie Tim Davis. The M’s John Marzano and Yanks Paul O’Neill and Jeff Nelson all receive 2-game suspensions, with the New Yorkers each getting fined $1,000. Nelson opened the 8th by plunking Joey Cora.

Vinny Castilla reaches the 100-RBI plateau, joining teammates Galarraga, Burks, and Bichette. Not since the Cubs and Phillies of 1929, has a team had 4 players reach the mark.

29th The last-place Angels defeat the Yankees, 14-3, behind OF Garret Anderson’s 7 runs batted in. Anderson has 2 doubles and a HR.

OF Mark Whiten hits a grand slam with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning, off Randy Myers, to give Seattle a 9-6 win over Baltimore. Alex Rodriguez gets 5 hits for the Mariners, including a double and 2 home runs. Bobby Bonilla has two homers for the O’s, his 20th  and 21st of the year, and Brady Anderson hits his 39th and 40th homers of the season. The Orioles have seven players with 20 or more homers, a new major league record: Anderson, Palmeiro, Bonilla, Ripken, Alomar, Surhoff, Hoiles.

Catcher Joe Oliver drives home 7 runs to lead Cincinnati to an 18-7 pounding of Colorado. Oliver hits a grand slam and a 3-run double.

The Orioles obtain two right hand sluggers, 3B Todd Zeile and OF Pete Incaviglia from the Phillies for 2 players to be named. Free agents at the end of the season, both will sign elsewhere.

Seattle obtains Dave Hollins from the Twins for David Ortiz, and releases Jeff Manto, who signs with the Red Sox. Manto had been swapped on July 22 by the Red Sox.

In the battle of brothers, the Dodgers Ramon Martinez beats his brother Pedro of the Expos, 2–1. Mike Piazza and Eric Karros hit consecutive HRs in the 4th for all the scoring off Pedro, while the Expos manage just 3 hits. Pedro strikes out 12 and goes the distance, while Ramon allows 3 hits in 8+ innings. The two had never faced each other before, and they are the 6th pair of brothers to face each other.

30th Mark McGwire pounds his 45th homer and drives in 3 runs as the A’s beat the Red Sox, 7–0.  The loss snaps the Sox’ 5-game win streak. The 3rd-place Sox have the AL’s hottest team since the All-Star break, going 33–17; on August 1 Boston was 17 games out of 1st place, and since then have gained 11 games. A’s pitchers will record shutouts in their next 2 games as well.

Adding their 8th new player this month, the Yankees reacquire 3B Charlie Hayes from the Pirates in exchange for a player to be named.  This makes Wade Boggs a platoon player and he angrily states, “I’ll get my 3,000 hits somewhere.”

The Padres Scott Sanderson pitches one-hit ball over 8 innings and strikes out 10 to beat the Expos, 6–0.  David Segui has the only hit for Montreal.

Eddie Murray clouts his 499th homer and newly acquired Pete Incaviglia adds a grand slam as the Orioles beat the Mariners, 5–2. The O’s are 4 back of the Yankees, down from 12 games on July 29.

31st Florida scores 5 runs in the top of the 1st inning to jump out to a quick lead over Cincinnati, but the Reds bounce back with 7 runs in the 2nd, and don’t look back. They score 4 more in the 5th, 2 in the 6th, 6 in the 7th, and 3 in the 8th to defeat the Marlins, 22-8. Kevin Mitchell leads the way with 6 runs batted in for the Reds.

The Indians obtain veteran IF Kevin Seitzer from the Brewers in exchange for OF Jeremy Burnitz. Burnitz will hit .287 with 27 homers in his first full season.

1996 September

1st  After Baltimore manager has his bat removed in the 5th inning, Seattle SS Alex Rodriguez borrows a bat from Ken Griffey and belts a 3-run homer to lead the Mariners to a 5–1 win over the O’s.  A-Rod’s 34th HR pins the loss on David Wells.

2nd Mike Greenwell of the Red Sox, who has spent much of the year on the DL, drives in all 9 runs in Boston’s 10-inning, 9-8 win over the Mariners. No other player has ever driven in 9 or more runs for his team’s total score. Batting eighth, Greenwell bats five times getting four hits, including the game-winning RBI in the top of the 10th. His only out comes with the bases empty. He has 2 homers and 2 singles, knocking in 7 of the 8 runners on base.

In his first game back in action since undergoing surgery for an aneurysm in his pitching shoulder in May, David Cone hurls 7 hitless innings in New York’s 5-0 victory over the Athletics. Mariano Rivera gives up a hit in 2 innings as he finishes up for Cone. Cone’s remarkable return sends Kenny Rogers to the bullpen.

It’s seems like old timers day as the Cardinals whip the Central-leading Astros, 8–7. Willie McGee, playing for Ron Gant, has 4 hits and 3 RBI, while Ozzie Smith has 3 hits, 3 RBI, and 4 runs.

3rd  Marquis Grissom opens the game with a leadoff HR off the Reds Dave Burba, but its the only hit for the Braves in the Reds 5–1 win. The first-place Braves have now lost 4 straight.

Ron Gant hits 2 doubles and scores 3 times as the Cards move into the NL Central lead with a 12–3 win over the Astros.

Jon Nunnally drives in 4 runs as the Royals top the host Blue Jays, 5-2. Otis Nixon has a pair of steals for the Jays giving him 51 on the year. He is the only player this century to steal 50 bases for four teams (Montreal, Atlanta, Texas).

4th  In pursuit of his 7th batting title, Tony Gwynn is 4-for-4 in the Padres 2-1 win over the Phils.  Gwynn, hitting .352, needs to average nearly 5 at bats in the final 22 games to qualify for the batting title.

Andy Pettitte wins his 20th as the Yankees prevail over the A’s, 10–3. O’Neill and Martinez solo in the 4th inning.  The Yanks last 20-game winner was Ron Guidry in 1985.

6th The O’s Eddie Murray hits his 500th career HR, and his 21st of the year, off Felipe Lira of the Tigers in Detroit’s 5-4, 12-inning win. The game is delayed 2 hours and 20 minutes because of the remnants of a hurricane. Murray becomes the 15th player to reach the magic number. He also becomes just the 3rd player with 500 HRs and 3,000 hits, joining Willie Mays and Hank Aaron.

The Phillies top the Cubs, 4-2, but lose the services of rookie Scott Rolen, who breaks his forearm when hit by a Steve Trachsel pitch.

Dodgers OF Brett Butler returns to the team following two operations for throat cancer. He walks and scores the winning run in LA’s 2-1 victory over the Pirates.

7th Complaining of abdominal pains the day of his scheduled start at Yankee Stadium, Juan Guzman is rushed to New York’s Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital where he undergoes an emergency appendectomy.  He won’t pitch any more this season and his 2.93 ERA will lead the AL.

Mike Mussina shuts out the Tigers, 6–0 for his 19th win, giving the Orioles their only shutout of the year. It takes them 142 games to do it.

The Cards win their 8th in a row as pitcher Donovan Osborne belts his first ML homer—a grand slam—to beat the Padres, 8–3.

The Athletics collect 19 hits and pound the Royals 13–6, as Mark McGwire hits his 48th HR. He also reaches the 100 RBI level.

In the Expos 2–1 win over the Marlins, Marlin LF Joe Orsulak throws out 3 runners in a span of 5 batters.  He throws out 2 Expos at the plate on consecutive plays to end the 3rd, and throws out another in the 4th. Mark Leiter, 4–0, since being traded from San Francisco on July 30, picks up the win.

In Atlanta, John Smoltz strikes out 13 and wins his 21st as the Braves stop the Mets, 6–1. Jermaine Dye hits a 3-run HR off Bobby Jones for the big blow.

In the Phils 4–2 win over the Cubs, Phils 3B Scott Rolen suffers a broken wrist when he is hit by a Steve Trachsel pitch in his 2nd at bat. Rolen has exactly 130 at bats, which means he is still technically a rookie next year. Rolen debuted in the first game of an August 1 doubleheader and played in all 37 games since.

8thIn the Indians DH split with the Mariners, Jim Thome knocks in his 100th run in opener, a 15–4 win. Thome reaches the 30 homer, 100 runs, 100 runs, 100 walks—just the 2nd Indian to ever do that. Al Rosen in 1950 was the other.  Charles Nagy (15-4) wins game 1, while the M’s prevail 6–5 in the nightcap.

9th  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.

10th  The Expos use 9 pitchers in a vain attempt to stop the Cubs. Chicago wins, 10–3. The 9 pitchers in a regulation game matches the ML mark set by the 1949 Browns, who used 9 in a season ending promotion.

In the Dodgers 5–4 win over the Reds, Bret Butler breaks his hand on a bunt attempt when he is hit by a pitch. The 39-year-old Butler, who battled back from cancer surgery, is out for the year after playing 5 games.

12th Yankees’ OF Bernie Williams drives home 8 runs in New York’s 12-3 win over the Tigers. Williams hits 2 round-trippers, including a 9thinning grand slam, and a single.

Milwaukee trounces Texas, 15-4, led by second baseman Fernando Vina who goes 5-for-6, with a triple, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, and 4 runs scored.

Rockies’ OF Ellis Burks steals his 30th base of the season, making him the 19th player in history to join the 30-30 club. He hits his 37th homer of the season and drives in 5 runs in Colorado’s 16-8 win over Atlanta.

13th Toronto C Charlie O’Brien unveils a hockey-style catcher’s mask in the game against the Yankees. The mask is a success, but the Blue Jays lose to the New Yorkers, 4-1. Andy Pettitte wins his 21st.

14th Oakland 1B Mark McGwire becomes the 13th player in history to hit 50 HRs in a season as he connects against Cleveland’s Chad Ogea in the 1st inning of Cleveland’s 9-8 win over the A’s in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. The big first baseman hit his 49th in the 1st inning of the opener, a 9-2 loss to the Indians. Because of injuries, McGwire has played in only 119 or his team’s 150 games.

Mets’ C Todd Hundley hits his 41st HR of the season to set a new major league mark for catchers. The Mets defeat Atlanta, 6-5, in 12 innings. Johnny Bench hit 45 in 1970, but only 38 while behind the plate. Hundley also owns the Mets HR record, previously held by Darryl Strawberry with 39.

The City of Houston and Harris County agree to terms with the Astros to build a $265 million stadium with a retractable roof. The deal needs several approvals, including a November 5 referendum.

15th Baltimore C Mark Parent homers in the 3rd inning of his team’s 16-6 win over the Tigers. The homer gives the Orioles a new major league record of 241 for the season. The Birds have 4 other homers in the game, including Brady Anderson’s 10th leadoff HR of the year, to total 243, 3 more than the 1961 Yanks [they will hit 251 this year]. Cal Ripken goes back-to-back with Bobby Bonilla, the 16th time this year the O’s have hit consecutive homers, tying a ML record.

The Red Sox defeat the White Sox, 9–8, despite 3 solo HRs by Chicago 1B Frank Thomas. Mo Vaughn and John Valentin each hit 2 homers and collect 8 RBIs between them for Boston to power the Sox to victory.

Philadelphia C Benito Santiago drives in all his team’s runs with 3 consecutive HRs in the Phillies’ 6-1 win over the Cubs at Wrigley. Santiago will hit a homer tomorrow in his first at bat to tie a record for consecutive homers.

16th  Paul Molitor of the Twins triples in the 5th inning of Minnesota’s 6-5 loss to KC for his 3,000th big league hit. He becomes the 1st major leaguer to get 200 hits in the same season in which he reached 3,000. Teammate Chuck Knoblauch gets his 1,000th hit in the same game.

Steve Finley’s lead off HR in the 11th gives the Padres a 2–1 over the host Giants. SF’s only run is Barry Bonds 40th, and he joins Aaron and Canseco as the only players with 40 HRs and 30 stolen bases in a season.

The Mariners stop the Rangers, 6–0, as Jamie Moyer pitches 8 innings of hitless ball. Edgar Martinez collects his 50th double, just the 5th player this century to hit 50 doubles in 2 straight years.

In their 5–2 loss to the Braves, Mets OF Lance Johnson hits his 20th triple. He’s the first NLer to reach that plateau since Willie Mays in 1957.

Backed by two 3-run homers from Tim Raines, celebrating his 37th birthday, Jimmy Key stops the Blue Jays, 10–0. Raines 2nd HR, a 457 blast to the Stadium CF, is the longest hit by a Yankee this year. The Yanks are now 3 games up in the AL East.

17th  Dodgers’ P Hideo Nomo hurls a 9-0 no-hitter against the Rockies in hitter-friendly Coors Field. Nomo fans 8 and walks 4 in winning his 16th game of the year. Presidential hopeful Bob Dole notes the Nomo no-no by stating, “The Brooklyn Dodgers had a no-hitter last night.”

The Padres jump out to a 6-0 lead over the Giants, but San Francisco fights back to defeat San Diego, 9-7, to drop the Pods 1 1/2 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West.

Pittsburgh manager Jim Leyland announces he will leave the Pirates at the end of the season.

18th Boston’s Roger Clemens fans 20 Detroit Tigers, without walking a single batter, to tie his record for most strikeouts in a 9-inning game. The Rocket holds the Tigers to 5 hits en route to a 4-0 shutout.

Cincinnati OF Kevin Mitchell is suspended by the Reds for the final 13 games of the season. After receiving permission to stay behind in San Diego on an off day, Mitchell did not show up in Pittsburgh, as expected, yesterday or today, precipitating the suspension.

20th Frank Thomas hits his 39th HR of the year, a grand slam, to power the White Sox to a 7-3 win over the Twins. Dave Martinez hits a solo shot in his only at bat.  Kevin Tapani gives up a 2-run HR to Rich Becker but emerges the winner. Paul Molitor has a double to extend his consecutive game hitting streak against the White Sox to 32 games (as noted by Retrosheet) over three years.

In a 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays, the Orioles Brady Anderson collects a double, his 86th extra base hit of the year, a new Orioles record. He will finish with 92.  Frank Robinson and Cal Ripken had the old record with 85.  Joe Carter hits his 30th homer for the Jays.

21st In a 6–3 win over Toronto, Eddie Murray hits 19th career grand slam, moving him into 2nd place behind Lou Gehrig (23). The blow comes in the 6thinning off Scott Brow.

Milwaukee scores 10 runs in the first two innings as they blast the Tigers, 13-6. Jose Valentin hits a 3-run HR in the 1stand Jeremy Burnitz has a 2nd inning grand slam, both off Todd Van Poppel as there are 7 homers in the game. Phil Nevin has 2 for the Tigers.

The International Baseball Association approves the participation of professional baseball players in the summer Olympic Games to be held in the year 2000.

Christie’s Fine Art Auctioneers sell a 1910 T-206 Honus Wagner baseball card to an anonymous buyer for $640,000, including the $60,500 auction house fee.

22nd Oakland 1B Mark McGwire becomes the 30th player to homer twice in the same inning as he hits numbers 51 and 52 in the 5th inning of the Athletics’ 13–11 win over Seattle. The A’s score 8 runs in the inning, and the Mariners come back with 7 of their own in their half.

Cincinnati SS Barry Larkin hits his 30th HR of the year in the Reds’ 6–3 win over the Cardinals in the opening game of a twin bill. He thus becomes the first SS to join the exclusive 30-30 club. Mets 3B Howard Johnson is the only other IF to perform the feat. In the nightcap of the twin bill, Reds P John Smiley holds the Cardinals to a single hit—a Royce Clayton single—in shutting St. Louis out by a count of 6–0.

The Pirates win their 11th in a row, defeating the Cubs, 11–3.  Jay Bell homers for his 3rd game in a row as the Bucs post the longest win streak in the majors this year.

24th Boston 1B Mo Vaughn slugs 3 HRs and drives home 5, in the Red Sox’ 13-8 win over Baltimore. Mo now has 44 homers.

Cincinnati 3B Willie Greene leads the Reds to a 6-3 victory over the Cubs by hitting 3 HRs and bringing in 5.

25th The Yankees clinch the AL East title by pounding out 20 hits in a 19-2 win over the Brewers in the opening game of a doubleheader. The New Yorkers score 10 runs in the 2nd inning after plating 4 in the opening frame. Tino Martinez leads with 5 RBIs and David Cone (7-2) is the easy winner. The Yanks take the nightcap, 6–2.

The Red Sox take an 8-1 lead over the Mariners and hold on for an 8-5 victory. Alex Rodriguez hits a 3-run homer in the 8thand Ken Griffey, Jr. follows with a solo. It is the 17thtime that the M’s have hit back-to-back homers, setting a ML season record.

Jim Leyland loses his last home game as the Pirates manager but receives 4 standing ovations.  The Bucs 4th error leads to the go ahead run in the 11th as the Cards win, 8–7.

In a 7–5 win over the Dodgers, Barry Bonds goes 1–1 and receives an intentional walk, giving him a new NL record of 149 walks in a season. He also swipes 2 bases giving him 39. The Dodgers get a homer from Eric Karros, his 34th, and a 2-run pinch homer from Billy Ashby. Of Ashby’s 9 homers, 5 have been pinch hits, one short of Johnny Fredericks record. The Giants win clinches a tie for the NL West.

26th Oakland C Terry Steinbach hits a 6th-inning HR in a 7-5 victory over Seattle, giving the Athletics their 241st HR of the season. They become the second team this season to surpass the mark formerly held by the 1961 Yankees.

At Arlington, the Rangers prevail over the Angels, 6-5, pinning the loss on Jim Abbott (2-18), who goes the distance. His 18 losses will lead the league, while his 7.49 ERA does not qualify (142 IP). Pudge Rodriguez drives in one of the Texas runs with a double, his 45thof the year as a catcher, setting a ML record (Lucroy will break it in 2014).

27th After being ejected for arguing a strike call in the 1st inning of Baltimore’s game against the Blue Jays, Orioles’ second baseman Roberto Alomar spits in the face of umpire John Hirschbeck. Alomar claims he was provoked by Hirschbeck, but the incident will set off a national debate. After the game, Alomar remarks, “I used to respect him a lot. He had problems with his family when his son died—I know that’s something real tough in life—but after that he just changed, personality-wise. He just got real bitter.”  When the ump hears about the remarks tomorrow he will charge into the Orioles locker room and have to be restrained by fellow ump Joyce. Alomar will apologize to Hirschbeck and the two will become friends. Alomar later raises money for the charity that Hirschbeck starts.

Barry Bonds steals his 40th base to become the 2nd player, after Jose Canseco, to reach 40 homers and 40 steals in a season. He has 42 homers. San Francisco tops Colorado, 9–3, with a 7-run 7th.

The Angels score 2 runs in the top half of the 15th inning, then hold on as Texas fights back for 1 in their half, to earn a 4-3 victory. LF Garret Anderson gets 6 hits for California and drives home 3 runs.

28th  The Padres assure themselves of at least a tie in the NL West as the beat the Dodgers, 4–2, for their 2nd win in a row over LA.

Robby Alomar, playing because his suspension is appealed, sends the Orioles into the playoffs with a 10th-inning HR to give them a 3–2 win over the Blue Jays.

The Yankees Andy Pettitte and 4 relievers clip the Red Sox, 4–2, pinning the loss on Roger Clemens (10–13) in his last appearance in a Boston uniform. Clemens strikes out 10 and allows homers to Mike Aldrete and Bernie Williams. The Sox are reluctant to grant the Rocket’s request for a 4-year contract.

29th Cincinnati 1B-OF Hal Morris ends the season with a pair of hits in the Reds’ 6-3 win over the Cardinals, giving him a major league season-high 29-game hitting streak.

The Blue Jays beat Baltimore on the final day of the season, 4–1, behind Pat Hentgen. Hentgen wins his 20th, joining Jack Morris as the 2nd Blue Jay pitcher in history to win 20.  The O’s only run is Brady Anderson’s lead off HR, his 50th HR of the year. The Orioles end the year with a ML record 257 HRs. Both the Mariners (245) and the A’s (243) surpass the old record of 240, set by the 1961 Yankees.

Chris Gwynn, brother of Tony, hits a 2-run pinch-hit double in the 11th inning to give the Padres a 2–0 win over the Dodgers. The double is off Chan Ho Park and the win cinches the NL West pennant for the Pods. The Dodgers lose all 4 games in the series.

The Rockies beat the Giants, 12–3, as Andres Galarraga has 3 hits, 3 runs and 3 RBIs. He finishes the season with 150 ribbies, the first to reach that mark since Tommy Davis in 1962, and his 47 homers leads the NL. Dante Bichette collects his 141st RBI giving the Rockies two players with 140+ ribbies, the first time 2 teammates have topped the mark since the Red Sox of 1950. Vinnie Castilla hits his 40th homer, joining Ellis Burks and Galarraga as the second team (Braves) to have 3 teammates reach that mark. The Rocks are the first team to score 900 runs since the 1953 Dodgers, but they give up more than 900 as well. Dante Bichette steals his 31st base giving the Rockies have 201 stolen bases and 221 homers. They are the only team in the 20th Century to top 200 SBs and 200 HRs.

Albert Belle has no RBIs in the Indians 4–1 loss to the Royals and finishes with an AL-high 148.

The regular season ends with 4,962 homers hit, compared with 1993, the last full-season, when 4,030 homeruns were hit. Seventeen players hit 40 homers, 43 hit 30 homers or more, and 83 hit 20 homers. Previous high numbers: eight, 28, 79. The Orioles, Mariners and A’s all beat the 1961 Yankee team homer record.

30th Boston fires manager Kevin Kennedy and Philadelphia fires manager Jim Fregosi. Kennedy had plenty to work with: the Sox used 56 players in 1996, matching the ML record set by the Philadelphia A’s in 1915 (It will be topped in the 21stcentury).

1996 October

1st In the opening game of the NL Division Series, the Cardinals defeat the Padres 3-1. Todd Stottlemyre gets the win for St. Louis.

The Rangers top the Yankees, 6-2, in the 1st game of their AL Division Series. Juan Gonzalez and Dean Palmer homer to back the pitching of John Burkett. David Cone takes the loss.

The Orioles defeat the Indians, 10-4, in Game 1 of their AL Division Series. Bobby Bonilla hits a grand slam in the game, which was delayed for 17 minutes due to a threatened umpire boycott in protest to handling of the Roberto Alomar situation.

2nd The Braves edge the Dodgers, 2-1 in 10 innings, in the opener of their NL Division Series. Javy Lopez’s HR is the deciding hit, as John Smoltz goes 9 innings for the win.

The Yankees defeat the Rangers, 5-4, in 12 innings, to even their series at a game apiece. The winning run scores from 2B on a throwing error by 3B Dean Palmer on a routine bunt.

The Orioles win their 2nd in a row against the Indians, 7-4. The winning tally scores on a throwing error by C Sandy Alomar.

3rd St. Louis takes a 2-games-to-0 lead over the Padres with a 5-4 victory.

The Braves win another pitchers’ duel with the Dodgers, defeating LA by a score of 3-2 on solo homers by Fred McGriff, Ryan Klesko, and Jermaine Dye.

The Pirates name Gene Lamont to replace Jim Leyland as manager.

4th Indians OF Albert Belle’s grand slam leads Cleveland to a 9-4 win over the Orioles in Game 3 of their series.

The Yankees score twice in the 9th inning to defeat the Rangers, 2-1, despite Juan Gonzalez’s 4th HR of the series. NY takes a 2-games-to-1 lead.

Jim Leyland signs a 5-year contract to manage the Florida Marlins.

After three straight winning seasons, Terry Collins is fired as manager of the Astros. He is replaced by broadcaster Larry Dierker.

U.S. District Judge Edmund W. Ludwig prevents the umpires from striking the playoff games in protest of the Alomar incident, citing the no-strike clause in their contract.

5th The Yankees win their series against the Rangers, taking Game 4 by a score of 6-4. Bernie Williams homers twice for NY, while Juan Gonzalez hits a record-tying 5th HR for Texas.

The Braves top LA, 5-2, and sweep their Division Series with the Dodgers. Tom Glavine gets the win, while Chipper Jones homers for the victors.

The Cardinals sweep the Padres with a 7-5 win in Game 3 of their Division Series. Brian Jordan’s 2-run HR in the 9th inning is the decisive blow.

Roberto Alomar’s HR in the 12th inning gives Baltimore a 4-3 win over Cleveland and a berth in the ALCS against the Yankees. Alomar’s 2-out single in the 9th ties the game and sends it into extra innings.

Umpire John Hirschbeck says he forgives Baltimore second baseman Roberto Alomar, who spat on him during an argument in a game on September 27.

8th  Padres star Ken Caminiti undergoes an operation to repair the rotator cuff in his left shoulder, injured against Houston in April.  Caminiti’s 40 homers, 130 RBI, and .621 slugging mark set Padre records, and he will be the unanimous choice for NL MVP. In 2002, He admits to Sports Illustrated that he started taking heavy doses of steroids following his injury.

9th Bernie Williams’ 11th-inning HR gives the Yankees a 5-4 win over Baltimore in the opening game of the ALCS. Williams’ HR was made possible when 12-year-old Jeffrey Maier reaches over the left field fence in the 8th inning, interfering with a ball hit by Derek Jeter. It is ruled a HR which ties the game, 4-4.

Braves win the opener of the NLCS against the Cardinals, with John Smoltz getting credit for the 4-2 win. Chipper Jones goes 4-for-4 for Atlanta.

10th St. Louis evens the NLCS with an 8-3 win over the Braves in Game 2 of the NLCS. Gary Gaetti hits a grand slam for the Cardinals as Todd Stottlemyre gets the win.

Baltimore’s 5-3 win over the Yankees in Game 2 evens the ALCS at 1 game apiece. Rafael Palmeiro’s 7th-inning homer is the key blow.

11th The Yankees win Game 3 by a score of 5-2, after AL President Gene Budig denies Baltimore’s protest of Game 2. NY scores 4 runs in the 8th inning in another come-from-behind win.

The Arizona Diamondbacks sign Travis Lee to a 4-year, $10 million contract. Lee, selected by the Twins in this year’s amateur draft, was declared a free agent on September 24th because Minnesota failed to offer him a contract within 15 days of the end of the draft. Arizona outbid several other teams for Lee’s services. Lee’s deal will be voided by major league officials next week, and have to be reworked.

12th The Yankees’ 8-4 win over the Orioles gives them a 3-games-to-1 lead in the ALCS. Darryl Strawberry homers twice for NY, while Bernie Williams and Paul O’Neill add 4-baggers.

The Cardinals defeat the Braves, 3-2, to go up by 1 game in the NLCS. Ron Gant homers twice against his former teammates.

13th The Yankees defeat the Orioles, 6-4, giving them the AL pennant. The victors score all of their runs in the 3rd inning, which features HRs by Jim Leyritz, Cecil Fielder, and Darryl Strawberry. Scott Erickson gives the 3 homers in one inning, a first in the LCS. Bobby Bonilla, Todd Zeile, and Eddie Murray homer for the losers.

The Cardinals take a 3-games-to-1 lead over the Braves with a 4-3 victory. Brian Jordan homers for St. Louis and Dennis Eckersley gets the win in relief.

14th The Braves batter the Cardinals, 14-0, in Game 5 of the NLCS. John Smoltz gets the win, with Fred McGriff and Javy Lopez contributing homers. Atlanta sets a playoff record with 22 hits in the game.

16th Atlanta, behind Greg Maddux, evens the NLCS at 3 games apiece with a 3-1 victory.

17th The Braves complete their comeback, winning their 3rd in a row, 15-0, to defeat the Cardinals and win the NL pennant. Homers by Fred McGriff, Javy Lopez, and Andruw Jones support the shutout pitching of Tom Glavine.

20th The Braves continue to pound the ball, as they defeat the Yankees, 12-1, in the WS opener. Andruw Jones’ HR in the 2nd inning puts him in the record books as the youngest player to homer in a Series game. He hits another 4-bagger in the 3rd inning, as John Smoltz gains the win.

21st Greg Maddux shuts out the Yankees by a score of 4-0, as the Braves take their 2nd straight as the visiting team. Fred McGriff’s 3 RBIs give him a major league record 15 for the postseason.

22nd The Yankees take Game 3, 5-2, behind the pitching of David Cone. John Wetteland gets the save as Bernie Williams drives in 3 runs for the winners.

23rd The Yankees even the Series by scoring twice in the 10th inning for an 8-6 win. Jim Leyritz ties the game in the 8th with a HR off Mark Wohlers as the Braves blow a 6-run lead. John Wetteland saves the game for Graeme Lloyd.

24th The Yankees take their 3rd straight game in Atlanta, defeating the Braves, 1-0. Andy Pettitte records the win, while John Wetteland gets his 3rd save. John Smoltz is the hard-luck loser for Atlanta.

26th The Yankees take their 4th in a row from the Braves, 3-2, giving them their 23rd World Championship. Joe Girardi’s 3rd-inning triple is the key blow. Starter Jimmy Key gets the win with help from John Wetteland. Wetteland’s 4 saves earn him the MVP trophy.

28th  Ruben Sierra changes uniforms for the 3rd time this year when Detroit sends the veteran to Cincy for two minor league players.

Pitcher Mark Gubicza, a KC Royal since 1981, is traded to the Angels for DH Chili Davis.  Gubicza is the last active player from the Royals’ 1985 championship team. Gubicza will pitch just 4.2 innings in 1997 before spending the rest of the year on the DL.

29th The Expos trade pitchers Jeff Fassero and Alex Pacheco to the Mariners in exchange for C Chris Widger, and pitchers Matt Wagner and Trey Moore.

30th  The Phils name Terry Francona as manager, replacing Jim Fregosi. Francona was 3B coach of the Tigers this past season.

1996 November

1st  The major league All-Star team opens their 8-game series in Japan with a 6–5 loss to the Japan All-Stars. Players include Cal Ripken, Sammy Sosa, Steve Finley, Brady Anderson, Barry Bonds, Mike Piazza, Hideo Nomo, Gary Sheffield, Alex Rodriguez, and Shane Reynolds.

2nd Toni Stone, the first female to play professional baseball at a big league level, dies at age 75. Stone played 2B for the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro League in 1953.

4th The Angels name Terry Collins as their new manager.

5th  Yankee SS Derek Jeter is the unanimous choice for AL Rookie of the Year. Jeter was the Yanks Opening Day shortstop, the first rookie to start at SS for New York since Tom Tresh in 1962.

6th  In Chicago, the ML owners decisively reject a proposed labor agreement that would have ended a 3-year stalemate. The 18-12 vote threatens to plunge baseball back into full-fledged hostilities between the owners and players’ union.

Todd Hollandsworth is voted the 1996 NL Rookie of the year, the 5th year in a row that the award has gone to a Dodger. the previous 4 were Karros, Piazza, Mondesi, and Nomo. Hollandsworth played 41 games in 1995 (103 at bats) but a broken right hand in May and a broken right thumb in August of ’95 kept him eligible for the rookie award.

9thAt Yokohama, Japanese All Star Hideki Matsui hits a grand slam off Shane McReynolds. McReynolds retires 20 of the next 21 batters, but loses 6–4.

10th  At Tokyo, in the finale of the Japanese vs. ML All Stars, the Japanese rally for 3 runs to earn an 8–8 tie. The Americans hit .302 in the series with 11 homers, and come away with 4 wins, 2 losses, and 2 ties. None of the games go extra innings. Steve Finley, 8-for-20 with 9 RBI, is named MVP.

11th  The Cy Young award stays in Atlanta with the expected announcement of John Smoltz as the 1996 NL winner. Since 1991, 5 of the 6 Cy Young winners have been Braves. Smoltz is named first on 26 of 28 ballots, with Kevin Brown finishing second in the voting.

Bud Selig meets with Don Fehr, the players’ labor leader, in a futile attempt to convince Fehr to accept the owners’ demands. With the deadline for an agreement at midnight on the 14th, there is virtually no hope that the two sides will agree. If the two sides reach the deadline without an agreement, the interleague schedule for next year will be wiped out, and a traditional schedule followed.

13th San Diego 3B Ken Caminiti is named the MVP of the NL. After the All-Star break, Caminiti led all NL players with a.360 average, 28 homers, and 81 RBI. He sealed the Padres NL West title by going 4-for-4 on September 27 against the Dodgers Ismael Valdes.

     The Indians trade P Julian Tavarez, 2B Jose Vizcaino, IF Jeff Kent, and a player to be named to the Giants in exchange for slugging 3B Matt Williams and a player to be named. Williams, with the Giants for 10 years, underwent shoulder surgery in mid-August and missed the remainder of the season.

The Blue Jays ink their ace pitcher Juan Guzman to a 2-year $9 million deal with incentives.  Along with the just-signed Pat Hentgen and nabbing Clemens next month, the Jays load up for next year.

14th Toronto’s Pat Hentgen is named the AL Cy Young winner.

Texas star Juan Gonzalez beats out Seattle’s Alex Rodriguez for the AL MVP.  He averaged 1.08 RBI per game, the best ratio in the majors since 1938. He finished the year with 47 homers and 144 RBI.

The Toronto Blue Jays and the Pittsburgh Pirates complete a 9-player swap with the Jays acquiring the 2B they are looking for in 29-year-old Carlos Garcia. In addition, the Jays pick up OF Orlando Merced and reliever Dan Plesac. The Bucs receive 6 prospects, including pitchers Jose Pett and Jose Silva, along with Knoxville IF Brandon Cromer and three players to be named.

