This Day In Baseball June 25
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 25 in baseball history.
Classic Games and Video Accounts of Historic Moments
Notable Events and Chronology for June 25
At Sportsman’s Park, Kansas City third baseman Jumbo Davis makes five errors in the team’s 10-3 loss to St. Louis. The 26 year-old Cowboys infielder will commit 100 errors in 628 chances, finishing the season with a .841 fielding percentage for the American Association club. His bat kept in him the line up as he did drive in 109 runs and hit 19 triples.
At Boston’s Southend Grounds, Boston Beaneater Wiley Piatt the 28 year-old southpaw, known as Ironman to his teammates becomes the only 20th century pitcher to lose two complete games in one day, falling to Pittsburgh, 1 – 0 and 5 – 3. Piatt allows 14 hits in the two games while striking out 12. Pirate player-manager Fred Clarke takes a pitch in the stomach, and will take a couple more hits tomorrow. Pittsburgh now leads the National League by 2 1/2 games.
George Diggins, the New England League Concord (NH) Marines’ nine year-old mascot, participates in their Class B game in Lowell when the team’s second baseman becomes ill and the ump ejects their center fielder. The youngest professional player in the history of the game doesn’t have an opportunity to field any balls playing right field and strikes out in his only at-bat in the contest played at Alumni Field, which was also known as Spalding Park.
At the Polo Grounds, 25,000 see the Giants win twice over the Reds and increase their National League lead to three games. Hal Schumacher, the June graduate of St. Lawrence, wins the opener, 7 – 1, giving up a run on an error. New York scores five runs in two innings to knock out Ray Kolp. The Giants take the second game, 6 – 3, as Johnny Vergez drives in four runs. Fred Fitzsimmons is the winner over Larry Benton, in relief of Benny Frey.
The Senators win twice over the Indians, 9 – 0 and 10 – 1, to widen their lead in the American League to 1 1/2 games over New York. Washington has now won 14 of 15. Earl Whitehill pitches the shutout and Bobby Burke, making his first start of the season, almost matches him in game 2. Ossie Bluege has five of the Nats’ 29 hit total. For the host Indians, Milt Galatzer, recently of the Toledo Mud Hens, debuts with four walks in the opener and no official at bats. He’s 2 for 5 in the nightcap.
Billy Herman cracks a first-inning home run off Carl Hubbell and the Cubs score seven runs in the first three innings to beat the first-place Giants, 10 – 5. Herman adds another three hits and Augie Galan has three hits, including two triples. Dick Bartell has four hits for the Giants. Al Smith takes the loss for New York, while Fabian Kowalik pitches the last inning for the win.
With the first pitch thrown at 6 p.m., the Cubs right-hander Hi Bithorn shuts out the Cardinals, 6-0, in a twilight game played at Wrigley Field. Under current baseball interpretations, the two-hour, 17-minute contest, played on one of the longest daylight days of the year, would be considered a night game, but no lights are needed (good thing because there aren’t any).
6/25/1943 – In a game in Boston, the Yankees batted out of turn twice. In the top of the third, the New Yorkers had a run across when Joe Gordon doubled in the second run on the inning. Sox manager Joe Cronin came out and told plate umpire Bill Summers that Gordon had batted out of turn. In the initial frame, Gordon had struck out so Cronin wisely let the infraction pass. Gordon was listed seventh on the official batting order but had been listed sixth on the lineup given to the press. The proper batter, Rollie Hemsley, was called out and Nick Etten was returned to the base paths and his run negated. Gordon hit a solo homer in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 2 runs each. The contest was eventually called for darkness at 7:50pm after the eleventh inning. Etten’s run in the third would have allowed the Yankees to win the game.
Heavyweight contender Joe Frazier wants to hold a clinic to teach baseball players how to fight. “All they do is hurt themselves instead of the other guy,” he said from his training camp. “Look at Joe Pepitone. He banged up his hands without getting a punch across. Baseball players should know about combinations as well as double plays.” Frazier said he would hold a clinic on a day when the Yankees are off.
At Candlestick Park – San Francisco Giant rookie Bobby Bonds becomes the second player to hit a grand slam in his first major league game, as Ray Sadecki blanks the Dodgers, 9 – 0. Bonds does it on his third at-bat, facing John Purdin. The only other player to hit a grand slam in his first major league game was Bill Duggleby of the Philadelphia Phillies, who achieved the feat in 1898.
The Mets (14) and Phillies (13) set a National League record for ineptitude by striking out 27 times in the first nine innings of a 10-inning game. The Phils win 6 – 5 when rookie Dave Watkins triples and scores in the 10th. Watkins, who replaces Cookie Rojas when he was thumbed in the 5th, hits his first major league homer as well. Lowell Palmer strikes out nine in 4 1/3 innings for Philadelphia, while Nolan Ryan K’s 10 in 6 1/3 innings.
