This Day In Baseball June 4
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Events for June 4
1901 – In a 7 – 3 victory over the host Reds‚ Brooklyn’s Jimmy Sheckard is called out at second base by umpire Bert Cunningham – who is definitely having a bad week – and curses him so vehemently that he is slapped with a $5 fine by the ump. Cunningham returns to home plate and Sheckard follows‚ spitting in his face. Cunningham calls the cops and Sheckard is removed by the police. Cunningham later says‚ “I don’t know what kept me from pitching into Sheckard but if a player ever does that to me again I’ll pick up a bat and smash him. That’s the limit and the players can take warning.” Brooklyn’s win is helped by the pitching of the Reds’ Barney McFadden, who gives up 11 hits and 11 base on balls.
6/4/1906 – The Tigers were hosting Washington. In the top of the eighth inning, Howard Wakefield fouled out to start the inning but then Jake Stahl realized he was the person who was supposed to have batted. When he reported this to umpire Tim Hurst, the latter declared Stahl out and play proceeded. Stahl had cussed out Hurst earlier in the game and later in the eighth cussed out base umpire Tom Connor and was ejected. Not a great day for the Washington skipper.
Bill Coughlin is the second Tiger within a month to steal second base‚ third base‚ and home in a game; he does this in the 7th inning against Washington during a 13 – 4 romp. Pitcher Bill Donovan did it on May 7th. Washington ties the game at 4 apiece‚ but the Tigers score 9 in the last 2 innings to win. Charley O’Leary has a homer for Detroit.
Unable to shake the effects of diphtheria contracted in the spring‚ a frustrated Christy Mathewson throws a rare tantrum after giving up 4 runs to the Phils on 2 hits and 6 walks in the first inning‚ and umpire Bill Klem in turn throws him out of the game. Hooks Wiltse relieves and picks up a victory as New York rallies to win‚ 9 – 6.
Ty Cobb steals home in the 9th inning of 3 – 0 Detroit win‚ the only steal of home that late in a game in his career. Yankee pitcher Ray Caldwell is so angry at the safe call he throws his mitt in the air and is promptly ejected by umpire Silk O’Loughlin. It is Cobb’s second steal of home while Caldwell is on the mound (the first was on May 12th‚ 1911).
1920 – In St. Louis‚ the Cardinals beat the Cubs‚ 5 – 1‚ as Grover Alexander loses after 11 wins. Bill Doak is the winner and Rogers Hornsby leads the Cards’ offense with 2 triples over the left fielder’s head. After the game Alexander calls Hornsby “the greatest hitter I’ve ever had to face. I have tried to fool him every way possible‚ but it just cannot be done.” Alex will be 27-14 for the 5th-place Cubs‚ and his 1.91 ERA will be the only one in the league under 2.00.
1935 – Dizzy Dean‚ annoyed by what he perceives as poor fielding behind him‚ berates his teammates in the dugout in full view of the fans and writers. Rip Collins and Joe Medwick start arguing back and Frank Frisch and Pepper Martin step in before any fights start. Dean shows his frustration by lobbing the ball in to Pittsburgh batters and finally leaves in the 7th to a smattering of boos with the Cardinals down‚ 9 – 3. They score a pair to lose‚ 9 – 5.
The Tigers score 10 runs in the 3rd and 6 in the 5th en route to a 18 – 9 thrashing of the A’s. Philadelphia scores 6 in the 9th but still comes up a bit short. Mickey Cochrane belts an inside-the-park grand slam in the 3rd and collapses after running it out and is replaced. Manager Cochrane will not be in the lineup as a player until July 15. Elden Auker goes the distance for Detroit and might have had a shutout except for 4 errors. The A’s misplay 6.
6/4/1939 – In the first game of a doubleheader with Washington visiting St. Louis, the Browns batted out of turn in the second inning. They had made several lineup changes this day in an effort to end their 11-game losing streak and John Berardino mistakenly batted in Joe Glenn’s spot. The Senators pointed out the error and Glenn was ruled out, making Berardino the next correct batter. Beradino then made an out. The Browns survived this error and ended their losing streak by sweeping the doubleheader. We would like to find details of Berardino’s two plays. Please e-mail the webmaster if you have some information.
The Cardinals play their first night game at home, losing to Brooklyn, 10-1, despite Joe Medwick’s 5-for-5 performance that included three doubles. The honor of hosting the first evening tilt in St. Louis, that took place on May 24, was given to the Browns, after the two teams finally agreed to split the $150,000 cost of installing lights at Sportsman’s Park, the ballpark they share.
