Today in Baseball History
May 4, 2000
A mill-stone run
In 1996, Bob Watson made history again by becoming the first African-American general manager to win a World Series.
On this date in 1975, Bob Watson of the Houston Astros, sensing baseball history, raced around the bases on Milt May's home run and crossed the plate at Candlestick Park in time to score Major League Baseball's 1 millionth run, seconds ahead of Dave Concepcion of Cincinnati. The Philadelphia Nationals' Wes Fisler scored the first run on April 22, 1876.
Also on this date:
1910 -- The Browns and Cardinals played home games in St. Louis, and President Taft, not wanting to offend either club, saw parts of each game at Robinson Field and Sportsman's Park.
1969 -- The Houston Astros set an NL record by turning seven double plays against the San Francisco Giants. First baseman Curt Blefary participated in all seven.
1981 -- New York's Ron Davis struck out eight consecutive Angels in relief as the Yankees defeated California 4-2.
1989 -- Toronto's Junior Felix became the 53rd player in Major League history to hit a home run in his first at-bat, blasting a third-inning drive off California's Kirk McCaskill as the Blue Jays lost 3-2 in 10 innings.
1991 -- Chris James drove in nine runs with two home runs and two singles, breaking Cleveland's club record for RBI and leading the Indians to a 20-6 victory against the Oakland Athletics.
1996 -- The Texas Rangers became the first American League team in 79 years to pitch consecutive one-hitters as Roger Pavlik held Detroit to a fifth-inning home run in a 3-1 victory. Ken Hill one-hit Detroit on May 3, retiring the last 26 batters he faced.
Today's birthday: Ben Grieve 24; Miguel Cairo 26; Tom Lampkin 36.