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June 13

2012 - 5 years ago

R.A. Dickey, who gives up only an first inning infield single for his second career one-hitter in the Mets' 9-1 victory over the Rays, breaks the franchise record for consecutive scoreless innings. The 37 year-old knuckleballer, surpassing the previous club mark of 31.2 scoreless innings in a row set by Jerry Koosman in 1973, establishes a new mark of 32.2 frames before his string is snapped with an unearned run in the ninth inning.

Matt Cain tosses the fifth no-hitter and second perfect game of the season when he retires 27 consecutive batters in the Giants' 10-0 rout of the Astros at AT&T Park. The San Francisco right-hander, with the help of two great defensive plays from outfielders Melky Cabrera and Gregor Blanco, becomes the first pitcher in the 129-year history of the franchise and the 22nd in major league history to accomplish the feat.

Ted Barrett becomes the first major league ump to be behind the plate for two perfect games. In addition to calling balls and strikes for today's gem thrown by the Giants' Matt Cain, the 18-year veteran arbitrator was also the home-plate umpire when David Cone threw his perfecto against the Expos at Yankee Stadium in 1999.



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June 14 - Flag Day

No historical events of note on the anniversary years and no Hall of Fame players with birthdays



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June 15

Happy Birthday to Hall of Fame third baseman Wade Boggs

Happy Birthday to Hall of Fame left fielder Billy Williams



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June 16

1992 - 25 years ago

During a pregame ceremony at Anaheim Stadium, the Angels become the first of three teams to retire Nolan Ryan's number. The hard throwing right-hander, who compiled a 138-121 record along with a 3.06 ERA in 291 games with California, will also have his number retired by the Astros and Rangers in 1996.



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June 17

2007 - 10 years ago

At the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Blue Jay Frank Thomas strokes his record-setting 244th round-tripper as a designated hitter in a 4-2 loss to Washington. The third-inning solo shot off Micah Bowie moves the 39 year-old veteran past Edgar Martinez for the most home runs hit by a DH in major league history.

Columbus Clippers outfielder Brandon Watson, with a base hit against the Ottawa Lynx, extends his International League hitting streak to 43 games, breaking a 95 year-old International League record. The Nationals farmhand surpasses the mark set by Jack Lelivelt in 1912 when he played for the Rochester Hustlers.

(if you follow my upcoming 1911 AL replay, you'll learn more about Jack Lelivelt, who played for the Washington Nationals)

 

1942 - 75 years ago

During the second game of a twin bill in Boston, Paul Waner, standing on first base, gestures to the official scorer, Jerry Moore of the Boston Globe, not to credit him with a hit on the ground ball in the hole that was knocked down by Reds shortstop Eddie Joost. 'Big Poison' doesn't want a questionable roller to be his historic 3000th hit, which the Braves right-fielder will collect with a clean single after tomorrow's off day.



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Big Poison had a lot of pride.



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June 18 - Happy Fathers' Day

2012 - 5 years ago

With his one-out, solo home run off Shawn Kelley in the seventh in the Diamondbacks' 7-1 victory over Seattle at Chase Field, Aaron Hill becomes the fifth player in franchise history to hit for the cycle. The Arizona second baseman, the first D-Back to single, double, triple, and homer in four at-bats, joins Kelly Johnson (2010), Stephen Drew (2008), Greg Colbrunn (2002), and Luis Gonzalez (2000) in accomplishing the rare feat.

After a lengthy ten-week trial, Roger Clemens is acquitted by a jury on all charges that he obstructed justice and lied to Congress when he testified at a deposition during a 2008 nationally televised hearing. The seven-time Cy Young winner, who won 354 games playing for the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees, and Astros during his 24 years in the major leagues, contended that the success in the latter part of his career was a result of an over-the-top work ethic and not due to taking performance-enhancing drugs, as widely believed.

Allowing only a fifth-inning single by Wilson Betemit in the Mets' 5-0 victory over Baltimore at Citi Field, R.A. Dickey throws his second consecutive one-hitter, becoming the first pitcher to record back-to-back one-hit games since Dave Stieb accomplished the feat in 1988. The 37 year-old knuckleball pitcher, who hasn't allowed an earned run in 42.2 innings, also limited Tampa Bay to a lone safety in his last start.

 

2007 - 10 years ago

Trailing the Red Sox by 15½ games in the AL East after playing just sixty-nine games, the last-place Orioles fire Sam Perlozzo as the team's manager. Bullpen coach Dave Trembley is named as the interim manager in the midst of an O's eight-game losing streak as the club embarks on a West Coast road trip.

 

1967 - 50 years ago

Red Sox third baseman Joe Foy, who is spending the night with his parents prior to a series against the Yankees, is able get his parents safely out of the building when a fire breaks out in their home in the Bronx. The house blaze will result in the loss of the many souvenirs and keepsakes the 24 year-old infielder has accumulated as a baseball player.

Astros' hurler Don Wilson no-hits the Braves, 2-0, striking out 15 of the 30 batters he faces. The right-handed fireballer, who will pitch another no-no for Houston next season, becomes the tenth rookie to throw a no-hitter.

