Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals becomes the seventh pitcher in National League history to strike out the side on nine pitches. Gibson enjoys his feat against the Los Angeles Dodgers, as part of a 6 – 2 win.
In the 8th inning against Jim Bunning of the Phillies, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves drives a ball to deep center field and scores ahead of the relay. It will be the only inside-the-park home run among his 755 career dingers.
Orioles outfielder Frank Robinson hits the only ball ever completely out of Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium. The shot clears the left-field single-deck grandstand’s rear wall, 451-feet away, going an estimated 541 feet. The hit comes off Indians hurler Luis Tiant. Tiant had pitched 27 scoreless innings in a row prior to the shot.
Hank Greenberg makes his last MLB game before entering the U.S. military a memorable one as he hits two home runs with three RBI helping the Detroit Tigers to a 7 – 4 victory over the New York Yankees.
National League President Ford C. Frick demonstrates that the revised “balata ball” used in the major leagues is livelier than the previous year’s ball by bouncing it on a carpet in his office. MLB turned to the balata ball because of wartime restrictions on the supplies used to make standard baseballs.
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Schoolboy Rowe is sent up to pinch hit with the bases loaded in the 6th inning and cracks a grand slam off the Boston Braves’ Al Javery to break a tie. The Phillies win, 6 – 5, but it takes them 12 innings. For Rowe, it is his second career grand slam. He hit one in 1939 while with…
1969 Jim Maloney of the Cincinnati Reds strikes out 13 en route to a 10 – 0 no-hitter over the Houston Astros at Crosley Field. Bobby Tolan has four RBI in support of Maloney, who records his second career no-hitter.
1956 Cincinnati Reds rookie Frank Robinson hits the first of his 586 lifetime home runs. The 20-year-old Robinson connects against Paul Minner of the Chicago Cubs, helping Cincinnati to a 9 – 1 victory.