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Events, births and deaths that occurred on June 18.
- 1938 - Babe Ruth signs a contract to coach with the Brooklyn Dodgers. "The Babe" dons a Dodger uniform the next day, entertains observers with a batting demonstration, and works the third-base coaching box.
- 1940 - Joe Medwick of the Brooklyn Dodgers is beaned by St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Bowman. Although Medwick will return from the injury in a few days, he will never regain his previous power-hitting form.
- 1947 - Cincinnati Reds pitcher Ewell Blackwell tosses a 6 - 0 no-hitter against the Boston Braves.
- 1950 - In the nightcap of a doubleheader, the Cleveland Indians score 14 runs in the 1st inning for an American League record as they trounce the Philadelphia Athletics, 21 - 2.
- 1953 - At Fenway Park, Dick Gernert's home run highlights a 17-run, 14-hit 7th inning as the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers, 23 - 3. In the big inning, Gene Stephens has three hits, Sammy White scores three runs and Tom Umphlett also reaches base three times.
- 1961 - Eddie Gaedel dies from a heart attack in Chicago, IL, at the age of 36. In one of Bill Veeck's most outlandish promotions, the three-foot, seven-inch Gaedel had appeared in one game for the St. Louis Browns in 1951.
- 1967 - Houston Astros pitcher Don Wilson tosses his first of two career no-hitters. Wilson beats the Atlanta Braves and Phil Niekro, 2 - 0, facing 30 batters and striking out 15.
- 1972 - Colorful Oakland Athletics owner Charlie Finley holds baseball's first ever "Mustache Day." Finley agreed to pay $300 to each of his players for growing mustaches by Father's Day. Reggie Jackson had started the trend by reporting to spring training with a mustache, to became the first major leaguer to do so since Frenchy Bordagaray in 1936.
- 1975 - Fred Lynn collects 10 runs batted in with three home runs, a triple and a single in a 15 - 1 win by the Boston Red Sox over the Detroit Tigers. Lynn's 16 total bases tie an American League record. It will be 37 years before Ryan Braun becomes the next player to hit 3 homers and a triple in the same game. Lynn will go on to win the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards in the American League.
- 1976 - Commissioner Bowie Kuhn voids the sales of Oakland Athletics stars Vida Blue, Rollie Fingers and Joe Rudi. Kuhn orders the players to return to Oakland, but spiteful Athletics owner Charlie Finley will not allow manager Chuck Tanner to use any of them in a game until June 27th.
- 1977 - New York Yankees outfielder Reggie Jackson and team manager Billy Martin become involved in a dugout confrontation that is seen on national television. After Martin removes his right fielder for loafing on a ball hit to the outfield, Jackson questions his manager in the dugout. The two are eventually separated by coach Elston Howard.
- 1986 - Don Sutton of the California Angels pitches a three-hitter for his 300th career victory as the Angels beat the Texas Rangers, 5 - 1. The 41-year-old right-hander becomes the 19th pitcher to win 300 games.
- 2000 - Mike Lansing of the Colorado Rockies hits for the cycle in a 19 - 2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Rockies set a team record with 23 hits, including five by Jeff Cirillo and four by Brent Mayne.
- Luis Castillo of the Florida Marlins ties Rogers Hornsby's 80-year-old record for the longest hitting streak by a second baseman, beating out a dribbler to the pitcher in the 6th inning to make it 33 games in a row. Florida beats the Cleveland Indians, 2 - 1.
- In interleague play, the Chicago Cubs defeat the Texas Rangers, 4 - 3, as for the first time in major league history four members of the 400-home run club play in the same game: Rafael Palmeiro and Juan Gonzalez for Texas and Sammy Sosa and Fred McGriff for Chicago.
- Sam Perlozzo is fired as manager of the Baltimore Orioles. Coach Dave Trembley replaces him on an interim basis; he will later be confirmed as full-time manager.
- Freshman star Yuki Saito pitches Waseda University to its first All-Japan University Baseball Championship in 33 years, beating Tokai University, 4 - 1. He wins the MVP award in the tourney, the first freshman to do so.
