Humpday History

1955 – Stan Musial hits the 300th home run of his career, a fifth-inning, three-run shot against Brooklyn’s Johnny Podres. The Cards use an N.L.-record eight pitchers but still lose 12-5.

1958 – The Dodger referendum passes in Los Angeles by a slim margin of 24,293 votes. The proposition allows the city to sell 300 acres of Chavez Ravine to the Dodgers for their stadium. The N.L. president had stated that the Dodgers should vacate Los Angeles if the bill failed.

1980 – The New York Mets select 18-year-old Darryl Strawberry from Los Angeles’s Crenshaw High School with the first pick in the annual June free-agent draft. The Blue Jays then pick shortstop Garry Harris.

1989 – Nolan Ryan pitches his second one-hitter this season and 11th overall, allowing only a first-inning single to Harold Reynolds in a 6-1 win over Seattle. Ryan also strikes out 11 to tie Don Sutton’s major league record of 21 seasons with at least 100 strikeouts.

1995 – Expos pitcher Pedro Martinez is perfect for nine innings in San Diego, but loses his no-hitter when Bip Roberts doubles to lead off the tenth inning. Montreal eventually comes away with a 1-0 win.

1997 – Albert Belle returns to Cleveland for the first time since signing a $55-million, five-year contract with the rival White Sox. Belle has three hits, including a three-run home run, and when the fans pelt him with debris he waves his glove and asks for more. After the last out of Chicago’s 9-5 win, Belle gives a final obscene gesture to the Jacobs Field crowd before running off the field.

(courtesy of Today in Baseball History website)