Mort Cooper of the St. Louis Cardinals tosses the second of back-to-back one-hitters‚ beating the Philadelphia Phillies‚ 5 – 0. Hits by Brooklyn’s Billy Herman on May 31 and by the Phils’ Jimmy Wasdell today deprive him of no-hitters. Cooper has 6 wins and 3 shutouts on the way to his second 20-win year.
In the 5th inning at Ebbets Field‚ Dodgers OF Pete Reiser crashes into the fence and is knocked unconscious. He still manages to hold onto the long fly by Culley Rikard to help the Dodgers win over Pittsburgh, 9 – 4. In the clubhouse, a priest administers the last rites of the Catholic Church to Reiser‚ who will be hospitalized for 10 days.
After batting practice at Forbes Field, the Pirates and Cubs announce a shocking trade. Pittsburgh sends slugger Ralph Kiner‚ along with C Joe Garagiola‚ P Howie Pollet‚ and OF Catfish Metkovich to Chicago for C Toby Atwell‚ P Bob Schultz‚ 1B Preston Ward‚ 3B George Freese‚ OF Bob Addis‚ OF Gene Hermanski‚ and $150‚000. The Pirates defeat the Cubs‚ 6 – 1‚ with Kiner getting a double in four at bats for the Cubs.
Against the Giants, Wes Covington hits a 2-out 3-run homer against reliever Pete Burnside to tie the game for the Milwaukee Braves. After the Braves score a pair of unearned runs in the 10th, Giant pinch hitters Hank Sauer and Bob Schmidt connect for back-to-back homers off Ernie Johnson. The consecutive pinch homers are the first in the National League (Bob Cerv and Elston Howard did it in the American League for the New York Yankees on July 23, 1955). Warren Spahn hits an RBI-pinch single in the 11th, then shuts down the Giants to win, 10 – 9.
The longest game in modern Orioles history – 19 innings – features 21 Washington strikeouts‚ as the Birds win, 7 – 5. Washington is the third American League club to strike out 21 times in an extra-inning game. Andy Etchebarren finally ends it with a homer after Brooks Robinson singles to lead off the bottom of the 19th.
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Don Drysdale pitches his sixth straight shutout, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5 – 0, and establishes two new major league records. Drysdale tops Doc White’s 64-year-old mark of five shutouts, and with 54 scoreless innings, he breaks Carl Hubbell’s National League string, set in 1933, by one-third, en route to a new record mark of 58 2/3 innings.
In LA’s Ambassador Hotel, Robert Kennedy, giving his victory speech for his win in the California primary before being fatally shot, tells his followers in the packed ballroom, “I like to express my high regard to Don Drysdale, who pitched his sixth straight shutout tonight. And I hope we can have as good fortune in our campaign.” At nearby Chavez Ravine, the Dodgers right-hander had blanked the Bucs, 6-0, extending his scoreless streak to 54 innings.
1970 – In the June draft‚ the Padres select high school catcher Mike Ivie as the number-one pick and sign him in 3 days to a $100‚000 contract. He’ll play in the major leagues 11 years but catch only 9 games in the Bigs because of a phobia about throwing the ball back to the pitcher. Choosing next‚ the Indians take Stanford P Steve Dunning‚ who will debut in the majors in 10 days. He’s just the second player drafted who will skip the minors. Catchers Barry Foote (Expos) and Darrell Porter (Brewers) go next.
1974 – At Cleveland Municipal Stadium, the Cleveland Indians forfeit to the Texas Rangers after numerous fans run onto the field and engage each other and the players. One factor leading to the series of incidents is the evening’s “10-cent beer night” promotion, which enabled fans to purchase an unrestricted number of concession beers in increments of six.
Danny Goodwin‚ picked first in the 1971 amateur draft‚ is picked first again‚ this time by the Angels. The next four picks of this year’s draft‚ including the Padres number 2 pick of pitcher Mike Lentz‚ fail to make the major leagues. Picking 10th‚ Montreal takes SS Art Miles‚ who will break his neck diving into shallow water while celebrating West Palm Beach’s Florida State League win in 1977. The Expos finally pick right‚ taking Andre Dawson on the 10th round‚ the Dodgers picking pitcher Dave Stewart in the 16th‚ and the Braves take Glenn Hubbard in the 20th.
1980 – The Yankees‚ with no picks in rounds one and two‚ select 18-year-old Billy Cannon Jr. with their 3rd round pick in the draft. After protests from at least two other teams‚ Bowie Kuhn rules that all the teams but the Yankees had been misled by a telegram sent by Bill Cannon‚ Sr.‚ saying his son was going to play football. A special draft (excluding the Yanks) in August is won by the Indians‚ who offer the young gun $275‚000. But Cannon elects to play football at Texas A&M. Following in the footsteps of his Heisman dad‚ Cannon will be the number 1 pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 1984‚ but a neck injury curtails his career.
