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- 1909 - Clarence "Cack" Henley of the San Francisco Seals (Pacific Coast League) throws the longest complete game shutout in professional baseball history. Henley throws 24 scoreless innings against the Oakland Oaks before finally winning, 1 - 0.
- 1920 - Edd Roush of the Cincinnati Reds falls asleep in center field during a long argument in the infield. Heinie Groh goes out to wake him, but the chief umpire ejects Roush for delaying the game.
- 1933 - Jimmie Foxx hits three home runs in his first three at-bats as the Philadelphia Athletics outscore the New York Yankees, 14 - 10. Foxx had homered his last time up the previous day to give him four consecutive home runs.
- 1935 - Lou Gehrig collides with Carl Reynolds on a play at first base and leaves the game with arm and shoulder injuries. His consecutive games streak is preserved, in part, by a rainout of the next day's game and an open date.
- 1940 - Harry Craft of the Cincinnati Reds hits for the cycle, connecting for a home run, a triple, a double and two singles in seven at-bats, to lead a 27-hit attack as the Reds pound the host Brooklyn Dodgers, 23 - 2.
- 1950 - The Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Browns, 29 - 4, at Fenway Park, and set major league records for runs scored; most long hits, 17 (nine doubles, 1 triple and 7 home runs); most total bases, 60; most extra bases on long hits, 32; most runs over two games, 49; most hits in two games, 51, including 28 this game.
- 1955 - The Los Angeles Dodgers option left-handed pitcher Tommy Lasorda to the Montreal Royals to make room on their roster for "bonus baby" Sandy Koufax, who had been on the disabled list.
- 1961 - The Milwaukee Braves set a major-league record with four consecutive home runs in the 7th inning against Cincinnati. Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron hit back-to-back home runs off starter Jim Maloney; Joe Adcock greets reliever Marshall Bridges with another home run, and Frank Thomas sets the record. When these four teammates end their major-league careers, they will have hit a combined total of 1,889 homers. For all the bombardment, the Braves lose, 10 - 8.
- 1965 - Arizona State star sophomore Rick Monday, selected by the Kansas City Athletics, is the first player chosen in the initial major league free-agent draft of high school, college, and sandlot players. Picking second, the Mets take pitcher Les Rohr. In the 10th round, they finally take Nolan Ryan. Cincinnati picks Johnny Bench in the second round.
- 1968 - Howie Bedell's sacrifice fly in the fifth inning ends Don Drysdale's record streak of 58 consecutive scoreless innings. The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 5 - 3.
- 1969 - The New York Yankees' uniform number 7 is retired on Mickey Mantle Day. A crowd of 60,096 comes to Yankee Stadium to honor Mantle and watches New York sweep the Chicago White Sox, 3 - 1 and 11 - 2.
- 1977 - Nolan Ryan notches his fourth career 19-strikeout game, pitching the first 10 innings of a game against Toronto.
- 1978 - Bob Horner, the College Player of the Year, is selected first in the free-agent draft by the Atlanta Braves. He will go straight to the major leagues, the first number one overall pick to do so.
- 1981 - Seattle takes Mike Moore with the first pick overall in the annual amateur draft. The Cubs take Joe Carter with the 2nd pick while the Angels take Dick Schofield third.
- 1986 - In the longest nine-inning game by time in American League history, Baltimore beats the Yankees, 18 - 9. The game features nine pitchers, 36 hits, and 16 walks, and takes 4:16 to complete.
- 1989 - The Pittsburgh Pirates send 16 batters to the plate in the 1st inning against the Philadelphia Phillies, taking a 10 - 0 lead in Pittsburgh's best inning since September 1942) on ten hits, including a three-run home run by Barry Bonds. Pittsburgh leaves the bases loaded. Announcer Jim Rooker crows that if the Pirates lose this game, he'll walk back to Pittsburgh. Von Hayes and Steve Jeltz answer Rooker with a pair of home runs each and ten RBI. After six innings the game is 11 - 10. The Phillies explode for five runs in the 8th to make the final, 15 - 11. Rooker will make good on his promise after the season, when he conducts a charity walk from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, raising money for a children's hospital.
- 1996 - Warren Morris hits a two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning to give Louisiana State a 9 - 8 victory over Miami in the championship game of the College World Series.
- For the first time in major league history, two Texan teams play one another during the regular season. The Astros beat their interstate rivals, the Rangers, 5 - 4, in the first game of the Lone Star series played in Arlington Stadium.
