Today in Baseball History
1886 Louisville's Chicken Wolf hits a game-winning home run thanks to a stray dog tearing at Reds' Abner Powell's pant leg, causing the center fielder to miss the ball.
1917 In a 22-inning contest against the Dodgers, Pirates' outfielder Carson Bigbee sets a major-league record with 11 at-bats. The game was also the fourth straight extra-inning game played by Pittsburgh (total of 59 innings), which sets a National League record.
1933 Bill Veeck suggests the idea of a mid-summer series of inter league games and proposes a split-season schedule format. Although the Cub president's concept of games between two circuits receives some support, Senator owner Clark Griffith opposes the proposal, calling the American League a major league not in need of grandiose schemes he deemed as "Hippodrome stuff".
1934 Wes Ferrell hits two home runs to give the Red Sox an extra inning 3-2 victory over the White Sox. With his team trailing 2-1, the Boston hurler hits a home run in the eighth inning to tie the score, and with two out in the 10th he goes deep again for the game-winner.
1939 At Comiskey Park in front of 50,000 fans, the Yankees win their first night game in franchise history, defeating the hometown White Sox, 14-5. The Bronx Bombers bang out 14 hits in the evening tilt, nine of which are for extra bases.
1949 After the Giants had offered him to every team in the National League, Johnny Mize, who had expressed his displeasure about his playing time, is bought by Yankee general manager George Weiss for $40,000. The 36 year-old slugging first baseman doesn’t disappoint the Bronx fans, hitting .299 in a part time role over his five seasons with the Bombers.
1957 Stan Musial tears a muscle and chips a bone swinging at a pitch in the fourth inning against the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium. The injury will end 'Stan the Man's' consecutive game streak at 894, but by pinch-running in a game which was suspended on July 21st and completed on August 27th, he establishes a new NL mark, officially playing in 895 consecutive contests.
1961 Roger Maris, in his record-setting season, becomes the first player to hit his 50th home run in the month of August. The 26-year old all-star outfielder connects off Ken McBride as the Yankees lose to the Angels, 4-3.
1961 At L.A.'s Wrigley Field, the Angels edge the Yankees, 4-3, in front of 19,930 fans, the largest home crowd of the season. The expansion team will have an average attendance of 6,620 patrons per game in its first season, but that total almost triples when the Bronx Bombers are the opponents.
1965 Juan Marichal thinks Johnny Roseboro throws too close to his head returning the ball to Sandy Koufax and attacks the Dodger catcher with his bat. The Los Angeles backstop suffers cuts on the head during the 14-minute brawl.
1968 After walking on a 3-2 count which included pitches sailing over his head to the backstop and a ball being thrown behind him, **** McAuliffe charges the mound and drives his knee into White Sox hurler Tommy John, causing the pitcher’s shoulder to separate. Tommy John (10-5, 1.98) will be lost for the rest of the season and the Tigers' shortstop is suspended for five games and fined $250 by AL president Joe Cronin as a result of the bench-clearing incident.
1973 Trailing by a run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and a man on second, Felix Millan, Rusty Staub, and John Milner hit consecutive singles to give the Mets an improbable 3–2 decision at Shea Stadium. The victory, the first win for the 0-6 Tug McGraw, appears to ignite the “Ya Gotta Believe” reliever, who once again will become one the best closers in the league.
1982 The Cubs pay tribute to Ernie Banks when the team retires the outfielder's uniform number (14) that he wore for 19 seasons. The Hall of Famer, who retired in 1971, is the first player in the 106-year history of the franchise to be honored in this manner.
1982 With two outs and two strikes in the 12th inning, Glenn Brummer steals home, giving the Cardinals an overtime walk-off 5-4 victory over the Giants at Busch Stadium. The reserve catcher will finish his major league career with just four stolen bases.
1984 Dwight Gooden strikes out Garry Templeton in the eight inning of the Mets' 5-2 victory at Jack Murphy Stadium to become the 11th pitcher to strike out 200 batters in his rookie season. The 19 year-old freshman becomes only the third teenager to accomplish the feat, joining Bob Feller (1938 Indians) and Gary Nolan (1967 Reds).
1984 Graig Nettles’ fourth-inning two-run homer off Doc Gooden is his seventh round-tripper in his last six games, tying a National League record shared by Walker Cooper, George Kelly, and Willie Mays. The Padres third baseman's blast, one of only three hits given up by the New York 19 year-old rookie in the Mets' 5-2 victory, accounts for all of San Diego's runs in the Jack Murphy Stadium contest.
1989 On a 96 mph fastball, A's Rickey Henderson swings and misses, making Nolan Ryan the first pitcher and only major league pitcher to strike out 5000 batters. The 'Ryan Express' strikes out 13 and gives up only five hits, but loses the game to Oakland, 2-0.
1992 In the seventh inning of a Class A Florida State League contest, the Clearwater Phillies string together two walks and two sac bunts to score the game's only run, beating the Winter Haven Red Sox, 1-0. Opposing minor league hurlers Andy Carter and Scott Bakkum do not give up any hits, making it the first professional game to be hitless in 40 years.
