Major League Baseball in History

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  • 1879-06-21 Infielder William White plays one game for the Providence Grays with conjecture was the first African-American to play MLB even though he appeared Caucasian
  • 1880-06-12 Worcester Ruby Legs pitcher Lee Richmond throws first perfect game in MLB history in 1-0 win over Cleveland Blues at the Agricultural County Fair Grounds, Worcester
  • 1880-06-17 Providence Grays MLB pitcher John M. Ward throws a perfect game beating the Buffalo Bisons, 5-0; second perfect game in National League in 6 days; next one takes 84 years
  • 1883-08-23 Philadelphia Quakers make 27 errors against Providence Grays in 28-0 shutout defeat at Messer Street Grounds; wild pitches, walks, passed balls count as errors in MLB prior to 1888
  • 1884-05-01 Catcher Moses Walker is acknowledged as the first African-American to play major league baseball joining the Toledo Blue Stockings
  • 1884-08-28 MLB pitcher Mickey Welsh makes record for most consecutive batters struck out to begin a game, striking out the 1st 9 men he faces

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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
  • 1896-07-13 Ed Delahanty becomes 2nd major leaguer to hit 4 HRs in a game as Phillies lose 9-8 to Chicago Colts
  • 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
  • 1900-07-07 Boston Beaneaters pitcher Kid Nichols notches his 300th career MLB victory with an 11-4 win over Chicago Orphans
  • 1901-12-03 At the MLB meeting, the Milwaukee Brewers franchise is officially dropped from the American League and replaced by the St. Louis Browns
  • 1902-07-16 John McGraw becomes manager of MLB New York Giants; 30 year tenure begins (1902-32)
  • 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
  • 1903-07-02 National League MLB batting champion Ed Delahanty, disappears after being removed from a train by force, found dead at bottom of Niagara Falls 2 weeks later
  • 1903-07-02 Pitcher Jack Doscher, debuts for the Chicago Cubs, the first son of a major leaguer to play MLB, father Herm 1882-92

  • 1903-08-07 Tommy Corcoran sets MLB record for shortstops when he records 14 assists in Cincinnati's 4 - 2 win v St. Louis Cardinals
  • 1904-10-02 White Sox left-hander Doc White's streak of 45 consecutive MLB scoreless innings is snapped by the New York Highlanders in Chicago; White Sox win, 7-1 at South Side Park III
  • 1904-10-03 NY Giants pitcher Christy Mathewson strikes out 16 Cardinals in a 3-1 Giants victory; new MLB record; finishes the game in 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • 1906-08-01 Brooklyn Superbas MLB pitcher Harry McIntire no-hits Pittsburgh for 10 2/3 innings but loses in 13th, 1-0 on an unearned run
  • 1906-08-02 Chicago White Sox beat Boston Americans, 3-0 to start AL record 19 game MLB win streak
  • 1906-08-03 Washington Nationals' Tom Hughes becomes first MLB pitcher to win a 1-0 extra innings game off his own home run in 10th v St. Louis Browns
  • 1906-09-01 New York Highlanders win their 6th consecutive MLB game in 3 days from Washington Senators; sweep AL record 3 straight double headers
  • 1906-09-03 After an 8 minute argument over an umpire call the NY Highlanders win on forfeit over Philadelphia A's; Highlanders' MLB record 5th doubleheader sweep on consecutive days
  • 1906-09-04 New York Highlanders beat Boston Pilgrims, 7 - 0 and 1 - 0 for their MLB record 5th straight doubleheader sweep
  • 1906-10-04 Chicago Cubs beat Pittsburg Pirates, 4-0 to end MLB season at 116-36 with .763 winning percentage; unmatched since
  • 1908-09-26 Ed Ruelbach becomes the first person to pitch a doubleheader shutout in major league baseball
  • 1908-10-05 Chicago White Sox pitcher Ed Walsh beats Detroit Tigers, 6-1, his 40th victory of the MLB season; forces AL pennant race to the final day
  • 1909-07-19 Cleveland shortstop Neal Ball completes the first modern MLB unassisted triple play in the Indians' 6-1 win over the Boston Red Sox

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1909-08-03 MLB umpire Tim Hurst instigates a riot by spitting in the face of A's 2nd baseman Eddie Collins who had questioned a call; 2 weeks later Hurst banned for life

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • 1910-08-04 MLB pitching duel; Philadelphia A's Jack Coombs and White Sox Ed Walsh pitch a 0-0 tie in 16 innings
  • 1911-06-18 Detroit Tigers, trailing White Sox 13-1, come back to win 16-15 for the biggest comeback in Major League Baseball history
  • 1911-10-06 Boston Rustlers' future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young's MLB farewell appearance is a letdown as he loses 13-3 to Brooklyn Dodgers in his 906th game

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1911-10-11 Ty Cobb (AL) and Frank Schulte (NL) are named inaugural MLB MVPs; prize is a car

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb

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1912-07-03 NY Giants pitcher Rube Marquard ties Tim Keefe's 1888 MLB record 19 game win-streak with 2-1 win v Brooklyn Dodgers; has 21 with 2 end-of-season in 1911

