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This Day in Baseball History
August 11th

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1907 Cardinal Ed Karger pitches a seven-inning perfect game in game two of a doubleheader, beating the Boston Braves, 4-0. The contest was shortened by a prior agreement between the clubs.
1912 Shoeless Joe Jackson completes the stolen base cycle when he swipes home in the seventh inning of the Indians' 8-3 victory over New York at Cleveland's League Park. The 25 year-old outfielder had made his way around the bases by stealing second and third base before his thievery of the plate to complete the deed.
1926 In a 7-2 loss to Chicago, Indian outfielder Tris Speaker hits his 700th career double. 'Grey Eagle' will establish a major league mark for two-baggers, collecting 792 during his 22-year career.
1929 At League Park in Cleveland, Babe Ruth hits Willis Hudlin's first delivery in the second inning over the right field fence to record his 500th career home run. The Bambino has more than twice the number of round-trippers than the Phillies' Cy Williams, who is #2 on the all-time list with 237.
1942 A quirk in the major league rules results in the first game of a doubleheader at Cleveland Stadium being suspended due to darkness, but allows the Tigers to beat the Indians in the nightcap, 3-2. The scoreless opener was stopped in the 14th inning because the ML edict states games started in daylight could not be completed under artificial lights, but the rule did not apply to the second game of the twin bill because it would be started after the sun went down.
1946 Sweeping a doubleheader, the Phillies end the Dodgers' 18-game winning streak, a major league record, in Philadelphia. The Dodgers hadn't lost in the City of Brotherly Love since May 5, 1945.
1950 Vern Bickford, throwing just 97 pitches, no-hits the Dodgers at Braves' Field, 7-0. The 29 year-old right-hander hurls the first hitless game for Boston since Jim Tobin accomplished the feat, also against Brooklyn, on April 27, 1944.
1951 WCBS-TV televises the first baseball game broadcast in color, a Braves' 8-1 victory over the hometown Dodgers in the first game of a twin bill at Ebbets Field. Brooklyn's announcers Red Barber and Connie Desmond provide the play-by-play commentary.
1951 At Texas League Park in Tulsa, OK, Bob Turley of the San Antonio Missions strikes out 22 Oilers in a 16-inning game that is called due to darkness with the score tied 3-3. When the Class-AA minor league season ends, the 20 year-old right-hander will join the Browns, making his major league debut for the last-place team on September 29.
1955 Ted Williams collects his 2000th career hit with a first-inning bloop single off Bob Turley in the team's 5-3 loss at Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox outfielder will finish his 19-year Hall of Fame career with 2654 hits.
1959 Gil Carter, a pitcher for the Carlsbad, New Mexico entry in the Sophomore Baseball League, reportedly hits a ball that travels 730 feet from home plate. The left field blast may be the longest home run ever hit.
1961 In front of packed County Stadium in Milwaukee, Braves lefty Warren Spahn scatters six hits to beat the Cubs, 2-1, for his 300th victory. The 40 year-old southpaw, who will finish his career with 363 wins, the most of any left-hander in the history of the game, is the thirteenth major league hurler to reach the milestone.
1963 In the second game of doubleheader, Auburn's Paul Alspach strikes out 24 New York-Penn League Pirate batters en route to a 1-0 victory at Batavia's MacArthur Stadium. The 21 year-old Mets farmhand's performance breaks the NYPL's strikeout record of 20, previously shared by Jerry Kleinsmith (Jamestown, 1948) and Ron Owen (Hornell, 1955).
1967 Al Downing, en route to a 5-3 complete game victory at Cleveland Stadium, strikes out the side in the second frame on nine consecutive pitches. The victims of the Yankee southpaw's immaculate inning are clean-up batter Tony Horton, Don Demeter, and Duke Sims.
1968 As a pinch hitter, Gates Brown has two walk-off hits in Detroit's twin bill sweep of the Red Sox at Tiger Stadium. His pinch home run off Lee Stange in the 14th inning ends the opener, 5-4, and the nightcap is decided when he comes off the bench in the ninth and singles to right off Sparky Lyle, scoring Mickey Stanley, giving the team from the Motor City a 6-5 victory.
