1909 – The AJ Reach Company obtains a patent for its cork-centered baseball, which replaces the hard rubber-core one. This change will be particularly apparent in the National League in 1910 and 1911.
1915 – Jim Lavender of the Chicago Cubs went 2-0 without a hit in the first game of a doubleheader against the New York Giants.
1935 – Vern Kennedy of the Chicago White Sox threw a no-hitter to beat Cleveland 5-0. Kennedy also had a base-loaded triple.
1937 – Rudy York of the Tigers hit his 17th and 18th homers of the month to set a major league record as Detroit beat Washington 12-3.
1950 – Brooklyn’s Gil Hodges tied a major league record by hitting four home runs against the Boston Braves in the 19-3 rout of the Dodgers. Hodges also added a single for 17 total goals and drove in nine runs. Brooklyn pitcher Carl Erskine singled in the second, third, fifth and sixth innings.
1959 – Los Angeles’ Sandy Koufax knocked out 18 Giants for a National League record as the Dodgers beat San Francisco 5-2.
1965 – Boston catcher Russ Nixon tied a major league record with three sacrificed flies in Game 2 at Washington. Boston won 8-5, after taking Game 1, 4-0.
1974 – In a North West League game, Portland manager Frank Peters rotated his players so that each man played in a different position each inning. The strategy worked for an 8-7 win over Tri-Cities.
1990 – The Griffeys – Ken Jr., 20, and his father, Ken, 40 – made major league history, leading Seattle to a 5-2 victory over Kansas City. The Griffeys were the first father and son to play together in the major leagues.
2001 – Pitcher Danny Almonte, who dominated the Little League World Series with his 70 mph fastballs, was ruled ineligible after government records experts determined he was in fact 14 and certificates of birth indicating that he was two years younger were false. The discovery nullified all of his Bronx, NY team’s Rolando Paulino Little League All-Stars wins and erased all of his records – including Almonte’s perfect game and a previous no-hitter.
2004 – Omar Vizquel went 6-for-7 to tie the American League record for hits for a nine-inning game in Cleveland’s 22-0 victory over the New York Yankees. The 22-0 loss was the biggest loss in Yankees organizational history. Cleveland tied the biggest major league shutout win since 1900, set by Pittsburgh against the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 16, 1975.
2005 – Jeremy Hermida of Florida became the first player in over a century and second to win a Grand Slam in his first major league at-bat, connecting in the seventh inning against Al Reyes of the St. Louis Cardinals.
2005 – Albert Pujols hit an RBI triple in St. Louis’ 10-5 win over the Florida Marlins, giving him 100 RBIs that season. Pujols became the first player in major league history to hit at least 30 home runs and drive 100 runs in his first five major league seasons.
2010 – Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman hit 102 mph during a perfect run, and Cincinnati beat Milwaukee 8-4. Chapman joined the Reds bullpen and matched the hype on his first outing, throwing four pitches clocked at 100 mph or better.
2011 – Two home runs – Chipper Jones’ 450th and Derek Lowe’s first – gave Atlanta the first lead and Lowe combined with three relievers on a three-hitter in a 3-1 win over Washington. Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 41st save, setting a major league rookie record.
2019 – The Minnesota Twins hit six home runs in a 10-7 loss to the Tigers to break an MLB record by hitting 268 home runs in a season.
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