1934: At Navin Field in Detroit, in an effort to keep the consecutive game streak intact, the Yankees have lumbago-stricken Lou Gehrig's bat lead off and list him as the shortstop in the line up. After singling in the first inning, the 'Iron Horse' leaves the game without fielding as the Tigers pound out 11 doubles to edge the Yankees, 12-11.
1946: Despite a home run and four doubles by Lou Boudreau, the Indians still lose to the Red Sox 11-10 thanks to Ted Williams' three homers and eight RBIs. During the second game of the twin bill, player-manager Boudreau will become the first skipper to employ the 'Williams' Shift' which puts four infielders and two outfielders on the right side of the field. Laughing at the unusual alignment, the 'Splendid Splinter' doubles in his first at-bat against the new defense.
1956: At Fenway Park, Red Sox hurler Mel Parnell no-hits the White Sox, 4-0.
1967: Against Juan Marichal at Candlestick Park, Eddie Matthews hits home run #500 as an Astro. The former Brave third baseman, who hit 493 homers playing for the franchise in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta, becomes the seventh major leaguer to reach this plateau.
1968: Hank Aaron hits home run #500 off Mike McCormick becoming the eighth major leaguer to reach this milestone. 'Hammerin' Hank's three-run homer over the left center field fence proves to be the difference as the Braves beat the Giants at Atlanta Stadium, 4-2.
1972: Tigers' catcher Tom Haller looks over his shoulder and sees his brother Bill, the home plate ump - a major league first.
2002: Nelson Barrera, Mexico's career home run and RBI leader, is electrocuted trying to free metal roofing from high-tension wires. The 44-year old 'Admiral', who hit 455 home runs during his 26-year Mexican Baseball League tenure, had hoped to continue playing so that he could hold the career Triple Crown by also reaching the career hit record.
2005: Defeating their historical arch rivals, the Giants become the first team to win 10,000 games as a franchise by edging the Dodgers in LA, 4-3. The Giants, who started as the New York Gothams in 1899, have posted a 10,000-8,511 record during the club’s 123 seasons in the National League.
2005: The first-known baseball card, which is part of a children's educational game, illustrates several boys playing together in a field as one pitches a ball to another holding a bat, makes its public debut at the Smithsonian Institution. The discovery of the historic card, discovered in a Maine attic (Mudge?), dates back to the early 19th century, predating other known cards by several decades.