1936: Carl Hubbell's 24-game winning streak (spanning two seasons) begins with a 6-0 victory over the Pirates. 'King Karl' will not be defeated until Memorial Day next season.
1941: Thanks to the outstanding defensive work of Indians' third baseman Ken Keltner, Yankee Clipper Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak ends at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland in front of 67,000 fans.
1961: Yankee sluggers Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle, both ahead the Bambino’s record 1927 pace, each lose a homer when the nightcap of a twin bill is rained out in the fifth inning against the Orioles in Baltimore. The washout occurs on same day Commissioner Ford Frick decrees that Babe Ruth's record of 60 home runs will not be broken unless a player hits 61 or more within the first 154 games of the newly expanded 162-game schedule.
1964: In Los Angeles, the Cub-Dodger contest becomes the first Pay-TV baseball game as Subscription Television offers the cablecast to subscribers for money. The Dodgers beat Chicago, 3-2, with Don Drysdale collecting 10 strikeouts.
1974: Cardinals right-hander Bob Gibson becomes the second pitcher in major league history to record 3000 career strikeouts when he fans Cesar Geronimo of the Reds. 1n 1923, Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators became the first major leaguer to reach the milestone.
1978: Just prior to the start of the Oriole game at Memorial Stadium, Doc Medich goes into the stands and saves the life of a 61-year-old fan suffering from a heart attack. The Ranger right-hander, a medical student in the off-season, administers a heart massage to the ailing man until medical help arrives.
1987: Don Mattingly becomes the first American League player to hit a home run in seven consecutive games. Tomorrow, the Yankees' first baseman will equal Dale Long’s 1956 major-league mark by hitting a round-tripper in eight consecutive contests.
1993: In a Northwest League contest, Jason Thompson's error with two outs in the ninth inning spoils Glenn Dishman's bid for a perfect game against the Yakima Bears. On a routine ground ball, the Spokane first baseman, anxious to begin the celebration of his teammate's accomplishment, pulls his foot off the bag before the final out is recorded. Ouch!!!