1981 – The Cubs purchase Bobby Bonds from Texas and in his first game for the Cubs‚ Bonds trips on a seam in the field carpet at Three Rivers Stadium and breaks a bone in his right hand. He goes on the 21-day disabled list. The Pirates win‚ 5 – 4‚ in the 10th when Lee Lacy triples and Dale Berra singles him in.
1987 – In a College World Series matchup between Stanford and Oklahoma State‚ OSU pitcher Jack McDowell retires Robin Ventura three times to put the Stanford sophomore’s 58-game batting streak in jeopardy. Facing reliever Al Osuna in the 9th‚ Ventura hits a sharp grounder that is bobbled twice by the second baseman allowing Ventura to reach second. It is ruled an error, ending the streak. OSU wins‚ 6 – 2‚ but on June 7‚ Stanford will beat McDowell 9 – 5 wo win its second national championship.
Pamela Davis, a member of the Colorado Silver Bullets, pitches one inning of scoreless relief and gets the win in a minor league exhibition game. She is believed to be the first woman to pitch for a major league farm club under the current structure of the minor league system. Davis, a 21-year-old right-hander, pitches for the Jacksonville Suns, a Double-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, against the Australian Olympic team.
Pitching dominates the baseball draft as 14 of the first 22 selections are moundsmen. Clemson pitcher Kris Benson is the top choice‚ going to Pittsburgh where he’ll snag a $2 million signing bonus‚ while the Twins pick power-hitting Travis Lee from San Diego State as the 2nd choice. Four of the first-round picks, Lee, P Bobby Seay, chosen 14th by the White Sox, P John Patterson, the Expos’ first choice, and Matt White, the Giants’ top selection, will not sign and become free agents because of a loophole discovered by agent Scott Boras. The agent says that the letters tendered to the picks are not offers on specific forms and that only the latter can be used within 15 days of drafting or the players are free agents. The four will ink contracts with the Devil Rays and Diamondbacks‚ with White getting a $10.2 million bonus‚ the largest in history.
2002 – The Minnesota Twins score 10 runs in the 7th inning to close out the scoring in a 23 – 2 win over the Cleveland Indians, the most runs in franchise history. Minnesota also gets a franchise-record 25 hits (they hit 24 five times as the Washington Senators) and tie the American League record as four players have four or more hits. They are the fifth team to do it. On the flip side, the Indians tie their team record for the biggest loss, tying the mark set in a 21 – 0 loss to the Detroit Tigers on September 15, 1901. Cleveland also becomes the first team since the 1969 San Diego Padres to lose two games in the same season by 19 or more runs.
At Puerto Rico’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium, Jeff DaVanon of the Angels becomes the fourth major league player to have three consecutive multi-homer games. Lee May (in 1969), Frank Thomas (in 1962) and Gus Zernial (in 1951) were the others. At the same time, DaVanon also becomes the third player to do it from both sides of the plate in two back-to-back contests, matching Ken Caminiti in 1995) and Eddie Murray in 1987).
At Puerto Rico’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium, Jeff DaVanon of the Angels joins Lee May (1969, Reds), Frank Thomas (1962, Mets), and Gus Zernial (1951, A’s) as the fourth player to have three consecutive multi-homer games. At the same time, the Anaheim outfielder also becomes the third player to do it from both sides of the plate in two back-to-back contests, matching Ken Caminiti (1995, Padres) and Eddie Murray (1987, Orioles).
At Camden Yards, the Orioles play Small ball, cuffing Aaron Small for 7 earned runs in 2 2/3 innings, and Scott Erickson for another 4 runs. The O’s win, 11 – 3. The Birds hit 3 homers off Small, one by Javy Lopez, who also homers off Erickson. The Yankees will release the veteran Erickson on June 19th.
2008 – Joe Mauer drives in two runs on a sacrifice fly to become the first major leaguer to accomplish that since Alex Ochoa in 2001. Down 5 – 2 in the 5th against Daniel Cabrera and the Orioles, the Minnesota star flies to Adam Jones at the warning track. Nick Punto scores and after Jones falls while trying to throw, Carlos Gomez comes around from second base.
The Giants beat the Nationals, 5 – 1, in the first half of a doubleheader. Randy Johnson allows two hits and one run in six innings to win his 300th game in the major leagues. He is the first pitcher since Tom Seaver in 1985 to join the 300 win club on his first try and the second-oldest, after Phil Niekro. This milestone comes on the 10th anniversary of his 150th career win, and 20th anniverary of his 5th career win.
