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1933 White Sox veteran hurlers Sad Sam Jones (41) and Red Faber (44) are the starting pitchers in a doubleheader split with the A's at Philadelphia's Shibe Park. It will be another 53 seasons before another pair of 40+ year-old teammates (Yankees Tommy John and Joe Niekro) start both ends of a twin bill.
1936 Indians' teenage pitching phenom Bob Feller sets a new American League record by striking out 17 batters when he two-hits the A's at Shibe Park, 5-2. After the season, the 17 year-old will return to his Van Meter, Iowa home to graduate from high school.
1953 Bob Trice becomes the first black player to appear for the A's. The former Homestead Grays hurler will pitch in only three games for Philadelphia this season and 19 next year and a few more in 1956.
1986 The Rangers, in a 14-1 trouncing of Minnesota at the Metrodome, hit a team record seven home runs, including blasts from Darrell Porter (2), Ruben Sierra (2), Steve Buechele, Pete O'Brien, and Pete Incaviglia. Minnesota's starter Bert Blyleven is tagged for five of the round-trippers, which raises his gopher ball total to 44 this season, establishing a new American League record.
1996 Alex Rodriguez became the first player in Mariners history to collect 200 hits in a season. The 20 year-old Seattle shortstop, who gets an RBI single off Minnesota's Travis Miller in the first inning to reach the milestone, will finish the season with 215 hits and a Major League leading .358 batting average.
1998 Sammy Sosa's ninth-inning homer in the bottom of the ninth off Eric Plunk helps to tie the game at 10 runs apiece in the Cubs' eventual 11-10 extra-inning victory over Milwaukee at Wrigley Field. The round-tripper, his second of the contest, is the Chicago right fielder's 62nd of the season, to pass Roger Maris's single season mark and ties him with Mark McGwire for the league's lead.
2008 The Marlins become only the second major league team to have three infielders hit 30 home runs in the same season when Hanley Ramirez goes deep in Florida's 4-2 victory over the Nationals at Dolphin Stadium. The Florida shortstop joins teammates first baseman Mike Jacobs and second baseman Dan Uggla to match the feat accomplished in 2001 by A's infielders Jason Giambi, Eric Chavez, and Miguel Tejada.

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