This day in history


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Ok so I had an idea and figured I should go along with it. I'm going to post things about baseball that happened on each day but in the past. Some will be historic monuments while others will be interesting little snidbits that can be a little humorous. So, without further ado, I'm going to start with today...Spetember 8th.

September 8th

1916 In front of the smallest crowed in American League history, A's catcher/outfielder Wally Schang, with 23 fans attending the game, becomes the first switch-hitter in major league histor to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game.

1925 In the nightcap of a doubleheader at Fenway Park, Babe Ruth hits his 300th career home run off southpaw Buster Ross as the Yankees defeat the Red Sox, 7-4.

1935 Trailing 5-1 in the ninth against the Indians, the Red Sox rally for two runs with no outs and have the bases loaded when Joe Cronin hits a line drive to third baseman Odell Hall. The ball deflects off Hall's head to shortstop Bill Knickerbocker who catches it in the air for the first out and throws to second, doubling up Billy Werber with second baseman Roy Hughes relaying to first base tripling up Mel Almada to complete the 5-6-4-3 triple play ending the rally and the game.

1939 With his 12-1 victory over the Browns in St. Louis, Bob Feller becomes the youngest modern-era player to win 20 games.

1940 Johnny Mize hits homers #'s 38, 39 and 40 in the first game of a doubleheader becoming the first player to hit three homers in one game four times in his career. Despite the 'Big Cat's' heroics, the Cardinals drop a pair to the Pirates, 16-14 and 9-4.

1955 With a 10-2 win over the Braves at Milwaukee's County Stadium, the Dodgers clinch the National League pennant with a 17 game lead. It is the earliest date in history in which a team has captured a flag.

1963 For the thirteenth and final time in his career, Braves' left-hander Warren Spahn has a twenty-win season as he beats the Phillies, 3-2.

1965 Against the Angels, A's Bert Campaneris becomes the first major leaguer to play all nine positions in a single game.

1985 At Wrigley Field off Cubs' hurler Reggie Patterson, Pete Rose gets two hits, including a historic single to tie Ty Cobb's career record of 4,191 hits. The game will be suspended due to darkness which will enable the Reds' player-manager to break the record at home.

1998 Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire connects off of Cub hurler Steve Trachsel and sends a 341-foot line-drive over the left field fence for his historic 62nd home run breaking the single-season home run record set in 1961 by Roger Maris. Big Mac's historic homer comes in the fourth inning of a nationally televised game.

2002 When Rafael Palmeiro goes yard against the Devil Rays in the sixth inning the Rangers establish a new major league record by hitting a home run in their 26th consecutive game.

September 9th

1914 Boston Braves' hurler George Davis no-hits the Phillies, 7-0.

1936 With a doubleheader sweep over the Indians, the Yankees clinch their eighth pennant. The Bronx Bombers will finish the season 19.5 games ahead of the Tigers.

1945 In the second game of a doubleheader, Philadelphia A's Dick Fowler tosses a 1-0 no-hitter against the Browns.

1948 At the Polo Grounds, Dodger Rex Barne no-hits the Giants, 2-0.

1965 Sandy Koufax's perfect game against the Cubs bests Bob Hendley's one hit effort, 1-0. It is the Dodger's southpaws record fourth no-hitter.

1992 At County Stadium in front of 47,589 fans, Robin Yount becomes the 17th player and 3rd youngest to reach the 3000 career hit milestone when he singles off of Indian reliever Jose Mesa in a 5-4 defeat to Cleveland.

1997 Red Sox rookie shortstop Nomar Garciaparra breaks the major league record for RBIs by a lead-off batter with his two ribbies in a 8-6 loss to the Yankees. Tiger Harvey Kuenn established the mark in 1956 with 85.

2002 For the fifth straight season, Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson records 300 strikeouts breaking his own record of four consecutive years. The feat also ties the 'Big Unit' with Nolan Ryan having a total of six 300 strikeout seasons.

2004 Lino Urdaneta's only major league appearance results with an ERA of infinity. The Tigers' rookie right-hander does not retire a batter giving up five hits, one walk and six earned runs.

2006 At Coors Field in Denver, Alfonso Soriano hit his 45th home run of the season to set the Nationals' single-season franchise record. The previous club record was established in 2000 by Vladimir Guerrero playing for the Montreal Expos.


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September 11th

1886 Roger Connor becomes the first and only player to hit a ball out of the original Polo Grounds (110th Street and Fifth Avenue). The Giants' first baseman recieves a $500 gold watch from the stockbrokers and others to honor his accomplishment.

1912 Eddie Collins steals six bases as Philadelphia beats the Tigers 9-7. The A's second baseman will steal six bases again on September 22.

1915 Eddie Plank of the Federal League's St. Louis Terriers wins his 300th game as he defeats the Newark Peppers 12-5. The future Hall of Famer (1946) is the ninth player and first southpaw to reach this milestone.

1955 Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams collects his 2000th career hit in a 5-3 loss to the Yankees.

1956 Reds' flychaser Frank Robinson ties the National League rookie record for home runs with his 38th in an 11-5 victory over the Giants.

1959 The Dodgers end Elroy Face's consecutive win streak at 22 with a 5-4 victory over the Pirates. The reliever will end the season with a record of 18-1.

1966 Braves' pitcher Pat Jarvis becomes the first of Nolan Ryan's 5,714 career strikeouts.

1968 Mets hurler Jim McAndrews beats Cub Fergusen Jenkins 1-0. It's the fifth time this season Fergie has lost a 1-0 game tying a major league mark.

1974 At Shea Stadium, Cardinal Ken Rietz's two-strike, two-out home run ties the game in the ninth and sends it into extra innings. Five hours later, St. Louis defeats the Mets, 4-3, with Hank Webb (the father of Brandon, who will earn his first big league victory against his Dad's former team pitching for the Diamondbacks) taking the loss.