Major League Baseball Pitcher Tim Keefe
Major League Baseball Pitcher
Tim Keefe
  • 1912-10-05 Boston Red Sox beat Philadelphia Athletics, 3 - 0 for their 105th win of the MLB season, an AL record until 1927 Yankees 110

  • 1912-12-01 Boston Braves MLB franchise owner James Gaffney buys the Allston Golf Club on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston with a plan to construct a ball park there; ground breaking for Braves Field starts on March 20, 1915

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1913-02-01 American all-round athlete Jim Thorpe signs a contract to play baseball with the New York Giants; unlike his other sporting endeavours the Olympic-medal winner's career in MLB was uninspiring

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe

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1913-04-10 New York Highlanders play first MLB game as the New York Yankees; lose to the Washington Senators, 2-1 at Griffith Stadium

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1914-02-01 Chicago White Sox and New York Giants play a 10-inning, 3-3 tie in Cairo, Egypt in an exhibition MLB game; part of special 56-game world tour
  • 1914-07-05 MLB Boston Braves (26-40) are 15 games back in NL, go on to win World Series 4-0 vs Philadelphia A's

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1914-07-11 Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth makes his MLB debut as a pitcher for Boston Red Sox; earns 4-3 win against the Cleveland Naps at Fenway Park

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1915-05-06 Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth hits his first MLB home run; pitches 12 frames in Boston Red Sox 4-3 extra innings loss to New York Yankees
  • 1915-10-05 Detroit Tigers speedster Ty Cobb steals his 96th base of the season in 5-0 loss to Cleveland Indians; stands as MLB record until 1962 (Maury Wills, 104)
  • 1916-10-02 Pitching in his 3rd start in 5 days, Philadelphia Phillies right hander Grover Cleveland Alexander records his 20th century MLB record 16th shutout of year, a 2-0 win v Boston Braves
  • 1916-11-01 Broadway theatre owner and producer Harry H. Frazee and Hugh Ward buy MLB club the Boston Red Sox for approximately $700,000 from Joseph Lannin
  • 1917-07-01 Reds' Fred Toney pitches 2 complete games in doubleheader victories over Pirates, allows 3 hits each game, fewest allowed by any pitcher winning 2 MLB games in one day
  • 1917-07-01 In contravention of state law, Robins (Dodgers) play their 1st Sunday MLB game in Brooklyn; owner and manager arrested but escape with a fine; Robins edge Philadelphia, 3-2
  • 1917-08-22 Pittsburgh Pirates play 4th straight extra inning game; left fielder Carson Bigbee sets MLB record of 11 at-bats in 22 inning, 6-5 loss to Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field
  • 1918-08-01 Pittsburgh and Boston Braves play a MLB record 20 scoreless innings before Pirates win, 2-0 in 21
  • 1919-04-23 US Major League Baseball opens a reduced 140-game season
  • 1919-07-07 Philadelphia Phillies tie MLB record of 8 steals in an innings (9th) in a 10-5 loss vs NY Giants
  • 1919-08-14 Chicago White Sox outfielder Happy Felsch ties MLB record of 4 outfield assists in a game in 15-6 loss to Boston Red Sox
  • 1919-09-20 Legendary baseball slugger Babe Ruth ties Ned Williamson's MLB mark of 27 home runs with a 9th inning blast in Boston Red Sox 4-3 win against Chicago WS
  • 1919-09-24 Boston Red Sox slugger Babe Ruth sets MLB season home run record at 28 off Yankee Bob Shawkey in a 2-1 loss at the Polo Grounds in NYC
  • 1919-09-27 Boston Red Sox slugger Babe Ruth takes his MLB home run record to 29 with a 3rd inning blast in a 7-5 defeat at the Washington Senators' Griffith Stadium
  • 1919-09-28 Fastest major league game (51 mins), Giants beat Phillies 6-1
  • 1920-05-01 Legendary slugger Babe Ruth records his first HR for the New York Yankees in 6-0 win over his former club, the Boston Red Sox
  • 1920-05-01 Longest MLB game by innings - Brooklyn Robins tie the Boston Braves, 1-1, in 26 innings
  • 1920-07-01 St Louis Cardinals become tenants of their AL rival St Louis Browns, as they abandon Robison Field midway through the MLB season and return to Sportsman's Park
  • 1920-07-06 New York Yankees score MLB record 14 runs in 5th inning of a 17-0 rout of Washington Senators
  • 1920-08-16 Ray Chapman, of Indians is hit in head by Yankees pitcher Carl Mays; he dies the next day in only major league fatality
  • 1920-09-24 Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth becomes first to hit 50 home runs in a MLB season with a 1st inning blast off Jose Acosta in a 2-1 loss to the Washington Senators
  • 1920-09-29 Yankees slugger Babe Ruth sets then-MLB home run season record at 54 with a 9th inning shot off Dave Keefe in New York's 7-3 win at the Philadelphia A's
  • 1920-10-02 Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates play first and only MLB triple header in the 20th century; Reds win the first two games, 13-4 and 7-3; Pirates avoid the sweep in the finale, 6-0
  • 1920-10-03 St Browns 1st baseman George Sisler collects his 257th hit of the season to set MLB record that lasts until the 21st century.; Browns beat White Sox, 16 - 7
  • 1921-07-18 Babe Ruth achieves 139 home runs and becomes the all-time home run leader in Major League Baseball, taking the title from Roger Connor
  • 1921-07-18 Babe Ruth smacks a home run a MLB record 575 feet in New York Yankees' 10-1 win over the Tigers at Detroit's Navin Field
  • 1921-08-05 KDKA Pittsburgh presents first radio broadcast of MLB; Pirates beat Phillies, 8-0; Harold Arlin first play-by-play broadcaster
  • 1921-10-02 Chicago White Sox backstop Ray Schalk becomes the first and only MLB catcher to make a putout at all bases; White Sox beat Indians 7-4
  • 1922-02-18 Kenesaw Mountain Landis resigns his federal judgeship to give full attention to job as Major League Baseball Commissioner
  • 1922-06-12 St Louis Cardinals make MLB record 10 straight hits in 6th inning of a 14-8 win over the Phillies at the Baker Bowl, Philadelphia
  • 1923-06-01 New York Giants rout Philadelphia Phillies, 22-5 at the Baker Bowl; first time in 20th century a MLB team has scored in every inning
  • 1924-08-01 Brooklyn pitcher Dazzy Vance strikes out a MLB record 7 consecutive batters as the Robins beat Cubs, 4-0
  • 1924-10-01 MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Landis bans NY Giants outfielder Jimmy O'Connell & coach Cozy Dolan from World Series after they attempt to bribe Phillies shortstop Heinie Sand
  • 1925-05-01 Future Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Jimmie Foxx makes his MLB debut at 17 for Philadelphia A's; pinch-hits a single in 9-4 loss v Washington
  • 1927-04-15 Yankees slugger Babe Ruth hits #1 of MLB record season 60 HRs; tees off on A's Howard Ehmke in 1st inning of New York's 6-3 win over Philadelphia
  • 1927-05-30 Walter Johnson records 110th last shutout (pitching an entire game and not allowing the opposition to score) of his career, the most in Major League Baseball history
  • 1927-06-11 Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth hits 19th & 20th homers of MLB season record 60 HRs in New York's 6-4 win over Cleveland Indians at Yankees Stadium
  • 1927-07-12 Yankees slugger Babe Ruth half way to his MLB record of 60 home runs; smacks #30 of Joe Shaute in 9th inning in New York's 7-0 win over Cleveland Indians at Dunn Field
  • 1927-07-18 Ty Cobb's 4,000th MLB career hit
  • 1927-08-22 Yankees slugger Babe Ruth hits 40th home run during his MLB record 60 HR season in New York's 9-4 loss to Cleveland Indians at Dunn Field
  • 1927-09-11 Yankees slugger Babe Ruth hits 50th home run during his MLB record 60 HR season in New York's 6-2 loss to St. Louis Browns at Yankee Stadium
  • 1927-09-13 NY Yankees clinch AL pennant after 5-3 win over Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium; Babe Ruth hits HR #52 en route to MLB record 60
  • 1927-09-29 Yankees slugger Babe Ruth ties MLB record by hitting grand slams in consecutive games; New York's 7-4 win v Philadelphia A's and 15-4 rout of Washington Senators
  • 1927-09-30 Yankees slugger Babe Ruth smacks his MLB record 60th home run off Tom Zachary in 8th inning of New York's 4-2 win over Washington Senators at Yankee Stadium

