Baseball History

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 485

  • 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
  • 1860-02-22 Organized baseball played in San Fracsco for 1st time
  • 1862-05-15 Union Grounds, Brooklyn, 1st baseball enclosure, opens
  • 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 Baseball returns to Philadelphia, 1st NL game since 1876
  • 1883-05-23 Baseball game between one-armed & one-legged players
  • 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 Moses Walker became 1st African American player in major league baseball in US
  • 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, Tx 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
  • 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
  • 1908-10-14 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

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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 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)

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1912-03-15 Pitcher Cy Young retires from baseball with 511 wins

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1912-04-09 1st exhibition baseball game at Fenway Park (Red Sox vs Harvard)

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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
  • 1916-09-04 Christy Mathewson & Mordecai Brown final baseball game
  • 1916-12-02 Baseballers who are injured now get full pay for duration of contract
  • 1917-08-19 Sunday benefit baseball game at Polo Grounds results in John McGraw & Christy Mathewson's arrest for violating Blue laws

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 346

  • 1819-01-26 Abner Doubleday, Union general-major/inventor (baseball) [or Jun 26]
  • 1819-06-26 Abner Doubleday, Mjr Gen (Union)/inventor (baseball) [or 1/26]

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

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)

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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

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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

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1867-03-29 Cy Young [Denton True Young], American baseball pitcher (most wins in MLB history), born in Gilmore, Ohio (d. 1955)

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 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)
  • 1874-02-22 Bill Klem, American baseball umpire (d. 1951)

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1874-02-24 Honus Wagner, American baseball shortstop (Pittsburgh Pirates, 1900-17), born in Chartiers, Pennsylvania (d. 1955)

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 1874-06-05 Jack Chesbro, baseball pitcher (NY Highlanders - won 41 in 1904)
  • 1878-05-14 James L. Wilkinson, American baseball executive (d. 1964)
  • 1880-07-27 Joseph Tinker, baseball Hall of Famer, 1/3 of fame double play combo
  • 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 (d. 1929)
  • 1881-12-20 Branch Rickey, baseball executive (Dodgers)
  • 1881-12-25 Joseph V McCarthy, baseball manager (NY Yankees)
  • 1883-05-05 Charles Bender, only American Indian in baseball's Hall of Fame

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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)

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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
  • 1888-03-04 Jeff Pfeffer, American professional baseball pitcher (d. 1972)
  • 1888-04-04 Tris Speaker, baseball great, hit more doubles than Pete Rose
  • 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, baseball manager (Yankees (1949-60)/NY Met's 1st)
  • 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, baseball great (NY Yankees), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 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 Anheuser Busch, Jr., brewing magnate and American baseball executive (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)
  • 1900-10-31 Cal Hubbard, American football and baseball player, and umpire (only person in Baseball and Football Hall of Fame), born in Keytesville, Missouri (d. 1977)
  • 1902-05-22 Al Simmons, American baseball outfielder (A's), lifetime batting avg of .334 (d. 1956), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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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)
  • 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)
  • 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, baseball pitcher, never look back
  • 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)
  • 1911-01-16 Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean, HOF baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1911-12-01 Walter Alston, baseball manager (Dodgers)
  • 1911-12-01 Calvin Griffith, Canadian-born baseball executive (d. 1999)
  • 1914-02-09 Bill "Rhymes with Wreck" Veeck, baseball club owner
  • 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 manager and league executive, 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)
  • 1918-11-03 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, Hartford Ala, baseball Hall of famer (pitcher)
  • 1920-05-16 Dave Philley, Texas, Major League Baseball switch-hitter (record 9 straight pinch hits), born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
  • 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 Al "Red" Schoendienst, baseball manager/2nd baseman (St Louis Cards)
  • 1924-12-13 Larry Doby, 1st African American in baseball's AL (Cleve Indians)

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1925-05-12 Yogi Berra [Lawrence Peter Berra], American baseball catcher, coach and manager (NY Yankees, Mets), born in St. Louis Missouri (d. 2015)

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • 1925-09-18 Harvey Haddix, baseball pitcher (pitched perfect game into 12th)
  • 1926-10-28 Bowie Kuhn, baseball commissioner (1969-1984)
  • 1927-01-22 Lou Creekmur, Baseball Hall-of-Famer
  • 1927-02-06 Smokey Burgess, baseball catcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)

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1927-03-19 Richie Ashburn, American hall of fame baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies, NY Mets) and sportscaster, born in Tilden, Nebraska (d. 1997)

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn

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1927-09-22 Tom Lasorda [Thomas], baseball manager (LA Dodgers), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania

Baseball Manager Tom Lasorda
Baseball Manager
Tom Lasorda
  • 1927-12-29 Jim Simpson, sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1928-02-20 Elroy Face, baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1928-05-16 Billy Martin, American baseball 2nd baseman and manager (NY Yankees, Oakland A's), born in Berekeley, California (d. 1989)

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1928-10-21 Whitey Ford [Edward Charles Ford], American hall of fame baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in NYC

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • 1930-08-18 Carl Barger, Lewistown Pa, baseball pres (Pittsburgh Pirates, Fla Marlins)
  • 1931-01-17 Don Zimmer, American baseball coach, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, (d. 2014)

