Thursday, September 5, 2013
This Date In Baseball
Compiled by PAUL MONTELLA
By The Associated Press
1905 -- The Pittsburgh Pirates stranded 18 runners in an 8-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds to set a National League record for men left on base.
1955 -- The Brooklyn Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Braves 10-2 to clinch the National League pennant with a 17-game lead.
1958 -- Roberto Clemente tied a major league record by hitting three triples in a 4-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
1965 -- Bert Campaneris of the Kansas City A's played all nine positions but had to leave after a ninth-inning collision with Ed Kirkpatrick of the Angels. The Angels won 5-3 in 13 innings.
1972 -- Ferguson Jenkins of the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-3, for his 20th victory of the season. It marked the sixth straight year Jenkins had won 20 or more games.
1985 -- Cincinnati's Pete Rose inserted himself into the lineup when the Chicago Cubs named right-hander Reggie Patterson as the starting pitcher. Rose singled in the first inning and again in the fifth inning to tie Ty Cobb with 4,191 career hits. Rose was retired in his other at-bats and the game was called because of darkness after nine innings with the score tied 5-5.
1993 -- Darryl Kile pitched baseball's second no-hitter in five days, leading the Houston Astros over the New York Mets 7-1.
1996 -- Todd Hundley of the New York Mets became the ninth player to hit 40 home runs this season, breaking the major league record set in 1961. Hundley's homer, in a 6-2 win over Atlanta, tied Roy Campanella's major league record for homers by a catcher.
1998 -- Mark McGwire broke Roger Maris' 37-year-old home run record, lining historic No. 62 just over the wall in left field with two outs in the fourth inning. McGwire's shot off the Chicago Cubs' Steve Trachsel set off a wild celebration in Busch Stadium.
2002 -- The Atlanta Braves won their 11th straight division title when second-place Philadelphia lost to the New York Mets 6-4.
2007 -- Alex Rodriguez homered in consecutive at-bats against rookie Brian Bannister to set a single-season record for a third baseman with 51 homers, helping the New York Yankees overpower Kansas City 11-5. He became the first Yankees player to reach 50 homers in a season since Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle did it in 1961.
2008 -- Pinch hitting for Houston, Mark Saccomanno homered on the first pitch he saw in the major leagues to help the Astros beat Pittsburgh. Saccomanno hit a solo shot in the fifth inning.
Today's birthdays: Alex Sanabia 25; Logan Schafer 27; Bobby Parnell 28; Nick Hundley 30.
1914 -- George Davis of the Boston Braves pitched a 7-0 no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second game of a doubleheader. Davis' no-hitter was the first thrown at Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox.
1922 -- Baby Doll Jacobson hit three triples to lead the St. Louis Browns to a 16-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
1936 -- The New York Yankees clinched their eighth American League pennant with a doubleheader sweep of the Cleveland Indians, 11-3 and 12-9. The Yankees finished 19½ games ahead of the Detroit Tigers for the largest margin in team history.
1945 -- Dick Fowler of the Philadelphia Athletics pitched a 1-0 no-hitter against the St. Louis Browns in the second game of a doubleheader.
1948 -- Rex Barney of the Brooklyn Dodgers pitched a 2-0 no-hit victory against the New York Giants on a rainy day at the Polo Grounds.
1965 -- Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers tossed his fourth no-hitter, a perfect game, against the Chicago Cubs. Koufax fanned 14 in the 1-0 victory, while Cubs pitcher Bob Hendley allowed one hit -- a double by Lou Johnson.
1987 -- Nolan Ryan struck out 16 to pass 4,500 for his career as the Houston Astros beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2. Ryan struck out 12 of the final 13 batters and fanned Mike Aldrete to complete the seventh for his 4,500th strikeout.
1992 -- Robin Yount became the 17th player to reach 3,000 hits in the Milwaukee Brewers' 5-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians. Yount singled to right center off Cleveland's Jose Mesa in the seventh inning.
