Discussion in 'Diamond Gators' started by gatorjjh, May 5, 2018.
I feel privileged to see Munson, Fisk, and Bench play in person.
Three really great catchers that played at the same time.
Now I am misty eyed.
Jeremy Raymer knocks it out of the park with Clemente mural
June 14, 2018
City Design, Current Features, North Side
Artist Jeremy Raymer just hit a home run with his latest work.
On Friday, he put the finishing touches on a two-and-a-half story Roberto Clemente mural.
Jeremy Raymer knocks it out of the park with Clemente mural
You know Lurk—I was watching the Yankees/Red Sox yesterday evening and I was thinking about this picture @gatorjjh had just posted of their lil’rumble and obviously remembering how intense that rivalry has been for so long and got to thinking.......do y’all think any of these current players really understand and live/play the rivalry the way it’s always been or do you just seen younger players out there playing the game but that’s about it, not really living the rivalry to keep it alive?
I guess we just see rivalries much more up close with Gator Baseball because you see our upperclassmen continually passing the torch to keep rivalries alive and well.
MLB is just mercenaries.
I will watch on occasion and marvel at the level of play, but I really do not care that much about it emotionally.
Last time I watched MLB with any true interest Cards Tigers Gibson, Lolich & McLain series, in the 80s I'd watch a Braves game here and there on TV, Gator Baseball is a different story, they are kids looking to improve their game, play for the team and maybe make the show, the rivalries at the college level are serious and fun at the same time where MLB is mostly about stats for the next contract, I know the pros are phenomenally talented and skilled but at the college level (forgive me here) It really just means more
1906 Washington Nationals' Tom Hughes becomes first MLB pitcher to win a 1-0 extra innings game off his own home run in 10th v St. Louis Browns
1914 NY Yankees catcher Les Nunamaker throws out 3 Tigers' runners to 2nd base during the 1st inning, only time in 20th Century
1921 MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Landis hands out life bans to 8 Chicago White Sox players accused in Black Sox scandal despite their acquittal by a Chicago jury
1923 Baseball games cancelled following the death of US President Warren G. Harding
1930 For the 2nd time in the year, Phillies outfielder Chuck Klein hits safely in 26 straight games, run halted in 2nd game of doubleheader v Boston Braves
1933 Philadelphia A's beat NY Yankees, 7-0, first time in 308 games 'Bronx Bombers' are shut out
1941 Joe DiMaggio goes 0-4 in Yankees 6-2 loss v St. Louis Browns, ending his on-base streak of 74 games, 2nd in MLB history
1948 Negro League veteran pitcher Satchel Paige debuts for Cleveland after controversial signing, goes 7 innings in 5-3 win v Washington
1959 27th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Memorial Coliseum, LA
1959 AL beats NL 5-3 in Game 2 of All Star Baseball doubleheader (to boost player pension fund) at LA Memorial Coliseum
1960 For the only time in MLB history teams exchange managers as Detroit trades Jimmy Dykes (44-52) for Cleveland's Joe Gordon (49-46)
1961 Pittsburgh Pirates rout the St. Louis Cardinals, 19-0, the largest lopsided shutout in NL history
1962 NY Met Frank Thomas hits his 6th HR in 3 games
1969 Cincinnati Reds with 25 hits & 10 runs in 5th edge Philadelphia Phillies 19-17 at Connie Mack Stadium
1980 Al Kaline, Duke Snider, Chuck Klein and Tom Yawkey are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
1982 Pitching coach Clyde King becomes NY Yankees 3rd manager of the season replacing Gene Michaels after Yanks swept at home by Chicago WS
1986 Willie McCovey, Bobby Doerr and Ernie Lombardi are inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY
1987 Detroit Tigers ace Jack Morris ties AL record with 5 wild pitches in a 4-2, 10 innings loss v Kansas City Royals
1987 Twins pitcher Joe Niekro is caught with a file on the mound in 11-3 win v Angels, ejected and suspended for 10 games
1989 Future Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder Rickey Henderson sets AL mark of 50 stolen bases in 9 of his first 11 seasons in MLB
1989 Cincinnati Reds set MLB record for most hits in 1st inning of a game with 16 for 14 runs in an 18-1 rout of Houston Astros
1990 NY Yankees rookie 1st baseman Kevin Maas sets a MLB record for hitting 10 home runs in the fewest at bats (72)
2004 St. Louis 1st baseman Albert Pujols becomes first player in MLB history to hit at least 30 HRs in each of his first 4 seasons as Cardinals beat Montreal, 10-6
2006 Barry Bonds' 715th MLB home run ball (moved him past Babe Ruth for 2nd all-time) fetches $220,100 at auction
1894 Harry Heilmann, American baseball hall of famer outfielder (Detroit), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1951)
1964 Kevin Elster, American baseball infielder (Texas Rangers), born in San Pedro, California
1968 Rod Beck, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1993, 94, 97; San Francisco Giants), born in Burbank, California (d. 2007)
1976 Troy Glaus, American baseball infielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Tarzana, Los Angeles
MORE FROM MLB'S OTD1906 Senator right-hander Tom Hughes becomes the first pitcher to post a 1-0 victory in an extra-inning game with his own home run. Long Tom's solo shot off Fred Glade in the top of the tenth frame proves to be the difference in the team's victory over the Browns at Sportsman's Park.
