This Day In Baseball May 30
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Events for May 30
5/30/1903: In the top of the first, the Phillies had a runner on 1b and two out. Bill Keister hit a ball off Henry Schmidt that got past the Brooklyn fielders into lcf and he ran all the way around for an IPHR. However, umpire Johnson ruled that he cut 2b (not touching it) and Keister ended up with an RBI single.
In the first game of a scheduled Memorial Day doubleheader in the Three-I League, the Decatur Commodores defeat the Bloomington Bloomers, 2 – 1, in 26 innings. It is the longest professional game played until that time, and won’t be topped until 1960. Both pitchers, Ed Clark for Bloomington, and Otto Burns, making his first professional pitching appearance for Decatur, go all the way. SS Mark Purtell, a .130 hitter for the year, drives in the winning run. The second game of the twinbill is postponed by darkness.
5/30/1922: It was the bottom of the tenth in the first game of a Memorial Day doubleheader in Philadelphia. Butch Henline of the Phils batted with the score tied and runners on 1b and 3b. He hit the ball into the lf bleachers for a game-ending homer. However, after Tilly Walker scored from 3b, Henline stopped at 2b. Thus he gave up a homer for a double. Considering he only hit 40 home runs in his career it should have been a bigger deal. Maybe winning the game was enough (what a concept!)
Rogers Hornsby is named manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, replacing Branch Rickey, who remains as general manager. Hornsby will be the only player-manager to win the Triple Crown, which he does by topping a .400 batting average for the third time in four years, hitting .403 with 39 home runs and 143 RBI. Hornsby assumes his new position halfway through a twin bill in Forbes Field, both ends of which are won by the World Series-bound Bucs, and each of which feature opposite field home runs from Rajah.
In the fourth inning of a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, shortstop Jimmy Cooney of the Chicago Cubs catches a line drive off Paul Waner, steps on second base to retire Lloyd Waner and then tags Clyde Barnhart coming from first base for an unassisted triple play. This is the second time Cooney has participated in an unassisted triple play; the first time came as a victim in Glenn Wright’s triple killing on May 7, 1925.
5/30/1930: In the first game of a Memorial Day doubleheader, Dodger Del Bissonette batted against Claude Willoughby of the Phillies in the bottom of the fourth inning with runners on first and second. As Bissonette’s fly ball neared the fence, Babe Herman, fearing a catch, stopped. Bissonette didn’t see Herman and passed him. He was called out by umpire Cy Pfirman and was credited with a 2-RBI single.
Ben Chapman breaks up Earl Whitehill’s no-hitter in the bottom of the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Last season, the Bronx Bomber left fielder, after being provoked, hit the right-hander with a punch in the passageway, causing a melee between the two teams that resulted in a 20-minute delay of the game before the police could restore order.
With contests played in Rockford (Illinois) and Racine (Wisconsin), the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League begins the first season of its 12-year existence. The original AAGPBL four-team circuit, which also includes the war-production cities of Kenosha (Wisconsin) and South Bend (Indiana), will attract 176,612 baseball enthusiasts during the league’s inaugural season.
5/30/1944 – In the first game of a double header, catcher Spud Davis and pitcher Joe Vitelli were inserted into the game in a double switch in the bottom of the sixth inning. In the top of the eighth, Davis batted in Vitelli’s spot and singled. However, when the Dodgers pointed out the mistake, Vitelli was called out and Davis batted again. This time he grounded out.
In Boston’s 10-8 victory over the Dodgers, Bama Rowell’s long drive hits the Bulova clock located above the right field scoreboard, making the left-fielder the first major leaguer to reach the famous landmark at Ebbets Field. The crushing four-bagger, that shatters the face of the clock causing glass to cascade onto Dodgers right fielder Dixie Walker, is believed to be the inspiration for author Bernard Malamud having Roy Hobbs, the hero of his 1952 novel, The Natural, belt a similar home run, which also rains glass over the diamond.
Mickey Mantle hits a home run that comes within a foot-and-a-half of leaving Yankee Stadium. It hits the face of the upper deck in right field, 370 feet from home plate and 117 feet in the air. Mantle also becomes the first player in major league history to hit 20 home runs by the end of May as the Yankees beat the Washington Senators, 4 – 3.
A shoving match, after a home-plate collision between Lou Piniella and Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk, escalates into an ugly bench-clearing brawl. Yankee third baseman Graig Nettles and Boston’s Bill Lee fight so fiercely that the ‘Spaceman’ suffers a separation of his left shoulder, significantly affecting the remainder of his pitching career.
Cal Ripken’s�2,632 record�consecutive game streak, which will span 17 seasons, begins with the Oriole rookie going 0-for-2, batting eighth in a 6-0 loss to Toronto at Memorial Stadium.�The 21 year-old infielder plays third base, his position for the first 27 games of the streak, before becoming the team’s everyday shortstop, en route to surpassing Lou Gehrig’s remarkable feat in 1995.
Vernon Wells hits three home runs for the first time in his career and Troy Glaus homers twice to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to an 8 – 5 victory over the Boston Red Sox. It’s the first time two Toronto players have had multi-homer games together since Carlos Delgado hit three and Raul Mondesi hit two on April 20, 2001, against Kansas City. Gustavo Chacin (6-1) is the winning pitcher, Josh Beckett (7-2) the loser.
