Today in Baseball History
1912 At Forbes Field, Owen Wilson hits three triples in the doubleheader against the Braves. The Pirates center fielder's third triple, his second in the night cap, establishes a new major league record for three baggers with 32, breaking the mark he shared with Dave Orr (1886 Metropolitans/AA) and Heinie Reitz (1894 Orioles/NL).
1916 At Philadelphia's Shibe Park, A's hurler Joe Bush no-hits the Indians, 5-0. 'Bullet Joe' will win 15 of the last place Athletics' 36 victories this season.
1926 Senators hurler Walter Johnson (408) bests Red Faber (197) and the White Sox at Griffith Stadium, 9-3. The veteran pitchers have accumulated the largest amount of victories, a total of 605 victories, for two hurlers who start the same game, a record which will not be broken until Tom Seaver faces Don Sutton in 1986.
1939 At Brooklyn's Ebbets Field, NBC televises the first major league game in history on experimental station W2XBS, covering a doubleheader split in which the Reds win the first game, 5-2, and the Dodgers take the nightcap, 6-1. The network employs two cameras, one behind home plate, showing a wide view of the field, and the other on the third base line to capture the plays at first base.
1947 Dan Bankhead becomes the major league's first black pitcher. The 27 year-old right-hander doesn't do well in a relief stint, giving up ten hits and six runs in 3.1 innings in a 16-3 loss to the Pirates, but the Dodger rookie hits his only big league home run in his first major league at-bat.
1961 Hitting his 51st home run against the Kansas City A's, Roger Maris has the most homers in major league history at this point in the season.
1962 At Metropolitan Stadium, Twins' left-hander Jack Kralick throws the team's first no-hitter since the franchise moved to Minnesota last season, and the fifth no-no hurled this season in the major leagues. The slight southpaw retires the first 25 A's batters he faces before a walk to George Alusik ends his bid for a perfect game, but he retires the next two hitters to no-hit Kansas City, 1-0.
1962 The Orioles complete a five-game sweep of the Yankees when right-hander Robin Roberts, released by New York during the first week of the season, beats ****** Ford at Memorial Stadium, 2-1. Homers by Brooks Robinson and Jim Gentile account for Baltimore's only runs.
1965 At Shea Stadium, the Mets beat the Dodgers, 5-2, making Tug McGraw (2-2) the first Mets pitcher to defeat Sandy Koufax (21-7). Previously, New York had lost 13 consecutive times to the future Hall of Fame southpaw.
1966 After seeing a caricature of himself on the scoreboard, an angry Leo Duroucher calls the Astrodome's press box to have it removed. When nothing is done, the enraged Cubs manager rips the phone out of the dugout wall and tosses it onto the infield.
1966 Coming off the Orioles bench, Vic Roznovsky and Boog Powell hit consecutive pinch-hit homers, tying the game in the ninth in an eventual 12-inning, 3-2 victory over the Red Sox. It's only the third time in major league history there have been back-to-back pinch-hit home runs.
1968 After starting his career 0-5, Jim McAndrew gets his first major league victory when he goes the distance at Busch Stadium, blanking St. Louis on five hits, 1-0. In his first four major league starts, the Mets failed to score a run, resulting in two 2-0 and two 1-0 defeats for the 24 year-old rookie right-hander.
1972 Ron Santo's three run home run off Ron Bryant proves to be the difference in the Cubs' 10-9 victory over San Francisco at Wrigley Field. The third inning round-tripper, the first of a pair he hits in the game, is the third baseman's 2‚000th career hit‚ and drives in his 1‚200th run.
1973 In a 10-1 Oriole victory over the A's in Baltimore, Paul Blair hits a rare inside-the-park grand slam. The fleet-footed outfielder circles the bases when Amos Otis and Steve Hovley collide chasing down his gapper in right-center field.
1980 At Milwaukee's County Stadium, George Brett strokes four singles and a double in 5 at-bats as the Royals edge the Brewers, 7-6. The Kansas City third baseman's 5-for-5 performance raises his league-leading batting average to .407.
1981 Cardinals' manager ****** Herzog fines Garry Templeton $5,000 and suspends him indefinitely without pay for his rude behavior that includes an obscene gesture directed toward Redbird fans after they boo him in the first inning for not hustling to first base. The St. Louis shortstop, who will be traded to the Padres in the offseason for Ozzie Smith, agrees to seek psychiatric help and will be reinstated to the lineup on September 15.
1987 Paul Molitor's 39-game hit streak comes to an end as he waits in the on-deck circle watching pinch hitter Rick Manning single home the winning run in a 1-0, 10-inning victory over the Indians.
1989 The Trumbull All-stars become the first American team to win the Little League World Series since 1983. The U.S. National team from Connecticut defeat the Kang-Tu Little League of Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei in the championship game, 5-2, snapping Asia's six-year hold on the title.
1991 With the help of a questionable scorer's decision in the fifth inning, 27 year-old Bret Saberhagen fires a no-hitter, beating the White Sox at Kauffman Stadium, 7-0. When Royals' left fielder Kirk Gibson misses Dan Pasqua's slicing line drive, the play is immediately ruled a double, but after viewing several replays Del Black changes his mind and calls it a two-base error.
