» The Expos fire manager Felipe Alou, their skipper since May 1992. Owner Jeffrey Loria says the team has been underperforming and needs a change.
The new manager is his long-time friend Jeff Torborg, who is also an old friend of Alou's. The 66-year-old Alou, with the Expos organization for 27
years, turned down the job of managing the Dodgers after the 1997 season to stay in Montreal. A year later he called that a big mistake
» Former Dodger and Athletic OF Glenn Burke dies of AIDS at the age of 42. Burke, thought to be the originator of the "high five," was the only
former major league player to have admitted to being gay, though it was well-known during his playing
» By beating the Milwaukee Brewers, 8–1, Scott Sanderson of the Yankees becomes the 9th pitcher to beat all 26 major league teams in his career. He
joins Nolan Ryan, Tommy John, Don Sutton, Mike Torrez, Rick Wise, Gaylord Perry, Doyle Alexander and Rich Gossage as the only pitchers to accomplish
» Eric Davis ties a major-league record by hitting his 3rd grand slam of the month in a 6–2 win over the Pirates. He ends the month's tear with a
record 19 homers
» Toronto's Jim Gott beats Jim Palmer and the Orioles, 6–0. Cal Ripken starts his streak of 8243 consecutive innings played which will end in
» New York's Cliff Johnson crashes into home plate umpire Lou DiMuro in the 11th inning in a game against Milwaukee. DiMuro, unconscious for 32
minutes, is taken to the hospital. Johnson scores the 2nd of three runs for the Yanks in their 11-inning, 5–2 win
» Twenty-two-year-old Dennis Eckersley (5–3) fires a no-hitter as the Indians top the Angels, 1–0. Eck walks one and strikes out 12. Frank Tanana
(8–2) with three shutouts in his last four games, takes the loss. The only run comes in the 1st inning when Duane Kuiper lines a ball to CF Gil
Flores that skips under his glove for a triple. Jim Norris ten squeezes Kuiper home
» Willie McCovey's grand slam lifts the Padres over the Mets 6–2. It is McCovey's 3rd career pinch slam, tying the major-league record held by Ron
Northey and Rich Reese. It is Stretch's 16th lifetime bases-loaded homer, tying the NL record held by Hank Aaron.
» Sadaharu Oh becomes the first player in Japanese baseball to hit 600 home runs. Only Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Willie Mays are ahead of Oh—and
he will surpass them all
» Willie Mays hits his 638th career home run for the Giants, adding in the process his NL record 1,950th run scored. Stan Musial had been the record
holder with 1,949 runs. The Giants beat Montreal, 5–4.
» Yankee Whitey Ford, nearing 41, announces his retirement from baseball because of an elbow injury. His final appearance was a start in Detroit on
May 21st, but he lasted just one inning. The stylish lefthander closes out with 236 career wins and only 106 losses for a .690 percentage. He played
in only seven games this season
» At the Stadium, the Yanks earn a split with the Senators when, in game 2, Yogi Berra belts a two-run homer in the 8th inning. When Mickey Mantle
makes a catch for the final out, he is surrounded by a group a fans, one of whom punches him in the face as he races for the dugout. Because of the
incident, the Yankees announce that ushers using ropes -- a tactic used at one point with Joe DiMaggio -- will escort Mantle off the field
» The wind is still blowing out at Wrigley as Braves Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron and Bobby Thomson hit consecutive first-inning home runs against the
Cubs Russ Meyer. Meyer then hits the next batter, Billy Bruton, with a pitch, and when Bruton charges the mound, both he and Meyer are ejected in the
ensuing fight. The Cubs plate three in the 1st and reliever Turk Lown homers in the 2nd for his first ML roundtripper. Thomson adds another home run,
but the Braves lose the first game 10–9. They hold on to win the 2nd, 11–9. Fifteen home runs in the two games, including four by Thomson, sets a
ML-record in a doubleheader. All but three of the homers are solo.
