Baseball from 1990 to 1999 Chronology

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1990
Jan 09In their first year of eligibility, Jim Palmer (three-time AL Cy Young Winner) and Joe Morgan (two-time NL MVP) are elected to the Hall of Fame.Ref: 98
Jan 15Cecil Fielder signs with the Tigers as a free agent having spent last season with Hanshin Tigers and hitting 38 home runs for the Japanese team.Ref: 98
Jan 17Dave Stewart signs record $3,500,000 per year Oak A's contract.Ref: 4
Jan 22Will Clark, NL's MVP signs a $15M 4-year contract with San Francisco Giants.Ref: 4
Jan 26Red Sox hire Elaine Weddington as assistant general manager making her the highest ranking black female executive in major league baseball.Ref: 98
Feb 03New York Met Darryl Strawberry voluntarily enters Smither Center for Alcohol rehabilitation.Ref: 4
Feb 04The St. Petersburg Pelicans defeat the Palm Beach Tropics to win the first Senior Professional Baseball Association Championship, 12-4. Former major leaguers Steve Kemp and Lamar Johnson go deep for the newly crowned champs.Ref: 98
Feb 06Ground breaking begins on Baltimore Orioles' new $102 million stadium.Ref: 4
Feb 09Jim Palmer & Joe Morgan elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.Ref: 4
Feb 15A thirty-two day lockout begins as Major League Baseball owners refuse to open spring training camp without reaching a new Basic Agreement with the players; the season will be delayed one week due to the lock-out.Ref: 98
Feb 23Despite the owners dropping their arbitration and minimum salary proposals, spring training camps remain close.Ref: 98
Feb 28The Special Hall of Fame Veterans Committee, for the second time in three years, does not select a player for induction.Ref: 98
Mar 07H. Wayne Huizenga announces he has purchased half of Joe Robbie Stadium and 15 percent of the Miami Dolphins for an estimated $30 million. Huizenga states his intention to aggressively pursue an expansion franchise.Ref: 85
Apr 02A group of 15 southern California businessmen, headed by Tom Werner, signs a letter of intent to purchase the San Diego Padres from Joan Kroc.Ref: 85
Apr 09Don Mattingly signs a $19.7 million 5-year contract with the Yankees.Ref: 4
Apr 09Astro Glen Davis is hit by a pitch three times, tying a major league record, in a 8-4 opening day loss to the Reds.Ref: 98
Apr 10Wade Boggs is intentionally walked three times tying a major league mark for nine inning game.Ref: 98
Apr 11Mark Langston, making his Angel debut, and Mike Witt combine to pitch a 1-0 no-hitter againstthe Mariners.Ref: 98
Apr 12Giant outfielder Brett Butler ties a major league mark walking five times in a 13-4 win over the Braves.Ref: 98
Apr 13First sellout in Mariners history occurs when 54,597 fans attend the season opener at the Kingdome.Ref: 98
Apr 14Oriole Cal Ripken begins a streak which leads to a major league record for the most errorless games [95] and total chances [431] by a shortstop.Ref: 98
Apr 18A sellout crowd of 42,191 watch the White Sox play their first game at new Comiskey Park and sees the home team get crushed by the Tigers, 16-0.Ref: 98
Apr 20After retiring 26 consecutive A's player, Mariner Brian Holman gives up a homer to Ken Phelps.Ref: 98
Apr 20Pete Rose pleads guilty to two felony counts of filing false income tax returns.Ref: 98
Apr 21National League umpire is arrested for stealing baseball cards.Ref: 4
Apr 23During an exhibition game against the Cubs, White Sox 'Psycho' Steve Lyons plays all nine positions.Ref: 98
Apr 26Striking out16 batters, Ranger hurler Nolan Ryan ties Bob Feller's major league record of 12 one-hitters beating the White Sox,1-0. The only hit allowed is Ron Kittle's second inning check-swing single to right field.Ref: 98
Apr 27Pirate Wally Bachman becomes the first national leaguer to get six hits (6 for 6) in one game in 15 years.Ref: 98
Apr 27Dodger Orel Hershiser undergoes career-threatening shoulder surgery.Ref: 4
Apr 29Deciding not to go on the disabled list, Dan Quisenberry retires as the all-time AL save leader with 238.Ref: 98
Apr 30As Met pitcher David Cone argues a call at first base, 2 Braves score.Ref: 4
May 04Oriole Gregg Olson sets relief pitcher record of 41 consecutive scoreless innings.Ref: 4
May 1446th time opposing pitchers hit homerun, Valenzuela (Dodgers)/Gross (Expos).Ref: 4
May 18Cub second baseman Ryan Sandberg's errorless game streak comes to an end after 123 games and 584 chances. Joe Morgan had held the previous record of 91 games.Ref: 98
May 22Andre Dawson sets record being intentionally walked 5 times.Ref: 4
May 23NY Yankees hit 6 homeruns to beat Minnesota Twins 12-0.Ref: 4
May 24Andre Dawson receives a record 5 intentional walks in a game.Ref: 4
Jun 04Dodger Ramon Martinez fans eighteen batters as he three-hits the Braves, 6-0.Ref: 98
Jun 04Tim Birtsas strikes out 4 batters in the 7th inning.Ref: 31
Jun 06Stump Merrill replaces Bucky Dent as Yankee manager.Ref: 98
Jun 08Phil Bradley hits the 18th inside-the-park HR in Oriole history.Ref: 4
Jun 11At the age of 43, Ranger Nolan Ryan no-hits the A's, 5-0 becoming the oldest player to throw a no-hitter extending his major league record to six. He also becomes the first player to accomplish the feat for three different teams.Ref: 98
Jun 12NY Mets beat Chicago Cubs 19-8 at Wrigley Field, Cubs outfielder Doug Dazcenzo pitched a scoreless 9th inning.Ref: 4
Jun 12Oakland A's Rickey Henderson becomes 2nd to steal 900 bases.Ref: 4
Jun 12Cal Ripken plays in his 1,308th consecutive game moving into second-place on the all-time list ahead of former Yankee and Red Sox shortstop Everett Scott (1918-1925).Ref: 98
Jun 12NY Yankee reliever Dave Righetti becomes 9th to record 200 saves.Ref: 4
Jun 22The last-place Atlanta Braves fired manager Russ Nixon and replaced him with GM Bobby Cox, who last managed Toronto in 1985. Good move. Cox led the Braves to a dramatic worst-to-first turnaround, the first of its kind in the National League. In the World Series his team lost to the (also) resurgent Minnesota Twins. Cox was name AP Manager of the Year (the first manager to be so named in both leagues). The Braves followed 1991 with NL East championships in 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, and 1997, becoming the first team to win division titles in six straight completed seasons. Those division titles also let to NL pennants, except for 1993 and 1997.Ref: 3
Jun 27Jose Canseco signs record $4,700,000 per year Oak A's contract.Ref: 4
Jun 29Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Dave Stewart of the Oakland A's become the first pitchers to hurl no-hitters in both the National and American leagues. Oakland 5, Toronto Blue Jays 0; Los Angeles 6, St Louis Cardinals 0. (XDG, p. 4A, 6/29/2000)Ref: 82
Jul 05Manager Whitey Herzog resigns after more than 10 years as the St Louis Cardinals skipper; Red Schoendienst fills in as interim manager.Ref: 85
Jul 10AL beats NL 2-0 in 61st All Star Game (Wrigley Field Chicago)Ref: 4
Jul 11Greg Riddoch is named manager of the San Diego Padres, replacing Jack McKeon, who remains general manager.Ref: 85
Jul 17NY Yankee Deion Sanders hits an inside the park homer but lose to the Boston Red Sox 1-0 Minn Twins become first team to turn 2 triple plays in a gameRef: 4
Jul 17In Boston, the Minnesota Twins turn two triple plays. In the fourth inning, with the bases loaded and Erickson pitching, former Twin Tom Brunansky hit a sharp grounder to Gaetti at third, who stepped on the bag for the force out, fired to Al Newman at second and his relay to Hrbek was in time to get Bruno at first. In the eighth inning, with John Candelaria on the hill and runners on first and second, Jody Reed hit a one-hopper at Gaetti who again started a 5-4-3 triple play.Ref: 85
Jul 19Baseball’s all-time hits leader Pete Rose was sentenced in Cincinnati to five months in prison and fined $50,000 for filing false income tax returns. Rose, who spent 25 years in the majors with 4256 hits, 1314 RBIs and a lifetime average of .303, was released from prison Jan 7, 1991.Ref: 3
Jul 19Dave Raghetti pitches in his 499th game as a NY Yankee, passing Whitey Ford in most appearances as a NY Yankee.Ref: 4
Jul 25KC Royal George Brett hits for the cycle.Ref: 4
Jul 25Roseanne Barr sings the National Anthem at San Diego Padre gameRef: 4
Jul 26US beats the Soviet Union 17-0 in baseball at the Goodwill Games.Ref: 4
Jul 29Boston Red Sox set major league record with 12 doubles in a game.Ref: 4
Jul 30George Steinbrenner is forced by Commissioner Fay Vincent to resign as prinicipal partner of the NY Yankees.Ref: 4
Jul 30Nolan Ryan becomes the 20th major league pitcher to win 300 games.Ref: 4
Jul 31Texas Ranger Nolan Ryan becomes the 20th pitcher to win 300 games as he defeats the Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee County Stadium, 11-3, before 51,533 fans, the second largest crowd of the season.Ref: 85
Aug 02Joe Torre is named manager of the St Louis Cardinals.Ref: 85
Aug 04The Atlanta Braves trade Dale Murphy, one of the most respected athletes in Atlanta history, to the Philadelphia Phillies for Jeff Parrett, Jim Vatcher and Victor Rosario.Ref: 85
Aug 06NY Yankee Kevin Mass sets record with 11th HR in first 86 at batsRef: 4
Aug 07NY Yankee Kevin Mass sets record with 12th HR in first 92 at bats & becomes 21st to hit a ball into 3rd deck of Seattle's Kingdome.Ref: 4
Aug 08Carlton Fisk ties Johnny Bench hitting 327 HRs as a catcher.Ref: 4
Aug 08Balt Orioles pull their 10th triple play (1-6-3 vs Oakland).Ref: 4
Aug 14Denver area voters pass a 0.1 percent sales tax to finance construction of a new baseball stadium, if MLB awards a franchise.Ref: 85
Aug 17White Sox Carlton Fisk breaks Johnny Bench's record for HRs by a catcher hitting his 328th in a 4-2 victory over the Rangers. 
Aug 19Jose Offerman of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 11
Aug 19White Sox Bobby Thigpen records his 40th save as the Chicago White Sox beat the Rangers; 4-2.; he becomes the eighth reliever accomplish this milestone in MLB history. 
Aug 20George Steinbrenner steps down as NY Yankee owner.Ref: 4
Aug 20NY Yankee Kevin Mass is quickest to reach 15 HRs (approx 132 at bats).Ref: 4
Aug 23Colorado's Baseball Advisory Committee, headed by Gov. Roy Romer, designates the Colorado Baseball Partnership to spearhead the formation of an ownership group.Ref: 85
Aug 28Ryne Sandberg homers to become the first second baseman to hit 30 HRs in consecutive seasons as the Cubs beat the Astros, 5-2.Ref: 98
Aug 29Seattle Mariners become first team to have father-son teammates, signing Ken Griffey to play with son Ken Griffey JrRef: 4
Aug 30Ken Griffey & Ken Griffey Jr become 1st father & son to play on the same team (Seattle Mariners), both single in the 1st inning.Ref: 4
Aug 31Ken Griffey & Ken Griffey Jr were the first father-and-son teammate combo to play on same baseball team: the Seattle Mariners. Both men hit singles in the first inning. And, that September 14 they hit back-to-back home runs in a game at the CA Angels.Ref: 3
Sep 02Dave Stieb pitches the club's first No-Hitter vs. the Cleveland Indians at Cleveland-final score: Toronto 3, Cleveland 0.Ref: 85
Sep 10Mariner Matt Young becomes 21st AL'er to strike out 4 in 1 inning.Ref: 4
Sep 10First time in NY Yankee history they are completely swept in a season series, Oakland A's beat them 12 games to 0.Ref: 4
Sep 13Dade County Commission repeals an ordinance that had limited Joe Robbie Stadium to 18 events a year.Ref: 85
Sep 14Griffey Jr & Sr are the 1st father / son combo to hit back-to-back home runs. 
Sep 17Blue Jays set a major league single-season attendance record as 49,902 watch the home team beat the Yankees, 6-4. Toronto will finish the season with 58 consecutive sell-outs at Sky Dome with a total attendance of 3,885,284.Ref: 98
Sep 18The National League Expansion Committee hears presentations from all three South Florida groups and one from the Miami Beacon Council. They also hear Denver's presentaton.Ref: 85
Sep 19Matt Young strikes out 4 batters in the 1st inning.Ref: 31
Sep 19With a crowd of 49,902, the Toronto Blue Jays set a Major League season attendance record, breaking the old record set by the L.A. Dodgers in 1982. The new record stands at 3,885,284.Ref: 85
Sep 21Pirate Bobby Bond is 2nd to hit 30 HRs & steal 50 bases in a season.Ref: 4
Sep 21Faye Vincent turns down White Sox bid to reinstate Minnie Minoso, 68, (so he can play in 6 decades) because it is a publicity stunt.Ref: 4
Sep 21McKeon is fired as general manager of the San Diego Padres.Ref: 85
Sep 21Oakland A's Bob Welch becomes the first 25 game winner in 10 years.Ref: 4
Sep 251. First 8 NY Yankees hit safely vs Balt Orioles to tie record.Ref: 4
Sep 25Oakland A's clinch 3rd straight AL West title.Ref: 4
Sep 29The Cincinnati Reds are the 1st NL team to lead from opening day through 162 games. 
Oct 02Joe McIlvaine is named Padres general manager of the San Diego Padres.Ref: 85
Oct 03George Brett is the 1st player to win a batting title in 3 different decades.Ref: 4
Oct 03Tiger Cecil Fielder becomes 11th, to hit 50 HRs (& 51st).Ref: 4
Oct 16In Game 1 of the World Series, Oakland's ten-game post-season winning streak ends as the Reds beat the A's, 7-0. Reds outfielder Eric Davis becomes the 22nd player to hit a homer in his first Fall Classic at-bat.Ref: 98
Oct 17In Game 1 of the World Series, Oakland's ten-game post-season winning streak ends as the Reds beat the A's, 7-0. Reds outfielder Eric Davis becomes the 22nd player to hit a homer in his first Fall Classic at-bat.Ref: 69
Oct 17The Mets and Reds swap relievers Randy Myers goes to Cincinnati and fellow closer John Franco will finish games in New York.Ref: 4
Oct 20The Cincinnati Reds sweep heavily favored Oakland, four games to none, to claim the World Series.Ref: 85
Oct 24The Texas Rangers and the City of Arlington announce plans to build a new ballpark and complex adjacent to the Arlington Stadium location.Ref: 85
Nov 07Indian Sandy Alomar, Jr. wins the AL Rookie of the Year joining Carlton Fisk and Mark McGwire as the only players to be elected unanimously.Ref: 98
Nov 13A's Bob Welch (27-6, 2.95,127) wins the AL Cy Young Award. His 27 wins are the most in the majors since 1972 when Steve Carlton won that many for the last place Phillies.Ref: 98
Nov 15Red Sox Roger Clemens is fined $10,000 and suspended for five days by AL President Bobby Brown for his unruly behavior during league playoffs.Ref: 98
Nov 19Pirate outfielder Barry Bonds ( .301, 23, 114) wins the NL MVP Award. Pittsburgh teammate Bobby Bonilla is the runner-up.Ref: 98
Nov 20Due to his unruly behavior toward the umpires in Game 4 of the ALCS, Roger 'the Rocket' Clemens is suspended for the first five games of the 1991 season and is fined $10,000.Ref: 98
Dec 03National League batting champion Willie McGee signs as a free agent with San Francisco Giants.Ref: 4
Dec 05The Blue Jays trade first baseman Fred McGriff and shortstop Tony Fernandez to the Padres for second baseman Roberto Alomar and outfielder Joe Carter.Ref: 98
Dec 06Shoeless Joe Jackson's signature is sold for $23,100.Ref: 4
Dec 14Mr. N.E. Hardy steps down as the Toronto Blue Jays' Chairman of the Board and CEO and is appointed Honorary Chairman as Mr. William R. Ferguson is named Chairman of the Board and Mr. P.N.T. Widdrington is appointed Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.Ref: 85
Dec 18The National League announces the six finalist cities for the two 1993 expansion teams. The locations include Buffalo, Denver, Miami, Orlando, Tampa-St. Petersburg and Washington, DC.Ref: 98
Dec 24The Expos trade Tim Raines and two minor leaguers to the White Sox for outfielder Ivan Calderon and reliever Barry JonesRef: 98
Dec 26Due to a financial dispute between the club owners, the Fort Myers Sun Sox franchise collapses causing the Senior Professional Association League to fold in the middle of its second season.Ref: 98
Dec 31A's third baseman Carney Lansford is severely hurt in a snowmobile accident.Ref: 98
1991
Jan 07Pete Rose leaves an Illinois federal prison camp and checks into a halfway house in Cincinnati to complete his sentence for cheating on his taxes. (XDG, p 4A, 1/7/2001)Ref: 82
Jan 08Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins & Rod Carew elected to Hall of Fame.Ref: 4
Jan 08Rod Carew is 22nd player elected to Hall of Fame on first try.Ref: 4
Jan 09Baseball officially bans Pete Rose from being elected to Hall of Fame.Ref: 4
Jan 10In one of the worst trades ever made in baseball history, the Orioles send pitchers Curt Schilling and Pete Harnish and outfielder Steve Finley to the Astros for first baseman Glen Davis. Davis, who averaged 27 home runs in six seasons playing in the Astrodome with Houston, will hit only 24 dingers in three injury-filled years as Schilling becomes one of the most dominant hurlers in the game and Harnish and Finley develop into solid major league players.Ref: 98
Jan 19City of Arlington voters approve a one-half cent sales tax to finance up to 135 million dollars of municipal bonds for construction of ballpark complex for the Texas Rangers.Ref: 85
Jan 25Denver's baseball ownership group launches a season ticket drive, requesting a refundable deposit of $50 per seat.Ref: 85
Jan 26Renovations begin to transform Joe Robbie Stadium into a baseball stadium.Ref: 85
Feb 04Hall of Fame's board of directors vote 12-0 to bar Pete Rose.Ref: 4
Feb 08Roger Clemens signs record $5,380,250 per year Red Sox contract.Ref: 4
Feb 09Baseball officially bans Pete Rose from being elected to Hall of Fame.Ref: 4
Feb 14NL Cy Young winner Doug Drabek wins record $3 million salary arbitration.Ref: 4
Feb 25The National League Expansion Committee tours Joe Robbie Stadium.Ref: 85
Feb 26Bill Veeck & Tony Lazzeri elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.Ref: 4
Feb 28Don Mattingly named 10th New York Yankee Captain.Ref: 4
Mar 13Envisioning a traditional ballpark, the Denver Metropolitan Major League Baseball Stadium District formally chooses its site: 20th and Blake streets.Ref: 85
Mar 15Colorado Baseball Partnership announces that the proposed baseball park will be named Coors Field.Ref: 85
Mar 26The NL Expansion Committee visits Denver.Ref: 85
Mar 30(and 31) Joe Robbie Stadium hosts two exhibition games between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles, which draw 125,013 fans. This includes a Spring Training record 67,654 sellout on the first night.Ref: 85
Apr 18The Chicago White Sox stately new Comiskey Park officially opens its doors before a sell-out crowd of 42,191 fans.Ref: 85
Apr 22In the first night game in the new Comiskey Park, Frank Thomas hits the first White Sox home run helping to defeat the Orioles, 8-7.Ref: 98
