The longest game in Major League history was played between the Chicago White Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers. The game, longest in time and innings, ends in the 25th inning when Harold Baines homers giving the White Sox a 7-6 victory. The game lasted eight hours and six minutes.
The game is halted on May 8th and continued before the regular scheduled game on May 9th. Tom Seaver wins the game with an inning of relief, then starts the regularly scheduled game and tosses 8.1 innings of ball to win both games in the day.
May 9, 1987
Eddie Murray hits a home run from both sides of the plate for the second consecutive day. This was the first time this happened in Major League history.
Connie Mack of the Athletics inserts pitcher Alvin “Chief” Bender into left field in the sixth inning due to injuries. Bender responds by hitting a pair of inside-the-park home runs in a game against the Boston Pilgrims.
May 8, 1907
Big Jeff Pfeffer, of the Boston Braves, tosses a no-hitter against the Reds giving the Braves a 6-0 win.
May 8, 1929
The New York Giants Carl Hubbell tosses a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was the first no-hitter by a lefty in 13 years.
May 8, 1946
The Red Sox Johnny Pesky scores six runs in a game against the White Sox becoming the first player in the American League to do so.
May 8, 1966
Baltimore right fielder Frank Robinson hits the first ball completely out of Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. The homer run ends Luis Tiant‘s scoreless-innings streak at 27.
May 8, 1968
Catfish Hunter tosses a perfect game for the Oakland A’s against the Minnesota Twins winning 4-0.
May 8, 1998
The St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire hits his 400th home run at Shea Stadium. He is the 26th player to make it to 400 home runs. He would finish with 583 home runs placing him 10th on the all-time list.
The New York Giants Jesse Barnes throws the only no-hitter of the year beating the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0.
May 7, 1957
Cleveland pitcher Herb Score was hit in the eye by a line drive in the first inning. The ball, off of Gil McDougald‘s bat, broke Score’s nose and damaged his right eye. He would miss the rest of the season.
Score won 20 games in 1956, but after the injury never won more than nine in a year. He hurt his arm in 1958, then changed his motion in 1959 to try to avoid a similar injury again.
May 7, 1959
On “Roy Campanella Night” at the Los Angeles Coliseum, 93,103 fans came out to show their affection for the paralyzed Dodger catcher. The Yankees then defeated the Dodgers in an exhibition game after the ceremonies.
Pitching for the Boston Red Sox, Babe Ruth picks up three hits in a game against the Yankees at the Polo Grounds including his first home run off of Jack Warhop.
May 6, 1917
Bob Groom no-hits the Chicago White Sox as the Browns win 3-0. The no-hitter came in the second game of a double header, but the day before Groom’s teammate Ernie Koob also no-hit the White Sox.
May 6, 1953
St. Louis Browns pitcher Bobo Holloman tosses a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Athletics winning 6-0. It was his first big league start and the only complete game of his career.
May 6, 1982
Gaylord Perry, pitching for the Seattle Mariners, beast the New York Yankees 7-3 at the Kingdome. The win was Perry’s 300th making him the 15th man to reach 300 wins. He would go on to finish his Hall of Fame career with 314 wins currently putting him 17th on the all-time list.
Willie Mays sets the N.L. home run record when he blasts his 512th homer. The homer put him past a former Giant, Mel Ott.
May 4, 1975
In the first game of a doubleheader at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, the Houston Astros Bob Watson scores the Major League’s millionth run in the second inning.
May 4, 1981
New York Yankees reliever Ron Davis strikes out the final eight Angels in a 4-2 win. This ties Nolan Ryan‘s A.L. record for consecutive strikeouts and setting a new record for a reliever.
May 4, 1982
Minnesota Twins rookie Jim Eisenreich is forced to remove himself from a game when he is taunted about his condition, he suffers from the nervous disorder Tourette’s Syndrome, when he can’t control his violent twitching. He will be hospitalized a few days later and retires in 1984.
Thankfully he finds an effective treatment for the disorder and makes a comeback in 1987 with the Kansas City Royals. He would go on to play 12 years in the big leagues after his return.
Lefty Grove wins his 20th consecutive game at home, Fenway Park. He would not lose here for another three years.
May 3, 1979
Bobby Bonds becomes the second player to hit 300 home runs and steal 300 bases when he hits #300 off of Moose Haas. The only other player to be a 300/300 man at the time was Willie Mays. The list now includes a total of eight players.
Fergie Jenkins becomes the first player to win 100 games in both leagues when he defeats the Orioles 3-2 with the Texas Rangers. He would finish his Hall of Fame career with 284 wins.
May 3, 1982
The Baltimore Orioles Gregg Olson becomes the youngest player to save 100 games. He is just 25 years old. He would finish the year with 36 saves and his career with 217.
May 3, 1995
David Bell makes his Major League debut for the Cleveland Indians. His appearance marks the second time a three-generation family has played in the big leagues. His grandfather Gus, who died four days later, and father Buddy also played in the big leagues. The only other family to do that is the Boone family.
In the first inning in a game with the Chicago Cubs, Honus Wagner steals his way around the bases. It was the fourth time he had done it which is a N.L. record.
