TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime
1912 – Jeff Tesreau becomes the third rookie to throw a no-hitter. The 24 year-old right-hander holds the Phillies hitless in the Giants’ 3-0 victory in the first game of a twin bill at the Baker Bowl.
1948 – After 2,592 plate appearances, Emil Verban hits his first and only Major League home run, establishing the mark for the longest homerless streak to start a career. The Cubs second baseman hits the historic home run off Johnny Vander Meer in the seventh inning of the team’s 3-1 loss to Chicago at Crosley Field.
1995 – Cal Ripken breaks Lou Gehrig’s consecutive game record, playing in his 2,131st straight game. When the game becomes official in the middle of the fifth inning, the new ‘Iron Man’ takes a victory lap around Camden Yards during the 22-minute standing ovation from the sellout crowd, including President Bill Clinton.
And finally…in 1996, Eddie Murray of the Orioles becomes the 15th player in Major League history to hit 500 home runs when his seventh-inning solo shot goes deep, knotting the score at 3-3 off Tiger pitcher Felipe Lira at Camden Yards. The Los Angeles native joins Hank Aaron and Willie Mays as the only players to reach this milestone and also have three thousand hits.
PLAYERS BORN TODAY
Vince DiMaggio (1912), Derrek Lee (1975), Mitch Moreland (1985) and Clint Frazier (1994)