This Week in Baseball History

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May 29, 1951Willie Mays suspends his baseball career for 3 years and enters the U.S. Army.

May 29, 1962:  Buck O’Neil becomes the first African American coach in the Major Leagues for the Chicago Cubs.

May 30, 1935The Boston Braves’ Babe Ruth plays his last game in the major leagues.

May 30, 1943:  The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League plays its first game.

May 30, 1982:  Cal Ripken, Jr. begins his streak of consecutive games played when he  replaces Floyd Rayford in the Orioles’ lineup.

May 31, 1977Joe Torre becomes a player-manager for the New York Mets.

June 1, 1869The first game ever played by a team with all paid players is played by the Cincinnati Red Stockings who beat the Mansfield Independents by a score of 48-14.

June 1, 1925Lou Gehrig begins his streak of 2,130 consecutive games played.

June 2, 1869Professional baseball began in Cleveland with the Cleveland Forest Citys playing the Cincinnati Red Stockings.

June 3, 1989The longest game in both L.A. Dodgers and Houston Astros’ history was played in 22 innings at the Astrodome.

June 4, 1976:  Dave Kingman gets 8 RBIs for the New York Mets against the L.A. Dodgers.


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