1914 In the seventh inning of the 4-1 loss to Detroit at the Polo Grounds, Yankees' catcher Les Nunamaker has three assists to become the first catcher to accomplish the feat since 1887. The 25 year-old guns down Sam Crawford and Bobby Veach trying to steal and picks off Hugh High leading off second base in the frame, marking the only time this century a backstop has three assists in the same inning.
1933 A's southpaw Lefty Grove limits New York to five hits, going the distance in Philadelphia's 7-0 victory at Yankee Stadium. The left-hander's shutout marks the first time that the Bronx Bombers have not scored a run a game since August 2, 1931, a span of 309 games.
1940 During a road trip in Boston, Reds backup catcher Willard Hershberger is found dead in his room after taking his own life at the Copley Plaza Hotel. Having talked with his fragile player for hours after the game, Cincinnati skipper Bill McKechnie thought he had consoled the worn-out backstop, who was distraught about leaving runners on base in every at-bat with his 0-for-5 performance at the plate.
1948 Negro League legend Satchel Paige makes his first major league start, hurling seven innings, leading the Indians over the Senators, 5-3. Prior to today's game, the future Hall of Famer made eight appearances in relief, compiling a 1-1 record for the Tribe.
1957 Pirates manager Bobby Bragan hears he has been fired on the radio and replaced by Philadelphia third-base coach Danny Murtaugh. Pittsburgh general manager Joe L. Brown leaked news of the hiring before informing his disposed skipper.
1959 For the first time in major league history, a second All-Star Game takes place in the same season. The American League goes on to post a 5-3 victory at the Los Angeles Coliseum when White Sox second baseman Nellie Fox singles in Tony Kubek with the decisive run in the top of the seventh inning.
1959 In the second All-Star Game played this summer, Yogi Berra's two-run home run off Dodgers right-hander Don Drysdale in the third inning at the LA Memorial Coliseum proves to be the difference in the American League's 5-3 victory over the Senior Circuit. The home run will be the last one hit by a Bronx Bomber in a Midsummer Classic game for 41 years until Derek Jeter goes deep in 2001.
1961 In the largest shutout score in a National League night game, the Pirates beat the Cardinals at Sportsman's Park, 19-0. Harvey Haddix throws a four-hit complete game for the Bucs in a game that takes only two hours and thirty-six minutes to play.
1962 With his sixth home run in three consecutive games, Frank Thomas ties a National League record when he goes deep off Cincinnati's Joey Jay in the bottom of the seventh inning of a Mets 8-6 loss at the Polo Grounds. The right-handed slugger, who equaled the mark with a pair of round-trippers in each game, will add another homer to his club leading total in tomorrow's contest.
1967 Charlie Finley fires his manager Alvin Dark after the two disagree over the owner's handling player discipline. 'Charlie O' had fined and suspended Lew Krausse, Jr. for the pitcher's reported rowdy behavior on a team flight, prompting the team's first baseman Ken Harrelson, who will also be released, to call the A's owner a menace to the sport.
1967 The Red Sox obtain catcher Elston Howard from the Yankees for cash and two players to be named later, with pitchers Peter Magrini and Ron Klimkowski being sent to New York to complete the trade. The 38 year-old backstop will hit only .147 for his new team, but his veteran presence will contribute to Boston capturing the American League pennant.
1967 The Braves set a club mark by hitting seven home runs in a 10-3 victory over the Cubs, with Tito Francona, Joe Torre (2), Clete Boyer (2), Denis Menke, and Hank Aaron all contributing to the record. All of Atlanta's round-trippers come during the first five frames of the Wrigley Field contest, and all are solo shots, except for Boyer's two-run blast in the third inning.
1967 A joint meeting held in Chicago foreseen as a formality turns into a four-hour fierce debate when American League and National League owners strongly disagree on implementing divisional play for next season. The AL owners had unanimously agreed to the plan earlier in the day, but Senior Circuit brass makes it perfectly clear they believe their league will oppose any effort by the American League to implement the change by itself, citing the possibility that an AL division winner could be a fourth-place club (under the present standings) that would play a first-place team in the World Series.
1969 Rich Reese's pinch-hit grand slam in the seventh inning helps the Twins beat the Orioles and Dave McNally at Metropolitan Stadium, 5-2. The defeat is the southpaw's first loss of the season, ending his fifteen-game winning streak.
1975 Denny Doyle, acquired from California in June for a player to be named (Chuck Ross) later and cash, extends his hitting streak to 22 games with a first-inning home run in the Red Sox's 6-4 victory over Detroit at Fenway Park. The usually light-hitting infielder will bat .310 for Boston and will play a pivotal role in Boston's successful pennant drive.