1998 In the Orioles' 6-3 win over the Indians, Cal Ripken scores his 1,500th career run. The 'Iron Man' will cross the plate 1,647 times for Baltimore during his 21-year career in the big leagues.
1998 With his 52nd home run, Mark McGwire breaks Babe Ruth's record for round-trippers in three consecutive seasons. 'Big Red' has 162 homers in three seasons (1996-52, 1997-58), compared to the Bambino's 161 dingers hit in 1926-28.
1998 Although there are no penalties or testing for the use of performance-enhancing substances in Major League Baseball, the discovery of a jar of androstenedione in Mark McGwire's locker garners much attention. The Cardinal slugger, who will finish the season with a record 70 home runs, will admit he uses the steroid precursor.
1999 Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire becomes the first player to reach the 50 home run plateau in four consecutive seasons. 'Big Red' goes deep twice (#'s 49 and 50) in an 8-7 loss to the Mets at Shea Stadium.
2000 Hitting a solo blast and a three-run round tripper during a nine-run sixth inning of a 14-6 victory over the Expos, Dodger first baseman Eric Karros becomes the first player in the 111-year franchise history to hit two homers in an inning.
2000 Working a scoreless 12th in a 7-6 victory over the Braves, Rockies' catcher Brent Mayne becomes the first position player to be a winning pitcher since 1968 when outfielder Rocky Colavito, as a Yankee, homered and threw 2 2/3 shutout innings against his former teammates, helping the Bronx Bombers to beat the Tigers.
2000 Reds' outfielder Alex Ochoa helps to set a major league record by hitting the 142nd grand slam of the season. The Cincinnati outfielder's first career bases-loaded homer eclipses the previous mark of 141 grand slams, established in 1996.
2003 For the fourth consecutive season, Garret Anderson reaches 100 RBIs mark to become the first player in team history to do so. The Angels' outfielder was also the first to have three straight 100-RBI seasons.
2007 Stealing three bases in a 7-5 loss to the Padres at Shea Stadium, Mets shortstop Jose Reyes sets a team record, swiping his 67th stolen base of the season. Roger Cedeño had established the previous mark of 66 in 1999.
2007 Brandon Webb's scoreless streak ends at 42 innings in the first frame of the Diamondbacks' 3-2 victory at Chase Field. The 2006 NL Cy Young Award winner, who had thrown three straight shutouts, falls 17 innings short of Orel Hershiser's 1988 major league record of 59 straight shutout innings.
2007 After feeling a near game-removing pain close to the top of his right hamstring, Albert Pujols hits a first inning two-run homer off Scott Olsen of the Marlins at Busch Stadium to become first player to hit 30 or more homers in his first seven seasons. It is the fifth consecutive game the Cardinal first baseman has gone deep.
2007 The Rangers become the first post-1900 big league team to score 30 runs in a game. After beating the Orioles, 30-3, setting a club single-game record 29 hits in the first game of the twin bill, Texas wins the night cap, 9-7, to break the AL mark of 36 tallies established by the 1937 Tigers during an August 14 doubleheader against the Browns.
2007 Rangers' relief pitcher Wes Littleton earns his second career save pitching the last three innings of the record 30-3 rout of the Orioles. The 24 year-old reliever from Hayward, California establishes a new major league mark for recording a save with the largest winning margin.
2007 Appearing as the skipper in his 4,409th game, Tony La Russa passes Bucky Harris for third place on the all-time list for the total number of contests managed in the major leagues. Only Connie Mack (7,755 games) and John McGraw (4,769) have spent more time in the dugout as a manager than the current Cardinal field boss.
2008 Joining Lou Gehrig (2,721) and Babe Ruth (2,518), Derek Jeter becomes the third player to collect 2,500 hits in a Yankee uniform. The milestone safety is a first-inning bloop single off Radhames Liz in New York's 9-4 comeback victory over the Orioles in Baltimore.
2008 In an 18-3 rout of the Braves, the Cardinals collect 26 hits, tying a franchise record established in 1930. All but five of the hits were singles, two shy of the major league record set by the Astros in 1976.
2009 In the 14th inning of the 1-0 Mariners' victory over Chicago, Adrián Beltre, who scores the winning run, is hit below the belt by a ninth-inning ground ball scorched by Alexei Ramirez. The Seattle third baseman, who doesn't wear a protective cup because it makes him feel uncomfortable, will be placed on the disabled list with a torn right testicle, much to the chagrin of his manager.
2011 With two outs in the eighth inning, Matt Holliday is forced to leave the field during the game when a moth gets stuck deeply into his right ear. The Cardinal outfielder is treated in the trainer's room, where a utensil is used to extract the embedded insect, which still comes out alive.
2012 Oakland right-hander Bartolo Colon is suspended for 50 games after testing positive for testosterone. The infraction will end the 2005 Cy Young Award winner's season with a 10-9 record (.526), along with an ERA of 3.43 for the playoff bound A's.
2014 Statues designed by Matt Glenn and a team of artists as tribute to the youth sports organization are unveiled in Williamsport to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Little League. The 'Bases Loaded' project, comprising of ten interacting commissioned sculptures, is strategically placed around the four-corner intersection of Market and Third street to represent a diamond as home run is hit, follows the history of baseball, incorporating players from around the world.