This Day In Baseball June 28
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Events for June 28
Both Athletic of Philadelphia and the Troy Haymakers score in each inning, with Athletic winning, 49 – 33, the highest-scoring contest in the history of the National Association. The 42 hits made by Athletic (including a 7 for 7 day by John Radcliff and 6 for 8 performances by Al Reach and Levi Meyerle) is also a league record.
6/28/1890 – Less than a month later, the Brooklyn Wonders batted out of turn against the Cleveland Infants in Cleveland. Although he batted in the proper order in the second inning when Brooklyn scored five runs, and presumably again before the fifth, Paul Cook batted out of order in that inning. No further details are known.
The last-place Washington Senators steal a record 13 bases off C Branch Rickey in a 16 – 5 win over New York. Rickey, acquired last February from the Browns, is pressed into service despite a bad shoulder because of an injury to starter Red Kleinow. Rickey’s first throw to second base ends up in right field and the subsequent tosses are not much better. He almost nips Jim Delahanty on a steal of third base. In his eight innings, relief pitcher Lew Brockett helps Washington with a deliberate windup. Only pitcher Tom Hughesand 2B Nig Perrine are steal-less, while Hal Chase swipes one for New York.
Just two and a half months after a fire destroyed the old Polo Grounds, the new grounds open for business. The old bleachers, seating 10,000, were untouched, but the new double-decker grandstand seats another 16,000. Only 6,000 fans show up for the inauguration as Christy Mathewson shuts out the Rustlers, 3 – 0, on nine hits. On the front end of a double steal, Mathewson swipes home in the 4th inning. While guests at the Highlanders’ Hilltop Park, the Giants won 21 of 29 games.
The Giants sweep another two from the Braves, winning 10 – 3 and 12 – 3. Christy Mathewson wins the opener, adding a steal of home in the 4th inning. This is the second time in a month that a Giants pitcher has stolen home: Red Ames did it May 22 against Brooklyn. The Giants will steal home 17 times this year to tie the National League mark set by Chicago last season.
The Giants sweep two from the Braves, winning 3 – 2 and 5 – 3. Christy Mathewson wins the opener, pitching 11 innings to beat Pat Ragan. Art Fletcher scores the winning run in the 11th on an error. Matty allows six hits, including a two-run homer in the 4th by Sherry Magee. Jeff Tesreau is the winner in the nitecap.
6/28/1919 – The Cardinals played in Chicago, losing to the Cubs, 6-5. In the contest, the Redbirds batted out of order for the first eight innings, only correcting the mistake in the ninth. The batting order, as given to umpire Bill Klem, showed Doc Lavan batting seventh and Frank Snyder batting eighth. However, the two players batted in the opposite order starting in the second inning, when the Cardinals scored two runs. Those tallies would not have counted if the Cubs had spoken up about the miscue. Since St. Louis manager Branch Rickey changed the batting order for this game, neither the Cardinals players nor the Cubs realized that the two players were out of order. Lavan came to the plate in the ninth in his proper spot (for the first time in the game) and the Cubs protested that he was out of order when he was actually in order for the first time in the contest!
The Yanks build a 9 – 0 lead against the A’s, and withstand an 8-run rally by the Mackmen in the 9th to win, 9 – 8. New York now leads the American League by 10 games. Lou Gehrig collects his 100th hit of the year, belting his 23rd homer with one on. Babe Ruth, nursing a sore right knee, sits out his third straight game.
The Yankees hit eight home runs in the first game of a doubleheader with the A’s, and five more in the nightcap. Both are major league records, as are the 53 total bases in a doubleheader. Joe DiMaggio, Babe Dahlgren and Joe Gordon each hit three homers. The Yankees win the opener, 23 – 2, and take the nightcap, 10 – 0.
In a twin bill sweep at Shibe Park, the Yankees set the major league record for home runs in a game and in two consecutive games when the team hit eight homers in the opener and another five in the nightcap on their way in sweeping the A’s, 23-2 and 10-0. In the first game of the twin bill, the Bronx Bombers collect 53 total bases to establish an American League record.
