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1993 in Baseball
The following are the baseball events of the year 1993 throughout the world.
Major League Baseball
Awards and honors
MLB statistical leaders
Major league baseball final standings
- April 6 - Against the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs pitcher José Guzmán has a no-hitter broken up with two out in the ninth by an Otis Nixon single. The hit is the only one Guzmán allows in a 1-0 victory. The no-hitter would have been first by a Cubs pitcher since Milt Pappas in 1972.
- April 8 - Against the New York Yankees at Cleveland Stadium, Carlos Baerga of the Cleveland Indians becomes the first player to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in the same inning. In the Indians' nine-run seventh inning, Baerga begins the scoring with a two-run home run against left-hander Steve Howe. He concludes the scoring by homering again, this time against right-hander Steve Farr. The Indians defeat the Yankees, 15-5.
- April 22 - At the Kingdome, Chris Bosio of the Seattle Mariners no-hits the Boston Red Sox 7-0. He walks the first two batters of the game, Ernest Riles and Carlos Quintana, and after the latter is retired on Mike Greenwell's double play grounder, no other Red Sox reaches base. Mariners shortstop Omar Vizquel makes the last dramatic out by bare-handing Riles' high-chopper over the mound.
- May 9 - Down 5-2 to the St Louis Cardinals, Mariano Duncan hits a grand slam off of Lee Smith (baseball) in the bottom of the 8th inning to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-5 comeback win.
- May 20 - With the Mets at 13-25, Jeff Torborg is fired as manager of the New York Mets and replaced by Dallas Green.
- May 27 - Two home runs shy of 400 for his career, long time Atlanta Brave and current Colorado Rockie Dale Murphy retires.
- June 3 - With the first pick in the 1993 Major League Baseball draft, the Seattle Mariners select Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod signs with the team August 30, 1993. Other notable selections include Trot Nixon (#7, Boston Red Sox), Billy Wagner (#12, Houston Astros), Derrek Lee (#14, San Diego Padres), Torii Hunter (#20, Minnesota Twins), Scott Rolen (second round, Philadelphia Phillies), Kevin Millwood (11th round, Atlanta Braves), Gary Matthews, Jr. (13th round, Padres), Jermaine Dye (17th round, Braves), John Rocker (18th round, Braves) and Kirk Presley, whom the New York Mets select number eight overall. Presley never plays in the majors; he is, however, the third cousin of Elvis Presley.
- June 28 - Just six days after he breaks Bob Boone's Major League record for games caught, the Chicago White Sox controversially release Carlton Fisk.
- July 8 - Barry Bonds hits 200th career home run.
- July 13 - The American League defeats the National League 9-3 in the All-Star Game. MVP Kirby Puckett, Roberto Alomar and Gary Sheffield hit home runs, while the victory goes to Jack McDowell. Craig Biggio is at second base for the NL; an All-Star one year earlier as a catcher, he is the first player ever to make the team at those two positions. A highlight of the game is Randy Johnson firing a 95-MPH fastball over John Kruk's head. Kruk bails out on the next two pitches, then says, "He's going to kill somebody."
- July 20 - At Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, a fire breaks out in the skybox/press box area, delaying the start of the scheduled game between the Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals. Incidentally, the Braves' trade for Fred McGriff is completed a few days earlier and McGriff arrives at the stadium that night. With the delay, McGriff is able to be inserted into the starting lineup and hits a game-tying two-run homer in the sixth inning, helping the Braves rally from a 5-0 deficit to win 8-5. The Braves trail the San Francisco Giants in the National League West Division by games at that point, and this game is seen as the game that sparks their run to the division title.
- July 28 - Pitcher Anthony Young sees his New York Mets come back to defeat the Florida Marlins, ending his 27-game losing streak; a Major League record.
- July 28 - Ken Griffey, Jr. of the Seattle Mariners homers in his eighth consecutive game, tying the record held by Dale Long and Don Mattingly.
- August 4 - Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres collects six hits against the San Francisco Giants. This is the fourth game this season in which Gwynn collects at least five hits, tying the Major League record held by Ty Cobb and Stan Musial.
- August 14 - Reggie Jackson has his number 44 retired by the New York Yankees.
