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1921 Indians (9) & Yankees (7) hit a record 16 doubles
1923 Phillies score 12 in 6th and beat Cubs 17-4
1945 Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia A's play 24 inning 1-1 tie
1956 Cincinnati Reds pitcher Brooks Lawrence loses after 13 straight wins
1959 Red Sox are last team to use a black player (Pumpsie Green)
1970 Clay Kirby has a no-hitter going for 8 inn, but is lifted for a pinch hitter, Reliever Jack Baldschun gives up 3 hits & Padres lose, 3-0
1972 Los Angeles Dodgers release and end career of knuckleball pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm
1973 Braves Hank Aaron hits Ken Brett's fastball for his 700th HR
1975 Billy Martin fired as Texas Rangers manager
1975 NY Met Félix Millán hits 4 singles; erased by Joe Torres 4 double plays
1995 KC Royals set club-record of 22 singles in 15 innings
1997 NY Yank Mike Whiton held in Milwaukee on charges of sexual assault
1935 Moe Drabowsky, baseball player (d. 2006)
1942 Fred Hetzel, NBA star (SF, Cincinnati, Milwaukee Bucks)
1942 Mike Hegan, MLB player (NY Yankees), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2013)
1948 Ed Hinton, American sportswriter
1948 John Hart, American Major League Baseball executive (Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves), born in Tampa, Florida
1949 Al Hrabosky, baseball player
1972 Kimera Bartee, outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
1980 CC Sabathia, American baseball player
MORE FROM MLB'S OTD1892 In a matchup of 300 game-winners at the Philadelphia Baseball Grounds, Phillies' submariner Tim Keefe sinks Jim "Pud" Galvin and the Browns, 2-0. The next time two National League pitchers with 300 or more victories will face each other will occur in 2005, when Greg Maddux of the Cubs beats Astros ace Roger Clemens at Minute Maid Park, 3-2.
1921 The Indians and the Yankees bang out 16 doubles collectively to establish a new American League record. The Tribe, with nine of the two-baggers, beat the Bronx Bombers in Cleveland's League Park, 17-8.
1930 Harvey Henrick's ninth-inning three-run round-tripper off the bench gives the Dodgers a dramatic 9-8 come-from-behind victory over the Redbirds at Ebbets Field in the first game of a twin bill. Redbirds George Puccinelli and Jim Bottomley and Brooklyn's Hal Lee also homer appearing as pinch-hitters in the game.
1936 Joe Medwick collects his tenth consecutive hit to tie a National League record shared by Ed Konetchy, Kiki Cuyler, and Chick Hafey when he singles off Carl Hubbell in the sixth inning of the Cardinals' 2-1 loss to the Giants at the Polo Grounds. The 24-year-old Cardinals slugger, called Ducky by his teammates, had seven hits in his last seven times at-bat in the doubleheader sweep of the Boston Bees at Sportsman's Park before yesterday's off-day.
1945 At Philadelphia's Shibe Park, the A's and Tigers play the second-longest game in major league history. The 24 inning contest ends in a 1-1 tie, with Detroit right-hander Les Mueller setting a modern major league by pitching 19.2 innings in the four-hour and 48-minute marathon.
1946 Lew Flick sets a professional baseball record when he collects nine consecutive hits in a single game, before grounding out in his final at-bat in the 19-inning opener against Memphis. The Little Rock Travelers outfielder will get three more hits off the Chicks' pitching staff in the nightcap, finishing the day 12-for-13 in the Southern Association (AA) doubleheader.
1947 Frankie Frisch (.316) becomes the first switch-hitter inducted into the Hall of Fame. Carl Hubbell, Mickey Cochrane, and Lefty Grove join the 'Fordham Flash' as the newest members enshrined at Cooperstown.
1956 In a 13-6 defeat to the Cubs, Dodgers' shortstop Pee Wee Reese becomes one of five active players to collect 2000 hits, and teammate Junior Gilliam sets a major league record by handling 12 assists at second base.
1956 With the Reds' 4-3 loss to the Pirates at Crosley Field, Brooks Lawrence's 13-game winning streak comes to an end. Roberto Clemente's three-run homer in the ninth inning proves to be the decisive hit.