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1927-10-11 New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig is named American League MVP; despite hitting MLB record 60 HR's Babe Ruth as a former winner is not eligible

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1928-08-11 Carl Hubbell's 1st major league victory is a 4-0 shutout of Phils
  • 1929-07-06 St. Louis Cardinals set MLB run record with 28 runs on 28 hits (28-6 v Phillies)
  • 1929-08-07 NY Yankees slugger Babe Ruth ties MLB record by hitting grand slams in consecutive games for the second time in 13-1 win v Philadelphia A's
  • 1930-04-29 123 runs are scored in 7 major league games
  • 1930-09-12 Brooklyn catcher Al Lopez hits major league's last recorded bounce HR
  • 1931-07-01 Cleveland Municipal Stadium (MLB: Indians, NFL: Browns, 78,189 capacity) opens; demolished 1996
  • 1931-09-20 MLB's Lou Gehrig's 4 RBIs break his old RBI mark of 175 en route to 184
  • 1931-09-24 Round-robin playoff among NYC's 3 major league teams, to raise money for unemployed, concludes with Brooklyn losing to both Giants & Yanks
  • 1931-09-27 MLB's Lou Gehrig completes his 6th straight season, playing in every game (.3486) Jim Bottomley (.3481)
  • 1932-06-03 MLBs Lou Gehrig is 1st to hit 4 consecutive HRs; Yanks beat A's 20-13
  • 1932-08-14 Brooklyn Dodgers reliever John Quinn, 49, becomes oldest pitcher to win a MLB game in a 2-1, 10th inning victory over NY Giants at the Polo Grounds
  • 1933-04-25 Philadelphia Phillies' Dick Bartell is 1st MLB player to get 4 consecutive doubles in 9 innings
  • 1933-05-18 1st major league All-Star Game announced for July 6 at Comiskey Park It will be played as part of the Chicago World's Fair