- August 31 - Without having play suspended, the Minnesota Twins' game tonight wouldn't finish until next month. Their 22-inning bout with Cleveland lasted 6 hours and 17 minutes.
- September 3 - MLB owners vote to split the leagues into three divisions and add a wild card round to the playoffs for 1994.
- September 4 - Jim Abbott of the New York Yankees no-hits the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium, 4-0. Abbott, who is born without a right hand, becomes the first Yankee in a decade to throw a no-hitter.
- September 4 - The Philadelphia Phillies lose to the Cincinnati Reds by a score of 6-5. In doing so, they set a new National League record by not being shut out in 151 consecutive games. The major league mark of 308 is held by the Yankees.
- September 7 - Mark Whiten of the St. Louis Cardinals homers four times and collects twelve RBI, tying the Major League record, in a 15-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. He is the twelfth player in Major League history to hit four home runs in one game.
- September 8 - Darryl Kile of the Houston Astros throws a no-hitter against the New York Mets.
- September 16 - Dave Winfield of the Minnesota Twins records his 3000th career hit, a 9th-inning run-scoring single off Oakland Athletics closer Dennis Eckersley. The nineteenth player to reach the milestone, Winfield is the first to reach it indoors.
- September 18 - In yet another twist to the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, the Red Sox hold a 3-1 lead in the ninth inning. With two outs, the Yankees' Mike Stanley pops out to end the game, however the play is called a no play when home plate umpire Tim Welke is forced to call time when a fan runs out onto the field just as the pitch is delivered. The Yankees then push three runs across the plate to win the game (4-3 final).
- September 19 - Tom Glavine wins his 20th game of the season for the Atlanta Braves, and becomes the first National League pitcher since Ferguson Jenkins in 1973 to win 20 games in three consecutive seasons.
- September 20 - The Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the New York Mets 6-2 at Three Rivers Stadium, giving the Mets their first 100 loss season since 1967.
- September 22 - Pitcher Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers faces just six Seattle Mariners batters before hurting his right elbow. Ryan, who announces his retirement at season's end, finishes his career with 324 wins, 5,714 strikeouts and seven no-hitters.
- September 22 - The Colorado Rockies play the final home game of their inaugural season and finish with a major league home attendance record of 4,483,350 fans.
- September 27 - The Toronto Blue Jays win their third consecutive American League East title with a 2-0 victory over the Brewers in Milwaukee.
- September 27 - The Chicago White Sox secure the American League West championship with a 4-2 win against the Seattle Mariners.
- September 27 - Randy Myers of the Chicago Cubs becomes the first National League pitcher to record fifty saves for a season by securing a 7-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- September 28 - The Philadelphia Phillies clinch their first National League East championship in a decade with a 10-7 win in Pittsburgh. the win gives the Phillies their sixth division championship, trailing only rival Pirates for most NL East championships during the two-division era. Mariano Duncan hits a grand slam, his second of the season, one of the team's 8 for the year.
- October 3 - The National League West pennant race is decided on the last day of the season, as the Atlanta Braves triumph over the Colorado Rockies 5-3, while the San Francisco Giants are steamrolled by rival Los Angeles Dodgers 12-1. The 103-win Giants are denied a spot in the playoffs, as the Braves take the division by a single game.
- October 4 - The Chicago Cubs, with an 84-78 win-loss record, gain their first winning-season in a non-title year since 1972. From 1973 through 1992 the Cubs have a non-winning record except for their NL Eastern division title years of 1984 and 1989.
- October 4 - The Cleveland Indians fall to the Chicago White Sox 4-0 in the final game ever played at Cleveland Stadium.
- October 4 - The Texas Rangers fall to the Kansas City Royals 4-1 in the final game ever played at Arlington Stadium.
- October 10 - Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas was named The American League MVP. The first baseman, who ranks in the top 10 of the league's nine offensive categories, batted .317 with 41 home runs and knocked in 128 RBIs for the divisional champions White Sox/
- October 13 - The Philadelphia Phillies defeat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 in the final game of the 1993 National League Championship Series to win the series 4 games to 2. Mitch Williams strikes out Bill Pecota to end the game. Curt Schilling is named the NLCS MVP.
