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June 17, 2014

1915 In relief, Cubs right-hander George Washington Zabel throws 18 and 1/3 innings of the Cubs' 4-3 victory over the Robins at West Side Park. 'Zip', establishing the major league record for the longest relief stint in one game, beats Brooklyn starter Jeff Pfeffer, who tosses a 19-inning complete-game.
1941 In the Yankees' 8-7 loss to Chicago, Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak is extended to 30 straight games when his seventh-inning grounder takes a bad hop off Luke Appling's shoulder. The 'Yankee Clipper's' fortunate hit also breaks the team's record for hits in consecutive games, previously held by Roger Peckinpaugh (1919) and Earle Combs (1931) who both had 29.
1942 During the second game of a twin bill in Boston, Paul Waner, standing on first base, gestures to the official scorer, Jerry Moore of the Boston Globe, not to credit him with a hit on the ground ball in the hole that was knocked down by Reds shortstop Eddie Joost. 'Big Poison' doesn't want a questionable roller to be his historic 3000th hit, which the Braves right-fielder will collect with a clean single after tomorrow's off day.
1943 Red Sox player-manager Joe Cronin hits a three-run pinch homer in both games of a doubleheader, becoming the first major leaguer to come off the bench to go deep in both ends of a twin bill. Boston defeats Philadelphia in the opener 5-4, but drops the nightcap at Fenway Park, 8-7.
1944 Although he will continue to play in the minor leagues until 1955, Ed Levy appears in his 40th and final game of his three-year tenure in the major leagues. The Irish Catholic first baseman, born as Edward Clarence Whitner in 1911, is asked to start using his stepfather's surname by Yankee team president Ed Barrow to help the club attract more Jewish fans to the Bronx ballpark.
1954 Joe Adcock's ninth-inning home run off Brooklyn right-hander Ed Roebuck, his second round-tripper of the game, proves to be the game winner in the Braves' 5-4 victory over the Dodgers. The blast to left field, which clears an 83-foot wall at the 350-foot mark, is the only homer ever to land on the roof at Ebbets Field.
1958 Ossie Virgil, who became the first black to play for the Tigers 11 days ago, goes 5-for-5 in his first home game at Briggs Stadium. The Dominican's performance helps Detroit to beat the Senators, 9-2.
1960 Ted Williams becomes the fourth major leaguer to hit 500 career home runs when he goes deep off Tribe's moundsman Wayne Hawkins. 'Teddy Ballgame's' two-run blast proves to be difference when the Red Sox beat the Indians at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium, 3-1.
1962 Gene Woodling becomes the first major leaguer to play for both the Yankees and the Mets. In his National League debut, the 38-year old outfielder goes 2-for-4, scoring two runs for the new expansion team in an 8-7 loss to the Cubs at the Polo Grounds.
1962 In the second inning of Game 1 of a twin bill against the Yankees, the bottom of the Indians' lineup, Jerry Kindall, Bubba Phillips, and Jim Mahoney, hit consecutive home runs, helping Dick Donovan improve his record to 10-2. The Tribe also takes the nightcap to complete a four-game sweep of the World Champs, much to the delight of the largest home crowd in eight seasons.
1962 In a play that is emblematic of the struggling Mets, first baseman Marv Throneberry's apparent first inning triple becomes an out on an appeal play for missing second base in an 8-7 loss to San Francisco at the Polo Grounds. When manager New York manager Casey Stengel questions the call he is told by the umpire, according to legend, "Don't bother arguing Casey, he missed first base, too."
1970 At Candlestick Park, Willie Mays (615) and Ernie Banks (504) both homer in the Cubs’ 6-1 victory over the Giants. It is the first time in baseball history two players with 500 career home runs have gone deep in the same game.
1971 Don Kessinger goes 6-for-6, stroking five singles and a double. The Cubs leadoff hitter's perfect performance at the plate contributes to the team's 7-6 ten-inning victory over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.
1974 After completing the first 1000 games in franchise history with a winning percentage of .332, the Mets a compile 517-482-1 record in their next millennium of games. During the span, that includes Tom Seaver winning 12% of the team's victories, New York wins two National League pennants and a World championship.
1976 At Shea Stadium‚ Dave Kingman hits a walk-off homer to give the Mets a 1-0 victory over the Dodgers. Sky King's game-ending blast comes off Charlie Hough in the 14th inning.
1978 Inspired by Ron Guidry's performance of striking out 15 Angels in six innings and finishing the game with 18 Ks to establish a new American League mark for southpaws, the crowd at Yankee Stadium initiates a new baseball tradition when they begin to rhythmically clap each time there is two strikes on the batter. The left-hander's performance in the 4-0 victory over California will lead the team's television announcer, Phil Rizzuto, to coin a new nickname referring to the Lafayette native as 'Louisiana Lightning'.
