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August 17th

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1957 In a game against New York at Connie Mack Stadium, a foul ball off the bat of Richie Ashburn breaks the nose of spectator Alice Roth, the wife of an editor for Philadelphia's Bulletin. During the same at bat, the Phillies leadoff hitter nails her for the second time as she is being carried off on a stretcher.
1971 During a visit to the White House, 21 year-old Vida Blue, who is presently 22-4, is told by President Nixon that he is the most underpaid player in the game. The Commander-in-Chief tells the eventual Cy Young Award winner and AL MVP he would like to negotiate the A's southpaw's next contract, much to the chagrin of Oakland owner Charlie Finley.
2004 At the age of 19, B.J. Upton becomes the first teenager in more than six years to homer in a major league game when he goes deep at Tropicana Field in the Rays' 8-3 victory over Anaheim. Aramis Ramirez was the last major leaguer to hit a round-tripper before his 20th birthday when he connected in 1998 off Philadelphia's Tyler Green, playing for the Pirates.
2004 As she enters Sacramento's Raley Field at 6:27 p.m., five year-old Olivia Perez is honored by the River Cats as she becomes the four millionth fan in franchise history. The Triple A affiliate of the Oakland A's reaches the milestone faster than any club in minor league baseball history.

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