At Shibe Park, Lou Gehrig receives a tremendous standing ovation from the Philadelphia crowd when he brings out the lineup card to the umpires prior to the second game of a twin bill. A’s manager Connie Mack, who rarely leaves the dugout, goes to home plate to shake the hand of the terminally ill Yankee captain.
Walker Cooper of the Giants hits a home run in his sixth consecutive game to tie a record set by George Kelly in 1924. Cooper had two homers in the first game of the streak, and his shot today helps his brother Mortwin, 14 – 6, over the Phils. No player will homer in his brother’s win until Jordan Danks does so to help John Danks 66 years later.
After missing the first 69 games of the season because of an ailing heel, Joe DiMaggio wakes to find the pain has disappeared. He returns to the Yankee lineup with a single and a home run that help the Bombers beat the Red Sox, 6 – 4, in a night game at Fenway Park. He will hit four homers in a 3-game sweep.
Joe DiMaggio returns to the lineup after missing the first 69 games of the season due to an ailing heel which required an operation for bone spurs. The Yankee Clipper will go 5-for-11 (.455), connecting for four home runs and driving nine runs in the team’s three-game sweep against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
The Cubs’ Frank Hiller faces just 27 batters in pitching a one-hitter over the Cards, winning 8 – 0. Enos Slaughter has a 5th-inning single but is erased on a double play. Randy Jackson poles his seventh homer in the seventh and the Cubs pull off a double steal in the ninth when they add four runs. Jack Cusick swipes home, with Hiller stealing third.
At Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles brings reliever Larry Sherry in to pitch in the 8th inning with brother Norm Sherry behind the plate. Larry goes two-thirds of an inning and is lifted, and the Dodgers top the Mets, 5 – 4, in 13 innings. The Sherrys are the first brother battery since the Baileys started for the Redlegs in 1959.
After ending its 11-game losing streak yesterday, San Diego suffers its second 19 – 0 shutout of the season, as the Dodgers, behind Don Drysdale, match the National League-record shutout margin. The Dodgers score 10 in the 3rd to make it easy. Steve Arlin is the loser. Seven batters have two ribbies for the Dodgers.
White Sox first baseman Dick Allen’s left leg is fractured as a result of a collision at the bag with Angels’ baserunner Mike Epstein. The Chicago slugger, hitting .310 with 16 homers at the time, will miss most of the season, and his team, only one game out of first place, will finished the campaign 17 games behind Oakland, the AL West Division winners.
“He thinks he’s in a sales convention dealing with a bunch of short-order cooks. That’s not the way to go about getting a winner. Somebody ought to sit him down and straighten him out.” – DOUG RADER, Astros third baseman’s comments concerning Ray Kroc’s ownership style of the Padres. Padres president Buzzie Bavasi, inspired by disparaging postgame remarks about Ray Kroc, the team’s owner and board chairman of McDonald’s, made previously by Astro third baseman Doug Rader, stages a Short-Order Cooks’ Night promotion, which gives any fan wearing a chef’s hat free admission to the game. The Houston captain, who compared Kroc’s management of the Friars to a sales convention of short-order cooks, joins in on the fun by wearing a chef’s hat and an apron and carrying a skillet and spatula when he brings the lineup card to home plate.
Don Baylor moves ahead of Ron Hunt on the all-time hit-by-pitch list when the Yankees’ Rick Rhoden plunks him during a 6 – 2 loss to the Red Sox. It is the 244th time that Baylor has been hit by a pitch. He’ll end with 267, putting him 3rd on the list behind turn-of-the-century star Hughie Jennings.
In a seven-game day, American League batters combined to hit a record 28 home runs. The A’s contribute five round-trippers to the new mark when Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco, known as the Bash Brothers, both go deep twice, with teammate Reggie Jackson adding another in the team’s 10-0 rout of Cleveland.
