3B Gary Gaetti of the Royals hits the 239th home run of his career in Kansas City’s 6 – 5 win over Milwaukee. By doing so, he becomes the all-time home run leader for players who homered in their first big league at bat, moving past Hall of Famer Earl Averill.
Against the Phillies, Brooklyn’s teenage SS Tommy Brown hits a triple and then steals home sliding under a high pitch by Rene Monteagudo. At 17, he is the youngest to pull off a home steal. The Dodgers win, 7 – 1, for their 13th win in 14 games. Brown had a 9 season MLB career.
Louisville’s Chicken Wolf (he’s real, you can look ‘em up) hits a game-winning home run thanks to a stray dog tearing at Red Stockings’ Abner Powell’s pant leg, causing the center fielder to miss the ball. Some stuff is too good to be made up!
The Cardinals defeat the Pirates, 4 – 1, for Tony LaRussa’s 1,887th career win as a manager, moving him into 10th place on the all-time list. He finished his career with 2, 728 victories (currently 3rd all-time).
With the relief pitching of Lindy McDaniel in the opener and a 5-hitter by Curt Simmons in the nitecap, the Cardinals sweep the Phillies, 5 – 4 and 6 – 0. Phillies Tony Taylor ties a MLB record for 2B by going the entire doubleheader (18 innings) without a putout.
The Cubs complain about the ragged shirt sleeve on Brooklynn pitcher Dazzy Vance’s pitching arm, an age-old trick to distract a batter. A rule will be passed enforcing neater dressing by pitchers. However, Vance has not much more than the sleeve as the Cubs pound Brooklyn, 12 – 2.