On This Date In Sports History – May 4

Posted: May 4, 2012 in On This Date In Sports History

1871 – The first game of the National Association of Baseball Players was played. Fort Wayne beat Cleveland 2-0.
1929 – Lou Gehrig hit three consecutive home runs.
1954 – The first intercollegiate court tennis match in the U.S. It was between Yale and Princeton.
1954 – The Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals set a national league record when they used 42 players in one game. The Phillies won 14-10.
1963 – Pitcher Bob Shaw set a record with 5 balks in a game.
1973 – The Phillies beat the Braves 5-4 in 20 innings in the longest game to date at Veterans Stadium.
1975 – Bob Watson (Houston Astros) scored the one-millionth run in major league baseball history.
1980 – Mike Squires (Chicago White Sox) played the position of catcher in the final inning against the Brewers. It was the first time a left handed catcher had played since 1958.
1984 – Dave Kingman hit a fly ball that got stuck in the ceiling of the Metrodome.
1991 – Chris James (Cleveland Indians) set a club record with nine RBIs in a game.
1993 – Dale Hunter (Washington Capitals) was suspended 21 games for his blindside check of Pierre Turgeon (New York Islanders) in a game played on April 8.
1994 – Charles Barkley (Phoenix Suns) scored 56 points, 38 of which came in the first half, against the Golden State Warriors.
2004 – Alex Rodriguez (New York Yankees) hit his 350th career home run and drove in his 1,000th run. He was the youngest player to reach 350 homeruns at 28 years, 282 days.

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