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September 9th

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1914 Braves' hurler George 'Iron' Davis, a Harvard Law School student, no-hits the Phillies at Boston's South End Grounds, 7-0. Only Bumpus Jones (2) and Bobo Holloman (3) have fewer career victories for pitchers that have thrown no-hitters than the 24-year old right-hander, who will retire after four seasons in the major leagues with a 7-10 record.
1922 William Chester 'Baby Doll' Jacobson triples three times in the Browns' 16-0 rout of the Tigers at Sportsman's Park. The St. Louis outfielder will hit 94 three-baggers during his 11-year career.
1936 With a doubleheader sweep over the Indians, the Yankees clinch their eighth pennant. The Bronx Bombers will finish the season 19.5 games ahead of the Tigers.
1945 In the night cap of a twin bill at Shibe Park, Dick Fowler gets his only victory of the season when he no-hits the Browns, 1-0, becoming the first Canadian to throw a major league no-hitter. The A's 24-year old right-hander from Toronto will compile a 66-79 record during his ten-year tenure with the A's.
1948 At the Polo Grounds, Dodger Rex Barney no-hits the Giants, 2-0. The Brooklyn 23-year old right-hander had to endure a one-hour rain delay as well as showers in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings to finish his gem.
1950 Dom DiMaggio swipes second base, advances to third on an error, and then scores the first run of the game on a ground out in the Red Sox's 11-3 rout of the Philadelphia at Fenway Park. The stolen base is final one the 'Little Professor' will get this season, but he will finish leading the American League with 15, the lowest total that has ever led either league.
1960 Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams hits career homer 511 tying him with Mel Ott for third on the all-time home run list behind Babe Ruth (714) and Jimmie Foxx (534). The historic homer, a two-out game-tying solo shot to deep right field, comes off Jim Perry in the fifth inning of a 6-3 loss to the Tribe at Cleveland Stadium.
1961 At the Stadium, Roger Maris hits his 56th home run of the season off Mudcat Grant in an 8-7 comeback Yankee victory over the Indians. The Fargo native and roommate Mickey Mantle (52) now holds the record for most single-season home runs by a pair of teammates (108), previously set in 1927 by another pair of Bronx Bombers, Babe Ruth (60) and Lou Gehrig (47).
1965 Sandy Koufax's perfect game against the Cubs bests Bob Hendley's one hit effort, 1-0. The Dodger Stadium gem is the southpaw’s record fourth no-hitter.
1968 Joe Gordon will have the distinction of managing his second team in Kansas City when he is hired to be the skipper for the new American League expansion team. The former A's manager, in his only year with the club, will pilot the Royals in their inaugural year to a fourth-place finish in the six-team AL West Division, finishing the season with a 69-93 record.
1977 At Fenway Park, Allan Trammel and Lou Whitaker, playing shortstop and second base respectively, both make their major league debut for Detroit. The Tigers' new double play combination will be teammates for the next 19 seasons, a major league record.
1979 When Bob Montgomery takes his final at-bat, he becomes the last player to step into the batter’s box without wearing a helmet. The Red Sox's backup catcher, who is required to wear a protective plastic liner within his cap, is allowed to be helmetless due to a grandfather clause in Major League Baseball's edict that enacted eight years ago making the use helmets mandatory for all batters.
1987 Striking out 12 of the final 13 hitters and a total of 16 batters, Nolan Ryan beats the Giants, 4-2. The 'Ryan Express' notches his 4,500th career strikeout by whiffing Mike Aldrette to end the seventh inning.
1988 In his final major league game, Bruce Sutter, who missed all of last season due to shoulder problems, notches his 300th career save. The 35 year-old future Hall of Fame closer becomes the third reliever to reach the milestone when he retires the Padres in order in the 11th inning of the Braves' 5-4 victory at Jack Murphy Stadium.
1992 In front of a sellout crowd at County Stadium, Robin Yount becomes the 17th and third youngest player to reach the 3000 hits milestone when he singles off of Indian reliever Jose Mesa in a 5-4 defeat to Cleveland. The 36 year-old Milwaukee center fielder also reached 1,000 and 2,000 hit plateaus against the Indians.
1992 Brewer owner Bud Selig is selected by the owners to serve as acting baseball commissioner until a permanent successor can be found. It will take nearly six years to name a permanent commissioner and it will be Selig.
1997 Hall of Famer and beloved Phillies announcer Richie Ashburn, an excellent contact hitter who once fouled off 14 pitches in one at-bat, passes away of an apparent heart attack in his New York hotel room after broadcasting a Mets-Phillies game last night. 'Whitey' collected the most hits by any major leaguer during the decade of the 1950's.
