On This Day

Baseball History (Part 4)

Events in Sport

Events 301 - 400 of 791

  • 1942-10-05 St Louis Cardinals win club's 4th Baseball World Series; beat NY Yankees, 4-2 in Game 5 at Yankee Stadium for 4-1 series victory
  • 1943-01-01 Negro Baseball League star Josh Gibson suffers a nervous breakdown; admitted to hospital for rest and treatment; released in time for pre-season training
  • 1943-02-09 National League of Baseball seeks a buyer for the Philadelphia Phillies as owner Gerry Nugent falls in arrears
  • 1943-02-18 A syndicate headed by New York lumberman William D Cox buys MLB's Philadelphia Phillies for $850,000; 33 year-old Cox is youngest owner in baseball
  • 1943-03-13 Baseball approves official ball (with cork & balata)
  • 1943-05-21 Fastest 9 inning AL baseball night game (89 mins), Chicago White Sox beat visiting Washington Senators, 1-0

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1943-08-18 Giants future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell wins his 253rd and final game as NY beats Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-2 at the Polo Grounds, NYC

Baseball Pitcher Carl Hubbell
Baseball Pitcher
Carl Hubbell
  • 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

Battle of InterestD-Day

1944-06-06 World War II: All Major League Baseball games are cancelled in honor of the D-Day landings in northern France

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Into the Jaws of Death by Robert F. Sargent
Into the Jaws of Death by Robert F. Sargent
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  • 1944-07-03 Oriole Park, then a minor league baseball stadium burns down in Baltimore; cause, speculated discarded cigarette
  • 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

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1945-05-07 Branch Rickey announces formation of the US Negro Baseball League

Baseball Player and Sports Executive Branch Rickey
Baseball Player and Sports Executive
Branch Rickey
  • 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

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1945-09-30 Detroit's future Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Hank Greenberg smacks an AL pennant-winning grand slam on the final day of the season as the Tigers beat St. Louis Browns, 6-3

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1945-10-03 Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs meet in Baseball World Series for the 4th time; Hank Borowy pitches a 6-hit shutout as Cubs win Game 1, 9-0 at Briggs Stadium; Detroit wins series, 4-3
  • 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 commissioner

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1946-03-09 Ted Williams is offered $500,000 to play in Mexican Baseball League, he refuses

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1946-04-20 1st baseball broadcast in Chicago, Cards vs Cubs
  • 1946-04-24 11 players named to the Baseball Hall of Fame: Tinker, Evers, Chance, Burkett, McCarthy, Waddell, Plank, Walsh, Jack Chesbro, Griffith, and McGinnity
  • 1946-05-26 2-for-42 & hitting .048 for 1946, Mel Ott stops playing baseball
  • 1946-05-30 Bama Rowell hits a home run in a baseball match - the ball shatters Bulova Clock in Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

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1946-06-21 Bill Veeck buys baseball team Cleveland Indians for $2.2 million

MLB Team Owner and Promoter Bill Veeck
MLB Team Owner and Promoter
Bill Veeck
  • 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, in his hometown of St. Louis; 2 RBI's in Cardinals' win over Chicago Cubs

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1947-06-24 Future Baseball Hall of Fame infielder Jackie Robinson steals home for first of 19 times in his career as the Brooklyn Dodgers beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-2

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1947-08-16 Future Baseball HOF outfielder Ralph Kiner hits 3 successive HRs for host Pittsburgh Pirates in a 12-7 win over St. Louis Cardinals; both clubs smash a then MLB record 10 homers
  • 1947-08-23 1st Baseball Little League World Series, Williamsport, Pennsylvania: Maynard Midgets beat Lock Haven All Stars, 16-7
  • 1947-09-12 Pittsburgh's future Baseball HOF left fielder Ralph Kiner hits 2 HRs in Pirates' 4-3 win over the Boston Braves at Forbes Field; record 8th HR in 4 games
  • 1947-09-30 In first televised World Series Baseball game, NY Yankees beat Brooklyn Dodgers, 5-3 in Game 1 at Yankee Stadium; also largest WS crowd to date, 73,365

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1947-10-02 New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra hits the first pinch-hit home run in Baseball World Series history off Ralph Branca in the 7th inning of a 9-8 loss to the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 3

