On August 12, 1961 — 1961 – At Griffith Stadium‚ Roger Maris belts his 43rd homer‚ off Dick Donovan‚ but it’s New York’s only score as they lose‚ 5 – 1‚ the Yanks’ first loss in 10 games. For Washington, it is their first win in 8 games. Gene Green’s pinch grand slam off Luis Arroyo is the big blow for the Nats.
The Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame announces four new members. Tsutomu Wakamatsu, the all-time Nippon Pro Baseball leader in average (.319) by a Japanese native with 4,000+ AB, is the most notable pick. Also selected are 1950s star Noboru Aota, historian Ichiro Kimishima and owner Yoshinori Okoso.
January 13, 2009
Despite giving up a hit in the bottom of the sixth in the Giants’ 3-0 victory over Philadelphia, Mike McCormick is credited with a no-hitter when the game is rained out, and the inning is never completed, statistically erasing the hit. Due to a rule change in 1991 that mandates a game must last for at least nine innings for the hitless effort to be called an official no-hitter, the right-hander’s five-inning rain-shortened outing no longer appears in the record book as a no-no.
June 12, 1959
2007 – After almost 20 years of wearing a pin in his cap to promote the Sunshine Kids charity for cancer-stricken children, Major League Baseball tells 41-year-old Craig Biggio that he can no longer wear the emblem during spring exhibition games. Biggio reacts angrily while the Astros front office refrains from comment. A week later, after a mild media uproar, Major League Baseball rescinds the order.
October 19, 2019
Three days into spring training, Dick Howser’s attempted comeback after undergoing brain tumor surgery comes to an end when the frail-looking Royals manager finds he is physically too weak to continue. Third base coach Billy Gardner replaces the ill skipper, who will die three months later at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City.
February 23, 1987