Baseball History (Part 2)

Events in Sport

Events 101 - 200 of 491

  • 1917-08-19 Sunday benefit baseball game at Polo Grounds results in John McGraw & Christy Mathewson's arrest for violating Blue laws
  • 1918-05-14 Sunday baseball is made legal in Washington, DC
  • 1918-09-01 Baseball season ends due to WW I
  • 1918-12-10 John Heyder becomes president of baseball's National League for the 2nd time
  • 1919-05-04 1st legal Sunday baseball game in NYC (Phillies beat Giants 4-3)
  • 1919-05-25 Casey Stengel releases a sparrow from under his baseball cap
  • 1919-10-30 Baseball league presidents call for abolishment of spitball
  • 1920-01-04 1st Black baseball league, National Negro Baseball League, organizes
  • 1920-02-09 Joint Rules Com bans foreign substances & alterations to baseballs
  • 1920-02-10 Baseball outlaws all pitches involving tampering with ball
  • 1920-02-13 National Negro Baseball League organizes
  • 1920-05-01 Longest major league baseball game by inninngs - Brooklyn Dodgers tie Boston Braves, 1-1, in 26 innings
  • 1920-05-02 1st game of National Negro Baseball League played in Indianapolis
  • 1920-06-05 A's VP Thomas Shibe denies charges that baseballs are livelier
  • 1920-10-10 Indian's Elmer Smith hits baseball's 1st World Series grand slam
  • 1920-11-08 Baseball meeting to depose Ban Johnson is set for Nov 12th
  • 1920-11-12 Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis elected 1st baseball commissioner
  • 1921-01-12 Kenesaw Mountain Landis becomes 1st commissioner of baseball
  • 1921-08-03 Due to a technicality, 8 Chicago White Sox accused in Black Sox scandal are acquited, however Landis throws them out of baseball
  • 1921-08-05 1st radio baseball broadcast Pirates-8, Phillies-0 (KDKA, Pitts)
  • 1922-02-18 Kenesaw Mountain Landis resigns his judgeship to work for baseball
  • 1922-05-29 US Supreme Court rules organized baseball is a sport and not a business and thus not subject to antitrust laws
  • 1922-12-16 Mutual Association of Eastern Colored Baseball Clubs formally organizes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1923-08-03 Baseball games cancelled following the death of US President Warren G. Harding

29th US President Warren G. Harding
29th US President
Warren G. Harding
  • 1924-02-10 Bucky Harris at 27, becomes youngest baseball manager (Washington Senators)
  • 1925-01-05 French Baseball Federation awards silver medals to John McGraw, Charlie Comiskey, & Hugh Jennings
  • 1925-04-21 No baseball games played in NL due to Charles Ebbets' funeral
  • 1926-05-08 Fire breaks out in Fenway Park, home of Boston Red Socks baseball team
  • 1926-12-16 Kenesaw Mountain Landis renewed 7-years as baseball commissioner

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1928-09-03 Baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb got his 4,191th & final career hit

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1930-04-28 1st night organized baseball game played in Independence, Kansas
  • 1930-12-12 Baseball Rules Committee greatly revises the rule book
  • 1930-12-12 Baseball changes rule, ball bounces into stands not a HR, now a double
  • 1931-01-05 1st woman to purchase a baseball team Lucille Thomas purchases Topeka franchise in the Western League
  • 1931-02-04 National League adopts a deader baseball
  • 1931-02-17 1st telecast of a sporting event in Japan (baseball)
  • 1931-03-27 John McGraw says night baseball will not catch on
  • 1931-04-01 Jackie Mitchell became 1st female in professional baseball

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1931-06-15 Eddie Collins & Harry Heilmann retire from baseball

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • 1931-12-09 Baseball cuts squad from 25 to 23 players & NL continues to prohibit uniform numbers
  • 1932-07-03 John McGraw retires from baseball
  • 1932-09-28 1932 Baseball World Series opens with the Chicago Cubs vs. NY Yankees (6-12)
  • 1933-12-15 Baseball owners agree to ban Sunday doubleheaders until after June 15
  • 1934-01-05 National & American baseball leagues select a uniform ball
  • 1934-12-11 Ford C Frick becomes president of baseball's National League
  • 1934-12-11 NL votes to permit night baseball (up to 7 games per home team)
  • 1934-12-26 Yomiuri Giants, Japan's 1st professional baseball team forms
  • 1935-05-24 1st major league night baseball game, in Cincinnati (Reds 2, Phil 1)
  • 1936-01-29 1st players elected to Baseball Hall of Fame: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson & Walter Johnson
  • 1936-04-29 1st pro baseball game in Japan is played Nagoya defeats Daitokyo, 8-5
  • 1936-08-12 Demo baseball game at 1936 Olympics in Berlin, world beats US, 6-5

