Baseball from 1970 to 1979 Chronology

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Jan 01Chub Feeney begins his 16-year presidency of the NL taking over for Warren Giles, who held the position for 18 years.Ref: 98
Jan 15Milwaukee Brewers make their first trade (with Oakland A's).Ref: 4
Jan 16Curt Flood files a civil lawsuit challenging baseball's reserve clause. He is the first player to refuse to report & free agency.Ref: 4
Jan 17The Yankees draft Fred Lynn in the January phrase of free-agent draft. The Chicago native chooses not to sign with Bronx Bombers.Ref: 98
Jan 17Willie Mays is named as the Player of the Decade for the sixties by the Sporting News.Ref: 98
Jan 17357 baseball players are available in the free-agent draft.Ref: 4
Feb 01Former commissioner Ford Frick, Earle Combs and Jesse Haines are selected by the Special Veterans Committee to be in the Hall of FameRef: 98
Feb 13NL offices begins move from Cincinnati to San Francisco (completed Feb 23).Ref: 4
Feb 19Effective April 1st, Tiger pitcher Denny McLain is suspended for three months by Commissioner Kuhn for his alleged connection with bookmakers.Ref: 4
Feb 28Pete Rose signs a contract for $105,000 to become the first Cincinnati Red to earn a six-figure salaryRef: 85
Mar 17Peter O'Malley was named the Los Angeles Dodgers president and his father, Walter O'Malley, assumed the position of chairman of the board.Ref: 85
Mar 31A bankruptcy referee granted the owner of the Seattle Pilots permission to sell the major-league baseball franchise to investors in Milwaukee, WI. The Pilots became the Milwaukee Brewers because the Milwaukee Braves had decided to move to Atlanta. Seattle then landed another American League franchise, the Mariners.Ref: 3
Apr 01Thanks to the dedicated efforts of Milwaukee Brewers, Inc., an organization formed by Allan H. 'Bud' Selig and Edmund Fitzgerald several years prior to return Major League Baseball to the city, the Seattle Pilots franchise was acquired and renamed the Milwaukee Brewers.Ref: 85
Apr 07The Milwaukee Brewers played their first game on April 7 as a member of the American League West before 37,237 enthusiastic fans at County Stadium as Lew Krausse drops a 12-0 decision to Andy Messersmith and the California Angels.Ref: 85
Apr 12Yankees dedicate plaques to Mickey Mantle & Joe DiMaggio.Ref: 4
Apr 13Athletics are 1st to use gold colored bases which are banned after game. 
Apr 22Tom Seaver of the New York Mets struck out 19 batters to tie a National League baseball record. He also set a record by striking out 10 batters consecutively as the ‘Amazing’ Mets defeated the San Diego Padres at Shea Stadium.Ref: 3
Apr 22NY Met Jerry Grote sets record of 20 put outs by a catcher. 
Apr 25Tiger pitcher Earl Wilson nearly scores after he strikes out because Twin catcher Paul Ratliff inadvertently rolled the ball to the mound instead off tagging the batter or throwing to first after trapping a third strike.Ref: 98
Apr 30Billy Williams of the Cubs becomes first NL player to play 1000 consecutive games.Ref: 98
May 07Wes Parker hits a triple to beat the Mets in the tenth inning. The three-bagger completes the cycle for the Dodger first baseman.Ref: 98
May 10Braves' Hoyt Wilhelm becomes the first major league pitcher to appear in 1000 games, loses to Cardinals 6-5.Ref: 98
May 12Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs smacked home run number 500 off of Braves' pitcher Pat Jarvis. He would get 12 more before his great career as first baseman (and shortstop) with the Cubbies came to a close in 1971.Ref: 3
May 17Hank Aaron becomes the ninth major leaguer to have 3000 hits when he scratches an infield single off of Reds' pitcher Wayne Simpson.Ref: 98
May 22Mel Stottlemyre sets record by walking 11, but wins 2-0.Ref: 4
May 23After a 17-16, 15-inning loss to Padres, Giant manager Clyde King is fired and replaced by Charlie Fox.Ref: 98
May 29Mike Cuellar of Baltimore became one of just 11 major-league hurlers since 1900 to strike out four batters in one inning -- because the catcher dropped the third strike of the third out.Ref: 3
May 30Baseball All-Star voting is returned to fans.Ref: 4
Jun 01Al Kaline of the Detroit Tigers collided with another player in the outfield as both were trying to snag a line drive during a game. Kaline ended up swallowing his tongue! After an overnight stay in the hospital, he was back in the lineup the next day.Ref: 3
Jun 12Pittsburgh Pirate Dock Phillip Ellis Jr pitches a 2-0 no-hitter against the San Diego Padres in the first game of a twin bill, allegedly while tripping on LSD. (Ref: Gear Magazine, 5/2002, p. 128) 
Jun 19Jim Bouton's controversial "Ball Four" is published.Ref: 4
Jun 20Oriole's Brooks Robinson get his 2,000 career hit, a 3 run HR.Ref: 4
Jun 26Frank Robinson hits consecutive grand slams helping Baltimore to beat the Senators, 12-2;. The Oriole outfielder is the seventh major leaguer to hit two bases-full homers in one game.Ref: 98
Jun 28The Pirates sweep a doubleheader from the Chicago Cubs, 3-2 and 4-1, in the final games at 61-year-old Forbes Field.Ref: 85
Jun 30Riverfront Stadium opens. The Reds lose to the Braves, 8-2. In the mid-'60s, debate intensified over a new Reds' ballpark. For the first time in club history, a Reds' ballpark would be built with public funding.Ref: 85
Jul 03Using only 98 pitches, Angel Clyde Wright no-hits the A's 4-0 in one hour and 51 minutes.Ref: 98
Jul 06Chicago Cub Ron Santo tallies 10 RBIs as Cubs take two from Expos.Ref: 85
Jul 08The San Francisco Giant’s Jim Ray Hart hit for the cycle (a single, double, triple and home run in one game). Hart became the first National League player in 59 seasons to collect six runs batted in (RBI) during a single inning. The Giants walloped the Atlanta Braves 13-0.Ref: 3
Jul 14In the first All-Star Game played at Riverfront Stadium, Pete Rose wins the All-Star Game for the National League, barreling over Cleveland catcher Ray Fosse for the deciding run.Ref: 85
Jul 16In the first game ever played at Three Rivers Stadium as the Pirates lose 3-2 to the Reds. Tony Perez hits the park's first HR.Ref: 98
Jul 18Ron Hunt of the San Francisco Giants was hit by a pitch for the 119th time in his career, earning him the dubious distinction of being the most-beaned baseball player in the major leagues.Ref: 3
Jul 18In his 2,639th game, Giant Willie Mays singles off of Expo Mike Wegener in the second inning for his 3000th career hit as San Francisco routs Montreal,10-1. He is the 10th member of the 3000 hit club.Ref: 98
Jul 20Whiffing 10 batters, Dodger Bill Singer no-hits the Phillies, 5-0.Ref: 98
Jul 26Home runs came in triplicate. Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds belted three home runs against the St. Louis Cardinals, and Orlando Cepeda of the Atlanta Braves launched a trio of homers in a game with the Chicago Cubs.Ref: 3
Jul 30The Houston Astros sent ex-NY Yankee pitcher Jim Bouton down to the minor leagues. Ten days after joining the OK City farm team, Bouton retired from baseball. He authored several baseball books including Ball Four. Bouton also became a sportscaster in NY City for WABC and WCBS-TV.Ref: 3
Aug 01Willie Stargell's three doubles and two HRs power the Pirates over the Braves, 20-10.Ref: 98
Aug 08NY Yankees honor Casey Stengel, retiring his number 37.Ref: 4
Aug 11Jim Bunning of the Philadelphia Phillies becomes the first pitcher since Cy Young to win 100 games in each of the two major leagues. Bunning, who later became a U.S. Senator, pushed the Phils over the Houston Astros, by a score of 6-5.Ref: 3
Aug 28Phillies Larry Bowa steals home for 2nd time in 1970.Ref: 4
Sep 02Billy Williams of the Chicago Cubs plays in the last of his 1117 consecutive games.Ref: 17
Sep 02Gene Lamont of the Detroit Tigers hits a home run in his first major league at bat (second game).Ref: 11
Sep 03Cub third baseman Billy Williams consecutive game streak ends at 1117 games. 
