1950 With just 11 career HRs, catcher Wes Westrum has three home runs and a triple today, as the Giants beat Cincinnati, 12 – 2. The Giants belt seven home runs total (Hank Thompson, Alvin Dark, Whitey Lockman and Monte Irvin hit the others).
1967 Bob Uecker of the Atlanta Braves hits a grand slam for the only time in his career. It comes in the 3rd inning off Ron Herbel of the San Francisco Giants in a 9 – 2 Braves win at Candlestick Park.
1937 It is “Zeke Bonura Day” at Comiskey Park. After receiving a car in pregame ceremonies‚ Zeke paces the White Sox to a 14 – 8 win over the Senators‚ as he knocks in 5 runs with a home run‚ 2 doubles‚ and a single.
1981 Houston Astros pitcher Nolan Ryan passes Early Wynn as major leagues’ all-time walks leader, walking two batters in a 3 – 0 win over the Mets to raise his total to 1,777. Ryan also strikes out 10 batters while pitching a five-hitter. He will retire with 5,714 K’s and 2,795 BB’s.
1941 Mel Ott hits a two-run home run, the 400th of his MLB career and his 1,499th and 1,500th RBI, helping the New York Giants to a 3 – 2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. He will hit 511 homers in his Hall of Fame career.