 

Happy Birthday to Hall of Fame left fielder Lou Brock



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June 19

1942 - 75 years ago

For the first and only time in a career that spans 1,787 contests, Joe DiMaggio strikes out three times in a game. Indians' hurler Mel Harder does the deed in the Tribe's 5-4 victory over the Yankees at Cleveland Stadium.

Paul Waner singles off Pirate Rip Sewell to collect his 3000th hit. The Braves outfielder becomes the seventh major leaguer to accomplish this feat and the first to do it since 1925.

 

Happy Birthday to Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig

(interesting fact - Lou Gehrig weighed 14 lbs. when he was born)



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June 20

2007 - 10 years ago

Connecting on a fifth inning hanging breaking ball thrown by Cubs' hurler Jason Marquis, Sammy Sosa becomes the fifth major league player to hit 600 career home runs. The Rangers' designated hitter, who missed the entire season last year, joins Hank Aaron (755), Barry Bonds (748), Babe Ruth (714), and Willie Mays (660) in reaching the milestone.

 

1967 - 50 years ago

At Connie Mack Stadium, Phillies starter Larry Jackson one-hits the Mets, 4-0. It is the right-hander's eighteenth victory over New York without a defeat.



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June 21

1967 - 50 years ago

In retaliation for Joe Foy being struck in the helmet in the top of the frame, Red Sox starter Jim Lonborg promptly plunks opposing pitcher Thad Tillotson in the back, igniting a bench-clearing brawl in the second inning of the Yankees' 8-1 loss to Boston at the Stadium. The five-minute melee results in no ejections, but doesn't quite settle the matter when Reggie Smith is brushed back in the third and Dick Howser leaves the game in the fifth after being hit the head with a pitch.



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June 22

2007 - 10 years ago

The fifth longest consecutive game streak in baseball history comes to an end at 1,152 when Miguel Tejada sits out when Baltimore plays the Diamondbacks in Arizona. The Oriole shortstop, who was struck by San Diego's Doug Brocail two games ago, resulting in a non-displaced fracture of the left radius, continued his streak yesterday with an attempted sac bunt, but was lifted for a pinch runner in the first inning.

 

Happy Birthday to the Meal Ticket, Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell



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June 23

2012 - 5 years ago

Jim Thome sets a major league mark with his 13th career walk-off home run, a solo shot over the left-field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Phillies a dramatic 7-6 victory over Tampa Bay. Before today's historic round-tripper at Citizens Bank Park, the 41 year-old five-time All-Star Thome had shared the record with five Hall of Famers: Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Stan Musial, and Frank Robinson.

 

1917 - 100  years ago

Red Sox reliever Ernie Shore replaces an ejected Babe Ruth, who had walked the only batter he faced, and retires the next consecutive 26 batters. The only base runner is thrown out trying to steal second.



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June 24

1992 - 25 years ago

Much to the protest of the Yankees brass, Fay Vincent permanently suspends pitcher Steve Howe for repeated drug offenses, after the left-handed reliever is arrested for buying a gram of cocaine. In November, an arbitrator will overturn the lifetime ban, allowing the former Rookie of the Year to enjoy one of his best seasons when he saves 15 games with a 1.80 ERA for the Bronx Bombers in 1994.



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glewis wrote:

June 23

2012 - 5 years ago

Jim Thome sets a major league mark with his 13th career walk-off home run, a solo shot over the left-field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Phillies a dramatic 7-6 victory over Tampa Bay. Before today's historic round-tripper at Citizens Bank Park, the 41 year-old five-time All-Star Thome had shared the record with five Hall of Famers: Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Stan Musial, and Frank Robinson.

 

1917 - 100  years ago

Red Sox reliever Ernie Shore replaces an ejected Babe Ruth, who had walked the only batter he faced, and retires the next consecutive 26 batters. The only base runner is thrown out trying to steal second.


 What a great story about Ernie Shore! Too bad Ruth marred his perfect game.



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Tall Tactician wrote:
glewis wrote:

June 23

2012 - 5 years ago

Jim Thome sets a major league mark with his 13th career walk-off home run, a solo shot over the left-field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Phillies a dramatic 7-6 victory over Tampa Bay. Before today's historic round-tripper at Citizens Bank Park, the 41 year-old five-time All-Star Thome had shared the record with five Hall of Famers: Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Stan Musial, and Frank Robinson.

 

1917 - 100  years ago

Red Sox reliever Ernie Shore replaces an ejected Babe Ruth, who had walked the only batter he faced, and retires the next consecutive 26 batters. The only base runner is thrown out trying to steal second.


 What a great story about Ernie Shore! Too bad Ruth marred his perfect game.


For many years, the Ernie Shore effort was carried in the record books as a perfect game.  It's still looked at as a sort-of perfect game, even with the opening walk to Ray Morgan.

Ruth didn't like the call (or calls) in the plate appearance.  He charged at the plate umpire (Brick Owens) to argue, and even took a swing at him as he got angrier.  Ruth eventually had to be taken off the field by police.

Shore came on in relief.  Morgan was nailed trying to steal on the first pitch, and Shore went on to retire the next 26 in a row.

Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h...the Deadball days... biggrin



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