1998 -- The New York Yankees officially clinched the AL East title, the earliest in AL history, beating the Boston Red Sox 7-5. The Yankees improved to 102-41 -- 20½ games ahead of second-place Boston.
2001 -- Barry Bonds hit three home runs to give him 63 for the season. The third homer was a three-run shot in the 11th inning lifting San Francisco over the Colorado Rockies 9-4. Bonds broke Roger Maris' record of 61 for most homers in a season by a left-handed hitter.
2003 -- Tomas Perez and Jason Michaels hit grand slams as Philadelphia routed Atlanta 18-5.
2004 -- Joe Randa had six hits and tied a major league record with six runs, and Alex Berroa hit a three-run homer and drove in a career-high five runs in Kansas City's 26-5 victory over Detroit in the first game of a doubleheader. Randa became the first AL player to have six hits and six runs in the same nine-inning game.
2006 -- Brandon Webb pitched a one-hitter to lead Arizona to a 3-0 victory over St. Louis.
2007 -- Milwaukee became the third team in major league history to open a game with three straight home runs when Rickie Weeks, J.J. Hardy and Ryan Braun connected off Cincinnati's Phil Dumatrait in a 10-5 victory. Weeks and Braun each hit two home runs and J.J. Hardy homered and hit two doubles -- all in the first four innings.
2007 -- Detroit's Curtis Granderson joined Willie Mays and Frank "Wildfire" Schulte as the only players in major league history with 20 stolen bases, 20 homers, 20 triples and 20 doubles in a season when he stole a base in the first inning of Detroit's 14-7 loss to Seattle.
2012 -- B.J. Upton hit three home runs and James Shields threw a two-hitter to lead Tampa Bay past Texas 6-0. Upton hit solo homers in the first, fourth and sixth innings.
Today's birthdays: Will Middlebrooks 25; Michael Bowden 27; Brett Pill 29; Edwin Jackson 30.
1919 -- Cleveland's Ray Caldwell pitched a no-hitter against the New York Yankees as the Indians took a 3-0 decision in the opening game of a doubleheader.
1950 -- Joe DiMaggio became the first player to hit three home runs in one game at Griffith Stadium as the New York Yankees beat the Washington Senators 8-1.
1967 -- Joe Horlen of the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers with a 6-0 no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader.
1969 -- The New York Mets swept Montreal in a doubleheader at Shea Stadium, 3-2 in 12 innings and 7-1. The victories moved the Mets into first place in the NL East for their first time on top.
1974 -- Lou Brock tied Maury Wills' single-season stolen base record with a steal in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies. He broke the record with steal No. 105 in the seventh inning.
1977 -- Roy Howell hit two home runs, two doubles and a single and drove in nine runs as Toronto beat the New York Yankees 19-3.
1980 -- Bill Gullickson struck out 18 -- the most by a rookie -- as the Montreal Expos beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2.
1997 -- Mark McGwire joined Babe Ruth as the only players in major league history with consecutive 50-homer seasons by hitting a 446-foot shot off Shawn Estes in the third inning of St. Louis' game against at San Francisco. McGwire, who hit a major league-leading 52 homers for Oakland last season, became the first player with back-to-back 50-homer seasons since Ruth did it in 1927 and 1928.
2000 -- Arizona's Randy Johnson became the 12th player to reach 3,000 strikeouts, fanning a season-high 14 in seven innings as the Diamondbacks lost to Florida 4-3 in 12 innings. Johnson also recorded his 300th strikeout for the third consecutive season and the fourth time overall.
2003 -- St. Louis' Tony La Russa became the eighth manager in major league history to reach 2,000 wins as the Cardinals beat Colorado 10-2. The 58-year-old La Russa is 2,000-1,782 in 25 seasons with the Chicago White Sox, Oakland and St. Louis.
2006 -- Francisco Rodriguez became the youngest pitcher in major league history to reach 100 saves in the Los Angeles Angels' 4-3 win over Toronto. The 24-year-old right-hander, with 41 saves this season, broke the previous mark held by Gregg Olson.
