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.
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.