This Week in Baseball History

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Tommy de la Cruz, Cincinnatti Reds Pitcher, 1944


Tommy de la Cruz (1911-1958) was born 100 years agon on September 18. On September 16, 1944, he threw a one-hitter against the Chicago Cubs.  He played only one year in the major leagues.


September 12:  Brooklyn Dodgers C Al Lopez hits the last MLB bounce home run into the outfield bleachers; after the season the National League declares that such hits will be ruled doubles, similar to the change the American League had made the year before (1930); Carl Yastrzemski gets his 3,000 hit (1979); Alex Rodriguez sets a MLB record for shortstop with his 88th extra-base hit (1996). 

September 13:  Yankees’ manager Joe McCarthy becomes the first manager to win the pennant in both leagues (1932); broadcast rights to the World Series are sold for the first time when the Ford Motor Company pays $100,000 (1934); 17-year old Bob Feller breaks the American League record for most strikeouts in a game when he strikes out 17 Philadelphia Athletics (1936); Willie Mays hits his 500th career home run (1965); Bobby Bonds becomes the 4th player to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in a season (1969); Frank Robinson hits his 500th career home run (1971); Fay Vincent is elected to be the eighth commissioner of Major League Baseball (1989); Alan Trammel and Lou Whitaker set an American League record playing in their 1,915th game together (1995); Sammy Sosa becomes the second player of the week to break Roger Maris’ home run record – Mark McGwire had done so on September 8 (1998).  Birthdays:  Rick Dempsey (1949) and Bernie Williams (1968).

September 14:  Joe Tinker and Johnny Evers get in an on-field fist fight during an exhibition game because Evers took a taxi to the park, leaving his teammates in the hotel (1905); Red Sox 1B George Burns pulls off an unassisted triple play against the Cleveland Indians (1923); Herb Cal Ripken, Jr.Score sets the strikeout record for rookies with his 236th strikeout (1955); Eddie Murray hits three home runs in one game (1980); Cal Ripken, Jr.’s consecutive inning streak ends at 8,243 when he is replaced by shortstop Ron Washington I the 8th inning (1987); Ken Griffey, Sr., and Ken Griffey, Jr., become the first father-son teammates to hit back-to-back home runs (1990); Detroit 1B Cecil Fielder hits a 502 foot home run, which is the longest homerun hit at Milwaukee’s County Stadium (1991).

September 15:  Boston P Joe Wood ties Walter Johnson’s record with his 16th consecutive victory (1912); Lloyd and Paul Waner become the only brothers to hit back-to-back home runs (1938); Durham Bulls OF Tom Wright becomes the first Carolina League player to make it to the major leagues when he makes his MLB debut with the Red Sox (1948); brothers Felipe, Matty, and Jesus Alou all play in the outfield at the same time for the San Francisco Giants (1963); Earl Weaver pulls his team off the field in the 5th inning in Toronto stating that the tarp covering the Blue Jays’ bullpen was a hazard to his players – Toronto wins the forfeited game 9-0 (1977); Ken Griffey, Jr., hits his 51st and 52nd home runs of the season (1997); Ken Griffey, Jr., hits his 52nd home run of the season (1998).  Birthday:  Gaylord Perry (1938)

September 16:  Cuban-born Tommy de la Cruz pitches the first one-hitter ballgame by a Latin American pitcher in the major leagues (1944); the Los Angeles City Council approves a 300-acre site in Chavez Ravine for a new baseball stadium of the club will finance a public recreation area (1957); umpires Al Salerno and Bill Valentine are fired by American League President Joe Cronin (1968); Tom Browning becomes the first Cincinnati Red pitcher to pitch a perfect game (1988); Paul Molitor gets his 3,000th career hit (1996).  Birthdays:  Robin Young (1955), Orel Hershiser (1958); Tim Raines (1959), and Mickey Tettleton (1960).

September 17:  Casey Stengel makes his major league debut with Brooklyn (1912); Stan Musial makes his major league debut with the Cardinals (1941); The Sporting News names Jackie Robinson rookie of the year (1947); Brooks Robinson makes his major league debut (1955); Mickey Mantle gets his 2,000th career hit and 450th home run (1964); Dave Kingman becomes the first player ever to appear in four different divisions in the same season, having played with the Mets, Padres, Angels, and Yankees (1977); Fernando Valenzuela sets the National League rookie record with his eighth shutout of the season (1981); Reggie Jackson hits his 500th career home run (1984); the Colorado Rockies break the MLB single-season attendance record surpassing 4 million attendees in their 71st home game (1993).  Birthdays: Orlando Cepeda (1937) and John Franco (1960).

September 18:  The first exhibition between an all-black baseball team and an all-white team is played with the Philadelphia Pythians beating the City Items 12-7 (1869); Phillies P Chuck Fraser throws the first no-hitter Frank Robinson, 1961of the 20th century (1903); Dodgers P Dazzy Vance wins his 15th consecutive game since July (1924); the New York Mets play their last game at the Polo Grounds (1963); Mickey Mantle plays in his 2,000th game (1965); Cleveland manager Frank Robinson makes his last appears as a player when he pinch-hits in the 8th inning and gets a single against Orioles P Rudy May.  Birthdays:  Tommy de la Cruz (1911) and Ryne Sandberg (1959).


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