1985 At Riverfront Stadium in front of 47,237 hometown fans, Reds' player-manager Pete Rose collects his 4,192 career hit to pass Ty Cobb becoming the all-time major league hit leader.

1996 Ken Caminiti breaks his own major league record by hitting home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game for the fourth time this season. The Padre switch hitter set the record last year when he accomplished the feat three times.

1998 With a 7-2 defeat to the Braves, the Marlins lose their 100th game to become the first team that has gone from being WS Champions to a 100-game loser. The 'Fish' have the worst record in baseball, 48-100.

2002 Yankee legends Whitey Ford and Phil Rizzuto unveil a monument dedicated to the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks. The team also has a ceremonial tree planting in Monument Park in honor of the heroes and victims of the horrific events from a year ago.

2004 As 36,887 Bank One Ballpark fans hope to see Barry Bonds hit his 699th and perhaps 700th career homers, they watch the Giant left fielder reach a different milestone. The San Francisco Slugger recieves three base-on-balls from Diamondback pitchers to break his own record and becomes the first major leaguer to walk over 200 times in a single season.

2001 In the wake of terrorist attacks on New York City's World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Major League Baseball cancels all games for security reasons and for the deep mourning for all the lives that have been lost. Yankee Stadium is evactuated as a precautionary measure.

RIP We Will Never Forget


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September 17th

1916 George Sisler outduels the Senators' legend Walter Johnson, 1-0. It will be Gorgeous George's last Major League pitching victory, but the former Browns' hurler will become a member of the Hall of Fame as a first baseman in 1939.

1920 Going 6-for-6, left fielder Bobby Veach becomes the first Tiger to hit for the cycle as Detroit beats the Red Sox in a 12-inning victory, 14-13. Giants George Burns also hits for the cycle in New York's 10 inning 4-3 victory over the Pirates, making it the only time that the cycle has been achieved twice in the same day.

1930 With three consecutive home runs, Earl Averill drives in eight runs in a 13-7 Indians' victory over the Senators in the doubleheader opener and then adds another homer in the second game to set an American League record with 11 RBIs in the twin bill.

1939 American League President Will Harridge overturns the umpires' decision to call the September 2 Yankee-Red Sox game a forefit and orders the contest to be replayed from the seventh inning as a 5-5 tie. After the Red Sox fans had thrown a barrage of garbage onto the playing field at Fenway Park due to they Yankees making delieberate outs to take advantage of the 6:30 Sunday Curfew, umpire Cal Hubbard ruled the Boston crowd's actions made it impossible to continue the game and awarded the game to the Yankees, 9-0.

1941 In front of only 3,585 fans in St. Louis, 20 year old Stan Musial makes his Major League debut against the Braves, going 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs.

1953 Ernie Banks becomes the first black player to appear in a Cubs' game. The former Kansas City Monarch infielder, who makes an error and is hitless in 3 at-bats, will go on to hit 512 home runs as well as winning the MVP award twice during his 19-year Hall of Fame career.

1968 At Candlestick, Giants' hurler Gaylord Perry no-hits the Cardinals and Bob Gibson, 1-0, with the only run of the game being tallied on Ron Hunt's solo home run. Tomorrow, the Redbirds will return the favor and no-hit San Francisco.

1968 The Tigers clinch the American League pennant with a 2-1 victory over the Yankees.

1981 Dodger rookie sensation Fernando Valenzuela sets the National League rookie mark with his eighth shutout of the season.

1984 On the seventeenth anniversary of his first major league round-tripper, Reggie Jackson connects off Kansas City pitcher Bud Black in the bottom of the seventh inning for his 500th career home run.

1984 Dwight Gooden ties a Major League record with 32 strikeouts in 2 consecutive games striking out 16 Phillies in a 2-1 loss at Veterans Stadium.

1988 Pitching the ninth inning for his 40th save, Jeff Reardon becomes the first pitcher to save 40 games in both leagues as the Twins defeat the White Sox, 3-1. The Dalton, Massachusetts native also saved 42 games for the Expos in 1985.

1990 The Blue Jays set a Major League single-season attendance record as 49,902 watch the home team beat the Yankees, 6-4. Toronto will finish the season with 58 consecutive sell-outs at Sky Dome with a total attendance of 3,885,284.

1993 Texas Ranger superstar Nolan Ryan strikes out Angel catcher Greg Myers for his 5,714th and final career strikeout.

1996 In the thin air of Denver, Dodger Hideo Nomo no-hits the Rockies, 9-0. 'Tornado Boy' walks four and strikes out eight at Coors Field.

2001 Baseball returns to the Busch Stadium for the first time since the September 11 terrorist attacks. Cardinal announcer Jack Buck captures the mood of a nation with the reading of his original poem, "We Shall Overcome" during the pregame ceremony.

2004 Connecting off a Jake Peavy slider at SBC Park, Barry Bonds hits his 700th career home run. The historic homer touches off a fireworks display and the unfurling of a gigantic light tower banner featuring Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron, the 2 other players to reach the milestone.

2006 In a 7-4 loss to the Royals in Kansas City, Mariners' outfielder Ichiro Suzuki singles in his first two at-bats extending his own Major League record for consecutive 200-hit season to begin a career to six. The Japanese native also steals his 33rd consecutive base which is an American League single-season record.


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September 20th

1902 The White Sox first no-hitter in franchise history is tossed by Jim 'Nixey' Callagan as he defeats the Tigers, 2-0.

1907 Nick Maddox no-hits the Dodgers, 2-1. At the age of 20 years and 10 months, the Pirate hurler becomes (and still is) the youngest pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the major leagues.

1908 Defeating the A's 1-0, Frank Smith of the White Sox hurls his second career no-hit game.

1919 On Babe Ruth Day in Boston, the Bambino scores the winning run in both ends of the doubleheader. Ironically, it will be the last game he plays for the Red Sox in Fenway.

