Today in Baseball History
1902 In an attempted double steal by the A’s, the Tigers concede second base to Harry Davis, freezing Dave Fultz, the runner on third, which prompts Davis to return to first base on the pitcher’s next delivery. When Davis takes off for second for the second time, he draws a throw and, in the resulting run-down Dave Fultz scores from third, and he is called safe at second again, but will be credited with only one stolen base for all of his efforts during the sixth frame of Philadelphia’s 9-0 victory over Detroit at Columbia Park.
1906 John W. Taylor is replaced by a reliever for the first time since June of 1901 when the Brooklyn Superbas knock him out of the game in the third inning. During the five-year span, the Orphans' right-hander completed a remarkable 1,727 innings of work that included 187 consecutive complete games as well as finishing up 15 games in relief.
1910 In a game which features each team having 38 at-bats, 13 hits, 12 assists, 2 errors, 5 strikeouts, 3 walks, 1 hit batsman, and 1 passed ball, the Pirates and the Superbas (later to be known as the Dodgers) play to what else - an 8-8 tie.
1913 Goober southpaw Harry Hedgpeth pitches two complete nine-inning games when he starts both ends of a Virginia League doubleheader against Richmond. In the opener, the Peterburg pitcher one-hits the Colts, 1-0, and then follows up the gem with a 10-0 no-hitter.
1932 After blanking Washington for nine innings in a scoreless tie, Red Ruffing hits a solo home run in the top of the tenth. The right-hander then closes out the Senators in the bottom of the frame to preserve the Yankees' 1-0 victory.
1947 At Sportsman's Park, pinch-hitter Willard Brown of the Browns becomes the first black player to hit a home run in the American League. The historic homer, an inside-the-parker off future Hall of Fame hurler Hal Newhouser, helps the Browns beat the Tigers, 6-5.
1948 The Phillies set a major league record by tallying nine runs before making an out when they beat the Giants at Shibe Park, 12-7. Philadelphia sends 14 batters to the plate in the fateful first frame and scores a total of ten times to easily erase an early three-run deficit.
1950 In the bottom of the twenty-second inning, with both starting pitchers still in the game, Don Richmond lines a single down the right-field line plating **** Cole to give Rochester a 3-2 victory over Jersey City at Red Wing Stadium. Tom Poholsky, after yielding two unearned runs in the top of the second, goes on to hurl 20 consecutive scoreless innings for the complete-game victory, but is matched zero-for zero, until the last inning, by opposing J. C. Giants pitcher Andy Tomasic, who also goes the distance after giving up single runs in the first and second frames.
1951 Any fan who shows up with a musical instrument during the Dodgers' Musical Depreciation Night is admitted free to the Ebbets Field's contest against Boston. With an assortment of trumpets, trombones, zithers, tubas, accordions, bugles, flutes, various type of drums, violins, mandolins, assorted horns, a glockenspiel, a washboard, and a piano, 2,426 fans, which is about 10% of the total crowd, take advantage of the team's unusual promotion.
1954 White Sox left-hander Jack Harshman hurls a 16-inning shutout, beating the Tigers at Comiskey Park, 1-0. Detroit’s starter, Al Aber, also goes the distance, giving up the game’s lone run when Minnie Minoso's one-out triple to right field scores Nellie Fox, who had singled leading off in the final frame.
1963 At County Stadium, Warren Spahn hurls a complete game, beating Los Angeles, 4-3. During the game, the crafty southpaw whiffs five Dodgers to establish the all-time strikeout record for left-handers with 2,382.
1965 Dean Chance establishes an American League record when he fans to extend his streak to 11 consecutive plate appearances with a strikeout. The Angels' right-hander falls one shy of the major league mark set by Sandy Koufax, who whiffed in 12 consecutive plate appearances in 1955.
1969 Coming off the disabled list just four days earlier, Oriole right-hander Jim Palmer throws a no-hitter against Oakland. The 8-0 victory over the A's gives Baltimore a comfortable 14 and a half game lead in the first American League East Division race ever.
1969 After serving as the interim replacement for William Eckert, Bowie Kuhn is unanimously elected to a seven-year term by the major league owners to be baseball's fifth commissioner. Prior to his selection to his new post, the 42 year-old lawyer, who once worked as the scoreboard boy for a dollar a day at Washington's Griffith Stadium, served as legal counsel for the sport nearly 20 years.
1969 After being swept by Houston, the eventual World Champion Mets drop to their farthest point behind in the NL East race, ten games behind the front-running Cubs. The third-place New York team will finish the season at a torrid 39-11 pace, finishing the season eight games in front of Chicago.
1972 In an effort to stop a four-game losing streak, Tigers skipper Billy Martin picks his starting lineup out of a hat for the first game of a doubleheader. The idea works as Detroit edges the Indians in the opener, 3–2, but using a regular lineup in the nightcap, the team loses, 9–2.
1978 Although the Yankees score five runs in the top of the 7th inning, the Bronx Bombers lose to the Orioles, 3-0, because the score reverted to the last completed inning after the game is rained out. This rule will be changed in 1980, and the game today would have been suspended.
1979 Against the team that traded him, Lou Brock reaches the 3000 hits milestone when his line drive caroms off Dennis Lamp's pitching hand in the 3-2 Cardinal victory over the Cubs at Busch Stadium. The 40 year-old Redbird outfielder, who will retire at the end of the season with a lifetime .293 batting average, is the fourteenth major leaguer to reach the coveted plateau.
