Thursday, September 20, 2012
This Date In Baseball
Compiled by PAUL MONTELLA
By The Associated Press
1908 -- In a crucial game with the Chicago Cubs, Fred Merkle of the New York Giants failed to touch second base as the apparent winning run crossed home plate. This resulted in a great dispute and the game was eventually declared a tie and played over on Oct. 8 when the Cubs and Giants ended the season in a tie.
1952 -- The Brooklyn Dodgers clinched the NL title, the first time since 1948 that the pennant wasn't decided in the season's final game.
1957 -- Hank Aaron's 11th-inning homer gave the Milwaukee Braves a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals and the NL pennant. It was the first time since 1950 that a New York team hadn't finished first.
1979 -- Lou Brock stole base No. 938, breaking Billy Hamilton's record, as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Mets 7-4 in 10 innings.
1983 -- Steve Carlton of Philadelphia recorded his 300th career victory with a 6-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
1984 -- The Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 4-1, making Sparky Anderson the first manager to win more than 100 games in each league.
1986 -- Rookie left-hander Jim Deshaies set a major league record by striking out eight batters to start the game and finished with a two-hitter and 10 strikeouts to lead the Houston Astros past of the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0.
1988 -- Jose Canseco became the first major leaguer to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases in one season as the Oakland Athletics beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-8 in 14 innings. Canseco hit his 41st homer and stole two bases, giving him 40 for the season.
1992 -- Bip Roberts tied the NL record with his 10th consecutive hit, then grounded out against Pedro Astacio to end his streak in the Cincinnati Reds' game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
1998 -- Houston's Craig Biggio became the second player this century to have 50 steals and 50 doubles in a season, joining Hall of Famer Tris Speaker. Biggio, with 51 doubles, singled for his second hit of the game and easily stole his 50th base with two outs in the sixth.
2000 -- Rafael Palmeiro homered in Texas' 15-4 loss to Anaheim, becoming the 32nd player to hit 400 home runs.
2001 -- Alex Rodriguez hit his 48th home run, breaking Ernie Banks' major league record for shortstops and lifting Texas to a 5-2 win over Anaheim.
2001 -- Sammy Sosa became the first player to hit three home runs in a game three times in a season, but Moises Alou's two-run shot rallied Houston to a 7-6 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
2004 -- Greg Maddux picked up his 15th win of the season in Chicago's 6-3 victory over Pittsburgh. Maddux reached 15 wins for a record 17th consecutive season. He surpassed Cy Young's record of 15 consecutive 15-win seasons in 2003.
2006 -- Barry Bonds hit his 734th career home run in San Francisco's 10-8 loss to Milwaukee, breaking Hank Aaron's NL record.
2008 -- The New York Yankees' streak of postseason appearances came to an end. Boston beat Cleveland 5-4, minutes before the Yankees' win. The Red Sox victory clinched at least the AL wild card and eliminated New York, which had made 13 straight postseason appearances.
2010 -- Jose Bautista drove in the only run with his major league-leading 50th homer, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Seattle Mariners 1-0. Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki also became the first player with 10 straight 200-hit seasons, breaking his own record with a fifth-inning single.
Today's birthdays: Chris Volstad 26; Joba Chamberlain 27; Matt Kemp 28.
1940 -- Jimmie Foxx of the Red Sox hit his 500th career home run off Philadelphia's George Caster in the first game of a doubleheader at Shibe Park. Foxx's homer came in the sixth inning after Ted Williams homered. Joe Cronin followed with a homer and, later in the inning, Jim Tabor also homered. The four homers in the inning were a first in the AL.
1969 -- The New York Mets clinched the NL East Division title, with Gary Gentry pitching a four-hitter in a 6-0 victory over St. Louis.
1974 -- Detroit's Al Kaline doubled down the right-field line off Dave McNally of Baltimore for his 3,000th career hit. The Orioles beat the Tigers 5-4 at Memorial Stadium.
1984 -- Rick Sutcliffe threw a two-hitter and led the Chicago Cubs to their first league title since 1945 with a 4-1 victory over Pittsburgh.
1988 -- Dave Stieb of the Toronto Blue Jays, one strike away from a no-hitter, gave up a bad-hop single to Julio Franco. Stieb settled for a 1-0 one-hit victory over Cleveland.
1992 -- Dave Winfield of the Toronto Blue Jays, at 40, became the oldest player to drive in 100 runs. Winfield drove in four runs with a homer and a two-run double in an 8-2 win over Baltimore.
