On This Day

Baseball History (Part 9)

Events in Sport

Events 801 - 879 of 879

  • 1996-01-08 For 1st time in 25 years no one is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1996-01-18 Baseball owners unanimously approve interleague play in 1997
  • 1996-04-03 St Francis Fighting Saints scores college baseball run record 71-1
  • 1996-04-24 Highest scoring baseball game in 17 years - Twins 24, Tigers 11
  • 1996-08-04 Jim Bunning, Earl Weaver, Bill Foster and Ned Hanlon inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
  • 1996-10-23 New York Yankees set record recovering from 0-6 in Baseball World Series game to beat Braves, 8-6 in Game 4 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium; record 7th straight post-season road win
  • 1996-10-26 Baseball World Series: New York beats Atlanta Braves, 3-2 in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium to win club's 23rd title; MVP: Bronx Bombers' reliever John Wetteland
  • 1996-11-26 Baseball owners approve interleague play, 26-4

Hall of Fame

1997-03-05 Tommy Lasorda, Nellie Fox and Willie Wells inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame

  • 1997-03-19 Major League Baseball announces 5 year/$50M deal with Pepsi

Sports History

1997-04-15 Baseball honors Jackie Robinson by retiring #42 for all teams

  • 1997-04-20 1st baseball game in Hawaii, Cards beat Padres in doubleheader
  • 1997-05-10 Chicago Cubs turn baseballs 68th triple play (vs SF Giants)

Sports History

1997-05-14 Baseball's Executive Council suspends NY Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for his suing other team owners

  • 1997-06-12 1st ever baseball regular season inter-league game SF Giants beat Texas Rangers 4-3

Hall of Fame

1997-07-06 Montreal Expos retire Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Andre Dawson's uniform #10

  • 1997-07-09 Baseball's triple A American Association (formed in 1902) votes to disband
  • 1997-10-26 Baseball World Series: Florida beats Cleveland Indians, 3-2 in Game 7 at Pro Player Stadium, Miami for Marlins first-ever title; MVP: Florida pitcher Liván Hernández
  • 1998-01-06 Don Sutton selected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1998-10-21 Baseball World Series: New York Yankees beat San Diego, 3-0 in Game 4 at Qualcomm Stadium to sweep Padres and win 2nd title in 3 years; MVP: Yankees 3rd baseman Scott Brosius
  • 1999-10-27 Baseball World Series: New York Yankees beat Atlanta, 4-1 in Game 4 at Yankee Stadium to sweep Braves and retain title; MVP: Yankees closer Mariano Rivera
  • 2000-09-27 United States baseball team, managed by Tommy Lasorda, wins Olympic Gold Medal in Sydney, Australia

Sports History

2000-10-26 Baseball World Series: NY Yankees beat NY Mets, 4-2 in Game 5 at Shea Stadium to win "Subway Series"; Yankees 3rd straight title; MVP: Derek Jeter

Sports History

2001-09-17 Despite suffering from lung cancer and Parkinson's disease, Jack Buck stirs emotions by reading a patriotic-themed poem during the pregame ceremonies on baseball's first night back after the September 11th terrorist attacks

  • 2001-11-04 Baseball World Series: Arizona beats New York Yankees, 3-2 in Game 7 at Bank One Ballpark, Phoenix for Diamondbacks' first title; co-MVP: Arizona pitchers Randy Johnson & Curt Schilling
  • 2001-12-01 Nicaraguan baseball team wins the Central American Games; Ramon Padilla ends 15 year stint with the national team with 2 homers in the 9-0 finale against Guatemala
  • 2002-10-27 Baseball World Series: Anaheim beats San Francisco Giants, 4-1 in Game 7 at Edison Field to win Angels' first title; MVP: Anaheim 1st baseman Troy Glaus

Historic Publication

2003-06-17 Moneyball, a book about the 2003 Oakland Athletics baseball team and GM Billy Beane's sabermetric approach, inspired by Bill James, is published

  • 2003-10-25 Baseball World Series: Florida beats New York Yankees, 2-0 in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium for Marlins second title; MVP: Florida pitcher Josh Beckett
  • 2004-08-25 Cuba beats Australia 6-2 to win the baseball gold medal at the Athens Olympics; Japan takes bronze; US did not qualify

Baseball Record

2004-10-01 Seattle Mariners Japanese outfielder Ichiro Suzuki gets his 258th hit of the season, breaking George Sisler's 84-year-old MLB single-season record; Ichiro ends season on 262

