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May 29, 2014
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1905 Dodger hurler Elmer Stricklett introduces the spitball, helping Brooklyn to beat the Giants, 4-3.
1909 Recently elected President William Howard Taft joins 14,000 fans at Pittsburgh's Exposition Park to watch the Pirates play the Cubs. The Commander-in-Chief proves to be a bad luck charm when the Bucs lose to Chicago, 8-3, marking the only time the team will be defeated in a span of 19 games.
1911 Riding the Pennsylvania Railroad, the Cubs complete their 191-mile journey from Columbus, Ohio to their game in Pittsburgh in three hours and thirty-five minutes. The trip, which sets a land-speed record, will last 75-minutes longer than the time it will take Chicago to beat the Bucs at Forbes Field, 4-1.
1916 The Giants beat the Braves in Boston, 3-0, for their 17th consecutive road win. Christy Mathewson gets the victory.
1922 The Supreme Court rules that organized baseball is a sport and not a business, which exempts major league clubs from antitrust laws and interstate commerce rules.
1928 At Ebbets Field, Bill Terry hits for the cycle to pace the Giants to a 12-5 victory over the Robins (Dodgers). The New York first baseman is the first player in major league history to include a grand slam as part of the cycle.
1946 In a reverse integration role, Edward Klep becomes the first white to play in the Negro leagues. In a game played in Grand Rapids, the Erie, Pennsylvania native tosses seven innings for the Cleveland Buckeyes against the American Giants in his debut with the Negro American League team.
1950 The St. Louis Browns' team psychologist resigns due to the lack of player cooperation.
1951 Baseball pitcher Billy Joe Davidson signs a record bonus that is reported to be $120,000 with the Cleveland Indians. The Marion, North Carolina native will never play a game in the majors.
1956 In a 10-1 loss to the Dodgers at Forbes Field, Dale Long is held hitless by Don Newcombe, ending his consecutive-game home run streak. The Pirates' first baseman had established a new major league mark by homering in the last eight Pittsburgh contests.
1959 Gus Bell goes 5-for-5, including three consecutive home runs, helping the Reds beat the Cubs, 10-4.
1962 Buck (John) O'Neil, previously a scout with the Cubs, becomes the first black coach in major-league baseball after accepting a job with the organization.
1965 Richie Allen's 529-foot blast clears the left-center field roof, over the Coke Sign, at Connie Mack Stadium. The Phillies' third baseman's two-run prodigious poke off Chicago’s right-hander Larry Jackson proves to be the difference in Philadelphia's 4-2 victory.
1966 For the second consecutive day, Ron Santo delivers a walk-off home run in extra-innings against Atlanta when his 10th-inning blast gives the Cubs a 3-2 victory at Wrigley Field. Yesterday, the third baseman ended the game with a three-run‚ 12th-inning homer beating the Braves, 8-5.
1976 In a pitching match up that features the Niekro brothers facing one another, Astro Joe beat the Braves and Phil, 4-1. Adding insult to injury, Joe hits his first and only home run in his 22-year career off his older sibling.
1978 In a 14-inning one-run loss to Pittsburgh, Phillies' outfielder Garry Maddox ties a franchise record when he swipes four bases. The Philadelphia fleet flychaser equals the mark set in 1906 by Sherry Magee, who accomplished the feat twice that season.
1979 At Dodger Stadium, Dusty Baker, Rick Sutcliffe, Steve Garvey, Gary Thomasson, Derrel Thomas, Joe Ferguson and Davey Lopes set a team record by hitting seven home runs as the Dodgers crush the Reds, 17-6.
1981 The Mets trade relief pitcher Jeff Reardon and outfielder Dan Norman, who was obtained from the Reds in the 1977 Tom Seaver trade, to the Expos for Ellis Valentine.
