Today in Baseball History

1890 Bill Phillips becomes the first pitcher to allow two grand slams in the same inning when Tom Burns and Malachi Kittridge both take the Alleghenys' right-hander deep in the same frame of an 18-5 loss to the Chicago Colts. In 1999, Chan Ho Park will match the dubious feat but will have the distinction of giving up both bases-full homers to the same batter, Fernando Tatis of the Cardinals.
1909 On a gloomy and extremely overcast day at newly-opened Forbes Field, Red Murray's spectacular grab of Dots Miller's long drive becomes a truly electrifying catch. Just as the Giants' outfielder snags the ball on a full run in deep right-center field, a bolt of lightning illuminates the field and creates an eerie, but unforgettable split-second image.
1920 On a dreary afternoon at the Polo Grounds in New York, popular Indians shortstop Ray Chapman suffers a fractured skull when he is hit in the head by a fastball thrown by Yankee right-handed submariner Carl Mays. The 29 year-old newlywed will die shortly before daybreak tomorrow, becoming be the first on-field player fatality in major league history.


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1927 Babe Ruth, teeing off on a Tommy Thomas pitch, becomes the first player to homer over the roof of Comiskey Park. The Bambino's blast helps power the Bronx Bombers past the Pale Hose at the Chicago southside ballpark, 8-1.
1947 At Forbes Field, the Pirates beat the Cardinals 12-7 thanks to Ralph Kiner's three home runs, solo shots in the third and eighth and a three-run blast in the fourth inning. The future Hall of Famer is the first Pirate player to accomplish this feat in the 65-year history of the franchise.
1948 At the age of 53, with his wife Claire and his two adopted daughters at his side, Babe Ruth dies of throat cancer at Memorial Hospital in New York City. The Bambino made his final public appearance at the premiere of The Babe Ruth Story three weeks ago in New York.
1950 At the Polo Grounds, Hank Thompson's two inside-the-park home runs off Don Bankhead and Carl Erskine contribute to the Giants' 16-7 drubbing of the Dodgers. The 24 year-old third baseman will hit 129 round-trippers in his 9-year career, three of which will be of the IPHR variety.
1954 The first issue of Sports Illustrated is available at the newsstands. The inaugural cover of the innovative new magazine features a Mark Kauffman photo of Braves slugger Eddie Mathews at-bat, Giants catcher Wes Westrum behind the plate, and umpire Augie Donatelli calling balls and strikes in Milwaukee County Stadium.



1961 Roger Maris hits two home runs off White Sox hurler Billy Pierce, giving the slugger 48 in his quest to break Babe Ruth's single season mark. The Yankee outfielder has gone deep in sixth consecutive games, tying an American League record.
1964 St. Louis outfielder Curt Flood collects eight consecutive hits during a doubleheader against Dodgers pitching. The Cardinals split the twin bill in Los Angeles, losing the opener to Sandy Koufax, 3-0, but take the nightcap when Curt Simmons tosses a six-hitter to give the Redbirds a 4-0 victory.
1966 In a 3-1 Giants win over the Cardinals, Willie Mays hits his 534th career home run. The 'Say Hey Kid's' third-inning round-tripper ties him with Jimmie Foxx for most career home runs hit by a right-handed batter in major league history.
1967 After retiring the first 19 Pirates he faces, Reds' starter Jim Maloney needs to leave the game when he hurts his ankle stepping in a hole in the Forbes Field turf. Billy McCool finishes the contest, giving up two hits in Cincinnati's 4-0 victory over the Pirates.
1968 Denny McLain, who compiles a 31-6 record at the end of the season, improves his undefeated decisions on the road to 16-0 when he blanks the Red Sox 4-0 at Fenway Park. The Detroit right-hander will finish 17-2 along with an ERA of 1.44 in the 21 games he pitches away from Tiger Stadium.
1969 The Phillies post their fourth consecutive shutout, blanking the Astros at Connie Mack Stadium, 7-0. Rick Wise's four-hitter follows the complete-game performances by teammates Jerry Johnson, Woodie Fryman, and Grant Jackson.



1970 In late June, Milt Mason vowed not to leave his team-sponsored trailer on top of the County Stadium scoreboard until the Brewers drew a home crowd of 40,000, ends his 40-day boycott, descending from a 30-foot rope, when 44,387 fans show up for Bat Day. Before his death in 1973 as a tribute, the retired aviation engineer was recognized as the original Bernie Brewer, with Milwaukee introducing a costumed character with the same name as the team's official mascot same year.