1978 In a 5-4 victory against the Dodgers at Candlestick Park, Giants' first baseman Willie McCovey hits his 504th home run off Don Sutton, establishing him as the National League all-time left-handed home run leader. Southpaw swinger Eddie Mathews had previously led the NL, collecting 503 round-trippers playing for the Braves and Astros, adding another nine for Detroit in the American League at the end of his 17-year career.
1979 At Yankee Stadium, over 51,000 mourners attend a memorial service for Thurman Munson. The Bronx Bombers' captain was killed yesterday piloting a plane that crashed 1,000 feet short of the runway at Akron-Canton Airport.
1979 The Yankees purchase Lenny Randle from Pittsburgh to fill the roster spot of Thurman Munson, who died in a plane crash yesterday. The 31 year-old former Pirates utility outfielder and designated hitter will appear in only 20 games for the Bronx Bombers, with Jerry Narron replacing the Captain as the team’s backstop.
1982 Frank White hits for the cycle for the second time in his career. The second baseman completes the feat with a two-out triple in the ninth inning, giving Kansas City a 6-5 walk-off victory over Detroit at Royals Stadium.
At the request of the players, the Angels retire their first number in franchise history, honoring Gene Autry with the #26 to commemorate the team's first owner as the 26th man on the club's roster. The 'Singing Cowboy,' well-known for his roles in Hollywood westerns, acquired the American League expansion club in 1960, owning it for 38 years until he died in 1998.
1986 First ballot inductee Giant first baseman Willie McCovey, the BBWAA's only choice, is enshrined in the Hall of Fame, along with the Veterans Committee's selections of Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr and the late Ernie Lombardi, a catcher best known for his playing days with the Reds and Giants. Pirates announcer Bob Prince and Cincinnati beat writer Earl Lawson, respectively, accept the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcast excellence and the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing.
1987 Home plate umpire Tim Tschida throws out Joe Niekro after discovering an emery board in the possession of the Twins' starting pitcher. The 42 year-old knuckleballer will receive an automatic ten-day suspension from the American League for defacing the ball.
1987 After his ejection in the bottom of the 12th inning for arguing a close call at first base, the Columbia Mets manager Butch Hobson yanks the bag out of the ground and brings it into the clubhouse in protest. The bounced skipper is convinced to return the base to the field because the team has only one set of bases, but not before he sprays it bright orange to make the bag easier to see for the umpire.
1989 The Reds set a major league record for the most hits in the first inning of a game with 16 as they score 14 runs at Riverfront Stadium off woeful Astro pitching. The half of an inning lasts 38 minutes, with the Reds eventually winning the contest, 18-2.
1995 Making his first start for the Rockies since being acquired from the Mets, Brett Saberhagen gives up 13 hits and walks three batters, but gets the win in the team's 9-4 win over the Dodgers. The sellout crowd gives their new hurler an enthusiastic standing ovation when he departs the game with one out in the seventh inning.
1997 Jeromy Burnitz, coming off the bench in the Brewers' 6-5 loss to Seattle at County Stadium, homers as a pinch-hitter for the second consecutive time, tying an American League record. The major league mark for consecutive pinch-hit appearances with a home run is three, shared by Lee Lacy (Dodgers - May 2, 6, and 17, 1978) and Del Unser (Phillies - June 30, July 5 and 10, 1979).
1998 In the eighth inning of the Astros' 11-3 loss to Florida, C.J. Nitkowski hits three consecutive batters, becoming only the third hurler to accomplish the rare feat in major league history since 1900. The Houston southpaw shares the dubious distinction with two other hurlers who also spent time in Columbus, Ohio as minor leaguers, Dock Ellis (1974 Pirates) and Wilbur Wood (1977 White Sox).
1998 In the team's 14-1 loss to the Yankees at Network Associates Coliseum, A's starter Mike Oquist gives up fourteen earned runs, becoming the first pitcher to give up that many runs in an appearance since 1977 when Bill Travers accomplished the dubious feat hurling for the Brewers. The 30 year-old right-hander, who gives up 16 hits to the 32 batters he faces in five innings, sets a franchise record for runs allowed, being sacrificed to save the bullpen for tomorrow's doubleheader against the Bronx Bombers.
2000 After looking at the artists' renderings of the new proposed enlarged Fenway Park that includes a monstrous 3,000-car garage, Diane White suggests the Red Sox, New England's team, relocate to Hartford, Connecticut. The Boston Globe columnist believes the gigantic ballpark complex will dominate the quaint neighborhood, and she riles against the "bunch of rich and powerful guys" who will ask for taxpayer assistance to fund their "multi- multimillion-dollar playground."
2000 The independent Western Baseball League expells Kevin Mitchell of the Sonoma County Crushers for the rest of the season from the for punching the owner of an opposing team. The former National League MVP allegedly hit Solano Steelheads owner Bruce Portner, who had come on the field after a brawl, which was caused by a pitch thrown behind Mitchell, had ended.
2002 Darin Erstad agrees to a four-year contract extension worth $32 million to stay in Anaheim through 2006. The Angels' center fielder joins Troy Glaus, Garret Anderson, and Tim Salmon as one of the key players the organization has signed at least through the 2004 season.
