This Day in Baseball History
1896 New Britain, CT native Tom Lynch becomes the first major league umpire to work in over 1,000 games. The National League arbitrator, who becomes the president of the circuit in 1910, will be behind home plate in 1309 of 1325 of the games he will work.
1896 The first-place Orioles (NL) sweep a tripleheader against the cellar-dwelling Colonels, 4-3, 9-8, and 12-1. Baltimore will establish the record for most games won in two consecutive days with five when they take both ends of tomorrow's twin bill with Louisville.
1903 A year before the first subway line is completed, the Brooklyn Superbas, later to be known as the Dodgers, play their cross-town rivals in a two-stadium, same-day doubleheader. The first game played in Washington Park begins at 10:30 am with 9,300 fans watching the visiting Giants win the opener, 6-4, and later that afternoon in front of 23,623 patrons at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan, Brooklyn wins the second game, 3-0.
1908 In the span of four days, Senators' sensation Walter Johnson throws a shutout against the Bronx Bombers for the third consecutive game. The 'Big Train's' two-hit performance in the first game of the Monday Labor Day doubleheader at Yankee Stadium follows a six-hit blanking on Friday, a four hitter with no runs on Saturday, and a day off due to New York's prohibition of baseball on Sundays.
1911 Cy Young loses a pitching duel to Phillies' rookie right-hander Grover Cleveland Alexander at Boston's South End Grounds, 1-0. Next month, the 44 year-old veteran Braves hurler will end his career after 22 seasons with an astonishing 511 victories, a major league record unlikely to be broken.
1913 In an effort to beat the impending inclement weather, Galveston, playing host to San Antonio, finishes the regular season with a 49 minute game, a 4-0 victory by the hometown Pirates, who manage to compile 13 hits during the brief Texas League contest. The players are encouraged to play the game at a rapid pace by the teams owners, who want to avoid having to give the fans rain checks for games next year.
1916 The Giants defeat the Dodgers 4-1 to start their major league record 26-game winning streak. The 'Jints' start the span two games under .500 and make up nine games in the standings, but remain in fourth place during the entire streak.
1923 Red Sox starter Howard Ehmke no-hits the A's at Shibe Park, 4-0. In the seventh inning, the 29 year-old right-hander appears to lose his bid for a no-hitter when Slim Harriss hits a would-be double, but the Philadelphia pitcher is called out for not touching first base.
1935 Red Sox Joe Cronin hits into a 5-6-4-3 game-ending triple play when his line drive caroms off Indian third baseman Odell Hale's head to Bill Knickerbocker. The shortstop starts the triple killing throwing the rebound to Roy Hughes covering second, who in turn relays the ball to first baseman Hal Trosky giving the Tribe a 5-3 victory in the first game of a twin bill at Fenway Park.
1942 Cleveland Buckeye backstop Buster Brown and pitcher Smoky Owens are killed almost immediately and three of their teammates along with the team’s general manager are seriously injured when a truck slams into the rear of their car. The fatal accident occurred at 3 a.m. in Agenea, Ohio as the Negro American League team was traveling to Akron after having played a twin bill against the Black Yankees in Buffalo.
1950 At Detroit's Briggs Stadium, Tiger outfielder Hoot Evers hits for the cycle, collecting five hits, 13 total bases and six RBIs. The left fielder's tenth-inning single completes the accomplishment, and is part of a two-run rally that ties the game at 13-13 before the game is called due to darkness.
1952 At Washington's Griffith Stadium, Johnny Mize pinch-hits a grand slam, giving the Yankees a 5-1 victory over the Senators. The 'Big Cat' has now homered in all fifteen major league ballparks presently in use with Sportsman's Park in St. Louis being used as the home for both the Cardinals and Browns.
1955 In the Yankees' 2-1 win over the A's, ****** Ford becomes the fifth big league pitcher to throw consecutive one-hitters. In his last start, 'Slick' held the Senators hitless with the exception of a seventh inning bloop by Carlos Paula.
1962 With four steals in a 10-1 loss to the Pirates, Dodger Maury Wills breaks the modern National League record for stolen bases in a season with his 82nd swipe. Cincinnati's Bob Bescher established the mark in 1911, playing left field with Cincinnati.