  • 1936-12-09 AL OKs night baseball for St Louis

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1937-01-19 Cy Young, Tris Speaker & Nap Lajorie elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1938-01-18 Pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1938-06-01 Protective baseball helmets 1st worn by batters
  • 1938-06-19 Reds Johnny Vander Meer extends his string of hitless baseball innings to 21 2/3 before Debs Garms singles for Boston in 4th
  • 1938-06-21 Baseball's Pinky Higgins gets 12th straight hit
  • 1938-08-02 1st test of a yellow baseball (Dodgers vs Cardinals)

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1938-09-13 Alexander Cartwright is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

Inventor of Modern Baseball Alexander Cartwright
Inventor of Modern Baseball
Alexander Cartwright
  • 1939-05-17 1st sports telecast-Columbia vs Princeton-college baseball
  • 1939-06-12 Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Cooperstown, NY
  • 1939-08-15 First night game at baseball's Comiskey Park, Sox beat Browns 5-2
  • 1939-08-26 1st major league baseball telecast-Reds beat Bkln Dodgers (W2XBS NY)
  • 1939-08-30 NY Yankee Atley Donald pitches a baseball a record 94.7 mph (152 kph)

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1939-12-07 Lou Gehrig, 36, is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1940-04-16 1st televised baseball game, WGN-TV, (White Sox vs Cubs exhibition)
  • 1940-10-24 Japan eliminates US terms (strike, play ball) from baseball
  • 1941-04-26 A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1941-08-18 Phillies commit 8 errors in a baseball game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941-09-28 Ted Williams ended the baseball season with .406 batting avg

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1942-01-15 FDR asks commissioner to continue baseball during WW II

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1942-02-03 Baseball owners agree to permit each club up to 14 night games in 1942
  • 1942-03-01 Baseball decides that players in military can't play when on furlough
  • 1942-05-18 NYC ends night baseball games for rest of WW II
  • 1942-06-19 Paul Waner is 7th to get 3,000 baseball hits
  • 1943-03-13 Baseball approves official ball (with cork & balata)
  • 1943-05-21 Fastest 9 inning AL baseball game (89 mins), White Sox beat Senators
  • 1943-11-23 Philadelphia Phillies owner William D Cox is permanently banned from baseball for having bet on his own team
  • 1943-12-04 Commissioner Landis announces any baseball club may sign Negroes
  • 1943-12-22 Manufacturers get permission to use synthetic rubber for baseball core
  • 1944-02-02 Baseball meets in NYC to discuss postwar action
  • 1944-06-06 Baseball cancels all games honoring D-Day invasion
  • 1944-07-03 Oriole Park (minor league baseball stadium) burns down in Baltimore
  • 1945-01-10 No one is elected to baseball's Hall of Fame
  • 1945-04-24 Albert B "Happy" Chandler is named 2nd baseball commissioner
  • 1945-05-07 Branch Rickey announces formation of the US Negro Baseball League
  • 1945-05-09 New balata ball used in baseball, 50% livilier
  • 1945-08-18 Scheduled demonstrations at Polo Grounds & Ebbets Field to end segregation in organized baseball are called off
  • 1945-10-06 Tavern owner "Billy Goat" Sianis buys seat for his goat for Game 4 of Baseball World Series, is escorted out and casts goat curse on Chicago Cubs
  • 1945-10-15 Baseball Attendance hits record 10.28 million (Tigers 1.28 is highest)
  • 1945-10-29 Happy Chandler resigns as US Senator, remains as baseball commish
  • 1946-03-09 Ted Williams is offered $500,000 to play in Mexican Baseball League, he refuses
  • 1946-04-20 1st baseball broadcast in Chicago, Cards vs Cubs
  • 1946-05-26 2-for-42 & hitting .048 for 1946, Mel Ott stops playing baseball
  • 1946-07-08 Baseball grants $5,000 minimum salary
  • 1946-08-09 1st time all major-league baseball games (8) are played at night
  • 1946-08-22 Baseball approves a 168-game schedule, but later rescinds it
  • 1946-09-05 Joe Garagiola plays his 1st major league baseball game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1947-04-09 Baseball suspends Bkln Dodger Leo Durocher for 1 year

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

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 362

  • 1932-10-02 Maury Wills, baseball shortstop (LA Dodgers, NL MVP 1962)
  • 1934-07-30 Bud Selig, owner (Milwaukee Brewers)/acting baseball commissioner
  • 1934-08-04 Dallas Green, baseball manager (Phillies, Yankees), born in Newport, Delaware (d. 2017)

Person of interestRoberto Clemente

1934-08-18 Roberto Clemente, Puerto Rican baseball outfielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Carolina, Puerto Rico (d. 1972)