1970 With a 6-5 victory over the Astros, Phillies' right-hander Jim Bunning becomes the first pitcher since Cy Young to win 100 games in both leagues. During his nine years with the Tigers, the future U.S. Senator compiled a 118-87 record in the American League.
1970 With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Carl Taylor's walk-off grand slam caps a five-run rally, giving the Cardinals a dramatic comeback victory over San Diego, 11-10. The pinch-hitter delivers his 'sayonora slam' on the first pitch he sees from Ron Herbel.
1973 During the Old Timers' Game played at Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle homers off his old teammate and best buddy, Whitey Ford. After launching a shot that lands foul in the upper deck, the slugger sends the southpaw's next pitch over the fence, much to the delight of the large crowd gathered for the festivities.
1979 Joining Ted Williams (four seasons) and Jimmie Foxx (five seasons), Red Sox slugger Jim Rice becomes the third player in franchise history to hit 30 home runs in three consecutive seasons. The Red Sox outfielder's first inning homer isn't enough when Milwaukee beats Boston at Fenway Park, 9-6.
1980 In the third inning of a 3-1 Yankee victory over the White Sox, Reggie Jackson connects off of Britt Burns for his 400th career home run. Mr. October will finish his 21-year career with 563 dingers, placing him sixth on the all-time list when he retired in 1987.
1981 Ray Searage pitches two-plus innings of hitless relief to be credited with the win in New York's 4-2 victory over Chicago at Wrigley Field. The southpaw, with his eighth-inning single, gains the distinction of being the only Met player to have compiled a 1.000 batting average (1-for-1) and a 1.000 winning percentage (1-0) while playing with the team.
1982 Tagged with the loss in the Twins' 6-3 defeat to California, Terry Felton's career record drops to 0-14. The 24 year-old right hander, who will not win a game in 55 major league appearances, establishes a new mark for the worst individual start in baseball history, surpassing Guy Morton's 1914 record of 13 consecutive losses from the beginning of a career.
1986 Breaking Max Carey's mark, Cincinnati Reds' Pete Rose sets a National League record with his tenth five-hit game of his career. 'Charlie Hustle' singles four times and doubles in the 13-4 loss to San Francisco.
1987 Oakland A's first baseman Mark McGwire breaks Al Rosen's American League rookie record, established in 1950, and ties the major league mark shared by Frank Robinson (1956) and Wally Berger (1930) when he hits his 38th homer of the season. The unanimous choice for Rookie of the Year will finish the season with 49 homers, smashing the existing major league record.
1991 In only his second big league start, 21 year-old White Sox southpaw Wilson Alvarez becomes the 16th rookie to throw a no-hitter, beating the Orioles, 7-0. Only Browns' hurler Bobo Holloman, who threw a no-no in his first major league start in 1953, accomplished the feat in fewer starts.
1994 Randy Johnson's pitch to strike out A's Ernie Young will become the last ball thrown in the major leagues for seven and half months. The longest work stoppage in baseball history will cancel the remaining games on the schedule, including the postseason, and will impact the start of 1995 campaign.
1998 When 26,472 fans attend the Devil Rays' 2-1 walk-off win over Baltimore at Tropicana Field, the team surpasses the two-million mark in home attendance in their inaugural season. Tampa Bay joins the Rockies, Marlins, and Diamondbacks as the only expansion teams to reach this mark.
1998 At Fenway Park, a moment of silence is observed in memory of Detective John Gibson, one of the police officers killed at the U.S. Capitol last month. The Waltham, Massachusetts resident was a lifelong Red Sox fan.
2001 For the third and final time, Jason and Jeremy Giambi homer in the same game when both brothers go deep off Sterling Hitchcock in Oakland's 8-6 victory over New York at Network Associates Coliseum. The A's teammates first accomplished the feat last season and again in June.
2001 Using the fewest number of games anyone has ever needed to hit 50 homers in a season, Giant outfielder Barry Bonds reaches the milestone in 117 contests. In 1999, Sammy Sosa reached the mark in 121 contests.
2001 En route to his 11th victory when the Giants beat the Cubs at Wrigley Field, 9-4, Livan Hernandez goes 4-for-4, including a home run. The Cuban right-hander has collected eight consecutive hits, enjoying a 3-for-3 performance against the Phillies on August 5 and going 2-for-3 against the Pirates on the last day in July.