1964 At Connie Mack Stadium, a Labor Day crowd of 26,390 fans watches the first-place Phillies split a doubleheader with the Dodgers. The attendance for the twin bill brings the season’s total to 1,224,172 patrons, breaking the all-time franchise home attendance record established by the Whiz Kids in 1950.
1967 At Candlestick Park, the Giants tie a National League mark, using a record 25 players to beat the Astros in 15 innings, 3-2. Manager Herman Franks uses all his starters and five relief pitchers, sends six pinch hitters to the plate, and three players enter the contest as pinch runners along with two defensive substitutions.
1967 With just three weeks left in the season, the standings at the end of the day will reveal a four-way tie for first place in the American League. The Red Sox (79-62), the eventual AL champs, are battling the White Sox (78-61), Tigers (79-62), and the Twins (78-61) to capture the flag in the historic pennant race.
1968 Heading toward home plate with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth, Hank Aaron falls down and is tagged out by Houston's third baseman Doug Rader. The last-place Astros come back for an improbable 6-3 victory over the Braves when they score three runs in the top of the tenth frame.
1969 Donald Dubois wins $27,000 when Fred Talbot, the Pilots' starting pitcher who throws a three-hit shutout, hits a grand slam in the sixth inning of the team's 8-0 victory over California at Sick's Stadium. The Gladstone, Oregon native's good fortune is the result of participating in the expansion team's "Home Run for the Money" promotion.
1973 To prevent an injury, the second game of the Mets-Expos doubleheader at Jarry Park is delayed for 11 minutes. The setting sun over the rim of the Montreal ballpark makes it impossible for the first baseman to see the ball being thrown from certain positions on the field.
1973 The Rangers fire future Hall of Fame manager ****** Herzog. The White Rat, who compiled a 47-91 record during his six-month tenure in the Texas dugout, will be replaced by Billy Martin.
1973 New York southpaw Jerry Koosman establishes a franchise mark with a streak of 31.2 consecutive scoreless innings before it is snapped when a run crosses the plate in the bottom of the third inning in the team's 4-2 victory in Montreal. Although Dwight Gooden will pass the left-hander's effort with 36.2 consecutive innings without giving up an earned run, Koosman' record without allowing any runs will last for 39 years before it is surpassed by knuckleballer R. A. Dickey in 2012.
1974 Graig Nettles will be suspended for ten days after stuffing his bat with six super balls, that are collected by Tigers catcher Bill Freehan when the piece of lumber is shattered on a disallowed infield hit. The Yankee third baseman, who said the doctored bat was given to him by a fan in Chicago, hit a home run in his first at bat for the game's only run in the Yankees' 1-0 victory over Detroit at Shea Stadium.
1975 With an 8-4 victory over the Giants at Riverfront Stadium, the Reds clinch the National League West in their 142nd game of the season. The ‘Big Red Machine’ captures a title earlier than any other club since the inception of divisional play in 1969.
1978 In a 9-4 victory over the Expos, Mets backstop John Stearns establishes a new mark for National League catchers with his 25th stolen base. Johnny Kling swiped 24 bases catching for the Cubs in 1902.
1979 Carl Yastrzemski of the Red Sox gets three hits to pass Ted Williams on the all-time total base list. ‘Teddy Ballgame’ collected 2,654 hits during his 19 seasons with Boston.
1984 On his way to hurling a one-hitter, Dwight 'Doc' Gooden fans Cub Ron Cey for his 228th strikeout, setting a National League rookie record. The Mets phenom passes Grover Cleveland Alexander, who established the mark in 1911 with 227.
1993 In the second game of a doubleheader at Cincinnati, Cardinal outfielder Mark Whiten hits four home runs in one game, helping to tie two established RBI records. With 12 RBIs in the second game he equals the single game mark set by Jim Bottomley in 1924, and his opening game ribbie ties a 21 year-old record established by Nate Colbert for the most RBIs (13) in a twin bill.
1996 With 129 at-bats and a mediocre .254 batting average at the start of his major league career, Scott Rolen misses the remainder of the season, when his arm is broken by a pitch thrown by Cubs right-hander Steve Trachsel. The hit-by-pitch will prove to be a blessing in disguise when the Phillies third baseman, technically still a rookie due to one less at-bat last season, will have an outstanding year next season, winning the National League Rookie of the Year award.
