This Day In Baseball June 12
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Events for June 12
1884 – Dissatisfied with umpire Jack Brennan’s calls, hundreds of fans storm the field at Oriole Park in an American Association game between the Orioles and Louisville Eclipse. One man wielding a large revolver threatens to shoot Brennan if he makes any more bad calls. Police have to be called in to clear the mob, and after the game, which ends in a 4 – 4 tie, Brennan is slugged to the ground by a fan and has to be taken to the Orioles clubhouse, then to OF Jim Clinton’s home for his own protection, before being whisked out of town on the first train.
St. Louis Maroons right-hander Charlie Sweeney, who will give up only nine round-trippers in 93 innings of work this season, sets a major league record when he gives up seven home runs in the team’s 14-7 loss to the Wolverines at Detroit’s Recreation Park. Allowing six gopher balls is the post-1900 mark, a dubious distinction shared by six hurlers, including Ranger right-hander R.A. Dickey, who accomplished the feat in his only appearance of the season in 2006.
6/12/1934: Babe Ruth homered at Yankee Stadium off Bobo Newsom of the St. Louis Browns. The drive came in the fourth inning to start the scoring for the home team. After the frame, the Yankees led, 3-1, but rain washed out the remainder of the contest. This would have been Ruth’s tenth home run of the season.
1939 – The Hall of Fame is officially dedicated at Cooperstown, New York. The greatest-ever gathering of members and future inductees of the Hall of Fame accept their plaques: Grover Alexander, Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins, Walter Johnson, Nap Lajoie, Connie Mack, Babe Ruth, George Sisler, Tris Speaker, Honus Wagner and Cy Young.
In front of a record crowd of 23,864 fans at Ruppert Stadium, Lou Gehrig plays his last game in a Yankee uniform when he participates in an exhibition contest against the Kansas City Blues (AA), the team’s American Association farm club. The ‘Iron Horse’, playing only three innings and batting eighth, grounds out weakly to second base in his only at-bat.
After piloting the team for 13 seasons, Charlie Grimm ends his tenure as the Braves manager by splitting a doubleheader with the Cubs. The 19,802 fans in attendance at Braves Field give the skipper, who will stay in the organization as Boston’s vice-president, a long standing ovation when he takes his position in the third base coaching box for the last time.
6/12/1955: In what would have been the second game of a doubleheader in Philadelphia, Wally Post of Cincinnati homered off Ron Negray of the Phillies in the first with one out and two on base. Andy Seminick homered off Rudy Minarcin in the bottom of the second with one out and no one on base. The game was washed out in the bottom of the third inning.
1956 – Roberto Clemente’s 5th-inning, two-out, two-run rope into Crosley Field’s right-centerfield bleachers vaults Pittsburgh past Cincinnati both in the game and in the standings, transforming a 3 – 2 deficit into a 4 – 3 lead and pushing Pittsburgh to the head of the class, atop the National League by half a game over the newly-demoted Redlegs.
1957 – Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals plays in his 823rd game for a new National League record consecutive game streak. The mark beats Gus Suhr’s old record. Cardinals hurler Larry Jackson beats the Philadelphia Phillies, 4 – 0, to improve his record to 8-2. He has now beaten every National League team this season.
Despite giving up a hit in the bottom of the sixth in the Giants’ 3-0 victory over Philadelphia, Mike McCormick is credited with a no-hitter when the game is rained out, and the inning is never completed, statistically erasing the hit. Due to a rule change in 1991 that mandates a game must last for at least nine innings for the hitless effort to be called an official no-hitter, the right-hander’s five-inning rain-shortened outing no longer appears in the record book as a no-no.
“I didn’t know what to say, so I just sort of mumbled, ‘Well, O.K.,’ ” – DALE MURPHY, responding to fan’s request to hit a home run. When Dale Murphy visits with Elizabeth Smith in the stands to give her a cap and a T-shirt, her nurse asks the Braves’ outfielder to hit a home run for the six-year-old girl, who lost both her hands and a leg when she stepped on a live power line. The reigning National League MVP obliges, hitting two homers and driving in all the runs in the team’s 3–2 victory over the Giants at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
Mike Scott’s attempt for his second career no-hitter is spoiled with two outs in the ninth inning by Braves infielder Ken Oberkfell’s line drive single down the right-field line. The right-hander, who settles for a 5-0 one-hitter, tossed a no-no in 1986 which clinched the National League West Division for the Astros.
At the Ballpark in Texas, the Giants defeat the Rangers, 4-3, in the first interleague game in history played in the 126-year history of the sport. San Francisco outfielder Darryl Hamilton picks up the first-ever Interleague hit, and his teammate Glenallen Hill becomes the National League’s first regular season designated hitter.
2001 – Gary Sheffield of the Los Angeles Dodgers becomes the first player in major league history to win three 1 – 0 games in a season with a home run, when he hits a solo shot to beat Atlanta, 1 – 0. Previously, Sheffield also supplied the only scoring by homering against Milwaukee on April 2nd and Florida on May 7th.
