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June 3

1918 — Boston Red Sox’s Leonard Leonard throws his second no-hitter, blanking the Detroit Tigers 5-0.

1932 — Lou Gehrig becomes the first American League player to homer four times in a game, helping the New York Yankees beat the Philadelphia A’s 20-13. The event was overshadowed by the resignation of John McGraw as manager of the New York Giants.

1954 — Henry Thompson of the New York Giants homered three times and drove in eight runs in a 13-8 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Willie Mays drove in the other five runs with two homers.

1971 — Ken Holtzman of the Chicago Cubs threw his second no-hitter, beating the Cincinnati Reds 1-0.

1978 — Dave Johnson became the first major league player to win two Grand Slams in one season. His ninth-inning grand slam gave the Philadelphia Phillies a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

1989 — Los Angeles and Houston went 22 innings at the Astrodome in the longest night game in National League history — 7 hours and 14 minutes. The Astros won the game on Rafael Ramirez’s RBI single against Jeff Hamilton, normally the Dodgers’ third baseman. At the end of the match, Fernando Valenzuela was playing first and Eddie Murray was third.

1989 – Nolan Ryan threw his 11th career hit and struck out 11 as Texas beat Seattle 6-1. It was Ryan’s 16th low-hit game (non-hitter or at a hit), breaking Bob Feller’s record of 15.

1995 – Montreal’s Pedro Martinez pitched nine perfect innings against San Diego before allowing a brace to Bip Roberts in the 10th inning of the Expos’ 1-0 win.

2003 — Sammy Sosa was ejected in the first inning of Chicago’s 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays after umpires found cork in his broken bat.

2006 — Damion Easley hit three home runs and seven RBIs in Arizona’s 13-9 win over Atlanta.

2008 — Randy Johnson took sole possession of No. 2 on baseball’s career batting list after knocking out Mike Cameron of the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning. It was Johnson’s 4,673rd strikeout, breaking a tie with Roger Clemens and leaving the veteran Arizona Diamondbacks ace behind Nolan Ryan, who had 5,714 strikeouts during his career.

2017 – Mets’ Endinson Volquez throws the first no-hitter of the year, beating the Diamonbacks 3-0.

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