Saturday, May 14, 2011

On This Day - May 14th

OTD - 1913 - Washington's Walter Johnson gave up a run in the fourth inning against the St. Louis Browns to end his streak of 56 scoreless innings. The Senators won 10-5.

OTD - 1920 - The Giants inform the Yankees, tenants since 1913, their lease to play at the Polo Grounds will not be renewed at the end of the season. There is speculation the National League team, who later will decide to continue sharing their home until the Yankee's new stadium is completed in 1923, may have been reacting to the team's recent acquisition of Babe Ruth.

OTD - 1927 - In the top of the seventh in the Phillies' game against St. Louis, a section of the right field stand of the Baker Bowl collapses causing hundreds of fans to fall on the patrons below. Although there are many injuries, the only death is caused by the stampeding crowd.

OTD - 1977 - The first no-hitter is thrown by a Kansas City pitcher at Royals Stadium when Jim Colborn blanks the Rangers, 6-0. California's fireballer Nolan Ryan recorded the first no-hitter in the ballpark during its inaugural season in 1971.

OTD - 1989 - Benny Distefano became the first left-handed catcher in a major league game in nine years when he caught the ninth inning of the Pittsburgh Pirates' 5-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Mike Squires caught two games with the Chicago White Sox in 1980 and Dale Long caught two games for the Chicago Cubs in 1958.


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