Baseball History

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  • 1838-06-04 First baseball-type game in Canada played at Beachville, Upper Canada
  • 1845-09-23 1st baseball team, NY Knickerbockers organize, adopt rule code
  • 1846-06-19 First officially recognised baseball game (played by Cartwright Rules) - NY Nines 23 defeat Knickerbockers 1 at Hoboken, New Jersey
  • 1848-09-18 Baseball rules 1st baseman can tag base for out instead of runner
  • 1851-06-03 1st baseball uniforms worn when the NY Knickerbockers wear a uniform of straw hats, white shirts and blue long trousers
  • 1857-03-07 Baseball decides 9 innings constitutes an official game, not 9 runs
  • 1858-07-20 Fee 1st charged to see a baseball game (50 cents) (NY beats Bkln 22-18)
  • 1859-05-31 Philadelphia A's organize to play "town ball" became baseball 20 years later
  • 1859-07-01 1st intercollegiate baseball game, Amherst beats Williams 66-32 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • 1860-02-22 Organized baseball played in San Francisco for 1st time between the Eagles and the Red Rovers
  • 1862-05-15 First baseball enclosure opens at Union Grounds, Brooklyn
  • 1862-10-14 Baseballer James Creighton ruptures bladder hitting HR, dies 10/18
  • 1862-12-25 40,000 watch Union army men play baseball at Hilton Head, South Carolina
  • 1866-07-23 Cincinnati Baseball club (Red Stockings) forms
  • 1868-11-26 1st baseball game played in enclosed field in San Francisco, at 25th & Folsom
  • 1869-03-15 Cincinnati Red Stockings become the 1st professional baseball team

  • 1869-04-17 1st pro baseball games-Cincinnati Reds 24, Cin amateurs 15
  • 1869-05-04 Cincinnati Reds play their 1st baseball game, win 45-9 against the Great Western Base Ball Club
  • 1870-11-27 The New York Times dubs baseball "The National Game"
  • 1871-10-30 Philadelphia Athletics beat Chicago for 1st National Association baseball pennant
  • 1874-02-27 Baseball 1st played in England at Lord's Cricket Ground
  • 1874-03-02 National Association of Professional Baseball Players officially adopts the batter's box; decide any player betting on his own team will be expelled; any player betting on any other team to forfeit his pay
  • 1874-07-30 1st baseball teams to play outside US, Boston-Philadelphia in British Isles
  • 1875-05-12 1st recorded shutout in pro baseball, Chicago 1, St Louis 0
  • 1876-02-02 Baseball's National League forms at the Grand Central Hotel, NYC with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia and St Louis
  • 1876-02-03 Albert Spalding with $800 starts sporting goods co, manufacturing 1st official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, & football
  • 1876-04-22 1st official National League baseball game is played; Boston Red Stockings beat Philadelphia Athletics, 6-5 at the Jefferson Street Grounds, Philadelphia
  • 1876-04-22 Philadelphia Nationals Wes Fisler scores baseball's 1st run
  • 1876-07-15 Baseball's first official no-hitter: George Bradley of the St Louis Brown Stockings no-hits the Hartford Dark Blues, 2-0
  • 1877-04-12 Catcher's mask 1st used in a baseball game
  • 1878-05-08 1st unassisted triple play in organized baseball, by Paul Hines
  • 1879-10-01 Cincinnati Enquirer publishes first report on Baseball's reserve clause; rights to players retained by team upon the contract's expiration; replaced by free agency
  • 1880-09-29 1st pro baseball game at Polo Grounds, NY Metropolitans beat Washington Nationals 4-2 in 5 innings
  • 1882-06-24 National League expels umpire Richard Higham from baseball for dishonesty after his links with gambling on games are confirmed
  • 1882-09-25 1st baseball doubleheader (Providence & Worcester)
  • 1883-05-01 First National League baseball game in Philadelphia since 1876, Providence Greys beat Philadelphia Quakers, 4-3

  • 1883-06-02 1st night baseball under lights, Fort Wayne Indiana
  • 1883-06-16 1st baseball "Ladies' Day" (NY Gothams beat Cleve Spiders 5-2)
  • 1884-05-01 Catcher Moses Walker is acknowledged as the first African-American to play major league baseball joining the Toledo Blue Stockings
  • 1884-10-22 Sporting Life announces that both pennant winners will meet in 3 game series Oct 23-25 at Polo Grounds NYC to determine baseball champion
  • 1885-10-17 Baseball sets all players salaries at $1,000-$2,000 for 1885 season
  • 1885-10-22 John Ward & several teammates secretly form Brotherhood of Prof Base Ball Players, 1st baseball union
  • 1887-12-02 International Baseball League disbands; teams in Syracuse, Toronto, Hamilton, and Buffalo form the International Association; those in Newark, Jersey City, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton become the Central League
  • 1888-06-03 Baseball poem "Casey at the Bat" 1st published by the San Francisco Examiner
  • 1888-10-20 Chicago & All America baseball teams play exhibition in Auckland, NZ
  • 1888-12-25 1st indoor baseball game played at fairgrounds in Philadelphia
  • 1889-06-22 Louisville Colonels set ML baseball record with 26th consecutive loss
  • 1889-10-24 Softball rules adopted by Mid Winter Indoor Baseball League
  • 1889-11-04 Players League begins, declaring independence from baseball's NL

