This Day In Baseball May 26
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Events for May 26
In Chicago, Tiger outfielder Ty Cobb becomes the first player to collect 1,000 career extra-base hits when he doubles in Detroit’s 8-1 win over the White Sox. The ‘Georgia Peach,’ who surpassed Honus Wagner’s record of 993 earlier in the season, will finish his 24-year major league career with 1,139.
5/26/1932 – The Dodgers had trouble with their lineup in a game at the Polo Grounds. The official sheet had George Kelly batting seventh and Al Lopez eighth. The latter batted one spot early but struck out to end the second inning. Kelly then started the third inning out of turn but also struck out. Then pitcher Watty Clark made an out as an out of turn batter. The second trip through the lineup the three batsmen strode to the plate in the same incorrect order. This time Kelly homered to left but no protest was made by the Giants. With two out in the sixth inning after Tony Cuccinello doubled and Glenn Wright was passed, Lopez singled to center to score Cuccinello with Wright thrown out trying for third. The McGrawmen protested to umpire Cy Rigler. He called Kelly out and wiped the run off the board. The Giants tied the score in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings. Brooklyn won the game in twelve innings, 3-2 when Lopez scored the winning run on Johnny Frederick’s base hit.
Appearing as pinch hitters, Cleveland’s Billy Sullivan and Bruce Campbell both homer, marking the first time that two batters on the same team have hit pinch round-trippers in an American League game. The off-the-bench home run heroics prove to be the difference when the Indians beat Philadelphia at Shibe Park, 8-6.
Having launched a lunar expedition out to somewhere well beyond Forbes Field’s distant left-center bricks just four days ago on May 22nd, Josh Gibson dispatches an only slightly less ambitious mission into the right-center bleachers of Yankee Stadium, leading the Homestead Grays to an 11 – 8 triumph over New York Black Yankees and into first place in the Negro National League. This makes it four wins in a row for the Grays, three of them over the cellar-dwelling Yankees. The Baltimore Afro-American estimates Gibson’s blast at 440 feet, hailing it as “one of the longest ever hit at Yankee Stadium.”
The record for the largest crowd to attend a single game in baseball history is set when 74,747 fans, not including the 1,140 people who get their money back when it turns out there is no place left to stand after buying standing room tickets, watch the Yankees beat Boston, 9-3, in a Monday evening tilt at the Bronx ballpark. The previous mark was set in 1932 at Cleveland’s spacious Municipal Stadium with a Sunday afternoon game attracting 73,592 patrons to witness Philadelphia’s 1-0 victory over the hometown Indians, a contest that takes only an hour and fifty minutes to complete.
Cubs rookie Dick Drott establishes a franchise record when he strikes out 15 batters en route to a complete-game victory over Milwaukee at Wrigley Field. The 20 year-old right-hander’s mark, accomplished in his seventh major league start, will be matched by Burt Hooton (1971) and Rick Sutcliffe (1984) and will remain the standard for a nine-inning game until Kerry Wood’s 20-K performance in 1998.
Harvey Haddix of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches one of the most remarkable games in major league history. Haddix tosses 12 perfect innings, retiring the first 36 Milwaukee Braves batters he faces, before losing the perfect game in the 13th inning when Felix Mantilla reaches first base on an error. After a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk to Hank Aaron, Haddix surrenders an apparent three-run home run to Joe Adcock. Aaron leaves the field, and Adcock passes him on the basepaths. Adcock’s blast is called a double as Mantilla scores the winning run. Lew Burdette of the Braves goes all the way for a 12-hit, 1 – 0 shutout.
In another of Bill Veeck’s stunts, 3′ 7″ Eddie Gaedel returns to a major league field along with three other midgets. Arriving by helicopter and dressed as Martians, the quartet drops onto the Comiskey Park infield and shakes hands with second baseman Nellie Fox and shortstop Luis Aparicio, giving them toy ray guns as the public announcer informs the 40,000 plus in attendance that the “extraterrestrials” have arrived to help the somewhat short keystone double play combo in their struggle with giant earthlings.
