Baseball History

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 502

  • 1845-09-23 1st baseball team, NY Knickerbockers organize, adopt rule code
  • 1846-06-19 First offically 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, NY Knickerbockers wear straw hat, white shirt & 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 Fracsco for 1st time
  • 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, SC
  • 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
  • 1869-05-16 Cincinnati Reds play their 1st baseball game, win 41-7
  • 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 Baseball batter's box is officially adopted
  • 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 with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, St Louis
  • 1876-02-03 Albert Spalding with $800 starts sporting goods co, manufacturing 1st official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, & football
  • 1876-04-01 1st official NL baseball game (Boston-6, Phila-5)
  • 1876-04-22 Philadelphia Nationals Wes Fisler scores baseball's 1st run
  • 1876-07-15 Baseball's 1st no-hitter, St Louis' George W Bradley no-hits Hartford
  • 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
  • 1879-01-02 Northwestern League (minor baseball league) organized, Rockford, Illinois
  • 1879-10-01 Cincinnati Enquirer publishes 1st report on baseball reserve clause
  • 1880-09-29 1st pro baseball game at Polo Grounds, NY Metropolitans beat Washington Nationals 4-2 in 5 innings
  • 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
  • 1883-05-23 Baseball game between one-armed and one-legged players at Recreation Park, Philadelphia, Snorkeys defeat the Hoppers 33-17
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1890-08-06 Denton True "Cy" Young pitches and wins his 1st major league baseball game
  • 1890-09-01 1st baseball tripleheader-Boston vs Pittsburgh
  • 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 baseball stadium & 170 other buildings
  • 1894-05-30 Bobby Lowe is 1st to hit 4 HRs in 1 baseball game
  • 1897-05-18 American baseball NY Giant William (Bill) Joyce sets record of 4 triples in 1 game
  • 1897-06-29 Chicago beats Louisville 36-7 (baseball)
  • 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
  • 1901-01-24 1st games 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)
  • 1903-10-01 1st baseball World Series, Pittsburgh Pirates vs Boston Pilgrims (Red Sox)
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1905-07-04 Baseball Hall of Fame pitchers Rube Waddell (A's) and Cy Young (Boston) matchup in 20-inning classic, A's win 4-2

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young

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
  • 1908-04-02 Mills Committee declares baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday
  • 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
  • 1908-10-14 Baseball Writers Association of America forms
  • 1908-11-22 1st US-Japanese baseball game Reach All-Americans defeat Waseda U, 5-0
  • 1909-03-31 Baseball rules players who jump contracts are suspended for 5 years

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 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
  • 1909-12-15 Thomas J Lynch becomes president of baseball's National League
  • 1910-04-15 William H. Taft is first US President to throw out a 1st ball at a baseball game
  • 1910-08-27 Using twenty 137,000 candlepower arc lights, 2 amateur baseball teams play a night game at White Sox Park
  • 1910-10-20 1st appearance of cork centered baseball in World Series
  • 1911-04-04 Hugh Chalmers, automaker, suggests idea of baseball MVP
  • 1911-10-14 Largest baseball crowd ever 38,281 (Polo Grounds) see Giants beat A's, 2-1 (gate is record $77,379)
  • 1912-03-15 Pitcher Cy Young retires from baseball with 511 wins
  • 1912-04-09 1st exhibition baseball game at Fenway Park (Red Sox vs Harvard)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1912-05-19 AL President Ban Johnson tells Tigers if they continue protest of Ty Cobb's suspension, they will be banned from baseball

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1913-12-09 John K Tener becomes president of baseball's National League
  • 1914-02-01 NY Giants & Chicago White Sox play an exhibition baseball game in Egypt
  • 1914-05-16 Ewing Field baseball park opens near Masonic Street, San Francisco. Relocated a year later.
  • 1915-03-13 Dodgers manager Wilbert Robinson tries to catch a baseball dropped from an airplane, but the pilot substitutes a grapefruit
  • 1915-12-22 Federal Baseball League disolved
  • 1915-12-22 Organized baseball & Federal League sign a peace treaty at Cincinnati
  • 1916-06-18 Yanks score in every inning but 8th to beat Indians 19-3 in baseball

