This Day In Baseball May 3
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Events for May 3
Tom O’Brien of the New York Giants receives perhaps the first intentional walk in major league history. In the 8th inning, with runners on second and third bases with one out, Ed Delahanty of the Philadelphia Phillies tells teammate pitcher Jack Fifield to walk O’Brien, who has hit well all day. Then next batter, Fred Hartman, hits into a double play.
The Philadelphia Phillies defeat the visiting New York Giants for the third time in a row, a come-from-behind 3 – 2 victory. The Phillies tie the score at two apiece when Gavvy Cravath hits a two-run pinch-homer in the 8th inning off Christy Mathewson. After the first two batters are retired in the 9th, Philadelphia pushes across a run to win.
1950 – New York Yankees pitcher Vic Raschi, troubled by the new rule that requires a one-second stop before delivery with men on base, balks four times in one game, a club record and two fewer than the single-season record. Nevertheless, Raschi wins, 4 – 3, over the Chicago White Sox. He will finish the season with six balks to tie the since-topped American League mark.
In an effort to fill the void in center field created by Joe DiMaggio’s retirement and Mickey Mantle’s recovery from last season’s knee surgery, the Yankees trade Jackie Jensen and right-hander Spec Shea to the Senators for veteran fly chaser Irv Noren. In 1958, Jensen will win the American League MVP playing for Boston.
The Toronto Maple Leafs play their home opener against the Jersey City Jerseys. Toronto outfielder Ellis Burton hits a two-run homer batting from the left side in the 8th inning – then hits a grand slam from the right side later in the frame. It is the first time in Organized Baseball history that a player has homered from both sides of the plate in one inning.
In his first and only at bat with the Baltimore Orioles, pitcher Buster Narum hits a home run off Don Mossi of the Cleveland Indians. Six days later, Narum will be optioned to Triple-A Rochester but will return to the majors next year with the Washington Senators, where he will hit two more home runs. Narum becomes the first pitcher to have more homers than wins in a season, but he will be matched on September 2nd by Ed Hobaugh, and in 1992 by Dave Eiland.
5/3/1986: In the bottom of the third inning at Fenway Park, Dwight Evans hit a fly ball that struck the light tower above the wall in left center field and bounced back into the field. Although it struck above the wall, it was ruled in play, and Evans only reached second on the hit, which came off Chris Codiroli of Oakland.
Texas starter Ken Hill yields a one-out first-inning infield single to Bobby Higginson before going on to retire the next 26 batters in the team’s 11-0 victory at Tiger Stadium. Tomorrow, the Ranger right-hander’s effort will be matched by teammate Roger Pavlik, who will also give up only one hit against Detroit, making it the first time in 79 years in the American League that a team has thrown consecutive one-hitters.
In the second game of a home-and-home series, the Cuban national team, facing major league competition in the United States for the first time, defeats the struggling Orioles at Camden Yards, 12-6. In March, Baltimore, after being greeted by Fidel Castro, prevailed at Havana’s Estadio Latinoamericano, edging Cuba in 11 innings, 3-2.
In a 12-11, 10-inning loss to the A’s, Red Sox rookie Creighton Gubanich becomes only the fourth player to blast a grand slam for his first major league hit. The reserve catcher joins Bill Duggleby (1898 – Phillies), Bobby Bonds (1968 – Giants), and Orlando Mercado (1982 -Mariners) in accomplishing the feat.
Johnny Oates resigns as the Texas Rangers manager and will be replaced by the team’s third base coach Jerry Narron. A poor start of 11-17 due to a lack of pitching, and owner Tom Hicks’s high expectations after signing prized free agent Alex Rodriguez, had led to speculation the Texas skipper would soon be fired.
Johnny Oates resigns as the Ranger manager and will be replaced by the team’s third base coach Jerry Narron. A poor start of 11-17 due to a lack of pitching, and owner Tom Hicks’ high expectations after signing prized free agent Alex Rodriguez, had led to the speculation the Texas skipper would soon be fired.
Similar to last season, the aging outfielder Rickey Henderson re-signs with the Atlantic League’s Bears, hoping for a shot of returning to the big leagues. The 45 year-old future Hall of Famer batted .339, hit eight home runs, drove in 33 runs, scored 52 runs, and stole nine bases for the Newark team last season before joining the Dodgers in July.
With a 9-0 margin, a state legislative committee votes to approve a bill which will require the Los Angeles Angels, formerly known as the Anaheim Angels, to disclose on all promotional materials, including tickets, ads and team publications, that the team is based in Anaheim. Using the example of an orange juice company selling OJ that contains no oranges, California Assemblyman Tom Umberg, the bill’s sponsor, says he is trying to promote truth in sports advertising.
With a 9-0 margin, a state legislative committee votes to approve a bill, which will require the Los Angeles Angels, formerly known as the Anaheim Angels, to disclose on all promotional material, including tickets, ads, and team publications that the team is based in Anaheim. Using the example of an orange juice company selling OJ that contains no oranges, California Assemblyman Tom Umberg, the bill’s sponsor, says he is is trying to promote truth in sports advertising.
