This Day In Baseball May 25
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Events for May 25
5/25/1899 – St. Louis hosted Brooklyn with a batting order that was different than the usual one employed by the team. Cupid Childs hit fourth, making an out to end the first inning. It was Lou Criger’s spot, but nothing was said about the mistake. Bobby Wallace, the proper next batter, started the second with a hit and then it should have been Patsy Tebeau’s turn at the plate. However, Criger hit and singled. Criger was called out for hitting out of turn and Tebeau sent to the plate. Brooklyn beat St. Louis, 8-1, as the home team made five errors.
Martin Dihigo is born in Matanzas, Cuba. Over the course of his career, Dihigo will make seamless transitions between all nine positions and play in several countries. As a hitter he will lead the Negro Leagues in home runs in 1926 and 1935; as a pitcher he will win more than 300 games and defeat Satchel Paige while touring Cuba. He will be elected to the American Hall of Fame in 1977, becoming the only player in history to be inducted to the American, Cuban, Dominican, Mexican and Venezuelan Halls of Fame. He will later add yet another honor as one of the inaugural inductees in the Latin American Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.
5/25/1908 – The Cubs hit out of turn in the first inning against the Giants in Chicago. Pat Moran was listed seventh and Joe Tinker eighth in the lineup. However, when the seventh spot came up with two out in the bottom of the first, Tinker strode to the plate and made the third out. Moran then led off the bottom of the second with a single to center and eventually scored. In the third inning, the batters hit in the correct order and the Giants objected. However, umpire Bob Emslie showed John McGraw the lineup sheet and that was the end of that. The Cubs won the contest in 10 innings, 8-7.
After being called out for trying to stretch a single into a double, Babe Ruth throws dirt the umpire’s eye, then goes after a heckler in the stands, and finishes his tirade by standing on the dugout roof calling the crowd “yellow” cowards. These actions will result in a one game suspension and a $200 fine, and will cost the ‘Bambino’ his Yankee captaincy, a position he has held for less than a week.
5/25/1923 – Red Faber of the White Sox beat the Tigers in Detroit, 5-3. In the bottom of the seventh, Johnny Bassler pinch hit for pitcher Herm Pillette and walked. Les Burke then ran for Bassler and remained in the game in the ninth spot in the order at second base. The new pitcher entered the game in the seventh spot previously occupied by the second baseman. With two out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Burke batted in the seventh place in the order out of turn but grounded out to end the game.
5/25/1923 – A second team batted out of order on this day. The Pirates confused their lineup the first time though the order in this game at home against the Cardinals. The fifth-place hitter, Pie Traynor, had ended the first inning. Johnny Rawlings should have started the second inning but Charlie Grimm (listed seventh) batted and singled to center. Then Rawlings came to the plate and singled to right advancing Grimm to second base. The Cardinals then spoke with Umpire Bill Klem and he called Grimm out and removed him from the basepath. Rawlings was allowed to stay on first base. Pirates manager McKechnie told Klem that he intended to protest the game. The next hitter was the eighth-place batter, Johnny Gooch. Thus Klem seemed to call the wrong player out and allow the wrong batter to hit. The Redbirds had scored an unearned run in the top of the first inning. In the ninth, the Pirates scored two runs to win the game and make McKechnie’s protest unnecessary.
Babe Ruth shows flashes of his past glory by hitting the final three home runs of his career in the Boston Braves’ 11 – 7 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. In addition to a 5th-inning single, Ruth hits homers in the 1st inning against Red Lucas, 3rd inning against Guy Bush and 7th inning off Bush again. In addition, his final homer is the first in Forbes Field’s history to clear its right field roof.
At Shibe Park, the much-heralded Giant rookie Willie Mays makes his major league debut against the Phillies. The 20 year-old outfielder, who hit .477 in 35 games with the Minneapolis Millers before being called up, goes hitless in five trips to the plate, but makes two outstanding defensive plays to contribute to New York’s 8-5 victory.