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra

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1947-10-05 Brooklyn outfielder Al Gionfriddo makes famous catch off Joe DiMaggio in Game 6 of Baseball World Series; Dodgers beat Yankees, 8-6; catch inspires "back-back-back" expression

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1948-05-23 Future Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive HRs as the New York Yankees edge the Indians, 6-5 at Cleveland Stadium
  • 1948-06-18 Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts debuts for the Philadelphia Phillies, taking a 2-0 loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Shibe Park, Philadelphia
  • 1948-06-30 Cleveland Indians' future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Lemon no-hits Detroit Tigers, 2-0

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1948-07-01 Brooklyn's future Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella debuts with 3 hits in a 6-4 loss to the rival NY Giants

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • 1948-08-17 Phillies commit 8 errors in a baseball game for the 2nd time
  • 1948-08-21 Cleveland Indians 47-inning scoreless streak is broken as future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Lemon yields a home run to Aaron Robinson in a 3-2 loss to Chicago WS
  • 1948-09-20 Mexican Baseball league disbanded
  • 1948-11-30 Baseball's Negro National League disbands

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1948-12-02 After one of the best seasons in baseball history, St Louis Cardinals utility Stan Musial is named NL MVP; leads NL in batting average (.365), runs (135), RBI (131), hits (230), doubles (46), triples (18) & slugging (.702), with 39 HRs

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 1949-05-05 Detroit Tigers second baseman Charlie Gehringer is elected in the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1949-07-12 Baseball owners agree to erect warning paths before each fence
  • 1949-09-18 Baseball major league record 4 grand slams hit
  • 1950-02-16 Writers fail to elect anyone to Baseball's Hall of Fame
  • 1950-10-03 Philadelphia Phillies choose not to request MLB rule on star left-hander Curt Simmons' eligibility to play in World Series despite being on furlough from Army; Phillies swept, 4-0 by NY Yankees
  • 1951-02-21 South Carolina House of Representatives urges "Shoeless Joe" Jackson be reinstated by Major League Baseball

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1951-05-01 Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Mickey Mantle hits first career home run in 8-3 win v White Sox in Chicago; Minnie Minoso homers in Sox debut

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1952-09-07 Outfielder Don Grate throws a baseball a record 434'1" (Tenn)
  • 1953-02-20 US Court of Appeals rules that Organized Baseball is a sport & not a business, affirming the 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling
  • 1953-05-30 1st major league network baseball game-Cleveland 7, Chicago 2
  • 1953-07-27 Dizzy Dean, Al Simmons "Chief" Bender, Bobby Wallace, Harry Wright, Ed Barrow, Bill Klem and Tom Connolly inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1953-08-06 Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Ted Williams returns to Red Sox from military service in Korea; ends abbreviated season with .407 batting average
  • 1953-08-23 Phil Grate sets record for throwing a baseball (443'3")
  • 1953-10-02 Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Carl Erskine sets a Baseball World Series record with 14 strikeouts in a 3-2 Game 3 win against the New York Yankees.
  • 1953-10-04 NY Yankees slugging center fielder Mickey Mantle hits a grand slam off Russ Meyer; Bronx Bombers hold on to win, 11-7 v Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 of Baseball World Series; Yankees win series, 4-2

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1953-10-05 50th Baseball World Series: NY Yankees beat Brooklyn Dodgers, 4-3 in Game 6 for 4-2 series win; NY 2nd baseman Billy Martin's 12 hits sets WS record; Yankees win record 5th consecutive WS

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • 1953-11-04 New baseball balk rule gives the batter option of accepting the outcome of the pitch or the balk
  • 1953-11-09 Supreme Court rules Major League baseball exempt from anti-trust laws
  • 1953-11-17 St Louis Browns officially become the Baltimore Baseball Club Inc
  • 1953-11-19 US Supreme Court rules (7-2) baseball is a sport not a business
  • 1954-03-01 Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Ted Williams fractures his collarbone on the first day of Boston Red Sox spring training; injury keeps him out of Boston lineup until May 15
  • 1954-10-02 New York Giants beat Cleveland Indians, 7-4 in Game 4 to sweep the Baseball World Series, 4-0; Indians trail 7-0 and never recover
  • 1954-10-02 Don Liddle beats Bob Lemon 7-4 as the New York Giants complete an unlikely World Series sweep of the powerful Cleveland Indians; Cleveland season record of 111-43 sets American League mark for regular season wins
  • 1955-03-07 Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick says he favors legalization of spitter
  • 1955-05-01 Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller tosses his record 12th 1-hitter in Indians' 2-0 win v Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Stadium

