May 23, 1936
With the Reds trailing by three runs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth at Crosley Field, Sammy Byrd hits Cy Blanton’s pitch for a game-ending home run, giving Cincinnati an incredible come-from-behind 4-3 victory. The 29-year-old outfielder becomes the third major leaguer to hit a walk-off grand slam.
May 22, 1933
Yankee third baseman Joe Sewell is struck out for the first time this season, a victim of Cleveland’s Wes Ferrell. The 34-year-old infielder, playing in his final season, will strike out only three more times in 524 at-bats.
May 21, 1996
In a 12-10 defeat of the Pirates, Larry Walker sets a Rockies’ club record with 13 total bases. The right fielder drives in six runs with a pair of two-run homers, a triple, and a double.
May 20, 2006
After barreling over fellow catcher Michael Barrett in a play he considered hard but clean, A.J. Pierzynski is surprised when the Cub backstop shows his displeasure by punching him the face. The incident ignites a bench-clearing brawl between the Chicago rivals that leads to a 15-minute delay and four ejections during the White Sox’ 7-0 victory at U.S. Cellular Field.
May 19, 1933
For the first time in major league history, brothers on opposite teams homer in the same game. Red Sox catcher Rick Ferrell takes his brother Wes deep, but the Indians’ pitcher returns the favor as he homers in the third on a pitch called by his sibling.
May 18, 2004
At the age of 40, Randy Johnson becomes the oldest pitcher to ever throw a perfect game when the Diamondbacks beat the Braves, 2-0. Johnson joins Cy Young, Jim Bunning, Hideo Nomo, and Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers to throw no-hitters in both leagues and creates the longest time span between no-no’s, having first accomplished the feat against the Tigers in June of 1990.
May 17, 1970
At Crosley Field, Braves’ outfielder Hank Aaron collects his 3000th hit when he scratches an infield single off of Reds’ pitcher Wayne Simpson. Aaron becomes the ninth player in major league history – and the first with 500 home runs – to reach this milestone.
May 16, 2011
Vin Mazzaro establishes a franchise record by allowing 14 runs in the 19-1 Indians’ rout of the Royals. The 25-year-old right-handed reliever, who will be sent down to the minors after the game with an ERA of 22.74, recorded just seven outs while giving up ten runs in the fourth inning and another four in the fifth before being removed.
May 15, 1981
At Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, the Indians’ Len Barker pitches the 11th perfect game in major league history, defeating the Blue Jays, 3-0. Catfish Hunter was the last pitcher to accomplish the feat, pitching for the A’s in 1968.
May 14, 1920
Beating the Tigers in relief at Griffith Stadium 9-8, 32-year-old Senator right-hander Walter Johnson registers his 300th victory. Although the ‘Big Train’ mostly pitched for losing teams during his 21-year career, he will compile 417 victories, including winning 20-games or more for ten consecutive seasons (1910-1919).