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- The Boston Americans are shutout by the Washington Senators. It was the first shutout in American League history.
- Ty Cobb, sick of the heckling from the New York fans, climbs into the stands and attacks a man with one hand. The handicapped man, identified only by a fake name, was unable to defend himself.
- Walter Johnson and the Washington Senators beat Lefty Williams and the Chicago White Sox, 1-0 in an 18 inning game. Both pitchers go the distance.
- The New York Rangers were granted a franchise in the NHL. Chicago and Detroit will also join the league in November when the season begins.
- Orville Jorgens takes the loss as the Pittsburgh Pirates roll over their cross-state rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies by a 20-5 score.
- Clye Shoun, of the Cincinati Reds, takes the mound for the first time in '44 and no-hits the Boston Braves. The only run in the 1-0 contest was courtesy of a solo home run by Chuck Aleno. It was his only homer of the year.
- Virgil Trucks pitches a no-hitter, his first of 2 on the season, as the Detroit Tigers beat the Washington Senators, 1-0.
- Don Cardwell tosses a no-hitter as the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-0. It was Cardwell's debut as a Cub making him the first player in major league history to throw a no-hitter in his first start after being traded. He was traded from the Philadelphia Phillies in a 4 player deal just two days earlier.
- The Canadian Football Players Association was organized.
- Nolan Ryan pitches his first of seven no-hitters. It was his first of two on the year. His California Angels would beat the Kansas City Royals, 3-0.
- Len Barker becomes the 11th pitcher in major league history to throw a perfect game. In front of the hometown crowd the Cleveland Indians defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-0.
- The Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox have a game which lasts 4 hours and 11 minutes. It sets a new major league record for the longest 9 inning game. Tom Brunansky and Wade Boggs homer in a game that Boston wins, 9-6.
- U.S. President Bush took Queen Elizabeth to Oakland A's-Baltimore Orioles game.
- Christian Ruutu and Geoff Courtnall score shorthanded goals only 17 seconds apart, setting an NHL playoff record.
- The Florida Marlins trade Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, Charles Johnson, Jim Eisenreich, and Manuel Barrios to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile.
- Tony Pena was named manager of the Kansas City Royals, replacing interim manager, John Mizerock. Tony Muser began the season at the helm of the Royals, but was fired on April 29.
- The Chicago White Sox drop a game to the Baltimore Orioles by a score of 6-2. It was the first game of the season in which they didn't have a lead at any time during the game. Their 37 consecutive games of having a lead at some time in a game sets a major league record for most games to begin a season.
- The Union Grounds opened in Brooklyn. It was baseball's first enclosed park.
- In San Antonio, TX, the Alamodome opened.
- Kevin Youkilis made his MLB debut for the Boston Red Sox. He went 2-4 with a 4th inning home run off of Pat Hentgen in a 4-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays
- Josh Beckett was born in Spring, Texas.
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