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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Bobby Lowe Hits Four Home Runs


May 30, 1894. Boston Beaneater second baseman Bobby Lowe becomes the first player in major league baseball history to hit four home runs in a game in the second game of a doubleheader to beat Cincinnati 20-11. Lowe had gone 0 for 6 in the first game of the twin bill.

Randy Velarde's Unassisted Triple Play


May 29, 2000. Oakland A's second baseman Randy Velarde completes only the tenth unassisted triple play in major league history against the New York Yankees,

Roy Halladay Throws Perfect Game


May 29, 2010. Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay tosses only 20th perfect game in major league history, He wins a 1-0 pitchers duel over the Marlins Josh Johnson. It is the second perfect game in Phillies history with Jim Bunning tossing the first.

Cal Ripken Jr. Hits Three Home Runs


May 28, 1996. Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. hits three home runs and knocks in eight runs in a 12-8 victory over the Seattle Mariners at the Kingdome. Ripken hits a grand slam, and two two-run homers, and his brother Billy gets in on the act with a home run  of his own.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Barry Bonds Passes Babe Ruth


May 28, 2006. Colorado Rockies pitcher Byung-Hyum Kim serves up the 715th home run of San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds. Bonds moves into second place on the all-time home run list ahead of Babe Ruth.

Dale Murphy Retires


May 27, 1993. Colorado Rockies slugger, and former Atlanta Braves star calls it quits after getting off to a slow start. Murphy was a two-time National League MVP, who hit 398 home runs in his career with 1,266 RBI.

Curt Schilling Records 200th Win



May 27, 2006. Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling beats the Devil Rays 6-4 to win his 200th game. He is the 104th pitcher in major league history to accomplish this feat. Schilling would finish his career 216-146 with an ERA 3.46, and had 3,116 strikeouts.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Derek Jeter Eighth Yankee To Get 2,000 Hits


May 26, 2006. The New York Yankees Derek Jeter reaches the 2,000 hit with a roller  down the third  base line off the Kansas City Royals pitcher Scott Elarton.

Sammy Sosa-Tony Womack Hit Inside-The-Park Home Runs


May 26, 1997. The Chicago Cubs Sammy Sosa and the Pittsburgh Pirates Tony Womack both hit inside-the-park home runs in the 6th inning at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh.  The Cubs win the game 2-1.

Jose Canseco Uses His Head



May 26, 1993. Carlos Martinez of the Cleveland Indians hits  fly ball to right-field that is misplayed by Texas Rangers outfielder Jose Canseco. The ball hits Canseco hits the right-fielder in the head, and goes over the wall for a home run. The Indians go on to win the game 7-6.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Willie Mays Makes Major League Debut



May 25, 1951. Willie Mays of the New York Giants makes his debut against the Philadelphia Phillies at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. Mays goes 0 for 5 in the 8-5 Giants win, but makes two outstanding catches. And as they say the rest is history.

Ferguson Jenkins Records His 3,000th Strikeout


May 25, 1982. Chicago Cubs right-hand pitcher Ferguson Jenkins whiffs Gary Templeton of the San Diego Padres to record his 3,000th career strike out.

Buster Posey Injured In Collision At Home Plate

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May 25, 2011. San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is injured in a collision at home plate with Scott Cousins of the Florida Marlins. Posey is lost for the season with a broken left fibula, and three torn ligaments in his left ankle. The injuries require surgery to repair, and MLB begins to look at home plate collisions which leads to changes in regulating plays at home plate.

Angel Pagan Hits Walk-Off Inside-The-Park Home Run


May 25, 2013. San Francisco Giants outfielder Angel Pagan hits a two run inside-the-park walk-off home run in the 10th inning giving the Giants a 6-5 win over the Colorado Rockies. Bill Terry was the last to accomplish the feat for the Giants in 1931 at the Polo Grounds.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Adam Wainwright Hits Home Run In First At Bat


May 24, 2006. Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a home run on the first pitch to him. The St. Louis Cardinals go on to beat the San Francisco Giants 10-4 at AT & T Park in San Francisco. Tossing three innings of relief, Wainwright earns his first career win.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Tommy Greene No-Hits Expos


May 23, 1991. Tommy Greene of the Philadelphia Phillies no-hits the Montreal Expos 2-0. Greene had just become a member of the starting rotation due to a pulled groin muscle of Danny Cox.

