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June 3, 2014

1888 The first publication of Ernest L. Thayer's poem Casey at the Batappears in the San Francisco Examiner. The work is originally published under the pen name 'Phin', because the poet feels embarrassed by what he considers to be bad verse and decides to keep his identity a secret, until others come forward to claim the work to be their own.


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1902 Cardinal right-hander Mike O'Neil hits the first pinch-hit grand slam in major league history. The hurler's ninth inning blast off Beaneater Togie Pittinger proves to be the difference in the Redbirds' 11-9 victory over Boston at South End Grounds.
1921 Crip Polli strikes out 28 batters in a ten-inning contest against Cushing Academy at Mountaineer Recreation Field in Montpelier, Vermont. The Goddard Seminary student's performance, which is highlighted in Ripley's Believe It or Not, is no fluke as the high schooler will fan 105 batters in a five-game span.
1932 In Philadelphia, Lou Gehrig becomes the first player in the twentieth century to blast four home runs in one game, and barely misses hitting a fifth. The Yankees hammer out a major league record with 50 total bases in a 20-13 slugfest with Philadelphia.
1932 Citing poor health, the Giants announce the resignation of long time skipper, John McGraw. During his thirty-two year tenure, the fiery manager won three World Series and nine National League pennants, including a record four consecutive flags.
1932 Tony Lazzeri blasts a grand slam to complete his natural cycle, with his four hits being accomplished in sequential order; single, double, triple, home run. This rare and amazing feat is overshadowed by Yankee teammate Lou Gehrig hitting four home runs in the same game, and the announcement of long-time Giants manager John McGraw's retirement on the same day.
1933 The Yankees survive the visiting A's 11-run outburst in the second inning, beating Philadelphia 17-11. The Bronx Bombers also enjoy a big inning, putting up a 10-spot in the fifth frame.
1939 Joe Sprinz fractures his upper jaw in twelve places and has five teeth knocked out attempting to catch a ball dropped 800 feet from a Goodyear blimp. 'Mule', a catcher with the PCL's San Francisco Seals, had been participating in Baseball Day at the Golden Gate Exposition on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay when the ball hit his upraised glove and was driven into his face, resulting in a two-month stay in the hospital.
1951 With two outs in the second inning of an eventual 1-0 loss to the Giants, Cardinals' southpaw Max Lanier walks Monte Irvin, gives up a double down the right field line to Willie Mays, and then intentionally walks Hank Thompson to load the bases. The St. Louis lefty will get out of the early jam by striking out opposing pitcher Dave Koslo, but the frame will mark the first time in major league history a trio of black players occupy three bases at the same time.
1952 The Red Sox deal Johnny Pesky, Walt Dropo, Fred Hatfield, Don Lenhardt and Bill Wight to the Tigers in exchange for Hoot Evers, George Kell, Johnny Lipon and Dizzy Trout. Pesky will return to Boston to serve as a coach, manager, announcer and assistant general manager and will have his uniform number 6 retired by the organization in 2008.
1967 Harmon Killebrew launches the longest home run ever hit in Metropolitan Stadium, a 503 foot shot which travels deep in the second deck of the left-center field bleachers. The stadium chair the ball hit by the Twins' outfielder is mounted high on a wall overlooking the flume ride at Nickelodeon Universe in the Mall of America, the former site of the Met, in the precise spot the ball landed in the upper deck in deep left-center field.
1969 Tom Seaver strikes out 14 batters in eight innings en route to the Mets' 5-2 win over LA at Shea Stadium. The victory, fueled by Ed Kranepool's two home runs, improves the second-place team's record to 24-23, the latest they have been above .500 in franchise history.
1978 Phillies' Davey Johnson becomes the first major leaguer to pinch-hit two grand slams in one season. His ninth inning bases-loaded shot beats the Dodgers, 5-1.
1978 The Braves and the Cubs tie a major league record using 14 hurlers in a single game. Each team uses seven pitchers when Chicago beats Atlanta at Wrigley Field, 8-6.
1980 The Mets select 18-year old Darryl Strawberry as the team's number one pick in the June draft. During his stormy eight-year tenure with the team, the 6' 6" outfielder will establish franchise records with 252 homers and 733 RBIs.
1980 The Expos' first-round selection in the amateur draft is University of Arizona standout Terry Francona, who will be signed by the team’s general manager John McHale for $100,000. In 1958, McHale, then the GM of the Tigers, had refused to give a $1000 raise to their top pick's dad, Tito, who had ask for a salary increase to help support a new addition to his family, a son named Terry.