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1890-08-06 Future Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young throws 3-hit ball in his MLB debut for the Cleveland Spiders in 8-1 win vs Chicago Colts

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1890-09-01 Brooklyn Bridegrooms win 3 MLB games in one day‚ feasting on the Pittsburgh Alleghenys 10 - 9‚ 3 - 2‚ and 8 - 4
  • 1892-04-17 1st Sunday NL baseball game, Reds beat Cards 5-1
  • 1892-04-29 Charlie Reilly is baseball's 1st pinch hitter
  • 1892-06-07 John J. Doyle of Clev Spiders is 1st to pinch hit in a baseball game
  • 1894-05-16 Fire in Boston destroys the South End Grounds baseball stadium and 200 other buildings
  • 1894-05-30 Boston Beaneaters baseball second baseman Bobby Lowe first to hit 4 home runs in one game in win against Cincinnati Reds
  • 1897-05-18 American baseball NY Giant William (Bill) Joyce sets record of 4 triples in 1 game
  • 1897-06-29 Chicago Colts establish MLB record for most runs scored in a game by one team as they maul Louisville Colonels, 36 - 7 at the West Side Grounds, Chicago
  • 1898-07-05 Lizzie Arlington becomes first woman to play professional men's baseball when she pitches 9th inning for the Reading Coal Heavers against the Allentown Peanuts; allows 2 hits and walks a batter but preserves 5-0 win
  • 1900-07-08 1st night baseball, league game (Zanesville at Grand Rapids)
  • 1900-11-13 Baltimore Orioles (now NY Yankees) enter baseball's American League
  • 1901-04-24 The Chicago White Stockings win against the Cleveland Blues in the 1st game played in baseball's American League
  • 1901-04-25 In last of 9th, Detroit Tigers, trailing by 13-4, score 10 runs to win one of greatest comebacks in baseball (1st game in Detroit)
  • 1901-09-05 National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues forms
  • 1901-09-19 11 baseball games canceled due to funeral of President William McKinley
  • 1902-06-15 Minor League's most lopsided baseball game: Corsicana 51; Texarkana 3 Justin Clark of Corsicana, Texas minors hits 8 home runs in 1 game
  • 1902-11-21 Baseball's Philadelphia Athletics & Phillies form pro football teams, joining Pitts Stars in 1st attempt at a National Football League
  • 1903-01-09 Baseball's National & American Leagues make peace
  • 1903-01-09 Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchase the American League's Baltimore baseball franchise for $18,000 and move it to NYC (later the NY Yankees)
  • 1903-03-01 Major League Baseball Rules Committee rule that pitcher's mound must not be more than 15 inches higher than the baselines or home plate
  • 1903-10-01 First Baseball World Series game ever played; Pittsburgh Pirates beat Boston Americans 7-3 at Huntington Avenue; Jimmy Sebring hits first home run; Deacon Phillippe is winning pitcher and Cy Young the loser
  • 1903-10-13 Boston Americans win the inaugural Baseball World Series; beat Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 in Game 8 at Huntington Avenue for a 5-3 series victory; winning pitcher Bill Dinneen
  • 1904-05-05 Cy Young pitches the first perfect game in "modern" baseball for Boston Americans against Philadelphia Athletics's (3-0)
  • 1904-09-09 Boston Herald again refers to NY baseball club as Yankees, when it reports "Yankees take 2," Yankee name not official till 1913
  • 1905-01-16 Baseball outfielder Frank Huelsman completes eighth transaction in 8 months
  • 1905-05-17 Waseda U of Tokyo defeats LA High School 5-3 in baseball
  • 1905-07-04 Baseball Hall of Fame pitchers Rube Waddell (A's) and Cy Young (Boston) matchup in 20-inning classic; Philadelphia win, 4-2
  • 1905-08-15 Philadelphia A's future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Rube Waddell no-hits St Louis Browns, 2-0 in 5 innings
  • 1906-06-07 Chicago Cubs score 11 runs in 1st inning of 19-0 drubbing of New York Giants off future Baseball Hall of Famers Christy Mathewson and Joe McGinnity; worst beating in Giants franchise history
  • 1906-09-01 Philadelphia beats the Red Sox 4-1 in 24 innings in Boston in the longest game in AL baseball history; both starters go the distance as A's hurler Jack Coombs overcomes Boston's Joe Harris
  • 1906-09-03 Philadelphia Giants win Negro Championship Cup in Philadelphia before 10,000 fans; black baseball's largest crowd ever

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1907-08-02 Legendary pitcher Walter Johnson at 19 begins his 21 year Baseball Hall of Fame playing career with Washington with 3-2 loss v Detroit

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1907-12-30 Abraham Mills' commission declares Abner Doubleday invented baseball

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1908-02-07 Philadelphia A's manager/owner Connie Mack sells future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Rube Waddell to St Louis Browns for $5,000

