Whitey Ford of the New York Yankees pitches a 14-inning, 1 – 0 shutout against the Washington Senators, giving up 8 hits while striking out 15. The Yankees win in the first half of the 14th inning on a Moose Skowron solo home run – the longest contest in MLB history ending 1 – 0 on a home run.
Two new American League clubs, the first expansion teams in over half of a century, select their rosters in the first ever expansion draft. The Los Angeles Angels make Yankees pitcher Eli Grba their first selection, and the “new” Washington Senators follow by taking Yankee pitcher, Bobby Shantz.
The new Washington Senators name Mickey Vernon the first manager in franchise history. An exceptional hitter during his playing career, Vernon played for the original Senators franchise from 1939 to 1948.
1948 A day after Babe Ruth dies, Yankees Tommy Henrich hits his 4th grand slam of the season tying one of Ruth’s records. The slam, off the Senators’ Sid Hudson, joins Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Rudy York – and, later, Al Rosen and Ray Boone – for an AL record. Henrich, who broke in with the Yankees in 1937, had never hit…
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.
1962 U.S. President John F. Kennedy throws out the first ball to open the baseball season at new District of Columbia Stadium. Despite rain, a record Washington crowd of 42,143 shows up to see Senators pitcher Bennie Daniels stop Detroit with a five-hit, 4 – 1 victory.
1934 The Cleveland Indians sign former Washington Senators 19-year OF Sam Rice for the upcoming season. He will bat .293 in 335 at-bats for the Indians, but fall 13 hits shy of the 3,000 mark before retiring. Rice will win election to the Hall of Fame in 1963.