This Day In Baseball June 21
Recapping events that took place in the baseball world on this day
The history of sports is both vast and rich, thanks to the existence of so many different events and the longevity associated with them. With so much history to cull through, We offer the opportunity to look back and see what memorable things happened or milestones were reached on June 21 in baseball history.
Classic Games and Video Accounts of Historic Moments
Notable Events and Chronology for June 21
Brooklyn rallies for five runs in the 9th to beat Philadelphia, 8 – 6, and take over first place. They will hold the lead for the rest of the season. Despite the win, Brooklyn is averaging only 1,100 fans per game and a concerned National League president Nick Young floats the idea of the franchise moving to Washington, DC.
Right-hander Harley ‘Doc’ Parker of the Reds gives up 21 runs and 26 hits to Brooklyn in his first start of the season – and major league farewell appearance. The 26 hits is a post-1900 record, tied by Al Travers in 1912, and by the A’s Hod Lisenbee in 1936. The 21 runs allowed is a National League mark. Harley also faces a record 55 batters in the game. Led by Willie Keeler’s five hits, including a home run and double, the Superbas win, 21 – 3.
At the Polo Grounds, umpire Bob Emslie tosses John McGraw in the 4th inning, but his fellow ump Hank O’Day goes one better, banishing Joe McGinnity and first sacker Dan McGann in the 5th. Down 4 – 2, Christy Mathewson relieves for the Giants and shuts out the Pirates over the last four innings. The Giants load the bases in the 9th and Chappie McFarland relieves a tired Sam Leever. A single scores one and with two outs, Doc Marshall singles to score the winning run. Mathewson wins, 5 – 4.
6/21/1913 – In the top of the seventh inning in Philadelphia, Les Nunamaker of the Red Sox pinch hit for pitcher Hugh Bedient. Nunamaker remained in the game catching and the new hurler, Charles Hall, entered in the eighth spot replacing starting catcher Bill Carrigan. The Sox started at the two spot in the top of the eighth inning. After Steve Yerkes made an out, five consecutive Boston players singled which scored two runs with one runner out at the plate. The next hitter should have been Hall, but Nunamaker batted out of turn and made the third out of the frame. Hooper should have started the ninth for the Red Sox but Hall batted out of turn. (They had the eighth and ninth place hitters reversed.) Once Hall made and out, Harry Hooper batted out of turn and singled. He eventually scored the winning run but the Athletics did not notice.
Rube Foster of the Red Sox no-hits the Yankees 2 – 0, for the first no-hitter in Fenway Park, beating Bob Shawkey, 2 – 0. Harry Hooperleads the offense with three hits. Red Sox president Joseph Lannin hands Rube a $100 bonus and each of his Sox teammates receive a gold-handled pocket knife engraved with the date.
6/21/1928: Babe Ruth hit his 26th home run of the season in the first inning of game two at Yankee Stadium. This two-run blast tied the game with the Philadelphia Athletics, 2-2. Philadelphia scored again in the top of the third inning but the game was called because of rain and the muddy conditions.
Ted Lyons wins his 250th career game, 6 – 5, over the Red Sox. A week later, he will beat New York’s Red Ruffing to match the Yankee hurler’s 251 career wins. The White Sox veteran will finish the season with 20 complete games in 20 starts, lead the AL with a 2.10 ERA, then enter the Marine Corps at age 42.
A federal judge rules that the Seattle club does not have to play returning serviceman Al Niemiec but it does have to pay him his $720 a month contract through the season. At midseason, 143 players who had major league contracts when they went to war have been released or sent to the minors. Former major league players Van Mungo, Lou Finney, Chubby Dean, Nate Andrews and Max Butcher are all playing in Class D leagues.
Renegade ballplayer Danny Gardella admits accepting a pay-off to drop his suit against baseball. After a month-long tryout with the Cardinals, Gardella had been sent to their Houstonfarm club where, shortly afterward, he was released. Gardella argues that he should be paid for the entire year, and he blames his release on his suit against the major leagues.
