1997 Tony Gwynn of the Padres breaks a 7th-inning tie with an inside-the-park grand slam as San Diego beats the Dodgers, 9-7. The opposite field hit not only puts Mr. Padre back over the .400 mark for batting average, but is also the first N. L. inside-the-park grand slam in six years.
1984 The Sandberg Game: Cubs’ Ryne Sandberg hit two late-inning home runs off St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bruce Sutter to tie the game twice as the Cubs went on to win 12-11 in 11 innings. Sandberg hit his HRs in the ninth inning, and then hit a two-run, two-out homer in the 10th to tie the game.
Pete Rose of the Phillies plays in his 3,000th major league game (a 3-1 loss to the Pirates), joining Ty Cobb, Stan Musial, Hank Aaron, and Carl Yastrzemski as the only players to reach that plateau. Pete will play in all 162 games in the ’82 season.
Red Sox rookie Gene Stephens becomes the first A.L. player to get 3 hits in the same inning, as Boston scores 17 in the 7th inning of a 23-3 romp over the Tigers. The Sox send 23 to bat in the seventh, getting 14 hits and six walks—20 runners—before third baseman George Kell flies out to end it.
1970 Pittsburgh’s Dock Ellis no-hits San Diego 2-0 in the first game of a doubleheader. Ellis is wild as he walks eight and hits one, but he works around those things and gets enough support on two Willie Stargell home runs.
1974 During a 12-0 win over the Astros, Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt hits a ball off the public address speaker hanging from the Astrodome roof, 117 feet up and 300 feet from the plate. Alas, Schmidt must settle for a loud and large single.
1961 Milwaukee sets a MLB record with 4 consecutive home runs in the 7th inning against the Reds. Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron hit back-to-back HR off Jim Maloney. Joe Adcock greets a reliever with another HR, and Frank Thomas sets the record. When these teammates end their MLB careers, they will have hit a combined total of 1,889 HRs. But the…