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1950 White Sox pitcher Bill Wight sets an AL record for futility when he goes 0 for 61 at the plate.
1950 April 30: The Red Sox pummel the A's 19-0 in game 1 of a doubleheader. The Red Sox have 4 home runs, 2 by Ted Williams in the 17 hit attack. Boston then takes the nitecap with a 6-5 conventional win.
1950 May 3: Yankee pitcher Vic Raschi troubled by the new rule that requires a one second rest before delivery with men on base, balks 4 times in one game, two fewer than the single season record. He still beats the White Sox 4-3.
1950 May 18: Tom Glaviano makes 4 errors at 3rd base in a 9-8 Cardinal loss at Brooklyn. Three errors come in the 9th inning, 2 wild throws and a boot that lets in the winning score.
1950 June 8: The Red Sox beat the Browns 29-4 at Fenway Park, the most one sided game of the century.
1950 June 21: Joe DiMaggio gets his 2,000 career hit, a 7th inning single off Indians hurler Chick Pieretti as the Yankees win 8-2.
1950 June 23: A record 11 home runs drive in all the runs scored in a 10-9 Tiger win over the Yankees. Tiger pitcher Dizzy Trout hits a grand slam.
1950 June 29: The Red Sox beat the A's 22-14 in Philadelphia. Pitchers allowed 21 walks but oddly only one homer run (Ted Williams).
1950 July 2: Bob Feller wins his 200th major league game as he beats Detroit 5-3 in game 2 of a doubleheader split.
1950 July 3: With all his first basemen struggling, manager Casey Stengel asks Joe DiMaggio to play first base. In a 7-2 loss, he handles 13 cleanly. This is his only appearance at first base.
1950 August 28: At Fenway, the Red Sox come back from 10-0 and 12-1 deficits to beat the Indians 15-14. Bob Feller, in his only relief appearance of the season, picks up the loss.
1950 October 1: The Phillies play the Dodgers on the final day of the season leading them by 1 game in the standings. Dick Sisler's dramatic home run off Don Newcombe in the 10th inning, clinches the pennant for the Phillies. The stage is set by center fielder Richie Ashburn throwing out Dodger runner Cal Abrams at the plate in the bottom of the 9th.
1951 May 6: Pirate pitcher Cliff Chambers throws a no hitter against the Braves winning 3-0. He walks 8 and throws 1 wild pitch but holds on to pitch only the 2nd Pirate no hitter in history. Chambers has an RBI in the 8th inning. The loser is starter George Estock, his only major start and decision.
1951 July 12: Yankees pitcher Allie Reynolds no hits the Indians 1-0. Gene Woodling hits a homer off Bob Feller for the scoring.
1951 July 28: Clyde Vollmer hits a grand slam in the 16th inning off reliever Bob Feller for an 8-4 Red Sox win. The slam is the latest hit in a game in major league history.
1951 August 24: In another of Bill Veecks stunts, 'Fans Managers Night', the Browns beat the A's 5-3. The Browns coaches hold up placards for about a thousand fans who vote on the options given them.
1951 August 24: Yankee outfielder Gene Woodling connects for a two run home run off Indians pitcher Early Wynn. He also had connected for two run homers off of Wynn On July 24th and June 24th.
1951 September 13: The Cardinals split a rare doubleheader, defeating the Giants 6-4 in the afternoon game and then losing to the Braves in the night cap 2-0.
1951 September 14: Outfielder Bob Nieman of the St. Louis Browns, homers in his first two regular-season at bats. He hit only 30 homers in the remaining 3,450 career at bats. He is only one of two men to accomplish this.
1952 The Cleveland Indians boast three 20-game winners, the home run and RBI king but do not win the pennant.
1952 May 15: Thirty three year old Tigers pitcher Virgil Trucks throws his first no hitter and beats the Senators 1-0. It takes a Vic Wertz 2 out solo blast off Senators pitcher Bob Porterfield to secure the game.
1952 May 21: After Billy Cox grounds out, the Dodgers score 15 runs in the first inning as 19 straight batters reach base safely. Pee Wee Reese reaches safely three times in the inning. After Andy Pafko is caught stealing, Duke Snider fans to end the barrage against the Reds. Dodgers win 19-1.
1952 June 10: Sam Mele of the White Sox hits a 3 run homer and a 3 run triple in the 4th inning in a game against the Red Sox at Fenway. The White Sox pound the Red Sox 15-2.
1952 June 15: Trailing 11-0, the Cardinals rally to defeat the Giants 14-12 in game 1 of a doubleheader. They score all 14 runs over the final 3 innings. The Giants won the nightcap 3-0.
1952 July 15: Indian sluggers pull of a triple steal against the unsuspecting Yankees. Al Rosen races home and scores Larry Doby rushes into third and Luke Easter steals second. Easter's steal is the only of his major league career. The 3 men play in over 3,000 games and combined for less than 100 steals between them.
