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1897 Washington Senator (NL) right-hander Roger Bresnahan makes his major league debut, shutting out the St. Louis Browns, 3-0, en route to posting a perfect 4-0 record along with a 3.95 ERA this season. The 18 year-old's pitching time on the mound will be short-lived when the 'The Duke Of Tralee' switches to behind the plate to start a Hall of Fame career as catcher.
1911 At Comiskey Park, Chicago hurler Ed Walsh, Sr. no-hits the Red Sox, 5-0. The future Hall of Famer's son, Edward Arthur, will also pitch for the White Sox from 1928-1932.
1937 Dodger right-hander Fred Frankhouse holds the Reds hitless for 7 2/3 innings before a heavy downpour ends the Ebbets Field contest permanently. The right-hander's 5-0 victory will be one of the 31 "no-no's" that is erased when MLB redefines a no-hitter in 1991 as a game in which a pitcher throws nine innings or more without giving up a hit.
1938 In the first game of a twin bill at the Bronx ballpark, Joe DiMaggio hits three consecutive triples. The Yankee Clipper's offensive outburst helps the Bombers edge Cleveland, 8-7.
1938 Monte Pearson becomes the first pitcher to throw a no hitter in Yankee Stadium. The right-hander faces only 27 batters, thanks to two double plays, beating the the Indians, 13-0, for his tenth consecutive victory.
1941 Charlie Root, best known for giving up Babe Ruth's 'called' home run, becomes the first pitcher to win 200 games in a Cubs uniform. The 42 year-old right-hander, after being summoned in relief from the bullpen in the first inning, completes the game, getting the victory when the team comes from behind to beat Boston at Braves Field, 6-4.
1946 A committee formed to study integration, which includes Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey, delivers its secretive report during an Owners' Meeting, defending the covert color barrier which exists in professional baseball. The absurd reasons given to why blacks shouldn’t be allowed to play in the big leagues include an absence of skills due to inferior training and lack of fundamentals and the need to respect Negro League contracts, but another lesser known motivation may have been profit as revealed later in the report, “The Negro leagues rent their parks in many cities from clubs in Organized Baseball (and) Club owners in the major leagues are reluctant to give up revenues amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars every year" as well as the fear white fans would be driven away if black players attracted more minorities to the ballpark.
1946 While travelling in a caravan of cars and buses en route to East Douglas (MA) for an exhibition game against the Indians, Ted Williams, along with his wife and two friends, is involved in an auto accident when his brand new 1946 Pontiac collides with a car driven by George Doncaster, who is driving his wife and daughter. Although no one is seriously hurt, the Red Sox outfielder's crash in Holliston on Sherborn Road will be widely reported in the media.
1951 Del Wilber hits three solo round-trippers in the Phillies' victory over Cincinnati in the nightcap at Shibe Park, making it the first time that a player has accounted for all the runs in a 3-0 game with home runs. The 32 year-old catcher will hit a total of only 19 round-trippers during his major league career.
1951 A prolonged delay occurs at Olean’s (NY) Bradner Stadium when a skunk refuses to leave the infield during a Pennsylvania-Ontario-New York League game between Batavia and the hometown Oilers. The minor leaguers try to shoo the crepuscular (most active at dawn and dusk) mammal away, but results in the players running off the field with the uninvited guest staying put for an hour before moving on, allowing the contest to resume, albeit with a lot less fans in the stands.
1951 Dodger right fielder Carl Furillo, in the top of the third inning in the team’s 5-0 victory over Pittsburgh at Ebbets Field, throws out Mel Queen by two feet at first base, after the Pirates pitcher had apparently singled into right field. The ‘Reading Rifle’ will lead the NL in assists for the second consecutive season, with opponents becoming increasingly more reluctant to challenge the strong arm of the Brooklyn outfielder.
1952 The Dodgers set the National League mark for consecutive games with a double play when they complete a twin killing in their twenty-third straight contest, a 10-5 loss to Chicago at Wrigley Field. The fifth inning 1-4-3 DP, pitcher Clyde King to second baseman Jackie Robinson to first baseman Gil Hodges, leaves Brooklyn two shy of the major league record.
1955 Sandy Koufax, in his second big league start, two-hits the Reds at Ebbets Field, 7-0. The 19 year-old bonus baby, displaying the dominance that he will feature during the 1960’s, goes the distance, striking out 14 Cincinnati batters.
1960 Ernie Banks knocks in his 100th run of the season when he grounds out in the first inning of the Cubs' 5-4 victory over Philadelphia at Wrigley Field. The Chicago infielder, who will end his MVP season with 117 RBIs, will be the last National League shortstop to reach the milestone until Hubie Brooks accomplishes the feat with the Expos in 1985.
1974 At Shea Stadium, Benny Ayala becomes the first National Leaguer in 13 years to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat. The Mets rookie goes deep off Astros' hurler Tom Griffin in New York's 4-2 win.
1975 At Candlestick Park, nearly half the outs in the Giants' 9-1 victory over the Expos come via the strikeout. John Montefusco, who goes the distance to get the win, strikes out 14 Montreal batters, and the 'Count' and his teammates reciprocate by whiffing 11 times, including the three times he goes back to the dugout with a bat in his hands.
1975 Craig Kusick gains the dubious distinction of being hit by a pitch three times in one game, tying a major league record. The 11th inning plunking of the Twins' first baseman leads to the decisive run in the team's 1-0 victory over Milwaukee.