Sep 21Oakland A's Vida Blue no-hits Minn Twins, 6-0.Ref: 4
Sep 27Ken Boswell sets 2nd baseman record of 85 games without an error.Ref: 4
Oct 01Last game at Philadelphia's Connie Mack Stadium, Phils-2 Expos-1.Ref: 4
Oct 02Billy Martin named manager of the Tigers.Ref: 4
Oct 03Baseball umpires call their first strike.Ref: 4
Oct 10Boog Powell, Ellie Hendricks and Brooks Robinson homer to power the Orioles over Reds at Riverfront Stadium in the first game of the World Series.Ref: 98
Oct 15The Baltimore Orioles overcame a 3-0 deficit to beat the Cincinnati Reds, 9-3, and win the World Series in five games. It was the first Series on artificial turf and the first at Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati). And it was the Brooks Robinson show. With the Orioles’ third baseman leading the way, the Orioles avenged their World Series loss (to the NY Mets) of a year earlier by getting beating the Reds in five games.Ref: 3
Nov 11Oriole first baseman Boog Powell (.297, 35,114) is named American League MVP beating Twins Tony Oliva by a 234-157 margin.Ref: 98
Nov 21Mets' outfielder Tommy Agee becomes the first non-pitcher to win a Gold Glove in each league.Ref: 98
Nov 25Thurman Munson is named AL Rookie of the Year. The young Yankee backstop receives twenty-three of twenty-four votes cast.Ref: 98
Nov 27Expo Carl Morton, who finishes the season with a record of 18-11 for his last place club, wins the NL Rookie of the Year beating out the Reds' Bernie Carbo, 11-8.Ref: 98
Nov 30The Cubs trade veteran knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm to the Braves for minor league first baseman Hal Breedan.Ref: 98
Jan 04Philadelphia's Veteran Stadium dedicated.Ref: 4
Jan 07During an off-season basketball game, Red outfielder Bobby Tolan ruptures his Achilles tendon and will miss the entire 1971 season.Ref: 98
Jan 11At the age of twenty-seven, Tiger pitcher John Hiller suffers a heart attack. He will make a great comeback after missing the 1971 season.Ref: 98
Jan 21No player receives three-fourths of the necessary votes to be elected into the Hall of Fame with Yogi Berra and Early Wynn coming the closest.Ref: 98
Jan 31Jake Beckley, Joe Kelley, Harry Hooper, Rube Marquard, Chick Hafey & Dave Bancroft & George Weiss elected to baseball Hall of Fame.Ref: 4
Feb 04Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announces former Negro League players will have a separate wing in the Hall of Fame. Due to the controversy the announcement causes, it is decided inclusion in regular Hall of Fame is more fitting and more of an honor for the former black players.Ref: 98
Feb 09Satchel Paige becomes the first negro league star to be selected to the Hall of Fame.Ref: 98
Feb 10Yankees announce their former star first baseman, Bill White, will join the WPIX broadcast team becoming the first black announcer in Major League Baseball history.Ref: 98
Feb 21No player receives three-fourths of the necessary votes to be elected into the Hall of Fame with Yogi Berra and Early Wynn coming the closest.Ref: 98
Mar 15Bernie Gera, a thirty-nine year old New York housewife, files a civil right suit against MLB after her contract to umpire in the New York-Penn League is voided after six days without an explanation.Ref: 98
Apr 05At RFK Stadium, 45,000 fans watch the last opening day game to be played in Washington, D.C.Ref: 98
Apr 06Willie Mays, at the age of thirty-nine, homers on Opening Day and will hit HRs in the next three games to tie a major league record.Ref: 98
Apr 101st baseball game at Phila's Veterans Stadium, Phils beat Expos.Ref: 4
Apr 28Braves¹ outfielder Hank Aaron joins Babe Ruth and Willie Mays as the only major league player to hit 600 HRs. His historic homer, a 350-feet drive over the left field wall, comes off Gaylord Perry in the third inning of a 6-5 ten-inning loss to the Giants at Atlanta's County Fulton Stadium.Ref: 98
May 09Largest walk in crowd (31,626) in Baltimore Oriole history..Ref: 4
May 11Indian Steve Dunning's homer off A's hurler Diego Segui makes him the last American League pitcher to hit a grand slam.Ref: 98
May 30Willie Mays hits his 638th homerun, sets National League record of 1,950 runs scored.Ref: 4
Jun 04Oakland A's beat Wash Senators, 5-3, in 21 innings.Ref: 4
Jun 12Padre Clay Kirby one-hits the Giants; the no-hitter is spoiled by a Willie McCovey homer.Ref: 98
Jul 05Rather than being enshrined in a separate wing as previously announced, Negro League players elected to the Hall of Fame will be given full membership in Cooperstown.Ref: 98
Jul 08Commissioner Kuhn and Hall of Fame president Paul Kirk announce former Negro League players will have full membership in the Cooperstown shrine, not a seperate wing as previously planned.Ref: 98
Jul 09In the longest shutout in AL history, the A's beat the Angels, 1-0 in a 20-inning game. Oakland's Vida Blue fans 17 batters in the first eleven innings.Ref: 98
Jul 09Royals' Fred Patek hits for the cycle off of Jim Perry. The 5'5" KS City shortstop's efforts help defeat the Twins, 6-3.Ref: 98
Jul 10Tony Conigliaro of the Boston Red Sox announced his retirement from major-league baseball. Conigliaro had suffered a vision impairment in his left eye after being hit in the head by a thrown fastball during a game. Despite efforts to make a comeback, Tony C. never regained the form he once brought to the game.Ref: 3
Jul 13In a game which features six HRs, including Reggie Jackson's giantic blast off the power generator on the right-field roof, the American League beats the National League 6-4 in the All-Star game played at Tiger Stadium.Ref: 98
Aug 09LeRoy Satchel Paige, one of baseball’s pitching legends, is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.Ref: 4
Aug 10Harmon Killebrew becomes the tenth player to join the 500 HR club as he hits #500 and #501 off Mike Cuellar of the Orioles.Ref: 98
Aug 11Harmon Killebrew of the Minnesota Twins gets his 500th and 501st home runs of his major-league baseball career.Ref: 3
Aug 14St. Louis Cardinal Bob Gibson pitches his only career no-hitter, an 11-0 victory over the Pirates.Ref: 85
Aug 24Ernie Banks hits his final home run of his career as the Cubs beat the Reds, 5-4; Mr. Cub's 512th HR comes in the first inning off Jim McGlothin.Ref: 85
Aug 28Phillie pitcher Rick Wise hits two home runs, including a grand slam, en route to his 7-3 defeat of the Giants. Five weeks earlier, Wise also hit two round-trippers against Reds and no-hit the team on the same day, 4-0.Ref: 98
Aug 29Hank Aaron became the first baseball player in the National League to drive in 100 or more runs in each of 11 seasons.Ref: 3
Sep 01The Pirates field what is believed to be baseball's first all-minority lineup in a 10-7 win over the Phillies at Three Rivers.Ref: 85
Sep 05J.R. Richard of the Houston Astros tied Karl Spooner’s record by striking out 15 batters in his major-league baseball debut. The Astros beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3.Ref: 3
Sep 13Oriole Frank Robinson joins the 500 HR club with round tripper against the Tigers. (500 HRs)Ref: 98
Sep 18San Diego Padre Clay Kirby retires the first 21 in a row before Willie McCovey homers for San Francisco's only hit in a 2-1 Padres victory.Ref: 85
Sep 21For the fourth consecutive season, Dave McNally wins his 20th game as he shuts out the Yankees, 5-0.Ref: 98
Sep 21AL OKs Washington Senator move to Arlington (TX Rangers).Ref: 4
Sep 24Houston Astros beat SD Padres, 2-1, in 21 innings.Ref: 4
Sep 30The final game for Washington Senators is forfeited to the Yankees when fans stream onto the field with two out in the ninth inning with Senators, leading, 7-5.Ref: 85
Oct 10First game played at Philadelphia's Veteran Stadium, Phils win 4-1.Ref: 4
Oct 13In the first World Series night game ever played, the Pirates defeat the Orioles, 4-3 as Roberto Clemente collects three hits at Three Rivers Stadium. 
Oct 17Roberto Clemente’s bat, Steve Blass’ pitching, and the leadership of Willie Stargell made the Pittsburgh Pirates World Series winners. After losing the first two games, the Bucs came back to win three consecutive -- and eventually their fourth world championship. Steve Blass hurled a four-hitter and Roberto Clemente homered as the Pirates won Game 7, 2-1.Ref: 3
Nov 17The A's lefty Vida Blue becomes the youngest player ever to win the MVP award and only the fourth to capture both the Cy Young Award and the MVP in the same season.Ref: 98
Nov 23Bill Virdon is named to replace the retiring Danny Murtaugh as the manager of the world champion Pirates.Ref: 98
Nov 23Robert E. Short announces the former Washington Senators franchise will be called the Texas Rangers.Ref: 85
Nov 29The Cincinnati Reds deal 1B Lee May, 2B Tommy Helms and INF Jim Stewart to Houston in exchange for 2B Joe Morgan, RHP Jack Billingham, INF Denis Menke and OFs Cesar Geronimo and Ed Armbrister.Ref: 85
Dec 03The Cubs trade pitcher Jim Colborn and two other players to the Brewers for outfielder Jose Cardenal.Ref: 98
Dec 10In one of the worst deals ever made, the Mets trade Nolan Ryan and three prospects to the Angels for six time all-star third baseman Jim Fergosi. The fireballer from TX will set the all-time strike out record (5,714) and will become a member of the Hall of Fame while Fergosi will provide little help for NY.Ref: 98
Jan 12Tigers sign a lease to build a $126M domed stadium (doesn't happen).Ref: 4
Jan 13Former umpire, now housewife Bernice Gera wins her suit against baseball, initiated on March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire.Ref: 4
Jan 19Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, & Early Wynn are elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame.Ref: 4
Feb 02Former AL president William Harridge, Lefty Gomez and Ross Youngs are selected by the Special Veterans Committee to be enshrined in Cooperstown.Ref: 98
Feb 08Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announces the Special Committee on the Negro League Hall of Fame selection of Buck Leonard and Josh Gibson.Ref: 98
Feb 25Lopsided trade, Cards trade Steve Carlton to Phillies for Rick Wise.Ref: 4
Feb 29Henry "Hank" Aaron becomes first baseball player to sign a baseball contract for $200,000 a year.Ref: 1
Mar 23New York Yankees baseball officials announced plans to keep the Yankees in the nation’s largest city. Plans were also revealed concerning a major renovation of Yankee Stadium. While work was underway at ‘The House that Ruth Built’, the Bronx Bombers shared tenancy with the cross-town New York Mets in Flushing, New York at Shea Stadium.Ref: 3
Apr 05The season opener between Astros and Reds is cancelled due to the player strike which started on April 1. It marks the first time in major league history Opening Day is delayed and 86 games will be lost before the labor dispute is settled.Ref: 98
Apr 12The Players' Association and owners agree to terms ending the first players strike in baseball history.Ref: 98
Apr 131st baseball players' strike ends after 13 days.Ref: 4
Apr 15The Texas Rangers lose at California, 1-0, in the team's first game.Ref: 85
Apr 16At Wrigley Field, Cub pitcher Burt Hooton no-hits the Phillies, 4-0 in just fourth major-league start.Ref: 98
Apr 16Texas Ranger Pete Broberg beats the Angels, 5-1, for the first victory in club history.Ref: 85
Apr 21The Texas Rangers beat the Angels, 7-6, before a crowd of 20,105 in first game for the franchise at Arlington Stadium. Frank Howard homers in the first inning for Texas.Ref: 85
May 02After a Cy Young Award season (24-8, 1.82), A's Vida Blue ends holdout signing for $63,000; a raise of just $14,750.Ref: 98
May 11The San Francisco Giants announced that they were trading Willie Mays to the NY Mets for pitcher Charlie Williams & cash.Ref: 3
May 12Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (completed 5/13).Ref: 4
May 13Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (started 5/12).Ref: 4
May 14The forty-one year old Willie Mays makes a dramatic debut for his new team as he hits a game winning HR off his former team to give the Mets a 5-4 victory over the Giants; his 647th carreer HR in the fifth broke a 4-4 deadlock.Ref: 98
May 16Greg Luzinski's 500' homerun hits the Liberty Bell monument in Philadelphia's Veteran Stadium.Ref: 4
May 24Don Rose of the California Angels hits a home run in his first major league at bat on the first pitch.Ref: 11
Jun 04The Los Angeles Dodgers retire Sandy Koufax's uniform No. 32 and Roy Campanella's uniform No. 39.Ref: 28
Jun 07The Pirates edge the Padres 1-0 in 18 innings thanks to Gene Alley's bases-loaded walk.Ref: 98
Jun 11Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves tied (with Gil Hodges of the Giants) the National League record for the most grand-slam home runs in a career, with 14. The Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 15-3 to make the celebration even better.Ref: 3
Jun 18(and 19th) Houston Astros Jerry Reuss and Larry Dierker hurl back-to-back one hitters against the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets, respectively.Ref: 85
Jun 24Baseball’s first woman umpire, Mrs. Bernice Gera, called the balls and strikes in her first game and resigned just a few hours after it was over.Ref: 3
Jun 25After a legal battle, Beatrice Gera finally becomes the first woman professional umpire as she works a minor game in Geneva, New York. Auburn manager Nolan Campbell argues a close call which brings the new arbitrator reportedly to tears, and she will resign after the game.Ref: 98
Jul 06Former Minnesota Twins player and coach Frank Quilici is hired to manage the club, replacing Bill Rigney.Ref: 85
Jul 13In a contest which lasts on 93 minutes, the Cardinals play the quickest nine-inning game in their history.Ref: 98
Jul 18San Diego Padre Steve Arlin hurls 8.2 no-hit innings against Philadelphia before giving up a 9th-inning single to Denny Doyle.Ref: 85
Jul 25The National League wins the All Star game in Atlanta 3-2 thanks to Joe Morgan's single in the 10th inning.Ref: 98
Jul 30Chic White Sox Dick Allen hits 2 inside-the-park-homers in Minn.Ref: 4
Aug 01Padre Nate Colbert breaks Stan Musial's NL record, which he witnessed on May 2, 1954, as an eight-year old fan at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, for RBIs in twin bill as he drives in 13 runs and ties the HR record with 5, including a grand slam. Colbert's 22 total bases also is a major league record.Ref: 98
Aug 02Houston Astro Cesar Cedeno hits for the cycle the Cincinnati Reds.Ref: 85
Aug 05Tiger shortstop Ed Brinkman commits an error ending his major league record of 72 games and 331 total chances without making a misplay.Ref: 98
Aug 07Yogi Berra, Sandy Koufax, Lefty Gomez and Early Wynn were among eight players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this day.Ref: 3
Aug 08The Yankees sign a thirty-year lease to play in the new Yankee Stadium beginning 1976.Ref: 98
Aug 17Phillies Steve Carlton wins his 15th straight game. 