6/25/1971: Brooks Robinson of the Orioles hit a towering flyball to left-center field in the top of the fourth inning off Red Sox pitcher Jim Lonborg which caromed off a light tower behind Fenway Park’s Green Monster and rebounded back on to the field. Second base umpire Bill Haller ruled that the ball hit off the top of the wall and Robinson only got a double. Players in the Baltimore bullpen confirmed that the ball had hit the light tower and should have been a home run.
1971 – Talk about getting back at your boss! Backup catcher Jack Hiatt singles home Doug Rader with the winning run as Houston takes a 5-4 victory over Gaylord Perry and the Giants. Hiatt, who was traded from San Francisco the year before, still held a winter job in the Giants’ sales office at the time.
After a five-year legal battle, Bernice Gera finally becomes the first woman professional umpire when she works a minor league game in Geneva, New York. When Auburn manager Nolan Campbell vehemently argues a play where she first signals Terry Ford safe at second on a double play and then reverses her decision, the new arbitrator is brought to tears and will resign between games of the twin bill.
At Arlington Stadium Ranger Toby Harrah becomes the only shortstop in major league history to go through an entire doubleheader without a fielding chance. At the plate, Harrah makes up for the inactivity, collecting six hits, including a grand slam in the opener and another round-tripper in game 2. The Rangers beat the White Sox in the first game 8 – 4, but lose the nightcap, 14 – 9.
At Old-Timers Day in Chicago, the Cubs score four in the 9th inning to edge the Mets, 5 – 4. Larry Biittner doubles in two runs, and Bill Buckner’s wind-blown fly eludes two outfielders for a third double in the frame. With the sacks full, Manny Trillo hits a grounder to third base and beats out the attempted double play for the winner.
At Yankee Stadium, Dave Winfield hits five singles and drives in four runs to lead New York to a 7 – 3 win over Detroit. Ron Guidry (6-5) is the beneficiary of Winfield’s hitting. Dave is now hitting .750 against Detroit this year. Winfield has three five-hit games this month, tying a record set by Ty Cobb.
In a first in the National League, the Mets’ defense does not record a single assist in a 5 – 1 win over Philadelphia, tying the major-league record set by the Yankees on July 4, 1945 in a game vs the Cleveland Indians. New York pitchers retire the Phillies on 13 strikeouts, 12 fly outs, and two ground balls to 1B. Sid Fernandez is the winner, with Rick Aguilera tossing an inning of relief.
Florida P David Weathers loses a chance at a no-hitter when he is hit on his pitching hand by a Tim Pugh fastball and has to leave the game against the Reds. He had held Cincinnati hitless over the first five innings. Terry Mathews replaces him and allows three hits in preserving the Marlins’ 5 – 1 win.
At Tiger Stadium Chicago Cub Sammy Sosa hits a home run in the seveth inning off Brian Moehler in the Cubs’ 6 – 4 loss to the Tigers, breaking Rudy York’s 1937 major league record for home runs in a month with 19. He will end the month with 20 roundtrippers. York, the Tigers’ rookie catcher who finished with 18 after homering twice on the last day in August in 1937 at the same ballpark when it was known as Navin Field.
In Baltimore’s 9 – 8 loss to the Yankees, the O’s Jesse Orosco makes his 1,051th relief appearance to break Kent Tekulve’s major league record. He is succeeded by Mike Timlin, who takes the loss when he serves up a 9th inning home run to Shane Spencer. Harold Baines has a pair of homers for the O’s, while Tino Martinez has four hits for New York.
In the first professional baseball game in Brooklyn after a 44-year absence, the short-season Class A minor league Cyclones win their home opener at Keyspan Park, defeating the Mahoning Valley (Ohio) Scrappers 3-2 in 10 innings. The name of the New York-Penn Mets farm team refers to the famous roller coaster located at the nearby amusement park on Coney Island.
In game which is broadcast throughout Latin America, skippers Luis Pujols of the Tigers and Tony Pena of the Royals become the first major league managers born in the Dominican Republic to oppose each other in a game. The president of the Dominican Republic, Hipolito Mejia, is on hand to watch Raul Ibanez’s double, triple and home run and four RBIs lead the hometown Royals to an 8 – 6 comeback victory over Detroit.
With his White Sox trailing 9-2, second baseman Tadahito Iguchi hits a three-run bomb in the eighth and then delivers a game-tying grand slam in the ninth during an eventual 13 inning loss to the Astros at U.S. Cellular Field. Teammates Scott Podsednik (6/23) and Joe Crede (6/24) had also hit home runs with the bases full in the two previous games of the series, making it the first time in team history a grand slam was hit in three consecutive games.