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • 1908-04-02 Mills Committee declares baseball was invented by in 1839 by future American Civil War general Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown, New York; known as 'the Doubleday myth'
  • 1908-06-30 At 41 years, 3 months future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young becomes oldest player to record a third career no-hitter as Boston Red Sox beat NY Highlanders, 8-0
  • 1908-07-29 St Louis Browns' future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Rube Waddell strikes out 16 Philadelphia A's in 5-4 win against his previous team at Sportsman's Park II, St. Louis
  • 1908-08-24 NY Giants scores shown on electric diamonds known as "Compton's Baseball Bulletin" at Madison Square Garden
  • 1908-09-26 Ed Ruelbach becomes the first person to pitch a doubleheader shutout in major league baseball
  • 1908-10-01 Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Jack Chesbro records final victory for the NY Highlanders before waived and claimed by Red Sox; beats Walter Johnson and Washington Senators, 2-1
  • 1908-10-02 Cleveland Naps and future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Addie Joss hurls a classic perfect game, beating Ed Walsh and the White Sox, 1-0
  • 1908-10-14 Upset over seating arrangements at the Baseball World Series, sports reporters form a professional group that will become Baseball Writers Association of America
  • 1908-11-22 1st US-Japanese baseball game Reach All-Americans defeat Waseda U, 5-0
  • 1909-03-31 National Baseball Commission rules players who jump contracts to be suspended for 5 years; players joining outlaw organizations suspended for 3 years

OlympicsOlympic Gold

1909-06-16 Jim Thorpe makes his pro baseball pitching debut for Rocky Mount (ECL) with 4-2 win, this will cause him to forfeit his Olympic gold medals

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1909-07-08 1st pro baseball game (minor league) played under lights

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1909-07-15 Detroit's future Baseball Hall of Fame center-fielder Ty Cobb smashes 2 inside-the-park homers to lead the Tigers to a sweep of the Washington Senators, 9-5 and 7-0

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1909-07-30 John Heyder becomes president of baseball's National League
  • 1909-08-31 A J Reach Co patents cork-centered baseball
  • 1909-09-18 Largest paid baseball attendance (35,409), A's beat Tigers, 2-0 in Det

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 763

  • 1819-06-26 Abner Doubleday, Union general-major and inventor (baseball), born in Ballston Spa, New York (d. 1893)

Person of interestAlexander Cartwright

1820-04-17 Alexander Cartwright, American sportsman (recognized as inventor of modern baseball), born in NYC, New York (d. 1892)

Inventor of Modern Baseball Alexander Cartwright
Inventor of Modern Baseball
Alexander Cartwright
  • 1824-10-06 Henry Chadwick, English-American baseball pioneer, developed 1st rule book, born in Exeter, Devon, England (d. 1908)
  • 1835-09-25 Harry Wright, English Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder and manager (established baseball's first fully professional team, Cincinnati Red Stockings 1869), born in Sheffield, England (d. 1895)
  • 1836-02-29 Dickey Pearce, American baseball shortstop (pioneer shortstop position; introduced bunt) and manager (NY Mutuals, St. Louis Brown Stockings), born in Brooklyn, NY (d. 1908)
  • 1837-12-26 Morgan Bulkeley, American politician and baseball commissioner (d. 1922)
  • 1847-12-02 Deacon White, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL batting champion, RBI leader 1877); Boston Red Stockings), born in Caton, New York (d. 1939)
  • 1848-10-17 William "Candy" Cummings, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (credited with creating the curveball), born in Ware, Massachusetts (d. 1924)
  • 1852-07-13 George Bradley, American baseball pitcher (first no-hitter in MLB history 1876; NL ERA leader 1876), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1931)
  • 1855-02-19 John Morrill, American baseball first baseman and manager (National League pennant: 1877, 78, 83; Boston Red Caps/Beaneaters), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1932)
  • 1856-04-02 Tommy Bond, Irish baseball pitcher and right fielder (Triple Crown 1877; Boston Red Caps; first man born in Ireland to play MLB), born in Granard, Ireland (d. 1941)

Person of interestTim Keefe

1857-01-01 Tim Keefe, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Triple Crown 1888; MLB record 0.86 ERA, single season 1880; NY Giants), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1933)

Major League Baseball Pitcher Tim Keefe
Major League Baseball Pitcher
Tim Keefe
  • 1857-05-05 Lee Richmond, American baseball pitcher (first ever MLB perfect game 1880), born in Sheffield, Ohio (d. 1929)
  • 1857-07-01 Roger Connor, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman (career HR record 138 stood for 23 years), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 1931)
  • 1857-10-07 Moses Walker, American baseball catcher (first African-American open about his heritage to play MLB; Toledo Blue Stockings), born in Mt. Pleasant, Ohio (d. 1924)
  • 1859-03-19 Edward J. McKeever, American baseball executive (co-owner Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1925)
  • 1859-07-08 Hank O'Day, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher/umpire/manager (umpire 10 World Series), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1935)
  • 1859-11-01 Bid McPhee, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (Cincinnati Reds; last 2nd baseman to play without a glove), born in Massena, NY (d. 1943)
  • 1861-07-01 John Clarkson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Triple Crown 1889), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1909)
  • 1862-04-30 Jack Sheridan, American Baseball Hall of Fame umpire (World Series 1905, 07-08, 10), born in Decatur, Illinois (d. 1914)

Person of interestConnie Mack

1862-12-22 Connie Mack, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, manager and owner (World Series 1910, 11, 13, 29, 30; most managerial wins, losses & games managed in MLB history; Philadelphia A's), born in East Brookfield, Massachusetts (d. 1956)