- In front of a record-setting crowd of 45,936 at the new Comiskey Park, the White Sox beat their North Side rivals in ten innings as Carlos Lee hits a two-out walk-off grand slam to give the Sox a dramatic victory over the Cubs, 7 - 3.
- Damion Easley becomes the 9th Detroit Tigers player to hit for the cycle, and the first since 1993 when Travis Fryman accomplished the feat. Detroit beats Milwaukee, 9 - 4.
- 2005 - New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez becomes the youngest member of the 400-home run club when he hits a solo homer in the 8th inning of New York's 12 - 3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
- Pitcher Stephen Strasburg makes the most eagerly anticipated debut in decades before a sell-out crowd in Washington, DC. The recipient of the largest signing bonus in history lives up to his advance billing, striking out 14 while walking none in seven innings; the only batter to reach him is Delwyn Young, who connects for a two-run homer. The Nationals defeat Pittsburgh, 4 - 2, for Strasburg's first major league win.
- Another ballyhooed rookie makes his debut today - Florida outfielder Mike Stanton is 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored as the Marlins lose to the Phillies, 10 - 8. Stanton earned the call-up by belting 21 homers and driving in 52 runs in as many games for AA Jacksonville.
- Jeff Niemann pitches a two-hit complete game shutout against the Blue Jays. Tampa Bay wins, 9 - 0, as Carlos Pena leads the attack with 2 homers, including a grand slam.
- Old Man River, otherwise known as Tim Wakefield, rolls along to another milestone, passing Roger Clemens for most innings pitched in Boston Red Sox team history with 2777. He gives up only 4 hits in 7 1/3 innings in beating Cleveland, 3 - 2, retiring 15 consecutive batters at one point.
- The Red Sox take over first place in the AL East by dropping the Yankees, 11 - 6, at New Yankee Stadium. Tim Wakefield continues to do well in filling for injured members of the starting rotation, picking up his third win after being staked an early 7 - 0 lead. David Ortiz, Carl Crawford and J.D. Drew all homer as A.J. Burnett takes the loss. But not all is rosy for Boston: 2B Dustin Pedroia heads home after the game to have his ailing right knee examined, but the problem turns out to be only a bone bruise. The Yanks are not so lucky as they place P Joba Chamberlain on the disabled list before the game with what turns out to be a torn ligament in his pitching elbow, requiring season-ending Tommy John surgery; Boston P Bobby Jenks also goes on the dl, but his outlook is not as dire as Joba's.
- Two hitting coaches lose their jobs today. The Rangers replace Thad Bosley with Scott Coolbaugh before their game with Detroit, while the Marlins fire John Mallee following a 3 - 2, 10-inning loss to Atlanta, replacing him with Eduardo Perez.
- 2012 - Six pitchers combine for a no-hitter as the Seattle Mariners down the Los Angeles Dodgers, 1 - 0. Kevin Millwood goes the first six innings before leaving with a groin injury. He is followed by Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League, and Tom Wilhelmsen. Pryor gets the win in only his fourth major league appearance and Wilhelmsen the save. The only run scoers in the top of the 7th, when Kyle Seager drives in Ichiro Suzuki with a two-out single.