Donald L. Barnes, at the request of Browns’ owners William and Charles Dewitt, announces the sale of the controlling interest of the club to Bill Veeck, former owner of the Indians. The arrangement of the transaction ensures the new owner will keep the team in St. Louis, debunking the rumors of the shift of the franchise to Milwaukee.
Kansas City Star reporter Dick Wade says that his stopwatch proves that there were only 9:55 minutes of actual “action” in a game the Athletics won from the Senators, 15 – 6 (in just 8 1/2 innings). Wade calculated the time the ball was in play, allowing a second for each pitch that was taken or fouled off.
Stan Musial, in the Cardinals’ 5-1 victory over the Bucs at Busch Stadium, collects a pair of two-baggers, the first which breaks Honus Wagner’s National League record of 651 career doubles. The southpaw-swinging Stan the Man moves to third on the all-time major league list for two-base hits, trailing only American Leaguers Tris Speaker (793) and Ty Cobb (724). Ed. Note: Speaker (one less) and Wagner’s (eight less) totals were historically adjusted since Musial accomplished the feat. -LP
Roberto Clemente takes his first stab at 436 – Floyd Patterson style. His batting practice blast, one hop off the bricks of Forbes Field’s rarely-surmounted right centerfield barrier, comes one day after Roberto attended the Patterson-Ingemar Johansson heavyweight title rematch which ended in a 5th-round KO of the previously victorious Swede. Clemente “calls” his shot, claiming he’ll emulate Patterson’s bout-ending blow. As recounted by Larry Klein in Sport Magazine: “Clemente picked up a bat and walked toward the batting cage for his practice swings [and] said, ‘Watch me. I hit one like Floyd Patterson.’ He sat himself deep in the batter’s box, uncoiled and lined the first pitch to deep center field. The ball hit the 436-foot mark on one bounce.”
The Yankees move into first place by eight percentage points over Baltimore, as they outpitch the White Sox to win, 2 – 0 and 2 – 1. Home runs by Mickey Mantle and Elston Howard win it for Jim Bouton in the opener against Juan Pizarro, and an error wins the nightcap in the 17th. The Yankees sweep 4, giving up just one run in 41 innings, and take nine games from Chicago in 11 days.
Despite the four errors made by the Phillies, Rick Wise wins the first of his 188 major league victories when Philadelphia beats the Mets at Shea Stadium in the nightcap of a twin bill, 8-2. The 18 year-old rookie right-hander’s accomplishment receives little fanfare when his effort follows Jim Bunning’s perfect game in the opener.
1964 – The Colts spank the Milwaukee Braves, 5-2 and 5-4, to complete a four-game sweep. Rusty Staub is the opening-game star with four hits, including two home runs. Pitcher Ken Johnson and outfielder Joe Gaines go deep in the nightcap. Bob Lillispicks up five hits in the twinbill. In addition, the team signs high-school phenom Larry Dierker.
In the first game of a twinbill, there are two on and two outs in the 9th inning when Frank Robinson makes a spectacular catch against New York’s Roy White, diving into the stands over the short right field fence and disappearing from view. He emerges with the ball and it is ruled a catch, preserving a 7 – 5 Baltimore victory, rather than 8 – 7 defeat.
It’s been a bad week for the Cubs, but they end their scoreless streak at 48 innings, tying a major league mark set in 1906, beating the Reds, 3 – 2, behind Joe Niekro. George Culveris the losing pitcher, allowing the Cubs’ first score in the 3rd inning when he gives up a walk with the sacks full. The five straight shutout losses also tie a league mark. The streak started on June 15th, the final eight innings of a loss to Atlanta and continued with the following games: a 1 – 0 loss to Phil Niekro in 11 innings; a 1 – 0 loss to the Cards’ Nellie Briles; a 4 – 0 one-hittertossed by Steve Carlton and a 1 – 0 loss to Bob Gibson. During the drought, Fergie Jenkins allows one run in 18 innings but is charged with a loss and a no-decision.
