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August 17

2006 - 10 years ago

For first time in big league history, both teams hit leadoff home runs in the first two innings of a game. In a 5-4 White Sox victory over Kansas City at U.S. Cellular Field, Royals batters David DeJesus and Emil Brown go deep leading off in the first and second inning, respectively, as do Pablo Ozuna and Jermaine Dye for Chicago.

 

1966 - 50 years ago

After tying Jimmie Foxx yesterday for most career home runs hit by a right-handed batter, Giants slugger Willie Mays passes 'Double X' with his 535th homer. The San Francisco center fielder now takes over second place on the all-time list, trailing only Babe Ruth's 714.

 

 



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August 18

2011 - 5 years ago

Mike Jacobs becomes the first professional baseball player to be suspended for testing positive for human growth hormone. The 30 year-old Rockies minor league first baseman, who has played for the Mets, Marlins, and Royals, is handed a 50-game suspension for his involvement with HGH.

 

2006 - 10 years ago

Alfonso Soriano becomes the third player in big league history to compile four seasons of 30 homers and 30 stolen bases. With his second inning swipe of second base in a 6-4 victory over the Phillies, the Nationals outfielder joins Barry and Bobby Bonds in accomplishing the feat for the fourth time.

Jered Weaver, blanking the Mariners for seven innings at Angel Stadium, joins Whitey Ford (Yankees, 1950) to become only the second American League rookie to begin a career with nine straight victories as a starter. The 23 year-old Angel hurler will need to win his next four games to match the mark established by Hooks Wiltse, who started his freshman season in 1904 with 13 consecutive wins.

Mike Lieberthal passes Red Dooin to become the Phillies’ all-time leader in games as a catcher. The former Philadelphia backstop, who caught 1,124 games from 1902-14, is given credit for being the first catcher to wear shinguards (1906) and as player-manager (1914) tried but failed to convince owner William Barker to buy three promising players from Baltimore’s International League franchise, which included a pitcher named Babe Ruth.

At Fenway Park, the Yankees beat the Red Sox in the nightcap to complete a day-night doubleheader sweep. The 14-11 slugfest, in which the Al East Division rivals bang out a total of 34 hits, takes 4 hours and 45 minutes to play, making it the longest nine-inning game in big league history. A team scores in nine of the 18 half-innings.

 

Happy Birthday to Ol' Stubblebeard, Hall of Fame pitcher Burleigh Grimes.

Happy Birthday to the Great One, Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente.

 



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August 19

2006 - 10 years ago

John Hattig becomes the first person born in Guam to appear in a major league game. The 26 year-old Toronto third baseman from Tamuning, who replaces Troy Glaus in the bottom of the fourth, bats clean-up and strikes out looking in both his at bats in the Orioles' 15-0 rout of the Blue Jays.

In an effort to bolster their starting rotation as the team makes a run for the NL wild card, the Phillies acquire Jamie Moyer and cash from the Mariners for two minor league righties named Andrew -- Baldwin and Barb. The 43 year-old veteran southpaw compiled a 6-12 record with a 4.39 ERA for the struggling Mariners this season.

 

1966 - 50 years ago

After guiding the club to fourteen victories in their first fifteen games, Birdie Tebbetts, who will remain in the organization, resigns as the manager of the Indians. George Strickland will take over the third-place Cleveland team with a 66-57 record.

 

 



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August 20

Happy Birthday to Hall of Fame manager Al Lopez



-- Edited by glewis on Saturday 20th of August 2016 07:23:27 PM

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August 21

2011 - 5 years ago

The Padres retire Trevor Hoffman's No. 51 in a post-game ceremony to honor baseball's all-time saves leader, who retired in the off-season after playing 18 big league seasons, 16 with San Diego. After he was acquired by the team in a five-player deal in 1993, the right-handed reliever compiled 552 of his 601 saves for the Friars.

 

2006 - 10 years ago

Cory Lidle, recently obtained from the Phillies along with Bobby Abreu in a trade-deadline deal, throws six scoreless innings to get the 2-1 win as the Yankees complete a five-game sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Dubbed the "Boston Massacre II", the lopsided series reminds fans of the rivalry of a similar meltdown in Boston in 1978.



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August 22

2011 - 5 years ago (under the heading - strange, but true)

With two outs in the eighth inning, Matt Holliday is forced to leave the field during the game when a moth gets stuck deeply into his right ear. The Cardinal outfielder is treated in the trainer's room, where a utensil is used to extract the embedded insect, which still comes out alive.

 

Happy Birthday to Hall of Fame manager Ned Hanlon

Happy Birthday to Yaz, Hall of Fame outfielder Carl Yastrzemski

Happy Birthday to "the Ignitor", Hall of Fame infielder and designated hitter Paul Molitor



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August 23

2006 - 10 years ago

With his 16th bunt single of the season, Houston center fielder Willy Taveras extends his hitting streak to 26 games to set an Astros record. The previous mark was set by second baseman Jeff Kent in 2004.

Joining the 1989 Pirates, the Royals became the second team in big league history to have a 10-run first inning and not win the game. At Kauffman Stadium, the home team takes an early 10-1 lead, but is defeated by the Indians in ten innings, 15-13.

Carlos DelGado's 400th career home run, his second of the game, proves to be significant when his fourth inning grand slam dramatically closes the gap in the Mets' eventual 8-7 comeback victory over the Cardinals at Shea Stadium. The bases-loaded home run is New York's ninth of the season, establishing a new club record.

