On June 20, Max Scherzer of the Nationals comes agonizingly close to pitching a perfect game but has to settle for a 6 – 0 no-hitter over the Pirates. With two outs in the 9th, he hits pinch-hitter Jose Tabata with a pitch after retiring the first 26 batters in order as Tabata appears to lean into the pitch. Scherzer then retires Josh Harrison on a fly ball to end the game.
Going the distance in the Senators’ 6-3 victory over Cleveland, Chuck Stobbs wins his first game since throwing a shutout against Baltimore last September. The 27 year-old right-hander snaps a personal 16-game losing streak, which includes dropping his first 11 decisions this year.
June 21, 1957
Reds P Chris Reitsma hurls a five-hitter, shutting out the Brewers, 2 – 0. The win ends a streak of 151 starts by Cincinnati pitchers without a complete game.
July 15, 2002
The Toronto Maple Leafs play their home opener against the Jersey City Jerseys. Toronto outfielder Ellis Burton hits a two-run homer batting from the left side in the 8th inning – then hits a grand slam from the right side later in the frame. It is the first time in Organized Baseball history that a player has homered from both sides of the plate in one inning.
May 3, 1961
Donald L. Barnes, at the request of Browns’ owners William and Charles Dewitt, announces the sale of the controlling interest of the club to Bill Veeck, former owner of the Indians. The arrangement of the transaction ensures the new owner will keep the team in St. Louis, debunking the rumors of the shift of the franchise to Milwaukee.
June 21, 1951