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1955-06-08 L.A. Dodgers option pitcher (and future Baseball Hall of Fame manager) Tommy Lasorda to make room on roster for future Hall of Famer, pitcher Sandy Koufax

Baseball Pitcher and Manager Tommy Lasorda
Baseball Pitcher and Manager
Tommy Lasorda
Baseball Pitcher Sandy Koufax
Baseball Pitcher
Sandy Koufax
  • 1955-10-04 Brooklyn Dodgers win their first Baseball World Series with a 2-0 victory in Game 7 against arch-rival New York Yankees; Dodgers had lost their previous 7 World Series
  • 1955-10-23 Dominican Professional Baseball League moves to winter play for first time

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1956-01-19 Hoboken dedicates a plaque honoring achievements of Alexander Cartwright in organizing early baseball at Elysian Field

Inventor of Modern Baseball Alexander Cartwright
Inventor of Modern Baseball
Alexander Cartwright

AgreementContract of Interest

1956-03-14 50-year-old baseball pitching star Satchel Paige signs a contract to play for and manage the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro National League

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Satchel Paige
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Satchel Paige
  • 1956-04-19 1st ML baseball game in NJ, Dodgers beat Phils in Roosevelt Stadium
  • 1956-07-06 MLB Commissioner Ford Frick inaugurates Cy Young Award, to honour baseball's outstanding pitcher of the season
  • 1956-07-23 Joe Cronin & Hank Greenberg inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1956-10-03 Sal Maglie pitches a complete game as Brooklyn Dodgers beat NY Yankees, 6-3 in Game 1 of Baseball World Series at Ebbets Field; Yankees win series, 4-3
  • 1956-10-05 Catcher Yogi Berra becomes 4th NY Yankee to hit a Baseball World Series grand slam in Game 2 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn; Dodgers win, 13-8 but lose series, 4-3
  • 1956-12-01 In front of 100,000 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, a US Army baseball team beats an Australian all-star team, 11–5 in an Olympic exhibition game; Sergeant Vance Sutton belts a grand slam for Army

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1957-01-10 Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick rules Bing Crosby can keep token stock in Detroit Tigers, even though he owns part of Pittsburgh Pirates

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1957-02-14 Georgia Senate unanimously approves Sen Leon Butts' bill barring blacks from playing baseball with whites
  • 1957-02-25 US Supreme Court decides 6-3, baseball is only antitrust exempt pro sport
  • 1957-04-22 All NL baseball teams integrate, John Irwin Kennedy becomes the 1st Black player for the Philadelphia Phillies
  • 1957-05-28 NL approves baseball's Brooklyn Dodgers' & NY Giants' move to the US west coast
  • 1957-07-08 Baseball Owners re-elect Commissioner Ford Frick
  • 1957-08-01 Ex MLB outfielder Glen Gorbous throws a regulation baseball a record 136m (445' 10") in a game promotion
  • 1957-08-18 Amelia Wershoven sets record of female throwing a baseball (252'4½")
  • 1957-08-19 NY Giants board of directors vote 8-1 to move their baseball franchise to San Francisco in 1958 [1]
  • 1957-10-02 New York Yankees appear in their 25th Baseball World Series; beat Milwaukee Braves, 3-1 in Game 1 at Yankee Stadium; lose series, 4-3
  • 1957-12-28 CBS states it won't broadcast baseball where minor league games are on
  • 1958-01-30 MLB Commissioner Ford Frick announces that players and coaches, rather than fans, will vote on selections for the All-Star Game; vote returns to the fans in 1970
  • 1958-02-06 Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Ted Williams becomes highest paid player in MLB when he re-signs with Boston Red Sox for $135,000
  • 1958-04-15 1st baseball game in California, SF Giants beat LA Dodgers, 8-0

