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Tommy Lasorda went the distance in a 15-inning Schenectady victory in 1948, fanning 25. (AP)
Monday, May 31, 1948
Future Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda of the Schenectady Blue Jays went the distance in a 15-inning victory over the Amsterdam Rugmakers, 6-5. Lasorda struck out 25 batters and singled home the deciding run in the Canadian-American League game.
Tuesday, May 31, 1955
Stan Williams of the Newport News Dodgers fanned 20 Lynchburg Cardinals in a 5-2 victory, matching Johnny Vander Meer's Piedmont League record for strikeouts in one game. With 15 strikeouts through seven innings, Williams whiffed the next five hitters before the last batter of the game popped out to third base on a 2-2 pitch. Williams would eventually break Vander Meer's 17-year-old mark for most strikeouts in one season, fanning 10 hitters on the season's final day for a final tally of 301. More >
Wednesday, May 31, 1972
At Moana Stadium in Reno, some 4,500 feet above sea level, Ed Kurpiel of the Modesto Reds blasted what some regard as the longest home run ever hit. "Fast Eddy," who homered twice in the game, launched a three-run shot in the first inning that Reno Gazette-Journal writer Steve Sneddon originally estimated at 500 feet. Years later, Sneddon and another writer used a 200-foot fiberglass tape measure to determine that the ball actually traveled 738 feet from home plate. More >
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Catcher Robinson Chirinos became the second player in Florida State League history to hit two grand slams in a game as the Daytona Cubs pounded the Sarasota Reds, 11-3. He joined Charles Reidell, who accomplished the feat for St. Petersburg on June 14, 1959. More >
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The San Jose Giants established a team record with their 12th straight win, blanking the Stockton Ports, 2-0. David Mixon struck out seven over seven innings as the Giants tossed their Minor League-leading 10th shutout of the season. More >