1999 2019 Hall of Fame inductee Edgar Martinez hit three home runs, tying a MLB record with five homers in two games, to give the Seattle Mariners a 10-1 win over the Minnesota Twins. Martinez homered twice in the series opener the day before.
1973 Angels outfielder Bobby Valentine tries to scale an outfield wall to prevent a Dick Green home run during a 5-4 loss to the Athletics. He catches his spikes in the wall and breaks his leg. He will miss the remainder of the 1973 season.
1981 Len Barker pitches the ninth perfect game in the 20th century. The Indians righty hurls the 3-0 perfecto over the Blue Jays before just 7,290 fans on a rainy night in Cleveland. Barker, the 1980 strikeout leader in the A.L., fans 11 Jays.
Mets SS Kevin Elster and Red Sox catcher Rick Cerone end their MLB record errorless game streaks at their positions on the same day. Elster had played 88 consecutive games without an error while Cerone had played 159.
Bobo Holloman of the St. Louis Browns pitched a 6-0 no-hitter against the Philadelphia Athletics in his first major league start. He pitched to a 3-7 record in his only MLB season, andnever pitched another complete game in the majors.
The Giants beat the Astros 8-6 in the first game of a doubleheader at Candlestick Park. In the second inning, Houston’s Bob Watson scores what is calculated as MLB’s millionth run of all time. Philadelphia’s Wes Fisler scored the first run on April 22, 1876.
1995 David Bell makes his MLB debut for the Indians in a 14-7 victory over the Tigers. His appearance makes the Bells, with his father Buddy and grandfather Gus, the second three-generation family in MLB history (the Boones were the first).
1949 Elmer Valo is the first A.L. player to hit two bases-loaded triples in a game, leading the Philadelphia Athletics to a 15-9 win in the first game of a doubleheader against the Washington Senators. Valo has another bases-loaded triple later in the season to tie a MLB mark set in 1918.