Before a crowd of 55,021, the Rockies split a pair with the visiting Padres. The Rocks outslug the Pads to win the opener, 10 – 9, as the two teams combine for six homers. No balls leave the park in game 2, an 11 – 3 Padre win. San Diego scores a National League-record 9 runs in the 11th, and the 10 runs in the inning by two teams is one short of the NL mark.
The Phils’ injury-plagued C Darren Daulton suffers another season-ending injury when he uses his left collarbone to catch a foul tip off the bat of Jeff Conine. Daulton will be out the rest of the season. Florida beats the Phils, 2 – 1, as Jeff Mutis wins his first and only game in the National League.
Yankees P David Wells starts the game against Cleveland wearing Babe Ruth’s autographed cap from the 1934 season. Manager Joe Torre makes him take it off after the 1st inning since it doesn’t conform to the team’s current uniform. Without the cap, Wells blows a 3 – 0 lead as the Indians go on to a 12 – 8 victory. The Indians mount a 19-hit attack, as CF Marquis Grissom accounts for five of the hits, while 3B Matt Williams gets four hits, including a pair of homers, and drives home six runs.
Hack Wilson ups his RBI total for the 1930 season to 191. 69 years after the season, an RBI is added to his batting record by the commissioner’s office, which also gives Babe Ruth six additional walks, raising his career-record total to 2,062. “There is no doubt that Hack Wilson’s RBI total should be 191,” commissioner Bud Selig says. “I am sensitive to the historical significance that accompanies the correction of such a prestigious record, especially after so many years have passed, but it is important to get it right.” The missing RBI comes from the second game of a doubleheader between Wilson’s Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds on July 28, 1930in which Charlie Grimm was wrongly credited with two RBIs and Wilson with none. Ruth’s walk total is now 2,062. Ted Williams is second, trailing by 43, and Rickey Henderson of the New York Mets is third, 134 behind Ruth.
The Rockies overcome a 7-run deficit to defeat the visiting Giants, 17 – 13, as 3B Jeff Cirillo slugs a double and three home runs, drives home six runs, and scores five himself. Cirillo’s third homer, a 2-run shot off John Johnstone, breaks a 12 – 12 tie. The Rockies draw their 20 millionth fan to one ballpark faster than any other team in major league history. Taking less than six years, Colorado eclipses the Dodgers’ mark of taking nine years in two stadiums to reach the milestone.
Tampa Bay whips their cross-state rival Marlins, 4 – 0, behind Wilson Alvarez and two relievers. In the 7th, Kevin Millar of the Marlins hits a towering fly that lands on one of the catwalks that hang from the stadium’s dome. It never comes down and is ruled a double. It’s the second time a ball has gotten stuck in a catwalk at Tropicana Field. In 1999, Jose Canseco hit a home run drive that lodged there. Millar joins Ruppert Jones, Ricky Nelson, Dave Kingman, Alvaro Espinoza and Canseco as the only players to hit a fair ball that got stuck in a stadium obstruction. Jones and Nelson both had hits get caught in the overhead speakers at the old Kingdome. The balls hit by Kingman and Espinoza were at the Minneapolis Metrodome with Kingman’s getting stuck in a drainage valve and Espinoza’s lodging in an overhead speaker.
With his worst outing in the two seasons with the Mets, Pedro Martinez is routed by his former teammates in his return to Fenway as the BoSox maul the Mets, 10-2. The crowd, who chanted “Pedro! Pedro!” before the game, showed their appreciation of the Dominican’s history as a Red Sox player with a standing ovation during yesterday’s video tribute which highlighted the right-hander’s achievements with Boston.
2007 – Craig Biggio gets the 3,000th hit of his career. And 3001. And 3002. In fact, Biggio gets five hits for the second time in his career, all singles. The milestone moment comes in the seventh and plates Brad Ausmus to tie the Rockies at one . His final hit puts him at third base in the 11th when Carlos Lee rocks a grand slam off Brian Fuentes into the Crawford Boxes for an 8-5 thriller . Lance Berkman and Mike Lamb homer in the eighth to put the game into extras. Biggio becomes the 27th member of the 3,000-hit club and the first to reach it with a five-hit performance.