1981 Returning as a free agent after a two-year absence from the game, Royals catcher Jerry Grote hits his first home run since 1976. The former Astro and Mets backstop's grand slam helps Kansas City overcome the Mariners, 12-9.
1987 Three grand slams are hit at Wrigley Field in the Cubs' 22-7 rout of the Astros. Chicago's Keith Moreland and Brian Dayett go deep with the bases loaded and Billy Hatcher adds one for Houston.
1989 In a 22-inning game played at the Astrodome, Houston beats the Dodgers, 5-4, when Rafael Ramirez's run-scoring single plates Bill Doran to end the contest at 2:50 a.m., seven hours and 14-minutes after it started. The longest game in National League history features L.A. center fielder John Shelby going 0-for-10 and southpaw Fernando Valenzuela finishing the game at first base.
1989 Nolan Ryan pitches his 11th career one-hitter, beating the Mariners, 6-1. The Alvin, Texas native breaks Bob Feller's record of 15 low-hit games, having now pitched a combination of 16 no-hit and one-hit games.
1993 Although Alex Rodriguez called and asked the team not to choose him, the Mariners still select the stand-out scholastic shortstop with the first pick in the amateur draft. The Westminster Christian High School (FL) senior, who hit .417 with 17 homers along with 90 stolen bases, told club officials that Seattle was too far away and he wanted to play in the National League.
1995 In a scoreless tie, Expo hurler Pedro Martinez hurls nine perfect innings against Padres. After Montreal takes the lead in the top of the tenth inning, the 23-year old Dominican right-hander gives up a lead-off double to Bip Roberts in the bottom of the frame but gets the 1-0 victory when Mel Rojas secures the final three outs for a save.
1996 At the Huggins-Stengel complex in St. Petersburg, the expansion Devil Rays begin their first mini-camp in franchise history. Twenty-four free agents, signed before the June draft, work out in front of the recently assembled Tampa Bay coaching staff and Tom Foley, the team's field coordinator.
1998 Orlando Hernandez gets the victory in his major league debut when the Yankees defeat the Devil Rays in New York, 7-1. 'El Duque', who escaped from Cuba by boat six months ago, allows a run on five hits in seven innings.
2001 Manny Ramirez's 491-foot, fifth deck blast is the longest home run ball ever hit in the history of the SkyDome. The Red Sox DH's moon shot eclipses A's first baseman Mark McGwire's 1996 mark by three feet.
2002 The fifth major league manager is fired since the beginning of the season when Buck Martinez is let go by the 20-33 Blue Jays. The former catcher and broadcaster will be replaced for the remainder of the season by third base coach Carlos Tosca.
2003 Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter is named the 11th captain in club history. The 28-year old joins Hal Chase (1912), Roger Peckinpaugh (1914-21), Babe Ruth (for six days in 1922), Everett Scott (1922), Lou Gehrig (1935-41), Thurman Munson (1976-79), Graig Nettles (1982-84), co-captains Willie Randolph and Ron Guidry (1986-89), and Don Mattingly (1991-95).
2003 Slugger Sammy Sosa is ejected from the game during the first inning after he shatters his bat and the broken remains expose cork. The Cub outfielder will be suspended by major league baseball for eight games (reduced to 7 after an appeal) for his offense.
2004 After calling calling 4,306 consecutive regular season games, and another 41 during the postseason, Tom Cheek’s 27 1/2 season streak ends. The modest broadcaster, who misses his first game due to his dad’s death, had done play-by-play of every Blue Jays game since the team’s inception on a snowy day in 1977.
2008 Elaine Fulps wins the Grand Prairie AirHogs promotion that includes a certificate for a casket and a funeral at the Chapel of Roses Funeral Home, as well as a cemetery plot and a headstone. The American Association minor league team’s $10,000 give-away will not expire until the 60-year winner from Arlington, Texas resident does, according to Ron Alexander, the sales manager at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.?
2010 The day after he loses a perfect game on a blown call, Armando Galarrga presents the lineup card at home plate to Jim Joyce, the ump who made the infamous call. In a display of outstanding sportsmanship that is applauded nationwide, the two shake hands and when Galarraga walks away, the apologetic arbitrator pats the Venezuelan right-hander on the shoulder.
2012 In a pre-game ceremony at Citi Field, John Franco becomes the 26th member of the Mets Hall of Fame. The former southpaw reliever, who also played for Cincinnati and Houston, leads all lefties in all-time saves with 424, which includes 276 for the Mets, a franchise record.

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