Thanks to Shane Victorino’s million-dollar pledge, the renovated 105 year-old Nicetown Boys & Girls Club celebrates its grand opening. The inner-city facility, now named after the Phillies’ All-Star center fielder, is only the second club in the country to bear the name of a major leaguer, with the ‘Flying Hawaiian’ sharing the distinction with Willie Mays.
In front of the second largest crowd this season, with many of the 8,822 fans rooting for the Dodgers, the Braves play their final home game in Boston. Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella hits the last home run at Braves Field in an 8-2 victory over the Milwaukee-bound club.
The White Sox’ Jim ‘Nixey’ Callahan throws the first no-hitter first in franchise history when he defeats the Tigers, 2-0. The right-handed utility player will accumulate 99 victories on the mound, but will only pitch in eight of his 13 seasons in the major leagues.
Roy Halladay, en route to capturing the American League Cy Young Award, pitches his fourth consecutive complete game when the Blue Jays beat Detroit at Tiger Stadium, 6-0. ‘Doc’ will finish the season 22-7 with eight of the victories coming from his nine complete games.
At Fenway Park in front of only 1,247 fans, Boston right-hander Dave Morehead, who will lead the league in losses with 18 this season, no-hits the visiting Indians, 2-1. On the same day, the ninth-place Red Sox, who will lose 100 games, fire their general manager, Pinky Higgins.
After hitting a single in the second, a double in the fourth, and a triple in the eighth, Bob Watson completes a natural cycle with a home run in the ninth inning of the Red Sox’ 10-2 victory over Baltimore at Memorial Stadium. The Boston first baseman becomes the first modern major leaguer to hit for the cycle in both leagues, having accomplished the feat with Houston in 1977.
Cardinals right-hander Howie Krist, with his 6-5 victory over the Giants at Sportsman’s Park, finishes the season with a perfect 10-0 record. Spud’s spotless season establishes a National League record for the most wins in a season by a pitcher without a defeat.
In the Padres’ 10-0 rout of Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park, Mike Piazza hits his last home run as a catcher to extend his record to 396, the most ever hit by a major league catcher. The 37-year-old surpassed Carlton Fisk in 2004 to establish the major league mark with his 352nd round-tripper while playing behind the plate for the Mets.
The last major league bounced home run is hit by Dodger catcher Al Lopez at Ebbets Field as the NL joins the American League, which had enacted the rule change in 1929. The player who hits the ball over the wall on a bounce will now be awarded a ground-rule double.