This Day In Baseball June 1
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Events for June 1
The Louisville Colonels were playing in Philadelphia against the Athletics when Lave Cross batted out of order and made outs in the second and fifth innings. In the seventh, he singled and this time Philadelphia pointed out that he was not the proper batter. However, Ned Cuthbert, the umpire ruled that since he had been allowed to bat out of order twice, that the protest was denied. There was nothing in the rule of the time that allowed for that ruling.
6/1/1908 – In the top of the eigth of the second game of a double header, the Cardinals Ed Konetchy was picked off the third to end the inning with Billy Gilbert at the plate. Gilbert should have started the top of the ninth, but Irv Higgenbothman came up instead and singled. The Reds objected, and Gilbert was correctly called out and Higgenbotham batted again, grounding out this time.
1910 – The St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Philadelphia Phillies, 10 – 5, before a chilly crowd of 800 fans at the Baker Bowl. It is the 14th loss for the Phillies in their last 15 games. The Cardinals are paced by leadoff hitter Miller Huggins, who has no official at bats in six plate appearances, the first time this has ever happened in major league history. Huggins walks in his first three at-bats, hits a sacrifice fly and a sacrifice bunt in the next two, and walks with the bases loaded in the eighth inning to drive in the lead run. At the end of the season, Huggins will lead the National League with 116 walks.
Babe Ruth, an accomplished hurler acquired from Boston in the offseason for his hitting prowess, bats cleanup in the Yankees’ lineup, and also gets the win when he tosses four innings as the starter in the team’s 14-7 victory over Washington at the Polo Grounds. During his 15 seasons with New York, the ‘Sultan of Swat’ will take the mound just five times for the club, including a complete-game victory in 1933.
6/1/1924 – The Reds confused their lineup in a home game against the Cardinals. Hughie Critz, in his second major league game, was listed batting seventh, However, he batted sixth the first time through the order and singled to CF. The Redbirds pointed out the batting out of turn and Boob Fowler was called out.
6/1/1932: The Cardinals beat the Cubs, 1-0, at Wrigley Field in a seven-inning, rain-shortened game. Pepper Martin and Eddie Delker both homered in the top of the eighth inning but lost them when the game was called and the score reverted to the seventh inning. Delker was 0 for his last 18 at the time of the homer and had never slugged a four-bagger in the majors at the time.
Four years after participating in the first major league night game as the visiting team in Cincinnati’s Crosley Field, the Phillies host their first evening tilt, bowing to Pittsburgh at Shibe Park, 5-2. The team’s loss to the Bucs is not the first MLB contest played at night in Philadelphia, or at Shibe Park, because the A’s, who share the ballpark with the NL team, lost to Cleveland playing under the lights two weeks ago in the first night game in American League history.
Speaking to the Knights of Columbus in Cleveland, Yankee coach Johnny Schulte shares a team secret, telling the group of Lou Gehrig’s scheduled examination at the Mayo Clinic. At first, the ailing first baseman denies the statement as a rumor, but a few days later confirms the impending visit to Rochester, Minnesota.
1954 – Montreal Royals outfielder Roberto Clemente is discovered by Pirates scout Clyde Sukeforth. Clemente is the Brooklyn Dodgers’ five-tool farmhand. Sukeforth is not primarily a scout but rather the Pirates’ pitching coach on special assignment in Richmond to scout newly-demoted Dodger hurler Joe Black. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, the first thing Sukeforth sees is Clemente. From this moment forward, despite Dodger GM Buzzie Bavasi’s desperate manoeuvering, his prize prospect is lost. As Sukeforth himself will later tell Les Biederman of The Sporting News: “I saw Clemente and forgot all about Black. I arrived at the Richmond ball park just in time to see the pre-game workout. I saw Clemente throwing from the outfield and I couldn’t take my eyes off him. Later in the game he was used as a pinch-hitter and I liked his swing. I started asking questions and learned he was a bonus player and would be eligible for the draft. Since the Pirates had first choice, I knew this would be our man. In fact, I told manager Max Macon to take good care of ‘our boy’ and see that he didn’t get hurt.”
1961 – Joe Torre’s “most embarrassing moment” comes today. The Braves’ rookie is victim No. 7 out of 27 on the season for Pirates right fielder Roberto Clemente, a somewhat sick total of outfield assists for a man seven years in the league. While nothing out of the ordinary for Roberto, this moment will be impossible to forget for Joe Torre, no matter how much he may want to: “I got a hit to right field and rounded first base as most runners do. Clemente picked up the ball, faked a throw to second and threw it so fast behind me to first base I was caught and tagged out. It was my most embarrassing moment on the field.” The sixth-inning, rally-killing baserunning gaffe is somewhat differently portrayed in Pirates beat writer Les Biederman’s contemporary account: “The only time the Braves had a chance to score on Harvey Haddix after the 1st inning came in the 6th inning when Torre singled to right with Frank Thomas on second. Torre rounded first and Dick Stuart cut off Clemente’s throw home and politely tagged out Torre. Then Clemente completed the inning by going to the 375-foot mark and spearing Joe Adcock’s long shot.” Whether Biederman or Torre’s account is most accurate, this remains a truly cringe-worthy moment and a valuable lesson for the young rookie, learned the hard way.
