This Day In Baseball June 13
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Events for June 13
Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees hits a 460-foot home run into the center field bleachers in the Polo Grounds, for the first home run ever hit to that spot. Ruth adds his 21st home run of the season and also pitches five innings in the 13 – 6 win over the Detroit Tigers, giving up four runs, but striking out Ty Cobb. In tomorrow’s game, Ruth will hit two more home runs, his sixth and seventh in five games, in a 9 – 6 win over Detroit. The ‘Bambino’ will break his own major league record this year, going deep 59 times, but this is the only time this season he will be the starting pitcher for the Bronx Bombers.
After Bob Meusel is plunked on the back by Bert Cole, the Yankee outfielder hurls his bat at the Detroit southpaw and charges the mound. The resulting ninth-inning melee includes players, fans, and the police, and when ump Billy Evans is unable to clear the field after nearly a thirty minute delay, he forfeits the game to New York, 10-6.
The Reds acquire Bucky Walters from the Phillies in exchange for catcher Spud Davis, southpaw Al Hollingsworth, and $50,000. Cincinnati’s new right-hander will play a major role in the team’s two consecutive National League pennants when he wins 27 games in 1939 and has another 22 victories in 1940.
In the first night game played at Fenway Park, the Red Sox score all their runs in the fifth inning to beat Chicago, 5-3. The contest is not the first major league game to be played under the lights in Boston, with the cross town NL rivals having played an evening tilt last season against New York at Braves Field.
An ailing Babe Ruth makes his final appearance at Yankee Stadium. With the crowd of 49,641 singing Auld Lang Syne, and members of the 1923 Yankees team (the first to play in the stadium) looking on, the New York Yankees retire Ruth’s uniform number 3 during ceremonies that also commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Stadium. Fewer than two months later, the 53-year-old Ruth will die from throat cancer.
The Indians, in an effort to get more power from their outfield, send Jim Busby to the Orioles in exchange for 28 year-old Dick Williams, who will play only 67 games with the Tribe before being dealt back to Baltimore. As a result of the trade, Roger Maris will move from left to become Cleveland’s full-time center fielder.
Roberto Clemente’s laser to left center, midway through a 4 – 2 loss to Cincinnati, reaches the wall with such dispatch, and caroms back so quickly to centerfielder Vada Pinson, that Clemente, fleetest afoot of all the 1963 Pirates, is held to a 400-foot single. The same centerfield barrier then interrupts the flight of Clemente himself, in the midst of an attempt to thwart Johnny Edwards’ extra-base bid. Instead, Clemente runs into the fence, the ball is jarred loose, and Edwards has a leadoff triple which will lead to a crucial insurance run for Cincy.
At Shea Stadium, Ron Swoboda breaks the franchise record for home runs hit by a rookie when he goes deep off Dick Ellsworth in the first inning with a three-run homer, a poke that will provide all of the runs the Mets will score in their 3-2 victory over Chicago. Jim Hickman had established the mark with 13 round-trippers in 1962, the club’s inaugural season.
After demanding more playing time, Jerry Adair is traded by the Orioles, along with minor leaguer John Riddle, to the White Sox for right-hander Eddie Fisher. The former Baltimore infielder will miss an opportunity to play in the World Series this season with the Birds, but will participate in the Fall Classic with Boston in 1967.
6/13/1966: The Red Sox played the Indians in Cleveland and three home runs were lost to the rain. Boston’s George Scott hit a three-run clout in the first inning, while both Jose Azcue and Leon Wagner of the Indians hit four-baggers. Azcue’s came in the third and Wagner’s in the fourth inning as a pinch hitter.
The Giants get a game-winning grand slam from “Super Sub” Willie Mays as Houston goes to the well once too often. Facing him first as a pinch hitter in the 6th inning, with the bases loaded, one out, and the Giants down by one, Houston starter Dave Giusti gets Mays to ground one to shortstop Sonny Jackson for an inning-ending double play. Jim Ray Hart hits a game-tying solo shot in the 8th. In the 10th inning, a tiring Giusti departs in favor of Barry Latman with runners on first and second. He fans Hart, but a walk to Jim Davenport loads the bases. It is Mays’s turn to shine, which he does, in “grand” fashion. Final score: Giants 6, Astros 2.
