This Day In Baseball May 14
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Events for May 14
The Phillies, known as the Quakers at the time, win their first game in franchise history when they rout the White Stockings, later to be known as the Cubs, at Chicago’s Lake Front Park. Philadelphia had lost their first eight games of the season before today’s 12-0 victory, and will finish the season in last place in the eight-team National League with a dismal 17-81 (.173) record.
Christy Mathewson of the New York Giants wins his first game of the season, scattering nine hits and walking an uncharacteristic seven batters, in the 6 – 3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The game is tied at 1 – 1 after eight innings, but the Giants jump on Orval Overall for five runs on four hits and four walks in the 9th to put the game away.
At Sportsman’s Park, Walter Johnson tops Jack Coombs’ record of 53 consecutive scoreless innings when he stretches the mark to 56 innings. But after the Washington Senators back him with six runs, Johnson gives up a run in the 4th inning against the St. Louis Browns to end his streak of 56 scoreless innings. Ahead 9 – 1, Johnson is relieved by Joe Boehling and Washington wins, 10 – 5.
Jim Scott of the Chicago White Sox pitches a no-hitter for nine innings, then loses to the Senators, 1 – 0, in the 10th. The first hit is batted by Chick Gandil, who scores the winning run on Howie Shanks’ single. It is the first of a three nine-inning no-hitters that White Sox catcher Ray Schalk will catch in his 17 years with the team.
With the anticipation of crime rates decreasing in the city, officials in Washington D.C. lift the prohibition on playing baseball on Sunday in the nation’s capital. In five days, 17,000 enthusiastic fans, the largest crowd in the history of Griffith Stadium, will be treated to a dramatic, 1-0 extra-inning victory against Cleveland in the first contest played on a Sunday in the District.
The Giants inform the Yankees, tenants since 1913, their lease to play at the Polo Grounds will not be renewed at the end of the season. There is speculation the National League team, which later will decide to continue sharing their home until the Yankees’ new stadium is completed in 1923, may have been reacting to the team’s recent acquisition of Babe Ruth.
Guy Bush of the Chicago Cubs and Charlie Robertson of the Boston Braves battle for 18 innings before Robertson tires and the Cubs win, 7 – 2. Jimmy Cooney drives in the winning run and Sparky Adams contributes with four hits. Bush goes 18 innings and Robertson 17 1/3. Two National League pitchers, Carl Hubbell in 1933 and Vern Law in 1955, will match Bush’s marathon effort.
With rain pelting down at Ebbets Field, Hack Wilson pounds a 9th-inning pinch-grand slam, the first in Brooklyn Dodgers history, to beat Ad Liska and the Philadelphia Phillies, 8 – 6. The homer is inside-the-park, just the third pinch inside-the-park grand homer in major league history, and the first since 1910.
5/14/1938: The Cardinals hosted the Reds in St. Louis. Reds outfielder Dusty Cooke hit a drive in the sixth inning that hit the edge of the pavilion roof in deep right center field. The umpires ruled the ball in play and Cooke reached third base for a triple. After the ninth inning ended with the teams tied at 5-5, Reds manager Bill McKechnie announced that he was protesting the game based on that call in the sixth inning. The Cardinals had scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. The Reds scored once in the top of the tenth but the Redbirds won the contest with two in the bottom of the frame. NL president Ford Frick upheld the protest on June 3 and declared the game a tie. He also awarded Cooke with a homer, so it became “unlost.” The teams replayed the game on August 20.
During the Indians’ 9-4 victory over Chicago at Comiskey Park, a woman, sitting in the stands near the visitor’s dugout, is injured when Marvin Owen’s foul ball strikes her just above the right eye. The Indians’ starting pitcher, her 20 year-old son Bob, threw the pitch that resulted in Mrs. Feller needing seven stitches on Mother’s Day.
The Dean brothers suffer setbacks in their careers. The Chicago Cubs release Dizzy while the New York Giants demote Paul to the minor leagues. Paul will return to the major leagues two years later with the St. Louis Browns, his last season, but Dizzy won’t return until 1947, when he makes a one-game comeback also with the Browns.
After being traded from the Phillies, Don Cardwell no-hits the Cardinals in his Cub debut. Thanks to three outstanding defensive catches, including Walt Moryn’s game-ending grab, the Winston-Salem, NC native becomes the first pitcher to keep the opponents hitless in a first start after being traded.
