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    1996 Dodger right-hander Hideo Nomo no-hits the Rockies, 9-0, at Coors Field, becoming the only big-league hurler to accomplish the feat in the thin air of Denver. Tornado Boy's performance in Colorado is the best-attended no-no and is the only hitless game with a paid attendance of more than 50,000 fans.
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    1998 At the age of 107, Chet Hoff dies in Daytona Beach, Florida, giving the southpaw the longest life span of any major leaguer. Before WW I ended his playing career, 'Red' played for the New York Highlanders (1911-13) and St. Louis Browns (1915), compiling a 2-4, 2.49 record.
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    1998 The Braves become the first team since the 1915 Red Sox to have five pitchers win 15 or more games in the same season. Joining Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, and Kevin Millwood, southpaw Denny Neagle becomes the latest Atlanta hurler to accomplish the feat when he scatters six hits over six innings in a 1-0 victory over Arizona.
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    2000 Due to conditions created by Hurricane Gordon, the Devil Rays postpone their scheduled game against the A's at Tropicana Field, becoming only the third contest in a domed stadium affected by a weather event. The other postponements included a 1976 game between the Astros and the Pirates when ten inches of rain fell in Houston, making the Astrodome inaccessible, and a 1983 tilt between the Twins and Angels because the Metrodome's roof collapsed under the weight of heavy snow.

    2001 After a six-day hiatus, major league teams play games for the first time since the September 11th terrorist attacks. A new baseball tradition begins with the singing of God Bless America, and Cardinal announcer Jack Buck captures a nation's mood by reading his original poem, We Shall Overcome, during the seventh-inning stretch at Busch Stadium.
     
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    2003 En route to capturing the American League Cy Young Award, Roy Halladay pitches his fourth consecutive complete game when the Blue Jays beat Detroit at Tiger Stadium, 6-0. 'Doc' will finish the season 22-7, with eight victories coming from his nine complete games.
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    2004 Barry Bonds, connecting off Jake Peavy's third-inning slider at SBC Park, 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 two other players to reach the milestone.
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    2005 The Padres, trailing 5-0 with two outs, shock the Nationals in the bottom of the ninth when they tie the score thanks to Khalil Greene's first career grand slam. San Diego will complete the amazing comeback when Ramon Hernandez hits a three-run walk-off homer with two out in the 12th frame, beating Washington at Petco Park, 8-5.

    2006 Mariners' outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, in a 7-4 loss to the Royals in Kansas City, singles in his first two at-bats, extending his own major league record for consecutive 200-hit seasons to begin a career to six. The Japanese native also steals his 33rd straight base, an American League single-season record.
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    2006 The Red Sox sweep a doubleheader from the Yankees in New York for the first time in thirty years. Boston hadn't beaten their arch-rivals twice in one day since July 31, 1976, and Independence Day of 1973 was the last time they accomplished the feat at Yankee Stadium.
     
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    2006 At Turner Field, Marlin infielder Dan Uggla hits his 26th home run of the season off Atlanta hurler Chad Paronto, breaking the record for the most home runs by a rookie second baseman. Hall of Fame infielder Joe Gordon had established the previous mark, playing with the Yankees in 1938.
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    2007 On the Today Show, Marc Ecko, who made millions from his clothing brand, announces the opportunity for the public to vote on the fate of Barry Bonds' record-breaking home run ball. The 35-year-old fashion designer, who paid $752,467 for the ball at an online auction, has set up a website, www.vote756.com, which gives the fans the option of voting to: Send the ball directly to Cooperstown. Branding it with an asterisk before sending it to the Hall of Fame.Putting the ball on a rocket ship and launching it into outer space.