Minnesota scores a club-record 11 runs in an inning, the 10th inning at Oakland, and sets a major-league record for runs in the 10th, in winning 14 – 4. The Twins send 16 batters to the plate in the frame, garnering eight hits, four walks, and three errors. Harmon Killebrew’s 3-run homer is the big blow. Minnesota’s 11 runs match the New York Yankees’ 12th inning of July 26, 1928, for most runs for one club in extra innings, and shatters the previous high for the 10th inning of eight runs. The A’s add a run of their own in the 10th to set a record (12) for runs in the 10th by two clubs.
On the first pitch in his first at-bat, Dave Machemer hits his only major league home run. The rookie second baseman, batting leadoff for the visiting Angels, starts the Angels eventual 5-2 victory over Minnesota with a long fly over the left field wall at Metropolitan Stadium. Machemer will never hit another long ball.
On Fathers’Day, for the second consecutive game, a bench-clearing brawl occurs between the Reds and Braves in Atlanta as the result of a batter hit by a pitch. Tracy Jones, struck by a ball thrown by Jim Acker, ignites the fight when he belatedly charges the toward the mound when the reliever comes within 25 feet of home plate.
The Cincinnati Reds start an outfield against the Houston Astros consisting of Dmitri Young, Mike Frank and Chris Stynes. Yup, for you movie buffs, that would be Young, Frank and Stynes. It is still a horror for the Reds as they lose their 8th straight, 4 – 2. Pete Schourek is the complete game winner. The losing streak will reach 10 as the Kansas City Royals will also win the next 2.
Michael Bouton’s passionate and elegant open letter to the Yankees is published in the New York Times on Father’s Day, asking the franchise to reconsider its long-time snub of his dad, Jim, the team’s former 21-game winner and controversial author of Ball Four, a book that angered the baseball establishment for revealing the game’s less glamorous side. Thanks to his son’s efforts, Jim Bouton’s banishment from Yankee Stadium will end next month when the right-hander is invited to return to the Bronx ballpark for the first time in nearly thirty years to participate in the team’s Old-Timers’ Day.
Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Tony Fernandez becomes the Dominican-born career hits leader with his 2,178th hit to move ahead of Julio Franco. Fernandez’s hit plates the winning run with two outs in the 9th in Toronto’s 2 – 1 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Franco, deemed washed-up by the baseball world and out of the majors at this time, will reclaim the record several years later.
Eric Chavez becomes the 13th A’s player in the 100-year history of the franchise to hit for the cycle when he doubles (2nd), singles (4th), and triples (5th) off Mike Mussina, and completes the cycle with a home run (7th) off Jose Mercedes in the team’s 10-3 win over Baltimore. Oakland’s 22 year-old third baseman is the seventh-youngest major leaguer to accomplish the feat.
In the annual Congressional baseball game, the Republicans defeat the Democrats, 9 – 1. Republican Congressman Steve Largent of Oklahoma, a former NFL great, strikes out eight while allowing just six hits and no walks. The Dems can breathe easier next year since Largent will be resigning his seat to run for governor. The elephants have compiled a 26-14 record since the Congressional newspaper, Roll Call, began sponsoring the game in 1962. Before 1962, the game was played intermittently beginning when former major leaguer John Tener, then a Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania, organized the first contest in 1909.
Returning to the major leagues after a stint with the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League, Jose Canseco starts as the designated hitter for the Chicago White Sox. The former All-Star, who has 446 career home runs (23rd all time), didn’t get any offers after being released by the Anaheim Angels in the spring.
2001 – In Enron Field fashion, the Astros belt five home runs and lose to the Reds, 8-7, in eleven innings. Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell and Richard Hidalgo go deep in a four-run first. Lance Berkman adds four hits and two homers. Cincinnati smacks four long balls of their own but mere singles produce the game-winner.
The Florida Marlins defeat the Detroit Tigers, 4 – 1, as Luis Castillo hits safely in his 35th consecutive game, tying Fred Clarke (1895), Ty Cobb (1917), and George Sisler (1924-1925) for the 10th-longest hitting streak in major league history. The Florida Marlins infielder’s 3rd-inning infield hit off knuckleballer Steve Sparks’ glove also surpasses Benito Santiago’s 1987streak for longest established by a Latin player.
