On August 6, 1930 — Gene Rye becomes the first player to hit three homers in a single inning when he blasts a solo homer, a three-run shot, and a grand slam in the Waco Cubs’ 18-run eight-inning eruption in their eventual 20-7 Texas League victory over the visiting Beaumont Exporters at Katy Park. The 24 year-old diminutive southpaw-swinging outfielder, called Half Pint by his teammates, will be signed by the Red Sox, spending the first two months of next season with the team before being released when he hits just .179 in 17 games.
Red Barrett retires the first 22 batters he faces before his bid for a perfect game is broken up with an eighth-inning single by Delmar Ennis. The Cardinals’ right-hander gains his first victory of the season with his 7-0 whitewashing of Philadelphia at Sportsman’s Park.
June 8, 1944
The National League rallies for three runs in the 9th inning to win the All-Star Game at Milwaukee, 6 – 3. The Chicago Cubs’ Bill Madlock and the New York Mets’ Jon Matlack share the game’s MVP award.
July 15, 1975
The Indians (35-17) move into first place when Bob Feller gets his 2,500th career strikeout in the Tribe’s 4-3 victory over Boston at Fenway Park. ‘Rapid Robert’ will finish his 18-year major league career striking out 2,581 hitters, an average of more than six batters a game.
June 12, 1954
Attempting to break Stan Musial’s National League record for hits, Pete Rose hits a wicked infield grounder to Garry Templeton that the official scorer rules an error, rather than giving the Phillies first baseman his historic hit. Amidst the loud booing by the large vocal crowd at Veterans’ Stadium, fireworks begin as an anxious stadium engineer ignites the planned celebration prematurely, thinking he heard Bill Giles said ‘go’ into the walkie-talkie, when the Phillies president had really said ‘no’.
August 10, 1981