Tag: April 21

1996 – For the third time that season, Todd Jones blows the save and gets the win. Each time, Derek Bell is his savior. Bell’s three-run homer in the eighth rescues a 7-5 victory over Cincinnati. Brian Hunter chips in with three hits. Jones has a rather undeserving 3-0 record. 

1996 – For the third time that season, Todd Jones blows the save and gets the win. Each time, Derek Bell is his savior. Bell’s three-run homer in the eighth rescues a 7-5 victory over Cincinnati. Brian Hunter chips in with three hits. Jones has a rather undeserving 3-0 record. 

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1987 – Red-hot Billy Hatcher marks his ninth consecutive multi-hit game and 11th in the 14 games he’s played.. His 28th hit of the season (a .475 average) keys a four-run ninth-inning comeback that shocks Atlanta, 7-6. His hitting streak would end at 16 games. 

1987 – Red-hot Billy Hatcher marks his ninth consecutive multi-hit game and 11th in the 14 games he’s played.. His 28th hit of the season (a .475 average) keys a four-run ninth-inning comeback that shocks Atlanta, 7-6. His hitting streak would end at 16 games. 

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1978 – A Hollywood ending helps Houston subdue the Dodgers, 8-6. With two on against Ken Forsch in the bottom of the ninth, Ron Cey lines to Bob Watson who steps on first to double off Reggie Smith. Watson spins and throws to Roger Metzger at second who beats Bill Russell to the bag to complete the game-ending triple play. Joe Ferguson’s three-run homer in the eighth had given the Astros their lead.

1978 – A Hollywood ending helps Houston subdue the Dodgers, 8-6. With two on against Ken Forsch in the bottom of the ninth, Ron Cey lines to Bob Watson who steps on first to double off Reggie Smith. Watson spins and throws to Roger Metzger at second who beats Bill Russell to the bag to complete the game-ending triple play. Joe Ferguson’s three-run homer in the eighth had given the Astros their lead.

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2015 – A two-run double by Jose Altuve keys a five-run eighth and a 6-3 victory over the Mariners. The 8-6 Astros lead the AL West and have won four straight. Collin McHugh claims his third victory of the season. 

2015 – A two-run double by Jose Altuve keys a five-run eighth and a 6-3 victory over the Mariners. The 8-6 Astros lead the AL West and have won four straight. Collin McHugh claims his third victory of the season. 

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2019 – Rangers slugger Joey Gallo ends a bizarre streak when he drives in a run on a sacrifice fly in the 4th inning, as part of a wild 11 – 10 win over the Astros. Gallo had gone 1,145 at-bats in his career without recording a sac fly, the longest such streak since it was introduced as an official statistic in 1954. In the game, Shelby Miller records his first win in over two years.

2019 – Rangers slugger Joey Gallo ends a bizarre streak when he drives in a run on a sacrifice fly in the 4th inning, as part of a wild 11 – 10 win over the Astros. Gallo had gone 1,145 at-bats in his career without recording a sac fly, the longest such streak since it was introduced as an official statistic in 1954. In the game, Shelby Miller records his first win in over two years.

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Facing the Boston Red Sox, who are a scorching 17-2 heading into the game, Sean Manaea of the Athletics pitches the first no-hitter of the season, winning 3 – 0. He strikes out 10 while walking 2 in his first career complete game.

Facing the Boston Red Sox, who are a scorching 17-2 heading into the game, Sean Manaea of the Athletics pitches the first no-hitter of the season, winning 3 – 0. He strikes out 10 while walking 2 in his first career complete game.

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The Argentinian national team wins a qualifier for the Pan American Games for the first time (they twice automatically qualified as hosts previously). They make it to the 2019 Pan American Games by routing Brazil, 7 – 1, in the Gold Medal Game. Knuckleballer Diego Echeverría surrenders five hits and one run in baffling Brazilian batters, while Jacinto Cipriota drives in three runs and scores twice for Argentina and Eduardo Zurbriggen tacks on a two-run homer late.

The Argentinian national team wins a qualifier for the Pan American Games for the first time (they twice automatically qualified as hosts previously). They make it to the 2019 Pan American Games by routing Brazil, 7 – 1, in the Gold Medal Game. Knuckleballer Diego Echeverría surrenders five hits and one run in baffling Brazilian batters, while Jacinto Cipriota drives in three runs and scores twice for Argentina and Eduardo Zurbriggen tacks on a two-run homer late.