May 2, 1917
With a feat that may never be repeated, the Cubs Hippo Vaughn and Reds Fred Toney both have no-hitters after nine full innings. Then with an out in the top of the tenth, and runners at second and third, a swinging bunt is hit toward the mound. Vaughn picks it up and fires home, but the catcher, Art Wilson, stalls and the ball hits him in the chest letting in the only run of the game.
Toney sets down the Cubs in the tenth and has the fourth ten-inning no-hitter to date.
May 2, 1939
Lou Gehrig voluntarily benches himself for the good of the team. This ends Gehrig’s streak of 2,130 consecutive games played.
The Philadelphia Phillies Johnny Lush no-hits the Brooklyn Dodgers. He would finish the season 18-15 with a 2.37 ERA.
May 1, 1920
Babe Ruth hits his first home run as a New York Yankee helping beat Boston 6-0. He would finish the season with 54 home runs.
May 1, 1920
Boston’s Joe Oeschger and Brooklyn’s Leon Cadore both pitch an amazing 26 innings dueling to a 1-1 tie in what is still the longest game in MLB history. The game is called due to darkness.
May 1, 1926
A 19-year old Satchel Paige makes his debut in the Negro Southern League leading Chattanooga to a 6-5 win over Birmingham. It would be another 22 years before Paige would make his long overdue MLB debut.
May 1, 1951
In a game between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox, two historic events happened. First was Minnie Minoso becoming the first black player for the White Sox. In his Sox debut, Minoso hits a home run in his first at bat. Minoso would go on to win the 1951 A.L. Rookie of the Year Award.
The other first in the game was the first home run by a young Yankee named Mickey Mantle. Mantle would go on to hit 535 more over his storied career.
May 1, 1969
Houston pitcher Don Wilson tosses a no-hitter against Cincinnati as the Astros win 4-0 and Wilson strikes out 13. The Astros had been no-hit the day prior.
May 1, 1991
Forty-four-year-old Nolan Ryan strikes out 16 Blue Jays as he tosses his seventh no-hitter at Arlington Stadium. The Rangers would win 3-0.
On the same day on the west coast, Rickey Henderson surpasses Lou Brock after stealing third base in a game against the Yankees. It was Henderson’s 939th stolen base. He would go on to shatter the record with 1,406.
May 1, 2002
The San Diego Padres Trevor Hoffman sets the record for saves with one club with 321 breaking Dennis Eckersley‘s record. He would finish his career with 601 saves (552 with the Padres). Both are now 2nd all-time behind Mariano Rivera.
The St. Louis Browns send two minor league players, John Britton and Jim Newberry, to the Hankyu Braves of the Pacific League in Japan. The Browns become the first team to send players outside of the U.S.
April 28, 1956
Cincinnati Redlegs rookie Frank Robinson hits his first Major League home run off of Cubs pitcher Paul Minner. This would be the first of Robinson’s 586 home runs.
Robinson went on to hit 38 in his rookie season helping him win the N.L. Rookie of the Year Award.
April 28, 1961
Just five days after his 40th birthday, Warren Spahn became the second oldest pitcher to throw a no-hitter behind Cy Young. Spahn and the Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0.
Hank Aaron drives in the only run helping Spahn win his 290th game. He would go on to win 363 over his Hall of Fame career.
April 28, 1988
The Baltimore Orioles lose 4-2 to the Minnesota Twins setting the A.L. record with their twenty-first consecutive loss.
April 28, 1998
Juan Gonzalez, the Texas Rangers right fielder, drives in his 35th run in April setting a new Major League record.
Jim Tobin tosses a no-hitter for the Braves against the Dodgers, and he hits a home run.
April 27, 1968
Tom Phoebus throws a no-hitter for the Orioles against the Red Sox as Baltimore wins 6-0. Brooks Robinson drives in three runs and makes a great stop at third base.
Phoebus would finish his career with 56 wins and 11 shutouts in only 201 games.
April 27, 1973
Kansas City Royals rookie Steve Busby tosses a no-hitter against the Tigers in Detroit. The Royals win 3-0. Busby was the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter and not bat in the game.
April 27, 1983
Nolan Ryan strikes out Brad Mills in a 4-2 Astros win over the Expos. With the strikeout, Ryan moved past Walter Johnson on the all-time strikeout list with 3,509. Ryan would go on to rack up another 2,205 strikeouts.
April 27, 1994
Minnesota pitcher Scott Erickson throws the first Twins no-hitter since 1967 when he no hits the Brewers.
The New York Highlanders defeat the Washington Senators 7-2 earning the first win in franchise history. The franchise would stay with the Highlanders name until the 1913 season when they changed it to the Yankees.
April 23, 1903
Ted Williams goes 4-5 and hits the first home run of his career in a 12-8 loss to Philadelphia at Fenway Park.
April 23, 1954
Hank Aaron hits his first Major League home run at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis as the Braves win 7-5 in 14 innings. The home run came off of Vic Raschi.