2004 – In an Orioles-Giants interleague game, Barry Bonds hits a home run, the 675th of his career, and Rafael Palmeiro hits his 536th and 537th to move past Mickey Mantle into 11th place on the career list. It is only the third time in major league history that two players with 500 homers connect in the same game. Willie Mays and Ernie Banks did it in 1970, and Mays and Hank Aaron both homered in 1971.
Tony Armas, Jr. pitches five scoreless innings and Junior Spivey hits a two-run home run as the Washington Nationals tie a franchise record with their 10th consecutive win, a 3 – 2 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Before relocating to the nation’s capital this season, the Nationals were known as the Montreal Expos, who won 10 straight games three previous times in 1979, 1980 and 1997.
Justin Verlander throws the sixth no-hitter in Detroit Tigers history. Hitting 100 mph on the radar gun in the 9th inning, he shuts down the Brewers with 12 strikeouts, walking four. Magglio Ordonez makes a sliding catch on a shot by Corey Hart in the 7th to keep hope alive and later catches the final out of the contest. It is Detroit’s first no-hitter in 23 years, the second no-hitter of the season and the first ever at Comerica Park. Bill Hall is never retired despite batting three times against Verlander, drawing walks every time up.
Using a 102-mph fastball and an untouchable curveball, 24 year-old right-hander Justin Verlander strikes out a career-high 12 batters en route to throwing a no-hitter against Milwaukee. The 4-0 hitless gem, which features several outstanding defensive plays from his Tiger teammates, is the first no-no thrown at Detroit’s Comerica Park.
Daniel Nava of the Red Sox hits the first pitch he sees as a major leaguer for a grand slam as Boston beats Philadelphia, 10 – 2. Kevin Kouzmanoff had been the only previous player to accomplish this feat, in 2006. Nava bails out emergency starter Scott Atchison, filling in for Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is placed on the disabled list before the game with a right forearm strain; Manny Delcarmen is the winner over Joe Blanton. The Phillies now fall to 3rd in the NL East.
During a 10-2 rout of Philadelphia at Fenway Park, Daniel Nava hits a grand slam on the first pitch he sees as a major leaguer. The 27 year-old Red Sox left fielder, recently called up from Triple-A Pawtucket, hits his bases-loaded round-tripper in the second inning off Joe Blanton to become only the second player in big league history to accomplish the feat, joining Kevin Kouzmanoff, who went yard with the bases juiced with Cleveland in 2004.
Francisco Liriano of the Twins flirts with his second no-hitter of the year, keeping Texas off the hit sheet until the 8th inning, when Adrian Beltre singles up the middle. The Twins win, 6 – 1, as Liriano gives up no walks but strikes out 9 over 8 innings; he had walked 6 in his no-no against the White Sox on May 3rd.
Realignment is on the table again as Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association are in discussions to renew the collective bargaining agreement, which expires on December 11th. One of the options being discussed would see one team moving from the National League to the American League to create two 15-team leagues, with the Houston Astros the likeliest candidate for a move.
The Kinston Indians defeat the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, 3 – 2, in a 23-inning marathon, the longest game in the history of the Carolina League. 15 players log 8 or more at bats and both catchers, Zach Zaneski of Myrtle Beach and Roberto Pérez of Kinston, catch every inning before Kinston 2B Casey Frawley’s game-ending single. The contest at Kinston’s historic Grainger Stadium takes 6 hours and 27 minutes to complete.
The Red Sox spank the Blue Jays, 14 – 1, one day after handing them a 16 – 4 pasting, to extend their winning streak to 9 games. David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis both homer and drive in 4 runs, and Adrian Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia also go long in support of Jon Lester, who gives up only two hits in 8 innings to go 9-2 on the year. Jose Bautista hits homer number 21 in the lone highlight for Toronto.
2015 – The Blue Jays score 9 runs in the 7th inning to overcome an 8 – 1 deficit and defeat the Red Sox, 13 – 10. Among the inning’s highlights are a three-run triple by Russell Martin and a two-run homer by Justin Smoak, as the Jays’ first nine hitters of the frame all reach base. It is the Jays’ ninth straight win.
2016 – The University of California, Santa Barbara qualifies for the College World Series for the first time in school history thanks to a dramatic 4 – 3 win over the University of Louisville in the 2016 CWS Super Regionals. With Louisville ahead 3 – 0 in the 9th, pinch-hitter Sam Cohen hits a grand slam to stun the Cardinals.
2017 – Royce Lewis, a high school shortstop from California, is selected first overall by the Twins in the 2017 amateur draft. The Reds follow by picking Hunter Greene, who gained national publicity by hitting 102 mph on the radar gun at age 17. The Padres then choose P MacKenzie Gore, making it three high school players selected at the top of the draft, a first since 1990.
1988 – Mike Scott’s bid for his second career no-hitter ends one out short when Ken Oberkfell delivers a clean single to right with two outs in the top of the ninth . It’s the only sour note in a 5-0 whitewash over Atlanta. Scott walks none and fans eight. Terry Puhl, Kevin Bass and Craig Reynolds contribute three hits each.
1978 – Despite committing a team-record seven errors, Houston explodes for six runs in the eighth inning to upend the Pirates, 6-5. Jesus Alou begins the frame with a double, his fourth hit of the night. Cesar Cedeno completes the rally with a bases-loaded single. Rick Williams gets the win in his major league debut.