1996 In a pre-game ceremony in front of a sellout crowd at the Metrodome, the Twins bid farewell to Kirby Puckett, one of the team's most popular players in recent years. After a remarkable 12-year Hall of Fame career, the talented and personable outfielder was forced to retire in July because of blindness in his right eye caused by glaucoma.
1997 Expo infielder Mark Grudzielanek breaks the National League mark for doubles for a shortstop, hitting his 49th in a 2-1 loss to Philadelphia. The previous record was set by **** Bartell of the 1932 Phillies.
1997 For only the twenty-second time in major league history a player reaches the 50 home run plateau when Mariner outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. hits his fiftieth in a 9-6 loss to the Twins. Junior will finish the season with a league-leading 56 round-trippers.
1997 In a 15-inning contest, a total of 33 players whiff during the Angels' 5-4 victory at Tiger Stadium. Players from both teams become visibly upset with home plate umpire Mike Everitt when 21 of the of 30 extra-inning outs are strikeouts, with 13 being the result of a called third strike.
1998 In the first inning at Busch Stadium, Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire ties Roger Maris' single season home run mark, hitting his 61st in a nationally televised Labor Day game against the Cubs. Big Mac hits his historic homer on his dad's 61st birthday.
2001 Dodger right fielder Shawn Green breaks a club record for homers in a season with his 44th home run. The previous mark was shared by Duke Snider (1956) and Gary Sheffield (2000).
2001 Ranger infielder Alex Rodriguez breaks his American League record (42 in 1998 and 1999 for the Mariners) for home runs by a shortstop with his 43rd long ball of the season. In 1958, Cub Hall of Famer Ernie Banks established the major league record for homers for that position with 47.
2005 Dontrelle Willis becomes the first pitcher in the thirteen-year history of the Marlins to win 20 games in a season when the team routs Washington at RFK Stadium, 12-1. The high-kicking southpaw had established a franchise record for victories in his last start with his 19th win.
2006 The Cubs are honored by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks for their preservation efforts at Wrigley Field. The venerable old ballpark receives Chicago Landmark Awards for Excellence for the bleacher expansion project which improved circulation in the seating section, increased the number of bathrooms, and dramatically improved access for fans with disabilities.
2008 The Pirates lose their 82nd game, an 11-6 defeat to the Giants at AT&T Park, ensuring the club will endure their 16th consecutive losing season. The streak equals the mark established by the 1933-1948 Philadelphia Phillies for the longest skid in the history of professional sports.
2009 Thanks to their loss to Chicago, the Pirates become the first franchise in baseball history to post a losing record for 17 consecutive seasons. The dubious streak, which dates back to 1993, surpasses the skid the Phillies endured from 1933 to 1948.
2010 A statue of Billy Williams, who played 16 seasons with the club from 1959-74, is dedicated by the Cubs on the corner of Sheffield Avenue and Addison Street outside of Wrigley Field. In attendance for the unveiling of the sculpture, that portrays the Hall of Famer outfielder finishing his sweet swing from the left side, is his wife, Shirley, former teammates Ernie Banks, Ferguson Jenkins, Ron Santo and Glenn Beckert, along with the Reverend Jesse Jackson.
2010 Trevor Hoffman earns his 600th save when he induces pinch-hitter Aaron Miles to hit a grounder for the final out in the Brewers' 4-2 victory over St. Louis at Miller Park. The 42 year-old reliever, baseball's career saves leader, has converted 600 of his 676 save opportunities (89%) during his 18-year career with Florida, San Diego and Milwaukee.
2010 At Petco Park, Padres' starter Mat Latos establishes a major league record when he limits L.A. to one run over seven innings. The 22 year-old right-hander has a string of 15 straight starts of five or more innings of allowing two or fewer runs, breaking the mark shared by Greg Maddux (1993-94) and Mike Scott (1986).
2011 Alex Liddi becomes the first player born and raised in Italy to play in the major leagues. The Mariners' third baseman, who goes 0-for-2 in the loss to L.A., is the first MLB European Academy alumnus to make the show.