This Day In Baseball May 27
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Events for May 27
In an American League game featuring a major league record-setting 44 assists by both teams, the Cleveland Naps defeat the St. Louis Browns, 5 – 2. The National League-high assist marks of April 23, 1903 and May 15, 1909 (both between the New York Giants and Cincinnati Reds) fall short of today’s record. Addie Joss for Cleveland and Barney Pelty for St. Louis are the pitchers as each team records 22 assists.
Play is halted in the seventh inning of the Braves-Giants game at the Polo Grounds so the crowd of 17,009 and players can listen to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s radio address over the stadium’s P.A. system. After FDR announces the Proclamation of an Unlimited National Emergency, the tied 1-1 contest is resumed after a 45-minute delay.
A large ad appears in the Minnesota Sunday Times asking the local fans for their continued support of the Millers despite the promotion of the team’s phenom to the major leagues. Giants owner Horace Stoneham explains Willie Mays’ performance, compiling a .477 batting average while hitting safely in 33 of 35 games, has warranted the young outfielder’s move to the Polo Grounds in New York.
Baltimore Orioles catcher Clint Courtney uses an oversized mitt in an effort to handle the pitches of knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm. The mitt, designed by Baltimore managerPaul Richards, is 50 percent larger than the standard. Courtney handles Wilhelm’s pitches flawlessly in a 3 – 2 win over the Yankees. The oversized mitt will later be banned.
Orioles catcher Clint Courtney becomes the first backstop to use the big knuckleball glove, an innovation of manager Paul Richards. The larger mitt, which has a 45-inch circumference, helps as knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm goes the distance in Baltimore’s 3-2 victory at Yankee Stadium in a game that doesn’t feature a wild pitch or a passed ball.
Roberto Clemente’s longest clout? Not nearly. His longest out? Could be. In the 8th inning, with a runner on second and two men out, with the Pirates down by two, Clemente tees off and delivers what is quite possibly the longest out of his career, a missile headed for the deepest reaches of Forbes Field. Collared by the Phillies’ Tony Gonzalez near the flag pole, this 450-foot blast is called by Clemente, in a conversation with Les Biederman of The Sporting News, one of the hardest balls he’s ever hit.
After Lenny Randle drops to his hands and knees in an attempt to ‘encourage’ Amos Otis’ slow roller to go foul, umpire Larry McCoy accuses the Mariner third baseman of blowing the ball foul. Randle’s explanation that he was merely yelling at the ball not to stay fair is initially convincing until Royals’ manager Jim Frey complains.
Mario Soto, Cincinnati’s starting pitcher, is ejected from the game when he shoves Steve Rippley, the third base umpire who called Ron Cey’s foul ball down the left field line a home run. Although the decision will be reversed, the Reds’ right-hander will also attack Cubs coach Don Zimmer, prompting National League president Chub Feeney to suspended the fiery fireballer for five games, the first of the two suspensions he will be given this season.
“How do you fine a bat boy?” – WILLIAM CUTLER, president of the Pacific LeaguePortland Beavers bat boy Sam Morris is thrown out of a game by umpire Pam Postema for refusing to retrieve a folding chair that his ejected manager Lee Elia had hurled into right field during an animated tirade. The 14 year-old junior high school student, who declined to follow the arbitrator’s directive out of loyalty to his skipper, will not have to pay the $25 fine, which is usually automatic for being tossed from a PCL game.
Ken Griffey, Jr. of the Seattle Mariners breaks his own major league record for home runs hit through May by connecting for his 23rd of the season in an 11 – 10 loss to Minnesota. Griffey breaks the mark he set in 1994 with 22 homers. In the same game, Mariners second baseman Joey Cora extends his hitting streak to 22 games, to set a team record and tie the American League mark for switch-hitters.
The Cincinnati Reds retire the Number 24 jersey worn by Hall of Famer Tony Perez, making it just the sixth to be retired by the oldest professional baseball organization. The former first baseman joins Fred Hutchinson (1), Johnny Bench (5), Joe Morgan (8), Ted Kluszewski (18) and Frank Robinson (20) in this hallowed club. Ken Griffey, Jr., after being acquired by the Reds in the off-season, agrees to switch his uniform number from 24 to 30, the number worn by his father, Ken Griffey Sr., as a member of the Big Red Machine.