April 23, 1964
The Houston Colt .45′s Ken Johnson becomes the first pitcher to lose a nine-inning no hitter when second baseman Nellie Fox commits an error allowing the only run. The Cincinnati Reds win the game 1-0.
April 23, 1999
The St. Louis Cardinals Fernando Tatis sets a new record when he hits two grand slams in the same inning (the third). The Dodgers pitcher Chan Ho Park became the first player in the century, and second ever, to give up two grand slams in an inning.
Babe Ruth and actress Claire Hodgson are married. The wedding takes place at 5 am to avoid crowds. In his first at-bat in the next game, Ruth hits a home run off of Red Ruffing.
April 17, 1934
Casey Stengel manages his first game. His Brooklyn Dodgers lose to the Boston Braves 8-7. Stengel would go on to win 1905 games with four different franchises including 7 World Series titles with the New York Yankees.
April 17, 1947
Jackie Robinson gets his first of 1,518 hits in the Dodgers 12-6 win over the Boston Braves. The hit came off of Glenn Elliot.
April 17, 1963
Mickey Mantle hits a 565-feet home run off of Chuck Stobbs of the Washington Senators. It was the longest home run in Griffith Stadium history.
April 17, 1979
The Oakland A’s beat the Seattle Mariners 6-5 in front of a crowd of only 653 fans.
Hall of Famer Earl Averill of Cleveland becomes the first American League player to hit a home run in his first at bat off of Detroit Tigers hurler Earl Whitehill. The Indians would win 5-4 in 11 innings.
Averill would go on to hit 238 career home runs with a career high of 32 in both 1931 and 1932.
April 16, 1940
Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller throws the first Opening Day no-hitter since 1909. He beats the Chicago White Sox 1-0 at Comiskey Park.
April 16, 1972
Rookie Cubs hurler Burt Hooton no-hits the Phillies winning 4-0. It was only the fourth game Hooton pitched at the Major League level.
April 16, 1978
Bob Forsch of the St. Louis Cardinals no-hits the Philadelphia Phillies. The Cardinals win 5-0 in the first of two no-hitters tossed by Forsch.
April 16, 1989
Kelly Gruber becomes the first Toronto Blue Jay to hit for the cycle in a 15-8 win over the Kansas City Royals.
Babe Ruth leads the Boston Red Sox to a 7-1 victory against the A’s on Opening Day. Ruth led the Sox on the mound, not from the batters box, as Ruth allows just four hits in a complete game victory.
April 15, 1947
In one of the biggest events in the history of US sports, Jackie Robinson plays in his first game as a Brooklyn Dodger. He goes 0-for-3 but handles a new position just fine, first base. The Dodgers defeat the Boston Braves 5-3 in the historic game.
April 15, 1972
Reggie Jackson has a mustache in the A’s 4-3 11 inning win over the Twins. He is reported to be the first player with facial hair since 1914.
April 15, 1993
Andre Dawson becomes the 25th player to hit 400 home runs when he hits a solo home run over the Green Monster in Boston off of Indians pitcher Jose Mesa. Dawson would finish the ’93 season with 13 home runs. He would finish his career with 438 home runs.
The Brooklyn Dodgers play the first regular season game at Ebbets Field one day ahead of the rest of the league. Due to cold weather only about 12,000 fans show up to see the Phillies Tom Seaton shutout the Dodgers 1-0.
April 9, 1947
Brooklyn Dodgers manager Leo Durocher was suspended for the season by commissioner Happy Chandler for “association with known gamblers”.
The Dodgers would go on to win the NL pennant but lose to the Yankees in seven games in the World Series.
April 9, 1981
After scheduled starter Jerry Reuss pulls a calf muscle, Fernando Valenzuela is pressed into the Opening Day start. Valenzuela will go onto shut out the Houston Astros on five hits winning 2-0 in his first MLB start.
Fernando would go onto win eight straight en route to winning both the Rookie of the Year and Cy Young Awards.
April 9, 1989
Rickey Henderson steals his 800th career base as the Yankees lose to the Indians 4-3.
Helene Hathaway Britton becomes the first woman to own a franchise when her uncle Matthew Stanley Robison dies unexpectedly. Robison lef the team, the St. Louis Cardinals, to his niece. She will go on to own the team from 1911 to 1916.
Valenzuela was holding out for more money after making just $42,500 in 1981 when he won the Rookie of the Year and the Cy Young Award. He will make a reported $360,000 in 1982 after asking for $1 million.
He will end 1982 with a 19-13 record and an ERA of 2.87. He pitches 285.0 innings with 18 complete games and four shutouts. He will finish third in the Cy Young voting as well.
The Yankees got the better end of this deal as Lyle went on to post a record of 57-40 and save 141 games over the next seven years with the Yankees. In addition, he won the 1972 Fireman of the Year Award and the 1977 Cy Young Award.
Cater played just three seasons for the Red Sox never playing more than 92 games in a season.
March 22, 1993
In a boating accident on Little Lake Nellie in Clermont, Florida, Cleveland Indians pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews die. Olin died instantly and Crews died of his injuries the next day. Also in the accident was teammate Bob Ojeda who was seriously injured but able to recover and return to the mound later that season.