19th The Chicago White Sox make Albert Belle the highest paid player in history when they sign the free agent slugger to a $55 million dollar, 5-year contract. Belle’s annual salary of $11 million exceeds Ken Griffey ($8,500,000) and Frank Thomas ($7,250,000) in annual take, and is just $750,000 short of the Milwaukee Brewers’ total payroll for 1996. It includes an clause stating that unless Belle is one of the three highest paid players in baseball, he has the right to renegotiate or file for free agency. By mid-1998, Greg Maddux, Pedro Martinez, and Gary Sheffield will all sign contracts more lucrative than Belle’s deal, allowing Belle to declare himself a free agent at the conclusion of the season. Acting Commissioner Bud Selig, reacting to owners outrage, calls a meeting for next Tuesday in Chicago in response to the signing.

The Red Sox hire Jimy Williams to manage the team, replacing Kevin Kennedy who was fired on September 30.  Williams has been the 3B coach of the Braves for the past 6 years. He managed the Blue Jays for 4 years before being fired on May 15, 1989.

The California Angels officially become the Anaheim Angels, revealing their new logo today.

The Marlins sign free agent 3B Bobby Bonilla to 4-year contract.

25th The Tampa Bay Devil Rays sign high school pitcher Matt White for a record $10.2 million bonus. The 6′ 5″ White had a 0.65 ERA for Waynesboro (Pa) High School last spring, and then was drafted 7th in June by the Giants.  He became a free agent in September on a technicality when San Francisco failed to mail him a contract within 15 days of the draft. The deal tops the $10 million signing last month of the number 2 pick, Travis Lee, by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Mets obtain P Greg McMichael from the Braves in exchange for P Paul Byrd.

27th The Angels obtain pitchers Allan Watson and Fausto Macey from the Giants in exchange for 1B J.T. Snow.

The Mets trade P Jerry DiPoto to the Rockies in exchange for P Armando Reynoso. New York also trades 1B Rico Brogna to the Phillies in exchange for pitchers Toby Borland and Ricardo Jordan.

1996 December

2nd The Cubs sign SS Shawon Dunston bringing him back to Chicago.

The Astros sign free agent P Sid Fernandez.

3rd The Marlins sign free agent OF Jim Eisenreich to a 2-year contract.

5th Two days after signing C Joe Girardi, the Yankees send back-up catcher Jim Leyritz to the Angels in exchange for minor leaguers Ryan Kane and Jeremy Blevins.  Leyritz, the Yankee with the longest tenure—5 years, 126 days—was vulnerable because of his $1.75 million yearly contract.

Following his most productive season with the Oakland A’s, Terry Steinbach elects to take less money and return home. Like Dave Winfield, Paul Molitor, and Jack Morris before him, the Minnesota veteran signs with Twins.

6th The Seattle Mariner acquire righty Scott Sanders, (9–5, 3.38 ERA) from the Padres for left-handed Sterling Hitchcock. Hitchcock was the ace of the Mariner staff after Randy Johnson went down with back surgery. He finished with a 13–9 record, but had a 5.35 ERA.

8th The Orioles sign free agent P Jimmy Key to a 2-year contract.

The Dodgers sign free agent 3B Todd Zeile to a 3-year contract.

9th The Rockies sign free agent C Kirt Manwaring to a 2-year contract.

The Marlins sign free agent P Alex Fernandez to a 5-year contract.

The Blue Jays sign free agent C Benito Santiago to a 2-year contract.

10th  The Tigers make their biggest trade since 1957, sending 4 players to Houston in exchange for 5 Astros. Detroit C Brad Ausmus, P Jose Lima, lefties C.J. Nitkowski and Trevor Miller, and IF Daryle Ward go to the NL for starters Brian Hunter and Orlando Miller, Doug Brocail and Todd Jones, and a player to come later. Brocail, also involved in the 1994 12-player swap between San Diego and Houston, will be Detroit’s Opening Day pitcher in April.

Montreal reliever Mel Rojas signs with the Cubs for a three-year $13.75 million contract. With Ugueth Urbina waiting in the wings, the Expos found the expensive Rojas expendable.

The Reds sign free agent P Kent Mercker.

The Marlins sign free agent veteran Dennis Cook to a 2-year contract.

11th The White Sox sign free agent P Jaime Navarro to a 4-year contract.

The Yankees sign free agent P Mike Stanton to a 3-year contract.

The Phillies sign free agent P Mark Portugal to a 2-year contract.

12th The Orioles sign free agent SS Mike Bordick to a 3-year contract.

The Marlins sign free agent OF Moises Alou to a 5-year contract worth $25 million.

13th The Cubs sign free agent P Kevin Tapani to a 3-year contract.

The Indians sign free agent P Mike Jackson to a 2-year contract.

The Blue Jays sign free agent P Roger Clemens (10-13) to a 3-year contract worth $24.75 million.  The Red Sox’ last minute offer falls short and The Rockets flirtation with the Yankees comes to naught.  The Sox are successful in retaining Tim Naehring, who was minutes away from signing with Cleveland.

The Pirates trade IF Jeff King and SS Jay Bell to the Royals for 3B Joe Randa and pitchers Jeff Granger, Jeff Martin, and Jeff Wallace.

14th  The Red Sox sign veteran OF Shane Mack to a one-year deal.  Mack played the last 2 seasons in Japan.

16th The Tigers trade 2B Mark Lewis to the Giants for 1B Jesse Ibarra.

The Rangers sign free agent closer John Wetteland to a 4-year contract worth $23 million. Wetteland had 43 saves for the Yankees this year.

17th  David Wells signs a 3-year $13.5 million contract with the Yankees.

The Red Sox sign P Chris Hammond, 5–8 last year with the Marlins.

18th Red Sox veteran Mike Greenwell signs a one-year contract to play for the Hanshin Tigers. The Sox had designated him for assignment on October 15, so his leaving Boston after 10 years was inevitable.

Eddie Murray takes his Hall of Fame bat to the Anaheim Angels, agreeing to a one-year contract.

19th The Orioles sign free agent OF Eric Davis.

The Pirates sign free agent vet SS Kevin Elster.

20th  The Blue Jays send 1B John Olerud and his $5 million contract to the Mets for pitcher Robert Person. The move leaves 1B open for Joe Carter.

1997 January

4th The Rangers sign free agent OF Mike Devereaux.

5th Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield escapes serious injury when he is hit by a car while out jogging. He is released from the hospital after being treated for bruises.

6th Dodger owner Peter O’Malley announces plans to sell the team, which has been controlled by his family since 1950. The club is expected to command a record price.

Former Atlanta knuckleballer Phil Niekro is elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Niekro receives 80.34% of the vote. Former Dodger hurler Don Sutton falls 9 votes short of election.

8th  The Giants sign free agent P Doug Henry.

9th  The Yankees sign free agent OF Mark Whiten.

11th  The Red Sox sign free agent P Steve Avery.

12th The San Diego Padres acquire the rights to 27-year-old Japanese fireballer Hideki Irabu from the Chiba Lotte Marines. Irabu says he only wants to play for the Yankees.

14th  The White Sox sign free agent P Doug Drabek.

20th  Former major league OF Curt Flood, who challenged baseball’s reserve system and made possible today’s megasalaries, dies at age 59.

27th  The Red Sox trade DH Jose Canseco and cash to the Athletics for P John Wasdin.

1997 February

2nd On the 50th anniversary of painting the LF wall green at Fenway Park, the Red Sox unveil their new mascot, Wally the Green Monster.

11th In a deposition given as part of an unrelated civil suit, Albert Belle admits that he lost approximately $40,000 on betting with friends. Belle denies, however, that he ever bet on baseball.

14thOn Valentine’s Day The Ballpark in Arlington is host to a wedding and renewal of vows of 300 couples.  Sponsored by a C&W radio station, which provides breakfast and post-nuptial wedding cakes, the 600 “I do’s” are presided over by Dallas justice of the peace Fletcher Freeman.

Free agent Roberto Mejia says “I do” to the St. Louis Cardinals.

20th  The Phillies sign free agent OF Danny Tartabull.Tartabull will break his foot on Opening Day and sit out for the year before retiring.

1997 March

3rd  For the negotiating rights to Hideki Irabu the Yankees offer the Padres a choice of one from a list of players: Brian Boehringer, David Weather, Chris Cumberland, Andy Fox, and Matt Luke. Also, one player from a list of five minor leaguers, plus $3 million. The Padres are talking to several other teams beside the Yankees.

5th Nellie Fox, Tommy Lasorda, and former Negro Leaguer Willie Wells are elected to the Hall of Fame by the veterans committee.

9th  Angels’ 2B Randy Velarde tears a ligament in his right elbow while throwing from the outfield in pre-game drills. He will undergo surgery and be out for the year.

21st The pitching-poor Detroit Tigers release pitcher Jason Grimsley. Grimsley posted a 5-7 record with a 6.84 ERA with the California Angels last season, but was 0–3 this spring.

In an exhibition game, the White Sox 3B Robin Ventura dislocates his right ankle and suffers a compound fracture in his lower leg. The injury occurs while trying to protect a bruise on his left calf, he slides home and catches the spikes on his right shoe.  He will be out of action until July 24.

22nd  The Mets, loaded with middle infielders, add two more, acquiring SS Manny Alexander and 3B Scott McClain from Baltimore. The Mets give up hard throwing reliever Hector Ramirez in exchange.

Reds catcher Joe Oliver tears a ligament in his thumb making a tag at home plate, and will need surgery to repair it. Oliver will be out of action at least a month.

25th  In a trade reflecting current baseball economics, the Braves send RF David Justice and CF Marquis Grissom to the Indians for CF Kenny Lofton and reliever Alan Embree. The swap of the two Gold Glove center fielders and the veteran Justice reduces the Braves’ payroll by an estimated 6.8 million dollars. Both players have several years left on their contracts, while Lofton, considered the best leadoff hitter in baseball, is in the last year of his.

The Kansas City Royals release Bob Hamelin, the 1994 AL Rookie of the Year. The 29-year-old Hamelin never lived up to his first year, when he smacked 24 homers in a strike-shortened season. The Tigers will sign Hamelin to a minor-league contract.

26th  The Marlins acquire OF Cliff Floyd from the Expos in exchange for P Dustin Hermanson and OF Joe Orsulak.

29th  In the first game at Turner Field, the Braves beat the Yankees in an exhibition game, 2-0. Turner Field is just a block from the old field, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, and was built as a venue for the 1996 Olympics. The seating capacity for Turner Field is 49,586 after the removal of 35,000 seats.

31st The Angels release Jim Abbott, 2-18 last season with a 7.48 ERA. Abbott did not show much this spring and the Angels eat the final two years of his $7.8M contract. He will eventually sign a minor-league contract with the White Sox.

1997 April

1st The Padres score 11 runs in the 6th inning against the Mets, going on to win, 12-5. Three consecutive home runs—by Chris Gomez, Rickey Henderson, and Quilvio Veras—are the inning’s big blows. The 11 runs ties a 3-year-old record for the most scored in an inning on Opening day this century.

Albert Belle, Chicago’s $55 million man, doubles in the first run and clocks a 2-run HR in the 8th to help the White Sox to a 6–5 10-inning win over Toronto. In the 10th, Ray Durham singles and comes around to score on a ball that eludes the SS for an error.

The defending champs, the Florida Marlins, open with a 4-2 win over the Cubs. Newly acquired Moises Alou homers for the Fish and Kevin Brown allows one hit and no runs in 7 innings. Prior to the game, a Navy seal, costumed as new mascot Billy the Marlin parachutes in to Pro Player Stadium, but loses his head on the way down. ESPN’s Dan Patrick trumpets the loss with, “Bring me the head of Billy the Marlin.”

2nd  Paced by Tino Martinez, who belts homers in each of his first three at bats, the visiting Yankees rout the Mariners, 16–2. Martinez’s shots, all off starter Scott Sanders, come with the bases empty, one on and two on; in three of his final four times at bat, the bases are full, but Tino fails to connect for his 4th dinger, singling once and walking with the bases loaded. Martinez, who also had a single, drives home 7 runs and scores 5 runs.

Jimmy Key pitches the Orioles to a 4–2 Opening Day win over the visiting Royals. Kevin Appier takes the loss. Key is now 7–0 on Opening Day.

Eight days after being traded to the Indians, David Justice debuts and hits a tie-breaking 2-run homer in the 7th to lead Cleveland to a 9–7 win over the A’s. Justice adds a triple, single, and RBI groundout.

The Rocket blasts off in his first start for the Blue Jays, striking out 9 White Sox batters and scattering 6 hits to win, 6–1. Clemens’ complete game win is his 193rd victory.

Gary Sheffield signs a 6-year, $61 million contract with the Marlins, the largest in baseball history.

The Mariners sign 35-year-old Alvaro Espinosa.

3rd  Baltimore’s Jimmy Key makes his Oriole debut beating the Royals, 4–2, to run his opening day record to 7–0, the best ever. He won 3 with New York and 3 with Toronto.

4th  Rookie Jason Dickson pitches a complete game shutout for the Angels, beating the Red Sox, 2–0. Tim Wakefield takes the loss.

The Braves open Turner Field with a come-from-behind win over the Cubs.  Chipper Jones ties the game with an 8th-inning single and Michael Tucker wins it with an RBI single as the Braves win their first home opener at Turner, 5-4. Despite popular sentiment to name the field after Hank Aaron, Ted Turner stays closer to home. The city promptly renames the section of Capitol Avenue that runs alongside the park Hank Aaron Drive and gives the number 755 to Turner Field.

At Anaheim, the Indians score a pair of runs in the top of the 11th, then watch as Tim Salmon clubs a no out walkoff grand slam in the bottom of the frame as the Angels win, 8-6. Paul Shuey is the victim of the slam.

5th  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.

OF Larry Walker leads Colorado to a 15-3 win over Montreal. Walker strokes 4 hits, including 3 HRs, and brings home 5 runs to pace the Rockies.

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.

7th  The Mets place P Pete Harnisch on the DL. Harnisch has been battling insomnia and other related problems due to having given up smokeless tobacco last month.

8th  The Pirates defeat the Padres, 2-0, as Steve Cooke, Rich Loiselle, and John Ericks combine to hold SD to 1 hit, a single off Cooke by Steve Finley.

9th  Cleveland P Jose Mesa is found innocent of rape, gross sexual imposition and theft charges stemming from an earlier incident. He’ll get a standing O when he appears in the home opener in 2 days.

10th  Florida P Alex Fernandez hurls a 1-hit, 1-0 victory over the Cubs. Fernandez fans 8 without walking a batter, and allows just a single to Dave Hansen with 1 out in the 9th inning.

11thSnow postpones games in Milwaukee and Denver, while 1,000 fans braves the cold in Detroit to see the Tigers edge the White Sox, 5–4. Catcher Matt Wallback scores on the front end of a double steal for the Tigers.

Randy Johnson wins for the first time since last May 12th as the Mariners beat Boston, 5–3,  Johnson has won 13 straight decisions since August 1, 1995. He allows 4 hits, including 2 homers to John Valentin, in 6 innings. It’s the first home opener loss in 5 years for the Sox.

13th  In a Kid’s Opening Day at Fenway, the Sox introduce their new furry mascot, Wally the Green Monster. Wil Cordero bangs a HR off the coke bottle above the LF wall, the first HR to hit the “caffeine monster”, and Tim Naehring adds a grand slam to pace Boston to a 7–1 win over Seattle.

14th  The Braves pound the Reds, 14-5, behind Kenny Lofton’s 5 hits, 2 SBs, and 5 runs scored. Deion Sanders, wearing his short-sleeves uniform, ties a Reds record with 4 steals. In early April, Deion had shorten the sleeves in a misguided gesture to honor Jackie Robinson. Sanders copied a Jackie photo on a box of Wheaties, a photo in which he appears to have no sleeves on his uniform. When told he was in violation of a dress code, the Reds voted to join Deion, and they appeared on field that way April 11.

15th  Seattle 1B Paul Sorrento gets 5 hits, including a pair of doubles, and drives home 4 runs in the Mariners’ 8-4 win over Cleveland to move 1 game ahead of the Athletics in the AL West.

With a crowd of 54,047 on hand at Shea, the Mets shut out the Dodgers, 5–0. President Clinton (on crutches after breaking his leg) is present and delivers a speech after the 4th inning.  Bud Selig announces that #42 would be retired in perpetuity by all Major League teams, but those currently wearing it could continue to do so for the rest of their careers.

16th  Behind the complete game victory of Roger Bailey, the Rockies shut out the Cubs, 4–0, running Chicago’s record to 0–12. It is the Rockies’ 1st complete-game shutout on the road. Chicago’s start breaks the 1884 NL record of the Detroit Wolverines.

Randy Johnson wins his 14th straight decision, beating the Tigers, 7–3.  Ken Griffey, Jr. breaks a tie with a 2-run homer in the top of the 8th for Seattle.

Brett Butler is 5-for-5, collecting 4 more hits than the Mets, as the Dodgers win, 5–2.  Carlos Baerga has the only New York hit, a 7th-inning double off Pedro Astacio.

In the Astros’ 10-2 win over the Expos, Houston reliever Dustin Hermanson hits a HR in his first major league at bat. It is just his third at bat since becoming a professional in 1994.

Jeff Conine slugs a pinch homer in the 9th to give the Marlins a 2-1 victory over the Cardinals. Catcher Mike Difelice scores the only run for the Birds in the 3rd inning with a straight steal of home, his first ML steal.

18th  The Braves shut out the Rockies, 14-0, behind Tom Glavine. Kenny Lofton gets 5 hits for Atlanta, including a HR, and scores 4.

Walks’ll kill you. The Rangers Roger Pavlik ties an AL record by walking the first four batters he faces in a 6–5 loss to the Blue Jays,  Pavlik will go on the DL on May 7 and will stay there for 118 days.

19th  in the first game of a doubleheader in Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, the Cards middle reliever Mark Petkovsek throws 6 scoreless innings as St. Louis edges the host Padres, 1-0. The Birds take game 2 by a 2-1 score in this three-game series played in Hawaii.

20th  In the first of two at Shea, the Mets wallop the Cubs 8-2 to extend Chicago’s consecutive game losing streak to 14, a NL record to start a season. Only the Orioles of 1988 have started with a longer losing streak. John Olerud has a homer and 3 RBI and Carl Everett belts a pair of homers to drive in 5 runs. The Cubs win their first of the year in game 2 by a 4-3 score, though the Mets make it interesting by scoring 2 in the 9th and leaving the tying run on base.

The Padres rebound to take the third game in their Hawaii series with the Cardinals, winning, 8-2.  The only homer in the series is hit by Ron Gant who lines a ball to the warning track in left CF.  When Rickey Henderson, playing CF, runs into the wall, Gant continues for an inside-the-park homer, the lone ML homer hit in Hawaii.

21st  P Ryan Franklin of the Mariners’ Double-A Memphis farm team hurls a 7-inning no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader against Carolina. In Franklin’s last game on April 13, he hurled the first 6 innings of a combined no-hitter against Chattanooga.

22nd  After 4 months of on-and-off negotiations, the Yankees acquire the rights to Japanese P Hideki Irabu from the San Diego Padres for $3 million. New York sends injured OF Ruben Rivera and minor leaguer P Rafael Medina to San Diego. The Padres sweeten the deal by sending three minor leaguers to NY: second baseman Homer Bush and outfielders` Gordon Amerson and Vernon Maxwell.  Irabu’s team, the Chiba Lotte Marines, gave the San Diego exclusive rights to the 27-year-old righthander, but Irabu refused to sign with the Padres, saying he would only go with the Yankees.

25th  The Indians defeat the Brewers, 11-4, clouting a club record 8 homers. 3B Matt Williams has 3 HRs and 4 RBIs, while David Justice adds a pair. The Brewers go deep 3 times, giving the 2 teams a ML-record tying 11 for the game. The 2 teams club 5 homers in the 4th to tie the ML mark.

The Mariners defeat the Blue Jays, 13-8, behind OF Ken Griffey’s 3 HRs. The round-trippers give Griffey a major league-leading 13 on the year, and a ML record for the month of April. The first two dingers come off Roger Clemens and the 3rd, off Mike Timlin is the 250th of Griffey’s career. Griffey had a 3 homer game in May of last year.

The White Sox belt the Yankees, 9–3, scoring 4 runs off reliever David Weathers in a third of an inning. Weathers, with 7 blown saves, will be “designated for reassignment” tomorrow.

26th  Chicago second baseman Ryne Sandberg hits his 2nd HR of the year in the Cubs’ 7-6 win over Pittsburgh. The HR is Sandberg’s 267th as a second baseman, breaking the record held by Hall of Famer Joe Morgan for most HRs at that position.

The Yankees beat the White Sox by a score of 10-2 as DH Cecil Fielder gets 5 hits, including 2 doubles and a homer.

The Orioles pound the Red Sox, 14-6, as Roberto Alomar goes 4-for-4, with 3 HRs and 6 ribbies.

Pedro Martinez (3-0) goes 7 innings as Montreal whips the Mets, 8-1.  It is the 10th straight time that Martinez has won over the Mets.

29th  Chili Davis’ 300th homer leading off the 10th snaps a 5–5 tie and gives the Royals a 6–5 win over the Blue Jays.

At Boston, CF Shane Mack is the only outfielder not to throw out a runner. All three California outfielders—Tim Salmon, Garret Anderson and Orlando Palmeiro—do it, while Red Sox starting LF Wil Cordero and Troy O’Leary, who replaced Rudy Pemberton in RF, register one. The Angels win the contest by a score of 5–4. Tomorrow, Anderson and Cordero will throw out runners again.

The jokes have stopped. The Cubs win their 4th in 5 games beating the Expos, 14–8. Brooks Kieschnick, recalled on April 11, tallies 6 RBIs on 2 homers and a single to lead the Cubs back from a 5–0 deficit. Steve Trachsel picks up his first win despite giving up 7 runs in 5 innings.

30thThe Yankees get a leadoff HR from Tim Raines and 9 strike outs from David Wells to beat the Mariners, 3–2. Joe Torre wins his 1,000th game while Dennis Martinez takes the loss, dropping his record against the Yanks to 2–18. Jay Buhner homers for the M’s in the 9th against closer Mariano Rivera. Tino Martinez hits his 9th HR in the 8th inning, upping his ML-record RBI total to 34 for the month. Martinez will have 40 RBIs in his first 30 games, the first player to do so since Campanella in 1953; Campy had 44.

Fred McGriff homers twice and Michael Tucker has 5 hits to lead the Braves to 12–3 win over the stumbling Reds.  The Braves complete the first 19-win April in ML history. The Reds, losers of their 12th in 14 contests, get 3 hits from Deion Sanders, who raises his average to .385. Neon also swipes his 19th base.

Toronto’s Roger Clemens allows 3 hits in winning his 4th, 1–0, over Kansas City. Carlos Delgado hits a 4th inning HR for the only score.

Mark McGwire hits two tape-measure blasts as the A’s outslug the Indians, 11–9, in 10 innings. McGwire’s first shot, off Orel Hershiser, is the first ever off the Jacobs Field scoreboard and dents the Budweiser sign. It travels an estimated 485 feet.  His 2nd, in the 10th, is the tie-breaker.

The Giants finish their best April in 24 years (17-7) by beating on the Pirates, 6–1, on Mark Gardner’s 3-hit pitching. Jeff Kent’s 3rd inning grand slam, off Jon Lieber, gives Gardner all the support he needs.

In an 11–5 win over the Cubs, Rockies star Larry Walker hits his 11th homer in April, tying the NL record. Stargell, Schmidt, Sheffield, and Bonds have done it.

1997 May

3rdThe White Sox and Angels split a pair at Comiskey, with Oakland taking the first game, 3-2, and Chicago rebounding with a 4-2 victory. Ray Durham is 3-for-4 with a homer in game 2, driving in 3 runs and scoring 2.  Albert Belle, hitting .206, singles in the opener to start a 27-game hitting streak.

At Seattle, the Brewers score 8 in the 2nd inning and keep their foot to the gas as they beat the Marines, 17-4. Tim Unroe hits his first ML homer in the 9th, a grand slam off Norm Charlton, as the Brewers hit four homers. .

4th Detroit P Willie Blair suffers a broken jaw when he’s struck by a 107-mile-per-hour line drive off the bat of Cleveland’s Julio Franco in the 6th inning of the Tigers’ 2-0 victory. Blair still gets credit for the win.

6th  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.

7th  The Expos score a NL-record 13 runs in the 6th inning of their game against the Giants on the way to a 19-3 win. The Expos send 17 batters to the plate. Mike Lansing homers twice in the inning to drive in 5 runs, becoming the 3rd Expo to perform the feat, and the 1st NL second baseman to do so since Bobby Lowe in 1894. Henry Rodriguez hits a grand slam in the 5-run 5th.

At Fenway, Red Sox C Scott Hattesberg hits a pair of homers—his first 2 in the majors—to pace the Sox to an 11–3 win over the Twins. Teammate Reggie Jefferson also hits a pair of homers.

Tiger star Denny McLain is sentenced to 8 years in prison and ordered to pay $2.5 million in restitution for stealing from the pension fund of a company he owned. The company, Peet Packing, went bankrupt 18 months after McLain bought it.

8th  Jason Kendall’s 3-run double leads Pittsburgh to an 8-run 4th inning as the Pirates outslug the Rockies, 10–8. Al Martin and Kevin Elster homer for the Bucs, who have scored 24 runs and 31 hits in their two games at Coors Field.

In Baltimore, the O’s stop Randy Johnson’s 16-game win streak with a decisive 13–3 pasting of the Mariners. Baltimore is led by Chris Hoiles, who collects 6 RBIs on two homers and a double. Johnson strikes out 10 in 6 innings, but gives up 5 runs on six hits and two walks as he attempted to become the first AL pitcher since Dave McNally (1968-69) to win 17 straight.

9th  Against the Royals in the 6th inning, the Yankees catch Jay Bell in a rundown when Bell is suddenly called out by umpire Dale Ford, who thinks he passed the preceding baserunner, Jose Offerman. Offerman, however, had been forced out at 3B. Royals’ manager Bob Boone argues until the umps agree and put runners back at 2B and 3B and call for a resumption of play. Chili Davis then lines a 2-run single off Kenny Rogers to tie the score. The Royals win 7–5 in 12 innings, with the victory going to Randy Veres. The Yanks protest that the rundown play should not have been reversed. Gene Budig will dismiss the protest, stating that with the rundown there were several scenarios where Bell could have escaped a tag.

Seattle tops Baltimore, 8-2, with the help of 5 hits, including a double and homer, by second baseman Joey Cora.

Prior to the team’s game with Atlanta, Pirates players stand inside the stadium gates to shake hands and pose for pictures. They then proceed to beat the Braves, 9-0.

10th  A streak of 19 straight steals by Twins baserunners is stopped when Denny Hocking is caught stealing. The Twins fall to the Blue Jays, 6-4.

In San Francisco, the Cubs pull off the first triple play in the majors this year, taking advantage of the infield-fly rule and the wind at San Francisco to turn an odd one against the Giants. With 2 on, Stan Javier lofts a fly into shallow center field and umpire Bob Davidson waits before calling an infield fly rule. Three Cubs lunge for the ball before it bounces off center fielder Brian McRae’s glove and hits the ground for the first out. Kirk Rueter tries for third, but McRae’s throw beats him. Hamilton tries for second, but 3B Jose Hernandez’s throw to Ryne Sandberg nabs him to complete the triple play. The Giants will win the game, however, 4-2.

After missing April due to a hand injury, Juan Gonzalez shows his old clout, hitting a 9th-inning grand slam and knocking in 6 runs in the Rangers 11–5 win over the Red Sox.

11th  The Orioles sink the Mariners, 9–5, behind B.J. Surhoff’s 6 RBIs. Robbie Alomar adds 3 hits and 2 steals to help the O’s split the 4 game series with the M’s.

Albert Belle is 3-for-3, including his 8th career grand slam, and drives in 5 runs to lead the White Sox to a 8–5 win over the A’s. Wilson Alvarez (2-4) strikes out 12 in 7 innings to give the Sox a sweep of the 4-game series from Oakland. Sox outfielders Dave Martinez and Lyle Mouton are injured when they collide while chasing a fly ball in the fifth inning. Mouton breaks a bone in his face while Martinez suffers a slight concussion.

The Mets ride pinch power to a 6–4 win over the Cardinals. Carl Everett, batting for Alexander, hits a 2-run pinch homer in the 9th and Butch Huskey, hitting for Lidle, follows with another pinch homer. Both come off Dennis Eckersley. The last team to collect back-to-back pinch homers was the Mets, in 1991.

Ruben Sierra, released by the Cincinnati Reds last week, signs a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. Sierra, 31, hit .244 with 2 homers with the Reds. The Yankees sent Sierra to Detroit last season as part of the Cecil Fielder trade, but Detroit is paying $4,875,000 of his $5.5 million contract. Sierra will play 14 games with Toronto, then get released again.

12th  The Angels tie a franchise record by scoring 13 runs in the 7th inning to beat the White Sox, 16–8. Garret Anderson’s single drives in 2, including the go-ahead run, and Jim Edmonds adds a 2-run homer in the big inning. Jim Leyritz has 3 hits and 4 RBIs.

Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley confirms that he wants to sell his team to the conglomerate controlled by media mogul Rupert Murdoch. He has asked Major League Baseball to approve the negotiations.

Tony Tarasco hits a 3-run homer to help beat the A’s, 5–1. Jimmie Key allows 6 hits in 7 2/3 inning to run  his record to 7–0.

Phillies P Mark Portugal undergoes surgery on his right elbow

13th  Eddie Murray gets 2 hits in Anaheim’s 8-7 win over the White Sox. The game is the 3,000th of Murray’s career, making him only the 6th player in history to reach that mark. Pete Rose, Carl Yastrzemski, Hank Aaron, Ty Cobb, and Stan Musial are the others.

Baseball’s executive council votes unanimously to immediately remove George Steinbrenner from the ruling body. This is the latest salvo between the two parties since the Yankee owner sued ML baseball over disagreements regarding the club’s 10-year $93 million Adidas deal.

Tim Belcher faces 30 hitters in pitching KC to a 9–0 win over the Red Sox. Belcher retires the first 15 batters and finished with a two-hitter as the Kansas City Royals routed the slumping Boston Red Sox. Belcher also stretches his scoreless skein to 19 innings.  Before the game, the Royals release Mitch Williams; The Wild Thing was 0–1 with a 10.80 ERA in his comeback attempt.

Tino Martinez continues his hot hitting with a home run in the Yankees’ 7-run 6th inning, as New York beats the Twins, 11–2. Bernie Williams belts a solo homer in the 5th to snap a 2–2 tie. Martinez homer, his 15th, leaves him one behind Griffey and puts him in select Yankee company: only Mantle and Ruth (4 times) have hit 15 homers in the first 40 games of a season. The defending World Series champions have won 17 of their last 23, while the Twins lost for the 16th time in 20 games.

St. Louis starter Andy Benes blanks the Phillies for 7 innings but his bullpen blows it. Scott Rolen’s two-run triple highlites a three-run eighth inning for Philadelphia as they beat the visiting Cardinals, 3–2. Philadelphia starter Garrett Stephenson allows just two hits—both solo homers—and strikes out 12 in seven innings of his first  start. Stephenson fans the first five batters. Jerry Spradlin pitches the eighth for the win and Ricky Bottalico the 9th.

14th  The Expos edge the Padres, 9–7, in a game in which 4 Expo batters are hit. San Diego starter Tim Worrell is ejected in the 2nd by plate umpire Charlie Reliford for hitting Expos starter Jeff Juden in the back, and Tim Scott gets his papers in the 7th after back-to-back plunks of Mark Grudzielanek and Mike Lansing.

In Minneapolis, New York’s Paul O’Neill ties the score with an RBI double in the ninth, then homers in the 12th inning to lead the Yankees to a 6–5 win over the Twins. O’Neill doubles off Rick Aguilera, and hit his seventh homer of the season off Eddie Guardado. O’Neill also makes an error, his 2nd in 6 days: he had gone 235 straight games without an error. Tino Martinez adds his 16th homer, as Brian Boehringer (2-2) pitches one inning for the win.

In Detroit, Blue Jay catcher Charlie O’Brien doubles in two runs, then breaks a 2–2 tie with his first career grand slam. O’Brien drives in six runs to back Pat Hentgen’s (4-1) win.

At Three Rivers Stadium, Kevin Young’s two-run pinch double puts Pittsburgh ahead and Al Martin finished a nine-run eighth inning with a grand slam as the surprising first-place Pirates beat Colorado, 15–10. Rockies pitching gives up 13 walks and blows leads of 6-3, 7-5 and 9-6. Tomorrow, the Pirates spot the Rocks 3 runs and beat them again.

Barry Bonds’ solo homer in the 10th inning leads San Francisco to a 4–2 win over Cincinnati.  The Giants’ 4th consecutive victory improves their record to 23-13, their best start in 24 years. The Giants opened the 1973 season at 25-11. On the other end, Cincinnati is off to its worst start in 47 years. The Reds (11-26) have lost 4 in a row for their worst opening mark since 1950, when they had an identical record.

15th  The Chicago Cubs hit four triples—three in the same inning—to beat the visiting Padres, 8-2. The Cubs score four runs in the 7th off Tim Scott as Brian McRae, Doug Glanville and Sammy Sosa all triple.

16th  In Chicago, the Cubs erupt for 21 hits in clubbing the Padres 16–7. Sammy Sosa goes 4-for-4 with a career-high six RBIs. Brian McRae also has four hits for the Cubs.