Bypassing the customary Willie Mays-Roberto Clemente on-field rivalry, Willie plays directly to Roberto’s constituents as he makes his bid for the Nobel Peace Prize. Bob Stevens of the San Francisco Chronicle explains: “The second largest crowd in Forbes Field history, 35,797 booing partisan fans, saw cool Willie Mays stop a free-for-all in the opening game. Even in the lair of the Pirates and despite their double defeat, Mays was the hero of the hour. In the middle of a player melee precipitated by a recurrence of a beanball feud that first broke out when Pittsburgh visited San Francisco, Willie tackled a near-berserk Orlando Cepeda to keep him from causing havoc with a bat.” The mêlée stems from a May 7th meeting between the teams and culminates in today’s 5th inning free-for-all with Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh charging P Ruben Gomez and being fended off by the Giant headhunter, now taking his turn at bat. Understandably concerned is Gomez’s fellow Puerto Rican. Stevens continues: “Among the first to his Puerto Rican countryman’s aid was 200-pounder Cepeda, eyes flashing and fists swinging at anything in sight in his lunge to get at Murtaugh. Unable to reach his immediate objective, Cepeda broke free from the milling athletes and picked up the lead-filled bat the batters swing to loosen up before going to the plate. He barely got a hand on it when from nowhere came Mays, head down and charging as hard as he could. Willie slammed into his first baseman, flattened him and pinned him until other players could help restrain the maddened Cepeda in his quest for blood. With Orlando subdued, the abortive riot broke up and Murtaugh was sent to the showers. No Giants were tossed from the contest, even though many people figured that they started the war May 7 in San Francisco when Curt Raydon and Marv Grissom began head-hunting. Mays was given a tremendous hand by the filled stands…”
At Busch Stadium, George Crowe’s two-out ninth-inning pinch-hit home run to deep right field gives the Cardinals a 5-3 walk-off victory over Milwaukee. The round-tripper is “Big George’s” major league leading 11th career homer coming off the bench, breaking the mark he shared with Smoky Burgess and Gus Zernial when the season began.
With four homers on Thursday (5/23), one on Friday (5/24), and two more on Saturday (5/25), Shawn Green becomes the first major leaguer to hit seven round-trippers in three games. The Dodger outfielder’s nine big flies in a week also breaks a National League record, established by Ralph Kiner with eight and tied by Ted Kluszewski and Nate Colbert.
Getting his 3,509th K, Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson passes Walter Johnson to become seventh on the all-time career strikeout list. After fanning Shawn Green in the first to catch the ‘Big Train’, Dodger outfielder Brian Jordan swings and misses a 2-2 pitch in the second inning to become the ‘Big Unit’s’ historic victim.
Buddy Groom throws two-thirds of a scoreless eighth inning in the Orioles’ 13-10 victory over Texas at The Ballpark in Arlington. The outing is the 38 year-old southpaw’s 638th major league contest with zero plate appearances, surpassing Bob Stanley’s mark for the most games pitched without coming to bat.
The Houston Astros steal seven bases, the most by any team in the majors in nearly four years, in an 8 – 5 loss to the Washington Nationals. The Astros, whose club record is eight stolen bases, last stole seven on April 13, 1999, against San Francisco. Florida was the last team in the majors to steal that many, on May 27, 2002, against the Mets. Washington third-string catcher Matt LeCroy is benched during the 7th inning after allowing the seven stolen bases and committing two errors. “If my daddy was managing this team, I’m sure he would have done the same thing”, LeCroy said.
The Pirates beat the Cubs, 10 – 8. Freddy Sanchez goes 6 for 6 with 4 runs, 3 RBI, a double and a homer, the first Pirate in 19 years to have six hits in a game. Jason Jaramilloand Andy LaRoche each go 3 for 5. The Bucs, fresh off an interleague series with the White Sox, become the first team in major league history to play consecutive series against the Cubs and White Sox in Chicago.
The old Vladimir Guerrero seems to be back, albeit in a new uniform. In a game against the Royals, the Rangers’ DH hits two homers and a double on an inside pitch that almost hits him to lead Texas to an 8 – 7 win. Vlad is batting .347 with 12 homers and 42 RBI in 45 games after an injury-plagued season in 2009 with the Angels.
It takes 6 hours and 10 minutes for the Phillies to beat the Reds, 5 – 4, in 19 innings. By the time the winning run scores with two outs in the bottom of the 19th, the Phils have been forced to use back-up infielder Wilson Valdez on the mound, in his first professional pitching appearance. He throws a scoreless inning, then picks up the win when Raul Ibanez hits a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 19th. Wilson is the first position player to earn a win since Brent Mayne in 2000. Losing pitcher Carlos Fisher does yeoman work himself, pitching 5 1/3 scoreless innings before giving up the game-ending run; for the Phils, Danys Baez had earlier pitched five scoreless innings in relief. The Reds almost end the contest in the 10th, when Jay Bruce hits a solo homer, but Ryan Howard replies with a long ball of his own, and 9 more frames are necessary to determine a winner.