Apr 25Lisa Olson brings suit against NFL NE Patriots for sexual harassmentRef: 4
May 01The Toronto Blue Jays extend a radio contract with CJCL through 1994 and in Texas.Ref: 85
May 01Texas Ranger Nolan Ryan throws his seventh career no-hitter in a 3-0 win over Toronto at Arlington Stadium. His seven no-hitters are a major league record and at 44 years, three months and one day, Ryan is the oldest pitcher ever to throw a no-hitter.Ref: 85
May 04NY Mets M Sasser & Mark Carreon are 8th to hit consecutive pinch homeruns.Ref: 4
May 04Indian Chris James establishes the club record for RBIs by driving in nine runs with a pair of homers and two singles, helping Cleveland to crush the A's, 20-6.Ref: 98
May 06Phillie Lenny Dykstra slams his sports car into 2 trees.Ref: 4
May 07Darryl Strawberry returns to NY as a Dodger with mixed results. A crowd of 49,118 mostly booing fans watch him hit a two-run HR, and they cheer when he makes the last out of the game with the potential tying and winning runs on base in the 6-5 Met victory.Ref: 98
May 10Oakland A's Jose Canseco is seen leaving Madonna's aptRef: 1
May 13Yankee Stadium fans sing "Like a Virgin" to Jose Canseco.Ref: 4
May 15The Red Sox and White Sox play contest which lasts 4 hours and 11 minutes setting a new record for slowest game ever played in nine innings.Ref: 98
May 15President Bush took Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to a baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and Oakland Athletics (the queen left after two innings; the A's won, 6-to-3).Ref: 5
May 15Paul Molitor becomes the fourth Milwaukee Brewer hitter to hit for the cycle as he does it at Minnesota with all of the hits coming off of Kevin Tapani.Ref: 85
May 23In only his 15th major league start, Phillie hurler Tommy Greene no-hits the Expos, 2-0.Ref: 98
Jun 06Commissioner Fay Vincent announces that both leagues will share revenues generated by the $190 million expansion fee, and that both circuits will contribute players to the expansion draft.Ref: 85
Jun 10Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent announces Denver and South Florida as the two areas chosen by the expansion committee.Ref: 85
Jun 12(and 13th) Major League owners meet in Santa Monica, CA and an ownership committee unanimously approves the two ownership groups. National League owners informally ratify Denver and South Florida.Ref: 85
Jun 18Yankee pitchers pick-off 3 Toronto Blue Jays.Ref: 4
Jun 18SF Giant pitcher Dave Dravecky's cancerous left arm is amputated.Ref: 4
Jun 25Defeating the Phillies, 5-1, the Mets play a nine inning game without recording an assist joining the 1945 Indians as the only teams to ever accomplish the feat.Ref: 98
Jun 28The two leagues and the Major League Baseball Players Association compromise: AL teams will protect extra players in each draft round. Only eight AL teams will have to give up three players; the other six will give up players only in the first two rounds. With the agreement, a final expansion vote is scheduled for July 5.Ref: 85
Jul 05In an unanimous vote, final approval is given by baseball owners for the Rockies and the Marlins to join the National League in 1993.Ref: 98
Jul 08Carl Barger, President of the Pittsburgh Pirates since 1987, is hired as the Florida Marlins first President.Ref: 85
Jul 09Cal Ripken's three-run homer helps the AL defeat the Nationals, 4-2, giving the junior circuit its fourth consecutive All-Star win. Tony LaRussa becomes the first manager with three straight All-Star victoriesRef: 98
Jul 13Bob Milacki & 3 other Balt Oriole pitchers no-hit the A's 2-0Ref: 4
Jul 14The Minnesota Twins retire Tony Oliva's uniform no. 6.Ref: 28
Jul 18The Florida Marlins unveil their new team logo before approximately 1,700 guests at Turnberry Isle & Country Club.Ref: 85
Jul 19With NY Yankee victory, 10 of 14 AL teams are at .500 or betterRef: 4
Jul 26Expo Mark Gardner no-hits the Dodgers for nine innings, but Los Angeles wins the game in the bottom of the tenth on two singles off Gardner and Darryl Strawberry's RBI single off reliever Jeff Fassero. It's the first time the Dodgers had been held hitless at home for nine innings since Johnny Vander Meer second straight no-hitter in 1938.Ref: 98
Jul 28Pitching in Los Angeles, Montreal Expos' Dennis Martinez pitches the 15th perfect game in Major League history. He beats Mike Morgan and the Dodgers, 2-0, striking out five batters over the course of 96 pitches (66 strikes) in a game played in 2:14 in front of 45,560 fans.Ref: 85
Jul 29First Sunday Night game at Shea Stadium (Mets beat Cubs 6-0).Ref: 4
Jul 30Red Sox Carlos Quintana is 11th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (3rd).Ref: 4
Aug 06The Anaheim Angels retire Rod Carew's uniform #29.Ref: 28
Aug 13Toronto Blue Jays' Tom Henke's streak of consecutive saves comes to an end with a Paul Molitor home run in the ninth. Henke still sets a Major League mark for consecutive saves with 25.Ref: 85
Aug 13(and 14th) San Diego Padre Fred McGriff becomes the 4th player in N.L. history to blast grand slams in consecutive games.Ref: 85
Sep 09Only 1,695 fans watch Boston Red Sox play Clevland.Ref: 4
Sep 13Joe Colemans 3rd 100 RBI season in a row 3 teams (Cleve, SD & Toronto).Ref: 4
Sep 14Detroit's Cecil Fielder belts a mammoth 502 foot home run that clears the left-field bleachers, the longest blast in Brewers history at County Stadium.Ref: 85
Sep 174,355 turn out to see the Expos play the NY Mets at Shea StadiumRef: 4
Sep 18Dave Dombrowski, Montreal Expos General Manager, is named Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Florida Marlins.Ref: 85
Sep 24Robin Yount is 37th to hit 2,000 singles.Ref: 4
Sep 28NY Yankees set record of 75 games without a complete pitched game.Ref: 4
Sep 30The last game is played at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. The Orioles' 1992 seasonw would be played at Camden Yards.Ref: 85
Oct 01Toronto Blue Jays' Juan Guzman sets a club record for consecutive wins by a Blue Jays starter with his 10th vs. California.Ref: 85
Oct 02The Blue Jays clinched the AL East title and become the first sport franchise in history to draw 4 million fans in one season.Ref: 98
Oct 06In the season's finale, Met David Cone ties a National League mark for strikeouts as he fans 19 Phillies en route to 7-0 victory.Ref: 98
Oct 10The Oakland A's swept to the American League pennant and their third straight World Series by defeating the Boston Red Sox, 3-to-1.Ref: 5
Oct 27Minnesota Twins’ pinch-hitter Gene Larkin’s tenth-inning bases-loaded single beat the Atlanta Braves 1-0 in the seventh game the World Series. The Twins captured their second World Championship in five years during a tight series that included three extra-inning games and five one-runners. And, for only the second time in history, the home team won all seven games (the first time it happened was 1987, a series that also featured the Twins.)Ref: 3
Oct 29Buck Showalter replaces Stump Merrill as the Yankee manager.Ref: 98
Oct 30Phil Garner is named the Milwaukee Brewer field manager.Ref: 85
Oct 30Official groundbreaking ceremony takes place for the Texas Rangers new ballpark complex.Ref: 85
Oct 31John Labatt Limited purchases portion of the Toronto Blue Jays owned by Imperial Trust and thus obtained a 90% ownership of the club (10% Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce).Ref: 85
Nov 07Fredi Gonzalez is hired as the Florida Marlins first Minor League manager.Ref: 85
Dec 02Bobby Bonilla signs record $29 million-5 year pact with the NY Mets.Ref: 4
Dec 10Howard Spira sentenced to 2½ years in prison for trying to extort money from Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.Ref: 4
Dec 11The Florida Marlins sign a one-year agreement with the Erie (PA) Sailors of the New York-Penn League for 1992. The Short Season team will begin play in June of 1992 with a 78-game schedule. Fredi Gonzalez is named to manage the club.Ref: 85
Dec 16Clemente Nuñez, a 16-year-old right-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic, is signed to a minor league contract by scout Edmundo Borrome. The Florida Marlins first player is assigned to the Gulf Coast rookie league.Ref: 85
Dec 18Toronto signs pitcher Jack Morris to the richest contract in Blue Jays history.Ref: 85
Dec 19The Orioles sign Rick Sutcliffe as a free agent. The former 1984 Cy Young Award winner was 6-5 with a 4.10 era with the Cubs last season.Ref: 98
Dec 19The Blue Jays sign free-agent veteran DH/outfielder Dave Winfield. The former Angel hit .286 and 28 HRs last season.Ref: 98
Dec 19NY Yankee pitcher Steve Howe arrested for cocaine possession.Ref: 4
Dec 31Daniel R McCarthy elected NY Yankee managing general partner.Ref: 4
1992
Jan 06New York Yankees sign free agent Danny Tartabul.Ref: 4
Jan 07Tom Seaver & Rollie Fingers elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame.Ref: 4
Jan 13Excavation of new ballpark at Gateway (Jacobs Field) begins.Ref: 4
Feb 01Barry Bonds signs baseball's highest single year contract ($4.7 million).Ref: 4
Feb 13Jose Canseco repeatedly rams his Porsche into wife Esther's BMW.Ref: 4
Feb 14KOA Radio (850 AM) signs a five-year agreement to become the team's flagship station.Ref: 85
Feb 26After suffering a stroke, owner Jean Yawkey dies at the age of 83. For the first time in 59 years, someone other than a Yawkey will own the Red Sox.Ref: 98
Feb 28The Florida Marlins hold first-ever tryout camp at Bucky Dent Baseball School in Delray Beach and sign Ryan Whitman, a 20-year-old right-handed pitcher from Palm Beach Gardens, to a Minor League contract. Over 600 baseball hopefuls participate in the camp.Ref: 85
Mar 02Ownership chooses Tucson, Ariz., as the Colorado Rockies spring training home. The agreement between the Rockies and the Pima County Sports Authority calls for the club to play its spring training games at Hi Corbett Field, the former Cactus League home of the Cleveland Indians.Ref: 85
Mar 12The Florida Marlins kick off season ticket campaign, with tickets going on sale March 23.Ref: 85
Mar 19The club announces its 1993 ticket prices, seating locations, and season-ticket packages. The Colorado Rockies Foundation commits to providing at least 150,000 tickets in '93 to the less fortunate.Ref: 85
Mar 30Man accidentally backs into A's Jose Canseco's $225,000 LamborghiniRef: 4
Mar 30The Chicago Cubs acquire Sammy Sosa in trade with White Sox for George Bell.Ref: 85
Apr 031st exhibition game at Camden Field-Orioles beat NY Mets.Ref: 4
Apr 04Game 1 of Mayor Challenge - NY Yankees beat NY Mets 6-4 at Yank Stadium.Ref: 4
Apr 05Game 2 of Mayor Challenge - NY Yankees sweep NY Mets 6-5 at Shea.Ref: 4
Apr 06The Toronto Blue Jays open the season in Detroit with newly acquired pitcher, Jack Morris setting a Major League record with his 13th consecutive opening day start. He tosses a complete game as Toronto wins 4-2.Ref: 85
Apr 061st game at Camden Field, Balt-Orioles beat Indians 2-0.Ref: 4
Apr 10Dave Eiland of the San Diego Padres hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 11
Apr 12In a doubleheader at Cleveland, the Indians are no-hit by Red Sox hurler Matt Young in the first game but win, 2-1and in the nightcap the Tribe only gets two hits off Roger Clemens to set a major league record for fewest hits (2) in a twin bill.Ref: 98
Apr 12NY Mets lose 1st 3 home games for 1st time since 1962.Ref: 4
Apr 16KWGN-TV (Channel 2) in Denver signs a five-year agreement to become the Colorado Rockies' exclusive over-the-air television broadcaster.Ref: 85
Apr 24Actual construction begins on the Texas Rangers new ballpark with the first game to take place on Opening Day, 1994.Ref: 85
May 01Rickey Henderson steals his 1,000th base.Ref: 4
May 02LHP Mark Stephens becomes the first player under contract with the Florida Marlins to appear in a professional game. Stephens' contract is optioned to the Salinas Spurs of the California League.Ref: 85
May 03NY Met Eddie Murray is 24th to hit 400 homeruns.Ref: 4
May 03Baltimore's Gregg Olson, 25, is youngest to record 100 saves.Ref: 4
May 06NY Met Anthony Young begins losing streak of at least 26 games.Ref: 4
May 09After trailing 9-0, St Louis Cardinals beat Atlanta Braves 12-11..Ref: 4
May 13Concrete foundation for ballpark at Gateway (Jacobs Field) is poured.Ref: 4
May 17Expos Gary Carter is 3rd to catch 2,000 games (joins Boone & Fisk).Ref: 4
May 17Using only 21 dates, the Blue Jays reach the one-million mark in attendance sooner than any team in major league history. The 1991 Blue Jays and the 1981 Dodgers shared the previous record.Ref: 98
May 18WQAM (560 AM) signs a four-year contract to become the official radio voice of the Florida Marlins.Ref: 85
May 21Manager Buck Rodgers and 11 others are injured when the Angels' team bus goes out of control and crashes into trees on the New Jersey Turnpike.Ref: 98
May 22Replacing Tom Runnells, Felipe Alou is named as the manager of the Expos.Ref: 98
May 22The California Angels are involved in a bus crash in New Jersey.Ref: 4
May 23NY Yankees play in their 4th straight extra inning game.Ref: 4
May 24Despite trailing 7-1, NY Yankees tie Milwaukee Brewers & then score 1 in 9th to avoid 5th straight extra inning game.Ref: 4
May 30NY Yankee pitcher Scott Sanderson becomes 9th to beat all 26 teams.Ref: 4
Jun 01The Florida Marlins select catcher Charles Johnson of the University of Miami with their first-ever, first round draft pick in the June amateur draft.Ref: 85
Jun 01John Burke, a pitcher from the University of Florida and a native of Englewood, Colo., is selected by the Colorado Rockies in the first round of the MLB June Draft, the club's first-ever draft selection. The 6-4, 220-pound righthander, the 27th player selected overall in the draft, signs a contract with the Rockies.Ref: 85
Jun 06The Colorado Rockies conduct a tryout camp at the University of Denver baseball field.Ref: 85
Jun 06Eddie Murray drives in two runs against the Pirates to surpass Mickey Mantle (1,509) as the all-time switch-hitter RBI leader.Ref: 98
Jun 08Jim Bullinger of the Chicago Cubs hits a home run in his first major league at bat (first game).Ref: 11
Jun 10The Angels retire Nolan Ryan's number 30 Anaheim Stadium. Ryan posted a 138-121 record and a 3.06 ERA in 291 games with the Angels.Ref: 85
Jun 15Erie Sailors play the Florida Marlins first-ever Minor League game, losing 6-5 to the Jamestown Expos in 13 innings. John Lynch throws the first pitch, Brad Clem takes the first at-bat and later collects the first hit, and Lou Lucca drives in Scott Samuels with the first run in Marlins organizational history.Ref: 85
Jun 16Bend, Ore., hosts the first game in Colorado Rockies organization history, a Single-A Northwest League contest between the Bend Rockies and Boise Hawks. With the Rockies trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the eighth, catcher Will Scalzitti hits a grand slam to give his club a dramatic 6-4 win.Ref: 85
Jun 20Kelly Saunders fills in for Baltimore's Rex Barney becoming only the second woman to be a public address announcer at a major league game.Ref: 98
Jul 04The Colorado Rockies unveil their traditional 1993 uniforms (home, away, and Sunday alternate) at a Team USA-Team Cuba baseball game at Mile High Stadium before 61,165 fans. Included on the home uniform is purple pinstripes, making the Rockies the first team in Major League history to feature purple stripes. The club's road uniform is gray and the alternate is black. Also, the team improves its logo.Ref: 85
Jul 09Bobby Valentine is dismissed as manager of the Texas Rangers, and replaced on an interim basis by Toby Harrah. A week later, Harrah accepts the position on a full-time basis.Ref: 85
Jul 14The San Diego Padres host the 63rd All-Star Game, a 13-6 A.L. win.Ref: 85
Jul 28The Rookie League Gulf Coast Florida Marlins win their 14th game in a row, the longest streak by any Minor League club during the 1992 season.Ref: 85
Aug 02Rollie Fingers, Bill McGowan, Hal Newhouser and Tom Seaver were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.Ref: 3
Aug 09The Milwaukee Brewers retire Rollie Fingers' uniform no. 34.Ref: 28
Aug 20WCMQ (1210 AM) signs a two-year contract to become the official Spanish radio voice of the Florida Marlins.Ref: 85
Aug 31The A's trade Jose Canseco to the Rangers for Ruben Sierra, Bobby Witt and Jeff Russell and an undisclosed amount of money.Ref: 98
Sep 01At Detroit, Minnesota Twins' Rick Aguilera notches his 109th save to become the Twins' all-time saves leader.Ref: 85
Sep 02Jerry McMorris, Oren Benton and Charles Monfort acquire all of the interests in the Colorado Rockies previously owned by non-Coloradoans. The local trio assumes control of the team.Ref: 85
Sep 03Erie qualifies for the New York-Penn League playoffs as the wild card entry. They beat the Hamilton Redbirds 5-2 in a one-game playoff and move into the finals where they are swept by the Geneva Cubs 6-3 and 7-4.Ref: 85
Sep 09Hall-of-Famer Robin Yount becomes the 17th player in history and the third-youngest ever to reach 3,000 hits, with a seventh inning single off Cleveland's Jose Mesa.Ref: 85
Sep 09Brewer owner Bud Selig is selected by the owners to serve as acting baseball commissioner until a permanent successor can be found. It will take nearly six years to name a permanent commissioner and it will be Selig.Ref: 98
Sep 20Phillies' second baseman Mickey Morandini catches Jeff King's line drive, steps on second doubling up Andy Van Slyke and tags Barry Bonds to complete an unassisted triple play in a 3-2 loss to the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium.Ref: 15
Sep 23The Reds' Bip Roberts ties the NL record with his 10th consecutive hit. The streak ends when he grounds out against Dodger Pedro Astacio.Ref: 98
Sep 23Jim Riggleman is named San Diego Padres manager replacing Greg Riddoch.Ref: 85
Sep 24In an 8-2 win over Baltimore, 40 year-old Blue Jay Dave Winfield drives in four runs with a homer and a two-run double becoming the oldest player to drive in 100 runs.Ref: 98
Sep 27Mariner Randy Johnson ties Ron Guidry's AL mark for strikes out (18) in a game for a lefthanders.Ref: 98
Sep 27Tom Kelly wins his 523rd game as Minnesota Twins manager, more than any other skipper in team history.Ref: 85
Sep 30Royals third baseman George Brett singles off of Tim Fortugno in the seventh for to become the 18th player to have 3000 hits; it is fourth hit in the KC 4-0 victory over the Angels.Ref: 98
Oct 03Juan Guzman gets the win as the Toronto Blue Jays clinch their fourth AL East Title.Ref: 85
Oct 16Colorado Rockies' Club officials, civic leaders and other dignitaries break ground on the future site of Coors Field.Ref: 85
Oct 17The Toronto Blue Jays play their first ever World Series game, losing 3-1 to the Atlanta Braves.Ref: 85
