On November 22, 1972, future Hall of Famer Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds wins his second MVP in the last three years. Bench beats out Chicago Cubs star Billy Williams, who also ran second to Bench in the 1970 MVP balloting…
Mookie Betts follows his three-homer game of the previous day by hitting home runs in his first two at-bats against the Orioles, giving him five home runs in seven at-bats. The Red Sox hit three other long balls in the game, including a pair by Chris Young, while the Orioles hit none, but Boston still goes down, 13 – 9.
June 1, 2016
With one out in the top of the eighth inning and a runner on third base in a 1-1 tied game, Willie Mays, running at full speed, makes an incredible catch of Carl Furillo’s drive to deep centerfield. After grabbing the ball, the rookie outfielder turns counterclockwise and throws a perfect strike to home to nail a surprised Billy Cox at home to complete the double play, and some believe, the catch, in the eventual Giants’ 3-1 Polo Grounds victory over the Dodgers, is the impetus for the beginning of the team’s incredible comeback from an 11.5 game deficit to win the National League pennant.
August 15, 2019
Former Atlanta Braves All-Star Dale Murphy announces his retirement from baseball. The two-time National League MVP retires with a .265 batting average, 398 home runsand 1,266 runs batted in.
May 27, 1993