- The New York Yankees sign Chinese catcher Zhenwang Zhang and pitcher Kai Liu. It is wrongly touted as the first time a major league organization has signed Chinese players. However, the Seattle Mariners had signed Chao Wang in 2001.
- In a start delayed by rain for over five hours at New Yankee Stadium, Craig Stammen earns his first career victory when the Nationals shut out the Yankees, 3 - 0. It is the first homerless game at the ballpark since its opening in April.
- In a rain-shortened game, Carlos Torres of the Charlotte Knights throws a five-inning perfect game against the Pawtucket Red Sox. The last five-inning no-hitter in the International League was thrown by Mariano Rivera in 1995.
- In his third major league start, the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg strikes out 10 opponents to set a major league record with 32 in his first three games, beating the mark of 29 held by J.R. Richard, but the White Sox hold on to inflict an 11-inning, 2 - 1 defeat to the Nats.
- The Mets extend their winning streak to 8 games when rookie Hisanori Takahashi, with help from Pedro Feliciano and Francisco Rodriguez, shuts out their crosstown rivals the New York Yankees, 4 - 0.
- The Mets are not the only team on a winning streak: the Tigers extend theirs to 7 games with a 7 - 5 win over the Diamondbacks. Brandon Inge delivers the key hit with an RBI triple in the 8th.
- A violent collision at home plate between Carlos Pena of the Cubs and New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin is the highlight of the Yanks' 4 - 3 win. With New York up 3 - 2 in the 6th inning, Geovany Soto hits a bases-loaded line drive to left which Brett Gardner catches as he is charging; he fires a one-hop strike to Martin, which arrives just before Pena crashes into him, sending his helmet flying and the catcher rolling on the ground. But Martin holds on for an inning-ending double play. A.J. Burnett is the winner over Ryan Dempster, with Mariano Rivera picking up the save.
- The Nationals have now won 8 straight after Jordan Zimmermann beats the Orioles, 4 - 2. He gives up two runs over 6 1/3 innings, but a two-run homer by Michael Morse, a solo shot by Ryan Zimmerman and good bullpen work by Henry Rodriguez and Drew Storen secure the victory.
- R.A. Dickey throws his second consecutive one-hitter in beating the Orioles, 5 - 0. He is the first pitcher to do so since Dave Stieb in 1988, and the first in the National League since Jim Tobin in 1944. The Mets' knuckleballer has not allowed an earned run in his last 5 starts. Wilson Betemit gets the only hit against him with a 5th-innning single.
- Aaron Hill hits for the cycle in leading the Diamondbacks over the Mariners, 7 - 1. Hill had come up a double short of a cycle, striking out in his last at-bat, in a game against the Rockies on June 5th, but a 7th-inning homer completes the feat today as he becomes the 5th player in D-Backs history to turn the trick.
- The Yankees beat the Braves, 6 - 2, behind the pitching of CC Sabathia, for their 10th straight win. Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano homer. All 10 wins have come in interleague play.
- 1849 - Jim Tipper, outfielder (d. 1895)
- 1860 - John Grady, infielder (d. 1893)
- 1862 - Dick Blaisdell, pitcher (d. 1886)
- 1862 - Charlie Ganzel, catcher (d. 1914)
- 1866 - Varney Anderson, pitcher (d. 1941)
- 1874 - Fred Blank, pitcher (d. 1936)
- 1882 - Charlie Fritz, pitcher (d. 1943)
- 1888 - Marty Berghammer, infielder (d. 1957)
- 1890 - George Britt, Negro League pitcher (d. ????)
