On December 22, 2004, former major league infielder Doug Ault dies in Tarpon Springs, Florida, from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. Ault slugged a pair of home runs in the Blue Jays first game in franchise history on opening day in 1977, and later managed in the Toronto organization.
In American Association action, St. Louis Browns player-manager Charles Comiskey prevents a double play by running full tilt into Red Stockings second baseman Bid McPhee, enabling the Browns to win, 2 – 1. The Cincinnati fans are infuriated, but the umpire certifies the play.
May 14, 1886
1960 – The National League-leading Pirates defeat Milwaukee, 5 – 3, increasing their margin to seven games over second-place St. Louis. Unfortunately, they also lose their shortstop in the process. NL batting leader and leading MVP candidate Dick Groat takes a Lew Burdette 1st-inning fastball on the left wrist with predictable results. Despite the fractured bone, which will keep Groat out of action until the end of the month, the Pirates scarcely miss a beat as Dick Schofield will step in and hit .381 while Groat is out.
September 6, 1960
In his first outing for the New York Yankees, Randy Johnson allows a run and five hits in six innings as New York open the major league season with a 9 – 2 triumph over the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.
April 3, 2005
Rookie OF Jack Cameron of Boston, after one relief appearance, gets a starting assignment against the Cardinals. Leadoff batter Tom O’Hara beats out an infield single. Al Burch’s line drive hits Cameron in the head, and caroms back on a fly to C Jack O’Neill, who throws to Fred Tenney at 1B, doubling off O’Hara. Cameron retires with one assist and a headache. This is his last major league game.
September 26, 1906