1952 August 6: Pitching for the St. Louis Browns, 47 year old Satchel Paige shuts out the Tigers 1-0 in 12 innings.
1952 September 9: Stan Musial collects career hit number 2,000 off Phillies pitcher Curt Simmons. Cardinals lose 4-2.
1952 September 29: With his 6th batting title secure, Stan Musial makes his only major league pitching appearance. In a game against the Cubs, he comes in and faces Frank Baumholtz, who is runner up to Musial for the batting Crown. Baumholtz reaches base on an error and Harvey Haddix relieves Musial. The Cubs win 3-0.
1953 April 17: Mickey Mantle hits his first home run of the season, a mere 565 foot blast off Senators pitcher Chuck Stobbs at Griffith Stadium. The ball cleared over the 55 foot high wall and out of the stadium, rolling into the backyard of a house. Some have said that this was the furthest home run ever hit. Yankees cruise 7-2.
1953 May 6: Bobo Holloman of the Browns pitches a no hitter in his first big league game against the A's. Within 3 months he's out of the majors finishing with a 3-7 record.
1953 June 10: Red Sox right fielder Jimmy Piersall goes 6 for 6 in an 11-2 win over the St. Louis Browns.
1953 June 18: The Red Sox score 17 runs in the 7th inning in a game against the Tigers and win 23-3. The Sox got 14 hits, 6 walks and sent a total of 23 men to the plate.
1953 July 7: The St. Louis Browns lose to the Indians 6-3 and set a major league record of 20 straight home losses.
1953 July 7: The Brooklyn Dodgers set a major league record for most homers in consecutive games with 24 games.
1954 The sacrifice fly rule, tinkered with for years, sometimes in effect and other times not, is once again adopted and this time remains on the books; a batter who hits a run-scoring fly ball is not charged with time at bat.
1954 April 17: The Cubs beat the Cardinals 23-13 in a wind blown game at Wrigley. Cubs score 10 runs in the 4th inning and Randy Jackson has 4 hits, including a homer that hits an apartment building on Waveland Avenue.
1954 May 13: The Reds Bobby Adams hits a lead off home run off Phillies pitcher Robin Roberts. Roberts proceeds to set down the next 27 batters in a row and wins 8-1.
1954 June 11: In a 16-5 laugher, the Tigers smack 6 home runs against the A's. Ray Boone and Al Kaline each have grand slams.
1954 August 8: The Dodgers score 13 runs off the Reds in the 8th inning in a 20-8 win at Ebbets Field. Of the 13 runs in the inning, only 1 run is earned. Gil Hodges triples and homers in the inning and pitcher Clem Labine walks twice.
1954 September 13: Reds slugger Ted Kluszewski scores a run in a 6-5 loss to the Pirates. It is a record 17th consecutive game he has scored a run.
1955 April 13: The Yankees bomb the Senators 19-1 as Whitey Ford gets 3 hits and yields only 2.
1955 April 17: After the Cubs score 2 runs in the top of the ninth to rally to win game 1 of a doubleheader 6-5, the Cardinals put up a 10 spot in the first inning of game 2 and coast 14-1. Wally Moon has 4 hits, drvies in 2 and has a home run.
1955 April 23: The White Sox get 29 hits and rip the Kansas City A's 29-6. Sherm Lollar gets 2 hits in the same inning twice in the game. The White Sox also have 7 home runs.
1955 May 5: Dodger southpaw Tommy Lasorda in his first big league start, uncorks 3 wild pitches in one inning and suffers a spike wound on a play at the plate.
1955 May 12: Cubs pitcher Sam Jones no hits the Pirates 4-0. In the 9th, he walks the bases loaded but recovers and fans the next 3 to end the game. It's the first no hitter at Wrigley Field since 1917.
1955 May 26: Don Newcombe becomes the only NL pitcher of the decade to steal home plate. In the 9th inning he hits a triple and steals home against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. He wins the game 6-2 beating Elroy Face, who pitches one of the few complete games of his career.
1955 June 3: Stan Musial hits career home run number 300. It's a 3 run blast off Brooklyn's Johnny Podres. However, the Cardinals wind up using 8 pitchers in the 12-5 loss.
1955 July 19: In a four inning relief stint, Tigers pitcher Bill Birrer has 2 at bats, both were home runs.
1955 September 9: Dodger pitcher Clem Labine hits his 3rd home run of the year. This was also his 3rd hit of the year as the pitcher went 3 for 31 at the plate, including 18 strikeouts. The Dodgers coast 16-9 over the Cubs.
1956 May 2: The Giants beat the Cubs 6-5 in a 17 inning marathon. The two teams combine to use 48 players.
1956 May 7: Future National League President Bill White of the Giants, homers in his first major league at bat. The Giants take the loss as the Cardinals win 6-3.
1956 May 24: Mickey Mantle goes 5 for 5 plus is issued an intentional walk in a 11-4 Yankee win over the Tigers. Forty days into the season, Mantle is batting .421.
1956 May 28: Dale Long of the Pirates connects against the Dodgers Carl Erskine at Forbes Field to extend his consecutive games with a home run to a record 8. Tomorrow against Don Newcombe, the streak ends as he goes 0 for 4.