Aug 21Phil Niekro snaps Steve Carlton's 15-game winning streak as Atlanta beats the Phillies, 2-1 in 11 innings.Ref: 98
Aug 29In a 3-0 victory, Giant Jim Barr retires the first 20 Cardinals and in his last game he retired the last 21 players giving him a major league record of 41 consecutive outs.Ref: 98
Sep 02Milt Pappas of the Chicago Cubs pitched 8-2/3 innings of perfect baseball, before giving up a walk to Larry Stahl of the Philadelphia Phillies. Pappas got the no-hitter and an 8-0 win at Wrigley Field, Chicago.Ref: 3
Sep 16In an 18-5 victory over the Mets, Cub infielder Glen Beckert goes 0-for-6 and sets a record by leaving 12 men on base.Ref: 98
Sep 18First black NL umpire (Art Williams-Los Angeles vs San Diego).Ref: 4
Sep 20Against the Astros, the Braves score a club record 12 runs in one inning.Ref: 98
Sep 30Ted Williams retires as Texas Rangers manager. Whitey Herzog, Director of Player Development for the New York Mets, is named as Williams' successor.Ref: 85
Sep 30At Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh Pirate Roberto Clemente doubles off Met Jon Matlack to become the eleventh major leaguer to have 3000 hits. The hit, sadly, will be the Pirate right fielder's last as he will die in a plane crash on New Year's Eve.Ref: 98
Oct 02Mont Expos Bill Stoneman 2nd no-hitter beats NY Mets, 7-0.Ref: 4
Oct 03Steve Carlton wins 27th game for Phillies (almost half of their 59 wins).Ref: 4
Oct 19Using four straight singles (three by pinch-hitters), the A's score twice in the ninth to win Game 4 of the World Series defeating the Reds, 3-2Ref: 98
Oct 22The A's win their first championship in 42 years as they defeat the Reds 3-2 in Game 7 of the Fall Classic. World Series MVP Gene Tenace, who had only hit five HRs in the regular season, connects for four round trippers in the seven games against Cincinnati.Ref: 98
Nov 02Steve Carlton wins the NL CY Young Award; Lefty's 27 victories nearly accounted for half of the last-place Phillies wins.Ref: 98
Nov 22Johnny Bench wins his second National League MVP award in the last three years. The runner-up is Cubs' third baseman Billy Williams.Ref: 98
Nov 27Yanks trade Ellis, Torres & Spikes to Indians for Nettles & Moses.Ref: 4
Nov 28Los Angeles Dodgers trade Frank Robinson to CA Angels.Ref: 4
Nov 30The Reds obtain outfielder Richie Scheinblum and pitcher Roger Nelson from the Royals for Hal McRae.Ref: 98
Dec 02In one of their worst trades Yankees get Rich McKinney for Stan Bahnsen.Ref: 4
Jan 03Tampa ship builder George Steinbrenner, heading a limited partnership, purchases the NY Yankees from CBS.Ref: 98
Jan 11Major-league baseball agreed to allow the American League to experiment with the designated hitter rule for the next three years.Ref: 3
Jan 18Orlando Cepeda signs with the Red Sox making him the first player to be signed by a team as a designated hitter.Ref: 98
Jan 24In his first year of elgibility, Warren Spahn recieves 316 of the 380 votes cast to become a member of the Hall of Fame.Ref: 98
Feb 01The Special Committee on the Negroe Leagues elects Monte Irvin to Baseball's Hall of Fame.Ref: 98
Feb 08'Early Bird' spring training is canceled until negotiations with the players' association are completed.Ref: 98
Feb 27Baseball star Dick ‘Don’t Call Me Richie’ Allen signs a three-year pact with the Chicago White Sox for a reported $675,000 after leaving the Philadelphia Phillies.Ref: 3
Mar 05Yankee teammates Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich announced they have traded families; wives, children and even their dogs. 
Mar 20In a special election, the BBWAA select the late Roberto Clemente to be a member of the HOF; the usual five year rule is waived by the hall's board of directors.Ref: 98
Apr 06At Fenway, Yankees' Ron Blomberg becomes the first designated hitter in major league history. He walks.Ref: 98
Apr 06Posthumously, the Pirates retire Roberto Clemente's number in front of record crowd at Three Rivers Stadium.Ref: 98
Apr 10A crowd of 39,464 chilly fans watch the first game at Royals Stadium and see the home team rout Rangers, 12-1.Ref: 98
Apr 19Steinbrenner replaces Mike Burke with Gabe Paul as Yankee president.Ref: 4
Apr 20Four months after his death, Pirate great Roberto Clemente is inducted into the Hall of Fame in a special election.Ref: 98
May 01The Giants score seven runs with two outs in the ninth inning to defeat the Pirates, 8-7.Ref: 98
May 03KS City Royals' George Brett gets his first major league hit.Ref: 4
May 04Longest game in Veterans' Stadium, Phillies beat Braves 5-4 in 20.Ref: 4
May 08Ernie Banks fills in for Cubs manager Whitey Lockman who is ejected during the game, thus technically becoming baseball's first black manager.Ref: 1
May 08Cardinal pitcher Bob Gibson sets a major league mark as he starts his 242nd straight game. St. Louis is defeated by the Giants, 9-7.Ref: 98
May 09For the second time in his career, Johnny Bench hits three homers off Steve Carlton. The Reds' backstop seven RBIs helps Cincinnati beat the Phillies, 9-7.Ref: 98
May 109th Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yankees 8-4Ref: 1
May 15CA Angel Nolan Ryan's first no-hitter beats KS City Royals,Ref: 4
May 17Angels outfielder Bobby Valentine breaks his leg trying to scale wall to prevent a Dick Green homerun during a 5-4 loss to the A's.Ref: 4
May 17Joe Ferguson, hits the 6,000th Dodger homerun.Ref: 4
Jun 13Garvey, Lopes, Cey & Russell play together for first time, set record of staying together as an infield for 8+ years (LA Dodgers).Ref: 4
Jun 18Ranger rookie David Clyde pitches five innings, strikes out eight and allows just one hit in his first major league start as TX defeats the Twins, 4-3. A crowd of 35,698 fans, the first sellout at Arlington Stadium, to see the debut of the 18-year-old, $125,000 bonus baby.Ref: 98
Jun 19In different games, Reds' Pete Rose (a single against the Giants) and Dodger Willie Davis (HR off the Braves) both collect their 2,000th career hit.Ref: 98
Jun 27Just 20 days out of Houston's Westchester High School, 18-year-old David Clyde makes his major league debut for the Texas Rangers against the Minnesota Twins. He walks the first two batters he faces before fanning three straight and he goes on to post a 4-3 victory before a crowd of 35,698.Ref: 85
Jul 03For the only time in their careers, the Perry Brothers (Tiger Jim and Indian Gaylord) oppose one another. Gaylord takes the loss but neither finish the game.Ref: 98
Jul 13Bobby Murcer's three homers accounts for all RBIs as the Yankees beat the Royals, 5-0.Ref: 98
Jul 15Angel Nolan Ryan pitches his second no-hitter of the season defeating the Tigers, 6-0 in front of 41,411 fans in Detroit. Ump Ron Luciano doesn't permit Norm Cash to use a piano leg instead of a bat in the ninth inning.Ref: 98
Jul 19Willie Mays named to NL all star team for 24th time (ties Musial).Ref: 4
Jul 20White Sox pitcher Wilbur Wood loses both ends of a doubleheader to the Yankees.Ref: 98
Jul 24Although not selected, Willie Mays appears in the All-Star game thanks to Commissioner Bowie Kuhn increasing the player limit so the 'Say Hey Kid' could play. The NL beats AL 7-1 in 44th All Star Game (Royals Stadium, KC).Ref: 98
Jul 26Texas Ranger Jeff Burroughs hits the first of three grand slams in 10 days.Ref: 85
Jul 30Texas Ranger Jim Bibby throws the first no-hitter in team history by blanking the A's, 6-0. Bibby fans 13 to beat Oakland ace Vida Blue.Ref: 85
Aug 01Munson & Fisk get into a brawl at Fenway Park.Ref: 4
Aug 05Atlanta Brave Phil Niekro tosses a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres in Atlanta, winning 9-0.Ref: 85
Aug 06Roberto Clemente becomes the first Latin-born player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.Ref: 98
Aug 09Phil Niekro pitches the first no-hitter in Atlanta Braves history.Ref: 98
Aug 18Hank Aaron's record 1,378 extra base hit surpasses Stan Musial record. 