Roberto Clemente’s sixth and final career home run off Sandy Koufax is another no-doubter. It comes during Koufax’s final season, the net result being one less shutout for Sandy and one more moon shot for Clemente. There was “only Bob Clemente’s 9th-inning home run spoiling Sandy’s bid for his 36th career shutout,” writes Frank Finch of the Los Angeles Times. “One of the few people who wasn’t fooled by Sandy’s slants was Clemente, who at .325 is making a strong bid for his third consecutive league batting crown. ‘I’m hitting the ball good,’ said the temperamental Pirate star. ‘I feel strong.’ He certainly looked robust when he tied into an outside pitch and sent it into the upper deck in right field. Ron Fairly didn’t even move, it was so solidly hit.”
Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits home run number 450, a 6th-inning solo shot in today’s contest between the Braves and Pirates. Roberto Clemente responds almost immediately with his own “number 450”. Les Biederman explains in the Pittsburgh Press: “Aaron whistled when he talked of the two shots Clemente drilled. One struck the left field wall and bounced back on the field for a double. The other traveled over Mack Jones’ head in dead center (450 feet) and he got a triple.” Both the two-out, 3rd-inning double and 6th-inning, leadoff triple are followed by RBI singles from Bill Mazeroski. In the 7th, Clemente singles home the insurance run in the Bucs’ 5 – 2 win.
Keeping a promise to his wife Merlyn, Mickey Mantle hit his 500th career home run on Mother’s Day, a shot into the lower deck into the right field corner of the lower deck at Yankee Stadium. The ‘Commerce Comet’, now the sixth big leaguer to reach the milestone, hits the historic homer off Stu Miller, helping New York defeat the Orioles, 6-5.
5/14/1982: Pittsburgh’s Lee Lacy batted in the bottom of the eighth inning as the first batter to face Tom Hume of the Reds. The bases were loaded with no outs and Lacy hit one of Hume’s pitches out of the park. However, in the celebration during his run around the bases, Lacy passed Omar Moreno between first and second. He is credited with a single and three runs batted in. Luckily, Moreno’s run won the game for the Pirates 8-7.
Infielder Jose Oquendo becomes the first non-pitcher in 20 seasons to get a decision, taking the loss in the 19th inning when Ken Griffey’s two-out, two-run double leads the Atlanta Braves over the St. Louis Cardinals, 7 – 5. Rocky Colavito had won a game in relief for the Yankees in 1968, in the last of two career appearances on the mound.
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Benny Distefano becomes the first left-handed catcher in a major league game in nine years when he catches the 9th inning of a 5 – 2 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Mike Squires (a first baseman) caught two games with the Chicago White Sox in 1980 and another first baseman, Dale Long, caught two games for the Chicago Cubs in 1958. The first left-handed throwing catcher in major league history was Fergy Malone, who caught 27 games in 1871, and Jack Clements holds the record for left-handed catchers with 1,073 games caught between 1884 and 1900.
At Three Rivers Stadium, Kevin Young’s two-run pinch double gives the Pittsburgh Pirates the lead and Al Martin finishes a nine-run 8th inning with a grand slam as the surprising first-place Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies, 15 – 10. Colorado pitching gives up 13 walks and blows leads of 6 – 3, 7 – 5 and 9 – 6.
Chone Figgins, going 5-for-6, collects a triple, a grand slam, and six RBIs in the Angels’ 10-9 victory over Baltimore at Camden Yards. The Anaheim third baseman/outfielder, who drives in the game’s winning run in the 10th inning with a single, joins Buck Rogers as one of the two players in franchise history to hit their first career round-tripper with the bases loaded.
After making an outstanding catch of Kevin Millar’s line drive near the Camden Yards warning track, Boston’s left fielder Manny Ram�rez high-fives a fan before throwing the ball back to the infield to complete a 7-4-3 double play. Randy Dunning, a 24 year-old Red Sox fan attending the Orioles game with his mom and dad, a going-away present from his parents before he leaves Officer Candidate School at Fort Meade, is the glad-hand recipient of ‘Manny being Manny’.
31-year-old rookie Bobby Scales hits a pair of doubles in Chicago’s 11 – 3 win over the Padres. Scales has hit safely in all six games he has played in the majors so far, for a batting average of .444. Adrian Gonzalezhomers in his fourth consecutive game for San Diego, but to no avail as his team is now on a 3-16 skid. Ryan Dempster picks up the win and former Cub Chad Gaudin, who walks seven batters in four innings, is the loser. Padre starters are winless since April 16th.
After Twins manager Ron Gardenhire orders an intentional walk to Mark Teixeira and brings in righty Matt Guerrier to face Alex Rodriguez in the 7th, the Yankee third baseman blasts his 19th career grand slam to pass Frank Robinson for 7th on the all-time career home run list and give New York an 8 – 4 win.
