On This Day

Tampa Bay Rays in History

Events in Sport

  • 1995-03-09 Baseball awards a franchise to Tampa Bay Devil Rays
  • 1997-11-08 Tampa Bay Devil Rays name their 1st manager Larry Rothschild
  • 1997-11-18 Arizona Diamondbacks & Tampa Bay Devil Rays expansion draft
  • 1998-03-31 Expansion clubs, Tampa Bay and Arizona both suffer bad losses in their MLB debuts; Devil Rays lose, 11-6 to the Detroit Tigers and the Diamondbacks fall, 9-2 to Colorado Rockies
  • 1999-08-07 Tampa Bay 3rd baseman Wade Boggs becomes the first MLB player to hit a home run for his 3,000th hit in Devil Rays' 15-10 loss v Cleveland
  • 2004-03-31 With a 12-1 defeat of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in Tokyo, NY Yankees starter Kevin Brown becomes only the 2nd pitcher in MLB history to have beaten all 30 teams
  • 2008-10-19 MLB American League Championship: Tampa Bay Rays beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3
  • 2008-10-29 World Series Baseball: Philadelphia beats Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3 in Game 5 at Citizens Bank Park for Phillies second title in their 126-year history; MVP: Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels
  • 2009-07-23 Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox becomes the 18th pitcher to throw a perfect game in MLB history, defeating Tampa Bay Rays 5-0
  • 2020-10-27 World Series Baseball: LA Dodgers beat Tampa Bay Rays, 3-1 in Game 6 at Globe Life Field, Arlington to win first title in 32 years; MVP: Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1937-09-16 Vince Naimoli, American businessman and MLB team owner (Tampa Bay Devil Rays), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2019)
  • 1967-10-21 John Flaherty, American baseball catcher (Tampa Bay Devil Rays, New York Yankees) and broadcaster (YES Network, NY Yankees), born in NYC, New York
  • 1974-06-09 Randy Winn, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 2002; TB Devil Rays, Seattle Mariners, SF Giants) and analyst (NBC Sports Bay Area), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1976-03-23 Joel Peralta, Dominican MLB baseball relief pitcher, 2005-16 (Kansas City Royals, Tampa Bay Rays, and six other teams), born in Bonao, Dominican Republic
  • 1978-06-25 Luke Scott, American baseball player (Tampa Bay Rays), born in DeLeon Springs, Florida
  • 1983-04-25 J.P. Howell, American baseball player (Tampa Bay Devil Rays), born in Modesto, California
  • 1983-11-11 Matt Garza, American baseball player ( Tampa Bay Rays), born in Selma, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 2019-08-25 Vince Naimoli, American businessman and MLB team owner (Tampa Bay Devil Rays), dies of progressive supranuclear palsy at 81