Sep 02Billy Martin is fired as manager of the Detroit Tigers. Martin was relieved of his duties three days after ordering his pitching staff to toss spitballs against Cleveland Indians batters. The Tigers lost anyway, 3-0.Ref: 3
Sep 06Two Alou brothers are released by the Yankees. Felipe is sold to the Expos and Matty goes to the Cardinals.Ref: 98
Sep 08Home run number 709 went into the record books for Hank Aaron. The Atlanta slugger established a major-league baseball record for the most home runs hit in one league. Aaron eclipsed Babe Ruth’s record of 714 homers in 1974.Ref: 3
Sep 08Texas Ranger manager Whitey Herzog is replaced by former Detroit skipper Billy Martin as Rangers manager.Ref: 85
Sep 08Texas Ranger second baseman Dave Nelson ties a major league record by stealing second, third and home in the first inning against Cleveland's Dick Bosman.Ref: 85
Sep 09 Braves' Davey Johnson hits his 43rd (42nd as a second baseman) homer tying Rogers Hornsby's record for the most HRs for a second baseman.Ref: 98
Sep 19NL refuses to allow San Diego Padres move to Washington DC.Ref: 4
Sep 20Willie Mays announces his retirement at end of 1973 season.Ref: 4
Sep 21NY Mets go into first place (at .500) after trailing 12 games.Ref: 4
Sep 25It's Willie Mays Day in Flushing as the Mets honor the 'Say-Hey Kid' in an emotional ceremony at Shea Stadium.Ref: 98
Sep 26Milwaukee Brewer Jim Colborn hurls a one-hitter against Texas becoming the Brewers first 20-game winner.Ref: 85
Sep 27Angel fireballer Nolan Ryan establishes a major league record striking out 383 batters in a season. The Texan reaches the mark by whiffing 16 Twins in a 5-4, 11-inning victory.Ref: 98
Sep 29Balt Orioles pull their 5th triple play (5-4-3 vs Detroit).Ref: 4
Sep 30Ralph Houk resigns as New York Yankee manager.Ref: 85
Sep 30Pirate Dave Augustine appears to hit a game-ending HR in the 13th inning but the ball hits the top of the fence and Met outfielder Cleon Jones catches it and throws out a runner at home. The Mets win the game, National League East title and Augustine will never homer in the majors.Ref: 98
Sep 30Yanks close 50th year at Yankee Stadium losing 8-5.Ref: 4
Oct 01A day after the regular season ends, Mets beat Cubs 6-1 to win NL East title.Ref: 98
Oct 01Leo Durocher resigns as Houston Astro manager.Ref: 4
Oct 08The Mets 9-2 victory over the Reds in Game 3 of the NLCS will best be remembered for the Pete Rose and Bud Harrelson brawl. The Mets feisty shortstop took exception to 'Charlie Hustle's' hard slide to break up a double play.Ref: 98
Oct 10In the fifth and deciding game, Mets win National League pennant beating Reds, 9-2.Ref: 98
Oct 18The Mets beat Reds 3-1 in the fifth and deciding game of the NLCS.Ref: 98
Oct 21Baseball manager Dick Williams turned in his last lineup card as skipper as the Oakland A’s won their second straight World Series. Bert Campaneris and Reggie Jackson each hit two-run homers as the A’s defeated the NY Mets 5-2 in game 7, and took the Series four games to three.Ref: 3
Oct 21Baseball manager Dick Williams turned in his last lineup card as skipper as the Oakland A’s won their second straight World Series. Bert Campaneris and Reggie Jackson each hit two-run homers as the A’s defeated the NY Mets 5-2 in game 7, and took the Series four games to three.Ref: 3
Oct 23Yankee GM & pres Lee MacPhail named AL president.Ref: 4
Oct 30Tom Seaver becomes first non-20-game winner to win Cy Young award.Ref: 4
Nov 07The Cubs trade second baseman Glenn Beckert and a minor leaguer to the Padres for outfielder Jerry Morales.Ref: 98
Nov 07New Jersey became the first state in the U.S.A. where girls were allowed to play on Little League baseball teams.Ref: 3
Nov 11Marking the first major rule change in 80 years, the American League owners vote in favor, 8-4, to begin using a designated hitter in games.Ref: 98
Nov 14Oakland A's Reggie Jackson (.293, 32,117) wins AL MVP unanimously.Ref: 4
Nov 14Jim Palmer (22-9, 2.40) is named as the AL Cy Young Award winner.Ref: 98
Dec 05Cubs' Ron Santo became first baseball player to veto his trade.Ref: 4
Dec 06The Dodgers trade pitcher Claude Osteen and Dave Culpepper to the Astros for outfielder Jim Wynn.Ref: 98
Dec 06NL votes to move San Diego Padres to Washington DC (doesn't happen).Ref: 4
Dec 10The American League vote unanimously to adopt the designated hitter rule on a trial basis for three years.Ref: 98
Dec 11Ron Santo was traded to the Chicago White Sox from crosstown rivals, the Chicago Cubs. Santo became the first major-league baseball player to invoke the rule which permits 10-year veterans of a club to refuse to be traded. He turned down a trade to the CA Angels.Ref: 3
Dec 11Houston Astro Caesar Cedino jailed in death of 19 year old woman.Ref: 4
Dec 12San Diego files anti-trust against National League (stopping Padres move to DC).Ref: 4
Dec 18Despite an impending legal showdown with Charlie Finley, the Yankees announce the signing of manager Dick Williams. American League president Joe Cronin will void deal two days laterRef: 98
Dec 20Siding with the A's, AL president Joe Cronin rules the Yankees cannot sign manager Dick Williams. The Yankees had announced a deal with the Oakland's skipper two days earlier.Ref: 98
Dec 21Joseph Danzansky announced that he was unable to meet the financial conditions that would allow the San Diego Padres baseball franchise to move to Washington, DC. Strange thing, because major league baseball owners had already approved the move based on Danzansky’s financial condition. He didn’t stay around very long. McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc bought the struggling team and vowed to keep it in San Diego. He even refunded the cost of admission to everyone in Jack Murphy Stadium one night, apologizing for how bad the team played.Ref: 3
Dec 27Los Angeles Dodgers announce night games will start at 7:30 instead of 8.Ref: 4
Dec 28Los Angeles Dodgers announce night games will start at 7:30 instead of 8.Ref: 4
Jan 01Succeeding the retiring Joe Cronin, Lee MacPhail takes over as American League president and will serve in this role until 1984. MacPhail will join his dad, Larry, as a member of the Hall of Fame in 1998.Ref: 98
Jan 03New York Yankees sign Bill Virdon as manager.Ref: 4
Jan 16New York Yankees Mickey Mantle & Whitey Ford elected to Hall of Fame.Ref: 4
Jan 25Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald's, prevents the Padres from moving to Washington, D.C., by purchasing the club from C. Arnholt Smith.Ref: 85
Feb 11First baseball arbitration Twins pitcher Dick Woodson seeking $29,000 wins, Twins offered $23,000.Ref: 4
Feb 13James "Cool Papa" Bell is named to baseball's Hall of Fame.Ref: 4
Apr 05Robin Yount becomes the Milwaukee Brewers' regular shortstop at 18 years of age.Ref: 85
Apr 06The Yankees begin a two year stint at Shea as Yankee Stadium is remodeled. They beat the Indians 6-1.Ref: 98
Apr 19Oriole Al Bumbry hits an inside-the-park HR against the NY Yankees.Ref: 4
May 01Tom Seaver strikes out 16 Dodgers and gives up only three hits in over twelve innings, but Mets lose in the 14th, 2-1.Ref: 98
May 06A's pitcher Paul Linblad's major league streak of 385 consecutive errorless games ends when he makes an errant throw in a 6-3 loss to the Orioles.Ref: 98
May 20The St Louis Cardinals retire Dizzy Dean's uniform no 17.Ref: 28
May 29Bradford G. Corbett forms group and purchases the Texas Ranger franchise from Bob Short. Corbett selects former Yankees infielder Bobby Brown as team president.Ref: 85
May 30Sadaharu Oh becomes the first Japanese player to hit 600 HRs.Ref: 98
May 3010th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yankees beat Mets 9-4.Ref: 4
Jun 04On ten-cent beer night, the Indians forfeit to the Rangers due the Tribe's unruly fans as the game is called off in the bottom of the ninth with scored tied at five by home plate ump, Nestor Chylak. An estimated 60,000 cups of brew is sold to a crowd of 25,134.Ref: 98
Jun 14In 12 innings, Angels' Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 Red Sox batters including whiffing Cecil Cooper six consecutive times.Ref: 98
Jun 19Pitching his second no-hitter in 14 months, Royals Steve Busby gives up just one walk defeating the Brewers, 2-0.Ref: 98
Jul 17Cardinal Bob Gibson becomes the second pitcher in major league history to record 3000 career strikeouts when he fans the Reds' Cesar Geronimo.Ref: 98
Jul 19Cleve Indian Dick Bosman no-hits Oakland A's, 4-0.Ref: 4
Jul 23At Three River Stadium, Dodger first baseman Steve Garvey, a write-in All-Star starter, singles and doubles to help the NL beat the AL, 7-2.Ref: 98
Jul 29St Louis Cardinal Lou Brock steals his 700th base.Ref: 4
Jul 31Bill Bonham strikes out 4 batters in the 2nd inning.Ref: 31
Aug 066th time Phils get just 1 assist in game; no other team did it twice.Ref: 4
Aug 10Jorge Lebron, the youngest professional player ever, makes his debut for the Phillies farm club Auburn. The fourteen-year old shortstop plays three games before returning to Puerto Rico to finish junior high school.Ref: 98
Aug 12Angel fireballer Nolan Ryan strikes out out 19 Red Sox batters enroute to a 4-2 victory. 
Aug 20In a 18-8 rout of the Cubs, Davey Lopes hits three HRs, a double and a single. The Dodger second baseman's 15 total bases is the most ever for a leadoff hitter.Ref: 98
Aug 20 At Anaheim Stadium, Angel Nolan Ryan throws a ball clocked at 100.9 miles per hour making it the fastest pitch ever thrown in major league baseball.Ref: 98
Aug 20Angel Nolan Ryan of the CA Angels whiffs 19 Tigers in a 1-0, 11-inning loss to the Tigers. It is the third time the 'Ryan Express' has struck out 19 batters in one game this season.Ref: 98
Aug 27At Shea Stadium, Benny Ayala becomes the first National Leaguer in 13 years to hit a home run in his first ML at-bat; the Met rookie goes deep off of Astro Tom Griffin in New York's 4-2 win.Ref: 98
Aug 30Jim Bibby throws the first no-hitter in Texas Rangers history by blanking the A's, 6-0. Bibby fans 13 to beat Oakland ace Vida Blue.Ref: 85
Sep 01Reggie Sanders of the Detroit Tigers hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 11
Sep 03John Montefusco of the San Francisco Giants hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 11
Sep 04After pitching eight no-hit innings against the Reds, Don Wilson is pulled from the game by Astro manager Preston Gomez in favor of a pinch hitter. Mike Cosgrove gives up a hit to Tony Perez in the ninth and Houston loses, 2-1.Ref: 98
Sep 10Cardinal outfielder Lou Brock ties and breaks Maury Willis single season stolen base record with his 104th and 105th swipes against the Phillies.Ref: 98
Sep 11The St. Louis Cardinals took seven hours, four minutes and 25 innings to beat the NY Mets 4-3 at Shea Stadium in Flushing, NY. The game set a National League record for innings played in a night game. It was the second-longest game in professional baseball history. Fans went home at 3:10 a.m.Ref: 3
Sep 13Phillies set NL record, using 27 players in a game, St Louis uses 24, tying record of 51. Phils win 7-3 in 17.Ref: 4
Sep 24Tiger Al Kaline gets his 3000th hit, a double off O's Dave McNally at Memorial Stadium in a 5-4 loss to the Birds.Ref: 98
Sep 28CA Angel Nolan Ryan 3rd no-hitter beats Minn Twin, 4-0.Ref: 4
Oct 02In his last National League at-bat, Henry Aaron homers off Reds¹ Rawly Eastwick for his 733rd round-tripper which is also the his 3600th career hit.Ref: 98
Oct 17The Oakland A’s beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 1, to win the World Series. In Game 5, played this day, Joe Rudi connected with a homer off Dodger reliever Mike Marshall to break a 2-2 tie. Oakland's bullpen ace, Rollie Fingers preserved the one run lead and the A’s were world champions for the third consecutive year. The A’s were the only team other than the Yankees to win 3 straight series.Ref: 3
Oct 22Yanks trade Bobby Murcer to Giants for Bobby Bonds.Ref: 4
Oct 24Billy Martin named AL Manager of the Year (TX Rangers).Ref: 4
Oct 30After leading the league with 25 wins and a 2.49 era, A's Catfish Hunter is named the AL's Cy Young winner.Ref: 98
Nov 02The Braves trade Hank Aaron to the Brewers for Dave May and Roger Alexander; the move allows Aaron to finish his career in Milwaukee, the city in which he started in the majors.Ref: 98
Nov 13Steve Garvey wins the National League MVP Award. The Dodger first baseman had a .312 BA, with 21 home runs and 111 RBIs .Ref: 98
Nov 28After being convicted of making illegal contributions to the Re-elect Nixon campaign; Yankee owner George Steinbrenner is suspended from baseball for two years by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn.Ref: 98
Dec 02Cowhide, rather than just horsehide, can be used to make baseballs.Ref: 4
Dec 03In a six player deal, the Mets trade fan-favorite Tug 'Ya gotta believe' McGraw to the Phillies along with outfielders Don Hahn and Dave Schneck in exchange for outfielder Del Unser, pitcher Mac Scarce and catcher John Sterns .Ref: 98
Dec 13Jim "Catfish" Hunter wins free agent claim against A's owner Finley.Ref: 4