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • 1934-09-07 Bill Giles, baseball owner (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1934-12-19 Al Kaline, baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1935-11-09 Bob Gibson, American baseball pitcher (Cy Young/NL MVP 1968), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1935-12-17 Cal Ripken Sr, baseball manager (Balt Orioles)
  • 1936-08-28 Don Denkinger, American baseball umpire
  • 1936-09-14 Stan Williams, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees, LA Dodgers)
  • 1937-06-28 Ron Luciano, American baseball umpire (d. 1995)
  • 1937-07-09 Marty Springstead, American Major League baseball umpire and umpire supervisor, born in Nyack, New York

Person of interestPeter Ueberroth

1937-09-02 Peter Ueberroth, American organizer of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and commissioner of baseball (1984-89), born in Evanston, Illinois

Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball Peter Ueberroth
Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball
Peter Ueberroth
  • 1937-10-03 Eli Jacobs, baseball owner (Baltimore Orioles)
  • 1937-10-20 Juan Marichal, Hall of Fame baseball pitcher (SF Giants)
  • 1938-02-18 Manny Mota, Dominican baseball outfielder (LA Dodgers), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1938-04-04 A Bartlett Giamatti, American President of Yale and baseball commissioner (1989), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1989)
  • 1938-04-16 Rich Rollins, American baseballer
  • 1938-05-29 Francis Thomas (Fay) Vincent, baseball commissioner
  • 1938-06-02 Gene Michael, American baseball shortstop, and general manger (NY Yankees), born in Kent, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • 1938-06-24 Don Mincher, Huntsville, Alabama, Major League Baseball 1st baseman, (d. 2012)
  • 1938-09-29 Mike McCormick, American MLB baseball pitcher (SF Giants, Cy Young 1967), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1939-05-11 Milt Pappas, American baseball pitcher, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1939-06-04 Phil Linz, baseball shortstop (NY Yankees)
  • 1939-06-18 Lou Brock, one-time baseball stolen base leader (St Louis Cards)
  • 1939-08-09 Claude Osteen, baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1940-06-02 Horace Clarke, baseball 2nd baseman (NY Yankees)
  • 1940-06-02 Jim Maloney, baseball pitcher
  • 1940-07-01 Jack Acker, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1940-11-23 Luis Tiant, Cuba, baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox, NY Yankees)
  • 1941-06-01 Dean Chance, Baseball pitcher, born in Wooster, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • 1941-10-16 Tim McCarver, baseball catcher (Phils, Mets)/sportscaster (ABC, CBS)
  • 1942-02-08 Fritz Peterson, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1942-10-18 Willie Horton, baseball slugger (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1943-01-07 Jim Lefebvre, Hawthorne California, baseball manager (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1943-01-30 Davy Johnson, baseball manager (NY Mets)
  • 1943-03-23 Lee May "The Big Bopper", American Major League Baseball 1st baseman, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2017)
  • 1943-03-24 Jesus Alou, baseball outfielder (SF Giants)
  • 1943-06-20 Andy Etchebarren, baseball catcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in Whittier, California
  • 1943-08-28 Lou Piniella, American baseball outfielder and manager (NY Yankees, Seattle Mariners), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1943-12-13 Ferguson Jenkins, baseball pitcher (Red Sox)
  • 1944-03-24 Denny McLain, baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers, 31 wins in 1968)
  • 1944-06-30 Ron Swoboda, baseball outfielder/sportscaster (NY Yankees, NY Mets)
  • 1944-10-29 Claude Brochu, Major League Baseball executive (Montreal Expos)
  • 1944-11-07 Joe Niekro, baseball knuckler (NY Yankees)
  • 1945-01-07 Tony Conigliaro, Mass, baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1945-04-02 Don Sutton, baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers)
  • 1945-10-01 Rod Carew, baseball slugger (AL Rookie of Year 1967)
  • 1945-11-03 Ken Holtzman, American baseball pitcher and manager

Person of interestReggie Jackson

1946-05-18 Reggie Jackson, American baseball right fielder (NY Yankees, Athletics) nicknamed "Mr. October" for his clutch hitting in the postseason, born in Wyncote, Pennsylvania

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1946-05-20 Bobby Murcer, American baseball outfielder (NY Yankees, SF Giants and Chicago Cubs), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2008)
  • 1946-08-06 Dusty Rhodes, Australian baseball coach (Olympics 1996)
  • 1946-08-25 Rollie Fingers, American baseball relief pitcher (Oakland Athletics, MVP/Cy Young-1981), born in Steubenville, Ohio
  • 1947-02-03 Joe Coleman, baseball pitcher (Washington, Detroit)
  • 1947-05-14 Dick "Dirt" Tidrow, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1947-06-07 Thurman Munson, baseball catcher/captain (NY Yankees)
  • 1947-07-04 Morganna Roberts, (Baseball's kissing bandit), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1947-07-14 Steve Stone, sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1948-05-14 Dave LaRoche, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1948-10-16 Leo Mazzone, American baseball coach
  • 1949-04-08 Jim Lampley, Hendersonville NC, newscaster (Monday Night Baseball)
  • 1949-04-30 Phil Garner, baseball manager