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • 1863-08-14 Ernest Thayer, American poet who wrote the famous baseball poem "Casey", born in Lawrence, Massachusetts (d. 1940)
  • 1864-01-06 Ban Johnson, American baseball executive (American League), born in Norwalk, Connecticut (d. 1931)
  • 1865-02-23 Barney Dreyfuss, baseball owner (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1865-07-10 Bobby Lowe, American baseball second baseman (first player to hit 4 HRs in one MLB game, 1894), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1951)
  • 1866-06-21 Matt Kilroy, American baseball pitcher (MLB single-season record 513 strikeouts 1886; MLB no-hitter 1886; Baltimore Orioles), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1940)
  • 1866-11-03 Harry Staley, American baseball pitcher (MLB record 9 RBI 1893; record lasts 70+ years), born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 1910)
  • 1866-11-20 Kenesaw Mountain Landis, American judge and 1st commissioner of baseball (1920-44), born in Millville, Ohio (d. 1944)

Person of interestCy Young

1867-03-29 Cy Young, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (most wins in MLB history 511), born in Gilmore, Ohio (d. 1955)

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1867-10-30 Ed Delahanty, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder (NL batting champion 1899, 1902), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1903)
  • 1868-05-10 Ed Barrow, American baseball manager (d. 1953)
  • 1869-04-02 Hughie Jennings, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (Baltimore Orioles) and manager (Detroit Tigers 1907-20), born in Pittston, Pennsylvania (d. 1928)
  • 1870-02-14 Bob Quinn, American MLB executive (owner Boston Red Sox 1923–33; part owner Boston Braves 1936–45; President National Baseball Hall of Fame 1948–51), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1954)
  • 1870-12-31 Thomas Connolly, English-American baseball umpire, born in Manchester, United Kingdom (d. 1961)
  • 1871-03-19 Joseph McGinnity, baseball pitcher (NY Giants), born in Rock Island, Illinois
  • 1872-03-03 Willie Keeler, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (highest career AB-per-strikeout ratio in MLB history), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1923)
  • 1872-10-03 Fred Clarke, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder and manager (Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates; .312 BA), born in Winterset, Iowa (d. 1960)
  • 1873-11-04 Bobby Wallace, Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop, pitcher, manager, umpire and scout (St. Louis Browns), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1960)
  • 1874-02-22 Bill Klem, American baseball umpire (d. 1951)

Person of interestHonus Wagner

1874-02-24 Honus Wagner, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (8-time NL batting champion), born in Chartiers Borough, Pennsylvania (d. 1955)

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 1874-03-18 Jimmy 'Nixey' Callahan, American baseball pitcher, outfielder and manager (Chicago WS; first AL no-hitter 1902), born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts (d. 1934)
  • 1874-06-05 Jack Chesbro, baseball pitcher (NY Highlanders - won 41 in 1904), born in North Adams, Massachusetts (d. 1931)
  • 1877-08-31 Lizzie Arlington, American baseball pitcher (first woman to play professional men's baseball 1898 Reading Coal Heavers), born in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania (d. 1919)
  • 1878-05-14 James L. Wilkinson, American baseball executive (d. 1964)
  • 1880-06-29 Harry Frazee, American MLB team owner (Boston Red Sox), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1929)
  • 1880-07-04 George Mullin, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers; no-hitter 1912), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1944)
  • 1880-07-27 Joe Tinker, American professional baseball player and manager, born in Muscotah, Kansas (d. 1948)
  • 1880-07-27 Jack Doscher, American baseball pitcher (1st son of a major leaguer to play MLB), born in Troy, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1880-08-12 Christy Mathewson, HOF baseball pitcher (Won 37 in 1908)
  • 1881-05-14 Ed Walsh, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, manager (Chicago WS; MLB ERA record 1.82), born in Plains Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • 1881-12-20 Branch Rickey, American baseball player & sports executive (Dodgers), born in Stockdale, Ohio
  • 1881-12-25 Joseph V McCarthy, baseball manager (NY Yankees)
  • 1882-09-17 Frank Schulte, American baseball outfielder (NL MVP 1911; Chicago Cubs), born in Cochecton, New York (d. 1949)
  • 1883-05-05 Charles "Chief" Bender, American MLB pitcher and only American Indian in baseball's Hall of Fame (Philadelphia Athletics), born in Crow Wing County, Minnesota (d. 1954)
  • 1886-07-31 Larry Doyle, American baseball second baseman (NL MVP 1912, NL batting champion 1915; NY Giants), born in Caseyville, Illinois (d. 1974)
  • 1886-10-23 Lena Blackburne, American baseball infielder, manager, coach (Chicago WS; discovered rubbing clay to take the shine off baseballs), born in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)

Person of interestTy Cobb

1886-12-18 Ty Cobb, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (AL MVP 1911; Triple Crown 1909; 12 × AL batting champion; Detroit Tigers) and manager (Detroit Tigers 1921-26), born in Narrows, Georgia (d. 1961)

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1887-02-26 Grover Cleveland Alexander, HOF baseball pitcher (Phillies, Cubs)
  • 1887-04-21 Joe McCarthy, American baseball manager (New York Yankees), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)

Person of interestEddie Collins

1887-05-02 Eddie Collins, Hall of Fame baseball infielder (White Sox, A's) and manager, born in Millerton, New York (d. 1951)

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins

Person of interestWalter Johnson

1887-11-06 Walter Johnson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (3 x Triple Crown; World Series 1924; AL MVP 1913, 24; Washington Senators), born in Humboldt, Kansas (d. 1946)