- October 23 - In a dramatic finish, Joe Carter of the Toronto Blue Jays homers off reliever Mitch Williams with two runners on base in the bottom of the 9th inning to give Toronto an 8-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies and the 1993 World Series championship. Lenny Dykstra hits his fourth homer of the Series for the Phillies. Paul Molitor is named the World Series MVP. This is the last Major League Baseball game to date to be televised by CBS.
- November 3 - Greg Maddux wins his second NL Cy Young Award as he easily outpoints Bill Swift of the Giants and teammate Tom Glavine on ballots cast by the BBWAA. The 27-year old right hander becomes the first hurler to win baseball's best pitcher honors in back-to-back seasons for two different teams. He won the award as a member of the Cubs in 1992.
- November 19: Howard Johnson who would turn 33 at the end of the month becomes the first free agent to sign with another team this off-season when he agreed to a one-year deal worth $2,100,000 to play for the Colorado Rockies. the switch-hitting slugger who led the National League in homers and RBIs two years ago with the New York Mets, has seen his production drop in recent seasons, primarily due to injuries.
- November 22:
- January 11 - Frank Quinn, 65, pitcher who played from 1949 to 1950 for the Boston Red Sox.
- January 12 - Earl Browne, 81, outfielder and first baseman whose professional 22-year career included stints with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies in four seasons from 1935-1938.
- January 12 - Joe Orrell, 75, pitcher who played from 1943 through 1945 for the Detroit Tigers.
- January 13 - Harlan Pyle, 87, pitcher for the 1928 Cincinnati Reds.
- January 17 - Nick Polly, 75, who played third base with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1937 and for the Boston Red Sox in 1945.
- January 21 - Charlie Gehringer, 89, Hall of Fame second baseman and six-time All-Star who played his entire career for the Detroit Tigers, winning the American League MVP Award in 1937, while batting .320 lifetime, scoring 100 runs twelve times, surpassing both 200 hits and 100 RBI in seven seasons, leading the league in hits and doubles twice each and in stolen bases and triples once each, as well as retiring as the seventh player with the most doubles in MLB history.
- January 28 - Vern Kennedy, 85, twice All-Star pitcher for seven teams between 1934 and 1945, mainly for the Chicago White Sox from 1934 to 1937, who threw the first no-hitter in Comiskey Park history, a 5-0 shutout over the Cleveland Indians on August 31, 1935.
- February 5 - Ed Boland, 84, right fielder who played from 1934 to 1935 for the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Senators.
- February 7 - Floyd Stromme, 76, pitcher for the 1939 Cleveland Indians.
- February 10 - Rip Repulski, 65, All-Star and solid defensive outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox in a span of nine seasons from 1953-1961, who won a World Series ring with the 1959 Dodgers and pinch-hit an eighth-inning, grand slam off Chicago White Sox's Don Ferrarese in a 9-7 Red Sox victory at Fenway Park in 1960, during his first American League at bat.
- February 16 - Bill Zinser, 81, pitcher for the Washington Senators in 1944, who is most known for scouting future Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax while pitching for the University of Cincinnati in 1954.
- February 23 - Joe Hutcheson, 88, outfielder for the 1933 Brooklyn Dodgers.
- March 4 - Bill Antonello, 65, outfielder for the for the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers.
- March 6 - George Stumpf, 82, outfielder who played for the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox over part of four seasons spanning 1931-1936.
- March 15 - Pat Cooper, 75, two-way player who pitched and played at first base for the Philadelphia Athletics from 1946 to 1947.
- March 15 - Paul Easterling, 87, outfielder who played with the Detroit Tigers in 1928 and 1930 and for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1938.
- March 17 - Joe Abreu, 79, utility man for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1942 season.
- March 18 - Buck Jordan, 86, solid defensive first baseman and basically a line-drive hitter, who played for the New York Giants, Washington Senators, Boston Braves, Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies during eleven seasons spanning 1927-1938.