- 1862 - Tom Lee, pitcher (d. 1886)
- 1870 - Tim Donahue, catcher (d. 1902)
- 1877 - Tex Neuer, pitcher (d. 1966)
- 1887 - Del Paddock, infielder (d. 1952)
- 1891 - Buck Danner, infielder (d. 1949)
- 1895 - Bill Drake, Negro League pitcher (b. 1977)
- 1895 - Sam McConnell, infielder (d. 1981)
- 1901 - Leo Tankersley, catcher (d. 1980)
- 1911 - Van Mungo, pitcher; All-Star (d. 1985)
- 1911 - Roy Partlow, Negro League and minor league pitcher (d. 1987)
- 1912 - Lew Krausse, pitcher (d. 1988)
- 1913 - Art Mahan, infielder (d. 2010)
- 1913 - Earl Reid, pitcher (d. 1984)
- 1919 - Damon Phillips, infielder (d. 2004)
- 1919 - Charley Schanz, pitcher (d. 1992)
- 1922 - Salvador Taormina, minor league outfielder and manager
- 1923 - Hal Kleine, pitcher (d. 1957)
- 1925 - Del Ennis, outfielder; All-Star (d. 1996)
- 1925 - Eddie Gaedel, pinch hitter (d. 1961)
- 1928 - Webbo Clarke, pitcher (d. 1970)
- 1928 - Alex Konikowski, pitcher (d. 1997)
- 1929 - Fausto Camusi, Serie A1 infielder and manager (d. 1993)
- 1929 - Jerry Dahlke, pitcher (d. 2006)
- 1930 - Phil Paine, pitcher (d. 1978)
- 1934 - Bill Smith, pitcher (d. 1997)
- 1935 - George Brunet, pitcher (d. 1991)
- 1937 - Joe Grzenda, pitcher
- 1942 - Larry Colton, pitcher
- 1942 - Pete Magrini, pitcher
- 1944 - Mark Belanger, infielder; All-Star (d. 1998)
- 1946 - Jack Lind, infielder
- 1952 - Toru Sugiura, NPB outfielder
- 1953 - Jack Kucek, pitcher
- 1954 - Lenn Sakata, infielder
- 1957 - Don Robinson, pitcher
- 1958 - Carmen Castillo, outfielder
- 1959 - Britt Burns, pitcher; All-Star
- 1959 - Chu-Ming Lee, CPBL outfielder and manager
- 1961 - Kevin Gross, pitcher; All-Star
- 1962 - John Gibbons, catcher, manager
- 1963 - Scott Ruskin, pitcher
- 1965 - Mike Anderson, college coach
- 1965 - Kevin Ritz, pitcher
- 1967 - Steve Chitren, pitcher
- 1968 - Dave Mlicki, pitcher
- 1969 - Peter Estrada, minor league pitcher
- 1970 - Kiki Jones, minor league pitcher
- 1971 - Matt Whisenant, pitcher
- 1973 - Hidetaka Kawagoe, NPB pitcher
- 1974 - Koichi Misawa, NPB pitcher
- 1975 - Matt Perisho, pitcher
- 1976 - Kenji Johjima, catcher
- 1979 - Pete Orr, infielder
- 1979 - Chris Stowe, minor league pitcher
- 1981 - Kevin Mahar, outfielder
- 1981 - Adam Morrissey, minor league infielder
- 1985 - Aaron Wideman, minor league pitcher
- 1986 - Derek Bondo, First Division pitcher
- 1986 - Angel Salome, catcher
- 1987 - Eui-ji Yang, KBO catcher
- 1988 - Lance Roenicke, minor league outfielder
- 1989 - T.J. McFarland, pitcher
- 1990 - Taishi Nakagawa, NPB infielder
- 1992 - Jill Barrett, US women's national team infielder
- 1893 - Bill Collins, catcher (b. 1863)
- 1931 - Ed Ford, infielder (b. 1862)
- 1935 - Jay Parker, pitcher (b. 1874)
- 1939 - Pat Paige, pitcher (b. 1882)
- 1945 - Bill Kemmer, infielder (b. 1873)
- 1950 - Cannonball Titcomb, pitcher (b. 1866)
- 1953 - Rip Reagan, pitcher (b. 1878)
- 1954 - Tom O'Hara, outfielder (b. 1880)
- 1963 - Earl Smith, catcher (b. 1897)
- 1965 - Pep Clark, infielder (b. 1883)
- 1966 - Jake Munch, outfielder (b. 1890)
- 1967 - Art Jacobs, pitcher (b. 1902)
- 1968 - Dusty Boggess, umpire (b. 1904)
- 1975 - Ownie Carroll, pitcher (b. 1902)
- 1982 - Irv Jeffries, infielder (b. 1905)
- 1982 - Satchel Paige, pitcher; All-Star, Hall of Famer (b. 1906)
- 1988 - Walt Chipple, outfielder (b. 1918)
- 1989 - Bibb Falk, outfielder, manager (b. 1899)
- 1989 - Glenn McQuillen, outfielder (b. 1915)
- 1989 - Emil Verban, infielder; All-Star (b. 1915)
- 1990 - Neb Stewart, outfielder (b. 1918)
- 1993 - Roy Henshaw, pitcher (b. 1911)
- 1996 - C. Arnholt Smith, owner (b. 1899)
- 1997 - Yasuya Hondo, NPB player and manager (b. 1918)
- 1997 - Ken Hunt, outfielder (b. 1934)
- 2004 - Mack Jones, outfielder (b. 1938)
- 2009 - Clarence Russell, minor league outfielder (b. 1925)
- 2009 - Frank Dasso, pitcher (b. 1917)
- 2011 - Jim Northrup, outfielder (b. 1939)