Montreal spots the Giants an early 9-run lead, then stages its biggest rally in franchise history to win, 14–13. Barry Bonds and Glenallen Hill homer as the Giants take an 11-2 lead after three innings. Montreal responds with 4 runs in the fourth, 3 in the fifth and 3 more in the sixth for a 12-11 lead.

Michael Tucker’s 2-out double in the 9th breaks up Alan Benes’ no-hitter. Benes, unfortunately, is matched against Greg Maddux, who holds the Cards scoreless for 8 innings.  The Braves finally push across a run in the 13th on Andruw Jones’ infield dribbler to beat Cardinals reliever John Frascatore, 1–0. The teams combine for 33 strikeouts, three shy of matching the NL record for an extra-inning game set by the Giants and Mets in 23-innings in 1964.

The Phils Mark Leiter is touch for two homers—by Brad Ausmus and Craig Biggio—and 7 runs and exits in the 1st inning against Houston. Leiter’s relief is not much better as Mike Mimbs walks 7 and allows 4 runs in 1.2 innings in what, not so coincidentally, is his last ML appearance. Biggio adds another homer as the Astros win, 12-7.

17th  Led by Kenny Lofton, the Braves pound out 19 hits to beat the Cardinals, 11–6. Lofton has his 3rd five-hit game of the season and winning pitcher John Smoltz (5–3) adds 2 hits to lift his average to .435 (10-for-23).

At the Metrodome, Darrin Jackson, hits a grand slam and drives in a six runs to lead Minnesota to an 11–5 win over the Red Sox. Jackson, who played the last two seasons in Japan, was brought up from Triple-A earlier in the day. The Red Sox have lost seven straight and 11 of 12.

18th  At Oakland, hot-hitting Frank Thomas goes 4-for-4 to lead the White Sox to a 10–4 win over the A’s. Thomas has two RBIs, a walk and three runs; he has now reached base in 12 straight plate appearances. In the 6th inning, Albert Belle scores and throws an elbow at the face of A’s catcher George Williams as he goes by. Belle is hit on the leg by a pitch from Aaron Small in his next at bat.

The Mets use 5 straight walks by Colorado pitchers—three with the bases loaded—to score 8 runs in the 8th inning and beat the Rockies, 10–4. New York trails 4-2 entering the eighth before Colorado’s bullpen totally unravels, throwing 20 balls in 23 pitches to five batters. Rockies pitchers walk 12 in the game.

The Expos defeat the Dodgers, 7-4, with the help of 5 hits, including 2 doubles and a homer, by second baseman Mike Lansing.

In the Tigers’ 6-5 victory over the Royals, KC left fielder Bip Roberts has a 14-minute at bat against P Felipe Lira. The 1st-inning at bat features 18 pitches, as well as 9 pickoff throws to first and 6 aborted attempts to steal by Tom Goodwin, who was on 1st base.

The Angels trade P Chuck McElroy and C Jorge Fabregas to the White Sox in exchange for C Chad Kreuter and OF Tony Phillips.

19th  At Cincinnati, OF Steve Finley belts 3 of San Diego’s 5 homers and the Padres pull off their first triple play in 8 years to win, 13–6.

20th  Cy Young-winner Pat Hentgen outpitches Andy Pettitte, to lead Toronto past New York, 2–0. Hentgen (5-1), who extends his streak of not allowing an earned run to 39 innings. strikes out 8 and allows 5 hits.

After losing to the Mets, 8-2, in the opener of their doubleheader, the Cubs win the 2nd game, 4-3, to snap their record-setting, 14-game, season-opening, losing streak.

In a 10–1 win over Boston, Chicago’s Frank Thomas reaches base his first three times up before flying out against Rich Garces. Thomas reached base 15 straight times, one short of ML record, (Hr, 3 2B, 6 1B, 5 BB). Jaimie Navarro (4-2) is the victor, winning his 10th straight game against the Red Sox going back to September 28, 1991. He’ll lose his next decision to the Bosox.

Cleveland’s Jack McDowell undergoes arthroscopic surgery on his elbow that will sideline him for two months.

21st  Roger Clemens fires Toronto past the Yankees, 4–1, for his 8th win of the year against no losses. The Rocket wins his 200th, the 94th pitcher to reach 200 wins.

The Indians are victorious over the Royals, 1–0, scoring the lone run on a steal of home. This is the 17th time a 1-0 game is decided on a swipe of home. and the first since 1972.  The unlikely Jim Thome does it in the 4th inning on the front end of a double steal with Julio Franco. It is Thome’s only steal of 1997. Orel Hershiser is the winning pitcher.

After retiring the first two Astro hitters in the 14th inning, Reds Scott Sullivan hands out an intentional walk to Jeff Bagwell, who promptly steals 2B and scores the winning run on Luis Gonzalez’s single. Houston beats Cincinnati, 4-3.

The Angels score 7 runs in the first 2 innings off Dennis Martinez and sink the Mariners, 18-3 on 21 hits.  Gary Disarcina has 4 hits, including a pair of doubles.

22nd  The visiting Red Sox collect 19 hits, but strand 16, in beating the Yankees, 8–2. Former Yankee Mike Stanley hits a three-run homer, and Wil Cordero adds 5 hits, Tim Naehring has 4 hits and Mo Vaughn belts his 10th homer of the season in the 8th.

San Diego P Joey Hamilton homers and Tony Gwynn has three hits off Hideo Nomo as the San Diego Padres top the Dodgers, 4-1. It is the Pads’ seventh straight win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gwynn, whose wife, Alicia, is being sued by Nomo, goes 3-for-4 to raise his average to .387. Nomo sued Alicia Gwynn last week in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming the unauthorized use of his name and picture in a jigsaw puzzle.

23rd  The Twins fall to Oakland, 8-4, despite getting 5 hits from Paul Molitor, including a double.

The Rockies sell Darnell Coles to the Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese League. Coles, who hit 29 homers and .302 for Chunichi last year, will replace Mike Greenwell, who suffered a broken leg after just 7 games with Hanshin.

25th  The Twins retire Kirby Puckett’s #34 in a 90-minute pregame ceremony. The Twins then hold on to trip the A’s, 7–6, in 11 innings.

26th   In the Cubs’ 2–1 win in Pittsburgh, Chicago’s Sammy Sosa and Pittsburgh’s Tony Womack both hit inside-the-park homers in the sixth inning. It is the first time two inside-the-park homers are hit in the same NL game since Lou Brock and Hector Cruz of St. Louis did it against San Diego on June 18, 1976. Greg Gagne of the Twins had two for Minnesota on October 4, 1986. It won’t happen again until 2015.

At the Metrodome, Edgar Martinez and Jay Buhner both homer twice, and Joey Cora extends his hitting streak to 21 games as Seattle wins, 13–8. Martinez collects a pair of three-run homers, while Buhner’s are two solo shots as the Mariners won for just the third time in 11 games. Cora leads off the game with a homer, and Russ Davis finishes with a solo homer in the ninth for Seattle. Scott Sanders is shaky but wins his first of the year for the M’s.

In Toronto, Roger Clemens allows one run and four hits in seven innings and strikes out seven to beat the Rangers, 8–1. The Rocket is now 9–0, his best start since beginning 1986 at 14-0.

Andres Galarraga hits a 469-foot two-run homer and Vinny Castilla chips in with a solo shot as the Colorado Rockies overcome a 6-run deficit to beat the Cardinals, 9–7. Galarraga has 4 RBIs and his moon shot, off Mark Petkovsek, is the third-longest homer in the three-season history of Coors Field.

Barry Bonds has 3 hits, including a game-winning leadoff HR in the 9th, to give the Giants a 4–3 win over the Astros. Craig Biggio is 4-for-5 for Houston.

Playing against Huntsville, Mobile OF Justin Mashore triples twice in the same inning. The last player to pull off that feat was Nick “Coocoo” Demaggio while playing for the Beaumont Exporters (Texas League) in 1922. In Mobile’s 8-run 6th inning, 1B Dusty Allen also hits 2 homers.

27th  Barry Larkin’s streak of consecutively reaching base at 13—one shy of the N.L. record—is stopped by Curt Schilling, who goes all the way to beat Cincinnati, 2–1. Larkin singles in the first inning, but flies out in the 3rd to end his streak one shy of Pedro Guerrero’s N.L. record set in 1985.

Kansas City takes a 2-0 lead into the ninth before the visiting A’s—held to one hit for eight-plus innings by Jose Rosado–get a two-run homer from Mark McGwire and a solo shot from Scott Spiezio to take the lead. Pinch-hitter Scott Cooper’s homer in the bottom of the ninth then ties it. The A’s bat around in the 10th, scoring 5 runs, and the Royals three-run answer falls short as the A’s win, 8–6.

Mariners’ reliever Norm Charlton walks Chuck Knoblauch with the bases loaded, as Minnesota caps a six-run ninth-inning rally to win, 11–10. Seattle’s collapse mars a game in which Ken Griffey Jr. and Joey Cora each set records. Griffey hits his 23rd homer, breaking his own major league mark for homers through May; Cora is 4-for-6 to extend his hitting streak to a team-record 22 games, and also ties the A.L. mark for switch-hitters.

28th  In Seattle, Randy Johnson is dominating as he strikes out 15 in eight innings and allows four hits as Seattle shuts out Texas, 5–0. Johnson walks one. Seattle’s Joey Cora singles in the third, extending his hitting streak to 23 games, an AL record for a switch-hitter.

29th  The Yankees finally agree to terms with Japanese pitcher Hideki Irabu, signing the fireballer to a 4-year contract worth $12.8 million. The deal includes a signing bonus of $8.5 million.

In Florida, Rockies’ OF Ellis Burks hits a 2-run double to cap a three-run rally in the ninth inning and help Colorado beat Florida, 6-5. Colorado trails 4-0 in the 6th, before Larry Walker, Andres Galarraga, and Dante Bichette hit consecutive homers off Alex Fernandez.

In Toronto, Tino Martinez hits his 20th homer—his third in three games—and David Cone strikes out 12 to lead New York over Toronto, 4–0.  Jeff Nelson strikes out 3 Jays in relief. Martinez raised his RBI total to 56 with a single in the first off Woody Williams (1-5) and a solo shot in the third.

30th  The Orioles’ Mike Mussina retires the first 25 Indian batters before Sandy Alomar ruins his no-hit bid with a one-out single in the 9th. Mussina then strikes out the final two batters for a 3–0 victory.

Give it to me one Mo time. Mo Vaughn goes 4-for-4 and slugs 3 HRs in Boston’s 10-4 win over the Yankees.

31st  Cal Ripken snaps a 7th-inning tie with a record-breaking HR as the Baltimore Orioles rally from a 4-run deficit to beat Cleveland, 8–5. Ripken’s homer gives him 4,274 total bases with Baltimore, breaking the franchise mark for total bases in a career. The O’s also place Eric Davis on the DL. Davis is suffering from colon cancer and will be operated on in early June.

In Miami, Andres Galarraga golfs a 529-foot grand slam, the longest home run ever at Pro Player Stadium, then gets ejected 4 innings later. His homer gives the Colorado Rockies a 7-0 lead over the Marlins, and they eventually win, 8–4.  Galarraga has three HRs in the past three games against Florida that traveled 1,435 feet, an average of 478 feet. He hit a 455-foot homer Thursday and a 451-foot homer Friday.  The longest previous homer at the stadium was 482 feet by Pete Incaviglia of the Phillies off Al Leiter on May 1, 1996.

Unbeaten Roger Clemens is the first 10-game winner in the majors, as the Toronto Blue Jays romp, 13-3, over the Oakland Athletics. Clemens gives up eight hits, K’s four. Dave Telgheder (1-3) is the losing pitcher.

Pitcher Ila Borders of the St. Paul Saints of the Northern League faces 3 Sioux Falls Canaries batters, and surrenders 3 earned runs, in her professional baseball debut. The Canaries, who led 4-0 when she entered the game, to on to defeat St. Paul, 11-1.

1997 June

1st  Whoops. Rookie second baseman Wilton Guerrero of the Dodgers is ejected from game in St. Louis for using a corked bat. Guerrero shatters his stick while grounding out to lead off the game. Umpire Steve Ripley sees that the bat has been altered and shows it to crew chief Bruce Froemming, who then ejects Guerrero. Guerrero will earn an 8-day suspension and a $1,000 fine. The Dodgers end their eight-game road losing streak with a 6–1 win when Mike Piazza, Eric Karros and Todd Zeile hit consecutive home runs in the 4th inning. Chan Ho Park (4-2) allows one run in 6 2/3 innings for the victory.

In Miami, Colorado rookie pitcher John Thomson bangs his first four major league hits, drives in three runs and earns his first win, 9–2 over the Marlins.

2nd  Chicago scores three runs in the 9th to edge the Brewers, 8–5. Albert Belle is 0-for-3 with two walks, ending his hitting streak at 27 games.

In Seattle, Randy Johnson fires a two-hitter and Ken Griffey Jr. hits his 25th home run as Seattle tops the Blue Jays, 3–0. Johnson (8-1) doesn’t allow a hit until Alex Gonzalez’s bloops a single in the sixth. Gonzalez is caught stealing, and Johnson surrenders a bloop single to Tilson Brito. Johnson strikes out nine to beat Luis Andujar (0-1).

In Atlanta, Padres rookie Heath Murray cops his first major league victory beating Greg Maddux, 5–4.  Maddux (6-2) allows nine hits and all five runs in seven innings.

In St. Louis, Andres Galarraga poles his fifth home run in seven games and knocks in four runs as Colorado beats the Cards, 11–7. Galarraga’s opposite-field, three-run blast in the fifth is taped at 426 feet and gives the Rockies a 6-0 lead. Cardinals starter Danny Jackson (1-1) walks the first two batters before Galarraga unloads.

The Indians waive Kevin Mitchell. The veteran was involved in a fight with Chad Curtis on May 20th that injured Curtis’ thumb and put him on the 15-day DL. The Yanks will acquire Curtis in a week.

3rd  In St. Louis, John Mabry drives in 6 runs and Ron Gant has 4 RBIs to lead the Cardinals to a 15–4 win over the Colorado Rockies. SS Royce Clayton is 5-for-6 as St. Louis collects 21 hits. The Cardinals hit 3 homers in a 7-run 5th off Jerry Dipoto.

In Atlanta, the Padres get a little help from the umps to top the Braves, 5–2. After viewing television tapes, the umps reverse a call and take away Keith Lockhart’s a two-run homer in the 8th after Lockhart circles the bases. Lockhart then grounds out to end the inning. The Padres score 3 in the ninth against Mark Wohlers to win.

Greeting a raucous bell-ringing crowd in his return to Jacobs Field, Albert Belle clouts a 3-run homer and two doubles to lead the White Sox to a 9–5 win over the Tribe. Belle finishes the game with an obscene gesture to the crowd. The gesture will cost him a $5,000 fine from the league, payable in tickets to underprivileged kids.

In Oakland, Mark McGwire hits his 22nd homer as Oakland rallies for five runs in the seventh inning to beat Detroit, 9–8. It is McGwire’s 10th homer in 19 games.

The annual June amateur draft features two brothers being drafted in the first round. Ignoring J.D. Drew’s warnings about not drafting him unless they’re ready to pay out, the Phils take the FSU junior with the 2nd pick, while the Indians take his brother Tim, a high school senior, with the 28th pick: it’s the first time brothers have been picked in the same first round. In another first, Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, VA, has two players picked on the first round; Michael Cuddyer, a SS, by the Twins with the 9th pick, and pitcher John Curtice, by the Red Sox with the 17th pick. The number one pick overall is Rice University pitcher Matt Anderson by the Tigers, who skip over J.D. Drew because of the anticipated cost. Anderson was the WAC Tournament MVP and the top pitching prospect in the Cape Cod League last summer, but he’ll win just 15 games. Drew, TheSportingNewsCollege Player of the Year, is the first Division I player in history to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in one season. The Anaheim Angels take Troy Glaus, UCLA 3B, with the 3rd pick. The Giants use the 4th to take Seton Hall pitcher Jason Grilli, son of former ML pitcher Steve. Grilli. Toronto uses #5 on Texas high schooler Vernon Wells.  The Mets have the 6th pick and pick Tampa high schooler Geoff Goetz, nixing another Florida pitcher Rick Ankiel because he is being advised by agent Scott Boras: Ankiel goes to the Cards at #72 (2nd round). Number 7 is the Royals and they take U of the Pacific fireballer Dan Reichert. Number 10 Jon Garland, considered possibly the best high school pitching prospect in the draft, goes to the Cubs, who will swap him to the White Sox next July. The Reds take Scott Williamson on the 9th round. The Orioles take prep star Jayson Werth, whose grandfather is SS Dick Schofield and whose stepfather Dennis Werth played in the ML. The Mariners, picking 19th, take Ryan Anderson, nicknamed “Big Unit II,” dashing the Tigers hopes of  taking the 6′ 10″ high school pitcher from Westland, MI. With the next pick, the Cardinals take Adam Kennedy, from Cal State Northridge. Kennedy led the nation in hits for the second consecutive season, the first time an NCAA player to do so. The Yankees gamble at #24, picking high school star Tyrell Godwin, of Elizabethtown, NC.  A two-sport athlete, Godwin is committed to North Carolina to play football. The Padres (#27) pick Stetson SS Kevin Nicholson, the MVP of the Cape Cod League last summer. He is the first Canadian ever drafted in the first round. The Athletics appear to have the best draft with Tim Hudson (6th round), Eric DuBose (1st), Chad Harville (2nd), Robert Vaz (7th). Nathan Haynes is selected on round 1 but will be traded to the Angels  for Randy Velarde. The Blue Jays take Orlando Hudson on the 43rd round; they picked him last year on the 33rd round but he did not sign.

The Brewers lose their one slugger when John Jaha goes under the knife to repair his left shoulder. He will be out for the season.

4thFor the 2nd straight night, Rafael Palmeiro knocks in the winning run to beat the stumbling New Yorkers, as the Orioles whips the Yankees, 9–7. The Yanks had tied the game at 7 apiece on Charlie Hayes’ pinch grand slam. The O’s Chris Hoiles has two RBIs and Cal Ripken, showing no effects from signing (a major-league record?) 2200 copies of his new book after last night’s game, hits a homer. Ripken did not get through with the autographing until 3:01 a.m. The Orioles extend their winning streak to seven games and move 9 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Yankees in the AL East.

5th  Larry Walker bangs two homers, including a two-run shot in the 11th inning, as Colorado belts visiting San Diego, 9–7. Walker has 3 hits to raise his average to .411 and Colorado has a team-record six double plays to help Steve Reed earn his 1st victory in relief.

Mo Vaughn’s two-run homer, off Ben MacDonald, is all Tim Wakefield needs as he subdues the Brewers, 2-1. He strands 12 runners but needs relief help for the last out. The knuckleballer throws 170 pitches, 2 shy of his 1990s record of 172 pitches, set with the Pirates in 1993. Wakey threw 166 pitches in 8 innings against the White Sox last year for the three highest pitch totals in the 1990s (David Cone threw 166 against the Giants in 9 innings in 1992).

In Detroit, Alex Rodriguez becomes the 1st Seattle player to hit for the cycle in a nine-inning game as the Mariners collar the Tigers, 14–6. The only other Seattle player to hit for the cycle was Jay Buhner, who did it in 14 innings on June 23, 1993.

6th  Roger Clemens runs his win streak to 11-0, by firing eight scoreless innings to beat Oakland 4–1. Clemens, leading the AL with a 1.69 ERA, strikes out 8 and gives up five hits.

At Fenway Park, Indian C Sandy Alomar ties a ML record with four doubles in 4 at-bats and Orel Hershiser allows one run in 7 innings to beat Tom Gordon, 7-3. Alomar is the 38th player to bang four doubles.

Less than 24 hours after announcing one of the stranger promotions for Father’s Day, Charleston RiverDogs (Class A) owner Mike Veeck cancels plans to give free vasectomies on June 13th. Catholic Bishop David Thompson, a season ticket holder, led the complaints about the promotion. Veeck, who bought the RiverDogs this season, is the son of the legendary Bill Veeck.

The Blue Jays trade IF Jeff Manto to the Indians in exchange for OF Ryan Thompson.

7th  On Dog Day (canine attendance 425) at Comiskey Park, it takes the White Sox 4 hours 19 minutes to finally edge the Orioles, 1–0, in 11 innings on Harold Baines’ one-out single off Randy Myers.

In the NCAA championship in Omaha, the 2nd-seeded LSU Tigers jump on top-ranked Alabama, scoring 6 runs in the first inning, and coasting to a 13–6 win.  It is LSU’s 4th win in 7 years. LSU SS Brandon Larson is named the Most Outstanding Player of the Series after hitting .368 with 3 homers.

In an IL game, Syracuse and Pawtucket combine for 10 hits, eight of which are home runs. The other 2 are a single and double, as Syracuse wins, 7–3.

Toledo Mud Hen (IL) OF Kimera Bartee swipes six bases against Columbus. With Detroit last season, Bartee stole 20.

8th  Tom Lampkin, Royce Clayton and Delino DeShields homer as the visiting Cardinals whip Los Angeles, 9–3. For the second time in four days, a Dodger starting pitcher mixes it up with manager Bill Russell in the dugout. Starter Pedro Astacio, starts the discussion on the mound with Russell in the 4th inning and then, after the 3rd out, sprints to the dugout and slams his glove against the bench before resuming the argument. On Thursday night, Ismael Valdes argued with Russell after being lifted for a pinch-hitter.

In Detroit, Randy Johnson, overwhelms to Tigers, striking out 15 and not allowing a hit until the 8th inning, as the Mariners win, 2–0. The Big Unit extends his scoreless streak to 29 innings.  Johnson (9-1) gives up a leadoff single to Phil Nevin in the eighth to hand Brian Moehler the loss.

9th  The Mets Bobby Jones singles in a run and cops his eighth straight win, beating the host Reds, 4–2.  Jones has won 11 games faster than any pitcher in Mets history and is the first National League pitcher to win 11 this season.

Mike DiMuro, the 1st American to umpire in Japan, announces he is returning home following an altercation when a batter poked him in the chest and a crowd of angry players surrounded him during the game. DiMuro had been invited to Japan to teach correct officiating.

10th  Kevin Brown fires the season’s first no-hitter, with just a hit batter preventing the Marlins’ ace from a perfect game. Florida stops the Giants, 9–0. With two outs in the eighth, Brown’s 1-2 pitch nicks Marvin Benard on the right leg. Giant starter William VanLandingham  also takes a no-hitter into the seventh, but Charles Johnson’s two-run homer with one out opens a 7-run deluge.

In Kansas City the Angels win 6–2, to move ahead of Seattle in the AL West. Center fielder Jim Edmonds makes a sensational catch in the fifth inning and then drives home the go-ahead run with a double in the 6th. Rookie Jason Dickson (8-2) retires 11 of the first 12 batters and allows two runs in seven innings.

Despite turning 5 DPs, and throwing three runners out at home—all by CF Damon Mashore, the A’s lose to the Tigers, 6–4.

11th  The Mariners Jeff Fassero stops Roger Clemens and the Blue Jays, 5–1, handing the Rocket his first loss after 11 victories. Fassero allows five hits and one run, and strikes out seven. Clemens gives up all five runs, four earned, in seven plus innings.

Boston IF-OF Wil Cordero is arrested and charged with assaulting his wife. Police say he slapped her, hit her on the head with a phone, and threatened to kill her.

12th  In the first-ever regular-season interleague game, the visiting SF Giants defeat the Texas Rangers, 4-3, behind the pitching of Mark Gardner. SF OF Darryl Hamilton gets the 1st interleague hit, OF Stan Javier the 1st HR, and Rod Beck the 1st save. Glenallen Hill has the distinction of being the first National League DH in a regular season game.

In a surprise move, the Dodgers ship Todd Hollandsworth, the 1996 NL Rookie of the Year, to Albuquerque and call up power-hitting OF Karim Garcia.

13th  Randy Johnson proves he can bring it in either league as the Big Unit strikes out 12 Rockies in 8 innings to give the Mariners a 6–1. Johnson (10–1) holds baseball’s highest-scoring team to just two hits and the Mariners sweep the two-game interleague series.

Baseball’s two best teams deal their aces and once again Jimmy Key bests Greg Maddux, this time in the regular season instead of the WS. Key gives up 5 hits in 6 2/3 innings and the Orioles score four runs in the sixth inning for a 4–3 interleague victory over the host Braves.

Tiger P Omar Olivares hits the first triple by an AL pitcher in 24 years, but Henry Rodriguez bangs a two-run homer as Montreal beats visiting Detroit, 4–3. Olivares loses despite going 2-or-3.

In Pittsburgh, former Pirate Jeff King hits a two-run homer on the first pitch to him, but ex-Royal Joe Randa answers with a tying homer, a triple and three RBIs. The Pirates flush the Royals, 5–3. Tony Womack hits a tie-breaking homer in the 6th off reliever Mike Williams.

In a swap of fading former lefty All-Stars, the Padres send Fernando Valenzuela (2–8) to the Cardinals for Danny Jackson in a 6-player trade Friday night. The Padres add IF Scott Livingstone and OF Phil Plantier. San Diego receives P Rich Batchelor and OF-1B Mark Sweeney.

The Cardinals and Indians set a baseball first—the first inter-league rainout. After nearly five hours of rain, the opener of the three-game set between the Central Division champions from both leagues is postponed.

Baltimore OF Eric Davis undergoes surgery to remove a cancerous growth from his colon.

14th  In Florida, Gary Sheffield loses a grand slam off the Yankees David Wells when the game is rained out.

15th  At Wrigley, the Cubs beat the Brewers, 4–3, to take the interleague series, 2–1. Frank Castillo allows five hits in 6 1/3 innings and K’s seven to win. The teams draw 112,690 for the three games—7,638 shy of the Wrigley Field record of 120,328 for a three-game series, set in 1994 against Cincinnati.

The host Expos drum the Tigers 10–2 as Henry Rodriguez drills a homer off the rim of Olympic Stadium, only the second player to do so. The Expos sweep three to extend their winning streak to nine. With the score tied at one apiece Rodriguez homers off Brian Moehler (4-6) leading off the fourth. The ball rebounds off the 160-foot-high rim and lands on the field.

16th  In the first game of the Subway Series, the Mets Dave Mlicki pitches his first career shutout, stopping the Yanks, 6–0. Mlicki records his first complete game as well. Catcher Todd Hundley steal home in the 1st inning on the front end of a double steal.

In the first regular-season meeting between Ohio’s 2 teams, Cincy rookie Brett Tomko pitches 7 1/3 shutout innings as Cincinnati beat Cleveland, 4–1. The win is costly for the Reds who lose Barry Larkin when he ruptures his heel running out a double.

At Comiskey Park, the lowly Cubs earn bragging rights in the Windy City, beating the White Sox, 8–3. The Cubbies tally 14 hits in the first official game between the two rivals since the 1906 World Series. Both teams wear replicas of old-fashioned uniforms; the Cubs in their 1908 outfits, the White Sox in replica 1917 garb. Evanston native Kevin Foster records the win, allowing seven hits and three runs in six innings.

At Milwaukee, Jeremy Burnitz hits a game-ending HR in the 9th off Alan Benes to give the Brewers a 1-0 win over the Cardinals.

The Twins lose their first game to a NL team in the Metrodome as the Pirates win, 8–6. The Twins swept eight home games from St. Louis (1987) and Atlanta (1991) in their two World Series championships. Bucs’ DH Mark Smith homers and Kevin Polcovich adds his first ML homer.

At Baltimore, the Expos tie a club record with their 10th straight win, beating the Orioles, 6–4.

17th  Omar Vizquel, Cleveland’s No. 9 hitter, belts a three-run homer and drives in all five runs as the host Indians beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-1.

At Detroit, Bobby Bonilla’s leadoff HR in the 9th inning clears the right field roof and gives the Marlins a 3–2 win over the Tigers. Bonilla’s homer is just the 33rd to clear the roof at Tiger Stadium and the 3rd this season.

At the Metrodome, the Twins LaTroy Hawkins, making his first major league appearance in more than a year, allows three hits in seven innings as the Twins belt the Pirates, 13–1. All 9 batters drive in a run with Greg Myers, Scott Stahoviak, Chuck Knoblauch and Denny Hocking each knocking in two.

Ramon Garcia allows one hit in five innings and Luis Gonzalez’s bases-loaded single helps the Astros to a six-run fifth inning, as Houston beats the host Royals, 10–2. Gonzalez stretches his hitting streak to 21 games, the longest of the season in the National League.

Playing before 44,249, the largest regular-season crowd at Comiskey Park, the White Sox score early to beat the Cubs, 5–3. Doug Drabek. with help from Roberto Hernandez in the ninth is the winner. Ex-Cub Dave Martinez hits a two-run homer in the first for the Sox. Chris Snopek adds another.

Colorado CF Ellis Burks strokes 5 hits, including a 9th-inning HR, but the Rockies still lose to the Rangers, 10-8, in 11 innings.

18th  At a packed Yankee Stadium, the Yankees edge the Mets, 3–2 on a 10th-inning RBI single by Tino Martinez. Solo home runs by Chad Curtis and Cecil Fielder off Rick Reed gives the Yankees their lead and Yankee starter David Cone dominates his former team and does not allow a hit until John Olerud’s leadoff double in the seventh. The three games at Yankee Stadium draw 168,719.

In Baltimore, the Expos clip the Orioles 1–0 when Sherman Obando breaks up Jimmy Key’s perfect game with a sixth-inning home run. Carlos Perez pitches his 3rd shutout in 4 starts, an eight-hitter, for Montreal’s 11th win in 12 games.

The Giants win their 2nd straight against the Mariners, 4–2, behind Mark Gardner three hitter for 7 2/3 innings. Stan Javier hits his third interleague home run. Javier, who spent eight seasons in the AL, has just those three home runs this season. The 2 teams set a major league record by having 4 sons of former major leaguers in the lineups: Ken Griffey Jr., Jose Cruz Jr., Barry Bonds, and Stan Javier.

The Reds, behind journeyman Mike Remlinger, trip the Indians, 5–2. Remlinger, acquired on waivers in April, shuts out Cleveland on two hits through six innings and gives state bragging rights to the Reds. The historic three-game series draws 128,727.

In the fog in Toronto, Carlos Delgado hits a 3-run HR to give the Jays a 5–3 win over the Braves. There is a 14-minute fog delay in the fourth inning as the game is interrupted while the retractable roof at SkyDome is closed. The fog then dissipates.

Wilson Alvarez fires the White Sox to a 3–0 win over the Cubs to give them the Windy City series, 2–1. Alvarez pitches a four-hitter for his first shutout in more than three years. The game draws 44,204 fans, the second consecutive sellout crowd and second-largest in new Comiskey Park history to Tuesday’s 44,249.

In Kansas City, Jeff King hits his fourth interleague home run, a grand slam in the first inning, to lead the Royals to a 6–2 win over the Astros. In Kansas City’s six interleague games, King is 10-for-21 with 12 RBIs. Houston’s Luis Gonzalez singles to extend his hitting streak to 22 games,

Billy Ashley, Raul Mondesi and Todd Zeile each hit two-run homers to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers , 7–5, over the Anaheim Angels. When Shigetoshi Hasegawa relieves in the sixth inning, Dodger starter Hideo Nomo is still in the game, the first major league matchup of pitchers from Japan.

19thSeattle’s Randy Johnson wins his seventh straight beating the Texas Rangers, 2–1, allowing one unearned run and four hits in seven innings. while striking out six. Bobby Ayala finished. Ken Hill takes the loss, serving up home run pitches to Paul Sorrento and Jay Buhner. Sorrento has now hit 7 home runs at The Ballpark in Arlington, tops among Rangers opponents.

20th  For their game against the Cards, the Reds bring up Aaron Boone from Indianapolis. That’s the good news. The bad news is they send brother Bret Boone (.205) down to make room for Aaron. Aaron has an RBI and a stolen base in his ML debut as the Reds win, 4–2. He also has his first ejection for throwing a helmet. Deion Sanders has a double and HR and his 31st stolen base, high in the ML.

21st  The Mariners ride a 9-run 7th inning to a 15–8 slugfest win over the Rangers. Dan Wilson has a 3-run double and Jay Buhner has 2 RBIs–5 overall—in the big inning to pace the M’s 13-hit barrage.

Manny Ramirez has 6 RBIs, 4 on a grand slam in the 8thoff Graeme Lloyd, to lead the host Indians to a 13–4 win over the Yankees and Andy Pettitte.

The host Tigers blast the Red Sox 15–4. The Sox, trailing by 12 runs, try OF Dan Bragg at 3B, and put IF Mike Benjamin on the mound for the 9th. Benjamin retires all 3 batters, the only one of 5 Sox hurlers to do so.

Six inches of rain fall in a few hours in Milwaukee, flooding Milwaukee County Stadium to the third row. The dugouts are filled with water to the roof.

The Reds option Bret Boone to Indianapolis and promote brother Aaron from there.

22ndThe Braves power 4 homers in a 9-run 3rd inning to sink the Phils, 12–5, handing Philadelphia its 8th loss in a row. Chipper Jones, Fred McGriff, Michael Tucker and Jeff Blauser all homer in Atlanta’s biggest inning since 1989.

23rdSteve Finley cracks three homers and Wally Joyner adds two more as the visiting Padres beat the San Francisco Giants, 11–6. Jim Bruske gets his first major league win allowing three hits in five scoreless innings of relief.