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2016 – Jake Arrieta throws the first no-hitter of the year in the major leagues as the Cubs defeat the Reds, 16 – 0. It is the highest-scoring no-hitter since Pud Galvin won one by a score of 18 – 0 back on August 4, 1884. Kris Bryant homers twice, including a grand slam, to lead the offence. For Arrieta, who is now 4-0, 0.87 in four starts this year, it is his second career no-hitter.

2016 – Jake Arrieta throws the first no-hitter of the year in the major leagues as the Cubs defeat the Reds, 16 – 0. It is the highest-scoring no-hitter since Pud Galvin won one by a score of 18 – 0 back on August 4, 1884. Kris Bryant homers twice, including a grand slam, to lead the offence. For Arrieta, who is now 4-0, 0.87 in four starts this year, it is his second career no-hitter.

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Jake Arrieta tosses a no-hitter in the Cubs’ 16-0 rout over the Reds at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park. The Chicago right-handed ace becomes only the second pitcher, joining Johnny Vander Meer, who threw consecutive no-hitters in 1938, ever to go unbeaten between no-hit games, having not recorded a loss in his last 17 regular-season starts since he threw a no-no against the Dodgers last season.

Jake Arrieta tosses a no-hitter in the Cubs’ 16-0 rout over the Reds at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park. The Chicago right-handed ace becomes only the second pitcher, joining Johnny Vander Meer, who threw consecutive no-hitters in 1938, ever to go unbeaten between no-hit games, having not recorded a loss in his last 17 regular-season starts since he threw a no-no against the Dodgers last season.

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2015 – It’s a wild and crazy game between the Reds and Brewers at Miller Park as the two teams combine for 26 runs and 7 homers, three of them grand slams, as the Reds prevail, 16 – 10. It is just the fourth game in major league history to witness three bases-loaded homers; they are hit by Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier of Cincinnati, and Elian Herrera of Milwaukee. Ironically, both teams were in deep offensive slumps before the game.

2015 – It’s a wild and crazy game between the Reds and Brewers at Miller Park as the two teams combine for 26 runs and 7 homers, three of them grand slams, as the Reds prevail, 16 – 10. It is just the fourth game in major league history to witness three bases-loaded homers; they are hit by Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier of Cincinnati, and Elian Herrera of Milwaukee. Ironically, both teams were in deep offensive slumps before the game.

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Celebrating the 150th anniversary year of their first meeting, Wesleyan and Yale, the Connecticut schools believed to have played the first college baseball contest using the rules which resemble today’s game, meet at New Haven’s Yale Field. The Bulldogs, unlike their 39-13 rout in 1865, only beat their Middletown rivals, 7-3, improving their record in the intercollegiate series to 62-18-2.

Celebrating the 150th anniversary year of their first meeting, Wesleyan and Yale, the Connecticut schools believed to have played the first college baseball contest using the rules which resemble today’s game, meet at New Haven’s Yale Field. The Bulldogs, unlike their 39-13 rout in 1865, only beat their Middletown rivals, 7-3, improving their record in the intercollegiate series to 62-18-2.

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2014 – Two days after being acquired in a trade from the Mets, 1B Ike Davis hits a grand slam off the Reds’ Mike Leake in the 4th, although it takes Neil Walker’s run-scoring single in the 9th to end the game and give the Pirates a 6 – 5 win. Davis had earlier hit a slam for New York on April 5th, making him the first player to hit one with two different teams in the month of April.

2014 – Two days after being acquired in a trade from the Mets, 1B Ike Davis hits a grand slam off the Reds’ Mike Leake in the 4th, although it takes Neil Walker’s run-scoring single in the 9th to end the game and give the Pirates a 6 – 5 win. Davis had earlier hit a slam for New York on April 5th, making him the first player to hit one with two different teams in the month of April.

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With no sense of history, the Red Sox continue to have a highly embarassing week while celebrating Fenway Park’s centenary. Today, they take a 9 – 0 lead over the Yankees, only to collapse totally, coughing up 15 unanswered runs to lose the game. 14 of the runs come courtesy of a bullpen that has been horrendous since the season started. With his team trailing 9 – 1 in the 7th, Nick Swisher gets the Bronx Bombers rolling with a grand slam off Vicente Padilla; Mark Teixeira adds a three-run shot before the inning ends. But that only serves to set up a nightmarish 8th inning, during which three other relievers give up 7 more runs as manager Bobby Valentine is booed heartily every time he comes out of the dugout to make a pitching change. With two-thirds of their starting outfield on the disabled list, the reeling Sox make a trade after the game, acquiring CF Marlon Byrd from the Cubs in return for P Michael Bowden and a player to be named later.