1959 Under intense public pressure and the Massachusetts Committee Against Discrimination investigation, the Red Sox become the last club to integrate. Fourteen years after Boston passes on Jackie Robinson despite a successful tryout in 1945, Elijah 'Pumpsie' Green pinch runs and plays shortstop to become the first black to play for the team.
1960 Phillies starter Robin Roberts pitches the third one-hitter of his career, and the third one-hitter thrown this season at Candlestick Park, when he goes the distance, beating the Giants in their new home, 3-0. Felipe Alou spoils Roberts' bid for a no-hitter, a feat the Philadelphia right-hander will not accomplish during his 19-year Hall of Fame career, with a fifth-inning infield hit, a hit third baseman Joe Morgan fields, but cannot throw the ball when he falls down making the play.
1961 With back-to-back homers in the top of the first at Fenway Park, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris continue their assault on Babe Ruth's single-season home run record. The game's decisive hit, however, is a pinch-hit grand slam by Johnny Blanchard with two-out in the ninth-inning which propels the Bronx Bombers past the Red Sox, 11-8.
1962 Craig Anderson throws a seven-hit, complete-game against Cincinnati, but New York cannot overcome Marv Throneberry's error which would have ended the fifth inning, allowing Vada Pinson to hit a two-out, two-run homer. The eventual 5-3 defeat at Crosley Field makes the right-hander the third consecutive Mets' starter, following losing efforts by Jay Hook and Roger Craig, to pitch a complete game and not get a victory.
1963 Pirates outfielder Jerry Lynch pinch hits a three-run home run off Chicago's Lindy McDaniel in the ninth inning to tie the Forbes Field contest at five, a game the Bucs will eventually win in 14 innings, 6-5. The heroic homer is the left-handed hitter's 14th career round-tripper off the bench, tying a major league mark established by former Cincinnati teammate George Crowe.
1963 The usually mild-mannered Dodger manager Walter Alston is thrown out of both games of a doubleheader when the Braves sweep a twin bill from Los Angeles for the first and only time in Milwaukee, 7-2 and 13-7. To make matters worse, the manager has beer thrown in his face by a hometown fan as he leaves the second game.
1970 Ignoring Clay Kirby's bid for the Padres' first no-hitter in the 259th of their existence, San Diego skipper Preston Gomez, with his club trailing the Mets, 1-0, in the eighth inning, decides to pinch hit for his starting pitcher. Reliever Jack Baldschun fails to keep New York hitless, yielding a leadoff hit to Bud Harrelson, and San Diego eventually loses the Jack Murphy Stadium contest, 3-0. (Ed. Note: The Padres remain the only franchise without a no-hitter. LP)
1973 Braves slugger Hank Aaron becomes the second major leaguer to hit 700 career home runs when he goes deep off Phillies southpaw Ken Brett in the third inning of the team's 8-4 loss at Atlanta Stadium. Bronx Bomber Babe Ruth reached the milestone in 1934, homering off Detroit's Tommy Bridges at Briggs Stadium.
1975 Mets' infielder Joe Torre becomes the first player in National League history to hit into four straight double plays in one game. Felix Millan singles in four consecutive at-bats against the Astros, making the dubious mark possible.
1982 The Reds, 24 games below .500, fire manager John McNamara and ask third base coach Russ Nixon to manage the team. The new skipper will win only 27 games of the 70 left in the campaign, and Cincinnati replaces him after another last-place finish at the end of next season.
1988 The Red Sox suspend Jim Rice for three days for shoving manager Joe Morgan. The Boston outfielder became upset when the skipper pinch-hit for him, using the light-hitting shortstop Spike Owen.
1988 The Yankees trade Jay Buhner, minor league prospect Rich Balabon, and a player to be named later (Troy Evers) to the Mariners in exchange for 33 year-old Ken Phelps. The one-sided deal will be immortalized on Seinfeld by Frank Costanza, George's dad, when he laments the Bronx Bombers' poor judgment, "How could you have traded Buhner for Ken Phelps?".
1990 In his first major league start, Ben McDonald, the Orioles' top pick in last year's June draft, blanks Chicago on four hits, 2-0. The 22 year-old right-hander from Louisiana State, the first American League pitcher to make his debut with a shutout in 15 years, retires the final 16 White Sox batters he faces, after allowing Ron Kittle's fourth-inning single.