1924 The 37-year old righty Grover Cleveland Alexander wins his 300th game as the Cubs beat the Giants in 12 innings, 7-3. 'Old Pete' will collect 373 victories during his 20-year career.

1958 Thanks to a Gus Triandos home run, recently acquired Oriole knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm no-hits the Yankees, 1-0. It will be the last time in this century the Yankees will fail to get a hit in a game.

1968 Mickey Mantle hit his 536th and final home run of his major league career.

1969 Pirates' hurler Bob Moose throws a no-hitter at Shea Stadium, defeating the Mets 4-0.

1972 By scoring all of their runs in the second inning, the Braves put it on cruise control, beating the Astros 13-6. Only 2,061 fans are on hand at Atlanta Stadium to enjoy the big inning.

1980 In memory of Thurman Munson, a bronze plaque in Memorial Park is dedicated to the deceased Yankee catcher.

1986 Tying the National League record for steals in one game, Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn swipes 5 bases as the Astros beat San Diego 10-6. During his 20-year career, the .338 lifetime hitter will only average 16 stolen bases per season.

1997 Cardinal Mark McGwire becomes the first major leaguer to hit 20 home runs for two different teams in the same season. 'Big Mac' had hit 34 with the A's before being traded to St. Louis.

1998 Cal Ripkin's streak ends at 2,632 consecutive games as he does not appear in the lineup for the first time since May 29, 1982.

2002 Oriole infielder Mike Bordick sets a major league record playing his 102nd successive game at shortstop without committing an error. Rey Ordonez, playing shortstop for the Mets, had established mark in 1999-2000.

2002 With a 9-3 victory over the Astros at Busch Stadium, the Cardinals clinch the Central Division of the National League. An emotional on- field celebration includes Albert Pujols carrying Darryl Kile's No. 57 jersey onto the field in tribute of the pitcher who died unexpectedly in June.

2003 Unlike this season when the team played twenty-five percent of its home games in San Juan, the players vote to play their entire 2004 home schedule in Montreal. The MLB owners, who collectively own the franchise, have been considering moving the Expos permanently to Washington D.C., Portland (Oregon) or Monterrey, (Mexico) or continuing the present format by having the team split home games between different locations (Puerto Rico or Mexico and Montreal).

2003 When Marcus Giles sends Brad Penny's 3-2 pitch into the stands, the Braves tie the National League record by having six players to hit at least 20 home runs in season. Along with the Atlanta's second baseman , Javy Lopez, Gary Sheffield, Andruw Jones, Chipper Jones and Vinny Castilla equals the mark established by Eddie Mathews (32), Hank Aaron (32), Joe Torre (27), Felipe Alou (23) Mack Jones (31) and Gene Oliver (21) of the 1965 Milwaukee Braves.

2006 Although the team bows to the Blue Jays at the Stadium, the Yankees capture their ninth consecutive AL East title thirty minutes later as the second place Red Sox are defeated by the Twins. The Bronx Bombers become the second team in the Big Apple this week to pop the champagne as their crosstown rivals, the Mets, clinched the NL East Division two days ago


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September 21st

1892 At Cleveland's League Park, John Clarkson of the Spiders beats the Pirates 3-2 to become the fifth pitcher in major league history to win 300 games. The 31-year old right-hander will compile a 328-178 record games during his 12 year Hall of Fame career in the big leagues.

1952 Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella hits the last home run ever in Boston's Braves Field.

1954 Rookie pitcher Bob Grim wins his 20th game as the Yankees defeat the Senators, 3-1.

1956 At Fenway Park, the Yankees strand 20 runners on base losing to the Red Sox, 13-7. The number of players left on base sets a big league record for a nine-inning game.

1959 Braves' lefty Warren Spahn wins his 20th game of the season for the tenth time in his career.

1971 For the fourth consecutive season, Dave McNally wins his 20th game as he shuts out the Yankees, 5-0.

1987 With two stolen bases against the Cubs, Darryl Strawberry joins teammate Howard Johnson as a member of the 30-30 club. It is the first time in major league history players on the same team have hit 30 homers and have stolen 30 bases in the same year.

2000 In a 10-3 victory over the Marlins, Expo right fielder Vladimir Guerrero establishes a franchise single-season home run record by hitting his 43rd round tripper.

2001 Ranger infielder Alex Rodriguez hit his 47th home run tying the major league record for home runs in a season by a shortstop. The Cubs' legend Ernie Banks established the record in 1958.

2001 The Mets donate their day's pay, which totals approximately $500,000, from tonight's game with the Braves at Shea to a rescue fund for the families of the firefighters and policemen killed in the World trade Center terrorist attacks. The contest is the first professional baseball game played in New York since the tragedy.

2001 A crowd 41,235 at Shea Stadium witness the return of baseball to New York City for the first time since terrorist attacks of September 11. Uplifting ceremonies before and during the game, which include singers Diana Ross, Marc Anthony Lisa Minnelli as well as bagpipers, pay tribute to victims of the tragedy. Mike Piazza's eighth inning home run gives the Mets a 3-2 dramatic victory over the Braves.

2003 With Atlanta beating the Marlins, 8-0, Greg Maddux becomes the first pitcher ever to have won at least 15 games in 16 consecutive seasons. The Braves' righty had shared the accomplishment with Cy Young.

2005 At Shea Stadium, Mudcat Grant and Al Downing welcomes Marlins’ southpaw Dontrelle Willis to the "Black Aces", a fraternity of African-American to win 20 games in a big league season. Beating the Nationals earlier in the month, the D-Train became the 13th black to accomplish the feat and will join the Aces’ foundation to help in promoting baseball in African-American community.

2006 David Ortiz breaks the Red Sox's franchise record of 50 home runs in a single-season established by Jimmie Foxx in 1938. 'Big Papi', who will hit another dinger in the seventh inning, surpasses the Hall of Famer in the bottom of the first inning going deep over Fenway's right field bullpen off Twins' ace southpaw, Johan Santana.