  • 2004-10-27 Baseball World Series: Boston beats St. Louis, 3-0 in Game 4 at Busch Stadium to sweep Cardinals and win Red Sox first title since 1918; MVP: Boston outfielder Manny Ramirez
  • 2005-09-29 Chicago White Sox clinch their first division title since 2000 and become just the 10th team in the history of baseball to be in first place on every day of the season
  • 2005-10-25 Then longest Baseball World Series game in time (5 hours, 41 mins) and tied longest in innings (14, tied with Game 2, 1916 WS and Game 1, 2015 WS); Chicago White Sox beat Houston Astros, 7-5 game 3 at Minute Maid Park, Houston
  • 2005-10-26 Baseball World Series: Chicago beats Houston, 1-0 in Game 4 at Minute Maid Park to sweep Astros and win White Sox first title in 88 years; MVP: Chicago outfielder Jermaine Dye
  • 2006-08-06 For a MLB record 11th time in his career, Padres closer Trevor Hoffman records 30 or more saves in a season; beats mark set by Lee Smith, baseball's all-time saves leader
  • 2006-10-27 Baseball World Series: St. Louis beats Detroit Tigers, 4-2 in Game 5 at Busch Stadium to win Cardinals' 10th title in franchise history; MVP: Cardinals infielder David Eckstein

Baseball Record

2007-08-07 San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds hits his 756th career home run to break Hank Aaron's long-standing MLB record

  • 2007-10-28 Baseball World Series: Boston Red Sox beat Colorado, 4-3 in Game 4 at Coors Field, Denver to sweep the Rockies and win their 2nd title in 4 years; MVP: Boston 3rd baseman Mike Lowell
  • 2008-09-28 The last game played at Shea Stadium before its demolition happens between baseball teams The New York Mets and the Florida Marlins, the Marlins win 4-2

Sports History

2009-03-05 Moises Alou announces he will retire following the World Baseball Classic

  • 2009-11-04 Baseball World Series: NY Yankees beat Philadelphia Phillies, 7-3 in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium to win Bronx Bombers' record 27th title; MVP: NY outfielder Hideki Matsui
  • 2010-11-01 Baseball World Series: San Francisco beats Texas Rangers, 3-1 in Game 5 at Arlington to clinch Giants first title since relocating from NYC in 1958; MVP: SF shortstop Édgar Rentería
  • 2011-10-28 Baseball World Series: St. Louis beats Texas Rangers, 6-2 in Game 7 at Busch Stadium to win Cardinals' 11th title; MVP: Cardinals 3rd baseman David Freese
  • 2012-03-02 Major League Baseball confirms the postseason will be expanded from 8 to 10 teams, with an extra wild card team in each league
  • 2012-10-28 Baseball World Series: San Francisco beats Detroit, 4-3 in 10 innings in Game 4 at Comerica Park; sweep Tigers, 4-0 for Giants' 2nd title in 3 years; MVP: SF 3rd baseman Pablo Sandoval
  • 2013-10-30 Baseball World Series: Boston Red Sox beat St Louis Cardinals, 6-1 in Game 6 at Fenway Park to win title; MVP: Boston slugger David Ortiz
  • 2013-11-02 Masahiro Tanaka's record streak of 30 consecutive starts without a loss ends when the Rakuten Golden Eagles' ace is beaten, 4-2, by the Yomiuri Giants in Game 6 of the Japan Baseball Series
  • 2014-01-15 LA Dodgers sign pitcher Clayton Kershaw to the biggest deal in baseball history, a 7-year, $215 million package averaging $30.7 million per season
  • 2014-10-29 Baseball World Series: San Francisco beats Kansas City Royals, 3-2 in Game 7 at Kauffman Field, KC to win Giants' 3rd title in 5 years; MVP: SF starter Madison Bumgarner

Hall of Fame

2014-10-31 Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

  • 2014-11-11 Samsung Lions beat Nexen Heroes, 11-1 in Game 6 at Jamsil Baseball Stadium, Seoul to win the Korean Series
  • 2014-12-01 Utility Claudio Liverziani becomes first 3-time MVP in the Italian Baseball League; 291/.444/.472 season, with 30 HRs and 20 RBI in 38 games for Fortitudo Bologna
  • 2014-12-02 After featuring in a magazine article with long-time life partner, veteran MLB umpire and crew chief Dale Scott openly acknowledges his homosexuality; overwhelmingly positive reaction from baseball circles
  • 2015-01-06 Randy Johnson, Pedro Martínez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 2015-10-28 Longest ever 1st game of Baseball World Series (5 hours, 9 minutes); Kansas City Royals beat New York Mets, 5-4; also joint longest by innings (14)
  • 2015-11-01 Baseball World Series: KC Royals win first title since 1985; rally in 9th and break away in 12th to beat NY Mets, 7-2 in Game 5 in NYC; MVP: Royals catcher Salvador Perez
  • 2016-08-03 International Olympic Committee approves baseball/softball, karate, sport climbing, surfing and skateboarding to be included in the sports program for 2020 Games only; total number of sports, 33
  • 2016-11-02 Baseball World Series: Chicago Cubs beat Cleveland Indians, 8-7 in Game 7 at Progressive Field, Cleveland; first Cubs' title in 108 years; MVP: Chicago utility Ben Zobrist