1993 Jose Uribe walks on a 3-2 count thanks to home umpire Harry Wendelstedt losing track of the pitches. The fifth-inning base-on-balls leads to a run when the Astros shortstop scores on Steve Finley's double in Houston's 5-3 victory over the Bucs at Three Rivers Stadium.
2000 The Orioles halt their 20-game Canadian losing streak, defeating the Blue Jays at the SkyDome, 9-5. Future Hall of Farmer Harold Blaine collects four hits in Baltimore's first victory north of the border since June 13, 1998.
2001 At Camden Yards, Troy Glaus becomes the fastest Angel player to reach the 100 career home run mark. The 24 year-old Halos' third baseman hits a pair of home runs in the team's 6-5 ten-inning victory over Baltimore.
2001 The Dodgers rout the Rockies, 22–7, scoring the most runs by the team since July 10th, 1943, when the wartime Brooklyn club beat the Pirates at Ebbets Field, 23-6. The franchise mark for tallies in a contest is 25, first accomplished on May 20th, 1896, then matched in 1901 on September 23rd.
2003 At Dodger Stadium, Vladimir Guerrero hit his 226th career home run, breaking Andre Dawson's club record. The Expos' right fielder hits his milestone round-tripper off Odalis Perez, a 454-foot blast over the left-field wall.
2004 Thanks to an unusual play in the outfield, David Newhan hits a rare inside-the-park homer at Fenway. Inexplicably, Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez, from left field, cuts off the relay throw from center fielder Johnny Damon, allowing two Orioles to score in Baltimore's 10-5 victory.
2004 Mark Buehrle faces the minimum 27 batters as the White Sox rout the Indians, 14-0. The 25 year-old southpaw, throwing just ninety pitches, allows only two hits, with both runners erased as a result of a double play.
2004 The third piece of concrete, which fell from the park's upper deck, is discovered at Wrigley Field by a club employee. Two other chunks have also fallen recently in different sections in the 90 year-old stadium, prompting Mayor Richard Daley to say he would not hesitate to close parts, or all, of the facility to protect fans from potential harm.
2005 Hideki Matsui plays in his 395th consecutive game to start his career, breaking Al Simmons's 1926 American League record. The Japanese outfielder will also surpass Ernie Banks' NL mark of 424 en route to establishing the new major league record of 518 consecutive contests.
2006 Going deep in the third inning, 30 year-old Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez collects his 2,000th career hit and at the same time becomes the youngest player to reach the 450 home run plateau. Later in the day, Padres catcher Mike Piazza also becomes a member of the 2000-hit club with a second-inning double to left field at San Francisco's AT&T Park.
2006 After the All-Star break, as part of the scheduled "grand re-opening" of the ballpark, the Nationals stage the first live Presidents Race at the RFK Stadium, with George Washington taking first place in the inaugural competition among the Chief Executives. Mascots Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln will also chalk up wins in the next two days, but Teddy Roosevelt's will not, thus beginning his infamous streak over more than 500 attempts before finally crossing the finish line first on the final day of the 2012 season.
2007 Willie Harris goes 6-for-6 with two triples, a steal, and six RBI to help the Braves top the Cardinals, 14 – 6. The outfielder from Cairo (GA) joins Felix Millan, who accomplished the feat 27 years earlier, as the second Atlanta player to get six hits in a game.
2007 The Pirates retire uniform number 11, once worn by Paul Waner, a right fielder who hit .340 during his 15-year tenure (1926-1940) in Pittsburgh. Big Poison's digits are the tenth to be retired in the history of the franchise and the first in a decade.
2007 Forty-four year-old Jamie Moyer gets the better of veteran southpaw David Wells in the second-oldest matchup of starting pitchers in major league history when the Phillies beat the Padres at Petco Park, 12-4. The mound opponents are a combined 88 years and 307 days of age, making the duo younger than the tandem of Don Sutton (42) and Phil Niekro (48), who faced off in a 1987 contest between the Indians and Angels.
