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    May 8th

    1901 - In their long-delayed A.L. home opener, Boston defeats Philadelphia 12-4 behind Cy Young, who has jumped from the St. Louis N.L. team. He will lead the A.L. with his 1.62 ERA and 33 wins, which are 41.8 percent of his team's 79 victories. This post-1900 record will stand until Steve Carlton totals 45.8 percent of the Phillies' 59 wins in 1972.

    1906 - With the A's shorthanded because of injuries, Connie Mack puts pitcher Alvin "Chief" Bender in left field in the sixth inning of a game against the Boston Pilgrims. Bender hits two inside-the-park home runs.

    1907 - Boston's Big Jeff Pfeffer threw a no-hitter to give the Braves a 6-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in Boston.

    1929 - Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants pitched a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the first by a left-hander in the majors in thirteen seasons.

    1935 - In the first game of a doubleheader, Ernie Lombardi of the Cincinnati Reds hit four doubles in consecutive innings (sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth) off four different Phillies pitchers. Lombardi also singled as the Reds beat Philadelphia 15-4.

    1946 - Red Sox shortstop Johnny Pesky becomes the first player in AL history to score six runs in one game as Boston beats the White Sox 14-10. During the week Pesky also had eleven straight hits before grounding out against Al Milnar of the Browns.

    1947 - According to a story by league president Ford Frick, a movement among Cardinals players to protest their first meeting with Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers is aborted by a clubhouse talk from owner Sam Breadon (who denies the story). Suspended manager Leo Durocher and his wife, Larraine Day, are in the stands as the Dodgers win 7-6 on a Pee Wee Reese home run.

    1966 - Orioles right fielder Frank Robinson powers the first ball ever hit completely out of Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. The 451-foot shot ends Luis Tiant's scoreless-innings streak at 27. Baltimore wins 8-3 and ties Cleveland for first place.

    1966 - The St. Louis Cardinals closed old Busch Stadium with a 10-5 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

    1968 - Jim "Catfish" Hunter of the Oakland A's pitched a perfect game to beat the Minnesota Twins 4-0.

    1973 - For the second time in his career, the Pirates' Willie Stargell poles one out of Dodger Stadium. His blast off Andy Messersmith hits the right field pavilion roof 470 feet away. His first such homer, a 506-foot shot, came off Alan Foster on August 5, 1969. No other player has hit one out of the stadium.

    1973 - Cubs manager Whitey Lockman is ejected during a 12-inning 3-2 win over the Padres. Coach Ernie Banks fills in for the last few innings, technically becoming the major leagues' first black manager.

    1984 - Minnesota's Kirby Puckett had four singles in his first Major League game as the Twins beat the California Angels 5-0.

    1994 - The Colorado Silver Bullets, the first women's team to play a pro men's team, lost 19-0 to the Northern League All-Stars. Leon Durham hit two homers and Oil Can Boyd started for the All-Stars. The Silver Bullets had two hits, struck out sixteen times and made six errors.

    1998 - Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire connects for his 400th career home run in the third inning at Shea Stadium. McGwire, who has homered every 11.82 at-bats in his career, reaches the milestone in his 4,726th at-bat, beating babe Ruth to that plateau by 128 at-bats. McGwire is the 26th major league player to hit 400 home runs.

    2001 - Randy Johnson became only the third pitcher to strike out twenty batters in nine innings, but didn't finish the game as Arizona went on beat Cincinnati 4-3 in 11 innings. The Big Unit, the first left-hander to fan twenty, missed out on the chance to join Roger Clemens and Kerry Wood as the record-holders for a nine-inning game because Arizona could not finish off the Reds in regulation.
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    May 9th

    1878 - Sam Weaver pitches a no-hitter to lead the Milwaukee Cream Citys to their first N.L. win, beating Indianapolis 2-1, the one run scoring after a walk. One scorer gave a hit to John Clapp of the Blues, but Weaver is generally credited with a no-hitter.

    1944 - Joe McCarthy returns as Yankees manager after missing much of spring training (and the early season) due to illness.

    1984 - The longest game in A.L. history (both in time and frames) ends in the 25th inning when Harold Baines homers off Chuck Porter to give the White Sox a 7-6 victory over the Brewers. The game falls one inning shy of the major league record, but takes the most time to play: eight hours and six minutes. The contest was suspended the previous day after 17 innings with the score tied 3-3 each team scores three more runs in the 21st. Tom Seaver pitches the final inning to earn the win, then wins the regularly scheduled game as well 5-4.

    1987 - Eddie Murray homers from each side of the plate for the second consecutive game, a major league first. Murray's four home runs in two days help the Orioles to 7-6 and 15-6 wins over the White Sox.

    1988 - Oakland beats Detroit 3-1 to extend its club-record winning streak to 14 consecutive games, the longest in the majors since 1977. The A's will finally lose tomorrow 8-2 to the Tigers.

    1989 - Mets shortstop Kevin Elster and Red Sox catcher Rick Cerone end their major league-record errorless game streaks at their positions. Elster had played 88 consecutive games without an error while Cerone had played 159.
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    • #3
      Check out both the May 8th and May 9th shows on my baseball history website.
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      This is a great idea to post all this information everyday on baseball fever.

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      • #4
        1888 - The Philadelphia Athletics play their first official Sunday home game at Gloucester, NJ — or so they think. The American Association league secretary will later rule the game illegally rescheduled and throw it out of the official records.

        1959 - Philadelphia's Jim Hearn allows two earned runs before the game is suspended with the Pirates ahead 6-4. Hearn is released before the game is completed in July and is charged with the loss — two months after his retirement.