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September 22nd
1911 At age of 44, Cy Young gains his 511th and final career win defeating the Pirates, 1-0.

1912 At Sportsman's Park against the Browns, Eddie Collins becomes the only player to steals six bases in one game for a second time. The Philadelphia A’s second baseman’s feat of thievery has yet to be surpassed.

1925 Burleigh Grimes accounts for seven outs in just three plate appearances. The Dodger pitcher hits into two double plays, then into a triple play.

1926 At Ebbets Field, the aging 18-year veteran outfielder Zach Wheat hits his last homer as a Dodger, but severely pulls a muscle nearing second. The future Hall of Famer needs to rest nearly five minutes before completing his trip to home plate making it the longest home run trot in major league history.

1936 With victories of 12-0 and 14-0 over the Browns, the Tigers record the most one-sided doubleheader shutouts in the history of the game.

1948 For the fourth time this season, Stan Musial has 5 hits in 5 at-bats setting a National League record and tying the major league record with Ty Cobb. The five hits 'Stan the Man' collect come off five different pitchers, on five consecutive pitches.

1954 In his major league debut, Dodger Karl Spooner blanks the Giants, 3-0 while striking out 15, including six straight. The 23-year old lefty strikeout total is the most ever recorded in a rookie's first appearance.

1954 In a game which features the first triple play in Yankee Stadium history, the Bronx Bombers beat the Senators, 3-0, behind the pitching of Tommy Byrne.

1957 Duke Snider hits his 40th home run tying him with Ralph Kiner for having five consecutive 40+ homer seasons in the National League.

1959 After the White Sox clinch the pennant by beating the Indians at Cleveland’s Park, 4-2, Chicago’s Mayor Richard Daley orders city air raid sirens to blast. It is the South-siders first American League championship in 40 years.

1961 Jim Gentile hits his fifth grand slam of the year to tie Ernie Banks' major league record established in 1955. Each of the Orioles' first baseman grand slams have come with Chuck Estrada pitching for Baltimore.

1965 Willie Mays joins Ralph Kiner as only the second National Leaguer to have more than one 50-home run season. The milestone homer helps the Giants to beat the Reds, 7-5.

1966 The Orioles clinched their first pennant. The franchise's last flag was raised as the St. Louis Browns in 1944.

1968 The Twins' Cesar Tovar is the second major leaguer to play one inning at each position. In
1965, A's Bert Campaneris became the first.

1969 During the 4-2 victory over the Padres, Giant outfielder Bobby Bonds establishes a big league record as he strikeouts for the 176th time this season. The Californian native will finish the year with a total 187 and will extend the record next season with 189 strikeouts.

1987 Chicago sends Dickie Noles to the Tigers for player to be named later. A month later the right handed pitcher is return to the Cubs as that player to be named later.

1993 The Rockies complete their inaugural season with a major league home attendance record of 4,483,350 fans.

1998 The Blue Jays' Jose Canseco hits his 45th and 46th home runs setting a new career high.

1998 With his American League-leading home run #s 54 and 55, Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. joins Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig as the only players to drive in 140 or more runs in three consecutive seasons.

1998 Braves' backstop Eddie Perez's solo home run in Atlanta's 4-1 win over the Marlins is the team's 208th homer this season breaking a 32-year-old franchise record.

1998 By walking in the first inning, John Olerud ties Barry Bonds' National League record of reaching base 15 consecutive times. The Met first baseman grounds out in the third to fall one short of the 1957 major league mark set by Ted Williams.

1998 Tony Clark becomes the first Detroit player since Rudy York (1937-38) to drive in 100 runs in each of his first two full seasons in the Motor City.

2000 Passing the 1997 Rockies, the Astros establish a new National League team single-season home run mark hitting their 240th in a 12-5 loss to the Reds at Cinergy Field. The slugfest features nine home runs with Cincinnati hitting six and Houston going deep three times.

2000 At Cinergy Field, Astros' Jose Lima sets an National League record by giving up his 47th home run of the season passing the 1956 mark of Robin Roberts. Bert Blyleven holds the major league mark serving up 50 gopher balls as a Twin in 1986.

2000 Mets' closer Armando Benitez blanks the Phillies in the ninth for his 39th save breaking John Franco's club record who also appeared in the Mets' 9-6 win.

2002 In last game ever played at Cinergy Field, the Phillies complete a three-game sweep defeating the Reds ,4-3, in front of many of the team's former superstars except for the banished Pete Rose. The all-time hit leader, however, is not forgotten as Tom Browning, paints Rose's uniform number 14 on the pitcher's mound after the game with red spray paint and, as home plate is dug up and to be delivered next door to Great American Ball Park, the crowd begins to chant, "Pete, Pete".

2002 Greg Maddux pitches seven innings of 4-hit ball as the Braves beat the Marlins, 4-1. The San Angelo, Texas native joins Cy Young as one of only two pitchers in baseball history to win at least 15 games in 15 consecutive seasons.

2003 Hitting his 13th leadoff home run of the season, Alfonso Soriano establishes a new major league record.

2003 For only the third time in major league history, a Korean pitcher and a Japanese pitcher oppose one another as Expos' hurler Tomo Ohka faces Jae Weong Seo as starters at Shea Stadium. Both Pacific Rim right-handers throw well but neither gets the decision as Montreal beats the Mets on misplayed fly balls in the ninth, 4-2.

2004 By whiffing Albert Pujols in the 3-2 loss to the Cardinals, Ben Sheets breaks the Brewers' single-season strikeout record. The 26-year-old Louisiana native surpasses Teddy Higuera’s mark of 240 established in 1987.

