This Day In Baseball April 30
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Events for April 30
In front of nearly 10,000 at Recreation Park, the Alleghenys play their first game in the National League, defeating the defending league-champion Chicago White Stockings at Pittsburgh’s Recreation Park, 6-2. The former American Association team, who will become known as the Pirates in 1891, will post a 55-69 record, finishing in 6th place in the eight-team circuit.
4/30/1892 – In a game in Louisville, in the first Brooklyn had three runs in with one out and the bases empty with the number five hitter due up. However, William Darby O’Brien, number six in the order hit. He walked, stole a base, and scored on a passed ball. At that point, his batting out of turn was discovered (we don’t have the details), and he was called out.
Charlie Robertson, in only his fourth career start, becomes the third modern pitcher to throw a perfect no-hit, no-run game when he beats the Tigers at Navin Field, 2-0. The White Sox hurler, thanks to Johnny Mostil’s two outstanding catches in the outfield, is also the fourth rookie to throw a no-hitter.
At Yankee Stadium, Lou Gehrig’s streak and career come to end as the ‘Iron Horse’ plays his final game, going 0-for-4 in a 3-2 loss to the Senators. The ailing Yankees first baseman, who has only four hits this season, played in 2,130 consecutive games and compiled a .340 batting average with 490 home runs during his 17 Hall of Fame seasons with the Yankees.
Picked up off the scrap heap by the Brooklyn Dodgers just months after being given his unconditional release by the Double-A Milwaukee Brewers, starting pitcher Tex Carleton throws a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field. Aside from making Brooklyn GM Larry MacPhail look like a genius, the 3 – 0 masterpiece maintains both Carleton’s and the Dodgers’ perfect start to 1940: Carleton at 2-and-0 and the Dodgers at a record-tying 9-and-0.
At Wrigley Field, Rocky Nelson of the St. Louis Cardinals hits an “inside-the-glove” two-run home run to turn a 9th-inning, 3 – 2 Chicago Cubs lead into a 4 – 3 Cardinals victory. Cubs center fielder Andy Pafko catches a blooper that is strewn with paper cups, and umpire Al Barlick calls Nelson safe on a supposedly “trapped” catch. Pafko starts arguing with Barlick, and forgets to call time. Nelson circles the bases, for perhaps the only “inside the glove” home run in history.
4/30/1965: Met Ron Swoboda lost a grand slam at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. In the first inning, after a single, double and intentional walk, Swoboda hit a long drive to center field off John Tsitouris. At that time, there was a double fence; the main wall was concrete and it was topped with a plywood extension to protect the road construction crew outside. The concrete was in play while the plywood was a homer; Swoboda’s ball hit the plywood and bounced back. Vada Pinson threw the ball back to the infield; second base umpire Frank Secory ruled that the ball was in play. The slam turned into a 1 RBI single. Coach Yogi Berra was ejected for arguing the call for the first time in his National League career. After the game he uttered one of his classic lines: “Anyone who can’t hear the difference between wood and concrete must be blind.”
After trying to lay down a bunt, Doug Griffin is knocked unconscious by a Nolan Ryan fastball, resulting in the Red Sox second baseman missing two months of the season with a concussion and suffering temporary hearing loss. The beaning, which most likely led to the premature end to the Boston infielder’s career, makes the Angel right-hander rethink his role as an intimidator on the mound.
The New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds hook up in a wild game at Riverfront Stadium that the Mets pull out 6 – 5, on a delayed call by first base umpire Dave Pallone. The call results in a $10,000 fine and 30-day suspension of Reds manager Pete Rose when Pallone accidentally pokes Rose in the cheek and Rose shoves Pallone twice during the argument which follows.
Reds’ manager Pete Rose will be suspended for thirty days and fined $10,000 for pushing David Pallone, after the umpire makes a delayed call that allows the eventual winning run to score in the team’s 6-5 loss to the Mets at Riverfront Stadium. The Cincinnati skipper shoves the first base ump twice after claiming he was poked in the face, a charge the arbitrator denies, and one never substantiated by major league baseball.
1989 – The Toronto Blue Jays acquire pitcher Al Leiter from the New York Yankees in exchange for veteran outfielder Jesse Barfield. Leiter will miss most of the next four seasons to arm injuries but will contribute significantly to the Jays’ World Championship in 1993, winning 9 of 15 decisions as a spot starter and long reliever.
The Blue Jays trade Jesse Barfield to the Yankees for southpaw Al Leiter. The slugging right fielder, who led the league with 40 homers in 1986, will bat only .231 with 62 dingers in his four years with New York, and Toronto’s new left-hander will compile a 26-24 record during his seven years north of the border.
1996 – Jeff King of the Pittsburgh Pirates becomes the third major leaguer to hit two home runs in one inning twice in his career in the 10 – 7 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Riverfront Stadium. King first accomplished the feat a year earlier on August 8th. King joins Willie McCovey and Andre Dawson in the exclusive club.
The Atlanta Braves have no trouble getting used to their new stadium or their two new outfielders, Kenny Lofton and Michael Tucker, as they become the first team to ever finish April with 19 wins. Atlanta ends the month with a .760 winning percentage overall and a gaudy 12-2 record at Turner Field. Lofton ends with a .395 batting average and Tucker at .418, following a 12 – 3 pounding of the Cincinnati Reds to round out the month.
