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Michael Jordan's dominance on the hardwood didn't translate to the baseball field in 1994. (Dave Martin/AP)
Sunday, September 03, 1933
Harrisburg's Lew Krausse Sr. hurled a no-hitter against York for a 3-0 victory in the Eastern League.
Monday, September 03, 1945
Jersey City's Louis Polli pitched the only no-hitter of the season in an 11-0 victory over Newark.
Friday, September 03, 1948
Slugger Len "Holy" Cross of the Spartanburg Peaches went deep in each of the first four innings in a Class B Tri-State League game against Asheville. He finished the night 7-for-7 with 12 RBIs and six runs scored. The home run and RBI totals remained as league records when the Tri-State League folded after the 1955 season. More >
Monday, September 03, 1951
San Antonio and Houston combined for 31 strikeouts to set a record for a nine-inning Texas League game. Houston's Vinegar Bend Mizell fanned 17 batters while San Antonio's Bob Turley strikes out 14.
Wednesday, September 03, 1952
Rochester's Jack Collum defeated Ottawa, 9-0, with the second nine-inning no-hitter of the 1952 season.
Monday, September 03, 1956
The Lincoln Chiefs' Dick Stuart smashed his 66th home run in a game against the Topeka Hawks on the final day of the Western League season.
Saturday, September 03, 1960
Al Cicotte pitched the third 11-inning no-hitter in International League History, beating Montreal, 1-0.
Saturday, September 03, 1994
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Tom Nevers and Jeff Ball hit back-to-back homers as the Jackson Generals beat the Shreveport Captains, 2-1. The dramatic decisive Game 5 victory at Mississippi's Smith-Wills Stadium enabled the Astros' Double-A farm club to capture the Texas League East championship series.

Brooklyn-born 31-year-old outfielder Michael Jordan went 0-for-4 with a pair of swinging strikeouts to end his first and only Minor League season. Jordan played left field during the Double-A Birmingham Barons' 4-2 loss to Huntsville at Joe Davis Stadium and finished the season with a .202 batting average, three homers, 51 RBIs and 30 stolen bases for the Chicago White Sox affiliate.

Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player in NBA history, was a huge point of interest amongst sports fans and the media in his only Minor League campaign. After retiring from the Chicago Bulls following the '94 playoffs, Jordan signed with the White Sox and was assigned to the Double-A Barons.

Jordan, who followed up his summer with a trip to the Arizona Fall League with Scottsdale, helped the Barons lead the Southern League in attendance with 467,867. His lack of offensive production, however, left manager Terry Francona and the Barons unable to make the playoffs and defend their 1993 Southern League title. Jordan returned to the NBA in 1995 while Francona went on to manage Boston.

Clearwater ripped nine doubles to set a Florida State League record.

Friday, September 03, 1999
Sarasota's Gator McBride set the Florida State League record for total bases in a game with 14. He homered three times and doubled. The three homers tied a FSL record as well.
Monday, September 03, 2001
Coming out of nowhere and then disappearing into history, St. Louis Cardinals rookie Bud Smith no-hits the San Diego Padres for a 3-0 win. Smith bounced around the Minors for three seasons and moved up from Rookie-level Johnson City before combining for 17 victories in Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Memphis in 2000. Smith managed only one win in 11 starts in 2002 and was returned to the Minors, where he played until 2005.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Northwest League MVP Dan Robertson broke a 36-year-old league record when he notched his 114th hit of the season -- a double in the ninth inning for the Eugene Emeralds. More >
Saturday, September 03, 2011
Billy Hamilton swiped three bases to eclipse the 100-steal mark in the Dayton Dragons' 4-2 win over the Lansing Lugnuts. The speedy switch-hitter became the first Minor Leaguer since Peoria's Chris Morris in 2001 to steal that many bases, and he established a new Reds organizational record. Hamilton ended the season with 103 steals and was caught 20 times. More >

Alex Wimmers walked two and faced the minimum en route to a seven-inning no-hitter as the Fort Myers Miracle takes the second game of a doubleheader, 1-0, from the Jupiter Hammerheads. The Twins prospect became the first Miracle pitcher to toss a no-hitter since 2007. More >
Monday, September 03, 2012
D.J. Hicks provided a dream ending to the Elizabethton Twins' season, drilling a walk-off grand slam in the 12th inning to beat the Burlington Royals, 10-6, and win the Appalachian League championship. It was the E-Twins' fifth title in 10 years. More >

Delino DeShields Jr. recorded his 100th and 101st stolen bases of the season in the seventh inning of the Lancaster JetHawks’ 11-5 win over the High Desert Mavericks. DeShields, who had 83 steals at Class A Lexington prior to being promoted, became the first Astros farmhand to reach the century mark but ended up 54 behind record-setting Billy Hamilton for the Minor League lead. More >