1977 In an 8-2 victory at Yankee Stadium, Rangers Bump Wills and Toby Harrah hit back-to-back inside-the-park home runs on consecutive pitches. It is only time in baseball history the feat has been accomplished.
1978 By hitting his 200th home run, Reds' second baseman Joe Morgan becomes the first major leaguer to hit 200 homers as well as steal 500 bases.
1982 In the 5-4 loss to the Brewers, A's Rickey Henderson breaks Lou Brock's 1974 single season record of 118 stolen bases. By stealing a total of four bases Rickey ends the day with 122 and will finish the season with 130.
1986 With one out in the bottom of the eleventh inning and the visiting Mets ahead of the Padres, 6-5, Lenny Dykstra's throw nails Gary Templeton at the plate when he tries to score from second base on Tim Flannery's single to center field. Knocked on his back by the runner, catcher John Gibbons, from a prone position, throws a strike to Howard Johnson, who tags out Flannery, trying to get to third base, to end the game with an unusual 8-2-5 double play.
1997 In honor of first baseman Jim Thome's birthday, the Indians begin pulling up their socks to just below the knees. The Tribe will win 17 of 27 games en route to clinching the American League East flag while sporting this new look.
1999 In a 4-1 Expos loss to the Reds at Olympic Stadium, Vladimir Guerrero’s hitting streak, the longest in the big leagues since 1987, ends at 31 consecutive games. The Montreal outfielder's accomplishment sets a franchise record.
2000 The Angels become the first American League team to have four players hit 30 home runs in the same season when Tim Salmon goes deep in LA's 10-9 victory over Cleveland at Edison Field. The Halos' right-fielder joins teammates Mo Vaughn, Garret Anderson, and Troy Glaus in reaching the plateau.
2001 In the Nippon Ham Fighters-Fukuoka Daiei Hawks contest, Michihiro Ogasawara doubles and tallies on Yukio Tanaka's single, breaking a 51 year-old Japanese record by scoring a run in 17 consecutive games. Indian Kenny Lofton (2000) and Yankee Red Rolfe (1939) share the major league record of 18 straight games.
2001 Cubs' slugger Sammy Sosa, with his 17th dinger this month, ties the National League record for August homers, established by Willie Mays in 1965. Tiger first baseman Rudy York set the major league mark, going yard 18 times in the eighth month of 1937.
2005 Jeff Kent becomes the first player to hit 300 homers as a second baseman. The Dodger infielder, who surpassed Ryne Sandberg’s total of 277 last September, is the major league leader at this position, with Joe Gordon holding the American League record with 246 round-trippers.
2005 After losing a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth inning against the Yomiuri Giants earlier in the season, Fumiya Nishiguchi (16-4) sees his perfect game against the expansion Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles go into extra innings. The Seibu Lions right-hander gives up a hit and has to settle for a 10-inning complete game shutout.
2007 Citing the need for a fresh start, Drayton McLane, owner of the last place Astros, fires skipper Phil Garner and GM Tim Purpura. Bench coach Cecil Cooper is named interim manager with long-time team executive Tal Smith being appointed as general manager, also on an interim basis.
2007 Jake Peavy becomes the Padres leader in career strikeouts when he punches out Orlando Hudson looking at an inside fastball in the first inning of a 3-1 San Diego victory over the Diamondbacks at Petco Park. The right-handed fireballer, who fans 11 in the game, moves past Andy Benes, who had struck out 1036 batters, pitching for the Friars from 1989 to 1995.
2010 Braves starter Tommy Hanson, who begins the game without having given up a homer in his last 47.2 innings on the mound, sees his streak end when Marlin leadoff hitter Cameron Maybin drills the first pitch of the game into the left-field seats at Turner Field. Logan Morrison, the next batter, then connects off the Atlanta right-hander for his first major league round-tripper, making it the first time in franchise history that Florida has led off a game with back-to-back homers.
2010 The Nationals announce 22 year-old right-hander Stephen Strasburg will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament, that will require about 12 to 18 months of rehabilitation. The rookie sensation, whose presence on the mound earlier in the season brought President Obama, along with his two daughters, to Nationals Park to watch the phenom pitch against the White Sox, finishes his freshman year with a 5-3 won-loss record in his 12 starts, striking out 92 batters in 68 innings while compiling an ERA of 2.91.
2011 Justin Verlander becomes the first pitcher to win 20 games before the start of September since the D-Back's Curt Schilling reached the milestone in 2002. The right-hander (20-5) gives up four runs on eight hits along with six strikeouts and three walks in six innings of work, but is credited with a victory when the Tigers beat Minnesota at Target Field, 6-4.
2013 Marlon Byrd is traded by the Mets, along with John Buck and cash, to the Pirates for a player to be named later (Vic Black) and minor leaguer Dilson Herrera.  Although the outfielder is no longer on the roster, the team follows through on its planned promotion, giving away Marlon Byrd T-shirts prior to tonight's game. 

2015 In their game against Seattle, the White Sox wear collared blue and white v-neck retro jerseys, reminding fans of the infamous look the team had starting with a few games 1976 until 1981. The Throwback Thursday promotion at U.S. Cellular Field features the unusual uniforms designed by then-owner Bill Veeck, who believed his team, at the time, may not have been the greatest in baseball, but could be the most stylish club in the major leagues.


35 Fact(s) Found