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September 22nd

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1911 At the age of 44, Cy Young gains his 511th and final career win, defeating the Pirates, 1-0.
1912 At Sportsman's Park against the Browns, Eddie Collins becomes the only player to steal six bases in one game for a second time. The Philadelphia A’s second baseman’s feat of thievery has yet to be surpassed.
1925 Burleigh Grimes accounts for seven outs in just three plate appearances. The Dodger pitcher hits into two double plays, then into a triple play.
1926 At Ebbets Field, the aging 18-year veteran outfielder Zack Wheat hits his last homer as a Dodger, but severely pulls a muscle nearing second. The future Hall of Famer needs to rest nearly five minutes before completing his trip to home plate making it the longest home run trot in major league history.
1936 With victories of 12-0 and 14-0 over the Browns, the Tigers record the most one-sided doubleheader shutouts in the history of the game.
1947 On an off day, the Dodgers clinched the National League pennant, when Chicago takes the nightcap of twin bill against St. Louis. Although it is past midnight when the good news about their beloved team reaches the borough, Brooklynites begin to gather on Flatbush for an impromptu celebration. 
1948 For the fourth time this season, Stan Musial has five hits in five at-bats setting a National League record, and tying Ty Cobb's major league record. The hits 'Stan the Man' collects come off five different pitchers, on five consecutive pitches.
1954 In his major league debut, Dodger Karl Spooner blanks the Giants, 3-0 while striking out 15, including six straight. The 23-year old lefty's strikeout total is the most ever recorded in a rookie's first appearance.
1957 With his second round-tripper in the Dodgers' 7-3 victory over Philadelphia, Duke Snider hits his 40th home run tying Ralph Kiner's National League record of five consecutive seasons with forty or more homers. The Duke of Flatbush's seventh inning homer off future Hall of Famer Robin Roberts will prove to be the last one ever hit at Ebbets Field.
1959 After the White Sox clinch the pennant by beating the second-place Indians at Cleveland Stadium, 4-2, Chicago’s Mayor Richard Daley orders the city air raid sirens to blast. It is the South-siders' first American League championship since the notorious Black Sox team won the flag 40 years ago.
1961 Jim Gentile hits his fifth grand slam of the year to tie Ernie Banks' major league record established in 1955. Each of the Orioles' first baseman's grand slams has come with Chuck Estrada pitching for Baltimore.
1962 The Cubs hand Al Jackson his 20th loss of the season as the team beats the Mets, 8-2. The New York southpaw joins Roger Craig in reaching the dubious number of defeats making the pair the first teammates since Bucky Walters and Joe Bowman of the 1936 Phillies to become 20-game losers on the same National League team.
1964 Larry Dierker, who will have a long relationship with the franchise including stints as a broadcaster and manager, becomes the last rookie to make his major league debut as a Colt .45. On his 18th birthday, the right-hander is the starting pitcher and takes the loss when San Francisco defeats Houston, 7-3.
1965 Willie Mays joins Ralph Kiner as only the second National Leaguer to have more than one 50-home run season. The milestone homer helps the Giants to beat the Reds, 7-5.
1966 The Orioles clinched their first pennant representing Baltimore when Jim Palmer goes the distance and beats Lew Krausse and the A's at Municipal Stadium, 6-1. The franchise's last flag was raised in St. Louis in 1944 when the team was known as the Browns.
1966 With only 413 patrons in attendance to see New York's 4-1 loss to the White Sox, Red Barber's request for a camera to scan the empty stands is denied by the team's head of media relations. The veteran broadcaster will reportedly lose his job when he continues to tell his audience, "I don't know what the paid attendance is today, but whatever it is, it is the smallest crowd in the history of Yankee Stadium, and this crowd is the story, not the game."
1968 The Twins' Cesar Tovar is the second major leaguer to play one inning at each position. In 1965, A's Bert Campaneris became the first.
1969 During the 4-2 victory over the Padres, Giant outfielder Bobby Bonds establishes a big league record as he strikeouts for the 176th time this season. The California native will finish the year with a total of 187 and will extend the record next season with 189 strikeouts.
1969 Joining Yankee legend Babe Ruth, Willie Mays becomes the second major leaguer to hit 600 career home runs. The historic two-run homer is delivered as a pinch hitter in the top of the seventh inning off Padres hurler Mike Corkins, and proves to be the difference in the Giants' 4-2 victory at Qualcomm Stadium.
