This Day In Baseball May 2
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Events for May 2
At Cincinnati’s Avenue Grounds, Chicago’s Ross Barnes hits the first home run in the history of National League. In addition to his inside-the-park homer, the former National Association superstar also hits a single and a triple, steals two bases, and scores four runs in the White Stocking’s 19-5 victory over the Reds.
Honus Wagner steals his way around the bases in the 1st inning of a game against the Cubs. It is the fourth time he steals second base, third and home in the same inning, a National League record. The record holder in the American League is Ty Cobb, who will pull the trick four times between 1909 and 1924. No player in major league history has ever accomplished this feat in each league, and only two more have accomplished the feat twice during their careers: Max Carey (NL) and Jackie Tavener (AL).
5/2/1910 – The Cards were in Cincinnati for the make up of a postponed game. Due to an oversight, the NL did not assign umpires for the game, so a respected local one, Jim Maginnis, was recruited. There were some close calls in the first that upset St. Louis manager Reger Bresnahan, and he then made a farce out of the game with quite a few changes of fielding positions including moving pitchers into the field and having position players pitch. In the seventh Eddie Higgins who was in the number two spot was hit by a pitch and Bresnahan came of the bench to run for him and then stayed in the game at catcher replacing Billy Kelly who was in the number six spot. In the eighth Bresnahan batted in Kelly’s spot, but the proper batter was Jap Barbeau who went in to replace Higgens in left. Bresnahan was safe on an error, but the Reds did not notice the batting out of turn, so the play stood. The Reds won 9-4 after scoring five in the first, so it did not hurt them.
The first game of the National Negro Baseball League is played in Indianapolis when the hometown ABC’s beat the Chicago Giants at Washington Park, 4-2. Schorling’s Park, the home field of the Giants, will be unavailable for another month due to the occupation of the National Guard, stationed there as a result of the Chicago Race Riot of 1919, prompting the delay of the inaugural season in the Windy City, a huge disappointment for the newly-formed league.
Joe Sewell’s consecutive streak ends at 1,103 games when he doesn’t appear in a game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park due to having a fever of 102 degrees. The Indians shortstop, who hasn’t missed a game since 1922, is only 204 games shy of the all-time record of 1,307 games set in 1925 by Yankee shortstop Everett Scott.
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Schoolboy Rowe pinch hits with the bases loaded in the 6th inning and cracks a grand slam off the Boston Braves’ Al Javery to break a tie. The Phillies win, 6 – 5, but it takes them 12 innings. For Rowe, it is his second career grand slam. He hit one in 1939 while with Detroit, as he is the only pitcher in major league history to hit a grand slam in each league. Rowe will finish the season with a .306 batting average as a pinch hitter.
As a pinch hitter, Lou Limmer goes deep off Tigers’ right-hander Saul Rogovin in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 3-3, in the A’s eventual 5-3 extra-inning loss at Briggs Stadium. The at-bat marks the first time in major league history that a Jewish batter faces a Jewish pitcher with a Jewish catcher (Joe Ginsberg) behind the plate.
At Memorial Stadium, the Orioles host “Safety Patrol Day” to honor students who helped their schoolmates travel to and from school safely by giving free admission to 20,000 children from around the state of Maryland to the team’s game against the Cleveland. Unfortunately, a freak accident involving an escalator to the upper deck causes the death of a teenage girl and injuries to 46 other children when a people channeler, a device to control the crowding of patrons getting onto an escalator, was inadvertently left on top, restricting the flow of kids in the wrong direction, a blockage which caused children to fall back onto one another when they could not exit at the same pace as people getting onto the the moving steps.
Pete Rose, irate because of Dave Pallone’s delayed call allows the eventual game-winning run to score, becomes the first manager to be suspended for an on-field incident when National League president Bart Giamatti issues a thirty-day suspension for his shoving of the first base umpire. The ugly argument resulted in the fans throwing trash onto the field, temporarily delaying the game, and making it necessary for the arbitrator to be removed from the game to calm tempers.
New York Yankees pitcher Scott Sanderson becomes the 12th pitcher in major league history to surrender four home runs in a single inning. Sanderson is rocked in the 5th inning of the game against the Minnesota Twins by Shane Mack, Kirby Puckett, Kent Hrbek, and Randy Bush. The Twins need all the homers as they win, 7 – 6.
Texas defeats the Brewers, 13 – 2, collecting 15 hits. Jose Canseco hits a single, double and home run before leaving for a pinch runner. Protecting a 12 – 2 lead, Jeff Bronkey pitches three innings in relief of Robb Nen, and earns a save in his major league debut with Texas. Bronkey is the first major leaguer born in Afghanistan.
Hideo Nomo of the Los Angeles Dodgers becomes the first Japanese native to play in the majors in three decades. Nomo pitches five scoreless innings of one-hit ball, but the Dodgers blow a 3 – 0 lead and lose to San Francisco, 4 – 3. Nomo will have an excellent season and win the Rookie of the Year Award, opening the gates for a large number of Japanese players to follow him to the major leagues.
