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.