This week in baseball history

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Griffith Stadium, ca. 1910August 14: The first night game is played at Comiskey Park with a crowd of 30,000 in attendance (1939); Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., is demolished (1965); Sammy Sosa hits the 10,000th home run in Chicago Cubs franchise history (1995).

August 15:  The Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants play the first game ever on the west coast (1958); Randy Johnson is born (1958); Giants pitcher Masanori Murakami, usually a reliever, makes his first major league start as the Japanese community of San Francisco holds Masanori Murakami Day at Candlestick Park to honor the first Japanese player in the major leagues (1965).

August 16:  Babe Ruth dies in New York at the age of 43 (1948); Cal Ripken gets his first major league hit (1981); the Padres and Mets play the first regular season game ever played in Mexico (1996). 

August 17:  Pitcher Steve Carlton wins his first American League game, the 320th of his career (1986).

August 18:  The first authenticated unassisted triple play is executed by Harry O’Hagen of the Rochester Red Wings (1902); Braves Field opens in Boston with a crowd of 46,500 (1915); Robert Clemente is born in Carolina, Puerto Rico (1934); Cal Ripken plays in his 1,208th consecutive game, moving into 3rd place on the all-time list (1989).

August 19: The Philadelphia Phillies set a major league record with their 10th consecutive rain out (1909); Bret Boone makes his MLB debut and makes history when he became part of the first three-generation family to play in major league baseball (1992).

August 20:  Tommy Brown of the Brooklyn Dodgers becomes the youngest player in MLB history to hit a home run – Brown is 17 years, 8  months, and 14 days old (1945); the Cleveland Indians set an American League attendance record for a night game with 78,382 (1948).



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