This Day In Baseball May 7
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Events for May 7
5/7/1891 – The Brooklyn Bridegrooms lineup in its home game against Philadelphia had the pitcher William “Adonis” Terry batting eighth followed by the catcher Tom Kinslow. However, Kinslow made the last out of the first inning batting ahead of Terry. Terry started the second inning with a double and was called out when Philadelphia pointed out the correct batting order.
The Cardinals trade Paul Derringer, Sparky Adams, and Allyn Stout to the Reds in exchange for shortstop Leo Durocher, Dutch Henry, and Jack Ogden. The deal, necessitated by Charlie Gelbert’s hunting accident, will be viewed as one of Branch Rickey’s biggest mistakes as Derringer will become a four-time 20-game winner for Cincinnati.
Vic Power becomes the first modern major leaguer to hit both a leadoff and walkoff home run in the same game. The A’s first baseman, who went deep off Hal Brown leading off the game, ends the contest in the 10th frame with a round-tripper off the right-hander, giving Kansas City a 3-2 victory over Baltimore.
After dropping their eighth straight decision, the Senators name Cookie Lavagetto to replace�Chuck Dressen, who compiled a meager 116-212 (.354) record during his two-plus seasons as the team’s manager. Washington’s new skipper will not fare much better, finishing the year in last place, 43 games behind the first-place Yankees.�
Indians’ hurler Herb Score suffers a season-ending injury when he’s struck in the face by Yankee Gil McDougald’s line drive. The 1955 Rookie of the Year, who won 20 games in his sophomore season last year, never regains his winning form, although the southpaw will blame a torn tendon in his pitching arm, and not the horrific accident on the mound for his lack of achievement.
Detroit third baseman Reno Bertoia’s first-inning grand slam, the first ever hit by an Italian born player, proves to be the difference in the Tigers’ 5-1 victory over Washington at Griffith Stadium. The San Vito al Tagliamento native’s feat will not be equaled by a fellow countryman for another 54 years when Sanremo’s Alex Liddi goes deep with the bases loaded in the Mariners’ 5-3 win over Texas in 2012.
The Rockies tie a National League record established by the 1894 Pirates and 1949 Giants when they extend their scoring streak to 14 consecutive innings, three shy of the major league mark of 17 set by the 1903 Red Sox. Before Larry Walker hit a two-out solo homer in the first inning of today’s 8-1 loss to Philadelphia at Coors Field, the team had crossed the plate in every inning in their previous game, after tallying in the last four frames the game before.
On ‘Bob Sheppard Day’, the Yankees pay tribute to “The Voice of Yankee Stadium,” honoring his 50-years of service with a plaque in Monument Park. With Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson, and Don Larsen on hand during the pregame ceremonies, former CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite reads the inscription, which makes reference to the long-time legendary P.A. announcer’s clear, concise, and correct vocal style that has announced players, ‘both unfamiliar and legendary – with equal divine reverence”.
The Rangers announce a 30-year deal reported to be worth about $75 million with one of the country’s leading wholesale lenders to rename their ballpark in Arlington as Ameriquest Field. The agreement will be short-lived when a crisis in the subprime mortgage industry causes Ameriquest to relinquished its naming rights in 2007.
When Barry Bonds takes his position in left field, the Phillies fans in the stands behind him unfurl a section-long banner which leaves no doubt about their sentiments concerning the Giants outfielder’s pursuit of the Babe. The message displayed briefly during the first inning informs the unpopular superstar “Ruth did it on hot dogs & Beer – Aaron did it with class”.
At 12:03 p.m at Princeton’s Hunnicutt Field, the semifinals of the WVIAC baseball tournament game between Ohio Valley and West Virginia State is delayed by rain. Due to the final game of the tourney having to start before midnight, with the winner of this game facing Concord for the title, players, fans, and media waited eight hours and 54 minutes for the contest to resume.
