This Day In Baseball June 7
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Events for June 7
Jack Doyle becomes the first player to collect a pinch hit when he singles, coming off the bench to bat for Cleveland hurler George Davies in the Spiders’ 2-1 loss to the Grooms at Brooklyn’s Eastern Park. The 22 year-old utilityman will finish his 17-year career going 3-for-5 (.600) as a pinch-hitter.
1906 – The Chicago Cubs, now in first place again, score 11 runs in the first inning off Christy Mathewson and Joe McGinnity en route to a 19 – 0 humiliating defeat of the New York Giants. Mathewson gives up six walks and McGinnity leaves after the second inning. Jack Pfiester allows just three hits as he coasts to the win, the worst beating in Giants franchise history.
1907 – The Boston Red Sox send former player-manager Jimmy Collins to the Philadelphia Athletics for infielder John Knight. Collins guided the Red Sox to two American League pennants and the 1903 World Series title. Boston then buys 43-year-old Deacon McGuire from the New York Highlanders and makes him manager. He will have a 98-123 record this year and in 1908.
After two years on the vaudeville circuit with his wife Mabel Hite, and occasional sojourns to jail for drunkenness and assault, Turkey Mike Donlin is reinstated by the National Commission as he rejoins the Giants. Donlin doesn’t play today, but Pirates pitchers have the Giants hitting the ball on the ground all day. The Pirates have 55 total chances on a record 28 assists and 27 putouts, but seven errors help the Giants to a 9 – 4 win. Meanwhile, John McGraw’s willingness to put up with Donlin ceases after 12 games, and the .333 lifetime hitter is traded to the last-place Boston Rustlers.
At Shibe Park, the St. Louis Browns outhit the Philadelphia Athletics, 18 to 14, but lose, 11 – 9. Both starters, Rube Walberg and Milt Gaston, are knocked out in the 3rd inning, but when Gaston is lifted he bypasses to dugout and leaps into the stands to punch a spectator who has been riding him. The police escort Gaston from the field. Ty Cobb has three runs and a stolen base for the Athletics, while George Sisler has three steals and is 4 for 4 for the Browns.
In a slugfest at Shibe Park, the Washington Senators break a 13 – 13 tie by scoring a run in the 10th inning off Philadelphia Athletics reliever Bobby Coombs, nephew of Jack Coombs. The rookie is spared a loss when rain washes out the game in the bottom of the 10th, and the score reverts. Coombs will not pitch again until July 8th when he makes his “official” debut.
1938 – At Fenway Park, umpire Bill McGowan, who had tossed Johnny Allen on Opening Day, orders the Cleveland Indians pitcher to cut off part of a shirt sleeve which is dangling as he pitches, distracting the batter. Allen refuses and walks off the mound. He is fined $250 by Cleveland manager Oscar Vitt, who makes a pitching change to avoid a forfeit. Cleveland wins the game, 7 – 5, as team owner Alva Bradley hurries to the Boston Red Sox and buys the shirt for $250. The shirt is then displayed at Higbee’s Department Store – owned by Bradley’s brother, and later makes its way to the Hall of Fame museum in Cooperstown.
1961 – Roberto Clemente’s second career home run off Sandy Koufax comes, like the first, at the Los Angeles Coliseum, a 1st-inning, bases-empty blast which gets Pittsburgh off to a quick 1 – 0 lead. Unlike the earlier Coliseum clout (his opposite-field moon shot of August 30, 1960), this one is pulled over the Coliseum’s notoriously surmountable left-field barrier. However, unlike Dodger left fielder – and left-handed hitter – Wally Moon’s stock in trade, the strategically-served pop flies derisively dubbed ‘Moon Shots’, this moon shot needs no air quotes, landing some 35 rows beyond the screen.
Having tied a major league record with four strikeouts in one inning (the 4th), Cardinals ace Bob Gibson runs out of gas in the 8th as the Pirates nick him for 11 hits and five runs in 7+ innings, en route to a 9 – 1 rout. Pirates right fielder Roberto Clemente caps the decisive eight-run rally with a homer. Clemente is also the instigator of the uprising, leading off the 8th with a single, then scoring the tie-breaking run, at which point it’s still a pitcher’s duel. By the time the inning ends, however, his three-run blast to right field will have furnished the game’s less artistic final score.
