The following are the events that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball.
- 1920 - Edd Roush of the Cincinnati Reds falls asleep in center field during a long argument in the infield. Heinie Groh goes out to wake him, but the chief umpire ejects Roush for delaying the game.
- 1933 - Jimmie Foxx hit three home runs in his first three at-bats as the Philadelphia Athletics outscore the New York Yankees 14–10. Foxx had homered his last time up the previous day to give him four consecutive home runs.
- 1935 - Lou Gehrig collides with Carl Reynolds on a play at first base and leaves the game with arm and shoulder injuries. His consecutive streak is preserved, in part, by a rainout of the next day's game and an open date.
- 1940 - Harry Craft of the Cincinnati Reds hit for the cycle, connecting for a home run, a triple, a double and two singles in seven at-bats, to lead a 27-hit attack as the Reds pounded the host Brooklyn Dodgers 23–2.
- 1950 - The Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Browns 29–4, at Fenway Park, and set major league records for runs scored; most long hits, 17 (nine doubles, one triples and seven home runs); most total bases, 60; most extra bases on long hits, 32; most runs over two games, 49; most hits in two games, 51, including 28 this game.
- 1955 - The Los Angeles Dodgers option left handed pitcher Tommy Lasorda to Triple-A Montreal to make room on the roster for "bonus baby" Sandy Koufax, who has been on the disabled list.
- 1961 - The Milwaukee Braves sets a major-league record with four consecutive home runs in the seventh inning against Cincinnati. Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron hit back-to-back home runs off starter Jim Maloney; Joe Adcock greets reliever Marshall Bridges with another home run, and Frank Thomas sets the record. When these four teammates end their major-league careers, they will have hit a combined total of 1,889 homers. For all the bombardment, the Braves lose 10-8.
- 1965 - Arizona State star sophomore Rick Monday, selected by the Oakland Athletics, is the first player chosen in the initial major league free-agent draft of high school, college, and sandlot players. Picking second, the Mets take pitcher Les Rohr. In the tenth round, they finally take Nolan Ryan. Cincinnati picks Johnny Bench in the second round.
- 1968 - Howie Bedell's sacrifice fly in the fifth inning ended Don Drysdale's record streak of 58 consecutive scoreless innings. The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5–3.
- 1969 - New York Yankees' uniform No. 7 was retired on Mickey Mantle Day. A crowd of 60,096 came to Yankee Stadium to honor Mantle and watched New York sweep the Chicago White Sox 3–1 and 11–2.
- 1977 - Nolan Ryan notches his fourth career 19-strikeout game, pitching the first 10 innings of a game against Toronto.
- 1978 - Bob Horner, the College Player of the Year, is selected first in the free-agent draft by the Atlanta Braves. He will go straight to the major leagues, the first drafted player to do it.
- 1981 - Seattle take Mike Moore with the first pick overall in the annual amateur draft. The Cubs take Joe Carter with the 2nd pick while the Angels take Dick Schofield. Toronto takes Matt Williams with the #5; San Diego selects Kevin McReynolds with #6 and use their third round pick to take Tony Gwynn. Later in the day the San Diego Clippers will select Gwynn in the 10th round of the NBA draft. The Yankees use their first round pick to take QB John Elway while the Rangers pick Ron Darling, with #9.
- 1986 - In the longest nine-inning game by time in American League history, Baltimore beat the Yankees 18–9. The game features nine pitchers, 36 hits, and 16 walks, and takes 4:16 to complete.
- 1989 - The Pittsburgh Pirates send 16 batters to the plate in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies, taking a 10–0 lead Pittsburgh's best inning since September 1942) on ten hits, including a three-run home run by Barry Bonds. Pittsburgh leaves the bases loaded. Announcer Jim Rooker crows that if the Pirates lose this game he'll walk back to Pittsburgh. Von Hayes and Steve Jeltz answer Rooker with a pair of home runs each and ten RBI. After six innings the game is 11–10. The Phillies explode for five runs in the eighth to make the final, 15–11. Rooker made good on his promise after the season, when he conducted a charity walk from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, raising money for a children's hospital. 
- 1996 - Warren Morris hit a two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Louisiana State a 9–8 victory over Miami in the championship game of the College World Series.
- For the first time in MLB history, two Texan teams played one another during the regular season. The Astros beat their interstate rivals, the Rangers, 5–4 in the first game of the Lone Star series played in Arlington Stadium.
- In front of a record-setting crowd of 45,936 at the new Comiskey Park, the White Sox beat their Chicago North Side rivals in ten-innings as Carlos Lee hit a two-out walk-off grand slam to give the Sox a dramatic victory over the Cubs, 7–3.
- Damion Easley became the ninth Detroit Tigers player to hit for the cycle, and the first Detroit player since 1993 when Travis Fryman accomplished the feat. Detroit beat Milwaukee 9–4.
- 2005 - New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodríguez became the youngest member of the 400-HR club when he hit a solo homer in the eighth inning of New York's 12–3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
- 1911 - Van Mungo, All-Star pitcher (d. 1985)
- 1925 - Del Ennis, All-Star outfielder (d. 1996)
- 1925 - Eddie Gaedel, pinch-hitter (d. 1961)
- 1935 - George Brunet, pitcher (d. 1991)
- 1937 - Joe Grzenda, pitcher
- 1944 - Mark Belanger, All-Star infielder (d. 1998)
- 1954 - Lenn Sakata, infielder
- 1957 - Don Robinson, pitcher
- 1958 - Carmen Castillo, infielder
- 1959 - Britt Burns, All-Star pitcher
- 1961 - Kevin Gross, All-Star pitcher
- 1962 - John Gibbons, player and manager
- 1963 - Scott Ruskin, pitcher
- 1965 - Kevin Ritz, pitcher
- 1968 - Dave Mlicki, pitcher
- 1975 - Matt Perisho, pitcher
- 1976 - Kenji Johjima, catcher
- 1979 - Pete Orr, infielder
- 1963 - Earl Smith, catcher (b. 1897)
- 1975 - Ownie Carroll, pitcher (b. 1902)
- 1982 - Satchel Paige, Hall of Fame pitcher (b. 1906)
- 1989 - Emil Verban, All-Star infielder (b. 1915)
- 1989 - Bibb Falk, infielder (b. 1899)
- 1993 - Roy Henshaw, pitcher (b. 1911)
- 1997 - Ken Hunt, outfielder (b. 1934)
- 2004 - Mack Jones, outfielder (b. 1938)