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May 20th

1919 – Babe Ruth won a game on the hill and on the plate. He hit his first grand slam of his career as the Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Browns 6-4.

1925 – The Cleveland Indians scored in the last of their ninth six runs to beat the New York Yankees 10-9. Tris Speaker scored the winning run from first to single.

1932 – Paul Waner of the Pittsburgh Pirates hit four doubles in one game.

1941 – Lefty Grove of the Boston Red Sox won its 20th straight home game, the longest home park streak in the major leagues. Boston beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2.

1947 – The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Braves 4-3 in a 22-scoring game, all singles. The Pirates had 12 singles, the Braves 10.

1953 – In game 13 of the season, the Milwaukee Braves surpassed their 1952 attendance of 281,278 while they were in Boston.

1959 – The Detroit Tigers beat the Yankees 13-6, putting New York in last place for the first time in 19 years.

1962 – Chicago Cubs rookie Ken Hubbs had eight singles on his plate in eight trips. The Cubs defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4, 11-2.

1978 — Willie Stargell hit a 535-foot home run by Montreal’s Wayne Twitchell — the longest home run at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium — to mark the Pirates’ 6-0 win. It was also Stargell’s 407th career homer, tying him with Duke Snider on the career list.

1984 – Roger Clemens of Boston earns his first major league win. The Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4.

1991 – Jeff Reardon made his 300th save and Steve Lyons and Jack Clark scored as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0.

1999 – Robin Ventura became the first major league player to win grand slams in both games in a doubleheader, leading the New York Mets to a win over Milwaukee, 11-10 and 10-1. He had two slams in a game for the Chicago White Sox on September 4, 1995.

2001 – Barry Bonds hit two homers in the San Francisco Giants’ 6-11 loss to the Atlanta Braves, giving him five goals in two games. He became the 23rd player in history to do so.

2006 – Barry Bonds put Babe Ruth second on the career home run list in San Francisco’s 4-2, 10-inning win over the Oakland Athletics.

2009 – Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury set a major league record for 12 putouts by an outfielder in a nine-inning game previously set by Earl Clark of the Boston Braves in 1929 and Lyman Bostock of the Minnesota Twins in 1977 was carried out. He accomplished the feat in the Red Sox’s 8-3 win over Toronto.

2009 – Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera hit back-to-back home runs for the New York Yankees in an 11-4 win over Baltimore. All three solo shots to right field came in the second inning from Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie — two-shot.


May 21st

1926 – Earl Sheely of the Chicago White Sox hit three doubles and a home run against the Boston Red Sox. Sheely doubled in each of his last three at-bats the previous day to give him seven straight extra base hits, tying a major league record. The six doubles in the two games also set a major league record.

1943 – In the fastest nine-inning night game in American League history, the Chicago White Sox beat the Washington Senators 1-0 in 1 hour and 29 minutes.

1948 – Joe DiMaggio hit two home runs, a triple, a double and a single to lead the New York Yankees to a 13-2 win over the Chicago White Sox.

1952 – Duke Snider’s home run marked a 15-run first inning in the Dodgers’ 19-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds in Brooklyn. Snider, Pee Wee Reese and Billy Cox each made three plate appearances in the first inning.

1986 – Rafael Ramirez of Atlanta had four doubles in seven at-bats as the Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 9-8 in 13 innings.

1996 – Larry Walker hit a career high in six runs, hitting two home runs in two runs, a triple and a double in the Colorado Rockies’ 12-10 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. His total of 13 bases set a club record.

1997 – Roger Clemens earned his 200th career win, leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-1 win over the New York Yankees.

2000 – For the first time in baseball history, there were six Grand Slams in a single day. Anaheim’s Garret Anderson beat the record-breaker ahead of Kansas City’s Chris Fussell. JT Snow from San Francisco, Brian Hunter from Philadelphia, Jason Giambi from Oakland and Adrian Beltre and Shawn Green from Los Angeles connected to the bases loaded before Anderson. The old mark of five was set in 1999.

2004 – Jose Cruz Jr. went 4-on-4 with a homer and three doubles to lead Tampa Bay to a 5-3 win over Cleveland.

2005 – The Texas Rangers set two club records in an 18-3 win over the Houston Astros. Texas got home runs from Rod Barajas, Hank Blalock, Laynce Nix and Mark Teixeira in a second inning with eight runs and four homers. Texas hit a team-record eight total homers that day and also received blasts from Kevin Mench, Richard Hidalgo and two from David Dellucci.

2009 – Albert Pujols of St. Louis hit a homer in the first inning that destroyed the “I” on the Big Mac Country sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won 3-1.

2009 – Joe Mauer scored a grand slam, two doubles and drove six runs in a career high as Minnesota defeated the Chicago White Sox 20-1.

2010 – Dan Haren doubled twice, drove in three carries and threw eight strong innings, leveling Edwin Encarnacion’s three home runs for Toronto, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Blue Jays 8-6. Haren allowed four runs from nine hits and two of Encarnacion’s three home runs.

