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1970 April 13: Oakland uses gold colored bases during the clubs home opener. The rules committee shortly thereafter bans this innovation.
1970 May 2: During a 7-1 loss to the Giants, the Phillies lose both of their catchers, Tim McCarver and Mike Ryan with broken hands in the same inning.
1970 May 12: Ernie Banks hits career home run number 500 off Braves pitcher Pat Jarvis. It is also his 1600th career RBI. Cubbies win 4-3. Rico Carty does however hit safely in his 30th consecutive game.
1970 May 17: During a 7-6 Atlanta loss to Cincinnati, in the second game of a doubleheader, Hank Aaron collects career hit number 3,000 and his 570th home run.
1970 June 12: Pittsburgh's Doc Ellis no hits San Diego 2-0. Ellis walks 8 and hits one. Willie Stargell smashes 2 solo homers to support Ellis.
1970 June 21: Detroit's Cesar Guitierrez goes 7 for 7 in a 12 inning 9-8 win over the Indians. Cesar collected only 128 hits his entire major league career.
1970 June 26: Frank Robinson belts 2 successive grand slams (with the same men on base each time) during a 12-2 Oriole rout over the Senators.
1970 July 18: During a 10-1 victory over the Expos, the Giants Willie Mays singles off Mike Wegener for career hit number 3,000.
1970 July 21: Clay Kirby has a no hitter through 8 innings. Padres Manager Preston Gomez lifts him for a pinch hitter. Reliever Jack Baldschun gives up three hits in the 9th and the Padres lose 3-0.
1970 July 28: Angels catcher Tom Egan is charged with 5 passed balls, all with different pitchers and he drops a throw for an error to permit the winning run in a 6-5 loss to the Yankees.
1970 August 1: Pittsburgh's Willie Stargell collects 3 doubles and 2 home runs which ties the major league mark for extra base hits in a game and scores 5 runs while driving in 6. Pirates outslug the Braves 20-10.
1970 September 21: The A's Vida Blue no hits the Twins 6-0 becoming the youngest pitcher to perform the feat since Paul Dean did it 36 years ago to the day with the Cardinals. Harmon Killebrew was the only Twins baserunner with a 4th inning walk.
1971 April 27: Hank Aaron becomes the 3rd member of the 600 home run club. However, Willie Mays (another 600 club member) hits a 10th inning single to beat Aaron and the Braves.
1971 June 6: Willie Mays hits a 12th inning home run off Phillies pitcher Joe Hoerner in the second game of a doubleheader. This was his 22nd and final extra inning clout, which is a record.
1971 June 12: Phillies second baseman Terry Harmon accepts 18 chances in a 3-0 win over the Padres setting a major league record.
1971 June 23: Rick Wise of the Phillies hits two home runs while pitching a 4-0 no hitter versus the Reds. Wise gets Pete Rose for the last out.
1971 July 9: The A's beat the Angels 1-0 in the longest shutout in American League history, 20 innings. Vida Blue fans 17 batters in 11 innings for the A's, while Angels Billy Cowan ties a major league record by striking out 6 times.
1971 July 9: Braves shortstop Leo Foster makes a memorable major league debut. Against the Pirates, he commits an error on his first chance, hits into a double play in the 5th, and a triple play in the 7th inning.
1971 July 11: Tony Conigliaro who had gone 0 for 8 with 5 strikeouts for the Angels during their 20 inning loss two days earlier, calls a press conference for tomorrow to announce his retirement.
1971 July 15: The Pirates beat the Padres 4-3 in a marathon thriller. Pittsburgh ties the game in the bottom of the 9th, the 13th, and the 16th innings before winning it on a Roberto Clemente home run in the 17th inning.
1971 September 5: The Tigers tie a major league record by using 6 pinch hitters in the 7th inning but lose 6-5 to the Yankees.
1971 September 15: Larry Yount is announced as the new pitcher for Houston against Atlanta. While taking his warm-up pitches he injures his arm and must be replaced in what proves to be his only major league appearance. His brother Robin will begin his career in 1974.
1971 September 17: The White Sox defeat the Angels 9-4 with each Chicago player driving in one run.
1971 September 22: The Phillies leave 14 men on base without scoring in a 2-0 loss to the Expos.
1972 May 14: Willie Mays traded from the Giants to the Mets 3 days ago, hits a game winning home run against his old teammates. Mets beat the Giants 5-4 at Shea Stadium.