Oct 19The Florida Marlins sign a two-year agreement with the Edmonton Trappers of the Pacific Coast League (Triple-A).Ref: 85
Oct 21The Florida Marlins sign their first Triple-A player in right-handed pitcher Matt Turner. He is assigned to Edmonton and invited to 1993 Spring Training.Ref: 85
Oct 23The Florida Marlins announce Rene Lachemann as their first manager. Lachemann, who signed a three-year deal, names his older brother Marcel as his pitching coach.Ref: 85
Oct 24In Game 6, Canada wins its first-ever World Series as the Blue Jays beat the Braves, 4-3. Forty-one year old Dave Winfield's 11th inning double is the key hit in Toronto's victory.Ref: 98
Oct 26Kevin Kennedy is appointed as Texas Rangers manager.Ref: 85
Oct 27The Colorado Rockies name Don Baylor their first manager.Ref: 85
Nov 09The Colorado Baseball Partnership completes its acquisition of the franchise by paying the $95 million franchise fee. Shortly thereafter, the Rockies acquire pitcher Travis Buckley from the Montreal Expos in exchange for a player-to-be-named (Matt Connolly) in the club's first trade.Ref: 85
Nov 16The Colorado Rockies' club signs free-agent first baseman Andres Galarraga.Ref: 85
Nov 17The Colorado Rockies select David Nied from the Atlanta Braves to open the MLB Expansion Draft in New York City. At the same time, more than 20,000 fans fill Denver's Currigan Hall to watch the historic event. After the draft, Colorado trades Kevin Reimer and Jody Reed for Dante Bichette and Rudy Seanez, respectively.Ref: 85
Dec 06San Francisco Giants renig on $43 million pact with Barry Bonds.Ref: 4
Dec 07The Florida Marlins participate for the first time in the Rule V draft and select RHP Stanley Spencer, LHP Mike Myers and OF Scott Pose. They lose C Jim McNamara.Ref: 85
Dec 08The Florida Marlins announce the signing of their first two free agents. Infielder Dave Magadan agrees for two years and veteran knuckleball pitcher Charlie Hough for one.Ref: 85
Dec 09The Florida Marlins President Carl Barger collapses during an owners meeting during the baseball winter meetings in Louisville, KY, and dies a few hours later in the Humana University Hospital due to a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm.Ref: 85
Dec 09Cincinnati Red owner Marge Schott apologizes for racist remarks.Ref: 4
Dec 10NY Yankees sign free agent pitcher Jimmy Key.Ref: 4
Dec 17The Twins sign free-agent DH/outfielder Dave Winfield. Last season for the World Champion Blue Jays, the St. Paul native hit .290 and had 108 RBIs and 26 HRs.Ref: 98
1993
Jan 05Reggie Jackson elected to Hall of Fame.Ref: 4
Jan 19Oakland A's unveil new elephant logo.Ref: 4
Jan 26The Colorado Rockies restructure their front office. Jerry McMorris becomes chairman, president and CEO; Oren Benton and Charles Monfort become vice chairmen.Ref: 85
Feb 03Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott suspended for 1 year due to racist comments.Ref: 4
Feb 18Colorado Rockies' pitchers and catchers report to Tucson, Ariz., for the club's inaugural spring training. Position players report five days later.Ref: 85
Feb 20Florida Marlins open their first spring training camp.Ref: 4
Feb 25The Florida Marlins baseball team introduced their mascot, Billy the Marlin. According to Billy’s Web page (web7.sportsline.com/u/baseball/flamarlins/kids/billyhome.htm), Billy’s favorite movie is A Fish Called Wanda and his favorite TV show is Flipper.Ref: 3
Feb 28(or March 1) The Florida Marlins dedicate their Brevard County training complex. Owner Wayne Huizenga announces the complex will be called the Carl F. Barger Complex at Viera.Ref: 85
Mar 01George Steinbrenner is reinstated as general partner of the New York Yankees; he had been banned due to his association with alleged gambler Howard Spira.Ref: 98
Mar 05The Florida Marlins defeat Houston 12-8 in their inaugural Spring Training game. Jeff Conine hits Florida's first homer before a crowd of 6,696 at the Cocoa Expo Sports Complex.Ref: 85
Mar 06The Colorado Rockies win their first spring training game, 7-2, over San Francisco. David Nied starts and pitches out of a jam in the first by striking out Barry Bonds.Ref: 85
Mar 10Sherry Davis becomes the first woman Major League Baseball public address announcer when she is hired by the Giants to work at Candlestick Park.Ref: 98
Mar 30Charlie Brown (of the Peanust comic strip) wins his first game in 43 years. (Ref: Gear Magazine, 5/2002, p. 128) 
Mar 31Bill White, the first black to serve as a league president, resigns from his NL post. The former Cardinal first baseman will remain at the job until March of 1994.Ref: 98
Apr 04At Camden Yards, William Jefferson Clinton becomes the first U.S. president to throw the first pitch of the season from the pitcher's mound.Ref: 98
Apr 05In front of 42,334 fans at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, the Florida Marlins, in their major league first game ever, defeat the Dodgers, 6-3.Ref: 98
Apr 05At Shea Stadium, the Rockies lose their NL debut to the Mets , 3-0. Doc Gooden pitches a 4-hit complete game for the victory.Ref: 98
Apr 09In front of a crowd of 80,227, the Rockies defeat the Expos 11-4 for their first win ever in their first game ever at home. The Colorado crowd breaks the NL record of 78,672 for attendance in a home debut set by the Dodgers in Los Angeles on April 18, 1958 .Ref: 98
Apr 09At Cominskey, Bo Jackson homers in his return after eighteen months of rehab following his carrer threatening football injury.Ref: 98
Apr 11When Brewer catcher Dave Nilsson catches for Graeme Lloyd they become first all-Australian battery in major league history.Ref: 98
Apr 22Mariner hurler Chris Bosio no-hits the Red Sox, 7-0. The Mariner hurler retires the final 26 batters after giving up 2 walks and getting a double play in the first inning.Ref: 98
May 09Mark Grace becomes 14th (and most recent) Cub to hit for cycle in Padres' 5-4 win.Ref: 85
May 09The Colorado Rockies recognizes Lydia McKee as the one millionth fan through the gates at Mile High Stadium. Ironically, the mother of two is recognized on Mother's Day. The Rockies reach the million mark in just 17 home dates, breaking the previous best of 21 set by the '92 Toronto Blue Jays.Ref: 85
May 10The Montreal Expos retire Rusty Staub's uniform no. 10.Ref: 28
May 13One day before his 40th birthday, George Brett hits his 300th career HR joining Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, Carl Yastrzemski, Willie Mays and Al Kaline as the only players with 300 HRs and 3000 hits. The Royal's third baseman HR ball is picked up by a fan on a veterans' hospital outing who happens to be blind.Ref: 98
May 14Jay Gainer of the Colorado Rockies hits a home run in his first major league at bat on the first pitch.Ref: 11
May 15Montréal Expos retire their first number, #10 for Rusty Staub.Ref: 4
May 17Mariner Mike Blowers becomes 13th player in major league history to hit grand slams in consecutive games.Ref: 98
May 17Minnesota Twins' Dave Winfield doubled off Jimmy Key for 500th career two-bagger.Ref: 85
Jun 06Cal Ripken suffers a twisted right knee when his spikes catch in the infield grass in contest against the Mariners, The resulting swollen knee the next day almosts ends the streak at Game 1,790.Ref: 98
Jun 09Randy Smith is named Vice President/Baseball Operations & General Manager of the San Diego Padres. At 29 Smith becomes the youngest GM in major league history.Ref: 85
Jun 16Mitch Lyden of the Florida Marlins hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 11
Jun 20After eclipsing the million mark on Mother's Day, the Colorado Rockies crack 2 million on Father's Day, the 36th home date. Colorado reaches the mark faster than any team in history, breaking the '92 Blue Jays mark of 41 dates.Ref: 85
Jun 22White Sox backstop Carlton Fisk surpasses Bob Boone catching his 2,226 game to become the all-time leader.Ref: 98
Jun 27Anthony Young sets a major league record losing his 24th straight decision as the Cardinals beat the Mets, 5-3.Ref: 98
Jul 12Texas Ranger Nolan Ryan pitches in his final game at Arlington Stadium on "Nolan Ryan Appreciation Day." The Twins post a 4-2 victory over the Rangers, but following the game, Ryan is honored in an on-field ceremony.Ref: 85
Jul 15Breaking Cub Hall of Fame Ernie Banks' previous record of 277, Cal Ripken hits his 278th homer as a shortstop, the most ever hit by a major leaguer playing that position.Ref: 98
Jul 24In 5-4 Dodger victory, Met Anthony Young extends his record losing streak to 27 games by walking in the winning run in the 10th inning.Ref: 98
Jul 28The Colorado Rockies surpass the 3 million plateau in their 53rd home date. Once again, the club is the fastest to reach the milestone, breaking the previous mark of 61 set by Toronto in 1992.Ref: 85
Jul 31The Montreal Expos retire Gary Carter's uniform no. 8.Ref: 28
Jul 31The Toronto Blue Jays acquire leadoff man Rickey Henderson from the A's for the stretch run in return for minor leaguer's Steve Karsay and Jose Herrera.Ref: 85
Aug 01Minnesota Twins' Dave Winfield hit his 450th career homer, off Russ Springer, at California.Ref: 85
Aug 02The last day that Toronto Blue Jay John Olerud would be batting .400- average dipped to a season ending .363, becoming the first ever Blue Jay to win a batting title.Ref: 85
Aug 04San Diego Padre Tony Gwynn records a career-high 6 hits vs. San Francisco. It is his 4th game of the season with 5 or more hits, tying a major league record held by Willie Keeler (1897), Ty Cobb (1922) and Stan Musial (1948).Ref: 85
Aug 06Raising his average to .348, Padre outfielder Tony Gwynn singles off Rockie hurler Bruce Ruffin for his 2000th career base hit .Ref: 98
Aug 14"Reggie Jackson Day," his uniform number (44) retired.Ref: 85
Aug 23Toronto Blue Jay Joe Carter collects 3 home runs vs. the Cleveland Indians for his fifth career 3 homer game; an AL record.Ref: 85
Sep 04One-handed pitcher Jim Abbott no-hits Indians at Yankee Stadium, 4-0Ref: 98
Sep 07In the second game of a doubleheader at Cincinnati, Cardinal outfielder Mark Whitten hits 4 HRs in one game helping to tie two established RBI records; with 12 RBIs in second game he ties the single game mark set by Jim Bottomley in 1924 and with his opening game ribbie, it ties him with the 21 year old record of Nate Colbert for the most RBIs (13) in a twin bill.Ref: 32
Sep 16At the age of 41, Twins' Dave Winfield becomes the 19th major leaguer to collect 3000 hits as he singles to left off A's ace Dennis Eckersley in a 5-1 home victory over Oakland.Ref: 98
Sep 17TX Ranger superstar Nolan Ryan strikes out Angel catcher Greg Myers for his 5,714th and last career strikeout.Ref: 98
Sep 17On their 71st home date, the Colorado Rockies surpass the 4 million mark, breaking the single-season attendance record.Ref: 85
Sep 18Trailing by two runs with two outs in the bottom of ninth, Mike Stanley hits a pop fly to left for the apparent third out, but time had been called just as the pitch was delivered due to a fan running out onto the Yankee Stadium field . Given a second chance, the Yankee catcher singles which is followed by a Wade Boggs's hit, a walk to Dion James, and a Don Mattingly's single driving in two runs to beat the Red Sox, 4-3.Ref: 98
Sep 24Defeating the Reds the Cincinnati Reds 9-2, the Rockies set a NL record for wins by an expansion team with their 65th win of the season surpassing the mark established by the 1962 Houston Colt .45s.Ref: 98
Sep 26The Colorado Rockies inaugural attendance is final: 4,483,350.Ref: 98
Sep 26By striking out 13 A's in 10 innings of a 3-2, extra inning loss, Mariner Randy Johnson becomes the 12th pitcher this century to strike out 300 batters in a season.Ref: 85
Sep 27The Toronto Blue Jays clinch the AL East title with a 2-0 win over the Brewers in Milwaukee as Pat Hentgen wins his 19th game.Ref: 85
Sep 27In a 7-3 victory over the Dodgers, Cub reliever Randy Myers becomes the first NL pitcher to record 50 saves in a season.Ref: 98
Sep 27Bo Jackson hits a three-run home run beating the Mariners, 4-2, helping the White Sox to clinch their first American League West title in 10 years.Ref: 98
Oct 02With a crowd of 43,210, the The Florida Marlins surpass the three million mark in attendance. The club draws 3,064,847 spectators to Joe Robbie Stadium in their inaugural season.Ref: 85
Oct 03Despite winning a 103 games, the Giants are eliminated from the Western Division race as the Dodgers derail their division dreams, 12-1. Catcher Mike Piazza, who will be named the league's Rookie of the Year, hits two HRs in the game.Ref: 98
Oct 03Eighty-three year old Mel Harder throws the ceremonial 'last' pitch at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. As a member of the 1932 Indian squad, he also had thrown the park's first pitch.Ref: 98
Oct 03Toronto Blue Jay Roberto Alomar goes 3-5 to move into third place (.326) in the AL batting race to finish behind teammates John Olerud (.363) and Paul Molitor (.332). It is the first time in 100 years that teammates had finished 1-2-3 in the batting race.Ref: 85
Oct 03The Colorado Rockies conclude their inaugural season with the most wins by an NL expansion club. Andres Galarraga wins the batting title, the first won by an expansion player and Venezuelan native.Ref: 85
Oct 03The Kansas City Royals defeat the Rangers, 4-1, before 41,039 at the final game in Arlington Stadium history. Arlington Stadium closes its doors after hosting major league baseball for 22 years.Ref: 85
Oct 23The Blue Jays beat the Phillies 8-6 to win their second consecutive World Series thanks to Joe Carter's dramatic ninth inning three-run HR. The Toronto outfielder becomes just the second player to end the Fall Classic with a home run.Ref: 98
Nov 02The club and the Denver Metropolitan Stadium District agree to expand Coors Field to approximately 50,200.Ref: 85
Dec 02Met free-agent Eddie Murray (.285, 27,100) leaves NY to sign with the Indians.Ref: 98
Dec 02The Phillies trade World Series goat, closer Mitch Williams, to the Astros for pitchers Doug Jones and Jeff Juden.Ref: 98
Dec 09Southpaw Randy Johnson (19-8, 3.24, 308) re-signs with the Mariners for 20.25 million over three years.Ref: 98
Dec 17Rickey Henderson returns to the A's signing a two-year $8.6 million dollar contract.Ref: 98
1994
Jan 0335-foot-tall Chief Wahoo, trademark of Indians on top of Stadium since 1962, is taken down, to be moved to Jacob's Field.Ref: 4
Jan 12Steve Carlton (Phillies) elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.Ref: 4
Jan 13Responding to fan requests, the Colorado Rockies' alters its uniforms. Names are placed on the backs of the home jerseys, while the road uniform's lettering is changed from silver to purple.Ref: 85
Feb 23Indians owner Richard Jacobs announces he will pay $10 million to name baseball field (Jacobs Field) at Gateway (becomes official 3/23).Ref: 4
Feb 24Scoreboard is unveiled at new Cleveland Indians' park (Jacobs Field).Ref: 4
Feb 25Phil Rizzuto is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee, inducted on July 31.Ref: 98
Mar 01Former banker Leonard Coleman is elected National League president replacing Bill White; he had been executive director for MLB market development.Ref: 98
Mar 01The Colorado Rockies announce that they will exercise the '95 option on manager Don Baylor's contract.Ref: 85
Mar 03Darryl Strawberry is under investigation by the IRS and the U.S. Attorney's office for allegedly failing to report over 300,000 dollars earned signing autographs. 
Mar 04The Florida open Space Coast Stadium as their new spring home with a 9-6 win over Kansas City. Fans are treated to fireworks, Rocket Man and even a shuttle launch.Ref: 85
Mar 16Former Padre Eric Show dies of an accidental drug overdose at the age of 37.Ref: 98
Mar 31Walkway from Cleveland's Tower City to Jacobs Field officially opens.Ref: 4
Mar 31The White Sox assign NBA superstar Michael Jordan to Birmingham Barons of the the Class AA Southern League.Ref: 98
Mar 31Mets trade hard-luck righthander Anthony Young to the Cubs for shortstop Jose Vizcaino. Young holds the major league record for the most consecutive losses by a pitcher.Ref: 98
Apr 01The Texas Rangers play the first game at The Ballpark in Arlington, losing to the New York Mets in an exhibition contest, 10-7.Ref: 85
Apr 03In the first Sunday night major league season opener, the Cardinals beat the Reds, 6-4.Ref: 98
Apr 04In 11 innings, the Indians defeat the Mariners, 4-3 in the first game ever played at Jacobs Field.Ref: 98
Apr 11The Texas Rangers fall to Milwaukee, 4-3, in the first regular-season game at The Ballpark in Arlington.Ref: 85
Apr 12Red Sox Scott Cooper hits for the cycle and drives in five runs helping Boston trounce the Royals, 22-11.Ref: 98
Apr 24White Sox sluggers Julio Franco and Robin Ventura homer back to back twice in a 7-6 defeat to the Tigers.Ref: 98
Apr 27Twin hurler Scott Erickson pitches Minnesota's first no-hitter in 27 years beating the Brewers, 6-0.Ref: 98
May 02Changing jersey color from white to blue in an effort to snap losing skid doesn't work as Cubs lose their record eleventh consecutive game when blanked by John Smiley and the Reds, 9-0.Ref: 98
May 06The Cubs 10-1 victory over the Pirates ends Anthony Young's record 29-game losing streak as a starter. The hard luck pitcher, obtained from the Mets for shortstop Jose Vizcaino, had not won as a starter for over two years.Ref: 98
May 08The Colorado Silver Bullets becomes the first women's team to play a men's professional team. The ladies are beaten by the Northern League's All-Stars, 19-0 with Leon Durham hitting two homers and Oil Can Boyd making the start for the All-Stars.Ref: 98
May 13Angel Tim Salmon ties an AL record with his 13th consecutive hit.Ref: 98
May 13Indians, begin a 18 home game win streak at Jacobs Field.Ref: 4
May 14Paul Shuey strikes out 4 batters in the 9th inning.Ref: 31
May 14The Kansas City Royals retire George Brett's uniform No. 5.Ref: 28
May 14Dave Winfield passes Frank Robinson for 12th on RBI list with 1,617.Ref: 4
May 17The St Louis Cardinals tie an N.L. record by using six pitchers in a shutout (2-0) win at PittsburghRef: 85
May 20The Toronto Blue Jays extend the managerial contract of Cito Gaston through the 1996 season. Blue Jays President and CEO Paul Beeston is named Canada's Baseball Man of the Year for 1993 by Toronto and Montreal BBWAA. 
May 24The Cardinals set major league mark as the have 16 men left on base in their 4-0 victory over the Phillies.Ref: 98
May 29The Milwaukee Brewers retire Robin Yount's uniform no. 19.Ref: 28
May 31Padres score 13 in 2nd vs Pirates.Ref: 4
Jun 07Toronto Blue Jay manager Cito Gaston receives Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from University of Toronto. 
