“And there’s 29,000 people in the ballpark and a million butterflies.” – Vin Scully’s description Of Koufax’s gem.
Sandy Koufax’s perfect game against the Cubs bests Bob Hendley’s one hit effort, 1-0. The Dodger Stadium gem is the southpaw’s record fourth no-hitter.
When Bob Montgomery takes his final at-bat, he becomes the last player to step into the batter’s box without wearing a helmet. The Red Sox’s backup catcher, who is required to wear a protective plastic liner within his cap, is allowed to be helmetless due to a grandfather clause in Major League Baseball’s edict enacted eight years ago, making the use of helmets mandatory for all batters.
Removed from the starting lineup when his cab is stuck in traffic en route to Fenway Park, Dan Johnson, called up today from the Triple-A minor league Durham Bulls, pinch hits in the ninth inning with the Rays trailing 4-3, and belts a game-tying home run off closer Jonathan Papelbon. The homer, which comes in his first at-bat with the team and is his first pinch hit in 16 major league attempts, is believed to be the turning point of Tampa Bay’s season as it helps to snap a four-game losing streak and prevents the Red Sox from taking over first place.
Ichiro Suzuki becomes the first major leaguer with ten consecutive seasons with 200 hits. The Mariner right-fielder extends his own record with a fifth-inning single to center in the Mariners’ 1-0 loss to Toronto at the Rogers Centre.