During the New York-Penn League game between the New Jersey Cardinals and the Staten Island Yankees, a fan hops a fence and goes onto the field to argue an umpire’s call at first base. The 38 year-old woman, who will face disorderly person charges, is at the game with her eight year-old daughter’s Brownie troop.
In the 13th inning at Veterans Stadium, pinch-hitter Todd Pratt hits a two-run home run giving the Philadelphia Phillies a walk-off 6 – 5 victory over the Boston Red Sox. Boston shortstop Nomar Garciaparra’s club-tying record 6 for 6 performance (all singles) cannot prevent the bullpen from blowing three late leads: 2 – 1 in the 8th (Jim Thome’s home run ties it), 3 – 2 in 12th (Thome’s second home run ties it).
6/21/2003: The Mets and Yankees were rained out causing a day-night home-and-home doubleheader one week later. In the cancelled game, two players lost homers. Jeromy Burnitz hit a two-run shot off the Yankees’ Mike Mussina in the bottom of the first inning and Todd Zeile hit a solo home run off Jeremy Griffiths of the Mets in the top of the fourth. The Yankees were leading in the middle of the fourth, 4-2, when the game was called due to rain.
2003 – Rodrigo Rosario wins his big league debut as Houston holds on for a 9-5 victory, their second straight win against the cross-state rival Texas Rangers. Craig Biggio starts the game with his 32nd career leadoff homer. Richard Hidalgo and Jeff Bagwell also go deep. Houston moves past Chicago into first place in the Central Division, one win ahead of the Cubs and the Cardinals.
After building a 10 – 2 lead at Yankee Stadium, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays lose to the Bronx Bombers, 20 – 11, making it the second time in franchise history the team is ahead by eight or more runs and loses by nine or more tallies. No other club in history has ever achieved this dubious distinction as the D-Rays, with their 1999 defeat to the Indians, now have accomplished the feat twice. Also, by giving up 13 runs in the bottom of the second inning, the Devil Rays become the first team in history to yield that many tallies in one inning twice during the same season. The benefactors each time are the Yankees, as the visiting Tampa Bay hurlers also had a 13-run meltdown in April.
Jose Reyes becomes the ninth player in Mets history to hit for the cycle. The 23 year-old shortstop from the Dominican Republic hits a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first inning, followed by a double in the third, then a triple in the fifth, and completes the feat with an eighth-inning single in the 5-4 loss to the Reds at Shea Stadium.
In a 7 – 2 Cleveland win over the Dodgers, C.C. Sabathia homers off Chan-ho Park. It is Sabathia’s second home run, the first time an American League pitcher has hit that many since the DH had been instituted. After the game, Sabathia’s career batting line in 42 plate appearances is an impressive .300/.317/.475 for a 107 OPS+.
Tony La Russa gets his 2,500th victory as a manager when the Cardinals defeat Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium, 12-5. Joining Connie Mack and John McGraw, the Redbird skipper, who also piloted the White Sox and A’s, becomes only the third major league manager to reach the milestone. The Cardinals attack was lead by Albert Pujols, who is leading the major leagues in almost all hitting categories, has another great day at the plate, banging out two homers, one a grand slam, and driving in 6 runs
Brian Roberts hits a tie-breaking single in the 8th to lead Baltimore to a 2 – 1 win over Philadelphia, completing a three-game sweep. The Phillies have now lost six straight at home, for an overall record of 13-22 at Citizens Bank Park. The defending World Series champs are being kept alive by their outstanding play on the road, where they are a major league best 23-9.
At a press conference, Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg says the team cannot succeed if it continues to play in Tropicana Field or anywhere in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. The team’s poor attendance in spite of an excellent record and a bevy of exciting young players has not gone unnoticed. While the team’s lease on its current ballpark expires in 2027, the owner is looking at sites for a new park in Tampa, FL, even though it is likely that the city of St. Petersburg will take legal action if a move is made while the lease is still valid.