1982 At Chavez Ravine, Dodger second baseman Steve Sax steals his 41st base to set a franchise record for rookies when he swipes second base in LA's 6-1 victory over San Francisco. The eventual National League Rookie of the Year, the fourth consecutive Dodger to win the award, will extend the record to 49.
1987 Billy Williams joins Ernie Banks as the second Cubs player to be honored by having his uniform number (26) being retired by the team. Sweet Swingin' Billy from Whistler (AL) played 16 of his 18 major league seasons in the Windy City, hitting .296 and 392 home runs for Chicago.
1995 At Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, baseball legend Mickey Mantle, 63, succumbs to liver cancer with his estranged wife Merlyn at his side. Ironically, prior to a moving tribute in the Bronx ballpark for the fallen hero, the Yankee Stadium scoreboard displays "At Bat: 7" until the start of the game because the lead off batter for the Indians, Kenny Lofton, wears number 7.
1998 Orlando Hernandez breaks a 30 year-old Yankee rookie record when he retires Mark McLemore on a called third strike to end the eighth inning of the team's 2-0 victory over Texas in New York. El Duque's 13 strikeouts, a total he will reach only once more in his career, surpasses the freshman mark established by Stan Bahnsen, the 1968 American League Rookie of the Year.
2000 Royals first baseman Mike Sweeney becomes the fastest player in franchise history to reach the 100 RBI plateau, when he homers off B.J. Ryan, contributing to the team's 10-5 victory over Baltimore at Kauffman Stadium. The 27 year-old All-Star infielder, reaching the century mark for the second straight season, will finish the year with 144 runs batted in, breaking the club record of 133 established in 1982 by Hal McRae.
2000 Jeff Bagwell goes 4-for-5, homering twice, in the Astros' 14-7 rout of Philadelphia at Veterans Stadium. The Houston first baseman's 10 total bases drives in a club-record seven runs.
2003 After missing nearly three months with a groin injury, Mike Piazza makes a dramatic return to the New York lineup when he homers and drives in five runs on Italian Night at Shea Stadium. The backstop's 3-for-5 performance, including a home run in the third inning, RBI single in the fourth and a two-run single in the seventh, contributes to the Mets' 9-2 victory over the Giants.
2003 Just as starting pitcher Javier Vazquez is about to throw a full count pitch to Rockies outfielder Jay Payton, a second inning hour-long blackout at the enclosed Olympic Stadium leaves the fans and players in total darkness. Tomorrow the team arrives in New York on their off day just in time to experience a massive blackout which leaves more than 50 million Americans in the dark.
2004 At Seattle’s Boeing Field, Edgar Martinez is on hand to greet George W. Bush. The President, who had requested to meet the retiring designated hitter, exchanges autographed baseballs with the man who routinely helped the Mariners beat his Rangers when the chief executive was the managing partner of Texas.
2004 J.T. Snow slams three home runs, 25% of his homers this season, in the Giants’ 16-6 rout of Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park. The light-hitting first baseman goes deep in the first inning with a two-run dinger off starter Brett Myers, and then delivers solo shots off relievers in the fifth and seventh frames.
2006 During Cleveland's 11-run first inning at Jacobs Field, Travis Hafner ties Don Mattingly's single-season mark for grand slams, established in 1987. The Indians' designated hitter's 35th homer of the season is the sixth one with the bases loaded.
2006 LA's Greg Maddux and SF's Jason Schmidt hook up in a classic West Coast pitcher's duel, reminiscent of match-ups of Koufax and Marichal, as the Dodgers beat the Giants, 1-0, thanks to Russell Martin's 10th inning walk-off home run. When Giants slugger Barry Bonds lines into a double play in the first inning, it marks the only time in baseball history a 300 game winner pitches to a batter with over 700 homers.
2006 At Jacobs Field, right-hander Luke Hudson gives up 11 runs in one-third of an inning in the Royals’ 13-0 loss against the Indians. The Tribe's top of the first frame barrage is the result of eight hits, two walks and one error.
2007 Playing his 144th straight game without an error, Placido Polanco establishes a big league record for second basemen. The Detroit infielder, who hasn’t made an misplay since July 2 of last season, surpasses the previous mark set by Luis Castillo, while playing for the Twins.
2007 For the first time in 1,303 games, Nomar Garciaparra of the Dodgers is ejected from a game. The 12-year veteran infielder, who is tossed by home plate umpire Tom Hallion for arguing a called third strike in the fourth inning, is restrained by first base coach Mariano Duncan as he continues to shout and points his bat toward the umpire.
2010 A day after major league baseball formally approves the sale of the team, the new owners of the Rangers, which includes Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, announce lower prices for concessions, parking and merchandise. The lowering of prices is one way of showing appreciation to the Texas fans for their loyalty and support, according to sports attorney Chuck Greenberg, another new owner the club.
2010 The Giants obtain Jose Guillen from Kansas City, hoping the well-traveled veteran can help the club down the stretch run. The departure of the 34 year-old, who has played with ten teams in the past 14 years and was designated for assignment by the Royals last week, gives highly touted prospect Kila Ka’aihue an opportunity to play everyday.
2013 For only the second time in big league history beginning in 1916, the earliest year the records are available, the leadoff batters for both teams homer in their first at-bat and and then add another round-tripper in the same game when Seattle's Brad Miller and Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist each hit a pair of homers in the Mariners' 5-4 win at Tropicana Field. Chuck Knoblauch of the Twins and Detroit's Tony Phillips last accomplished the feat in 1994 at Tiger Stadium.