2002 In just the first four innings, Edgar Martinez ties the major league record for sacrifice flies in a game with three. The Mariners' designated hitter becomes the 11th player in history to accomplish the feat, doing it in his first three at-bats in Seattle's 12-4 victory over the Indians.
2004 In a game in which Cardinal first baseman Albert Pujols becomes the first player in history to hit at least 30 homers in each of his first four big league seasons, Tony Batista goes deep twice, knotting the score with a two-run blast in the ninth and hitting a grand slam in the 12th. The Expos third baseman's 199th and 200th career blasts help Montreal beat St. Louis in extra innings, 10-6.
2006 The home run ball hit by Barry Bonds to pass Babe Ruth for second place on the all-time career list fetches $220,100 during a ten-day eBay auction. The money, which will go to Andrew Morbitzer, the fan who caught #715, is much less than the $800,000 dished out in 2004 for the ball the Giants' left fielder hit for his 700th career homer.
2008 Francisco Liriano, sent down to the minors after an 0-3 start in April attempting to come back from Tommy John surgery, blanks the Indians for six innings in his return to the Twins' rotation. The right-hander's performance propels Minnesota into first place in the American League Central with the eventual 6-2 victory over the Tribe along with a White Sox loss.
2010 Alex Herrnberger bats for two different teams in two different cities on the same day, when he first pinch-hits a double for the Reno Aces, who are trailing 9-2 in the ninth inning against the Rainiers. Then, after the team's loss in Tacoma, the Diamondbacks' minor leaguer take a 30-minute plane flight to Yakima (WA) to play in the Bears game where he pinch-hits again, popping out in the short-season affiliate's 8-0 win over the Eugene Emeralds.
2011 The Jamestown (New York) Jammers wear special game jerseys during their NY-Penn League game against Tri-City to commemorate Lucy Ball's 100th birthday and in conjunction with the Festival of Comedy being held in her honor in Jamestown this week. The uniform tops, which feature Lucy and Desi on the front and Lucy's 100th birthday celebration logo on the back, will be auctioned off later to benefit the Lucy-Desi Center, and the winners can have the jersey autographed by the player who wore it if so desired.
2011 After driving in the winning run yesterday, Jacoby Ellsbury, who never had a walk-off hit, does it in consecutive contests when he blasts a two-out ninth-inning homer, giving the Red Sox another dramatic victory over Cleveland. The center fielder becomes the first Red Sox player with game-ending hits on consecutive days in the regular season since Butch Hobson accomplished the feat in 1978.
2012 In the span of about an hour, the Upton brothers go deep to both record their 100th career home run on the same night in different ballparks when Diamondback outfielder Justin goes yard off Kyle Kendrick at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park, and older sibling B.J., playing center field, hits a Tropicana Field round-tripper for the Rays off Baltimore's Tommy Hunter. On July 20th, the boys from Norfolk, Virginia also hit their 99th homers on the same day.
2013 Max Scherzer becomes only the third pitcher in the last 44 years to begin the season with a 16-1 record when he gets the win in the Tigers' 3-0 victory over the White Sox at Comerica Park. Detroit's 29 year-old right-hander joins Roger Clemens (2001 Yankees) and Dave McNally (1966 Orioles) in getting off to a historically fast start.
2013 The first-place Dodgers set a franchise record, winning their 13th consecutive game on the road with their 3-0 victory over the Cubs in Chicago. The Giants established the National League mark in 1916 when the team won 17 straight games away from the Polo Grounds.
2015 Mike Hessman breaks the minor league home run record with the 433rd round-tripper of his nearly 19-year career, a grand slam against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the Mudhens' 10-8 extra-inning International League (AAA) loss at Toledo's Fifth Third Field. The 37 year-old first baseman, who played parts of five seasons with the Braves, Tigers, and Mets, surpasses Buzz Arlett, who established the mark in 1936 while playing for the Minneapolis Millers.
2015 Adrian Beltre becomes only the fourth player in baseball history to hit for the cycle three times and the first to accomplish the feat since 1933 when Babe Herman collected four different hits for the Cubs. The Rangers third baseman, who also joins Bob Meusel (1928) and John Reilly (1890), completed the task with a fifth-inning home run in the team's 12-9 victory over Houston.
For me, one of the best role players to work in film. May he RIP.