Jun 13At the age of 34, Cub second baseman Ryne Sandberg suddenly retires walking away from $16 million.Ref: 98
Jun 14In a 13 inning game, Mike Benjamin goes 6-for-7and drives in the winning run beating the Cubs, 4-3. The Giant infielder sets a major league record by getting 14 hits in three games.Ref: 98
Jun 20In a 7-1 defeat to the Indians, the Tigers' string of 25 straight games of hitting a home run ends. The streak tied the major league record set by the 1941 NY Yankees.Ref: 98
Jun 22Hitting his 31st home run of the season, Ken Griffey Jr. breaks Babe Ruth's record for most homers before July 1. Although the Yankee slugger needed only 63 games to reach 30 homers in 1928 and 68 games in 1930, Junior accomplishes the feat in the Mariners' 70th game of the season.Ref: 98
Jun 26The Colorado Rockies claim one of the few Major League attendance records not yet in their possession, drawing 217,009 fans to a three-game series vs. the Giants.Ref: 85
Jun 28Kenny Rogers, Texas, pitches a perfect game against California. The score was 4-0.Ref: 16
Jul 03The Cleveland Indians retire Larry Doby's uniform, no. 14.Ref: 28
Jul 08John Valentin, shortstop, Boston executes an unassisted triple play against Seattle.Ref: 15
Jul 14St Louis Cardinal Ozzie Smith passes Luis Aparicio to become baseball's all-time assist leader at shortstop.Ref: 85
Jul 16At Colorado, St Louis Cardinal pitchers walk a team-record 16 batters, one short of the N.L. record.Ref: 85
Jul 17Colorado tops one of its own attendance records, drawing 259,113 to a four-game series against St. Louis.Ref: 85
Jul 18Trailing 11-0 after three innings, the Astros pull off a major comeback defeating the Cardinals, 15-12.Ref: 98
Jul 19Just three hours before game-time the first of four 15-pound Kingdome tiles fell to the ground. The game was postponed and the Mariners played the remainder of the season on the road.Ref: 85
Jul 28Several coincidences occurred in major league baseball on this day. Kenny Rogers -- not the singer, but the pitcher -- threw the 14th perfect game in the history of major league baseball. It was three years to the day since the last time this event occurred. This time it was an American League game with TX beating CA, 4-0. Ten years earlier (9-30-84), the same two teams were playing when the 11th perfect game was hurled. The pitcher was Mike Witt and the winning team was reversed.Ref: 3
Jul 31The Giants become the first professional sports team to host an AIDS benefit game, "Until There's a Cure" Day.Ref: 85
Aug 01Cal Ripken reaches another milestone during his streak by playing in his 2,000th straight game in the Orioles 1-0 victory over the Twins in Minnesota.Ref: 98
Aug 04Minnesota Twins' Kent Hrbek's announces his retirement. With the strike-shortened season, his last game in a Twins uniform was August 10, when the Twins beat Boston, 17-7, in the Metrodome.Ref: 85
Aug 07Again, the Colorado Rockies eclipse one of their own attendance marks, opening turnstiles for their 3 millionth fan in just the 52nd home date; 1993 saw Colorado crack 3 million in 53 dates.Ref: 85
Aug 11The Toronto Blue Jays defeat the New York Yankees 8-7 in 13 innings, in what would be the final game of 1994.Ref: 85
Aug 12Baseball strike starts and will last 232 days.Ref: 85
Sep 13Terry Ryan is named Minnesota TwinsVice President/General Manager, replacing Andy MacPhail who left to become President/CEO of the Chicago Cubs.Ref: 85
Sep 14The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announces that the remainder of the 1994 season will not be completed.Ref: 85
Sep 30The Colorado Rockies, the City of Denver and Feed the Children announce an innovative literacy program called "Hitting Home." The program, which will run through the end of the 1995-96 school year, will distribute two books to 2,300 students.Ref: 85
Oct 14Gord Ash is named Vice-President and General Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays effective October 31.Ref: 85
Oct 14Johnny Oates, manager of the Baltimore Orioles since 1991, is named as the 14th full-time manager in Texas Rangers history.Ref: 85
Oct 31Pat Gillick steps down as General Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.Ref: 85
Oct 31Colorado Rockies promotes Dick Balderson to vice president/player personnel and Tony Siegle is hired to replace Walt Jocketty as assistant general manager.Ref: 85
Nov 02The Colorado Rockies announce they will be a major sponsor of the 1995 National Beep Ball Association World Series, which will come to Denver in August 1995.Ref: 85
Nov 24Six thousand pounds of food and more than $700, collected at the [Colorado] Rockies Wives Food Drive held in April, is distributed on Thanksgiving Day through COMPA Food Ministries.Ref: 85
Dec 02"Cobb" premieres.Ref: 4
Dec 09The Rangers trade Jose Canseco (.282, 31, 90) to the Red Sox for outfielder Otis Nixon and infielder Luis Ortiz.Ref: 98
Dec 13Free agent relief pitcher Lee Smith, last year's major league saves leader with the Orioles, signs with the Angels. At the time of the deal, he has 434 career saves.Ref: 98
Dec 14In spite of the labor uncertainty, the Phillies sign the Cardinal free-agent Gregg Jefferies to a lucrative contract.Ref: 98
Dec 18Darryl Strawberry pleads not guilty on tax evasion charges.Ref: 4
Dec 21The sale of the San Diego Padres to John Moores and Larry Lucchino is finalized.Ref: 85
Dec 23Major league owners implement a salary cap and revenue sharing on striking players.Ref: 98
1995
Jan 08Mike Schmidt is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame.Ref: 4
Jan 20The Colorado Rockies presents a check for $22,366 to the Boys and Girls Club of Denver to promote the development of inner-city youth baseball programs.Ref: 85
Feb 03The Colorado Rockies, along with the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation, donate $12,000 to the Pueblo County Director of Organizational Development in order to provide equipment, uniforms and scholarships for Pueblo youth baseball.Ref: 85
Feb 06Darryl Strawberry suspended from baseball for 60 days.Ref: 4
Feb 13The Dodgers sign five-time Japanese all-star pitcher, Hideo Nomo. 'Tornado Boy' is the first player to move directly from the majors in Japan to the North American majors.Ref: 98
Feb 17Tiger manager Sparky Anderson takes unpaid leave due to baseball strike.Ref: 4
Mar 09With a vote of 28-0, the Major League Baseball owners admit two new teams, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays; the team will be assigned leagues in January of 1997.Ref: 98
Mar 15The 232 day baseball strike ends.Ref: 85
Mar 31Federal judge orders injunction to end baseball strike.Ref: 4
Mar 311st game at Coors Stadium Colorado (replacement Rockies beat Yankees 4-1).Ref: 4
Apr 04A total of 56,706 fans attend Opening Day making it the largest crowd ever at new Yankee Stadium.Ref: 98
Apr 04On Opening Day at Wrigley Field, Cub rookie Tuffy Rhodes becomes first player to homer in his first three at-bats starting the season; the three solo round-trippers are off Doc Gooden, the winning pitcher in the Mets 12-8 victory.Ref: 98
Apr 06David Cone, who pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1992 World Series, is re-acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Royals.Ref: 85
Apr 08The Colorado Rockies sign free agents Larry Walker and Bill Swift to multiyear contracts.Ref: 85
Apr 24Following the Oklahoma City bombing, the The Colorado Rockies make a $32,000 donation to the Red Cross Relief Fund. Initiated by the players and coaching staff, club management joined in the cause.Ref: 85
Apr 26The Rockies defeat the Mets in 14 innings, 11-9 tying the NL record for the- number of innings played in a season opener.Ref: 98
Apr 27The Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the City of St. Petersburg agree on a 30-year lease for the team to play their home games at the ThunderDome.Ref: 85
Apr 29Royals' John Nunnally hits a HR in his first at bat becoming 73rd major leaguer to accomplish the feat.Ref: 98
Apr 29The The Colorado Rockies defeat the Houston Astros, 2-1, in Houston and claim sole possession of first for the first time in club history.Ref: 85
May 02The Kansas City Royals retire Frank White's uniform No. 20.Ref: 28
May 02Expos bat out of order against Mets in 6th inning.Ref: 4
May 03David Bell debuts for the Indians (3rd generation player, Gus & Buddy).Ref: 4
May 07Twins beat Indians 10-9 in 17 innings, 6 hours & 36 minutes.Ref: 4
May 09Indians tie a major league record by scoring eight runs in the first inning before making an out. Seven of the runs score as the results of HRs including Kenny Lofton's leadoff round-tripper, Paul Sorrento's grand slam and Carlos Baerga's two run blast.Ref: 98
May 12Jose Mesa gets first of his M.L. record 37 consecutive saves.Ref: 4
May 14Eddie Murray of Indians hits his 463rd career homerun (ties for 18th).Ref: 4
May 2347th time opposing pitchers hit homeruns, K Foster (Cubs)/M Freeman (Rockies)Ref: 4
May 26Minnesota Twins' Kirby Puckett drove in his 1,000th career RBI versus Texas.Ref: 85
May 28The San Diego Padres tie a 20th Century N.L. record with 9 runs in the 10th inning of a 13-5 victory at Philadelphia.Ref: 85
Jun 01Joe Garagiola Jr. is named as the Diamondbacks first general manager.Ref: 98
Jun 03After the team is only able to break a scoreless tie in the top of the tenth, Montreal Expos' starter Pedro Martinez takes a perfect 1-0 game into the bottom of the tenth at San Diego, but gives up a lead-off double to Bip Roberts, thus losing his bid for perfection or a no-hitter. He is replaced by closer Mel Rojas, who is able to earn the save.Ref: 85
Jun 07Mark Wohlers strikes out 4 batters in the 9th inning.Ref: 31
Jun 11Lee Smith sets a major league record nailing down his 16th consecutive save in 16 appearances. Doug Jones had previously set the mark in 1988 recording 15 straight saves in 15 appearances with the Indians.Ref: 98
Jun 11Mark McGwire ties a major league record by hitting five homers in back-to-back games. His three homers today in consecutive at-bats helps the A's defeat the Red Sox, 8-1.Ref: 98
Jun 12The Cleveland Indians go on a sellout streak that will last 455 games, to April 4th, 2001.Ref: 85
Jun 13Fans flow into Coors Field (home of the Colorado Rockies) for the park's first of 203 consecutive sellouts.Ref: 85
Jun 16The Big Cat (of the Colorado Rockies) dedicates "Andres Galarraga Field" to the Boys and Girls Club of Denver. Galarraga, along with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, donates $48,000 for the field.Ref: 85
Jun 16St Louis Cardinal manager Joe Torre is fired and replaced by Mike Jorgensen.Ref: 85
Jun 19Despite the fact he is under a 60-day suspension for drug abuse, Darryl Strawberry signs a one-year contract with the Yankees.Ref: 98
Jun 25Andres Galarraga ties a Major League record by hitting a home run in three consecutive innings, becoming the fourth player in Colorado Rockies' team history to accomplish the feat.Ref: 85
Jun 26National League President Leonard Coleman announces that Coors Field (home of the Colorado Rockies) has been selected to host the 1998 All-Star Game.Ref: 85
Jun 30At Minnesota, Eddie Murray becomes the third Cleveland Indian to join the 3000 club when he bounces a single throught the right side.Ref: 85
Jul 04Roberto Alomar saw his string of 484 errorless chances come to an end with an error in a game in California. The 484 chances without an error was a new Major League record and the string of 104 games without an error established a new American League standard.Ref: 85
Jul 07National League manager Felipe Alou selects both Dante Bichette and Vinny Castilla to the All-Star squad, marking the first time the Colorado Rockies placed more than one representative in the contest. Castilla gets the starting assignment in place of an injured Matt Williams, becoming the first All-Star starter in club history.Ref: 85
Jul 11Florida Marlins' Jeff Conine becomes the 10th player to homer in his first All-Star Game at-bat, a solo shot off the Athletics' Steve Ontiveros. Conine's shot proves to be the game winner and he is named MVP.Ref: 85
Jul 11The Texas Rangers host the 66th All-Star Game at The Ballpark in Arlington, as the National League posts a 3-2 victory over the American League.Ref: 85
Jul 13Seattle turns the third ever triple play against the Blue Jays, in the ninth inning of their game in the Kingdome.Ref: 85
Jul 19The Tampa Bay Devil Rays name Chuck LaMar as senior vice president of baseball operations and general manager. LaMar helped build the Atlanta Braves into a powerhouse, first as Director of Scouting and Player Development and later as Assistant General Manager.Ref: 85
Jul 28The Toronto Blue Jays trade David Cone to the New York Yankees in exchange for minor league pitchers Marty Janzen, Jason Jarvis and Mike Gordon.Ref: 85
Jul 31The Colorado Rockies acquire two-time Cy Young winner Bret Saberhagen from the Mets.Ref: 85
Aug 02The Anaheim Angels retire coach Jimmie Reese's uniform #50. Long time coach Jimmie Reese, whose 23 years in an Angels uniform equals longest in club history is inducted into the Angels' Hall of Fame. The former roommate of Babe Ruth began his career as a batboy for the Pacific Coast League's Los Angeles Angels in 1917.Ref: 98
Aug 09The Colorado Rockies welcome 300 blind and visually impaired athletes to Denver for the 20th annual World Series of Pioneer Beep Baseball. As a sponsor, the club provides equipment, umpires, field expenses and other costs.Ref: 85
Aug 10The first forfeit in the majors in sixteen years occurs when the fans for the third time during the night throw souvenier baseballs given as a promotion onto the Dodger Stadium field; at the time, Los Angeles was trailing the Cards, 2-1 with one out in the bottom of the ninth.Ref: 98
Aug 13The Minnesota Twins retire Kent Hrbek's uniform no. 14.Ref: 28
Aug 18In spite of Brave rally in the ninth, Tom Henke records his 300th career save as the Cards edge Atlanta, 4-3; he becomes the seventh pitcher in MLB history to reach this milestone. 
Aug 19Governor Tommy Thompson, Milwaukee County Executive Tom Ament, Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist and Brewers President Allan H. -Bud- Selig unveiled a $250M financing plan for a new Brewers Stadium.Ref: 85
Aug 20Setting a major league record, Indian Jose Mesa picks up his 37th save in as many opportunities as Cleveland beats the Brewers, 8-5.Ref: 98
Aug 20Minnesota Twins' Kirby Puckett hit his 200th career home run off Felipe Lira at Detroit.Ref: 85
Sep 04White Sox Robin Ventura becomes the eighth player to hit two grand slams in one game.Ref: 98
Sep 06Cal 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 sell-out crowd, including President Bill Clinton.Ref: 98
Sep 08The Cleveland Indians defeat the Baltimore Orioles, 3-2, clinching the AL Central Division. The Indians go 100-44, winning the Division by 30 games, the largest margin ever.Ref: 85
Sep 13Tigers Lou Whitaker and Al Trammell set American League record for joint appearances (1915 games)Ref: 98
Sep 20The Padres play their one-thousandth home game without having a rainout. The streak began in 1993.Ref: 98
Sep 25Chicago Cub Frank Castillo tosses 8.2 no-hit innings before surrendering an opposite-field triple to Bernard Gilkey in 7-0 victory vs. St. Louis.Ref: 85
Sep 26The Tampa Bay Devil Rays sign their first player - Adam Sisk, a 6-4 right-handed pitcher from Edison Community College in Fort Myers, Florida.Ref: 85
Sep 30Albert Belle becomes the first player in major league history to hit fifty home runs and fifty doubles in the same season.Ref: 98
Oct 01Yankees and Rockies become first wild-card teams in new major league baseball playoff system.Ref: 98
Oct 01Beating the Giants,10-9, the Rockies win first wild card in the National League thus becoming the first team to make the postseason before their seventh year in existence. Colorado's posts the best ever record for a third-year team finishing ten games over .500 (77-67, .535).Ref: 98
Oct 02In a one-game playoff for the AL West title, Mariners Randy Johnson throws a three-hitter and beats the Angels, 9-1.Ref: 98
Oct 03The Yankees, Indians, Reds and Braves win first games ever played in divisional playoffs including wild cards.Ref: 98
Oct 06Mark Lewis hits the 1st ever pinch hit grand slam in playoff history. 
Oct 08Thanks to a two-run double off Jack McDowell by Edgar Martinez, the Mariners become only the fourth team in major league history to overcome a two-game deficit to win a five game series as they dramatically come-from-behind and beat the Yankees, 6-5, in 11 innings.Ref: 98
Oct 12Governor Tommy Thompson signed the Stadium Bill into law in the centerfield parking lot at County Stadium assuring Wisconsin would remain a Major League State for the next 30 years.Ref: 85
Oct 28Atlanta Braves right fielder David Justice broke a scoreless tie with the Cleveland Indians. It was a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth in in Game 6 of the World Series, and it was all the Braves would need. Pitcher/Series MVP Tom Glavine allowed just one hit in eight innings, and Mark Wohlers pitched a perfect ninth to seal the championship, the first in Atlanta’s history.Ref: 3
Nov 02The Tampa Bay Devil Rays unveil their official 1998 game uniforms during a special "fashion show" at the Florida Aquarium.Ref: 85
Nov 07Colorado Rockies Don Baylor receives National League Manager of the Year honors for leading his third-year club to postseason play.Ref: 85
Nov 16Ken Griffey Sr. becomes the fourth batting coach for the Colorado Rockies in as many years. Former big- league manager Jackie Moore is also named to the coaching staff.Ref: 85
Nov 20Walt Weiss re-signs with the Colorado Rockies, agreeing to a two-year deal with a '98 player option.Ref: 85
Nov 27All-Star third baseman Vinny Castilla signs a two-year contract with the Colorado Rockies, through 1997.Ref: 85
Dec 04The home run ball Cal Ripken hit on the night he he tied Lou Gehrig's record is sold by Michael Stirn, the fan who caught it, to a Maryland businessman at an auction for $41,736.Ref: 98
Dec 14Free-agent Lance Johnson, last year's AL's leader in hits (186) signs a two-year pact with Mets for a reportedly worth more than five million dollars.Ref: 98
Dec 21San Francisco Giants announce plans to build a new stadium to open in 2000.Ref: 4
Dec 21After considering an attractive offer from the Orioles, David Cone re-signs with the Yankees as a free agent. The 'hired hand' inks a three-year deal worth $18 million.Ref: 98
Dec 21The Orioles sign free-agent second baseman Roberto Alomar to a three-year $18 million contract.Ref: 98
Dec 22David Cone signs $19.5 million 3 year contract with New York Yankees.Ref: 4
1996
Jan 08For first time in 25 years no one is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.Ref: 4
Jan 18Baseball owners unanimously approve interleague play in 1997.Ref: 4
Jan 30The Tampa Bay Devil Rays name their first two managers: Tom Foley, who played 13 seasons in the Major Leagues, will manage at Butte in the Pioneer League and Bill Evers, with 16 years of managing or coaching experience in the minor leagues, will lead the St. Petersburg club in the Gulf Coast Rookie League.Ref: 85
Feb 14Kevin McClatchy and his financial partners purchase the Pittsburgh Pirates and save the franchise from a move out of Pittsburgh by other potential buyers.Ref: 85
Feb 15The city of Tucson and the Colorado Rockies reach an agreement in principal to keep the city the spring training home of the franchise for the next 15 years.Ref: 85
Mar 28Minnesota Twins' Kirby Puckett awoke with blurred vision which was later diagnosed with incurable glaucoma.Ref: 85
Mar 29New York Yankees beats New York Mets 7-3 in an exhibition gameRef: 4
Mar 30New York Mets beats New York Yankees 5-3 in an exhibition gameRef: 4
Mar 31For the first time in history, the major league season opens in March with Mariners beating the White Sox in 12 innings, 3-2.Ref: 98
Apr 01Opening Day is postponed and a sellout crowd is stunned when, just seven pitches into the season, plate umpire John McSherry collapses and dies on the playing field.Ref: 85
Apr 02Due to rennovations in the coliseum, the A's played their season opener in Las Vegas losing to the Blue Jays 9-6 in front of only 7,296 fans at Cashman Field.Ref: 98
Apr 02Tiger first baseman Cecil Fielder steals his first base after eleven years and 1,097 games played in the majors.Ref: 98
Apr 09Frank Kucharski of Chester, Connecticut attends his 22nd consecutive Yankee season opener at the stadium.Ref: 98
Apr 11With a 2-1 loss to the Padres away from home, Greg Maddux's major league record of road victories is halted at 18. The Braves righty was 18-0 with an ERA under one run per game in 20 regular-season road starts dating back to July of 1994.Ref: 98
Apr 19In the eighth inning, the Rangers falls one run short of setting modern major league mark scoring 16 runs in one inning in their 26-7 rout of the Orioles.Ref: 98
Apr 27Barry Bonds, joins his father and godfather, becoming only the fourth major leaguer to hit 300 homers and swipe 300 bases as he homers for the Giants' in a 6-3 victory over the Marlins. Bobby Bonds, Willie Mays and Andre Dawson are the only other 300-300 players.Ref: 98
Apr 29Exactly 12 years after he gained his first save as a Red, Met John Franco becomes the first left-hander to record 300 saves.Ref: 98
Apr 30In a 10-7 victory at Riverfront, Pirate Jeff King becomes the third major leaguer to hit two homers in one inning twice in his career. He first accomplished the feat a year earlier on August 8th.Ref: 98
May 04Greg Pavlik one-hits Tigers making the Rangers first American League team to pitch back-to-back one-hitters since the Washington Senators in 1917.Ref: 4
May 07The Tampa Bay Devil Rays announce they will host Spring Training in St. Petersburg in 1998, becoming the first team in the "modern era" to host spring training in their home city. The National League's St. Louis Cardinals will leave after training in St. Petersburg since 1946.Ref: 85
May 08NY Yankee Dwight Gooden wins his first American League game beating Tigers 10-3Ref: 1
May 11The St Louis Cardinals retire Red Schoendist's uniform no 2.Ref: 28
May 11Florida Marlin Al Leiter no hits Colorado Rockies, 11-0.Ref: 4
May 12Yankees losing 8-0 to Chicago White Sox, come back to win 9-8.Ref: 4
May 14Dwight Gooden hurls only the eighth regular-season no-hitter in Yankee history, a 2-0, blanking of the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium.Ref: 85
May 16In a 13-1 rout over the Astros, Sammy Sosa becomes the first Cub to hit two HRs in one inning. The slugger accomplishes the feat leading off the seventh with solo HR off Jeff Tabaka and then hits a two-run homer of Jim Dougherty.Ref: 98
May 17Jermaine Dye of the Atlanta Braves hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 11
May 21In a 12-10 defeat of the Pirates, Larry Walker sets a Rockie club record with 13 total bases. The right fielder drives in a six runs with a pair of two-run homers, a triple and a double.Ref: 98
May 30Albert Belle uses a forearm to break up a double play & nearly breaks Brewer 2nd baseman Fernando Vina's nose, Belle gets 2 game suspension.Ref: 4
Jun 03The Tampa Bay Devil Rays begin their first mini-camp as 24 players, all free agents signed before the June draft, assemble at Huggins-Stengel complex in St. Petersburg under the watchful eye of the Rays' coaching staff directed by field coordinator Tom Foley.Ref: 85
Jun 04Outfielder-first baseman Paul Wilder becomes the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' first ever draft pick as the team participates in its first free agent amateur draft. Devil Rays Managing Partner Vince Naimoli announces the selection while in the team's "war room" at the Stouffer-Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg. The Rays eventually select 97 players, the fifth highest total ever taken in the 32-year history of the June draft.Ref: 85
Jun 12Due to questionable comments about Hitler, Reds owner Marge Schott is forced to relinquish her role as managing general partner for two years.Ref: 98
Jun 14Cal Ripken sets a new consecutive games world record by playing in his 2,216th consecutive game; the previous mark of 2,215 was held by Hiroshima Carp third baseman Sachio Kinugasa playing in the Japanese Central League.Ref: 98
Jun 15The first Dodger triple play in forty-seven years is turned by infielders Juan Castro, Delino DeShields and Eric Karros.Ref: 98
Jun 18The Hudson Valley Renegades, the Rays' cooperative team in the New York-Penn League with the Texas Rangers, faces the New Jersey Cardinals at Skylands Park in Augusta, NJ, in the first game involving Rays players. Catcher Chris Anderson, the Devil Rays' 66th-round draft choice from Southeast Oklahoma State University, delivers an RBI single in the second inning for the first hit ever by a Tampa Bay Devil Rays player. The Renegades lose 7-6 in 10 innings.Ref: 85
Jun 19A Gulf Coast League record crowd of 7,582 are on hand at Al Lang Stadium as the GCL Tampa Bay Devil Rays host their Yankee counterparts in the first Devil Rays game. A 10-1 loss doesn't dampen the festive atmosphere nor the unbridled affection that is showered down on the young Rays. News Radio 970-WFLA and SportsChannel Florida broadcast the game live. Eighteen-year-old right-hander Pablo Oretga throws the first Devil Rays pitch (a ball). Butte infielder Jim Kerr hits the first home run in Devil Rays history in the Copper Kings' Pioneereague opener against Idaho Falls.Ref: 85
Jun 19Cardinal Ozzie Smith, considered the best all-time defensive shortstop, announces he will retire at the end of the season.Ref: 98
Jun 20The Gulf Coast League Tampa Bay Devil Rays earn the first win in the history of the organization with a 4-3 triumph over the GCL Astros. Eighteen-year-old Jose Rodriguez from the Dominican Republic gets the win.Ref: 85
Jun 21(thru Jul 27th) Newly acquired San Diego Padre John Flaherty hits in 27 consecutive games, the 2nd-longest streak in Padres history and, at the time, the 2nd-longest ever by a catcher.Ref: 85
Jun 23Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda suffers a mild heart attack.Ref: 85
Jun 25In Oakland, A's first baseman Mark McGwire hits his 300th career HR off of Tiger hurler pitcher Omar Olivares.Ref: 98
Jun 29Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda retired after 20 years.Ref: 85
Jul 07Rene Lacheman is relieved of his managerial for the Florida Marlins position and John Boles is named as the second manager in club history on the following day.Ref: 85
Jul 09In Philadelphia, Dodger backstop Mike Piazza hits a moon shot into the upper-deck at Veterans Stadium and also bangs a RBI double helping the NL to blank the AL, 6-0, in All-Star action.Ref: 98
Jul 12Minnesota Twins' Kirby Puckett announces his retirement due to incurable glaucoma. He will later be named as a Twins vice president.Ref: 85
Jul 15After making 2,216 consecutive starts at shortstop, Oriole Cal Ripken returns to third base for the first time since June 30, 1982. The 2,216 straight starts is a major league record at any position.Ref: 98
Jul 25Bruce Ruffin strikes out 4 batters in the 9th inning.Ref: 31
Jul 27The visiting San Diego Padres score a club-record 20 runs to defeat Florida 20-12 in a 4-hour, 10-minute marathon, the longest 9-inning night game in N.L. history.Ref: 85
Aug 04Baltimore managers Earl Weaver and Ned Hanlon, Kentucky congressman Jim Bunning and Negro League star Bill Foster are inducted into the Hall of Fame. 
