This Day In Baseball May 18
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 May 18 in baseball history.
Classic Games and Video Accounts of Historic Moments
Notable Events and Chronology for May 18
Bill Joyce hits four triples to lead the New York Giants to an 11 – 5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Exposition Park. This is the last time this feat has been accomplished in major league history. Previously, George Strief of the American Association Philadelphia Athletics hit four triples in a game on June 25, 1885.
5/18/1929 – In the first game of two in Boston, Braves manager Judge Fuchs moved Joe Dugan up one spot in the batting order based on his recent improved batting. Evidently the batters did not know about the change. The official lineup had Dugan hitting fifth, Earl Clark sixth and Freddie Maguire seventh. In the second inning Clark and Dugan reversed their order with Clark making an out, Dugan singling to left and Maguire making an out. The Giants said nothing here. In the third, Clark batted one spot early again and made the last out of the inning. Dugan led off the fourth with a single to left. New York’s acting manager Schalk spoke with umpire Quigley who wiped out the base hit and called the proper batter, Maguire, out. During the course of this discussion Braves coach Johnny Evers was ejected. Dugan drove in the game-winning run in the ninth inning with a sacrifice fly to beat the Giants, 5-4.
At the Polo Grounds, Rube Walker hits a grand slam in the 6th inning for the Chicago Cubs. In the bottom of the inning, Monte Irvin also hits a grand slam for the New York Giants. It is the first time in major league history that each team hit a grand slam in the same inning. The game is called on account of rain after six innings, and the Giants win, 10 – 4.
At Fenway Park, the Cleveland Indians score 11 runs in the 5th inning to beat the Boston Red Sox, 19 – 0, and give Herb Score an easy win over Willard Nixon. The big blow in the inning is a grand slam by Vic Wertz. It is the worst shutout pasting ever by Boston and the most runs ever in a shutout for the Indians.
Dick Williams of the Baltimore Orioles hits a 9th-inning, game-tying solo home run off Paul LaPalme of the Chicago White Sox seconds before 10:20 p.m., the curfew set so Chicago can catch a train out of Baltimore. If Williams had done anything else, the White Sox would have won. The game is later replayed from the beginning and Baltimore wins.
The Indians trade southpaw Herb Score to the White Sox for Barry Latman, a right-hander who will post a 35-37 record during his four seasons with Cleveland. The Tribe’s former left-hander, whose promising career was shattered when he was struck by Gil McDougald’s line drive that broke his facial bones and injured his eye, will return to Cleveland in 1964 to begin a 34-year stint as the team’s beloved television and radio play-by-play announcer.
1967 – Jim Wynn ‘s first-inning homer off the left-field foul pole ignites a near riot during a 6-2 Astros win. Giants Manager Herman Franks and umpire Shag Crawford nearly come to blows as Franks insists the hit was foul. A voice in the dugout calls Crawford a “meathead” and Ollie Brown gets tossed for it, inciting another feud. Pitcher Gaylord Perry, who gave up the homer, later admits it was he who used the m-word.
Larry Herndon of the Detroit Tigers hits three home runs in an 11 – 9 win over Oakland, and in the process becomes the 14th player in major league history to hit home runs in four consecutive plate appearances. On May 16th, he homered in his final at-bat to give the Tigers a 7 – 6 victory over Minnesota.
At Memorial Stadium, Rich Dotson of the Chicago White Sox pitches a one-hitter against the Baltimore Orioles, but loses, 1 – 0. Baltimore’s lone hit is Dan Ford’s 8th-inning home run. Storm Davis (7 1/3 innings) and Tippy Martinez (1 1/3 innings) combine in the four-hit shutout, with Martinez taking the win.
In the bottom of the tenth inning at Fenway Park, the Red Sox score two runs on an unusual play to beat the Rangers, 6-5, thanks to George Wright’s errant throw. The right fielder throws the ball away fielding Marty Barrett’s double, after becoming confused when two Boston baserunners, both who will score on the error, slide into second at the same time, the batter and Steve Lyons from third base.
The Baltimore Orioles tie an American League record with eight consecutive singles in a seven-run 1st inning against Bobby Witt to beat the Texas Rangers, 13 – 1. The eight straight singles equal a record set by the Washington Senators against the Cleveland Indians in 1951 and matched by the Oakland Athletics against the Chicago White Sox in 1981.
1998 – At Veterans Stadium, Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals hits three two-run home runs in a 10 – 8 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. It is the second time this season and fourth time in his career that McGwire has hit three home runs in a game. He also becomes the 12th player in major league history to have two three-home run games in a season.
After missing the team’s first 36 games, Joe Torre returns to the Yankee dugout, two months after undergoing successful surgery for prostate cancer. Prior to the 6-3 loss to the Red Sox, the 58 year-old skipper receives a two-minute standing ovation from the Fenway Park crowd when the scoreboard welcomes him back.