In Detroit, Yankee righty David Cone strikes out 16, his highest total in six years, and Cecil Fielder hits a three-run homer as New York wins, 5–2. Cone, who had shoulder surgery to repair an aneurysm on May 10, 1996, allows four hits, including homers by Bob Hamelin and Damion Easley, in eight innings.

In Cleveland, Matt Lawton has four hits and Brad Radke wins his fourth straight start as the Twins top Cleveland. 7–2. Pat Meares has a two-run homer for the Twins. For Cleveland, Sandy Alomar extends his hitting streak to 22 games with a single and Jim Thome accounts for all the scoring with two solo homers.

24th  1B Tino Martinez hits 2 singles, a double, and a pair of HRs while driving in 4 as the Yankees top Detroit, 12-9. Chad Curtis adds 5 ribbies for NY.

At Seattle, the Mariners fall to the Athletics, 4-1, despite a 19-strike out performance by Randy Johnson. The 19 Ks are the most ever by an American League left hander. Mark McGwire turns one Johnson fastball into a homer that travels an estimated 538 feet.

Shawn Estes (10-2) throws a solid 8 innings as the Giants top the Padres, 4-1. Mike Sweeney makes the last out for the Padres when he runs into his own bunt.

25th  Seattle beats Oakland 9–4 with the help of homers by Paul Sorrento, Edgar Martinez and backup C John Marzano, his first since 1989. Oakland outhits the M’s 12–11.

In a wild one at Toronto, the Red Sox eke out a 13-12 victory over the Blue Jays, who score 3 runs in the 9th and leave the bases loaded.  Tim Wakefield is the winning hurler, pitching into the 6th, walking 5, hitting two batters and allowing 5 earned runs. Pat Hentgen goes 8 innings, allowing 11 earned runs, and serving up 5 homeruns.

26th  In Detroit’s 10–6 walloping of the Red Sox, Tiger Brian Hunter swipes 4 bases. Detroit also gets a HR from Shane Mack to offset two Boston homers.

27th  The left side of the KC infield accounts for 10 runs as 3B Craig Paquette and SS Jay Bell each drive home 5 in the Royals’ 16-3 win over Milwaukee.

The White Sox defeat the Twins, 10-6, as OF Albert Belle goes 5-for-5, including a double and home run. C Jorge Fabregas drive in 4 runs for Chicago.

The Orioles acquire OF Geronimo Berroa from the Athletics in exchange for P Jimmy Haynes.

28th  For the 2nd time in three days, a Tiger steals 4 bases with Boston C Scott Hattesberg behind the plate. This time it is Damion Easley doing the stealing in Detroit’s 9–2 victory. Tomorrow, Hattesberg will start on the bench, but will come in when Bill Haselman breaks his finger.

     Yankees’ P David Wells starts the game against Cleveland wearing Babe Ruth’s autographed cap from the 1934 season. Manager Joe Torre makes him take it off after the 1st inning since it doesn’t conform to the team’s current uniform. Without the cap, Wells blows a 3-0 lead as the Indians go on to a 12-8 victory. The Indians mount a 19-hit attack, as CF Marquis Grissom accounts for 5 of the hits, while 3B Matt Williams gets 4 hits, including a pair of homers, and drives home 6 runs.

29th  In Atlanta, Keith Lockhart bangs a pinch grand slam as the Braves overcome a five-run deficit to beat the Phillies 6–5. Phils’ starter Scott Ruffcorn does not give up a hit in 5 1/3 innings, but exits after walking four batters, hitting two, and tossing two wild pitches. Ron Blazier relieves with 2 on and the score 5–0, but gives up an RBI single and Lockhart’s slam.  Fred McGriff’s tie-breaking triple in the 7th pins the loss on Billy Brewer.

John Olerud hits two homers and Butch Huskey, Matt Franco and Todd Hundley also homer during a nine-run Mets’ comeback over the last three innings as they edge the Pirates, 10–8. For Franco, his home run is his 6th straight successful pinch-hit. Kevin Young is 4-for-5, including a homer, for the Bucs. John Franco picks up his 19th save, and the 342nd of his career, putting him in 4th place on the all-time save list.

In New York, the Indians score 7 runs off the usually stingy David Cone, but the Yankees outlast the Indians, 11–10. With his 9th-inning single, Sandy Alomar extends his hitting streak to 26 games, 6th longest in Tribe history.

Dodger pitcher Pedro Astacio wins for the first time in 11 starts and Eric Karros knocks in four runs as Los Angeles beats the San Diego Padres, 10–4.  It is LA’s first win in 11 games with the Pads. Danny Jackson loses and is now 0–4 since the Padres acquired him for Fernando Valenzuela.

30th In the resumption of interleague play, the Cubs set the tone by edging the AL Royals, 8–7.  Dave Clark’s three-run, pinch-hit home run with two outs in the eighth tops off a five-run inning. Jeff King hit his 5th homer against NL pitchers for the Royals.

Bobby Higginson belts 3 home runs and drives in 7 runs and Justin Thompson allows four hits in eight innings as Detroit kicks the Mets, 14–0. It is the most lopsided shutout in Mets history. Detroit hits more homers (6) than the Mets have hits (5), and it is the most HRs given up by Mets’ pitchers since April 29, 1978.

In Baltimore Cal Ripken’s second grand slam of the season is the big blow in a six-run third inning as the Orioles beat the hapless Phillies, 8–1. Mike Mussina wins his 100th game to help Baltimore end its four-game losing streak. For the Phils it is their 15th loss in 16 games.

In the first regular-season game between Canada’s ML teams, the Expos emerge a 2–1 winner over the Blue Jays. Pedro Martinez allows three hits, including a solo HR by Carlos Delgado, and strikes out 10 while Vladimir Guerrero hits a home run in his first interleague at-bat.

At Oakland, Tony Gwynn, Chris Jones and Greg Vaughn all hit three-run home runs as San Diego pounds Oakland, 15–6. Gwynn and Vaughn have 4 RBIs apiece as the Padres bat around twice. 1B Wally Joyner strokes 5 hits for the Pods.

The Rangers top the Dodgers, 3–2, behind Bobby Witt. Witt allows five hits in eight innings and becomes the first AL pitcher since Roric Harrison in 1972 to hit a home run.

Seattle’s Ken Griffey Jr., who missed the last two All Star games with injuries, is elected for the 8th straight year. Griffey tops all players with 3,514,340 votes. Orioles 3B Cal Ripken, picked to play in his 15th All-Star game, is second with 2,571,985 votes

1997 July

2ndAt Three Rivers, Jason Schmidt allows 5 hits in 9 innings as the Pirates beat the White Sox, 3-1. Sox rookie Mario Valdez strikes out as a pinch hitter in the 8thand then stays in the game as a left-handed third baseman.

4th Giants’ P Shawn Estes holds the Rockies to one hit in 8 2/3 innings as SF shuts out Colorado, 4-0. Quinton McCracken’s single is Colorado’s only hit as Estes fans 11 and walks only 2. Rod Beck comes in to record the last out.

5th The Expos retire Andre Dawson’s uniform No. 10 prior to the game with Atlanta. Once the festivities are over, the Braves defeat Montreal, 5-3, with Chipper Jones’ 3rd-inning grand slam the big blow.

6th  At Anaheim, Chuck Finley allows 4 hits  and strikes out 13 to lead the Angels to an 8–0 shut out over the Mariners. Dave Hollins fourth inning grand slam is the big blow, while Darin Erstad also homers, the first by a lefty off Jeff Fassero (8-5) in over three years. Tim Salmon also hits a solo homer in the third, his third in three games. Fassero left the game earlier in the 3rd inning after spraining his right ankle fielding Craig Grebeck’s bunt single.

Roger Clemens becomes the American League’s first 13-game winner, pitching a four-hitter as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees, 2–0. Clemens  has 10 strikeouts and one walk in his first shutout of the year. Ramiro Mendoza takes the loss.

In Detroit, the Tigers top the Orioles, 14–9, their 3rd straight win after 11 consecutive losses. Brian Johnson and Travis Fryman homer for the Tigers while teammate Bobby Higginson adds a two-run inside-the-park homer, his fifth round tripper this week. For Scott Erickson (11-4) it is the worst start of his career for Baltimore, allowing all 12 runs, 11 earned, and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings. Willie Blair (6-4) takes the win in relief. The O’s are led by Rafael Palmeiro’s homer, triple and single and homers by Geronimo Berroa, Jeff Reboulet and Tony Tarasco.

After Manny Ramirez hits his 2ndgrand slam in 3 weeks, connecting in the 3rdoff Tim Belcher, Kansas City scores 7 in the 4th.  Cleveland pushes across a run in the 8thto win, 8-7.

Vet catcher Mickey Tettleton announces his retirement.  He was on the Ranger DL for more than 2 months.

8th  The American League defeats the National by a score of 3-1 in the annual All-Star Game, played in Cleveland. Indians’ C Sandy Alomar hits a 2-run HR and is named the game’s Most Valuable Player. Alomar is the 1st hometown player to homer since Hank Aaron in Atlanta in 1972.

Baseball’s realignment committee discusses a variety of plans including one that would have as many as 14 teams changing divisions and leagues next year. Kansas City would switch to the National League, and baseball’s eight Pacific and Mountain time zone teams could be grouped together if the sport switches back from six divisions to four in 1997. With the addition of Arizona to the NL next season and Tampa Bay to the AL, baseball’s current plan calls for two 15-team leagues in 1998 with three divisions in each. The Major Leagues have till August 1st to present next year’s schedule to the players’ association

9th  Bob Boone is fired as Royals’ manager and replaced by Tony Muser.

10th  Hideki Irabu strikes out 9 batters and gets the win in his major league debut as the Yankees defeat the Tigers, 10-3. Irabu receives a curtain call from the 51,901 fans.  Irabu goes 6 2/3 innings and pitches with 30 small magnets taped to his right arm to improve circulation.

12th  In Pittsburgh’s 1st non-Opening Day sellout since 1977, a crowd of 44,119 sees Francisco Cordova and Ricardo Rincon combine on a 10-inning no-hitter as the Pirates down the Astros, 3-0, on a 10th-inning pinch HR by Mark Smith. Cordova hurls the 1st 9 innings while Rincon hurls the 10th and gets the win. The victory keeps the Pirates in a tie for 1st place with the Astros in the NL Central.

The Blue Jays defeat the Red Sox, 3-1, as Roger Clemens fans 16 of his former teammates in 8 innings of work. Boston pitchers K 13 Seattle batters as the total of 29 strike outs falls one short of the major league mark for two teams in a single game.

13th  Making his ML debut, Dennys Reyes, the first lefty in nearly five years to start a game for the Dodgers, throws 6 strong innings in beating the Giants, 9–3. The last lefty starter for L.A. was Bob Ojeda, on September 24th, 1992, in a no-decision at Cincinnati. Reyes gives up a single to leadoff batter Daryl Hamilton, then picks him off.  Shawn Estes (12-3) takes the loss.

The Marlins use an 8-run 4th inning to wallop the Phillies, 9–3. Gary Sheffield is the main man with two homers in the inning, hitting a solo shot and a 3-run homer, before leaving with a pulled hamstring.

The Cardinals shrug off pinch homers by Hernandez and Orie to down the host Cubs, 11-5. The Cardinals swat 20 hits, including 4 homers.

With the temperature at 100 degrees, Pedro Martinez fires a one-hit shutout to beat the Reds, 2–0. The Expos’ ace gives up a single to Bret Boone in the 5th for the only hit.  Mike Lansing triples twice for the Expos before leaving in the 5th inning with exhaustion.

Seattle and Texas combine for a record 31 strikeouts in the Rangers’ 4–2 victory.  Randy Johnson racks up 14 K’s in 7 innings, and reliever Bobby Ayala adds 4, but gives up 2 runs in the 9th. The previous mark was 30 set by the Mariners and Athletics on April 30, 1986.

14th  At Fenway, Wil Cordero, homers as the Boston Red Sox collects a season-high 21 hits to rout the Detroit Tigers, 18-4. Cordero is cheered after hitting a two-run homer in the seventh. Cordero, accused of assaulting his wife June 11, has been booed on each of his previous 14 at-bats since he ended 11 games on the sidelines with a pinch-hit appearance last Thursday.

In the Padres’ 5–3 win over the Giants, Tony Gwynn raises his average to .402 with a single, double and triple, driving in three runs, and extending his hitting streak to 19 games. Rickey Henderson, baseball’s career steals leader, swipes his 1,200th base in the sixth.

In the longest night game at Wrigley Field—5 hours, 19 minutes—Ricky Gutierrez singles home the go-ahead run in the 15th to give the Astros a 9–7 win over the Cubs.

Eric Karros’ two-run homer off Steve Reed in the 10th gives the Dodgers a 14–12 slugfest win over the Rockies. Los Angeles has a season-high 22 hits, in winning its 10th of 11, while the Rockies lose for the 10th time in 11 games.

Atlanta hits two grand slams in a game for the first time since May 2, 1987, using homers by Tim Spehr and Ryan Klesko to rally from a 6-0 deficit for its eighth straight victory over Philadelphia this season. The Braves win, 10–6.

Cuba withdraws at the last minute from a series of baseball games against the United States, citing fears for the safety of players. One reason stated for the cancellation was the weekend bombing of two Havana hotels. The eight-game series was to start tomorrow.

15th  Despite a sluggish performance, Hideki Irabu wins his second major league start, leading the Yankees over Cleveland, 12-6. Irabu gives up five runs and nine hits in five innings, allowing homers to Tony Fernandez, Marquis Grissom, and Matt Williams. Cecil Fielder, the Yank’s 270-pound DH, tries to score from first on a double and his head first slide results in a broken right thumb. Fielder will miss eight weeks.

In Cincinnati, Ray Lankford hits two upper-deck homers—a first for Cinergy Field—to lead the Cards to a 7–4 win over the Reds.

Visiting San Francisco scores 13 runs in the 7th inning to coast to a 16–2 win over the Padres. The Giants send 19 men to the plate in the 7th and face 80 pitches in the 52-minute inning. They score seven runs before J.T. Snow grounds out for the first out. Five Giants score two runs each, including starting pitcher Kirk Rueter (6-4). The only player not to score is Snow, who Ks with the bases loaded for the second out. Stan Javier goes to bat 3 times.

The Royals trade OF Jon Nunnally and IF-OF Chris Stynes to the Reds for pitchers Hector Carrasco and Scott Service.

The Expos announce the retirement of all-time saves leader Lee Smith.

16th  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.

18thThe Mariners, seeking pitching help, trade Scott Sanders (3–6) and two minor leaguers (pitcher Dean Crow and 3B Carlos Villalobos) to the Detroit Tigers on Friday for righthanders Omar Olivares (5–6) and Felipe Lira (5–7). Piniella practically begged for a trade after the M’s lost to Minnesota 9-7 in 12 innings, cutting Seattle’s lead to over Anaheim in the AL West to one-half game.

19th  The Cubs sweep two from the visiting Rockies, 7–0 and 6–5, to hand Colorado its 15th loss in 16 games.  Steve Trachsel tosses 7 shut out innings in the opener for the win, and the Cubs score the winning run in the nightcap on Mark Grace’s sac fly. The Rocks have 13 hits in the nightcap, but strand 14 runners. Larry Walker is 0-for-9 for the afternoon, dropping his average 10 points to .392.

20th  OF Luis Gonzalez bashes a double and 2 HRs, and drives in 6, as he leads Houston to a 9-0 white-washing of the Expos. The victory moves Houston 2 games ahead of Pittsburgh in the NL Central.

The Marlins trade OF Billy McMillon to the Phillies in exchange for veteran Darren Daulton.

21st  Wilson Alvarez strikes out 4 Detroit batters in the 7th inning, with Phil Nevin fanning on a wild pitch, in leading the White Sox to a 3–0 win over Detroit. Alvarez is the first White Sox pitcher and 28th player to strike out four batters in an inning.

Phillies ace Curt Schilling fans 15 in 8 innings, the most in the NL this season, but loses 3–2 to the visiting Pirates. Home runs by Al Martin and Kevin Polcovich are the difference. Polcovich homers in the seventh after he missing a suicide-squeeze bunt, resulting in a Buc’ runner being tagged out.  Before the game, the Phillies trade veteran Darren Daulton to Florida for outfielder Billy McMillon.

At Miami, Wally Joyner is 3-for-4 with two walks, to lead the Padres to a 10–2 gaffing of the Florida Marlins.  Joyner singles, doubles, triples, scores twice, and swipes two bases, including home on the back end of a double steal. The Marlins finally turn to John Cangelosi, who becomes the first position player to pitch for the Marlins. The outfielder walks one in a scoreless ninth inning and retires Joyner on a fly ball.  Cangelosi also pitched two scoreless innings for Pittsburgh against Los Angeles in 1988 and one scoreless inning for Houston against Chicago in 1995. Tony Gwynn is 1-for-5 and finishes the four-game series 2-for-17, dropping his average to .385.

Henry Rodriguez, in a 7-for-76 slump, bangs a two-out, ninth-inning grand slam, off Darren Holmes, as the Montreal Expos beat the visiting Rockies, 8–4. For Colorado, it is their 16th loss in its last 18 games.

Angels pitcher Rich DeLucia has surgery to remove an aneurysm in his right shoulder and is expected to be out for the season.

Four days after the birth of his second child, Yankees’ OF Mark Whiten is arrested in Milwaukee and charged with second-degree sexual assault of a 31-year-old woman.

22nd  Greg Maddux parcels out just 78 pitches as the Atlanta Braves defeat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 in the opener of a doubleheader Tuesday. It is the lowest pitch total for a 9-inning complete game since Bob Tewksbury threw 76 for the Cardinals against the Reds on August 29, 1990. Chicago takes the second game 5-4.

In Montreal, Vinny Castilla has 5 hits, including two home runs, as the Rockies outslug the Expos, 11–9. Castilla’s two-run shot off Dave Veres with two outs in the 12th gives Colorado just its third win in 19 games.

The Cincinnati Reds release veteran IF Terry Pendleton, who was signed as a free agent during the off season.

Major League baseball names Toronto exec Paul Beeson as its first president and CEO. The 52-year-old Canadian has been president of the Toronto club since 1991.

24thBrad Radke (13-5, 3.68 ERA) allows the Athletics just five hits Sunday, striking out 10 and walking no one in a 1-0 victory. That was the gem of what has been a masterful stretch. Radke is tied for second in the American League in wins (Clemens has 16) and his 149 1/3 innings are sixth most in the league.

25th  The Royals acquire 3B Dean Palmer, a free agent at the end of the season, from the Rangers in exchange for OF Tom Goodwin.

The Reds name Jack McKeon as their manager, replacing Ray Knight.

27th  The Braves defeat the Reds, 3-2, in Cincinnati, as the temperature on Cincinnati’s artificial surface reaches 152 degrees. The official temperature at game time is 94.

In the first of 2, Giants pinch runner Shawn Estes scores in the 13th on a wild pitch and the Giants win, 6-5.  In the nightcap, Kevin Young hits his 2nd two-run homer of the game in the 9th as the Bucs score 5, then they hold on as the Giants hit 3 homers and score 6 runs. Pittsburgh wins, 10-7, as the two teams combine for a record-tying 5 homers in the 9th.

The Tigers retire Hal Newhouser’s uniform #16. Newhouser pitched 15 seasons for the Bengals and is the only pitcher to win back to back MVP awards, in 1944 and 1945. Following the festivities, the Tigers lose to Milwaukee, 11-7, as the Brewers come up with 5 runs in the 9th inning.

The Rockies acquire P Mark Hutton from the Marlins in exchange for IF Craig Counsell.

28th  In the 1st game of a doubleheader, Milwaukee P Steve Woodard, recalled just that morning, hurls 8 innings of 1-hit ball to defeat the Blue Jays, 1-0. Mike Fetters tosses a hitless 9th for the Brewers. Toronto’s only hit is a double by CF Otis Nixon.

29thThe Rangers ship Ken Hill, 16–10 last year, to the Angels for C Jim Leyritz and a player to be named. Hill struggled to a 5–8 record this season. Leyritz is insurance in case the Rangers can’t sign Ivan Rodriguez, but they will ink Pudge in 2 days to a 5-year deal worth $42 million.

The Blue Jays pick up veteran Mariano Duncan from the Yankees for cash and a minor leaguer.

The Orioles purchase veteran Harold Baines from the White Sox. Baines is hitting .305 for Chicago.

The Mariners and Randy Johnson knuckle under to Tim Wakefield and the Red Sox, 4–0. Mo Vaughn’s 2-run homer is the big blow for Boston. July 29, 1997: Jay Buhner leaps and falls over the 5-foot wall in right field at Fenway Park snagging a ball hit by Scott Hatteberg. He lands in the Red Sox bullpen. “It was the kind of play outfielders always dream about,” Buhner said.

Pedro Martinez strikes out 13 Rockies, including Andres Galarraga 4 times, in Montreal’s, 3–0 win. Martinez gives up just 3 hits in going all the way.

30th  David Wells fires a 3-hitter as the Yankees beat the Royals, 7–0. Tino Martinez hits his 36th homer and Luis Sojo has 4 hits.

At Boston, the Red Sox beat the Mariners, 8–7, in 10 innings. Steve Avery grounds out as a pinch hitter in the 10th, the first Sox pitcher to hit since Tim Lollar in 1986.

31st  The White Sox jump out to a 9-0 lead over the Angels in the second inning, then hold on to record a 14-12 victory. Rookie Mike Cameron leads Chicago with 5 RBIs, while Todd Greene gets 4 hits and drives home 6 runs for Anaheim in a losing cause.

Baseball’s premier power hitter, Mark McGwire, leaves the A’s for the St. Louis Cardinals, who send three pitchers to Anaheim. McGwire’s five-year $28 million contract runs out at the end of this year and Anaheim fears they will not be able to sign him. The A’s receive minor leaguers Eric Ludwick and Blake Stein, along with T.J. Mathews (4–4).

How do you spell relief? In a fine move for Boston, the Red Sox send reliever Heathcliff Slocumb to the Mariners for minor leaguers Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe. Slocumb will not last a season in Seattle, while Varitek and Lowe will become key members of the 1999 Sox. The Mariner’s also ship budding star Jose Cruz, Jr. to Toronto for relievers Mike Timlin and Paul Spoljaric.

The San Francisco Giants receive starting pitchers Wilson Alvarez and Danny Darwin, along with top reliever Roberto Hernandez from the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox, just 3 1/2 games behind Cleveland in the AL Central, receive minor league SS Mike Caruso, OF Brian Manning, and pitchers Lorenzo Barcelo, Keith Foulke, Bob Howry, and Ken Vining. In the house cleaning, the Sox have moved 8 players with a combined 92 years of ML experience. Sox 3B Robin Ventura observes, “We didn’t realize August first was the end of the season.”

In a swap of the infirmed, the Indians send pitchers Scott Winchester, Danny Graves, Mike Crowell and INF Damien Jackson to the Reds for veteran P John Smiley (9–10 in 1997) and infielder Jeff Branson.  The 3 new Reds pitchers all have had rotator cuff surgery; Smiley is out the year with a broken arm; and Jackson has had knee surgery.

Minutes before the midnight trading deadline, the Tribe adds P Jeff Juden, sending P Steve Kline to the Expos.

In a South Atlantic League game at Hickory, pitcher Jason Lakman has 16 strikeouts in 7 innings, including 7 in a row and 5 in the fifth inning. Augusta beats Hickory, 4–0.

1997 August

2nd Houston C Brad Ausmus becomes the first catcher to wear the Fox Sports Catcher-Cam, a small camera on the top of his mask, in the Astros’ 6–0 win over the Mets.

3rd  Phil Niekro, Tommy Lasorda, Nellie Fox, and Willie Wells are inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

4th  The Twins beat the Blue Jays, 9–3, as Brad Radke ties a team record with his 12th straight win. Greg Colbrunn’s pinch-hit grand slam, off Chris Carpenter, is the big blow. Radke is only the 3rd pitcher since 1950 to win 12 consecutive starts. Bob Gibson of St. Louis did it in 1968 and Pat Dobson did it with Baltimore in 1971.

At Anaheim, Jose Valentin, Dave Nilsson, and Jeremy Burnitz homer in the 4th inning, all off Ken Hill, as Milwaukee beats Anaheim, 5–2, for its 10th victory in 12 games. The loss drops Anaheim into a tie for first place in the AL West with the idle Seattle Mariners.

Manny Ramirez homers and drives in four runs, and Jim Thome hits his 30th homer as the Indians beat Detroit, 7–2. Charles Nagy improves to 12-4 lifetime against the Tigers, his most wins against any club. Thome is the first Cleveland lefthanded hitter to hit 30 homers in successive seasons since Hal Trosky in 1936-37. Scott Sanders (3-9), making his fourth start since being traded to Detroit from Seattle, was the loser. He has lost all three of his decisions in a Tigers uniform.

At Shea, the Mets top the Cards, 4–2, in a rain interrupted game. Rick Reed (10–4) wins his 6th straight, beating Manny Aybar, making his ML debut.  Lance Johnson has a pair of RBI triples.  Completing an unusual major league-minor league sweep, the Pittsfield Mets top the New Jersey Cardinals (NY-Penn League) 8–4, in the earlier 9-inning game.

Kevin Tapani finally makes his Cubs debut, limiting Atlanta to five hits over seven+ innings, as the Cubs win, 3–1. Tapani (1-0) signed to a three-year, $11 million deal with the Cubs after winning 13 games for the White Sox last season, had surgery April 4 to remove scar tissue in his right index finger.

5th  The Red Sox pound out 24 hits, including 4 HRs, in defeating the Rangers, 17-1. Nomar Garciaparra is 4-for-7 with a homer and two doubles and Troy O’Leary homers twice into the upper deck.

In New York, Houston’s Darryl Kile cops his ninth straight decision despite allowing two home runs to John Olerud. Houston hangs on to win, 11–8. Kile (16-3) allows 8 runs and 10 hits in seven innings.

7th  At Arlington, the Yankees top the Rangers, 4-2, as David Cone (12-5) beats Bobby Witt. Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams homer. Reliever Scott Bailes, who retired in 1992, makes his first appearance for Texas. The Yanks move to 5 games behind the idle Orioles in the AL East.

8th  The Mariners shut out the White Sox, 5-0, on Randy Johnson’s 5-hitter. Johnson fans 19 batters for the second time this season, becoming the 1st pitcher in history to ever do so.

The Mets trade OF Lance Johnson, P Mark Clark, and IF Manny Alexander to the Cubs for pitchers Mel Rojas and Turk Wendell, and OF Brian McRae. The Cubs also waive Terry Mulholland to the Giants.

The Cards end a homerless drought of 104.2 innings (as noted by Tom Ruane) when Ray Lankford and Mark McGwire hit back-to-back homers in the 3rd inning. For McGwire, it is his 1st of the year as the Cards win 6–1 over the Phillies. The homerless streak is the longest of the 1990s.

9th  The Yankees beat the Twins Brad Radke, ending his win streak at 12 games. Radke allows just 2 runs in 8 innings, but David Wells gives up a run in 7+ frames for the 4-1 victory. Chad Curtis and Charlie Hayes homer in the 9th.

Toledo (American Association) tops visiting Richmond, 11–10, 13 innings. Mudhen LF Bubba Trammell is 4 for 7 with 4 home runs and 5 RBIs. Trammell homers in the 9th inning to tie the game and again in the 13th inning to win it.

10th  In St. Louis, Curt Schilling allows 3 singles in shutting out the Cardinals, 8-0. Scott Rolen has a homer and 3 RBIs for the Phillies.

Angels’ IF-OF Tony Phillips is arrested after allegedly buying a small quantity of freebase cocaine at a motel in Anaheim.

Pitcher Greg Maddux signs a $57.5 million, 5-year contract with the Braves to become baseball’s highest-paid player.

12th  Scott Erickson pitches a three-hitter and Rafael Palmeiro has three hits, including a three-run homer, as the first-place Baltimore Orioles defeat Oakland, 8-0. The game is played without a public address announcer. The Orioles shut off the microphone to pay tribute to Rex Barney, who had served as the Orioles’ PA announcer since 1974. Barney, 72, was found dead in his home earlier in the day.

The Texas Rangers showed off for former president George Bush by routing the Boston Red Sox for the second consecutive game, 12-2, scoring 10 runs in the first four innings. Bush—whose son, Texas Gov. George W. Bush, owns the Rangers—sits next to the team’s dugout with acting Massachusetts Gov. Paul Cellucci and a group of Secret Service agents.

Dean Palmer homers and drives in four runs as the Kansas City Royals end the New York Yankees’ three-game winning streak with a 6-4 victory. Palmer, who is 10-for-21 with runners in scoring position and has 16 RBIs in 18 games since coming over in a trade with Texas, singles home a run in the fourth, opens the 6th with his 17th homer, and hits a go-ahead, two-run double in the 7th. Mike Perez (2-0), the second of 5 Royals’ pitchers, is the winner. Jeff Montgomery pitches the 9th for his eighth save, the 250th of his career. He retires 32 consecutive batters, one shy of the club record, before Bernie Williams singles with two outs in the ninth.

Rickey Henderson leads off the 7th with his 250th career homer and Greg Vaughn adds a two-run double in the inning as the San Diego Padres rally to beat the Montreal Expos, 6-4.

Matt Beech ends his string of 22 straight starts without a victory, pitching the Philadelphia Phillies past the Colorado Rockies, 5-0. Beech (1-7) had not won since beating Atlanta in his first major league start on Aug. 8, 1996. He was winless in his first 15 starts this season.

Blue Jays trade OF Otis Nixon to the Dodgers in exchange for C Bobby Cripps.

13th  The Reds defeat the Padres, 2-0, on a combined 1-hitter by Mike Morgan (7 innings), Stan Belinda (1 inning), and Jeff Shaw (1 inning). OF Mark Sweeney’s single is San Diego’s only hit.

In the last trade between the two teams for two decades, the Red Sox trade C Mike Stanley and IF Randy Brown to the Yankees in exchange for minor league pitcher Tony Armas and a player to be named (Jim Mecir). New York, in need of right-handed power for the stretch drive, re-acquires Stanley to fill the injured Fielder’s role.  Stanley will decline to sign at the end of the year. Armas, formerly labeled “untouchable”, will go to Montreal in the Pedro Martinez deal in December.

The Angels trade pitchers Ryan Hancock and Steven Agosto and a player to be named to the Padres for OF Rickey Henderson. To make room for the future Hall of Famer, the Angels release another future HOFer, Eddie Murray. Murray will sign with the Dodgers.

14th  The Indians best the Tigers, 12-1, in the 15,000th game in franchise history. The Tigers are the only other American League team to have played as many contests.

The Twins trade 1B Greg Colbrunn to the Braves in exchange for a player to be named.

15th  LA’s Mike Remlinger pitches 6 strong innings and belts a 3-run double to beat the Reds, 5–3. Before the game, the Dodgers retire Tom Lasorda’s #2, the 9th uniform retired by the franchise.

Mark McGwire cracks a 2-run homer in the 9th to tie the game for St. Louis and Delino DeShields hits a leadoff homer in the 12th as the Cards edge the Braves, 3–2. For McGwire, who also walks 4 times, it is his 4th homer in 4 games.

The Orioles and Mariners split a day-night twinbill, the O’s taking the opener, 4–3 and the M’s the nightcap, 8–3. Randy Johnson drops the first game, despite striking out 13 batters; he has now struck out 32 in two games to tie Luis Tiant (1968), Nolan Ryan (1974) and Dwight Gooden (1984).

17thBoston’s Nomar Garciaparra hits in his 20th straight game, tying Fred Lynn’s Boston rookie record. Boston wins, 10–5, sweeping four from the Twins. Minnesota has lost 9 straight,

18th  The Rangers defeat the Brewers, 2-0, behind a combined 1-hitter by Rick Helling (8 innings) and John Wetteland (1 inning). Francisco Vina’s single is Milwaukee’s only hit.

The Phillies get grand slams from Mike Lieberthal and Billy McMillon, his first HR in the NL, and roll to an 11-3 victory over visiting San Francisco.

The Dodgers trade P Pedro Astacio to the Rockies in exchange for second baseman Eric Young.

20thIt’s an easy day at the office for the Reds as they record no assists in a 5–3 loss to the Rockies (14 flies, 12 Ks, 1 unass, grounder). This has happened just once before in the National League, by the Mets against the Phillies on June 25, 1989.

The Twins trade OF Roberto Kelly to the Mariners for a player to be named.

The Red Sox sweep two from the A’s, winning 7–5 and 5–4 in 13 innings. In the nightcap the A’s collect one hit in the last 10 innings against 5 Sox pitchers. Garciaparra has hits in both games to set a ML rookie record of 22 straight games.

22nd  The Tigers pound the Brewers, 16-1, with the aid of 23 hits and an 11-run 7th inning. Bobby Higginson gets 5 hits for Detroit, while Travis Fryman and Tony Clark drive in 4 runs apiece.

At Arlington, Texas bangs out 22 hits in beating the Chicago White Sox, 17-8. Rusty Greer has a 2-run homer and a grand slam, both off Jaime Navarro, and 6 RBIs before he is pinch hit for, while Albert Belle matches him for Chicago, hitting both off Darren Oliver. It is the second time in two years that opponents have each collected 6 RBIs. Pudge Rodriguez adds 4 hits and 3 RBIs for Texas.

23rd  For the 2nd day in a row, Rangers’ LF Rusty Greer hits a pair of HRs and posts 6 ribbies, doing so in today’s 13-8 win over Chicago.