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 406

  • 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)
  • 1837-12-26 Morgan Bulkeley, American politician and baseball commissioner (d. 1922)

Person of interestTim Keefe

1857-01-01 Tim Keefe, American Major League Baseball pitcher, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1933)

Major League Baseball Pitcher Tim Keefe
Major League Baseball Pitcher
Tim Keefe
  • 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 to play MLB), born in Mt. Pleasant, Ohio (d. 1924)
  • 1859-07-08 Hank O'Day, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher/umpire/manager (umpire 10 World Series), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1935)
  • 1861-07-01 John Clarkson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Triple Crown 1889), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1909)

Person of interestConnie Mack

1862-12-22 Connie Mack, American hall of fame baseball executive and manager (Philadelphia A's 1900-50), 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, baseball founder (American League), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • 1865-02-23 Barney Dreyfuss, baseball owner (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1866-11-20 Kenesaw Mountain Landis, judge/1st commissioner of baseball

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)
  • 1870-12-31 Thomas Connolly, baseball's major league umpire for 50 years
  • 1871-03-19 Joseph McGinnity, Rock Island Ill, baseball pitcher (NY Giants)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 1874-06-05 Jack Chesbro, baseball pitcher (NY Highlanders - won 41 in 1904), born in North Adams, Massachusetts (d. 1931)
  • 1878-05-14 James L. Wilkinson, American baseball executive (d. 1964)
  • 1880-07-04 George Mullin, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers-no-hitter on 7/4/1912), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1944)
  • 1880-07-27 Joseph Tinker, baseball Hall of Famer, 1/3 of fame double play combo
  • 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 pitcher, lowest lifetime ERA (1.82)
  • 1881-06-29 Harry Frazee, American baseball team owner (Boston Red Sox), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1929)
  • 1881-12-20 Branch Rickey, baseball executive (Dodgers)
  • 1881-12-25 Joseph V McCarthy, baseball manager (NY Yankees)
  • 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)

Person of interestTy Cobb

1886-12-18 Ty Cobb, American baseball great (Detroit Tigers) who set 90 MLB records during his career, 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 (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-time Triple Crown: Washington Senators), born in Humboldt, Kansas (d. 1946)

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1888-03-04 Jeff Pfeffer, American professional baseball pitcher (d. 1972)
  • 1888-07-01 Ben Taylor, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman, manager (Negro Leagues), born in Anderson, South Carolina (d. 1953)
  • 1888-12-20 Fred Merkle, American baseball figure (d. 1958)
  • 1889-10-25 Smoky Joe Wood, American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • 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)
  • 1894-08-03 Harry Heilmann, baseball hall of famer outfielder (Detroit), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1894-12-19 Ford C Frick, baseball commissioner (1951-65)
  • 1895-02-06 George Herman (Babe) Ruth, American Baseball Hall of Fame slugger, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1948)
  • 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, baseball's National League president
  • 1896-11-08 Bucky Harris, baseball manager (Phillies, Yankees)
  • 1896-12-27 Arch Ward, sportswriter (proposed baseball's all-star game)
  • 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 Harold "Pie" Traynor, baseball hall of fame 3rd baseman (Pirates)
  • 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)
  • 1902-05-22 Al Simmons, American baseball outfielder (A's), lifetime batting avg of .334 (d. 1956), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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
  • 1903-02-21 Thomas Yawkey, baseball owner (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1903-04-06 Mickey Cochrane, baseball hall of fame catcher (.320 avg)

