View Full Version : This Day in Baseball History.....June 15

Mickey Mental
06-15-2011, 12:58 AM
1925: Entering the bottom of the eighth inning trailing the Indians, 15-4, the A's cross the plate 13 times in the frame. Philadelphia will hold on to the lead in the top of the ninth to defeat Cleveland in an amazing 17-15 come-from-behind victory at Shibe Park.

1938: In the first night game played in Brooklyn, Johnny Vander Meer pitches his second consecutive no-hitter beating the Dodgers, 6-0. Four days ago, the Reds' southpaw held the Braves hitless in a 3-0 victory at Crosley Field.

1940: Harry Danning's 460-foot fly becomes a round-tripper when Pirates outfielder Vince DiMaggio cannot dislodge the ball after it gets stuck behind the Eddie Grant Memorial in centerfield. In the Giants 12-1 Polo Grounds victory, the ‘Horse’ completes the cycle, which includes the unusual inside-the-park home run.

1948: The Tigers play their first home game under the lights defeating the Philadelphia A's, 4-1. Actually, 52 years earlier the club played a night game, but the results never made it into the books as an official game.

1963: At Candlestick Park, Juan Marichal no-hits Houston, 1-0, to become the first Giants hurler in 34 years, and the first since the franchise moved to San Francisco, to accomplish the feat. The 25-year old Dominican native outduels Colt .45's right-hander Dick Drott, who tosses a complete game three-hitter yielding the game's only run in the eighth inning giving up doubles to Chuck Hiller and Jimmy Davenport.

1964: In a six-player deal, the Cubs trade Lou Brock to Cardinals (will stay with team for fifteen years amassing 3,023 career hits) for Ernie Brogilo (will post a 7-19 record during his two and half seasons with Chicago).

1965: Denny McLain enters the game in relief in the first inning and strikes out the first seven batters he faces to set a major league record. The Tigers go on to beat the Red Sox, 6-5.

1976: Massive flooding in the Houston metropolitan area prevents the umpiring crew from reaching the Astrodome and causes the first 'rain out' in the history of the enclosed ballpark. After the game is called off, the Pirates and Astros players, who had arrived early for practice, shared their clubhouse meal on the field with the few die-hard fans who braved the elements hoping to see a game.

1977: The Mets trade the 'Franchise', Tom Seaver, to the Reds for pitcher Pat Zachary, second baseman Doug Flynn and minor leaguers Steve Henderson and Dan Norman. Dave Kingman is also traded by New York to the Angels for Bobby Valentine and a minor league player.

1996: In the first inning of their 6-2 victory of the Braves, the Dodgers turn their first triple play in forty-seven years. After making a running, back-to-the-plate grab of Chipper Jones's popup to short left with runners on first and second, Juan Castro throws to second baseman Delino Deshields to double up Marquis Grissom, then the ball is relayed to first baseman Eric Karos to get Mark Lemke, who was also running on the pitch.

1999: Brewers' pitcher Jim Abbott, who was born without a right hand, gets his first hit in his 11-year career. He previously played exclusively for American League teams and didn't bat due to the DH rule.

2003: Blue Jay rookie Reed Johnson becomes the fourth major leaguer to end a game with a walk off homer after having hit a round-tripper to start the contest for his team. The 26-year old right-fielder drilled Shawn Estes' 3-2 pitch over the left-centerfield fence leading off in the bottom of the first frame, and then ended the 4-4 stalemate with a tenth-inning solo shot off Cubs' reliever Mark Guthrie.