    2008 Jesse Carlson earns the victory when the Blue Jays rally from a 6-0 deficit to beat the Orioles, 8-7. The 27-year-old southpaw rookie reliever from Berlin (CT), who has held his opponents scoreless in his last 12 appearances, notches his seventh victory in relief, the most by any Toronto reliever since Paul Quantrill won 11 in 2001.
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    2010 Joe Torre, who will compile a 2326-1997 (.538.) managerial record during his 30 seasons as a skipper with Mets, Braves, Cardinals, Yankees, and the Dodgers, announces he will be retiring at the end of the month. Los Angeles immediately hires the team's hitting coach Don Mattingly to replace the 70-year-old, who will accept a position in February to assist Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig as the new Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations.
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    2014 Brandon McCarthy throws nine pitches, has nine strikes, and records three outs, retiring Wil Myers, Nick Franklin, and Matt Joyce in the seventh inning of the Yankees' 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field. The 31-year-old right-hander pitches the fifth Immaculate Inning in franchise history, joining Al Downing (1967), Ron Guidry (1984), A.J. Burnett (2009), and Ivan Nova (2013) in accomplishing the feat.
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    2016 Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson hits two extra-inning home runs in the same game, giving the team a 3-2 victory over the Twins at Citi Field. The Grandy Man ties the game leading off in the 11th inning and then hits a two-out walk-off solo homer in the next frame, the club's 201st home to set a franchise mark.
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    2018 Christian Yelich becomes the fifth player to complete two cycles in the same season and the first to accomplish the feat against the same team twice in one year. In less than three weeks, the Brewers outfielder repeats the rarity against Cincinnati when he singles in the first inning, doubles in the third, homers in the fifth, and strokes a two-run triple off reliever Jesus Reyes in the sixth inning of the team's 8-0 victory at Miller Park.
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    2020 Chase Anderson allows five home runs in the fourth inning of the Blue Jay's 10-7 loss at Yankee Stadium. In a span of 14 pitches, the right-handed reliever throws gopher balls to Brett Gardner, DJ LeMahieu, Luke Voit, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gleyber Torres, with the first three round-trippers hit back-to-back-back on the first pitch thrown in each respective at-bat.
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    2020 The Yankees, for the first time in franchise history, hit five home runs in one inning, equally an MLB mark accomplished on six previous occasions. The Bronx Bombers' barrage against the Blue Jays occurs in the fourth inning when Brett Gardner, DJ LeMahieu, Luke Voit, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gleyber Torres go deep in the team's 10-7 victory in New York.
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    Nap Lajoie and Honus Wagner 13 Batting titles'
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    9/18 BIRTHDAYS
    1925 Harvey Haddix pitcher (pitched perfect game into 12th), born in Medway, Ohio (d. 1994)
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    (1948-2003) Ken Brett born in Brooklyn, New York
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    1959 Ryne Sandberg HOF infielder (10 × MLB All-Star; NL MVP 1984; 9 × Gold Glove Award; Chicago Cubs) and manager (Philadelphia Phillies 2013-15), born in Spokane, Washington
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    FROM MLB's This Day in Baseball History+
    1866 Andrew Johnson becomes the first sitting president to witness a baseball game when he briefly attends an amateur contest on the White Lot, a field directly opposite the White House. The hometown Washington Nationals lose, 33-28, to the visiting Brooklyn Excelsiors but compile a 10-5 record this season.

    1900 At Brooklyn's Washington Park, Deputy Sheriff O'Donnell seizes the St. Louis share of gate receipts to reimburse right-hander Gus Weyhing, recently released by the Cardinals after posting a 3-4 record in eight starts with the team. Cannonball, who will sign with the Superbas next week as a free agent, claimed he didn't receive ten days of pay.
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    1903 The Pirates, with their doubleheader sweep from the Beaneaters at Exposition Park, go nine games ahead of New York with eight games to play to clinch the National League pennant. In a decision made today, Pittsburgh will represent the National League in the first World Series against the upstart American League, playing Boston, who captured their circuit's flag yesterday.
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    1908 Bob Rhoads, outdueling Frank Arellanes, the only Mexican-American playing in the majors, tosses a no-hitter, beating the Red Sox at Cleveland's League Park, 2-1. Four years ago, the Indians right-hander held Boston hitless until Chick Stahl singled with two outs in the ninth inning.
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    1930 The Yankees edge the Browns at Sportsman's Park in ten innings, 7-6, with New York starter Red Ruffing helping his own cause by hitting two home runs during his seven innings of work. The future Hall of Fame right-hander, who will hit .258 in 257 pinch-hitting appearances, collects 36 career home runs, 34 of them as a pitcher, finishing second to Wes Ferrell's total of 37 when he completes his 22-year tenure in the major leagues.
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    1931 A's southpaw Lefty Grove becomes the first pitcher since 1920 to win 30 games when he beats the White Sox, 2-1. Only two more pitchers will win as many games this century, with Dizzy Dean winning 30 for the Cardinals in 1934 and Denny McLain earning 31 victories thirty-four years later for the Tigers.
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    1932 In their last home games of the season, three thousand fans see their hometown Browns split a twin bill with Yankees, dropping a 7-2 decision in the opener before winning the nightcap in ten innings, 2-1. The sixth-place American League club establishes the record for lowest yearly attendance, attracting 112,558 patrons, averaging about 1,500 fans a game at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis.
     
