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August 18th

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1913 In the top of the ninth inning at the Baker Bowl, the Cubs stroke nine straight hits, including six singles, two doubles, and a home run, off reliever Erskine Mayer. Chicago's late offensive barrage produces six runs, helping the team coast to an easy 10-4 victory over the Phillies.

(Ed. Note - Many sites erroneously list this game as being played on August 19, with Grover Alexander giving up the big inning. -LP)

1960 Lew Burdette pitches a no-hitter, beating Gene Conley and the Phillies at County Stadium, 1-0. The Braves right-hander hits Tony Gonzalez with a one-out, fifth-inning pitch, preventing perfection, but still faces the minimum 27 batters by getting Lee Walls to ground into a double play.

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1982 At the Astrodome, Pete Rose becomes the all-time leader in plate appearances when he steps up to the plate for the 13,941st time. The Phillies' first baseman surpasses Cardinal legend Stan Musial, who had established the mark in 1963.
2006 Alfonso Soriano becomes the third player in big-league history to compile four seasons of 30 homers and 30 stolen bases. With his second-inning swipe of second base in a 6-4 victory over the Phillies, the Nationals outfielder joins Barry and Bobby Bonds in accomplishing the feat for the fourth time.
2006 Mike Lieberthal passes Red Dooin, who caught 1,124 games from 1902-14, to become the Phillies' all-time leader as a catcher. The former backstop, credited as the first major leaguer to wear shinguards (1906), tried but failed in 1914 as the team's player-manager to convince owner William Barker to buy three promising players from Baltimore's International League franchise, which included a pitcher named Babe Ruth.

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