1993 -- The Colorado Rockies set a NL record for victories by an expansion team with their 65th win of the season. Colorado beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-2, surpassing the 64 wins the Houston Colt .45s had in 1962.
1998 -- Boston's Tom Gordon set a major league record for most consecutive saves with his 42nd to preserve the Red Sox' 9-6 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
2004 -- The Atlanta Braves clinched their 13th consecutive division title, winning the NL East with an 8-7 victory over the Florida Marlins. The Braves' record streak of division championships began with the 1991 NL West title and excludes the 1994 strike-shortened season.
2006 -- Trevor Hoffman became baseball's all-time saves leader on, earning No. 479 to pass Lee Smith and help NL West-leading San Diego beat Pittsburgh 2-1. It was his NL-leading 43rd save in 48 chances. Smith piled up 478 saves from 1980-1997.
2006 -- David Ortiz hit his 53rd homer and 32nd on the road in Boston's 13-4 loss to Toronto. The blast tied Babe Ruth for most home runs on the road in AL history.
2008 -- Francisco Rodriguez worked the ninth inning of the Los Angeles Angels' 6-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners to end the season with a major league record 62 saves.
2009 -- Los Angeles beat Washington 7-6 to hand the Nationals their 100th loss of the season. The Nationals, who were 59-102 last season, are the first NL franchise to lose 100 games in consecutive seasons since the San Diego Padres, who dropped 102 in both 1973 and 1974.
Today's birthdays: Travis Ishikawa 29; Jeff Karstens 30; John McDonald 38.
1941 -- Pete Reiser's homer and Whitlow Wyatt's five-hitter helped Brooklyn beat the Boston Braves 6-0 and clinch the Dodgers' first pennant in 21 years.
1956 -- Sal Maglie of the Brooklyn Dodgers pitched a 5-0 no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies.
1960 -- The New York Yankees clinched manager Casey Stengel's 10th and last American League pennant with a 4-3 victory over Boston.
1965 -- Satchel Paige, at 60, became the oldest player in the majors, taking the mound for Kansas City and pitching three scoreless innings over the Boston Red Sox. He gave up one hit, to Carl Yastrzemski.
1979 -- The California Angels won their first AL West title, beating Kansas City 4-1 behind pitcher Frank Tanana.
1984 -- Rusty Staub of the Mets became the second player to hit homers as a teenager and past his 40th birthday. Ty Cobb was the other.
1987 -- San Diego's Benito Santiago set a modern major league record for rookies by hitting safely in his 27th consecutive game in a 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
1989 -- Wade Boggs went 4-for-5 for his seventh consecutive 200-hit season and Dwight Evans became the only major leaguer with 20 homers in each of the last nine years as the Boston Red Sox won 7-4 over New York.
1998 -- The New York Yankees set the AL record for wins with their 112th, beating Tampa Bay 6-1 to break the victory mark held by the 1954 Cleveland Indians.
2001 -- Richie Sexson and Jeromy Burnitz became the first teammates to hit three home runs apiece in a game as Milwaukee defeated Arizona 9-4.
2003 -- Carlos Delgado became the sixth player to homer in four straight at-bats in one game as Toronto beat Tampa Bay 10-8. He became the 98th player to reach 300 career homers with a three-run shot in the first inning.
2007 -- Prince Fielder, at 23 years, 139 days old, became the youngest major league player to hit 50 home runs in a season, connecting twice in Milwaukee's 9-1 rout of St. Louis. Fielder and his father, Cecil, became the only father-son tandem with 50-homer seasons. The elder Fielder hit 51 with the Detroit Tigers in 1990.
2010 -- Braves manager Bobby Cox earned his 2,500th win, getting five effective innings from Derek Lowe and a three-run homer from Alex Gonzalez in Atlanta's 5-0 victory over the Washington Nationals.
Today's birthdays: Vance Worley 25; Brad Bergesen 27; Wil Nieves 35.
1908 -- Ed Reulbach of the Chicago Cubs became the only pitcher to throw two shutouts in a doubleheader, beating the Dodgers 5-0 and 3-0.
1926 -- The St. Louis Browns beat the New York Yankees 6-1 and 6-2 in two hours and seven minutes. The first game took 55 minutes.
1952 -- The New York Yankees clinched their fourth straight AL pennant with a 5-1, 11-inning win over the Philadelphia A's.
1961 -- Roger Maris tied Babe Ruth's 34-year-old record with his 60th homer, off Baltimore's Jack Fisher.