- March 18 - Joe Taylor, 67, Negro League Baseball outfielder who also played in the Minor Leagues before joining MLB with the Philadelphia Athletics, Cincinnati Redlegs, St. Louis Cardinals and Baltimore Orioles in a span of four seasons from 1954-1959.
- March 22 - Steve Olin, 27, submarining relief pitcher for the Cleveland Indians from 1988 to 1992, whose 48 career saves ranked him third in club history.
- March 23 - Tim Crews, 31, relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1987 through 1992, who had recently been acquired by the Cleveland Indians.
- March 28 - Ray Flanigan, 70,pitcher who played with the Cleveland Indians in 1946.
- April 5 - Joe Coscarart, 83, middle infielder and third baseman who appeared in 190 games for the Boston Braves in 1935 and 1936, spending much of his baseball career in the Pacific Coast League with the Mission Reds, Seattle Indians, St. Paul Saints, Hollywood Stars and Portland Beavers.
- April 7 - Bob Alexander, 70, Canadian pitcher who played with the Baltimore Orioles in 1955 and for the Cleveland Indians in 1957.
- April 7 - Howie McFarland, 83, outfielder for the 1945 Washington Senators.
- April 21 - Hal Schumacher, 82, two-time All-Star pitcher who posted a 158-121 record and 3.36 ERA in 13 seasons for the New York Giants, backing the team to win three National League pennants and the 1936 World Series title.
- April 22 - Mark Koenig, 88, shortstop who played twelve seasons in Major League Baseball with five teams from 1925 through 1936, as well as the last survivor of the famed New York Yankees "Murderers' Row" teams that won consecutives World Series titles in 1928 and 1928.
- April 24 - Jim McDonnell, 70, catcher who played for the Cleveland Indians from 1943 to 1945.
- April 26 - Roger Miller, 38, pitcher for the 1974 Milwaukee Brewers.
- May 7 - Thurman Tucker, 75, center fielder for the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians in a span of nine seasons from 1942-1951, who was selected to the 1944 MLB All-Star Game and was a member of the 1948 World Series champion Indians.
- May 8 - Al Tate, 74, pitcher for the 1946 Pittsburgh Pirates.
- May 9 - Ted Cieslak, 76, third baseman who played for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1944 season.
- May 13 - Milt Jordan, 65, pitcher for the 1953 Detroit Tigers.
- May 19 - Oscar Grimes, 78, All-Star corner infielder and third baseman who played for the Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees and Philadelphia Athletics over nine seasons spanning 1938-1946.
- May 20 - Al Aber, 65, pitcher who played six years in the Major with the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Athletics during six seasons between 1950 and 1957.
- May 28 - Fats Dantonio, 74, backup catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1944 and and 1945 seasons.
- May 29 - Alex Kampouris, 80, second baseman for the Cincinnati Reds, New York Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers and Washington Senators in nine seasons from 1934-1943, who is considered the first ever Major League player of Greek descent.
- June 2 - Johnny Mize, 80, Hall of Fame and 10-time All-Star first baseman, whose career spanned 15 seasons from 1936-1952 with the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants and New York Yankees, hitting .312 with 359 home runs in 1,884 games, batting .300 or better nine seasons in a row, and setting a MLB record by hitting three homers in a game six times, winning a National League batting title and leading the league in RBI and total bases three times each, and in runs, doubles and triples once each, putting together his best season in 1947, when he belted 51 homers and tied Ralph Kiner of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the league lead, also led the NL in RBI and runs scored, and became the first player to strike out less than 50 times while hitting more than 50 home runs, while winning five consecutive World Series titles with the Yankees from 1949 to 1953.
- June 4 - Bobby Reeves, 93, utility-man who played all positions except catcher for the Washington Senators and Boston Red over six seasons from 1926 to 1931.
- June 7 - Skippy Roberge, 76, backup infielder fror the Boston Braves in part of three seasons spanning 1941-1946.
- June 8 - Roy Henshaw, 81, left-handed pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals and Dtroit Tigers during eight seasons from 1933-1944.
- June 11 - Jack Conway, 74, middle infielder who played for the Cleveland Indians and New York Giants in a span of four seasons from 1941-1948.
- June 19 - Alex Hooks, 86, first baseman for the 1935 Philadelphia Athletics.
