On January 30, 1958, Commissioner Ford Frick announces that players and coaches will vote on selections for the All-Star Game, replacing the fans’ ballot. The vote will not return to the fans until 1970, when Commissioner Bowie Kuhn reverses Frick’s action.
The Yankees defeat the Mariners, 6 – 1. Relief pitcher Mike Stanton makes his first major league start for New York, ending his record streak of 552 consecutive relief appearances prior to his first start. The previous record of 443 was set by Gary Lavelle of the San Francisco Giants.
May 9, 1999
The selection of Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr. and Sammy Sosa as starters in the NL All-Stars’ line-up marks the first time in history three players with 500 career home runs have appeared on the same team. The trio will form the starting outfield in the 75th All-Star Game in Houston’s Minute Maid Park.
July 4, 2004
“The pennant should be decided in the traditional manner.” – Warren Giles, National League President.
August 3, 1967
The Nationals have apparently thrown in the towel on a season in which they were prohibitive preseason favorites to win a third straight division title. Today, playing below .500, they dispatch two veterans, 2B Daniel Murphy, who heads to the Cubs in return for a minor leaguer, and 1B Matt Adams, who returns to the Cardinals after being claimed off waivers. They also place their highest-profile player, OF Bryce Harper, on waivers, but pull him back when the Dodgers claim him but are only willing to pay his remaining salary and not offer any players in return.
August 21, 2018