Craig Biggio ties Hank Aaron for ninth place on the major league career doubles list with his 624th in the Astros’ 6 – 3 victory over St. Louis. Biggio now has 2,850 hits, two more than Brooks Robinson for 40th place in the all-time list. Just yesterday, Biggio became the 23rd major leaguer to reach 10,000 at-bats.
Toronto’s third baseman Howie Clark, believing he hears teammate John McDonald calling to make the play, allows Jorge Posada’s ninth-inning pop fly to land on the ground untouched for an RBI single. The Blue Jays, convinced it was baserunner Alex Rodriguez’ voice which caused the infielder to back off the play, become incensed, describing the Yankee superstar’s behavior as bush league.
The University of Texas at Austin defeats Boston College, 3 – 2, in 25 innings – the longest game in NCAA history. 191 plate appearances, 171 at-bats, and 42 strikeouts are all new records established by the two teams. Texas’ Travis Tucker and Michael Torres each have 12 at-bats; Texas first baseman Preston Clark has 33 putouts; each of these are new marks for individuals in a single game. Austin Wood pitches 18 relief innings for the win.
Torii Hunter hits a dramatic two-run homer in the 9th inning off the Royals’ Joakim Soria to collect his 1,000th career RBI and give the Angels a 10 – 8 win. Hunter has two homers and 4 RBI on the day. After the game, the Royals announce that Soria is being replaced by rookie Aaron Crow as the team’s closer.
The Tigers beat the Twins, 7 – 6, on a controversial 8th-inning double by Alex Avila. Avila hits a low line drive down the third base line that rolls into foul territory; two fans stretch over the railing and attempt to grab the ball, which goes past them, skips on the concrete base of the stands, and bounces into another group of fans, hitting one in the chest, before ending its run back in foul territory. Umpire Gary Darling calls fan interference and sends runner Jhonny Peralta, who was on first base, all the way home, ruling that the first spectators deflected the ball’s trajectory and that Peralta would have otherwise scored. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire comes out to argue but loses the argument, is ejected, and Peralta’s run is the deciding one in the game.
Normally one of the weakest-hitting team in the majors, the Mariners explode for 21 runs in beating Texas, 21 – 8. Justin Smoak hits a pair of three-run homers, Dustin Ackley also hits a three-run shot, Jesus Monterohomers, and Kyle Seager adds 4 hits and 2 RBI in the outburst. The 21 runs are the most scored by a team this season.
The Mets complete a four-game sweep of the Yankees with a 3 – 1 win behind the pitching of Dillon Gee, who strikes out a career-high 12 batters in 7 1/3 innings. It is the first time the Mets have ever swept a Subway Series against the Bronx Bombers, as those are the only four games the two teams will play against each other this year.
The host Houston Astros win the annual Civil Rights Game, 2 – 1, over the Orioles, for their seventh straight win. Brett Oberholtzer is a winner over Miguel Gonzalez. At the Beacon Awards luncheon which precedes the game, Major League Baseball honors a number of Civil Rights pioneers, including poet Maya Angelou, who passed away earlier in the week.
The Mets become the first team to have three players appear in a game whose last name begins with a lower case ‘d’, when Travis d’arnaud, Jacob deGrom, and Matt den Dekker all play in the Mets’ 6-5 walk-off loss to Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park. After having to use an upside-down capital ‘P’ on d’arnaud’s jersey last season due to lack of lower case letters, New York equipment manager Kevin Kierst asked Majestic, MLB’s uniform supplier, to make ‘small’ uniform letters available, knowing there would be even more of a need this season.
The Dodgers snap a 42-inning scoreless road streak in beating the Cardinals, 5 -1. They are held hitless for five innings by Michael Wacha to beat an unenviable club record dating back to 1908, until a run-scoring single by Howie Kendrick in the 6th puts the team on the board a three-run homer by Yasmani Grandal gives them the lead. It is Wacha’s first loss after opening the year with seven straight wins.
In his first game back since undergoing Tommy John surgery, Nathan Eovaldi pitches 6 hitless innings for the Rays against the Athletics. Manager Kevin Cash decides to remove Eovaldi in order not to overstress him and Wilmer Font gives up a single to Jed Lowrie in the 7th for the A’s lone hit. Tampa Bay wins, 6 – 0.
1981 – Rafael Landestoy steals a base and scores on a single by Terry Puhl as Houston outlasts the Giants, 8-7, in 14 innings. The Astros blew a lead in the ninth then blew a three-run lead in the 13th before putting this one away. Houston tallies 21 hits in the effort, including three by Joe Niekro.
1978 – J.R. Richard tosses three wild pitches in the seventh inning, wasting his own three-hitter in the process. His last errant one allows Larry Herndon to trot home with the only run in a 1-0 defeat by Bob Knepper and San Francisco. The wild pitches tie a record Richard had already tied once that season.
1976 – The Astros set a team record with 25 hits in the nightcap of a doubleheader sweep of the Braves. 23 of the hits are singles in the 16-5 victory. Jerry Davanon delivers three hits and drives in five. Cliff Johnson contributes four. Houston scores eight in the first three frames to cruise to the sweep. Tom Griffin is the winner in the 5-2 opener.
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