2006 – Adam Everett’s bloop triple in the 13th inning followed by Willy Taveras’ RBI single salvage a 10-9 win over the Chicago White Sox, avoiding their second series sweep at the hands of the American League champs in a span of nine months. The Astros were coasting with a 9-2 lead behind Roy Oswalt going into the bottom of the eighth when one man led the Sox back. Tadahito Igushi belts a three run shot off Russ Springer then tags Brad Lidge for a grand slam the next inning – the third slam off Houston pitching in three days – to tie it up. Fernando Nieve gets the win. Despite a dreadful month and a .500 record, the Astros are only five games back of St. Louis and three games back of Cincinnati in the division chase.
A distraught spectator jumps onto the field and charges the mound toward Bob Howry after the Cub reliever blows an 8-3 ninth-inning lead to Colorado at Wrigley Field. The fan will make it within a few feet from his intended target before security guards tackled him, and the right-hander will get the win when Alfonso Soriano hits a game-ending two-run single in the bottom of the frame to give Chicago an improbable 10-9 victory.
At the Dell Diamond in Round Rock, TexasManny Parra of the Nashville Sounds throws a perfect game against the Round Rock Express. He strikes out 11. Amazingly, it is Parra’s first win and second game in AAA. The contest marks the 8th perfect game in the history of the Pacific Coast League, but only the third to go the full nine innings. On another odd note, all three have come in the 21st Century though the league was formed in 1903: John Halama threw a perfecto in 2001and John Wasdin in 2003.
The Republicans win their 7th straight congressional baseball contest. A 5 – 2 affair, it is much closer than the prior year’s contest, as the Democrats add nine freshman players. Jason Altimore (PA) is sidelined by a torn hamstring, while Heath Shuler (NC), a former NFL player, disappoints with an oh-fer game. Joe Baca (CA) tosses a solid game but five errors and four runs in the 3rd give this one to the Republicans, whose rally begins with a triple by Bill Shuster (PA). Mike Doyle (PA) coaches the Democrats for a second straight year; he is a former two-time MVP of the event for the Dems. The event raises between $75,000 and $100,000 for the Washington Literacy Council and Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington.
41-year-old Tim Wakefield and the Red Sox top 44-year-old Randy Johnson and the Diamondbacks, 5 – 0, with Wakefield allowing two hits and no runs in 7 innings. It had been 43 years since two pitchers with a higher cumulative age faced off in the majors; in the earlier contest, the hurlers were 59-year-old Satchel Paige and 29-year-old Bill Monbouquette.
In his 21st season, John Smoltz makes his first start in over a year and plays his first game for a team other than the Atlanta Braves, as the Red Sox lose, 9 – 3, to Washington. Smoltz settles down after giving up 4 runs in the 1st, but still allows 5 runs in as many innings to take the loss. Willie Harris has three hits, including a homer off Takashi Saito, and scores 2 and drives in 2 for the Nats.
Edwin Jackson throws the 4th no-hitter of the season as the Diamondbacks defeat their brethren from the 1998 expansion, the Tampa Bay Rays, 1 – 0. Jackson needs 149 pitches to complete the game, after struggling with his control early on and walking 7 in the first three innings, but manager A.J. Hinch decides to leave him in the game to grab his chance at history. It is the second time the Rays are no-hit this year, having been the victims of Dallas Braden’s perfect game six weeks ago.
Roy Halladay faces his former team, the Toronto Blue Jays, for the first time since being traded to the Phillies in the off-season, and rolls to an easy 9 – 0 victory. The game was moved to Philadelphia, PA from Toronto, ONbecause of exceptional security measures being put on in the Canadian city that is hosting the G20 Summit of world leaders this week-end. As a result of the belated move, the Blue Jays wear their home uniforms and bat last in the contest. DH Ross Gload has a career-high 4 RBI and Shane Victorino homers for the Phils.
The Cubs suspend pitcher Carlos Zambrano indefinitely after he throws a tantrum in the dugout after giving up 4 runs in the 1st inning of a 6 – 0 loss to the White Sox. “Big Z” blames first baseman Derrek Lee for letting a Juan Pierre ground ball past him for a double that starts the rally, although the hard-hit ball was hardly catchable. Tom Gorzelanny replaces Zambrano who is removed from the game by manager Lou Piniella.
Both leagues get their first 10-game winners of the season today. CC Sabathia reaches the magic number with the Yankees in an 8 – 3 win over the Rockies, and is joined by the Tigers’ Justin Verlander, who strikes out a career-best 14 over 8 innings in beating Arizona, 6 – 0, and the Braves’ Jair Jurrjens, a 10 – 1 winner over the Padres.
