More 2005 Baseball Season Highlights
Below are more highlights of the 2005 baseball season, including Manny Ray matching the record for third with 18 grand slams and Jackie Robinson posthumously receiving the Congressional Gold Medal.
- On April 14 at RFK Stadium, President George W. Bush throws out the ceremonial first pitch in Washington's first home game.
- With a grand slam on April 16, Boston's Manny Ramirez ties for third all time with 18 grannies.
- On May 15, Ramirez clubs his 400th career home run.
- Yankees acquire Randy Johnson in a trade with Arizona, and the "Big Unit" shuts down American League hitters (17-8, 211 strikeouts).
- After years of glory with the Cubs, Sammy Sosa opens the season with the Orioles.
- On Opening Day, Baltimore's Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro become the first pair of teammates to have at least 500 career home runs apiece.
- On July 15, Palmeiro cracks his 3,000th hit to become the fourth major league player with 3,000 hits and 500 home runs.
- On August 1, Palmeiro's glory turns to shame when he is suspended for ten games for failing a drug test.
- Cardinals play their last game at Busch Stadium.
- San Diego closer Trevor Hoffman becomes only the third reliever to register 400 saves.
- Jackie Robinson posthumously receives the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor Congress can bestow.
- On July 26, Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux logs his 3,000th strikeout to go with his 300-plus wins.
- Kevin Millwood posts a league-best 2.86 ERA for Cleveland.
- Minnesota's Johan Santana logs a 2.87 ERA and leads the American League in strikeouts (238).
- Nationals closer Chad Cordero leads the majors with 47 saves.
- Closer Mariano Rivera of the Yankees posts a 1.38 ERA en route to 43 saves.
- On August 31, Jeremy Hermida of the Marlins becomes the second player in major league history to belt a grand slam in his first at-bat.
- Dontrelle Willis tops the National League with 22 victories.
- On September 22, Willis bats seventh in the Marlins lineup.
- San Diego pitcher Jake Peavy leads the National League in strikeouts (216).
- Atlanta's Bobby Cox wins his fourth Manager of the Year Award.
- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is a runaway winner for the 2005 American League Manager of the Year Award.
- Chone Figgins of the Angels steals 62 bases to top the American League.
- Baltimore's Miguel Tejada slugs 50 doubles to lead the American League.
- Jimmy Rollins of the Phillies ends the season riding a 36-game hitting streak, longest in the majors since 1987.
- Rangers blast 260 home runs, just four shy of the major league record set by Seattle in 1997.
- Mark Teixeira of Texas reaches 100 career home runs before his third season concludes, becoming the fifth major-league slugger in history to achieve the feat.
- Reds' Ken Griffey Jr. and the Yankees' Jason Giambi win their respective leagues' Comeback Player of the Year awards.
- The American League extends its All-Star Game winning streak to eight with a 7-5 win in Detroit's Comerica Park.
- Bobby Abreu of the Phillies rockets 41 homers in the Home Run Derby, breaking the record by 14.
- Royals lose 19 consecutive games in midsummer -- the longest such streak in the majors since 1988.
- The Royals become the first team ever to win three-game series against the Yankees and Dodgers in the same season. Nevertheless, they lose 106 games.
- Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg are elected to the Hall of Fame.
- Boston finishes second in the American League East for the eighth consecutive year.
- Sosa concludes the season with 588 home runs, moving past Frank Robinson for fifth most in major league history.
- During the season, Julio Franco, age 46, becomes the oldest major league player to hit a grand slam and steal a base.
- At age 29, Alex Rodriguez becomes the youngest player to reach 400 home runs.
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