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1915 In the first game of a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, Cubs' right-hander Jimmy Lavender no-hits the hometown Giants, 2-0. Next season, the 31-year old knuckleballer will stymie New York once again, tossing a one-hitter, allowing only an infield safety to Benny Kauff.
1935 In addition to stroking a three-run triple, 28-year old White Sox Vern Kennedy becomes the sixth rookie to throw a no-hitter. The right-hander's 5-0 gem against the Indians is the first hitless game thrown in Comiskey Park.
1937 Rudy York belts his 17th and 18th homers of the month, establishing a major league record that will not be broken until 1998 when Sammy Sosa hits 19 in the month of June. The rookie catcher's round-trippers help the Tigers maul the Senators at Navin Field, 12-3.
1946 With two singles in the Red Sox' 4-2 victory over Philadelphia, Johnny Pesky collects a total of 53 hits in August, the highest monthly total in franchise history. The shortstop's team mark will be tied in 1950, also accomplished in the month August, by his close friend, Dom DiMaggio.
1950 In front of 14,226 fans at Ebbets Field, Gil Hodges becomes the fourth major leaguer in the century to hit four home runs in one game as Brooklyn routs the Braves, 19-3. The Dodger first baseman also ties the major league record for total bases with 17.
1954 Closing in on the professional home run record of 69, established by Joe Hauser (Minneapolis-1938) and equaled by Bob Crues (Amarillo-1948), Joe Bauman blasts four home runs in the Roswell Rockets' 15-9 victory over the Wichita Falls/Sweetwater Spudders to bring his total to 68. The 32-year old slugging first baseman will finish the season with 72 homers, a record which will last until Barry Bonds surpasses the mark with by one round-tripper in 2001. -This entry was inspired by Ron Skrabacz, who was born on this date. His dad was a teammate of Joe's in 1949 on the Elk City Elks.
1957 Oriole minor league fireballer Steve Dalkowski strikes out 24 Bluefield players, but issues 18 walks, hits four batters and uncorks six wild pitches. The New Britain, Connecticut native's wildness costs him the game when Kingsport loses in an Appalachian League contest, 9-8.
1957 Gus Triandos, considered one of the slowest base runners in baseball history, hits an inside-the-park home run in the Orioles’ 4-1 victory against Boston at Memorial Stadium. The Baltimore backstop circles the bases when his vicious line drive off the outfield wall caroms 100 feet past left fielder Ted Williams, allowing the 27 year-old catcher to complete his improbable round-tripper standing up.
1959 Sandy Koufax fans 18 batters to establish a new National League record for a nine-inning game in the Dodgers' 5-2 win over San Francisco at the LA Memorial Coliseum. The left-hander's performance equals the major league mark established in 1938 by Indians fireballer Bob Feller during a 4-1 loss to Detroit.
1963 In the bottom of the ninth with two outs at Wrigley Field, Ellis Burton hits a walk-off grand slam off Houston hurler Hal Woodeshick, giving the Cubs a dramatic 6-5 victory. Chicago had been trailing 5-2 before the switch-hitting center fielder hit the most memorable of his 17 career round-trippers.
1968 Elroy Face ties Senators' legend Walter Johnson's major league mark for appearances with one team when he enters a game for the 802nd time for the Pirates, replacing Steve Blass, who remains in the contest in left field. After the reliever retires one batter to equal the record, Blass returns to the mound, and an announcement will be made before the final out is recorded in Pittsburgh's 8-0 victory over Atlanta that the Bucs' right-handed veteran has been sold to the Tigers.
1969 Morganna, a well-endowed fan dressed in a mini dress, jumps onto the Atlanta Stadium field and kisses the batter Clete Boyer on the cheek. The Braves' third baseman then promptly ends a 1-for-17 slump with a RBI single and goes on an 8-for-15 tear.
1974 In a Class A minor league contest, Mavericks' manager Frank Peters rotates his starting nine so each player takes a different position on the field for every inning. The innovative strategy works as Portland posts an 8-7 victory over the Tri-Cities Ports, their Northwest League opponents.
1984 Trailing by five runs in the bottom of the ninth, the Rangers score six times to beat the Brewers, 7-6. With two runs in and two out, Milwaukee shortstop Robin Yount's error on Gary Ward's ground ball loads the bases setting the stage for Buddy Bell's 'sayonara slam' over the left field wall off Pete Ladd.
1990 Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. become the first father and son to play in the same major league lineup. The 40-year old left fielder and his 20-year old offspring both score a run in the Mariners' 5-2 victory over the Royals at the Kingdome.
1990 Refusing to part with Triple-A third baseman Scott Cooper to get Larry Andersen from the Astros for the stretch run, Red Sox general manager Lou Gorman trades the Eastern League's MVP Jeff Bagwell for the right-handed relief pitcher. The University of Hartford standout will go on to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award (1991) and will become the league's MVP the same year Andersen, who hurled only 15 innings during his time in Boston, retires from the Phillies (1994).
1992 The A's trade Jose Canseco to the Rangers for Ruben Sierra, Bobby Witt and Jeff Russell and an undisclosed amount of money. Baseball's bad boy will hit 45 home runs and bat .269 during his three-year tenure in Texas.
1997 Andruw Jones's grand slam is the Braves' tenth of the season, breaking the National League mark for bases-full home runs for a team in single season. Ironically the record is broken in an American League park as Atlanta defeats the Red Sox at Fenway.
1997 In front of a crowd of 55,707, Don Mattingly's uniform number 23 is added to the list of retired numbers on the wall at Monument Park. The former Bronx Bomber first basemen, who served as captain of the team from 1991 to 1995, is the first Yankee to have his uniform number retired without having reached a World Series.