 

Happy Birthday to Hall of Fame infielder George Davis

Happy Birthday to Hall of Fame infielder George Kell



-- Edited by glewis on Tuesday 23rd of August 2016 08:34:37 AM

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August 24

2006 - 10 years ago

Sean Casey probably becomes the first player in baseball history to ground out to left field. The unique 5-7-3 play is the result of the batter starting to head back to the dugout, believing he was robbed of a hit, when the ball actually glanced off White Sox third baseman Joe Crede's glove, reaching left fielder Pablo Ozuna, whose throw to first base just beats the runner to the bag.

 

1941 - 75 years ago

During a double-header against the Cardinals, a rag tag group of five 'musicians', dubbed the Dodger SymPhony by announcer Red Barber, makes their Ebbets Field's debut. This band, in which none of the members can read music, performs their zany antics at all evening and weekend games.

 

Happy Birthday to Hoop, Hall of Fame outfielder Harry Hooper

Happy Birthday to the Iron Man, Hall of Fame infielder Cal Ripken, Jr.



-- Edited by glewis on Wednesday 24th of August 2016 07:51:16 AM

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August 25

2011 - 5 years ago

In a 22-9 annihilation of the A's, the Yankees become the first team to hit three grand slams in one game. Robinson Cano, Russell Martin, and Curtis Granderson all go deep with the bases loaded at the Bronx ball yard.

 

2006 - 10 years ago

Alfonso Soriano becomes the fastest of the 40 players in major-league history to have stolen 200 bases and hit 200 home career home runs. After being walked in the third inning of the team's 7-6 victory over Atlanta at Turner Field, the 30 year-old Nationals outfielder, who started the game with 203 homers, steals second to reach the milestone.

 

1991 - 25 years ago

At Busch Stadium, Lee Smith becomes the fifth major leaguer to record his 300th save when he pitches a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the Cardinals' 5-2 victory over L.A. The Louisiana native will retire with the most saves in major league history with 478, compiled during 18 seasons with eight different teams

 

Happy Birthday to Hall of Fame pitcher Rollie Fingers



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I love the daily tidbits of baseball history.  Keep it coming.



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August 26

1991 - 25 years ago

With the help of a questionable scorer's decision in the fifth inning, 27 year-old Bret Saberhagen fires a no-hitter, beating the White Sox at Kauffman Stadium, 7-0. When Royals' left fielder Kirk Gibson misses Dan Pasqua's slicing line drive, the play is immediately ruled a double, but after viewing several replays Del Black changes his mind and calls it a two-base error.

 

1966 - 50 years ago

Coming off the Orioles bench, Vic Roznovsky and Boog Powell hit consecutive pinch-hit homers, tying the game in the ninth in an eventual 12-inning, 3-2 victory over the Red Sox. It's only the third time in major league history there have been back-to-back pinch-hit home runs.

After seeing a caricature of himself on the scoreboard, an angry Leo Duroucher calls the Astrodome's press box to have it removed. When nothing is done, the enraged Cubs manager rips the phone out of the dugout wall and tosses it onto the infield.

 

1916 - 100 years ago

At Philadelphia's Shibe Park, A's hurler Joe Bush no-hits the Indians, 5-0. 'Bullet Joe' will win 15 of the last place Athletics' 36 victories this season.



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Tall Tactician wrote:

I love the daily tidbits of baseball history.  Keep it coming.


 You're welcome, I'm glad you're enjoying them.



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August 27

2011 - 5 years ago

Justin Verlander becomes the first pitcher to win 20 games before the start of September since the D-Back's Curt Schilling reached the milestone in 2002. The right-hander (20-5) gives up four runs on eight hits along with six strikeouts and three walks in six innings of work, but is credited with a victory when the Tigers beat Minnesota at Target Field, 6-4.

 

1941 - 75 years ago

Charlie Root, best known for giving up Babe Ruth's 'called' home run, becomes the first pitcher to win 200 games in a Cubs uniform. The 42 year-old right-hander, after being summoned in relief from the bullpen in the first inning, completes the game, getting the victory when the team comes from behind to beat Boston at Braves Field, 6-4.

 

 



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August 28


Nothing noteworthy happened on the anniversary years I've selected and no Hall of Fame baseball player has a birthday today.

I chose this historically significant event to highlight for today...

 

1945

A moment in American history takes place in Brooklyn as Branch Rickey meets with Jackie Robinson to share his plans to integrate the major leagues. During the three hour meeting, the Dodgers' president will shout racial epithets to ‘test' the 26 year-old ballplayer’s mettle to withstand the abuse which will come with being the first player to cross the color line this century.



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August 29

2006 - 10 years ago

The Astros center fielder Willy Taveras' consecutive game hitting streak is stopped at 30, establishing a new franchise record. The 24 year-old Houston leadoff hitter, who is plunked twice by Brewer starter Tomo Ohka, goes 0-for-3 in the team's 10-3 victory at Minute Maid Park.

With his two homers (726, 727) in a 13-8 losing effort to the Braves at Miller Park, Giants slugger Barry Bonds passes Sammy Sosa into second place with 69 career multi-homer games. Babe Ruth hit two or more homers on 72 occasions during his 22-year career in the majors.

 

1966 - 50 years ago

Robin Roberts, getting the Cubs’ 4-2 win in relief, becomes the first and only pitcher to beat the Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves. On Independence Day in 1948, the future Hall of Famer went the distance to notched his third career big league victory, beating the Boston Braves at Shibe Park in his rookie year with the Phillies.



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