Dec 15A's Catfish Hunter is ruled a free agent (later signs with Yankees).Ref: 4
Dec 24Cardinals' Lou Brock is named Sportsman of the Year.Ref: 4
Dec 31Free-agent Catfish Hunter signs with the Yankees ending an unprecedented bidding war. The former A's ace signs a five-year, $3.75 million dollar contract (three times more than any other players) to pitch for the Bronx Bombers.Ref: 98
Jan 23By a single vote former slugger Ralph Kiner is elected into the Hall Of Fame.Ref: 98
Feb 03The special Veterans Committee selects Billy Herman, Earl Averill and Bucky Harris to the Hall of Fame.Ref: 98
Feb 10William "Judy" Johnson selected to baseball Hall of Fame.Ref: 4
Mar 29Mel Stottlemeyre, suffering from a torn rotator cuff, is given his unconditional release by the Yankees; he compiled a 164-139 record and a 2.97 era as well as 40 shutouts.Ref: 98
Apr 1148,160 fans salute Hank Aaron's return to Milwaukee on -Welcome Home, Henry- Day for the home opener against Cleveland.Ref: 85
Apr 151st appearance of the San Diego Chicken.Ref: 4
Apr 25Dodger pitcher Andy Messersmith strokes three doubles in his 6-5 win over the Giants.Ref: 98
May 04In Candlestick Park at 12:32 pm, Astro's Bob Watson scores the major league¹s one millionth run. He crosses the plate on Milt May's three-run home run seconds ahead of Reds' Dave Concepcion to earn the distinction.Ref: 98
May 04The Minnesota Twins retire Harmon Killebrew's uniform no. 3.Ref: 28
May 05A's release pinch runner Herb Washington (played 104 games without batting, pitching, or fielding He stole 30 bases, & scored 33 runs).Ref: 4
May 1511th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yankees beat Mets 9-4.Ref: 4
Jun 01Angel Nolan Ryan's100th career victory is a memorable one as he beats the Orioles ,1-0 and ties Sandy Koufax's big league mark by notching his fourth no-hitter.Ref: 98
Jun 02Baseball’s Billy Martin appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, 19 years after his April, 1956 cover debut in the same publication. It set the record for length of time between covers on the same subject.Ref: 3
Jun 07After an outstanding collegiate career at LaVerne College, Royal scout Rosey Gilhousen signs Dan Quisenberry as an undrafted free agent.Ref: 98
Jun 18Red Sox Fred Lynn has ten RBIs and three HRs in a 15-1 victory over the Tigers. The Chicago native also hits a triple which is just a few feet from leaving the ballpark for a fourth homer.Ref: 98
Jul 16Commissioner Bowie Kuhn is re-elected to a seven-year term.Ref: 98
Jul 21Billy Martin is fired as Texas Ranger manager after leading the team to a 44-51 record. Third base coach Frank Lucchesi takes over on an interim basis and guides the team to a 35-32 record (79-83 overall).Ref: 85
Jul 27Mets release outfielder Cleon Jones after suspending him for insubordination. He will not play again this year but will join the White Sox next season.Ref: 98
Jul 30Jose Sosa, a pitcher, homers in his first major league at-bat in an Astro 8-4 victory over the Padres. It will his only HR in the majors.Ref: 98
Aug 01Billy Martin replaces Bill Virdon for his first of five stints as New York Yankee manager.Ref: 85
Aug 05Phillies first 8 batters get hits for a major league record, win 13-5.Ref: 4
Aug 09Davey Lopes steals his 32nd consecutive base without being caught breaking Max Carey's 1922 record as the Dodgers defeat the Mets, 2-0Ref: 98
Aug 18Earl Averill, Bucky Harris, Billy Herman, 'Judy' Johnson and Ralph Kiner are inducted into the Hall of Fame. 
Aug 21Cub hurlers Rick and Paul Reuschel join forces to blank the Dodgers, 6-0. Rick goes 6 1-3 innings and Paul finishes the game for the first ever shutout thrown by two brothers.Ref: 98
Aug 22Dave McKay of the Minnesota Twins hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 11
Aug 24Davey Lopes of the Los Angeles Dodgers established a major-league baseball record of 38 consecutive stolen bases. Lopes pulled off the steal in the 12th inning of a game against the Montreal Expos. The Dodgers, however, still lost, 5-3, in 14 innings.Ref: 3
Aug 26Orioles' Don Buford strikes out 5 times in a game. 
Sep 01The last Monday Night Baseball game was broadcast on NBC-TV. Montreal’s Expos defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5. ABC-TV picked up the games in 1976.Ref: 3
Sep 02Johnnie LeMaster of the San Francisco Giants hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 11
Sep 03Steve Garvey of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres plays in the first of his 1207 consecutive games.Ref: 17
Sep 03On the final pitch of his Hall of Fame career, Cardinal great Bob Gibson gives up a grand slam to Pete LaCock; it will be LaCock's only bases-loaded homer of his career. 
Sep 07The Cincinnati Reds clinched the National League West division title. The Big Red Machine set records for winning the division this early in the season -- and for winning it by 20 games.Ref: 3
Sep 16Pirate Rennie Stennett ties a major league mark established in 1892 going 7-for-7 in a nine-inning game. He gets two hits in one inning (1st and 5th) twice; the game is the most one-sided shutout since 1900, as the Bucs crush the Cubs at Wrigley Field, 22-0.Ref: 98
Sep 21Red Sox outfielder Jim Rice breaks his arm during a 6-5 victory over the Tigers. The rookie sensation will miss the remainder of the season including the World Series.Ref: 98
Sep 23Randy Jones becomes the San Diego Padres first 20-game winner with a 6-5 win over Los Angeles.Ref: 85
Sep 26By beating J.R. Richards and the Astros, 3-2, Burt Horton sets a Dodger record for starting pitchers by winning his twelfth consecutive game.Ref: 98
Sep 26Phillies & NY Mets play a doubleheader that ends at 3:15 AM.Ref: 4
Sep 28Oakland A's Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott, Paul Linblad & Rollie Fingers, no-hit CA Angels 5-0.Ref: 4
Oct 01The Expos fire manager Gene Mauch and replace him with Karl Kuehl.Ref: 98
Oct 21Boston Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk hit a ball that struck the left field foul pole in Boston's Fenway Park, giving the Red Sox a 7-6 victory in 12 innings over the Cincinnati Reds in Game 6 of the series.Ref: 69
Oct 22Cincinnati Reds manager Sparky Anderson said, “We were the best team in baseball, but not by much.” The World Series featured five one-run victories, two in extra innings and three on game-ending hits. In six of the seven victories, the winner trailed; four times the winning run came in the final inning. And 13 times, the score was either tied or the lead reversed. And in the seventh, played this day, a ninth-inning RBI single by Joe Morgan gave the Reds a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox and the title. It was the first title for the Reds in 35 years.Ref: 3
Oct 30Giant pitcher John Montefusco (15-9, 2.88, 215) 'the Count', wins the NL Rookie of the Year Award. Expo catcher Gary Carter finishes second.Ref: 98
Nov 19In a landslide vote, Joe Morgan (.327, 17, 94) is overwhelming elected the NL MVP. The Reds' second baseman had a league-leading on-base percentage of .419.Ref: 98
Nov 24Gene Mauch was named the new field boss of the Minnesota Twins.Ref: 85
Nov 26Red Sox center fielder Fred Lynn (.331, 21, 105) becomes the first rookie ever to be named the league's MVP.Ref: 98
Nov 27Fred Lynn became first rookie to win the MVP.Ref: 4
Dec 10The American League owners agree to let maverick Bill Vacua back into baseball by allowing him to purchase the White Sox from John Allyn for nearly $10 million dollars.Ref: 98
Dec 11Great Yankee trade getting Willie Randolph, Dock Ellis & Ken Brett from Pirates for George "Doc" Medich.Ref: 4
Dec 12The Tigers trade pitcher Mickey Lolich and outfielder Billy Baldwin to the Mets in exchange for outfielder Rusty Staub and pitcher Bill Laxton.Ref: 98
Dec 16Bill Veeck gets back into baseball by heading a group which buys 80% of the White Sox from John Allyn.Ref: 98
Dec 17Bill Veeck, who became the owner of the team yesterday, fires manager Chuck Tanner and selects old friend Paul Richards to manage the White Sox.Ref: 98
Dec 18Chuck Tanner signs a three-year deal to manage the A's.Ref: 98
Dec 23A landmark decision by Peter Seitz begins a new era in major league baseball as the arbitrator's judgment makes pitchers Andy Messersmith and Dave McNally the first true free-agents in baseball history.Ref: 98
Jan 06Ted Turner purchases Atlanta Braves for reported $12 million.Ref: 4
Jan 14Ted Turner obtains 100% of the Atlanta Braves.Ref: 98
Jan 22Pitchers Robin Roberts and Bob Lemon are elected to Baseball's Hall Of Fame.Ref: 98
Feb 01Mike Marshall is arrested by the East Lansing police for taking batting practice on the campus of Michigan State University. MSU officials had asked the Dodger reliever not to hit baseballs near the tennis courts fearing for the students' safety.Ref: 98
Feb 02Umpire Cal Hubbard becomes the first person to be elected to both the baseball and football Halls of Fame; he along with Roger Connor and Fred Lindstrom were selected by the Special Veterans Committee.Ref: 98
Feb 04The Andy Messersmith free-agency decision is upheld by federal judge John W. Oliver.Ref: 98
Feb 09The Hall of Fame Special Committee on the Negro Leagues selects Oscar Charleston.Ref: 98
Feb 23Owners announce spring training won't open without a labor contract.Ref: 4
Mar 02Due to the intervention of San Francisco mayor, George Moscone, the Giants will stay in city by the bay; Stoneham family will now sell the team to Bob Lurie and Bud Herseth instead of the Labbat's Brewery which had planned to move the Giants to Canada.Ref: 98
Mar 17Commissioner Kuhn orders owners to halt lock-out and open spring training camps as soon as possible; all clubs will comply within forty-eight hours.Ref: 98
Mar 26American League approves purchase of Toronto franchise by LaBatt Brewing for $7MRef: 1
Apr 10Brewers' Don Money's grand slammer disallowed-Yanks win 9-7.Ref: 4
Apr 15Remodeled Yankee Stadium opens with an 11-4 win over Minnesota Twins. The Twins' Dan Ford hits the first home run.Ref: 85
Apr 17At Wrigley Field, third baseman Mike Schmidt hits 4 HRs in one game as Phillies beat the Cubs in ten innings,18-16; the Phil's slugger is the first NLer to hit 4 homers in consecutive at-bats.Ref: 98
Apr 25Cubs' outfielder Rick Monday becomes a national hero when he takes away an American Flag about to be set on fire by two fans at Dodger Stadium.Ref: 98
May 04The IL Legislature declares today as Rick Monday Day because of his patriotic gesture of saving the American flag from being burned in Los Angeles by two fans.Ref: 98
May 31After an error sets up a six-run rally for the Padres in the eighth inning, the new Atlanta owner, Ted Turner, invites the 2,994 fans watching the Braves lose to the San Diego, 10-7 to come back the next night as his guests.Ref: 98
Jun 1412th Mayor's Trophy Game Yanks beat Mets 8-4.Ref: 4
Jun 15A 10-inch, mid-June rainfall in Houston, TX made it impossible for the Astros and the Pittsburgh Pirates to play ball in the Astrodome this night. With the parking lot under water and boats the only way to get to the stadium gates, the game was canceled.Ref: 3
Jun 18A franchise fee of $7M (US) is determined and Metro Baseball, Ltd., appoints Peter Bavasi, Executive Vice-President and General Manager of new franchise.Ref: 85
Jun 25Texas Ranger shortstop Toby Harrah plays a complete doubleheader without handling a chance in the field, a major league record.Ref: 85
Jun 28Detroit Tiger pitcher Mark ‘The Bird’ Fidrych was called “...the most interesting player since Dizzy Dean” on ABC’s nationally televised coverage of a Tigers-Yankees match-up. The 21-year-old rookie sensation led the Tigers past the Yankees and made the All-Star team two weeks after the TV appearance.Ref: 3
Jul 09Houston Astro Larry Dierker no-hits Montreal Expos, 6-0.Ref: 4
Jul 13NL beats AL 7-1 in 47th All Star Game (Veteran's Stadium Phila).Ref: 4
Jul 17Walter Alston wins his 2,000th game as Dodger manager.Ref: 98
Jul 20Home Run King - Hank Aaron hits home run #755 at Milwaukee County Stadium.Ref: 85
Jul 23Balt Oriole Reggie Jackson homers in 6th straight game.Ref: 4
Jul 31Cincinnati Red Pete Rose extends his hitting streak to 44 consecutive games, a mark topped only by Joe DiMaggio's record of 56. Rose would be held hitless the following night in Atlanta, ending his NL-record string.Ref: 85
Aug 09Carl Hubbard, with his induction to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, becomes the first professional athlete to be elected into two Hall of Fames; in 1963 he was enshrined in the Pro football Hall Of Fame.Ref: 98
Aug 09The 500th game in Three Rivers Stadium history turns out to be one of the most memorable as John Candelaria throws the first-ever no-hit, no-run game by a Pittsburgh Pirates' pitcher in Pittsburgh, a 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.Ref: 85
Aug 12Directors select "Blue Jays" from over 4,000 names and 30,000 entries in a "Name the Team" contest.Ref: 85
Aug 17Royal's third baseman George Brett steals home in the tenth inning to beat the Indians, 4-3. 
