1947 – The Dodgers win 4-2 over the Pirates as Jackie Robinson swipes home for the first of 19 times in his career.
1955 – Washington rookie infielder Harmon Killebrew hits his first home run in an 18-7 loss to the Detroit Tigers.
1970 – The Reds play their final game at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field, beating the Giants 5-4.
1979 – Rickey Henderson makes his major-league debut for Oakland in a 5-1 loss to Texas in the first game of a doubleheader. Henderson has a single and double in four at-bats and steals the first base of his big-league career.
1983 – Milwaukee’s Don Sutton strikes out Alan Bannister in the eighth inning of a 3-2 win over Cleveland to become the eighth pitcher in major-league history with 3,000 career strikeouts. County Stadium is packed with 46,037 fans for the game, mostly to welcome back popular outfielder Gorman Thomas, who was traded to Cleveland earlier in the month.
1992 – Commissioner Fay Vincent permanently bans Steve Howe from baseball after he pleads no contest to misdemeanor charge of attempting to buy cocaine. The ban is subsequently overturned and Vincent resigns September 7 after a vote of no confidence from owners. Howe will pitch for four more years.
1994 – Jeff Bagwell of the Astros becomes the 28th player to hit two home runs in one inning when he connects twice in the sixth against the Dodgers. Bagwell adds another homer in the eighth.
1997 – Randy Johnson ties Steve Carlton’s major-league record for lefthanders with 19 strikeouts against the Oakland A’s. He breaks Ron Guidry’s A.L. mark for lefties, but like Carlton, Johnson takes the loss in his 19-K game. Mark McGwire’s 538-foot home run powers Oakland to a 4-1 victory.
Births and deaths? None of these names are ringing any bells with me, so I’ll list none of them here.