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This Date in Baseball

by The Associated Press | May 20, 2022 at 1:59 a.m.
Pitcher Roger Clemens earned his first major league victory on this date in 1984 as the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4. (AP file photo)

This date in baseball

May 20

1919 Babe Ruth won a game on the mound and at the plate. He hit his first career grand slam as the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Browns 6-4.

1925 The Cleveland Indians scored six runs in the last of the ninth to beat the New York Yankees 10-9. Tris Speaker scored the winning run from first on a single.

1932 Paul Waner of the Pittsburgh Pirates hit four doubles in one game.

1941 Lefty Grove of the Boston Red Sox won his 20th consecutive game at home, the longest home park streak in the major leagues. Boston beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2.

1947 The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Braves 4-3 in a game that featured 22 hits -- all singles. The Pirates had 12 singles, the Braves 10.

1953 In the 13th game of the season, the Milwaukee Braves surpassed their 1952 attendance of 281,278, when they were in Boston.

1959 The Detroit Tigers beat the Yankees 13-6 to place New York in last place for the first time in 19 years.

1962 Chicago Cubs rookie Ken Hubbs had eight singles in eight trips to the plate. The Cubs swept the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 and 11-2.

1978 Willie Stargell hit a 535-foot home run off Montreal's Wayne Twitchell -- the longest home run in Montreal's Olympic Stadium -- to highlight the Pirates' 6-0 victory. It was also Stargell's 407th career home run, tying him with Duke Snider on the career list.

1984 Boston's Roger Clemens earned his first major league victory. The Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4.

1991 Jeff Reardon got his 300th save and Steve Lyons and Jack Clark homered as the Boston Red Sox beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0.

1999 Robin Ventura became the first major leaguer to hit grand slams in both games of a doubleheader, leading the New York Mets to a sweep over Milwaukee 11-10 and 10-1. He had two slams in a game for the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 4, 1995.

2001 Barry Bonds hit two home runs in the San Francisco Giants' 11-6 loss to the Atlanta Braves, giving him a total of five in two games, becoming the 23rd player in history to do so.

2006 Barry Bonds tied Babe Ruth for second place on the career home run list during San Francisco's 4-2, 10-inning victory over the Oakland Athletics.

2009 Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury tied a major league record with 12 putouts by an outfielder in a nine-inning game, previously done by Earl Clark of the Boston Braves in 1929 and Lyman Bostock of the Minnesota Twins in 1977. He accomplished the feat in the Red Sox's 8-3 win over Toronto.

2009 Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera hit consecutive home runs for the New York Yankees in an 11-4 victory over Baltimore. All three solo shots to right field came in the second inning off Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie -- with two strikes.

-- The Associated Press

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