2001 For the first time in his 16-year career, Barry Bonds hits his 50th homer of the season. The 36 year-old Giants outfielder will go yard 23 more times to establish a new big league single-season record with 73 home runs.
2002 Keeping with the tradition of commemorating former players who are in the Hall of Fame, the Cardinals unveiled the 11th statue outside Busch stadium - an airborne Ozzie Smith. The bronze likeness, created by sculptor Harry Weber, captures the former shortstop stretched horizontally to the ground, trying to field a grounder in the hole.

Ozzie Smith

2002 Sammy Sosa's grand slam and run-scoring double against the Rockies give the Cubs' slugger 14 RBIs over two games, establishing a new National League record. The previous mark was 13, shared by Nate Colbert (Padres-1972) and Mark Whiten (Cardinals-1993).
2003 By fanning Jeff Kent in the seventh inning at Wrigley Field, Kerry Wood became the fastest major leaguer to record his 1,000th career strikeout, needing only 134 games to reach the milestone. It took 143 games for Roger Clemens to accomplish the feat.
2003 Pawtucket's Red Sox right-hander Bronson Arroyo throws the second perfect game in three years for the team and fourth in the 120-year history of the International League when he beats Buffalo at McCoy Stadium, 7-0. In 2001, Tomo Ohka, who will be a member the Expos two seasons later, also set down 27 consecutive batters for the PawSox in a 2-0 victory over the Charlotte Knights in the same Rhode Island ballpark.
2004 During the memorial service at St. Patrick's Cathedral in front of pews packed with Mets fans, team owner Fred Wilpon and former broadcast partner Gary Thorne deliver eulogies remembering the late Hall of Famer Bob Murphy. At the age of 79, 'Murph' who supplied 42 years of Happy Recaps for the Mets and spent a half of a century broadcasting big league games, lost his battle with lung cancer.
2005 Mets outfielders Carlos Beltran and Mike Cameron, running at full speed in an attempt to catch Padres David Ross' seventh-inning short fly to short right-center, dive head-first into each other in one of the most horrific collisions in baseball history. Right fielder Cameron, who suffers a broken nose and multiple fractures of both cheekbones, will undergo facial surgery in San Diego, and his teammate, center fielder Carlos Beltran, fares a bit better, suffering a concussion and a small fracture in his cheekbone.
2008 A very pleasantly surprised Adam Dunn is traded by the Reds to the Diamondbacks for minor league right-hander Dallas Buck and two players to be named. In the midst of a losing season, Cincinnati continues unloading its marquee players with Dunn, the major league leader in home runs (tie), and future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey, Jr. being exchanged for prospects as the team begins a rebuilding phase.
2010 In an 8-2 victory over Milwaukee at Miller Park, the Diamondbacks become the only the seventh team to hit four consecutive home runs in an inning. In the top of the fourth inning, Adam LaRoche, Miguel Montero, Mark Reynolds, and Stephen Drew all connect off Dave Bush, making the right-hander only the third hurler in major league history to yield four straight round-trippers.
2014 The Royals, who haven't made the playoffs since winning the World Series in 1985, beat Oakland, 3-2, to take a half-game lead in the AL Central. Much to the delight of the 21,479 fans at Kauffman Stadium, Sung Woo, the South Korean first-time visitor and the team's recent good luck charm, who is well known to Royals fans for his long-time enthusiastic support for the Kansas City club thanks to his active participation on Twitter under the handle @Koreanfan_Kansas City, hangs the "W" on the outer wall of the Royals Hall of Fame
2015 The Blue Jays, Rays, Marlins, Mets, Indians, Cubs, Royals, White Sox, Twins, Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mariners, Padres, Dodgers, and Giants all win, making it the first time in the live ball era that every contest is won by the home team in a full slate of games. The unique occurrence became a reality when the last two completed games end in extra innings, with the host clubs enjoying a walk-off victory.
2016 Rockies rookie outfielder David Dahl singles to right field off Rangers starter Lucas Harrell, giving him a hit in 17 straight games to start his big league career. The 22 year-old freshman’s streak, in which he is batting .365 (23-of-63), equals the mark established by Reds third baseman Chuck Aleno, who also hit in his first major league 17 games in May of 1941.

43 Fact(s) Found