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Babe Ruth hit his first professional homer with the Providence Grays in 1914. (International League)
Thursday, September 5, 1901
The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, now known as Minor League Baseball, was organized when presidents of seven Minor Leagues met in Chicago on Sept. 5 and established rules of operation that generally remained through history. The NAPBL began play with 14 leagues and 96 teams in 1902.
Monday, September 5, 1910
Rochester's George McConnell no-hit Toronto, 5-0. The no-hitter came five days before his birthday; McConnell went on to play six seasons with the New York Yankees, Chicago Whales and Cubs.
Saturday, September 5, 1914
Babe Ruth of the Triple-A Providence Grays hit the first home run in his professional career and blanked the Toronto Maple Leafs, 9-0, at Hanlan's Point Stadium. It was the 19-year-old Ruth's only Minor League homer.
Sunday, September 5, 1920
Dallas' Gene Dale took a no-hitter into the 11th inning against Wichita Falls but gave up a hit, then lost the game, 1-0, in the 12th.
Sunday, September 5, 1954
Joe Bauman crushed three homers in a doubleheader for a total of 72, setting a professional baseball mark.
Monday, September 5, 1960
Raleigh's Warren Hodgdon tossed a seven-inning no-hitter to defeat Greensboro, 6-0. It's the second no-hitter of the Carolina League season.
Saturday, September 5, 1964
Elmira's Steve Cosgrove hurled a seven-inning no-hitter to beat York, 6-0. It was the fourth no-hitter of the season in the Eastern League.
Sunday, September 5, 1971
Daniel Evans threw the second no-hitter in a week for Columbus, blanking Jacksonville, 3-0 to mark the first regular season September no-hitter in Southern League history. Teammate Pat Darcy stymied Charlotte on August 29.
Saturday, September 5, 1998
The Syracuse Sky Chiefs' Kevin Witt pounds three balls over the wall in a game against Ottawa. The memorable day came one month after teammate Pat Lennon hit three homers against Columbus on Aug. 5.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Joey Terdoslavich smacked his 52nd double of the season, establishing a new Carolina League record in the Lynchburg Hillcats' 4-3 win over the Winston-Salem Dash. The Braves prospect broke a mark that had stood for 65 years. More >
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Chris Swauger slugged his third homer of the game in the 10th inning as the Springfield Cardinals beat the Tulsa Drillers, 8-6, in Game 1 of their Texas League semifinal series. The 26-year-old outfielder had never gone yard three times in a game during his five-year career. On Sept. 2, Swauger tied a career high with six RBIs. More >
Monday, September 5, 2016
Dylan Cozens became the first Eastern League player in 35 years to hit 40 long balls in a season in Double-A Reading's 11-6 win over Trenton. He edged out Fightin Phils teammate Rhys Hoskins, who hit 38 homers, to win the 2016 Joe Bauman Award for most Minor League blasts. More >