1973 John Hiller goes 3 1/2 innings in the Tigers' 5-1 victory over the Red Sox notching his 38th save, a club record. In 1971, the southpaw reliever suffered a heart attack at the age of 27.
1976 Right-hander Don Sutton goes the distance to become a twenty game winner for the first and last time when the Dodgers beat the Giants at Candlestick Park, 3-1. The future Hall of Famer will compile a 324-256 (.559) record during his 23-year career in the bigs.
1977 Bert Blyleven no-hits the Angels, 6-0. A third inning error, in which the runner is erased on a double play, and a walk, issued with two outs in the ninth, account for the only two base runners in the game for Anaheim.
1986 Dodger hurler Fernando Valenzuela (20-10) two-hits Houston en route to a 9-2 victory at the Astrodome. The 25-year old southpaw becomes the first Mexican to win 20 games in the major leagues.
1987 Chicago sends Dickie Noles to the Tigers for a player to be named later. A month later the right handed pitcher is returned to the Cubs as that player to be named later.
1987 Future Hall of Famer Wade Boggs collects his 200th hit for the fifth straight season. The Red Sox third baseman will reached the 200-hit mark for two more consecutive seasons before the streak ends in 1990.
1988 The Mets clinch their fourth NL East title when Ron Darling goes the distance defeating Philadelphia at Shea Stadium, 3-1. The Amazins also copped the division flag in 1969, 1973, and 1986.
1993 The Rockies establish the major league home attendance record with 4,483,350 patrons attending games at Denver's Mile High Stadium. The expansion team averages 55,350 fans per game in their inaugural season.
1993 The long career of Ranger right-hander Nolan Ryan, who had announced his plans to retire at end of the season, comes to an abrupt end when the Texas starter leaves the game in the first inning after injuring his right elbow. The future Hall of Famer, who gives up five runs without retiring a batter, will throw just one more pitch after giving up a grand slam to Dann Howitt in the 7-4 loss to Seattle at the Kingdome.
1996 Barry Larkin becomes the first shortstop to become a member of the 30-30 club when he goes deep off Donovan Osborne in the fifth inning in the Reds' 6-3 victory over St. Louis. The future Hall of Fame infielder joins teammate Eric Davis as only the second Cincinnati player to accomplish the feat.
1997 Thanks to the Mets beating the Marlins, the Braves, prior to their 3-2 win over the Expos, capture the National League East title. It's the sixth straight division title for Atlanta which breaks the major league record.
1998 The Blue Jays' Jose Canseco hits his 45th and 46th home runs setting a new career high.
1998 With his American League-leading home runs #54 and 55, Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. joins Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig as the only players to drive in 140 or more runs in three consecutive seasons.
1998 Braves' backstop Eddie Perez's solo home run in Atlanta's 4-1 win over the Marlins is the team's 208th homer this season, breaking a 32-year-old franchise record.
1998 By walking in the first inning, John Olerud ties Barry Bonds' National League record of reaching base 15 consecutive times. The Mets first baseman grounds out in the third to fall one short of the 1957 major league mark set by Ted Williams.
1998 Tony Clark becomes the first Detroit player since Rudy York (1937-38) to drive in 100 runs in each of his first two full seasons in the Motor City.
2000 Passing the 1997 Rockies, the Astros establish a new National League team single-season home run mark, hitting their 240th in a 12-5 loss to the Reds at Cinergy Field. The slugfest features nine home runs with Cincinnati hitting six and Houston going deep three times.
2000 At Cinergy Field, Astros' Jose Lima sets a National League record by giving up his 47th home run of the season passing the 1956 mark of Robin Roberts. Bert Blyleven holds the major league mark serving up 50 gopher balls as a Twin in 1986.
2000 Mets' closer Armando Benitez blanks the Phillies in the ninth for his 39th save breaking John Franco's club record. Franco also appeared in the Mets' 9-6 win.
2002 Chicago first baseman Fred McGriff becomes the first player to hit 30 home runs in a season for five different teams (Blue Jays, Braves, Cubs, Devil Rays, and Cubs). The 'Crime Dog's' first inning PNC poke also sets a record for being the 42nd major league park in which he's gone yard, one more than Ellis Burks of the Indians.
