The Braves sign 17-year-old Joey Jay from Middletown, Connecticut, making him the first Little League player to make it to MLB, and was the youngest player in the NL in each of his first two seasons. Jay finished his MLB career with 99 wins, 999 strikeouts and an ERA+ of 99.
Ted Lyons wins his 250th career game, 6 – 5, over the Red Sox. A week later, he will beat the Yankees Red Ruffing to match that hurler’s 251 career wins. The White Sox veteran will finish the season with 20 complete games in 20 starts, lead the AL with a 2.10 ERA—then enter the Marines at age 42.
1938 Johnny Vander Meer of the Cincinnati Reds stuns the baseball world by pitching his second successive no-hitter in five days, defeating the Brooklyn Dodgers, 6 – 0, as Brooklyn plays the first night game ever at Ebbets Field in front of 38,748 fans.
1959 Mike McCormick of the San Francisco Giants tosses a 3 – 0, five-inning no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies. Richie Ashburn singles in the top of the sixth for the Phillies, but it doesn’t count as the game is stopped by rain.
1932 Hack Wilson avenges an April humiliation as he clouts a 1st-inning grand slam off Chicago’s Pat Malone to lead the Dodgers to a 5 – 2 win. Hack also drives home the 5th run. Weeks earlier in Chicago‚ the Cubs walked a man to load the bases for Wilson‚ who then grounded into a double play.
1925 Eddie Collins of the Chicago White Sox becomes the sixth major leaguer to collect 3,000 hits after hitting a double against Washington Senators pitcher Walter Johnson. Collins will end his career with 3,315 hits.
1995 Pedro Martinez of the Montreal Expos pitches nine perfect innings against the Padres before giving up a leadoff double in the 10th inning of the Expos’ 1 – 0 win. Martinez becomes the second pitcher in MLB history to have a perfect game broken up in extra innings.