This Day In Baseball June 18
Recapping events that took place in the baseball world on this day
Baseball history on June 18 includes Major League baseball players born that day of the year, Major League baseball players who died on that date, baseball players who made their Major League debut on that date, and Major League baseball players who appeared in their final game that date.
Events for June 18
In the sixth inning in Detroit, the White Sox lead the Tigers, 13-1, and after eight innings, the Pale Hose still are still ahead 15-7. The Tigers, however, use five singles and two walks to narrow Chicago’s lead to 15-13 in the eighth, and then complete their incredible comeback in the final frame when Ty Cobb strokes a two-run single, his fifth hit of the day, and then scores on Sam Crawford’s double to win the Navin Field contest, 16-15.
On Charles Lindbergh Day, the transatlantic pioneer flyer helps the Cardinals raise the National League pennant before the team’s 6-4 victory over New York at Sportsman’s Park. The game marks the return to St. Louis of Rogers Hornsby, the Redbirds’ former player-manager who guided the team to a world championship last season, but was traded to the Giants in the offseason, after having disputes over salary with owner Sam Breadon.
At Fenway Park, Dick Gernert’s home run highlights a 17-run, 14-hit 7th inning as the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers, 23 – 3. In the big inning, Gene Stephens has three hits, Sammy White scores three runs and Tom Umphlett also reaches base three times. Both Stephens and White set modern day records for their feats.
Pirates rookie Don Leppert hits a home run on the first pitch thrown to him in his major league career, going deep off southpaw Curt Simmons in the second inning of the Bucs’ 5-3 victory over the Redbirds at Forbes Field. The 29 year-old freshman catcher’s feat will not be accomplished again by another Pittsburgh player until 2012, when Starling Marte homers on the first pitch he sees in his big league debut.
In Game 1 of a doubleheader at Fenway Park, the Red Sox, trailing by seven runs entering the bottom of the ninth, beat the Senators, 13-12, after Jim Pagliaroni’s two-out grand slam tied the score. In addition to catching all 22 innings of the twin bill, the Boston backstop, hits a walk-off home run in the 13th inning of the nightcap, giving the Boston a 6-5 victory.
Red Sox third baseman Joe Foy, who is spending the night with his parents before a series against the Yankees, is able to get his parents safely out of the building when a fire breaks out in their home in the Bronx. The house blaze will result in the loss of the many souvenirs and keepsakes the 24 year-old infielder has accumulated as a baseball player.
The Phillies trade second baseman Juan Samuel to the Mets for outfielder Lenny Dykstra, relief pitcher Roger McDowell, and a player to be named later, that will be minor league pitcher Tom Edens. New York’s experiment to turn their new infielder, who will play only 86 games with New York, into a center fielder will fail miserably, while ‘Nails’ will go on to be a three-time All-Star and a cog in Philadelphia’s National League championship in 1993, being selected as the runner-up for the Most Valuable Player Award.
Brant Brown hits the first three home runs of his career on the same day. The 25 year-old rookie goes deep as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning off Chan Ho Park in a 9-6 loss to the Dodgers in the opener of a Wrigley Field twin bill, but his two additional round-trippers contribute to Chicago’s 7-4 victory in the nightcap.
In a 19-2 rout of the Diamondbacks, it takes only the first four innings for Mike Lansing to hit for the cycle. The Rockies second baseman gets a triple in the first, a two-run homer in the second, and a double in the third, completing the rare event with a single in the fourth inning. The Rockies set a team record with 23 hits, including five by Jeff Cirillo and four by Brent Mayne.
A mandate issued by the commissioner’s office imposes a two-minute limit for warm-up tosses thrown by relievers who come in during an inning, with the time starting when the pitcher enters fair territory. At the beginning of a frame, the allotted warm-up time for a hurler will be one-minute and forty-seconds, unless the game is on national television; in that event, the time limit will be increased by 20 seconds.
Marlins infielder Luis Castillo beats out a dribbler to the box, extending his consecutive-game hitting streak to 33 straight contests. The sixth-inning single in Florida’s 2-1 victory over Cleveland at Pro Player Stadium ties Rogers Hornsby’s 80 year-old record for the longest such stretch to be accomplished by a second baseman.
In the first major league game to feature four players with 400 career homers, the Cubs beat the Rangers, 4-3, when Alex Gonzalez hits a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. Sammy Sosa (475), Fred McGriff (459), and Juan Gonzalez (401) watched Rafael Palmeiro add his 460th home run to the total.
At Shea Stadium, Hall of Fame catchers Carlton Fisk, Johnny Bench, Gary Carter, and Yogi Berra take part in a pregame ceremony to honor Mike Piazza for hitting the most home runs as a catcher in baseball history. The Mets’ backstop established the new mark, breaking Carlton Fisk’s record, with his 352nd home run on May 5.
Julio Franco becomes the oldest player to hit multiple home runs in a game when he goes deep on two occasions in the Braves’ 6-1 victory over Cincinnati. The 46 year, 299 day-old Atlanta first baseman homers twice off Cincy starter Eric Milton, going yard in the first and third innings at the Great American Ball Park.
Derek Jeter, who will average 13 home runs during 20-year career, hits his only major league grand slam in his 156th plate appearance with the bases loaded. The 30 year-old All-Star shortstop, who collects two round-trippers in the Bombers’ 8-1 victory over the Cubs at Yankee Stadium, clears the bases in the sixth inning with a blast off Joe Borowski that clears the fence in left-center field.