Person of interestBill James

1949-10-05 Bill James [George William James], American baseball writer and statistician ( sabermetrics), born in Holton, Kansas

Baseball Writer and Statistician Bill James
Baseball Writer and Statistician
Bill James
  • 1949-11-22 David Pietrusza, American baseball historian
  • 1950-08-15 Tom Kelly, American baseball manager

Person of interestGeorge Brett

1953-05-15 George Brett, American baseball third baseman (KC Royals, 1980 AL MVP), born in Glen Dale, West Virginia

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1953-07-03 Frank Tanana, baseball pitcher (California Angels)
  • 1953-07-29 Ken Burns [Kenneth Lauren], American director and documentary film producer (The Civil War, Baseball), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1953-08-16 Nick Leyva, baseball manager (Phillies 1988-91)
  • 1954-07-04 Jim Beattie, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)

Person of interestDennis Martínez

1955-05-14 [Jose] Dennis Martínez, Nicaraguan baseball pitcher (Orioles, Expos, Indians), born in Granada, Nicaragua

MLB Pitcher Dennis Martínez
MLB Pitcher
Dennis Martínez
  • 1955-09-16 Robin Yount, baseballer (Milwaukee Brewers, MVP 1982, 1989, 3,142 hits)
  • 1955-11-26 Jay Howell, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees, Oakland A's)
  • 1956-12-13 Dale Berra, baseball infeilder (Pittsburgh Pirates, NY Yankees)
  • 1957-05-09 John Stuper, baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1957-08-01 Glen Gorbous, Canadian baseball player who holds the record for the longest throw of a regulation baseball (445'10"), born in Drumheller, Alberta (d. 1990)
  • 1957-09-27 Richard Vagg, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1957-10-24 Ron Gardenhire, German-born American baseball manager
  • 1958-03-26 Chris Codiroli, American baseballer
  • 1958-04-29 Gary Cohen, American baseball broadcaster

Person of interestDave Righetti

1958-11-28 Dave Righetti, baseball pitcher (Yankees, Giants), born in San Jose, California

MLB Pitcher and Coach Dave Righetti
MLB Pitcher and Coach
Dave Righetti
  • 1959-01-09 Otis Nixon, American baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers)
  • 1959-02-20 Bill Gullickson, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1959-04-02 Adrian Meagher, Australian baseball pitching coach (Olympics 1996)
  • 1959-10-06 [Dennis Ray] "Oil Can" Boyd, baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1960-01-12 Rob Derksen, Australian baseball head coach (Olympics 1996)
  • 1960-08-19 Ron Darling, Hawaii, baseball pitcher (NY Mets)

Person of interestCal Ripken Jr

1960-08-24 Cal Ripken, American baseball shortstop (Baltimore Orioles, consecutive game streak), born in Havre de Grace, Maryland

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr
  • 1961-01-29 Mike Aldrete, American baseball infielder (Oakland Athletics, NY Yankees)
  • 1961-02-09 John Kruk, American baseball 1st baseman (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 1961-10-19 Tim Belcher, Sparta Ohio, baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers, KC Royals)
  • 1962-01-03 Darren Daulton, American baseball player (catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies), born in Arkansas City, Kansas (d. 2017)
  • 1962-01-05 Danny Jackson, American baseball pitcher (Royals/Phillies/Cardinals)
  • 1962-01-10 Jim Lindeman, American baseball outfielder (NY Mets)
  • 1962-01-13 Kevin Mitchell, American baseball outfielder (NY Met, SF Giants, Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1962-02-03 Joe Handle, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • 1962-02-19 Alvaro Espinoza, Venezuela, baseball shortstop (NY Yanks, NY Mets)

Person of interestDarryl Strawberry

1962-03-12 Darryl Strawberry, baseball right fielder (Mets, Dodgers, Yankees), born in Los Angeles, California

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • 1962-11-08 Ron Johnson, Australian baseball hitting coach (Olympics 1996)
  • 1962-11-30 Bo Jackson, baseball/football player (KC Royals, LA Raiders)

Weddings in Sport

Divorces in Sport

Deaths in Sport

Deaths 101 - 107 of 107

Person of interestYogi Berra

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
  • 2017-09-07 Gene Michael, American baseball shortstop, and general manger (NY Yankees), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 2018-01-13 Doug Harvey, American National League umpire (Baseball Hall of Fame 2010), dies at 87