Jo-Jo Reyes puts his name in the record books with his 28th consecutive winless start, tying Cliff Curtis and Matt Keough, when the Blue Jays lose to the Yankees, 7 – 3. Reyes is 0-4 this season, but has pitched well: his ERA was 3.06 over his last 6 starts prior to last night’s effort, yet wins have proved elusive. His last victory came on June 13, 2008 while a member of the Atlanta Braves and his record since is 0-13. Also in the game, Mariano Rivera makes his 1000th pitching appearance for the Yankees; he is the 15th to reach the mark, and the first pitcher to do it with only one team.
Jo-Jo Reyes makes his 28th straight start without recording a victory, tying the major league record shared by Cliff Curtis (1910-11, Braves, Cubs, Phillies) and Matt Keough (1978-79, A’s). The Blue Jays southpaw, who leaves the game trailing 5-0 to the Yankees after just three innings of work, hasn’t won a start since June 13, 2008.
In the 12th inning of an eventual 7-6 loss to Florida, Giants catcher Buster Posey is lost for the season as a result of a brutal collision at home plate with Scott Cousins, who scores the go-ahead run. An MRI will confirm last season’s Rookie of the Year has a fractured left fibula and three torn ligaments in his left ankle, and will need season-ending surgery to repair the damage.
Angel Pagan gives the Giants a 6 – 5 win over the Rockies with an inside-the-park walk-off home run in the 10th inning. The hit comes off Rafael Betancourt with Brandon Crawford on second base, after Troy Tulowitzkihad hit a solo homer in the top of the inning to give Colorado a 5 – 4 lead. It is the first game won on a walk-off inside-the-parker in Giants history, and the first in the majors since Rey Sanchez had such a hit on June 11, 2004.
Josh Beckett of the Dodgers records the first no-hitter of the year by blanking the Phillies, 6-0. It is the first no-hitter by a Dodgers pitcher since Hideo Nomo pitched one in 1996, and the first nine-inning no-hitter by an opposing pitcher in Philadelphia since Bill Stoneman of the Montreal Expos back in 1969.
On a rainy night at Fenway Park, five Red Sox pitchers combine their efforts to tie the major league record of 20 strikeouts in a nine-inning game in a 6 – 2 win over the Rangers. Drew Pomeranz starts things off with 11 Ks in 6 innings; relievers Heath Hembree and Robby Scott notch two each and Matt Barnes one before Craig Kimbrel registers four in a wild 9th inning that features Nomar Mazara being awarded first base after striking out on a pitch that hits him on the back foot. Umpire Chad Fairchild misses that, calling a wild pitch instead of a hit batsman. Of the six 20-K games, the Red Sox have recorded three, Roger Clemens being responsible for two of them; it is the second time the feat has been recorded by multiple pitchers.
The Mariners obtain CF Denard Span and P Alex Colome from the Rays in return for Ps Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero. Span will help out a line-up hollowed by the 80-game suspension handed out to 2B Robinson Cano and an injury to CF Dee Gordon over the past couple of weeks, while the Rays continue the youth movement started during the spring.
The Padres set a franchise record with 7 homers in a 19 – 4 win over the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. Wil Myers and Hunter Renfroe hit two each while Austin Hedges blasts a grand slam off Edwin Jackson. Cal Quantrill is the beneficiary of this power display as he records his first career victory a short distance from his hometown of Port Hope, ON, while another local boy, Josh Naylor, collects his first three big league hits for the Padres in the game.
1999 – Carl Everett singles home Bill Spiers with the winning run for a 2-1, twelve-inning victory over the Rockies. Everett had also doubled home Jeff Bagwell in the eighth for the only other Houston run. Scott Elarton wins in relief as he, Mike Hampton and Billy Wagner limit Colorado to five hits.
1975 – Coming back from an early 6-0 deficit, the Astros tie the Expos in the ninth on Cesar Cedeno’s leadoff blast into the center field tunnel. Montreal’s Mike Jorgensen doubles off Joe Niekro in the 12th to snap the tie. Doug Rader cracks his third double and fifth hit of the game before Enos Cabell doubles to tie it again. Milt May’s bloop eludes three Expos for the game-winner to give Houston an 8-7 triumph.
1966 – Dave Nicholson goes four-for-four with a home run while John Bateman goes three-for-three with a homer and a triple as the Astros club the Mets, 7-1. Larry Dierker strikes out eight and hurls a complete-game five-hitter. Houston moves to 2-1/2 games back of the Giants in second place, the closest they would be to the top of the standings this deep into the season until 1972.