Ron Santo, who will go on to establish a modern-day Cubs mark by hitting in 28 consecutive games, goes hitless the day after the streak begins, but his run at the record stays intact. The Cubs’ infielder receives four walks and is hit by a pitch in his five plate appearances, keeping his one-game streak alive in the team’s 4-3 loss to Philadelphia at Connie Mack Stadium.
As owners struggle over the question of realignment, the Players Association suggests a simpler plan which only moves the Houston Astros from the NL Central to the AL West, thus creating two 15-team leagues. The owners’ ideas would have the newest franchises, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks, switch leagues, the elimination of the National League wild card, and the AL Central consisting of six teams to go along with six divisions with only four teams – four of them in the NL. In the end, the status quo will prevail, but the Players Association’s plan will eventually be implemented in 2013.
2001 – At Yankee Stadium, Cleveland defeats New York, in just five and a half innings, when the game is called because of rain with Cleveland ahead, 7 – 2. In a rarity, Cleveland starter C.C. Sabathia earns a win despite pitching only four innings. Relief pitcher Ricardo Rincón gets the save for retiring the side in the fifth inning. The rules state that in a five-inning game, a starter need not go the full five innings to earn a victory. There have just been five other cases since 1978 to match Sabathia’s feat.
Tomo Ohka, throwing just 77 pitches, 59 of which are strikes, becomes the first Pawtucket Red Sox pitcher to throw a perfect game, and the third in the 118-year history of the International League when he beats the Charlotte Knights, 2-0. In 2003, at the same Rhode Island ballpark, Bronson Arroyo will duplicate the feat when he retires all 27 batters he faces in a 7-0 victory over the Buffalo Bisons at McCoy Stadium.
Hurling less than five innings as the starting pitcher, CC Sabathia is awarded the win in the Tribe’s 7-4 triumph over New York. Since the Indians did not record an out in the sixth, the rookie right-hander is credited with the victory because rules allow a starter to be eligible for a win in a rain-shortened game even if he only pitches four innings.
After being taunted by Twinkie-waving fans in the left-field bleachers, the not-so-svelte Lance Berkman, during a pitching change in the seventh inning, gestures to his Wrigley Field tormentors to throw him one of the sponge cake snacks, which he promptly chows down, much to the delight of the crowd. The next inning, the Astro outfielder goes deep, hitting a sugar-fueled two-run home run in the team’s 9-3 win over the Cubs.
After being ejected from the game against the Chattanooga Lookouts, Mississippi Braves manager Phillip Wellman kicks dirt on home plate and then proceeds to draw the umpire’s strike zone in the dirt before tossing third base into the outfield. The minor-league skipper continues his tirade when he crawls to the mound, throws the rosin bag like a hand grenade at the ump, and then carries second base with him as he exits AT&T Field.
Mike Lieberthal, signing a one-day contract for a mere four dollars, can retire happily as a member of the Phillies. The team’s popular former backstop, who spent the first 13 of his 14 major league seasons with Philadelphia, throws out the ceremonial first pitch, receiving a loud cheer from the large crowd at Citizens Bank Park.
Bob Watson, Major League Baseball vice-president in charge of discipline, issues a rare blame directed at an umpire regarding an ejection. Watson states that pitcher Roy Oswalt will face no further action following his ejection from a game on May 31st, but that umpire Bill Hohn “would be addressed in a stern way”. Oswalt had yelled at himself in disgust after throwing a ball in the 3rd inning and was immediately tossed by Hohn.
Scott Rolen hits two homers and a double and drives in four runs against his former team as Cincinnati defeats St. Louis, 9 – 8, in a wild game that leaves the Reds in sole possession of first place in the NL Central. Also swinging a hot bat is Joey Votto, who collects four hits including a homer, but Johnny Cueto blows leads of 3 – 0 and 7 – 3. It takes a sacrifice fly by Drew Stubbs against Blake Hawksworth in the 7th to decide the game in Cincinnati’s favor.
Tampa Bay scores four runs in the 9th inning on only one hit – a bases-loaded double by Sean Rodriguez – to beat Toronto, 7 – 6. Jays closer Kevin Gregg issues five walks and throws a wild pitch in the inning, then is ejected by umpire Angel Hernandez for complaining about his calls. His ouster follows shortly after that of Rays manager Joe Maddon, thrown out for disputing a third strike call on Carlos Pena earlier in the inning. The Jays come within an inch of tying the game in the bottom of the 9th, when a drive by Vernon Wells hits the top of the outfield fence but bounces back on the field.