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    1954 In front of only 6,913 fans at Detroit's Brigg Stadium, the Indians, with a 3-2 win over Detroit, clinch the American League pennant and finish eight games ahead of the Yankees, who won the AL flag the previous five seasons. The Tribe, who will set an American League record with 111 victories, will be swept in the Giants' World Series.
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    1959 After Tiger manager Joe Gordon says he plans to leave the team at the end of the season, general manager Frank Lane fires him four days later. After reported negotiations with Leo Durocher to take over the helm do not pan out, the Detroit GM changes his mind and apologizes to his skipper, who decides to continue in his position.
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    1963 In the Polo Grounds' final game, played in front of a paltry 1,752 patrons, Jim Hickman of the Mets hits the last home run in the 52-year history of the Coogan's Bluff ballpark. The iconic stadium, which served as the home of the Giants (1911-1957), Yankees (1913-1922), and Mets (1962-63), first opened its doors on June 28, 1911.
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    1967 At Tiger Stadium, the Red Sox rally to move into a first-place tie with Detroit (85-66). The late-inning heroics begin with Carl Yastrzemski's home run in the ninth frame, which ties the game at 5-to-5, and will be decided with a solo homer in the tenth hit by third baseman Dalton Jones, leading to an eventual 6-5 Boston victory.
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    1968 After being no-hit yesterday by Giants right-hander Gaylord Perry, the Cardinal hurler Ray Washburn returns the favor by no-hitting San Francisco, 2-0, making the hitless contests on successive days a first in major league history. The 30-year-old right-hander is the fourth Redbird pitcher to throw a no-no in franchise history and the first since Lon Warneke's gem in 1941
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    1970 The Mets purchase Dean Chance from the Indians, but the 1964 Cy Young award winner will only compile a 0-1 record along with an ERA of 13.50 in his three games, all in relief, before being sent to Detroit, along with Bill Denehy, in an off-season trade with the Tigers. In exchange, New York obtains right-hander Jerry Robertson, who will never pitch again in a major league game.

    1971 Clay Kirby goes the distance, limiting the Giants to one hit in the Padres' 2-1 victory at Candlestick Park. Willie McCovey spoils the right-hander's bid for a no-hitter when he leads off the bottom of the eighth inning with a wind-blown home run.
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    1975 In a 7-5 victory over Chicago at Shea Stadium, Mets slugger Dave Kingman hits his 35th homer to set a new franchise record for round-trippers in a season. Frank Thomas set the previous mark in 1962, the team's first year.
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    1975 Rusty Staub becomes the first Mets player in the franchise's 14-year history to drive in one hundred runs in a season. A fifth-inning two-run blast off Donnie Moore accounts for Le Grand Orange's 100th RBI, contributing to the team's 7-5 comeback victory over the Cubs at Shea Stadium.
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    1976 Indians player-manager Frank Robinson, in his final major league at-bat, strokes a pinch-hit single in a 4-3 loss to Baltimore at Cleveland Stadium. The 41-year-old future Hall of Famer ends his 21-year playing career with a batting average of .294 and 586 home runs, the fourth-best in baseball history at the time of his retirement.
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    1977 In front of a sellout crowd of 51,798 at Memorial Stadium on 'Thanks Brooks Day,' Red Sox rookie Ted Cox goes 4-for-4, tying the big league mark shared by Casey Stengel, Willie McCovey, Mack Jones, and Forest Jacobs for the most hits in a major league debut. The performance is also the start of a historic two-game hitting streak by the rookie DH, who will collect two hits in his first two at-bats in tomorrow's contest to become the only big-leaguer to begin a career with six consecutive hits.
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    1980 In his 14th major league game, Gary Ward becomes the sixth Twins player to hit for the cycle in the team's 9-8 loss against the Brewers at County Stadium. In 2004, the left fielder's son Daryle will also collect a single, double, triple, and a home run in the same game, making the pair the first father-son combination to accomplish the rare feat.