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1888-01-05 George "Rube" Foster, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1915, 16; no-hitter 1916; Boston Red Sox), born in Lehigh, Oklahoma (d. 1976)
  • 1888-03-04 Jeff Pfeffer, American professional baseball pitcher (d. 1972)
  • 1888-07-01 Ben Taylor, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman (Indianapolis ABCs) and manager (Washington Potomacs, Baltimore Black Sox), born in Anderson, South Carolina (d. 1953)
  • 1888-11-02 Dutch Zwilling, American baseball outfielder (Federal League HR all-time leader), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1978)
  • 1888-12-20 Fred Merkle, American baseball figure, born in Watertown, Wisconsin (d. 1958)
  • 1889-10-25 Smoky Joe Wood, American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • 1890-02-03 Larry MacPhail, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees), born in Cass City, Michigan (d. 1975)
  • 1890-05-14 Alex Pompez, American baseball executive (d. 1974)
  • 1890-07-30 Casey Stengel, American Baseball Hall of Fame manager (Yankees (1949-60), NY Met's 1st), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1975)
  • 1890-12-04 Bob Shawkey, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1923, 27); AL ERA leader 1920, New York Yankees), born in Sigel, Pennsylvania (d. 1980)
  • 1891-11-20 Leon Cadore, American baseball pitcher (pitched all of 26 inning game), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1958)
  • 1894-08-03 Harry Heilmann, American baseball hall of famer outfielder (Detroit), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1951)
  • 1894-12-19 Ford C Frick, baseball commissioner (1951-65)
  • 1895-02-06 Babe Ruth, American Baseball Hall of Fame slugger (MLB All-Star 1933, 34; 7 x World Series champion; 12 × AL home run leader 1918–21, 23-24, 1926–31), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1948)
  • 1895-09-10 George 'High Pockets' Kelly, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (World Series 1921, 22; NL HR leader 1921; NY Giants), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1984)
  • 1896-04-27 Rogers Hornsby, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman, manager (7-time NL batting champion), born in Winters, Texas (d. 1963)
  • 1896-05-28 Warren Giles, American baseball National League president, born in Tiskilwa, Illinois (d. 1979)
  • 1896-11-08 Bucky Harris, American baseball player and manager (Phillies, Yankees), born in Port Jervis, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1896-12-27 Arch Ward, sportswriter (proposed baseball's all-star game)
  • 1897-09-17 Earl Webb, American baseball outfielder (MLB Record: 67 doubles, single season 1931; Boston Red Sox), born in White County, Tennessee (d. 1965)
  • 1898-07-14 A. B. "Happy" Chandler, American politician and baseball commissioner (d. 1991)
  • 1899-03-28 August A. "Gussie" Busch, Jr., American brewing magnate and American baseball executive, born in St Louis (d. 1989)
  • 1899-11-11 Pie Traynor, American baseball hall of fame 3rd baseman (Pirates), born in Framingham, Massachusetts (d. 1972)
  • 1900-02-15 George Earnshaw American baseball pitcher (World Series 1929-30; Philadelphia Athletics), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1976)
  • 1900-03-06 Robert "Lefty" Grove, baseball pitcher (300 game winner)
  • 1900-10-16 [Leon] Goose Goslin, baseball hall of famer (AL bat champ 1928)
  • 1900-12-20 Gabby Hartnett, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (MLB All Star 1933–38; NL MVP 1935; Chicago Cubs) and manager (Chicago Cubs), born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island (d. 1972)
  • 1901-03-31 Mule Suttles, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (5-time Negro Leagues All Star), born in Edgewater, Alabama (d. 1966)
  • 1901-10-01 Jimmie Reese, American baseball infielder and coach (LA Angels Hall of Fame), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1902-05-22 Al Simmons, American baseball outfielder (A's), lifetime batting avg of .334, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1956)

Person of interestRay Kroc

1902-10-05 Ray Kroc, American fast food entrepreneur (McDonald's) and owner of baseball's San Diego Padres, born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1984)

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc
  • 1902-12-01 Red Badgro, American Pro Football Hall of Fame end and coach (NY Giants) and baseball outfielder (NY Yankees), born in Orillia, Washington (d. 1998)
  • 1903-02-01 Carl Reynolds, American baseball outfielder (2nd player in MLB history to hit home runs in 3 consecutive innings 1930; Chicago WS), born in LaRue, Texas (d. 1978)
  • 1903-02-21 Thomas Yawkey, baseball owner (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1903-04-06 Mickey Cochrane, baseball hall of fame catcher (.320 avg)
  • 1903-05-11 Charlie Gehringer, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman (Detroit Tigers, 6-time MLB All Star), born in Fowlerville, Michigan (d. 1993)

Person of interestLou Gehrig

1903-06-19 Lou Gehrig, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (6 x World Series, 2 x AL MVP), born in NYC, New York (d. 1941)

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1903-06-22 Carl Hubbell, American baseball pitcher (NY Giants)-253 wins, 2.97 lifetime ERA, born in Carthage, Missouri (d. 1988)
  • 1903-10-09 Walter O'Malley, American baseball team owner (Dodgers), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1979)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1887-11-02 Baseball legend Connie Mack (24) weds Margaret Hogan