1973 At the major league's annual summer meetings in Milwaukee, all of the American League owners vote "yes," and all of the National League owners vote "no" on a proposal introducing interleague play for next season. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, favoring a limited number of interleague contests, does not cast a vote that could have broken the impasse, citing the possibility of doing so when the legality of his ballot, presently challenged by the Senior Circuit, is resolved.
1975 After a frustrating 9-1 loss in Minnesota, Indians manager Frank Robinson chews out his 52-65 team. The fiery skipper appears to have gotten the players' attention when the Tribe wins 27 of the remaining 42 contests, finishing season just one game under .500.
1996 Due to a conflict with the Republican National Convention taking place in San Diego, the first major league game ever played outside of the United States or Canada occurs in Monterrey, Mexico, with the 'home team' Padres out-slugging the Mets at Estadio de Beisbol, 15-10. Fernando Valenzuela, a native of the Mexican city of Navojoa, opens the three-game series and goes six innings to get the victory for the first-place Friars.
2000 The Astros, who clout six homers for the second time in four days in their 11-10 victory over Pittsburgh, set a National League record by hitting 18 home runs in four consecutive games. Enron Field will become known 'Ten-Run' due to Houston's new ballpark's hitter-friendly dimensions, especially in left field.
2001 The Red Sox fire Jimy Williams, after he pilots the team 13 games above .500 despite numerous injuries to key players. The ousted skipper is replaced by the club's well-respected pitching coach, Joe Kerrigan, who finishes the season with a 17-26 record for the second-place club.
2001 Barry Bonds' second home run of the game and 53rd of the season breaks the franchise record established by his godfather, Willie Mays. With his first homer, the left fielder eclipses the National League record for home runs by a left-handed batter, established in 1947 by another Giant, Johnny Mize.
2002 Curt Schilling wins his 20th game of the season, striking out 12 Cubs in the Diamondbacks' 2-1 victory at Wrigley Field. The 35 year-old right-hander, who will finish the season with a 23-5 record, reaches the milestone for the second consecutive year, a feat that teammate Randy Johnson will also accomplish next month.
2002 After four days of delaying the decision, the executive board of the Major League Players' Association votes 57-0 to set an August 30 strike date. All eight previous negotiations since 1972 have resulted in work stoppages in the national pastime.
2002 At the opening ceremonies of the Little League Baseball World Series at Volunteer Stadium, the 1955 Little League team from Charleston, S.C., is honored when fourteen players from the Cannon Street YMCA Little League, 47 years after being banned from their own state's postseason tournament due to the color of their skin, are invited to Williamsport to be recognized. At the time of their banishment, Little League officials informed the other 61 all-white S.C. leagues that the winner of their state finals would not be permitted to participate in the tournament because they refuse to play against a duly franchised league.



2005 As skipper of the Fort Worth Cats of the Central League, Bobby Bragan becomes the oldest person to manage a professional baseball game. The 87 year-old's one day of employment, shortened by being ejected in the third inning for arguing balls and strikes, finds him eight days older than Connie Mack, who managed his last game for the 1950 Philadelphia A's.
2006 Before the Red Sox and Tigers game, the Red Sox honored Bruce Froemming during an on-field ceremony at Fenway Park. The 66 year-old home plate umpire works the 5,000th major league game of his 36-year career, second only to Bill Klem, who arbitrated 5,374 games from 1905-40.
2007 Jose Reyes becomes the first infielder, and tenth player overall, in the modern era (post-1898) to steal sixty bases in three consecutive seasons. The Mets shortstop, who will pilfer 78 sacks this season, steals second base in the second inning for the second time in a 10-7 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park.
2007 With nine minutes left to the signing deadline, the Orioles and their top draft choice, fifth overall, come to terms when Georgia Tech standout Matt Wieters agrees to a minor league contract, including a $6 million signing bonus. The switch-hitting catcher's deal ranks second only behind Justin Upton, who received $6.1 million in 2005 to play with the Diamondbacks.
2008 Francisco Rodriguez ties his own team record when he picks up his 47th save in the Angels' 4-3 win over Cleveland. After yielding a single to Jhonny Peralta, the right-handed closer records three quick outs--two with strikeouts--to match the mark he established in 2006.
2009 Derek Jeter, with his 3-for-4 performance in the Yankees' 10-3 loss in Seattle, passes Luis Aparicio for the most hits ever compiled by a major league shortstop. The New York infielder, collecting career hits #2,673 and #2,674 his first two at-bats, surpasses the Hall of Famer's total, who spent his 18-year career, ending in 1973, with the White Sox, Orioles, and Red Sox.



2011 Rangers president Nolan Ryan announces a bronze artwork depicting Shannon Stone and his six-year-old son attending a game will most likely reside outside the home plate entrance to the Arlington ballpark at the start of next season. The 39 year-old firefighter died after falling more than 20 feet while attempting to catch a ball tossed by Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton during a game in July.


The Ballpark in Arlington


2012 With a unanimous vote, the Major League owners approve the transfer of the San Diego Padres from John Moores, who had owned the team for 18 years, to a group headed by longtime local businessman Ron Fowler. The new ownership group, the fifth in franchise history, also includes pro golfer Phil Mickelson, a San Diego native.
2013 The Phillies name Ryne Sandberg as the team's interim manager, replacing Charlie Manuel, the winner of more games than any other skipper in franchise history. During his nine seasons in the Philadelphia dugout, the 69 year-old, never selected as the NL Manager of the Year, led the club to five consecutive division titles and a world championship in 2008.

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