On April 21, 1971, Willie Stargell hits three home runs, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 10-2 win over the Atlanta Braves. Stargell, who hit three home runs in a game only 11 days earlier, will set a record for the most home runs in April.
The Yankees replace manager Billy Martin with Dallas Green. ‘Billy the Kid’ will compile a 1253-1013 (.553) record piloting the Tigers, Twins, Yankees, A’s, and Rangers during his 19-year managerial career.
October 7, 1988
With the bases loaded in the fourth inning during an eventual 6-2 Expos victory at Dolphin Stadium, Mike Lowell tags Brian Schneider, taking a lead off third base. The Expos catcher becomes the victim of the hidden ball trick, not realizing the Marlins third baseman had not given the pitcher the ball after visiting the mound.
September 15, 2004
In San Francisco, the Reds’ Tom Seaver fires a 3-hitter, beating the Giants, 2 – 0. Tom Terrific retires the last 21 straight batters and the Reds push over two runs in the 9th off Ed Whitson to win.
June 30, 1979
Tom Seaver picks the Mets’ name from a hat in a lottery, signing with the team for a reported $50,000 bonus. Tom’s father had threatened a lawsuit, necessitating the special draft, after his son’s contract with Atlanta was voided by Commissioner William Eckert because the right-hander’s college team had played two exhibition games, but signing a pro contract also prevents the future Hall of Famer from playing on the collegiate level.
April 3, 1966