Shawn Green Has Four Home Run Game


May 23, 2002. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Shawn Green has a monster game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Green blasted four home runs, double, and a single. He broke Joe Adcock's total base record by recording 19 total bases in the game.

Jason Giambi Hits 400th Career Home Run


May 23, 2009. The Oakland A's Jason Giambi hits his 400th home run off the Arizona Diamondbacks righty Dan Harden. He is the 44th major league player to accomplish the feat.

Cherokee Nation's Ben Tincup

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May 22, 1914. Right-hander Ben Tincup made his debut for the Philadelphia Phillies becoming the first member of the Cherokee Nation to Major League Baseball. Tincup would have his career interrupted by his service in World War I. He pitched briefly for the Chicago Cubs in 1928. He had a won-loss record of 8-11 with an ERA of 3.10 during his career.

After his active career was over Tincup was a minor league umpire, and manager.  He would serve in the major leagues as a coach with the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees, he also scouted for the Boston Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and Pittsburgh Pirates. Tincup died July 5, 1980 at 87 years of age.

Jake Peavy Sets Padres Strikeout Record


May 22, 2006.  Jake Peavy sets the San Diego Padres franchise record by striking out 16 Atlanta Braves. In 2007, Peavy would tie his own record by fanning 16 Arizona Diamondbacks.

Jimmy Wynn's Tape Measure Shot At Crosley Field


On June 11, 1967. Jimmy "The Toy Cannon" Wynn crushes a tape measure shot at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. He would hit 37 home runs and drive 107 runs during the 67' season.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Jake Arrieta Improves To 8-0


May 20, 2016.  Chicago Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta improves to 8-0 beating the San Francisco Giants 8-1. A scary moment in the game for the Cubs came in the first inning when Jason Heyward crashed into the wall.

Kenny Griffey, Jr. Hits Number 200



May 21, 1996. Ken Griffey, jr., becomes the eighth youngest hitter to hit 200 home runs. He accomplishes the feat at Fenway Park in Boston. Of the seven players that hit 200 home run mark, six are in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Mike Trout Hits For The Cycle



May 21, 2013. In a 12-0 rout of the Seattle Mariners, 21-year old outfielder Mike Trout becomes the youngest player in player in American League history to hit for the cycle. He is the sixth player in the Angels franchise history to hit for the cycle.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Jim McCormick, Glasgow, Scotland's First Major League Player



May 20, 1878.  Jim McCormick becomes the first player born in Scotland to appear in major league game in a 3-1 loss to the Chicago White Stockings. McCormick born in Glasgow, Scotland pitched for the Indianapolis Blues. The next year, the team moved to Cleveland, where at 23 McCormick became the youngest manager in major league history.

Jim McCormick would enjoy a long career in professional baseball. He had a won-loss record of 265-214 with an ERA 2.43 with 1,704 strikeouts. He lead the National League in wins in 1880, 1882, and was the ERA leader in 1883. He died March 10, 1918.

Pete Grays Leads St. Browns Over The Yankees


May 20, 1945. Pete Gray sparks the St. Louis Browns in a doubleheader sweep of the New York Yankees. He has three hits in the first game, and scores the winning in run in the nightcap. Gray, who had only one arm (childhood injury) records ten putouts in the game.

Ken Hubbs Has Eight Straight Hits




May 20, 1962. In a doubleheader sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs second baseman has eight straight singles. Hubbs would go on to be named Rookie of the Year. Hubbs would tragically die in airplane crash on February 13, 1964 at the age of 22.

Justin Verlander's 2,000th Strikeout


Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander got Eddie Rosiaro of the Minnesota Twins to chase a pitch up and out of the strike zone for his 2,000th career whiff. Verlander is only the second pitcher in Tigers history to top the 2,000 strikeouts mark, and only the 76th in MLB history to top the mark.  Mickey Lolich is the franchise leader at 2,679.

The White Sox Turn Another Triple Play


May 19, 2016. The Chicago White Sox turned their second triple play in less than a month. In the first of inning of the game with Detroit Tigers. Just three weeks ago they turned a triple play against the Texas Rangers.

Vanderbilt University Pulls Off A Triple Steal


May 19, 2016. Vanderbilt  pulls off a triple steal against Auburn.