Aug 09In a 4-3,10-inning loss to the White Sox, Cal Ripken records his 2,500th career hit, a single off White Sox Bill Simas.Ref: 98
Aug 16(thru the 18th) The San Diego Padres make baseball history in Monterrey, Mexico by hosting the New York Mets in La Primera Serie, the first major league regular season games played outside the United States or Canada.Ref: 85
Aug 25A monument in honor of Mickey Mantle is unveiled in Yankee Stadium's Monument Park.Ref: 85
Aug 26Pro Player, the sports apparel brand of Fruit of the Loom, sponsors the renaming of Joe Robbie Stadium (home of the Florida Marlins) to Pro Player Stadium.Ref: 85
Sep 01The Cincinnati Reds unveil displays saluting their first two retired uniform numbers: Manager Fred Hutchinson (#1) and catcher Johnny Bench (#5).Ref: 85
Sep 03Kevin Appier strikes out 4 batters in the 4th inning.Ref: 31
Sep 06The St Louis Cardinals retire Enos Slaughter's uniform no 9.Ref: 28
Sep 06Brett Butler returns to the Dodger line-up four months after having surgery for throat cancer. The thirty-nine year old centerfielder scores the decisive run in a 3-2 victory over the Pirates. 
Sep 06O's Eddie Murray becomes the 15th player in Major League Baseball history to hit 500 HRs, and joins only H. Aaron and W. Mays becoming the 3rd player to do it and also have 3000 hits. He is the 20th member of the 3000 hit club.Ref: 98
Sep 12With two home runs and a single, Yankee center fielder Bernie Williams has eight RBIs helping the Bronx Bombers defeat the Tigers, 12-3.Ref: 98
Sep 12Ellis Burks steals his 30th base of the season, becoming the first 30-30 player in Colorado Rockies' franchise history. He hit his 30th home run on August 5.Ref: 85
Sep 12In an 8-5 win over the Royals, Mariner¹s Alex Rodriguez sets a major league shortstop record for with his 88th extra base hit.Ref: 98
Sep 13Derek Wallace strikes out 4 batters in the 9th inning.Ref: 31
Sep 13Having stolen his 30th base of the year the night before, Dante Bichette followed his teammate's lead by hitting his 30th homer. The Colorado Rockies joined the 1987 New York Mets as the only teams in history to boast two 30-30 players in the same season.Ref: 85
Sep 15Andres Galarraga's three-run homer scores the 626th, 627th and 628th runs of 1996 at home, helping the Colorado Rockies set the modern Major League record for runs scored at home (625, Boston Red Sox, 1950). The Rockies would end the season with 658 tallies at Coors.Ref: 85
Sep 16A fifth inning triple off of Royal pitcher Jose Rosado makes Twins Paul Molitor the 21st player to attain 3000th career hits and he will become the first MLer to accomplish this milestone in the same season in which he also collects 200 hits; it is the first time a three-bagger is a career 3000th hit.Ref: 98
Sep 17In the thin air of Denver, Dodger Hideo Nomo no-hits the Rockies, 9-0. 'Tornado Boy' walks four and strikes out eight at Coors Field.Ref: 98
Sep 27(thru the 29th) Down 2 games with 3 to play, the San Diego Padres sweep the Dodgers in Los Angeles to win the 2nd division title in club history.Ref: 85
Sep 27Baltimore Oriole Roberto Alomar spits in the face of the umpire John Hirschbeck and is suspended for five games. The Oriole second baseman appeals the decision and is allowed to play the next day helping Baltimore clinch the wild card.Ref: 98
Sep 27The Texas Rangers clinch their first post-season appearance in franchise history as Seattle loses to Oakland, giving Texas the American League West Division championship.Ref: 85
Sep 28Ellis Burks steals second base and helps the Colorado Rockies become the first Major League team to hit 200 home runs and steal 200 bases in the same season.Ref: 85
Oct 01(thru the 5th) The Cardinals sweep 3 games from the San Diego Padres in the N.L. Division Series.Ref: 85
Oct 01The Texas Rangers play the first post-season game in franchise history, defeating the New York Yankees, 6-2, in Game 1 of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium.Ref: 85
Oct 03Tropicana Field is born. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Tropicana Dole Beverages North America, of nearbyBradenton, FL, announce an agreement to rename the ThunderDome. The City of St. Petersburg receives more than $13 million as a result of the agreement.Ref: 85
Oct 04Jim Leyland is named as the third manager in Florida Marlins history.Ref: 85
Oct 04Playoff baseball finally comes to Arlington, but the New York Yankees score two runs in the ninth inning for a 3-2 victory over the Texas Rangers before 50,860 at The Ballpark in Arlington.Ref: 85
Oct 07Vince Naimoli and St. Petersburg Mayor David Fischer preside over the official groundbreaking ceremony for the 15- month, $63 million Tropicana Field renovations.Ref: 85
Oct 15The Tampa Bay Devil Rays name Jamie Reed as Major League head trainer, the first on-field hire for the 1998 Major League Devil Rays.Ref: 85
Oct 16The Colorado Rockies name Clint Hurdle, minor league roving hitting instructor since 1993, batting coach.Ref: 85
Oct 26The NY Yankees played against the defending World Champion Atlanta Braves in what looked like a quick sweep. The Yankees were battered, injured and struggling until the World Series left NY with the Braves leading two games to none. Beginning in Atlanta, the Yankees came to life and beat the braves in four straight, culminating with the 3-2 win on this day back at Yankee Stadium. The Bronx Bombers won the series four games to two.Ref: 3
Oct 28National League All-Star Ellis Burks re-signs with the Colorado Rockies, agreeing to a two-year deal through 1998.Ref: 85
Nov 09The Brewers officially broke ground on Miller Park, their state-of-the-art ballpark.Ref: 85
Nov 11The Phillies trade relievers Toby Borland and Ricardo Jordan to the Mets for first baseman Rico Brogna.Ref: 98
Nov 12Toronto Blue Jay Pat Hentgen is named the American League Cy Young Award winner.Ref: 85
Nov 13Padres third baseman Ken Caminiti is the fourth unanimous winner of the National League MVP.Ref: 98
Nov 14In the closest vote for the award since 1960, Ranger Juan Gonzalez (.314, 47, 144) wins the AL MVP edging out Mariner Alex Rodriguez by just three votes.Ref: 98
Nov 19Free-agent Albert Belle signs a record five-year, $55 million deal with the White Sox making him the first $10 million a year player .Ref: 98
Nov 19The Toronto Blue Jays unveil their new logo and uniforms, the first logo change in club history.Ref: 85
Nov 21Durham (NC) officially becomes the Tampa Bay Devil Rays Triple-A franchise for 1998 as that city was awarded one of two expansion franchises for Triple-A by the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues. The Devil Rays and Capitol Broadcasting Co., Inc. jointly own the new Durham franchise that will continue to be called the "Bulls."Ref: 85
Nov 24The Colorado Rockies, in conjunction with Volunteers of America, ARAMARK, Sysco Foods, King Soopers, Austin Food Brokerage, Butler Rents and Cargill/Honeysuckle Turkeys, host a holiday Turkey Feast in the Coors Field press box.Ref: 85
Dec 05The baseball players union executive board unanimously approved a new collective bargaining agreement, marking the end of the longest labor dispute in baseball history. The new agreement introduced a Luxury Tax, revenue sharing, interleague play, and several provisions designed to compel the future cooperation of owners and players.Ref: 3
Dec 09Free-agent catcher Kirt Manwaring signs a two-year deal with the Colorado Rockies.Ref: 85
Dec 09The Toronto Blue Jays sign free agent catcher Benito Santiago to a two year deal.Ref: 85
Dec 12Marlins sign their 6th free-agent since Nov 22, Moises Alou.Ref: 4
Dec 13The Blue Jays sign free-agent Roger Clemens to a four-year deal. The three-time Cy Young Award winner leaves Boston after thirteen seasons of service.Ref: 98
Dec 16John Wetteland, the 1996 World Series MVP with the Yankees, signs a four-year contract to pitch for the Rangers.Ref: 85
1997
Jan 06Phil Niekro becomes the 227th member of the Hall of Fame. The Blaine, Ohio native is only the 87th player to be elected by the BBWAA.Ref: 98
Jan 16Major League Baseball owners, at their meetings in Phoenix, Arizona, place the Tampa Bay Devil Rays into the American League by a vote of 28-2. The Devil Rays become the American League's 15th franchise.Ref: 85
Jan 22Don Mattingly officially announces his retirement at a media conference at Yankee Stadium.Ref: 85
Jan 25The Tampa Bay Devil Rays sign former Boston Red Sox outfielder Gregg Blosser, from Sarasota, the organization's first player with Major League experience.Ref: 85
Feb 10The Tampa Bay Devil Rays sign a working agreement with the Mexico City Tigers of the Mexican League.Ref: 85
Feb 20San Francisco Giants Barry Bonds signs record $22.9 million 2 year contract.Ref: 4
Feb 25The Colorado Rockies and KWGN-TV Channel 2 announce a five-year contract extension, which allows the Rockies affiliate to continue to broadcast the club's games through the 2002 season.Ref: 85
Feb 26The Colorado Rockies and FOX Sports Rocky Mountain reach a multiyear agreement for the cable rights to the club, beginning with seven telecasts in 1997 and expanding to 50 games each year for the remainder of the contract.Ref: 85
Mar 13John Kaufman, Tom Bergan, Matt Williams, and Jamie Ybarra combine to throw a no-hitter as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays defeated the Phillies, 6-0, in the team's first ever minor league Spring Training game.Ref: 85
Mar 29The first game is played at Turner Field in Atlanta. The Braves beats the Yankees 2-0 (exhibition).Ref: 4
Apr 01In front of the earliest Opening Day sellout crowd since 1985, the San Diego Padres explode for an 11-run 6th inning en route to a 12-5 win over the Mets. The inning established a 20th Century N.L. record for runs scored in an inning on Opening Day.Ref: 85
Apr 02For the first time in major league history, the salary of one player is more than the payroll of an entire team. The White Sox will pay Albert Belle $10 million for the season which is $928,333 more than the whole Pirates payroll.Ref: 98
Apr 15Major League Baseball retires Jackie Robinson's uniform #42, for all teams.Ref: 28
Apr 16Dustin Hermanson of the Montreal Canadians hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 11
Apr 16Extending their losing streak to 12 with a 4-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies,the Cubs set the record for worst start in league history surpassing the overall NL record of 0-11 established by the Detroit Wolverines 1884.Ref: 85
Apr 18In a 6-5 loss to the Blue Jays, Rangers¹ Roger Pavlik becomes the first AL pitcher to walk the first four batters of a game.Ref: 98
Apr 19(and 20th) The San Diego Padres host the St. Louis Cardinals in the Padres Paradise Series at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI, dropping 2 of 3 games.Ref: 85
Apr 21The Tampa Bay Devil Rays sign right-handed pitcher Rolando Arrojo, the ace of the Cuban Natiional Team.Ref: 85
Apr 25In an Indian 11-4 victory, the Tribe (8 - a team record) and Brewers (3) tie a major league record for a home runs in a nine-inning night game slugging a combined 11 dingers. Matt Williams contributes three homers and David Justice goes deep twice.Ref: 98
Apr 29Royals' Chili Davis becomes 75th major leaguer to hit 300 HRs.Ref: 98
May 07Expos scores 13 in 6th at GiantsRef: 4
May 09San Diego Padres retire #35 worn by pitcher Randy JonesRef: 4
May 10Chicago Cubs turn baseballs 68th triple play (vs San Fransisco Giants)Ref: 1
May 11NY Mets C Everett & Butch Huskey are 9th to hit consecutive pinch HRs.Ref: 4
May 12Angels scores 13 in 7th vs White Sox.Ref: 4
May 13Eddie Murray is 6th baseball player to play in 3,000 gamesRef: 4
May 14Baseball's Exec Council suspends NY Yankee owner George SteinbrennerRef: 4
May 16St Louis Cardinals Gary Gaetti records his 2,000th hits.Ref: 4
May 16Expos trailing San Fransisco Giants by 9 runs comeback to win 14-13.Ref: 4
May 25The Minnesota Twins retire Kirby Puckett's uniform no. 34.Ref: 28
Jun 10Kevin Brown tosses a 9-0 no-hitter in San Francisco, falling one hit batter from perfection.Ref: 85
Jun 11After 11 straight wins starting on Opening Day, Roger Clemens gets beat for the first time as the Mariners defeat the Blue Jays 5-1.Ref: 98
Jun 12After 126 years of major league play, the first interleague games in history are played as the Giants defeat the Rangers, 4-3, at the Ballpark inTX. Glenallen Hill becomes the NL's first regular season designated hitter.Ref: 98
Jun 13The Brewers played their first interleague game at Wrigley Field winning 4-2 against the Chicago Cubs. The Brewers were the first American League team to play a non-exhibition game in Wrigley Field since the 1945 World Series.Ref: 85
Jun 16In the first ever regular season meeting between the Mets and Yankees, the Mets score three times in the first inning, never looking back as Dave Mlicki pitched a complete game shutout in a 6-0 victory.Ref: 85
Jun 23San Diego Padre Trevor Hoffman slams the door on the Giants to pass Rollie Fingers and become the Padres all-time save leader with 109.Ref: 85
Jun 30Bobby Witt hits a solo homer off Ismael Valdes at Dodger Stadium, the first American League pitcher to go deep in a regular season game since Baltimore's Roric Harrison on Oct 3, 1972 (1st game) at Cleveland. It is the first home run by a pitcher in Texas Rangers history.Ref: 85
Jul 21Wilson Alvarez strikes out 4 batters in the 7th inning.Ref: 31
Jul 27The Detroit Tigers retire Hal Newhouser's uniform no. 16.Ref: 28
Jul 31Mark McGwire joins the St. Louis Cardinals.Ref: 85
Aug 08At Busch Stadium, recently acquired first baseman Mark McGwire hits his 365th career HR which is also his first NL homer off Phillies' pitcher Mark Lieter.Ref: 98
Aug 10(through the 13th) Coors Field (home of the Colorado Rockies) hosts the fifth annual RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner-cities) World Series. Teams representing the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico compete in both boys and girls divisions.Ref: 85
Aug 13In a pregame ceremony attended by Rachel and Sharon Robinson, the Colorado Rockies retire No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson's historic and heroic contributions to the game of baseball. His number adorns the rightfield wall in Coors Field, and is retired across baseball.Ref: 85
Aug 18The Colorado Rockies acquire RHP Pedro Astacio from the Dodgers for second baseman Eric Young. Astacio goes 5-1 to close out the season and picks up four of the top five Rockies single-game strikeout performances for the year.Ref: 85
Aug 28The Tampa Bay Devil Rays become only the second major league club to sign a working agreement with a Japanese League team, signing a two-year contract with the Seibu Lions with a four-year option extending through 2002.Ref: 85
Aug 31In front of a crowd of 55,707, Don Mattingly's uniform number 23 is added to the list of retired numbers on the wall at Yankee Stadium Momument Park.Ref: 29
Aug 31Andruw Jones's grand slam is the Braves' tenth of the season breaking the NL mark for bases-full HRs for a team in single season. Ironically the record is broken in an AL park as Atlanta defeats the Red Sox.Ref: 98
Sep 02Brad Fullmer of the Montreal Canadians hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 11
Sep 07Expo Mark Grudzielanek breaks the NL mark for doubles for a shortstop hitting his 49th in 2-1 loss to the Phillies. The record was set by Dick Bartell of the 1932 Phillies.Ref: 98
Sep 07For only the 22nd time in major league history a player reaches the 50 HR plateau when Mariner Ken Griffey, Jr. hits his 50th in a 9-6 loss to the Twins.Ref: 98
Sep 07The major league mark for the most combined strikeouts in a game is tied when 33 players whiff during fifteen inning 5-4 Angel victory over the Tigers.Ref: 98
Sep 09Red Sox rookie shortstop Nomar Garciaparra breaks the major league record for RBIs by a lead-off batter with his two ribbies in a 8-6 loss to the Yankees.Tiger Harvey Kuenn established the mark in 1956 with 85.Ref: 98
Sep 10In a 7-6 loss to the Giants, Cardinal Mark McGwire becomes only the second player in major league history to hit 50 HRs in consecutive seasons; Babe Ruth accomplished the feat twice in 1920-21 and 1927-28 seasons.Ref: 98
Sep 14The Chicago White Sox retire Carlton Fisk's uniform #72.Ref: 28
Sep 16Phillie Curt Schilling whiffs nine Mets becoming the thirteenth player in major league history since 1900 to record 300 strikeouts in a season .Ref: 98
Sep 20Cardinal Mark McGwire becomes the first major leaguer to hit 20 HRs for two different teams in the same season. 'Big Mac' had hit 34 the A's before being traded to St. Louis.Ref: 98
Sep 22The Atlanta Braves won an unprecedented sixth straight division title. The record eclipsed the old mark of five straight set by the New Ycrk Yankees (1949-1953) and the Oakland A’s (1971-1975). The Braves failed to reach the World Series, however, for the first time since 1993.Ref: 3
Sep 23A 6-3 victory in Montreal clinches the Florida Marlins' first-ever post season berth.Ref: 85
Sep 24Toronto Blue Jay manager Cito Gaston is relieved of his duties, Mel Queen appointed interim manager for the rest of the season.Ref: 85
Sep 24Minor league pitcher Doug Million passes away after a severe asthma attack in Mesa, Ariz., where he was taking part in Instructional League.Ref: 85
Sep 25The Astros clinch their first division 11 years by beating the Cubs, 9-1. Houston wins the NL Central despite only being five games over .500.Ref: 98
Sep 25Donning uniform number 43 to honor recently fired manager Cito Gaston, Joe Carter becomes the Blue Jay's career HR leader hitting his 203rd in a 4-3 victory over the Orioles. George Bell had been Toronto's HR leader.Ref: 98
Sep 28The Toronto Blue Jays announce coaches Nick Leyva, Gene Tenace, Alfredo Griffin and Willie Upshaw will not return for the 1998 season.Ref: 85
Sep 29Oren L. Benton resigns as vice chairman of the Colorado Rockies.Ref: 85
Oct 03The Florida Marlins complete a Division Series sweep with a 6-2 win in San Francisco.Ref: 85
Oct 15Thanks to an an 11th-inning homer by Tony Fernandez, the Indians win their second pennant in three years defeating the Orioles 1-0 to win the AL Championship Series in six games.Ref: 98
Oct 15Major League Baseball approves a resolution creating a 16-team National League and a 14-team American League for the 1998 season. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays are placed in the American League Eastern Division with the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays.Ref: 85
Oct 22Rightfielder Larry Walker wins the Colorado Rockies' first Gold Glove.Ref: 85
Oct 26Edgar Renteria's two-out single in the bottom of the eleventh scores Craig Counsell in Game Seven of the World Series to give the Florida Marlins the World Championship.Ref: 85
Oct 30Interbrew S.A. announces that they are no longer trying to sell the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club, the Toronto Argonauts Football Team or their share in SkyDome.Ref: 85
Nov 06The Brewers, as part of Phase One of Major League Baseball's realignment plan, became a member of the National League. The Brewers transfer, the first since the American League was formed at the turn of the century, was necessary to create a 16-team National League and a 14-team American League. Milwaukee joined the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central Division.Ref: 85
Nov 10Toronto Blue Jay Roger Clemens named as the American League Cy Young Award winner, his fourth and the second straight by a Blue Jay.Ref: 85
Nov 11The Tampa Bay Devil Rays acquire outfielder Mike Kelly from the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later in the club's first-ever trade involving a Major League player. Kelly becomes the first player added to the Rays' 40-man Major League roster.Ref: 85
Nov 13Rockies outfielder Larry Walker (.366, 49, 130) is named the National League MVP becoming the first Canadian in either league to win the honor.Ref: 98
Nov 18The Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays begin taking shape with 35 selections apiece in baseball’s expansion draft. Both the Diamondbacks and Devil Rays began their baseball lives with sufficient funds to contend quickly.Ref: 3
