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May 10

1909 – Pitcher for Winchester in the Blue Grass League, Fred Toney went 17 innings without a hit before winning 1-0 against Lexington.

1934 – Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees played five innings before retiring from play due to illness. By then, he had two homers, two doubles and seven RBIs against the Chicago White Sox.

1944 – Cleveland’s Mel Harder becomes the 50th player to win 200 games as the Indians beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4.

1946 – The Boston Red Sox win their 15th consecutive game, a 5-4 victory over New York in front of a crowd of 64,183 on Friday for Ladies’ Day at Yankee Stadium. Earl Johnson took the win with four scoreless relief runs. Joe DiMaggio’s grand slam accounted for the Yankees’ score.

1962 – Minnesota’s Lenny Green and Vic Power hit back-to-back homers against Cleveland’s Jim Perry to start the game. Cleveland came back to win 9-4.

1967 – Braves outfielder Hank Aaron hit a home run inside the park. It’s the only one of his 755 home runs that didn’t go over the fence.

1970 – Hoyt Wilhelm pitched his 1,000th major league game, but the Atlanta Braves lost 6-5 to the St. Louis Cardinals.

1981 — Charlie Lea became the first French-born pitcher to throw a no-hitter as the Montreal Expos beat the San Francisco Giants 4-0 in Game 2 of a doubleheader.

1999 – Nomar Garciaparra hit two Grand Slams and a two-run homer to become the first AL player with 10 RBIs since 1975, leading the Boston Red Sox past the Seattle Mariners 12-4.

2008 – Greg Maddux of the San Diego Padres became the ninth pitcher in Big League history to win 350 games, allowing an unearned victory in six innings in a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies.

2012 – The Orioles became the first AL team to open a game with three consecutive home runs, and Baltimore added two more long balls against Colby Lewis en route to a 6-5 victory over the Texas Rangers in Game 1 in double. Ryan Flaherty, JJ Hardy and Nick Markakis started the bottom of the first inning with homers to give Baltimore a lead it wouldn’t give up. The previous team to homer in its first three at bats was the Milwaukee Brewers on September 9, 2007. Hardy was also the go-between in that onslaught. Milwaukee was the third major league team to accomplish the feat, all from the NL.

2013 – Two hits with no other baserunners were thrown. Shelby Miller and Jon Lester each accomplished the feat. St. Louis Cardinals rookie Miller and Boston Red Sox left-hander Lester allowed just one hit and faced just 28 batters — no walks, batters hit or errors — during complete shutouts.


May 11

1904 – Cy Young’s 23-inning no-hitter streak ends. The streak included two innings on April 25, six on April 30, a perfect game against the Philadelphia A’s on May 5, and six innings today.

1919 – Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators pitched 12 scoreless innings in a duel with Jack Quinn of the New York Yankees at the Polo Grounds. The Big Train allowed just two hits and struck out 28 in a row. Future football star George Halas, first batter for the Yankees, went 0 for 5, hitting twice.

1919 – Hod Eller of the Cincinnati Reds threw a no-hitter to beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-0. Eller struck out eight and walked three.

1923 – Setting multiple Pacific Coast League records, Pete Schneider of Vernon hit five homers and a double to hit for 14 runs in a 35-11 game against Salt Lake City.

1955 – Ernie Banks‘ grand slam – the first of five of the year – led the Chicago Cubs to a 10-8 win that ended the Brooklyn Dodgers’ 11-game winning streak.

1963 – Sandy Koufax threw the second of four career no-hitters to help Los Angeles beat San Francisco 8-0.

1971 – Cleveland pitcher Steve Dunning became the last American League pitcher to hit a grand slam before the designated hitter rule began in 1973. Dunning’s homer against Diego Segui of the Oakland A’s gave the Indians a 5-0 lead, but Phil Hennigan got the win as the Indians won 7-5.

1996 – Al Leiter, the craziest pitcher in the American League the previous season, threw the first no-hitter in Florida’s brief history as the Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 11-0.

1998 – Kerry Wood of the Chicago Cubs set the major league record for strikeouts in consecutive games (33) by stoking 13 Arizona Diamondbacks in a 4-2 win. The record for strikeouts in two starts was 32, set by Luis Tiant in 1968 and tied by Nolan Ryan (1974), Dwight Gooden (1984) and Randy Johnson (1997).

2000 – The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 14-8 in the longest nine-inning game in National League history – 4 hours, 22 minutes. The teams tied the major league record set by Baltimore and the Yankees on September 5, 1997.

2003 – Rafael Palmeiro of Texas became the 19th player to join the 500 home run club. In a 17-10 win, Palmeiro hit a fastball into right field past Cleveland right-hander David Elder.

2009 – In the greatest pitching matchup in baseball history, 6-foot-10 Randy Johnson defeated Daniel Cabrera 6-9. The Big Unit and towering Cabrera together stand 163 inches – one taller than the combined heights of Cabrera and Mark Hendrickson on September 1, 2004, in the previous record match. Johnson struck out nine for his 298th career win as San Francisco outscored Washington 11-7.


May 12

1910 – Philadelphia Athletics Chief Bender went 4-0 no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians.

1937 – Joe Medwick of St. Louis hit two home runs and two doubles to lead the Cardinals to a 15-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

1955 – Sam “Toothpick” Jones of the Cubs got a no-hitter the hard way. In the ninth inning against Pittsburgh, he went full base then retired the next three batters for a 4-0 victory.

1956 – Carl Erskine of the Brooklyn Dodgers threw a 3-0 no-hitter against the New York Giants.

1966 – Lou Brock’s RBI single in the 12th inning gives the St. Louis Cardinals a 4-3 victory over Atlanta in the opener at Busch Memorial Stadium. Felipe Alou hit two home runs for the Braves.

1970 – Ernie Banks hit his 500th homer against Pat Jarvis in Chicago’s 4-3 win over Atlanta at Wrigley Field.

2000 – Boston’s Pedro Martinez, who had 17 strikeouts in his last start on May 6 against Tampa Bay, struck out 15 in a 9-0 win over Baltimore, to tie a set AL record in 1968 by Luis Tiant of Cleveland for the most strikeouts in two games. .

2001 – AJ Burnett threw an unlikely no-hitter – overcoming a record nine steps – to lead Florida at San Diego 3-0.

2008 – Indians second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera made the 14th unassisted triple play in major league history, accomplishing the feat in the second game of a doubleheader against Toronto. Cabrera made a diving catch on a line driven by Lyle Overbay, touched second base, then tagged Marco Scutaro to quickly end the fifth inning of Cleveland’s 3-0 10-inning loss.

2009 – Ryan Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 30 games, hitting a first-inning single in the Washington Nationals’ 9-7 loss to San Francisco.

2010 – Homer Bailey became the last Cincinnati Reds starter to throw a gem against the Pittsburgh Pirates, pitching his first full career game in a 5-0 win. The Reds became the first major league team in nearly 10 years to throw consecutive scoreless shutouts on walks — Oakland’s Tim Hudson and Barry Zito did so on Sept. 9-10, 2000 against Tampa Bay.


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