This Week in Baseball History

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Ebbets Field

September 19:  An experiment in the Southern Association produces a 32 minute game between Mobile and Atlanta – players were to swing at every good pitch and take little time between pitchers (1910); Ralph Kiner becomes the first National League player to hit 50 home runs in two different season (1949); Erne Banks hits his fifth grand slam of the season, setting a major league record (1955); Jim Fregosi hits the first inside the part home run at Dodger Stadium (1962).  Birthdays:  Duke Snider (1926) and Jim Abbott (1967).

September 20:  Jim Callahan throws the White Sox’ first no-hitter (1902); Grover Alexander wins his 300th game (1924); Dan Danforth sets an International League record striking out 20 batters in one game (1930); Ford Frick is elected as the third commission of baseball (1941); Willie Mays hits his 49th and 50th home runs of the season, becoming the 7th player in MLB history to hit 50 home runs in one season (1955); Hoyt Wilhelm pitches the Baltimore Orioles first no-hitter, beating the Yankees 1-0 (1958); the Los Angeles Dodgers play their last game at Seals Stadium (1959); Mickey Morandini makes the first unassisted triple play in the National League in 65 years (1992); Cal Ripken, Jr., takes himself out of the starting lineup, ending his consecutive-games streak at 2,632 games (1998).

September 21:  The Cleveland Indians play their last game at League Park (1946); Vida Blue pitches a no-hitter in his 8th major league start (1970); Mike Piazza becomes the first Dodger, and the second player ever, to hit a ball out of Dodger Stadium (1997).  Birthday:  Cecil Fielder (1963).

September 22:  Cy Young wins his 511th and final victory at age 44 (1911); the Milwaukee Braves play their last game at County Stadium (1965); the Twins’ Cesar Tovar plays one inning at each position, becoming the second player to do so (1968); Willie Mays hits his 600th home run (1969); Nolan Ryan makes his final MLB appearance and becomes the older player ever to appear in a game for the Texas Rangers at age 46 years, 7 months, and 22 days.

September 23:  Randy Jones becomes the first 20-game winner for the San Diego Padres (1975); Steve Carlton wins his 300th major league game (1983); Sparky Anderson becomes first manager to win more than 100 games in each league with the Tigers’ win over the Yankees (1984); Jose Canseco becomes the first player to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in one season (1988); the last game is played in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (1996); Fred McGriff becomes the second player in MLB history to have 200 home runs in both the AL and the NL (Frank Robinson was the first) (2000).

September 24:  The first MLB double-header is played between teams from Providence, RI, and Worchester, MA (1882); Bill Bradley becomes the first Cleveland Indian to hit for the cycle (1903); Al Kaline gets his 3,000th hit, becoming the first American League player to do so since 1925 (1974).

September 25:  Roy Campanella catches the third no-hitter of his career when Sal Maglie throws the final no-hitter in Brooklyn Dodgers history (1956); the last game is played at Ebbets Field (1957); Satchel Paige, age 60, becomes the oldest player in MLB history when he pitches three scoreless innings for the Kansas City Athletics (1965); Nolan Ryan becomes the first player to pitch five no-hitters (1981).  Birthdays:  Phil Rizzuto (1917).



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