Red Sox-Yankees Bench Clearing Brawl


May 20, 1976. A collision at the plate between Lou Pinella of the Yankees and Carlton Fisk of the Red Sox sparks a bench clearing brawl. Red Sox pitcher Bill "The Spaceman Lee" suffers a separated shoulder while fighting with Craig Nettles. It will be an injury that will hamper him during the rest of his career.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Robin Ventura Hits Grand Slams In Doubleheader


May 20, 1999. Robin Ventura of the New York Mets becomes the first player in Major League Baseball history to hit grand slams in both ends of a doubleheader. The feat occurs in a sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Cubs-White Sox Brawl


May 20, 2006. At U.S. Cellular Field, A.J. Pierzynski makes a hard, but clean slide into Chicago Cubs catcher Michael Barrett. Barrett then punches Pierzynski, which ignites a brawl between the two teams. Who won the fight may be in dispute, but the White Sox won the game 7-0.

Barry Bonds Ties Babe Ruth With 714th Home Run


May 20, 2006. Oakland A's southpaw Brad Halsey serves up the of the home run moves Barry Bonds into a second place tie with Babe Ruth. Bonds had gone through a streak of 29 at bats without a home run before crushing the pitch against Halsey at the McAfee Coliseum.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Jon Lester No-Hits Kansas City Royals


May 19, 2008.  At Fenway Park, Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox no-hits the Kansas City Royals 7-0. The 24-year old southpaw is only the third lefty in a Boston uniform to hurl a no-hitter at Fenway Park. Catcher Jason Varitek enters Major League Baseball's record books by being the first catcher to catch four no-hitters.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Randy Johnson Hurls Perfect Game


May 18, 2004. Arizona Diamondbacks southpaw Rand Johnson tosses a perfect game over the Atlanta Braves 2-0. At 40, he becomes the oldest pitcher to pitch a perfect game. He also joins select company of pitchers that have thrown no-hitters in both leagues (Jim Bunning, Hideo Nomo, Nolan Ryan, and Cy Young).

Jason Kendall's 2,000th Hit


May 18, 2009.  Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jason Kendall singles at Busch Stadium in St. Louis to reach the 2,000 hit plateau. 254 players have had accomplished the feat, but Kendall becomes only the eighth catcher to reached the mark.

Kerry Wood Makes Final Appearance


May 18, 2012. Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood calls it a career making his last appearance against the Chicago White Sox. The final batter Wood faces is Dayan Viciedo, Wood fans Viciedo walks off the mound to the hug of his young son.

Tris Speaker Joins 3,000 Hits Club


May 17, 1925. In a 2-1 loss to the Washington Senators, Cleveland Indians outfielder Tris Speaker collects his 3,000th hit. He was the fifth player to have 3,000 hits in a career. His hit was a single off pitcher Tom Zachary.

Hank Aaron Collects His 3,000th Hit


May 17, 1970. Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves beats out an infield off the Cincinnati Reds Wayne Simpson. Aaron becomes only the 9th player in Major League Baseball history to have 3,000 hits, and the only player with 500 home runs and 3,000 hits.

Phillies Beat Cubs 23-22 At Wrigley Field


May 17, 1979. The Philadelphia Phillies outlast the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field 23-22. The two clubs combine for 11 home runs, which tied a Major League record set previous at Wrigley Field (Reds 67', Mets 77').

Chris Hoiles Hits Walk-Off Grand Slam


May 17, 2016. Baltimore Orioles catcher Chris Hoiles hits a walk-off grand slam home run off Seattle Mariner reliever Norm Charlton. The Orioles entered the ninth inning trailing the Mariners 13-10, when on a 3-2 pitch with two out Hoiles hit the game winner. The first time in Major League Baseball history that a grand slam had been hit with two out on a full count.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Rangers-Blue Jays Brawl 05/15/2016


May 15, 2016. A hard slide into second base by Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays leads to him being punched by Rougned Odor of the Texas Ranger ignites a brawl between the teams in Texas.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Darryl Strawberry Hits First Career Home Run


May 16, 1983. Rookie outfielder Darryl Strawberry hits his first career home run off the Pittsburgh Pirates Lee Tunnell. Strawberry would hit 335 home runs during the course of his often troubled 17-year career.

Sammy Launches Two Home Runs In One Inning


May 16, 1996. Sammy Sosa becomes the first Chicago Cub to hit two home runs in one inning. The feat was accomplished in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros in 13-1 Cubs romp. He leads of the inning with a home run off Jeff Tabaka, and later in the inning he would add a two-run shot off Jim Dougherty.