The New York Mets, picking first in the June free-agent draft, pass up Arizona State outfielder Reggie Jackson to select catcher Steve Chilcott. Chilcott will retire after six years in the minors and will be the first number-one pick to never play in the major leagues. The Kansas City Athletics take Jackson with the second pick.
The last-place New York Yankees have the first pick in the free-agent draft and use it to take Ron Blomberg. Blomberg will be the first designated hitter in major league history. In the secondary phase, the Orioles select pitcher Mike Adamson, who will leap directly to the big leagues, debuting on July 1, becoming the first player in draft history to bypass the minors.
The Reds play their major-league record 11th consecutive one-run game, losing to San Francisco at Crosley Field, 4-3. Cincinnati’s 19 year-old fireballer Gary Nolan, who strikes out 15 opponents, including fanning Willie Mays four times, a first in the Say Hey Kid’s Hall of Fame career, takes the loss after Willie McCovey blasts a three-run eighth-inning round-tripper, and reliever Bob Lee allows the decisive run to cross the plate in the frame.
The Bucs, behind Steve Blass, beat the Braves, 10 – 2, knocking out Atlanta starter Pat Jarvis in the 3rd inning. Pittsburgh’s offensive load is shared by veteran outfielder Roberto Clemente and his young acolyte, rookie catcher Manny Sanguillen, each with a home run and 3 RBIs. ‘Sangy’ also hits a double and his round-tripper is the first of his major league career. Clemente leads up to his homer with two singles and a triple, scoring three and driving in the final three runs of the game with his 9th-inning, 410-foot blast to dead center. As it passes over the 402-foot mark, centerfielder Mike Lum comes up just short in an attempted circus catch.
Washington’s D.C. Stadium is officially renamed Robert F. Kennedy Stadium during a memorial service at the ballpark for the slain U.S. senator. In attendance for the ceremony are former NFLer Roosevelt Grier and Olympian Rafer Johnson, both who helped to apprehend RFK’s assassin, Sirhan B. Sirhan, at the Ambassador Hotel.
1977 – The Chicago White Sox select Harold Baines with the number-one pick in the June draft. Chicago’s owner Bill Veeck had first seen Baines play Little League ball and had followed his career. Pitcher Bill Gullickson is taken with the second pick by the Montreal Expos, and the Milwaukee Brewers take University of Minnesota infielder Paul Molitor with the third pick.
1983 – Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton overtakes Nolan Ryan as the major leagues’ all-time strikeout leader, fanning six batters in a 2 – 1 loss to St. Louis to bring his career total to 3,526. Ryan strikes out three San Francisco Giants while getting no decision in the Houston Astros’ 4 – 2 win, leaving him with 3,525.
Steve Carlton of the Phillies strikes out Cardinals’ outfielder Lonnie Smith for his 3,522nd career strikeout to pass Nolan Ryan as the all-time strikeout leader. On the same night, Ryan strikes out three San Francisco batters to finish one shy of Lefty’s total, but will finish his career with 5,714, far ahead of the Philadelphia left-hander’s mark of 4,136.
1986 – In the annual June draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates make Jeff King, the Sporting News College Player of the Year, their first choice. Greg Swindell is the next pick, by the Cleveland Indians. Neither will sign for six weeks but Swindell will be in the major leagues after just three starts in the minors. Then, the San Francisco Giants select Matt Williams with the third pick. After being skipped over because scouts are convinced the Heisman Trophy winner is headed to the NFL, Bo Jackson is taken in the fourth round by the Kansas City Royals.
Amos Otis, who played for 14 seasons with Kansas City, being named the team’s Player of the Year three times, and Steve Busby, who averaged more than 18 wins a season before his career is shortened by a rotator cuff injury, are honored at Kauffman Stadium. During the pregame ceremony, the pair is inducted into the newly created Royals Hall of Fame, becoming the first players to be so honored by the team.