Aug 21Al Bumbry hits the 17th inside-the-park HR in Oriole history.Ref: 4
Aug 24"Mariners" is selected as Seatle's nickname from 15,000 contest entries. 
Aug 25The Toronto Blue Jays announce Dunedin, Florida as the new spring training site.Ref: 85
Sep 12At age 53, Minnie Minoso becomes the oldest player to get a hit in a regular season game as he singles in three at-bats as the designated hitter for White Sox.Ref: 98
Sep 18In his last major league at-bat, future Hall of Fame Cleveland manager Frank Robinson strokes a pinch-hit single against the Orioles.Ref: 98
Sep 22Roy Hartsfield is appointed field manager for the Toronto Blue Jays' inaugural season.Ref: 85
Sep 25Expo's last game at Montreal's Jarry Park.Ref: 4
Sep 26Phillies beat Expos in the first game of a doubleheader to clinch NL East title; after the second game, Dick Allen bolts from the team to protest Tony Taylor not being placed on the post-season roster.Ref: 98
Sep 29SF Giant John Montefusco no-hits Atlanta Braves, 9-0.Ref: 4
Oct 03On the last day of the season, George Brett noses out KS City teammate Hal McRae (.333 vs .332) for the AL batting title. The deciding hit, an inside-the-park HR, is really a misplayed line drive leading McRae to believe the lack of effort was intentional.Ref: 98
Oct 03Appearing as the designated hitter, Brewer Henry Aaron gets an infield single of Tiger hurler Dave Roberts in his last major league at-bat. 'Hammerin' Hank' will be the last major leaguer to appear in a big league game who also played in the Negro Leagues.Ref: 98
Oct 03Chicago Cub Bill Madlock goes 4-for-4 against Expos on final day of season to clinch NL batting title with .339 mark.Ref: 85
Oct 08The Toronto Blue Jays reveals their distinctive "Blue Jays logo", as season ticket sales begin.Ref: 85
Oct 09Yanks first AL Championship game, beat Royals 4-1.Ref: 4
Oct 21The Cincinnati Reds beat the NY Yankees in the World Series four games to zip. In game four, played this day, with Johnny Bench slugging two home runs for five RBIs, the Reds rang up a 7-2 victory. It was the Red’s second straight World Series championship. The Reds are the 1st team to win every game through League Championship Series and the World Series.Ref: 3
Oct 22The Toronto Blue Jays acquire their first player in purchase of catcher Phil Roof from the Chicago White Sox.Ref: 85
Oct 28Billy Martin named AL Manager of the Year (NY Yankees).Ref: 4
Nov 02After winning 22 games, Randy Jones captures the NL's Cy Young Award. Two years ago the Padre hurler had lost 22 games.Ref: 98
Nov 05The A's release Chuck Tanner from his contract allowing him to manage the Pirates in exchange for catcher Manny Sanguillen and cash from Pittsburgh.Ref: 98
Nov 05The Seattle Mariners and the Toronto Blue Jays each select thirty players in the expansion draft; Seattle picks Oriole shortstop Bob Bailor and Toronto selects Kansas City outfielder Ruppert Jones as their team's first picks.Ref: 98
Nov 06After having a career year with the Twins, Bill Campbell becomes one of the first players to cash in on the new free-agent system. The reliever signs with the Red Sox for big money (four year, one million dollar contract).Ref: 98
Nov 06Mike Marshall becomes the first relief pitcher to win the Cy Young Award. The 'Iron Man' set major league records for penmen with innings pitched (206), game appearances (106), consecutive games (14) and games finished (83)Ref: 98
Nov 16The Angels acquire Don Baylor as a free agent. He will become the only Angel to win the MVP Award [1979].Ref: 98
Nov 18Yanks sign free agent Don Gullett.Ref: 4
Nov 29The Yankees sign free-agent Reggie Jackson to five-year, $3.5 million dollar contract. During Mr. October's tenure, the Bronx Bombers will win four divisions, three pennants and two World Series.Ref: 98
Dec 06The Brewers trade first baseman George Scott and outfielder Bernie Carbo to the Red Sox for Cecil Cooper. Cooper will become a dominant player during the early eighties appearing in five All-Star games batting over .300 in the first seven of his eleven years with Milwaukee.Ref: 98
Dec 16Charlie Finley's $10 million damage suit against Bowie Kuhn beginsRef: 4
Dec 16Randy Jones wins the San Diego Padres first Cy Young Award after a 22-14 season in which he sets club records for wins, innings pitched and complete games.Ref: 85
Dec 16Reds' first baseman Tony Perez and pitcher Will McEnaney are traded to the Expos for pitchers Woody Fryman and Dale MurrayRef: 98
Dec 19A single-engine plane crashes into the upper deck of Baltimore's Memorial Stadium injuring the pilot and three others. Minutes prior to the mishap the plane had buzzed the stadium during the final moments of the Steelers play-off victory over the Colts.Ref: 98
Jan 02Braves' owner Ted Turner is suspended for one year by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn due to tampering charges in the free-agency signing of Gary Matthews.Ref: 98
Jan 03Lindy McDaniel retires with 2nd most pitching appearances (987 games).Ref: 4
Jan 04White Sox hire Mary Shane as the 1st woman TV play-by-play announcer.Ref: 4
Jan 11In a five player trade, the Dodgers trade first baseman/outfielder Bill Buckner and shortstop Ivan DeJesus to the Cubs for Rick Monday.Ref: 98
Jan 19Ernie Banks is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame.Ref: 4
Jan 30Edward W Stack replaces Paul Kerr president of Hall of Fame.Ref: 4
Jan 31Joe Sewell, Amos Rusie and Al Lopez are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans committee.Ref: 98
Feb 03The Hall of Fame's Special Committee on the Negro Leagues selects Martin Dihigo and John Lloyd. The committee is dissolved and its duties are turned over to the veterans committee.Ref: 98
Feb 11The Cubs trade Bill Madlock and Rod Sperring to the Giants for Bobby Murcer, Steve Ontiveros and a minor leaguer.Ref: 98
Feb 19A's sell pitcher Paul Lindblad to the Rangers for $400,000.Ref: 4
Mar 11The Toronto Blue Jays defeat New York Mets 3-1 at Dunedin, Florida, in their first spring training game.Ref: 85
Mar 28After being benched, Ranger Lenny Randle attacks and fractures the cheekbone of his manager Frank Lucchesi, the Ranger skipper may have triggered the incident by calling Randle a punk.Ref: 98
Apr 06For the second time in nine years, a new franchise makes its major league debut in Seattle's Kingdome. The Mariners lose their first regular-season game at Kingdome to Frank Tanana and the Angels, 7-0.Ref: 98
Apr 0744,649 fans brave snow and freezing temperatures as Major League baseball makes a successful debut in Toronto. Doug Ault becomes an instant hero hitting two home runs in the Toronto Blue Jays 9-5 win over the Chicago White Sox.Ref: 85
Apr 09Fustrated owner Ray Kroc apolozies to Padre fans for the team's "stupid baseball playing". During the fast-food tycoon's tirade, a streaker runs across the field.Ref: 98
Apr 15The Expos play their inaugural game at Olympic Stadium. A total of 57,592 watch the home team suffer a 7-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. The attendance remains an Expos' record for a home opener.Ref: 85
Apr 20Gary Carter becomes the first Expos' hitter to blast three home runs in the same game when he does so off Pittsburgh Pirates' pitcher Jim Rooker. The feat occurs during the Expos' inaugural homestand at Olympic Stadium.Ref: 85
Apr 21Billy Martin pulls Yankee line-up out of a hat, beats Blue Jays 8-6.Ref: 4
Apr 25George Foster has seven RBIs, scores five runs times, bangs out four hits (two home runs, double and a single) as the Reds rout the Braves 23-9. Cincinnati ties a NL record by scoring 12 runs in one inninng.Ref: 98
May 09The Blue Jays beat the Mariners, 12-4, when the two new AL's teams meet for the first time.Ref: 98
May 11Ted Turner manages an Atlanta Braves game.Ref: 4
May 14KS City Royals Jim Colborn no-hits the TX Rangers, 6-0.Ref: 4
May 22Red Sox (6) & Brewers (5) tie single game homerun record of 11.Ref: 4
May 30Cleveland Indian Dennis Eckersley no-hits CA Angels, 2-0.Ref: 4
Jun 01Indian Dennis Eckersley consecutive no-hit innings end at 22 1/3 innings (2/3 inning short of Cy Young's major league record) as Mariner Ruppert Jones homers in the fifth of a Cleveland 7-1 win.Ref: 98
Jun 05On Old Timer's Day, the Dodgers retire former manager Walt Alston's uniform number 24Ref: 98
Jun 15The Mets trade the Franchise, Tom Seaver, to the Reds for pitcher Pat Zachry, second baseman Doug Flynn and minor leaguers Steve Henderson and Dan Norman. Dave Kingman is also traded by NY to the Angels for Bobby Valentine and a minor league player.Ref: 98
Jun 18Billy Martin & Reggie Jackson get into a dug out altercation.Ref: 4
Jun 19With five HRs in an 11-1 win against the Yankees, the Red Sox set a major league mark hitting 16 round trippers in three games.Ref: 98
Jun 22After a 31-31 start, Texas Ranger manager Frank Lucchesi is replaced as manager by Eddie Stanky, who guides the club to a 10-8 win over Minnesota but steps down after just one game.Ref: 85
Jun 23Texas Rangers coach Connie Ryan takes over as interim manager.Ref: 85
Jun 26Pete Vukovich pitches the first shutout in Blue Jay history blanking the Orioles, 2-0.Ref: 98
Jun 27Willie McCovey becomes the first major leaguer to hit two homers in one inning twice in his career. The Giant first baseman first accomplished the feat on 4/12/73.Ref: 98
Jun 28Bill Hunter, in his 14th year as a coach with the Baltimore Orioles, takes over as manager of the Texas Rangers. He would guide the club to a 60-33 (.645) over the remainder of the season.Ref: 85
Jul 13At Shea Stadium, the Met-Cub game is suspended due to a major black-out which darkens NY City. The Met players amuse the crowd by performing antics in front of the headlights of cars which they drive onto the field.Ref: 98