In Atlanta, Georgia, the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a decision preventing the Florida attorney general from investigating Major League Baseball’s 2001 attempt to eliminate two teams. The 11th circuit decision, by Judges Gerald B. Tjoflat, Susan H. Black and Richard W. Goldberg, is based on the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and state law rather than the sport’s antitrust exemption and is considered to be a major victory by the commissioner’s office.
In Atlanta, the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a decision that prevents the Florida attorney general from investigating the 2001 attempt by MLB to eliminate two teams. The 11th circuit decision of Judges Gerald B. Tjoflat, Susan H. Black, and Richard W. Goldberg, considered to be a major victory by the commissioner’s office, is based on the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and state law rather than the sport’s antitrust exemption.
At Fenway Park, Curt Schilling becomes the 104th pitcher in major league history to reach 200 wins in the 6 – 4 triumph over Tampa Bay. Trot Nixon has three RBI, Mark Loretta goes 3 for 5 with an RBI, and Jonathan Papelbon notches his 18th save in as many opportunities, extending his major league record. Schilling becomes only the fourth pitcher to earn his 200th win while in a Red Sox uniform, joining Lefty Grove (1934), Ferguson Jenkins (1976) and Luis Tiant (1978).
The Indians complete a triple steal during a 8 – 2 win over the ChiSox. It is the first in the majors in 21 years. With a 5 – 2 score in the 6th and the bases loaded, Ehren Wassermann tries to pick Jamey Carroll off first base. While Carroll is in a rundown, David Dellucci dashes for home and beats Paul Konerko’s throw to Toby Hall. Grady Sizemoreswipes third on the play while Carroll successfully makes it to second.
When Jamie Carroll is caught off first base by White Sox pitcher Ehren Wasserman’s fake throw to third and gets into a rundown, David Dellucci, the runner on third, breaks for home and scores on first baseman Paul Konerko’s throw in the dirt, which also allows Carroll to reach second and Grady Sizemore, the runner on second, to move to third base. Chuck Murr, official scorer of the Indians’ 8-2 victory over the White Sox, credits all three runners with stolen bases, making it the first triple steal to be accomplished since 1987 when Atlanta pulled it off against Houston.
With a 44-0 record and needing just one more win to become the first undefeated team in N.C.A.A. baseball history, Connecticut’s Trinity College loses to Johns Hopkins 4-3. The loss sets up a winner-take-all in the Division III World Series in which the Hartford-based school scores a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth to win the game, 5-4, and the national championship.
Mike Pelfrey pitches the Mets’ third consecutive shutout over the Phillies, 3 – 0 at Citi Field. The Phillies’ hitting woes started even before coming to New York, when they were shut out for eight innings by veteran knuckleballer Tim Wakefield two days before facing the Mets. The Mets’ own knuckleballer, R.A. Dickey, baffled the Phils in the first game of the series, followed by Japanese rookie Hisanori Takahashi in the second game. The Mets have only swept a series with three shutouts one other time in their history, during their Amazin’ year of 1969, also against Philadelphia.
Jason Hammel of the Rockies sets a personal best with 8 strikeouts before he runs into trouble in the 6th inning of a game against the Diamondbacks. He departs with a 3 – 2 lead, but the Rockies’ hitters go on a late-game power surge, with Seth Smith, Carlos Gonzalez and Ryan Spilborghs hitting consecutive 7th-inning home runs to seal an 8 – 2 win. The Rockies have won 7 of 8, keeping pace in the surprisingly competitive NL West with the San Diego Padres, who have been making headlines with a sub-3.00 team ERA, and the surging Los Angeles Dodgers, who are 17-7 in May.
SS Brandon Crawford hits a grand slam in his first major league game to lead the Giants to a 5 – 4 win over Milwaukee. Tim Lincecum is the winner over Shaun Marcum. The Giants get a scare in the 8th when Prince Fielder bowls over C Eli Whiteside in a collision at the plate; the play comes only two days after starting catcher Buster Posey was lost for the season with a broken ankle as the result of a similar collision, but Whiteside is okay and can complete the game.
The Rockies and Reds combine for 9 home runs, the most ever hit in a single game at Great American Ballpark, as the Reds prevail, 7 – 5. Mat Latos allows 5 hits in 7 1/3 innings – all of them solo homers – to pick up the win; Jamie Moyer who has surrendered more long balls than anyone in major league history, adds another four to his total. 8 different players go deep, with Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez the only man to do so twice.
