Losing 5-4 against the New York Yankees, the Chicago White Sox load the bases in the ninth inning with no outs. Chick Gandil lines a shot to third baseman Frank Baker, who turns it into a game-ending triple play.
1947 This date was Babe Ruth Day at all MLB parks. A crowd of 58,339 at Yankee Stadium honors the ailing slugger, but the Yankees lose to the Washington Senators 1-0. Ruth would pass away August 16, 1948.
In an exhibition game against the Pirates, Larry Hisle of the Twins becomes the first designated hitter used in MLB that spring. Hisle makes the new A.L. rule look good by collecting two home runs and driving in seven runs. Ron Bloomberg of the Yankees will be the first DH to bat in the regular season.
To make room for Hall of Fame outfielder Enos Slaughter, the Yankees give Hall of Fame shortstop Phil Rizzuto his unconditional release. Through the instigation of Ballantine Beer, Rizzuto will be in the announcing booth the next season. In fact, Rizzuto will enjoyed a 40-year career as a radio and television sports announcer for the Yankees. He became well-known for…
Eddie Mathews hits his 28th home run of the season as the Braves win 4-3 at Pittsburgh. The duo of Mathews and Hank Aaron, during the years of 1954-1965, becomes the top home run tandem in major league history, passing the Babe Ruth-Lou Gehrig total of 772 home runs while playing together with the New York Yankees.
“Joltin’” Joe DiMaggio extended his hitting streak to the record fifty-six games with a 3-for-4 day as the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 10-3. Although the streak would come to an end on the next day, the 56-game mark has endured for 76 seasons!
Reggie Jackson’s storied home run off the power generator on top of the right-field roof at Tiger Stadium highlighted a barrage of six homers—three by each team—as the American League beat the National League 6-4 in the All-Star Game. Using physics and formulas it has been estimated by ESPN that the ball would have traveled an incredible…
In a match-up of pitching mound marvels, “Big Chief” Allie Reynolds of the New York Yankees defeats Bob Feller of the Indians by pitching a 1-0 no-hitter at Cleveland. The only scoring of the game occurred with Gene Woodling homered for the Yanks.