1972 May 24: California pitcher Don Rose homers in his first major league at bat and earns a 6-5 victory over Vida Blue the A's. For Rose, it is his only major league home run and his only career victory.
1972 July 9: The Angels Nolan Ryan strikes out 16 batters including 8 in a row, and 3 on 9 pitches in the 2nd inning as he stops the Red Sox on 1 hit.
1972 July 14: In a major league first, the plate umpire and catcher in a game are brothers. Bill Haller is the umpire and Tom Haller is the Tigers catcher during a game with the Royals. Kansas City wins 1-0.
1972 July 18: San Diego's Steve Arlin takes a no hitter into the 9th against the Phillies before settling for his 2nd straight 2 hitter. During the season, he will notch, three 2 hitters, a one hitter and a 10 inning 1 hitter, yet compile a 10-21 record.
1972 July 31: Dick Allen becomes the first player since 1950 and the 7th in history to hit 2 inside the park home runs in a game. White Sox beat the Twins 8-1.
1972 August 29: During a 3-0 win over St. Louis, the Giants Jim Barr retires the first 20 batters he faces. Six days earlier Barr had gotten out the last 21 he faced. This gave Barr a record of 41 consecutive batsmen retired.
1972 September 2: Milt Pappas of the Cubs tosses a no hit game against the Padres 8-0. Pappas has a perfect game until pinch hitter Larry Stahl walks with two outs and a 3-2 count in the 9th inning.
1972 September 19: The A's set a major league record by using 30 players, including a record 10 pinch hitters in a game against the White Sox. The Sox use 21 players and win 8-7.
1972 October 3: Steve Carlton wins his 27th game for the last place Phillies. They beat the Cubs 11-1 behind 6 home run support. Carlton sets a record for highest percentage of team wins.
1973 May 1: The Giants score 7 runs with 2 outs in the 9th inning to rally past the Pirates 8-7. Chris Arnold's pinch hit grand slam highlights the inning.
1973 May 8: Willie Stargell takes Dodger pitcher Andy Messersmith deep and completely out of Dodger Stadium This is his second blast out of the park, the only player to do this.
1973 May 8: Former pitcher Ralph Miller dies at age 100. Miller was the last survivor of 19th century baseball and the first former major league to reach this age.
1973 June 16: Oriole Jim Palmer retires the first 25 batters he faces before Ken Suarez singles with one out in the 9th. Palmer holds on for a 2 hit 9-1 victory over the Rangers.
1973 June 19: Pete Rose singles versus the Giants to collect career hit number 2,000.
1973 July 13: Montreal's Hal Breeden pinch hit homers in each game of a doubleheader split with the Braves. This feat hadn't been done since Joe Cronin in 1943.
1973 July 15: Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan throws his second no hitter of the season and fans 17 batters, 8 of them in a row. The Angels beat the Tigers 6-0.
1973 July 21: Hank Aaron hits career home run number 700 off of the Phillies Ken Brett. The 2 run blast isn't enough as the Braves lose 8-4.
1974 April 4: Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth's home run record at 714 with a 3 run blast off of Reds pitcher Jack Billingham. Braves lose to the Red 7-6.
1974 April 8: Hank Aaron breaks Babe Ruth's all time home run mark with career home run number 715. The blast comes in the 4th inning of the Braves home opener off of Dodger pitcher Al Downing. As for the game, the Braves win 7-4.
1974 April 29: Lee May goes 5 for 5, including 2 homers in the 6th inning as Houston beats Chicago 8-2.
1974 May 27: Pirate Ken Brett no hits the Padres until the 9th inning, settling for a 2 hit 6-0 shutout in the first game of a doubleheader. In game 2, he's used as a pinch hitter and delivers a 2 run pinch hit triple to give the Pirates an 8-7 win.
1974 June 14: Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 Red Sox in 13 innings, including Cecil Cooper 6 times in a row. The Angels won the game 4-3 in 15 innings.
1974 June 24: Steve Busby retires the first 9 White Sox to set an American League record of 33 consecutive batsmen retired. White Sox take the game though 3-1.
1974 July 4: Mike Marshall picks up a 3-2 win over the Reds. In the past 30 days, he is 9-0 with 3 saves, a 1.82 ERA in 20 appearances.