The first pitcher that I remember the term “effortless” being used to describe his pitching mechanics.
def mr smooth motion
1909 MLB umpire Tim Hurst instigates a riot by spitting in the face of A's 2nd baseman Eddie Collins who had questioned a call; 2 weeks later Hurst banned for life
1910 MLB pitching duel; Philadelphia A's Jack Coombs and White Sox Ed Walsh pitch a 0-0 tie in 16 innings
1922 Lizzie Murphy becomes the first female to play against MLB players in a charity exhibition; all-stars from New England and AL v Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park
1929 Cleveland Indians, trailing 6-5 in 9th with 2 outs score AL record tying 9 runs, beat NY Yankees 14-6
1934 Giants outfielder Mel Ott becomes first player in MLB history to score 6 runs in a game as New York beats Phillies, 21-4
1941 Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Mickey Owens becomes 1st MLB player to take 3 foul pop-ups in one inning (3rd) in 11-6 win v NY Giants
1945 Red Sox outfielder Tom McBride drives in MLB record tying 6 runs in an inning (4th) during 15-4 win v Washington
1953 New York Yankees Vic Raschi sets MLB record for a pitcher by driving in 7 runs in a 15-0 win v Detroit
1973 NY Yankees pitcher Lindy McDaniel puts in one of the best relief stints in MLB history, entering in 2nd inning, allows only 1 run in 13 innings in 3-2 win v Detroit Tigers
1980 7-time All Star Maury Wills becomes only the 3rd black manager in MLB history when Darrell Johnson is fired by Seattle Mariners after a 9 game losing streak
1982 Outfielder Joel Youngblood becomes only MLB player to get hits for 2 different teams in 2 different cities on the same day; singles for Mets in Chicago day game; traded, then singles for Expos in Philadelphia night game
1985 New York Yankees retire champion Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Phil Rizzuto's #10
1985 Future Hall of Fame infielder Rod Carew of the California Angels singles off Minnesota's Frank Viola to collect his MLB 3,000th career hit; Angels win, 6–5
1985 Tom Seaver of Chicago White Sox becomes 17th pitcher to win 300 MLB career games, beating New York, 4-1; 54,032 at Yankee Stadium
1993 Tony Gwynn gets 6 hits in 11-10 win v Giants, 4th time this season the Padre has 5 or more hits; ties MLB record
1995 Following a suspension from the league for substance abuse former Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry joins NY Yankees and eventually helps the Bronx Bombers to win the 1996 World Series
1996 Jim Bunning, Earl Weaver, Bill Foster and Ned Hanlon inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
2007 San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds homers off Clay Hensley in 2nd inning of 3-2 loss to San Diego to tie Hank Aaron’s 33 year-old MLB career home run record of 755
2007 32-year-old Alex Rodriguez becomes the youngest player in MLB history to hit 500 home runs, connecting on the 1st pitch he sees as NY Yankees beat Kansas City, 16-8
2010 On 3rd anniversary of his 500th MLB career home run, Alex Rodriguez reaches the 600 HR mark in the NY Yankees 5-1 win v Toronto; 7th and youngest to reach milestone
1867 Jake Beckley, American baseball player, born in Hannibal, Missouri (d. 1918)
1890 Dolf Luque, Cuban baseball player, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1957)
1902 Wild Bill Hallahan, American baseball player, born in Binghamton, New York (d. 1981)
1903 Tony Gulotta, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1927 3rd), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1981)
1934 Dallas Green, baseball manager (Phillies, Yankees), born in Newport, Delaware (d. 2017)
1941 Quincey Daniels, American boxer (Olympic bronze 1960), born in San Diego, California
1942 Cleon Jones, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star, World Series 1969; New York Mets), born in Mobile, Alabama
1962 Roger Clemens, MLB pitcher (Red Sox, Blue Jays, 7 Cy Youngs, MVP), born in Dayton, Ohio
1964 B J Surhoff, infielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in The Bronx, New York
1969 Lee O'Leary, Compton CA, outfielder (Boston Red Sox)
1975 Kaipo Spenser, Wailuku HI, baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996)
MORE FROM MLB'S OTD1884 At Detroit's Recreation Park, Bison hurler Pud Galvin throws the most lopsided no-hitter in baseball history when the team beats the Wolverines, 18-0. The victory is the second career no-hitter for the 27 year-old Buffalo right-hander, who also held the Worcester Worcesters hitless in 1880.
1908 In Brooklyn, the last-place Cardinals blank the Brooklyn Superbas (Dodgers), 3-0. The entire Washington Park contest is played with just one ball.
1910 In one of baseball's all-time classic pitching duels, A's Jack Coombs and White Sox hurler Ed Walsh both go the distance in a 16-inning scoreless tie before the Chicago contest is called at 7:00 pm due to darkness. In the final frame, 'Big Ed' pitches out of a second-and-third jam with no outs, and Colby Jack strikes out the side, with Walsh making the final out of the game.
1929 In front of 55,000 fans at Yankee Stadium, the Indians tally nine runs with two outs in the ninth inning to rout the Bronx Bombers in the nightcap, 14-6. The Tribe's comeback is assisted by two New York errors, including a miscue by Mark Koenig on a ground ball to short that would have ended the game.
1932 After being fined $1,000 and suspended until Carl Reynolds, the player whose jaw he broke in two places a month ago, was ready to play again for the Senators, Bill Dickey returns to the Yankees lineup. The future Hall of Fame catcher bangs out four hits, including a grand slam, despite missing 31 games.
1935 Walter Johnson (46-48) resigns as manager of the Indians and will be replaced by Steve O'Neill (36-23). The Tribe has dropped 23 of its last 32 decisions.
