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June 16, 2014
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1884 Due to an inflammation in his right index finger, Larry Corcoran of the White Stockings’ (Cubs) pitches both left-handed and right-handed in a game against the Bisons. The natural right-hander hurls four innings alternating throwing arms before moving to shortstop in Chicago’s 20-9 loss at Buffalo’s Olympic Park.
1893 At New York’s Polo Grounds - Southeast Diamond, the Gothams (who will eventually be known as the Giants) offer free admission to both escorted and unescorted women, making it the first 'Ladies Day' in baseball history. The female fans see their home town favorites beat the Cleveland Spiders, 5-2.
1916 At Braves Field, right-hander Tom Hughes no-hits the Pirates, 2-0. 'Salida Tom' will finish the season with a 16-3 record, the best win-loss percentage in the National League, for the third-place Boston club.
1928 Bill Regan becomes the first player in Red Sox history to homer twice in an inning when he hits two round-trippers, including an inside-the-park homer, in Boston's eight-run fourth frame of the team's 10-5 victory over Chicago at Comiskey Park. The feat will not be accomplished again by a BoSox player until 1990 when Ellis Burks homers twice in the fourth frame of the team's 12-4 rout of the Tribe at Cleveland Stadium.
1933 Last year's National League batting champ, Lefty O'Doul, and pitcher Watty Clark, a 20-game winner last season, are traded by the Dodgers to the Giants for first baseman Sam Leslie.
1938 Future Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx is walked six straight times in the Red Sox 12-8 victory over the Browns. The Boston first baseman will lead the American League this season with 119 bases on balls.
1941 Johnny Vander Meer, best known for throwing consecutive no-hitters, becomes the first hurler to start a game by throwing four consecutive bases on balls before retiring a single batter. The Reds' starter will not make it out of the first inning of the Crosley Field contest, an eventual 6-0 loss to New York.
1952 At the Polo Grounds, Bobby Thomson erases a three-run ninth-inning deficit with a walk-off grand slam, giving the Giants a come-from-behind 8-7 victory over the Cardinals. The third baseman's decisive blow comes with one out off Willard Schmidt.
1953 With a 3-1 victory in the Bronx, the Browns halt the Yankees' winning streak at 18. The St. Louis win snaps their own 14-game losing streak and hands Whitey Ford his first loss in eight decisions.
1957 Dixie Howell, in three and two-third scoreless innings in relief, limits Washington to four hits, earning his second victory of the season. The 37-year old's hitting proves to be the difference when his home runs in the fifth and sixth innings propel the White Sox to an 8-6 victory at Comiskey Park.
1961 In his major league debut, Lew Krausse, who graduated from Chester (PA) High School just ten days ago, throws a three-hit shutout in the A's 4-0 victory over L.A. at Muncipal Stadium. The 18-year redheaded fireballer, who was signed as an amateur free agent for $125,000 by A's owner Charlie O. Finley, also collects two hits in the Kansas City contest.
1962 Trailing the Bronx Bombers, 9-8, Jerry Kindall hits a walk-off two-run homer, giving the Indians a dramatic come-from-behind victory. Left-fielder Yogi Berra, watching the second baseman's homer go over his head to beat his Yankees 10-9 in the bottom of the ninth probably experiences a "deja vu all over again" memory of Bill Mazeroski's Game 7 home run in 1960.
1963 Jim Campbell becomes only the second catcher in National League history, the first since 1946, to be credited with three assists in one inning. In the bottom of the third inning in a 4-3 loss to San Francisco at Candlestick Park, the 25-year old Colt .45's backstop nails Gaylord Perry trying to advance to third on a fielder's choice, guns down Chuck Haller in an attempt to steal second base, and ends the frame by throwing out Willie McCovey, who doubled and then tried to take an extra base on a relay to home plate.
1964 In a 7-1 victory over the Astros, Cardinal third baseman Ken Boyer hits for the cycle. In the same game, Lou Brock, recently obtained from the Cubs for Ernie Broglio, makes his debut in a St. Louis uniform with two hits, including a triple, and the fleet outfielder also steals a base.
1969 In an effort to return major league baseball to Milwaukee, the Chicago White Sox play a home game at County Stadium, where only 13,133 fans show up to see the 'home' team beat the Pilots, 8-3. Ironically, the visitors will leave Seattle next season to move to the 'Cream City' with the one-year old American League franchise becoming known as the Brewers.
1969 In the bottom of the first inning at Metropolitan Stadium, Tony Oliva and Rod Carew complete a double steal, swiping second and third base repectively. On the next pitch thrown by Angels’ starter Tom Murphy, the pair repeat the feat, as Carew steals home for the sixth time this season, tying the American League record.
1971 Recently traded from the Senators, Mike Epstein homers in his first two at-bats, giving him four consecutive homers over two games, to help the A's defeat his former team, 5-0. All of Oakland's runs are scored on solo homers.
1976 Mark Fidrych tosses his sixth consecutive complete game beating Kansas City, 4-3. The 21-year old Detroit rookie has finished every game he has started since making his May 15 debut in the Tigers rotation.
1978 Reds' right-hander Tom Seaver no-hits the Cardinals, 4-0. The gem is Tom Terrific's first no-hitter after coming close three times during his 12-year career.
1984 Mario Soto's second suspension of the season is the result of the Cincinnati starter firing a baseball at group of opposing players, striking Braves coach Joe Pignatano after he punched Claudell Washington, who was being restrained by umpire Lanny Harris as he charged the mound. The Reds' fiery right-hander will be suspended for three games due to this incident with Washington, who had been the target of his brushback pitches, getting five games off for pushing the home plate ump.