2008 Diamondback left-hander Randy Johnson becomes the first major leaguer to collect 2,000 strikeouts for two different teams. The Arizona southpaw, who fanned 2,162 batters pitching for the Mariners from 1989-98, whiffs Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez to earn the distinction.
2008 Jose Reyes' fourth-inning three-bagger in the Mets' 7-5 victory over the Reds at Great American Ball Park makes him the franchise leader in triples. The speedy shortstop's 11th three-base hit this season, the sixty-third of his career, all as a Met, puts the 25 year-old infielder one ahead Mookie Wilson.
2008 Coming out of the bullpen in the eighth, Jimmy Gobble allows ten runs in two-thirds of an inning, setting a franchise record for the most runs allowed by a Royals reliever in a game. The 26 year-old southpaw, who will be placed on the 15-day disabled list the next day with a stiff lower back, gives up seven hits and walks four batters, facing 13 Tigers.
2012 At Cooperstown's Doubleday Field, the Hall of Fame honors Fox analyst Tim McCarver and Toronto Sun's Bob Elliott for their longtime contributions in covering baseball. The pair, respectively, receive the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting and the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for sports writing.
2013 In an on-field ceremony, former first baseman Carlos Delgado becomes the 10th member inducted on the Level of Excellence, an award bestowed by the Blue Jays in recognition of an individual player's accomplishments for the team. Previous recipients of the prestigious award include Dave Stieb, George Bell, Joe Carter, Cito Gaston, Tony Fernandez, Pat Gillick, Tom Cheek, Roberto Alomar, and Paul Beeston.
2015 The lengthy investigation and prosecution of Barry Bonds for obstruction of justice come to an end when the Department of Justice reveals it will not challenge the reversal of his felony conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court. Baseball’s career home run leader was convicted of obstruction of justice in 2011 for giving convoluted answers to a federal grand jury when probed about PED injections.
Jackie Robinson’s Inner Struggle
NY Times Essay
I wish that I could see it. My browser is twitter challenged.
Added in edit: Now I can see it.
DANG!!! All this time I thought I was twitter challenged and it’s my browser that doesn’t know anything....
All of his antics mixed with his ability always made it interesting to say the least whenever he entered a game.
1923 Washington Senators future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson becomes 1st to reach 3,000 career strikeout milestone (en route to 3,508) with 5 K's in 3-1 win over Cleveland Indians
1925 NY Yankees buy future Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Leo Durocher from Hartford Senators (Eastern League)
1926 Cincinnati Reds right fielder Curt Walker ties National League record of 2 triples @WESGATORS in an inning in a 13-1 rout of the Boston Braves
1936 Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Johnny Moore hits 3 straight home runs in a 16-4 rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates
1955 Philadelphia Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-3 to complete a team record 11-game winning streak; longest win-streak since 1892
1962 Chicago White Sox outfielder Floyd Robinson goes 6 for 6 (all singles) as WS defeat Boston Red Sox, 7-3 at Fenway Park
1967 Atlanta Braves establish MLB record for number of pitchers called upon in one inning; 5 used in 9th inning of 5-4 defeat to St. Louis Cardinals
1993 NY Yankee Don Mattingly hits his 200th HR
1994 Mariners play Red Sox as home team at Fenway, as Kingdome is repaired
1997 Greg Maddux throws a complete game with just 76 pitches
1893 Jesse Haines, American baseball player (d. 1978)
1905 Doc Cramer, American baseball player (d. 1990)
1944 Sparky Lyle, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1973, 76, 77; World Series 1977, 78; AL Cy Young Award 1977; NY Yankees), born in DuBois, Pennsylvania
1957 Dave Stieb, American MLB pitcher (7-time All Star, Blue Jays), born in Santa Ana, California
1972 Keyshawn Johnson, American NFL wide receiver (Super Bowl 2002; Pro Bowl 1998-99, 2001; ESPN), born in Los Angeles, California
1973 Mike Sweeney, American baseball player
1979 Yadel Martí, Cuban baseball player
MORE FROM MLB'S OTD1905 In the first game of a doubleheader, A's pitcher Weldon Henley no-hits the Browns, 6-0. During his four-year big league career, the Georgia native will compile a 32-43 won-loss record.