“Clemente’s Rifle Wing Amazes Fans, Shoots Down Cardinals,” reads The Sporting News’s headline. Les Biederman adds: “The fans who take their baseball through the newspapers and via the scores on radio and television miss the thrill and excitement of watching all the skills of Roberto Clemente. It’s almost impossible to describe properly the tremendous arm and the magnetic glove possessed by the Pirate star. Ordinarily, Clemente shouldn’t have many assists because so few teams will take chances on his rifle arm. Last night, Clemente staged a dazzling show from right field against the Cardinals.” The Cards score all seven runs and gather 10 of their 14 hits in the first three frames off Woody Fryman. Clemente holds the score down by nailing two runners at the plate on miraculous assists, nailing Orlando Cepeda and Bobby Tolan at home in the first two innings innings, but Cepeda manages to outrun Clemente’s arm in scoring on a sacrifice fly by Dal Maxvill in the third, and Tim McCarver follows him home when the throw bounces away from catcher Jerry May. The Cards win, 7 – 5.
With the score tied 5 – 5 and two on in the 6th inning, the Giants’ Willie Mays smashes a line drive into right field; Pittsburgh RF Roberto Clemente makes an amazing leap, glove above the railing, crashes into the wire fence and comes down with the ball. Pittsburgh wins the wild game, 8 – 7, as the Giants rally for two runs in the bottom of the 9th, but pitcher Ray Sadecki, pinch-hitting for Bill Henry, strikes out against Roy Face with the bases loaded to end the game.
Alex Johnson accuses his Angel teammate Chico Ruiz of waving a gun at him in the clubhouse while the game is being played, an eventual 5-2 loss to Washington at Anaheim Stadium. Although Ruiz denies the incident and the club finds no evidence of a gun, Johnson, not known for his diplomacy, adamantly claims he was threatened with a firearm by the infielder during an argument they had after being used as pinch-hitters in the contest.
The Los Angeles Dodgers infield of Steve Garvey (1B), Davey Lopes (2B), Ron Cey (3B) and Bill Russell (SS) plays together for the first time in a 16 – 3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Veterans Stadium. The infield quartet will set a major league record for longevity by playing 8 1/2 years together.
Dock Ellis walks a batter without ever throwing a pitch to him. After going 2-0 on the Atlanta left fielder Sonny Jackson, the Pirates right-hander is replaced by Ramon Hernandez, who throws two more balls to Dick Dietz, a pinch-hitter for Jackson, to complete the base-on-balls which is attributed to the Bucs’ starting pitcher.
The first triple play ever completed at Dodger Stadium is turned by Darren Dreifort (p), Eric Young (2b), Jose Vizcaino (ss), and Bobby Bonilla (3b). With Colorado runners on first and second base, the 1-6-4 double play becomes a triple killing when Jamey Wright is thrown out at third base by the LA second baseman, who covered first base for the second out.
Houston Astros manager Larry Dierker is taken to the hospital after suffering a grand mal seizure during the 8th inning of a game against the San Diego Padres. The contest is suspended with the Astros leading, 4 – 1. Dierker will undergo surgery on the 15th to remove two masses of tangled blood vessels in his brain that caused the seizure. Coach Matt Galante will take over as interim manager in Dierker’s absence. Dierker later tells general manager Gerry Hunsicker he doesn’t remember anything after the 2nd inning. After four weeks of recovery, the skipper will return, leading the team to a third consecutive National League Central Division title.
The Baltimore Orioles set a franchise record for runs scored, defeating the Atlanta Braves, 22 – 1, in interleague play. Cal Ripken, Jr. goes 6 for 6 for Baltimore, including two home runs, five runs and six RBI. His six hits in a nine-inning game tie the American League record and also set a franchise mark. Will Clark is 4 for 4 with five RBI. Mike Mussina earns the win as he allows one run on five hits in seven innings. He also joins in with two hits and three RBI. John Smoltz is the loser as he allows seven runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings. The team, as the St. Louis Browns, had set the previous mark on August 18, 1951, in a 20 – 9 rout over the Detroit Tigers.