1987 In the sixth inning of a 6-5 Baltimore loss to New York at Yankee Stadium, Cal Ripken collects his 1,000th career hit when he singles to center field off Rich Bordi. The shortstop is the youngest player in Orioles history to reach the milestone.
1989 Sammy Sosa becomes the youngest Dominican to play in the majors. The Rangers' leader off batter, a twenty-year, seven months old rookie, goes 2-for-4 with a double in Texas's 8-3 loss to the Yankees.
1991 Otis Nixon establishes a National League record and ties the 1912 major league mark set by the A's Eddie Collins by swiping six bases in one game. Crime doesn't pay when the Braves outfielder's thievery cannot overcome a 7-6 loss to Montreal at Olympic Stadium.
1991 Against the Reds, Phillies' right-hander Andy Ashby strikes out the side on only nine pitches to become the 12th pitcher in National League history to use the minimum amount of pitches needed to record three strikeouts in one inning. The Philadelphia rookie becomes first in franchise history to accomplish the feat.
1992 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 Califonia, will also have his number retired by the Astros and Rangers in 1996.
1993 In his first major league at-bat, Marlins catcher Mitch Lyden hits a home run of Jose Bautista in the team's 6-4 loss to Chicago at Wrigley Field. The second-inning homer will be the only round-tripper in the brief career of the rookie backstop, who will play in just six games, collecting three hits in ten plate appearances.
1993 The 100th anniversary of Cracker Jack is celebrated with a party at Wrigley Field that includes distributing the candy-coated popcorn and peanut treat, that was introduced at the Chicago World Fair in 1893, free of charge to all of the fans attending the Cubs' game against Florida. Sailor Jack, the company's mascot, throws out the ceremonial first pitch.
1996 At the age of 83, Hall of Fame broadcaster Mel Allen, best known for his years doing play-by-play for the Yankees, dies of heart failure. His "How about that" signature line will become familiar to another generation of fans through the syndicated This Week in Baseball show, which he hosted from the show's inception in 1977.
1997 At Yankee Stadium, the Mets beat their cross-town rivals, 6-0, in the first-ever regular season game between the two teams. Dave Mlicki throws a complete-game shutout, blanking the Bronx Bombers on nine hits.
1997 In the first regular-season meeting between the two major league teams in Ohio‚ Reds' rookie right-hander Brett Tomko tosses 7.1 shutout innings in Cincinnati's 4-1 win over the Indians at Cleveland's Jacobs Field. The victory will prove to be costly for Cincy when Barry Larkin ruptures his heel running out a double, putting their all-star shortstop on the shelf for six weeks.
1998 The Phillies score seven runs in the the bottom of the ninth in an amazing 8-7 come-from-behind win over the stunned Pirates. Mike Lieberthal's two-out, three-run blast off Rich Loiselle is the final blow that sinks the Bucs.
2001 In a game that features thousands of swarming moths, the Red Sox beat the Braves and the bugs in extra innings at Turner Field, 9-5. Although the swarm has little bearing on the outcome of the game, the insects clearly bothered some players, including Dave Martinez who claimed to having sucked one into his mouth.
2001 John Olerud becomes the twenty-first player to hit for the cycle more than once his career, and only the second, along with Bob Watson, to have accomplished the feat in both leagues. Among all of the players who have managed to hit a single, double, triple and home run in the same game, the Mariners' first baseman has the fewest career three-baggers with just a dozen during his 13-year major league stint.
2005 After a pitch goes between his legs, Richmond Braves flycatcher Esix Snead charges the mound and pummels the Syracuse SkyChiefs hurler, David Bush. The action incites an International League brawl which will result in 40 players, a coach and a manager being fined and/or suspended, including a ten-day hiatus for Snead.
2006 For first time 35 years, the Yankees play a regular season game in the nation's capital, beating the Nationals in an inter-league contest at RFK Stadium, 7-5. The Bronx Bombers' previous game in Washington, played in the same ball park on Sept. 30, 1971, ended with New York being awarded a 9-0 victory when Senators fans, as a protest to losing another franchise for the second time since 1961, refuse to leave the field with their team ahead by two runs in the season finale.
2006 In the sixth inning of 9-8 loss to Lynx in Ottawa, Brandon Watson of the Columbus Clippers breaks the 95-year old International League record by extending his hitting streak to 43 consecutive games. The Nationals farmhand, who is batting .360 during this stretch, eclipses the mark set by Jack Lelivelt of the Rochester Hustlers set in 1912.
2008 In his fifth season with Seattle, Bill Bavasi is fired as the general manager of the team with the worst record in the major leagues (24-45). Two weeks ago, in a move he comes to regret, the embattled GM locked the clubhouse doors and mandates the Mariners players to sit together and be publicly held accountable for their slow start.
2010 Jamie Moyer's first outing at the new Yankee Stadium is a successful one when he limits New York to only three hits in eight innings of work in the 6-3 Phillies' victory. The Bronx Bombers' new ball yard is the 48th venue the 47 year-old southpaw has pitched in during his career, surpassing Rudy Seanez's record for the most appearances in different major league ball parks.
2010 Michael Young’s two-run single in the eighth inning not only contributes to the Rangers’ 6-3 victory over Florida, but also establishes a club record for hits. The 33-year old third baseman surpasses Ivan Rodriguez’s club record with his 1,748th hit, reaching the mark in 91 fewer games than Pudge.

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