1962 Pedro Ramos of the Cleveland Indians pitches a three-hitter and hits two home runs, including a grand slam, for a 7 – 0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of a doubleheader at Memorial Park. Cleveland will win the second game by the identical score.
1939 For the first time in his career, Charlie Gehringer of the Detroit Tigers hits for the cycle, in a 12 – 5 win against the St. Louis Browns. Gehringer becomes the first player in MLB to hit for a “natural” cycle, that is, in order: single, double, triple, home run.
Ferguson Jenkins of the Chicago Cubs fans Garry Templeton of the Padres for the 3,000th strikeout of his incredible career. Jenkins is the 7th player to reach the plateau. He will finish his Hall of Fame career with 3,192 Ks.
For the sixth consecutive game, George Brett of the Kansas City Royals collects at least three hits. He will lead the American League in batting for the first time with a .333 average. He will also lead in 1980 and 1990—titles in three different decades!
Vic Raschi makes his first relief appearance in two years, limiting the Red Sox to three hits in four innings, as the Yankees win, 7 – 4. Billy Goodman sustains a freak rib accident, keeping him out of action for three weeks, when Jim Piersall picks him up and lugs him off the field to break up Goody’s argument with umpire Jim…
Norm Sherry, a back-up catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, hits a walk-off home run in the 11th inning to give his brother, relief pitcher Larry Sherry, a 3 – 2 victory over the visiting Philadelphia Phillies.
Young Dizzy Dean of the St. Louis Cardinals faces the Boston Braves and 40-year-old Babe Ruth. Dean walks Ruth in his first at-bat, then with two strikes on the Bambino, waves his outfielders back and throws a fastball down the middle that Ruth misses for a strikeout. Dean wins the game, 7 – 0, and in his first at bat, hits a…