5/2/1995 The Mets game in Montreal produced a comedy of errors. This was the first home game of the season for Montreal and their sixth overall. There were substitute umpires working major league games to start this season since the regular arbiters were locked out by the owners. When Luis Aquino and Cliff Floyd entered the game in the top of the sixth, the home plate umpire, Don January, incorrectly decided that Aquino was batting fifth and Floyd ninth. When Floyd came to bat in the #5 slot, Mets’ manager Dallas Green told January that the Expos were batting out of order. Expos manager Felipe Alou claimed he had Floyd fifth and Aquino ninth and that January made the mistake. Alou was ejected. January then allowed Floyd to bat and ground out, despite knowing that he was not the proper batter. Then January called Aquino out for not batting in order and sent the runner back (that, at least, was the right call.) After calling Aquino out, the next batter should be the one in the sixth spot, Sean Berry. However, January decided that Aquino should bat now. He singled to left and then Berry ended the inning with a ground out. Thus, Aquino had two at bats in one time through the batting order. Despite this confusion the Expos won, 9-6.
During a pregame ceremony at Kauffman Stadium, the Royals retire Frank White’s uniform number 20. The five-time All-Star second baseman, a Royals’ Hall of Fame inductee, will also be honored in 2004 with a bronze statue dedicated outside the Kansas City ballpark, joining club owners Ewing & Muriel Kauffman and Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett.
Nike’s ‘Chicks Dig the Long Ball’ commercial, starring Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, airs for the first time. The television ad depicts the Braves hurlers, both who have won multiple Cy Young Awards, as pitchers-who-want-to-become-worshipped-home-run-heroes after becoming frustrated over the attention being shown to Cardinal slugger Mark McGwire by Heather Locklear and a friend.
Mike Cameron hits four home runs and comes close to a record-setting fifth in leading the Seattle Mariners to a 15 – 4 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Cameron is only the 13th player in major league history to homer four times in a game. He connects in his first four at-bats in just five innings as he joins Bret Boone as the first teammates to hit two home runs in the same inning. They connect back-to-back twice in a 10-run 1st.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia of the Braves sets the record for the longest name in major league history. 15 prior players have had 13 letters in their last names, with the record having stood since the 19th Century. Saltalamacchia debuts on his 22nd birthday and gets the appearance due to injuries to Brian McCann and Brayan Pena a day earlier, both hit by bats.
Thanks to a winning rally that starts with an infield single which is in play after hitting the second-highest “B” ring at Tropicana Field, the Rays beat Minnesota, 4-3, in 10 innings. Tomorrow, a mannequin wearing a Twins uniform will be placed near the spot where Carlos Pena’s fortunate hit struck the roof.
2008 – Consecutive homers by Miguel Tejada, Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee highlight a 7-4 victory over Milwaukee. The feat happens in the sixth off Carlos Villarreal. Tejada’s blast comes after he promised a homer to a child with muscular dystrophy before the game. Hunter Pence accounts for the other three tallies with a pair of long balls.
The Phillies take over first place in the NL East by beating Mets ace Johan Santana like a rag doll. Santana gives up 10 runs, including 8 in the 4th inning, which he fails to complete. With the Mets leading 5 – 3, he issues a two-out bases-loaded walks to his opposite, Jamie Moyer, then Shane Victorino blasts a grand slam to open the floodgates. Chase Utley adds a two-run shot to chase Santana; Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard had homered earlier against him. The Phillies win, 11 – 5.
Indians OF Shin Soo Choo is arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Sheffield Lake, OH. He is already the sixth major leaguer caught in such circumstances since the start of spring training, after Miguel Cabrera, Adam Kennedy, Austin Kearns, Derek Lowe and Coco Crisp. A number of players comment that it is not right that players caught in this activity face no sanction from Major League Baseball.
Jered Weaver throws the 10th no-hitter in franchise history for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, disposing of Minnesota, 9 – 0. He gives up a single walk in the game, while one batter reaches on a dropped third strike. The no-no comes less than a year after teammate Ervin Santana threw one against the Indians in July of 2011.
Chipper Jones hits a two-run walk-off homer in the 11th inning to give the Braves a wild 15 – 13 win over the Phillies. The Braves come back twice, down 6 – 0 against ace Roy Halladay, and down by 4 runs in the 8th, only to see their closer, Craig Kimbrel, blow a 13 – 12 lead in the 9th. Carlos Ruiz drives in 7 runs in a losing cause for Philadelphia. Jason Giambi also hits a walk-off homer today. The Elias Sports Bureau reports that it is the first time two players over 40 hit walk-off homers on the same day.
A.J. Burnett is trounced for 12 runs in 2 2/3 innings as the Cardinals rout the Pirates. He allows the most runs by a Pirate hurler in 80 years and gives up more earned runs in under 3 innings than anyone else since earned runs first became an official statistic in 1913, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The Tigers score four times in the 13th inning to defeat the Astros, 7 – 3. Austin Jackson leads off the inning with a double off Dallas Keuchel and takes third on a ground out; Astros manager Bo Porter orders that sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder be issued intentional walks, but light-hitting Don Kelly comes through with a single to open the floodgates; Matt Tuiasosopo follows with a two-run double. Luke Putkonen, called up from AAA earlier in the day, earns his first big league win for Detroit.
Mookie Betts hits three solo homers to lead the Red Sox to a 5 – 4 win over the Royals. All three blasts come off Danny Duffy, with the last one breaking a 4 – 4 tie in the 7th. It is already the second three-homer game for Betts this season and the fourth of his career, tying him for the franchise record held by Ted Williams. At 26, he is the youngest player to have four such games.