Chad Billingsley of the Dodgers allows a single hit to the Diamondbacks over 8 innings, but still loses, 1 – 0. Stephen Drew’s 2nd-inning double is the only hit; he advances to third on a botched pick-off play and scores on a sacrifice fly. Josh Collmenter is the winner in his first major league start.
It wouldn’t be the Yankees without a bit of soap opera. Today, Jorge Posada asks to be taken out of the line-up 40 minutes before the game, after being listed as the 9th-place hitter against the Red Sox. Hitting .165, the DH claims he has a bad back, something which Yankees GM Brian Cashman denies, and after the game explains that he feels “a little bit disrespected”. With Andruw Jones taking Posada’s place, the Yankees lose the game, 6 – 0, to the Sox, with a two-run double by Jacoby Ellsbury and a three-run homer by Adrian Gonzalez against CC Sabathia providing the key blows in support of Josh Beckett’s six scoreless innings. Jones hits 9th in the game, the second #9 hitter in MLB history with 400+ homers to his credit – the prior one was Jimmie Foxx from his days as a pitcher at the tail end of his career.
For the first time since 1914, the Dodgers are defeated after allowing just one hit, losing to the visiting Diamondbacks,1-0. Chad Billingsley, the hard-luck loser, gives up a leadoff double in the second to Stephen Drew, who scores the game’s only run when shortstop Jamey Carroll fails to cover the bag in an attempted pick-off play.
Jorge Posada, claiming a stiff back and then the need for time to clear his head, asks not to play after learning he has been slotted to hit ninth in manager Joe Girardi’s lineup. The DH’s decision to sit out the game causes controversy when Yankee GM Brian Cashman refutes his player’s injury to the media during the nationally televised game against Boston.
Major League Baseball fires arbitrator Shyam Das after 13 years on the job. The Commissioner’s office was incensed at Das for overturning Ryan Braun’s suspension for PED use on a technicality on February 23rd, and the last straw comes when the same ruling is used today to justify ending Eliezer Alfonzo’s 100-game suspension early.
The Rays keep on winning, in spite of resembling an infirmary more than a baseball team. With six players already on the disabled list, the Rays add OF Desmond Jennings, victim of a knee problem, prior to today’s game against the Blue Jays. In the 1st inning, starter Jeff Niemann takes a ground ball off the bat of Adam Lind in the lower leg; he manages to throw Lind out and finish the inning, but is removed from the game; x-rays then reveal a fracture that will have him join the hobbled crowd for a number of weeks. Cesar Ramos succeeds Niemann on the mound and earns his first career victory as the Rays prevail, 7 – 1.
In his final season, David Ortiz is still a master of the clutch hit. Today, he hits a two-out 9th-inning triple off Luke Gregerson to drive in Xander Bogaerts and tie the game for the Red Sox against the Astros, then hits a two-out double in the 11th off Michael Feliz that again drives in Bogaerts and gives the Sox a 6 – 5 win. The double is the 600th of his career, making him only the third player after Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds to hit 500 homers and 600 doubles; he had hit homer #513 in the 3rd inning.
The Yankees officially retire uniform number 2 in honor of Derek Jeter and unveil a plaque in his name in Monument Park at New Yankee Stadium between games of a doubleheader against the Astros. They win the opener, 11 – 6, thanks to a bases-loaded triple by Chase Headley and homers by Starlin Castro, Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner. In the nitecap, Masahiro Tanaka gives up three 1st-inning homers, including a grand slam by Alex Bregman as New York goes down, 10 – 7. George Springer homers twice for Houston which leads 9 – 0 before the Yankees score some late runs to make the game appear closer than it is. Before the games, they place closer Aroldis Chapman on the disabled list with inflammation in his left shoulder.
Chris Sale strikes out 17 batters in 7 innings for the Red Sox against the Rockies, but a high pitch count costs him a chance to try to match or beat the record of 20 Ks in 9 innings. He has to settle for a no-decision as Brandon Workman gives up a two-run homer to Charlie Blackmon in the 8th. The Sox’s pitchers end up with 24 strikeouts in 11 innings, but Colorado still wins, 5 – 4.
2008 – Lance Berkman’s incredible month continues during a 6-3 win at San Francisco. He hits a two-run homer to give him a majors-leading 14. He also leads the National League in RBIs (40), runs (43) and OPS (1.264). He’s batting .580 for the month and his current batting average (.388) is second overall. Miguel Tejada and Brad Ausmus drive in the other runs. The next day, Berkman homers into McCovey Cove to complete an 8-7 comeback. Houston has won 18 of their last 24 after a 6-12 start.
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