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  • Fred Toney, pitching for a minor league team in Winchester, Kentucky in the Blue Grass League, threw a 17 inning no-hitter. He struck out 19 and walked only 1. The pitcher going for his opponent, Lexington, also went the whole game. The game took just 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete.




  • A 5-4 win over the New York Yankees gave the Boston Red Sox their 15th straight win. They burst out of the game with a 21-3 record to start the season. They would finish the season with a 104-50 record.


  • Hank Aaron went 2-8 with a walk and 4 RBI over the course of a double header. Both hits were home runs. One of the homers was of the inside the park variety. The Atlanta Braves lost the first game against the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3, but beat them in game 2, 7-2.


  • The National and American Football Leagues announced their plans to merge for the 1970-71 season





  • Charlie Lea of the Montreal Expos no-hits the San Francisco Giants in a 4-0 game. He struck out 8 and walked 4. In his next start on May 16th he would beat the Giants once again, this time by a score of 5-0, by throwing a complete game shutout. In that game he allowed 4 hits and walked 2. Lea was the first French born major league player to throw a no-hitter.




  • Frank Thomas's season comes to an end when an MRI reveals that he has a right triceps tear that he got when diving for a ground ball. It was the worst season of his career as he appeared in only 20 games, a career low and hit only .221.


  • Tony Pena resigns as manager of the Kansas City Royals after the team starts the year with an 8-25 record. Bench coach, Bob Schaeffer would take over the team for the next 17 games before Buddy Bell was given the job. The team would finish the year with a 56-106 record to take home the title of the worst team in baseball.




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