Today in Baseball History: April 29th
On April 29, 2007, Colorado rookie shortstop Troy Tulowitzki performs the 13th unassisted triple play in major league history. Tulowitzki catches a line drive off the bat of Atlanta”s Chipper Jones, steps on second to double off Kelly Johnson, and tags Edgar Renteria as he heads to second base. Tulowitzki is the second rookie to accomplish the rare feat.
On April 29, 1988, the Baltimore Orioles win for the first time in the new season-after 21 consecutive losses. The losing streak is the longest in American League history. Mark Williamson and Dave Schmidt combine to four-hit the Chicago White Sox, 9-0.
On April 29, 1986, Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox sets a major league record by striking out 20 batters in a 3-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners. The 23-year-old Clemens surpasses the record of 19 strikeouts shared by Hall of Famers Steve Carlton, Nolan Ryan, and Tom Seaver.
On April 29, 1981, Steve Carlton of the Philadelphia Phillies becomes the first left-handed pitcher in major league history to notch 3,000 strikeouts. Carlton fans three Montreal Expos in the first inning to reach the milestone.
On April 29, 1967, Whitey Ford earns his final major league victory. His 236th victory comes against the Chicago White Sox, an 11-2 decision at Yankee Stadium. Ford will enter the Hall of Fame in 1974.
On April 29, 1965, colorful New York Mets broadcaster Lindsey Nelson delivers the play-by-play of a game at the Astrodome from a hanging gondola, which is located 208 feet above the second base bag. Nelson, known for his loud sportcoats, will win the Hall of Fame’s prestigious Ford C. Frick Award in 1988
On April 29, 1953, Joe Adcock of the Milwaukee Braves becomes the first major league player to blast a home run into the center field bleachers at the Polo Grounds. Adcock’s titanic shot against the New York Giants travels an estimated 475 feet.
On April 29, 1934, future Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio is born in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Aparicio will begin an 18-year major league career in 1956, when he debuts with the Chicago White Sox. He will become the first-and only-Venezuelan to gain election to the Hall of Fame
On April 29, 1923, the New York Yankees sign 20-year-old prospect Lou Gehrig to a contract paying him a salary of $2,000 and a bonus of $1,500. Yankee scout Paul Krichell had watched the Columbia University star blast a 450-foot home run against New York University one day earlier
On April 29, 1902, Baltimore Orioles infielder John McGraw is hit by pitches five times, but home plate umpire Jack Sheridan refuses to allow him to take first base. In the ninth inning, McGraw is hit for the last time and sits down in the batter’s box in protest. American League president Ban Johnson will suspend McGraw for five games