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack

LoveWedding of Interest

1914-10-14 Baseball legend Babe Ruth (19) weds Helen Woodford

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

LoveWedding of Interest

1939-11-19 Baseball legend Joe DiMaggio (24) weds "Freshies" actress Dorothy Arnold at St. Peter and Paul Church in San Francisco

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio

LoveWedding of Interest

1948-09-24 American Major League Baseball outfielder Ty Cobb (61) weds Frances Cass (40)

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb

LoveWedding of Interest

1950-04-14 Baseball manager Tom Lasorda (22) weds Joan Miller

Baseball Manager Tommy Lasorda
Baseball Manager
Tommy Lasorda
  • 1966-07-09 Major League Baseball pitcher Tom Seaver (21) weds Nancy Lynn McIntyre

LoveWedding of Interest

1969-06-19 Baseball manager Leo Durocher (63) weds socialite Lynne Walker Goldblatt (40) at the Ambassador West Hotel in Chicago

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher

LoveWedding of Interest

1987-12-19 Retired baseball catcher Johnny Bench (40) weds Laura Cwikowski

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench

LoveWedding of Interest

1991-02-15 Baseball superstar George Brett (37) weds Leslie Davenport in Manhattan Beach, California

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett

LoveWedding of Interest

1992-01-13 MLB baseball right fielder Sammy Sosa (23) weds Sonia Rodriguez

MLB Outfielder Sammy Sosa
MLB Outfielder
Sammy Sosa

LoveWedding of Interest

1998-01-10 Major League Baseball outfielder Barry Bonds (33) weds Elizabeth Watson (28) at Ritz-Carlton Hotel in San Francisco

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 2010-11-13 Major League Baseball pitcher Kyle Kendrick (26) married three-time "Survivor" contestant Stephanie LaGrossa (30) at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California
  • 2012-12-01 Minnesota Twins baseball catcher Joe Mauer (29) weds Maddie Bisanz at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in St. Paul, Minnesota

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1980-07-31 Karolyn Englehardt divorces baseball manager Pete Rose (39) after 16 years of marriage

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

Deaths in Sport

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Person of interestAlexander Cartwright

1892-07-12 Alexander Cartwright, American sportsman (recognized as inventor of modern baseball), dies at 72

Inventor of Modern Baseball Alexander Cartwright
Inventor of Modern Baseball
Alexander Cartwright
  • 1893-01-26 Abner Doubleday, Union general-major and inventor (baseball), dies at 73
  • 1895-10-03 Harry Wright, English Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder and manager (established baseball's first fully professional team, Cincinnati Red Stockings 1869), dies of a lung ailment at 60
  • 1908-04-20 Henry Chadwick, English-American baseball pioneer, developed 1st rule book, dies at 85
  • 1908-09-18 Dickey Pearce, American baseball shortstop (pioneer shortstop position; introduced bunt) and manager (NY Mutuals, St. Louis Brown Stockings), dies at 72
  • 1909-02-04 John Clarkson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Triple Crown 1889), dies of mental illness & pneumonia at 47
  • 1910-01-12 Harry Staley, American baseball pitcher (MLB record 9 RBI 1893; record lasts 70+ years), dies at 43
  • 1913-06-05 Chris von der Ahe, German entrepreneur and owner of St. Louis Brown Stockings, dies at 61
  • 1914-04-01 Rube Waddell, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Triple Crown, AL wins leader 1905; ERA leader 1900, 05; strikeout leader 1902–07; Philadelphia A's), dies from tuberculosis at 37
  • 1914-11-02 Jack Sheridan, American Baseball Hall of Fame umpire (World Series 1905, 07-08, 10), dies from effects of sunstroke at 52
  • 1918-03-10 Jim McCormick, Scottish-born American baseball pitcher and manager (first Scot in MLB; NL wins leader 1880, 82; NL ERA leader 1883), dies at 61
  • 1922-04-14 Cap Anson, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman and manager (NL batting champion 1881, 88; 8 × NL RBI leader; Chicago White Stockings / Colts), dies from a glandular ailment at 69
  • 1923-01-01 Willie Keeler, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (highest career AB-per-strikeout ratio in MLB history), dies of tuberculosis at 50
  • 1924-05-11 Moses Walker, American baseball catcher (first African-American open about his heritage to play MLB; Toledo Blue Stockings), dies at 66
  • 1924-05-16 William "Candy" Cummings, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (credited with creating the curveball), dies at 75
  • 1925-04-29 Edward J. McKeever, American baseball executive (co-owner Brooklyn Dodgers), dies of influenza at 66
  • 1929-06-04 Harry Frazee, American MLB team owner (Boston Red Sox), dies of kidney failure at 48
  • 1929-09-25 Miller Huggins, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman, manager (NY Yankees WS 1923, 27-28), dies of pyaemia at 51
  • 1929-10-01 Lee Richmond, American baseball pitcher (first ever MLB perfect game, 1880), dies at 72
  • 1929-11-14 Joseph McGinnity, baseball pitcher (NY Giants), dies at 58
  • 1931-03-28 Ban Johnson, American baseball executive, founder and President of the American League, dies after a long illness at 67
  • 1931-10-02 George Bradley, American baseball pitcher (first no-hitter in MLB history 1876; NL ERA leader 1876), dies at 79
  • 1931-10-26 Charles Comiskey, American baseball player, team owner and manager (Chicago White Sox), dies at 72
  • 1931-11-06 Jack Chesbro, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (NY Highlanders - won 41 games 1904), dies of heart attack at 57
  • 1932-04-02 John Morrill, American baseball first baseman and manager (National League pennant: 1877, 78, 83; Boston Red Caps/Beaneaters), dies of pneumonia at 77