1981 -- Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros became the first player to pitch five no-hitters, hurling a 5-0 victory over Los Angeles at the Astrodome.
1983 -- Bob Forsch of the St. Louis Cardinals pitched the second no-hitter of his career by defeating Montreal 3-0.
1993 -- Randy Johnson of the Seattle Mariners became the eighth pitcher to strike out 300 batters in a season with 13 strikeouts in 10 innings of a 3-2, 12-inning loss to Oakland.
1998 -- Curt Schilling became the fifth pitcher to strike out 300 batters in consecutive seasons when he fanned Kevin Orie in the seventh inning of Philadelphia's 4-3 loss to Florida in the first game of a doubleheader.
2000 -- The Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 7-1 to clinch the NL East and win their record ninth straight division title.
2007 -- The New York Yankees clinched their 13th straight postseason appearance, beating Tampa Bay 12-4.
2007 -- Michael Young reached 200 hits for the fifth consecutive season with a pair of RBI singles among his three hits and Texas pounded the Los Angeles Angels 16-2. Young joined Wade Boggs and Ichiro Suzuki as the only players since 1940 with five consecutive 200-hit seasons.
2007 -- Brandon Phillips hit his 30th homer of the season in Cincinnati's 7-6 loss to Houston to join Alfonso Soriano as the only second basemen in major league history to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in a season.
2008 -- The Tampa Bay Rays won their first AL East championship when the Boston Red Sox lost to the New York Yankees. They became the first team other than Boston and New York to win the division since Baltimore did it in 1997. The Rays also became the first AL team in the divisional era to finish with the worst record in its league then win its division in the following year.
2008 -- Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki matched Lou Gehrig's record with his eighth season of at least 200 hits and 100 runs. Suzuki scored his 100th run of the season in the third inning against Oakland. Gehrig reached the marks in 1927-28, 1930-32, 1934 and 1936-37.
1923 -- Lou Gehrig hit his first homer in the majors off Bill Piercy of the Boston Red Sox. On the same date 15 years later, he hit his 493rd and last off Dutch Leonard of the Senators.
1930 -- Hack Wilson hit two home runs for the Chicago Cubs, giving him an NL-record 56 for the season.
1935 -- The Chicago Cubs clinched the NL pennant and won their 21st consecutive game with a doubleheader sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cubs won the pennant with the opening-game victory.
1936 -- Hall of Fame manager Walter Alston played in his only major league game as a late-inning substitute at first base for Johnny Mize of the St. Louis Cardinals. He made one error in two chances and struck out in his only at-bat.
1940 -- Rookie Floyd Giebell pitched the Detroit Tigers to a pennant-clinching 2-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians. It was Giebell's second and last major league win.
1973 -- The California Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 in 11 innings as Nolan Ryan struck out 16, including No. 383 of the season, a modern major league record.
1993 -- Randy Myers became the first NL reliever with 50 saves in a season as the Chicago Cubs beat Los Angeles 7-3.
1996 -- San Francisco's Barry Bonds became the second player to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases in a season. Jose Canseco was the other. Bonds, who had 42 homers, stole his 40th base in a 9-3 win over Colorado.
1998 -- Mark McGwire gave baseball a new magic number, hitting two homers to reach No. 70 in the St. Louis Cardinals' season finale against Montreal. It was McGwire's fifth homer in the season-ending, three-game series. McGwire's 70th and final home run of the season was a line shot over the left-field wall on a first-pitch fastball from Carl Pavano in the seventh.
1998 -- The New York Yankees won their seventh straight game and ended their incredible regular season with 114 victories. With a .704 winning percentage, the Yankees (114-48) became the first team since the 1954 Cleveland Indians (111-43) to play .700 ball over an entire season.
2000 -- Anaheim's Darin Erstad was 4-for-5 with an RBI in a 9-7 loss to Oakland. Erstad with 99 RBIs, broke the major league record for RBIs in a season by a leadoff batter set by Boston's Nomar Garciaparra (98) in 1997.
2003 -- Edgar Renteria became the first National League shortstop in 18 years to drive in 100 runs as St. Louis beat Arizona 3-2. Montreal's Hubie Brooks was the last NL shortstop to have at least 100, in 1985.
2003 -- Sammy Sosa hit his 40th home run as Chicago beat Pittsburgh 7-2 in the second game of a doubleheader. Sosa set an NL record by reaching the mark for the sixth straight year.