Sammy Sosa Hits His 400th Home Run


May 16, 2001. Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs hits his 400th career home run of Houston Astro righthander Shane Reynolds at Wrigley Field. The home run makes Sosa third on the Chicago Cubs all-time list, and the 33rd player in MLB history to hit 400 career home runs.

Ben Sheets Strikes Out 18 Braves


May 16, 2004. The Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Ben Sheets whiffs 18 Atlanta Braves to set a new team record. He is only the 14th pitcher in Major League Baseball history to strikeout out 18 or more in a nine inning game.  He breaks the record of Moose Haas, who had 14 strikeouts in 1978.

Clyde Shoun No-Hits The Braves





May 15, 1944. Clyde Shoun makes his first start of the season for the Cincinnati Reds, he proceeds to no-hit the Boston Braves 1-0. The only run would come off a home run by Chuck Aleno, his only home run of the season.

Virgil Trucks Tosses No-Hitter


May 15, 1952. Detroit Tigers pitcher Virgil Trucks fires a no-hit victory over the Washington Senators 1-0. Vic Wertz provides the winning blast with a  home run with two outs in the ninth inning. It was only the second no-hitter in franchise history, and the first since 1912.

Don Cardwell No-Hits The St. Louis Cardinals





May 15, 1960. Two days after being acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies, Don Cardwell of the Chicago Cubs no-hits the St. Louis Cardinals. Don Cardwell became the first pitcher in Major League Baseball history to pitch a no-hitter in his first appearance for a new team.

He would finish 8-14 with an ERA of 4.37 for the Cubs that season. He would go 30-44 for the Cubs in his three seasons with the team. He later pitched for the 1969 World Series champion New York Mets. His 5-0 stretch after stumbling to a 3-9 start was instrumental in helping the Mets catch and pass the fading Chicago Cubs.


Spending most of his career with second division clubs Cardwell finished career with a won-loss record of 102-138 and an ERA of 3.92 with 1,211 strikeouts. 

Len Barker Hurls Perfect Game


May 15, 1981. The Cleveland Indians righty Len Barker hurls the 11th perfect in Major League Baseball history. Barker defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 in front of a sparse crowd at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. It is the first perfect game since 1968.

Nolan Ryan Tosses The First of Seven No-Hitters


May 16, 1973. The California Angels right-hander Nolan Ryan hurls the first of seven career no-hitters. The 3-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals is the first no-hitter at Royals stadium.

Mark "The Bird" Fidyrch First Major League Start


May 15, 1976. Mark "The Bird" Fidrych makes his Major League start. Fidrych proceeds to throw no-hit ball for six innings, and goes the distance in a 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians. His unusual antics, and talking to the baseball entertain Tiger fans.

Joe DiMaggio Begins 56-Game Hitting Streak


May 15, 1941. The New York Yankees Joe DiMaggio begins his record breaking 56-game hitting streak. Chicago White Sox pitcher Edgar Smith serves up the hit that begins the streak. The streak will not be stopped until July 17 in Cleveland.

Felix Hernandez Registers 2,000th Strikeout


May 15, 2015. Felix Hernandez whiffs the Oakland A's Sam Fuld to become the fourth youngest pitcher to the 2,000 strike out mark. The Mariners go on to beat the A's 4-3. Only Bert Blyleven, Walter Johnson, and Sam McDowell were younger we they reached 2,000 strikeouts.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Fernando Valenzuela Wins Eighth Straight



 May 14, 1981. The Los Angeles Dodgers fans are caught up in Fernando mania. Valenzuela wins his eighth straight to start his career in a 3-2 decision over the Montreal Expos. The 20-year old southpaw has started the season 8-0 including five shutouts.

Doc Gooden Tosses No-hitter

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May 14, 1996.  The New York Yankees Doc Gooden hurls a no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners in a 2-0 victory. He becomes the eighth New York to toss a no-hitter. Gooden's career had tanked having gone almost two years without a victory, and was close to be released because of a slow start in 1996

Dave Kingman Hits A Homer Over Waveland


Dave Kingman was known for his majestic home runs, poor defense, and surly disposition. In his career he blasted 442 home runs with 1,210 RBI. Kingman was a three time All-Star, and won home run twice in 1979, and 1982 in the National League. Kingman became the first player with over 400 home runs that wasn't elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Asdrubal Cabrera's Unassisted Triple Play


May 12, 2008. Cleveland Indians second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera pulls off only the 14th unassisted triple in Major League Baseball History against the Toronto Blue Jays.