1906 Without a single assist registered by his Cincinnati teammates, Bob Ewing beats the Phillies, 10-3. 'Long Bob' will post a stellar 2.38 ERA this season, but he will finish the season with a 13-14 record for the sixth-place Reds.
1909 Ty Cobb steals three bases in one inning when the first-place Tigers beat the Red Sox, 6-0 at Boston's Huntington Avenue Grounds. The 22 year-old Georgia Peach will lead the major leagues with 73 stolen bases this season.
1913 In a game against the Superbas (Dodgers), Slim Sallee becomes the first pitcher in Cardinal history to steal home. In the third inning, the Redbird southpaw scores the first run in St. Louis's 3-1 victory over Brooklyn at Ebbets Field.
1923 At League Park, the Indians complete a 31-game homestand in which every American League team pays a visit. After a slow start, the Tribe finishes with a 16-15 record during their month at home.
1923 At Cleveland's Dunn Field, Walter Johnson fans the Tribe's Stan Coveleski to become the first pitcher in major league history to strike out 3,000 batters. The Senator legend's milestone will not be reached again until Cardinals right-hander Bob Gibson accomplishes the feat in 1974.
1926 With the help of four triples, @WESGATORS the Reds score 11 runs in the second inning en route to a 13-1 victory over the Braves. Curt Walker ties a National League record for most triples in an inning by hitting two in the frame.
1926 On a hot and humid day at Long Island's Mitchell Field with the media well represented, Babe Ruth, wearing an Army uniform, catches the last of seven baseballs dropped from a plane, being piloted by Captain Harold McClelland that is traveling 100 mph at the height of about 250 to 300 feet above the ground. The publicity stunt was arranged by Major Benjamin Foulois to bring more attention to the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) and the Citizens Military Training Camp.
1935 The Red Sox end a game for the second consecutive day with Wes Ferrell hitting a walk-off home run. As a pinch-hitter yesterday, his round-tripper beat the Tigers, 7-6, and today, as a starter, his game-ending homer gives Boston a 2-1 victory against the Browns.
1941 Dick Wakefield becomes baseball's first 'bonus baby' when he signs with the Tigers for $52,000 and a new car. The University of Michigan standout will get one hit in seven at-bats (.143) this season.
1945 In front of a sellout crowd at Fenway Park, Red Sox right-hander Dave Ferriss goes the distance, beating the Browns, 3-2. The 23 year-old rookie sensation known as Boo improves his record to 17-2 en route to finishing the season with a 21-10 (.677) mark along with a 2.96 ERA.
1954 In the top of the ninth inning, attempting to put more pop in the lineup, Yankee skipper Casey Stengel, shifts center fielder Mickey Mantle to shortstop to replace weak-hitting Willy Miranda which allows pinch-hitter Hank Bauer to stay in the game in right field, moving Irv Noren to center field to take the Mick's place in the outfield. The move proves unnecessary when the 'Commerce Comet' hits a walk-off homer in the bottom of the tenth, giving the Yankees a 4-3 victory over Chicago.
1962 Floyd Robinson goes 6-for-6, helping the White Sox defeat the Red Sox at Fenway Park, 7-3. All of the Chicago outfielder's hits are singles.
1962 During a twin bill with the Reds at Crosley Field, the Mets manage to have four runners thrown out trying to score at home plate. The new National League expansion team from New York loses both games, 11-4 and 4-3, en route to a record-setting 120 defeats this season.
1966 The Mets left fielder learns he is a new dad when the Dodger Stadium scoreboard relays the message, "Congratulations, Ron Swoboda. Your new son is born tomorrow morning". Cecilia Swoboda gave birth to Chipper, the couple's first child, at 12:02 am eastern standard time, making it the next day on the West Coast.
1966 Clay Dalrymple breaks up Giants hurler Gaylord Perry's no-hitter with an eighth inning single. It's the second time the Phillies' catcher has spoiled a no-hit bid in the eighth inning at Candlestick Park, as he collected the only hit in Juan Marichal's debut in 1960.
1967 Using five pitchers in the same inning, the Braves establish a major league mark for the number of hurlers called upon in one frame. Ken Johnson, Ramon Hernandez, Claude Raymond, Dick Kelley, and Cecil Upshaw all face batters in the ninth inning of the team's 5-4 defeat to St. Louis in 13 innings at Busch Stadium.