1989 – In front of 45,372 fans at the Skydome, Ernie Whitt has three hits and three RBI as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 4 – 2, in the first game ever played indoors and outdoors in the same day. With dark clouds threatening, the roof begins closing in the 5th inning. The closing operation begins at 8:48 p.m. and ends at 9:22 p.m., too late to prevent a brief stoppage of play due to rain. The winning pitcher is John Cerutti and Chris Bosio takes the loss.
1993 – Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Cal Eldred defeats the Seattle Mariners, 5 – 3, for his seventh win of the year. This gives him 20 victories in his first 30 career appearances in the majors, tying him for the “quickest” 20 wins in major league history along Nick Maddox (1908), Russ Ford (1910) and Boo Ferriss (1945).
In the major leagues’ only scheduled doubleheader this season, the Minnesota Twins and Oakland Athletics split. In the opener, Pat Meares’ two-run home run in the fifth inning gives Minnesota a 4 – 2 win as Oakland outslugs the Twins, 13 – 7, in the nitecap. John Wasdin is helped by a George Williams grand slam in the six-run 5th while Brent Gates, Gerónimo Berroa, and Torey Lovullo also homer. All other twin bills this season are the result of makeup games.
In the College World Series, the second-seeded LSU Tigers jump on top-ranked Alabama, scoring six runs in the 1st inning, and coasting to a 13 – 6 win. It is LSU’s fourth win in seven years. Tigers shortstop Brandon Larson is named the Most Outstanding Player of the Series after hitting .368 with three homers.
In the International League, Syracuse and Pawtucket combine for 10 hits, eight of which are home runs. The other two are a single and double, as Syracuse wins, 7 – 3. Meanwhile, Toledo outfielder Kimera Bartee collects six stolen bases against Columbus. With the Detroit Tigers last season, Bartee stole 20.
The Chicago Cubs complete a sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals, winning 4 – 3 and posting their 15th victory in 16 games. Cubs fans haven’t seen that since 1945. Matt Morris pitches a no-hitter into the 7th inning before Matt Stairs’ two-out double opens the door for Chicago. Rondell White’s single in the 10th drives home Sammy Sosa with the winning run. After the victory, the Cubs take a five-game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central Division.
The San Diego Padres pound pitcher Russ Ortiz and beat the San Francisco Giants, 10 – 7, to snap their eight-game losing streak. Cesar Crespo hits his first major league home run for San Diego, while his brother Felipe, playing first base for the Giants in J.T. Snow’s absence, hits a pair of homers. It is the ninth time that brothers on opposing teams have homered in the same game. The last time was when Bret and Aaron Boone did it last year. Meanwhile, San Francisco outfielder Barry Bonds hits his 32nd homer of the season, his 13th in 18 games, and Mike Darr has four hits and four RBI for the Padres.
The Crespos both hit home runs, making it the 28th time in major league history brothers have gone deep in the same game. Cesar homers in the seventh inning for the Padres, and his younger sibling, Felipe, blasts round-trippers in the second and the sixth for the Giants in San Diego’s 10-7 victory at Pacific Bell Park.
In a Northern League game with the visiting Gary SouthShore RailCats at Midway Stadium, St. Paul Saints owner Mike Veeck gives away seat cushions that feature the likeness of Commissioner Bud Selig on one side and that of Players Association Executive Director Donald Fehr on the other. During the seventh-inning stretch, an informal poll shows that about 90 percent of the fans on the cushions “were sitting on Bud”.
Yorvit Torrealba of the Colorado Rockies hits a grand slam and has five RBI to help Colorado in the 16 – 9 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. With five sacrifice flies in the game, the Rockies also tie a major league record which was set by the Seattle Mariners against the Oakland Athletics on August 7, 1988.
With the Yankees’ 10-3 victory over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, Joe Torre wins his 2,000th game as a manager. The former Braves (257), Mets (286), and Cardinals (351) skipper becomes the first person in big league history to have reached the milestone and also have at least 2,000 hits as a player.