The Giants may not score a ton of runs, but they have a knack for winnin’ ugly. Today, they score the game’s lone run in the 7th on a bases-loaded balk by Cleveland’s Tony Sipp. The inning begins poorly for San Francisco, with Nate Schierholtz hitting a lead-off double, then slipping between second and third base in trying to stetch it to a triple and being tagged out easily; Miguel Tejada then reaches on a throwing error by 2B Cord Phelps, who later commits a second error on a ground ball by pitcher Matt Cain, before reliever Sipp commits the fateful mistake. Cain is the winner over Justin Masterson, who deserved a better fate.
In front of a sold-out crowd of 42,130 fans at AT&T Park, the Giants beat the Indians, 1-0, with the game’s lone run scoring on a bases-loaded seventh-inning balk. In an inning that features a stand-up triple by Nate Schierholtz and two errors by Tribe second baseman Cord Phelps, Cleveland southpaw Tony Sipp allows the run to score when he flinches his throwing arm just prior to delivering a pitch to Emmanuel Burriss, balking home Miguel Tejada.
The Cardinals win a wild game over the Marlins, 8 – 7, thanks to a two-run rally in the top of the 10th. Things start to take a turn for the bizarre in the 9th after the Cards stage a four-run rally against closer Heath Bell to tie the game at 6-all. Manager Mike Matheny makes a flurry of moves before his team takes the field in the bottom of the inning, but the information about who has replaced whom gets confused before it reaches home plate umpire Bob Davidson. Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is upset when he sees that 3B David Freese is not on the field although his name is still in the lineup card, and protests to Davidson, who upholds his side. Matheny is forced to remove Allen Craig from the game, because his spot is now occupied by new pitcher Victor Marte, while Tony Cruz, the last position player remaining on the bench, comes in to play first base. As a result of the confusion, Matheny needs to use rookie pitcher Joe Kelly to bat for Marte in the 10th, but he surprises everyone by beating out a bases-loaded infield single to put the Cardinals up, 8 – 6. Miami manages to claw back one run off Jason Motte in the bottom of the 10th, but still comes up short.
In a matchup of Japanese starters, Ranger All-Star Yu Darvish and Yankee right-hander Hiroki Kuroda both get a no-decision, with each hurler failing to make it into the seventh inning. New York wins the Bronx ballpark contest with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning when Japanese outfielder Ichiro Suzuki hits a walk-off home run.
The White Sox hold a 4 – 3 lead over the Mets with two outs in the 9th inning, but manage to blow it in the most embarrassing fashion, after Daniel Murphy hits a routine pop-up in front of the mound. 2B Gordon Beckhamcomes charging in, trips on P Addison Reed’s foot and falls to the ground, in the process bowling over 3B Conor Gillaspie, who is positioned under the ball. The ball drops to the ground and rolls away from Reed while David Wright takes advantage of the confusion to score all the way from second base and tie the game. Luckily, the Sox manage to score a run off LaTroy Hawkins in the bottom of the inning to escape with a 5 – 4 win and save a little face.
David Price, with his 11-strikeout performance in the Rays’ 5-1 victory over the Pirates, has whiffed at least ten batters in five straight games, marking the 22nd time a pitcher has accomplished the feat in major league history. The 28 year-old southpaw joins an impressive group of hurlers that includes Pedro Martinez (6), Randy Johnson (8), Nolan Ryan (3), Curt Schilling (1), J.R. Richard (1), Dwight Gooden (1), and Johan Santana, who, in 2004, was the last to accomplished the deed.
By pitching 7 scoreless innings in a 7 – 0 win over the Braves, Doug Fister extends Washington’s streak of scoreless innings by its starting pitchers to a team record 41 1/3. It has been a group effort, with Joe Ross, Max Scherzer, Gio Gonzalez, Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann also making starts during the streak, which began in the 2nd inning of Ross’s start on June 19th, and included Scherzer’s no-hitter against the Pirates the next day.
The White Sox hit seven solo homers but still lose to the Blue Jays, 10 – 8. It is just the third time a team has given up that many home runs and still won a game. Brett Lawrie hits both an inside-the-park homer and a regular one for Chicago, and five teammates join him to tie the team record for long balls, but it’s not enough to overcome four RBIs by Edwin Encarnacion and a lone homer by Toronto, hit by Devon Travis with a man on base.
The Dodgers win their 10th straight game, 12 – 6 over the Rockies, after falling behind 5 – 0 in the early innings. Rookie Cody Bellinger hits two more homers, increasing his league-leading total to 24, while the Dodgers score five runs on four wild pitches by reliever Adam Ottavino. For Los Angeles, closer Kenley Jansen issues his first walk of the season, after a record 51 strikeouts and also hits an RBI double – the first RBI and extra-base hit of his career.
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