After losing to the Expos in 12 innings on Mark Smith’s home run, which is clearly foul when viewed with video replays, the Yankees restore the missing screen on the bottom three feet to the fair side of the left-field foul pole. The section was removed so fans sitting behind the pole would have an unobstructed view of the game.
Van Meter, Iowa, best known for being the home of Bob Feller, and St. Marys (Martensdale) tie a national high school record established in 1928 by hitting 16 home runs in one game. Twelve different players go deep in the 17-15 contest, won by Van Meter, thanks to the wind blowing out in a small ballpark.
Roger Clemens reaches his 300th win and becomes the third pitcher in major league history with 4,000 strikeouts, leading the New York Yankees over the St. Louis Cardinals, 5 – 2, in interleague play. Edgar Renteriabecomes his 4,000th victim in the 2nd inning. The 40 year old Clemens, the 21st pitcher to make it to 300, allows two runs in 6 2/3 innings and strikes out 10, raising his total to 4,006. Clemens joins Nolan Ryan (5,714) and Steve Carlton(4,136) in the select 4,000-strikeout club.
2004 – Brad Lidge has a four-strikeout seventh inning against the Brewers during a 5-4 victory. The last three come after Lidge had filled the bases with a hit batsman, a balk, a wild pitch on strike three and a walk. Milwaukee starter Ben Sheets also joins the record books with a “perfect inning”, fanning Pete Munro, Craig Biggio and Jose Vizcaino in the third on nine pitches. Dan Miceli gets the win.
In a Fenway Park pregame ceremony prior to the interleague series against the Reds, who have not played in Boston since the 1975 World Series, the Red Sox pay tribute to Carlton Fisk and his 12th-inning Game 6 walk-off homer by naming the bright yellow stanchion in left field, where the ball landed, the Fisk Foul Pole. The former hometown hero enjoys the festivities from the Monster Seats as the crowd cheers when the home run is replayed on the scoreboard to the tune of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.
In a duel of top pitchers, Johan Santana of the Minnesota Twins and Curt Schilling of the Boston Red Sox each allow just one run in eight innings, but neither factor into the decision in the Twins’ 5 – 2, 12-inning victory over Boston thanks to a walk-off grand slam by Jason Kubel. Santana strikes out a season-high 13 batters over eight innings, including six of the first seven batters he faces, and then strikes out David Ortiz in the 4th inning for his 1,000th career strikeout.
The first wireless bullpen communication system in baseball history is used at Wrigley Field when a cell phone, which will be sent to the Hall of Fame, is used for the first time in major league history to call the bullpen. From the dugout, Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild calls the bullpen during the third inning to start warming up reliever Angel Guzman.
2009 – Minutes after Miguel Tejada strokes his 2,000th career hit to drive in a run, Lance Berkman launches his 300th career homer to pace a 6-4 win at Arizona. After seven strong innings by Roy Oswalt, Jose Valverde and LaTroy Hawkins work their way out of jams to preserve the win. The Astros are last in the division with a 28-32 record but are just five games out of first.
In a battle of the Windy City, two pitchers flirt with no-hitters. Gavin Floyd of the White Sox holds the Cubs hitless until Alfonso Soriano doubles with two outs in the 7th, while pinch-hitter Juan Pierre breaks up Ted Lilly’s bid for a no-no with a leadoff single in the 9th. It is the first time since July 13, 1980, that no hits have been recorded in the first six innings of a game. It was also the first time 41 outs took place before the first hit since Sandy Koufax’s no-hitter versus Bob Hendley’s one-hitter in September 1965. Lilly is removed from the game immediately after surrendering the hit, clinging to 1 – 0 lead; Carlos Marmol loads the bases, but escapes the jam and the score holds. The only run of the game is scored when Chad Tracy follows Soriano’s double with a single.