Hall of Fame

2017-01-18 Baseball Hall of Fame adds Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez

  • 2017-04-26 Gift Ngoepe becomes 1st black African to play in Major League Baseball, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 2017-06-14 Bernie Sanders supporter opens fire at Republican politicians practising baseball near Washington, D.C., injuring 4

Sports History

2017-11-01 Baseball World Series: Houston Astros win their first ever title; beat LA Dodgers, 5-1 in Game 7 at Dodger Stadium; MVP: Astros outfielder George Springer III

  • 2018-07-29 Chipper Jones, Alan Trammell, Trevor Hoffman, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Jack Morris are inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
  • 2018-10-26 Longest Baseball World Series game by both innings and time; LA Dodgers beat Boston Red Sox, 3-2 in the 18th inning (7 hours, 20 mins) in Game 3 at Dodger Stadium with Max Muncy walk-off homer
  • 2018-10-27 LA Dodgers beat the Boston Red Sox, 3-2 in Game 3 of baseball's World Series; a record 46 players used by both teams; Boston go on to win 4 games to 1
  • 2018-10-28 Baseball World Series: Boston Red Sox beats LA Dodgers, 5-1 in Game 5 at Dodger Stadium to win 9th title in franchise history; MVP: Boston utility Steve Pearce
  • 2019-03-21 Japanese baseball right fielder Ichiro Suzuki finishes his career with a record 4,367 base hits (NPB & MLB) as Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland A's, 5-4 in Tokyo, Japan

Sports History

2019-06-15 Baseball jersey belonging to Babe Ruth becomes most expensive sports memorabilia when it sells for $5.64 million at an auction in New York

  • 2019-07-13 After Atlantic League-MLB partnership rule changes, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs' outfielder Tony Thomas becomes first player in professional baseball history to steal first base in 7-2 win v Lancaster Barnstormers
  • 2019-10-30 Baseball World Series: Washington Nationals beat Houston Astros, 6-2 in Game 7 at Minute Maid Park, Houston to win first title in franchise history; MVP: Washington pitcher Stephen Strasburg
  • 2020-01-14 Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora is fired amid Major League Baseball's investigation into sign-stealing by the Houston Astros; Cora was previously the Astros' bench coach before moving to Boston
  • 2020-03-16 Major League Baseball suspends remainder of Spring Training and delays start of regular season in response to COVID-19 pandemic; return dependent on recommendations by Centers for Disease Control
  • 2020-07-03 Major League Baseball All-Star Game planned to be hosted on July 14 by the LA Dodgers is cancelled due to government restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 2020-10-27 Baseball World Series: 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
  • 2020-12-16 US Major League Baseball announces it is elevating the Negro Leagues to Major League status
  • 2021-11-02 Baseball World Series: Atlanta Braves win 4th title in franchise history; beat Houston Astros, 7-0 in Game 6 at Minute Maid Park, Houston for 4-2 series victory; MVP: Braves outfielder Jorge Soler
  • 2022-03-10 After a 99-day lockout, Major League Baseball and MLB Players Association reach a new collective bargaining agreement; MLB teams set to play full 162 game season in 2022

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 801 - 856 of 856

  • 1974-05-15 A J Hinch, Wavely IA, baseball catcher (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1974-06-15 Scott Tunkin, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics 1996)

Derek Jeter

1974-06-26 Derek Jeter, American MLB baseball shortstop, 1995-2014 (NY Yankees; Rookie of Year 1996), born in Pequannock, New Jersey