Mickey Mantle hits one of the most memorable home runs in his career, in the 2nd game of a doubleheader with the Washington Senators. He tags a pitch
from Camilo Pascual that comes within 18 inches of leaving Yankee Stadium, something never accomplished by any major leaguer. The ball was still
climbing when it caromed off the upper-stand facade, about 396 feet from home plate. Estimates are that the ball could have traveled more than 600
feet. It is Mantle's 20th home run of the season; no one else has ever hit 20 home runs before June. Mantle also homers in the opener, off Pedro
Ramos, with two on as New York sweeps, 4–3 and 12–5.
» In a doubleheader loss with Boston, Yankee slugger Mickey Mantle strikes out three times in the opener, and twice more to start the 2nd game: Casey
Stengel lifts the slugger in the middle of the game for Cliff Mapes. In the opener, Ted Williams scores from 2B on a sacrifice bunt, and then ties the
game with a home run. Vern Stephens 15th inning homer off Spec Shea wins it for Boston, 11–10. Williams then ties the nitecap with a double and
Stephens' single drives him home with the game winner as Boston triumphs, 9–4. Ray Scarborough and Bill Wight are today's winners. The loss drops
the Yanks into 2nd place, where they'll stay for a month
» In the first of two, Earl Torgeson of the Braves does not record a single putout at 1B, a record of idleness shared in the National League by Rip
Collins (twice) and Dolf Camilli of the Phillies in 1937. Later Gary Thomasson and Len Matuszek will have zero putouts in a full game at 1B. Torgy
does have one chance, but muffs a popup. Torgeson scores a pair as Warren Spahn wins his 8th in a row, 6–3. Red Barrett then shuts out the Dodgers
in game 2, 3–0, dropping Brooklyn to 4th place. The Braves pull off a double steal in each game, and each time it is Stanky's high throw to the
plate that allows it. Boston is now in 3rd place, a game behind the Giants
» Before the biggest Wrigley crowd—42,565 paid—in seven years, the Giants top the host Cubs, 8–6 in the opener, and Mel Ott passes Honus
Wagner's career total of 4,888 total bases to set an National League record. Wagner's has since been adjusted to 4868 and both players' totals have
been passed. Slim Emmerich is the winner over Ray Prim. The Cubs take the nitecap, 11–2 behind Bob Chipman's 3-hit win over Bill Voiselle. Andy
Pafko clouts a 3-run homer in the 3rd. It's Voiselle's 2nd straight pounding after winning his first eight games.
» The largest crowd in Yankee Stadium history, 83,533, sees Red Ruffing end Lefty Grove's 8-game winning streak in a 10–0 victory over the Red Sox.
Six thousand fans are turned away, and 511 are given refunds because there is no place to sit. The Yankees also took the 2nd game of the doubleheader,
5–4, in a game made famous for a fight between Yankee OF Jake Powell and Boston player-manager Joe Cronin. The brawl starts when Boston P Archie
McKain hits Powell with a pitch in the stomach. Powell's charge to the mound is intercepted by Cronin and the two pummel each other for 2-3 minutes.
Cronin and Powell are ejected but continue the fight in the area beneath the stands, until they are separated by Yankee players. Both players are
fined and suspended for 10 days.
Rudy York hits his 3rd grand slam of the month, as the Tigers beat the Browns 10–9 in the first game of a holiday pair. York will slam five this
Babe Ruth plays only the first inning of the opener of a doubleheader between Boston and Philadelphia at Baker Bowl, going 0-for-1. It is his final ML
appearance. The Phils win 11–6 and 9–3.
» A plaque in memory of Miller Huggins, former Yankee manager, is dedicated at Yankee Stadium, the first of an array of monuments erected in the
ballpark. The Yanks then sweep the Red Sox, 7–5 and 13–3 to increase their lead to five games over Washington.