24th  In Albany, Georgia, the Silver Bullets womens professional baseball team is victorious, 5-3, over a local team. Managed by Phil Niekro, the Bullets finish their season at 23-22, their first winning season in their three-year existence. Coors Brewery, which has spent $8M sponsoring the team, will withdraw their financing, pulling the plug on the Bullets.

26th  The Yankees pound out 22 hits in an 18-2 win over Oakland. Joe Girardi and Rey Sanchez lead the way with 4 hits apiece.

Pedro Martinez strikes out 13 batters, including 7 in succession, in 6 2/3 innings as he gets no decision. His Expos fall to the Cardinals, 6-3.

27th  Indian teammates honor Jim Thome by wearing their socks high, a fashion statement they’ll continue into the WS. But today they might’ve shaved their heads instead as Matt Williams drives in a ML record tying 6 runs in a 10-run 4th as the Indians beat California, 10–4. Williams has a 3-run double and a 3-run HR. In between his hits, Marquis Grissom clouts a grand slam. The last batter to knock in 6 in a frame was Matt Stairs, on July 5, 1996.

Oakland defeats the Yankees, 8-7, as DH Dave Magadan leads the way with 5 hits, including a home run.

The Dodgers best the Pirates, 9-5, with the help of 5 hits by OF Otis Nixon and 6 RBIs from C Mike Piazza. LA now leads the NL West by 1 1/2 games over the Giants.

The White Sox trade OF Darren Lewis to the Dodgers in exchange for a player to be named (Chad Fonville).

30th  Yankee P David Wells strikes a familiar note as he threatens to punch out owner George Steinbrenner during a clubhouse argument. Reportedly, the argument began after the team’s 7-2 loss to the Expos, when a play occurred that was similar to last year’s ALCS. This time it was against the Yankees; Darrin Fletcher’s gets a home run when a fan in right field reaches over and snagged the ball before Paul O’Neill could catch it. Wells opined to Steinbrenner that extra security should be added in RF to prevent this sort of thing, George answered that Wells ought to stick to his pitching. When Wells said that Steinbrenner could trade him, the owner answered that no one wanted the lefty. It was then that Wells joined the ranks of earlier Yankees who have wanted to flatten the feisty owner.

Behind Alex Fernandez, the Marlins solidify their hold on the NL wild card position (79–55) with a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays. OF Shawn Green has all 3 of Toronto’s hits.

Boston SS Nomar Garciaparra goes hitless as the Red Sox fall to the Braves, 15-2. The collar brings his 30-game hitting streak (July 26-August 29: .383: 54/141) to an end, the longest streak ever for an AL rookie. Guy Curtwright, a 30-year-old rookie, set the mark with 26 games in 1943, his only season.  Chipper Jones has 5 runs scored and Fred McGriff has 4 hits, including a pair of homers to route Tim Wakefield.

The Brewers acquire OF Darrin Jackson from the Twins in exchange for a player to be named.

31st  The Indians acquire IF-OF Bip Roberts from the Royals in exchange for P Roland de la Maza.

The Brewers obtain P Pete Harnisch from the Mets in exchange for OF Donnie Moore.

The Cubs trade vet SS Shawon Dunston to the Pirates in exchange for a player to be named. Dunston will debut with the Bucs on September 2 and hit 2 homers. He’ll hit .394 for Pittsburgh, having just one game out of 18 where he goes hitless. His OBA for the Bucs will be .389, 5 points below his BA.  Dunston will finish the year with a  .312 OBP, the lowest this century for a .300 hitter, and become a free agent on October 28.

1997 September

1st The Reds lose to the Royals, 7-4, as Pete Rose Jr., son of the all-time hit leader, makes his major league debut. After striking out in his first time up, Rose singles in his next at bat and finishes with 1 hit in 3 trips to the plate. The debut prompts walkup sales of 15,000.

In an interleague game at Seattle, Steve Finley of the Padres cracks a 9th-inning grand slam, off Bobby Ayala, to give the Padres a 9-6 victory.  Ken Griffey has 4 hits, including his 45th and 46th homers, drives in 4 runs and scores 4. He leads Tino Martinez by 5 homers and one RBI in the AL.

Before 50,869 at the Vet, the Phillies defeat the Yankees, 5-1, behind Chuck Schilling, who fans 16 batters in 8 innings of action, and does not walk a man. For the second time in his career, Derek Jeter strikes out 4 times; he won’t do that for the next 12 years. The Phils will win the next to sweep the series with the defending World champs.

At Wrigley, the Twins edge the Cubs, 7-6, as Pat Meares drives in 4 runs. Meares hits a 3-run homer in the 1stoff Steve Trachsel, who struggles through 5 innings throwing 121 pitches, his season high. Trachsel is erroneously credited with a modern ML record for most pitches thrown in one inning, supposedly reaching 61 in 1997. But it did not happen, according to Cubs historian Ed Hartig.

2nd  Trailing 12-7, the Rangers score 6 runs in the bottom of the 9th to pull out a 13-12 victory over the Dodgers. Juan Gonzalez and Lee Stevens each poke 4 hits for Texas.

In Montreal, the Expos edge the Red Sox, 6-5, on two homers by Henry Rodriguez and a pinch homerun by rookie Brad Fulmer. The 2-run shot by Fulmer, off Bret Saberhagen, comes in his first ML at bat.

3rd  Second baseman Mike Lansing’s 3rd-inning HR is Montreal’s only hit, but it’s enough to give the Expos a 1-0 win over the Red Sox. Aaron Sele and Tom Gordon baffle the Expos the rest of the way, but Carlos Perez allows only 2 hits himself in blanking Boston.

A’s blue chip rookie Ben Grieve debuts with a club-record-tying 3 doubles for 5 RBIs in a 12–3 win over the Giants. Grieve had 136 ribbies in 127 minor league games. Brad Rigby wins his first ML game, while the loss leaves the Giants 1 1/2 games behind the Dodgers.

4th  Rookie C Bobby Estalella cracks 3 HRs and drives home 4 as he leads the Phillies to a 6-4 win over Montreal.

5th  OF Deion Sanders leaves the Reds to join the Dallas Cowboys for the remainder of the season. Sanders is leading the NL is stolen bases with 56, but will be overtaken by Pittsburgh’s Tony Womack.

6th  The Rockies split a day-night doubleheader with the Cardinals, losing the 1st game, 10-7, before winning the nightcap, 7-6. In the first contest, OF Larry Walker’s HR makes his the most prolific Canadian home run hitter of all time with 195 career dingers. In the second game, Colorado’s streak of sellouts ends at 203, as an announced crowd of 44,288 views the contest.

7thAtlanta’s Denny Neagle wins his 20th game, shutting out the Padres, 4–0. He’s the first to win 20 in the NL.

9th  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. second baseman Domingo Cedeno’s single is the only Texas safety.

10th  Behind Tom Glavine’s 4-hit shutout, the Braves down the Dodgers, 7–0. Ryan Klesko has a HR and 3 RBI.

The American Association’s plays its final game Wednesday night in Des Moines, Iowa with the Buffalo Bisons defeating the Iowa Cubs for the final American Association title. The Association’s existing teams will merge with the International League and the perhaps “to-be-newly named” Pacific Coast League in 1998.

11th  John Olerud cycles, going 4-for-5 with 5 ribbies, to lead the Mets to a 9-5 win over the Expos. Olerud hits a bases loaded stand-up triple in the 8th, his first triple in 3 years, to complete the cycle. The drive bounces off the wall, striking center fielder Vladimir Guerrero.

12th  Florida C Charles Johnson sets a major league record by playing his 160th straight game without committing an error. The previous mark was set by Rick Cerone. The Marlins lose the game, however, 1-0 to the Giants.

The Mets tie the game in the 8th and use 23 players before losing to the Expos, 3–2 in 15 innings.  The loss goes to Joe Crawford, the second time this season he has lost by allowing a run in the 15th.

13th  The Mets, down 6–0 with one strike to go in the bottom of the 9th rally to tie the Expos. Carl Everett ties the game with a grand slam. Two innings later, Bernard Gilkey hits a three-run homer to end it, 9–6. Facing Dustin Hermanson, the Mets manage just one hit through the first 8 innings, and that is a blooper by Carlos Mendoza, his first ML hit. Two singles and two relievers later the Mets tie it. John Franco is the winner over Steve Kline.

The Dodgers drop a 5-1 decision to the Astros as Tom Candiotti’s knuckleball does all sorts of tricks in the 1st inning. Candiotti hit 3 Houston batters in the frame, and another to lead off the 2nd, to tie a major league mark. C Mike Piazza also records 2 passed balls in the inning as the Astros score 4 of their 5 runs.

In St. Louis, Tony Gwynn reaches 200 hits for the fifth time in his career in the Padres 8–3 win over the Cardinals. Greg Vaughn has a three-run double to lead the attack.

14th  Sandy Alomar hits a bases-loaded single to key a bizarre seven-run 8th, and Cleveland defeats Chicago, 8–3. Jim Thome nails his 40th homer for the Indians. Chicago ties a major league record by using nine pitchers in the nine-inning game, including 5 in the 8th. The 4th in that inning, Keith Foulke, is called in without a warmup by manager Terry Bevington to intentionally walk a batter. The Tribe increases its AL Central lead to 7 1/2 games over Chicago and Milwaukee. Before the game the Sox retire Carlton Fisk’s #72. Bitter over his 1993 release and not being allowed into locker room during the playoffs that year, Fisk requests that Jerry Reinsdorf and GM Ron Schueler not be there for the ceremony.

Mark McGwire notches his 51st homer, and St. Louis Cardinals score seven runs in the eighth to win, 10–4. McGwire, the first player with consecutive 50-homer seasons since Babe Ruth in 1927-28, connects off Joey Hamilton (11-6) in the sixth. He has 17 homers in 37 games since St. Louis acquired him from Oakland on July 31 and has 14 games remaining to chase Roger Maris’ season record of 61.

15th Baltimore OF Eric Davis returns to action in the Orioles’ 6-5 win over Cleveland only two months after having a cancerous tumor removed from his colon. Davis goes hitless in the contest, but rips a long fly out to deep right-center in his first at bat.

Ken Griffey, Jr. powers homers #51 and #52 in Seattle’s 7–3 win over the Blue Jays. Junior has now hit 100 homers in a 2-year span, just the 6th major leaguer to do so.

The Mets, 1–0 winners yesterday on a HR by diminutive Luis Lopez, use the long ball today to tie the Phils.  New York collects 4 HRs in the 7th and 8th to tie at 6 apiece, the stitch 6 straight singles in the 10th to score 5 and win, 10–5. In the nightcap, the Mets lose, 2–1 to Darrin Winston, a 31-year-old rookie released by the Mets in the spring.

The Braves beat the Giants, 5–4 on Fred McGriff’s 2-out, 2-run homer off Rod Beck in the 9th inning.  The homer caps a 4-run rally for the 1st place Braves.

At least it’s not the Duck Pond. Anaheim Stadium, the Big A, gets a new name—Edison International Field of Anaheim. Edison, a utility giant, will pay $50 million over 20 years for a package that includes the name of the stadium, home to the Angels.

16th  In Philadelphia, Curt Schilling retires the first 22 Mets batters to lead the Phils to a 3–2 win. He also passes the 300-strikeout mark when he strikes out Edgardo Alfonzo in the 4th inning, just the 13th pitcher to reach it and the first in the NL since Mike Scott in 1986. Pinch-hitter Luis Lopez breaks up Schilling’s bid for a no hitter with a one-out, single to center in the eighth.

At Wrigley Field, Kevin Tapani pitches a 1-hitter for his first NL shutout and Sammy Sosa breaks a scoreless tie with a two-run, 6th-inning homer as Chicago beats Cincinnati, 5–0. Bret Boone’s leadoff single in the sixth is the only Reds hit.

Mark McGwire hits his 52nd home run hours after signing a three-year contract with the Cards for $28.5 million. But Cardinals’ closer Dennis Eckersley collapses in the 9th and the Dodgers come back to win, 7–6. McGwire’s 517-foot first-inning blast, the longest ever measured at Busch Stadium, ties him for the ML lead with Ken Griffey Jr.

Jimmy Key, 0–7 in his last 9 starts at Camden Yards, beats the Cleveland Indians, 7-2, to give the Orioles a split in a day-night doubleheader.  Roberto Alomar has three hits and three RBIs and Brady Anderson and Rafael Palmeiro homer in the win. In the opener, Charles Nagy pitches five-hit ball into the seventh inning and Matt Williams drives home two runs to lead the Indians to a 4-2 victory.

In Miami, Florida’s Bobby Bonilla fouls off six two-strike pitches before blasting a grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Marlins a dramatic 9–6 win. For Bonilla, it is his 8th career slam. Larry Walker, Andres Galarraga, and Vinny Castilla homer for Colorado, which sets an NL record with 223 homers this year.

For the 2nd straight day, the Giants lose on a home run, as the Braves win, 6–4.  Eddie Perez’s grand slam in the 6th gives the Braves a ML record-tying 11 slams for the year.

The Yankees sweep the Red Sox, winning 2–0 and 4–3. Andy Pettitte pitches 8 innings in the opener, striking out career-high 12. Willie Banks is the winner in the nightcap with 6 2/3 innings. Cecil Fielder, in his first appearance in two months after sitting out with a thumb injury, is 3-for-8 for New York.

17th  Mo Vaughn responds to the boos of the crowd with a two-run home run in the eighth inning to lead Boston past Toronto, 4–3. Vaughn, who makes it 4-2 with the homer off Dan Plesac, is booed during introductions and during his first three at-bats in response to his comments Monday that he does not want to return to the Red Sox next season.

The Giants beat the Dodgers, 2–1, to move a game behind LA in the NL West.

Ryan Klesko has 4 hits including a grand slam off Bobby Jones, to pace the Braves to a 10–2 win over the Mets. Jones faces 8 batters, walking 4 and retiring 0. Maddux easily wins his 19th. Klesko’s slam gives the Braves 12 for the year, a new ML record. The Braves set another record as they become the first team to clinch 6 straight post-season appearances.

Mark McGwire blasts his 53rd homer, the most since 1961, to pace the Cards to a 12–9 win over the Cubs. RHP Rod Myers serves up the gopher.

18th  At San Francisco, Brian Johnson homers in the 12th inning to give the Giants a 6–5 win over the Dodgers and a tie for the lead in the NL West. Rod Beck gives up 3 singles in the 10th, but K’s Todd Zeile and gets Eddie Murray on a DP.

19th  Marlins’ C Charles Johnson ties Buddy Rosar’s mark for consecutive games without an error (117), but does make his only passed ball of the year, as the Marlins defeat the Mets, 5-2, Johnson will finish the year with 124 games without an E.

Matt Williams must have an honest face, because he pulls the hidden ball trick for the third time, nabbing rookie Jed Hansen, in the Indians’ 6-2 win over the Royals in game 2, Williams uses the same ploy in all three instances. He asks the runner if he would step away from the bag so that he can brush off the dirt. The runners comply, and Williams slaps the tag on. The Royals win the opener, 10–3.

The White Sox tie Boston, 4–4 at Fenway on Albert Belle’s 9th inning grand slam, off Tom Gordon, then win in the 10th on Frank Thomas’ single. The Red Sox had tied the game in the bottom of the 9th on pinch homers by Curtis Pride and Scott Hatteberg, both off Keith Foulke. Boston wastes Butch Henry’s 7 2/3 shutout innings, while Mike Sirotka’s one run in 8 innings goes unrewarded. Nomar Garciaparra has a pair of doubles to break Ted Williams’ Red Sox rookie record for total bases. His total is 348 on his way to 365. Oliva set the AL rookie record in 1964 with 374.

21st  The Cubs beat the Phils, 11–3, but Curt Schilling racks up 8 K’s to match J.R. Richard for the most strikeouts by a NL righty (313). He’ll finish with 319 strikeouts. Ryne Sandberg, in his final game at Wrigley, is 2-for-3 before leaving for a pinch runner in the 5th. He makes a curtain call in the 7th when Harry Carey sings.  Kevin Tapani wins his 6th straight start.

Brad Radke goes 10 innings to win his 20th as the Twins beat the Brewers, 2-1.

The Expos put a dent in Denny Neagle’s possible Cy Young Award as they twice unload back-to-back homers to beat the Braves, 7–1. Neagle retires the first 12 batters before giving up a single, then homers to Rondell White and Hemsley Muelens. In the 6th David Segui and White hit consecutive homers.

The 1st-place Giants top the Padres, 8–5 when Stan Javier snaps a 9th inning tie with a 2-run triple. In the 4th, Bobby Bonds legs out an inside-the-park homer when his fly ball in the sun bounces off Greg Vaughn’s knee.

22ndKen Griffey Jr. hits his 54th and 55th homers, overtaking Mark McGwire for the major league lead, as Seattle clinches a tie for the AL West title, defeating Oakland 4-2. Griffey now has the seventh-highest homer total in ML history, trailing only Maris (61 in 1961), Ruth (60 in 1927), Ruth (59 in 1921), Foxx (58 in 1932), Greenberg (58 in 1938) and Wilson (56 in 1930). Griffey’s 55 homers are the most in the majors since Maris set the record in 1961. He has 5 games left, all at the Kingdome, to match Maris’ mark. With 3 HRs, Seattle has 257 this season, tying the major league mark set by Baltimore last year.

23rd  In a warm-up for the playoffs, the Indians rally from a 9–2 deficit to shock the Yankees, 10–9. Tony Fernandez and Tino Martinez match 2-run homers, while Justice and Alomar also homer for the Tribe.

The Orioles score 3 runs in the first 2 innings of Roger Clemens (21-7), then hold on to beat the Blue Jays, 3–2.

Angels Lefty OF Jim Edmonds hits a pair of HRs off Randy Johnson, but Seattle wins, 4–3, to clinch the AL West. Johnson won’t give up another HR to a lefty until John Olerud takes him deep in game 1 of the 1999 NLCS playoffs. Jay Buhner hits his 40th homer and then K’s for the 173rd time, a new M’s record.

24th  Doug Million, the Colorado Rockies No. 1 draft pick in the 1994 amateur draft, dies of an asthma attack at age 21.

With the Blue Jays in last place, Toronto fires manager Cito Gaston before today’s game with the Orioles. Gaston took the team to the World Series in 1992 and 1993. Coach Mel Queen was named as interim manager for the last 5 games.  The O’s then beat the Jays, 9–3, to clinch the AL East title.  Baltimore was never out of first place, just the 6th ML team to hold first place every day of the season.

25th  The Astros cinch the NL Central flag with a 9–1 win over the Cubs. Mike Hampton is the winner.

26th  Four Yankees pitchers combine to 1-hit the Tigers, winning by a score of 8-2. Andy Pettitte starts and allows a 2-run single to Travis Fryman in the 3rd inning, giving Detroit a 2-1 lead. Pettitte leaves after 4 frames and is succeeded by Brian Boehringer (3 innings), Mariano Rivera (1 inning), and Jeff Nelson (1 inning). Rivera receives credit for the win when NY explodes for 6 runs in the 9th inning.

In the 7th at Shea, Atlanta SS Rafael Belliard hits his first homer in a decade, off Brian Bohannon, to tie the Mets at 6 apiece. His last came on May 5, 1987, off Eric Show of Padres. Atlanta wins, 7–6, in 11 innings.

At Coors Field, the Dodgers bang 6 homers, 2 by Eric Karros, to pummel the Rockies, 10-4.  The Rockies answer is a homer by Larry Walker, his 49th. Walker will lead the NL in homers, the third different Rockie to do so in the past three years. This matches the mark of the 1961-63 Giants who had three straight leaders in Cepeda, Mays and McCovey. The Orioles of 2014-16 will join the club.

27th  The Mariners hand Randy Johnson his 20th win when the Big Unit pitches the 5th and 6th innings in relief of Omar Olivares and Seattle beats Oakland, 9–3. Johnson is the first 20-game winner in M’s history, The Mariners stake Olivares to a 7–2 lead, but Piniella lifts the starter after 4 innings. Johnson was sidelined from August 20th to September 13th with a finger injury.

28th  Colorado hands Los Angeles a 13-9 defeat, as Neifi Perez leads the way with 5 hits and 3 runs batted in.

29th  The Pirates trip the playoff-bound Astros, 5–4 in 11 innings. Jose Guillen is the star, hitting a HR, driving in 3 and scoring the winning run. Craig Biggio, playing in his NL-best 381st straight game, is lifted for a pinch runner in the 4th. He ends the season of 162 games without grounding into a DP, tying Dick McAuliffe’s ML record set in 1968.

30th  Cleveland scores 5 runs in the 1st inning, but the Yankees come back to win with 5 of their own in the 6th to defeat the Indians in Game 1 of their playoff series, 8-6. Tim Raines, Derek Jeter, and Paul O’Neill hit consecutive HRs in the decisive inning, giving Mario Mendoza the victory.

Atlanta scores single runs in the 1st and 2nd innings and Greg Maddux makes them stand up as the Braves hold off the Astros, 2-1, to take the lead in their playoff series.

SS Edgar Renteria’s 2-out single in the bottom of the 9th scores Charles Johnson with the winning run as the Marlins defeat the Giants, 2-1, in the opener of their playoff series.

1997 October

1st  The Orioles score 4 runs in both the 5th and 6th innings on their way to a 9-3 win over Seattle in Game 1 of their series.

The Braves pound the Astros, 13-3, to lead 2–0 in their division series. Jeff Blauser homers for the Braves, who take advantage of 8 walks from Houston’s Mike Hampton in 4 2/3 innings.

The Marlins again score the winning run in bottom half of the 9th, this time on a single by Moises Alou, to take a 2-game lead over the Giants. Bobby Bonilla drives home 3 runs for Florida, while Stan Javier gets 4 hits for the Jints.

2nd  The Orioles defeat the Mariners by a score of 9-3 for the second day in a row. Brady Anderson and Harold Baines hit HRs to lead the way.

The Indians even their series with a 7-5 win over the Yankees behind a strong effort by rookie P Jaret Wright. Matt Williams homers for the Tribe, while light-hitting Omar Vizquel garners 3 hits.

3rd  John Smoltz sets down Houston on 3 hits, while striking out 11, giving Atlanta a 4-1 victory, and 3-game sweep of their playoff series with the Astros.

The Marlins sweep their division series from the Giants with a 6-2 win behind Alex Fernandez. OF Devon White’s 6th-inning grand slam is the key blow in the game.

4th  A solid pitching performance by Jeff Fassero keeps the Mariners alive in their series with the Orioles, as Seattle wins by a score of 4-2.

New York goes a game up on Cleveland with a 6-1 victory behind David Wells’ 5-hitter. OF Paul O’Neill hits a 4th-inning grand slam, and drives home 5 of the runs.

5th  The Orioles close out the Mariners with a 3-1 victory in the 4th, and final, game of their playoff series. Seattle is held to 2 hits by Mike Mussina, Armando Benitez, and Randy Myers, while Jeff Reboulet and Geronimo Berroa hit HRs for Baltimore.

Cleveland scores single runs in the 8th and 9th innings to defeat the Yankees, 3-2, and even their series at 2 games apiece. David Justice and Sandy Alomar homer for the Indians, but light-hitting Omar Vizquel’s single wins it.

6th  Cleveland sends New York home, as rookie Jaret Wright wins his 2nd game of the ALCS series, 4-3, giving the Indians a 3-games-to-2 series win.

7th  The Marlins take the opening game of the NLCS with a 5-3 victory over the Braves in Atlanta. Moises Alou drives in 4 of the Florida runs while the bullpen tosses 3 innings of hitless relief.

8th  The Orioles take Game 1 of the ALCS as Scott Erickson and Randy Myers combine to limit Cleveland to 4 hits in a 3-0 win. Brady Anderson and Roberto Alomar homer for Baltimore.

Ryan Klesko and Chipper Jones homer for the Braves, who even the NLCS at a game apiece by besting Florida, 7-1. Tommy Glavine earns the win for Atlanta.

9th  Cleveland OF Marquis Grissom hits a 3-run homer in the 8th inning to give the Indians a 5-4 victory over Baltimore, evening their series at 1 game apiece. Manny Ramirez also homers for the Tribe while Cal Ripken connects for a 4-bagger for the O’s.

10th  The Marlins take Game 3 by defeating the Braves by a score of 5-2. Charles Johnson drives home 3 of Florida’s runs, and Livan Hernandez gets the win in relief.

11th  The Orioles waste a masterful pitching performance from Mike Mussina, as Cleveland scores a run in the bottom of the 12th inning when Marquis Grissom steals home on a botched bunt attempt. Baltimore C Lenny Webster fails to chase after the ball, which he is sure was tipped by batter Omar Vizquel. Mussina gives up only 3 hits and 1 run in 7 innings, while striking out 15 Indians. Orel Hershiser holds Baltimore scoreless through 7 innings, allowing only 4 hits himself, as the Indians win, 2-1. The last walkoff steal of home was in 1982.

The Braves even the NLCS once again on Denny Neagle’s 4-hit, 4-0 shutout. Chipper Jones knocks out 3 hits for Atlanta.

12th  The Indians again score the winning run in their last at bat, coming back from a 4-2 deficit to defeat the Orioles, 8-7, for their 3rd straight win in the ALCS. Sandy Alomar drives home the winner with a single after hitting a 2-run homer earlier in the contest. He also scores from 2B on a wild pitch in the 5th. Brady Anderson, Harold Baines, Rafael Palmeiro hit homers off Jaret Wright in the 5th while Manny Ramirez goes deep for the Tribe. Jose Mesa blows his 2nd save in 2 days, but receives credit for the win.

Livan Hernandez holds the Braves to 3 hits and beats Greg Maddux, 2-1, in Game 5. Bobby Bonilla goes 3-for-3 for the Marlins.

13th  Baltimore’s hopes stay alive with the Orioles’ 4-2 win over the Indians in Game 5. Scott Kamieniecki gets the win and Jimmy Key hurls 3 hitless innings in relief for the O’s.

14th  The Marlins win their 1st NL pennant by defeating the Braves, 7-4, and winning the NLCS, 4 games to 2. Kevin Brown goes the distance for the clincher, while Bobby Bonilla gets 3 RBIs to lead Florida. Keith Lockhart has 4 hits for the Braves.

15th  The Orioles waste another magnificent effort by Mike Mussina as the Indians score the game’s only run on Tony Fernandez’s 12th-inning HR to win, 1-0. Mussina hurls 8 shutout innings and allows just 1 hit, while walking 2 and striking out 10. Charles Nagy does not give up a run in 7 1/3 innings for the Indians, while surrendering 9 hits, as the O’s leave 14 batters on base.

18th  Florida take Game 1 of the WS, 7-4, behind rookie P Livan Hernandez. Moises Alou’s 3-run homer in the 4th inning is the big blow for the Marlins, who are outhit by the Indians, 11-7.

19th  The Indians bounce back with a 6-1 victory in Game 2 of the Series. Chad Ogea gets the win and Sandy Alomar connects for a home run. Marquis Grissom has 3 hits for Cleveland.

21st  In a slugfest, the Marlins plate 7 runs in the 9th inning to outscore the Indians, 14-11, and take Game 3. Gary Sheffield drives in 5 runs for Florida on 3 hits, including a double and HR. Darren Daulton and Jim Eisenreich also homer for the Fish, while Jim Thome connects for Cleveland.

22nd  The Indians ride home runs by Manny Ramirez and Matt Williams to a 10-3 victory over Florida to even the Series at 2 games apiece. Williams and Sandy Alomar get 3 hits each to give Jaret Wright the win.

23rd  Rookie Livan Hernandez wins for the second time as Florida holds off Cleveland for an 8-7 victory in Game 5. Down 8-4, the Indians fight back with 3 in the 9th but strand the tying runner on base. Moises Alou hits a 3-run homer for Florida, while Sandy Alomar matches him for the Tribe.

25th  Cleveland evens the Series for the 3rd time with a 4-1 victory behind Chad Ogea. Ogea helps himself with the bat, getting a single and double in 2 trips to the plate, and knocking in a pair of runs.

26th  The Indians jump out to a 2-0 lead over Florida, but the Marlins claw their way back and tie the score in the bottom of the 9th on a sacrifice fly by Craig Counsell. In the last half of the 11th, SS Edgar Renteria gets his 3rd hit of the game, driving home Counsell with the winning run, as Florida wins Game 7 by a score of 3-2. The Marlins thus become the fastest team in baseball history to win a WS title, 3 years quicker than the 1969 NY Mets. P Livan Hernandez is named Most Valuable Player of the Series.

1997 November

1st The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum opens in its new home in Kansas City, Missouri. It had been occupying a temporary site there for 4 years.

3rd  In a unanimous vote, Nomar Garciaparra is named American League Rookie of the Year. The Boston SS is the first rookie ever to bat .300, with 30 homers, 90 ribbies, and 20 stolen bases.  He also led the AL in hits and his 98 RBIs set a record for a leadoff batter.  He’s the first Sox rookie to win the honor since Fred Lynn, in 1975.

4th  The Phillies Scott Rolen is named National League Rookie of the Year.  He barely qualified as a rookie, logging exactly 130 at bats in 1996 before breaking his wrist on September 7 when he was hit by a pitch. One more at bat would disqualified him for the award in 1997.

Former Red Sox IF-OF Wil Cordero pleads guilty to beating his wife, and gets a 90-day sentence, suspended for 2 years. Cordero was arrested on June 11th.

Former Angels IF-OF Tony Phillips pleads guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession and is ordered into a drug diversion program. Phillips was arrested on August 10th.

5th In what Bud Selig says is Phase 1 of a realignment of the major leagues, his Milwaukee Brewers move from the AL to the NL.

Davey Johnson resigns as manager of the Orioles just hours before he is named the American League Manager of the Year. Baltimore owner Peter Angelos had refused to give Johnson a vote of confidence after saying earlier that Johnson would be back in 1998.

6th  Dusty Baker is named National League Manager of the Year.

The Red Sox trade pitchers Aaron Sele and Mark Brandenburg and C Bill Haselman to the Rangers in exchange for C Jim Leyritz and OF Damon Buford.

7th  Tampa Bay hires Larry Rothschild, former Florida Marlins’ pitching coach, as its first ever manager.

The Yankees trade P Kenny Rogers to the Athletics in exchange for a player to be named.

10th  Roger Clemens is named American League Cy Young Award winner. He is the first pitcher since Bob Feller in 1945 to lead the AL in wins, strikeouts and ERA. He’ll repeat next year.

The Reds trade P Jeff Brantley to the Cardinals in exchange for 1B Dmitri Young.

11th  Pedro Martinez is named National League Cy Young Award winner.

The Reds swap P Donne Wall and C Paul Bako to the Tigers in exchange for OF Melvin Nieves.

The Marlins start their fire sale by trading OF Moises Alou to the Astros for pitchers Oscar Henriquez and Manuel Barrios and a player to be named.

The Yankees trade vet 3B Charlie Hayes to the Giants for OF Chris Singleton and P Alberto Castillo.

12th  Ken Griffey Jr. is named American League MVP.

The Athletics sign free agent IF Dave Magadan.

13th Larry Walker is named National League MVP.

The Minnesota state legislature turns down the Twins’ stadium proposal by a vote of 84-47.

17th  The Diamondbacks sign free agent SS Jay Bell to a 5-year contract.

The Braves sign free agent SS Walt Weiss to a 3-year contract.

18th  The expansion draft for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks is held in Phoenix, Arizona. Florida pitcher Tony Saunders is taken with the 1st pick by the Devil Rays, while the Diamondbacks select pitcher Brian Anderson from Cleveland. Following the draft, the Diamondbacks acquire 3B Travis Fryman from the Tigers in exchange for infielders Joe Randa and Gabe Alvarez and P Matt Drews. They also obtain OF Devon White from the Marlins for P Jesus Martinez. In a rash of moves, the Devil Rays get 1B Fred McGriff from the Braves for a player to be named, C John Flaherty from the Padres for P Brian Boehringer and IF Andy Sheets, SS Kevin Stocker from the Phillies for Bobby Abreu, and sign free agent P Roberto Hernandez to a 4-year contract.

In one of their best swaps ever, the Red Sox obtain Cy Young Award winner Pedro Martinez from the Expos in exchange for P Carl Pavano and a player to be named (Tony Armas, Jr.).  Montreal turns down the Yankees offer of 3B Mike Lowell and C Jorge Posada.

The Rockies acquire second baseman Mike Lansing from the Expos in exchange for pitchers Jake Westbrook and John Nicholson and OF Mike Hamlin.

The Marlins trade P Robb Nen to the Giants for pitchers Joe Fontenot, Mike Villano, and Mick Pageler.

The Yankees obtain 3B Scott Brosius from the Athletics to complete the Kenny Rogers deal.

The Mariners sign free agent second baseman Joey Cora.

20th  The Braves sign Rockies free agent 1B Andres Galarraga to a 3-year contract.

21st  The Royals acquire 1B Jeff Conine from the Marlins in exchange for P Blaine Mull.

26th  The Blue Jays sign free agent P Randy Myers to a 3-year contract.

1997 December

1st  The Diamondbacks obtain 3B Matt Williams from the Indians in exchange for 3B Travis Fryman, P Tom Martin, and $3 million.

3rd  The Devil Rays sign free agent P Wilson Alvarez to a 5-year contract. They also sign free agent OF Dave Martinez to a 2-year contract.

4th  The Rockies sign free agent P Darryl Kile to a 3-year contract.

8th  The Diamondbacks sign free agent P Willie Blair to a 3-year contract.

