On March 2, 1966, Commissioner Spike Eckert voids the contract recently signed by collegiate star Tom Seaver. The Atlanta Braves had signed Seaver to a $50,000 bonus a week earlier, but Eckert cites a rule prohibiting teams from signing players while their college seasons are ongoing.
John Malarkey, leading off in the bottom of the 11th inning, hits a game-ending homer off St. Louis right-hander Mike O’Neill to give the Beaneaters a 4-3 victory in the first game of a twin bill at Boston’s South End Grounds. Malarkey becomes the first pitcher in baseball history to earn a victory by hitting his own walk-off home run.
September 11, 1902
2015 – The BBWAA elects four players to the Hall of Fame, one of the largest classes ever. Three dominant pitchers all make it on their first try – Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz – while 2B Craig Biggio makes the grade on his third attempt.
January 6, 2015
Bud Selig announces that he will step down as Commissioner at the end of 2014, having been in the job in an acting capacity since 1992 and formally since 1998.
September 26, 2013
Al Rosen clouts his fifth consecutive homer over two days for the Kansas City Blues, the Tigers’ Triple-A team in the American Association. The 24 year-old freshman, who will be named the American League MVP in 1953, will finish the minor league season batting .327, earning the circuit’s Rookie of the Year honors.
July 27, 1948