As had been expected for months, the Washington Nationals select catcher Bryce Harper with the first overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft. While only 17, Harper has been playing in junior college for the past two years and has outrageously dominated older competition. The Nationals announce that they plan to move him to the outfield, but expect arduous negotiations with agent Scott Boras. Selecting second, the Pirates take Texas high school pitcher Jameson Taillon. 18-year-old shortstop Manny Machado is the third pick, by the Orioles, in a draft that is skewed towards very young talent.
Cole Hamels throws six no-hit innings against the Padres, but his slumping Phillies teammates can’t give him any support, being stymied by lefty Wade LeBlanc. In the 7th, Adrian Gonzalez and Scott Hairston hit back-to-back solo homers to open the scoring, and Gonzalez connects again in the 9th for a 3 – 1 win by San Diego.
On the day he is handed a three-game suspension for losing his cool with an umpire on June 4th, Jonathan Papelbon notches the 200th save of his career in Boston’s 6 – 4 win over the Yankees. He has needed only 259 appearances to reach the milestone, beating Mariano Rivera, who had been fastest, doing it in 382 games.
His teammates commit four errors behind him, but Matt Cain still wins his 6th straight start, disposing of the Padres, 8 – 3. The Giants do atone themselves with three homers, by Angel Pagan, Buster Posey and Gregor Blanco, and Ryan Theriot’s four-hit performance. Cain is now 7-2 and the Giants have won 9 of their last 11.
Michael McKenry breaks Aroldis Chapman’s club-record streak of 24 straight scoreless appearances from the start of the season when he drives in a run with a 10th-inning double against the Cincinnati Reds’ fireballer. Chapman had pitched 29 innings without allowing a run before the Pirates’ back-up catcher gets to him, and he is charged with the 5 – 4 loss. Chapman hadn’t even allowed a hit since May 17th before Clint Barmes and McKenry hit the back-to-back doubles.
Another day, another standout performance by Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers’ young Cuban outfielder, who has had a memorable first week in the Show. Puig hits his fourth homer in five games in the 5th, as Los Angeles wins against the Braves, 2 – 1, when pinch-runner Skip Schumaker scores on Anthony Varvaro’s wild pitch in the 10th.
Indians closer Chris Perez and his wife Melanie are charged with possession after police discover marijuana in suspicious packages mailed to the couple’s house. When asked by police, Perez leads them to his personal stash, stored in a couple of Mason jars in the house’s basement. Perez is expected to be given a fine by judicial authorities and ordered to undergo a treatment program by Major League Baseball.
2014 – With the issue of a draft pick compensation out of the way, the lone remaining free agent from the last off-season, 1B Kendrys Morales, finally finds a team. He signs a one-year deal with the Twins, pending passing a physical exam, for $12 million, pro-rated to $7.6 million given a good chunk of the season has elapsed.
As part of Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary, the Cubs honor 97 year-old Lennie Merullo, who receives a rousing ovation when he tosses the ceremonial first pitch prior to the team’s 5-2 victory over the Marlins. The former infielder, who went 0 for 2 when he played in three games for Chicago in the 1945 Fall Classic, is the last living person to play in a World Series game for the franchise.
2003 – Richard Hidalgo comes off the disabled list to smack the game-winning homer as Houston edges Tampa Bay, 5-4, for their sixth straight win. It was Hidalgo’s third hit of the night after being hospitalized with a fever from tonsilitis. Lance Berkman’s three-run blast, a ballpark-record 464-foot shot, stakes the Astros to the early lead. Billy Wagner saves his 199th game as an Astro, tying Dave Smith for the franchise record.
1967 – Bob Aspromonte smacks five hits in a 17-1 thrashing at St. Louis, the biggest winning margin in club history. Houston pounds 23 hits, four by catcher Ron Brand. Julio Gotay adds three hits. Bo Belinsky and Claude Raymond combine to shut down the Redbirds, with reliever Raymond chipping in with a run-scoring double.