1991 The Yankees reluctantly agree to a record $1.55 million contract with 19 year-old high school southpaw Brien Taylor, the overall number one pick from the June amateur draft. George Steinbrenner is outraged by the deal, but the suspended owner actually had driven up the price when he publicly makes his wishes known to Newsday two days prior to the signing by saying, "If they (Gene Michael) let him go, they ought to be shot".
1993 The Mets announce that Vince Coleman will remain on paid administrative leave until the end of the season, effectively ending his playing career with the team. Co-owner Fred Wilpon's unequivocal decision that the controversial outfielder, who signed a four-year $11.95 million contract before the 1991 season, will not ever put on a Mets uniform again is the result of Coleman admitting to tossing a M-100 firecracker from a Jeep departing from a Dodger Stadium parking lot last month, injuring three people.
1996 With a ten year, $20 million deal, Pro Player, the sports apparel division of Fruit of the Loom, becomes the first sports marketing and products company to have its name used as the moniker for a stadium. The renaming of Joe Robbie Stadium, the home of the Florida Marlins, to Pro Player Stadium sparks controversy as many Miamians believe the name of the benefactor, whose name will be removed, should still be included due to his generosity and efforts to fund the original project.
1996 The Mets replaced Dallas Green as their manager with Bobby Valentine, a former coach who left the organization to manage in Texas. During his stormy seven-year tenure in New York, Bobby 'V' will compile a 536-467 (.534) record and will lead the team to the NL pennant in 2000.
1998 At Coors Field, manager Phil Garner earns his 500th victory at the Brewers helm, making him the only skipper in team history to reach that milestone.
1999 Achieving the mark in his 29th start, Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson reaches the 300-strikeout milestone in record time. The 'Big Unit' whiffs nine in seven innings in a 12-2 victory over the Marlins.
2001 Joining Babe Ruth (1920-21 and 1927-28) and Mark McGwire (1996-99), Sammy Sosa (1997-2001) becomes the third player in baseball history to hit 50 homers in a season four times.
2001 In the 18th inning, second-string catcher Bill Haselman beats out a bases-loaded potential inning-ending double play grounder, allowing Chad Curtis to score the winning run in the Rangers' 8-7 victory over the Red Sox. The six-hour and 35-minute contest is the longest game ever played in Ranger history.
2002 With a solo shot in the fourth inning in a 10-3 victory over the Rangers, Yankee infielder Alfonso Soriano sets a team record for home runs by a second baseman. The previous mark of 30 was established in 1940 by Joe Gordon.
2002 Sixty-three years after the first televised contest, the first video streaming coverage of a major league baseball game takes place on the internet. Approximately 30,000 fans visit MLB.com to see the Yankees defeat the Rangers, 10-3, far less than the 42,000 watching the game at the Bronx ballpark.
2002 Derek Jeter becomes only the third player to score at least 100 runs in his first seven major league seasons. The Yankees' shortstop joins Hall of Fame outfielders Ted Williams (Red Sox, 1939-49) and Earle Combs (Yankees, 1925-32) as the only big leaguers to accomplish the feat.
2003 The Padres trade starting pitcher Oliver Perez, along with prospect Jason Bay, to the Pirates for outfielder Brian Giles. The Canadian-born Bay will be selected as the National League’s Rookie of the Year next season.
2004 Ichiro Suzuki becomes the only player to collect at least 200 hits in each of his first four seasons in the big leagues. The milestone hit is a ninth inning homer in the Mariners' 7-3 loss to the Royals at Safeco Field.
2007 Warner Robins, Georgia captures the Little League World Series as 12 year-old Dalton Carriker’s extra inning (8th) walk-off home run beats Tokyo, 3-2. The victory is the third consecutive LLWS championship for the United States, its longest streak since winning eight straight titles from 1959-1966.
2007 At Comiskey Park, the Red Sox complete a four-game annihilation of the White Sox, 11-1. Tallying at least 10 runs in every contest, Boston outscores their Windy City opponents, 46-7.
2008 Driving in Damion Easley with a fourth inning groundout at Citizens Bank Park, Mets infielder David Wright becomes the first player in franchise history to have four 100-RBIs seasons. The 25 year-old has reached the plateau every year since becoming the team's regular third baseman.
2008 Prior to the Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park, Kenny Campbell falls more than 15 feet from the stands onto the right field warning track after catching a batting practice home run. The 10 year-old fan, shaken and bruised, but apparently unhurt, is comforted by Mike Pelfry and other Mets until a medical unit arrives.
2008 Teddy Roosevelt gets off to a fast start and it appears that T.R. will finally beat his Mount Rushmore teammates, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington to win his first-ever President Race at Nationals Park. The huge lead is lost, however, as the blue do-rag clad presidential character sporting dreadlocks stops to high-five fans sitting in the right field stands, with the public address announcer explaining the mascot's behavior as 'Teddy being Teddy'.
2008 Trailing 7-0 early in the game, the Phillies rally to beat the Mets at Citizens Bank Park, 8-7. Chris Coste, who goes 4-for-4 after entering the game as a pinch hitter in the 8th inning, delivers the walk-off single in the bottom of the 13th to put Philadelphia back into first place, a half a game ahead of New York.