2013 – Mike Trout scored for the cycle and drove in five runs to lead the Los Angeles Angels in a 12-0 win over the Seattle Mariners.


May 22

1933 – New York Yankees’ Joe Sewell struck for the first time that season in a 3-0 win over Cleveland. Sewell would only strike three more times in 524 bats.

1957 – The Boston Red Sox hit four home runs in the sixth inning of an 11-0 win over Cleveland. Gene Mauch, Ted Williams, Dick Gernert and Frank Malzone. All of the homers came from Cal McLish on the first 16 pitches.

1959 – Baltimore’s Hoyt Wilhelm scored a one-hiter in a 5-0 win over the New York Yankees. Jerry Lumpe’s eighth-round single spoiled the no-hit bid.

1963 – Mickey Mantle beat Kansas City’s Bill Fischer in an 8-7 win over the A’s from the right field front at Yankee Stadium.

1968 – Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates hit three home runs, a doubles win and a singles win in a 13-6 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Stargell’s double missed the end when it bounced off the railing in the left stand.

1976 – Reggie Smith of St. Louis hit three home runs – two righties and one left – and hit five runs in a 7-6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Smith’s third homer came with two outs in the ninth, breaking a 6-6 tie.

1977 – Boston and Milwaukee hit 11 home runs combined in a 14-10 Red Sox win at Fenway Park, setting a major league record. The Red Sox tied for six and the Brewers hit five in the first game of a doubleheader.

1983 – Cliff Johnson of the Toronto Blue Jays hit his 18th pinch homer of his career. Baltimore’s Tippy Martinez homer tied Johnson with Jerry Lynch on the career pinch home run list.

1998 – Brian Cox won 6-on-6, including a grand slam in a 10-run third inning, as Florida State rolled past Delaware 27-6 in the NCAA Atlantic II Regional. Freshman Matt Diaz hit three home runs for the Seminoles.

2000 – Milwaukee defeated Houston 10-9 in the first game of a doubleheader, coming back from a 9-2 deficit to level with seven runs in the bottom half of the ninth inning. The Brewers won the game in the 10th with a home run by Jose Hernandez.

2008 – Boston’s JD Drew and Mike Lowell hit grand slams to help Daisuke Matsuzaka remain undefeated as the Red Sox achieved an 11-8 win over the Kansas City Royals.

2009 – Michael Cuddyer batted for the cycle and set a career high with five RBIs as Minnesota beat Milwaukee 11-3. Cuddyer hit a three-run homer in the first inning, doubled in the third and singled in the fourth before ending the cycle by tripling into the left field corner on a broken-bat liner in the sixth.

2012 – CJ Wilson and Ernesto Frieri scored a one-hiter in a Los Angeles Angels 4-0 win over Oakland. Cliff Pennington had the only hit — a one-off single in the fifth — for Oakland.


23. May

1901 – The Cleveland Blues, later known as the Indians, hit nine runs with two outs in the ninth inning to beat the Washington Senators 14-13.

1910 – In the top of the ninth inning in a game against Boston, Dode Paskert of Cincinnati stole second base, third base and home plate. The theft brought the Reds a 6-5 win.

1924 – Washington’s Walter Johnson hit 14 in a 4-0 one-hitter against the Chicago White Sox for his 103rd shutout.

1925 – Cincinnati pitcher Pete Donohue had five hits – four singles and a homer – in an 11-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

1935 – The first major league night game scheduled for Cincinnati was postponed due to rain.

1948 – Joe DiMaggio hit three consecutive homers, the first two ahead of Bob Feller, to lead the New York Yankees to a 6-5 win over Cleveland.

1962 – New York’s Joe Pepitone hit two home runs in the eighth inning of the Yankees’ 13-7 win over Kansas City.

1970 – The San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants battled for 15 innings, with the Padres winning 17-16. Nate Colbert led San Diego with five hits and four RBIs.

1984 – The Detroit Tigers won their 16th straight away game, 4-2 in California, setting an AL record.

1991 – Tommy Greene, making his 15th major league start of his career, scored a no-hitter and the Philadelphia Phillies defeated Montreal 2-0.

2002 – Los Angeles Dodgers hitter Shawn Green became the 14th player in major league history to hit four homers in a game and set a big league record for 19 total bases. He went 6-to-6 and scored six goals with seven RBIs in a 16-3 win at Milwaukee.

2003 – Jeremi Gonzalez earned his first major league win in nearly five years as Tampa Bay defeated Anaheim 3-1. Gonzalez won for the first time since June 28, 1998 with the Chicago Cubs. He underwent elbow surgery in 1998 and 1999 before the Cubs released him in 2001.

2009 – Jason Giambi hit his 400th homer in the Oakland Athletics’ 7-8 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, becoming the 44th player to reach that milestone.

2011 – Corey Hart hit his first three homers this season and hit seven of them to break both club records and propelled Milwaukee to an 11-3 win over Washington.

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