On June 11, 1957 The Dodgers’ Roy Campanella surpasses former Cub and Giant backstop Gabby Hartnett to establish a new National League mark when he hits his 237th career round-tripper as a catcher. Campy’s historic home run comes off Ray Crone in the seventh inning of Brooklyn’s 7-2 loss to the Braves at Ebbets Field.
In their 5 – 2 loss to the Braves, Mets OF Lance Johnson hits his 20th triple. He’s the first National Leaguer to reach that plateau since Willie Mays in 1957.
September 16, 1996
The Giants’ Willie Mays enters the army. Although Mays is hitting just .236‚ the Giants are 2 1/2 games in first place. They will lose 8 of their next 10 games.
May 29, 1952
Removing an asterisk which really never existed, the Statistical Accuracy Committee decides to put Roger Maris’ 1961 home run season ahead of Babe Ruth’s 60 mark instead of listing it separately as it was from 1962 until this year. The eight-man panel also re-defines a no-hit game as one which ends after 9 or more innings with one team failing to get a hit, thereby removing 50 games from the list that had previously been considered hitless, including the 1959 performance of Harvey Haddix’s 12 perfect innings against the Braves and Jim Maloney’s 1965 1 – 0 loss to the Mets in 11 innings.
September 4, 1991