1974 July 17: Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson fans the Reds Cesar Geronimo to become the 2nd hurler to strikeout 3,000 batters. In 6 years, Nolan Ryan will fan Geronimo as well to get his 5,000 strikeout.
1974 September 1: During a 5-3 win over the Tigers, the A's first baseman Gene Tenace goes through the entire game without a fielding chance, only the 4th time in history that has occurred in that position.
1974 September 11: The Mets lose to the Cardinals 4-3 after 7 hours and 4 minutes covering a whopping 25 innings. Two Mets errors lead to the Cardinals winning run.
1974 September 24: Al Kaline doubles off Dave McNally for his 3,000 career hit as the Tigers beat the Orioles 5-4 at Memorial Coliseum.
1974 October 2: In the Rangers season finale, Billy Martin allows Fergie Jenkins to hit for himself rather than use a designated hitter, the first such incident all season. Jenkins singles off Twins pitcher Jim Hughes and scores the Rangers first run in the 2-1 win. Jenkins also goes on to post his 25th win of the season.
1975 May 4: In the second inning of an 8-6 Astros win over the Giants, Bob Watson scores what is calculated the 1 millionth run of all time (since April 1876). The run was scored in game one of a doubleheader at Candlestick Park.
1975 May 12: The Royals leave 15 men on base without scoring a run in a 5-0 loss to the Tigers.
1975 May 25: Mickey Lolich earns career victory number 200 as the Tigers beat the White Sox 4-1. His catcher was Bill Freehan, who also caught his first major league start in 1963.
1975 June 6: Nolan Ryan bids for a 2nd straight no hitter (June 1 versus the Orioles) in a row is ruined by a Hank Aaron single in the 6th inning. Ryan settles for a 2 hit 6-0 win over the Brewers.
1975 June 18: Boston's Fred Lynn drives in 10 runs with 3 homers, a triple and a single in a 15-1 laugher over Detroit.
1975 July 21: The Mets Felix Millan has 4 straight singles but is erased each time when Joe Torre grounds into 4 straight double plays. Mets lose to the Astros 6-2.
1975 July 30: Pitcher Jose Sosa hits a home run in his first major league at bat as the Astros beat the Padres 8-4. This home run will be the first and only in the majors.
1975 August 24: After a record 38 consecutive steals, Davey Lopes is nabbed by Expos catcher Gary Carter in the 12th inning of a 5-2 Expos win.
1975 September 16: Rennie Stennett becomes the only player in the 20th century to go 7 for 7 in a 9 inning game. He collects 2 hits in an inning 2 times as the Pirates squash the Cubs 22-0.
1975 September 20: The A's and Royals set an American League record by using a combined 42 players in a 9 inning game. A's romp 16-4.
1975 September 28: In a major league first, 4 pitchers share in a no hitter as the A's beat the Angels 5-0. Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott, Paul Lindblad and Rollie Fingers are the unique quartet.
1976 April 12: The Dodgers - Braves game is rained out in Los Angeles. This is the first rain out in Los Angeles since April 21, 1967. The stretch spanned 724 straight games.
1976 April 15: Opening Day ceremonies at Yankee Stadium includes the return of Bob Shawkey, who won the stadium opener in 1923. He throws out the first pitch in front of 52,000 fans. The crowd is not disappointed as the Yankees cruise 11-4.
1976 April 17: Mike Schmidt has 5 hits, including 4 consecutive home runs and drives in 8 runs. It's barely enough as the Phillies have to rally from a 13-2 deficit to beat the Cubs 18-16 in 10 innings.
1976 May 26: White Sox hurler Ken Brett has a no hitter with 2 outs in the 9th when Angles Jerry Remy hits a slow roller down the 3rd base line. Third baseman Jorge Orta lets the ball roll in the hope it rolls foul. In a controversial ruling, it is scored a hit. The White Sox and Brett win the game 1-0 in 10 innings.
1976 May 29: Astro Joe Niekro hits his only home run of his 22 year career off brother Phil, a 7th inning blast that ties the game in the 7th inning. The Astros would wind up winning the game 4-3.
1976 June 15: The scheduled game at the Houston Astrodome is rained out when heavy rains make it difficult to impossible for the visiting team and umpires to get through flooded streets to the stadium.