Jonathan Papelbon of the Boston Red Sox gives up his first run of the season since becoming Boston’s closer, allowing Russ Adams’ tie-breaking double in the 9th inning that gives the Toronto Blue Jays a 7 – 6 victory at Fenway Park. Papelbon was named the American League rookie of the month with 10 saves in 10 tries and a 0.00 ERA in April.
Jose Lopez bloops an RBI single in the bottom of the 15th inning to give Seattle an 8 – 7 victory over Oakland in the longest game played this season so far. The Mariners rally to tie the game at 4-all on Kenji Johjima’s home run in the 9th, then mount a three-run comeback in the 13th. Jason Vargas is the winner in his first major league appearance since 2007.
Brett Cecil, feeling dizzy and congested, pitches the best game of his career as he throws six perfect innings in Toronto’s 5 – 1 win over Cleveland. A one-out walk to Grady Sizemore in the 7th breaks the perfecto and is followed by Jhonny Peralta’s single. Cecil is the fourth different Blue Jays pitcher to carry a no-hitter into the 7th inning this year; he allows just the one hit in 8 innings and strikes out 10.
Francisco Liriano’s first complete game in his six-year major league career is a no-hitter, a 1-0 gem thrown against the White Sox at a chilly U.S. Cellular Field. The Twins’ 27 year-old southpaw entered the game with a 2-4 record along with a 9.13 ERA, fueling speculation that he was in danger of losing his spot in the Minnesota rotation.
The great Mariano Rivera, baseball’s all-time save leader, suffers a torn ligament in his right knee while shagging fly balls during batting practice before the Yankees’ game with the Royals. He is carted off the field, and at 42, the injury appears to be career-ending, but he will be back to pitch a final season in 2013.
Rob Cordemans moves into third place on the all-time Hoofdklasse strikeout leader board in a 10 – 1 Amsterdam Pirates win over HCAW. He fans rookie Peter van Doesburg to tie Craig McGinnis at 1,571 then passes him later in the inning by whiffing Randy Reiph. Only Bart Volkerijk (1,942) and Peter Callenbach (1,636) are still ahead of Cordemans.
Sparks continue to fly between the Orioles and Red Sox. The whole ruckus started on April 21st, when Boston 2B Dustin Pedroia was spiked on a hard slide by Manny Machado and had to miss a few games. On April 23rd, Matt Barnes was ejected for throwing a pitch behind Machado and was handed a four-game suspension. When the teams meet again at Fenway Park this week, more incidents follow: on May 1st, Orioles CF Adam Jonesdenounces racial slurs directed at him by spectators, prompting the Red Sox to apologize and take action by banning the offending patron. But bad blood flows again when Chris Sale throws a fastball at Machado the next day eliciting only a warning. Major League Baseball warns both teams to be on their best behavior before today’s game, but in the 2nd inning, Orioles P Kevin Gausman hits Xander Bogaerts and is tossed, even if the pitch was a curveball. Umpire Sam Holbrook explains that “there needs to be an end to this stuff”. For good measure, Jones is tossed out as well in the 5th, but for arguing balls and strikes. When the dust settles, Boston wins the game, 4 – 2, behind Drew Pomeranz and Craig Kimbrel.
The Mariners announce that they have released 44-year-old OF Ichiro Suzuki, who is hitting .205 with no extra-base hits in 15 games and that he will stay on as a special assistant to the Chairman. He insists it is not the end of his career, as he plans to try out for the team again in 2019. “I’ll retire when I start using a cane”, as he puts it.
On what was supposed to be a rest day, the Indians and Blue Jays split an interminable doubleheader, scheduled to replace two games postponed by weather in April. In the first game, which was originally scheduled to take place on Jackie Robinson Day, the two teams wear uniform number 42 and Toronto wins a wild contest, 13 – 11, thanks to a 11th-inning grand slam by Yangervis Solarte, who has a five-hit game. That game starts after a two-hour rain delay, then Cleveland wins the nitecap, 13 – 4, thanks to a nine-run 5th inning. The win is the 1,500th of Terry Francona’s managerial career.
2019 – Josh Phegley drives in 8 runs, thanks to a pair of bases-loaded doubles, a run-scoring single and a solo homer, to lead the Athletics to a 14 – 1 win over the Pirates. He sets a team record for most RBIs in a game by a catcher. The A’s rack up 16 hits, including three-hit game by Matt Chapman and Kendrys Morales. Even P Brett Anderson gets into the act, as he picks up two hits and reaches on an error, in addition to getting credit for the win.
1980 – Bill Virdon picks up his 356th win as a Houston manager, setting a team record, as the Astros edge St. Louis, 4-2. Vern Ruhle is the hero, going 8-2/3rds innings for the win, producing two hits and driving in a run. Terry Puhl and Jose Cruz supply two hits apiece. Joe Sambito nails the final out for the save.
1974 – Astros get an assist from part of the Astrodome crowd as they drop the Cardinals, 4-1. Two female fans run nude through the outfield during the seventh-inning stretch. The distracted Cards give up three runs in the bottom half of the frame. A two-run single by Doug Rader is the key hit. Claude Osteen goes the distance.