Monday, April 22, 2013
This Date In Baseball
Compiled By PAUL MONTELLA
1903 -- The New York Highlanders won their first game as a major league team, 7-2 over the Washington Senators.
1913 -- New York Giants ace Christy Mathewson beat the Phillies 3-1, throwing just 67 pitches.
1939 -- Rookie Ted Williams went 4-for-5, including his first major league home run, but the Red Sox lost to Philadelphia 12-8 at Fenway Park.
1946 -- Ed Head of the Brooklyn Dodgers no-hit the Boston Braves 5-0 at Ebbets Field. Head was making his first start after a year's military service.
1952 -- Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians and Bob Cain of the St. Louis Browns matched one-hitters. Cain wound up as the winner, 1-0.
1952 -- Hoyt Wilhelm of the Giants hit a home run at the Polo Grounds in his first major league at-bat. He was the winner, too, and pitched 1,070 games in the majors -- but never hit another homer.
1954 -- Hank Aaron hit the first home run of his major league career. The drive came against Vic Raschi in the Milwaukee Braves' 7-5 victory over St. Louis.
1962 -- After an 0-9 start, the expansion New York Mets won their first game, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-1 behind Jay Hook.
1964 -- Ken Johnson of the Houston Colt .45s became the first pitcher to lose a nine-inning no-hitter when Pete Rose scored an unearned run to give the Cincinnati Reds a 1-0 victory.
1989 -- Nolan Ryan came within two outs of his sixth career no-hitter, losing it when Nelson Liriano tripled in the ninth inning as the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1. Ryan finished with his 10th lifetime one-hitter.
1999 -- Fernando Tatis hit two grand slams in one inning to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 12-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tatis became the first major leaguer to hit two grand slams in one inning and set a record with eight RBIs in one inning.
2000 -- Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada each homered from both sides of the plate as the Yankees beat Toronto 10-7. It is the first time that feat has been accomplished by two players on the same team in the same game.
2007 -- Alex Rodriguez became the first player in major league history to hit 14 homers in the first 18 games of a season and tied the record for April homers, connecting in the second and ninth innings of the New York Yankees' 10-8 loss to Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
2008 -- The Chicago Cubs won their 10,000th game, joining the Giants as the only franchise to reach that mark with a 7-6 10-inning victory at Colorado.
2009 -- Ichiro Suzuki lined James Shields' second pitch of the game for a home run, the only run of Seattle's 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. It was the 22nd time a leadoff homer was the deciding run in a game, and it was just the second time it happened for the Mariners.
Today's birthdays: Emilio Bonifacio 28.