Craig Biggio ties his career high with five hits to reach 3,000 for his career. He is the 27th player to have accumulated that many. It is one day shy of the 19th anniversary of his first major league hit, a June 29 single against Orel Hershiser. Biggio becomes the first player to reach 3,000 hits in a five-hit game. On his third hit, the hustling veteran is thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Biggio is 5 for 6 overall in Houston’s 8 – 5 win in 11 innings.
The Los Angeles Dodgers win a game without the benefit of a hit when they are thwarted by Angels pitchers Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo over 8 innings. In the 6th inning, Matt Kemp reaches first base on an error by Weaver, steals second and advances to third on a throwing error by catcher Jeff Mathis, then scores the game’s only run on a sacrifice fly by Blake DeWitt. The last team to win a game without registering a base hit were the Cleveland Indians who beat Boston’s Matt Young under similar circumstances on April 12, 1992. It is the fifth time since 1900 that a major league team has won a game without a hit.
Danny Rios of the Yakult Swallows is served with a one-year suspension for positive steroid tests in May and June. He is the third player to be suspended under Nippon Pro Baseball’s steroid policy (following Rick Guttormson and Luis A. Gonzalez) and the second to be suspended for a year. Rios was only 2-7 a year after having won the Korea Baseball Organization MVP award. The KBO never tested Rios for steroids when he pitched in that league. Rios, like Gonzalez, played in the majors before going to Japan.
The Lake Elsinore Storm rout the High Desert Mavericks, 33 – 18, in the California League; the two teams set a new league record for runs in a game. The Storm set a record with 32 hits. Six Storm players score at least four times, led by Matt Clark’s 7 runs. Kuo-Hui Lo scores four, drives in four and homers twice in a losing cause. Nine pitchers allow 3 or more runs, with only Travis Mortimore having a good day (1 2/3 IP, 0 R).
Ubaldo Jimenez gives up no hits over the first five innings but then runs into trouble, giving up 4 runs to the Padres in the 6th. The Rockies’ offense bails him out, however, with four home runs and 10 runs and he registers his major league-leading 14th win; his ERA has risen from 1.16 to 1.83 after his last two mediocre starts, though.
The Tigers lose pitcher Joel Zumaya to an elbow injury suffered while throwing a pitch in the 8th inning against the Twins, but they hold on for a 7 – 5 win to take over first place in the AL Central. The Bengals jump to an early 4 – 0 lead on 1st-inning doubles by Miguel Cabrera and Brennan Boesch. Jeremy Bonderman is the winner over Francisco Liriano, but Zumaya’s dramatic injury casts a pall over the Tigers’ dugout; x-rays will confirm that he has a fractured elbow and will not pitch again this year.
Edwin Rodriguez, who became the first Puerto Rican manager in major league history last week, wins a game in front of his countrymen as the Marlins defeat the Mets, 10 – 3, at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It is the first major league game played in the stadium since the MLB-owned Montreal Expos were forced to move a number of home games there in 2003 and 2004. A crown of more than 18,000 is on hand for the historic game. With Bobby Valentine turning down an offer to manage the Marlins, Rodriguez will be confirmed as Florida’s skipper for the remainder of the season.
The Cubs place Carlos Zambrano on the restricted list after the right-hander is suspended for three games for his recent dugout tirade, when he had to be separated from teammate Derrek Lee in the visitors’ dugout after surrendering four runs to the White Sox in the bottom of the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field. The excitable hurler is scheduled to be evaluated by doctors mutually selected by Major League Baseball and the players’ union.
The Cubs honor Ron Santo for his 50 years in baseball. The former third baseman and current WGN radio analyst receives a white flag with “Santo 50” printed in the team’s colors that is autographed by the players, a photo of the Wrigley Field marquee with the message, “Thank you Ron for 50 great years”, and the seventy year-old will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch as well as sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch.