A. J. Burnett No-Hits The Padres


May 12, 2001. The Florida Marlins rookie right-hander A.J. Burnett no-hits the San Diego Padres 4-0 despite issuing nine walks. Every hitter in the Padres lineup reached base. Can you safe he was effectively wild?

Alex Cora's 18 Pitch At-Bat


May 12, 2004. Alex Cora of the Los Angles Dodgers engages in an epic at-bat against Chicago Cubs Matt Clement. Cora fouls off 14 consecutive pitches before hitting a home run on the 18th pitch of the at-bat.

Sam "Toothpick" Jones Hurls No-Hitter



May 12, 1955. Sam "toothpick" Jones completes an improbable no-hitter in a 4-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jones walked the bases loaded in the ninth inning, and then proceeded to fan Dick Groat, Roberto Clemente, and Frank Thomas. Jones was the first African-American to toss a no-hitter in Major League Baseball. He is the ninth rookie to accomplish the feat.

Walter Johnson Wins Number 400


May 12, 1926. Walter "The Big Train" Johnson notches his 400th win. Johnson's win total of 417 victories is only topped by Cy Young's 511 victories. The coming of the five-man rotation likely has ended possibility of ever seeing the feat matched.

Inside-The-Park Home Runs


The inside-the-park home run is often one of the most exciting plays in baseball.

Ernie Banks Hits Number 500


May 12, 1970. Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks hits his 500th home run of his career off Atlanta Braves hurler Pat Jarvis. Rico Carty of the Braves retrieves the ball after it bounces back onto the field.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Javier Baez Walk Off Home Run 5/8/2016


May 8, 2016. Javier Baez crushes a walk-off home run against the Washington Nationals. The extra inning win gives the Cubs a four-game sweep over the visiting Nats. The Cubs continue their best start since 1907.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Sandy Koufax No-Hits The Giants


May 11, 1963.  Lefty Sandy Koufax hurl the second of his four career no-hitters. He no-hits the San Francisco Giants 8-0 beating future Hall of Famer Juan Marichal. Koufax had a perfect game going when walked Ed Bailey on a 3-2 pitch in the eighth inning.

Al Leiter Tosses Marlins' No-Hitter


May 11, 1996. Southpaw Al Leiter tossed the first no-hitter in Marlins history, an 11-0 win over the Colorado Rockies. Leiter a two-time All-Star enjoyed a very successful career with a won-loss record of 162-132 with an ERA of 3.80. He fanned 1,974 hitters during the course of his major league career.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Mike Trout Top Ten Defensive Plays



There is little doubt that Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels is one of the best players in the game. Here is a compiled list of one fan's top defensive plays by Trout.

Charlie Lea No-Hits The Giants


May 10, 1981. Montreal Expos hurler Charlie Lea no-hits the San Francisco Giants 4-0 . Lea also becomes the first French born pitcher to hurl a no-hit game. Lea had a won-loss record of 62-48 with an ERA of 3.54. His career was cut short by arm, and shoulder injuries. Lea died on November 11, 2011 at the age of 55.

Nomar Garciaparra Two Grand Slam Game


May 10, 1999. Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra hits two grand slams in the same game in a 12-4 rout over the Seattle Mariners. Garciapparra adds a two-run homer for a ten RBI game. He becomes the first American League player since 1975 to accomplish the feat.

Greg Maddux Wins Number 350


May 10, 2008. Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux becomes only the third pitcher in Major League Baseball to win 350 games since 1928, and only the 9th in major league history. Maddux accomplishes the feat pitching for the San Diego Padres in a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies. He would be inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Dallas Braden Pitches Perfect Game


May 9, 2010. Dallas Braden pitched a perfect game over the Tampa Bay Rays winning 4-0. His perfect game was the 16th in Major League Baseball history. Braden would finish his career with a won-loss record with an ERA of 4.16. His career was cut short by arm troubles.

Carl Hubbell Hurls No-Hitter

May 8, 1929.  New York Giants southpaw Carl Hubbell hurls a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates in an  11-0 romp. Hubbell will go on to post an 18-6 record in second season with the Giants. It had been thirteen years since the last no-hitter by a lefty.

Catfish Hunter Pitches Perfect Game


May 8, 1968. Jim "Catfish" Hunter of the Oakland A's tossed the first perfect game in the American League in forty-six years over the Minnesota Twins 4-0. Charlie Robertson of the Chicago White Sox had been the last to accomplish the feat in 1922. Only 6,298 witnessed the perfect game.