2005 -- The Atlanta Braves clinched their 14th straight division title thanks to Philadelphia's loss to the New York Mets. The Braves began their record-setting streak in 1991 -- when they were in the NL West.
2006 -- Florida is the first team in major league history to have four rookie pitchers with 10 wins after Anibal Sanchez (10-3) joined Scott Olsen (12-9), Josh Johnson (12-7) and Ricky Nolasco (11-10) following a 7-2 win over Cincinnati. Dontrelle Willis (12-12) gives the Marlins five 10-game winners for the first time in franchise history.
2008 -- Mike Mussina of the New York Yankees became the oldest pitcher to win 20 games in a season for the first time, reaching the milestone on the final day of the season. The 39-year-old Mussina (20-9), finishing his 18th major league season, allowed three hits in six shutout innings. Previously, the oldest first-time 20-game winner was Jamie Moyer, who was 38 when he went 20-6 for Seattle in 2001.
2011 -- The Tampa Bay Rays moved into a tie with the Boston Red Sox for the wild-card lead, beating the New York Yankees 5-2. Boston found another way to lose, this time on a broken-bat single and an inside-the-park homer, for a 6-3 loss to Baltimore. The Rays, who trailed by nine games after play on Sept. 3, pulled even with Boston, which suffered its 17th loss in the last 22 games.
2011 -- The St. Louis Cardinals tied the Atlanta Braves for the NL wild-card lead, with a 13-6 victory over the Astros. The Braves lost to Philadelphia 7-1, their fourth in a row and eighth in 11 games.
Today's birthdays: John Lannan 28; Jon Rauch 34; Vicente Padilla 35; Mike Schmidt 63.
1919 -- In the shortest nine-inning game in major league history, 51 minutes, the New York Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1.
1920 -- A grand jury indicted eight members of the Chicago White Sox on charges of fixing the 1919 World Series in the "Black Sox Scandal."
1938 -- Gabby Hartnett hit his famous "Homer in the Gloamin" in the ninth inning against Mace Brown to give the Chicago Cubs a 6-5 victory, their ninth straight, at Wrigley Field. It was a key triumph en route to the Cubs' NL pennant.
1941 -- Ted Williams went 6-for-8 in a doubleheader against the Philadelphia A's to finish the season with a .406 average. No player has batted .400 since.
1951 -- Allie Reynolds pitched his second no-hitter of the season as the New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox, 8-0, in the opener of a doubleheader. The Yankees clinched the AL pennant with an 11-3 victory in the nightcap.
1974 -- Nolan Ryan pitched his third of seven career no-hitters, striking out 15 batters and beating the Minnesota Twins, 4-0, at Anaheim Stadium.
1975 -- Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott, Paul Lindblad and Rollie Fingers of the Oakland A's combined to no-hit the California Angels, 5-0, on the final day of the season.
1995 -- Greg Harris of the Montreal Expos became the first pitcher in major league history to pitch with both hands. Harris faced four batters, two from his usual right side and two from the left, in the ninth inning of a 9-7 loss to Cincinnati.
1997 -- San Diego's Tony Gwynn tied Honus Wagner's record by winning his eighth NL batting title. Gwynn finished at .372, becoming the first player to win four consecutive NL batting titles since Rogers Hornsby won six straight from 1920-25.
2001 -- Alex Rodriguez of Texas hit his 50th homer in an 11-2 victory over Anaheim and became the 20th player to hit 50 homers in a season.
2006 -- James Loney tied a franchise record with nine RBIs, including a grand slam and a two-run homer, to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 19-11 victory at Colorado.
2007 -- Alfonso Soriano hit his sixth leadoff homer in September during Chicago's 6-0 win over Cincinnati, the most by any major leaguer in any month.
Today's birthdays: Ryan Zimmerman 28; Micah Owings 30.
1913 -- Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators finished the season with 36 victories by virtue of a 1-0 decision over the Philadelphia A's.
1915 -- The Philadelphia Phillies clinched their first NL pennant, beating the Boston Braves, 5-0, behind Grover Alexander's one-hitter.
1954 -- Willie Mays made his famous over-the-shoulder catch of Vic Wertz's long drive to center field and pinch-hitter Dusty Rhodes homered off Bob Lemon in the 10th inning to lead the New York Giants to a 5-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 1 of the World Series.
1963 -- Stan Musial ended his career by going 2-for-3 as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 3-2 in 14 innings at Busch Stadium.