With no sense of history, the Red Sox continue to have a highly embarassing week while celebrating Fenway Park’s centenary. Today, they take a 9 – 0 lead over the Yankees, only to collapse totally, coughing up 15 unanswered runs to lose the game. 14 of the runs come courtesy of a bullpen that has been horrendous since the season started. With his team trailing 9 – 1 in the 7th, Nick Swisher gets the Bronx Bombers rolling with a grand slam off Vicente Padilla; Mark Teixeira adds a three-run shot before the inning ends. But that only serves to set up a nightmarish 8th inning, during which three other relievers give up 7 more runs as manager Bobby Valentine is booed heartily every time he comes out of the dugout to make a pitching change. With two-thirds of their starting outfield on the disabled list, the reeling Sox make a trade after the game, acquiring CF Marlon Byrd from the Cubs in return for P Michael Bowden and a player to be named later.

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Phillip Humber’s first major league complete game is baseball’s twenty-first perfect game when he retires all 27 Mariners he faces in the White Sox’ 4-0 victory at Safeco Field. The 29 year-old right-hander, who had Tommy John surgery in 2005, is the third Pale Hose pitcher to accomplish perfection, joining Mark Buehrle (2009 vs Tampa Bay) and Charles Robertson (1932 vs Detroit).

Phillip Humber’s first major league complete game is baseball’s twenty-first perfect game when he retires all 27 Mariners he faces in the White Sox’ 4-0 victory at Safeco Field. The 29 year-old right-hander, who had Tommy John surgery in 2005, is the third Pale Hose pitcher to accomplish perfection, joining Mark Buehrle (2009 vs Tampa Bay) and Charles Robertson (1932 vs Detroit).

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Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association come to an agreement on paying pensions for major league players active from 1947 to 1979 who failed to qualify for benefits at the time. Until 1979, players needed to have completed four full years of major league service to qualify for a pension, leaving hundreds short. Since 1980, benefits accrue from the first day a player spends in the majors. 904 players will receive payments thanks to the agreement.

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association come to an agreement on paying pensions for major league players active from 1947 to 1979 who failed to qualify for benefits at the time. Until 1979, players needed to have completed four full years of major league service to qualify for a pension, leaving hundreds short. Since 1980, benefits accrue from the first day a player spends in the majors. 904 players will receive payments thanks to the agreement.

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Chad Huffman has a career day with the Columbus Clippers in a 19 – 3 rout of the Louisville Bats in the International League. Huffman belts three homers and drives in 10 runs in the contest, setting a team record for runs driven in in a game; he drives in at least one run in each of his six plate appearances, including a bases-loaded walk, a run-scoring ground ball out and a single off Johnny Cueto. On a rehabilitation assignment from the Reds, Cueto is the starter and loser, giving up 8 runs in 1 2/3 innings, but the three homers come off three different relievers who succeed him on the mound.

Chad Huffman has a career day with the Columbus Clippers in a 19 – 3 rout of the Louisville Bats in the International League. Huffman belts three homers and drives in 10 runs in the contest, setting a team record for runs driven in in a game; he drives in at least one run in each of his six plate appearances, including a bases-loaded walk, a run-scoring ground ball out and a single off Johnny Cueto. On a rehabilitation assignment from the Reds, Cueto is the starter and loser, giving up 8 runs in 1 2/3 innings, but the three homers come off three different relievers who succeed him on the mound.

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The Dodgers let their bats do the talking in pounding the Reds, 14 – 6, in Cincinnati. Los Angeles bangs out 18 hits, with Rafael Furcal leading the way with a 3 for 5 performance; Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier add homers for the benefit of Hiroki Kuroda. Reds pitcher Aaron Harang benefits from a rare reversal of a call by the umpiring crew in the 4th. Batting with the bases loaded and 2 outs, he hits a low liner to Ethier in right field. Ethier traps the ball, but first base umpire Tim McClelland declares a catch and the inning over. After protests from manager Dusty Baker and first base coach Billy Hatcher, the umpires confer and reverse the call, giving Harang an RBI single that ties the game 4 – 4 at that point.