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
  • 1903-10-09 Walter O'Malley, American baseball team owner (Dodgers), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1904-02-29 John "Pepper" Martin, baseballer (NL stolen base leader 1933,34,36)
  • 1904-10-07 Chuck Klein, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (Triple Crown 1933 Philadelphia Phillies), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1958)
  • 1905-05-31 Roy Peaches Davis, baseball pitcher
  • 1905-10-12 Rick Ferrell, American baseball Hall of Fame catcher, born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1906-07-07 [Leroy] Satchel Paige, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 1982)
  • 1906-10-12 Joe Cronin, American baseball shortstop (Pirates, Red Sox, Senators, MVP 1930, AL Pres), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1984)
  • 1907-10-22 Jimmy Foxx, baseball HR hitter (534, Detroit Tigers)
  • 1908-11-26 Lefty Gomez, baseball pitcher
  • 1909-03-25 Dutch (Emil) Leonard, baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox, 1.01 ERA 1914)
  • 1910-10-12 Bob Sheppard, New York Yankees and New York Giants announcer, born in Richmond Hill, New York (d. 2010)

Person of interestHank Greenberg

1911-01-01 Hank Greenberg, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (5-time All Star, Detroit Tigers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1911-01-16 Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean, HOF baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1911-06-08 Van Lingle Mungo, American baseball pitcher (Dodgers, Giants), born in Pageland, South Carolina (d. 1985)
  • 1911-12-01 Walter Alston, baseball manager (Dodgers)
  • 1911-12-01 Calvin Griffith, Canadian-born baseball executive (d. 1999)
  • 1912-01-11 Lynwood Thomas "Schoolboy" Rowe, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1961)
  • 1914-02-09 Bill Veeck, American MLB owner, promoter (Brewers, White Sox, Indians, St. Louis Browns), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)

Person of interestJoe DiMaggio

1914-11-25 Joe DiMaggio, American Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder (MLB record 56-game hitting streak), born in Martinez, California (d. 1999)

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1915-04-19 Harry Craft, baseball manager
  • 1917-10-08 Danny Murtaugh, American baseball manager (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
  • 1917-10-25 Lee MacPhail, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (AL President), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2012)
  • 1918-01-25 Ernie Harwell, American baseball sportscaster
  • 1918-01-29 William Rigney, baseball manager (SF Giants)
  • 1918-02-12 Dominic DiMaggio, baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1918-02-22 Charles O Finley, baseball team owner (Oakland A's)
  • 1918-02-26 Edwin Charles "Preacher" Roe, baseball pitcher (Bkln Dodgers)
  • 1918-10-30 Bob Feller, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (AL Triple Crown 1940), born in Van Meter, Iowa (d.2010)
  • 1918-11-03 Bob Feller, Van Meter, Iowa, American baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indian, 3 no-hitters)
  • 1919-02-25 Monty Irvin, baseball hall of famer (NY Giants)
  • 1919-08-09 Ralph Houk, baseball manager (Yankees, Tigers)
  • 1920-01-06 Early Wynn, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (9-time All Star), born in Hartford, Alabama (d. 1999)
  • 1920-05-16 Dave Philley, Texas, Major League Baseball switch-hitter (record 9 straight pinch hits), born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
  • 1921-04-23 Warren Spahn, Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher (Boston/Milwaukee Braves), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2003)

Person of interestRoy Campanella

1921-11-19 Roy Campanella, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL MVP 1951,53,55 Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • 1922-05-11 Nestor Chylak, American baseball umpire (d. 1992)
  • 1922-06-13 Mel Parnell [Melvin], Major League Baseball pitcher (Boston Red Socks, 1947-56), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1923-02-02 Red Schoendienst, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman/manager (10-time All Star), born in Germantown, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1924-12-13 Larry Doby, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (1st African-American in AL, Cleveland Indians), born in Camden, South Carolina (d. 2003)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

MLB Outfielder Sammy Sosa
MLB Outfielder
Sammy Sosa

HeartWedding 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

Deaths 1 - 100 of 128


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
  • 1908-04-20 Henry Chadwick, English-American baseball pioneer, developed 1st rule book, dies at 85
  • 1909-02-04 John Clarkson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Triple Crown 1889), dies of mental illness & pneumonia at 47
  • 1913-06-05 Chris von der Ahe, German entrepreneur and owner of St. Louis Brown Stockings, dies at 61
  • 1914-04-01 Rube Waddell, baseballer, dies at 37 of TB
  • 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 to play MLB), dies at 66
  • 1929-06-04 Harry Frazee, American baseball team owner (Boston Red Sox), dies at 48
  • 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
  • 1931-10-26 Charles Comiskey, baseball team owner (b. 1859)