  • 1974-06-26 Jason Kendall, American baseball catcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in San Diego, California
  • 1974-09-17 Jason Hewitt, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974-10-28 Braden Looper, American baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Weatherford, Oklahoma
  • 1974-10-29 R. A. Dickey, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star, NL Cy Young Award, NL strikeout leader 2012; Gold Glove Award 2013; NY Mets, Toronto Blue Jays), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1974-11-07 Kris Benson, American baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Superior, Wisconsin
  • 1974-12-14 Billy Koch, American baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Garden City, New York
  • 1974-12-20 Augie Ojeda, American baseball infielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1975-01-01 Fernando Tatís Sr., Dominican baseball third baseman (MLB record 8 RBI in one inning, 1999; St. Louis Cardinals), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 1975-02-06 Chad Allen, American baseball outfielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1975-04-03 Koji Uehara, Japanese professional baseball pitcher, born in Neyagawa, Osaka, Japan
  • 1975-04-25 Jacque Jones, American baseball outfielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • 1975-05-02 Mark Johnson, baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1975-05-26 Travis Lee, baseball 1st baseman (Olympic bronze 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • 1975-06-28 Chad Green, American baseball outfielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Dunkirk, New York
  • 1975-07-29 Seth Greisinger, American baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1975-08-04 Kaipo Spenser, Wailuku HI, baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1975-09-16 Kip Harkrider, American baseball infielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Carthage, Texas
  • 1975-12-02 Mark Kotsay, American baseball outfielder and coach (1,914 MLB games; Florida Marlins, Oakland A's), born in Whittier, California
  • 1975-12-09 Jeff Heath, Canadian baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1941, 43, 45; Cleveland Indians), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 1975-12-13 Matt LeCroy, American baseball catcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Belton, South Carolina
  • 1976-02-08 Jim Parque, American baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Norwalk, California
  • 1976-04-05 Ryan Drese, baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1976-08-03 Troy Glaus, American baseball infielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Tarzana, Los Angeles
  • 1976-08-22 Jim Weaver, American baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1976-09-06 Michael Nakamura, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics 1996), born in Nara, Japan
  • 1977-02-17 Matthew Kaminski, jazz, and baseball organist (Atlanta Braves), polka accordionist, and educator, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1977-02-21 Chad Hutchinson, American baseball & football player, born in San Diego, California
  • 1977-07-05 Javier López, Puerto Rican MLB baseball pitcher, 2003-16 (Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants, and 3 other teams), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1978-01-12 Luis Ayala, Mexican baseball pitcher, born in Los Mochis, Mexico
  • 1978-03-01 Ken Harvey, American baseball first baseman (MLB All Star 2004; KC Royals), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1978-09-09 Kurt Ainsworth, American baseball pitcher, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1979-02-09 Akinora Iwamura, Japanese professional baseball infielder (NPB,1998-2006. 2011-14; MLB 2007-10), born in Uwajima, Ehime, Japan
  • 1979-03-12 David Williams, American MLB baseball pitcher, 2001-07 (Pittsburgh Pirates, and 2 other teams), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • 1979-07-19 Rick Ankiel, Baseball pitcher/ outfielder
  • 1979-09-11 Frank Francisco, Dominican Major League Baseball pitcher, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1981-09-30 Brandon Watson, American baseball
  • 1982-01-31 Yuniesky Betancourt, Cuban baseball shortstop, born in Santa Clara, Cuba
  • 1982-05-29 Kim Tae-kyun, South Korean baseball 1st baseman (KBO Triple Crown 2005, 08), born in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province
  • 1983-09-09 Edwin Jackson, American baseball pitcher, born in Neu-Ulm, Germany
  • 1983-09-10 Joey Votto, Canadian baseball first baseman (NL MVP 2010; 6 × MLB All-Star; Cincinnati Reds), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1983-10-26 Francisco Liriano, Dominican MLB pitcher, born in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
  • 1984-12-19 Ian Kennedy, Major League Baseball pitcher
  • 1986-08-16 Yu Darvish [Farid Yu Darvishsefat], Iranian-Japanese NPB and MLB baseball pitcher, 10X All-Star (Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, 2005-11; Texas Rangers, 2012-17; San Diego Padres, and 2 other teams), born in Habikino, Osaka, Japan
  • 1988-03-01 Yang Hyeon-jong, South Korean baseball pitcher (Korean Series 2009, 2017 [MVP]; KBO MVP 2017; KIA Tigers), born in Gwangju, South Korea
  • 1988-03-01 Trevor Cahill, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2010; Oakland Athletics), born in Oceanside, California
  • 1988-06-11 Brock Holt, American baseball utility (only player to hit for the cycle in a postseason MLB game, 2018; Boston Red Sox), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1988-11-01 Masahiro Tanaka, Japanese baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2014, 19; 6×NPB All-Star; NY Yankees), born in Itami, Hyōgo

José Altuve

1990-05-06 José Altuve, Venezuelan professional baseball second baseman (Houston Astros), born in Maracay, Venezuela

  • 1991-05-01 Marcus Stroman, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2019; Gold Glove 2017; Toronto Blue Jays, NY Mets), born in Medford, New York
  • 1992-12-01 Javier Báez, Puerto Rican baseball infielder (MLB All Star 2018-19; Chicago Cubs), born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico
  • 1992-12-02 Gary Sánchez, Dominican baseball catcher (MLB All Star 2017, 19; NY Yankees), born in Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic
  • 1993-03-01 Michael Conforto, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 2017; New York Mets), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 2001-06-24 Mo'ne Davis, American Little League baseball pitcher, 1st girl to pitch a shutout, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Weddings in Sport


Divorces in Sport


Deaths in Sport