Nov 22The infield dirt is poured at Tropicana Field (home of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays).Ref: 85
Nov 24Tim Johnson is appointed Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.Ref: 85
Nov 26The Toronto Blue Jays radio rights are awarded to Headline Sports.Ref: 85
Dec 02After hitting .304, with 40 HR and 113 RBI for a second consecutive season, Colorado Rockies third baseman Vinny Castilla agrees to a four-year contract extension through 2001.Ref: 85
Dec 03The Tampa Bay Devil Rays sign free agent pitcher Wilson Alvarez to a five-year contract.Ref: 85
Dec 04Darryl Kile, one of the most coveted pitchers on the free-agent market, agrees to a three-year contract with the Colorado Rockies.Ref: 85
Dec 06Individual tickets for the 1998 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season go on sale to the general public. Opening Day sells out in 17 minutes.Ref: 85
Dec 08Richard L. Monfort becomes vice chairman of the Colorado Rockies, joining his brother, Charles, who has held the same position since 1992.Ref: 85
Dec 09The Tampa Bay Devil Rays sign free agent third baseman Wade Boggs.Ref: 85
Dec 12Florida releases Alex Arias, the last original Marlin.Ref: 4
Dec 12Red Sox sign Pedro Martinez to record 6 year $69 million contract.Ref: 4
Dec 15The San Diego Padres acquire All-Star right-hander Kevin Brown from the Marlins in a 4-player trade.Ref: 85
Dec 31Orlando Hernandez, half-brother of pitcher Livan, defects from Cuba.Ref: 4
1998
Jan 06Don Sutton selected to Baseball Hall of FameRef: 4
Jan 07An investor group led by Thomas O. Hicks agrees to acquire the Texas Rangers in a $250 million transaction.Ref: 85
Jan 09Boston Red Sox Mo Vaughn pleads not guilty to drunken driving.Ref: 4
Jan 10Single game tickets go on sale for the Arizona Diamondbacks Opening Day on March 31 against the Colorado Rockies. All tickets are gone before lunch.Ref: 85
Jan 22Rickey Henderson, rejoins Oakland A's for 4th time.Ref: 4
Feb 03The Yankees replace recently resigned general manager Bob Watson with Brian Cashman.Ref: 98
Feb 04The Toronto Blue Jays sign free agent outfielder Jose Canseco.Ref: 85
Feb 06The Twins trade Chuck Knoblauch to New York Yankees for $3 million & 4 minor leaguers.Ref: 4
Feb 09Boston Red Sox Mo Vaughn pleads not guilty to drunken driving.Ref: 4
Feb 13Pitchers and catchers take the field at Kino Veterans Memorial Sportspark in Tucson to inaugurate the Arizona Diamondbacks' first major-league spring training.Ref: 85
Feb 15Fifty-one Tampa Bay Devil Ray players, including 41 pitchers, take the field at 9:35 a.m. at the Devil Rays Spring Training Complex, nee Busch Complex, as the team's first Major League Spring Training camp opens. The players work out for three-hours. Catcher Cesar Devarez suffers the team's first injury - a dislocated left knee cap.Ref: 85
Feb 17The Florida Power Walkway is unveiled at Tropicana Field (home of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays). The walkway is a 900-foot tropical ceramic tile mosaic, the largest of its kind in Florida and among the top five in the United States. With special lights and music it serves as a one-of-a-kind entrance to a major league ballpark. It is made up of 1,849,091 tiles.Ref: 85
Feb 26In their first Spring Training game, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays defeat Florida State University at Al Lang Stadium. he Rays use 30 players in the win over Florida State, rallying from a 3-1 deficit with a five-run eighth inning. Right-hander Matt White is the Rays starting pitcher and right-hander Jason Johnson gets the win. Quinton McCracken leads off the game for the Rays with a single to right field.Ref: 85
Feb 27Al Lang Stadium is renamed Florida Power Park, Home of Al Lang Field. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays lose, 2-1, to the Florida Marlins in their first Major League Spring Training game. Bubba Trammell's home run completed the scoring for the home team.Ref: 85
Feb 27In the Arizona Diamondbacks' first Cactus League exhibition game, Edwin Diaz hits a ninth-inning sacrifice fly that scores Kelly Stinnett with the winning run in a 6-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Tucson Electric Park.Ref: 85
Mar 02Tampa Bay wins its first Major League Spring Training game, 6-2, over visiting Kansas City. Left-hander Ryan Karp is the winner as the Rays win it with a four-run rally in the seventh inning.Ref: 85
Mar 19The FOX Group officially takes over the Los Angeles Dodgers from the O'Malley family.Ref: 85
Mar 20Jerry Colangelo of the Arizona Diamondbacks and county officials break bottles of sparkling water over the rotunda railings to highlight the official dedication ceremony at Bank One Ballpark.Ref: 85
Mar 26The Tampa Bay Devil Rays finalize their 1998 Opening Day roster: Pitchers (11): Wilson Alvarez, Rolando Arrojo, Dan Carlson, Rick Gorecki, Roberto Hernandez, Albie Lopez, Jim Mecir, Tony Saunders, Dennis Springer, Ramon Tatis, Esteban Yan; Catchers (2): John Flaherty, Mike DiFelice; Infielders (7): Wade Boggs, Miguel Cairo, Aaron Ledesma, Fred McGriff, Bobby Smith, Paul Sorrento, Kevin Stocker; Outfielders (5): Rich Butler, Mike Kelly, Dave Martinez, Quinton McCracken, Bubba Trammell. The Cuesta-Rey Cigar Bar is christened at an evening extravaganza at Tropicana Field, becoming the first cigar bar at a Major League ballpark.Ref: 85
Mar 27In the first exhibition game at Tropicana Field, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat Atlanta, 5-0, in front of 26,519. Rolando Arrojo beats Tom Glavine and Russ Mormon hits the first home run, a 380-foot shot to left-center.Ref: 85
Mar 29The final exhibition game of the season serves as a trial run for the Arizona Diamondbacks Bank One Ballpark as 49,198 fans see the Chicago White Sox defeat Arizona, 3-0. 
Mar 31The World Series Championship banner is raised on Opening Day at the Florida Marlins Pro Player Stadium. Rings are presented during a pre-game ceremony on April 5.Ref: 85
Mar 31The Milwaukee Brewers play their first game ever as a National League franchise, dropping a heartbreaking 2-1 score to the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.Ref: 85
Mar 31At Atlanta's Turner Field, all -time HR leader and fan favorite, Hank Aaron, helps to mark Milwaukee's historic return to the NL with a rare on-the-field appearance.Ref: 98
Mar 31The Tigers spoil the Devil Rays major league debut beating the AL's newest team, 6-2 at Tropicana Field in Tampa.Ref: 98
Mar 31In front of a sellout crowd of 47,484 at Bank One Ballpark, the Arizona Diamondback lose to the Rockies, 9-2. The seven run difference matches the '62 Mets and the '77 Mariners for the most-lopsided loss by an expansion team in their first game.Ref: 85
Apr 01Paul Olden's "Say hello to victory Tampa Bay" hits the airwaves as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays defeat Detroit, 11-8, for their first-ever victory. Cuban ace Rolando Arrojo earns the victory in his first Major League game.Ref: 85
Apr 04Mark McGwire begins what will be a historic season homering in the fourth consecutive game to tie Willie Mays' NL record for most homers to start a season; Big Mac¹s three-run blast in the sixth inning helps the Cardinals beat the Padres, 8-6.Ref: 98
Apr 04The Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate their first victory, a 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.Ref: 85
Apr 08The Tampa Bay Devil Rays record 10 hits but strand 13 runners on base, losing to Detroit in their first road game, 3-1, at Tiger Stadium.Ref: 85
Apr 11Chicago area native Rick Gorecki leads the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to their first road victory with a 5-1 win over the White Sox at Comiskey Park.Ref: 85
Apr 13Due a beam falling at Yankee Stadium, two games are postponed and the Bronx Bombers are scheduled to play one game at Shea Stadium.Ref: 98
Apr 19The Tampa Bay Devil Rays improve to 10-6 with a 6-0 victory at Anaheim, becoming the first expansion team ever to be four games over .500 at any point in their inaugural season.Ref: 85
Apr 24Hitting a solo homer off Giant¹s Orel Hershiser at 3Com Park, Geoff Jenkins becomes the first Brewer player ever to homer in his first major league league game. The rookie joins Chuck Tanner, who accomplished the feat in 1955 as a Brave, as the only players in Milwaukee baseball history to homer in their first game.Ref: 98
Apr 25The 'Iron Man's' streak continues as Cal Ripken plays in his 2,500th consecutive game as the Orioles host the A¹s at Camden Yards.Ref: 98
May 03Mariner Dan Wilson hits the first inside-the-park grand slam in the franchise¹s history.Ref: 98
May 06Cubs' rookie Kerry Wood ties a major league record with 20 strikeouts in a nine-inning game as he one-hits the Astros, 2-0. In addition to matching Roger Clemens' feat (Mariners-1986 and Tigers- 1996), the 20-year-old Texan breaks the National League record of 19 strikeouts in a nine-inning game shared by Steve Carlton, David Cone and Tom Seaver.Ref: 98
May 08Cardinal Mark McGwire reaches the 400th career HR mark. Big Red's historic milestone comes in 4,727 at-bats (127 less at-bats than Babe Ruth) which is the least plate appearances ever needed to reach the mark.Ref: 98
May 15The Los Angeles Dodgers trade Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile to the Florida Marlins for Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, Jim Eisenreich and Charles Johnson.Ref: 85
May 17For only the 13th time in modern major league history, a perfect game is tossed as David Wells beats the Twins 4-0 in front of nearly 50,000 fans on Beanie Baby Day at Yankee Stadium.Ref: 98
May 18With a 6-3 victory over the Orioles, the Devil Rays become the second expansion team in major league history to sweep an away four-game series. The 1993 Colorado Rockies, who did it against the Los Angeles Dodgers, was the other team to accomplish this feat.Ref: 98
May 18Due to drastic payroll cuts reducing the World Champions effectiveness, two class-action lawsuits are filed against the Marlins - one for breach of contract and the other accusing the team of false advertising.Ref: 98
May 22The New York Mets acquire catcher Mike Piazza from the Florida Marlins in exchange for minor league outfielder Preston Wilson, minor league lefthanded pitcher Ed Yarnell and minor league lefthanded pitcher Geoff Getz.Ref: 85
May 23Carl Pavano, making his major-league debut for the Expos, allows two runs one earned on three hits and strikes out six in the 3-2 win over the Phillies. The Southington, Connecticut native was acquired by Montreal in the Pedro Martinez trade with the Red Sox.Ref: 98
May 25St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire made baseball history this day. The major-league player hit his 25th home run before June 1. Until this home run in the first inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies, McGwire was tied with Ken Griffey Jr., the only players in major-league history to hit 24 home runs before June 1 in a baseball season. McGwire finished out the month with a total of 27 home runs, the 26th on May 29th, and the 27th HR the next day, both against the San Diego Padres. These homers also gave McGwire the distinction of breaking the record for most home runs hit in one month (17) for the St. Louis ball club, a record he previously held with 15.Ref: 3
May 30In an emotional on-the -field ceremony, Dan Quisenberry becomes the sixteenth member of the Royals Hall of Fame. The sinkerball pitcher with a submarine delivery was diagnosed with a grade IV malignant astrocyma and underwent brain surgery to remove the tumor in January.Ref: 98
Jun 04By selling out all four-million shares of common stock sold at $15 each, the Indians raised $60 million making the Indians the first publicly traded major league team.Ref: 98
Jun 07Dave Burba becomes the first Cleveland pitcher to homer in 26 years in a 6-1 victory over the Reds at Cinergy Field. Ironically, he was scheduled to be the Opening Day pitcher for Cincinnatti but was traded to Cleveland the day before for Sean Casey.Ref: 98
Jun 10Dante Bichette becomes the first Colorado Rockies player to hit for the cycle.Ref: 85
Jun 10Major League owners unanimously approve transfer of ownership of Texas Rangers to Thomas O. Hicks at Major League meetings in Seattle.Ref: 85
Jun 13The first triple play ever completed at Dodger Stadium is turned by Darren Dreifort, Eric Young, Jose Vizcaino and Bobby Bonilla.Ref: 98
Jun 13For the fourth time in major league history, teammates hit back-to-back homers in consecutive innings as Javy Lopez and Andruw Jones accomplish the feat for the Atlanta Braves.Ref: 98
Jun 20The Cleveland Indians retire Bob Lemon's uniform no. 21.Ref: 28
Jun 21The Los Angeles Dodgers replace, on an interim basis, manager Bill Russell and general manager Fred Claire with Glenn Hoffman and Tom Lasorda.Ref: 85
Jun 21Raymond, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' mascot, debuts prior to the Devil Rays-Red Sox game at Tropicana Field.Ref: 85
Jun 22Two Major League teams from Florida compete for the first time at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg with the Florida Marlins defeating the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 3-2 in 12 innings. Two days later, the clubs meet in South Florida. Overall, the Marlins win three of the four games.Ref: 85
Jun 25Cub Sammy Sosa breaks the major league record for homers in a month, hitting his 19th dinger in June passing the mark set by Tiger Rudy York in August of 1937.Ref: 98
Jul 01Rookie Rolando Arrojo is named to the American League All-Star team. Arrojo becomes just the second rookie from an expansion team to be named an All-Star and the first Cuban pitcher since Luis Tiant in 1976. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays sign free agent Jose Canseco.Ref: 85
Jul 05Defeating the Orioles 1-0, the Yankees improves their to record 61-20 equaing the best 81-game start in major league history. The mark matches the record of the 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates and the 1907 Chicago Cubs.Ref: 98
Jul 05In a game that is halted for 3 1/2 hours by rain and takes 6 hours, 9 minutes to complete, the Rangers beat the Mariners, 9-2.Ref: 98
Jul 05Juan Gonzalez becomes the second player in major league history to go over the 100 RBI mark before the All-Star game. His major league-leading total 101 RBIs is second only to Tiger slugger Hank Greenberg who had 103 in 1935 and finished the season with 170.Ref: 98
Jul 05Toronto Blue Jay Roger Clemens becomes the 11th pitcher to record 3000 career strikeouts after fanning Tampa Bay's Randy Winn.Ref: 85
Jul 06Coors Field (homeo of the Colorado Rockies) hosts the 69th annual Major League All-Star festivities, beginning with All-Star Workout Day. Ken Griffey Jr. beats out Jim Thome to win the long-awaited home run derby. During the contest's first round, Mark McGwire launches a ball 510 feet off a billboard in center field.Ref: 85
Jul 08In the highest-scoring game in All-Star history, the American League beats the senior circuit, 13-8 in the thin air at Coors Field in Denver. The 21-run total surpasses the previous record set in 1954 when the AL beat the Nationals,11-9 in Cleveland's Muncipal Stadium.Ref: 98
Jul 09Brewer owner Bud Selig, who served as acting commissioner for nearly the last six years, is named by the owners to be baseball's ninth commissioner. To avoid conflicts of interest, his ownership of the Milwaukee's franchise will be placed in trust.Ref: 98
Jul 18With two outs, the Red Sox hit four homers in the fourth inning to become the first AL team to accomplish this feat with two down; Donnie Sadler, Darren Lewis, Nomar Garciaparra and Mo Vaughn all go deep for Boston in the 9-4 victory over the Tigers.Ref: 98
Jul 19Blue Jay's first baseman Carlos Delgado becomes the first player to reach the SkyDome's fifth deck with his Ruthian HR to right field.Ref: 98
Jul 21In his Major League debut, Colorado Rockies' Mark Brownson tosses a complete-game shutout at Houston.Ref: 85
Jul 25Neifi Perez becomes the second Colorado Rockies player to hit for the cycle.Ref: 85
Jul 25San Diego Padre Trevor Hoffman closes out the Astros to convert his M.L. record-tying 41st consecutive save.Ref: 85
Jul 26With his 44th HR, Mark McGwire surpasses Johnny Mize as the all-time Cardinal single-season home run leader.Ref: 98
Jul 26Hitting his 380th career HR, Jose Canseco becomes the all-time Latin home run leader passing Orlando Cepeda and Tony Perez.Ref: 98
Jul 26Don Sutton and Larry Doby are inducted into the Hall of Fame along with Lee MacPhail, George Davis and Joe Rogan; MacPhail joins his dad, Larry, to become the first father and son to be enshrined at Copperstown.Ref: 98
Jul 27Sammy Sosa hits his first career grand slam setting the mark for most career homers before hitting a grand slam (246).Ref: 98
Jul 27Pirate Tony Womack establishes a new major league mark by not grounding out into a double play in 888 consecutive at-bats breaking the record previously established by Dodger Pete Reiser in 1946.Ref: 98
Jul 27In Devil Ray's 11-5 win over Oakland, Wade Boggs eighth inning single moves him past past Babe Ruth and into 33rd place on the career hits list with 2,874.Ref: 98
Jul 27Blake Stein strikes out 4 batters in the 4th inning.Ref: 31
Jul 30Arizona Diamondback Omar Daal pitches the franchise's first complete-game shutout, scattering four hits in a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Bank One Ballpark.Ref: 85
Jul 31The Colorado Rockies trade outfielder Ellis Burks to the Giants for center fielder Darryl Hamilton and two minor league prospects.Ref: 85
Aug 01The longest hitting streak in Angels history, 28-games, ends as Angel Garret Anderson goes hitless in four at-bats in a 11-3 defeat to the Red Sox.Ref: 98
Aug 01By homering from both sides of the plate for the third time this season, Tiger switch-hitter Tony Clark sets an AL record as Detroit defeats the Devil Rays, 8-0.Ref: 98
Aug 01The Royals steal eight bases, including four swipes by infielder Jose Offerman, to tie a 33-year-old team record during a 9-5 victory over the O¹s.Ref: 98
Aug 01Using the old Negro League teams represented in their respective cities, the Cardinal-Brave game Saturday featured throwback uniforms of the 1928 St. Louis Stars and the 1940 Atlanta Black Crackers.Ref: 98
Aug 06Kevin McClatchy's vision of a new baseball-only stadium starts to becomes more of a reality as PNC Bank strikes a deal with the Pirates calling the Bucs' new home PNC Park.Ref: 98
Aug 08At the age of 41, Twins' Paul Molitor becomes fifth player in major league history to have at least 3,000 hits and 500 steals. His 5-for-5 performance and the theft of his 500th base allows him to join Ty Cobb (4,191 hits, 892 steals), Honus Wagner (3,415, 722), Eddie Collins (3,315, 744) and Lou Brock (3,023, 938) as the only players to accomplish this milestone.Ref: 98
Aug 09The Expos draw a total of 757 dogs during the team's Dog Day promotion. Montreal's 8-2 victory over the Devil Rays featured a pre-game parade of the dogs and their owners on the field.Ref: 98
Aug 09With his 244th victory, the Braves' Dennis Martinez passes Juan Marichal to become the winningest Latin American pitcher in major league baseball history. Martinez pitches a perfect eighth inning as the Braves beat the Giants, 7-5. 
Aug 09In Boston's 14-8 victory over the Rangers, Dennis Eckersley ties Kent Tekulve for second on the all-time list with 1,050 appearances by a pitcher. Hoyt Wilhelm is the over-all leader with 1,070.Ref: 98
Aug 10Joining Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth, Albert Belle becomes only the fourth player to drive in 100 runs and hit 30 homers for seven consecutive seasons.Ref: 98
Aug 14Chris Hoiles hits two grand slam home runs in the same game.Ref: 33
Aug 14The Los Angeles Dodgers retire Don Sutton's uniform No. 20.Ref: 28
Aug 18Greg Maddux wins his 200th career game as the Braves beat the Giants, 8-4; all of Atlanta¹s nine hits were doubles. 