The Indians sign free agent OF Kenny Lofton to a 3-year contract, and free agent P Dwight Gooden to a 2-year pact. They also trade OF Marquis Grissom and P Jeff Juden to the Brewers in exchange for pitchers Ben McDonald, Ron Villone, and Mike Fetters. Fetters is then sent to the Athletics in exchange for P Steve Karsay.

The Dodgers sign free agent SS Jose Vizcaino to a 3-year contract.

The Devil Rays sign free agent 1B Paul Sorrento to a 2-year contract. Tomorrow, they will agree to terms with free agent 3B Wade Boggs.

Rangers sign free agent SS Kevin Elster.

The Blue Jays sign free agent C Mike Stanley to a 2-year contract, and free agent IF Tony Fernandez to a 1-year pact. Stanley declined the offer from the Yankees, his last employer.

9th  The Red Sox sign free agent P Dennis Eckersley. Eck pitched for Boston from 1978-84.

The Cubs sign free agent SS Jeff Blauser to a 2-year contract.

The Tigers sign free agent OF Luis Gonzalez to a 2-year contract.

The Astros sign free agent IF Jack Howell to a 2-year contract.

The Athletics sign free agent P Tom Candiotti.

The Giants sign free agent P Orel Hershiser.

10th  The White Sox sign free agent catchers Charlie O’Brien and Chad Kreuter.

The Yankees sign free agent DH Chili Davis to a 2-year contract.

11th  The Braves trade P Chad Fox to the Brewers in exchange for OF Gerald Williams.

The Orioles sign free agent P Doug Drabek and tomorrow sign free agent OF Joe Carter.

The Twins sign free agent OF Otis Nixon.

12th  The Tigers sign free agent IF Bip Roberts.

The Mariners sign free agent 1B David Segui to a 2-year contract.

The Cubs obtain OF Henry Rodriguez from the Expos in exchange for P Miguel Batista. Rodriguez will become an instant fan favorite in Wrigley and the Bleacher Bums will shower him with “Oh, Henry” candy bars after his homeruns. In 1998, he and Sammy Sosa will combine for 97 homeruns, the most by a Cubs duo in history.

The Twins acquire OF Alex Ochoa from the Mets for OF Rich Becker. Tomorrow, the Twins sign much-traveled free agent P Mike Morgan.

15th  The Orioles sign free agent P Norm Charlton.

The Marlins trade ace Kevin Brown to the Padres for 1B Derrek Lee and pitchers Rafael Medina and Steve Hoff.  In the next two days the Fish send P Dennis Cook to the Mets for OF Fletcher Bates and P Scott Comer, and trade IF Kurt Abbott to the Athletics in exchange for P Eric Ludwick.

22nd  The Royals sign free agent 1B Hal Morris.

The Mets trade OF Carl Everett to the Astros for P John Hudek.

23rd  The Red Sox sign free agent OF Darren Lewis.

The Cubs trade OF Doug Glanville to the Phillies for second baseman Mickey Morandini.

1998 January

4th Blue Jays C Benito Santiago is injured when he loses control of the car he is driving and crashes into a tree in Ft. Lauderdale. He sustains ligament damage in his right knee and fractures his pelvis, limiting him to just 15 games at the end of the season. Toronto also loses 1B Carlos Delgado to a shoulder injury, which he sustains while diving for a ball in a game in Puerto Rico. He will be lost to the team until late April.

5th 324–game winner Don Sutton is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on his 5th try. Sutton, who missed election by 9 votes in 1990, was named on 81.6% of the ballots.

9th Red Sox 1B Mo Vaughn is arrested and charged with DWI when his pickup truck strikes an abandoned car and flips over.

14th Astros trade OF James Mouton to Padres for P Sean Bergman.

16th In a surprise move, the Cubs sign burly free agent P Rod Beck to a 1-year contract. Beck reportedly had reached an agreement with Cleveland.

20th Veteran P Lee Smith and 3B Terry Pendleton sign minor league contracts with the Royals, who invite them to training camp as non–roster players.

22nd Free agent OF Rickey Henderson signs on for a 4th tour of duty with the Oakland A’s.

24th Minor league 1B Doug Blosser is killed in an automobile accident in Sarasota, Florida.

29th Cleveland signs free agent DH–OF Geronimo Berroa to a 1-year contract.

Former White Sox SS Ozzie Guillen signs a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles, who invite him to spring training as a non–roster player.

1998 February

2nd Yankees GM Bob Watson announces his resignation. He is replaced by 30–year–old Brian Cashman.

3rd Free agent P Andy Benes signs a 3-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

4th Free agent DH–OF Jose Canseco signs a 1-year contract with the Blue Jays.

6th The Minnesota Twins trade All–Star second baseman Chuck Knoblauch to the Yankees for minor leaguers P Eric Milton, P Danny Mota, OF Brian Buchanan, SS Cristian Guzman, and $3 million.

The Mets obtain P Al Leiter and IF Ralph Milliard from the Marlins for minor leaguers P Jesus Sanchez, pitcher A.J. Burnett, and OF Robert Stratton.

18th Chicago Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray dies 4 days after collapsing at a Valentine’s Day supper. Caray, age 84, was known, among other things, for leading the fans in a rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th–inning stretch at Wrigley Field. He previously broadcast the games of the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox in a career that spanned half a century.

Yankees sign OF Bernie Williams to a $8.5 million, 1-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.

19th Shortly after beating Jorge Fabregas in an arbitration case, Arizona owner Jerry Colangelo stuns the catcher—and fellow owners—by signing him to a 2-year, $2.9 million contract, which includes a significant raise over the arbitration salary in the first year.

23rd A series of killer tornadoes sweeps through Florida, narrowly missing the Houston Astros clubhouse, and the homes of several players, in Kissimmee. A campground behind Osceola County Stadium, the Astros training base, is destroyed, and 7 people are killed by one of the twisters.

25th Free agent P Jack McDowell signs a 1-year contract with the Anaheim Angels.

26th Cleveland P Ben McDonald undergoes surgery on his right shoulder. He will be out for the season.

1998 March

3rd Larry Doby, Lee MacPhail, George Davis, and “Bullet” Joe Rogan are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee.

Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Brickhouse undergoes surgery to remove a tumor from the lining of his brain.

6th Cardinals C Eli Marrero has a mass removed from his neck. Test results show the mass to be a low–grade malignancy.

7th Yankees sign P Orlando Hernandez, brother of World Series hero Livan Hernandez, to a 4-year, $6.6 million contract.

8th Yankees trade IF Andy Fox to the Diamondbacks in exchange for P Marty Janzen and Todd Erdos.

19th Rupert Murdoch purchases the Los Angeles Dodgers from Peter O’Malley for a reported $311 million, the highest price ever paid for a US sports franchise.

26th Free agent second baseman Mark Lemke signs a minor league contract with the Red Sox.

30th Reds trade projected Opening Day P Dave Burba to the Indians in exchange for 1B Sean Casey. Burba will win 10 games by the All-Star break.

31st The Tampa Bay Devil Rays lose to the Tigers, 11–6, in their first game ever. Wilson Alvarez takes the loss for Tampa while Wade Boggs slugs the first HR in team history and drives in 3 runs.

The Arizona Diamondbacks drop a 9–2 decision to the Rockies in their first game ever. P Andy Benes is tagged with the loss, and rookies Travis Lee, who gets 3 hits, and Karim Garcia hit HRs. Vinny Castilla drives in 5 runs for Colorado.

The Mets and Phillies tie the NL mark for the longest opening day game, with NY coming out on top with a 1–0 win in 14 innings on Alberto Castillo’s pinch single. Curt Schilling shuts out the Mets for the first 8 innings on only 2 hits, while fanning 9. The game takes 4 hours, 35 minutes.

Shortstop Pokey Reese, starting in place of Barry Larkin who is on the DL, commits 4 errors on his first 3 chances in the field as the Reds lose their opener, 10–2, to the Padres.

Marlins catcher Charles Johnson, who had not committed an error in a record 172 consecutive regular season games, is charged with one on a wild throw in the 1st inning of Florida’s opening day 11–6 victory over the Cubs. Johnson hits a 3–run HR in Florida’s 6–run 1st inning to atone for his miscue. The defending champs will lose their next 10 games.

Cardinals’ rookie P Braden Looper makes an auspicious major league debut in St. Louis’ 6–0 win over the Dodgers. Looper enters the game in the 9th inning and strikes out all 3 batters he faces—Todd Zeile, Raul Mondesi, and Paul Konerko. The Dodgers are held to 3 hits by 4 St. Louis pitchers, as Todd Stottlemyre earns the win with 7 shutout innings.  Mark McGwire’s grand slam in the 5th opens the scoring.

At Turner Field, the Milwaukee Brewers, the first team to switch leagues since 1901, lose their first game in the NL, 2–1, to the Braves. Bob Wickman takes the historic loss in relief, as the Braves plate the winning marker with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning.

The Giants win their opener against the Astros, 9–4, in 13 innings as Jeff Kent gets 5 hits, including a double and HR, and drives home 4. Stan Javier’s 3-run double in the 13thcompletes San Francisco’s 5-run outburst. Houston second baseman Craig Biggio, who last year became only the 3rd player in major league history to go an entire season without grounding into a double play, hits into a twin–killing in his 2nd time up this year.

1998 April

1st Seattle 1B David Segui homers from both sides of the plate in the Mariners 9–7 loss to Cleveland. Segui adds a double and drives in 5 runs.

The expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays win their first game in franchise history, beating the Tigers, 11–8. Fred McGriff has 4 RBIs on 3 hits.

The Angels put together a 4-run rally in the 4th to hand the Yankees a 4–1 opening day defeat. Matt Walbeck’s 2-RBI triple was the big hit in the game. Chuck Finley earns the win as he gives up a run on 4 hits and 6 walks in 7 IP, with 7 K’s. Chuck Knoblauch enters the record books as he plays his 1000th game at 2B and set the AL record for highest career fielding percentage.

The Orioles trounce the Royals, 10-1, as Scott Erickson records his 100th win and Cal Ripken, Jr. clubs his 8th grand slam. Len Webster adds a pair of homers as manager Ray Miller earns his first win for the O’s.

The Angels sign free agent pitcher Steve Sparks to a minor league contract. He’ll go 0–8 in the minors, earning a promotion, where he’ll go 9–4. The knuckler missed the entire 1997 season when he injured himself ripping a phone book in half following a spring training game.

2nd Kevin Elster, Mike Simms, Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez, and Lee Stevens all homer as Texas pounds out a 20–4 win over the White Sox. The Rangers, with 23 safeties, tie an AL record as 9 players have 2 or more hits in the contest.

By hitting a HR in Colorado’s 6–4 win over Arizona at Bank One Ballpark, Rockies OF Ellis Burks sets a major league record by having homered in 33 different stadiums.

Jeromy Burnitz hits 2 HRs, including an 11th inning grand slam, as the Brewers hold on to beat the Braves, 8–6. It is the Brewers first win in the NL. The two teams combine for 7 homers.

The Cardinals beat the visiting Dodgers, 8-5, when Mark McGwire belts a 3-run walkoff homer.

3rd Brewers SS Jose Valentin strokes 3 homers, and drives in 5 runs, to lead Milwaukee to a 7–1 victory over the Marlins.

Just 4 days after being obtained in a trade with Cleveland, Reds 1B Sean Casey is hit in the eye with a ball thrown by Damian Jackson during batting practice. His eye orbit is fractured, and will require surgery on April 8.

The Padres score 6 runs in the 1st inning as they beat the Cardinals, 13-5. Tony Gwynn has 3 hits and 4 runs, Greg Myers drives in 5 runs and winning pitcher Mark Langston drives in 2. Mark McGwire homers for the Birds, his third homer in three games.

4th Cardinals 1B Mark McGwire homers in his 4th straight game to tie the NL record set by Willie Mays in 1971 for HRs in consecutive games at the beginning of the season. The Cardinals defeat the Padres by an 8–6 score.

The Twins’ Mike Morgan hurls the first 7 innings of Minnesota’s 3–2 loss to KC. In doing so, he ties a modern major league mark, shared by Bob Miller and Ken Brett, by appearing in a game with his 10th team. In the game, Minnesota OF Otis Nixon has his jaw broken while sliding into 2B when he is kicked in the face by Royals SS Felix Martinez.

5thThe 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.

In a duel of aces, Philadelphia’s Curt Schilling strikes out 15 to beat Atlanta’s Greg Maddux, 2–1.

Raul Mondesi’s 7th inning homer, off Mike Remlinger, is the only score as Los Angeles beats the Reds, 1-0. Ramon Martinez is the winner, the 10th straight time he’s beaten the Reds.

6th Houston trounces Colorado, 13–4, despite 5 hits by Rockies’ RF Dante Bichette. Jeff Bagwell homers and drives home 3 runs for the Astros.

The Cleveland Indians request permission from the Securities and Exchange Commission to sell shares of the team to the public. Plans are made for an initial offering of 4 million shares.

8th The Athletics trade OF Shane Mack and a player to be named to the Royals in exchange for C Mike Macfarlane and cash.

9th  The Orioles (7–1) win their 7th straight, 2–1, tying the score on Cal Ripken’s 7th inning homer. Ripken moves ahead of Gehrig to 45th on the career hit list.

10th The Dodgers Mike Piazza becomes the 5th NL player in history to hit grand slams in consecutive games by homering in the Dodgers 7–2 win over the Astros. Piazza also homered with the bags full, while driving in 6 runs, in last night’s 7–2 win over Arizona. He’ll hit another on April 24th to tie the ML record for slams in a month.

Tino Martinez leads the Yankees to a historical 17–13 win over the A’s. Martinez had 3 hits, including a double and HR, 5 RBI, and 4 runs. The teams combine for a Yankee Stadium record with 30 runs, topping the old record of 28 set on June 3, 1933. The Yankees’ 17 runs are the most in a home opener since 1955.

Cubs’ OF Henry Rodriguez gets 5 hits and drives home 3 runs in Chicago’s 13–0 win over Montreal. Kevin Tapani limits the Expos to just 3 hits to gain the win.

Mo Vaughn of the Red Sox and Steve Finley of the Padres each hit game–ending grand slams, the first time 2 players accomplished the feat on the same day since 1982. Vaughn’s gives Boston a 9–7 win over Seattle, while Finley’s powers San Diego to a 6–4 victory over Arizona.

Down 7–2, the Red Sox jump on Seattle for 7 runs in the last half of the 9th to defeat the Mariners, 9–7. Four Mariner relievers fail to get a single batter out in the frame, as Mo Vaughn’s grand slam off Paul Spoljaric is the decisive hit.

11th  Andy Pettitte pitches the Yankees to a 3–1 win over the A’s, to put the team over the .500 mark for the first time in the season. Pettitte earned his 1st win of the year, beating Tom Candiotti. Derek Jeter has 2 hits, 2 runs, and 2 steals.

In the Reds 12–5 win over the host Rockies, the 2 teams tie a 19th century ML record as 8 players have 3 or more hits. The Reds have 6 players with 3 hits. Todd Helton also ties a ML record (September 16, 1972) by leaving 12 runners on base, though he does collect an RBI with a sac fly.

12th With their 4–1 win over the White Sox, Tampa Bay becomes the 1st expansion team in history to have a record over .500 after their first 10 games.

Tim Salmon has a pair of homers and scores 5 runs as Anaheim downs Cleveland, 12-1. Steve Finley goes 7+ innings for the win.

13th Seattle’s Ken Griffey Jr. slugs 2 HRs in a 6–5 loss to Cleveland. In doing so, he becomes the second–youngest player in big league history to reach 300 homers for his career, at 28 years and 143 days. Jimmie Foxx, at 27 years 328 days, was the youngest.

Lee Stevens of the Rangers hits 3 HRs and drives in 4 in a 10–1 victory over the Tigers.

Cardinals rookie C Eli Marrero returns to action after undergoing surgery for the removal of a malignant tumor from his neck on March 6. He hits the first pitch he sees for a triple, and also homers in the Cardinals 8–2 loss to the Giants.

A steel joint, weighing several hundred pounds, falls through a roof panel at Yankee Stadium, destroying a seat located between 3rd base and home plate. Luckily, the Yankees are scheduled to play a night game, and no fans are in the stadium at the time. Emergency inspections are scheduled, and the game against the Angels is canceled. The final game of the series will be played at Shea Stadium, while next week’s series against the Tigers is switched to Detroit.

14th Atlanta rookie pitcher Kevin Millwood pitches a 1–hitter against Pittsburgh, shutting out the Pirates, 6–0. He fans 13 in the contest, without walking a single batter.

Mark McGwire of the Cardinals hits 3 HRs and notches 5 ribbies in a 15–5 victory over the Diamondbacks.  Matt Williams hits a grand slam, the first in Diamondbacks history.

15th The Yankees defeat the Angels, 6–3, in an afternoon game played at Shea Stadium. The Mets defeat the Cubs, 2–1, in a night game, marking the first time in history that American and National League games are played in the same park on the same day.

Sammy Sosa of the Cubs hits his 210th career HR in the Cubs 2–1 loss to the Mets. He breaks Bob Horner’s major league record for most HRs without a grand slam from the start of a career.

San Diego’s Kevin Brown shuts out the Giants, 1–0, on a 4–hitter. Brown almost matches the Giants himself, as he gets 3 hits in 4 at bats.

In a 5–3 loss to the visiting Mariners, the Indians David Bell hits the 1st inside-the-park HR in             Jacobs Field history and the 1st for the Indians since July 18, 1989 (Joe Carter). Randy Johnson and Kenny Lofton are both ejected after the 2 argue about inside pitches.

16th Milwaukee second baseman Fernando Vina gets 5 hits in the Brewers’ 5–3, 14–inning victory over the Expos.

17th  At Boston, the Sox pinch run OF Damon Buford in the 9th, then hide him in the infield in the 10th against the Indians. He starts the 10th at 2B, then switches to 3B after Ramirez singles. Valentin goes to 2B. An out later they switch back, then switch again after another out. The Tribe fails to score and Boston wins in the 10th, 3–2.

18th  The Yankees set a team record for the longest win streak in Detroit as they win their 12th straight, beating the Tigers, 8–3. It is their 8th straight win overall and David Cone’s first of the year. Greg Keagle takes the loss. The Tigers beat the Yanks tomorrow, 2–1.

The Cardinals unveiled a bronze statue of Bob Gibson outside Busch Stadium, then beat the Phils, 6–5.

19th Florida Marlins rookie 3B Kevin Millar makes his first major league start against the Diamondbacks. On the first pitch he sees from Jeff Suppan, Millar swings and hits a foul ball. In doing so, he breaks the hamate bone in his left hand, sending him to the DL. Florida goes on to defeat Arizona, 4–3.

The Mets score 3 runs in each of the last 3 innings to take a 14–0 victory over the Reds, the largest shutout in team history. Another team mark is tied when LF Bernard Gilkey scores 5 times.

The Blue Jays beat the White Sox, 5–4, despite Lou Frazier tying the Sox team record (George Davis and Jimmy Callahan, in 1905) for stolen bases with 4. Interestingly, Frazier is 0-for-3 at the plate. Albert Belle homers for the Sox and Mike Stanley and Ed Sprague go back to back for the Jays in the 4th.

20th  In the Mariners 8–7 win over the Royals, Alex Rodriguez again paces Seattle with two doubles and a homer. the young star ties Earl Sheely’s 1926 AL record of 8 extra base hits in 3 straight games: Alex  had a triple and HR on the 18th, 2 doubles and a triple on the 19th.

Arizona gaffs the Marlins, 15–4, pounding 4 pitchers. The D’Backs use 6 pitchers, including reliever Gregg Olson, who hits a 2 run HR, his 1st, in the 7th off Henriquez. It will turn out to be Olson’s last ML at bat. In 2.2 innings, Henriquez gives up 5 singles, a double, triple, and homer.

22nd White Sox second baseman Ray Durham ties a major league record by reaching base on an error 3 times in Chicago’s 14–7 victory over the Indians. Durham adds 3 hits, scores 4 runs, and drives home 2. Chicago breaks the game open by scoring 9 runs in the 5th inning. Durham was also involved in 2 other plays in which he advanced on errors—a SB in which he went to 3rd on a throwing error and he triples and scores on another error.

The Yankees, in first by a half game, pound Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte shuts down the Blue Jays, as the Yankees prevail, 9–1. Scott Brosius has 3 hits and 5 RBI. Pettitte pitches a complete game and allows 1 run (unearned) on 6 hits and 1 walk, with 6 strike outs. Clemens takes the loss allowing 9 runs (6 earned), the 3rd time in Clemens’ great career that he allowed 9 runs in a game and the 2nd time against the Yankees.  Clemens K’s 6 and reaches 2900 career strikeouts.

23rd Brewers’ OF Marquis Grissom hits his 103rd career homer in Milwaukee’s 2–1 win over the Dodgers. He surpasses Lou Piniella’s old record for most homers without a multiple–HR game. Grissom eventually reaches 109 career HR before hitting a pair on September 26.

24th Yankee Stadium is cleared to reopen, so a series that was originally scheduled to be in Detroit opens in New York. Darryl Strawberry homers to complete a 4-run rally in the 1st in the Yankees 8–4 win. David Cone earns the win, his 150th, over Greg Keagle. It is also Cone’s 11th consecutive win over Detroit.

Moises Alou drives in 5 runs and Carl Everett homers from each side of the plate—the 7th time an Astro has accomplished this—to lead the Astros to an 8–4 win over Montreal.

John Burkett lasts just 4 2/3 innings but gives up 11 earned runs—8 in the 2nd—to set a Rangers’ club record for earned runs allowed.

     The Mets unveil a model of their proposed new stadium. The park, patterned after the old Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, will have a retractable roof and a retractable field, so that it can be used for an assortment of events.

25th Cal Ripken plays in his 2,500th consecutive game as the Orioles defeat the A’s, 8–2. Ripken gets 2 singles in 5 at bats and drives in 3 runs. The next 22 longest active streaks add up to less than Cal’s 2,500.

At Seattle, The Twins bust a 2-2 tie by scoring 6 runs on 6 hits in the 9thinning. The big blow is Ron Coomer’s grand slam, off Heathcliff Slocumb. Minnesota wins, 8-2.

27th Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal is seriously injured in an automobile accident in the Dominican Republic. Marichal is hospitalized with injuries to his head, neck, spine and left leg.

28th Texas OF Juan Gonzalez drives home 2 runs in the Rangers 7–2 win over the Twins, giving him a major league record 35 RBIs for the month of April. Tino Martinez had 34 in 1997.

OF Tony Gwynn leads San Diego to a 7–3 win over the Cubs as he strokes 5 hits, including a home run, scores 3 runs, and drives home 2. It is his 9th game of 5 or more hits (one 6-hit game) placing him 3rd on the all-time list behind Cobb (14) and Rose (10).

29th Oakland rookie OF Ben Grieve gets 5 hits in the Athletics’ 11–4 win over Cleveland. He scores 4 runs in the contest while knocking in a pair.

Led by Wil Cordero and Albert Belle, the White Sox pound on the Orioles, 16–7, ruining Sidney Ponson’s 1st ML start. Cordero, cut by Boston on the last day of spring training, has 2 HRs and 5 RBI, and Belle has 2 HRs and 4 RBI. Belle follows a Thomas HR with his 1st dinger, and Ventura follows Belle’s 2nd with another. Thomas adds a big hurt, breaking reliever Norm Charlton’s nose with a line single in the 7th.

30th The Rangers manage just 2 runs in a 7–2 loss to the Tigers, but establish a new major league mark for runs scored in the month of April with 180.

The Cubs record their 1,000th win over the Cardinals, winning 8–3 behind Kerry Wood. Mark McGwire hits his 11th, off Marc Pisciotta in the 8th.

1998 May

2nd Roger Clemens (7 innings) and Paul Quantrill (2 innings) combine to 1–hit the Athletics, 7–0. Oakland’s only hit is a single by rookie Ben Grieve.

In an 8–7 loss to the Padres, Marlin’s P Eric Ludwick tries to block a ball off the bat of Wally Joyner and fractures his wrist of his throwing arm. Ludwick will miss three months. Joyner has 3 hits in the game.

Derek Jeter homers in the 1st, Tino Martinez cracks a 3-run homer in the 5th, and Darryl Strawberry ends the Yankees barrage with a grand slam in the 9th, off Scott Service, as New York beats the Royals, 12-6. Jeff King has a pair of homers for KC.

At Shea, Ellis Burks breaks a 3-3 tie by hitting a 9th inning grand slam, off Greg McMichael, and the Rockies whip the Mets, 7-3.

3rd Mariners C Dan Wilson becomes just the 7th backstop in major league history to hit an inside-the-park grand slam, as Seattle defeats Detroit, 10–6. It’s a first for the Mariners and the first in the AL since Mike Greenwell did it on September 1, 1990.

The Orioles Mike Mussina shuts out the Twins, 2–0, for this 11 straight win over the Twins. Palmeiro and Davis homer for the scoring.

The Cubs open at home with a 6-2 win over the Padres.  Dutchie Caray, widow of the late Harry, touchingly sings “Take Me Out To The Ball game” during the 7thinning stretch and then hugs her grandson Chip, who has taken over the broadcast booth.

With two homers in the 4th, one a grand slam by Paul Sorrento, Tampa Bay takes a 6-0 lead over the Indians, only to see the Tribe claw back. Cleveland scores 5 in the bottom of the 9th, with 4 coming home on Sandy Alomar’s walkoff grand slam, off Roberto Hernandez.  The first-place Indians are 5.5 games ahead of the Royals.

After pitching to 2 batters yesterday, Braves closer Mark Wohlers had to leave the game and is put on the DL because of a torn muscle in his side. Coming off the DL, his control will disappear and he will split his time between Richmond (AAA) and the Braves. With Atlanta, Wohlers will walk 15 and allow 13 runs in just 4 1/3 innings.

4th The Dodgers become the first major league team to have an Asian office with the opening of their headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

6th 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.

7th 1B Carlos Delgado goes 5–for–5, while driving in 4 of Toronto’s runs in a 6–0 Blue Jay victory over Seattle. The Mariners tie a major league record and set an AL record by stranding 16 in a 9-inning shutout loss. The major league record was set by the Cardinals on May 24, 1994.

The Tigers sweep a series (of any length) in Oakland for the first time ever, coming back to beat the A’s 6–3. The Tigers sweep the 2-game series with the 3rd game rained out. The last road sweep for Detroit against the A’s was in 1965, in Kansas City.

8th Cardinals 1B Mark McGwire hits his 400th career HR in a 9–2 loss to the Mets. He is the 27th player to reach 400, and does so in fewer at bats than anyone in history, 4,726.

A bit behind McGwire is Andres Galarraga, who clubs his 300th HR in the Braves 3–2 loss to the Padres. Tony Gwynn homers off Tom Glavine.

The Rockies top the Expos, 7–5, despite 5 hits by Montreal SS Mark Grudzielanek.

Charlie Hayes, playing 1B, snags Jeff Blauser’s liner and starts the Giants first triple play since 1980. Hayes also has 4 hits in the 14 inning, 5–4, loss to the Cubs at Wrigley.

11th Cubs rookie Kerry Wood strikes out 13 Diamondbacks in just 7 innings of a 4–2 win over Arizona. By doing so, Wood sets a major league record with 33 strikeouts over 2 consecutive games.

12th The Met–Padre game is postponed because of rain. It is the 1st rainout in San Diego in 15 years, ending a streak of 1,184 home games without a cancellation for the Padres, the longest streak in the majors for a team without a domed stadium.

At Three Rivers Stadium, Estaban Loaiza pitches into the 8th inning as his Pirates deflate the Rockies, 6-0. Kevin Young is 3-for-3 with a homer and 3 RBIs and Jason Kendall combines with Young to steal home on a double steal.

The Cubs defeat the Diamondbacks, 7–6, as Chicago 1B Mark Grace becomes the first player to hit a home run into the swimming pool behind the right field fence at the BOB.

13th The Atlanta Braves set an NL record by homering in their 25th straight game, a 10–2 win over the Cardinals. This ties the major league mark held by the 1941 Yankees and the 1994 Tigers. The streak will be stopped by the Cardinals tomorrow.

14th Baltimore pitcher Mike Mussina’s nose is broken when he is hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Cleveland’s Sandy Alomar in a 5–4 Indian win. Mussina had just recently returned from the DL where he had been placed because of a wart on his right index finger.

Colorado pounds out 21 hits, including 5 by 3B Vinny Castilla, but still loses to Chicago, 9–7.

Rusty Greer hits a 2-run HR in the 13th inning, and has 6 RBIs, to lead Texas to a 7–5 win over the Yankees. For New York, it ends a ML record streak of 25 straight wins in which they’ve homered

15th In one of the biggest trades in recent years, the Dodgers send All-Star C Mike Piazza and 3B Todd Zeile to the Florida Marlins in exchange for outfielders Gary Sheffield and Jim Eisenreich, C Charles Johnson, 3B Bobby Bonilla, and P Manuel Barrios. Piazza’s stay in Miami will be just a week.

16th  At Busch Stadium, Mark McGwire crushes a Livan Hernandez pitch for a 545-ft. homer to lead the Cards to a 5–4 win over the Marlins. “It’s the best ball I’ve ever hit,” says the Cards slugger. On May 12, he hit a homer 527 feet.

17th Yankees pitcher David Wells hurls the 13th perfect game in modern major league history with a 4–0 win over Minnesota. Wells fans 11 batters in his masterpiece. OF Bernie Williams strokes 3 hits for New York, including a HR.

Cardinals’ OF Brian Jordan collects 5 hits, including a HR, and drives home 4 to lead St. Louis to a 13–4 win over the Marlins.

18th Oakland 3B Mike Blowers hits for the cycle and drives home 4 runs in the A’s 14–0 win over the White Sox. Blowers homers in the 2nd inning, doubles in the 5th, singles in the 7th, and triples in the 8th to become only the 2nd player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.

19th The Montreal Expos defeat the Houston Astros, 4–2, in the first outdoor game played in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium since 1991. The retractable roof, which has been prone to tearing in high winds, was removed on May 10. A new permanent roof will be installed after the season.

The Cardinals Mark McGwire hits 3 HRs in a game for the 2nd time this season, leading St. Louis to a 10–8 victory over the Phillies. He is only the 12th player in history to have a pair of 3–HR games in the same season. McGwire drives in 6 of the Cardinal runs as he reaches the 20 HR mark faster than other player in history.

The Yankees defeat the Orioles, 9–5, in a game marked by a brawl which results in 5 ejections. Players involved will be suspended for a total of 18 games. The melee begins when Baltimore relief P Armando Benitez hits Tino Martinez in the back with a pitch following an 8th–inning HR by Bernie Williams.

Dana E. Eischen rules that J.D. Drew, the second overall selection in last year’s amateur draft, remains subject to the draft. Drew’s agent, Scott Boras, claimed Drew was a free agent since he played professionally last season in the independent Northern League. The Phillies were unwilling to meet Boras’ demand for $11 million for his client.

20th Behind Pedro Martinez (5-0), the Red Sox beat the White Sox, 6–2, pinning the loss on Jaime Navarro. It is Navarro’s 1st loss to the Red Sox following 10 straight wins, dating back to 1991.

     The Triple A Indianapolis Indians perform a feat possibly never before duplicated in professional baseball. In the 5th inning of a game against Pawtucket, Indianapolis players hit for a “Homer cycle.” Pete Rose, Jr. opens the inning with a solo HR, Jason Williams connects for a 3–run shot, Glenn Murray slugs a grand slam, and Guillermo Garcia finishes the scoring with a 2–run blast. The Indians win the game, 10–4.

22nd The Mets acquire C Mike Piazza from the Marlins in exchange for OF Preston Wilson, P Ed Yarnell and a player to be named. Piazza spent a week with Florida following the Dodger trade. Piazza will be the first player to have a 100-RBI season while playing with three teams. Todd Zeile, who was traded with Piazza, will post the 2nd highest RBI total playing for three teams in a season: 94.

24th The Giants score 3 runs in the 17th inning to take a 9–6 decision from the Cardinals. Willie McGee gets 4 hits for St. Louis and Mark McGwire hits his 24th HR.

25th Cleveland second baseman David Bell becomes the 3rd player in major league history to play against a team managed by his father. Bell’s 2–run double brings home the go–ahead run in the Indians 7–4 win over Buddy Bell’s Detroit Tigers. Bump Wills and Moises Alou are the only other players to appear in games against their fathers.

28th With Arizona leading the Giants, 8–6, in the bottom of the 9th with the bases loaded, manager Buck Showalter orders reliever Gregg Olson to intentionally walk Barry Bonds to bring home the Giants’ 7th run. It is only the 4th bases–loaded intentional walk in major league history and the first since Swish Nicholson on July 23, 1944.

29th At Toronto’s SkyDome Bartolo Colon (4-3) strikes out 14 as the Indians trip the Blue Jays, 7-3.  Roger Clemens (5-6) allows 4 runs in 7 innings as he drops below .500.  The Rocket will lift off following this game and Clemens will win his next 15 decisions to finish 20-6 and win the AL pitching triple crown for the second straight year.  As noted in The Yankee Years (Torre and Verducci) this is when Clemens met trainer Brian MacNamee, who alleges that he injected the pitcher with the drug Winstrol in 1998.

31stAt Toledo (International League), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre downs the Mud Hens, 26-4. The Barons collect 7 home runs and 27 hits, led by DH Bobby Estalella who goes 5-for-6 with 2 doubles and a HR.

