May 16 - This Day in Dodger History

Dodger pitchers have been very successful on this date in history, with Dazzy Vance almost working a no-hit game in 1932 and Jerry Reuss making his first-ever start en route to to an 18-win season.

May 16, 1930-- Dazzy Vance fires a three-hitter at Pittsburgh and "Red" Lucas a distant relative of former Dodgers Public Relations Director Jay Lucas, earns a save in a 10-3 win. "Mickey" Finn knocks in the winning run.

May 16, 1932-- Dazzy Vance takes a no-hitter into the eighth inning before losing it and finishes with a 5-0 win over the Phillies.

May 16, 1935-- 39-year-old Tom Zachary, who had served up Babe Ruth's 60th home run in 1927, pitched a 2-0, 13 inning complete game as Jim Bucher finally drives in the winning run. Zachary would only win seven games and this was his only shutout.

May 16, 1936-- Left-hander Watty Clark, who will only win seven games during the season, pitches his only shutout of he season, a 3-0 complete game against Pittsburgh. Babe Phelps helps out with his third of five home runs during the season.

May 16, 1940-- Another May 16 shutout, this one by Whitlow Wyatt who stopped Boston on five hits. Boston attempted to bunt, knowing that Wyatt had a sore knees but the Brooklyn Eagle reported, "Third baseman Cookie Lavagetto took care of that." Dolph Camilli smacked a two-run triple in the seventh and an @BI single in the eighth to help out.

May 16, 1954-- Gil Hodges provided all the runs necessary for Preacher Roe to win his first game of the season, a 4-2 decision over Cincinnati. In the second game of the doubleheader, Russ Meyer loses 7-2. The 30-year-old Roe would only win two more games before being traded to Baltimore.

May 16, 1956-- Brooklyn beat St. Louis at Jersey City, one of seven games they played there during the year in an attempt to demonstrate to the city officials they needed a new park in Brooklyn. Ken Lehman, who provided a two-run double, won in relief of Roger Craig, one of two wins Lehman had in 1956.

May 16, 1957-- 20 years old Sandy Koufax showed the world that he could, indeed, pitch, stopping Chicago 2-0 in Wrigley Field and striking out 13. However, he would only make 13 starts despite striking out 122 in 104 innings during the year.

May 16,1967-- Reliever Phil Regan loses his first game in 77 appearances. The 'Vulture' gets pinned with his first defeat in over a year when Astros' third baseman Bob Aspromonte hits a two-run triple in tenth to beat the Dodgers, 5-3.

May 16, 1980 -- Jerry Reuss draws his first start, replacing Dave Goltz who was ill. Reuss worked five scoreless innings and the Dodgers scored six times in the seventh to beat Pittsburgh 8-6. Reuss would lead the club with an 18-6, 2.52 record in 1980.

May 16, 2000-- After a fan steals Los Angeles' catcher Chad Kreuter's hat and hits him in the back of the head, many Dodgers, including coaches John Shelby and Rick Dempsey, go into the stands and start fighting with the Wrigley Field faithful. When the melee ends, several fans are arrested as the game is delayed nearly ten minutes, and there is litter all over the field.