Matt Kemp hits a pair of homers, including an 8th-inning grand slam, in an 11 – 8 Dodgers win over the Reds in Cincinnati. However, Los Angeles needs an 11th-inning single by Jamey Carroll to take the lead, his fourth hit of the game, to start a four-run rally against Carlos Fisher. The Dodgers are down 5 – 0 in the early going before Kemp and Carroll get to work. Rookie Javy Guerra earns his first big league win.
The Red Sox need 14 innings to put away the A’s, 9 – 8. The A’s score 4 runs in the top of the 9th to tie the game, leading to the ejection of both P Jonathan Papelbon and C Jason Varitek, after 2B Dustin Pedroia misses a potential game-ending double play ground ball. Ryan Sweeney’s 11th-inning sacrifice fly puts the A’s ahead, but the Sox tie it right back on back-to-back doubles by Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jacoby Ellsbury. J.D. Drew ends the game by singling in Carl Crawford with two outs in the 14th after striking out four times in his previous four at-bats. Guillermo Moscoso, the A’s 9th pitcher of the game, takes the loss.
17-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa is the top selection of the 2012 amateur draft, by the Houston Astros. Correa is the first player from Puerto Rico to be taken first overall. The Twins follow by selecting high school outfielder Byron Buxton. But it’s White Sox pick Courtney Hawkins, drafted 13th, who steals the show by performing a backflip on the set of the MLB Network studio to celebrate his selection.
Rookie Jarrod Parker keeps the powerful Rangers line-up hitless for 7 innings on his way to a 12 – 1 win by the Athletics. Michael Young ends Parker’s bid for a no-hitter with a leadoff single in the 8th; Parker only needs two more pitches to get out of the inning, on a pop-up and a double play grounder, then leaves the game. For Texas, OF Craig Gentry is pressed into mound service in the 8th, to give his team’s tired bullpen a breather.
John Mayberry hits a pair of homers in extra innings. The first, hit off Steve Cishek in the 10th, ties the game at 3-all after Juan Pierre had scored on a wild pitch for the Marlins in the top of the inning. Mayberry’s second homer is a walk-off grand slam off Edgar Olmos in the 11th to give the Phillies a 7 – 3 win. He is the first player to hit a pair of homers in extra innings since Mike Young did it for the Baltimore Orioles in 1987.
The Bern Cardinals become the first team from Switzerland’s Ligue Nationale A to play in a European Cup – and nearly the first to win. They pound two young Regensburg Legionäre pitchers for seven runs in the first two innings, but the German club rallies for a 14-8 win behind solid relief from Wolfgang Reitter, a three-run homer from Chris Howard and 5 runs produced from Christoph Zirzlmeier.
2014 – Baseball mourns the death of a true baseball lifer, Don Zimmer, who passes away at 83. A former infielder whose marriage was celebrated at home plate on a minor league diamond, Zimmer also coached and managed for many years. As a senior adviser to the Tampa Bay Rays, he was still listed as a member of the coaching staff and was never away from the game he loved.
The L&D Amsterdam Pirates win the 2016 European Champions Cup for their first European Cup title. They beat the host ASD Rimini, 5-4, in 10 innings in the finale. Kenny Berkenbosch (.273/.500/.545) doubles in the last run and wins Cup MVP honors, while Kevin Heijstek turns in a strong start and Tom de Blok fans 2 of the last three batters to preserve the win. Jesse Aussems gets 3 hits in the finale, as does Rimini’s Ennio Retrosi (who fans to end the game). Roberto Corradini takes the loss.
If anyone still thinks being a major league umpire is a cushy job, today’s games provide a serious disclaimer as three different arbiters need to leave games because of injuries. Mike Everitt is struck in the chest by a 95-mph fastball by Reynaldo Lopez of the White Sox, Tom Hallion is hit in the mask by a foul ball, and Scott Barry, working second base, has to be helped off the field with an apparent leg injury.
The Orioles defeat the Rangers, 12 – 11 in a wild game. Light-hitting catcher Pedro Severino helps the Orioles take a big lead with three homers, and Dwight Smith Jr. drives in another 6 runs with a three-run double and a three-run homer. However, the Rangers almost manage to come up with the win as they score six times in the 9th. The game ends when, with the tying run on base, Mychal Givens apparently strikes out Elvis Andrus for the final out. However, the ball gets away from Severino, who manages to run it down and gun down Andrus on a close play at first base to preserve the win.
1989 – The Astros end a 22-inning marathon with the Dodgers, 5-4, when Rafael Ramirez slaps the game-winner off emergency pitcher Jeff Hamilton to score Bill Doran. The hit glances off the glove of emergency first baseman Fernando Valenzuela, ending seven hours and fourteen minutes of action. Houston and Los Angeles go extras again that afternoon. The Astros win, 7-6 in 13 innings, with emergency reliever Mike Scott’s game-ending sacrifice fly scoring Ramirez.