Author: This Day in Baseball

June 22, 1993 On his final day as a profession…

June 22, 1993
On his final day as a professional baseball player, 45-year-old Carlton Fisk catches his 2,226th game to surpass Bob Boone as the all-time leader. ‘Pudge’ played the first 11 seasons in his 24-year major league career with the Red Sox.

June 21, 2009 Tony La Russa gets his 2,500th v…

June 21, 2009
Tony La Russa gets his 2,500th victory as a manager when St. Louis defeats Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium, 12-5. Joining Connie Mack and John McGraw, the Reds’ manager, who also piloted the White Sox and A’s, becomes only the third major league manager to reach the milestone.

June 20, 1901 John W. (Jack) Taylor goes the d…

June 20, 1901
John W. (Jack) Taylor goes the distance but takes the loss when the Orphans are defeated by the Beaneaters at Boston’s South End Grounds. The right-hander’s start begins a stunning streak of 187 consecutive complete games that ends in August of 1906 when he is relieved by another pitcher, after amassing an amazing 1,727 innings of work that includes finishing up 15 games in relief.

June 19, 1942 For the first and only time in a…

June 19, 1942
For the first and only time in a career that spans 1,787 contests, Joe DiMaggio strikes out three times in a game. Indians’ pitcher Mel Harder does the deed in the Tribe’s 5-4 victory over the Yankees at Cleveland Stadium.

June 18, 1967 Astros pitcher Don Wilson no-hit…

June 18, 1967
Astros pitcher Don Wilson no-hits the Braves, 2-0, striking out 15 of the 30 batters he faces. The right-handed fireballer, who will pitch another no-no for Houston next season, becomes the tenth rookie to throw a no-hitter.

June 17, 2009 At the Rangers Ballpark in Arlin…

June 17, 2009
At the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Astros catcher Ivan Rodriguez passes Carlton Fisk for the most games caught in a career when he makes his 2,227th appearance behind the plate. The veteran catcher establishes the mark against the Rangers, the team he broke in with as a 19-year-old in 1991.

June 16, 2014 Tony Gwynn, surrounded by his fa…

June 16, 2014
Tony Gwynn, surrounded by his family at Pomerado Hospital in Poway, CA, loses his battle to salivary gland cancer at the age of 54. The Hall of Fame outfielder, who became the head baseball coach for San Diego State University after spending his entire major league career with the Padres, compiled a .338 career batting average over 20 seasons, collecting 3,141 hits, en route to tying Honus Wagner’s mark of eight National League batting titles.

June 15, 1938 In the first night game played i…

June 15, 1938
In the first night game played in New York City, Johnny Vander Meer pitches his second consecutive no-hitter, beating the Dodgers at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, 6-0. Four days ago, the Reds’ lefty held the Braves hitless in a 3-0 victory at Crosley Field.

June 14, 2014 Jimmy Rollins becomes the Philli…

June 14, 2014
Jimmy Rollins becomes the Phillies’ all-time hits leader when he singles in the fifth against Chicago’s Edwin Jackson for his 2,235th hit for the 132-year-old franchise. At the end of the inning, the 35-year-old switch-hitting shortstop is greeted with a high-five and a hug at first base by Mike Schmidt, the Hall of Famer whose total he surpassed to set the mark, with the entire team then coming out from the Philadelphia dugout to offer their congratulations on the milestone hit.

June 13, 2012 Matt Cain tosses the fifth no-hi…

June 13, 2012
Matt Cain tosses the fifth no-hitter and second perfect game of the season when he retires 27 consecutive batters in the Giants’ 10-0 rout of the Astros at AT&T Park. The San Francisco right-hander, with the help of two great defensive plays from outfielders Melky Cabrera and Gregor Blanco, becomes the first pitcher in the 129-year history of the franchise and the 22nd in major league history to accomplish the feat.