Mark McGwire hits three home runs and had a career-high seven RBI, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Philadelphia Phillies, 7 – 2, at Veterans Stadium. Curt Schilling (two) and Wayne Gomes (one) are his victims. The home runs move McGwire past Mickey Mantle into eighth place on the all-time career list with 539.
5/18/2000: Scott Sanders started the game for the Indians at Jacobs Field, having been called up from AAA. The first two Tigers batters, Luis Polonia and Gregg Jefferies, homered off Sanders and after 3 1/2 innings the Tigers led, 5-0. The game was called after a rain delay of 2:37 and Sanders was released the next day by Cleveland. He did not pitch again in the majors, so his career stats end in 1999 – because of the rainout he is not given credit for any big league time in 2000!
At Fenway Park, Pedro Martinez becomes the 11th pitcher in American League history to record an immaculate inning when he strikes out the side on nine pitches in the first frame. The Red Sox right-hander fans Ichiro Suzuki, Mark McLemore, and Ruben Sierra to begin Boston’s eventual 4-1 victory over Seattle.
5/18/2008: In the top of the fourth, Carlos Delgado of the Mets hit the ball down the LF line in Yankee Stadium, and it was ruled a home run by 3B umpire Mike Reilly. However, the crew huddled and reversed the call. Replays showed that the ball hit the black base of the pole and thus was a home run. Mets manager Willie Randolph argued briefly. Moments later, HP umpire Bob Davidson ejected Mets bench coach Jerry Manuel, who had seen a replay and was yelling from the bench.
Returning from a strained forearm that has kept him out of action all year, the Angels’ John Lackey picks up his first win of the year in a 10 – 6 victory over Seattle. Lackey actually made his season debut three days earlier but was ejected after only two pitches for throwing at Texas lead-off hitter Ian Kinsler.
Another day, another epic Yankees-Red Sox battle. Today, the Yankees play the game under protest, claiming the Sox did not properly signal an injury before removing pitcher Josh Beckett trailing 5 – 0 in the 5th inning, thus giving reliever Manny Delcarmen more time to warm up than warranted. For the second night in a row, the Sox come back from a five-run hole, taking a 7 – 5 lead in the 9th thanks to an error by RF Marcus Thames on Marco Scutaro’s fly ball. Jonathan Papelbon, who blew a save the previous night, allows a run in the bottom of the 9th, but strikes out Randy Winn with runners on second and third to end the game. The contest starts almost an hour late because of rain, is played in a constant drizzle, and lasts a marathon 4 hours and 9 minutes, making it the longest nine-inning game played so far this season.
Carlos Silva improves his record to 5-0 as the Cubs beat the Rockies, 6 – 2. A huge disappointment for the Seattle Mariners the last two seasons, Silva has found his old form with Chicago, forcing manager Lou Piniella to make a difficult decision: who will be bumped from the starting rotation to make room for Carlos Zambrano, set to return after an unconvincing stint in the bullpen ?
Five different games end in shutouts today. The most remarkable performance is a three-hitter thrown by Jake Peavy of the White Sox, making only his second appearance since undergoing shoulder surgery 10 months earlier. He wins 1 – 0 over Cleveland, with Justin Masterson being saddled with the loss in spite a solid performance of his own. Boston also wins 1 – 0, over Detroit, with Clay Buchholz getting the win, and, in another whitewash, Charlie Morton of Pittsburgh notches his second career shutout. The Mets and Mariners also win with combined shutouts.
Kerry Wood ends his major league career on his terms when he strikes out the one batter he faces before walking off the mound into an embrace from his six year-old son in front of the Wrigley Field dugout. The 35 year-old much-injured Cubs’ right-hander, an All-Star as both a starter and closer, believes today’s final strikeout to be the most significant and the most memorable moment of his 14-year career.
The Pirates win for the first time in the Bronx in 54 years – since the 1960 World Series – when they beat the Yankees, 5 – 3, in the second game of a doubleheader, after losing the opener, 4 – 3. Starling Marte and Josh Harrison homer for the Bucs in the nitecap, after Mark Teixeira gets a couple of early RBIs in the opener as the Yankees hand Charlie Morton his 6th loss against no wins despite a 101 ERA+.
The Marlins go outside the box in picking a replacement for fired manager Mike Redmond, as General Manager Dan Jennings takes over as skipper. While Jennings has 31 years of professional baseball experience, it is largely as a scout and in front office roles: he has never been a coach or manager at any professional level. In his first game at the helm, the Marlins lose, 3 – 2, to the Diamondbacks in 13 innings as David Peralta drives in the winning run against demoted closer Steve Cishek.
The Astros win their 10th straight game when they defeat the Red Sox, 7 – 3, at Fenway Park in a rematch of last’ year’s ALCS. Houston chases Boston starter Hector Velazquez after just a third of an inning, as George Springer hits his first pitch of the game to deep center for a triple to open the floodgates. They score 5 runs before the inning is out, with Tyler White’s two-run double the crucial blow, and roll from there. Josh Reddick adds a solo homer as the Astros match the best start in team history at 31-15.
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