Butch Henry's Inside-The-Park Home Run


May 8, 1992. Houston Astro southpaw pitcher Butch Henry becomes the first player to have an inside-the-park home run as their first major league hit. Henry slashed a line drive off the Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Doug Drabek. It would be the only home run of Henry's career.

Josh Hamilton Hits Four Home Runs


May 8, 2012. Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers becomes the 16th player in major league history to hit four home runs in a game. He also had a double in the game to establish a new American League record with 18 total bases in a game. The Rangers thumped the Baltimore Orioles in Camden Yards 10-3. Each home run Hamilton hit in the contest came with a runner on base.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Glenallen Hill's Rooftop Home Run


May 11, 2000. Glenallen Hill playing against the Milwaukee Brewers hits a home run onto a rooftop across the street. Hill  would hit 59 home runs as a Chicago Cub, and drive n 167 runs. His slash line was .304/.360/.564 in a Chicago Cubs uniform.

Ron Santo's Road To Cooperstown


Ron Santo was a nine time National League All-Star, he won the Gold Glove Award five times. He hit 342 career home runs, and knocked in 1,331 runs with 2,254 career hits. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012. His #10 was retired by the Chicago Cubs.

Top Ten Defensive Plays Chicago Cubs April 2016


The Chicago Cubs off to their best start since 1907. The sparkling defense, and strong pitching has lead the way with the cold weather in Chicago hampering the hitters.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Jamie Moyer Oldest To Pitch A Shutout


May 7, 2010. Jamie Moyer of the Philadelphia Phillies shutout the Atlanta Braves 7-0. Moyer is the first pitcher to toss a shutout in four different decades. He also is the oldest pitcher throw a shutout in major league history surpassing Phil Niekro of the Atlanta Braves. In his twenty-five year career he tossed only ten shutouts, and finished with a won-loss record of 269-205.

Starlin Castro Hits First Home Run


May 7, 2010. Starlin Castro in his first big league at bat hits a home run. He is the sixth Chicago Cub to accomplish that feat. Castro will also drive in six runs in a 14-7 win over the Cincinnati Reds. He became the first player to have six RBI in his first game in the major leagues.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Babe Ruth Hits First Home Run


May 6, 1915. Boston Red Sox pitcher Babe Ruth hits his first career home run off Jack Warhop of the New York Yankees. Ruth has three hits in the game. Two weeks later, he will hit his second career home run, and Jack Warhop is the hurler in that contest as well.

Ty Cobb Ties Home Run Record


May 6, 1925. Ty Cobb ties Cap Anson's 1884 record by hitting five home runs over two games. The Detroit Tigers beat the St. Louis Browns 11-4 at Sportsman's Park.

Gaylord Perry Wins 300th Game


May 6, 1982. Gaylord Perry goes the distance beating the New York Yankees 7-3 at the Kingdome. Perry will finish his career with 314 wins. He is the 15th pitcher to win 300 games in major league history.

Kerry Wood's Whiffs 20 Astros


May 6, 1998. Kerry Wood ties the major league strike out record by fanning 20 Houston Astros in a 2-0  one-hit victory. The 20 strikeouts is a new National League record with the previous being 19 by Steve Carlton and Tom Seaver.  He ties Roger Clemens with 20 strikeouts.

Trevor Hoffman's 400th Save


May 6, 2005. The San Diego Padres Trevor Hoffman notches his 400th career saves over the St. Louis Cardinals. He is only the third reliever to notch 400 career saves with Lee Smith at 478, and John Franco with 424.

Chris Davis Earns Pitching Win


May 6, 2012. Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis earns a win in his first pitching appearance. Darnell McDonald an outfielder for the Boston Red Sox takes the loss in the 17-inning affair. Adam Jones three-run homer provides the margin of victory. It is the first time since 1902 that two position players figure in a decision in the same game.

Defensive Wizard Omar Vizquel


May 6, 2012. Omar Vizquel becomes the oldest shortstop in major league history when he starts for the Toronto Blue Jays at 45. The Blue Jays dropped the game 4-3 to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He beat the record held by Baseball Hall of Fame member Bobby Wallace, who at 44 played in 12 games with the St. Louis Cardinals at shortstop.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Mike Piazza Passes Carlton Fisk



May 5, 2004. Mike Piazza of the New York Mets hits his 352nd home run as a catcher off pitcher Jerome Williams of the San Francisco Giants. The home run passes Carlton Fisk, and makes Mike Piazza the all-time leader for home runs at catcher. 

