This Week in Baseball History

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August 21:  The Syracuse Chiefs play their 8th consecutive doubleheader in eight days (1945); the first Little League World Series is played in Williamsport, PA, with the Maynard Midgets winning 16-7 (1947); Rollie Fingers becomes the first player to record 300 career saves (1982).

Juan MarichalAugust 22:  A 14-minute brawl occurs at Candlestick Park when Giants’ pitcher Juan Marichal reacts to taunts from Dodgers’ catcher John Roseboro and hits him in the head with his bat.  The brawl ends when Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays, and others act as peacemakers.  Eventually, Marichal and Roseboro would become friends (1965); Nolan Ryan becomes the first pitcher in MLB history to record 5,000 career strikeouts (1989).  Birthdays:  Carl Yastrzemski (1939) and Paul Molitor (1956). 

August 23:  17 year-old Bob Feller makes his pitching debut with the Cleveland Indians striking out 15 batters in a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Browns (1936); Robert Clemente achieves his second 5-hit game in a row, becoming the first player in the 20th century to get 10 hits in two consecutive games (1970); Barry Bonds becomes the first player ever to hit at least 400 home runs and steal 400 bases (1998).

August 24:  Bob Feller returns from service in the Navy and strikes out 12 in a 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers (1945); Bill Veeck hosts “Fans Managers’ Night” in St. Louis during which fans vote on decisions by the Browns coaches; the fans coach the Browns to a 5-3 win over Philadelphia (1951); MLB Commissioner Bart Giamatti bans Pete Rose from baseball (1989).  Birthday:  Cal Ripken, Jr. (1960).

August 25:  Chicago Cubs catcher Pop Schriver catches a baseball dropped from the top of the Washington Monument (1894); Robin Yount gets his 1,500th hit (1983); Dwight Gooden becomes the youngest player to win 20 games, at age 20 years, 9 months, and 9 days (1985); Mark McGwire hits his first major league home run (1986).

August 26:  In the first televised MLB game is broadcast from Ebbetts Field (1939).

August 27:  The Tri-State League Harrisburg Senators defeat the York White Roses in 48 minutes, in what is believed to be the shortest game in history (1912); Benny Ayala makes his MLB debut and becomes the first Mets’ player to hit a home run in his first MLB at-bat (1974); Joe Morgan hits his 200th career home run to become the first player to have 200 home runs and 500 stolen bases (1978); Rickey Henderson breaks the stolen base record of 118 held by Lou Brock (1982); Tommy Lasorda wins his 1,000th game as a manager (1988).


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