1976 June 22: Randy Jones ties Christy Mathewson's National League record of 68 consecutive innings without issuing a walk. The crowd appreciates the feat with a standing ovation after striking out Darrell Evans to end the 7th. The streak ends with the first man up in the 8th, as catcher Marc Hill walks. Padres and Jones still win 4-2.
1976 June 25: Rabger's shortstop Toby Harrah becomes the only player at that position to go through an entire doubleheader without a single fielding chance. At the plate, he collects 6 hits, including 2 homers (one a grand slam) in the twin bill. The Rangers and White Sox split a pair.
1976 July 28: White Sox pitchers Blue Moon Odom and Francisco Barrios combine to no hit the A's 2-1. Odom walks 9 batters in 5 innings and is lifted in the 6th. Barrios closes out the game and preserves the no hitter. This would be Odom final major league victory.
1976 August 8: Owner Bill Veeck has his White Sox suit up in shorts in the first game of a doubleheader against the Royals. The White Sox win the ball game 5-2, then lose the nightcap 7-1.
1976 August 16: The Brewers beat the A's 4-3 with the help of 3 picked off runners at first base. This hasn't occurred since 1910.
1976 September 12: Designated hitter Minnie Minoso becomes the oldest player to hit safely in a big league game at the age of 53. His hit comes against the Angels Sid Monge.
1977 During an exhibition game, screwballer Joe Niekro fanned 5 batters in one inning as the ball twice eluded catcher Cliff Johnson on third strikes.
1977 The Dodgers were the first team with four 30 home run men.
1977 April 10: The Indians score 13 runs and the Red Sox score 6 in the 19-run 8th inning. This set a major league mark for an inning. Cleveland wins the game 19-9.
1977 May 11: With the Braves having lost 16 straight games, owner Ted Turner takes over as 'field manager'. After the Braves lose another one 2-1, Turner is relieved of his managerial duty by National League President Chuck Feeney, citing a league rule that prohibits a manager from owning a financial interest in his club.
1977 July 4: The Red Sox celebrate the holiday, by blasting 8 home runs, 7 of them are solo shots. Four of them come in the 8th inning and are enough to beat the Blue Jays 9-6.
1977 July 28: The Cubs beat the Reds in a 16-15, 13 inning slugfest. The teams combine for a record 11 home runs.
1977 August 28: Steve Garvey has a career game with 5 extra base hits, 5 runs scored and 5 RBI's as the Dodgers pound the Cardinals 11-0. Garvey has 3 doubles and 2 home runs.
1977 August 29: Cardinal Lou Brock breaks Ty Cobb's modern major league record with his 893rd stolen base. The Padres celebrate with a 4-3 win.
1977 September 18: Boston's Ted Cox goes 4 for 4 in his major league debut as the Red Sox cruise 10-4. Cox opens tomorrows game with 2 more hits before being retired. The 6 consecutive hits to start a career is a record.
1977 September 19: Former catcher Paddy Livingston dies at age 97 in Ohio. He was the last surviving member from the American League's first season in 1901.
1977 September 24: Jack Brohamer hits for the cycle in an 8-3 win over the Mariners. He is the first White Sox since Ray Schalk in 1922 to accomplish this.
1978 April 13: In the Yankee home opener, it's Reggie Candy Bar Day. Reggie promptly smashes as 1st inning home run and the field is showered with the candy bars. Yankees beat the White Sox 4-2.
1978 May 5: Pete Rose singles off Expos pitcher Steve Rogers for career hit number 3,000. Expose beat the Reds 4-3.
1978 May 10: Dave Kingman drives in 8 runs with a single and 3 home runs, including a 15th inning, 3 run shot to give the Cubs a 10-7 over the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.
1978 May 17: Pirate Lee Lacy hits a pinch hit home run in a 10-1 Pirate loss to the Dodgers. It is Lacy's 3rd consecutive home run in a pinch hitting role, setting the major league record.
1978 June 13: Pete Rose is held hitless during a 1-0 loss to the Cubs. Rose in a 5 for 44 slump, will not be held hitless until August.
1978 June 26: Toronto's Dave McKay and Otto Velez each hit 2 doubles in one inning during a 24-10 massacre of the Orioles. The Orioles use catcher Ellie Hendricks and outfielder Larrow Harlow as pitchers in the romp.
1978 September 14: The Angels score 13 unearned runs in the 9th inning of a 16-1 rout of the Rangers.
1978 July 15: Seattle's Larry Milbourne homers from both sides of the plate in a 7-6 win over the Indians. These will be his only home runs of the season in 234 at bats.