2007 -- Kurt Suzuki and Dan Johnson both hit grand slams to power Oakland past Seattle 9-3.
Today's birthdays: Paul Goldschmidt 26; Anthony Swarzak 28; Neil Walker 28; Joey Votto 30; Kameron Loe 32.
1912 -- Eddie Collins set a major league record with six stolen bases for the Philadelphia Athletics in a 9-7 win over the Detroit Tigers. Collins stole six more in a game on Sept. 22.
1918 -- The Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 behind the three-hit pitching of Carl Mays to win the World Series in six games. This was Boston's third championship in a four-year stretch -- 1915, 1916 and this season.
1956 -- Frank Robinson of the Cincinnati Reds tied a rookie record for home runs in a season with his 38th homer of the year. The blow came off Steve Ridzik of the New York Giants and the Reds went on to an 11-5 victory.
1959 -- The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4, putting and end to reliever Roy Face's 22-game winning streak. It was his only loss of the season as he finished with an 18-1 record.
1974 -- It took the St. Louis Cardinals 25 innings -- 7 hours, 4 minutes -- to beat the New York Mets. A record 202 batters went to the plate, Felix Millan and John Milner had 12 appearances apiece.
1985 -- Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds became the all-time hit leader with his 4,192nd hit to break Ty Cobb's record. Rose lined a 2-1 pitch off San Diego pitcher Eric Show to left-center field for a single in the first inning. It was the 57th anniversary of Ty Cobb's last game in the majors.
1987 -- New York Mets third baseman Howard Johnson, with 34 homers, became the first National League infielder to reach 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in the same season. His 30th stolen base came in the fourth inning of a 6-4, 10-inning loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
1996 -- San Diego's Ken Caminiti broke his own major league record by homering from both sides of the plate in a game for the fourth time this season. In a 6-5 win over Pittsburgh, Caminiti homered left-handed in the fifth inning, hitting a two-run shot. Batting right-handed in the seventh, he hit a solo shot to break his record set last year.
2004 -- Barry Bonds broke his major league record for walks in a season during San Francisco's 5-3 win over Arizona. Bonds walked three times, once intentionally, to run his season total to 201, surpassing the record of 198 he set two seasons ago.
2006 -- Cody Ross tied two franchise records with three home runs and seven RBIs as Florida routed the New York Mets 16-5.
2008 -- Albert Pujols drove in his 100th run with a sixth-inning double in the Cardinals' 3-2 loss to the Cubs, becoming only the third player in major league history to reach the milestone in his first eight seasons. Pujols also extended his major league-record streak of reaching 30 homers and 100 RBIs in his first eight seasons, two more than any player in history.
2009 -- Derek Jeter broke the New York Yankees' hits record held by Lou Gehrig for more than seven decades with an opposite-field single in the third inning against Baltimore. It gave Jeter 2,722 hits, one more than Gehrig, whose Hall of Fame career was cut short by illness in 1939. The captain kept right on going, too, with an RBI single in the fourth, but New York lost to Baltimore 10-4.
Today's birthdays: Mike Moustakas 25; Kyle Blanks 27; Andrew Cashner 27; Jacoby Ellsbury 30.
1932 -- Brooklyn's Johnny Frederick hit his sixth pinch home run of the season, a major league record, in the ninth inning to spark the Dodgers to a 4-3 triumph over the Chicago Cubs at Ebbets Field.
1947 -- Ralph Kiner of the Pittsburgh Pirates hit two home runs -- his seventh and eighth in four games -- for a major league record.
1962 -- Tom Cheney of the Washington Senators set a record by fanning 21 Baltimore Orioles in a 16-inning game, which he won 2-1.
1976 -- Minnie Minoso singled in three at-bats as the designated hitter for the Chicago White Sox. At 53, he became the oldest player to get a hit in a regulation game.
1979 -- Carl Yastrzemski got his 3,000th hit -- a ground single off Jim Beattie -- as the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 9-2.