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 822

  • 1941-06-01 Dean Chance, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1964, 67; Cy Young Award 1964; no-hitter 1967), born in Wooster, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • 1941-07-17 Morimichi Takagi, Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (NPB All-Star 1966–67, 73, 79; Chunichi Dragons), born in Gifu, Japan (d. 2020)
  • 1941-08-09 Paul Lindblad, American baseball pitcher (World Series champion 1973-74, 78; Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics), born in Chanute, Kansas (d. 2006)
  • 1941-09-04 Ken Harrelson, American baseball utility (MLB All Star; AL RBI leader 1968; KC A's, Boston Red Sox) and broadcaster (Boston Red Sox, NY Yankees, Chicago WS), born in Woodruff, South Carolina
  • 1941-10-16 Tim McCarver, baseball catcher (Phils, Mets)/sportscaster (ABC, CBS)
  • 1941-11-13 Mel Stottlemyre, American baseball pitcher and coach (5-time MLB All Star), born in Hazleton, Missouri (d. 2019)
  • 1941-11-29 Bill Freehan, American baseball catcher (11 x All Star; World Series 1968; 5 x Gold Glove; Detroit Tigers), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2021)
  • 1942-02-08 Fritz Peterson, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1942-06-01 Randy Hundley Jr., American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1969; Gold Glove Award 1967; Chicago Cubs), born in Martinsville, Virginia
  • 1942-09-28 Grant Jackson, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1969; World Series 1979; Philadelphia Phillies; Baltimore Orioles; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Fostoria, Ohio (d. 2021)
  • 1942-10-18 Willie Horton, baseball slugger (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1942-12-07 Alex Johnson, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star, AL batting champion 1970, California Angels), born in Helena, Arkansas (d. 2015)
  • 1943-01-07 Jim Lefebvre, American baseball manager (Seattle Mariners), born in Hawthorne, California
  • 1943-01-15 Mike Marshall, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1974, 75; NL Cy Young Award 1974; Montreal Expos, LA Dodgers, Atlanta Braves), born in Adrian, Michigan (d. 2021)
  • 1943-01-30 Davy Johnson, American baseball player and manager (NY Mets), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 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)
  • 1943-05-22 Tommy John, American baseball pitcher (Yankee/Dodger), born in Terre Haute, Indiana
  • 1943-06-20 Andy Etchebarren, baseball catcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in Whittier, California
  • 1943-08-28 Lou Piniella, American baseball outfielder (1969 AL rookie of the year TEST) and manager (NY Yankees, Seattle Mariners), born in Tampa, Florida

Person of interestJoe Morgan

1943-09-19 Joe Morgan, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (10 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1975, 76; NL MVP 1975, 76; Cincinnati Reds) and broadcaster (ESPN), born in Bonham, Texas (d. 2020)

MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster Joe Morgan
MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster
Joe Morgan
  • 1943-10-04 Jimy Williams, American baseball infielder, coach and manager (Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros), born in Santa Maria, California
  • 1943-12-13 Ferguson Jenkins, Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher and coach (NL Cy Young Award 1971; MLB All-Star 1967, 71-72; Chicago Cubs; 3,000+ career strikeouts), born in Chatham, Ontario
  • 1944-02-01 Paul Blair, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 1969, 73; World Series 1966, 70, 77-78; Gold Glove Award 1967, 69–75; Baltimore Orioles), born in Cushing, Oklahoma (d. 2013)
  • 1944-06-30 Ron Swoboda, American baseball outfielder and sportscaster (NY Yankees, NY Mets), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1944-07-22 Sparky Lyle, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1973, 76, 77; World Series 1977, 78; AL Cy Young Award 1977; NY Yankees), born in DuBois, Pennsylvania
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  • 1944-09-11 John McSherry, American MLB baseball umpire, 1971-96 (World Series - 1977, 87; All-Star Game - 1975, 82, 91), born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 1996)

Person of interestTony La Russa

1944-10-04 Tony La Russa, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder and manager (Chicago, Oakland, St. Louis), born in Tampa, Florida

Baseball Manager Tony La Russa
Baseball Manager
Tony La Russa
  • 1944-10-29 Claude Brochu, Canadian Major League Baseball executive (Montreal Expos), born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1944-11-07 Joe Niekro, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1979; NL wins leader 1979; Houston Astros; World Series 1987; NY Yankees), born in Martins Ferry, Ohio (d. 2006)

Person of interestTom Seaver

1944-11-17 Tom Seaver, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (NY Mets; NL Cy Young Award 1969, 73, 75; 12 x MLB All Star), born in Fresno, California (d. 2020) [1]