1941 Mickey Owens becomes the first catcher to handle three foul pop ups in one frame. The Brooklyn backstop's third inning defense contributes to the Dodgers' 11-6 victory over New York at Ebbets Field.
1942 In a military relief game at the Polo Grounds, which will be the last war-time twilight game played, Pee Wee Reese's grand slam in the top of the ninth, which puts the Dodgers up 5-1, doesn't count, because of the 9:10 pm government curfew. The game ends up as a 1-1 tie with the Giants.
1945 Pirates rookie catcher Bill Salkeld hits his only triple of the year to complete the 13th cycle in franchise history, and becomes the second Buc to accomplished the feat this season. The 28 year-old southpaw-swinging backstop, with his five-for-five performance, drives in all of his team's runs, but Pittsburgh loses, 6 - 5, to the Cardinals in the Forbes Field contest.
1945 Two remarkable debut pitching performances by Senators' rookies make the 15-4 loss to Boston a most memorable contest. The game, which features Tom McBride tying a major league record by driving in six runs with a bases-loaded double and triple during the Red Sox' 12-run fourth inning, sees Joe Cleary, the last major leaguer to be born in Ireland, giving up seven runs on five hits and three walks in his only big league appearance to finish with a career ERA of 189.00, and in mop-up work, veteran Bert Shepard, with an amputated leg as a result of being wounded in WW ll, hurls five 1/3 innings, giving up just one run on just three hits in his only major league appearance.
1948 Ernie Harwell, filling in for Red Barber, who is recovering from a bleeding ulcer, calls his first major league game as the Dodgers beat the Cubs at Ebbets Field, 5-4. To obtain the future Hall of Fame broadcaster, Brooklyn general manager Branch Rickey trades minor league catcher Cliff Daper to the Atlanta Crackers.
1955 Ernie Banks hits three home runs in a game for the first of four times in his career when the Cubs outslug the Pirates, 11-10 at Wrigley Field. The Chicago first baseman accomplishes the feat off three different Buc hurlers, going deep off Lino Donoso in the first, connecting in the fourth off Max Surkont, and adding a two-run blast in the eighth off Dick Littlefield to give the team the lead for good.
1963 At County Stadium, Roger Craig suffers his 20th loss of the season when the Mets lose to Milwaukee, 2-1. The defeat is the right-hander's 18th consecutive setback, tying Cliff Curtis' National League mark set in 1910 with the Braves, and one loss shy of A's Jack Nabors' 1916 major league record.
1963 With the Yankees trailing Baltimore, 10-9, in the nightcap of a twin bill, Mickey Mantle, after missing two months of the season with a broken foot, makes a dramatic return to the lineup as a pinch-hitter when he homers to deep left field in the bottom of the seventh inning off George Brunet to tie the score. The crowd of nearly 40,000 fans goes wild as the 'Mick' hobbles around the bases in the Bronx Bombers' eventual 11-10 walk-off win, a victory made possible by Yogi Berra's two-out walk-off round-tripper in the bottom of the 10th inning.
1965 Roy Hofheinz buys R.E. "Bob" Smith's remaining shares of the Houston Sports Association to take control of the Astros. Due to a rift between them, the former co-owner had made the offer thinking the 'Judge' couldn't put the funds together.
1968 The Yankees, once again, honor their aging superstar when the team hosts the second of three Mickey Mantle Days at the ballpark in the Bronx. Prior to the game, over 2000 young fans paid tribute to the future Hall of Fame outfielder by parading across the field with homemade banners expressing their admiration for the living legend.
1968 "Here stands baseball's perfect warrior. Here stands baseball's perfect knight." - Inscription on Stan Musial's statue from a quote attributed to former baseball commissioner Ford Frick. A ten-foot bronze statue of Stan Musial is unveiled at Busch Stadium, after the Cardinals' 6-5 extra-inning loss to Chicago in front of a capacity crowd. In a pregame ceremony honoring 'Stan the Man', the seven-time NL batting champ is joined by his 1941 teammates.
1971 In a Texas League contest, Tommy Walker hurls a 15-inning no-hitter, beating the Albuquerque Dukes, 1-0. The Dallas-Fort Worth Spur right-hander faces only 47 batters during the minor league game, two over the minimum.
1973 At Cleveland Stadium, Brewer left fielder John Briggs enjoys a 6-for-6 day at the plate in the team’s 9-4 triumph over the Tribe. The Milwaukee leadoff batter strokes two doubles and four singles, scoring two runs, but doesn’t record any RBIs.
1980 In the first managerial change in franchise history, Maury Wills replaces Darrell Johnson in the Mariners dugout. The M's will fare no better under their skipper (20-38, .345), finishing the season 44 games under .500.
1982 After driving in the winning run in the Mets' 7-4 victory over the Cubs, Joel Youngblood, who is traded to the Expos during the game, flies to Philadelphia and singles for Montreal to become the first player to have a hit for two different teams on the same day in different cities. The 30 year-old All-Star collects his two historic hits off two future Hall of Famers, a single off Ferguson Jenkins in Chicago, and gets his other knock off Steve Carlton in the City of Brotherly Love.