2005 On the day he is scheduled to return to the team after rehabilitating his right knee and left ankle at home, the Orioles informs Rafael Palmeiro not to report to the team. The first baseman/DH, who tested positive for steroids in earlier in the season, continues to stir up more controversy as the 40-year old veteran states the reason for failing the drug test due to vitamin B-12 shot given by his teammate, Miguel Tejada.


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I don't think anyone saw this so I'll post it again. The baseball season is nearing its end. After its over, this thread will most likely die, but I don't want that to happen. So, if there is a specific day that you want me to do, PM me and I'll try to get it up as soon as possible.

September 25th

1907 In a game against the Giants. Pirates' third baseman Honus Wagner swipes four bases, including second, third, and home in the second inning. Fred Clarke also has four stolen bases for the Pittsburgh.

1929 At Fenway Park, the game is halted during in the fifth inning as the umpires called time-out and have players from the Yankees and Red Sox to gather at home plate. Bill McGowan, an respected ump, informs the teams Bronx Bomber manager Miller Huggins has just died in New York and asks the crowd stands for one minute of silence as the flag in center field is lowered to half-staff.

1929 After turning over the team over to Art Fletcher and checking into the hospital, Yankee manager Miller Huggins dies suddenly at the age of 50 as a result of erysipelas. "Hug', who won six pennants and three World Series in his 12 years as skipper of the Bronx Bombers, will be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1964.

1941 Combined with a Cardinal defeat, the Dodgers win their first pennant in 21 years when they beat the Braves, 6-0.Whitlow Wyatt's throws a five-hitter and Pete Reiser hits a homer in the winning cause.

1954 A crowd 14,175 Fenway faithful fans pay tribute to retiring Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams who is playing his last game at home. The 'Splendid Splinter's retirement will only last until May when his divorce is finalized with his contract being excluded from the settlement.

1955 At the age of 20, Al Kaline becomes the youngest player to win a batting title. The Tigers' outfielder finishes the season with .340 average.

1956 Dodger Sal Maglie, 39, no-hits the Phillies, 5-0, at Ebbets Field. The 'Barber's' gem helps Brooklyn to keep pace in the pennant race with the Braves and Reds.

1960 Defeating the Red Sox, 4-3, the Yankees clinched the American League. It will be 70-year old Casey Stengel's tenth and last pennant as he will let go by the Yankees and be replaced by Ralph Houk next season.

1965 At the alleged age of 60, Satchel Paige becomes the oldest player ever to appear in a major league game. Pitching for the Kansas City A's, he blanks the Red Sox for three innings striking out one and giving up just one hit to Carl Yastrzemski.

1965 At age 34, Willie Mays becomes the oldest player to slug 50 home runs in a seasons. Giant center fielder was also the youngest to accomplish the feat hitting 51 homers in 1955.

1973 It's Willie Mays Day in Flushing as the Mets honor the 'Say-Hey Kid' in an emotional ceremony at Shea Stadium.

1974 In a revolutionary surgical operation, Dr. Frank Jobe repairs Tommy John's damaged ulnar collateral ligament by replacing the elbow tendon of the pitching arm with a tendon from the right wrist. The procedure, now known as Tommy John surgery, give the southpaw, who was unlikely ever be able to pitch again, an opportunity to win an additional 164 victories.

1979 Behind the solid pitching of Frank Tanana, the Angels defeat the Royals, 4-1, to win their first American League West title.

1984 Mets' Rusty Staub becomes only the second player to hit home run as a teenager and one after his 40th birthday. Ty Cobb was the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat.

1987 In a 5-3 loss to the Dodgers, Padres' catcher Benito Santiago sets a major league record for rookies by hitting safely in his 27th consecutive game.

1989 Red Sox announce the team will not exercise its option on Jim Rice next season. Bob Stanley, the club's all-time save leader with 173, reports he will call it quits after this season.

1989 Wade Boggs extends his own modern major league record when he collects his
200th hit for the seventh consecutive season. The Red Sox third baseman goes 4-for-5 as Boston beats the Yankees, 7-4.

1997 The Astros clinch their first division 11 years by beating the Cubs, 9-1. Houston wins the National League Central despite only being five games over .500.

1997 Donning uniform number 43 to honor recently fired manager Cito Gaston, Joe Carter becomes the Blue Jay's career home run leader hitting his 203rd in a 4-3 victory over the Orioles. George Bell had been Toronto's home run leader.

1998 With a 6-1 win over the Devil Rays, the Bronx Bombers set an American League record with their 112th win. The 1906 Cubs, who went 116-36, are the only team with more victories than the 1998 Yankees.

1998 By hitting a 462-foot blast at the Astrodome, Sammy Sosa hits #66 (and his final homer of the season) to take the lead in the HR race. Less than an hour later, however, Mark McGwire also hits his 66th in the Cardinals' 6-5 victory over the Expos to tie the Cub outfielder in the historic home run race.

1998 Ken Griffey, Jr. hits his league-leading 56th homer of the season and 350th of his career becoming the youngest player ever to reach the 350 mark.

2000 At Jacobs Field, the Indians play both the White Sox and the Twins in the first three-team doubleheader since 1951. The Tribe wins the opener 9-2, but losses the second game, to Minnesota, 4-3.

2001 In the Brewers 9-4 victory over the Diamondbacks, Richie Sexson and Jeromy Burnitz both hit three home runs. It is the first time in major league history two teammates have hit three homers in the same game.

2002 For only the second time since 1900 three teams have play in a twin bill, as the Indians beat the White Sox in the opener, 9-2, and lose the nightcap to the Twins, 4-3 at the Jake. In 1951 at Sportsman's Park, the Cardinals played host to the Giants (win 6-4) and Braves (lose, 2-0).

2003 Sammy Sosa becomes the first National Leaguer to have at least 100-RBIs nine seasons in a row. The Cubs' right fielder surpasses Mel Ott and Willie Mays who had accomplished the feat eight straight seasons, and joins Rafael Palmeiro and Jimmie Foxx as the only players in major league history to hit 35 home runs and 100 RBI for nine consecutive seasons.