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver
  • 1944-12-15 Stan Bahnsen, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankee, 1968 AL Rookie-of-year), born in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Person of interestSteve Carlton

1944-12-22 Steve Carlton, American baseball pitcher (Cy Young '72, '77, '80, '82), born in Miami, Florida

Baseball Pitcher Steve Carlton
Baseball Pitcher
Steve Carlton
  • 1945-01-07 Tony Conigliaro, American baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox), born in Revere, Massachusetts (d. 1990)
  • 1945-02-01 Yasuhiro Takai, Japanese baseball first baseman, designated hitter and broadcaster (NPB record 27 career pinch-hit home runs; Hankyu Braves), born in Imabari, Japan (d. 2019)
  • 1945-04-02 Don Sutton, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star 1972, 73, 75, 77; MLB ERA leader 1980; LA Dodgers), born in Clio, Alabama (d. 2021)
  • 1945-04-02 Reggie Smith, American baseball outfielder (7 x MLB All Star; World Series 1981; Gold Glove Award 1968; Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, LA Dodgers), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1945-04-30 Ray Miller, American baseball manager (Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles), born in Takoma Park, Maryland (d. 2021)

Person of interestRod Carew

1945-10-01 Rod Carew, Panamanian Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (18-time MLB All Star; AL MVP 1977 Minnesota Twins), born in Gatún, Panama Canal Zone

Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder Rod Carew
Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder
Rod Carew
  • 1945-11-03 Ken Holtzman, American baseball pitcher (2 x no hitters; MLB All Star 1972-73; World Series 1972-74), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1946-01-20 Johnny Oates, American MLB baseball catcher, 1970-81 (Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and 3 other teams), and manager, 1991-2001 (Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers), born in Sylva, North Carolina
  • 1946-04-08 Jim "Catfish" Hunter, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star 1966, 67, 70, 72–1976; World Series 1972–74, 77, 78; AL Cy Young Award 1974; Oakland A's, NY Yankees), born in Hertford, North Carolina (d. 1999)
  • 1946-04-10 Bob Watson, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1973, 75; Houston Astros) and sports executive (GM NY Yankees, World Series 1996), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2020)

Person of interestReggie Jackson

1946-05-18 Reggie Jackson, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (14-time All Star)), born in Wyncote, Pennsylvania

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1946-05-20 Bobby Murcer, American baseball outfielder (5-time MLB All Star), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2008)
  • 1946-08-06 Dusty Rhodes, Australian baseball coach (Olympics 1996)
  • 1946-08-18 Derryl Cousins, American baseball umpire (World Series 1988, 99, 2005; MLB All-Star Game 1987, 98, 2008), born in Fresno, California (d. 2020)
  • 1946-08-25 Rollie Fingers, American baseball relief pitcher (Oakland Athletics, AL MVP, Cy Young Award 1981), born in Steubenville, Ohio
  • 1946-11-02 Tom Paciorek, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1981; Seattle Mariners), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1946-12-02 Pedro Borbón, Dominican baseball pitcher (World Series 1975, 76; Cincinnati Reds), born in Santa Cruz de Mao, Dominican Republic (d. 2012)
  • 1947-05-26 Darrell Evans, American baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1973, 83; World Series 1984; AL HR leader 1985; Atlanta Braves, SF Giants, Detroit Tigers), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1947-06-07 Thurman Munson, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1971, 73–78; World Series 1977, 78; AL MVP 1976; NY Yankees), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1979)
  • 1947-07-04 Morganna Roberts, Baseball's kissing bandit, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1947-07-14 Steve Stone, American sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1947-07-31 John Vukovich, American baseball infielder, manager (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2007)
  • 1947-08-08 José Cruz, Puerto Rican-American baseball left fielder (St Louis Cards, Houston Astros), born in Arroyo, Puerto Rico
  • 1948-04-01 Willie Montañez, Puerto Rican baseball first baseman (MLB All Star 1977; Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves), born in Cataño, Puerto Rico
  • 1948-05-14 Dave LaRoche, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1948-06-17 Dave Concepción, Venezuelan baseball all star shortstop (Cincinnati Reds), born in Ocumare de la Costa, Venezuela
  • 1948-07-21 John Hart, American Major League Baseball executive (Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1948-10-16 Leo Mazzone, American baseball coach
  • 1949-01-03 Gary Lavelle, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1977, 83; SF Giants), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1949-04-08 Jim Lampley, American broadcaster (Monday Night Baseball), born in Hendersonville, North Carolina
  • 1949-04-30 Phil Garner, American baseball player and manager (Astros), born in Jefferson City, Tennessee