1998 June

2nd The KC Royals and Anaheim Angels play a brawl–filled game, which results in managers Tony Muser and Terry Collins receiving 8–game suspensions. A total of 12 players are ejected in the Angels 7–5 victory.

Atlanta P Dennis Martinez hurls a 12–hit shutout as the Braves defeat the Brewers, 9–0. It is the 243rd victory of Martinez’s career, as he ties Juan Marichal’s record for most wins by a Latin American pitcher. 1B Andres Galarraga hits a pair of homers and drives in 5 runs for Atlanta.

The Phillies select University of Miami 1B Pat Burrell with the 1st pick in the First–Year Player Draft. Burrell’s .888 slugging percentage is 2nd in NCAA history. The Athletics follow by taking Michigan State P Mark Mulder at No. 2; the Cubs take high school OF Corey Patterson with No. 3; Stanford P Jeff Austin is grabbed by the Royals at No. 4; and last year’s top pick, J.D. Drew is selected by the Cardinals as No. 5. Drew will debut in September. The 19-year-old Patterson will get a record $3.7 million from the Cubs, but will sign too late to play in 1998, while Mulder will pocket $3.2 million from the A’s. At number 6, the Twins take Ryan Mills, the losing pitcher for ASUN in the 21-14 loss to USC in the CWS. Picking 9th, the Padres select Sean Burroughs, son of former MLer Jeff Burroughs.  Drew Henson, Michigan QB, drops to the 3rd round where the Yanks take him. The Mets take Ty Wigginton on the 17th round, and the Phillies take Nick Punto in the 21st round.

3rd By playing in his 1,000th game, Roberto Alomar of the Orioles qualifies as the AL’s all–time fielding percentage leader (.9871) at 2B. Baltimore defeats the Red Sox, 3–0, with Alomar bringing home one of the runs.

Behind Roger Clemens, the Blue Jays defeat the Tigers, 1–0. The Rocket won’t lose another game until 1999.

David Cone misses his scheduled start when he is bitten on his pitching hand by his mother-in-law’s puppy. To replace him the Yankees bring up Orlando Hernandez from Triple-A. El Duque responds by allowing one run in 7 innings against Tampa Bay in the Yankees 7-1 victory. Scott Brosius has 4 RBIs.  Hernandez will go 12-4 this year.

4th The Dodgers trade P Hideo Nomo and Brad Clontz to the Mets in exchange for pitchers Dave Mlicki and Greg McMichael.  McMichael will make 12 appearances for LA, then be sent back to the Mets on July 10.

The Indians raise $60 million as all 4 million shares in the initial offering of common stock in the club are sold in one hour. Cleveland is the only publicly traded major league team.

5thIn the battle for Chicago, the Cubs take a 5-2 lead thanks to a 3-run double in the 3rdby Henry Rodriguez and a 5th-inning homer from Sammy Sosa.  The Sox tie it up and it remains deadlocked until the 12thwhen Brant Brown hits a walkoff homer to give the Cubs the victory. Sosa will go on a tear hitting 20 homers in June.

6th Boston’s Tim Wakefield allows just a 2nd-inning single in his 8 innings of work, but he balks home the winning run—Brian McRae–in the sixth inning with two out, accounting for the only score. Bobby Jones wins it, 1-0, for the Yankees.

Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan has his uniform retired by the Cincinnati Reds in a ceremony at Cinergy Field. The Indians then pound out 15 hits in beating the Reds, 10-1. Jaret Wright allows two Reds hits in 8 innings. Omar Vizquel has two doubles and a triple to lead the Tribe.

In a game a minute short of 4 hours, USC wins the College World Series with a 21–14 victory over Arizona State. The Trojans take an 8–0 lead, but ASU battles back on grand slam by Michael Collins and a 2-run HR from Jeff Phelps in the 4th. Jason Lane wins in relief and puts the game out of reach with a 9th inning grand slam. second baseman Wes Rachels, voted the Most Outstanding Player of the Series, sets a championship game record with 7 RBIs and ties another with 5 hits. The football-like score will set off debate about bat reform.

7th Tied with the Rangers at 6–6 after 7 innings, the Padres erupt for 6 runs in the 8th and 5 more in the 9th to take a 17–8 decision. Steve Finley leads the way for SD, getting 3 doubles among his 4 hits and bringing home 5 runs.

David Cone fans 14 Marlins as he hurls a 2–hitter to lead the Yankees as they take a 4–1 decision over Florida. Bernie Williams, Paul O’Neill and Tino Martinez homer for New York.

Hall of Fame 1B Eddie Murray has his uniform retired by the Baltimore Orioles in a ceremony at Camden Yards. The Orioles could probably use Eddie in his uniform as they are blanked by Atlanta’s Greg Maddux, 9-0, on 4 hits.  Andres Galarraga has two homers and 4 RBIs for the Braves.

8th It takes 17 innings, but the Marlins finally defeat the Blue Jays, 4–3. Florida scored its first 3 runs in the 1st inning.

9th Cecil Fielder of the Angels and Yamil Benitez of the Diamondbacks each hit grand slams in the same inning in Anaheim’s 10–8 win over Arizona. It is the 1st time that both teams hit grand slams in the same inning since 1992. Darin Erstad adds 5 hits for the Angels, while Fielder brings home 6 runs altogether.

10th In honor of C Brian Johnson, the Giants hold “Brian Johnson Buzz Cut Night.” Everyone who gets their head shaved receives four free box seat tickets. The Giants lose the game to the Mariners, 4–1.

Colorado OF Dante Bichette becomes the first Rockies player ever to hit for the cycle in the team’s 9–8, 10–inning victory over the Rangers. Bichette doubles in the 4th, homers in the 6th, triples in the 9th, and singles in the 10th.

Yankee OF Tim Raines steals the 800th base of his career in NY’s 6–2 win over the Expos. He is the 5th player in history to reach that milestone. The Yanks lose Bernie Williams to the DL list when he injures his knee sliding.

12th Down 5-2 going into the top of the 9th, the Expos strike for 5 runs to beat the Braves, 7-5. The big blow is a pinch grand slam by rookie DaRond Stovall, off Mike Cather.

13th Atlanta’s Javy Lopez and Andruw Jones hit back–to–back HRs twice in the same game. The Braves defeat the Expos, 9–7.

Anaheim CF Jim Edmonds hits 3 doubles and a single to pace the Angels’ 21–hit attack as the Halos defeat the Rangers, 18–6.

14th By defeating the Indians, 4–2, the Yankees tie the major league mark for most consecutive non–losing series at 24. The 1912 Red Sox and 1970 Reds also accomplished the feat. David Cone (9-1) fans 12 in 7 frames in recording the win. He is the first Yankee pitcher to strike out 12 or more in consecutive starts: James Paxton will match him in 2019.

Carlton Loewer pitches an impressive complete game 5–hitter in his ML debut to lead the Phils to a 4–2 win over the visiting Cubs. Loewer walks none and strikes out 8 and at one stretch retires 14 straight.  Mark Clark goes 5 innings for the Cubs to take the loss.  The last complete game debut was by Boston’s Nate Minchley, who beat the Indians 11–1 on September 12, 1993. The last NL complete–game debut was by Pittsburgh’s Tim Wakefield, who beat the Cards, 3–2, on July 31, 1992.

Houston scores 2 runs off Reds closer Jeff Shaw in the 9th, and three more off him in the 10th to win, 6–3. Billy Spiers starts the rally in the 9th with a double and hits a 2–run homer off him in the 10th, his 4th hit of the game. Shaw, who enters the game with an 0.97 ERA, gives up 7 hits, a walk, and 5 runs.

15th Cubs’ OF Sammy Sosa hits 3 HRs in Chicago’s 6–5 victory over the Brewers. The 3 round–trippers give him 15 in his last 16 games. Kerry Wood, 21 today, is the victor.

Colorado scores 3 runs in the top of the 12th, 2 on a HR by Ellis Burks, and holds on for a 4-3 win over San Francisco.  The Giants score 2 in the bottom of the 12th on J.T. Snow’s 2nd HR of the game.

Tampa Bay gets homeruns from its first two hitters, Quinton McCracken and Wade Boggs, and McCracken homers again in the 2nd with 2 on. But TB needs 3 runs in the 8th to beat the Blue Jays, 8-7.

16th The Phillies trail the Pirates, 7–1, heading into the bottom of the 9th. They fight back against relievers Ricardo Rincon and Rich Loiselle, however, to score 7 runs in their half of the frame for an 8–7 victory.

The Orioles Sidney Ponson and Arthur Rhodes combine on a 2-hit, 2–0 shutout over the Yankees. The win, the 2nd in the 3 game series with New York, ends the Yankees ML record streak of 24 straight winning series. The skein started after the Yankees opened with 2 losses at Anaheim.

18th Cubs OF Brant Brown hits 3 HRs in Chicago’s 12–5 victory over the Phillies. He adds a single and drives home 5 of the Cubs’ runs. Exactly 3 years earlier, on June 18, 1996, Brown hit 3 HRs in a doubleheader against the Dodgers.

Pitcher Dave Stieb is recalled by the Toronto Blue Jays. Stieb, attempting to make a comeback this year, last pitched in the major leagues for the White Sox on May 22, 1993. The veteran righthander hurls an inning of scoreless relief, despite giving up 3 hits, in Toronto’s 13–6 win over the Orioles. Stieb will finish the year at 1–2 and then retire for good.

19th A 3–run homer by 1B Rafael Palmeiro in the bottom of the 15th inning gives Baltimore a 7–4 win over the Blue Jays.

20th The Indians retire Bob Lemon’s uniform number prior to the team’s 5–3 loss to the Yankees.

Former Dodger general manager Al Campanis dies of a heart attack at age 81. Campanis is credited with helping to build the Dodger clubs of the 1970s and 1980s.

The Cubs Sammy Sosa cranks out his 21st homer in the last 30 days, something no other slugger has ever done.  The previous high was 20, set by Kiner in 1947 and tied by Maris in 1961. Sosa’s 30 days go from May 22 through June 22, as noted by the Elias Sports Bureau.

21st  Cleveland lefty Bartolo Colon coasts to a 11–0 shutout over the Yankees.

The Red Sox trade C Jim Leyritz and OF Ethan Faggett to the Padres for P Carlos Reyes and Dario Veras, and C Mandy Romero.

The Cincinnati Reds start an outfield against the Astros of Dmitri Young, Mike Frank and Chris Stynes. Yup, for you movie buffs, that would be Young, Frank and Stynes. It is still a horror for the Reds as they lose their 8th straight, 4–2. Pete Schourek is the CG winner. The losing streak will reach 10 as the Royals will win the next 2.

The Dodgers fire general manager Fred Claire and manager Bill Russell. Former manager Tommy Lasorda is hired as GM on an interim basis. Glenn Hoffman, who managed the team’s Triple–A Albuquerque farm club, takes over as interim manager.

22nd Florida OF Mark Kotsay gets 5 hits in the Marlins’ 12–inning, 3–2 win over Tampa Bay.

The Rangers send P Bobby Witt to the Cardinals in exchange for a player to be named and cash.

Against the Yankees, Greg Maddux gives up 3 runs in 6 innings, then gives way to Dennis Martinez who gives up another 3 in less than an inning. The Yankees win, 6–4, the 13th straight time they have beaten Martinez going back to September 18, 1984.

23rd Texas scores 11 runs in the 5th inning of their game against Arizona and goes on to a 16–5 victory. Roberto Kelly and Ivan Rodriguez each get 4 of the Rangers’ 19 hits.

The Braves trade P Alan Embree to the Diamondbacks in exchange for P Russ Springer.

The Athletics acquire IF–OF Bip Roberts from the Tigers in exchange for a player to be named.

24th The Indians trade OF Geronimo Berroa to the Tigers for P Tim Worrell and minor league OF Dave Roberts.

Despite Jeff Bagwell’s 2 homers—#200 and #201—the Astros lose to the Rockies, 8–6.

25th Chicago’s Sammy Sosa hits a HR in the Cubs’ 6–4 loss to the Tigers, breaking Rudy York’s major league record for HRs in a month with 19. He will end the month with a record 20 round–trippers. York hit 18 in August 1937.

At Comiskey, the streaky Reds beat the White Sox, 7-5, to snap their 11-game losing skein. They had lost 16 of their previous 18 games, but will now win 15 of their next 16 games.

26th At Jacobs Field, Bartolo Colon (8-4) allows 2 runs in 8 innings and Cleveland score 3 in the  7thto beat the Astros, 4-2. Colon strikes out 7 including Ricky Gutierrez in a memorable 20 pitch at bat.

27th Ismael Valdes hurls a 1–hit shutout in beating the Pirates, 2–0. Pittsburgh’s only hit is a single by 1B Kevin Young as Valdes fans 7 without walking a batter.

28th Milwaukee 3B Jeff Cirillo gets 5 hits and drives in 2 runs, but it’s not enough to keep the Brewers from losing a 10–8 decision to the White Sox.

The Twins Bob Tewksbury slows down Mark McGwire, twice retiring him with a 44–MPH lob.  McGwire grounds out in the 1st inning swinging at a lob, and then with a 0–2 count in the 4th, pops out to first on another. Tewksbury also retires Ray Lankford in the 6th on a lob and ends with a 3–2 win.

Sammy Sosa has two singles and an RBI—but no homers—as the Cubs snap a seven game losing streak with a 6–3 win over the Royals.

29th Not a single major league game is scheduled to be played. With the exception of All–Star breaks and labor shortages, it is the first time this has happened during the regular season in 25 years, since April 30, 1973.

Bud Selig calls a special session of the owners for July 9th in Chicago.

30th Dodgers P Ramon Martinez undergoes season–ending surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and torn cartilage in his pitching shoulder.

Sammy Sosa clouts his ML record 20th homer of the month, and his 34th of the year, but the Cubs lose to the Diamondbacks, 5–4.

Mark McGwire belts his 37th homer of the year, tying Reggie Jackson’s record for most homers before the All-Star break. The homer is a 472-ft upper deck shot off KC’s Glendon Rusch.

1998 July

1st Trailing the Mets, 8–7, in the bottom of the 8th inning, Toronto comes up with 8 runs. New York fights back with 2 in their half of the 9th, but the Blue Jays hold on for a 15–10 triumph.

During Houston’s 10-4 win over the White Sox, a wild pitch bounces into the pocket of home plate umpire Gerry Davis, allowing Chicago’s Ray Durham to score while Astros catcher Brad Ausmus scurries around the plate trying to find the ball. Says Ausmus: “I asked (Davis) if I was supposed to pick him up and throw him in front of the runner.”(San Angelo Standard). Shaun Berry is 4-for-4 including a homer, while teammate Jeff Bagwell has a HR and scores 3 times.

2nd  The Red Sox and Pedro Martinez pile on the Expos, defeating them 15–0 at Fenway. The Sox collect 20 hits for Pedro.

3rd Manny Ramirez’s 2 home runs are Cleveland’s only hits against KC pitcher Jose Rosado, but they’re enough to give the Tribe a 2–1 win over the Royals.

The Mets trade P John Hudek to the Reds in exchange for OF Lenny Harris.

4th  Three White Sox pitchers combine to shut out the Red Sox, 3-0, on 5 hits. Snyder gets the win with 7 1/3 innings.Nomar Garciaparra has 2 walks but his 24-game hit streak ends.

Dodger interim GM Tommy Lasorda sends blue chippers Dennis Reyes and Paul Konerko to the Reds for closer Jeff Shaw. Lasorda later admits he was unaware that Shaw, under terms of the Basic Agreement, has the right to demand a trade at the end of the season.

5th The White Sox plate 14 runs—including 8 in the 6th inning—on 12 hits against Red Sox pitching, but it’s not enough for a win. Boston strokes 20 hits and pushes 15 runners across for a 15–14 victory.

Toronto defeats Tampa Bay, 2–1, with the help of 7 1/3 strong innings by Roger Clemens. In the game, Clemens fanned Devil Ray LF Randy Winn for his 3,000th career K. Only 10 other pitchers have reached that mark in major league annals.

Hot-hitting Manny Ramirez hits 2 more homers, one a grand slam, in the Indians 12–3 win over KC. Manny had 2 homers on July 3.

7th The AL defeats the NL, 13–8, in the 69th All–Star Game. Baltimore’s Roberto Alomar is named the game’s MVP, going 3–for–4 with a HR, RBI, a stolen base and 2 runs scored. His brother Sandy won the award last year. Walt Weiss makes his All-star debut as a starter and, at age 34, is the oldest to do so.

8th At the Triple A All-star game in Norfolk, Benny Agbayani is married  on the field to Niela Naali Guigui in a Hawaiian-style wedding. The groom wears a blue Hawaiian shirt, the bride a matching blue muumuu as they walk through an archway of bats as all his former Tides teammates sport leis. The IL whips the PCL, 8-4. Agbayani made his ML debut with the Mets three weeks ago and will be back with them tomorrow pinch–running in the 9th of an 8–8 game. He will slip trying to steal and get run down. Another Met runner is doubled off 2B in the 10th and the Expos will win, 9–8. Benny will play 11 games in New York before returning to the Tides.

9th Bud Selig is elected as the 9th Commissioner of Baseball by a vote of club owners.

Ila Borders becomes the first female pitcher in history to start a minor league baseball game, as she hurls the first 5 innings, surrendering 5 hits and 3 runs, while registering 2 walks and 2 strikeouts, for the Duluth–Superior Dukes in their 8–3 loss to the Sioux Falls Canaries in the Northern League. Borders was tagged with the loss.

10th The Mets trade P Brian Bohannon to the Dodgers bringing back P Greg McMichael.

11th  At the Kingdome, Randy Johnson evens his record at 8-8 by striking out 15 batters as the Mariners top the Angels, 2-0.  Johnson allows 4 hits.

12th  At Dodger Stadium, Ken Caminiti drives in 5 runs on 3 homers to lead the NL West leading Padres to a 6-3 victory over the Dodgers.

15th  The Reds top the host Cardinals, 4-2, using 2 singles, a walk and an error to score a pair in the 10th. Cincinnati has now won 10 in a row and 15 out of 16, but they will lose their next 8 in a row.

16th 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.

17th Both Rafael Palmeiro and Albert Belle hit their 300th homers tonight. Palmeiro is 3–for–4 as his Orioles win, 4–1 over the Angels, and improve their record since the All–Star break to 9–0.  Belle’s homer—his 10th in 10 games since the break—and Robin Ventura’s 9th–inning homer give the White Sox a 4–3 victory over the visiting Indians.

The Mariners sink the Royals, 18–5, for their 5th straight win. Bill Swift gives up 5 runs in 5+ innings, but it is good enough to win.  Dan Wilson is 3–for–4 and drives in 6 runs for the M’s. Wilson, Alex Rodriguez, and Jay Buhner clout homers.

The Rangers trade P Todd Van Poppel and promising minor leaguer Warren Morris to the Pirates in exchange for P Esteban Loaiza.

18th The Red Sox set an AL record by hitting 4 two-out homers in one inning as they beat host Detroit, 9–4. They hit the 4 dingers in the 7-run 4th inning. Mo Vaughn, Donnie Sadler, Darren Lewis, and Nomar Garciaparra all homer in the stanza, a first for Boston.

19th In Montreal, the Pirates whip the Expos, 6-1. Kevin Young and Jason Kendall each have two steals and for the second time this season they combine on a double steal with Kendall swiping home. Kendall is the third NL catcher (John Roseboro; Tim McCarver) since 1922 to steal home twice in a season.

20th The Dodgers shutout the Reds, 2–0, on a combined 1–hitter by Darren Dreifort (8 innings) and Jeff Shaw (1 inning). A Willie Greene double is the only hit for Cincinnati.

The Tigers take the 1st game of a doubleheader against the Yankees by a 4–3 score in 17 innings. The New Yorkers bounce back to take the nightcap by the identical score. The 26 innings take nearly 9 hours to play.

Mark McGwire hits his 43rd homer in the Cards 13–1 drubbing of the Padres. His homer ties the club record set by Johnny Mize in 1940.

Atlanta’s Denny Neagle surrenders a 3-run homer to former Brave Jeff Blauser and also serves up a grand slam to opposing pitcher Kevin Tapani, as the Braves lose to the Cubs, 11-4.

At Qualcomm Stadium, the Cardinals crush the Padres, 13-1. Mark McGwire has 4 hits, including a homer, and drives in 3 runs, while Ray Lankford has 5 RBIs and a 9th inning grand slam.  Matt Morris, after being on the DL from April 1 to July 10, goes 6.1 innings to win his first game of the year.

21st In Houston, Rockies pitcher Mark Brownson (6–8 at Colorado Springs) makes a spectacular major league debut firing a 4–hit 5–0 shutout. Houston’s first hit is in the 6th inning. The win snaps the Rock’s 9–game road losing streak. Brownson’s next outing will not go well and he will go back to Triple-A. He’ll notch another win, for the Phils, in relief in 2000.

Kerry Wood outduels Greg Maddux as the Cubs defeat the Braves before a sellout crowd.  Wood strikes out 11 in 7 2/3 innings, the 6th time in 18 starts he’s reached double figures. For Maddux (13–4), it is his first loss to his former team after 7 wins.

22ndThe Yanks deflate the Tigers, 13–2, to run their record to 71–25, a ML record percentage for that number of games.

The Pirates send Darnell Coles to the Mariners for Glenn Wilson.

23rd Baltimore C Lenny Webster’s 4 hits—including a double and homer—and 6 ribbies power the Orioles to a 9–7 win over Oakland.

Following the Giants 2–11 mark since the All–Star break, San Francisco picks up Joe Carter from Baltimore and Jose Mesa, Al Morman, and Shawon Dunston from the Indians.  The Giants send 33-year-old (he’ll later reveal he’s 34) Steve Reed (1.48 ERA in 50 appearances) and minor leaguer Jacob Cruz to Cleveland, and Darin Blood to Baltimore.  The Giants receive cash in both swaps.

24th Like a heavyweight fight.Trailing Florida, 3–1 in the bottom half of the 9th of game 2, the Phillies get a 2–out, 2–run, pinch–hit HR from Mark Lewis to send the game into extra innings. Each team scores a single run in the 10th, then again in the 11th. The Marlins plate another in the top of the 12th to take a 6–5 lead, but the Phils get 2 in their half to finally win, 7–6. The Quakers trailed going into the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th.  The Phils also take the first game in 12 innings, 7-5, when Scott Rolen clubs a walkoff homer served up by Antonio Alfonseca.

The Indians trade P Eric Plunk to the Brewers in exchange for P Doug Jones.

25th The Padres top Houston, 6–5, as Mark Langston gets the win with 5+ innings of work.  Trevor Hoffman picks up his 41st consecutive save—33rd this year, tying a ML record. He’ll blow his first save opportunity tomorrow in San Diego’s 5–4 win, ending his streak.

Former Yankee P Jim Bouton makes his 1st appearance at Yankee Stadium since 1970 at Oldtimers Day and is greeted with cheers all around. Bouton had been persona non grata in New York since writing “Ball Four,” which broke a long–standing taboo in sports by taking readers into the locker room and revealing players’ extracurricular escapades. The Yanks invited the Bulldog back after his son wrote a Father’s Day article in the New York Timessuggesting it.

26th Boston defeats Toronto by a score of 6–3. Jose Canseco’s 8th–inning HR accounts for the Blue Jays’ 1st run. It is the 380th HR of Canseco’s career, making him the all–time leader among players born outside of the US. Orlando Cepeda and Tony Perez had been the co–leaders with 379.

After 41 straight saves, Padres closer Trevor Hoffman try for a ML record fails, as he gives up a 9th inning homer to Houston’s Moises Alou, which ties the game. He earns the win when the Padres score in the 10th to win 5–4.

27th Colorado defeats Pittsburgh in 13 innings, 8–7. When Pirates’ second baseman Tony Womack bounces out in the 11th inning, it gives him a major league record 888 consecutive at bats without grounding into a double play. The old record of 887 had been set by Brooklyn’s Pete Reiser (July 20, 1941 to June 24, 1946). Womack last bounced into a DP on May 27, 1997.

Sammy Sosa hits his 248th career homer—and his first grand slam—as the Cubs beat the Diamondbacks, 6–2. Sosa went to bat 4,428 before drilling the sacks–full homer. His 247 homers without a slam is a ML record: the previous mark was 210 homers by Bob Horner. Sosa also tops the 100 RBI mark with his 4 ribbies, to back Steve Trachsel’s (10–5) pitching.

LF Tyrone Horne of the Arkansas Traveler hits 4 homers and drives home 10 runs, in a 13–4 win over San Antonio. The last player to hit four in a Texas League game was Tom Brunansky. ”Honestly, there’s no explanation for this,” Horne said after hitting for the unique home run cycle—a two-run homer in the first inning, a grand slam in the second, a solo homer in the fifth (all three off Pete Zamora) and a three-run homer in the sixth, off Miguel Garcia.  He strikes out his last at bat. Horne will lead the Texas League in homers with 37.

28th  I like, it so much, I’ll do it again. Sammy Sosa hits his second grand slam in 4 at bats in the Cubs 7–5 loss to the Diamondbacks.  Sosa is the first Cub to hit grand slams in consecutive games, and just the 18th in history.

In a barn burner in St. Louis, Brewers reliever Mike Myers faces 2 batters in the 8th and gives up a grand slam to Ray Lankford–his 2nd in 8 days–and a homer to Mark McGwire.  With the outburst the Cards take a 10-8 lead, then watch as the Brewers drop 5 runs in the top of the 9th to regain it. Darrin Jackson, who entered the game as a pinch runner, connects for a grand slam off Rich Croushore.

Twins second baseman Todd Walker ties a club record with his 9th consecutive hit, in a 3–0 victory over KC. He also matches a club record by reaching base safely 11 straight times. Walker’s batting average is now up to .352.

29th  After 16 straight starts without a win, Devil Rays’ pitcher Tony Saunders gives up just 5 hits in 6 2/3 inning in a 6–0 win over Oakland. He’ll end the year at 6–15.

The White Sox swap P Matt Karchner to the Cubs for P Jon Gardner, the Cubs 1st round pick (10th) in 1997.

30th The Indians score 3 runs in the top of the 17th inning against Seattle, then hold on as the Mariners fight back with 2 of their own in the bottom of the stanza. Cleveland gets 16 hits in the contest while Seattle accounts for 19 in a losing cause. Alex Rodriguez steals his 30th base in the game, to go along with his 31 homers. He’s the 6th 30-30 player in AL history.

The Red Sox bring back OF–1B Mike Stanley from the Blue Jays trading minor league pitchers Peter Munro and Jay Yennaco.

The Braves obtain IF Greg Colbrunn from the Rockies in exchange for minor league pitchers David Cortes and Mike Porzio.

The Ladies Professional Baseball League suspends the remainder of the season due to low attendance. In the last game played, the Long Beach Aces lose to the San Jose Spitfires, 7–0.

31st Chicago’s Albert Belle hits his 16th HR of the month to set a new major league mark for July. His HR helped the White Sox to a 10–2 win over the Rangers. Frank Thomas hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs for Chicago.

defeats Cleveland, 12–2. Down by 9 runs in the 8th inning, the Indians bring OF Mark Whiten in to pitch. The strong-armed Whiten allows 1 run on a double, HBP (Spiezio), and 2 walks, but also strikes out 3 batters (Blowers, Tejada, Neill) He becomes the only player in major league history, with at least 1 inning pitched, to get every out with a strikeout.

Kevin Brown wins his 10th straight for the Padres, beating the Expos, 5–4.  He strikes out 10 for the 2nd straight game. Greg Vaughn adds his 39th homer and Trevor Hoffman saves his 35th.

a flurry of transactions at the trading deadline, many involving free agents-to-be, the Mets trade OF Bernard Gilkey, P Nelson Figueroa and cash to the Diamondbacks in exchange for P Willie Blair, C Jorge Fabregas and a player to be named. New York then obtains IF–OF Tony Phillips from the Blue Jays for P Leoncio Estrella, and sends the Brewers P Bill Pulsipher for IF Mike Kinkade.

The Rangers trade P Darren Oliver and 3B Fernando Tatis to the Cardinals in exchange for P Todd Stottlemyre and SS Royce Clayton. The Rangers get 3B Todd Zeile from the Marlins in exchange for 3B Jose Santo and P Daniel De Young. Tatis will hit .287 with 11 homers this year in St. Louis, but Zeile will help by reaching base 11 straight times during a critical three-game stretch in September. Zeile completes the broom cleaning of the Marlins vets for rookies.

The Blue Jays trade P Juan Guzman to the Orioles for P Nerio Rodriguez and OF Shannon Carter.

The Expos trade P Carlos Perez, SS Mark Grudzielanek, OF Hiram Bocachica to the Dodgers in exchange for second baseman Wilton Guerrero, P Ted Lilly, OF Peter Bergeron and 1B Jonathan Tucker.

The Rockies trade OF Ellis Burks to the Giants for OF Darryl Hamilton, P James Sloops and a player to be named.

After the talks indicate the Yankees or Cleveland, the Mariners trade flame thrower Randy Johnson to the Astros in exchange for IF Carlos Guillen, P Freddy Garcia and a player to be named (John Halama). The Big Unit (9-10., 4.33 ERA) will blossom in Houston (10-1, 1.28 ERA) and join Hank Borowy (1945) as the only pitcher to win 9 or more games in each league in a season. Borowy won 10/11.

The Cubs trade 3B Kevin Orie, P Todd Noel and P Justin Speier to the Marlins for pitchers Felix Heredia and Steve Hoff.

The Blue Jays trade vet 3B Ed Sprague to the A’s for P Scott Rivette.

The Twins trade P Greg Swindell and 1B-OF Orlando Merced to the Red Sox in exchange for P Matt Kinney, Joe Thomas and John Barnes.

1998 August

1st  Paced by Jose Canseco’s 7th homer in 11 games, the Blue Jays edge the Twins, 10–9. Todd Walker is 3–for–4 to raise his average to .350. Pat Hentgen gives up 4 runs in 6 innings, but it is good enough to win his 11th in 12 decisions against Minnesota. The Twins nipped him, 2–1, on May 15, 1996, his only loss.

In a 5–4 loss to the Diamondbacks, Brewers RHP Bronswell Patrick hits a 5th inning HR, off Felix Rodriguez.  It’s the first homer by a Milwaukee pitcher since Skip Lockwood connected off Detroit’s Joe Niekro on August 11, 1971.

2nd Welcome to the Bigs.  The Phils Mike Welch makes his first big league start and the Giants greet him with three consecutive homers in the 2nd inning. Newly acquired Ellis Burks starts the fireworks, then Bobby Bonds—who had tripled in the first inning, goes deep, then Jeff Kent drills his 15th.  Welch takes the loss, allowing 8 runs in three innings.  Bonds is 4–for–4 with a stolen base to pace the Giants.

3rd Houston pitcher C.J. Nitkowski hits 3 consecutive Marlin batters with pitches in the 8th inning:  Dock Ellis (1974) and Wilbur Wood (1977) are the only other pitchers since 1900 to hit 3 batters in a row. The 3 plunks in an inning ties the ML record. Nitkowski gives up a hit and 4 runs in Florida’s 11–3 win.

Leading off for the Yankees, Chuck Knoblauch lines a hit off Mike Oquist’s ribs, and the Yankees continue to connect off the Oakland pitcher for 15 more hits, including 4 homers, in 5 innings. New York wins, 14–1, scoring all 14 earned runs off Oquist, the most runs allowed since Bill Travers in August 1977. Orlando Hernandez picks up the win. Oquist matches Scott Sanders who gave up 16 hits in an April game.

4th OF Darryl Strawberry’s pinch grand slam is the big blow in NY’s 9–run 9th inning, as the Yankees come from behind to defeat the A’s 10–5 in the 2nd game of a DH. It is his 2nd pinch hit slam of the season, also in the 9th, setting a new AL record, and tying the NL mark held by his former manager, Davey Johnson, and Mike Ivie, both set in 1978. New York also wins the first game of the twinbill, 10–4.

Pittsburgh 1B Kevin Young goes 4–for–4, with 4 runs scored and 4 RBIs, to lead the Pirates to a 13–5 mauling of the Rockies. Three of Young’s hits are doubles.

The Orioles Mike Mussina carries a no-hitter into the 8th before allowing a double to Frank Catallano. He ends with a 2–hit, 4–0, win at Detroit. Broadcasting the game is the long–time voice of the Tigers, Ernie Harwell. Ernie is celebrating his golden anniversary, starting as an announcer for the Dodgers on August 4, 1948. The Dodgers had to trade a player, Cliff Dapper, to the Atlanta Crackers to acquire Harwell.

5thIn Houston’s 5–3 loss to Florida,Craig Biggio sits out ending his streak of 494 consecutive games played.

6th The Blue Jays trade P Randy Myers to the Padres for C Brian Loyd and a player to be named. The Padres claimed Myers off the waiver list to block him from going to the Braves, though Atlanta, it turns out, has no intention of acquiring him. It’ll cost San Diego $14 million for Myers’ 21 appearances with the Pads.

The Red Sox obtain P Pete Schourek from the Astros for cash.

In Chicago, Jack Brickhouse, the long–time voice of the Cubs, dies at the age of 82. Brickhouse was the play–by–play announcer from 1941–81. Jack also handled the White Sox announcing from 1948–67 and was the radio voice for the Bears from 1953–76. He even did Bulls games in the 60s, signing the deal for WGN over drinks with the team’s owner.

