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May 27, 2014
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1904 Giants' infielder Dennis McGann steals five bases to establish a major league record. The 32-year old Kentucky native's thievery helps New York beat Brooklyn at the Polo Grounds, 3-1.
1937 Carl Hubbell, working two innings in relief, wins his 24th consecutive game when the Giants beat Cincinnati, 3-2. Mel Ott's ninth-inning home run proves to be the difference in the Crosley Field contest.
1941 Play is halted in the seventh inning of Braves-Giants game at the Polo Grounds so the crowd of 17,009 and players can listen to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's radio address over the stadium's P.A. system. After FDR announces the Proclamation of an Unlimited National Emergency, the tied 1-1 contest is resumed after a 45-minute delay.
1951 A large ad appears in the Minnesota Sunday Times asking the local fans for their continued support of the Millers despite the promotion of the team's phenom to the major leagues. Giants owner Horace Stoneham explains Willie Mays' performance, .477 batting average and hitting safely in 33 of 35 games, has warranted the young outfielder's move to the Polo Grounds in New York.
1955 In the first five innings of a 16-0 Red Sox rout of the Senators, Norm Zauchin drives in ten runs. Boston's 26-year old first baseman accomplishes the feat with home runs in the first, second and fifth frames along with a fourth inning double.
1959 National League president Warren Giles rules the final score of Haddix's 'perfect game' is 1-0. Henry Aaron (for leaving base path) and Joe Adcock (for passing Aaron) are declared out with Adcock's round-tripper scored as a double instead of a home run.
1960 Orioles catcher Clint Courtney becomes the first backstop to use the big knuckleball glove, an innovation of manager Paul Richards. The larger mitt which has a 45-inch circumference helps as knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm goes the distance in Baltimore's 3-2 victory at Yankee Stadium in a game that doesn't feature a wild pitch or a passed ball.
1968 Major league baseball expands outside the confines of the United States when the National League announces the addition to Montreal to the circuit. San Diego is also awarded an expansion team.
1974 Ken Brett blanks Padres 6-0 on two hits and then in the second game of a doubleheader pinch-hits a triple to give the Pirates an 8-7 victory.
1981 After Lenny Randle drops to his hands and knees in an attempt to 'encourage' Amos Otis' slow roller to go foul, umpire Larry McCoy accuses the Mariner third baseman of blowing the ball foul. Randle's explanation that he was merely yelling at the ball not to stay fair is initially convincing until Royals' manager Jim Frey complains.
1984 Mario Soto, Cincinnati's starting pitcher, is ejected from the game when he shoves Steve Rippley, the third base umpire who called Ron Cey's foul ball down the left field line a home run. Although the decision will be reversed, the Reds' right-hander will also attack Cubs coach Don Zimmer prompting National League president Chub Feeney to suspended the fiery fireballer for five games, the first of the two suspensions he will be given this season.
1986 The Indians have base runners on first and second with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning when the game is delayed due to a dense fog coming off Lake Erie. Boston is credited with a 2-0 victory when the Cleveland Stadium contest cannot be continued prompting Boston's Oil Can Boyd to comment, "What do you expect when they build a ball park on the ocean?".
1992 The last place Braves beat the Phillies at Veterans Stadium, 9-3. The victory is the start of a 78-37 run which will propel Atlanta to its second straight West Division title, finishing eight games in front of the Reds.
1993 After hitting just .143 in 26 games for the Rockies, former Brave superstar Dale Murphy retires from baseball. The two-time National League MVP leaves the game with a career average of .265, 398 home runs and 1,266 RBIs.
1997 At the Metrodome, Ken Griffey Jr. breaks his own major league mark for home runs hit through May when he goes deep for his 23rd round-tripper of the season in an 11-10 loss to Minnesota. The Mariners outfielder had established the record in 1994.
1997 In a complete-game effort, Steve Ontiveros limits the Yankees to one hit in the A's 3-0 victory at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The 34-year old right-hander's bid for a no-hitter is spoiled by a two-out sixth inning single by Luis Polonia.
2000 The Cardinals pay tribute to Hall of Famer hurler Dizzy Dean by dedicating a statue, created by sculptor Harry Weber, outside of Busch Stadium. The colorful character joins Enos Slaughter, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Stan Musial, and Red Schoendienst to be honored in such a manner by the Redbirds.