The Cincinnati Reds blast three home runs in the 10th – by Ramon Hernandez, Joey Votto and Scott Rolen – to beat Oakland, 6 – 4. The outburst comes after the Reds scored only one run in suffering a three-game sweep at the hands of the Mariners. Francisco Cordero is the winner in spite of blowing a 2 – 1 lead by coughing up a long ball to Kevin Kouzmanoff in the bottom of the 9th.
The Blue Jays designate 3B Edwin Encarnacion for assignment, hoping to send him to AAA Las Vegas, although they risk losing the talented player on waivers. Encarnacion has shown bursts of great power, hitting 5 home runs in 3 games at one point this year, but has struggled overall, batting .200 in 37 games and showing inconsistency in the field. The move makes room on the roster for P Scott Richmond, coming off the 60-day disabled list.
The Twins start their game against the Giants on the right foot, as their first 8 batters get hits against Madison Bumgarner, tying a major league record, on their way to a 9 – 2 win. Ben Revere has two hits and two RBI in the frame. The Twins alternate four singles and four doubles and Bumgarner departs after one third of an inning, having given up 8 runs on 9 hits; his only reprieve comes when his opponent, Carl Pavano, comes to bat as the number 9 hitter and strikes out.
The Phillies also have a big inning, scoring 9 runs in the 8th to defeat the Cardinals, in their first game without the injured Albert Pujols, 10 – 2. The Phils score all those runs in spite of not getting an extra-base hit all night, taking advantage of 9 walks issued by Cards pitchers. Reliever Michael Stutes is the beneficiary of the late scoring outburst, while Trever Miller is the loser in a rare decision for the lefty specialist.
The Blue Jays win their 9th straight game to reach the .500 mark for the first time this season, defeating the Orioles, 7 – 6, on Rajai Davis’s game-ending single with two outs in the bottom of the 9th. Munenori Kawasaki hits his first career homer, a game-tying two-run shot in the 7th and Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion also connect for the Jays. The O’s also hit three long balls, including Chris Davis’s major league-leading 27th of the season.
The Brewers score three runs on a wild pitch in the 3rd inning of their 9 – 4 win over the Rockies. With the bases loaded, Christian Friedrich throws a pitch to the backstop; Rockies C Michael McKenry overthrows Friedrich in trying to cut off Khris Davis at home, allowing Mark Reynolds to score a second run. Then, after Friedrich has picked up the ball in foul territory, Jean Segura realizes the pitcher is not paying attention to him and dashes home as well, sliding ahead of the pitcher to complete the clearing of the bases.
Former OF Darryl Hamilton, 50, who was employed as an analyst with the MLB Network, is found dead in his home in Pearland, TX, victim of multiple gunshot wounds. His companion is also also found dead with a single wound, apparently self-inflicted, in what police describe as a murder-suicide. The couple’s 14-month-old child is unharmed.
Melissa Mayeux becomes the first female to be placed on the Major League Baseball’s international registration list, making her eligible to be signed by pro teams on July 2. The 16 year-old shortstop of the French U-18 junior national team campaigned successfully to abolish the country’s “no-girls-allowed” rule, so she could keep competing with the boys.
Erik Kratz, who tossed an ineffective inning for the Astros in an 11-1 rout by the Angels in April, becomes the first player in the modern era to catch and pitch for two teams in the same season when he throws a scoreless ninth inning in relief in the Pirates’ 15-4 loss to the Giants at PNC Park. The 36 year-old journeyman backstop, who was obtained from the Halos earlier in the month, allows two hits, striking Brandon Belt for the first out of the frame.
Dean Kremer becomes the first-ever Israeli to sign a contract with a Major League baseball team when he comes to terms with the Dodgers, after being selected in the annual amateur draft earlier this month. The 20 year-old right-hander, who won Europe’s Most Valuable Pitcher award in both 2014 and 2015, has hurled for Israel’s national baseball team for the past three seasons.
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