1987 Dick Howser, former manager of the Royals and Yankees, loses his courageous battle against cancer, succumbing to a brain tumor. After three surgeries to remove the disease, the 51-year old frail-looking skipper had tried to make a comeback with Kansas City but had to resign after one day of spring-training workouts, becoming physically too weak to perform his duties.
1992 Dodger farmhand Mike Piazza, believing he was low balled in his contract negations, takes exception to the team giving a reported bonus of $500,00 to top draft pick Ryan Luzinski, a 220-pound catcher from Holy Cross High in Delran, New Jersey who will never play in a major league game. Next season, Piazza will be selected as the National League's Rookie of the Year, and will hit .331 in seven seasons for LA.
1993 Baseball owners vote overwhelming, 26-2, in favor of expanding the playoffs for the first time since 1969. The new system, beginning in 1994, will double the number of teams that qualify for postseason play to eight by realigning each league to three divisions and adding two wild card teams.
2001 Blake Stein ties an American League record when he records eight consecutive strikeouts in the Royals' 5-2 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park. The right-hander's streak started with striking out Richie Sexson for the last out of the first inning and ended after he fanned Mark Loretta to start the fourth frame.
2003 The Phillies enter into a 25-year naming rights agreement to call their new home Citizens Bank Park, promoting one of the nation's largest commercial holding companies. At Philadelphia's newest ball park, a gigantic Liberty Bell, towering 100 feet above street level, will come to life after every Phillies homer.
2003 Mets starter Jae Seo and two relief pitchers, David Weathers and Armando Benitez, combine to one-hit Florida, 5-0. The contest is the third consecutive one-hitter the team has been involved in‚ Steve Trachsel limited the Angles to one single two days ago, and last night, Dontrelle Willis beat New York, 1-0, yielding just one safety.
2004 At New Hampshire’s Holman Stadium, the Nashua Pride of the independent Atlantic League celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the Watergate break-in by giving away Richard Nixon bobbleheads to the first 1,000 fans in attendance. The minor league promotion, which included free entrance to anyone named Woodward or Bernstein and 18 1/2 minutes of silence to match the time of the gap in the infamous Watergate tape, had no reports of stolen signs during the game.
Nixon Bobblehead
2005 In a 13-6 loss to Cleveland, the Diamondbacks become the first team since 1969 to allow 10 runs in an inning in consecutive games. The eventual World Champion Mets accomplished the dubious feat in just one day when Houston swept a doubleheader at Shea Stadium.
2007 Columbus Clippers outfielder Brandon Watson, with a base hit against the Ottawa Lynx, extends his International League hitting streak to 43 games, breaking a 95-year-old International League record. The Nationals farmhand surpasses the mark set by Jack Lelivelt in 1912 when he played for the Rochester Hustlers.
2007 At the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Blue Jay Frank Thomas strokes his record-setting 244th round-tripper as a designated hitter in a 4-2 loss to Washington. The third-inning solo shot off Micah Bowie moves the 39 year-old veteran past Edgar Martinez for the most home runs hit by a DH in major league history.
2008 Cecil Cooper of the Astros and Ron Gardenhire of the Twins become the first two managers to be fined by Major League Baseball for failing to comply with pace of game regulations. Last month, all the teams were asked to help enforce existing rules in an effort to decrease the amount of time it takes to complete a big league contest.
2008 After a 9-6 victory against the Angels in the first game of a West Coast road trip, the Mets fire manager Willie Randolph, pitching coach Rick Peterson, and first base coach Tom Nieto, shortly after 3 a.m. Eastern time. The team's 18th manager, who compiled a 302-253 record in 3+ seasons with New York, will be replaced by bench coach Jerry Manuel on an interim basis until the end of the season.
2008 In the Mariners' 5-4 win over Florida at Safeco Field, Felix Hernandez strikes out the side on nine pitches to become the 13th pitcher in American League history to throw an immaculate inning. King Felix's fourth frame victims include Jeremy Hermida (swinging), Jorge Cantu (swinging), and Mike Jacobs (looking).
2009 At the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Astros catcher Ivan Rodríguez passes Carlton Fisk for the most games caught in a career when when makes his 2,227th appearance behind the plate. The veteran backstop, also known as Pudge, establishes the mark against the Rangers, the team he broke in with as a 19-year old in 1991.
2009 Fans attending tonight's game at Fenway Park will have an opportunity to win food and prizes, along with one lucky patron, sitting 500 feet from plate, receiving a pair of tickets for a future contest. The Red Sox are treating their fans to celebrate the 500th straight sellout at home, a streak begun on May 15, 2003, in which almost 18 million have seen the club compile a 326-173 record over the first 499 games of the record span.
2013 Max Scherzer becomes the second Tiger starter in the 104-year history of the franchise to begin the season at 10-0 when Detroit beats Baltimore at Comerica Park, 5-1. George Mullin, known as Wabash to his teammates, began the 1909 season 11-0 en route to a 29-8 record for the eventual American League champs.

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