Person of interestMike Schmidt

1949-09-27 Mike Schmidt, American Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman (NL MVP 1980-81, 86; 12-time MLB All Star), born in Dayton, Ohio

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 1949-10-04 John Wathan, American baseball catcher and manager (Kansas City Royals), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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
  • 1949-10-18 Ed Farmer, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1980; Chicago WS) and broadcaster (Chicago WS radio 1991-2005), born in Evergreen Park, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1949-11-22 David Pietrusza, American baseball historian
  • 1950-02-18 Bruce Kison, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1971, 79), born in Bradenton, Florida (d. 2018)
  • 1950-03-07 J.R. Richard, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1980; NL ERA leader 1979; NL strikeout leader 1978, 79; Houston Astros), born in Vienna, Louisiana (d. 2021)
  • 1950-08-15 Tom Kelly, American baseball manager (Minnesota Twins), born in Graceville, Minnesota
  • 1950-08-28 Ron Guidry, American baseball pitcher (4 x MLB All Star; Cy Young 1978; World Series 1977, 78; NY Yankees), born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • 1951-04-05 Rennie Stennett, Panamanian baseball infielder (World Series 1979; SF Giants; one of 3 players to collect 7 hits in a MLB game), born in Colón, Panama (d. 2021)
  • 1951-06-24 Ken Reitz, American baseball third baseman (MLB All Star 1980; Gold Glove Award 1975; St. Louis Cardinals), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2021)
  • 1951-07-05 Rich "Goose" Gossage, American Baseball Hall of Fame relief pitcher (9-time All Star), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1951-11-03 Dwight Evans, American baseball right fielder (MLB All-Star 1978, 81, 87; Boston Red Sox), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1952-12-27 Craig Reynolds, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star 1978-79; Seattle Mariners; Houston Astros), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1953-01-08 Bruce Sutter, American baseball pitcher (Cubs, Cards, Braves), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 1953-03-08 Jim Rice, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder (AL MVP 1978; 8-time MLB All Star; Boston Red Sox), born in Anderson, South Carolina

Person of interestGeorge Brett

1953-05-15 George Brett, American Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman (13 x MLB All Star; World Series 1985; AL MVP 1980; KC Royals), born in Glen Dale, West Virginia

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1953-07-03 Frank Tanana, American MLB pitcher (California Angels), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 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)
  • 1954-04-08 Gary Carter, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (11 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1986; Gold Glove Award 1980–82; Montreal Expos, NY Mets), born in Culver City, California (d. 2012)
  • 1954-06-29 Rick Honeycutt, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1954-07-04 Jim Beattie, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Hampton, Virginia
  • 1954-08-31 Claudell Washington, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1975, 84; World Series 1974; Oakland Athletics, Atlanta Braves), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2020)
  • 1954-10-03 Dennis Eckersley, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (AL Cy Young Award 1992; AL MVP 1992; Oakland A's), born in Oakland, California

Person of interestOzzie Smith

1954-12-26 Ozzie Smith, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (15 x MLB All-Star; 13 x Gold Glove Award; World Series 1982; NL Silver Slugger Award 1987; NLCS MVP 1985; SD Padres, St Louis Cardinals), born in Mobile, Alabama

Baseball Player Ozzie Smith
Baseball Player
Ozzie Smith
  • 1955-01-01 LaMarr Hoyt, American baseball pitcher (AL Cy Young Award 1983; AL wins leader 1982-83; Chicago WS), born in Columbia, South Carolina

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
  • 1955-05-16 Jack Morris, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (5 x MLB All Star; World Series 1984 Detroit Tigers, 1991 Minnesota Twins, 1992-93 Toronto Blue Jays), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1955-09-16 Robin Yount, American baseballer (Milwaukee Brewers, MVP 1982, 1989, 3,142 hits), born in Danville, Illinois
  • 1955-10-01 Jeff Reardon, American baseball pitcher (4-time MLB All Star; Montreal Expos, Minnesota Twins), born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • 1955-10-25 Danny Darwin, American baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Bonham, Texas
  • 1955-11-26 Jay Howell, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees, Oakland A's), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1956-06-21 Rick Sutcliffe, American baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers, Chicago Cubs), born in Independence, Missouri
  • 1956-11-03 Bob Welch, American baseball pitcher (AL Cy Young Award 1990; Oakland A's; World Series 1981, 89, 2001), born in Seal Beach, California (d. 2014)