Birthdays in Sport

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  • 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)
  • 1855-03-01 Paul Hines, American MLB outfielder (Triple Crown 1878, Providence Grays), born in Virginia (d. 1935)
  • 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)
  • 1856-11-03 Jim McCormick, Scottish-born American baseball pitcher and manager (first Scot in MLB; NL wins leader 1880, 82; NL ERA leader 1883), born in Thornliebank, Renfrewshire (d. 1918)

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)
  • 1857-10-07 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)

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
  • 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)

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
  • 1868-12-04 Jesse Burkett, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder (NL batting champion 1895-96, 1901; 240 hits in 1896 MLB record for 15 years), born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 1953)
  • 1869-01-04 Tommy Corcoran, American baseball shortstop (MLB shortstop game assist record 14), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1960)
  • 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)
  • 1870-03-11 Herm McFarland, American MLB outfielder (first grand slam in AL history), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1935)
  • 1870-12-31 Thomas Connolly, English-American baseball umpire, born in Manchester, United Kingdom (d. 1961)
  • 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)
  • 1874-10-12 Jimmy Burke, American MLB third baseman (Pittsburgh Pirates), coach (World Series 1932, NY Yankees) and manager (St. Louis Cardinals), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1942)
  • 1880-06-29 Harry Frazee, American MLB team owner (Boston Red Sox), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1929)
  • 1880-07-27 Jack Doscher, American baseball pitcher (1st son of a major leaguer to play MLB), born in Troy, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1880-11-20 George McBride, American MLB shortstop and manager (AL fielding leader 1912-15), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1973)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1884-02-01 Rosey Rowswell, American MLB broadcaster (Pittsburgh Prates 1936-54), born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1955)
  • 1884-04-01 Hugo Bezdek, Czech American College Football Hall of Fame coach (University of Oregon, University of Arkansas, Penn State; NFL: Cleveland Browns; MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1952)
  • 1885-10-08 Johnny Lush, American MLB pitcher (2 no-hitters), born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania (d. 1946)

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

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
  • 1887-12-21 Cy Williams, American MLB outfielder (4-time NL HR leader), born in Wadena, Indiana (d. 1974)
  • 1891-11-05 Earl Neale, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (Virginia; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles) and MLB outfielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Parkersburg, West Virginia (d. 1973)
  • 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)
  • 1896-02-01 Frank Lane, American MLB executive (GM Chicago WS, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, KC Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1981)
  • 1896-11-10 Jimmy Dykes, American MLB infielder, manager (All Star 1933-34), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
  • 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)
  • 1900-02-02 Willie Kamm, MLB third baseman (d. 1988)
  • 1900-04-26 Hack Wilson, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (MLB single season record 191 RBI 1930), born in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania (d. 1948)
  • 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)
  • 1901-07-28 Freddie Fitzsimmons, American baseball pitcher (MLB record career double plays [79] 1938-64) and manager (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Mishawaka, Indiana (d. 1979)
  • 1903-02-05 Joan Whitney Payson, American heiress, businesswoman and philanthropist (co-founder & majority owner of MLB's New York Mets), born in NYC, NY (d. 1975)
  • 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)
  • 1903-11-02 Travis Jackson, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (World Series 1933; MLB All Star 1934; NY Giants), born in Waldo, Arkansas (d. 1987)
  • 1904-02-29 John "Pepper" Martin, American baseball utility (MLB All-Star 1933–35, 37; World Series 1931, 34; NL stolen base leader 1933, 34, 36; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Temple, Oklahoma (d. 1965)
  • 1905-10-12 Rick Ferrell, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (8 x MLB All Star; Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1906-07-07 Satchel Paige, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (5-time Negro League, 2-time MLB All Star), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 1982)

Person of interestLeo Durocher

1906-07-27 Leo Durocher, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (MLB All Star 1936, 38, 40; World Series 1928, 34; NY Yankees, St.L Cardinals) and manager (World Series 1954 NY Giants; 1963 LA Dodgers), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1991)

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • 1907-04-02 Luke Appling, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (7-time MLB All Star; AL batting champion 1936, 43; Chicago White Sox), born in High Point, North Carolina (d. 1991)
  • 1907-06-06 Bill Dickey, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (11 × MLB All-Star; 14 × World Series; NY Yankees) and manager (NY Yankees), born in Bastrop, Louisiana (d. 1993)
  • 1907-06-24 Rollie Hemsley, American baseball catcher (5-time MLB All Star), born in Syracuse, Ohio (d. 1972)
  • 1907-09-29 Gene Autry, American singer, songwriter, actor, musician, performer and business tycoon (owner LA/California/Anaheim Angels MLB team 1961-97), born in Near Tioga, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1907-10-22 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), born in Sudlersville, Maryland (d. 1967)
  • 1907-11-01 Larry French, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1940), born in Visalia, California (d. 1987)
  • 1908-02-02 Wes Ferrell, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1933, 37; no-hitter 1931; record 37 career HRs hit by a pitcher), born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 1976)
  • 1908-12-25 Jo-Jo Moore, American baseball left fielder (MLB All Star 1934–38, 40; World Series 1933; NY Giants), born in Gause, Texas (d. 2001)
  • 1909-03-02 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), born in Gretna, Louisiana (d. 1958)
  • 1910-06-10 Frank Demaree, American MLB outfielder (2-time All Star), born in Winters, California (d. 1958)