Jul 19NL beats AL 7-5 in 48th All Star Game (Yankee Stadium, NY).Ref: 4
Jul 25With his 2,881st career hit, Pete Rose passes Frankie Frisch as the all-time hit leader among switch-hitters.Ref: 98
Jul 29Phil Niekro strikes out 4 batters in the 6th inning.Ref: 31
Aug 01Giant Willie McCovey establishes a NL record by hitting his 18th career grand slam.Ref: 98
Aug 08The Texas Rangers turn the first triple play in team history. With runners on first and second, Oakland's Manny Sanguillen grounds to third baseman Toby Harrah, who steps on third and throws to Bump Wills at second for the force. Wills relays to Mike Hargrove at first to complete the triple play.Ref: 85
Aug 09The Toronto Blue Jays defeat Minnesota 6-2 in front of 23,450 fans, which pushes the home attendance to 1,219,551 and establishes a new attendance record for a first-year expansion club after only 50 home dates.Ref: 85
Aug 10Phillies & Expos play a doubleheader that ends at 3:23 AM.Ref: 4
Aug 27On consecutive pitches by New York pitcher Ken Clay, Texas Rangers Toby Harrah and Bump Wills hit inside-the-park home runs at Yankee Stadium.Ref: 85
Aug 28Steve Garvey hits three doubles and two home runs (including a grand slam) in five at-bats as the Dodgers rout the Cardinals, 11-0.Ref: 98
Aug 28NY Yankee Ron Guidry faces just 28 men & beats TX Rangers 1-0.Ref: 4
Aug 28In a game the Orioles win, 6-1, Ange hurler Nolan Ryan strikes out 11 batters to reach the 300 strikeout season mark for the fifth time in his career.Ref: 98
Aug 29After four seasons and 1,382 major league at-bats, Duane Kuiper hits his first and only homer; the Indian second baseman will come to bat 3,379 times in his 12 year career.Ref: 3
Aug 29Lou Brock got the 893rd stolen base of his baseball career -- breaking the major-league mark set by Ty Cobb.Ref: 3
Sep 03Japanese superstar Sadaharu Oh hits his 756 career HR to surpass Hank Aaron as the All-time career HR leader in professional baseball. 
Sep 05The Indians break an eighteen-game losing streak by sweeping a twin bill from the YankeesRef: 98
Sep 08Cub relief pitcher Bruce Sutters strikes out the first six batters he faces including three men in the ninth on nine pitches. 
Sep 15The Toronto Blue Jays are awarded a 9-0 forfeit win over Baltimore Orioles as Orioles' manager Earl Weaver removes team from field in fifth inning.Ref: 85
Sep 17Dave Kingman hits his first Yankee homer, Reggie hits 2 more.Ref: 4
Sep 22Bert Blyleven throws the Texas Rangers' second no-hitter by blanking the Angels at Anaheim, 6-0.Ref: 85
Oct 02When Dusty Baker hits his 30th homer of the season against the Astros' J.R. Richard, the Dodgers become the first team in major league history to have four players hit 30 or more home runs. He joins with Steve Garvey (33), Reggie Smith (32) and Ron Cey (30) to complete the foursome.Ref: 98
Oct 18Reggie Jackson hits three HRs on three consecutive pitches propelling the Yankees to their twenty-first World Championship.Ref: 98
Nov 16Twins' first baseman Rod Carew wins the American League's MVP award. He led the league in hitting with a .338 batting average.Ref: 98
Nov 22Expo outfielder Andre Dawson (.282, 19, 65) wins the NL Rookie of the Year Award by a single vote over the Mets' Steve Henderson (.297, 12, 65). NY obtained Henderson in the Seaver trade with the Reds.Ref: 98
Nov 23The Yankees sign free-agent Rich Gossage to a six-year 2.75 million dollar contract. The 'Goose' had 26 saves and 1.26 era for the Pirates last season.Ref: 98
Nov 23The Red Sox sign two free-agent pitchers as Mike Torrez and Dick Drago come to terms to play in Boston.Ref: 98
Nov 24The Board of Directors names Peter Bavasi, President and Chief Operating Officer of Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club.Ref: 85
Dec 09The A's announce a deal which will send pitcher Vida Blue to Cincinnati for outfielder Dave Revering and $1.75 million in cash.Ref: 98
Dec 09The Mariners trade outfielder Dave Collins to the Reds for pitcher Shane Rawley.Ref: 98
Dec 12Yankees purchase Andy Messersmith from Braves.Ref: 4
Dec 14The Red Sox trade Fergie Jenkins, a future Hall-Of-Famer, to the Rangers for 23-year-old pitcher named John Poloni, who will never play in another big league game. As a starter for both the Rangers and later with the Cubs, the Canadian right hander will post a 69-56 with a 3.71 ERA during the remaining six years of his career.Ref: 98
Dec 17San Diego Padre Rollie Fingers is named N.L. Fireman of the Year, and teammate Bob Owchinko is honored as Rookie Pitcher of the Year.Ref: 85
Dec 29Melissa Ludtke, female Sports Illustrated sports writer, files suit against MLB , the Yankees and NYC officials for denying her access to the locker room to interview players during the World Series.Ref: 98
Jan 19Eddie Mathews is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame.Ref: 4
Jan 20George Bamberger, pitching coach of Orioles, is appointed field manager.Ref: 85
Jan 25Padres trade pitcher Dave Tomlin & $125,000 to Rangers for Gaylord Perry (He wins 1978 Cy Young Award).Ref: 4
Jan 30Addie Joss & Larry MacPhail elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.Ref: 4
Feb 03Under the financial reorganization of the club, F.J. 'Steve' O'Neill becomes the principal owner of the Cleveland Indians.Ref: 98
Mar 21Roger Craig is named San Diego Padres manager, replacing Alvin Dark.Ref: 85
Apr 14The largest Opening Day Cub crowd ever, 45,777, attend the Wrigley Field opener against Pittsburgh.Ref: 98
Apr 16Cardinal Bob Forsch no-hits the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0. Less than a year later, Bob's brother Ken of the Houston Astros pitched a no-hitter against Atlanta becoming the only brothers to throw no-hitters.Ref: 98
Apr 22The Toronto Blue Jays' Jim Clancy gets the credit for a 4-2 Jacket Day win over the Chicago White Sox in front of 44,327 including Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and in doing so helps his own cause by starting the Blue Jays first ever triple play.Ref: 85
Apr 23Reds' second baseman Joe Morgan commits his first error since July 6,1977 ending a streak of 91 errorless games.Ref: 98
Apr 25The Cardinals fire manager Vern Rapp and and replace him with fan-favorite Ken Boyer.Ref: 98
Apr 25Phillie Phanatic makes first appearance.Ref: 4
Apr 29In a game which lasts only one-hour and thirty-three minutes, the Cardinals tie a franchise record for the quickest nine-inning game played in their history.Ref: 98
May 05When he singles off of Expo pitcher Steve Rogers, Pete Rose becomes the 13th member of the 3000 hit club.Ref: 98
May 17Lee Lacy hits record 3rd consecutive pinch-hit homerun.Ref: 4
May 23American League approves transfer of Red Sox to Jean Yawkey for $15 million.Ref: 4
May 24In an inning which last over an hour, 15 runs score before the first out is recorded as the Florida State League's Tampa Tarpons beat Daytona Beach,18-2.Ref: 98
Jun 16Ron Guidry establishes a franchise record by striking out 18 batters in the Yankees' 4-0 win vs. California at Yankee Stadium.Ref: 85
Jun 21Dave Machemer of the California Angels hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 11
Jun 26The Toronto Blue Jays explode for 24 runs on 24 hits en route to a 24-10 shellacking of the Baltimore Orioles.Ref: 85
Jul 11The San Diego Padres host the All-Star Game, a 7-3 N.L. win. Steve Garvey is named the game's MVP.Ref: 85
Jul 17Reggie Jackson refusal to bunt causes mgr Billy Martin to suspend him.Ref: 4
Jul 18Billy Martin suspends Reggie Jackson for not bunting.Ref: 4
Jul 19Yanks start 14 game comeback with 2-0 win.Ref: 4
Jul 21Mike Paxton strikes out 4 batters in the 5th inning.Ref: 31
Jul 23Phillies Steve Carlon becomes 78th pitcher to win 200.Ref: 4
Jul 24Billy Martin resigns as Yankee manager after "the one is a born liar the other a convicted one" comment about Steinbrenner & Jackson. He is replaced by Bob Lemon.Ref: 4
Jul 24Ron Guidry sets a Yankee record pitching his ninth shutout of the season as he two-hits (his third consecutive two-hitter) the Indians, 4-0.Ref: 98
Jul 25Cincinnati Reds’ first baseman Pete Rose sets NL record hitting in 38 consecutive games.Ref: 4
Jul 27Light hitting Indian second baseman Duane Kuiper becomes one of only three modern major leaguer to hit two bases loaded triples in one game; the Tribe beats the Yankees, 17-5.Ref: 98
Jul 29On Old Timer's Day, the New York Yankees announce that Billy Martin will return as Yankee manager in 1980 and Bob Lemon will become general manager.Ref: 85
Jul 30NY Yanks now 7 out of first, picked up 7 games in previous 2 weeks.Ref: 4
Aug 01Pete Rose goes 0-for-4 ending his 44-game hitting streak against Atlanta pitchers Larry McWilliams and Gene Garber as the Braves beat the Reds, 16-4.Ref: 98
Aug 09Yanks score 5 in bottom of 9th beat Brewers 8-7.Ref: 4
Aug 20After a 5-4 victory over the Mets, pitcher Don Sutton and first baseman Steve Garvey of the Dodgers begin fighting in the clubhouse.Ref: 98
Sep 04In his first major league at-bat, Dorian Boyland strikes out sitting on the bench. The Pirate rookie is removed with a 1-2 count when the Mets make a pitching change and pinch hitter Rennie Stennett takes the third strike.Ref: 98
Sep 04NY Yankee pitcher Ron Guidry wins his 20th (on the way to 25-3 season).Ref: 4
Sep 07First game of the Boston Massacre, Yanks beat Red Sox 15-3.Ref: 4
Sep 09Balt Orioles pull their 7th triple play (5-4-3 vs Toronto).Ref: 4
Sep 093rd game of the Boston Massacre; Yanks beat Red Sox 7-0.Ref: 4
Sep 104th game of the Boston Massacre; Yanks beat Red Sox 7-4. This ties them for first place. Yanks out hit 'em 67-21; score 42-9.Ref: 4