5/26/1959: Joe Adcock lost a homer in what had been Harvey Haddix’ perfect game. In the bottom of the 13th inning, after Felix Mantilla reached on an error and was sacrificed to second, Hank Aaron was intentionally walked. Adcock then hit his home run. However, Aaron didn’t know the ball left the park, so he returned to the dugout and Adcock was called out for passing Aaron, which nullified the homer, but Mantilla scored on the play, Adcock was credited with a double, and the game ended in a 1-0, one hitter loss for Haddix.
In another of Bill Veeck’s stunts, 3-feet 7 inch Eddie Gaedel returns to a major league field along with three other little people. Arriving by helicopter and dressed as Martians, the quartet shakes hands with Nellie Fox and Luis Aparicio near second base on Comiskey Park’s infield and gives them toy ray guns as the PA announcer informs the crowd the ETs have arrived to help the somewhat short keystone combo in their struggle with giant earthlings.
The Yankees trade Jerry Lumpe, Tom Sturdivant, and right-hander Johnny Kucks, the first player in franchise history to throw a shutout in Game 7 of the Fall Classic, to the A’s in exchange for Hector Lopez and Ralph Terry. In three years, Terry will become the only other Bronx Bomber hurler to pitch a shutout in the seventh game of a World Series.
In a scoreless game at Anaheim Stadium, Ken Brett of the Chicago White Sox has a no-hitter with two outs in the 9th inning when Jerry Remy of the California Angels hits a slow roller down the third base line. Third baseman Jorge Orta lets the ball roll and, in a controversial ruling, it’s scored as a hit, though many think it ought to be ruled an error. Brett then gives up a hit in the 10th to former teammmate Bill Melton but wins the game, 1 – 0, in 11 innings.
Ken Brett’s no-hit bid ends with two outs in the ninth when White Sox third baseman Jorge Orta hopes Jerry Remy’s slow roller will go foul. The ball stays fair, and the no-hitter is lost, but the southpaw, who tosses ten innings of two-hit ball, gets the victory when the Pale Hose beat California in the 11th, 1-0.
Curt Schilling of the Arizona Diamondbacks takes a no-hitter into the 8th inning against the San Diego Padres before Ben Davis breaks it up with a bunt single. Schilling allows a run in the 9th and finishes with a three-hit, 3 – 1 victory. There is controversy surrounding Davis’s hit, as a few observers claim that he broke an unwritten rule by bunting with a no-hitter on the line.
Daryle Ward of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits for the cycle and ties his career best with six RBI in a 11 – 8 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. The feat has been done 23 times in Pittsburgh history and 243 times in the majors since 1882. Ward joins his father, Gary Ward, to become the first father/son combination in major league history to hit for the cycle. The senior Ward accomplished the feat on September 18, 1980, for the Minnesota Twins.
Angel Berroa hits a three-run home run in the 8th, and the Kansas City Royals escape a jam in the bottom of the 9th after a near two-hour rain delay, edging the New York Yankees, 7 – 6, to halt a 13-game losing streak, and one of 14 games at Yankee Stadium since 2005. The Royals’ 19-game losing streak from July 28-August 19 last season was the only mark longer in franchise history. Reggie Sanders hits his 299th career home run for Kansas City. Derek Jeter gets his 2,000th career hit in the contest, becoming the eighth player in Yankees history to reach the milestone.
Derek Jeter, with a dribbler up the third-base line for an infield single off KC’s Scott Elarton, becomes the eighth player in Yankee history to collect 2,000 career hits. The 31 year-old shortstop joins Yogi Berra, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Don Mattingly, Babe Ruth, and Bernie Williams in reaching the milestone.
The Yankees take two from the Twins at Target Field. First, in a resumption of yesterday’s game which was suspended by rain with no score, they win, 1 – 0, on a homer by Derek Jeter. They then win the regularly-scheduled game, 3 – 2, on a long ball by Nick Swisher against Jon Rauch in the 9th that gives Andy Pettitte the win. Mariano Rivera saves both wins.
The Rays are hearing footsteps, as a result of the Yankees’ wins and their own three-game sweep at home at the hands of Boston; they are now 3 1/2 games ahead of New York and 5 1/2 in front of Boston after losing 11 – 3. David Ortiz hits his 10th homer of the season – his 9th in May – against Matt Garza, while Adrian Beltre drives in 6 runs in support of John Lackey’s pitching.
