The Atlanta Braves used a Major League record (at that time) five pitchers in the ninth inning of a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. The pitchers were Ken Johnson, Ramon Hernandez, Claude Raymond, Dick Kelley and Cecil Upshaw.
Joe Torre, then with the New York Mets, grounded into a National League record four double plays in a 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros. Felix Millan had four singles but was wiped out each time by Torre.
Bill Singer of the Dodgers pitched a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 5-0 victory at Los Angeles. Pitching in an era of some crazy nicknames, his included “Sing Sing,” “Billy No-No” and “The Singer Throwing Machine.”
The Dominican Dandy, Juan Marichal, broke in with the San Francisco Giants by pitching a one-hit, 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. His career record would include 243 wins, all but five in the Giants uniform. A sixteen year career yielded a lifetime ERA of 2.89.
Hall of Fame pitcher, Jesse Haines of the St. Louis Cardinals, pitched a no-hitter, beating the Boston Braves 5-0. He spent nearly his entire major league career with the Cardinals, and pitched on three World Series championship teams.
“Joltin’” Joe DiMaggio extended his hitting streak to the record fifty-six games with a 3-for-4 day as the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 10-3. Although the streak would come to an end on the next day, the 56-game mark has endured for 76 seasons!
Nolan Ryan of the California Angels struck out seventeen batters as he threw his second no-hitter of the 1973 season, beating Detroit 6-0. The 17 K’s are the most in a recorded no-hitter. (This record was tied by Max Scherzer on October 3, 2015.) Ryan was so dominant in this game, it led to one of baseball’s best-remembered pranks. Tigers…
Eddie Mathews, while in his brief stint with the Houston Astros, hit his career 500th home run off San Francisco’s Juan Marichal at Candlestick Park. Houston beat the Giants 8-6. Mathews retired after the 1968 season with 512 career homers. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1978.
Reggie Jackson’s storied home run off the power generator on top of the right-field roof at Tiger Stadium highlighted a barrage of six homers—three by each team—as the American League beat the National League 6-4 in the All-Star Game. Using physics and formulas it has been estimated by ESPN that the ball would have traveled an incredible…