1999 Paul Byrd of the Phillies plunks Braves catcher Eddie Perez on the back, precipitating a bench-clearing brawl between the two already unfriendly ball clubs. As the battle rages on, the two instigators are discovered praying together when the pitcher's prayer for forgiveness is overheard by the angry batter.
2000 The Red Sox trade two minor league pitchers to the Reds for Dante Bichette. The 36-year-old veteran outfielder will be the designated hitter for his new team.
2001 Upon learning Danny Almonte, star pitcher of the LLWS, is 14-years old, not 12 as required by the organization's rules, the Little League strips the Raulindo Paulino All-Stars of all its wins. The team, which had captured the heart of the community, finished third in Williamsport and was given a parade in New York and honored in a pregame ceremony at Yankee Stadium.
2001 Former major league league catcher Crash Davis, whose name was the inspiration for the main character of the 1988 hit movie Bull Durham, dies at the age of 82 after a yearlong bout with cancer. In the movie, which was ranked #1 as the greatest sports film of all time by Sports Illustrated, Kevin Costner portrays "Crash" as the veteran backstop of the Durham Bull brought in to help a rookie pitcher reach the big leagues by sharing his experiences on and off the field.

2002 Losing their 13th consecutive game at Shea Stadium, the Mets complete the worst month at home in National League history. With the 1-0 loss to Randy Wolf and the Phillies, the Amazins' join the Seattle Pilots (August-1969) and the Tigers (September-1996) as teams that have not won a home game in a calendar month with at least ten games.
2004 Equaling the largest shutout margin of a victory in baseball history, the Indians rout the Yankees, 22-0. The biggest defeat in the 101-year history of the Bronx Bombers matches the 1975 Pirates' record-setting performance against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
2004 Omar Vizquel becomes the first player in the 81-year history of Yankee Stadium to collect six hits in a game. The Indians shortstop's 6-for-7 performance helps pace the Tribe’s 22-0 dismantling of the Bronx Bombers.
2005 On the third pitch he sees in the bigs, Jeremy Hermida becomes only the second player to hit a grand slam in his first major-league at-bat. The Marlin rookie pinch hitter joins Phillies hurler Bill Duggleby, who accomplished the same feat in 1898.
2006 With his major league leading 49th home run, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard establishes a new club record for home runs in a single season. Last year's Rookie of the Year's fourth inning long ball at RFK Stadium puts him ahead of Hall Famer Michael Schmidt, who hit 48 dingers in 1980.
2006 A.J. Pierzynski’s sixth inning blast makes the White Sox the first club in major league history to hit at least 200 home runs for seven consecutive seasons. The catcher's two-run homer isn't enough as Chicago loses to the Devil Rays at Comiskey Park, 5-3.
2007 After walking the lead-off hitter John Buck in the ninth to spoil his perfect game, Scott Baker gets an out then yields a single to pinch hitter Mike Sweeney two outs shy of a no-hitter. The Twins' 25-year-old right-hander from Shreveport settles with a one-hitter, blanking the Royals at the Metrodome, 5-0.
2007 Tony La Russa becomes the winningest manager in franchise history when the Cardinals defeat Cincinnati at Busch Stadium, 8–5. The Redbird skipper surpasses Red Schoendienst, who compiled a 1,041–955 managerial record with St. Louis.
2008 David Eckstein is traded by the Blue Jays to the Diamondbacks for minor league pitching prospect Chad Beck. The 33-year old infielder, who played a pivotal role for the 2002 World Champions Angels and was named the 2006 World Series MVP playing for the Cardinals, is obtained by Arizona to provide postseason leadership and experience.
2008 Greg Dobbs breaks the Phillies' 95 year-old club record for pinch hits in a season. The Californian's seventh inning pinch-hit game-tying double, his 21st hit off the bench, breaks the mark established by Doc Miller in 1913.
2010 Jeff Francoeur is traded to the Rangers by the Mets in exchange for infielder Joaquin Arias. The rifle-armed right fielder will be a right-handed bat off the bench and defensive replacement for the play-off bound Texas team.
2010 Aroldis Chapman makes his much-anticipated major league debut, tossing a perfect inning in the Reds' 8-4 victory over Milwaukee. The 22-year old Cuban defector lives up to the hype, throwing four pitches at a speed of 100 mph or better.
2010 The Dodgers trade a player to be named (infielder Tony Abreu) to the Diamondbacks in exchange for starter Jon Garland. The 31-year old right-hander will post a 3-2 record with a 2.72 ERA in his six late-season starts for the Dodgers, before signing as a free agent with San Diego.
2011 The Diamondbacks set a team record with their 12th consecutive victory at home when they beat Colorado at Chase Field, 4-2. The streak surpasses the mark established by the 2000 and 2003 clubs.
2011 Craig Kimbrel sets a rookie record with his 41st save when he retires the side in order in the Braves' 3-1 victory over Washington at Turner Field. The 23-year old Atlanta closer, who will finish the season with 46, surpasses Neftali Feliz's saves record established last season with the Rangers.
2011 In a stretch-run trade with Pittsburgh, the Braves acquired Matt Diaz for a player to be named and cash considerations. The 33-year old outfielder, who played with Atlanta for five years, left the organization after the 2010 season when he inked a two-year, $4.25 million free-agent deal with the Pirates.
2012 Bob Uecker, known for his humor on and off the diamond, is honored by the Brewers in a light-hearted dedication ceremony outside Miller Park that unveils a seven-foot bronze statue of the team's popular broadcaster. The sculpture, depicting the smiling "Mr. Baseball" with his hands in his pockets, joins the likenesses of Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Robin Yount and Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig in front of of the ballpark.

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