Person of interestHank Greenberg

1911-01-01 Hank Greenberg, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (MLB All Star 1937–40; 45, Detroit Tigers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1911-06-08 Van Lingle Mungo, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1934, 36, 37, 45; NL strikeout leader 1936; Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Giants), born in Pageland, South Carolina (d. 1985)
  • 1912-01-03 Cliff Melton, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1942; NL saves leader 1937; NY Giants), born in Brevard, North Carolina (d. 1986)
  • 1912-03-09 Arky Vaughn, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (MLB All-Star 1934–42; NL batting champion 1935; NL stolen base leader 1943), born in Clifty, Arkansas (d. 1952)
  • 1912-09-06 Vince DiMaggio, American baseball center fielder (MLB All Star 1943-44; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Martinez, California (d. 1986)
  • 1912-12-01 Cookie Lavagetto, American baseball third baseman, manager and coach (MLB All Star 1938-41; Brooklyn Dodgers; Washington Senators), born in Oakland, California (d. 1990)
  • 1913-01-07 Johnny Mize, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (10-time MLB All Star), born in Demorest, Georgia (d. 1993)
  • 1913-02-20 Tommy Henrich, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1942, 1947–50; World Series 1938, 41, 47, 49, 51; NY Yankees), born in Massillon, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • 1913-03-02 Mort Cooper, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1942, 43, 45, 46; World Series 1942, 44; NL MVP 1942), born in Atherton, Missouri (d. 1958)
  • 1914-02-09 Bill Veeck, American MLB owner, promoter (Brewers, White Sox, Indians, St. Louis Browns), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • 1914-02-23 Mike Tresh, American baseball catcher (MLB All Star 1945; Chicago WS), born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • 1914-11-02 Johnny Vander Meer, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1938-39, 42-43; World Series 1940; Cincinnati Reds), born in Prospect Park, New Jersey (d. 1997)

Person of interestJoe DiMaggio

1914-11-25 Joe DiMaggio, American Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder (13 × MLB All-Star; 9 x World Series; 3 x AL MVP; MLB record 56-game hitting streak; NY Yankees), born in Martinez, California (d. 1999)

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1914-12-12 Buzzie Bavasi, American MLB executive (Brooklyn & LA Dodgers), born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1915-01-03 Sid Hudson, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1941, 42; Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox), born in Coalfield, Tennessee (d. 2008)
  • 1915-01-08 Walker Cooper, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1942–44, 46–50; World Series 1942, 44; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Atherton, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • 1915-03-06 Pete Gray [Wyshner], MLB one-armed outfielder (St Louis Browns), born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • 1915-03-20 Stan Spence, American baseball center fielder (MLB All-Star 1942, 44, 46, 47; Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, St. Louis Browns), born in South Portsmouth, Kentucky (d. 1983)
  • 1915-04-01 Jeff Heath, Canadian baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1941, 43, 45; Cleveland Indians), born in Fort William, Ontario (d. 1975)
  • 1915-04-02 Al Barlick, American Baseball Hall of Fame umpire (7 x World Series; 7 x MLB All Star games), born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1915-08-18 Max Lanier, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1943-44; World Series 1942, 44; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Denton, North Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1916-03-01 Bing Devine, American MLB executive (St. Louis Cardinals, NY Mets), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • 1916-04-26 Virgil Trucks, American MLB pitcher (two-time All Star), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2013)
  • 1916-07-18 Johnny Hopp, American baseball outfielder, first baseman (MLB All-Star 1946; World Series 1942, 44, 50, 51; St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Hastings, Nebraska (d. 2003)
  • 1916-11-05 Jim Tabor, American MLB 3rd baseman (2 x grand slams in one game), born in New Hope, Alabama (d. 1953)
  • 1917-03-02 Jim Konstanty, American MLB relief pitcher (MLB All Star 1950; NL MVP 1950; Philadelphia Phillies), born in Strykersville, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1917-03-29 Tommy Holmes, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1945, 48; NL HR leader 1945; Boston Braves) and manager (Boston Braves), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1917-04-25 Red Flaherty, American baseball umpire (World Series 1955, 58, 65, 70; MLB All Star games 1956, 61, 69), born in Maynard, Massachusetts (d. 1999)
  • 1917-04-26 Sal Maglie, American MLB pitcher (NY Giants, 8th best won-lost pct), born in Niagara Falls, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1917-05-01 Giovanni "John" Beradino, American MLB infielder (St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians) and actor (General Hospital), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1996)
  • 1917-07-23 Ray Scarborough, American MLB pitcher (All Star 1950), born in Mount Gilead, North Carolina (d. 1982)
  • 1917-09-03 Eddie Stanky, American baseball second baseman, manager (MLB All Star 1947, 48, 50), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1917-11-01 Pat Mullin, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1947-48; Detroit Tigers), born in Trotter, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1917-12-01 Marty Marion, American baseball shortstop and manager (MLB All-Star 1943–50; NL MVP 1944; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Richburg, South Carolina (d. 2011)
  • 1918-03-01 Hank Wyse, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1945; Chicago Cubs), born in Lunsford, Arkansas (d. 2000)
  • 1918-03-31 Marv Grissom, American baseball pitcher, coach (MLB All Star 1954, NY, SF Giants), born in Los Molinos, CA (d. 2005)
  • 1918-09-25 Phil Rizzuto, American sportscaster and MLB shortstop (NY Yankees-MVP 1950), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1918-10-04 Red Munger, American baseball (MLB All Star 1944, 47, 49; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1996)
  • 1918-11-03 Bob Feller, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (AL Triple Crown 1940; 3 x no-hit games), born in Van Meter, Iowa (d.2010)
  • 1919-03-28 Vic Raschi, American MLB pitcher (4-time All Star), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1988)
  • 1919-05-01 Al Zarilla, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1948; St. Louis Browns), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1996)
  • 1919-08-09 Ralph Houk, American baseball catcher, coach, manager and executive (World Series champion 1947, 52-53, coach, 58; mgr 1961-62; NY Yankees), born in Lawrence, Kansas (d. 2010)
  • 1920-02-20 Frankie Gustine, American Major baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1946, 47, 48; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Hoopeston, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1920-05-16 Dave Philley, Texas, Major League Baseball switch-hitter (record 9 straight pinch hits), born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
  • 1920-08-21 Gerry Staley, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1952-53, 60; St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox), born in Brush Prairie, Washington (d. 2008)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1914-06-24 MLB greatest pitcher Walter Johnson (26) weds Hazel Lee Roberts in Northwest, Washington, D.C.