1984 -- Dwight Gooden broke the rookie strikeout record, fanning 16 Pittsburgh Pirates to give him 251, six more than Herb Score had in 1955. Gooden broke the record by striking out Marvell Wynne in the sixth inning.
1996 -- Seattle's Alex Rodriguez set a major league record for a shortstop with his 88th extra base hit in an 8-5 win over Kansas City.
1996 -- Bernie Williams drove in eight runs with two home runs and a single to lead the New York Yankees to a 12-3 victory over Detroit.
2002 -- Chicago outhit Cincinnati 22-17 but lost to the Reds 15-12. The last major league team to get 22 hits and lose a nine-inning game was Oakland on April 27, 1980. The Athletics lost that game 20-11 at Minnesota.
2006 -- Bobby Abreu hit a three-run homer and three-run double during a nine-run first inning and finished with a career-high seven RBIs in the New York Yankees' 12-4 rout of Tampa Bay.
2006 -- Atlanta's streak of 14 consecutive division titles ended when the New York Mets rallied to beat Florida 6-4.
2008 -- Jorge Cantu hit his 25th homer in Florida's 2-1 victory over Washington, making the Marlins the first team in major league history to have four infielders hit at least 25. Mike Jacobs (32), Dan Uggla (30), Hanley Ramirez (29) and Cantu have accounted for 116 of the Marlins 188 homers this season.
Today's birthdays: Freddie Freeman 24; Clayton Richard 29; Maicer Izturis 33.
1925 -- Brooklyn's Dazzy Vance threw a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first game of a doubleheader to give the Dodgers a 10-1 win.
1932 -- The New York Yankees beat Cleveland 9-3 and clinched the American League pennant. Joe McCarthy became the first manager to win flags in both leagues.
1936 -- Bob Feller, 17, beat the Philadelphia A's 5-2 on two hits. The Cleveland youngster fanned 17 batters for an American League record.
1965 -- Willie Mays hit his 500th career home run off Houston's Don Nottebart in a 5-1 San Francisco victory.
1971 -- Frank Robinson hit his 500th career home run off Detroit's Fred Scherman. The ninth-inning shot gave the Baltimore Orioles a split in a doubleheader against the Tigers.
1978 -- The New York Yankees beat the Tigers 7-3 at Detroit to move into sole possession of first place for the first time after being 14 games out on July 19.
1986 -- Texas hit a club record seven home runs, including two each by Darrell Porter and Ruben Sierra, as the Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 14-1. The Rangers rocked starter Bert Blyleven for five home runs, raising his season total to 44 and breaking an American League record.
1995 -- Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker, the middle infield of the Detroit Tigers, set an American League record when they played in their 1,915th game together.
2004 -- Eric Chavez singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, leading Oakland to a wild 7-6 win over the Rangers in a game that was delayed in the ninth after Texas reliever Frank Francisco hurled a chair and hit two fans. Texas reliever Doug Brocail was screaming at a male fan and had to be restrained by his teammates and bullpen coach Mark Connor. Francisco then tossed a chair at a fan in a lower box to the left of the Rangers' bullpen along the right-field line. The chair hit a man in the head and broke a woman's nose.
2006 -- Gary Matthews Jr. hit for the cycle in his first four at-bats of Texas' 11-3 victory at Detroit.
2008 -- Francisco Rodriguez set the major league record with his 58th save this season, closing out the Los Angeles Angels' 5-2 win over Seattle. Rodriguez broke the mark of 57 set by Bobby Thigpen with the Chicago White Sox in 1990.
2008 -- Hanley Ramirez and Jorge Cantu homered to help Florida beat Washington 4-2 and the Marlins became the second major league team to have three infielders with 30 homers. Ramirez's homer was his 30th, and he joined first baseman Mike Jacobs (32) and second baseman Dan Uggla (30) for Florida this season. The Marlins joined the 2001 Oakland Athletics, who reached the mark with first baseman Jason Giambi (38), third baseman Eric Chavez (32) and shortstop Miguel Tejada (31).