Paul Konerko hits his 400th homer in a White Sox uniform, a three-run shot off Ubaldo Jimenez in the 4th, to lead Chicago to a 12 – 6 win over Cleveland, completing a three-game sweep. Konerko is now batting .399 for the year and the Sox have moved to within half a game of the AL Central-leading Indians.
A sign bearing the likeness of Mike Piazza connecting for his decisive eighth-inning home run in the Mets’ 3-2 victory against Atlanta in the first professional sports event in New York City following the terrorist attacks of 9/11 proves to be the winning entry in the Mets’ revival of Banner Day, a team tradition started in 1963 that lasted until 1996. The artwork, created by cousins Olivia Nuzzo and Stephanie Giangrande, included a section of the NYC’s former skyline, with the WTC towers silhouetted above Piazza’s heroic homer in mid-swing above the words, “The home run that helped heal N.Y. God Bless America. Let’s Go Mets.”
Yu Darvish adds to his major league-leading strikeout total by fanning 14 batters, matching a career high, but he gives up a two-run game-tying homer to Didi Gregorius in the 8th, and the Rangers surrender another run in the 9th, as Arizona completes a doubleheader sweep, 5 – 3 and 5 – 4. The D-Backs’ Tyler Skaggs strikes out 9 and picks up the win in the opener in a one-day call-up from the minors.
Things have not been going so well on the mound for Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo this year, but today it’s with his bat that he gives his team a win. Called upon as a pinch-hitter in the 10th inning against the Orioles, he hits a double off T.J. McFarland to drive in Mark Reynolds from first base for a 7 – 6 win. The Orioles had walked Reynolds intentionally with two outs and the bases empty, knowing P Francisco Rodriguez was due up next and that Milwaukee had used all of its position players already. However, Gallardo, who boasts a lifetime .202 batting average and 12 homers, makes them pay for their presumption that pitchers cannot hit.
The Dodgers and Braves complete a six-player trade, with 3B Juan Uribe and P Chris Withrow headed to Atlanta in return for IF Alberto Callaspo and Ps Eric Stults, Ian Thomas and Juan Jaime. Callaspo originally blocked the trade, as is his right as a player who was signed as a free agent before the season, but changes his mind after thinking about it for a day.
SUNY Cortland wins the 2015 Division III College World Series for their first national title. Trailing the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 2-1 in the 9th, Cortland scores five times in the 9th to avoid a game 3. Nick Hart singled in Matthew Michalski with the tying run and Justin Teague with the winning run. Seth Lamando got the win and Conrad Ziemendorf was named Most Outstanding Player.
A game between between the Astros and Indians begins as a pitcher’s duel between Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, former college teammates and rivals at UCLA, but ends with a 10 – 9 Indians win in 14 innings. Bauer strikes out 13 in 7 1/3 innings for Cleveland, while Cole has 8 in 7 innings. Both bullpens falter however, as Houston scores 6 runs in the 8th, but Cleveland comes back with 5 in the bottom of the 9th to force extra innings. Evan Gattis hits a three-run homer off Ben Taylor for the Astros, before three relievers allow 7 hits to the Indians in the 9th, with a two-out, two-run single by Michael Brantley being the key blow. The two teams exchange solo home runs in the 13th, with Gattis going deep again and Yonder Alonso replying, before Greg Allen homers off Brad Peacock’s first pitch of the bottom of the 14th to end the game.
Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers continues to have a superlative season. Today, in a 9 – 5 win over the Mets, he hits his 19th homer of the year and also throws out two baserunners. He nabs Michael Conforto at home in the 1st, and then gets Carlos Gomez at third base in the 8th, completing a double play on a throw from just in front of the warning track in right field.
1968 – San Diego and Montreal are awarded NL expansion teams for 1969 and Dallasites are quick to blame Houston’s Judge Roy Hofheinz for the snub. Montreal doesn’t even have a minor league team at the time. One Dallas paper prints a picture of the judge with a bullseye over it. The Astros celebrate by clubbing the Dodgers, 10-1. Dallas-Ft. Worth would get the old Washington Senators team in 1972. Elsewhere, Jeff Bagwell is born in Boston, MA. He owns many records for the Astros, including the career marks for home runs and runs batted in.
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