Today in Baseball History
May 11, 2000
Young finally yields
Cy Young demonstrates his grip in this 1911 photo.
On this day in 1904, Cy Young's 23-inning no-hit string ended. The streak included two innings April 25, six April 30, a perfect game against the Philadelphia A's on May 5, and six innings on this date. Young pitched two other no-hitters in his career.
Also on this date:
1919 -- Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators pitched 12 scoreless innings in a duel with Jack Quinn of the New York Yankees at the Polo Grounds. Johnson allowed only two hits and retired 28 batters in a row. Future football star George Halas, batting leadoff for the Yankees, went 0-for-5, striking out twice.
1919 -- Hod Eller of the Cincinnati Reds pitched a no-hitter in beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-0.
1923 -- Setting several Pacific Coast League records, Pete Schneider of Vernon hit five home runs and a double while driving in 14 runs in a 35-11 victory against Salt Lake City.
1955 -- Ernie Banks' grand slam -- the first of five on the year -- led the Chicago Cubs to a 10-8 victory, which snapped the Brooklyn Dodgers' 11-game winning streak.
1963 -- Sandy Koufax pitched the second of four career no-hitters as Los Angeles beat San Francisco 8-0.
1971 -- Cleveland's Steve Dunning became the last American League pitcher to hit a grand slam. Dunning's home run off Diego Segui of the Oakland A's gave the Indians a 5-0 lead, but Phil Henningan got the victory as Cleveland won 7-5.
1996 -- Al Leiter, the wildest pitcher in the American League the previous season, pitched the first no-hitter in Florida's brief history as the Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 11-0.
1998 -- Kerry Wood of the Chicago Cubs set a Major League record for strikeouts in back-to-back games by fanning 13 Arizona Diamondbacks in a 4-2 victory, giving him 33 in two games. The record for strikeouts in two starts was 32, set by Luis Tiant in 1968 and matched by Nolan Ryan (1974), Dwight Gooden (1984) and Randy Johnson (1997).
Today's birthdays: Kerry Ligtenberg 29; Trenidad Hubbard 35.