Person of interestTim Keefe

1933-04-23 Tim Keefe, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Triple Crown 1888; MLB record 0.86 ERA, single season 1880; NY Giants), dies at 76

Major League Baseball Pitcher Tim Keefe
Major League Baseball Pitcher
Tim Keefe
  • 1934-02-25 John McGraw, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder/manager (manager NY Giants World Series champions 1905, 21-22), dies of uremic poisoning at 60
  • 1934-08-08 Wilbert Robinson, baseball manager (Bkln Dodgers), dies
  • 1934-10-04 Jimmy 'Nixey' Callahan, American baseball pitcher, outfielder and manager (Chicago WS; first AL no-hitter 1902), dies at 60
  • 1935-07-02 Hank O'Day, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, umpire, manager (umpire 10 World Series), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 75
  • 1939-07-07 Deacon White, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL batting champion, RBI leader 1877); Boston Red Stockings), dies from heat stroke at 91
  • 1940-03-02 Matt Kilroy, American baseball pitcher (MLB single-season record 513 strikeouts 1886; MLB no-hitter 1886; Baltimore Orioles), dies at 73
  • 1940-08-03 Willard Hershberger, American baseball catcher (Cincinnati Reds), commits suicide at 30
  • 1940-08-21 Ernest Thayer, American poet who wrote the famous baseball poem "Casey", dies at 77
  • 1941-01-24 Tommy Bond, Irish baseball pitcher and right fielder (Triple Crown 1877; Boston Red Caps; first man born in Ireland to play MLB), dies at 84

Person of interestLou Gehrig

1941-06-02 Lou Gehrig, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (6 x World Series, 2 x AL MVP), dies of motor neurone disease at 37

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1943-01-03 Bid McPhee, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (Cincinnati Reds; last 2nd baseman to play without a glove), dies at 83
  • 1944-01-07 George Mullin, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers; no-hitter 1912), dies at 63
  • 1944-11-25 Kenesaw Mountain Landis, American judge and 1st commissioner of baseball (1920-44), dies at 78
  • 1944-12-02 Eiji Sawamura, Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (first no-hitter in Japanese pro baseball 1936), dies in battle when his ship torpedoed, at 27

Person of interestBabe Ruth

1948-08-16 Babe Ruth, American Baseball Hall of Fame slugger (MLB All-Star 1933, 34; 7 x World Series champion; 12 × AL home run leader 1918–21, 23-24, 1926–31), dies of Nasopharynx cancer at 53

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1949-10-02 Frank Schulte, American baseball outfielder (NL MVP 1911; Chicago Cubs), dies at 67

Person of interestEddie Collins

1951-03-25 Eddie Collins, Hall of Fame baseball infielder (White Sox, A's) and manager, dies of heart problems at 63

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • 1951-12-08 Bobby Lowe, American baseball second baseman (first player to hit 4 HRs in one MLB game, 1894), dies at 86
  • 1952-08-30 Arky Vaughn, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (MLB All-Star 1934–42; NL batting champion 1935; NL stolen base leader 1943), drowns whilst fishing at 40
  • 1953-01-24 Ben Taylor, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman (Indianapolis ABCs) and manager (Washington Potomacs, Baltimore Black Sox), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • 1954-03-12 Bob Quinn, American MLB executive (owner Boston Red Sox 1923–33; part owner Boston Braves 1936–45; President National Baseball Hall of Fame 1948–51), dies at 84
  • 1954-05-22 Charles "Chief" Bender, American MLB pitcher and only American Indian in baseball's Hall of Fame (Philadelphia Athletics), dies at 70
  • 1954-11-26 Bill Doak, American baseball pitcher (NL ERA leader 1914, 21; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 63

Person of interestCy Young

1955-11-04 Cy Young, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (most wins in MLB history 511), dies of a heart attack at 88

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young

Person of interestConnie Mack

1956-02-08 Connie Mack, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, manager and owner (World Series 1910, 11, 13, 29, 30; most managerial wins, losses & games managed in MLB history; Philadelphia A's), dies at 93

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • 1956-05-26 Al Simmons, American baseball outfielder (A's), lifetime batting avg of .334, dies at 54
  • 1958-03-16 Leon Cadore, American baseball pitcher (pitched all of 26 inning game), dies at 65
  • 1958-03-28 Chuck Klein, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (Triple Crown 1933 Philadelphia Phillies), dies of a stroke at 53
  • 1958-11-21 Mel Ott, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder and manager (12 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1933; 6 × NL home run leader ; NY Giants), dies of injuries sustained in an auto accident at 49
  • 1959-05-26 Ed Walsh, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, manager (Chicago WS; MLB ERA record 1.82), dies at 78
  • 1960-06-25 Tommy Corcoran, American baseball shortstop (MLB shortstop game assist record 14), dies at 91
  • 1960-08-14 Fred Clarke, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder and manager (Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates; .312 BA), dies at 87
  • 1960-11-03 Bobby Wallace, Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop, pitcher, manager, umpire and scout (St. Louis Browns), dies at 86
  • 1961-01-08 Lynwood Thomas "Schoolboy" Rowe, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), dies at 50
  • 1961-06-18 Eddie Gaedel, American baseball pinch-hitter (shortest player in MLB history 3' 7"; St. Louis Browns), dies after mugging at 36