- June 22 - Bubba Phillips, 65, third baseman and outfielder who played from 1955 through 1964 for the Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians.
- June 26 - Roy Campanella, 71, Hall of Fame catcher and eight-time All.Star for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1948-1957, who won three MVP awards (1951, 1953, 1955) - after several standout years in the Negro Leagues, where he posted an all-time career .500 slugging average -, establishing MLB season records record for catchers for the most home runs (41) and runs batted in (142), while setting a National League mark in fielding chances for most consecutive seasons (six), tying records for most consecutive seasons in putouts (six) and with 100 or more games catched (nine), and also leading all catchers in fielding average seven times, whose career was ended by an automobile accident that left him paralyzed.
- July 3 - Don Drysdale, 56, Hall of Fame pitcher for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers who won 1962 Cy Young Award and set record with consecutive scoreless innings in 1968; led NL in strikeouts three times and hit batsmen five times.
- July 4 - Walter Stephenson, 82, backup catcher for the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies from 1935 to 1938.
- July 5 - Charlie Bishop, 64, pitcher for the Philadelphia and Kansas City Athletics from 1952 to 1955.
- July 7 - Ben Chapman, 84, All-Star outfielder who batted .300 six times and led AL in steals four times; as manager of the Phillies, vociferously opposed Jackie Robinson's entry into major leagues.
- July 7 - Larry Napp, 77, American League umpire from 1951 to 1974 who worked in four World Series and four All-Star Games.
- July 17 - Harold Greiner, 86, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League manager.
- July 18 - Ted Sadowski, 57, a relief pitcher for the Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins and one of three major league brothers.
- August 1 - Ewing Kauffman, 76, Owner of the Kansas City Royals.
- August 12 - Quincy Trouppe, 80, Negro League catcher who was a 39-year-old rookie with the Cleveland Indians in 1952; with pitcher "Toothpick Sam" Jones, formed the first black battery in American League history on May 3, 1952.
- August 21 - Felix Evans, 82, Negro league baseball pitcher from 1934 to 1949.
- September 12 - Granny Hamner, 66, All-Star shortstop for the Phillies who batted .429 in the World Series with the 1950 "Whiz Kids" team.
- September 15 - Ethan Allen, 89, center fielder for six teams who batted .300 lifetime and led NL in doubles in 1934; later coached Yale teams with players including future President George H. W. Bush.
- September 19 - Frank Wurm, 79, pitcher for the 1944 Brooklyn Dodgers.
- October 21 - Bob Hunter, 80, sportswriter for several Los Angeles newspapers.
- October 23 - Steve Wylie, 82, Negro league baseball pitcher from 1944 to 1947.
- October 28 - Cal Koonce, 52, relief pitcher who played for the Cubs, Mets and Red Sox and was a member of the 1969 Mets World Championship team.
- November 4 - Doris Satterfield, 67, three-time All-Star outfielder and member of two AAGPBL champion teams.
- November 4 - Cliff Young, 29, pitcher for the Cleveland Indians who was the 3rd active player of the 1993 Indians to die.
- November 6 - Ed Sadowski, 62, a catcher for the original Angels who also played with the Braves and Red Sox.
- November 8 - Hank Leiber, 82, Cubs and Giants All-Star outfielder who hit .288 with 101 home runs and 518 RBI from 1933-42, including a three-home run game in 1939.
- November 12 - Bill Dickey, 86, Hall of Fame catcher for the Yankees who batted .313 lifetime, had four 100-RBI seasons, and was the first AL catcher to hit 200 home runs; 11-time All-Star batted .362 in 1936, caught 38 World Series games, and was later a coach.
- November 25 - Burgess Whitehead, 83, last surviving member of the St. Louis Cardinals Gashouse Gang team that won the 1934 World Series.
- December 28 - Augie Galan, 81, three-time All-Star outfielder who played 16 seasons in the majors and led the National League in stolen bases twice for the Chicago Cubs.
- December 29 - Shirley Jameson, 75, AAGPBL All-Star center fielder.
- December 30 - Tom Alston, 67, first black player in St. Louis Cardinals history.