This Date in Baseball for May 17, 2020
1925 — Cleveland’s Tris Speaker got his 3,000th career hit, off Tom Zachary in a 2-1 loss to the Washington Senators.
1939 — The first baseball game on television was broadcast by W2XBS, an experimental station run by NBC in New York. Bill Stern handled the play-by-play, with Princeton beating Columbia 2-1 in 10 innings.
1945 — For the fourth time in four days, every American League game in the country was postponed by rain.
1961 — Roger Maris hit his first home run of the season at Yankee Stadium (fourth overall) on his way to a record 61.
1963 — Don Nottebart pitched Houston’s first no-hitter, leading the Colt .45s past the visiting Philadelphia Phillies 4-1.
1970 — Hank Aaron scratched out an infield single against Cincinnati’s Wayne Simpson to become the ninth player with 3,000 hits. The hit came in the nightcap of the Atlanta Braves’ doubleheader loss to the Reds in Cincinnati.
1977 — The Chicago Cubs hit seven home runs in beating the San Diego Padres 23-6 at Wrigley Field. Larry Biittner, Jerry Morales and Bobby Murcer hit consecutive home runs in the fifth for the Cubs.
1979 — Dave Kingman of the Cubs hit three home runs and Mike Schmidt of the Phillies hit two, and Philadelphia beat Chicago 23-22 in 10 innings at Wrigley Field. Bill Buckner had a grand slam and seven RBIs for Chicago. The game included 11 home runs and 50 hits.
1984 — Alan Wiggins of the San Diego Padres tied a National League record by stealing five bases in one game. He joined three others who have performed the feat — Dan McGann in 1904, Davey Lopes in 1974 and Lonnie Smith in 1982.
1992 — Toronto surpassed the 1-million mark in attendance earlier than any team in major league history. It took the Blue Jays 21 dates to draw 1,006,294. The previous record was shared by the 1991 Blue Jays and the 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers.
1998 — David Wells pitched the 13th perfect game in modern major league history as the New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 4-0.
2008 — Barry Zito became the first Giants pitcher to open a season with eight straight losses since 1890 when San Francisco lost 3-1 to the White Sox. Zito (0-8) worked five innings and gave up only two runs in matching Jesse Burkett’s record.
2009 — A pregame lineup mistake cost Tampa Bay its designated hitter for the game. The Rays listed both Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria as the third baseman. Longoria was supposed to be DH, but Tampa Bay lost that position because of the mistake and was forced to put pitcher Andy Sonnanstine in the third spot of the lineup. Sonnanstine hit an RBI double and gave up five runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings in a 7-5 victory over Cleveland.
2016 — Khris Davis hit a game-ending grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning for his third homer of the night, giving the Oakland Athletics an 8-5 victory over the Texas Rangers. Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer off Ryan Madson in the top of the ninth to put Texas ahead 5-4. Davis hit solo homers off Cliff Hamels in the second and sixth innings for the first three-homer game of his career. Davis matched his career high with six RBIs.
2016 — Steve Delabar had a nightmarish performance issuing four straight bases-loaded walks after relieving starter Alfredo Simon in the fifth inning, the low point in Cincinnati’s 13-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians. Delabar walked five of the six batters he faced, threw 36 pitches and was charged with two runs in one-third of an inning.