April 20 1939 – The Boston Red Sox show off their prize rookie and last season’s American Association Triple Crown winner – Ted Williams before 30,278 in their opener at Yankee Stadium, delayed two days because of rain. After striking out twice, Williams blasts a 407-foot double to right-center field a double off New York Yankees pitcher Red Ruffing, who wins 2 – 0. Lou Gehrig makes an error, goes hitless, and lines into two double plays in the only game featuring the two great sluggers. New York scores its first run on a home run by Bill Dickey and its second tally on an error by Jimmie Foxx. Boston has baserunners in each inning, but Ruffing tosses just the second opening day shutout in Yankees history.
The White Sox steal 12 bases in the course of a 15 – 3 win over St. Louis. Three are steals of home, including one by P Ed Walsh in the 6th inning, for a modern major league record.
July 2, 1909
August 6, 1967
At Milwaukee’s Miller Park, Mark Bellhorn becomes the first National Leaguer and joins Carlos Baerga as the only other switch-hitter to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning. The Cub infielder connects off southpaw Andrew Lorraine to start Chicago’s 10-run 4th-inning and then goes deep again with a three-run homer with two outs off Jose Cabrera.
August 29, 2002
Looking back on his career some 30 years later, Willie Mays will recall being gunned down going from first to third exactly once: “Roberto Clemente threw me out on a bang-bang play at third. I should have remembered what a tremendous arm he had.” If Willie’s memory is correct, this was the play, as witnessed by James K. McGee of the San Francisco Chronicle: “Willie Mays, leading off the 7th, lined a single into left for the Giants’ first hit. When Willie McCovey, the next hitter, bounced a single over Donn Clendenon’s outstretched glove into right field, it appeared the dam had been broken and runs would flow. Then came the key play of the game. Mays rounded second base and slowed down to draw a throw from right fielder Roberto Clemente. Mays, either overestimating his own speed or underestimating the power and accuracy of Clemente’s arm, was thrown out trying to reach third. Maury Wills tagged him as he slid by.”
April 13, 1968