Person of interestTim Keefe

1933-04-23 Tim Keefe, US Major League Baseball pitcher, 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
  • 1935-07-02 Hank O'Day, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, umpire, manager (umpire 10 World Series), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 75
  • 1940-08-21 Ernest Thayer, American poet who wrote the famous baseball poem "Casey", dies at 77

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
  • 1944-01-07 George Mullin, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers-no-hitter on 7/4/1912), dies at 63
  • 1944-11-25 Kenesaw Mountain Landis, judge/baseball commisioner, dies at 78

Person of interestBabe Ruth

1948-08-16 George Herman (Babe) Ruth, American Baseball Hall of Fame slugger, dies of Esophageal cancer 53

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

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
  • 1953-01-24 Ben Taylor, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman/manager (Negro Leagues), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • 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, former Major League Baseball pitcher (b. 1891)

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, baseball manager (Philadelphia A's, 1901-50), dies at 93

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • 1956-03-02 Fred Merkle, American baseball figure (b. 1888)
  • 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, NY Giant baseball star (1926-1947), dies at 49
  • 1959-05-26 Ed Walsh, baseball pitcher (1.82 ERA), dies at 78
  • 1961-01-08 Lynwood Thomas "Schoolboy" Rowe, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), dies at 50

Person of interestTy Cobb

1961-07-17 Ty Cobb, American baseball great (Detroit Tigers) who set 90 MLB records during his career, 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)
  • 1967-07-21 Jimmy Foxx, baseball hall of famer (Det Tigers/534 HRs), dies at 59
  • 1968-04-19 Tommy Bridges, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), dies at 61
  • 1968-06-15 Samuel Earl "Wahoo Sam" Crawford, baseball pitcher, dies at 88
  • 1969-01-24 Tom Zachary, baseball pitcher (Wash 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
  • 1975-09-29 Casey Stengel, American Baseball Hall of Fame manager (Yankees (1949-60), NY Met's 1st), dies of cancer at 85
  • 1976-12-02 Danny Murtaugh, American baseball manager (Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 59
  • 1977-04-12 Philip K Wrigley, baseball owner (Chicago Cubs), dies at 82
  • 1978-01-13 Joseph V McCarthy, baseball manager (NY Yankees), dies at 96
  • 1978-04-08 Ford C Frick, baseball commissioner, dies at 83
  • 1979-08-09 Walter O'Malley, American baseball team owner (Dodgers), dies at 75
  • 1980-06-01 Rube Marquard, American baseball pitcher, dies at 90
  • 1981-10-04 Freddie Lindstrom, Major League Baseball Hall of famer (b. 1905)
  • 1982-02-17 Nestor Chylak, American baseball umpire (b. 1922)
  • 1982-06-08 [Leroy] Satchel Paige, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, dies of a heart attack at 75

Person of interestRay Kroc

1984-01-14 Ray Kroc, American fast food entrepreneur (McDonald's) and owner of baseball's San Diego Padres, dies of heart failure at 81

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc
  • 1984-09-07 Joe Cronin, American baseball shortstop (Pirates, Red Sox, Senators, MVP 1930, AL Pres), dies at 77
  • 1984-10-01 Walter Alston, Baseball manager (LA Dodgers), dies at 72
  • 1985-02-12 Van Lingle Mungo, American baseball pitcher (Dodgers, Giants), dies at 73
  • 1985-06-10 Bob Prince, sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball), dies at 68
  • 1985-07-27 Smoky Joe Wood, American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox), dies at 95
  • 1986-01-02 Bill Veeck, American MLB owner, promoter (Brewers, White Sox, Indians, St. Louis Browns), dies of lung cancer at 71
  • 1987-11-16 Jim Brewer, Major League Baseball relief pitcher (b. 1937)
  • 1989-09-01 A Bartlett Giamatti, American President of Yale University and baseball commissioner, dies of heart attack at 51
  • 1989-09-29 August A. "Gussie" Busch, American brewing magnate and baseball owner (St Louis Cards), dies at 90
  • 1990-01-07 Horace Stoneham, baseball owner (Giants), dies at 86
  • 1990-06-12 Glen Gorbous, Canadian MLB outfielder (record for longest throw of a regulation baseball [445' 10"]), dies at 59
  • 1991-01-07 Joe Hicks, baseball coach, dies of cancer at 64