Person of interestTy Cobb

1961-07-17 Ty Cobb, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (AL MVP 1911; Triple Crown 1909; 12 × AL batting champion; Detroit Tigers) and manager (Detroit Tigers 1921-26), dies of cancer at 74

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1961-08-28 Thomas Connolly, 1st baseball umpire elected to hall of fame, dies
  • 1962-03-04 George Mogridge, Major League Baseball pitcher (b. 1889)
  • 1962-06-28 Mickey Cochrane, baseball hall of fame catcher, dies at 59
  • 1965-12-09 Branch Rickey, American baseball executive (b. 1884)
  • 1966-07-09 Mule Suttles, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (5-time Negro Leagues All Star), dies of cancer at 65
  • 1966-10-04 Mike Tresh, American baseball catcher (MLB All Star 1945; Chicago WS), dies from cancer at 52
  • 1967-07-21 Jimmie Foxx, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (9-time MLB All Star; World Series 1929, 30; AL MVP 1932, 33, 38; Triple Crown 1933), dies after choking on food at 59
  • 1968-02-29 Lena Blackburne, American baseball infielder, manager, coach (Chicago WS; discovered rubbing clay to take the shine off baseballs), dies at 81
  • 1968-04-19 Tommy Bridges, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), dies at 61
  • 1968-06-15 Sam Crawford, American MLB baseball pitcher, dies at 88
  • 1968-11-03 Vern Stephens, American baseball shortstop (8-time MLB All Star; AL HR leader 1945; 3×AL RBI leader), dies of a heart attack at 48
  • 1969-01-24 Tom Zachary, baseball pitcher (Washington Senators), dies at 72
  • 1970-01-14 John J "Johnny" Murphy, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), dies at 61
  • 1971-05-27 Jack Doscher, American baseball pitcher (1st son of a major leaguer to play MLB), dies at 90
  • 1972-03-11 Zack Wheat, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (NL batting champion 1918; Brooklyn Superbas / Dodgers / Robins 1909–26), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • 1972-03-16 Pie Traynor, American baseball hall of fame 3rd baseman (Pirates), dies at 72

Person of interestGil Hodges

1972-04-02 Gil Hodges, American baseball 1st baseman (8 x MLB All Star; Brooklyn / LA Dodgers; NY Mets; World Series 1955, 59, 69; Gold Glove Award 1957–59) and manager (Washington Senators, NY Mets), dies of heart attack at 57

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • 1972-07-31 Rollie Hemsley, American baseball catcher (5-time MLB All Star), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 1972-12-20 Gabby Hartnett, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (MLB All Star 1933–38; NL MVP 1935; Chicago Cubs) and manager (Chicago Cubs), dies of cirrhosis at 72
  • 1974-03-01 Larry Doyle, American baseball second baseman (NL MVP 1912, NL batting champion 1915; NY Giants), dies of tuberculosis at 87
  • 1974-05-18 Dan Topping, American baseball team owner (NY Yankees), dies at 61
  • 1975-09-29 Casey Stengel, American Baseball Hall of Fame manager (Yankees (1949-60), NY Met's 1st), dies of cancer at 85
  • 1975-10-01 Larry MacPhail, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees), dies at 85
  • 1976-03-01 George "Rube" Foster, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1915, 16; no-hitter 1916; Boston Red Sox), dies at 88
  • 1976-12-01 George Earnshaw American baseball pitcher (World Series 1929-30; Philadelphia Athletics), dies at 76
  • 1976-12-02 Danny Murtaugh, American baseball infielder and manager (World Series 1960, 71; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies from a stroke at 59
  • 1976-12-09 Wes Ferrell, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1933, 37; no-hitter 1931; record 37 career HRs hit by a pitcher), dies at 68
  • 1977-04-12 Philip K Wrigley, baseball owner (Chicago Cubs), dies at 82
  • 1978-01-13 Joe McCarthy, American baseball manager (New York Yankees), dies at 96
  • 1978-03-27 Dutch Zwilling, American baseball outfielder (Federal League HR all-time leader), dies at 89
  • 1978-04-08 Ford C Frick, baseball commissioner, dies at 83
  • 1978-05-29 Carl Reynolds, American baseball outfielder (2nd player in MLB history to hit home runs in 3 consecutive innings 1930; Chicago WS), dies at 75
  • 1979-02-07 Warren Giles, American baseball National League president, dies at 82
  • 1979-06-17 Duffy Lewis, American baseball left fielder (World Series 1912, 15, 16; Boston Red Sox), dies at 91
  • 1979-08-02 Thurman Munson, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1971, 73–78; World Series 1977, 78; AL MVP 1976; NY Yankees), dies in a plane crash at 32
  • 1979-08-09 Walter O'Malley, American baseball team owner (Dodgers), dies at 75
  • 1980-06-01 Rube Marquard, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (NL wins leader 1912; NL strikeout leader 1911; no-hitter 1915; NY Giants), dies at 93
  • 1980-12-14 Elston Howard, American baseball catcher (NY Yankees), dies at 59