At Cleveland, the Tribe takes a pair from the White Sox, 12–6 and 12–11. Afterwards, Chicago claims the umpire George Moriarty deliberately made
wrong calls and the ump fights with Sox players under the stands. Moriarty breaks his fist knocking down pitcher Milt Gaston, but he is pummeled by
manager Lew Fonseca and catchers Charlie Berry and Frank Grube. The ump ends up in the hospital while Fonseca and three players will receive fines for
the fight. Will Harridge will suspend Gaston for 10 days, fine him $500, and rebuke Moriarty
» With two on base in game one, Del Bissonette, Brooklyn 1B, hits the ball over the RF screen at Ebbets Field, but baserunner Babe Herman, "the
Headless Horseman of Ebbets Field," stops to watch and is passed by Bissonette, reducing the home run to a single. Despite this, the Robins win a pair
of games from the Phillies, 11–1 and 11–9 and take first place. Unfazed, Herman will pull off the move again on September 15th. In the nitecap,
Bissonette collects five hits, including a homer. Chuck Klein homers in each game for the Phils to bring his total to 13
» After playing before the National League's biggest crowd (41,000) in the P.M. game of the holiday twin bill against Brooklyn, the Giants head west
with a 4-game lead over the Pirates. Five regulars will bat over .300, and three will top 100 RBI, led by NL leader Irish Meusel's 125. At 3B, rookie
Travis Jackson takes over for gimpy Heinie Groh. With five future Hall of Famers in the lineup and eight on the roster during the season, the Giants
will be the first team to hold first place from opening to closing day and the only NL team to have done it. With average pitching, they win just 95
games, but it's enough for a four 1/2 game margin over the Reds.
» Between games of the Memorial Day A.M.-P.M. doubleheader, the Cubs swap OF Max Flack to the Cards for OF Cliff Heathcote. Flack, who lives just
three blocks from Cubs Park, went home for lunch between games, and arrived back in the Cubs clubhouse to find that he'd been traded. The players, who
both played in the morning game, trade uniforms and play for their new teams in the afternoon. Heathcote is 0-for-3 as a Card, 2-for-4 as a Cub. Flack
is hitless in the first game, 1–for-4 in the 2nd, as the Cubs win both, 4–1 and 3–1. George Stueland wins the opener and Vic Aldridge is the
winner in the afternoon. In the nitecap, Cubs SS Charlie Hollocher strikes out for the first time this year, on a Bill Doak spitter. A .304 career
hitter, he will whiff five times in 1922. In three years he will fan 33 times in 372 games
With the score at 8–8 in the bottom of the 10th inning in game two of a Giants-Phils twin bill at Baker Bowl, C Butch Henline bats with Cy Williams
on 1B and Curt Walker on 3B. Henline lines an apparent 3-run home run into the LF stands, and Walker scores the winning run. Henline reaches 2B before
heading for the CF clubhouse, but as Williams had not scored at that point, Henline is credited with just a double, making the final score 9–8. The
Philadelphia Evening Bulletin noted that, "it would have been a home run if Henline had completed the circuit, but they were serving ice cream and
frankfurters in the clubhouse and when he reached second base his feet naturally strayed through center field
» In an a.m.-p.m. doubleheader in Cincinnati, the first-place Cubs take on the 3rd place Reds, with just a few percentage points separating the team.
The two split the holiday twin bill, the Reds taking the opener 7-4, despite a 9th-inning grand slam by Davy Jones. The Reds then lose, 5-2. Frank
Chance of the Cubs is the real loser as he is hit three times by P Jack Harper of the Reds in the morning game, once reportedly losing consciousness
when hit in the head. He continues to play and in the 2nd game, he is hit once by Win Kellum, giving him a record four hit by pitched balls for the
day. Carl Lundgren loses the opener, while the deliberate Bob Wicker takes the night cap. Historian Joe Dittmar notes that beginning in the 7th inning
the Reds fans begin counting aloud "1, 2, 3, 4. . . " when Wicker receives the ball. The Enquirer reports that the count would sometimes reach 15
before he would pitch
» Jake Beckley successfully pulls the "ancient" hidden-ball trick on Baltimore Oriole Joe Kelley, as Pittsburgh wins 9–1. He hides the ball under a
corner of first base