1956 May 30: Mickey Mantle tags Senators pitcher Pedro Ramos for a home run at Yankee Stadium. The ball comes within 18 inches of leaving the park, something never accomplished. It caromed off the upper deck fašade. An estimate showed the ball could have traveled more than 600 feet.
1956 July 6: Jim Busby, while playing for the Indians, hits second grand slam in two days; these are only two of his 13-year career.
1956 August 18: The Reds hit 8 homers in a 13-4 win over Milwaukee at Crosley Field. Bob Johnson hits 3 consecutive homers, Ted Kluszewski and Frank Robinson each have 2 and Wally Post has one.
1956 September 21: Yankee Bill Skowron has 5 hits, Mickey Mantle has 3 hits, including a home run, but the Yankees suffer a 13-7 loss to the Red Sox. The Yankees strand a record 20 men on base.
1957 The American League makes batting helmets mandatory. Prior to this many players have already begun wearing them.
1957 Duke Snider has a 40 homer season and knocks in only 92 RBI's. A major league low for batters who have hit 40 home runs or more in a season.
1957 April 24: The Reds beat the Cubs 9-5 as Chicago pitchers walk 9 batters in the 5th inning.
1957 May 26: Cubs rookie Dick Drott fans 15 Braves, including Hank Aaron 4 times. Cubs win 7-5.
1957 July 23: Mickey Mantle hits for the only cycle of his career, plus steals a base for good measure. Yankees defeat the White Sox 10-6..
1957 September 24: Ted Williams is retired by Senators pitcher Hal Griggs, snapping a record streak of 16 straight times on base. Hal only pitched 2 games for the season.
1958 Year of the big moves: The Dodgers move to Los Angeles and the Giants move to San Francisco.
1958 Pirates first baseman Dick Stuart leads NL first basemen in errors despite only playing 64 games in the field.
1958 May 13: Stan "The Man" Musial doubles off Cubs hurler Moe Drabowsky for his 3,000 career hit.
1958 May 13: Willie Mays goes 5 for 5 against the Dodgers as the Giants win 16-9. His day includes 2 homers, 2 triples and 4 RBI's. Clubmate Daryl Spencer has 2 homers, a triple, a double and 6 RBI's.
1958 June 27: Billy Pierce of the White Sox retires 26 Washington batters in a row before pinch hitter Ed Fitzgerald doubles for the only hit. Pierce wins, 1-0.
1958 August 14: Vic Power, Cleveland first baseman, steals home twice; he stole only one other base all year. Indians beat the Tigers 10-9.
1959 April 9: With Vice President Nixon looking on, The Orioles turn the first Opening Day triple play in history. It's not enough as the Senators win the game 9-2.
1959 April 18: Stan Musial breaks up Giants pitcher Jack Sanford's no hit bid with a 7th inning single. Giants win 8-1.
1959 April 21: Stan Musial breaks up another no hit bid, this time it's Cubs pitcher Glen Hobbie. Musial hits a 7th inning double to break up the no-no. The Cubs win the game 1-0.
1959 April 22: Kansas City A's relief pitcher George Bruner gives up 5 bases loaded walks and a bases loaded hit batsman as the White Sox score 11 runs on only 1 hit in the 7th inning. Johnny Callison has the only hit and Jim Landis makes 2 outs in the inning. White Sox in a laugher, 20-6.
1959 May 1: Thirty-nine-year-old Early Wynn of the White Sox is the whole show against the Red Sox as he pitches a one-hitter, strikes out 14, and hit a double and home run for a 1-0 victory.
1959 May 10: The Giants' Jim Hearn comes on in relief to pitch one and a third innings against the Pirates. He allows 2 runs when the game is suspended, with the Pirates ahead 6-4. Hearn is released before the game is completed in July and is charged with the loss 2 months after his retirement.
1959 May 20: The Yankees lose to the Tigers 13-4 and now claim last place. This is the first time since 1940 the Yankees have been in last place.
1959 June 12: Giants hurler Mike McCormick has allowed no hits and has a 3-0 lead through 5 innings against the Phillies. In the 6th inning, Richie Ashburn gets a single. However, the game is called because of rain and Giants get the 3-0 win. The unfinished inning is not included in the records, therefore giving McCormick credit for the no hitter.
1959 June 28: Phillies outfielder Wally Post becomes the only player in history to twice throw out 2 runners from the outfield in one inning. Phillies lose to the Giants though 6-0.
1959 July 12: NBC uses outfield TV cameras with 80 inch lenses to show the catchers signals during a Yankee - Red Sox game. Commissioner Ford Frick requests they halt its use.
1959 August 2: Jim Bunning of the Tigers pitches the only 'perfect' inning of the decade, striking out 3 Red Sox on nine pitches, as the Tigers win 3-0.
1959 September 11: Los Angeles defeats Pittsburgh 5-4. It is Face's first loss after 22 consecutive wins, 17 of which were in 1959. He would end the year at 18-1.