June 18, 1938 – Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth signs a contract to coach with the Brooklyn Dodgers. “The Babe” dons a Dodger uniform the next day, entertains observers with a batting demonstration and works the first-base coaching box. Ruth wore uniform No. 35 and the Dodger coaching position was the last job of Ruth’s baseball career.
June 17, 1983 – Bob Welch’s first Major League home run beats the Cincinnati Reds, 1-0, at Dodger Stadium. Welch’s homered in the sixth inning off right-hander Mario Soto and added a single in the eighth inning. A career .171 hitter, Welch’s only other home run in 582 at-bats occurred on 5/6/86 against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
May 30, 1962 – Maury Wills homered from both sides of the plate in a game for the Dodgers as L.A. swept a doubleheader from the Mets. Learning how to switch hit during his eighth minor league season in 1958 changed Wills’ fortunes and he was in the Majors by 1959.
May 17, 2008 – Chan Ho Park, Hong-Chih Kuo and Takashi Saito are the first trio from different Asian countries to pitch all nine innings of a Major League game. Blake DeWitt homered and Russell Martin added three hits in the Dodgers’ 6-3 victory over the Angels in Anaheim.
May 15, 1965 – The Dodgers manage only one hit off Chicago’s Dick Ellsworth, but Al Ferrara’s three-run home run as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning gives Los Angeles a 3-1 victory over the Cubs at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles starter Claude Osteen and relievers Bob Miller and Jim Brewer checked the Cubs on eight hits. The first opponent to no-hit the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium was Montreal’s Dennis Martinez (perfect game, 7/28/91).
Rookie Fernando Valenzuela becomes the first Major Leaguer to win the first eight starts of his career since Dave Ferris of the 1945 Boston Red Sox. Valenzuela beats the Montreal Expos, 3-2, giving him an 8-0 record and 0.50 ERA with five shutouts.
May 10, 1955 – Brooklyn Dodger ace Don Newcombe allowed only one baserunner and pitched a one-hit shutout in a 3-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. Newcombe started the 1955 season with an 18-1 record in helping Brooklyn win the pennant and World Series.
May 8, 1942 – At Ebbets Field, the first twilight game in 24 years is played as the Dodgers beat the Giants, 7-6. Nearly $60,000 is raised for the Navy Relief Fund as all proceeds are donated and everyone, including ballplayers and umpires, pays their way into the park.
May 7, 1959 – The Dodgers and New York Yankees staged an exhibition game at the Los Angeles Coliseum to benefit Roy Campanella, who was paralyzed in an auto accident prior to the 1958 season. More than 93,000 fans pay tribute to the Dodgers’ three-time National League MVP. The game was temporarily stopped in the fifth inning so the Coliseum lights could be dimmed and fans struck matches in silent prayer for Campanella, who was pushed in his wheelchair onto the field by former teammate Pee Wee Reese.
May 2, 1975 – In a trade nicknamed “The Great Arm Robbery,” the Dodgers acquired right-hander Burt Hooton from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for pitchers Geoff Zahn and Eddie Solomon. Hooton was 0-2 with an 8.18 ERA with the Cubs in 1975, but with L.A. went 18-7, including 12 consecutive victories at the end of the season. In 10 seasons with the Dodgers, Hooton went 112-84 with a 3.14 ERA.