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  • 2020-02-16 Tony Fernández, Dominican MLB baseball shortstop, 1983-2001, 5X All-Star, 4X Golden Glove (Toronto Blue Jays, and 6 other teams), dies of multiple medical issues at 57
  • 2020-02-28 Johnny Antonelli, American baseball pitcher (6 × MLB All-Star 1954, 56–59²; World Series, NL ERA leader 1954; SF Giants), dies from colon cancer at 89
  • 2020-03-26 Jimmy Wynn, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1967, 74, 75; Houston Colt 45s/Astros, LA Dodgers), dies at 78
  • 2020-04-01 Ed Farmer, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1980; Chicago WS) and broadcaster (Chicago WS radio 1991-2005), dies of kidney disease at 70
  • 2020-04-06 Al Kaline, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (18 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1968; 10 × Gold Glove Award; Detroit Tigers), dies at 85
  • 2020-04-12 Glenn Beckert, American baseball second baseman (MLB All-Star 1969-72; Gold Glove Award 1968; Chicago Cubs), dies at 79
  • 2020-04-15 Dámaso García, Dominican baseball second baseman (MLB All-Star 1984, 85; Silver Slugger Award 1982; Toronto Blue Jays), dies from a malignant brain tumour at 63
  • 2020-04-17 Bobby Winkles, American College Baseball Hall of Fame coach (Arizona State University) and manager (California Angels, Oakland A's), dies at 90
  • 2020-05-01 Matt Keough, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1978; Oakland A's), dies at 64
  • 2020-05-14 Bob Watson, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1973, 75; Houston Astros) and sports executive (GM NY Yankees, World Series 1996), dies from kidney disease at 74
  • 2020-05-31 Bob Bennett, American College Baseball Hall of Fame coach (Fresno State 1970-2002; record 1,302-759-4), dies at 86
  • 2020-06-10 Claudell Washington, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1975, 84; World Series 1974; Oakland Athletics, Atlanta Braves), dies from prostate cancer at 65
  • 2020-06-13 Mike McCormick, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1960–1961²; NL Cy Young Award 1967; NL wins leader 1967; NL ERA leader 1960; SF Giants), dies of Parkinson’s disease at 81
  • 2020-06-24 Eddie Kasko, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1961, 1961²; Cincinnati Reds) and manager (Boston Red Sox), dies at 88
  • 2020-07-11 Frank Bolling, American baseball second baseman (MLB All-Star 1961–62²; Gold Glove Award 1958; Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves), dies from cancer at 88
  • 2020-07-16 Tony Taylor, Cuban baseball second baseman (MLB All Star 1960²; Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers), dies from stroke complications at 84
  • 2020-07-29 Mike Gillespie, American college baseball coach (College World Series 1998, Collegiate Coach of the Year 1998, USC), dies from a stroke at 80

Person of interestTom Seaver

2020-08-31 Tom Seaver, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (NY Mets; NL Cy Young Award 1969, 73, 75; 12 x MLB All Star), dies of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19 at 75 [1]

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver
  • 2020-09-06 Lou Brock, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (6 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1964, 67; 8 × NL stolen base leader; St Louis Cardinals), dies from multiple myeloma at 81
  • 2020-09-08 Gene A. Budig, American baseball executive (last American League [AL] president 1994-99), dies from liver disease at 81
  • 2020-10-02 Bob Gibson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (NL Cy Young Award 1968, 70; NL MVP 1968; 9 x MLB All Star; St. Louis Cardinals), dies from pancreatic cancer at 84
  • 2020-10-02 Ron Perranoski, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1963, 65; AL saves leader 1969, 70; LA Dodgers) and coach (World Series 1981, 88; LAD), dies at 84

Person of interestWhitey Ford

2020-10-08 Whitey Ford, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (10 x MLB All Star; World Series 1950, 53, 56, 58, 61 [MVP], 62; AL Cy Young Award 1961; NY Yankees), dies from dementia at 91