        1967 - In the eighth inning against Jim Bunning of the Phillies, Hank Aaron 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.

        1970 - While losing 6-5 to St. Louis, the Braves' Hoyt Wilhelm becomes the first pitcher ever to appear in 1,000 games.

        1981 - Montreal's Charlie Lea, a native of France, no-hits the Giants 4-0, walking four and striking out eight in the second game of a doubleheader. It is the first no-hitter at Olympic Stadium, which opened for baseball in 1977.

        1989 - Mark Langston no-hits Toronto for eight innings before Tom Lawless singles and the Blue Jays rally for three runs to beat Seattle 3-2. It is the third time already in 1989 that the Blue Jays have broken up a no-hit bid in the ninth inning.
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        • #5
          1897 - Charles "Duke" Farrell, Washington catcher, sets a major league record by throwing out eight Orioles trying to steal second base. The Senators lose anyway 6-3.

          1959 - At Yankee Stadium, Yogi Berra's errorless streak of 148 games comes to an end when he makes an error in a 7-6 loss to the Indians.

          1963 - Sandy Koufax returns to the rotation from a circulatory ailment in his left index finger and throws a no-hitter against the visiting first place Giants. The Man With The Golden Arm walked two, fanned four, and improved his record to 4–1.

          1972 - The Giants trade future Hall of Famer Willie Mays to the Mets for minor league pitcher Charlie Williams and cash.

          1977 - With the Braves mired in a 16-game losing streak, owner Ted Turner takes over as field manager. After the Braves lose again 2-1, Turner is relieved of his new job by N.L. president Chub Feeney. A league rule prohibits a manager from owning a financial interest in his club.

          1980 - Thirty-nine-year-old Pete Rose steals second, third, and home in one inning for the Phillies. The last National Leaguer to pull this feat was Jackie Robinson in 1954.

          1984 - The Tigers improve their record to 26-4 with an 8-2 win over the Angels and establish a new record for the best 30-game start in major league history, eclipsing the 25-5 mark set by the Dodgers in 1955.

          1990 - Citing a no-trade clause in his contract, Yankees outfielder Dave Winfield refuses to report to the Angels after being traded for Mike Witt. Winfield will eventually accept the trade on May 16, ending his often stormy relationship with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

          1996 - Al Leiter pitches the first no-hitter in Marlins history. After two walks and a hit batsman in the first three innings, Leiter retires the last 20 batters in a 6-0 gem.
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          • #6
            My daily feature is about Ted Turner managing his first and only game in '77.

            Check it out www.thisdayinbaseballhistory.com

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DaaBoTownSox View Post
              1897 - Charles "Duke" Farrell, Washington catcher, sets a major league record by throwing out eight Orioles trying to steal second base. The Senators lose anyway 6-3.

              1959 - At Yankee Stadium, Yogi Berra's errorless streak of 148 games comes to an end when he makes an error in a 7-6 loss to the Indians.

              1963 - Sandy Koufax returns to the rotation from a circulatory ailment in his left index finger and throws a no-hitter against the visiting first place Giants. The Man With The Golden Arm walked two, fanned four, and improved his record to 4–1.

              1972 - The Giants trade future Hall of Famer Willie Mays to the Mets for minor league pitcher Charlie Williams and cash.

              1977 - With the Braves mired in a 16-game losing streak, owner Ted Turner takes over as field manager. After the Braves lose again 2-1, Turner is relieved of his new job by N.L. president Chub Feeney. A league rule prohibits a manager from owning a financial interest in his club.

              1980 - Thirty-nine-year-old Pete Rose steals second, third, and home in one inning for the Phillies. The last National Leaguer to pull this feat was Jackie Robinson in 1954.

              1984 - The Tigers improve their record to 26-4 with an 8-2 win over the Angels and establish a new record for the best 30-game start in major league history, eclipsing the 25-5 mark set by the Dodgers in 1955.

              1990 - Citing a no-trade clause in his contract, Yankees outfielder Dave Winfield refuses to report to the Angels after being traded for Mike Witt. Winfield will eventually accept the trade on May 16, ending his often stormy relationship with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

              1996 - Al Leiter pitches the first no-hitter in Marlins history. After two walks and a hit batsman in the first three innings, Leiter retires the last 20 batters in a 6-0 gem.
              Here's another one from this date in 1919: Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators pitches 12 scoreless innings in a duel with Jack Quinn of the New York Yankees at the Polo Grounds. Johnson allows only two hits and retires 28 batters in a row. Future football star George Halas, batting leadoff for the Yankees, goes 0 for 5, striking out twice.
              My top 10 players:

              1. Babe Ruth
              2. Barry Bonds
              3. Ty Cobb
              4. Ted Williams
              5. Willie Mays
              6. Alex Rodriguez
              7. Hank Aaron
              8. Honus Wagner
              9. Lou Gehrig
              10. Mickey Mantle

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              • #8
                Nolan Ryan pitched the first of his 7 no-hitters on May 15, 1973.
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                1991- The Red Sox and White Sox play a contest which lasts 4 hours and 11 minutes setting a new record for slowest game ever played in nine innings
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                1959-The 100th anniversary of the first intercollegiate baseball game played is celebrated as the original contest between Amherst & Williams is reenacted.
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                • #9
                  May 16 -

                  Sammy Sosa hits two home runs in one inning becoming the first Cub to do this.
                  More information at www.thisdayinbaseballhistory.com

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                  • #10
                    May 24, 1995 Dennis Eckersley recorded his 300th save.
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