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson

LoveWedding of Interest

1939-01-03 MLB catcher Roy Campanella (18) weds Bernice Ray

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella

LoveWedding of Interest

1940-05-25 MLB outfielder Stan Musial (19) weds his high school sweetheart Lillian Labash in Daytona Beach

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial

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

1951-12-23 MLB centerfielder Mickey Mantle (20) weds author Merlyn Mantle (19) in Commerce, Oklahoma

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

LoveWedding of Interest

1956-02-14 MLB center fielder Willie Mays (24) weds Margherite Wendell Chapman in NYC, New York

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

LoveWedding of Interest

1964-01-25 MLB outfielder Pete Rose (22) weds first wife Karolyn Englehardt

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

LoveWedding of Interest

1964-11-14 MLB right fielder Roberto Clemente (30) weds Vera Zabala at San Fernando Church in Carolina

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • 1966-07-09 Major League Baseball pitcher Tom Seaver (21) weds Nancy Lynn McIntyre

LoveWedding of Interest

1967-06-25 MLB pitcher Nolan Ryan (20) weds his high school sweetheart Ruth Holdorff (18)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

LoveWedding of Interest

1973-12-31 MLB executive Tony La Russa (29) weds Elaine Coker

Baseball Manager Tony La Russa
Baseball Manager
Tony La Russa

LoveWedding of Interest

1979-10-16 MLB outfielder Tim Raines (20) weds his high school sweetheart Virginia Hilton

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines

LoveWedding of Interest

1984-11-24 MLB pitcher Roger Clemens (22) weds Debra Lynn Godfrey

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens

LoveWedding of Interest

1989-02-11 MLB pitcher Dave Righetti (30) weds Kandice Owen

MLB Pitcher and Coach Dave Righetti
MLB Pitcher and Coach
Dave Righetti

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

1992-12-31 MLB Outfielder David Justice (26) weds actress Halle Berry (26) in Atlanta, Georgia

MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice
Actress Halle Berry
Actress
Halle Berry

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

LoveWedding of Interest

2002-04-20 MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski (62) weds Nancy Benson

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski

LoveWedding of Interest

2010-09-08 Grammy nominated singer Jenni Rivera (41) weds MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza (38) at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley, California

Singer Jenni Rivera
Singer
Jenni Rivera
  • 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
  • 2013-10-24 Country music singer-songwriter Ashley Monroe (27) weds MLB pitcher John Danks (28) at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1997-06-24 Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry (30) divorces MLB outfielder David Justice (31) after more than 4 years of marriage

Actress Halle Berry
Actress
Halle Berry
MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2009-06-09 Elizabeth Watson (39) divorces MLB home run record holder Barry Bonds (44) due to irreconcilable differences after 11 years of marriage

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds

Deaths in Sport

Deaths 1 - 100 of 231

  • 1910-01-12 Harry Staley, American baseball pitcher (MLB record 9 RBI 1893; record lasts 70+ years), dies at 43
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1929-06-04 Harry Frazee, American MLB team owner (Boston Red Sox), dies of kidney failure at 48
  • 1929-10-01 Lee Richmond, American baseball pitcher (first ever MLB perfect game, 1880), dies at 72
  • 1931-10-02 George Bradley, American baseball pitcher (first no-hitter in MLB history 1876; NL ERA leader 1876), dies at 79

