1948 After yielding a two-run homer to the Athletic’s Hank Majeski to tie the score, reliever Satchel Paige gets his first major league win as Larry Doby hits a two-run homer and the Cleveland Indians tack on another run in the 9th to beat Philadelphia, 8 – 5.
Rookie Buster Posey hits two homers including his first career grand slam in San Francisco’ 15 – 2 romp over the Milwaukee Brewers. The Giants hit three homers to go up 4 – 0 in the 1st inning and never look back. Tim Lincecum strikes out 10 over 7 innings for the win.
Rich “Goose” Gossage is born in Colorado Springs, CO. Making his debut with the Chicago White Sox in 1972, the flame-throwing reliever will save 310 games over his career, make the All-Star team nine times and win a World Series title with the New York Yankees in 1978. He will gain election to the Hall of Fame in 2008.
Pirates rookie right fielder Roberto Clemente pounds Dodger pitching in the opener of a double-header, doing most of his damage against former minor league teammate Ed Roebuck. “Eddie was celebrating his 24th bithday,” reported the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, “but Roberto Clemente apparently didn’t know about it.”
1940 Bobo Newsom (10-1) wins his 10th in a row as the 2nd place Tigers whip the St. Louis Browns, 2 – 1. Detroit manages just three hits, but two are homers by Hank Greenberg and Charlie Gehringer. Newsom’s streak will go to 13 consecutive wins.
In an 18 – 7 loss to the Tigers, Senators 18-year-old rookie third baseman Harmon Killebrew hits his first major league home run off Billy Hoeft. “Killer” will finish his 22-year Hall of Fame career with 573 homers.
Red Sox rookie Wade Boggs hits his first MLB home run in the bottom of the 11th to give Boston a 5-4 win over the Tigers. Boggs enters the starting lineup for good after tomorrow’s game, in which regular 3B Carney Lansford severely sprains his ankle. Boggs will hit .390 in Lansford’s absence and .349 for the year.