In a game in which veteran hurler Kenny Rogers wins his 200th career victory, the Tigers go yard eight times to set a club record. Cubs starter Mark Prior, who recently returned from the 60-day disabled list, gives up three of the home runs in the 6-run first inning of the 12-3 barrage at Wrigley Field.
Trailing the Red Sox by 15 games in the AL East after playing just sixty-nine games, the last-place Orioles fire Sam Perlozzo as the team’s manager. Bullpen coach Dave Trembley is named as the interim manager in the midst of an O’s eight-game losing streak as the club embarks on a West Coast road trip. He will later be named manager of the club.
In his third major league start, the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg strikes out 10 opponents to set a major league record with 32 in his first three games, beating the mark of 29 held by J.R. Richard, but the White Sox hold on to inflict an 11-inning, 2 – 1 defeat to the Nats. President Obama, along with his two daughters, makes an unannounced trip to Nationals Park to watch Strasburg pitch against his favorite team, the White Sox
President Obama, along with his two daughters, makes an unannounced trip to Nationals Park to watch Stephen Strasburg pitch against his favorite team, the White Sox. The Commander in Chief is on hand to see the 21 year-old fireballer strike out ten batters to bring the phenom’s three-game total to 32, three more than the rookie record of 29 established by J.R. Richard in 1971.
A violent collision at home plate between Carlos Pena of the Cubs and New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin is the highlight of the Yanks’ 4 – 3 win. With New York up 3 – 2 in the 6th inning, Geovany Soto hits a bases-loaded line drive to left which Brett Gardner catches as he is charging; he fires a one-hop strike to Martin, which arrives just before Pena crashes into him, sending his helmet flying and the catcher rolling on the ground. But Martin holds on for an inning-ending double play. A.J. Burnett is the winner over Ryan Dempster, with Mariano Rivera picking up the save.
With his one-out, solo home run off Shawn Kelley in the seventh in the Diamondbacks’ 7-1 victory over Seattle at Chase Field, Aaron Hill becomes the fifth player in franchise history to hit for the cycle. The Arizona second baseman, the first D-Back to single, double, triple, and homer in four at-bats, joins Kelly Johnson (2010), Stephen Drew (2008), Greg Colbrunn (2002), and Luis Gonzalez (2000) in accomplishing the rare feat.
Allowing only a fifth-inning single by Wilson Betemit in the Mets’ 5-0 victory over Baltimore at Citi Field, R.A. Dickey throws his second consecutive one-hitter, becoming the first pitcher to record back-to-back one-hit games since Dave Stieb accomplished the feat in 1988 and the first in the National League since Jim Tobin in 1944. The 37 year old Mets’ knuckleballer has not allowed an earned run in his last 5 starts spanning 42.2 innings, also limited Tampa Bay to just 1 hit.
After a lengthy ten-week trial, Roger Clemens is acquitted by a jury on all charges that he obstructed justice and lied to Congress when he testified at a deposition during a 2008 nationally televised hearing. The seven-time Cy Young winner, who won 354 games playing for the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees, and Astros during his 24 years in the major leagues, contended that the success in the latter part of his career was a result of an over-the-top work ethic and not due to taking performance-enhancing drugs, as widely believed.
Aaron Hill hits for the cycle in leading the Diamondbacks over the Mariners, 7 – 1. Hill had come up a double short of a cycle, striking out in his last at-bat, in a game against the Rockies on June 5th, but a 7th-inning homer completes the feat today as he becomes the 5th player in D-Backs history to turn the trick.
The city of San Jose, CA files a suit in federal court against Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig, arguing it has suffered millions of dollars in damages because MLB has refused to allow the Oakland Athletics to move to a new ballpark there. The suit explicitly challenges baseball’s exemption from antitrust laws, which is the relic of a much-criticized Supreme Court decision dating back to 1922.
The Mets get a pair of outstanding performances from young pitchers in sweeping a doubleheader from the Braves. In the opener, second-year man Matt Harvey, 24, takes a no-hitter into the 7th inning and strikes out 13 on his way to a 4 – 3 win. In the nitecap, rookie Zack Wheeler, 23, making his highly anticipated major league debut, pitches six shutout innings and strikes out 7 as the Mets win again, 6 – 1.
The Red Sox win a game in an unprecedented manner, as they turn a one-run deficit in the 10th inning into a walk-off win thanks to back-to-back solo homers by David Ortiz and Mike Napoli in beating the Twins, 2 – 1. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the first time a team wins a game by scoring its first runs of the day on back-to-back long balls in extra innings. Chris Parmelee had put the Twins ahead with a solo homer of his own in the top of the inning.
Carlos Correa, the number one overall pick in 2012, becomes the second-youngest player in the modern era to steal three bases in a game when he swipes a trio of bags in Houston’s 8-4 victory against the Rockies at Coors Field. In 1979, Rickey Henderson was 20 years and 241 days old when he accomplished the feat, 18 days younger than the Astro shortstop.
In the continuation of a game that started May 15, Juan Soto pinch-hits a two-run homer that proves to be the difference in the Nationals’ 5-3 victory against the Yankees. The stats of the game will indicate the 19 year-old rookie outfielder accomplishment preceded his big league debut, an oddity that also includes Dave Parker (1973) and Barry Bonds (1986) among the players who also recorded hits before making their big league debuts.
2018 – A two-run double by Alex Bregman in the bottom of the ninth stuns the Rays, 5-4, to match Houston’s club record for wins at twelve. The Astros would lose the next night, 2-1, to halt the streak. Within the surge, Houston swept a ten-game road trip for the first time and Evan Gattis enjoyed back-to-back five-RBI games in Oakland to set a two-day club record.