2003 Carlos Delgado becomes the 15th player in big-league history and only the fifth American Leaguer player to hit four home runs in one game. The Blue Jays' first baseman's first homer was the 300th of his career and his barrage gives him 41 for the season.


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1919 In a game that lasts only 51 minutes, the Giants beat the Phillies, 6-1 making it the shortest nine-inning game in major league history.

1920 In the 'Black Sox Scandal', eight players of the White Sox are indicted by the grand jury on charges of fixing the last season's World Series.

1923 Setting an American League record, the Yankees bang out thirty hits in one game as they maul the Red Sox, 24-4.

1930 As a Yankee, Babe Ruth returns to the mound at Fenway park and pitches a complete game defeating the Red Sox, 9-3.

1938 In the ninth inning at Wrigley Field, Gabby Hartnett's 'Homer in the Gloamin' gives the Cubs a 6-5 victory. Their ninth consecutive win proves to be significant in their quest of the National League pennant.

1941 Batting really .399955, Ted Williams elects to play in a doubleheader against the Athletics on the final day of the season rather than to back into the coveted .400 average because the number is rounded off. The 'Splendor Splinter' comes through going 6-for-8 in the twin bill to finish the season with .4057 mark (.406).

1948 A crowd of 60,405 attend Joe Early Night at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium. Early is a 26-year old night watchman who wrote Bill Veeck asking why an average fan never gets a 'Day', and the Indians' owner responded by giving the World War II veteran a day of his

1951 Allie Reynolds no-hits the Red Sox helping the Yankees clinch the pennant for the third consecutive season. It was the 'Chief's' second no-hitter of the season.

1958 With 7 hits in his last 11 at-bats, Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams wins his sixth and final batting title becoming the first 40-year old to lead the league in hitting. The 'Splendid Splinter's' .328 batting average beats out his teammate Pete Runnels, who goes 0-for-4 today and ends up with .322.

1960 In his last major league at bat, Ted Williams homers off Oriole hurler Jack Fischer. Despite the Fenway's Faithful thunderous ovation, the 'Splendid Splinter' refused to tip his hat to the hometown fans.

1965 Red Sox hurler Dave Morehead faces and loses to the Angels for the tenth consecutive time since the start of his career (1963) establishing an American League record.

1966 At Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Larry Jaster throws a four-hitter blanking Don Sutton and the Dodgers, 2-0 . It’s the southpaw’s fifth shutout against Los Angeles this season equaling a post-1900 major league mark held by Senators Tom Hughes (against the Indians in 1905,) and Grover Cleveland Alexander of the Phillies (against the Reds in

1974 At Anaheim Stadium, Angel Nolan Ryan strikes out 15 batters as he no-hits the Twins, 4-0. It is the third of seven the Alvin, Texas native will toss during his career.
1975 In a tune-up for the ALCS against the Angels, A's pitchers Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott, Paul Lindblad and Rollie Fingers share a no-hitter. It is the first time four pitchers have accomplished such a feat.

1987 Royals' Kevin Seitzer becomes the first rookie in 23 years to collect 200 hits in a season. Dick Allen and Tony Oliva both accomplished the feat in 1964.

1995 A fan takes exception when a Cub reliever gives up a two-run, pinch-hit home run to James Mouton giving the Astros a eighth inning 9-7 lead. As the Houston pinch hitter rounds the bases, the 27-year old spectator runs out of the stands and heads toward the mound where he is immediately pinned by Randy Myers, who in addition to his pitching prowess, is well trained in the martial arts.

1988 In his last start of the regular season, Dodger Orel Hershiser tosses 10 shutout frames to extend his streak to 59 breaking Don Drysdale record of 58 consecutive scoreless innings.

1996 Rockies' Ellis Burks becomes the fourth player to hit 40+ home runs and swipe 30 bases in a single season.

1998 In the first National League playoff since 1980, the Cubs beat the Giants, 5-3, in a one-game showdown to take the National League's wild card berth.

2000 The Brewers play the last game at Milwaukee County Stadium bowing to the Reds, 8-1 as Warren Spahn throws the ceremonial first pitch to Del Crandall, his battery on Opening Day 48 years ago in 1953 when Spahn and the Braves beat the Cardinals in
10 innings, 3-2.

2000 Troy Glaus, who's leading the American League with 45 home runs, hits his 44th playing the hot corner breaking the league record for homers by a third baseman set in 1953 by Al Rosen.

2001 In the first home game at Wrigley since the terrorist attacks on America, Sammy Sosa, after hitting his 59th home run of the season, pulls out a small American flag and waves it as he circles the bases. After scoring and making a curtain call from the dugout, the Cub slugger continues to wave Old Glory.

2001 Ranger infielder Alex Rodriguez becomes the 20th player and first shortstop in major league history to hit 50 home runs season. The milestone blast is given up by Angel hurler Ismael Valdes in the first inning in at Edison Field in an 11-2 Texas win.

2001 Angels infielder David Eckstein breaks Frank Robinson's rookie record for getting hit by a pitch. The Halos' shortstop is struck by Rangers hurler Aaron Mayette's fifth inning pitch making it the 21st time he been plunked this season.

2001 On a night he hits his 68th round tripper of the season in quest of Mark McGwire's single season home run record, Barry Bonds is walked for the 163rd time breaking 'Big Mac's' 1998 National League record for bases on balls. The major league record is 170 walks held by Babe Ruth.

2003 At Turner Field in Atlanta, Jose Reyes becomes the second Mets player to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in one game. Lee Mazzilli was the first when he went yard twice against the Dodgers in Los Angles on September 3, 1978.

2003 Following an emotional closing ceremony, the Braves beat the Phillies 5-2 in the final game at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. The two hour festivities at the intersection Broad Street and Pattison Avenue includes the introduction of the All-Vet team and an eulogy given by Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas, who receives an standing ovation from the 58.554 enthusiastic fans in attendance.