1997 Red Sox rookie shortstop Nomar Garciaparra breaks the major league record for RBIs by a lead-off batter with his two ribbies in an 8-6 loss to the Yankees. Tiger Harvey Kuenn established the mark in 1956 with 85.
1998 The Yankees (102-41) move 20.5 games ahead of the second-place Red Sox and clinch the American League East title with their 7-5 win over Boston at Fenway Park. The Bronx Bombers will set an American League record with their 112 victories this season.
1998 Thanks to Damion Easley's tenth inning two-run walk-off homer, the Tigers beat Rick Aguilera and the Twins, 8-7. It is the third consecutive contest in which Detroit trailed going into the final inning, but wins the game in dramatic fashion in their last at-bat.
2001 For the second time in the season, Barry Bonds hits three home runs in a game. The Giants left fielder, whose offensive output gives him 63 homers, passes the major league season mark of 61 for homers hit left-handed set by Roger Maris in 1961.
2002 For the fifth straight season, Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson records 300 strikeouts breaking his own record of four consecutive years. The feat also ties the 'Big Unit' with Nolan Ryan having a total of six 300 strikeout seasons.
2002 Barry Bonds' 610th career home run is the longest dinger ever hit in the three-year history of Pac Bell Park. The 491-foot homer sails over the heads of the fans who are waiting in line at a concession stand in the center field bleachers.
2002 On the third-earliest date since divisional play began in 1969, the Braves clinch the National League East for the eighth consecutive season. Atlanta will finish the season 19 games ahead of the second-place Expos.
2003 At Turner Field, Tomas Perez and Jason Michaels both hit grand slams in the Phillies' 18-5 rout of the hometown Braves. The bases-full blasts come in the second and sixth inning respectively.
2004 Lino Urdaneta’s first major league appearance results in an earned run average of infinity when the Tigers rookie does not retire a batter, giving up five hits, one walk and six earned runs. Fortunately for the right-hander, the Mets will give him the opportunity to appear in two games in 2007, in which he allows one run in one inning of work, to bring down his ERA to a much more respectable 63.00.
2004 Joe Randa becomes the first player in American League history to collect six hits and score six runs in the a nine-inning game. The Kansas City third baseman’s offensive output contributes to the Royals’ 26-5 rout over Tigers.
2006 At Coors Field in Denver, Alfonso Soriano hit his 45th home run of the season to set the Nationals' single-season franchise record. The previous club record was established in 2000 by Vladimir Guerrero playing for of the Montreal Expos.
2006 In the shortest game ever recorded at Chase Field, Brandon Webb one-hits the visiting Cardinals, 3-0. The only hit the Diamondbacks right-hander gives up in the 1 hour and 54-minute in the desert is Scott Rolen's two-out double in the fourth inning
2007 In the first inning at Detroit's Comerica Park, Curtis Granderson steals his 20th base of the season to become only the third major leaguer to belong to the 20-20-20-20 club. The Tigers center fielder joins Frank Schulte (1911- Cubs) and Willie Mays (1957 - Giants) as the only players to record 20 home runs, 20 triples, 20 doubles and swipe 20 bases in a season.
2007 The Brewers become the third team in big league history to begin a game with three consecutive homers. In the Brew Crew’s 10-5 victory over the Reds, Rickie Weeks, J.J. Hardy and Ryan Braun start the Great American Ball Park contest with a bang.
2008 Derek Jeter passes the legendary Babe Ruth on the Yankees' all-time hits list adding a first inning single during the 7-1 victory over the Angels in Anaheim to run his career total to 2,519 hits. Lou Gehrig (2,721) is now the only Bronx Bomber with more hits than the club’s current shortstop.
2008 Removed from the starting lineup when his cab is stuck in traffic en route to Fenway Park, Dan Johnson, called up today from the Triple-A minor league Durham Bulls, pinch hits in the ninth inning with the Rays trailing 4-3, and belts a game-tying home run off closer Jonathan Papelbon. The homer, which comes in his first at-bat with the team and is his first pinch hit in 16 major league attempts, is believed to be the turning point of Tampa Bay's season as it helps to snap a four-game losing streak and prevents the Red Sox from taking over first place.
2010 Ichiro Suzuki becomes the first major leaguer with ten consecutive seasons with 200-hits. The Mariner right-fielder extends his own record with a fifth-inning single to center in the Mariners' 1-0 loss to Toronto at the Rogers Centre.

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