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1931-05-06 Willie Mays, American baseball centerfielder (Giants, NY Mets), "Say Hey Kid" (660 HRs, MVP 1954), born in Westfield, Alabama

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1931-11-09 Whitey Herzog, American baseball manager (St Louis Cardinals), born in New Athens, Illinois
  • 1932-10-02 Maury Wills, baseball shortstop (LA Dodgers, NL MVP 1962)
  • 1934-07-30 Bud Selig, owner (Milwaukee Brewers)/acting baseball commissioner

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


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1892-07-12 Alexander Cartwright, American sportsman (recognized as inventor of modern baseball), dies at72

Inventor of Modern Baseball Alexander Cartwright
Inventor of Modern Baseball
Alexander Cartwright
  • 1893-01-26 Abner Doubleday, credited with inventing baseball, dies on 74th birthday
  • 1908-04-20 Henry Chadwick, English-American baseball pioneer, developed 1st rule book, dies at 85
  • 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
  • 1927-10-22 Ross Youngs, Hall of Fame baseballer, dies of Bright's disease at 30
  • 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)

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1933-04-23 Tim Keefe, American Major League Baseball pitcher, dies at 76

Major League Baseball Pitcher Tim Keefe
Major League Baseball Pitcher
Tim Keefe
  • 1934-08-08 Wilbert Robinson, baseball manager (Bkln Dodgers), dies
  • 1940-08-21 Ernest Thayer, American poet who wrote the famous baseball poem "Casey", dies at 77
  • 1944-11-25 Kenesaw Mountain Landis, judge/baseball commisioner, dies at 78

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1948-08-16 Babe Ruth, Baseball legend (NY Yankees), dies in NY at 53

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

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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
  • 1954-11-26 Bill Doak, former Major League Baseball pitcher (b. 1891)

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1955-11-04 Cy Young, American baseball pitcher and MLB all-time wins leader, dies at 88

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young

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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)
  • 1958-11-21 Mel Ott, NY Giant baseball star (1926-1947), dies at 49
  • 1959-05-26 Ed Walsh, baseball pitcher (1.82 ERA), dies at 78

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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, US 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, US baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), dies at 61
  • 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
  • 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, US baseball pitcher, dies at 75

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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
  • 1984-10-01 Walter Alston, Baseball manager (LA Dodgers), dies at 72
  • 1985-06-10 Bob Prince, sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball), dies at 68
  • 1985-12-06 Burleigh Grimes, American baseball player, dies at 92
  • 1986-01-02 Bill Veeck, American baseball executive (b. 1914)
  • 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 A A Busch Jr, brewer/baseball owner (St Louis Cards), dies at 90
  • 1990-01-07 Horace Stoneham, baseball owner (Giants), dies at 86
  • 1991-01-07 Joe Hicks, baseball coach, dies of cancer at 64

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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
  • 1992-09-23 Bernice Gera, 1st female baseball umpire (1969 NY-Penn League), dies at 61
  • 1992-11-10 Chuck Connors, US NBA/baseballer/actor (Boston Celtics), dies at 71
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1995-08-03 Harry Craft, baseball manager, dies at 80

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1995-08-13 Mickey Mantle, American baseball great (NY Yankees), dies of 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

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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)
  • 1999-03-25 Cal Ripken, Sr., American baseball manager (b. 1936)

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

Sportscaster Jack Buck
Sportscaster
Jack Buck

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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)
  • 2010-05-24 Morrie Martin, Major League Baseball pitcher (b. 1922)
  • 2010-10-03 Ben Mondor, Canadian-born American baseball executive (b. 1925)

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2010-11-04 Sparky Anderson, American baseball manager, dies at 76

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • 2010-11-22 Jean Cione, American All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player (b. 1928)
  • 2011-08-24 Mike Flanagan, American baseball pitcher (b. 1951)
  • 2012-01-17 Marty Springstead, American Major League baseball umpire and umpire supervisor, dies of heart attack at 74
  • 2012-02-16 Gary Carter, American Hall of Fame baseball catcher dies from brain tumor at 57
  • 2012-03-04 Don Mincher, American Major League Baseball 1st baseman, dies at 73
  • 2012-03-15 Dave Philley, American Major League Baseball switch-hitter, dies at 91
  • 2012-03-20 Mel Parnell [Melvin], American Major League Baseball pitcher, dies from cancer at 89
  • 2014-06-04 Don Zimmer, American baseball manager, dies from heart failure as a complication from cardiac surgery at 83
  • 2015-09-08 Joaquín Andújar, Dominican professional baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), dies at 62

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2015-09-22 Yogi Berra [Lawrence Peter Berra], American baseball catcher, coach and manager (NY Yankees, Mets), dies at 90

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • 2015-10-11 Dean Chance, American baseball pitcher, dies at 74
  • 2016-04-19 Milt Pappas, American baseball pitcher, dies at 76
  • 2017-03-22 Dallas Green, American baseball manager and pitcher (Phillies, Yankees), dies at 82
  • 2017-07-29 Lee May "The Big Bopper", American Major League Baseball 1st baseman, dies from pneumonia at 74