1978 July 26: Johnny Bench hits career home run number 300 and Pete Rose extends his hit streak to 39 in a 12-3 Reds loss to the Mets.
1978 July 27: Duane Kuiper hits 2 bases clearing triples in an Indians 17-5 win over the Yankees in game two of a doubleheader. Kuiper is only the 3rd player in the 20th century to accomplish this.
1978 July 30: The Expos crush the Braves 19-0 as the Expos rack up 28 hits, including 8 home runs. They total 58 bases breaking an 85 year old record held by the Reds.
1978 July 31: Pete Rose ties Willie Keeler's 81 year old National League record of 44 consecutive games with a hit. The single comes off Braves pitcher Phil Niekro. Reds take the game 3-2.
1978 August 1: The Braves rout the Reds 16-4 and hold Pete Rose hitless and snap his 44 consecutive game hitting streak. Braves pitchers Larry McWilliams and Gene Garber keep Rose hitless.
1978 August 27: The Reds Joe Morgan cracks out career home run number 200. In the process he becomes the first player in histroy to have 200 home runs and 500 stolen bases.
1978 September 14: Jim Bouton, after retiring from baseball in 1970, earns a 4-1 victory over the Giants.
1978 October 1: Seattle's Kevin Pasley hits his only major league home run in his last major league at bat as Seattle loses to the Rangers 9-4.
1978 June 30: Willie McCovey hits career home run number 500 off Braves pitcher Jamie Easterly.
1979 Rob Picciolo walked only 3 times in 348 at bats for the A's.
1979 April 10: J.R. Richard fans 13 Dodgers but throws a record 6 wild pitches in a 2-1 win at the Astrodome.
1979 April 24: Substitute umpires (the regulars are on strike) consult 28 minutes over a decision, change their minds twice and finally issue a compromise decision. Both teams play the game under protest but the Mets win 10-3 over the Giants.
1979 May 13: Padres pitcher Randy Jones steals second base against the Mets in a 5-4 win. Randy is the first pitcher in their 11 year history to steal a base.
1979 May 17: The Phillies beat the Cubs in a wild one at Wrigley Field 23-22 in 10 innings. The game features a record tying 11 homers. Dave Kingman has 3 home runs and 6 RBI's and Bill Buckner has a grand slam and 7 RBI's for the Cubs. Mike Schmidt has only 2 home runs, one of them coming in the 10th inning to win the game.
1979 May 25: Seven different Dodgers hit home runs, including pitcher Rick Sutcliffe in a 17-6 drubbing of the Reds.
1979 May 31: Pat Underwood makes his major league debut and pitches 8 1/3 shutout innings for the Tigers in a 1-0 win over the Blue Jays. The losing pitcher is Pat's brother, Tom.
1979 June 30: The Mets score 6 runs to break a 3-3 tie in the 10th inning against the Cubs. The Cubs rally for 5 runs, aided by Mike Vail's grand slam, but still fall short and lose 9-8 at Wrigley Field.
1979 August 4: Braves knuckleballer Phil Niekro ties major league records of 4 wild pitches in one inning and 6 for one game. The wildness is costly as Atlanta wins 6-2.
1979 August 8: Oakland pitcher Matt Keough ties a season record with his 14th straight loss. This time California beats him 8-1. Keough finishes the season at 2-17
1979 August 13: Lou Brock collects career hit number 3,000, a single off Cubs pitcher Dennis Lamp. Cardinals win the game 3-2.
1979 August 29: Eddie Murray drives in all his teams run with 3 consecutive homers in a 7-4 win over the Twins. Two of the homers are right-handed and one is left-handed.
1979 August 29: The Brewers use third baseman Sal Bando, second baseman Jim Gantner and catcher Buck Martinez in an 18-8 loss to the Royals. Only Gantner finishes with a career earned run average of 0.00.
1979 September 12: Carl Yastrzemski singles off Yankee pitcher Jim Beattie for his 3,000th career hit in a 9-2 win. He is the first American League player with 3,000 hits and 400 home runs.
1979 September 30: Minnesota's Jerry Koosman defeats the Brewers 5-0 on the final day of the season to earn his 20th win. It is the only time the Brewers are shut out this season, as they fail to tie a record set by the 1932 Yankees.