2009 -- Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki became the first player in major league history with at least 200 hits in nine straight seasons. In the nightcap of doubleheader against the Texas, Suzuki beat out a slow roller to shortstop Elvis Andrus to break a tie with Willie Keeler. Keeler did it for eight consecutive seasons (1894-1901).
2011 -- Mariano Rivera earned his 600th save, moving within one of Trevor Hoffman's major league record, by closing out the New York Yankees' 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners.
2011 -- Justin Verlander pitched seven strong innings to earn his major league-best 23rd win and Detroit blanked Chicago for its 11th consecutive victory. Verlander became the first Tigers pitcher since Hal Newhouser in 1946 to win 11 consecutive starts. He was also the AL's first 23-game winner since Barry Zito in 2002.
Today's birthdays: Rickie Weeks 31; Daisuke Matsuzaka 33.
1903 -- Red Ames' debut with the New York Giants was a five-inning, 5-0, no-hit victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. The game was called in mid-afternoon because of unusual darkness.
1923 -- Red Sox first baseman George Burns pulled off an unassisted triple play against the Cleveland Indians.
1951 -- Bob Nieman of the St. Louis Browns hit home runs in his first two at-bats in the majors. Both came off Boston Red Sox pitcher Maury McDermott. The Red Sox won 9-6.
1968 -- Denny McLain of the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland A's 5-4 to become the first pitcher since Dizzy Dean in 1934 to win 30 games.
1986 -- Bob Brenly of San Francisco tied a major league record with four errors in one inning, but atoned with two homers, including the game-winner, to give the Giants a 7-6 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Brenly, a catcher, was playing third base.
1987 -- Ernie Whitt hit three of Toronto's major league record 10 home runs as the Blue Jays rolled to an 18-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Baltimore shortstop Cal Ripken had his consecutive-inning streak stopped at 8,243 when he was replaced at shortstop by Ron Washington in the eighth inning.
1990 -- Ken Griffey and his son hit back-to-back homers in the first inning of the Seattle Mariners' 7-5 loss to the California Angels. The unprecedented father-and-son homers came off Kirk McCaskill.
1994 -- The baseball season, already shut down by a monthlong strike, was canceled along with the World Series in a vote by 26 of the 28 teams.
1996 -- Mark McGwire became the 13th major leaguer to hit 50 home runs in a season with a homer in a 9-8 loss to Cleveland.
1998 -- The Atlanta Braves clinched their seventh straight division crown, winning the NL East with a victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Among the major pro sports leagues -- baseball, NFL, NBA and NHL -- only seven franchises have finished first during the regular season at least seven times in a row.
2002 -- Tampa Bay's 8-4 loss at Toronto was the Devil Rays' 100th of the season. The Devil Rays (48-100) became the quickest AL team to lose 100 games since the 1949 Washington Senators lost 100 in their 147th game. They also became the first team to lose 100 in consecutive seasons since Toronto did it from 1977-79.
2003 -- The Detroit Tigers lost to the Royals 7-2 to become the first team in 34 years to lose 110 games in one season. Detroit (38-110) has the most losses since the Montreal Expos and San Diego Padres went 52-110 in 1969, their first seasons in the major leagues.
2005 -- Andruw Jones hit his 50th home run, becoming the first major leaguer to reach that mark since 2002, in Atlanta's 12-4 loss to Philadelphia.
2008 -- Carlos Zambrano pitched the first no-hitter for the Chicago Cubs in 36 years, striking out 10 in a 5-0 win over Houston in a game relocated to Milwaukee because of Hurricane Ike.
2011 -- Colorado catcher Eliezer Alfonzo became the first player suspended twice under the Major League Baseball drug program. Alfonzo, will serve a 100-game suspension, was suspended for 50 games in April 2008 while a member of the San Francisco Giants.
2011 -- Pittsburgh clinched its 19th consecutive losing season, a record for a major league franchise in North America, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2. The Pirates, who were 51-44 and led the NL Central by a half-game before play on July 20, dropped to 67-82.
Today's birthday: Josh Outman 29.