Person of interestCool Papa Bell

1991-03-07 James "Cool Papa" Bell, American baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game, dies at 87

Baseball player Cool Papa Bell
Baseball player
Cool Papa Bell
  • 1991-06-15 Happy Chandler, American politician and Commissioner of Baseball (b. 1898)
  • 1992-06-04 Carl Stotz, founder (baseball's little league), dies at 82
  • 1992-06-15 Eddie Lopat, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), dies at 73
  • 1992-09-23 Bernice Gera, 1st female baseball umpire (1969 NY-Penn League), dies at 61
  • 1992-12-09 Carl Barger, baseball pres (Pittsburgh Pirates, Fla Marlins), dies at 62
  • 1993-04-21 Hal Schumacher, baseball pitcher, dies at 82
  • 1993-04-22 Mark Koenig, baseball shortstop (NY Yankees), dies at 88

Person of interestRoy Campanella

1993-06-26 Roy Campanella, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL MVP 1951,53,55 Brooklyn Dodgers), dies of a heart attack at 71

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • 1993-09-20 Loan Volkerijk, Dutch baseball coach (ADO), dies at 65
  • 1993-11-12 Bill Dickey, American Hall of Fame baseball catcher (NY Yankees, 1928-46) and manager, dies at 86
  • 1994-01-10 Charles "Chub" Feeney, baseball pres (National League), dies at 72
  • 1995-01-18 Ron Luciano, American baseball umpire (b. 1937)
  • 1995-04-28 Peaches Roy Davis, baseball pitcher, dies at 89
  • 1995-07-27 Rick Ferrell, American baseball Hall of Fame catcher, dies at 89
  • 1995-08-03 Harry Craft, baseball manager, dies at 80

Person of interestMickey Mantle

1995-08-13 Mickey Mantle, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (1956 Triple Crown, 20-time All Star), dies of liver cancer at 63

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1996-02-19 Charles O Finley, baseball owner (Oakland A's), dies at 76
  • 1996-04-01 John McSherry, American baseball umpire (b. 1944)
  • 1996-04-17 Michele Carew, daughter of baseball great Rod, dies of Leukemia at 18

Person of interestToni Stone

1996-11-02 Toni Stone, first woman to play professional baseball in a men's league, dies at 75

Baseball Player Toni Stone
Baseball Player
Toni Stone
  • 1998-06-21 Al Campanis, American baseball executive (b. 1916)

Person of interestJack Buck

2002-06-18 Jack Buck, American baseball announcer, dies at 77

Sportscaster Jack Buck
Sportscaster
Jack Buck

Person of interestTed Williams

2002-07-05 Ted Williams, baseball hall of famer and last player to bat over.400 in a single season (Boston Red Sox) dies at 84

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 2004-03-02 Marge Schott, American baseball team owner (b. 1928)
  • 2005-03-27 Bob Casey, American baseball announcer (b. 1925)
  • 2006-10-11 Cory Lidle, American baseball pitcher (b. 1972)
  • 2006-11-07 Johnny Sain, American baseball pitcher (b. 1917)
  • 2006-12-31 George Sisler, Jr., baseball executive (b. 1917)
  • 2007-02-04 Steve Barber, American baseball pitcher (b. 1938)
  • 2007-03-15 Bowie Kuhn, American commissioner of baseball (b. 1926)
  • 2008-07-12 Bobby Murcer, American baseball outfielder (NY Yankees, SF Giants and Chicago Cubs), dies from complications related to brain cancer at 62
  • 2008-12-19 Dock Ellis, American baseball pitcher (b. 1945)
  • 2010-01-05 Rory Markas, Angels baseball announcer (b.1955)