TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime

1980 – Bill Gullickson whiffs 18 batters, the most strikeouts ever recorded by a rookie in a Major League game. The Expos right-hander throws a complete-game four-hitter, beating Chicago at Olympic Stadium, 4-2.

1997 – In a 7-6 loss to the Giants, Cardinal Mark McGwire becomes only the second player in Major League history to hit 50 home runs …

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