    1984 The Tigers, with a 3-0 victory over Milwaukee, clinch the American League East title to become only the fourth team in major league history to lead from start to finish of a season. The 1923 Giants, 1927 Yankees, and the 1955 Dodgers also led their circuits from wire to wire.

    1987 In a slugfest in which the Mets will lose 10-9 to Pittsburgh, Darryl Strawberry gets the team off to a good start when he slams a three-run home run off Brian Fischer in the top of the first inning at Three Rivers Stadium. The New York right fielder's 37th round-tripper establishes a new franchise record for homers, previously set by Dave Kingman on this date in 1975.
     
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    992 At Three River Stadium, Barry Bonds connects his 30th home run of the season off Phillies' right-hander Terry Mulholland in the Pirates' 5-2 victory. The home run gives the Pirates outfielder his second 30/30 season, equaling a feat accomplished only by Bobby Bonds (his father), Willie Mays (his godfather), Howard Johnson, and Ron Gant.

    1993 Mike Stanley, with the Yankees trailing by two runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, hits a pop fly to left field for the apparent third out to end the game; however, third-base umpire Tim Welke called time before the pitch when a fan jumped onto the Yankee Stadium field. Given a second chance, the Bronx Bomber catcher singles, followed by a Wade Boggs hit, a walk to Dion James, and a Don Mattingly single that drives in two runs to beat the Red Sox, 4-3.

    1994 PBS airs Ken Burns Baseball, a nine-part documentary that explores the relationship between the sport and society by using archived pictures, film footage, and a soundtrack of interviews and the music of the times. The 1995 Primetime Emmy Awards winner for the Outstanding Informational Series enjoys an audience of 45 million viewers, making the 18.5-hour miniseries the most-watched program in Public Television history.

    1996 In his final victory wearing a Red Sox uniform, Roger Clemens ties his record for punchouts in a game when he strikes out 20 batters in a nine-inning game, going the distance in the team's 4-0 victory in Detroit. The 'Rocket' first achieved the feat a decade earlier against the Mariners.

    1997 In a game in which the Braves become the first franchise to clinch six consecutive postseason berths, the team establishes a new major league record for grand slams. In the first inning of a 10-2 rout over New York, Ryan Klesko blasts the club's twelfth four-run homer of the season, surpassing the mark set last year by both the Orioles and Mariners.

    1999 Slammin' Sammy Sosa becomes the first player in major league history to hit 60 homers in a season twice when he hits a sixth-inning solo shot off right-hander Jason Bere in the Cubs' 7-4 loss to the Brewers at Wrigley Field. The 30-year-old Dominican outfielder hit 66 home runs in last season's historic home run race with Mark McGwire.
     
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    2000 In between his first and sixth-inning home runs, Vladimir Guerrero's older brother Wilton goes deep in the fourth frame of the Expos' 11-4 rout of the Marlins at Montreal's Olympic Stadium. The three home runs stroked by the siblings, who have now gone deep in the same game a record-setting four times, are all hit off Florida starter Jesus Sanchez.

    2000 Indian hurler Bartolo Colon, pitching a one-hitter against the Yankees, nearly ends the longest streak in major league history of a team being held hitless by its opponents. The Bronx Bombers have not been denied a hit in a game since Hoyt Wilhelm accomplished the feat on September 9, 1958, a span of 6,637 contests.

    2002 Not too fleet-of-foot, Greg Colbrunn hits an improbable triple in his last turn at-bat to complete the cycle. The Diamondbacks' first baseman has five hits, including a pair of two-run homers, in the team's 10-3 victory over the Padres at Qualcomm Stadium.

    2002 Major League Baseball teams celebrate the first annual "Roberto Clemente Day." Each home team's recipient of the John Hancock's Roberto Clemente Award will be recognized (with the balance given when the road team arrives home) with the award's national recipient, chosen from among the 30 club honorees, will be announced during the World Series.

    2004 For the first time in seventy years, Japanese professional baseball players go on strike, protesting the Nippon League's threat to merge two teams. The work action, which will last for only two days, appears to work when team owners withdraw the merger proposal.

    2005 The Rangers establish a new major league record for home runs hit at home when David Dellucci, Alfonso Soriano, and Rod Barajas all go yard as Texas beats the Mariners, 8-6. The power surge gives the team 150 homers at Ameriquest Field, one more than the Rockies' output at Coors Field in 1996.