1963 -- John Paciorek of the Houston Colt .45s, in his only major league appearance, went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and four runs scored against the New York Mets. A back injury ended his baseball career the next season.
1976 -- John Montefusco of the San Francisco Giants pitched a 9-0 no-hitter over the Braves in Atlanta.
1983 -- Mike Warren of the Oakland A's pitched a no-hitter to beat the Chicago White Sox, 3-0.
1986 -- Minnesota's Bert Blyleven broke Robin Roberts' 1956 record of 46 home run pitches in a season when he gave up a two-out, third-inning homer to Cleveland rookie Jay Bell. It was the first major league pitch Bell had seen. Despite giving up two more homers, Blyleven was the winner when the Twins rallied in the eighth for a 6-5 victory.
1986 -- Chicago Cubs rookie Greg Maddux defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3 in the City of Brotherly Love. The losing pitcher was his brother, Mike, also a rookie. It was the first time brothers faced each other as rookie pitchers.
1987 -- Don Mattingly's major league record sixth grand slam of the season backed the four-hit pitching of Charles Hudson to lead the New York Yankees to a 6-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
1996 -- Brady Anderson of the Baltimore Orioles became the 14th player to reach the 50-homer mark in a 4-1 loss at Toronto. Anderson's previous season high was 21.
1996 -- Vinny Castilla of the Colorado Rockies hit his 40th homer in a 12-3 victory at San Francisco. He combined with teammates Andres Galarraga (47 homers) and Ellis Burks (40) to form the first 40-homer trio on one team since the 1973 Atlanta Braves: Davey Johnson (43), Darrell Evans (41), Hank Aaron (40).
1998 -- Mo Vaughn homered twice and tied a record with seven RBIs as Boston ended a 13-game postseason skid, beating Cleveland 11-3 in the AL Divisional Playoff series opener.
2001 -- Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki set the major league rookie record for hits in a season but the Mariners fell to Oakland 8-4. Suzuki got his 234th hit, breaking the previous rookie mark set by Shoeless Joe Jackson with Cleveland in 1911.
2002 -- San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds became the oldest player to win a National League batting title, hitting .370. Bonds had a .582 on-base percentage, easily topping the record of .553 that Ted Williams set in 1941.
2004 -- Major League Baseball announced the Montreal Expos will move to Washington to begin play at RFK Stadium in the 2005 season.
2004 -- Bobby Cox became the ninth manager in baseball history to win 2,000 games when Atlanta scored four runs in the seventh inning and beat the New York Mets 6-3. Of the eight managers who previously reached 2,000 wins, seven are in the Hall of Fame. The lone exception is Tony La Russa, still managing the St. Louis Cardinals. Cox's overall record was 2,000-1,530, and he has guided Atlanta to 13 straight division titles.
2007 -- John Maine flirted with the first no-hitter in New York Mets history before allowing an infield single to Paul Hoover with two outs in the eighth inning of a 13-0 rout of Florida. Willie Collazo and Carlos Muniz completed the one-hitter.
2008 -- Alexei Ramirez set a rookie record with his fourth grand slam of the season, and Chicago beat Detroit 8-2 in a rainout makeup, forcing a one-game tiebreaker against Minnesota for the AL Central tie.
2011 -- The Tampa Bay Rays clinched the AL wild card with a stunning rally, overcoming a late seven-run deficit and then beating the New York Yankees 8-7 on Evan Longoria's home run in the 12th inning. The Rays' win came four minutes after Boston blew a one-run lead in the ninth at Baltimore and lost 4-3. The Red Sox held a nine-game lead over the Rays in early September. Boston became the first team to miss the postseason after leading by as many as nine games for a playoff spot entering September.
2011 -- Chris Carpenter and St. Louis completed one of the more remarkable comebacks in baseball history, clinching the NL wild card with an 8-0 win over Houston and a later loss by Atlanta. The Cardinals got their playoff spot when the Braves fell to Philadelphia 4-3 in 13 innings. St. Louis trailed Atlanta by 10½ games on Aug. 25. The Cardinals won 23 of their last 31 games.
2011 -- New York's Jose Reyes bunted for a base hit in the first inning against Cincinnati and was lifted for a pinch-runner, enough to give him the NL batting title with a .337 average. Ryan Braun, who was at .334 heading into Milwaukee's regular-season finale against Pittsburgh, went 0 for 4 and finished at .332.
Today's birthdays: Shelley Duncan 33; Jake Westbrook 35; Heath Bell 35.