 

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2000 The Reds retire the No. 24 jersey worn by Hall of Famer Tony Perez, marking just the sixth time the oldest professional baseball organization has bestowed the honor. The former first baseman and manager joins Fred Hutchinson (1), Johnny Bench (5), Joe Morgan (8), Ted Kluszewski (18) and Frank Robinson (20) to be honored in such a manner. Ken Griffey Jr. after being acquired by the Reds in the off season agrees to switch his uniform number from 24 to 30, the number worn by his father as a member of the Big Red Machine.
2003 In Atlanta, the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a decision that prevents the Florida attorney general from investigating the 2001 attempt by MLB to eliminate two teams. The 11th circuit decision of Judges Gerald B. Tjoflat, Susan H. Black and Richard W. Goldberg, considered to be a major victory by the commissioner's office, is based on the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and state law rather than the sport's antitrust exemption.
2004 After beating the Oakland A’s, Curt Schilling, on his way home from Fenway, calls the cops on his cell phone to report an erratic driver. The Westwood Police Department apprehended the driver and pulled him over.
2004 At Kauffman Stadium, the visiting Tigers tie a club record collecting 27 hits, including Carlos Pena's 6-for-6 performance, in a 17-7 rout of the Royals. The first time time Detroit banged out that many hits in a game was against the Yankees at the end of the 1928 season at Navin Field.
2006 Curt Schilling and the Red Sox beat the Devil Rays, 6-4, making the right-hander hurler the 104th player to amass 200 victores. Pitching a perfect ninth inning, Jonathan Papelbon establishes a rookie record by recording his 18th save in 18 tries.
2008 With a 44-0 record and needing just one more win to become the first undefeated team in N.C.A.A. baseball history, Trinity College loses to Johns Hopkins 4-3. The loss sets up a winner-take-all in the Division III World Series in which the Hartford-based school scores a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth to win the game, 5-4, and the national championship.
2008 When Jamie Carroll is caught off first base by White Sox pitcher Ehren Wasserman's fake throw to third and gets into a rundown, David Dellucci, the runner on third, breaks for home and scores on first baseman Paul Konerko's throw in the dirt which also allows Carroll to reach second and Grady Sizemore, the runner on second, move third base. Chuck Murr, official scorer of the Indians' 8-2 victory over the White Sox, credits all three runners with stolen bases making it the first triple steal to be accomplished since 1987 when Atlanta pull it off against Houston.
2009 Gerry Rodriguez completes his cycle with a tenth inning walk-off home run. The minor leaguer's four hits help pace the Rome Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Greenville Drive in South Atlantic League action.
2009 Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka and two relievers combine to throw six wild pitches making it only the fifth time since 1900 that the dubious feat has been accomplished. Dice K ties an 80-year club franchise with four errant throws to catcher George Kottaras with relievers Manny Delcarmen and Justin Masterson each uncorking one.
2012 A sign bearing the likeness of Mike Piazza connecting for his decisive eighth-inning home run in the Mets' 3-2 victory against Atlanta in the first professional sports event in New York City following the terrorist attacks of 9/11 proves to be the winning entry in the Mets revival of Banner Day, a team tradition started in 1963 that lasted until 1996. The artwork, created by cousins Olivia Nuzzo and Stephanie Giangrande, included a section of the NYC's former skyline with WTC towers silhouetted above Piazza's heroic homer in mid-swing above the words, "The home run that helped heal N.Y. God Bless America. Let's Go Mets."

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