7th Rookie OF Shane Spencer gets 5 hits, including 2 doubles and 2 home runs, while driving home 3 runs and scoring 4 in New York’s 14–2 pasting of Kansas City in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. The Yankees also took the 1st contest by a score of 8–2.

The Orioles pound the Twins, 16–9, as OF Brady Anderson gets 5 hits, including 2 doubles and 2 homers, drives home 4 runs and scores 3.

The Indians HR leader Matt Williams breaks his right hand when he is hit by a Wilson Alverez pitch.  Williams will not make another appearance till September 16.

Mark McGwire lines a single against the Cubs, driving in 2 runs.  For Big Mac, they are his first runs driven in without a homer since June 7.  The Cards roll over the Cubs, 16–3 as Bottenfield allows just 3 hits in 7 innings. Ray Lankford has a 3–run homer in the 1st for St. Louis off Stevens, in relief of Steve Trachsel who lasts just 1/3 of an inning.

Pete Harnisch pitches 6 innings of shutout ball, and Belinda and Williams continue the whitewash as the Reds roll 17–0 over Milwaukee. Reggie Sanders drives in 3 runs with 2 doubles and a homer. Sanders, Sean Casey and Aaron Boone all hit bases loaded doubles in the 12-run 6th inning. Taubensee and Barry Larkin also homer in the game.

The Angels obtain P Jeff Juden from the Brewers in exchange for a player to be named.

8th Behind Rafael Palmeiro’s 35th HR, the Orioles defeat the Twins, 6–3, despite 5 hits by Minnesota DH Paul Molitor. Molitor also swipes his 500th base. He’s the 6th player with 500 steals and 3000 hits.

9th Atlanta’s Dennis Martinez defeats the Giants, 7–5, for his 244th career victory to set the record for most wins by a Latin American pitcher. Juan Marichal held the old mark. 3B Chipper Jones backs Martinez pitching with 4 hits and 4 ribbies.

10th Chicago WS OF Albert Belle drives in his 100th run of the season in a 5–3 win over Oakland. He joins Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, and Babe Ruth as the only players to record at least 30 homers and 100 RBIs in 7 consecutive seasons.

The Orioles trade OF Jeffrey Hammonds to the Reds in exchange for IF–OF Willie Greene.

The Athletics trade P Mike Fetters to the Angels in exchange for a player to be named and cash.

11th  The Yanks David Wells stops the Twins on a 4 hitter to win, 7–0.  In his last start the Yankee lefty pitched a perfect game against the Twins:

12th Seattle loses to Toronto, 11–5, despite a HR by SS Alex Rodriguez. It is the 100th homer of Rodriguez’s career, making his the 4th–youngest player to reach the plateau. The only players to do so at a younger age were Mel Ott, Tony Conigliaro, and Eddie Mathews.

The Royals defeat the Red Sox, 8–4, as 1B Hal Morris records 5 hits for KC.

13th Baltimore’s Harold Baines becomes the all–time leader in RBIs by a DH when he drives in his 824th in a 7–4 win over the Indians. Hal McRae was the previous record–holder.

Orlando Hernandez sets a Yankee rookie record by striking out 13 in beating Texas, 2–0.

Tom Glavine (16-4) shuts out the Padres, 5–0, on 2 hits and beats Mark Langston. Langston strikes out 8 batters to push his career Ks to 2,419, and move into 24th place on the career K list.

14th Baltimore C Chris Hoiles becomes the 9th player—and first catcher—to hit 2 grand slams in a single game, doing so in a 15–3 win over the Indians. Hoiles connects in the 3rd and 8th innings.

15th  There are seven extra inning games out of 14, matching a mark set in 1918.

Toronto’s Roger Clemens strikes out 15 but gets no decision, as the Anaheim Angels win, 6–3.

In the Reds–Expos game two pairs of brothers face each other, and three out of four go deep.  Vladimir and Wilton Guerrero homer for the Expos while Bret Boone hits a solo shot for the Reds.  Aaron Boone follows with a strikeout, but the Reds win 6–4.

16th Baltimore OF Eric Davis has his 30–game hitting streak snapped in a 5–3 loss to the Indians. Davis strikes out 3 times after hitting four straight singles yesterday.

The Padres defeat the Brewers, 4–0, in the 1st game of a doubleheader behind Kevin Brown’s 1–hitter. Brown fans 11 and allows only a single to OF Jeromy Burnitz. The Brewers bounce back to take the nightcap, 4–2.

18th Greg Maddux wins his 200th game as the Braves double up the Giants, 8–4. Maddux allows one earned run to lower his NL best ERA to 1.65. In a rarity, the Braves collect 9 hits—all doubles. Gerald Williams, Danny Bautista and Walt Weiss have 2 apiece, while Eddie Perez drives in 3 runs with another.

Detroit edges Seattle, 7–6, despite 5 hits by Mariners’ SS Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez hits 2 doubles and a pair of homers and drives in 2 runs in a losing cause. Bobby Higginson celebrates his birthday with a 6th inning grand slam off the M’s Greg McCarthy.

19th Toronto downs Seattle by a score of 16–2. The Blue Jays hit 7 homers in the contest, including 2 each by Shawn Green and Carlos Delgado.

The Expos beat Arizona, 8–2, giving Felipe Alou his 521st career win as manager of the Montreal Expos. Buck Rodgers had 520. Alou’s good luck charm is P Dustin Hermanson, who allows 3 hits in 7 innings. Hermanson was also the starting and winning pitcher in Alou’s 400th, 450th, and 500thwin.

Pitching for Wichita (Texas League), Steve Prihoda allows five homeruns in one inning against San Antonio. Prihoda enters in the 11th inning of a scoreless game, loads the bases on walks, then serves up a grand slam to Angel Pena.  Pena later hits another homer as San Antonio scores 12 runs.

The Cubs sign 40-year-old Gary Gaetti, released by the Cardinals 5 days ago.  The vet will hit .320 for the Cubs and provide a valuable spark during the Cubs stretch drive.

20th The Phillies split a doubleheader with the Diamondbacks, winning the 1st game, 11–1, and losing the 2nd, 12–9. Philadelphia 3B Scott Rolen drives in 9 runs in the twinbill.

21st Cards slugger Mark McGwire admits using the steroid supplement androstenedione, which is legal in baseball, but was banned by the NFL, and the Olympics. Adro raises testosterone levels. A reporter noticed the jar in McGwire’s locker.

23rd Giants OF Barry Bonds hits his 26th homer, and 400th career HR, off Kirt Ojala of the Marlins in the Giants’ 10–5 victory. He thus becomes the 1st player in major league history with more than 400 career HRs and 400 career steals.

Leadoff man Craig Biggio’s double, 2 home runs, and 6 RBIs pace the Astros to a 13–3 victory over the Cubs. C Brad Ausmus also contributes to the cause with 4 hits and 5 ribbies for Houston. OF Sammy Sosa hits a pair of homers for Chicago, giving him 51 on the year.

The Pirates defeat the Cardinals, 4–3, despite 5 hits, including a HR, by St. Louis 3B Fernando Tatis. Mark McGwire also hits his 53rd homer for the Cards.

25th Toronto’s Roger Clemens strikes out 18 Royals in a 3–0 victory over KC. Clemens allows only 3 hits and does not walk a batter. He becomes the first pitcher ever to record three games of 18 or more strikeouts in his career. In Clemens final 11 starts of 1998 he will strike out 14 or more batters four times. Only one other season in his career has Clemens has four games in which he’s struck out 14 or more batters (The Yankee Years, Torre & Verducci).

The Twins trade veteran pitcher Mike Morgan to the Cubs for a player to be named (In November the Twins will receive Scott Downs) and cash.

26th Florida’s Derek Lee, Kevin Orie, and Cliff Floyd hit consecutive HRs in the 9th inning of a game with St. Louis. The Marlins, who were trailing 6–0 at the time, go on to tie the game with 6 runs, then win, 7–6, with a run in the 10th. Mark McGwire hits HR #54 for the Cards.

Atlanta’s Andruw Jones steals his 20th base of the season, becoming the youngest player ever to have a 20 homer, 20 steal season. Cesar Cedeno was the previous record-holder. The Braves go on win by a score of 6–2.

The Cubs defeat the Reds, 9–2, with the aid of Sammy Sosa’s 52nd HR in the 3rd inning.

28th The Mariners clout 3 HRs in a 10–3 loss to the Yankees, making them the first team in history to reach the 200–HR mark for a season in 3 consecutive years. Shane Monahan, Russ Davis, and Rob Ducey each belts a solo round–tripper for Seattle.

Juan Gonzalez, Will Clark, and Ivan Rodriguez hit successive HRs in the 4th inning of the Rangers’ 6–5 win over the White Sox in the 1st game of a twinbill. Chicago takes the nightcap, 8–7, as the 2 teams combine to hit 14 HRs in the doubleheader to tie an AL record.

Tied with the Indians at 6–6 going into the 10th inning, the Athletics score 8 runs for a 14–6 win. 1B Jason Giambi’s 3–run homer is the big blast in the frame.

The Cubs defeat the Rockies, 10–5, as Sammy Sosa hits homer #53 for Chicago.

The Angels obtain the oft–injured Gregg Jefferies from the Phillies in exchange for a player to be named.

29th The Reds defeat the Marlins, 7–5, for Florida’s 89th loss of the season. Florida thereby sets a record for the most losses by a defending world champion. The old record of 88 was held by the 1991 Reds.

The Blue Jays score in every inning but the 2nd in registering a 14–7 win over the Twins in Toronto. Veteran Dave Stieb wins his first game since 1993. Stieb, who began the year as a guest instructor in spring training, gives up 4 earned runs in 5 innings.

By virtue of an 11–6 win over the Mariners, the Yankees become the first team to qualify for the post season

The Braves, losers by one run yesterday to the Cards, clip the Birds today 4–3, behind Tom Glavine (18-5). Javy Lopez hits his 29th homer. Rookie third base ump Hunter Wendelstedt thumbs out Mark McGwire in the first inning for protesting a strike call. Hunter’s father Harry, in his last year in the ML, is umping at first base. They are the only father-son umpires to officiate in the same game, having done it in several contests this year (as noted by Bruce Fleming).

30th Sammy Sosa’s 54th homer leads the Cubs to a 4–3 win over Colorado.

Mark McGwire’s 55th HR leads the Cardinals to an 8–7 victory over the Braves.

Roger Clemens racks up his 3rd straight shutout, extending his scoreless inning streak to 29, as Toronto tops the Twins, 6–0. The Rocket is unbeaten in his last 17 starts.

Curt Schilling throws his ML-leading 13th CG, stopping the Giants, 5–4. Schilling is helped by a triple play as he raises his strikeout total  to an NL-high 258. Bonds hits homers #29 and #30, the 7th straight year he’s had 30 homers and the 8th year he’s reached 100 RBIs.

The Reds beat Florida, 14–7, finishing 9–0 against the Fish.

31stOakland OF Rickey Henderson scores the 2,000th run of his career in the Athletics’ 15–6 loss to Cleveland. He joins Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Pete Rose, and Willie Mays as the only players to reach the milestone.

Texas defeats Detroit, 13–2, as OF Juan Gonzalez gets 4 long hits, including 2 doubles, a triple and a homer, and drives home 7 runs. Gonzalez now has 143 ribbies on the year.

Cubs’ OF Sammy Sosa ties Mark McGwire by hitting his 55th HR in Chicago’s 5–4 win over Cincinnati. Sosa has hit 30 of his homers at Wrigley, 3 short of Hack Wilson’s Cub record and tying him with Ernie Banks.

Richie Sexton hit a 2–run single in Cleveland’s 10–run first inning, as the Tribe scalps Oakland, 15–6. Oakland starter Blake Stein gives up 8 runs without recording an out.  Sexton hits his 4th homer in 3 days, and Manny Ramirez hits his 34th homer and knocks in 5 runs for starter Dave Burba.  Joey Cora, acquired hours before the game from Seattle for David Bell, scores 2 runs and drives in 2.

Seattle trades second baseman Joey Cora to the Indians for INF David Bell.

1998 September

1st  Mark McGwire hits his 56th and 57th HRs of the season, in a 7–1 Cardinals’ win over Florida, to break Hack Wilson’s NL standard for HRs in a season. McGwire also eclipses Babe      Ruth’s record of 114 HRs in consecutive seasons set in 1927–28.

2nd Mark McGwire hits 2 HRs against the Marlins for the 2nd consecutive day to set a new major league mark for homers in a season by a righthanded batter with 59. The Cardinals defeat the Marlins by a score of 14–4.

Sammy Sosa hits HR #56 as the Cubs defeat the Reds, 4–2.

In Boston, Nomar Garciaparra snaps a 3-3 tie with Seattle by cracking a walkoff grand slam, off Bobby Ayala, as the Red Sox win, 7-3.

4th The Yankees (100–38) win their 100th game of the season, defeating the White Sox, 11–6. It is the earliest any AL team has ever reached the 100–win mark. The 1906 Cubs needed 132 games to reach the 100-win mark. fewer Bernie Williams leads NY with a pair of homers and 4 RBIs.

Sammy Sosa’s 57th HR leads the Cubs to a 5–2 win over Pittsburgh. Sosa surpasses Hack Wilson’s club record set 68 years ago.

With his Giants down 6–0, Bobby Bonds, with 23 stolen bases so far, attempts to steal 2B but is thrown out. Ellis Burks then hits a home run and the Giants end up losing, 8–5. Bonds ends the game with a NL record of 15 straight times reaching base.

5th Mark McGwire slugs his 60th HR of the season to become the 3rd player in history to reach the milestone. The 1st–inning blast  off lefty Dennis Reyes helps the Cards on their way to a 7–0 blanking of the Reds.

Sammy Sosa hits HR #58 tin Chicago’s 8–4 win over the Pirates, as the Cubs maintain their lead in the race for the wild card spot.

Giants OF Barry Bonds strikes out in the 1st inning of the game against the Dodgers to snap his NL record streak of reaching base safely 15 consecutive times. Bonds went 9–for–9 in the streak, which surpassed the old mark set by Pedro Guerrero in 1985. The Dodgers take the game by a score of 6–3.

6th Atlanta OF Andruw Jones hits his 50th career HR in a 4–0 win over the Mets. He becomes the 3rd–youngest player in history to reach that level. Only Mel Ott and Tony Conigliaro did so at a younger age. Atlanta P John Smoltz limits the Mets to just 3 hits, while fanning an even dozen batters en route to his 14th win.

7th Mark McGwire hits his record–tying 61st HR of the year in the 1st inning off Cubs’ P Mike Morgan in St. Louis’ 3–2 victory.

Mariners’ OF Ken Griffey Jr. has 4 hits, including 2 homers and reaches the 50th HR level. He’s the 3rd player to do so in successive seasons. Seattle defeats the Orioles, 11–1, as Griffey knocks in 6 runs.

Houston’s Randy Johnson strikes out 14 Reds in a 1–0 win. It is the 17th time this season he’s struck out 10 or more and the 100th time in his career.  He lowers his ERA to 1.00.

8th Mark McGwire breaks Roger Maris’ single–season HR mark by clouting his 62nd of the year off Steve Trachsel in the 4th inning of the Cardinals’ 6–3 win over the Cubs in St. Louis.

Phillies rookie Marlon Anderson hits a pinch HR in his 1st major league at bat to become the 14th player in history to do so. The Phils and Mets combined for nine homers—Philadelphia has a team-record 7—in the 16-4 Phils win. Four different players homer twice—Jermaine Allensworth for New York and Rico Brogna, Kevin Sefcik, and Bobby Estalella for the Phils.

9th  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.

11th At Turner Field, the Florida Marlins lose to the Atlanta Braves, 8–2, to become the 1st WS champion in history to lose 100 games the next season. Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Larry Bradford, there for a pre-game ceremony with a Little League team, dies of a sudden heart attack before the game.

Cubs lose to Milwaukee, 13–11, with Sammy Sosa hitting HR #59 in the losing effort.

Kansas City’s Kevin Appier makes his first start of the season, stopping the Mariners, 8–5. It is exactly one year since Appier’s last start, at Anaheim. Since then he’s had two operations and been hospitalized with colon inflammation. His two strikeouts today put him in a tie for the career club record.

The Dodgers name Kevin Malone as their new GM. Malone had been assistant GM with the Orioles for the past 2 years.

12th Cubs’ OF Sammy Sosa becomes the 4th player in history to reach the 60–HR mark for a season when he slugs number 60 off Valerio De Los Santos of the Brewers in the 7th inning of the 15–12 Chicago win. The Cubs power 6 homers, including two pinch hit, to win. Tyler Houston hits a pinch HR in the 8th and a 2-run single in the Cubs’ 5-run 9th. Orlando Merced finishes the scoring with a 3-run 9th inning walk off pinch homer.

Mark McGwire draws his 152nd walk of the season, to break the NL mark set by Barry Bonds, as the Astros defeat the Cardinals, 3–2.

Jesus Sanchez strikes out 10 in 7 innings, including 7 batters in a row, as the Marlins edge the Braves, 6-5.  Braves starter Greg Maddux leaves with a 1-0 lead after 6 IP, and Odalis Perez gives up 4 runs without getting an out to take the loss.

Philadelphia rides 5 hits by SS Alex Arias, including 3 doubles, to a 13–4 win over the Pirates.

13th Sammy Sosa hits his 61st and 62nd HRs of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers to tie the NL record of 10 multi–HR games in a single season set by Ralph Kiner in 1947. The 2 HRs pace the Cubs to an 11–10 win in 10 innings and ties Sosa with Mark McGwire for the HR lead.

Arizona defeats the Reds, 5–0, behind the 1–hit pitching of Andy Benes. Gregg Olson picks up the last 2 outs for the save, as 1B Sean Casey gets the only hit for Cincinnati.

14th Kansas City scores in all 8 of their innings at bat as they down visiting Oakland, 16–6.

In another pitchers duel, the White Sox score twice in the 12th inning, then hold on for a 17–16 win over the Tigers. The teams combine for 41 hits, including 5 each for Albert Belle of the Sox and rookie OF Juan Encarnacion of the Bengals. Encarnacion also score 5 runs while driving home 4. Belle and SS Craig Wilson bring home 5 each for Chicago.

15th Ken Griffey Jr. hits homer #52 and drives in the 1,000th run of his career in the Mariners 12–7 win over the Twins. He becomes the 4th–youngest player in history to reach the milestone, after Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx, and Lou Gehrig. Junior hit his 52nd on this date last year.

OF Manny Ramirez hits HRs in his last 3 ABs to help the Indians to a 7–5 win over Toronto.

Pittsburgh takes the 1st game of a doubleheader against St. Louis, 8–6, as Cardinals’ 1B Mark McGwire hits his 63rd HR of the season. The Cardinals take the nightcap, 9–3, to gain a split.

16th Detroit rookie P Sean Runyan makes his 84th appearance of the season in the Tigers’ 2–1 loss to Toronto. He breaks Mike Myers’ rookie record of 83 set in 1996.

Ken Griffey Jr. steals his 20th base of the season in a 4–1 victory over Oakland. He becomes just the 3rd player in history to record at least 50 HRs and at least 20 stolen bases in the same season. Willie Mays and Brady Anderson are the others.

Montreal scores 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to defeat Florida, 3–2. Rookie P Kirt Ojala, who went the distance for the Marlins, ties a major league record by striking out 4 Expos in the 4th inning. Ojala fans Fernando Seguignol, Vladimir Guerrero, Shane Andrews, and Brad Fullmer to become the 12th hurler in major league history to fan 4 batters consecutively. Guerrero reached base on a 3rd–strike passed ball.

Cleveland defeats Minnesota by a score of 8–6. Indians’ OF Manny Ramirez homers in his 1st at bat, giving him round–trippers in 4 consecutive ABs to tie a major league mark. After grounding out his 2nd time up, he will homer again in the 5th inning. Matt Williams, out of action for a month with a broken wrist, homers in his first at bat since August 7.

Sammy Sosa’s grand slam in the 8th inning, his 63rd HR of the year, leads the Cubs to a 6–3 win over San Diego. He now has 154 RBIs for the season.

17th Cleveland OF Manny Ramirez ties a major league record by hitting his 6th HR over a 3–game span. It’s his 43rd on the year. The last AL player to do so was Gus Zernial in 1951. The Indians defeat the Minnesota Twins, 9–1.

Denny Neagle pitches 6 shut out innings as the Braves win, 1–0, over Arizona. Neagle wins his 15th and joins Millwood, Smoltz, Maddux, and Glavine, all of whom have reached that level. The last team to have five 15-game winners was the 1930 Washington Senators.

The Red Sox edge Baltimore, 3–2, with Flash Gordon picking up his 39th straight save, an AL record.

Ken Griffey, Jr. hits his 53rd homer to pace the Mariners to an 8–0 whipping of Oakland. Tom Candiotti serves up the helping of gopher to Junior.

Red Huff, the oldest ex-major leaguer dies at the age of 107. Huff pitched for the Yankees and Browns in 1911–13 and 1915 and struck out the first batter he ever faced—Ty Cobb.

18th Mark McGwire hits HR #64 as he leads the Cardinals to a 5–2 win over the Brewers.

Frank Thomas notches his 100th RBI—the 8th straight year he’s reached that level—by clouting a 2-run HR in Chicago’s 11–9 win over Boston. Thomas’ HR is one of 7 in the game in which 32 hits are registered. Thomas will also rack up 110 walks this year, the 8th straight year he’s carded 100+ passes.  This sets the ML record.

Houston’s Randy Johnson loses his no-hit bid in the 7th but improves his NL record to 9–1, beating the Pirates, 5–2. The Big Unit allows 4 hits.

On cruise control at Camden Yards, the first-place Yankees get a 3-run homer in the 6thfrom Paul O’Neill and a Shane Spencer grand slam in the 7-run 9thto beat the Orioles, 15-5. Spencer took over in the 6thin LF for O’Neill. Spencer will hit two grand slams before the season is finished.

The White Sox sell C Chad Krueter to the Angels.

19th Mariners SS Alex Rodriguez hits his 40th HR of the season, off Jack McDowell of the Angels, to become the third player in history to have 40 HRs and 40 stolen bases in the same season. Jose Canseco and Barry Bonds are the others. The Mariners lose the game, however, 5–3.

Texas strikes 2 home run marks today. Mike Simms of the Rangers hits his 16th HR of the year to tie the major league mark for most HRs with less than 200 at bats in a season. Eddie Robinson of the Yankees and Bob Thurman of the Reds accomplished the feat in 1955 and 1957, respectively.  Juan Gonzalez belts his 300th career homer, off Jimmy Haynes, but the Rangers lose to Oakland, 8–4.

Cleveland OF Manny Ramirez hits 2 homers—his 44th and 45th—in the Tribe’s 7–6 loss to Kansas City. In doing so, he ties a major league mark with 8 HRs in 5 games.

Braves lefty Tom Glavine wins his 20th, shutting out Arizona, 5–0. The victory gives the Braves their second straight season of 100 wins, the first team in 2 decades to accomplish that. The Phils of 1976-77 posted identical 101–61 marks.

The Giants score 7 runs in the 3rd inning, and 6 more in the 4th, as they demolish the Dodgers by a score of 18–4. Bill Mueller and Jeff Kent bang grand slams in the 2 frames, just the 2nd time (April 26, 1970) in Giants history that 2 players have hit grand slams in a game.

20th Baltimore’s Cal Ripken Jr. takes himself out of the Orioles lineup prior to the game with the Yankees to end his major league record consecutive game streak at 2,632. The Orioles lose the historic game by a score of 5–4. Ryan Minor, Ripken’s replacement at 3B, gets 1 hit in 4 at bats.

Mark McGwire wastes no time as he hits HR #65 in the 1st inning of the Cardinals’ 11–6 win over Milwaukee.

The Rockies Darryl Kile pitches 10 shutout innings before he is lifted for PH Larry Walker, who doubles off Randy Myers and comes around to score the lone run in a 1-0 win over the Padres. Dave Veres earns the save.

Trent Hubbard hits a first inning solo homerun for the Dodgers’ only score in a 1-0 win over Shawn Estes and the Giants. Carlos Perez pitches the GC shutout. The Giants waste a leadoff triple in the 8th by catcher Brian Johnson; his counterpart Charles Johnson is hitless.

21st Pittsburgh C Jason Kendall steals his 26th base of the season to set a new NL record for catchers. The previous mark was set by John Stearns in 1978. The Pirates lose to the Giants, however, 8–1.

Jim Abbott (4–0) continues his comeback with the White Sox, beating the Twins, 7–1 with six innings of pitching.

Tony Tarasco clubs a pinch grand slam in the 7th to lift the Reds to a 8–5 win over the Phils.

Enrique Wilson clubs a 5thinning grand slam off Andy Pettitte as Cleveland beats the host Yankees, 4-1. Charles Nagy wins his 15th.

22nd Ken Griffey Jr. brings home his 140th run of the season to become the 3rd player in history to reach that level in at least 3 consecutive seasons. Griffey’s 2 HRs give him 55 on the season, and lift Seattle to a 7–6 win over Oakland.

23rdMcGwire goes homerless in the Cards, 7–1 loss to the Astros as Randy Johnson clips the Birds for his 10th win. He strikes out 8 in 8 innings.  Craig Biggio is 3–for–5 and swipes #50 to become the only player besides Tris Speaker in 1912, to have 50 doubles and 50 steals in a year.

Sosa breaks an 0–for–21 slump, hitting his 64th and 65th HRs as the Cubs build a 7–0 lead over the Brewers. Milwaukee fights back, however, and scores 3 in the last of the 9th when Chicago OF Brant Brown drops a routine fly ball with the bases loaded and 2 out in the 9th to allow 3 Brewers to score.  Rod Beck is on the mound when the Merkle–like error occurs (Fred Merkle’s boner occurred exactly 90 years ago). Milwaukee wins, 8–7, and the Cubs remain tied for the wild card spot with the Mets, who lose to Montreal, 3–0. With his 8 total bases, Sammy has now topped the 400 mark.

The Giants (86–72) stay close with a 4–1 win over the Pirates. Joe Carter’s three–run homer helps Mark Gardner (13–5) win his 5th straight. Gardner strikes out 11 in 8 innings.

In a slugfest in Denver, the Rockies down the Diamondbacks, 14-11. Karim Grcia has a grand slam and 5 RBIs for Arizona, but Todd Helton matches him with 2 homers and 5 ribbies. Dave Wainhouse picks up his lone win of the year.

24th Red Sox P Tom Gordon records his 42nd consecutive save of the year for a new major league mark as Boston defeats Baltimore, 9–6 (41 by Rod Beck and Trevor Hoffman). Boston clinches a wild card spot behind a pair of homers and 4 runs scored by Nomar Garciaparra.

Shortstop Gary DiSarcina leads Anaheim to a 10–6 win over Oakland with 5 hits, including 2 doubles, and a pair of RBIs.

The Yanks win, 5–2, over the Devil Rays and post their 111th win of the year, surpassing the club record 110, set by the 1927 team.  Shane Spencer pounds a grand slam, his 8th homer in 57 at bats.

25th The home run race continues unabated as Sosa blasts his 66th homer in the 4th inning at Houston, and McGwire responds in the 5th inning with his 66th in the 5th inning at Busch Stadium. Sosa’s solo shot ties the game at 2–2, but the Astros score in each in the next 4 innings to win, 6–2.  Kevin Tapani fails in his bid to win his 20th. The Cards top the Expos, 6–5, as McGwire adds another single and J.D. Drew a pair of homers.

The fading Mets (88–72) lose another to the Braves, 6–5, as Dennis Martinez, the third of 7 pitchers, is the winner. Meanwhile, the rampaging Giants (88–72) top the Rockies to move into a tie for the NL wild–card.

The Yankees win, 6–1, over the Devil Rays and set an AL record for most wins in a season, 112.  The 1954 Indians held the record at 111. Orlando Hernandez improves his record to 12–4.

Ken Griffey hits HR #56, and drives in 5 runs, to lead Seattle to a 15–4 victory over Texas.

Mo Vaughn has 2 hits, including his 39th homer, to stay atop the AL batting race and lead the Red Sox to a 8–3 win over the visiting Orioles.

In the 3rd inning of a 7–5 Tiger win, Toronto starter Woody Williams serves up consecutive homers to Juan Encarnacion and Frank Catalanotto, walks a batter, and tees up another gopher for Tony Clark.

26th Phillies P Curt Schilling strikes out 7 batters to reach the 300 mark in the season. He thus becomes the 5th pitcher in major league history to fan 300 or more in consecutive seasons. Florida wins in the 10th, 4–3 on Dave Berg’s 2–out double.  The Phillies also lose the nightcap, 1–0, in 13 innings, when Alex Gonzalez hits a game-ending HR off Ricky Bottalico.

The Yankees defeat the Devil Rays, 3–1, for David Cone’s 20th win of the year. Cone sets a record for the most years (10) between 20–win seasons, having won 20 for the Mets in 1988. Jim Kaat held the previous record at 9.

McGwire stands alone as he parks #67 and #68 at Busch Stadium, but his Cards lose, 7–6, to Montreal.

Sammy Sosa has no homers but a pair of hits and scores the game–winning run as the Cubs edge Houston, 3–2.  Gary Gaetti has 2 RBIs while Jeff Bagwell hits his 34th for the Astros.

The hot Giants rip the Rockies, 8–4, to stay tied with the Cubs for the wild card. Orel Hershiser wins his 11th, despite allowing 8 hits in 5+ innings.  One of the hits is Larry Walker’s 23rd homer, and he adds another two hits to run his average to .362.

Dennis Eckersley gets a standing ovation from the Fenway crowd as he appears in his 1,071st game, breaking Hoyt Wilhelm’s record for most appearances. It will be the Eck’s final game, When the Red Sox refuse arbitration after the season, Eckersley retires on December 10.

27th Padres OF Greg Vaughn hits his 50th HR of the season in San Diego’s 3–2 win over Arizona. He is the 4th player this year to reach that plateau, marking the 1st time in major league history that 4 players have done so.

Oakland’s Rickey Henderson becomes the oldest SB leader in major league history as he finishes the year with an AL–high 66.

The Reds double up on the Pirates, beating them 4–1.  Cincinnati uses a brother infield of Brett Boone at 2B (0–for–4) and his brother Aaron (1–for–2) at 3B; Barry Larkin at SS (0–for–3) and Stephen Larkin at 1B (1–for–3). Aaron Boone’s 3–run homer gives Tomko (13–12) the complete game victory. Stephen Larkin is a career minor leaguer with a pacemaker and had a new one installed in August after his old one had a hiccup. Stephen hit .228 with 3 HR and 31 RBI in 80 games with the AA Chattanooga Lookouts this year. Second baseman Bret Boone finishes the year as the NL leader in fielding percentage at his position. He becomes the first player ever to lead a league in fielding percentage 4 consecutive seasons.

The Yankees defeat the Devil Rays, 8–3, for their 114th win of the season, the 2nd–highest total in major league history. Shane Spencer belts a 4-run homer, his 6th in 9 days and his 7th in the month, a Yankee rookie record. It is his third grand slam in 9 days.

The Cardinals Mark McGwire hits a pair of HRs in a 6–3 win over Montreal to finish the season with a major league record 70, shattering Roger Maris’ mark of 61 set in 1961.

The Cubs and Giants both lose in their opponents’ final at bats to finish the year in a tie for the NL wild card spot, and force baseball’s 1st one–game playoff since 1995.

The Giants lose 9–8 to the Rockies when Neifi Perez hits a walkoff HR in the 9th of Robb Nen.  Vinnie Castilla hits his 46th HR and Todd Helton adds a 3-run HR. Bonds has a double and triple and Jeff Kent has a double and HR, the latter served up by Pedro Astacio in his 1.1 innings of work. Astacio ends the season with more than 200 innings pitched and an ERA over 6.00, the first pitcher since 1931 to accomplish that.

Houston defeats the visiting Cubs, 4–3. The Cubs end up leading the league in road attendance with 2,902,914, with the Cardinals second at 2,766,984.

Blue Jays rookie P Roy Halladay throws 8.2 innings of no–hit ball against the Tigers before PH Bobby Higginson hits Halladay’s 1st pitch for a solo HR. Toronto wins the game, 2–1.

28th The Giants score 3 runs in top of the 9th inning, but come up short as the Cubs defeat San Francisco, 5–3, in a one–game playoff to win the NL wild card spot in the playoffs. Rod Beck records his 51stsave.

The Rockies fire manager Don Baylor, the only manager they’ve ever had. He will manage tomorrow’s game for Colorado.

29th The Yankees take the opener of their divisional series against the Rangers, 2–0, on a 5–hit shutout by David Wells, with help from Mariano Rivera in the 9th.

Mo Vaughn leads the Red Sox to an 11–3 victory over the Indians in their ALCS playoff series, clouting 2 HRs and driving home 7. Nomar Garciaparra gets 4 ribbies for Boston. It is Boston’s first post-season with after 13 losses.

At Coors Field, the Diamondbacks clout 5 homeruns, 2 by Karim Garcia, to beat the Rockies, 8-6. Mike Lansing hits 3 homers for Colorado to give him 12 on the year. He is the first player ever to hit 3 homers in a game after starting the day with a single digit total in at least 500 at-bats.  Jose Lopez will match him in 2010.

The Padres defeat the Astros, 2–1, in the opener of their divisional series. Kevin Brown hurls 8 innings of 2–hit, shutout ball.

30th In the 1st game of their NLCS series, the Braves defeat the Cubs, 7–1, as Michael Tucker and Ryan Klesko homer to back John Smoltz’s pitching.