- 1893 - Ben Shaw, infielder (d. 1959)
- 1896 - Newt Halliday, infielder (d. 1918)
- 1910 - Russ Hodges, announcer (d. 1971)
- 1917 - Jimmy Pofahl, infielder (d. 1984)
- 1918 - Virgil Thompson, minor league pitcher
- 1924 - Marie Kruckel, AAGPBL pitcher (d. 2012)
- 1924 - John Kuenster, writer (d. 2012)
- 1926 - Raúl Mendoza Mancilla, writer; Salon de la Fama (d. 2004)
- 1927 - Irv Medlinger, pitcher (d. 1975)
- 1929 - Bill Upton, pitcher (d. 1987)
- 1932 - Ron Necciai, pitcher
- 1933 - Taylor Phillips, pitcher
- 1939 - Lou Brock, outfielder; All-Star, Hall of Famer
- 1941 - Paul Brown, pitcher
- 1946 - Shinji Nakazawa, NPB catcher
- 1949 - Bill James, author
- 1949 - Dave Schneck, outfielder
- 1959 - Frank Russo, researcher
- 1961 - Andres Galarraga, infielder; All-Star
- 1961 - Tom McCarthy, pitcher
- 1962 - Dave Leiper, pitcher
- 1963 - Russ McGinnis, catcher
- 1964 - Tommy Hinzo, infielder
- 1965 - Anthony Scaglione, minor league pitcher
- 1966 - Sandy Alomar, catcher; All-Star
- 1972 - Chad Tredaway, minor league infielder and manager
- 1974 - Carlos Mendez, infielder
- 1974 - Jorge Merán, minor league catcher
- 1975 - Felix Heredia, pitcher
- 1976 - Jeremy Powell, pitcher
- 1976 - Wilson Sido, minor league pitcher
- 1977 - Henry Corniel, minor league pitcher
- 1977 - Jurriaan Lobbezoo, Hoofdklasse pitcher
- 1980 - Darren Heath, minor league outfielder
- 1980 - Jong-wook Lee, KBO outfielder
- 1980 - Felix Romero, minor league pitcher
- 1980 - Tommy Watkins, infielder
- 1981 - Ben Johnson, outfielder
- 1983 - Jarrett Hoffpauir, infielder
- 1983 - David Wennerlund, Elitserien outfielder
- 1984 - Fernando Rodriguez, pitcher
- 1985 - Chris Beck, Bundesliga infielder
- 1985 - Chris Coghlan, infielder
- 1985 - Eammon Portice, minor league pitcher
- 1986 - George Brown, minor league pitcher
- 1986 - Steven Cishek, pitcher
- 1987 - Jeremy Bleich, minor league player
- 1987 - Jason Castro, catcher
- 1987 - Jack Shuck, outfielder
- 1988 - Alberto Soto, Cuban league pitcher
- 1989 - Rolando Gomez, minor league infielder
- 1989 - Matt Moore, pitcher
- 1990 - Loes Asmus, Dutch womens' national team pitcher
- 1990 - Lisalverto Bonilla, minor league pitcher
- 1993 - Ian Delamarre, Hoofdklasse pitcher
- 1879 - George Fletcher, outfielder (b. 1845)
- 1915 - Charlie Faust, pitcher (b. 1880)
- 1926 - Alex Gardner, catcher (b. 1861)
- 1927 - Jack Harper, pitcher (b. 1893)
- 1929 - Frank Bishop, infielder (b. 1856)
- 1936 - Al Nichols, infielder (b. 1852)
- 1937 - Willie Adams, pitcher (b. 1890)
- 1939 - Murphy Currie, pitcher (b. 1893)
- 1947 - Lou Harding, catcher (b. 1865)
- 1955 - Jack Katoll, pitcher (b. 1872)
- 1957 - Milo Allison, outfielder (b. 1890)
- 1961 - Eddie Gaedel, pinch hitter (b. 1925)
- 1963 - Ben Geraghty, infielder (b. 1912)
- 1964 - Ten Million, minor league outfielder (b. 1889)
- 1966 - Rollie Naylor, pitcher (b. 1892)
- 1968 - Lloyd Bishop, pitcher (b. 1890)
- 1977 - Johnny Frederick, outfielder (b. 1902)
- 1979 - Hal Trosky, infielder (b. 1912)
- 1981 - Honey Barnes, catcher (b. 1900)
- 1989 - Steve Senteney, pitcher (b. 1955)
- 2001 - Sam Jethroe, outfielder (b. 1917)
- 2002 - Jack Buck, announcer (b. 1924)
- 2002 - Jack Jenkins, pitcher (b. 1942)
- 2003 - Larry Doby, outfielder, manager; All-Star, Hall of Famer (b. 1923)
- 2009 - Palmer Muench, minor league player/college coach (b. 1939)