Major League Baseball announces changes to the format of the World Baseball Classic for its 2013 edition. The tournament will be preceded by a 16-team qualifying tournament, to be held in the Fall of 2012. Taking part will be the four teams that failed to win a game in 2009 – Canada, Panama, Taiwan and South Africa – and 12 teams that have recently played in the Baseball World Cup, including Colombia and Nicaragua, who had been excluded from the first two editions of the WBC in spite of a solid tradition of international play. The four winners from the qualifying tournament will advance to the main event the following spring.
Alfredo Despaigne wins the Serie Nacional MVP for the third time in four years. He set a new home run record (36) in 2011-2012 and also led the league in both walks (91) and RBI (105). Vladimir García is named postseason MVP while Carlos Juan Viera takes home the Rookie of the Year Award. Despaigne joins Wilfredo Sánchez and Omar Linares as the only three-time Cuban MVPs of the Castro era; Martin Dihigo had won four back in the Cuban Winter League era.
Johan Santana throws the first no-hitter in the 50-year history of the New York Mets when he defeats the Cardinals, 8 – 0. He walks 5 and needs 134 pitches to complete the game; he is helped by a great catch by Mike Baxter, who crashes into the fence at full speed and hurts himself in snagging Yadier Molina’s line drive in the 7th. The Mets had played 8,120 games before their first no-hitter, while there had been 131 MLB no-hitters since they debuted.
Tennessee Wesleyan College wins the 2012 NAIA College World Series for the school’s first national title in any sport. They top Rogers State University, 10 – 6, in the finale. Trailing 6 – 2 after 3 innings, Tennessee Wesleyan hurlers allowed no further runs. They go ahead for good in the bottom of the 8th on a two-run single by Jake Stone and Taylor Oldham follows with a three-run homer.
Johan Santana, who did not pitch last year because of shoulder surgery performed at the end of the 2010 season, no-hits the Cardinals at Citi Field, 8-0, with the help of third base ump’s blown call on a fair ball and an outstanding defensive play by outfielder Mike Baxter. The 33 year-old two-time Cy Young Award winner’s 134-pitch effort ends the Mets’ streak of over fifty seasons, spanning 8,020 games, without a no-hitter.
2014 – It’s a new month but some of May’s brightest stars keep on shining as the Blue Jays shut out the Royals, 4 – 0. Mark Buehrle, who tosses 8 scoreless innings, is the first major league pitcher to notch 10 wins this season, while Edwin Encarnacion, who hit 16 homers in May, hits a two-run shot. 6 of the 15 games played today end in shutouts, with Roenis Elias of the Mariners and Kyle Lohse of the Brewers throwing complete game whitewashes.
2015 – The Pirates win for the 9th time in 11 games thanks to help from one of their fans on the road. Playing the Giants at AT&T Park, the Bucs are up 4 – 3 in the 8th when Buster Posey lifts a fly ball towards foul territory in right field; RF Gregory Polanco goes out near the stands to attempt a catch, but, Steve Bartman-like, a fan wearing a Pirates cap and jersey reaches out and deflects the ball into the stands, accidentally hitting Polanco in the process. After a video review, umpire Doug Eddings calls Posey out on fan interference, ending the inning. Things don’t end well for the fan, though, since he is ejected for interfering with a ball in play.
Mookie Betts follows his three-homer game of the previous day by hitting home runs in his first two at-bats against the Orioles, giving him five home runs in seven at-bats. The Red Sox hit three other long balls in the game, including a pair by Chris Young, while the Orioles hit none, but Boston still goes down, 13 – 9.
2017 – The first-place Brewers defeat the struggling Mets, 2 – 1, behind a strong pitching performance by Chase Anderson who tosses seven scoreless innings. There is an unusual play in the 4th inning: with the bases loaded and one out, Milwaukee’s Eric Sogard lifts a pop-up near the third base line. The Mets’ batboy tries to get out of the way, taking his chair with him, but in doing so impedes 3B Wilmer Flores’ path to the ball. Third base umpire Fieldin Culbreth first calls the batter out, but the umpires reverse themselves after conferring, as there is no provision in the rules for “batboy interference”. Manager Terry Collins comes out to argue and is ejected, but he shouldn’t have bothered, as Sogard then grounds into an inning-ending double play.
2018 – Pitcher Danny Farquhar returns to the mound only six weeks after suffering a life-threatening brain aneurysm on April 20. Granted, he only throws the ceremonial first pitch for the White Sox before their game against the Brewers at Guaranteed Rate Field surrounded by his family and some of the staff from the RUSH University Medical Center, but his appearance is an important step in the recovery process. The entire team comes to the mound to witness the pitch, in support of their stricken comrade.
1968 – Bill Hands of the Cubs outduels Don Wilson for a 3-1 decision at the Dome but it’s definitely not the most newsworthy event that day. Judge Hofheinz opens Astroworld right across the Loop 610 freeway, featuring rides and In the Texas can-do spirit of the times, outdoor seating areas are air conditioned. exhibits.