1982 LaMarr Hoyt's 14-game winning streak ends as the Indians beat the White Sox, 5-2.
1982 Paul Splittorff pitches eight solid innings in the Royals' 14-1 rout of Texas at Arlington Stadium. The southpaw's victory makes him the all-time franchise leader with 145 wins, one more than Dennis Leonard.
1985 The Phillies moved Gold Glove third baseman Mike Schmidt to first base, replacing him at the hot corner with rookie Rick Schu.
1989 In a hastily called press conference in San Diego, Mike Schmidt tearfully informs the scribes of his retirement, which is effective immediately. The Phillies third baseman, nonetheless, will still be selected by the fans to start the All-Star Game scheduled to be played at Anaheim Stadium in July.
1990 A's Rickey Henderson's theft of third base in the sixth inning of a 2-1 loss to the Blue Jays breaks the 62-year old American League stolen base record of 892 held by Ty Cobb.
1994 The Braves deal outfielder Deion Sanders to the Reds for outfielder Roberto Kelly and minor league hurler Roger Etheridge, who will never appear in a major league game. Kelly will remain in Atlanta only for this season, batting .286 in 63 games, while Sanders stays with Cincinnati for four years, compiling a .260 average for his new team.
1996 Orioles' Cal Ripken moves past Eddie Murray for first-place on the team's home run all-time list by hitting his 334th career home run in a 9-8 loss to the Mariners.
1997 The Padres send Hideki Irabu to the Yankees to complete the April 22nd trade that dealt two players to be named later, Gordon Amerson (minors) and Homer Bush to New York in exchange for Rafael Medina, Ruben Rivera and $3,000,000. The 28 year-old Japanese right-hander, who was purchased by San Diego from Chiba Lotte Marines in January but refused to sign with the team, insisting he would only play with the Bronx Bombers, will become a disappointment to George Steinbrenner, often incurring the owner's wrath during his three years in the Big Apple, where he posts a mediocre 29-20 record.
2000 At Yankee Stadium, Randy Velarde completes the tenth unassisted triple play in major league history. With runners on first and second, Shane Spencer hits a line drive to the A's second baseman, who catches the ball, tags out Jorge Posada coming from first base and steps on second, tripling up Tino Martinez who took off for third, to complete the rare event.
2000 At the age of 104, Fred Roberts, the oldest living Dodger fan, makes his first visit to Dodger Stadium. Wearing a jersey with the number 104, the World War I veteran cheers as Shawn Green's sixth inning grand slam helps to beat Al Leiter and the Mets, 4-1.
2001 The Diamondbacks beat the Giants at PacBell Park, 1-0. The 18-inning contest, which takes five hours and fifty-three minutes to play, establishes a franchise mark for Arizona in both innings played and time.
2002 Yankee fireballer Roger Clemens becomes the third major leaguer to strike out 10 or more batters in at least 100 games. Nolan Ryan (215) and Randy Johnson (175) are the other two hurlers to have accomplished the feat.
2003 The Red Sox trade All-Star third baseman Shea Hillenbrand (.303, 3, 38) to the Diamondbacks for 24-year old reliever turned starter Byung-Hyun Kim (1-5, 3.56).
2010 The Giants call up Buster Posey to start at first base, and the 23-year old rookie responds going three-for-four with three RBIs in a 12-1 rout of the Diamondbacks at AT&T Park. The Leesburg, GA native, who will be selected as the National League's Rookie of the Year at the end of the season, will not become the team's starting catcher until Bengie Molina is traded to Texas at the end of June.
2010 Kendry Morales breaks his left ankle jumping on home plate while celebrating his walk-off grand slam that just beat Seattle, 9-7. The freak injury will cause the 26-year old talented Angel first baseman to probably miss the rest of the season.
2010 Roy Halladay throws the 20th perfect game in major league history, outdueling Josh Johnson in the Phillies' 1-0 victory over the Marlins at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium. The former American League Cy Young Award winner, obtained from Toronto in the off-season, joins Jim Bunning as the only other hurler in franchise history to accomplish the feat.

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