Aug 20At Shea Stadium, Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire becomes the first player in MLB history to hit 50 home runs in three consecutive seasons; his seventh inning solo shot heps to defeat the Mets, 2-0.Ref: 98
Aug 23Barry Bonds becomes the first player in major league history to hit 400 home runs and steal at least 400 bases (438). The Giant slugger reaches the unmatched plateau with his 26th homer of the year against Marlin Kirt Ojala in a 10-5 San Francisco victory.Ref: 98
Aug 23At County Stadium against the Padres, Bob Hamelin hits his fourth pinch-hit home run of the season. It is the most pinch-hit home runs hit by a single Brewers player in a season and is also the all-time franchise record.Ref: 85
Aug 30Defeating the Marlins 7-5, the Reds hand Florida its 89th loss, the most ever for a reigning World Series champ. The Reds lost 88 games in 1991 after its Fall Classic sweep of the A¹s.Ref: 98
Aug 30Toms River becomes the first American team since 1993 to win the Little League World Series as Chris Cardone hits home runs in consecutive at-bats, including a game-deciding two-run shot beating Kashima, Japan,12-9.Ref: 98
Aug 30The Cardinals honor Jack Buck with a new statue in Buck's likeness. The Hall of Fame broadcaster began announcing Cardinal's games in 1954.Ref: 98
Aug 31OF Dante Bichette agrees to a three-year contract extension with the Colorado Rockies.Ref: 85
Sep 01Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals hit his 56th and 57th home runs, breaking the National League one-season record set by Hack Wilson in 1930.Ref: 98
Sep 04A 3-1 win over the Houston Astros gives the Arizona Diamondbacks their seventh consecutive victory, equalling the longest winning streak by any expansion team in history.Ref: 98
Sep 04Toronto Blue Jay Shawn Green becomes just the ninth player in the history of the American League, and the first Blue Jay, to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in the same season.Ref: 85
Sep 05The 1998 Yankees (100-38) reach the century mark in victories earlier than other team in major league history beating the White Sox, 11-6. The 1906 Cubs and 1954 Indians had shared the record accomplishing the feat on September 9.Ref: 98
Sep 05Giant Armando Rios hits HRs for his first two major league hits. Expo Shane Andrews accomplished the same feat on April 27 and 28 in 1995Ref: 98
Sep 05Mark McGwire becomes the third and quickest player in major league history to hit 60 HRs in a season. 'Big Mac' accomplishes the feat in 141 games as compared to Babe Ruth (154) and Roger Maris.Ref: 98
Sep 07In the first inning at Busch Stadium, Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire ties Roger Maris' single season HR mark hitting his 61st in a national televised Labor Day game against the Cubs; Big Mac hits his historic HR on his dad¹s 61st birthday.Ref: 98
Sep 08Marlon Anderson of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 11
Sep 08Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire connects off of Cub hurler Steve Trachsel and sends a 341foot line-drive over the left field fence for his historic 62nd home run breaking the single-season HR record set in 1961 by Roger Maris; the homer comes in the fourth inning of a national televised game. (XDG, p 4A, 9/8/2000)Ref: 82
Sep 09By defeating the Boston, 7-5, the Yankees move 20 1/2 games ahead of second-place Red Sox and clinch the American League East title. It is the earliest date in American League history in which a flag has been captured.Ref: 98
Sep 10With a 4th-inning strikeout of the Dodgers' Trenidad Hubbard, his 232nd of the year, San Diego Padre Kevin Brown becomes the Padres' single-season K King. He'd go on to fan 257, 2nd-most in the N.L.Ref: 85
Sep 12Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs became the fourth player in major-league baseball history to reach 60 homers in a single season.Ref: 3
Sep 12In front of 60,823 at The Q, the San Diego Padres overcome a 7-0 deficit in an 8-7 win over the Dodgers, clinching their 2nd division title in 3 seasons.Ref: 85
Sep 13In the Chicago Cubs' 10-inning 11-10 win vs. Milwaukee, Sammy Sosa hits home runs Nos. 61 and 62 to tie and then surpass Roger Maris on single-season home run list.Ref: 85
Sep 16For only the 30th time in major league history and the 12th time it has been done consecutively, four batters strike out in one inning. Thanks to Randy Knorr's passed ball, Marlin rookie Kirt Ojala accomplishes the feat in the fourth inning of the Marlins' 3-2 defeat to the Expos.Ref: 98
Sep 16With homers in four straight at-bats and five in two games, Cleveland's Manny Ramirez ties a major league record; the Indian right fielder, who homered in his final three at-bats last night, goes deep off of Twin Bob Tewksbury in the first and takes 3-2 pitch to left in the fifth for his fifth homer in six at-bats.Ref: 98
Sep 16Tom Gordon ties Jose Mesa's major league 1995 single-season record with his 38th consecutive save and sets a Red Sox mark with his 41st save of the season as Boston defeats the Orioles, 4-3.Ref: 98
Sep 18The Colorado Rockies agrees to a player development contract with the Double-A Carolina Mudcats of the Southern League.Ref: 85
Sep 19Cal Ripken, Jr. plays the last of his 2632 consecutive games.Ref: 17
Sep 19Indian Manny Ramirez belts two homers to raise his five-game total to eight becoming only the second player in history to do so. Frank Howard accomplished the feat twice in 1968.Ref: 98
Sep 19Mariner shortstop Alex Rodriguez becomes the first infielder in major league history to hit 40 HRs and steal 40 bases.Ref: 98
Sep 20Cal Ripken's streak ends at 2,632 consecutive games as he does not appear in the lineup for the first time since May 29,1982.Ref: 98
Sep 23In a Chicago's 8-7 loss at Milwaukee, Cubs' outfielder Sammy Sosa hits his 64th and 65th homers tying Mark McGwire's record.Ref: 98
Sep 23With an 8-4 victory over the Indians, the 1998 Yankees tie the 1927 team for the most wins in franchise history. The Bombers' 110 victories pulls them within one game of the AL record of 111 victories by the 1954 Indians.Ref: 98
Sep 24Red Sox reliever Tom Gordon records his 42nd consecutive save establishing a major league record.Ref: 98
Sep 25By hitting a 462-foot blast at the Astrodome, Sammy Sosa hits #66 (and his final homer of the season) to take the lead in the HR race. Less than an hour later, however, Mark McGwire also hits his 66th in the Cardinals' 6-5 victory over the Expos to tie the Cub outfielder in the historic HR race.Ref: 98
Sep 25With a 6-1 win over the Devil Rays, the Bronx Bombers set an AL record with their 112th win. The 1906 Cubs, who went 116-36, are the only team with more victories than the 1998 Yankees.Ref: 98
Sep 25Ken Griffey, Jr. hits his league-leading 56th homer of the season and 350th of his career becoming the youngest player ever to reach the 350 mark. 
Sep 25The Texas Rangers clinch American League West Division Championship in Seattle when Anaheim loses to Oakland.Ref: 85
Sep 26David Cone sets a new major league record for the most years between 20-win seasons as the Yankees beat Devil Rays, 3-1. Cone, who was 20-3 in 1988 as a Met, passed the mark set by Jim Katt who won twenty in 1966 and 1974.Ref: 98
Sep 26In a 5-2 loss to the Orioles at Fenway, Red Sox reliever Dennis Eckersley pitches in his 1,071st game breaking Hoyt Wilhelm's major league mark for the most career pitching appearance.Ref: 98
Sep 26Rickey Henderson, 39, steals his 66th base of the season. The all-time stolen base leader is the oldest player to ever steal more than 50 bases in a season.Ref: 98
Sep 27In Minnesota, Twins' Paul Molitor singles to right field in the eighth inning off Cleveland's Doug Jones in the last at-bat of his Hall-of-Fame career.Ref: 85
Sep 27In the season finale, Mark McGwire ends the historic season hitting his 69th and 70th home runs in the Cardinals' 6-3 win over the Expos. Big Mac hits #70 in his last at-bat off of Expo rookie Carl Pavano.Ref: 98
Sep 27In Blue Jay's 2-1 victory over the Tigers, Detroit pinch-hitter Bobby Higginson homers with two outs off of Blue Jay Roy Halladay to spoil the rookies' bid for a no-hitter; Halladay comes within one out of allowing no hits in only his second major league start.Ref: 98
Sep 27The 1998 Yankees win their seventh straight game to end the season with a .704 winning percentage. The Bronx Bombers (114-48) become the first team since the 1954 Indians (111-43) to play over .700 ball for the entire season.Ref: 98
Sep 27In the Reds' 4-1 victory over Pirates, two sets of brothers appear in the same lineup for the first time in major league history. Stephen Larkin plays first, Bret Boone is at second, Barry Larkin is at short and Aaron Boone plays third making up the all-brother infield.Ref: 98
Sep 27Padre reliever Trevor Hoffman ties the National League saves record as he gets three straight outs in a 3-2 victory over Arizona. His 53rd save (out of 54 chances) matches the standard set by current teammate Randy Myers, who did it for the Cubs in 1993.Ref: 98
Sep 28The Chicago Cubs capture the NL wild-card postseason berth with 5-3 win vs. Giants in a one-game playoff.Ref: 85
Sep 28The Colorado Rockies relieve the only manager in club history, Don Baylor, of his duties one day after the regular season.Ref: 85
Sep 29Kevin Brown, of the San Diego Padres, fans a Division Series-record 16 to outduel Randy Johnson for a 2-1 series-opening win against the Astros.Ref: 85
Oct 02John Boles is named the fourth manager in Florida Marlins history, becoming the first person to have a second opportunity to manage the Marlins.Ref: 85
Oct 02The New York Yankees complete a three-game sweep of the Rangers in A.L. Division Series with a 4-0 win at The Ballpark in Arlington.Ref: 85
Oct 04Sterling Hitchcock, of the San Diego Padres, fans 11 in 6.0 innings, leading the Padres to a 6-1 win over Johnson and the Astros, wrapping up the best-of-5 Division Series, 3 games to 1.Ref: 85
Oct 07The Colorado Rockies introduce Jim Leyland as the club's second manager. The skipper comes to the Rockies from Florida, where he led the Marlins to the 1997 world championship.Ref: 85
Oct 07(thru the 14th) The San Diego Padres race out to a 3 games to none lead en route to beating the Braves in 6 games in the N.L.C.S. Hitchcock wins Games 3 and 6, allowing one run on 5 hits in the 2 starts to earn series MVP honors.Ref: 85
Oct 17(thru the 21st) Playing in their 2nd World Series, the San Diego Padres drop 4 straight to the Yankees, winners of a record 125 regular and post-season games.Ref: 85
Oct 21The invincible NY Yankees won their 24th World Series. They beat the San Diego Padres 3-0 this day to take the Series 4-0. It was NY’s second title in three years and its first sweep since 1950. Scott Brosius was MVP after finishing with a .471 batting average, eight hits, two home runs and six runs batted in. Mariano Rivera and Jeff Nelson both pitched in three Yankee games and both finished with a 0.00 ERA.Ref: 3
Oct 23Former Met, Red and Oriole manager Davey Johnson is hired as the skipper of the Dodgers.Ref: 98
Oct 24Potential free-agent all-star catcher Mike Piazza signs the most lucrative contract in major league history when he agrees to terms with the Mets. The seven-year deal is worth over $91 million and includes having a suite on road trips and a luxury box for home games at Shea.Ref: 98
Oct 27The Colorado Rockies promote Tom Probst to head trainer. Probst, an original club trainer, replaces Dave Cilladi.Ref: 85
Nov 05The Colorado Rockies ownership introduces Gary Hughes, the team's vice president/player personnel.Ref: 85
Nov 06The Colorado Rockies sign Darryl Hamilton to a three-year contract.Ref: 85
Nov 07The Colorado Rockies sign Lenny Harris and Brian Bohanon to free-agent contracts.Ref: 85
Nov 16Toronto Blue Jay Roger Clemens named American League Cy Young Award winner for the second consecutive season, his fifth and the third in club history.Ref: 85
Nov 18For the second time in three seasons, Juan Gonzalez is voted the AL Most Valuable Player becoming the first Latin American native to win two MVP awards.Ref: 98
Nov 19Sammy Sosa is selected as the NL MVP creating an historic Latin American sweep of the MVP awards with Ranger Juan Gonzales winning the award in the AL this season.Ref: 98
Nov 22By stealing second base, Craig Biggio becomes the first player since Tris Speaker in 1912 to have 50 stolen bases and 50 doubles in the same season.Ref: 98
Dec 01Lefthanded pitcher Randy Johnson decides to pitch in his hometown and agrees to a 4-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.Ref: 85
Dec 10After 24 years and 1,071 appearances, Dennis Eckersley, 44, who has pitched in more major league games than any other player retires as an active player.Ref: 98
Dec 12After being given his last rites, Joe DiMaggio makes a miraculous recovery defying the doctors dire predictions.Ref: 98
Dec 12In a deal which upsets many other owners, pitcher Kevin Brown (18-7) becomes baseball's first 100+ million dollar man as he signs a seven-year deal with the Dodgers for an average yearly salary of 15 million dollars.Ref: 98
Dec 18The Colorado Rockies management promotes Brandy Lay to director of team travel, the third in franchise history.Ref: 85
Dec 31Don Smiley resigns as President of the Florida Marlins.Ref: 85
1999
Jan 04The Colorado Rockies promote Tim Ireland to Pacific Rim coordinator, a point man in the franchise's Far East scouting.Ref: 85
Jan 05In their first year of eligibility, George Brett, Nolan Ryan and Robin Yount are elected into the Hall of Fame; it is the only time since the first inductees were selected in 1939 that more than two first-timers have made it into Cooperstown in the same year.Ref: 98
Jan 05Receiving an apology from owner George Steinbrenner about his dismissal as Yankee manager in 1985 after only 16 games, Yogi Berra says he will end his self-exile from Yankee Stadium and the organization; the Bronx Bomber legend is expected to participate in future Opening Day and old timer's ceremonies.Ref: 98
Jan 12Setting an all-time record, Mark McGwire's 70th HR ball is purchased at an auction by an anonymous buyer for $3 million; the previous largest amount ever paid for a ball was $126,500 which bought a Babe Ruth home run ball.Ref: 98
Jan 13Major League Baseball owners unanimously approve the sale of the Florida Marlins from H. Wayne Huizenga to John W. Henry.Ref: 85
Jan 19Sale of the club is completed and John W. Henry is introduced as Chairman of the Florida Marlins the following day at a news conference at Pro Player Stadium.Ref: 85
Jan 25After being aired on WOR, Channel 9 since the team's inception in 1962, Met games this season will broadcast by WPIX, Channel 11. The Yankees games which had been aired for nearly 50 years on Channel 11 will now be seen on Channel 5, a Fox affiliate.Ref: 98
Jan 25The Oakland A's sign former Yankee free-agent outfielder Tim Raines for $600,000. The 39-year old switch hitter batted .290 for the World Champs last season and has a .296 career batting average.Ref: 98
Jan 29Sam Pollack retires as Chairman and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays but continues to serve as Senior Chairman and Director of the Toronto Blue Jays. Allan Chapin appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors.Ref: 85
Feb 01The Yankees trade highly touted third base prospect Mike Lowell to the Marlins for minor league pitchers Eddie Yarnall, Todd Noel and Mark Johnson. Scott Brosius' outstanding 1998 performance made the former minor league player-of-the-year expendable.Ref: 98
Feb 02Padre Greg Vaughn becomes the first player in major league history to hit 50 HRs in a season and then be traded; the slugging outfielder is dealt to the Reds along with Mark Sweeney for Reggie Sanders, Damian Jackson and Josh Harris.Ref: 98
Feb 03After 16 years of doing local telecasts, the Mets do not ask Tim McCarver to return to the broadcast booth. Tom Seaver will replace the highly regarded broadcaster and will assume other duties within the organization.Ref: 98
Feb 05Major league baseball will honor each league's best hitter with an award named after Hank Aaron. The all-time home run king learns about the honor on his 65th birthday at an event which includes President Bill Clinton, Ernie Banks and Reggie Jackson.Ref: 98
Feb 09Days before spring training, the The Colorado Rockies and RHP Mike DeJean agree on a three-year contract.Ref: 85
Feb 20The Toronto Blue Jays trade RHP Roger Clemens to the New York Yankees in exchange for LHP David Wells, 2B Homer Bush and LHP Graeme Lloyd.Ref: 85
Feb 25President Clinton visits the Arizona Diamondbacks at their spring training facilities in Tucson, visiting with players and staff members before accepting a team uniform jersey with his name and the numeral 1 on the back.Ref: 85
Feb 26Tony Womack is traded to the the Arizona Diamondbacks from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for minor league outfielder Paul Weichard and a player to be named later (pitcher Jason Boyd).Ref: 85
Mar 17Jim Fregosi replaces Tim Johnson as Toronto Blue Jays manager.Ref: 85
Mar 28In Cuba, the Orioles beat the Cuban National team, 3-2 thanks to a Harold Baines 11th inning game-winning hit ; it is the first time a U.S team has played in Cuba since the 1950's.Ref: 98
Apr 04Opening Day starts in Mexico, making it the first time baseball's first pitch comes outside the U.S. or Canada as the Rockies defeat the NL¹s defending champs Padres.Ref: 98
Apr 07PNC Park ceremonial groundbreaking takes place and the Sixth Street Bridge is renamed the Roberto Clemente Bridge.Ref: 85
Apr 11Arizona Diamondback Luis Gonzalez cracks a seventh-inning homer off Atlanta's Greg Maddux, beginning a hitting streak that will last through May 18. Gonzalez is the 37th player in major-league history to reach the 30-game plateau.Ref: 85
Apr 14In a 7-6 loss to the Blue Jays, Devil Ray Jose Canseco becomes the 28th player in major league history to hit 400 home runs.Ref: 98
Apr 16Beating the Padres, 6-4, Colorado skipper Jim Leyland becomes the 45th manager to win a 1,000 games.Ref: 98
Apr 19A sore back puts Cal Ripken, Jr. on the disabled list for the first time in his 19-year career.Ref: 98
Apr 20Tragedy strikes nearby Columbine High School and the Colorado Rockies postpone two home games with the Montreal Expos.Ref: 85
Apr 23Fernando Tatis hits two grand slam home runs in the same inning.Ref: 33
Apr 24Fernando Tatis becomes the first player in major league history to hit two grand slams in one inning. The Cardinal third baseman hits both off Dodger starter Chan Ho Park in an 11-run third setting the major league mark. His eight RBIs in one inning also breaks the old record of six.Ref: 98
Apr 25A monument in honor of Joe DiMaggio is unveiled in Yankee Stadium's Monument Park.Ref: 85
Apr 29Tom Schieffer resigns as the Texas Rangers President.Ref: 85
Apr 30Minor League Catching instructor Ernie Whitt announced as Manager of Canada's baseball team for the 1999 Pan-Am games.Ref: 85
May 02Rafael Palmeiro reaches the 2,000 career hit milestone as the Rangers defeat the Indians, 8-6.Ref: 98
May 03For the first time, Cuba faces a major league competition in the United States, and its national team defeats the struggling Baltimore Orioles, 12-6.Ref: 98
May 03In a 12-11, 10-inning loss to the A¹s, Red Sox rookie Creighton Gubanich becomes only fourth player to hit a grand slam for his first major league hit.Ref: 98
May 05Beating the Cubs 13-6, the Rockies become only the third team in the 1900's to score a run in every inning. The Cardinals also did it against the Cubs in 1964 and Giants scored in every frame against the Phillies in 1923.Ref: 98
May 07In the biggest comeback in Jacobs Field history, the Indians score 18 runs in the final three innings to overcome a 9-1 deficit to beat the Devil Rays, 20-11. Tampa Bay's first baseman Fred McGriff sets a major league record by homering in his 34th park.Ref: 98
May 07Rookie Bruce Aven hits the first pinch-hit grand slam in Marlin history helping Florida beat the Dodgers, 6-3.Ref: 98
May 07Jim Lites named Texas Rangers President.Ref: 85
May 07Yankee Hideki Irabu opposes Matt Suzuki in the first matchup of Japanese starters in major league history.Ref: 98
May 07The Rockies, by scoring in the first inning on a Larry Walker two-out homer tie a National League record established by the 1894 Pirates and 1949 Giants scoring in 14 consecutive innings, The major league mark is 17 set by the 1903 Red Sox.Ref: 98
May 09After 552 relief appearances, Mike Stanton starts a major league game breaking Gary Lavelle's record for most appearances prior to starting a game.Ref: 98
May 09Marshall McDougal hits six consecutive HRs and drives in 16 runs in a 26-2 rout of Maryland. The Florida State's second baseman break existing N.C.A.A. records for runs batted in and homers in a single game.Ref: 98
May 10In a 12-4 rout of the Mariners, Boston's shortstop Nomar Garciaparra hits two grand slams as well as a two-run homer becoming the first American League player to drive in 10 runs since 1975.Ref: 98
May 10Pete Rose, banned from all aspects of the game by Commissioner Giamatti in 1989, appears as a special instructor for the newly created Sacramento Steelheads. The team plays in the Western Baseball League which is independent, and therefore not governed by major league baseball.Ref: 98
May 11For the first time this century, two starting major league pitchers share the same name as the Rockies southpaw Bobby M. Jones bests righthander Bobby J. Jones and the Mets.Ref: 98
May 12Chuck Finley strikes out 4 batters in the 3rd inning.Ref: 31
May 12Arizona Diamondback Matt Williams 2-run, game-winning homer caps a 5-run ninth as Arizona comes from behind for an 8-6 win over Montreal. It is the third straight night that the Diamondbacks beat the Expos with a homer in their final at bat. Jay Bell was the hero on May 10, with Luis Gonzalez doing the honors on May 11.Ref: 85
May 18Diamondbacks' outfielder Luis Gonzalez homers in his first at bat extending his hitting streak to 30 games, tying three other players for the longest streak in the decade.Ref: 98
May 20Met third baseman Robin Ventura becomes the first major league player to hit grand slams in both ends of a doubleheader. 
