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May 13, 2014
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1929 For the first time in major league history, a game features both teams wearing numbers on the back of their jerseys when the Indians host the Yankees at League Park in Cleveland. The numerals will become a permanent fixture on each club's attire.
1942 Braves' pitcher Jim Tobin, en route to a 6-5 victory over the Cubs, becomes the first modern-day hurler to hit three home runs in one game, equalling the feat of Guy Hecker, who hit three inside-the-park round-trippers playing for Louisville in 1886. 'Ironsides', who pinch-hit a homer in the eighth inning of yesterday's contest, would have hit five consecutive blasts, if his first inning fly ball, which was caught against the right field fence, had gone out.
1947 During the pre-game infield practice, a barrage of racial slurs is directed at Jackie Robinson by the Cincinnati fans during the Dodgers' first visit to Crosley Field this season. Brooklyn shortstop Pee Wee Reese, a Southerner from Kentucky with friends attending the game and captain of the team, engages the black infielder in conversation, and then put his arm around his teammate's shoulder, a gesture that stuns and silences the crowd.

- Photo by Gary Dunaier

1948 On WBZ-TV, the first Red Sox game ever televised from Fenway becomes must-see TV when Boston scores three runs in the bottom of the tenth inning for the 6-5 walk-off victory. Chicago had tallied two runs in the the top of the frame, breaking the 3-3 deadlock.
1952 In a Class D Appalachian League game, Bristol (Virginia) pitcher Ron Necciai strikes out twenty-seven batters when he no-hits Welch (West Virginia). The catcher missed a third strike, allowing one batter to reach base to ruin the perfect-perfect bid.
1954 In an 8-1 victory over the Reds at Connie Mack Stadium, Robin Roberts gives up a lead-off home run to third baseman Bobby Adams. The 27-year old right-hander then proceeds to retire the next 27 consecutive batters in one of the most memorable games of his Hall of Fame career.
1955 For the first time in his major league career, Mickey Mantle hits home runs from both sides of the plate, finishing the game with three round-trippers – two from the left side and one batting right-handed. The switch-hitting slugger drives in all of his team's runs in the 5–2 victory over Detroit at Yankee Stadium.
1958 As a pinch-hitter, Stan Musial collects his 3000th hit in the sixth inning off Moe Drabowsky in the Cardinals' 5-3 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. 'The Man', the youngest player to reach the milestone, is the eighth major leaguer to accomplish the feat.
1960 The Phillies drop their third consecutive 1-0 decision, losing to Jim O’Toole and the Reds at Crosley Field. Jack Sanford and Sam Jones had shut out Philadelphia in the previous two days at Candlestick Park.
1969 With his daughter Jan, along with her classmates, in attendance at chilly Wrigley Field, first baseman Ernie Banks drives in seven runs with two three-run homers and a double in the Cubs' 19-0 rout of San Diego. Following the consecutive no-run performances by Ferguson Jenkins and Ken Holtzman, Dick Selma adds another, making it the first time in 60 years that the team has shut out its opponents in three consecutive games.
1970 With two outs in the bottom of the eight inning at Wrigley Field, Gary Gentry gives up his only hit, a short fly hit by Ernie Banks that outfielder Dave Marshall gets a glove on, but he cannot hold on to the ball. The 23-year old Mets right-hander settles for a one-hit complete game 4-0 victory over Chicago, but could have been the first hurler in franchise history to throw a no-hit game if official scorer Jim Enright had ruled differently on the blooper to left field.
1976 For the sixth consecutive game, George Brett collects at least three hits in each contest. During the span, the Royals' third baseman is 18-for-26 against the Orioles, Twins, and White Sox.
1982 The Cubs become the first major league team to win 8,000 games when Allen Ripley and Lee Smith combine to shut out Houston in Chicago's 5-0 victory at the Astrodome. The milestone comes in the 15,337th contest in the 107 year history of the franchise.
1985 New York rallies to beat the Twins 9-8 after trailing the Twins by eight runs, going into the bottom of the sixth inning. Don Mattingly's ninth inning two-out three-run walk-off home run at Yankee Stadium is the finishing touch.
1985 A day before his 43rd birthday, Tony Perez goes deep with the bases full in the Reds' 7-3 victory over the Phillies at Riverfront Stadium to become the oldest player to hit a grand slam. Previously, Pirates' third baseman Honus Wagner had gained the distinction as a 41-year old in 1915.
1993 One day before his 40th birthday, George Brett hits his 300th career home run, joining Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, Carl Yastrzemski, Willie Mays and Al Kaline as the only players with three hundred homers and three thousand hits. The Royals' third baseman's historic ball is picked up by a fan on a veterans' hospital outing who happens to be blind.
2000 Todd Stottlemyre limits the opponents to one run in six innings to earn his 136th career victory when the Diamondbacks beat San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium, 6-2, making the Stottlemyres the first father and son to combine for 300 wins. The 35-year old Arizona right-hander plans to give the game ball to his dad, Mel, who began chemotherapy early this season for bone marrow cancer.
2000 A day after failing to hustle, turning a likely double into a single, a disgruntled Rickey Henderson is let go by the Mets. The 41-year old stolen base leader is batting .219 with no homers and two RBIs at the time of his release.
2001 Still angry with umpire Mike Winters' ninth inning check-swing call of the night before, Devil Rays' manager Hal McRae gets thrown out before the first pitch of the game when he steps out of the dugout to pick up his lost cause.
2001 Alex Rodriguez becomes fifth-youngest (25 years, 289 days) player to hit his 200th career homer. Mel Ott accomplished the feat in 1934 at the youngest age (25 years, 144 days) followed by Eddie Mathews (25 years, 243 days), Jimmie Foxx (25 years, 267 days) and Mickey Mantle (25 years, 280 days).
2002 Thirty-eight home runs shy of the exclusive 500 mark, one-time 'Bash Brother' Jose Canseco, 37, retires due to injuries sustained in recent years. The former American League MVP, who was cut by the Expos during spring training, had his best years in Oakland as a teammate of Mark McGwire.
2008 Along with the Red Sox’s loss, the Rays' 2-1 victory over the Yankees in 11 innings puts the team in sole possession of first place for the first time in franchise history. The win makes Tampa Bay seven games over .500 (23-16), a mark which has never been accomplished during its 11 seasons of existence.
2009 Ryan Zimmerman's Nationals-record consecutive hit streak comes to an end at 30 games when he grounds into a ninth-inning force play. Washington's third baseman, who goes 0 for 3 with two walks, is just the seventh major leaguer to put together a string 30 or more straight games with a hit this decade.
2010 Trey Hillman, who compiled a 152-207 record in his two-plus years with the club, is fired by the Royals. The popular and well-respected 47-year-old, who piloted the team to a 12-23 record this season, including today’s victory, will be replaced by the team’s current baseball operations assistant and former Brewers manager, Ned Yost.
2013 Justin Upton, playing In his first game at Chase Field since the January trade that sent him to Atlanta in a seven-player deal, collects four hits, including a home run and a double. The first overall pick by Arizona in the 2005 amateur draft receives a mixed reaction from the crowd, with slightly more cheers than boos during Atlanta's 10-1 rout of the Diamondbacks.
2013 Thanks to a seventh-grade history class project, a three-mile stretch of K-79 highway from K-16 highway to Circleville is designated as the Barnes Brothers Memorial Highway in honor of Ozzie and Virgil, who grew up in the community and played with the Braves, Giants, and Dodgers in the 1910-20s. The McAlister middle schoolers' research brought to light the many major league accomplishments of the two siblings, including being participants in first brother matchup in big league history.

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