1948 Richie Ashburn, rookie with the Philadelphia Phillies, hits his first major league home run‚ a leadoff inside-the-park job‚ off the game’s third pitch. It runs Ashburn’s hitting streak to 18 games but it’s the Phils’ only run‚ as the Giants win‚ 7 – 1.
1959 Harvey Haddix of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches one of the most remarkable games in major league history. Haddix tosses 12 perfect innings, retiring the first 36 Milwaukee Braves batters he faces, before losing the perfect game in the 13th inning.
1926 Hack Wilson smacks a rare home run blast off the Wrigley Field scoreboard‚ situated at ground level‚ starting a rout of the Braves. The Cubs will win, 14 – 8. Later that night‚ Wilson and a few others are arrested at a friend’s apartment for drinking beer in violation of the Prohibition Act.
1936 The Phillies reacquire “The Clouting Kraut” Chuck Klein, from the Cubs, along with P Fabian Kowalik and a reported $50,000, for P Curt Davis and OF Ethan Allen. Klein is hitting .294 this year for the Cubs.
1950 At the Polo Grounds, Rube Walker hits a grand slam in the 6th inning for the Chicago Cubs. In the bottom of the inning, Monte Irvin also hits a grand slam for the New York Giants. It is the first time in MLB history that each team hit a grand slam in the same inning.
Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals becomes the seventh pitcher in National League history to strike out the side on nine pitches. Gibson enjoys his feat against the Los Angeles Dodgers, as part of a 6 – 2 win.
In the 8th inning against Jim Bunning of the Phillies, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves drives a ball to deep center field and scores ahead of the relay. It will be the only inside-the-park home run among his 755 career dingers.
Orioles outfielder Frank Robinson hits the only ball ever completely out of Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium. The shot clears the left-field single-deck grandstand’s rear wall, 451-feet away, going an estimated 541 feet. The hit comes off Indians hurler Luis Tiant. Tiant had pitched 27 scoreless innings in a row prior to the shot.