Bob Wickman, obtained by Cleveland in a seven-player trade that sent Richie Sexson to Milwaukee, becomes the Indians’ all-time franchise leader in saves when he notches his 130th by tossing a scoreless ninth inning in the Tribe’s 2-0 victory over Seattle at Safeco Field. The right-hander surpasses the record previously established by Doug Jones, and he will extend the record to 139 saves before being dealt to the Braves next season.
Gavin Floyd loses his second no-hit bid in less than a month as Joe Mauer doubles with one out in the ninth in the White Sox’ 7-1 victory over the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field. The Chicago right-hander also flirted with a no-no 24 days ago against the Tigers, which ended with Edgar Renteria’s single with one out in the eighth inning.
The Dodgers fail to improve upon their 13-game winning streak at home to open the season–the victorious span surpassed the 1911 Tigers to set a new major league mark. The 11-9 loss to Washington comes on the same day the team learns about Manny Ramirez, the club’s most productive hitter, being suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a banned substance.
5/7/2010: The Tigers and Indians played four innings in Cleveland before the rain ended the game after a 2 hour and 12 minute wait. Three homers were lost to the weather. Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run blast in the top of the first off David Huff. Grady Sizemore hit a solo shot in the bottom of the frame off Jeremy Bonderman and Travis Hafner hit a three-run homer off Bonderman in the third.
Starlin Castro, the first major leaguer to be born in the 1990’s, becomes the sixth Cub in franchise history to hit a home run in his first big league at bat, going deep off Homer Bailey in Chicago’s 14-7 win over Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park. The 20 year-old rookie shortstop also becomes the first player to compile six RBIs in his first game in the majors when he delivers a bases-loaded triple in addition to his second inning three-run blast to deep right field.
Lance Orton and Duane Jackson, who were instrumental foiling a terrorist’s attempt to set off a car bomb in Times Square, are honored at Citi Field prior to the Mets game against San Francisco. The two street vendors alerted the police after they observed a parked car on 45th Street had started to fill with smoke and was making popping sounds.
Appearing in his familiar chef’s whites, the Soup Nazi, played by actor Larry Thomas, makes an appearance at Citi Field. Although he mouths the infamous phrase, “No soup for you!”, when shown on the scoreboard screen, the character from the Seinfeld show generously gives away DVD prizes to Met fans who correctly answer trivia questions about the sitcom.
Mets phenom Matt Harvey continues to dominate the National League when he throws nine frames of one-hit ball along with 12 strikeouts en route to a no-decision in the team’s 1-0 extra-inning victory over the White Sox at Citi Field. The 24 year-old right-hander, whose bid for perfection is spoiled after retiring the first 20 Chicago batters by Alex Rios’ infield single, adds to his growing legend when he starts the game with a bloody nose, and continues to pitch despite the blood oozing on to his face.
In front of a sparse crowd of 558 at Burlington’s (IA) Community Field, the visiting Clinton (IA) LumberKings, after five innings, face a 16-run deficit in their Midwest League game against the Bees. The Class A affiliate of the Mariners will mount the largest comeback in the history of professional baseball when the team rallies to win the twelve-inning contest, 20-17.
“It’s something special. He’s going down in the record books, in the Wikipedia book, which is amazing. A little kid from Belfast done good.” – PATRICK CONLON, commenting on his son’s major league debut. Belfast native Patrick Conlon becomes the first Irish-born player to appear in a major league game in 73 years when he starts, going 3. 2 innings in the Mets’ 7-6 victory over the Reds at Great American Ball Park. The 24 year-old southpaw, known as PJ, follows fellow countryman Joe Cleary, who was born in Cork and played one game for the Senators in 1945.
1971 – Joe Morgan raps four hits, steals two bases, scores three times and drives in two to lead the Astros over the Phillies, 8-1, in their first game at Veterans Stadium. Don Wilson strikes the key blow off Jim Bunning, a bunt that found a hole in the artificial turf between third and the pitcher and rolled until two runs were in.
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