On June 20, P Lee Smith saves the Angels’ 3 – 2 win over the Royals to set a major league record with his 18th save in 18 opportunities. His streak will end on June 28th.
1959 – Sandy Koufax fans 18 Giants to set a National League mark in a 5 – 2 Dodger win. The game is witnessed by a crowd of 82,974 spectators (60,194 of whom have paid admission), the largest ever for a regular-season game.
August 31, 1959
In the first six innings, Indians starter Sam McDowell walks six Nats batters, five intentionally. Three of the intentional passes go to Frank Howard in his first three at bats, twice when he leads off the inning. McDowell moves to 1B in the 6th inning, with two on and no outs, and Dean Chance comes in, allowing both runners to score. McDowell comes back to the mound to finish, losing 4 – 1 to Dick Bosman.
September 2, 1970
1969 – Tommie Agee and Ed Kranepool hit home runs, Agee makes two brilliant catches in center field, and the New York Mets blank the Baltimore Orioles, 5 – 0. The underdog Mets take a 2-1 World Series lead.
October 14, 1969
With a 9 – 3 victory over the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium, the St. Louis Cardinals clinch the NL Central Division title. An emotional on-field celebration includes Albert Pujols carrying Darryl Kile’s No. 57 jersey onto the field in tribute of the pitcher who died unexpectedly on June 22nd.
September 20, 2002