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.