Jorge Posada hits a grand slam for the second consecutive game as the Yankees complete a sweep of the Astros at home, 9 – 5. He joins Bill Dickey (1937) and Babe Ruth (1927, 1929) as the only players in franchise history to hit home runs with the bases loaded in consecutive contests. the Grandslam is also the 5th of his career.
The Angels, with their first sweep at Dodger Stadium, complete their 14-game road trip with 11 victories, the most for the team on a single trip since 1962. In the 6-5 decision over their crosstown rivals, Halo hurler Jered Weaver strikes out his older brother, Jeff, who came into the game as a long reliever in the third inning, for the first time since they were kids.
In game against their cross-town rivals at Wrigley Field, the Cubs get out of a bases loaded jam in the final frame for a 1-0 victory over the White Sox. Juan Pierre’s leadoff single in the top of the ninth spoils Ted Lilly’s bid for a no-hitter, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished at the ‘Friendly Confines’ since Milt Pappas threw a no-no in 1972.
2011 – Just 6 hits shy of joining the 3000 hit club, Derek Jeter must put his quest on hold as he exits today’s 1 – 0 Yankees loss to the Cleveland Indians with a sore right calf and goes on the disabled list. Jeter gets hit number 2994 with a 1st-inning single off Carlos Carrasco, but leaves in the 5th after feeling a strain while running to first base. Escaping a none-out, bases loaded jam in the 1st, Carrasco settles down by pitching seven scoreless innings for the win. The Indians’ lone run off A.J. Burnett comes in the 4th, courtesy of a triple by Michael Brantley followed by a single by Asdrubal Cabrera.
At At&T park Matt Cain of the Giants throws the 22nd perfect game in major league history, a 10 – 0 win against the Houston Astros. Cain records 14 strikeouts, tying Sandy Koufax for the most in a perfect game. he San Francisco right-hander, with the help of two great defensive plays from outfielders Melky Cabrera and Gregor Blanco, becomes the first pitcher in the 129-year history of the franchise. It is the second perfect game this season, following that of Philip Humber on April 21st.
R.A. Dickey of the Mets nearly joins Cain in the no-hit ranks when he tosses a one-hitter for a 9 – 1 win over the Rays. The only safety comes in the 1st inning, when B.J. Upton hits a high bouncer that 3B David Wrightcannot field with his bare hand; the Mets appeal after the game for the ruling to be reversed to an error, but to no avail. Dickey becomes the majors’ first 10-game winner this year, but before the night is out, he is joined by Lance Lynn of St. Louis, who fans a career-high 12 batters in a combined 1 – 0 shutout of the White Sox. The 37 year-old knuckleballer, surpassing the previous club mark of 31.2 scoreless innings in a row set by Jerry Koosman in 1973, establishes a new mark of 32.2 frames before his string is snapped with an unearned run in the ninth inning.
Ted Barrett becomes the first major league ump to be behind the plate for two perfect games. In addition to calling balls and strikes for today’s gem thrown by the Giants’ Matt Cain, the 18-year veteran arbitrator was also the home-plate umpire when David Cone threw his perfecto against the Expos at Yankee Stadium in 1999.
On the first anniversary of his perfect game, Matt Cain has another great outing, allowing only two hits in seven innings as the Giants shut out the Pirates, 10 – 0. He is perfect through four innings before Garrett Jonessingles to lead off the 5th. Gregor Blanco and Buster Posey both have three hits and two RBIs for San Francisco.
The Northwest League’s Spokane Indians, the short-season single-A affiliate of the Rangers, introduce a new home alternate uniform which features the name “S’q’n’i” in lettering across the front of the jersey, along with a character not in the English language. The word, which translates to Spokane in the Salish’s native language, will be in addition to a logo created in 2006 that uses local native imagery.
The Twins set a franchise record with 28 hits in a 20 – 7 drubbing of the Mariners at Target Field. Eddie Rosario belts three homers and drives in 5 runs to lead the onslaught; Eduardo Escobar has five hits and Jason Castro and Kennys Vargas fou each, while Max Kepler and Brian Dozier also go deep. The 28 hits are the most by any major league team since the Rangers had 29 when they scored 30 runs in a game against the Orioles on August 22, 2007.
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