This Week in Baseball History

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August 28:  The New York Gothams’ Mickey Welch sets a major league record by striking out the first nine batters he faces (1884); the Cleveland Indians’ Dutch Levsen wins both games of a double header against the Boston Red Sox (1926).  Birthdays:  Lou Piniella  (1943) and Ron Guidry (1950).

August 29:  Willie Mays breaks the National League record with his 17th home run of the month (1965); Lou Brock breaks the stolen base record when he steals his 893rd base (1977); George Brett steals his 200th base (1993).  Birthday:  Doug DeCinces (1950).

August 30:  Ty Cobb makes his major league debut (1905); the New York Giants beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in a 57-minute game (1918). Birthdays:  Ted Williams (1918) and Tug McGraw (1944).

Frank Robinson in 1961August 31:  The Angel’s break ground for Anaheim Stadium, where they will play the next year (1965); an arbitrator orders MLB owners to pay $10.5 million in damages for colluding against free agents after the 1985 season (1989); Ken Griffey, Sr., and Ken Griffey, Jr., become the first father and son teammates when the take the field in Seattle (1990).  Birthdays:  Frank Robinson (1935), Tom Candiotti (1957), Hideo Nomo (1968), and Tim Raines, Jr. (1979).

September 1:  Johnny Evers, Joe Tinker, and Frank Chance play for the Chicago Cubs together for the first time (1902); starting pitchers Jack Coombs of the Philadelphia Athletics and Joe Harris of the Boston Red Sox both pitch every inning in a 24 inning game, with the Athletics winning 4-1 (1906); LHP Masanori Murakami makes his major league debut, becoming the first major leaguer from Japan (1964); Sparky Anderson manages his 4,000th major league game (1995); Jayson Werth makes his MLB debut with the Toronto Blue Jays (2002).

September 2:  Ernie Banks hits his 400th home run (1965); Cal Ripken hits his 400th career home run (1999).  Birthdays:  Nate Snell (1952), Rex Hudler (1960), and Johnny Paredes (1962).

September 3:  The Los Angeles Angels change their name to the Anaheim Angels in preparation for their move to Anaheim (1965); Sadaharu Oh of Japan’s Yomiuri Giants hits his 765th home run, surpassing Hank Aaron’s record (1977); Dave Stieb gets his 100th career win and the 700th win in Toronto Blue Jays franchise history (1986); Bobby Thigpen sets a record with his 47th save (1990).  Birthdays:  Rene Gonzales (1960) and Eric Plunk (1963).

September 4:  Christy Mathewson and Mordecai Brown close out their careers pitching against each other, with Mathewson winning the game, 10-8 (1916); the Boston Braves play the first of nine straight double headers, a major league record (1928); Eddie Murray ties Al Simmons for the most consecutive years (16) with at least 75 RBIs (1992); Jim Abbot pitches the Yankees’ first no-hitter in 10 years (1993).  Birthdays:  Doyle Alexander (1950) and Mike Piazza (1968).


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