The Dodgers let their bats do the talking in pounding the Reds, 14 – 6, in Cincinnati. Los Angeles bangs out 18 hits, with Rafael Furcal leading the way with a 3 for 5 performance; Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier add homers for the benefit of Hiroki Kuroda. Reds pitcher Aaron Harang benefits from a rare reversal of a call by the umpiring crew in the 4th. Batting with the bases loaded and 2 outs, he hits a low liner to Ethier in right field. Ethier traps the ball, but first base umpire Tim McClelland declares a catch and the inning over. After protests from manager Dusty Baker and first base coach Billy Hatcher, the umpires confer and reverse the call, giving Harang an RBI single that ties the game 4 – 4 at that point.

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Philip Hughes of the Yankees justifies the decision to return him to the starting rotation, pitching a no-hitter for 7 innings before Eric Chavez of the Athletics bounces a ground ball towards the mound to open the 8th. The ball hits Hughes’s left forearm and lands for a single in front of the pitcher. The Yankees win the game, 3 – 1.

Philip Hughes of the Yankees justifies the decision to return him to the starting rotation, pitching a no-hitter for 7 innings before Eric Chavez of the Athletics bounces a ground ball towards the mound to open the 8th. The ball hits Hughes’s left forearm and lands for a single in front of the pitcher. The Yankees win the game, 3 – 1.

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The Cleveland Indians turn double plays in six straight innings in disposing of the Kansas City Royals, 8 – 7. Aaron Laffey is the beneficiary of this sparkling defensive performance, helped by Grady Sizemore’s three-run homer in the 4th inning. Kansas City rallies for 4 runs in the 8th, until Jensen Lewis forces Miguel Olivo to hit into the club-record-tying sixth twin killing of the night. Kerry Wood allows a two-run homer to David DeJesus in the 9th, but still picks up the save.

The Cleveland Indians turn double plays in six straight innings in disposing of the Kansas City Royals, 8 – 7. Aaron Laffey is the beneficiary of this sparkling defensive performance, helped by Grady Sizemore’s three-run homer in the 4th inning. Kansas City rallies for 4 runs in the 8th, until Jensen Lewis forces Miguel Olivo to hit into the club-record-tying sixth twin killing of the night. Kerry Wood allows a two-run homer to David DeJesus in the 9th, but still picks up the save.

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Andy Pettitte picks up the win and Mariano Rivera gets the save when New York defeats Oakland, 5 – 3, in the first night game played at New Yankee Stadium. It is the 57th time that Rivera has saved a Pettitte win, tying the Oakland Athletics duo of Bob Welch and Dennis Eckersley of the late 1980s and early 1990s for the highest total in major league history.

Andy Pettitte picks up the win and Mariano Rivera gets the save when New York defeats Oakland, 5 – 3, in the first night game played at New Yankee Stadium. It is the 57th time that Rivera has saved a Pettitte win, tying the Oakland Athletics duo of Bob Welch and Dennis Eckersley of the late 1980s and early 1990s for the highest total in major league history.

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2008 – Santiago de Cuba completes a four-game sweep in the 2007-2008 Serie Nacional finals. The fourth game is the closest, a 2 – 1 win, with the deciding run not coming until the 8th. Héctor Olivera Jr. is driven in by an Alexei Bell single in that frame; on the mound for the losing Pinar del Rio is Pedro Luis Lazo, Cuba’s all-time leader in wins.

2008 – Santiago de Cuba completes a four-game sweep in the 2007-2008 Serie Nacional finals. The fourth game is the closest, a 2 – 1 win, with the deciding run not coming until the 8th. Héctor Olivera Jr. is driven in by an Alexei Bell single in that frame; on the mound for the losing Pinar del Rio is Pedro Luis Lazo, Cuba’s all-time leader in wins.

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Kansas City names the Kauffman Stadium Press Box after Hall of Fame writer and former Royals board member, Joe McGuff. The 1984 J.G. Taylor Spink Award Winner died in February at the age of 79, after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

Kansas City names the Kauffman Stadium Press Box after Hall of Fame writer and former Royals board member, Joe McGuff. The 1984 J.G. Taylor Spink Award Winner died in February at the age of 79, after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

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Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee, last year’s National League batting champion and a two-time Gold Glove winner, will be sidelined at least two months with two broken bones above his right wrist. His glove hand was bent backward in a collision with Rafael Furcal of the Dodgers on April 19th.

Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee, last year’s National League batting champion and a two-time Gold Glove winner, will be sidelined at least two months with two broken bones above his right wrist. His glove hand was bent backward in a collision with Rafael Furcal of the Dodgers on April 19th.

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At Rogers Centre, Manny Ramirez of the Boston Red Sox hits two home runs in the 12-inning, 7 – 6 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. Ramirez’s first homer is his 200th with the Red Sox and 436th for his career. He also hit 236 homers with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the fourth major leaguer to hit 200 homers with two different teams, after Jimmie Foxx, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro.

At Rogers Centre, Manny Ramirez of the Boston Red Sox hits two home runs in the 12-inning, 7 – 6 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. Ramirez’s first homer is his 200th with the Red Sox and 436th for his career. He also hit 236 homers with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the fourth major leaguer to hit 200 homers with two different teams, after Jimmie Foxx, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks trounce the Colorado Rockies, 7 – 1, as Randy Johnson strikes out 17 batters in becoming the first pitcher this year to win five games. It is the sixth time Johnson has fanned 17 or more in a game.

The Arizona Diamondbacks trounce the Colorado Rockies, 7 – 1, as Randy Johnson strikes out 17 batters in becoming the first pitcher this year to win five games. It is the sixth time Johnson has fanned 17 or more in a game.

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Rafael Furcal hits three triples to tie the modern major league record as the Atlanta Braves defeat the Florida Marlins, 4 – 2. The last player to accomplish the feat was Lance Johnson of the Chicago White Sox in 1995. The last time a Braves player hit three three-baggers in one contest was on June 13, 1956 when Danny O’Connell accomplished the feat.

Rafael Furcal hits three triples to tie the modern major league record as the Atlanta Braves defeat the Florida Marlins, 4 – 2. The last player to accomplish the feat was Lance Johnson of the Chicago White Sox in 1995. The last time a Braves player hit three three-baggers in one contest was on June 13, 1956 when Danny O’Connell accomplished the feat.

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2000 – The Anaheim Angels down the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 9 – 6. Mo Vaughn and Tim Salmon hit back-to-back home runs for Anaheim in the 4th inning, then repeat the feat in the 9th. Troy Glaus also homers in those same two innings, marking the first time in major league history that three players homer in the same inning twice in the same game. The three players with two home runs in the game ties another major league record.

2000 – The Anaheim Angels down the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 9 – 6. Mo Vaughn and Tim Salmon hit back-to-back home runs for Anaheim in the 4th inning, then repeat the feat in the 9th. Troy Glaus also homers in those same two innings, marking the first time in major league history that three players homer in the same inning twice in the same game. The three players with two home runs in the game ties another major league record.

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1994 – Cleveland Indians first baseman Eddie Murray hits home runs from both sides of the plate in a game for the 11th time in his career to break the record set by Mickey Mantle. Cleveland beats the Twins, 10 – 6. The two homers also move Murray past Dave Kingman into 20th place on the all-time list with 444.

1994 – Cleveland Indians first baseman Eddie Murray hits home runs from both sides of the plate in a game for the 11th time in his career to break the record set by Mickey Mantle. Cleveland beats the Twins, 10 – 6. The two homers also move Murray past Dave Kingman into 20th place on the all-time list with 444.

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In the greatest extra-inning comeback in major league history, the Pittsburgh Pirates score six runs in the bottom of the 11th inning to erase a five-run Cubs lead

1991 – In the greatest extra-inning comeback in major league history, the Pittsburgh Pirates score six runs in the bottom of the 11th inning to erase a five-run Cubs lead built in the top of the inning on Andre Dawson’s grand slam. The Pirates had rallied earlier from a 7 – 2 deficit to tie the game in the 9th.

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1987 – The Milwaukee Brewers’ 13-game winning streak from the start of the season ends with a 7 – 1 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Milwaukee’s 13-0 start tied the major league record set by the the Atlanta Braves in 1982.

1987 – The Milwaukee Brewers’ 13-game winning streak from the start of the season ends with a 7 – 1 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Milwaukee’s 13-0 start tied the major league record set by the the Atlanta Braves in 1982.

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1972 – The Texas Rangers play the first home game in franchise history. Veteran slugger Frank Howard hits the first home run at Arlington Stadium, as Texas post a 7 – 6 victory over the California Angels. The Rangers, formerly the Washington Senators, moved to Texas after the 1971 season.