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
  • 1935-07-10 Paul Hines, American MLB outfielder (Triple Crown 1878, Providence Grays), dies at 80
  • 1935-09-21 Herm McFarland, American MLB outfielder (first grand slam in AL history), dies at 65
  • 1940-03-02 Matt Kilroy, American baseball pitcher (MLB single-season record 513 strikeouts 1886; MLB no-hitter 1886; Baltimore Orioles), dies at 73
  • 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
  • 1942-03-26 Jimmy Burke, American MLB third baseman (Pittsburgh Pirates), coach (World Series 1932, NY Yankees) and manager (St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 67
  • 1946-11-18 Johnny Lush, American MLB pitcher (2 no-hitters), dies at 61

Person of interestWalter Johnson

1946-12-10 Walter Johnson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (3 x Triple Crown; World Series 1924; AL MVP 1913, 24; Washington Senators), dies from a brain tumour at 59

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson

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
  • 1948-11-23 Hack Wilson, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (MLB single season record 191 RBI 1930), dies of internal haemorrhaging at 48
  • 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
  • 1952-09-19 Hugo Bezdek, Czech American College Football Hall of Fame coach (University of Oregon, University of Arkansas, Penn State; NFL: Cleveland Browns; MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 68
  • 1953-05-27 Jesse Burkett, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder (NL batting champion 1895-96, 1901; 240 hits in 1896 MLB record for 15 years), dies at 84
  • 1953-08-22 Jim Tabor, American MLB 3rd baseman (2 x grand slams in one game), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • 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
  • 1955-02-06 Rosey Rowswell, American MLB broadcaster (Pittsburgh Prates 1936-54), dies from uremic poisoning at 71

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
  • 1958-08-10 Frank Demaree, American MLB outfielder (2-time All Star), dies of internal haemorrhage at 48
  • 1958-11-17 Mort Cooper, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1942, 43, 45, 46; World Series 1942, 44; NL MVP 1942), dies of cirrhosis and a staphylococcal infection at 45
  • 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

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
  • 1962-03-04 George Mogridge, Major League Baseball pitcher (b. 1889)
  • 1965-03-05 John "Pepper" Martin, American baseball utility (MLB All-Star 1933–35, 37; World Series 1931, 34; NL stolen base leader 1933, 34, 36; St. Louis Cardinals), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1965-05-23 Earl Webb, American baseball outfielder (MLB Record: 67 doubles, single season 1931; Boston Red Sox), dies at 67
  • 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
  • 1968-06-15 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
  • 1971-05-27 Jack Doscher, American baseball pitcher (1st son of a major leaguer to play MLB), dies at 90
  • 1971-11-05 Sam Jones, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1955, 59; no-hitter 1955; Chicago Cubs), dies of neck cancer at 45

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
  • 1973-07-02 George McBride, American MLB shortstop and manager (AL fielding leader 1912-15), dies at 92
  • 1973-11-02 Earl Neale, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (Virginia; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles) and MLB outfielder (Cincinnati Reds), dies at 81
  • 1974-04-23 Cy Williams, American MLB outfielder (4-time NL HR leader), dies at 86
  • 1975-01-05 Don Wilson, American MLB pitcher (2 x no-hitters), dies at 29 of carbon monoxide poisoning at 29
  • 1975-10-04 Joan Whitney Payson, American heiress, businesswoman and philanthropist (co-founder & majority owner of MLB's New York Mets), dies at 72
  • 1975-12-01 Nellie Fox, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (15 x MLB All Star; AL MVP 1959; Chicago White Sox), dies from lymphatic cancer at 47
  • 1976-06-11 Jim Konstanty, American MLB relief pitcher (MLB All Star 1950; NL MVP 1950; Philadelphia Phillies), dies at 59
  • 1976-06-15 Jimmy Dykes, American MLB infielder, manager (All Star 1933-34), dies at 79
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1979-11-18 Freddie Fitzsimmons, American baseball pitcher (MLB record career double plays [79] 1938-64) and manager (Philadelphia Phillies), dies of a heart attack at 78
  • 1981-03-19 Frank Lane, American MLB executive (GM Chicago WS, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, KC Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers), dies at 85
  • 1981-10-04 Fred Lindstrom, American Baseball Hall of Fame utility (New York Giants), dies at 75
  • 1982-06-08 Satchel Paige, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (5-time Negro League, 2-time MLB All Star), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • 1982-07-01 Ray Scarborough, American MLB pitcher (All Star 1950), dies at 64
  • 1983-01-09 Stan Spence, American baseball center fielder (MLB All-Star 1942, 44, 46, 47; Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, St. Louis Browns), dies from emphysema at 67
  • 1983-10-18 Willie Jones, American baseball third baseman (MLB All Star 1950, 51; Philadelphia Phillies), dies from cancer at 58
  • 1984-10-01 Billy Goodman, American baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1949, 53; AL batting champion 1950), dies of cancer at 58
  • 1985-02-12 Van Lingle Mungo, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1934, 36, 37, 45; NL strikeout leader 1936; Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Giants), dies at 73