2002 In last game ever played at Cinergy Field, the Phillies complete a three-game sweep defeating the Reds, 4-3, in front of many of the team's former superstars except for the banished Pete Rose. The all-time hit leader, however, is not forgotten as Tom Browning paints Rose's uniform number 14 on the pitcher's mound after the game with red spray paint and, as home plate is dug up and to be delivered next door to Great American Ball Park, the crowd begins to chant, "Pete, Pete".
2002 Greg Maddux pitches seven innings of four-hit ball as the Braves beat the Marlins, 4-1. 'Mad Dog' joins Cy Young as one of only two pitchers in baseball history to win at least 15 games in 15 consecutive seasons.
2003 Hitting his 13th leadoff home run of the season, Alfonso Soriano establishes a new major league record. The Yankees second baseman has been tied with Brady Anderson who hit 12 in 1996 for the Orioles.
2003 For only the third time in major league history, a Korean pitcher and a Japanese pitcher oppose one another as Expos' hurler Tomo Ohka faces Jae Weong Seo as starters at Shea Stadium. Both Pacific Rim right handers throw well but neither gets the decision as Montreal beats the Mets on misplayed fly balls in the ninth, 4-2.
2003 The Tigers established a new mark for futility in the American League recording their 118th loss of the season. The 1916 A's (36-117) had held the record prior to Detroit's 12-6 defeat to the Royals.
2004 By whiffing Albert Pujols in the 3-2 loss to the Cardinals, Ben Sheets breaks the Brewers' single-season strikeout record. The 26-year-old Louisiana native surpasses Teddy Higuera’s mark of 240 established in 1987.
2005 On the day he is scheduled to return to the team after rehabilitating his right knee and left ankle at home, the Orioles informs Rafael Palmeiro not to report to the team. The first baseman/DH, who tested positive for steroids earlier in the season, continues to stir up more controversy as the 40-year old veteran states the reason for failing the drug test due to a vitamin B-12 shot given by his teammate, Miguel Tejada.
2005 An American Society of Microbiology's study of the number of people who wash their hands after using a public restroom reports 83 percent of patrons take advantage of the available soap and water. Of the 6,300 bathroom users monitored, the worst hygiene was found at Turner Field during a Braves game where approximately a quarter of the patrons (37% male and 16% female) did not wash their hands after using the facilities.
2009 Diamondback slugger Mark Reynolds establishes a new single-season strikeout mark for the second year in a row when he misses a 1-2 breaking ball from Madison Bumgarner, his 205th K of the campaign. Prior to breaking his own dubious mark and extending it with another whiff in the sixth inning, the 26-year old third baseman collected his 100th RBI of the season in Arizona's 10-8 Chase Field victory over San Francisco.
2010 The Diamondbacks hire Kevin Towers as the team's general manager, bypassing the interim GM Jerry Dipoto, who is highly regarded within the organization and throughout baseball for the job he did replacing Josh Byrnes. During Towers' 14-year tenure in the same position with the Padres, San Diego won four division titles and played in the 1998 World Series against New York.
2011 Thanks to Shane Victorino's million-dollar pledge, the renovated 105-year-old Nicetown Boys & Girls Club celebrates its grand opening. The inner-city facility, now named after the Phillies' All-star center fielder, is only the second club in the country to bear the name of a major leaguer with the 'Flying Hawaiian' sharing the distinction with Willie Mays.
2011 Leo Núñez is placed on the restricted list by the Marlins without the club listing a reason, but the Associated Press has reported that the Florida closer, whose real name is Juan Oviedo, needs to return to the Dominican Republic to deal with legal issues pertaining to the use of fake identification documents. The 29-year old right-handed reliever used his childhood friend's identity in order to receive a more lucrative deal due to being believed to be only be 16 years of age instead of 17 when signing his first major league contract.
2012 Gio Gonzalez becomes the second pitcher in franchise history to win 20 games in a season when Washington beats Milwaukee at Nationals Park, 10-4. The 27 year-old southpaw joins Ross Grimsley, who accomplished the feat in 1978 when the club played in Montreal as the Expos.
2013 Felix Hernandez, making his first appearance since suffering a strained oblique, sets a record for strikeouts in a start lasting four or fewer innings when he whiffs 10 batters before the fifth frame in the Mariners’ 3-2 victory at Angel Stadium. The fans aren't the only ones buzzing during King Félix's performance as a swarm of bees in the outfield delays the contest for 23 minutes during the third inning.

53 Fact(s) Found