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford

Person of interestJoe Morgan

2020-10-11 Joe Morgan, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (10 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1975, 76; NL MVP 1975, 76; Cincinnati Reds) and broadcaster (ESPN), dies at 77

MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster Joe Morgan
MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster
Joe Morgan
  • 2020-10-20 Derryl Cousins, American baseball umpire (World Series 1988, 99, 2005; MLB All-Star Game 1987, 98, 2008), dies from cancer at 74
  • 2020-12-01 Denis Menke, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1969, 70; Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds), dies at 80
  • 2020-12-07 Dick Allen, American baseball infielder (7 × MLB All-Star; NL Rookie of the Year 1964, Philadelphia Phillies; AL MVP 1972, Chicago WS), dies at 78 [1]
  • 2020-12-26 Phil Niekro, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (famed knuckleballer; no-hitter 1973; 5 x MLB All Star; 5 x Gold Glove; Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves), dies of cancer at 81 [1]

Person of interestTommy Lasorda

2021-01-07 Tommy Lasorda, American Baseball Hall of Fame manager (World Series 1981, 88; NL Manager of the Year 1983, 88; LA Dodgers 1976-96), dies of a heart attack at 93 [1]

Baseball Pitcher and Manager Tommy Lasorda
Baseball Pitcher and Manager
Tommy Lasorda
  • 2021-01-18 Don Sutton, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star 1972, 73, 75, 77; MLB ERA leader 1980; LA Dodgers), dies from cancer at 75 [1]

Person of interestHank Aaron

2021-01-22 Hank Aaron, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (MLB record 755 HRs; NL MVP 1957; 25 × MLB All-Star; Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers), dies at 86 [1]

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 2021-02-02 Grant Jackson, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1969; World Series 1979; Philadelphia Phillies; Baltimore Orioles; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies from complications of COVID-19 at 78
  • 2021-02-20 Stan Williams, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1960²; World Series 1959, 1990 [coach: Cincinnati Reds]; NY Yankees, LA Dodgers), dies from cardio-pulmonary illness at 84
  • 2021-03-03 Joe Altobelli, American baseball utility (Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins) and manager (SF Giants, World Series Baltimore Orioles 1983, Chicago Cubs), dies at 88
  • 2021-03-08 Rhéal Cormier, Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (St. Louis Cardinals; Philadelphia Phillies; Boston Red Sox), dies of pancreatic cancer at 53 [1]
  • 2021-03-08 Norm Sherry, American baseball catcher (Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets) and manager (California Angels), dies at 89
  • 2021-03-25 Bobby Brown, American baseball third baseman (NY Yankees; World Series 1947, 49–51) and executive (president American League 1984-94), dies at 96
  • 2021-03-31 Ken Reitz, American baseball third baseman (MLB All Star 1980; Gold Glove Award 1975; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 69
  • 2021-05-04 Ray Miller, American baseball manager (Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles), dies at 76
  • 2021-05-05 Del Crandall, American baseball catcher (11 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1957; 4 × Gold Glove Award; Boston/Milwaukee Braves) and manager (Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners), dies at 91
  • 2021-05-12 Higinio Vélez, Cuban baseball manager (Olympic gold 2004; Santiago de Cuba, Cuban National Series 1999–2001), dies from COVID-19 at 73
  • 2021-05-18 Rennie Stennett, Panamanian baseball infielder (World Series 1979; SF Giants; one of 3 players to collect 7 hits in a MLB game), dies from cancer at 70
  • 2021-05-31 Mike Marshall, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1974, 75; NL Cy Young Award 1974; Montreal Expos, LA Dodgers, Atlanta Braves), dies at 78
  • 2021-06-12 Jim "Mudcat" Grant, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1963, 65; Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, and 5 other teams), singer, and writer (Black Aces), dies at 85 [1]
  • 2021-08-04 J.R. Richard, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1980; NL ERA leader 1979; NL strikeout leader 1978, 79; Houston Astros), dies at 71 [1]
  • 2021-08-18 Robert Smith, American baseball administrator (President International Baseball Federation 1981-93; IOC Olympic Order), dies at 85
  • 2021-08-19 Bill Freehan, American baseball catcher (11 x All Star; World Series 1968; 5 x Gold Glove; Detroit Tigers), dies from dementia at 79

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