Person of interestRoger Maris

1985-12-14 Roger Maris, American baseball right fielder (7-time MLB All Star, 61 HRs 1961), dies of cancer at 51

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • 1986-01-02 Bill Veeck, American MLB owner & promoter (Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns), dies of lung cancer at 71
  • 1986-07-28 Cliff Melton, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1942; NL saves leader 1937; NY Giants), dies at 74

Person of interestHank Greenberg

1986-09-04 Hank Greenberg, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (MLB All Star 1937–40; 45, Detroit Tigers), dies of cancer at 75

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1986-10-03 Vince DiMaggio, American baseball center fielder (MLB All Star 1943-44; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 74
  • 1987-02-09 Larry French, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1940), dies at 79
  • 1987-05-01 Bobo Holloman, American baseball pitcher (no-hitter on MLB debut 1953; St. Louis Browns), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 1987-07-27 Travis Jackson, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (World Series 1933; MLB All Star 1934; NY Giants), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 83
  • 1987-11-16 Jim Brewer, Major League Baseball relief pitcher (b. 1937)
  • 1988-03-29 Ted Kluszewski, American baseball 1st baseman (4-time MLB All Star), dies of heart attack at 63
  • 1988-10-14 Vic Raschi, American MLB pitcher (4-time All Star), dies at 69
  • 1989-09-01 A. Bartlett Giamatti, American executive (MLB Commissioner 1989; President Yale University 1978-86), dies of heart attack at 51
  • 1990-06-12 Glen Gorbous, Canadian MLB outfielder (record for longest throw of a regulation baseball [445' 10"]), dies at 59
  • 1990-08-10 Cookie Lavagetto, American baseball third baseman, manager and coach (MLB All Star 1938-41; Brooklyn Dodgers; Washington Senators), dies at 77
  • 1991-01-03 Luke Appling, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop, (7-time MLB All Star; AL batting champion 1936, 43; Chicago White Sox), dies of abdominal aortic aneurysm at 83
  • 1991-04-01 Frankie Gustine, American Major baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1946, 47, 48; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 71
  • 1991-04-11 Walker Cooper, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1942–44, 46–50; World Series 1942, 44; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 76

Person of interestLeo Durocher

1991-10-07 Leo Durocher, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (MLB All Star 1936, 38, 40; World Series 1928, 34; NY Yankees, St.L Cardinals) and manager (World Series 1954 NY Giants; 1963 LA Dodgers), dies at 86

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • 1992-12-28 Sal Maglie, American MLB pitcher (NY Giants, 8th best won-lost pct), dies at 75
  • 1993-01-21 Charlie Gehringer, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman (Detroit Tigers, 6-time MLB All Star), dies at 89
  • 1993-02-10 Rip Repulski, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1956; World Series 1959), dies at 64
  • 1993-06-02 Johnny Mize, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (10-time MLB All Star), dies of cardiac arrest at 80
  • 1993-11-12 Bill Dickey, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (11 × MLB All-Star; 14 × World Series; NY Yankees) and manager (NY Yankees), dies at 86
  • 1995-07-27 Rick Ferrell, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (8 x MLB All Star; Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators), dies of arrhythmia at 89
  • 1995-12-05 Bill Bruton, American MLB outfielder (NL stolen bases leader 1953-55), dies of heart attack at 70
  • 1995-12-27 Al Barlick, American Baseball Hall of Fame umpire (7 x World Series; 7 x MLB All Star games), dies at 80
  • 1996-02-08 Del Ennis, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 1946, 51, 55; NL RBI leader 1950; Philadelphia Phillies), dies from complications of diabetes at 70
  • 1996-04-01 John McSheery, American baseball umpire (World Series 1977, 87; MLB All Star Game 1975, 82, 91), dies from cardiac arrest while umpiring on Opening Day at 51
  • 1996-05-19 Giovanni "John" Beradino, American MLB infielder (St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians) and actor (General Hospital), dies from pancreatic cancer at 79
  • 1996-05-26 Mike Sharperson, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1992; World Series 1988, 95), dies in a car crash at 34
  • 1996-07-23 Red Munger, American baseball (MLB All Star 1944, 47, 49; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 77
  • 1996-08-28 Al Zarilla, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1948; St. Louis Browns), dies of cancer at 77
  • 1997-10-06 Johnny Vander Meer, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1938-39, 42-43; World Series 1940; Cincinnati Reds), dies of an abdominal aneurysm at 82
  • 1997-11-02 Roy McMillan, American baseball infielder, coach and manager (MLB All Star 1956-57; Gold Glove 1957-59; Cincinnati Reds), dies of heart failure at 68
  • 1998-10-02 Gene Autry, American singer, songwriter, actor, musician, performer and business tycoon (owner LA/California/Anaheim Angels MLB team 1961-97), dies of lymphoma at 91
  • 1998-10-06 Mark Belanger, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star 1976; 8 x Gold Glove winner; Baltimore Orioles), dies from lung cancer at 54