1968 After grounding out to first base unassisted in the seventh inning of the Yankees' 7-6 loss to the Red Sox, Mickey Mantle's lifetime batting average falls and stays below .300 (.29946). The future Hall of Fame slugger, who finishes his 18-year tenure in the major leagues with a .298 BA, often laments in later years that his greatest regret in baseball was not ending his career with a .300 average.
1969 The All-Star Game, for the first time since its inception in 1939, is rained out due to the soggy conditions at RFK Stadium caused by a torrential rainstorm that pelted the nation's capital during the day. The postponement of the 40th Midsummer Classic, which will be played tomorrow at 12:45 pm, is a disappointment to President Nixon, scheduled throw the ceremonial first pitch, but will be leaving Washington to greet the returning Apollo 11 crew, scheduled to splash somewhere in the Pacific Ocean during the next twenty-four hours after their historic trip to the moon.
1973 Reds shortstop Dave Concepcion will miss the rest of the season after fracturing the fibula of his left leg sliding into third base two days before the Midsummer Classic. The All-Star infielder hit .287 in the 89 games he played for the eventual National League Western Division winners.
1983 Angels' outfielder Brian Downing's American League record consecutive errorless streak ends at 244 games when he misplays Chet Lemon's line drive in a 13-11 loss to the Tigers. The 'Incredible Hulk' will never win a Gold Glove during his 20 years in the major leagues.
1986 Due to a series of maneuvers by Mets' manager Davey Johnson and the late-game ejections of Darryl Strawberry, Ray Knight, and Kevin Mitchell (the latter two as a result of a bench-clearing brawl precipitated by Knight when he decks pinch-runner Eric Davis at third base), the team runs out of position players. The shortage of regulars leads to some interesting juggling by the New York skipper when catcher Gary Carter plays third base and a pair of relievers shift between the mound and a corner outfield position, with righty Roger McDowell playing left field when Jesse Orosco pitches to lefties and the southpaw hurler moving to right field when McDowell comes in from the outfield to face right-handed batters, with Mookie Wilson moving from corner to corner as needed.
1987 At Comiskey Park, Harold Baines surpasses Bill Melton to become the White Sox's all-time leading home run hitter when he goes deep off Mike Boddicker during the third inning of a 10-5 loss to Baltimore. The 28 year-old Chicago DH/OF has hit 155 home runs in his eight seasons with the Pale Hose.
1993 Giving up four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning at Three Rivers Stadium, the Braves lose to the Pirates, 8-7, to fall ten games behind the division-leading Giants. In a remarkable turn-around, Atlanta posts a 54-19 record after the All-Star break, finishing with 104 victories, and will win the National League West historic race on the last day of the season by a single game.
1995 On the day the Yankees celebrate Babe Ruth's hundredth birthday, a frail Mickey Mantle bids the fans a farewell in a recorded message on the Bronx ballpark's Jumbotron. The diminished former superstar, who will succumb to liver cancer in 22 days, tells the crowd, "I feel like Phil Rizzuto in Babe Ruth's uniform."
1999 Cleanup batter Manny Ramirez, listed as the designated hitter in the lineup posted by Indians' manager Mike Hargrove, plays in the field in the top of the first inning, mistakenly taking Alex Ramirez's position in right field. The blunder will result in the Tribe losing the use of a DH during their 4-3 loss to Toronto at Jacobs Field.
2000 The Ranger-Mariner game is delayed by rain due to Safeco Field's retractable roof failing to close. The contest is continued after 54 minutes, giving the roof time to overcome its electrical problem and providing the groundskeepers an opportunity to dry the field.
2002 Although the Los Angeles Times has reported MLB players had tentatively set a strike date of September 16, union leader Donald Fehr, through a memo sent to players, denies the reported decision about a timeframe. The work stoppage would be baseball's ninth since 1972.
2002 Over 20,000 Red Sox fans gather at Fenway for a tribute entitled, "Ted Williams: A Celebration of an American Hero." The two hour salute of the man many considered to be the greatest hitter in baseball history, a vet of World War II and the Korean War and a generous supporter of the Jimmy Fund, in addition to moving music and video, includes comments from present and former Red Sox players and broadcasters, historian Ken Burns, and former U.S. Senator John Glenn, who was Ted's wing man during the Korean War.