1983 Dave Winfield kills a seagull at Exhibition Stadium with a warmup throw prior to the home fifth inning. After the 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays, the Yankees outfielder is arrested by the Ontario police and charged with animal cruelty.
1984 In a 9-2 Giants rout of the Astros, Jeffrey Leonard collects five hits. The cleanup slugger gets all singles and, therefore, is unable to demonstrate his one-flap-down home run trot in front of the Houston fans at the Astrodome.
1985 Prior to the loss that results in Tom Seaver winning his 300th game, the Yankees honor Phil Rizzuto by retiring their former player and current broadcaster's uniform #10. The 'Scooter', known for the expression 'Holy Cow', is knocked over in a pregame ceremony by a fitting gift from the team, a cow wearing a halo.
1985 On the same day Tom Seaver records his 300th victory, Mets' phenom Doc Gooden wins his 11th consecutive game, breaking Tom Terrific’s franchise mark established in 1969. The 20-year-old right-hander, going the distance, beats the Cubs at Wrigley Field, 4-1, to improve his record to 17-3 this season.
1985 In a 4-1 complete-game victory at Yankee Stadium, White Sox right-hander Tom Seaver becomes the 17th player in major league history to record his 300th victory, limiting the Bronx Bombers to six hits, all singles. Owner George Steinbrenner becomes irate when the fans start chanting 'Let's Go Mets,' as an homage to the beloved right-hander, who spent the 12 years with his team's crosstown rivals.
1985 At Anaheim Stadium in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 41,630, Angel first baseman Rod Carew singles off of Minnesota southpaw Frank Viola in the third inning to become the 16th major leaguer to amass 3000 hits. After the historic hit, Halos' manager Gene Mauch brings the first-base sack into the dugout, replacing it with another a new bag.
1987 In the fourth matchup of 300-game winners since 1900, Angels' hurler Don Sutton (317) allows four hits in six innings to beat Steve Carlton (328) and the Twins, 12-3. The 645 combined victories is the largest number of wins ever accumulated by pitchers starting the same major league game.
1989 Dave Stieb retires the first 26 batters he faces before giving up two hits in a 2-1 win over the Yankees. Last September, the Blue Jays' hard-luck hurler lost back-to-back no-hit bids with two outs in the ninth inning.
1990 The Braves trade Dale Murphy to the Phillies for Jeff Parrett, Jim Vatcher, and Victor Rosario. The move enables the youngster David Justice to return to right field and win the Rookie-of-the-Year Award.
1992 At an auction, actor Charlie Sheen pays $93,500 for the 'Mookie Wilson Ball' which went through Bill Buckner's legs, capping the miraculous Met comeback in the sixth game of the Fall Classic in 1986. Arthur Richman, the team's traveling secretary, who was given the ball that night by right field umpire Ed Montague, gives all the proceeds to charity.
1993 After being hit by a Ryan Express fastball, Robin Ventura charges the mound to get at the 46 year-old pitcher. Nolan Ryan responds by putting the White Sox third baseman in a headlock and punches him six times, much to the pleasure of the Rangers fans at Arlington Stadium.
1994 In Anaheim, Goose Gossage makes his 1000th major league appearance, retiring Tim Salmon on a pop-up in the seventh inning of an eventual 4-2 Angels loss to the Mariners. The future Hall of Fame reliever will end his 22-year career playing in 1002 games with seven different teams.
1994 Fan favorite Kent Hrbek announces his retirement effective at the end of the season. The Twins first baseman, who played his entire 14-year career in Minnesota, ranks near the top in virtually every team offensive category.
1996 Baltimore managers Earl Weaver and Ned Hanlon, Kentucky congressman Jim Bunning, and Negro League star Bill Foster are inducted into the Hall of Fame.
1998 Darryl Strawberry hits a game-tying pinch-hit grand slam, highlighting a nine-run ninth inning in the Yankees' 10-5 come-from-behind victory over Oakland. The 'Straw' is the first player in the American League to hit two pinch-hit grand slams in one season.
1999 In an effort to break out of a team slump which has resulted in 15 losses in 19 decisions, all nine Angel batters use Jim Edmonds' bat the first time through the order. The center fielder's lumber yields dramatic results when the Halos go 4-for-8 with one walk in the first inning, including Bengie Molina's first career hit, an RBI double, in LA's 4-3 win over Kansas City at Edison Field.
2000 Joining Dave Kingman, Frank Huelsman, Willis Hudlin, Paul Lehner, Wes Covington, Ted Gray, and Mike Kilkenny, Dave Martinez ties a major league record as he appears for his fourth team in a season. In the past four months, the veteran outfielder/first baseman has played for the Devil Rays, Cubs, Rangers, and now the Blue Jays.
2000 With 32 home games remaining, the Astros, who moved from the pitcher-friendly Astrodome to homer-haven Enron Field this season, set a franchise-record by already hitting 83 homers at home this season.