The University of South Carolina becomes the first team to go 10-0 in a NCAA Tournament, winning the 2011 College World Series for their second straight title. They win, 5 – 2, over Florida in game 2 of the finals, behind Michael Roth’s 14th win of the year. Karsten Whitson takes the loss, his only one this season. Gamecocks 2B Scott Wingo is named the Tournament MVP.
The Mets hit their first grand slam since August 1, 2009, when Jason Bay connects in the 4th inning of their game against the Tigers. They don’t have to wait as long for the next one, as one inning later, Carlos Beltranimitates him to cap a 14 – 3 win. The Mets had been outslammed 18-0 in the interim.
OF Yasiel Puig becomes the third Cuban defector this year to sign a contract worth tens of millions with a major league team, when he agrees to a seven-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers for $42 million. Puig’s signing follows that of Yoenis Cespedes, who is having a fine rookie season with Oakland, and of Jorge Soler who inked a deal with the Cubs earlier this month. The 21-year-old centerfielder will need to remain in Mexico City for a few more weeks, until a work visa can be obtained. However, the Dodgers are anxious to complete the deal before a cap on international signings comes into effect on July 2nd as part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Having already matched Roger Clemens’ 1997 feat of winning his first 11 decisions of the season, the Tigers’ Max Scherzer becomes the first pitcher since “Rocket Roger” in 1986 to roll off 12 straight wins at the start of the year. Scherzer defeats the Rays, 6 – 3, although he is still two wins shy of Roger, who began his breakout season with 14 straight W’s. In support of Scherzer’s pitching, Miguel Cabrera has a four-hit game, including a pair of homers against Alex Colome.
Pitcher Steven Matz has a great debut as he goes 3 for 3 at the plate and pitches into the 8th inning to lead the Mets to a 7 – 2 win over the Reds, completing a doubleheader sweep. He becomes the first pitcher to drive in 4 runs in his debut, settling down after allowing a home run to the first batter he faces, Brandon Phillips.
In defeating the Reds, 7 – 2, in 15 innings, the Cubs have to use three different pitchers in left field after they run out of position players. Relievers Travis Wood and Spencer Patton alternate between the mound and the outfield in the 14th, then another reliever, Pedro Strop, plays in left in the 15th as Wood closes out the win. Kris Bryant snaps the tie with an RBI single in the top of the 15th and Javier Baez follows with a grand slam to put the game away.
Walking on the Roberto Clemente Bridge near PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA, umpire John Tumpane sees a woman climb over the railing. Realizing she is suicidal and about to jump into the Allegheny River below, Tumpane reaches and grabs her, and then gets assistance from other passers-by to prevent her from making the fatal leap until emergency workers can arrive on the scene.
University of California sophomore 1B Andrew Vaughn is the winner of the Golden Spikes Award, honoring the best college baseball player in the country. Vaughn hit .402 with 23 homers and 63 RBIs this season and beats out three top picks in the 2018 amateur draft: Casey Mize, Brady Singer and Kody Clemens.
Oregon State University wins the 2018 College World Series, defeating the University of Arkansas, 5 – 0, in Game 3 of the finals. Kevin Abel throws a complete game shutout to seal the win, retiring the last 20 batters of the game. C Adley Rutschman is named the tournament MVP with a record 17 hits in the tourney. It is Oregon’s third championship, after those in 2006 and 2007.
1974 – Doug Rader is roasted in San Diego during “Short Order Cooks Night”. Earlier in the year, Padres owner and McDonald’s magnate Ray Kroc gave the fans a Quarter-Pounder of his mind when he seized the PA system to publicly grill his players. Rader said, “He can’t treat us like a bunch of cooks”. Doug gets the last chance, trailing 5-4 with two outs in the ninth. He flies out to John Grubb as Houston’s hopes melt in defeat.
1966 – Joe Morgan becomes the first Astro named to start in an All-Star Game. Unfortunately, Morgan had broken his kneecap three days earlier and is unable to play. He was hitting .319 at the time of his injury. On the field, Houston loses at Pittsburgh, 4-3, but remain a surprising fourth in the National League race.