Sep 13NY Yanks win to gain sole possession of first place from 14 games back.Ref: 4
Sep 16Yanks beat Red Sox for 6th time in 2 weeks, 3-2.Ref: 4
Sep 17Red Sox finally beat Yanks in Sept, 1978 7-3.Ref: 4
Sep 24Ron Guidry beats Cleveland 4-0, raising his record to 23-3 ERA 1.74.Ref: 4
Oct 01Yanks lose 9-2 to Indians forcing a playoff game with Red Sox.Ref: 4
Oct 01Pat Corrales, a Texas Ranger coach since 1975, replaces Bill Hunter as manager before the final game of the season. The Rangers down the Mariners, 9-4, in Corrales' debut.Ref: 85
Oct 02In an AL East one-game playoff at Fenway Park, the Yankees defeat the Red Sox 5-4. Light-hitting infielder Bucky Dent is the unlikely hero hitting a three-run HR of off Mike Torrez.Ref: 98
Oct 06Despite three solo HRs off Yankee ace Catfish Hunter by KS City's third baseman George Brett, the Bombers win Game 3 of the ALCS beating the Royals, 6-5.Ref: 98
Oct 07Ron Cey scores in the 10th inning on Bill Russell's game winning single and gives the Dodgers their second straight NL pennant.Ref: 98
Oct 08Yanks win 3rd straight AL Championship, all against KS City.Ref: 4
Oct 10Yanks & Dodgers play in 75th World Series.Ref: 4
Oct 11In Game 2 of the World Series, Bob Welch strikes out Reggie Jackson on a full count with two outs in the ninth to preserve a 4-3 victory over the Yankees.Ref: 98
Oct 17The NY Yankees were pounded 11-to-5 in the opening game of the World Series. The Los Angeles Dodgers also took game two 4-to-3. No American League team had ever recovered from an 0-2 deficit in the World Series -- until then. The Yankees won the next four games to clinch their 22nd world championship.Ref: 3
Nov 01After dominating the American League, Yankee lefty Ron Guidry (25-3,1.74) wins the league's Cy Young Award unanimously.Ref: 98
Nov 13The Yankees sign pitcher Luis Tiant as free agent to a two-year $875,000 contract.Ref: 98
Nov 22Second baseman Lou Whitaker (.285, 3, 58) wins the American League Rookie of the Year.Ref: 98
Dec 05Free agent Pete Rose signs 4-year, $32 million contract with Phillies, becomes highest paid baseball player.Ref: 4
Dec 20Don Blasingame becomes the first American not of Japanese descent to be named as a manager of Japanese team when he lands the pilot job for the Hanshin Tigers.Ref: 98
Jan 23Willie Mays is selected by the BBWAA as a member of the Hall of Fame. The 'Say-Hey Kid' receives 409 of the 432 votes cast.Ref: 98
Feb 03The Twins trade perennial all-star and batting champ Rod Carew to the Angels for outfielders Ken Landreaux and Dave Engle and pitchers Paul Hartzell and Brad Havens.Ref: 98
Feb 07Jesse Orosco becomes 'the player to be named later' in the Met trade of Jerry Koosman to the Twins.Ref: 98
Feb 22Billy Martin named manager of Oakland A's.Ref: 4
Mar 26Padres & Giants announce plans to play exhibition series in Tokyo but Giant players reject itRef: 1
Apr 1615th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks & Mets tie 1-1.Ref: 4
May 03Bobby Bonds hits his 300th homerun (2nd to have 300 homeruns & 300 stolen bases).Ref: 4
May 07Gary Roenicke hits into Orioles 13th triple play (Oakland).Ref: 4
May 09At the Astrodome, substitute ump David Pallone ejects the entire Cardinal bench after the players throw helmets and bats onto the field to protest a call. The minor league ump was pressed into duty due to the major league umpire strike.Ref: 98
May 10John McMullen becomes CEO of Houston AstrosRef: 1
May 16National League approves Astros sales from Ford Motors to John J McMullen for $19 million.Ref: 4
May 17The Phillies beat the Cubs in a fifty-hit slugfest at Wrigley Field, 23-22. The 11 HRs hit in the game ties a major league mark.Ref: 98
May 24Billy Martin issues a public apology to Reno sportswriter Ray Hagar.Ref: 4
May 30Pat Underwood makes his pitching debut for Detroit beats brother Tom.Ref: 4
May 31In his major league debut, Tiger Pat Underwood blanks the Blue Jays for 8 1/3 innings and beats his brother Tom, 1-0.Ref: 98
Jun 05Mariner Wille Horton becomes the 43rd major league player to hit 300 career home runs.Ref: 98
Jun 06Willie Horton becomes 43rd player to hit 300 HRs in the majors.Ref: 4
Jun 08Future NFL stars, Dan Marino (4th) and John Elway (17th), are selected by the KS City Royals during the free-agent baseball draft.Ref: 98
Jun 14Giant first baseman Willie McCovey hits his 513th round tripper establishing him as the NL all-time left-handed HR leader.Ref: 98
Jun 17Tony Perez, Gary Carter and Ellis Valentine hit the first back-to-back-to-back home runs in Expos' history.Ref: 85
Jun 18Billy Martin becomes Yankee manager (2nd time), replacing Bob Lemon.Ref: 4
Jul 12This was Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park in Chicago, IL. Two Chicago radio DJs came up with the idea of having people bring unwanted disco records to the stadium. The spurned records would be burned between doubleheader games with the White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. Lead by the chant, “Disco Sucks!”, most of the records weren’t burned, but sailed through the stands during the game -- nearly inciting a riot. Some fans started their own fires and mini-riots. There was so much commotion that the ballplayers couldn’t even finish the last game of the doubleheader; the White Sox forfeited.Ref: 3
Jul 17NL beats AL 7-6 in 50th All Star Game (Kingdome Seattle).Ref: 4
Jul 24Red Sox Carl Yastrzemski hits his 400th HR.Ref: 4
Aug 05In an 8-1 win over the Giants, Dodger Don Sutton becomes the team's all-time strikeout leader with his 2,487th career strikeout.Ref: 98
Aug 05Willie Mays, Warren Giles and Hack Wilson are inducted into the Hall of Fame.Ref: 98
Aug 13St. Louis Cardinal Lou Brock collects his 3000th career hit (single off Dennis Lamp) in the 4th inning against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium.Ref: 85
Sep 05Just one defeat shy of the AL record, A's Matt Keough snaps his eighteen-game consecutive losing streak (including four losses at the end of 1978 season) as he beats the Brewers, 6-1.Ref: 98
Sep 07Red Sox Yaz collects three hits to pass Ted Williams on the all-time total base list.Ref: 98
Sep 09The St Louis Cardinals retire Lou Brock's uniform no 20.Ref: 28
Sep 12Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox became the first American League player to get 3,000 career hits -- and 400 career home runs -- as the Red Sox downed the NY Yankees 9-2 at Fenway Park in Boston.Ref: 3
Sep 15Bob Watson of the Boston Red Sox hit a single, double, triple, and home run to become the first player in the major leagues to hit for the cycle in both leagues. Boston walloped the Baltimore Orioles 10-2.Ref: 3
Sep 16At Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers hold Catfish Hunter Day to honor their future Hall of Fame pitcher who will be retiring at the end of the season at the age of 33. A 20-year-old left-hander named Dave Righetti makes his major league debut for the home town team.Ref: 98
Sep 23St. Louis Cardinal Lou Brock steals his 938th base making him baseball's all-time stolen base leader surpassing William (Sliding Billy) Hamilton.Ref: 85
Sep 25Behind the solid pitching of Frank Tanana, the Angels defeat the Royals, 4-1, to win their first American League West title.Ref: 98
Oct 01Jerry Coleman leaves the San Diego Padres broadcast booth to become manager, replacing Roger Craig.Ref: 85
Oct 17After being down three games to one, Willie ‘Pops’ Stargell’s third World Series homer gave the Pittsburgh Pirates their third straight win, 4-1, and the world championship, four games to three. Stargell was Series MVP.Ref: 3
Oct 18Toronto Blue Jays' Bobby Mattick is named Field Manager for the 1980 season.Ref: 85
Oct 24Billy Martin punches a marshmallow salesman, puts job in jeopardy.Ref: 4
Oct 28Dick Howser (best Yank mngr win-lost pct .636) replaces Billy Martin.Ref: 4
Oct 29Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays, one of the game's most popular players, severs all ties with MLB when he accepts a public relations job with Atlantic City casino; due to the gambling aspect of the position, he had been given the ultimatum by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn. 
Oct 31Orioles' Mike Flanagan (23-9, 3.08) wins the Cy Young Award outdistancing Tommy John (21-9, 2.97).Ref: 98
Nov 01Edward Bennett Williams buys the Orioles for a reported $12.3 million from Jerold Hoffberger.Ref: 98
Nov 03AL and NL all-star teams depart on an exhibition tour of Japan; the NL squad will take four of seven from the AL counterparts, but the teams will combine to split a pair of games with the Japanese all-stars.Ref: 98
Nov 13For the first time in major league history two players are named co-winners of National MVP award as Cardinal first baseman Keith Hernandez shares the honor with outfielder Pirate Willie Stargell.Ref: 98
Nov 15Twin pitcher David Goltz (14-13, 4.16) becomes the first player to be selected by the maximum thirteen teams in the first round of the free agent draft. He will sign a six-year, three- million dollar contract with the Dodgers.Ref: 98
Nov 16Former Red and Expo Tony Perez signs as a re-entry free agent with the Red Sox.Ref: 98
Nov 19Former Angel Nolan Ryan becomes the first free agent to sign a million dollars per year contract with a new team. The 'Ryan Express' will post a 106-94 record for the Astros.Ref: 98
Nov 26Toronto Blue Jays' Alfredo Griffin is named co-winner of the American League's Rookie of the Year Award.Ref: 85
Dec 12Re-entry free agents second baseman Rennie Stennett, catcher Milt May and outfielder Jim Wohlford sign with the Giants. The combined total of the contracts is nearly $5 million.Ref: 98
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