1999 – About 3,000 fans wearing T-shirts that said, “$hare the wealth” protest baseball economics at the Yankees-Royals game at Kauffman Stadium. The protesters turn their backs when the Yankees bat, then walk out during the 4th inning. The Yankees began the season with baseball’s top payroll at $85.05 million, and the Royals were 25th at $23.8 million.
The St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Philadelphia Phillies, 4 – 3, as Mark McGwire and Jim Edmonds hit home runs. St. Louis finishes the month with 55 home runs, a new major league record for April. It also ties the National League mark for homers in any month. Major league batters also set a record for most home runs in a month by hitting 931 in April; the total is 140 more than the number hit in 1999.
With an enthusiastic crowd chanting “Let’s go, ground crew” at RFK Stadium, the inexperienced group puts on quite a show of ineptitude as they struggle to put the tarp on a very soggy field during the second rain delay of the rain-shortened Washington Nationals’ 5 – 3 victory over the New York Mets. New York files a protest after the game is called off in the bottom of the 8th, claiming the field became unplayable due to Washington’s inability to cover the field during stoppage of play.
Major league players are asked by Commissioner Bud Selig to agree to a 50-game suspension for the first offense, a 100-game suspension for the second offense and a lifelong ban after the third offense for the use of steroids. In addition to the harsher “three-strike” rule, the commissioner is also seeking a ban on amphetamines.
With an enthusiastic RFK crowd chanting “Let’s go, ground crew” the inexperienced group puts on quite a show of ineptitude when they struggle putting the tarp on a very soggy field during the second rain delay of the rain-shortened 5-3 victory over the Mets. New York files a protest after the game is called off in the bottom of the eighth, claiming the field became unplayable due to Washington’s inability to cover the field during the 37-minute stoppage of play.
The Huntsville Stars tie a 37-year-old Southern League record with 13 extra-base hits in a game; they only have two singles in the victory. They beat the Montgomery Biscuits, 14 – 6. Contributing are LF Cole Gillespie (3 doubles, 1 home run), DH Ryan Crew (double), 1B Chris Errecart (double), CF Michael Brantley (double), RF Matt LaPorta (double, home run), 3B Mat Gamel (1 triple, 2 home runs) and 2B Mike Bell (home run).
Matt Garza pitches six perfect innings before giving up a weakly-hit single up the middle to Jacoby Ellsbury to lead off the 7th, Boston’s only hit in a 13 – 0 loss. Michel Hernandez goes 4 for 5 with his first major league home run for the Rays. Things get so bad for the Sox that with one out in the 8th, manager Terry Francona calls right-fielder Jonathan Van Every to the mound to spell struggling reliever Javier Lopez, who finishes the game in the outfield.
Off-season prize acquisition Cliff Lee finally makes his first start for the Seattle Mariners. He is masterful, giving up no runs on 3 hits while striking out 8 in 7 innings, but the Rangers’ Colby Lewis is just as brilliant as the scoreless tie extends to the 12th inning. Elvis Andrus eventually scores the winning run on a wild pitch by Brandon League, as Texas wins, 2 – 0.
With more than twenty-five percent of its membership born outside of the United States, the Major League Baseball players’ union issues a statement condemning Arizona’s new law that requires proof of identity be shown to any state or local official who is suspicious of a person’s immigration status. Michael Weiner, the head of the MLBPA, said the organization would consider “additional steps” if the edict is not repealed or modified.
Mariano Rivera�ties Eric Gagne’s major league mark when he gets his�51st consecutive save at home, working a perfect ninth inning in the Yankees’ 6-4 victory over Chicago.�The Panamanian closer also fans two batters to move ahead of Roger Clemens for 10th on the team’s all-time strikeout list with 1,015.
The Indians put on a power display, hitting seven home runs in a 14 – 2 demolition of the Phillies. Ryan Raburn hits two long balls for the second straight game, while Carlos Santana, Mark Reynolds, Lonnie Chisenhall, Michael Brantley and Drew Stubbs hit the others. The first five shots are worth two runs each. Roy Halladay allows four of the homers, good for 8 runs in 3 2/3 innings.
2015 – The Astros win their 7th straight game to finish the month of April tied for the best record in the American League with the Royals at 15-7. In today’s game, Jose Altuve drives in Marwin Gonzalez with a single in the 10th inning for a 3 – 2 win over the Mariners. For Altuve, it is his third hit of the game, and his 8th straight multiple-hit game.
2017 – Anthony Rendon has a game for the ages as he goes 6-for-6 with his first three homers of the year and drives in 10 runs to lead the Nationals to a 23 – 5 drubbing of the Mets. He joins Walker Cooper as the only two players ever to have 6 hits and 10 RBIs in one game. Bryce Harper scores 4 runs to give 32 in April, a new major league record, and Matt Wieters has a pair of homers among his three hits. It is the most runs in franchise history for Washington. Worse for New York, Noah Syndergaard leaves the game in the 2nd after experiencing arm pain.
2018 – The Dodgers are dealt a big blow as All-Star shortstop Corey Seager is diagnosed with a tear in a ligament in his elbow that will require Tommy John surgery, putting him out of action for the remainder of the year. In the game that follows the news, A.J. Pollock homers three times to lead the Diamondbacks to an 8 – 5 win over Los Angeles. Arizona has defeated L.A. in six of seven games this year, and 12 of their last 13 regular season meetings dating back to last year – not counting the Dodgers’ sweep of the D-Backs in the Division Series.
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