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Events

1901

1937

1944

  • Joe McCarthy returns to manage the New York Yankees after missing most of spring training and the early season due to illness. With his roster heavily affected by World War II, McCarthy and the Yankees will finish in third place in the American League pennant race.

1961

  • Baltimore Orioles slugger Jim Gentile becomes the first major leaguer to hit grand slams in consecutive innings. “Diamond Jim” connects in the first and second inning of a 13-5 win over the Minnesota Twins. Three other players had previously hit two grand slams in a game, but never in back-to-back innings.

1962

1965

1973

1975

  • Young Swedish tennis star Bjorn Borg faces Australian legend Rod Laver in one of the most grueling matches in the history of tennis. Facing off in the semifinals of the WCT Championships in Dallas, Borg and Laver go back and forth for four hours, with the 18-year old Borg winning in five sets 7-6, 3-6, 5-7, 7-6, 6-2.

1978

1984

  • The Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers complete the longest game - by time - in major league history. The White Sox win the game in the 25th inning when Harold Baines hits a 420-foot home run against Chuck Porter. The game, which had been suspended the previous day after 17 innings, lasts a total of eight hours and six minutes.

1987

  • Eddie Murray of the Baltimore Orioles becomes the first player in major league history to switch-hit home runs in two consecutive games. Murray’s latest two-homer game helps the Orioles club the Chicago White Sox, 15-6. The previous game, Murray homered twice in a 7-6 win over the White Sox.

1989

  • Kevin Elster's record-setting errorless streak comes to an end. The New York Mets’ shortstop makes his first error after 88 consecutive games without a miscue.

2006

  • Tampa Bay Devil Rays prospect, Delmon Young is handed a 50 game suspension for an incident in which he threw a baseball bat at an umpire. Young was thrown out of the game after argueing a called third strike and threw his bat on the way back to the dugout.

Debuts

2003

Births

1928

1960

  • Future San Diego Padres star Tony Gwynn is born in Los Angeles. Gwynn will make his major league debut in 1982, and go on to win eight bating titles.

Deaths

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