2003 Ron Santo, the team's radio color commentator joins Hall of Famers Ernie Banks and Billy Williams becoming third player to have his number retired by the Cubs. The former third baseman, who spent 14 of his 15-year career with the Chicago (1960-73), will have his uniform #10 below Ernie Banks' on the left-field foul pole.

2005 Alex Rodriguez breaks Joe DiMaggio's 1937 single-season club record for home runs by a right-handed batter. The third baseman’s 47th homer proves to be the difference as the Yankees edge the Orioles, 2-1.

2005 With the lowest winning percentage ever compiled by a division champion during a non-strike year, the Padres (79-79) win their fourth division flag in the 37-year history of the franchise . San Diego, which needs to win three of their last four games just to finish above .500, accomplish the feat the surpassing the Mets, who previously possess the dubious record by going 82-79 (.509) to win the NL East in 1973.

2006 For the third consecutive season, the Kansas City will lose 100 or more games. The team's 2-1 defeat to the Twins in the Metrodome makes the Royals the 11th franchise in big league history to accomplish this dubious feat

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1907 Phillies' freshman hurler George McQuillan begins his major league career with 32 shutout innings establishing a rookie record.

1908 Allowing only one walk, Ed Walsh wins both ends of a doubleheader to establish an American League record. The Meriden, Connecticut resident beats the Red Sox at Chicago’s South Side Park 5-1 and 2-0.

1913 Senators' legend Walter Johnson beats the Philadelphia A's, 1-0, to finish the season with 36 victories.

1935 On the last day of the season, Pirates catcher Aubrey Epps goes 3-for-4, including a triple and three RBI’s, in his major league debut at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field. It will be the only game ‘Yo Yo’ will ever play in the big leauges.

1946 On the last day of the campaign, by striking out opposing pitcher Hal Newhouser and four others, Bob Feller establishes a major league record by striking out 348 batters in one season. Future research, however, will show Rube Waddell had struck out 349 in 1904.

1951 At Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, Don Newcombe becomes the first black player to win 20 games in a season. The Dodger right-hander bests Robin Roberts and blanks the Phillies, 5-0.

1954 Centerfielder Willie Mays makes 'The Catch', a spectacular over-the-shoulder grab, robbing Vic Wertz of an extra hit. The Giants, thanks to pinch-hitter Dusty Rhodes home run, beat the Indians 5-2 in Game 1 of the World Series.

1958 At Forbes Field on the last day of the season, Dave Philley of the Phillies establishes a big-league record by getting his 8th consecutive pinch hit in a 10-inning 6–4 victory over the Pirates.

1963 In his last game, Stan Musial helps the Cardinals beat the Reds, 3-2 at Busch Stadium getting two hits in his final three at-bats. The 'Man' will retire with 3,630 hits (1815 hits at home and 1815 on the road).

1963 On the final day of the season, John Paciorek, brother of Tom and Jim, goes 3-for-3, driving in three runs and scoring four times in his big league debut as Houston routs the Mets at Colt Stadium, 13-4. Due severe back problems, the 18-year-old Colt .45's right fielder, who also makes two outstanding defensive catches, will never again play in a big league game.

1971 Expos second baseman Ron Hunt is plunked by a pitch for the 50th time of the season establishing a big league record. By comparison, the runner-up in the league, teammate Rusty Staub, will only be hit by a pitch nine times.

1976 Tommy Lasorda is named to succeed Walter Alston as Dodger manager. 'Smokey', compiled a 2040-1613 record (.558), during his 23-year tenure with the club winning seven pennants and four world championships.

1986 Mike and Greg Maddux become the first siblings to start a game against one another. In the rookie match-up, Cubs' righty Greg beats his older brother and the Phillies, 6-3.

1987 Yankees' first baseman Don Mattingly sets a major league record by hitting his sixth grand slam of the season. Remarkably, it will be the only six bases-full homers he’ll hit during his entire 14-year career.

2000 Gary Sheffield ties Duke Snider's 1956 mark for the Dodgers' franchise single-season home run record with his career best 43rd round tripper helping Los Angeles to defeat the Padres, 3-0.

2001 On three consecutive pitches, Astros' starter Dave Mlicki gives up homers to Fred McGriff, Rondell White and Todd Hundley. The back-to-back-to-back homers enables the Cubs to beat Houston, 6-2.

2001 Mariners' outfielder Ichiro Suzuki gets his 234th hit of the season breaking 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson 1911 record for the hits in a season by a rookie. The historic hit also ties the major league record for singles in a season established in 1985 by Red Sox infielder Wade Boggs with 187.

2001 Miguel Tejada's seventh inning grand slam makes him the 15th player in A's history to hit for the cycle. The slugging shortstop had tripled in the first inning, singled in the third and doubled in the sixth.

2002 On the last day of the season, the Braves use 24 players and the Mets use 21 to tie the major league record for the most players used in a nine-inning game The Expos and the Cubs also combined to use 45 players on September 5, 1978.

2002 Barry Bonds sets a new season mark for on-base percentage with a .582 OBP. The 38-year old Giant left fielder, who became the oldest first-time winner of a batting title hitting .370, easily surpassed the 1941 mark established by Ted Williams with a .553 OBP.

2004 Major League Baseball announces Washington D.C. will become the new home of the Montreal Expos in time for the 2005 season. The nation's capital, which was chosen over finalists including Las Vegas and Northern Virginia, will have baseball first time in 33 years since the expansion Senators left in 1971 to become the Texas Rangers.

2004 With the Braves beating the Mets 6-3, Bobby Cox becomes the ninth manager in baseball history to win 2,000 games as a manager. All of the other skippers who have reached this milestone are enshrined in the Hall of Fame with the exception of Tony La Russa, who is still active managing the Cardinals.