New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon sells a minority stake in the team to investor David Einhorn for $200 million. Wilpon’s financial troubles, stemming from losses incurred in the Bernard Madoff fraudulent investment scheme, and from a $1 billion lawsuit from other victims of Madoff’s fraud, have been much talked about in recent weeks; the sale should give him some financial breathing room.
Mets P Johan Santana shows his old form, shutting out the Padres on 4 hits and fewer than 100 pitches. Scott Hairston hits a three-run homer in the 1st, soon followed by 32-year-old Vinny Rottino’s first big league homer to stake Santana an early 4 – 0 lead. The Mets put the game away with 5 runs off Dale Thayer in the 8th, topped by a grand slam by Mike Nickeas.
The Cubs lose their 11th straight, 3 – 2 to the Pirates, their longest losing streak since opening the 1997 season with 14 consecutive losses. The teams are tied at 2-all in the bottom of the 9th when Jose Tabata leads off with a single off Rafael Dolis, who then issues a pair of walks around two outs to load the bases; Matt Hague takes a pitch in the ribs to end the game on a walk-off hit-by-pitch.
The Angels win their 8th straight game, defeating the Royals, 5 – 2, completing a four-game sweep. The Royals have a 2 – 0 lead in the 7th, but the Angels score three times in the bottom of the frame, highlighted by Josh Hamilton’s home run, and tack on a pair of insurance runs in the 8th. Jerome Williams is the winner over Wade Davis.
Twenty-year and 95 days old rookie shortstop Jurickson Profar becomes the youngest player in 55 seasons to start a major league career with a home run when he goes deep off Seattle’s starter Hisashi Iwakuma in the Rangers’ 4-3 loss at Safeco Field. In 1958, Lou Klimchock accomplished the feat for the A’s at the age of 18 years, 348 days.
One day after teammate Josh Beckett’s no-hitter, the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu makes a bid to repeat the feat as he begins his start against the Reds with seven perfect innings before Todd Frazier doubles to lead off the 8th. No team has ever pitched back-to back no-hitters, but combined with the hitless 9th inning recorded by Paul Maholm on May 24th, the Dodgers tie a record set by the Angels in 2012 with 17 consecutive innings without allowing a hit. They win the game, 4 – 3.
Josh Donaldson has a great night at the plate as he reaches base in all five of his plate appearances, with four hits and a walk, scores 5 runs and drives in 4. His first hit is a 1st-inning solo homer off John Danks and his last one a walk-off three-run shot off closer David Robertson, giving the Blue Jays a 10 – 9 win over the White Sox.
Hall of Famer Wade Boggs became the tenth Red Sox player to have his number retired by the team. The third baseman’s number 26 joins 1 (Bobby Doerr), 4 (Joe Cronin), 6 (Johnny Pesky), 8 (Carl Yastrzemski), 9 (Ted Williams), 14 (Jim Rice), 27 (Carlton Fisk), 45 (Pedro Martinez), and 42 (Jackie Robinson) on Fenway’s historic right field facade.
Mike Trout has the first five-hit game of his career and drives in 4 runs to lead the Angels to an 11 – 4 win over the Yankees. The hits include three doubles and a homer which ties him for the AL lead. For the Yankees, Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge lead off the bottom of the 1st with back-to-back homers off Jaime Barria, the second of these making Judge the fastest player to reach 70 career homers. He has needed 231 games, two fewer than previous record holder Ryan Howard.
1990 – Glenn Davis mauls the Cubs at Wrigley Field during a doubleheader sweep. Davis swats two homers and a single for five RBIs in the 8-1 opener. In the nightcap, he adds another homer and two doubles with four RBIs to lead a 12-3 victory. Davis had been homerless for nearly three weeks before the twinbill.
1972 – Dave Roberts throws a complete game against the Dodgers, a 5-3 triumph, setting a team record with six consecutive complete games by the staff. Six different Astro hurlers take part. Roberts scatters five hits in this one which saw both managers ejected and Bob Watson robbed twice by the men in blue.
1971 – In the opener of a doubleheader in San Diego, Al Santorini starts against an Astro lineup stacked with seven lefty hitters. Santorini gets the first out and is yanked for lefty Dave Roberts. Houston wins, 2-1, behind Wade Blasingame. Santorini returns to start the nightcap, tossing six innings, but Larry Dierker bests him in an 8-0 one-hitter. The lone Padre hit was a broken-bat single by Ollie Brown in the seventh.
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