2003 Major League Baseball announces a five-year deal, which will generate more than $500 million in revenue, for apparel and headwear global licensing rights. The seven companies involved in the deal include Majestic Athletic, New Era Cap, Twins Enterprises, Nike USA, Dynasty Apparel Industries, Drew Pearson International, and VF Imagewear.
2004 Mike Matheny's major league errorless streak behind the plate ends when his errant throw allows the runners to advance to second and third base on an infield single. The Cardinals' catcher hadn't committed an error since August 2, 2002, a span of 252 games.
2004 Continuing a tradition over a half a century old, the Cardinals announce their new ballpark, scheduled to open in 2006, will also be known as Busch Stadium. In 1953, a month after Anheuser-Busch purchased the Cardinals, the brewery bought Sportsman's Park, renaming it Busch Stadium, and then kept the name in its new downtown stadium, which opened in 1966, calling the facility Busch Memorial Stadium.
2005 After the team goes into a free fall from first place, the Orioles fire manager Lee Mazzilli (129-140) and replace him with bench coach Sam Perlozzo on an interim basis. Currently suffering an eight-game losing streak, the Birds have dropped 16 of their last 18 games.
2006 In the Phillies' 5-3 victory over the Mets, Chase Utley's hitting streak ends at 35 consecutive games. Philadelphia's second baseman, who goes 0-for-5, has the fourth-longest stretch in National League history.
2006 At age 95, Elden Auker, the last living pitcher to face Babe Ruth, dies of congestive heart failure. The author of Sleeper Cars and Flannel Uniforms, which he wrote when he was ninety, started his major league career in 1931 by striking out Babe Ruth and getting Lou Gehrig to pop out.
2007 Needing only 14 seasons to accomplish the feat, Alex Rodriguez becomes the 22nd and youngest player (32 years and 8 days) to hit 500 career home runs. The historic three-run homer, off Royals' starter Kyle Davies, who was recently acquired from the Braves, is hit into the left-field seats at Yankee Stadium, making A-Rod and Mickey Mantle the only two players to reach the milestone in the Bronx.
2007 In the second inning at Petco Park in front of a sellout crowd of 42,497 fans, Barry Bonds drives a Clay Hensley fastball over the left-field wall for his 755th home run, tying Hank Aaron's 33 year-old career home run record. The opposite-field drive, ironically off a pitcher who failed a steroid test as a minor leaguer in 2005, is met with mixed reactions as a few patrons hold up asterisk signs and the crowd responds to the feat with a mixture of cheers and jeers.
2008 At the start of the rain delay during the Astros and Cubs game at Wrigley Field, fans are advised to take cover in the concourse due to a tornado warning being issued by the National Weather Service for downtown Chicago. The game resumes in 2 hours, 45 minutes, but approximately an hour later more thunder and lightning and another 39-minute stoppage cause the contest to be called in the bottom of the eighth, with Houston credited with a 2-0 rain-shortened victory.
2008 During a Brewers' 6-3 loss to the Reds at Great American Ball Park, first baseman Prince Fielder confronts starting pitcher Manny Parra in the dugout, shoving the hurler twice after an angry exchange of words. The Milwaukee hurler had taken a no-hitter into the fifth, but gave up six runs on four hits and four walks before leaving the game for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning.
2008 The Mariners stun the Twins with a 10-run seventh inning, coming back from a 6-0 deficit in an eventual 11-6 victory at Safeco Field. With six runs driven in, Raul Ibanez, who hits a grand slam and a two-run single in the frame, establishes a club record for RBIs in one inning, one more than Ken Griffey Jr.'s mark set in 1999.
2010 Exactly three years to the day he hit his 500th round-tripper, Alex Rodriguez eclipses Babe Ruth in becoming the youngest major leaguer to hit 600 career home runs when he blasts a two-run first-inning shot into Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. The 35 year-old Bronx Bomber third baseman is the seventh player in baseball history to reach the milestone.
2010 The Phillies obtain Mike Sweeney from the Mariners for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The deal is necessitated for Philadelphia when their All-Star first baseman Ryan Howard is put on the disabled list with a severely sprained ankle.
2012 Mike Baxter sets a team record and ties a National League mark when he walks five times in a nine-inning game in the Mets' 6-4 victory over San Diego at Petco Park. Only five of the 25 pitches thrown to the New York right fielder were strikes, with thirteen of the final 14 being out of the strike zone.
2016 Bartolo Colon becomes the first pitcher in the history of the Subway Series to record a victory as a member of both New York clubs when the visiting Mets beats the Bronx Bombers, 4-1. In 2011, Big Bart, in his only season with the Yankees, pitched six strong innings of shutout ball to earn a 5-2 victory over the Big Apple rivals at Citi Field.
2017 Jaime Garcia becomes the first pitcher to make three straight appearances as a starter for three different teams since 1895 when Gus Weyhing started consecutive games for the Phillies, Pirates, and Louisville Colonels. The 31 year-old southpaw has been traded twice July 24, taking the mound for the Braves, Twins, and Yankees in a span of 15 days.