2005 Washington Nationals outfielder Jose Guillen, armed with a measuring tape and the help of a few teammates, checks the distance from home plate to the fences at Washington's RFK Stadium and finds inaccuracies. The club had brought in a surveyor earlier in the day and as a result of the findings moved the green pads with the "380" markings closer to the respective foul lines to be more accurate.
2005 Yhency Brazoban records his 18th save when he works a perfect ninth inning as the Dodgers beat the Mets, 6-5. The Los Angeles freshman, who is filling in for injured closer Eric Gagne, breaks Steve Howe's club rookie record for saves established in 1980.
2007 Devil Rays' right-hander Shawn Camp yields nine hits in his 1.1 innings of relief during the 21-4 rout by the Yankees. The 34 year-old Tampa Bay reliever allows three home runs to the 13 batters he faces at the Bronx ballpark.
2007 Tulsa Drillers' first-base coach Mike Coolbaugh instantly dies when struck in the head by a line drive in the top of the ninth inning at Dickey-Stephens Field in North Little Rock, home of the minor league Arkansas Travelers. The 35 year-old dad, who leaves behind a pregnant wife and two small sons, becomes the second on-the-field fatality in professional baseball history.
2008 After pitching two scoreless frames in relief in the A’s 8-1 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field, Brad Ziegler establishes an American League record when he extends his consecutive scoreless inning streak to start a major league career to 23. The 28 year-old breaks the Junior Circuit mark set in 1945 by Red Sox rookie right-handed starter Dave Ferriss.
2012 Ron Santo, who died at the end of 2010 disappointed about not being selected for Cooperstown, is inducted posthumously into the Hall of Fame. In tribute of the team's former third baseman and beloved broadcaster, the Cubs click their heels as they jumped over the third-base line to begin the bottom of the first inning during their game in St. Louis, invoking the memory of the Chicago infielder's signature move after a victory.
2012 Barry Larkin, who spent his entire 19-year career with the Reds, is inducted into the Hall of Fame. The former 12-time All-Star shortstop, a lifetime a .295 hitter, won the Gold Glove Award three times and is a nine-time Silver Slugger Award winner.
2012 After hitting a first-inning triple in the Angels' 7-4 victory over Texas, Mike Trout comes home on an Albert Pujols ground-rule double, setting a team and an American League rookie record by scoring a run in his 14th consecutive game. The 20 year-old left fielder surpasses the freshman mark shared by Jake Powell (1935, Senators) and Don Lenhardt (1950, Browns) and also eclipses the franchise record established by Jim Edmonds in 1995.
2012 After tying the game with a run in the bottom of the ninth, the A's complete a sweep of New York with a walk-off victory in the 12th inning at The Coliseum. The 5-4 loss marks the first time in Yankees history that the Bronx Bombers have been swept in a four-game series while losing all four by one run.
2013 The Rangers trade three prospects, third baseman Mike Olt, pitchers C.J. Edwards, and Justin Grimm, to the Cubs for Matt Garza, a player the team has attempted to land for the past two seasons. The deal also includes the Cubs receiving a player to be named later, most likely Neil Ramirez if his shoulder is sound, or two other minor-leaguers if the right-hander is still injured.
2014 Chase Headley, obtained by the Yankees less than 12 hours ago, hits a single in the 14th inning, giving the Bombers a 2-1 walk-off victory over Texas in the Bronx. New York acquired their new third baseman earlier in the day when they traded minor league pitching prospect Rafael De Paula and infielder Yangervis Solarte to the Padres, with the team also receiving $1 million from San Diego to pay part of the $4 million still owed to the infielder this season.
2015 Huston Street becomes the 27th pitcher in the major league to record 300 saves when he tosses a scoreless ninth inning in the Angels' 5-2 victory over the Twins in Anaheim. The 31 year-old right-handed closer is the second-youngest player, only behind Francisco Rodriguez, to reach the milestone.
Power versus control.
Some would say “the classic matchup”.....and I’ve got to say it has always been a classic matchup IMHO.