Naval Academy Graduate Wins First Game


May 5, 2015, Mitch Harris of the St. Louis Cardinals fans Dexter Fowler of the Chicago Cubs, and becomes the first military academy graduate to earn a victory in a major league baseball game. Harris pitched a perfect fourth, and the Cardinals went on to win the game to earn Harris the victory. It was the first time in 94 years that a Naval Academy graduate had appeared in a major league uniform.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Major League Baseball Tops Plays April 2016


The top plays from the month of April 2016. The expectations of an outstanding season of sensational plays.

Mark Grace's First Major League Hit


May 2, 1988. Chicago Cubs rookie Mark Grace gets his first hit against the San Diego Padres. Grace would go on to notch 2,445 hits in a sixteen-year career with the Cubs and Diamondbacks. He would win four Gold Glove Awards playing first base. Grace was a three time All-Star, and played on the 2001 World Series champion  Arizona Diamondbacks.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Dan Wilson Hits Inside-The-Park-Grand Slam


May 3, 1998. Catcher Dan Wilson of the Seattle Mariners in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers hits an inside-the-park grand slam home run. The Mariners go on to beat the Tigers 10-6. It is the first inside-the-park home run in Mariners history.

Francisco Liriano Fires First No-Hitter


May 3, 2011.  Minnesota Twins southpaw Francisco Liriano no-hits the Chicago White Sox at Cellular Field 1-0. It is also Liriano's first career complete game in six seasons. Liriano would enter the game with an ERA of 9.13, and a record of 2-4.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Walter Johnson Records 100th Shutout


May 2, 1923. The "Big Train" Walter Johnson blanks the New York Yankees 3-0 at Griffith Stadium. It is Johnson's 100th shutout in his career. When his career ends he has tossed 110 shutouts a major league record.

Ross Barnes Hits First Home Run


May 2, 1876. Ross Barnes of the Chicago White Stockings hit an inside-the-park home run against the Cincinnati Reds. It is the first home run in the history of the National League. Barnes would have a triple, single, two stolen bases, and scored four times.

Cubs-Reds Historic Pitching Duel



Top pitcher is Fred Toney, and the bottom is Hippo Vaughn.


May 2, 1917. Fred Toney of the Cincinnati Reds, and southpaw Hippo Vaughn both throw nine innings of no-hit ball in of the greatest pitching duels in the history of the game. In the tenth inning the Reds get on the board when Larry Kopf singles, a error by the Cubs, and an infield hit by Jim Thorpe push across a run, and Toney mows the Cubs down in order in the bottom of the 10th to preserve his no-hitter.

Chicago Cubs No-Hitters


A recap of the Cubs no-hitters over the last forty-three seasons. Jake Arrieta has added to the total in April.

Mike Cameron Hits Four Home Runs


May 2, 2002, Mike Cameron of the Seattle Mariners hits four home runs against the Chicago White Sox in a 15-4 thrashing. Cameron just misses hitting a fifth home run in the game. He is the thirteenth player in major league history to hit four home runs in a game.

Don Wilson No Hits The Reds


May 1, 1969, Don Wilson no-hits the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field 4-0. Jim Maloney of the Reds had no-hit the Astros the day before, and the Reds had pounded Wilson the week before. The no-hitter is the second for the 24 year-old right-hander.

Minnie Minoso Debuts With White Sox


May 1, 1951, Minnie Minoso becomes the first black player for the Chicago White Sox. In his first at-bat in the Windy City, he hits a home run off the Yankees Vic Raschi. Minoso would hit .326, lead the league in triples and stolen bases. He finishes second in the Rookie of the Year voting. He also played the Negro League, Cuban League, and Mexican League.

Nolan Ryan Completes 7th No-Hitter


May 1, 1991, Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers set a major league record by notching his seventh no-hitter of his career against the Toronto Blue Jays. Ryan, who holds the major league record for strike outs at 5,714. His career won-loss record was 324-292 with an ERA of 3.19. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.

Rickey Henderson Breaks Stolen Base Record


May 1, 1991, Rickey Henderson steals third base in a game against the New York Yankees breaking the record of 938 by Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals. Henderson would retire with 1,406 stolen bases. In 2009, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.