On Billy Williams Day in Chicago, the Cubs outfielder passes Stan Musial’s National League record for consecutive games played (896). The northsiders sweep the Cardinals 3-1 and 12-1 before 41,060 in attendance.
Eventual Hall of Fame outfielder Rickey Henderson makes his MLB debut for the Athletics in a 5-1 loss to the Texas Rangers in the first game of a doubleheader. He has a single and double in four at-bats and steals the first base of his big-league career in which he will steal 1406.
In New York, 36,211 fans show up to witness the return of Billy Martin as Yankees manager, but the Yanks lose to the Blue Jays 5-4. Martin had been named to replace Bob Lemon the previous day, beginning his second stint as Yankee skipper a season earlier than previously announced.
Lou Brock, in his brief tenure with the Chicago Cubs hits a home run into the right-center field bleachers at the Polo Grounds, 460 feet from home plate, in the 1st game of a doubleheader sweep over the Giants. He is the second player to reach those seats,…