On This Day

March 4, 1966 – Former minor leaguer Marine 2nd Lt. Don Lumley (Grant) was killed in action near Quang Ngai, South Vietnam. He was 29.

June 21, 2011 — Justin Higley (Jesuit, Sacramento State) hit an inside-the-park grand slam for the Vermont Lake Monsters in a 10-7 win over the Connecticut Tigers in a New York-Penn League game.

August 13, 1938 — In a Northern League game, Duluth outfielder Mel Wasley (Grass Valley) hit four home runs in a 17-3 victory against Fargo-Moorhead. The record for most home runs in a single game is eight set on June 15, 1902 by Jay Clarke for Corsicana of the Texas League. Five home runs in a game have been achieved four times.

February 23, 2017 — Sacramento State senior Justin Dillon (El Dorado) pitched a no-hitter, beating Northern Kentucky 2-0 at John Smith Field. The no-hitter was the first in the Division I era for the Hornets. The right-hander struck out 13, walked one and faced two batters over the minimum. Dillon was a 39th-round draft pick of the Colorado Rockies in 2012 out of high school, but chose not to sign.

June 24, 1946 — Mel Cole (Sacramento) was killed in a bus accident when his Spokane Indians ballclub was being transported to their next game in Bremerton, Wash. He was a member of the 1935 Manhart American Legion team that finished second to host Gastonia, N.C. in the World Series.

April 24, 1998 — Geoff Jenkins (Cordova) singled off San Francisco Giants right-hander Orel Hershiser in his first career plate appearance and hit a fifth-inning home run off Hershiser in his third career plate appearance.

June 28, 1970 — Jimmy Nelson (Burbank) etched his name in Pittsburgh Pirates history as the starting and winning pitcher in the final game at Forbes Field.

June 26, 2012 — Minnesota Twins left-hander Tyler Robertson (Bella Vista) made his major league debut and struck out all three batters he faced in the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox.

August 13, 1937 – In a game at Wrigley Field, Alex Kampouris (Sacramento) was honored by the Chicago Hellenic Society as a visiting member of the Cincinnati Reds. He was given a car and praised for his defensive prowess before the game, only to make three errors in one inning that day.

October 2, 1977 — Dusty Baker (Del Campo) unknowingly performed the first “High Five” in sports history at Dodger Stadium when he slugged a solo home run off Houston Astros right-hander J.R. Richard. The homer was Baker’s 30th, making the Dodgers the first team in history to have four players – Ron Cey, Steve Garvey, Reggie Smith and Baker – with at least 30 homers in a season.

July 31, 1980 — Medford’s Wayne Rudolph (Sacramento, Sacramento City) set a Northwest League single-game stolen base record with six thefts against Salem.

July 13, 1986 — Texas Rangers catcher Geno Petralli (Kennedy, Sacramento City) hit his first major-league home run off Hall of Famer Phil Niekro. He hit one more homer that year, a game-tying, pinch-hit blast off Boston Red Sox seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens.

June 3, 1978 — Minnesota Twins, Larry Wolfe (Cordova, Sacramento City) recorded his first multi-home run game against the Detroit Tigers. He launched his first home run in the top of the fourth inning off Bob Sykes, a solo shot. He added his second home run the following inning, this time a three-run shot off pitcher Steve Foucault.

April 8, 1985 — R.J. Reynolds (Kennedy, Sacramento City) led off the season for the Pittsburgh Pirates with a home run off New York Mets right-hander Dwight Gooden.

July 4, 1972 — Leron Lee (Grant) broke up a no-hit bid by New York Mets right-hander and future Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, when he singled with one out in the ninth inning.

April 27, 1931— Sacramento Solons infielder Lenny Backer (Sacramento) was hit in the head by a pitched ball in a game against the San Francisco Seals. He was unconscious for two days, had surgery and spent six weeks in the hospital. Because of his injury, Stan Hack (Sacramento) got his big break and took over at third base for the Solons and later had a 16-year career with the Chicago Cubs.

October 19, 2019 – When former minor league player, scout and front-office executive Bill Geivett (Highlands, Sacramento City) made his acceptance speech at the LaSalle Club Baseball Hall of Fame last month, the Sacramento region learned where to go to get the best chain-linked fencing. He said his Highlands High School teammates got together and headed to arch-rival Foothill High School late one evening and appropriated what they needed to construct what was needed to drag the schools’ all-dirt infield.

August 30, 1987 — Texas Rangers Geno Petralli (Kennedy, Sacramento City) tied a major league catching record with six passed balls in a game. He had help from knuckle-balling right-hander Charlie Hough.

May 4, 1969 — Bob Oliver (Highlands, American River) became the first Kansas City Royals player to get six hits in a nine-inning game.