May 22After a stint on the disabled list and a rainout, Yankee Roger Clemens finally breaks the AL record for consecutive victories with 19.Ref: 98
May 23Brady Anderson gets hit twice by a pitch in the same inning to set an American League record. The Oriole leadoff man scored each time as the Birds scored ten runs in first inning routing the Rangers, 16-5.Ref: 98
May 31Umpire Frank Pulli uses a television replay to take away a home run from Cliff Floyd of the Marlins in the fifth inning of 5-2 loss to the Cardinals.Ref: 98
Jun 02Colorado Rockies uses its first-round selection in the First-Year Player Draft to take RHP Jason Jennings. The Baylor University product later garners College Player of the Year honors.Ref: 85
Jun 02The Tampa Bay Devil Rays select outfielder Josh Hamilton (Athens Drive HS, Raleigh, NC) with the #1 overall pick in the June draft.Ref: 85
Jun 09Guillermo Mota of the Montreal Expos hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 11
Jun 11The Milwaukee Brewers retire Paul Molitor's No. 4 in a pre-game ceremony. Should he be elected into Baseball's Hall of Fame, Molitor stated he would be honored to enter as a Milwaukee Brewer.Ref: 85
Jun 12In a 22-1 inter-league rout of the Braves, Cal Ripken becomes the first Oriole to go 6-for-6 as Baltimore score the most runs in their franchise history. The team, as the St. Louis Browns, had set the previous mark on Aug. 18, 1951 tallying twenty times.Ref: 98
Jun 13Omar Olivares ties a major league record by hitting four Diamondbacks.The Angels' hurler becomes the 19th pitcher to hit four batters in a game, but the second Anaheim moundsman in three weeks to tie the dubious mark as teammate Steve Sparks also plunked four batters on May 22.Ref: 98
Jun 13With his Astros ahead 4-1 in the 8th inning, the game is suspended when Houston manager Larry Dierker can't speak, falls and begins shaking violently due to a gran mal seizure.Ref: 85
Jun 15Brewer pitcher Jim Abbott, who was born without a right hand, gets his first hit in his 11-year career. He previously played exclusively for AL teams and didn't bat due to the DH rule.Ref: 98
Jun 15Oriole Will Clark gets his 2,000th career hit in the 10-inning victory over the Royals, 6-5.Ref: 98
Jun 19Todd Helton becomes the third Colorado Rockies player to hit for the cycle en route to the NL's Player of the Week award.Ref: 85
Jun 24The Colorado Rockies host An Evening of Stars and Fireworks at Coors Field, a celebrity softball game involving several local pro athletes. More than 25,000 attend the contest, with proceeds benefiting the prevention of youth violence.Ref: 85
Jun 25Entering the game with an 6+ ERA, Jose Jimenez faces only 28 batters and no-hits the Diamondbacks,1-0. The Cardinal hurler is the first NL rookie since 1972 and the first Cardinal since 1983 to throw a hitless game.Ref: 98
Jun 25Baltimore reliever Jesse Orosco sets the record for most relief apperances as the veteran pitches in his 1,051st game.Ref: 98
Jun 27In front of 56,530 fans, the 1,765th and last major league game is played at the Kingdome with the Mariners beating the Rangers in the stadium's finale, 5-2.Ref: 98
Jun 28In an 8-7 win over the Rockies at The Q, San Diego Padres steal a club-record 9 bases, 5 by Damian Jackson to equal the franchise best.Ref: 85
Jul 04Jose Canseco of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays smacked his 30th home run of the season, although Tampa Bay lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3. Canseco became the first player in major-league history to hit 30 home runs with four different teams. He had previously reached that mark with the TX Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays and the Oakland Athletics. Note: Canseco hit 30 or more homers with Oakland five times.Ref: 3
Jul 08The Rockies tie a 1903 major league record scoring in 15 consecutive innings. Phillies' ace Curt Schilling ends the streak.Ref: 98
Jul 09The Arizona Diamondback bullpen is solidified with the addition of closer Matt Mantei, acquired from Florida for pitcher Vladimir Nunez, pitcher Brad Penny and a player to be named later.Ref: 85
Jul 11The San Francisco Giants retire Orlando Cepeda's uniform no. 30.Ref: 28
Jul 11Arizona Diamondback Jay Bell's grand slam in the sixth inning wins $1 million for fan Gylene Hoyle of Chandler, who predicted the player and the inning before the game as part of Shamrock Farms Grand Slam Sundae. As an afterthought, the Diamondbacks beat Oakland, 7-4.Ref: 85
Jul 13At Fenway Park, hometown favorite Pedro Martinez strikes out five of the first six batters and two All-Star pitching squads combine for a record 22 strikeouts as the American League tops the NL in the 70th Mid-summer classic.Ref: 98
Jul 14Major league umpires vote to resign Sept 2 and not work the final month of the season. (The strategy collapses with baseball owners accepting the resignation of 22 umpires.) (XDG, p 4A, 7/14/2000)Ref: 82
Jul 15The Brewers postpone game as a gesture of respect for the three workers who died when a huge crane collapsed lifting a portion of the roof for the team's new stadium, Miller Park. The crane broke in half as it lifted the 400-ton load damaging the partially completed stadium.Ref: 98
Jul 15The Seattle Mariners paly their first game in their new home, Safeco Field, losing to the San Diego Padres. (XDG, p 4A, 7/15/2000)Ref: 82
Jul 18On Yogi Berra Day at Yankee Stadium, David Cone becomes the 16th pitcher in ML history and the third Yankee to toss a perfect game beating the Expos, 6-0; in pre-game ceremonies Don Larsen threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Yogi commemorating his 1956 World Series perfect game.Ref: 98
Jul 21Tony Womack legs out a ninth-inning, inside-the-park grand slam off Houston Astros relief ace Billy Wagner to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 7-4 victory in Houston. It is the first inside-the-park homer in franchise history.Ref: 85
Jul 25Nolan Ryan, Robin Yount, George Brett, Nestor Chylak, Orlando Cepeda, Frank Selee and 'Smokey' Joe Williams are enshrined in the Hall of Fame.Ref: 98
Jul 31Less than an hour before a game at St. Louis, the Colorado Rockies sends LHP Chuck McElroy and OF Darryl Hamilton to the Mets for LHP Rigo Beltran, and OFs Tom Johnson and Brian McRae. McRae spends only nine days with the club, before Colorado trades him to Toronto.Ref: 85
Aug 05St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire belted home runs #500 and 501 to reach the 500-homer mark faster than anyone had before. He did it in his 5,487th at-bat. Babe Ruth had held the previous record, having reached #500 in 5,801 at-bats. In case you are wondering, the others in the top five were Jimmie Foxx (7,074), Mickey Mantle (7,300) and Mike Schmidt (7,331). McGwire connected for his historic homer(s) in St. Louis’ Busch Stadium, the same ballpark where he had broken Roger Maris’ 37-year-old single-season home-run record Sept. 8,.1998, when he hit homer #62. McGwire went on to hit 70 home runs that season, finishing just ahead of Chicago Cubs’ Sammy Sosa, who hit 66. McGuire is the 16th player to hit 500 home runs.Ref: 3
Aug 06Padre Tony Gwynn singles off of Expo rookie right-hander Dan Smith in the first inning to get his 3000th career hit; first base ump Kerwin Danley, Gwynn's college teammate,Vendella Gwynn, his mother celebrating her 64th birthday, and 13,540 Olympic Stadium fans help to celebrate the right fielder's milestone; he finishes the night 4-for-5 passing Roberto Clemente into 21st place on the all-time career hit list.Ref: 98
Aug 07For the second consecutive day, a Major Leaguer gets his 3000th career hit as Wade Boggs homers in the sixth off of Indian Chris Haney; the Devil Ray's third baseman, who is the first player to reach the milestone with a home run, rounds the bases pointing skyward blowing a kiss in memory of his mom and gets down on his knees to kiss home plate. He is the 23rd player to reach 3000 hits.Ref: 98
Aug 07John W. Henry unveils his vision of a new ballpark for the Florida Marlins and reveals six possible sites: Miami River, Bicentennial Park, Miramar, Davie, Lauderhill and Downtown Fort Lauderdale.Ref: 81
Aug 09For the first time in major league history, five grand slams are hit in a single day. Cardinal Fernando Tatis, Expo Jose Vidro, Marlin Mike Lowell, Yankee Bernie Williams and Mariner Jay Buhner all connect to set the record.Ref: 98
Aug 15Chuck Finley strikes out 4 batters in the 1st inning.Ref: 31
Aug 17Steve Kline strikes out 4 batters in the 7th inning.Ref: 31
Aug 18Manager Lou Piniella gets his 1000th win, this one with the Seattle Mariners 5-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.Ref: 85
Aug 20Bob Gebhard, the Colorado Rockies' first and only general manager, resigns his post.Ref: 85
Aug 21Oriole outfielder Brady Anderson becomes only the third player in major league history to lead off both games of a doubleheader with a home run. It doesn't help as the White Sox sweep the twin bill.Ref: 98
Aug 23Joining Babe Ruth and Mark McGwire, Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. becomes the third player in major league history to hit 200 homers in a four-season span. Junior's 39th helps Seattle beat the Indians, 4-1.Ref: 98
Aug 30At the Astrodome, Edgardo Alfonzo becomes the first player in the Mets 38-year history to go 6-for-6 scoring six times and drives in five runs; the second baseman hits three homers, two singles and a double for team-record 16 total bases as NY routs Houston,17-1.Ref: 98
Aug 31With the postseason roster deadline approaching, the Colorado Rockies send Lenny Harris to Arizona for INF prospect Belvani Martinez.Ref: 85
Sep 02Cal Ripken, Jr. hit his 400th home run as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore.Ref: 3
Sep 04The Reds set a National League record with nine homers with as they rout the Phillies, 22-3. Eddie Taubensee (2), Greg Vaughn, Jeffrey Hammonds, Aaron Boone, Dimitri Young, Pokey Reese, Brian Johnson and Mark Lewis all go yard for Cincinnati.Ref: 98
Sep 04Jim Abbott pitches a 4-0, no-hit win over the Indians at Yankee Stadium.Ref: 85
Sep 05The Reds, by hitting five home runs in a 9-7 victory over the Phillies, establish a major league record with 14 homers in two games.Ref: 98
Sep 06In a pregame clubhouse meeting, the Colorado Rockies manager Jim Leyland tells his players he will resign at season's end, in order to spend more time with his family after 25 seasons as a manager.Ref: 85
Sep 07The Tampa Bay Devil Rays extend the contract of Chuck LaMar, senior vice president for baseball operations and general manager, through 2004.Ref: 85
Sep 11Minnesota Twins' Eric Milton pitches a no-hitter vs. Anaheim.Ref: 85
Sep 14The Devil Rays extend the contract of manager Larry Rothschild through 2001.Ref: 85
Sep 18Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs became the first player in major league baseball history to hit 60 homer runs in a season twice.Ref: 69
Sep 19On a warm September afternoon at Wrigley Field, Chicago, Sammy Sosa hit the 60 home-run mark for the second year in row, setting himself above all others in baseball’s history books. “A lot of people said at the beginning of the year it would be impossible to hit 60 two years in a row,” Sosa said. “Here I am.”Ref: 3
Sep 20Dan O'Dowd, 40, is named the second Colorado Rockies general manager in franchise history.Ref: 85
Sep 23By drawing 27,549 fans, the Yankees break the NY City season attendance record with a total of 3,072,009. The Mets' had previously held the record when 3,047,724 turned the turnstiles in 1988.Ref: 98
Sep 24Matt Williams scoops up Doug Mirabelli's ground ball and throws to first base for the final out of an 11-3 victory in San Francisco that clinches the National League West championship for the Diamondbacks. Arizona becomes the first expansion team to reach the playoffs or win a division title in its second year of competition.Ref: 85
Sep 26An estimated 8,000 fans jam the Bank One Ballpark Plaza to greet the Arizona Diamondbacks on their return home from their sweep of the Giants.Ref: 85
Sep 26The Texas Rangers defeat Oakland, 10-3, to clinch the American League West Division title.Ref: 85
Sep 27The Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 8-2 in the last game played at the 97-year old Tiger Stadium.Ref: 85
Sep 27Detroit catcher Robert Fick hits the last home run, a grand slam, in Tiger Stadium history.Ref: 98
Sep 30The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 9-4 in the last ever game at Candlestick Park. The Giants move to $319 million Pacific Bell Park in downtown San Francisco next season, leaving Candlestick to the NFL's 49ers. (XDG, p 4A, 9/30/2000)Ref: 82
Sep 30Mets shortstop Rey Ordonez plays in his 96th consecutive game without committing an error breaking Cal Ripken's major league record for errorless games in that position. The flashy infielder will finish the season extending the record to 100 games.Ref: 98
Sep 30The largest regular-season crowd in Candlestick Park history, 61,389 fans, watch the Dodgers beat the home team, 9-4 in the last baseball game to ever be played at the 'point'. Giant greats help mark the occasion with Juan Marichal tossing out the ceremonial first pitch before the game and Willie Mays throwing out the ballpark's final pitch after the game.Ref: 98
Sep 30For the twenty-third time this season, Diamondback fireballer Randy Johnson K's at least 10 batters to tie Nolan Ryan's 1973 major league record for the most double-digit strikeout games in a season. The tall left-hander whiffs 11 Padres in seven innings in a 5-3 victory to bring his season ending total to 364 which ranks fourth all-time.Ref: 98
Oct 01Major League Baseball Owners approve the sale of the Cincinnati Reds to long-time Cincinnatian and limited partner Carl H. Lindner, thus ending the 14-year reign of Marge Schott as President and Chief Executive Officer.Ref: 85
Oct 03Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire hits #65 and his final homer of the season passing Ted Williams and Willie McCovey to move into the tenth spot on the all-time career HR list with 522 round trippers.Ref: 98
Oct 05In the team's first post-season appearance, the Arizona Diamondbacks drop an 8-4 decision to the New York Mets. Edgardo Alfonzo's ninth-inning grand slam, his second homer of the day, makes the difference.Ref: 85
Oct 06Todd Stottlemyre scatters 4 hits over 6.2 innings to help the Diamondbacks notch their first post-season win, 7-1, Steve Finley's two-run single in the third puts Arizona ahead to stay.Ref: 85
Oct 08The Colorado Rockies announce they have agreed to terms with Tsao Chin-Hui, from Taiwan, the franchise's first player from the Far East region.Ref: 85
Oct 09The Arizona Diamondback season ends when Todd Pratt homers in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the New York Mets a 4-3 victory in Game Four of the NL Division Series.Ref: 85
Oct 09The New York Yankees win their ninth straight playoff game against the Rangers, completing their second straight three-game sweep of the Rangers in the A.L. Division Series with a 3-0 win at The Ballpark in Arlington.Ref: 85
Oct 10Scoring more than 19 NFL teams, the Red Sox establish a major league record for most runs and biggest margin of victory in a post-season game as they rout the Indians, 23-7 to tie the 5-game series at two games apiece.Ref: 98
Oct 12Colorado Rockies announce a restructuring of the front office, including new hires Josh Byrnes, Michael Hill, Bill Schmidt and Boyd Coffie for key baseball posts.Ref: 85
Oct 17Down 3-1 in the National League Championship Series, the New York Mets battled the Braves in a thrilling 15 inning game. In the top of the 15th inning, the Braves took a 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the inning, the Mets rallied to tie the game at three. Robin Ventura then hit a grand slam home run to win the game. Later, the hit was ruled as a single after the on-field celebration prevented Ventura from advancing past third. The final score was 4-3.Ref: 85
Oct 18The Florida Marlins announce that they have narrowed the earlier list of six possible ballpark sites to two: Bicentennial Park and Downtown Fort Lauderdale.Ref: 85
Oct 19The Colorado Rockies hire Mark Wiley, the Royals' pitching coach, as senior director of player personnel.Ref: 85
Oct 20The Colorado Rockies introduce Buddy Bell as the franchise's third manager.Ref: 85
Oct 26The New York Yankees play their 200th World Series game. The win over the Atlanta Braves 6-5 in 10 innings leading the series 3-0, and bringing their World Series record to 120-79-1.Ref: 8
Oct 27The Yankees play Baseball's last game of the century and complete a four-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves to capture their 25th World Championship. The 4-1 win is also the club's 12th straight in World-Series play, tying the record of the 1927, 1928 and 1932 Yankees.Ref: 85
Oct 28Warner Bros. Co-Chairman and longtime Dodger fan Bob Daly was named Los Angeles Dodger Chairman and Managing General Partner.Ref: 85
Oct 30The Colorado Rockies O'Dowd makes his first of six offseason deals, sending the most popular player in franchise history, Dante Bichette, to the Reds for OF Jeffrey Hammonds and RHP Stan Belinda.Ref: 85
Nov 11Wade Boggs announces his retirement during a press conference at Tropicana Field (home the of Tampa Bay Devil Rays), ending his sure-to-be Hall-of-Fame career.Ref: 85
Nov 15Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson wins the National League Cy Young Award. The Big Unit, a 6-foot-10 left-hander, was 17-9 and led the league in ERA (2.48) and strikeouts (364). He is the second pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues, after Gaylord Perry.Ref: 8
Nov 16After leading the major leagues in strikeouts, innings pitched and complete games, Randy Johnson gives the Arizona franchise its first major individual trophy by winning his second Cy Young Award.Ref: 85
Nov 16The new The Colorado Rockies GM grabs headlines again, this time with a seven-player deal: RHPs Darryl Kile, Dave Veres and Luther Hackman to St. Louis for RHPs Manny Aybar, Rick Croushore and Jose Jimenez and INF Brent Butler.Ref: 85
Nov 18Pedro Martinez of the Boston Red Sox ( 23-4 with a 2.07 ERA) became only the fourth pitcher to win the American League Cy Young award unanimously and joined Gaylord Perry and Randy Johnson as the only pitchers to win the honor in each league.Ref: 8
Nov 18Texas Ranger Ivan Rodriguez wins the 1999 BBWAA A.L. Most Valuable Player Award.Ref: 85
Dec 02The Colorado Rockies introduce Tsao Chin-Hui, from Taiwan, at a press conference.Ref: 85
Dec 08Colorado agrees to terms with free-agent OF Tom Goodwin on a three-year deal.Ref: 85
Dec 09The Colorado Rockies agree to terms with free-agent C Brent Mayne on a two-year deal.Ref: 85
Dec 10The Colorado Rockies announce new team orthopedists: Dr. Richard Hawkins, Dr. Michael Curtin and Dr. Richard Steadman.Ref: 85
Dec 13At baseball's winter meetings in Anaheim, Calif., The Colorado Rockies GM O'Dowd engineers the first four-team trade since 1985. In the nine-player deal, Colorado sends 3B Vinny Castilla to Tampa Bay, RHP Jamey Wright and C Henry Blanco to Milwaukee, and RHP Justin Miller to Oakland. In return, Colorado gets 3B Jeff Cirillo and LHP Scott Karl from the Brewers, and INF Aaron Ledesma and RHP Rolando Arrojo from the Devil Rays. Oakland then sends RHP Jimmy Haynes to the Brewers.Ref: 85
Dec 15The Florida Marlins announce they have selected Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami as their site for a new ballpark and name HOK as design architect and architect of record.Ref: 85
2000
Sep 08The Toronto Blue Jays reach an agreement to remain in Dunedin for spring training for an additional 15 years beginning in 2002.Ref: 85
Last Update: March 1st, 2003
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