1972 – The Texas Rangers play the first home game in franchise history. Veteran slugger Frank Howard hits the first home run at Arlington Stadium, as Texas post a 7 – 6 victory over the California Angels. The Rangers, formerly the Washington Senators, moved to Texas after the 1971 season.

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On April 21, 1972, the Texas Rangers play the first home game in franchise history. Veteran slugger Frank Howard hits the first home run at Arlington Stadium, as the Rangers post a 7-6 win over California. The Rangers, formerly the Washington Senators, had moved to Texas after the 1971 season.

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Willie Stargell hits three home runs, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 10 – 2 victory over the Atlanta Braves

1971 – Willie Stargell hits three home runs, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 10 – 2 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Stargell, who also hit three home runs against Atlanta on April 10th, will set a major league record – since broken – for the most home runs in April with eleven.

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4/21/1970: The Dodgers were in Montreal to play the Expos at Jarry Park in an afternoon contest. Willie Crawford smacked a three-run homer for Los Angeles in the first inning. Adolfo Phillips hit a homer in the bottom of the first and another in the third. Andy Kosko added a homer for LA in the third. These four round-trippers were lost when the game was called after a 70-minute rain delay in the bottom of the third with the Dodgers ahead, 7-3.

4/21/1970: The Dodgers were in Montreal to play the Expos at Jarry Park in an afternoon contest. Willie Crawford smacked a three-run homer for Los Angeles in the first inning. Adolfo Phillips hit a homer in the bottom of the first and another in the third. Andy Kosko added a homer for LA in the third. These four round-trippers were lost when the game was called after a 70-minute rain delay in the bottom of the third with the Dodgers ahead, 7-3.

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1968 – Roberto Clemente comes within a hair’s breadth of hitting inside-the-park home runs in consecutive innings. Ironically, his 4th-inning home run is basically a single plus the kind of bounce that typically plagues “in-” rather than “out-” fielders in Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field. The Sporting News’ Les Biederman elaborates: “He hit a ‘single’ to right-center off Lindy McDaniel but as Ty Cline set himself, the ball took a big bounce over his head and rolled to the wall. Clemente circled the bases standing up.” This fluke four-bagger provides a stark contrast to the previous inning’s bomb: “His 3rd-inning triple landed on top of the batting cage at the 457-foot sign on the center field wall, a tremendous blast… Clemente said he didn’t turn on the gas because he was the leadoff batter and figured if he could get as far as third base, it would be fine. ‘With nobody out, I didn’t want to take a chance,’ he added. ‘When I turned second base and saw Alex Grammas give me the green light, I kept going. It had to be a perfect relay to get me.'”

1968 – Roberto Clemente comes within a hair’s breadth of hitting inside-the-park home runs in consecutive innings. Ironically, his 4th-inning home run is basically a single plus the kind of bounce that typically plagues “in-” rather than “out-” fielders in Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field. The Sporting News’ Les Biederman elaborates: “He hit a ‘single’ to right-center off Lindy McDaniel but as Ty Cline set himself, the ball took a big bounce over his head and rolled to the wall. Clemente circled the bases standing up.” This fluke four-bagger provides a stark contrast to the previous inning’s bomb: “His 3rd-inning triple landed on top of the batting cage at the 457-foot sign on the center field wall, a tremendous blast… Clemente said he didn’t turn on the gas because he was the leadoff batter and figured if he could get as far as third base, it would be fine. ‘With nobody out, I didn’t want to take a chance,’ he added. ‘When I turned second base and saw Alex Grammas give me the green light, I kept going. It had to be a perfect relay to get me.'”

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  • Sonny Siebert fires no hitter June 10 1966 Full Radio Broadcast
    On June 10, 1966 At Cleveland Stadium Sonny Siebert pitches a no-hitter against the Washington Senators and Leon Wagner homers off loser Phil Ortega as first-place Cleveland wins, 2 – 0. The right-hander strikes out seven batters, walking only one, in his Cleveland Stadium gem. It will be the only No Hitter of the season.   More information about todays events, players, ball park, date and […]
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  • Lefty Gomez pitches the Yankess to the 1936 World Title
    October 6, 1936 Yankees at Giants World Series Game 6 The Giants loaded the bases in the first off Lefty Gomez on a single and two walks before Mel Ott drove in two with a double, but Jake Powell's home-run after a two-out triple off Freddie Fitzsimmons tied the game in the second. Next inning, […]
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