2005 Jhonny Peralta sets a new club record for home runs hit by an Indian shortstop. The 24-year old's third inning blast against the Devil Rays gives the Dominican his 24th round tripper of the season, one more than Woodie Held hit in 1961.

2005 Staving off what would have been one of the worst collapses in baseball history, the White Sox clinch their first American League Central title since 2000 beating the Tigers at Detroit’s Comerica Park, 4-2. The Pale Hose had watched their 15-game lead on August 1 shrink to 1.5 to the rampaging Indians.


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1937 In the season finale, Hank Greenberg gets the only ribbie as Detroit defeats the Indians, 1-0. The twenty-six year old Tiger first baseman finishes the season with 183 RBIs, just one shy of Lou Gehrig's 1931 American League record.

1947 In Game 4 of the Fall Classic, Bill Bevens comes within one out from pitching the first no-hitter in World Series history. The Yankee hurler loses his claim to fame and the game when Cookie Lavagetto, pinch-hitting for Eddie Stanky, hits a two-out ninth-inning double giving the Dodgers a 3-2 improbable victory.

1951 In Game 3 of National League play-off series at the Polo Grounds, Bobby Thompson's 'shot heard around the world' beats the Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth and the Giants win the pennant, the Giants win the pennant. Box Score

1962 At Dodger Stadium, the Giants win the rubber game of the National League playoffs beating Los Angeles, 6-3 as Don Larsen gets the win in relief of Juan Marichal. Thanks to the extended season, Maury Wills sets a major league record for the most games played in a season appearing in 165 games.

1965 On the last day of the season, Giants' outfielder Willie Mays hits his 52nd home run to break the franchise record he established in 1955. The 'Say Hey Kid's' league leading home run is given up by Reds hurler Billy McCool as San Francisco defeats Cincinnati at Candlestick Park, 6-3.

1974 Frank Robinson becomes the first black manager in major league history. The former Reds and Oriole superstar signs a $175,000 contract to manage and play for the Indians.

1976 On the last day of the season, George Brett noses out Kansas City teammate Hal McRae (.333 vs .332) for the American League batting title. The deciding hit, an inside-the-park home run, is really a misplayed line drive leading McRae to believe the lack of effort was intentional.

1976 Appearing as the designated hitter, Brewer Henry Aaron gets an infield single of Tiger hurler Dave Roberts in his last major league at-bat. 'Hammerin' Hank' will be the last major leaguer to appear in a big league game who also played in the Negro Leagues.

1982 On the last day of the season, the Brewers celebrate their American League East title clinching victory on the field at Memorial Stadium after beating the Orioles,10-2 to edge Baltimore by one game in the final standings. The 51,642 hometown fans, although disappointed by the results, stay after the game and give retiring manager Earl Weaver a heartfelt, tremendous 45-minute series of ovations for his 15-year tenure as the Birds' skipper.

1990 George Brett pinch hits a fifth-inning RBI sac fly and singles in the seventh inning to end the season with a .329 batting average and his third batting title. The Royals superstar is the only player to win three batting crowns in three different decades (1976-.333 ; 1980-.390).

1993 Despite winning a 103 games, the Giants are eliminated from the Western Division race as the Dodgers derail their division dreams, 12-1. Catcher Mike Piazza, who will be named the league's Rookie of the Year, hits two home runs in the game.

1993 Eighty-three year old Mel Harder throws the ceremonial 'last' pitch at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. As a member of the 1932 Indian squad, he also had thrown the park's first pitch.

1995 The Yankees, Indians, Reds and Braves win first games ever played in divisional playoffs including wild cards.

1999 Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire hits #65 and his final homer of the season passing Ted Williams and Willie McCovey to move into the tenth spot on the all-time career home run list with 522 round trippers.

1999 In the final regular-season game ever to be played at the Astrodome, Mike Hampton (22-4) beats the Dodgers, 9-4. The victory clinches the division title as the Astros finish one game ahead of the Reds in the National League Central.

2000 Against the Braves, Cardinal rookie starter Rick Ankiel sets a modern day major league record by uncorking five wild pitches in the third inning of Game 1 of NLDS. He joins Buffalo's Bert Cunningham who accomplished the same feat in the first inning in an 1890 Players League contest.

2001 Barry Bonds walks three times breaking Babe Ruth's major league record of 170 base on balls. Astro reliever Nelson Cruz gives up the historic walk in the sixth.

2002 The ax continues to drop as a total of six managers have been fired since the end of the regular season three days ago. Jerry Royster (Brewers) joins Bobby Valentine (Mets) and Jerry Narron (Rangers) who were dismissed yesterday as well as Bruce Kimm (Cubs), Luis Pujols (Tigers) and Hal McRae (Devil Rays) who were let go earlier in the week.

2004 On the last day of the season, Blue Jays television announcer John Cerutti is found dead in his SkyDome hotel room. The death of the 44-year old Albany, N.Y. native, who was a former big league pitcher, is due to natural causes with foul play not being suspected.

2004 At the site of the franchise's first National League game in 1969, the Expos, who are scheduled to move to Washington D.C. next season, play their last game in their 36-year history losing to the Mets at Shea Stadium, 8-1. Their finale, which turns out to be the rubber match of the franchise series with New York, gives the Amazin’s a 299-298 advantage in the 597 contests played since 1969.

2005 The ax begins to fall as two managers are fired the day after the season ends. Jim Tracy (5-yrs/427-383) and Alan Trammell (3-years/186-300) are fired by the Dodgers and Tigers respectively.

2006 Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria hires his fourth manager since buying the team in four years ago. Florida hires Braves third-base coach Fred Gonzalez to replace first year skipper Joe Girardi, who had a well-publicized feud with owner during the season.


Excellent idea for a thread. Sometime, I hope to make a few contributions of my own, when it's something I've read about and can perhaps add some meat to... as has been done above.

Great work.