    2006 Having accomplished the feat with the Indians and Phillies, White Sox DH Jim Thome becomes only the second big leaguer to hit 40 home runs with three different teams when he goes deep in an 8-2 loss to Detroit at U.S. Cellular Field. Alex Rodriguez also reached the milestone with the Mariners, Rangers, and Yankees

    2006 In front of an enthusiastic Shea Stadium crowd of 46,729, the Mets capture the NL East title for the first time since 1988 by beating the Marlins, 4-0. The contest marks the team's fifth attempt to clinch the division, but a road loss in Florida and being swept in Pittsburgh brought the champagne celebration home to the Big Apple.

    2006 The Dodgers, who are last in the National League in homers, hit four consecutive home runs in an inning when Jeff Kent, J.D. Drew, Russell Martin, and Marlon Anderson all go deep in the bottom of the ninth to tie the Padres, 9-9. The improbable feat, accomplished only by the 1964 Twins, 1963 Indians, and the 1961 Braves, leads to Nomar Garciaparra's walk-off two-run homer in the tenth and sole possession of first place when Los Angeles beat the Friars, 11-10.

    2007 In the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs, Todd Helton homers on a two-strike pitch thrown by Takashi Saito, giving the Diamondbacks a 9-8 walk-off victory and a three-game sweep of the Dodgers at Coors Field. The unlikely outcome marks the third of 11 consecutive wins for the eventual National League champs.

    2007 Greg Maddux breaks Cy Young's major league record by getting his 13th win for the 20th consecutive season. The Padres veteran right-hander's streak of not issuing a base on balls in 59.2 innings ends when Jason Bay walks on a full count in the third inning of a 5-3 victory over the Pirates at Petco Park.

    2007 Mike Mussina becomes the first American League hurler to win 10+ games in 16 consecutive seasons when New York defeats the Orioles at the Yankee Stadium, 12-0. 'Moose' joins Hall of Famers Steve Carlton (18), Warren Spahn (17), Nolan Ryan (16), Don Sutton (17), Cy Young (19), and future inductee Greg Maddux (20) as one of only seven players in baseball history to have victories in the double-digits over a similar period of time

    2010 At Citi Field, Luis Hernandez falls to the ground in obvious pain when he fouls a ball off his right foot, and after a lengthy discussion, dismisses the team trainer to resume his turn at-bat. The Mets' second baseman hits a home run on the next pitch he sees but severely limps rounding the bases, reminiscent of Kirk Gibson, barely making it home due to the broken foot that will end his season.

    2010 Troy Tulowitzki, with two round-trippers in the Rockies' 12-2 rout of LA, ties a major-league record with 14 homers in a 15-game span. The Colorado slugging shortstop, who has four multi-homer games in the previous ten contests, joins Albert Belle (1995) and Barry Bonds (2001) as the third player to accomplish the feat.

    2010 After finishing a victory short of the milestone twice during his distinguished career, CC Sabathia becomes a 20-game winner for the first time when the Yankees beat the Orioles 11-3. The left-hander, who leads both leagues in victories, is the fourth Bronx Bomber since 2000 to reach the plateau, adding his name to a list that includes Roger Clemens (2001), Andy Pettitte (2003), and Mike Mussina (2008).

    2013 Reds' rookie Billy Hamilton gets on base five times, going 3-for-4 with two walks, two runs scored, and an RBI. The Cincinnati speedy center fielder, who stole 155 bases in the minors last season, becomes the first major leaguer since 1920 to steal four bases in his first major league start.

    2013 Yadier Molina strokes his 41st double of the season in the Cardinals' 4-3 victory over Colorado, breaking the mark for two-baggers by a catcher. The St. Louis backstop, who will finish the year with 44 doubles, surpasses the record established in 1978 by Ted Simmons, who also played for the Redbirds.

    2019 Bruce Bochy, finishing his 25th and final season at the helm, becomes the 11th big league manager to reach the 2,000-win plateau when the Giants rout the Red Sox, 11-3, at Fenway Park. The San Francisco skipper, joins Hall of Famers Connie Mack (3,731), John McGraw (2,763), Tony La Russa (2,728), Bobby Cox (2,504), Joe Torre (2,326), Sparky Anderson (2,194), Bucky Harris (2,158), Joe McCarthy (2,125), Walter Alston (2,040) and Leo Durocher (2,008) to reach the milestone.

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