This Weekend in Baseball History: Aug 15–Aug 17

An article by posted on August 15, 2008

AUGUST 15

1915: Babe Ruth of Boston outpitches Walter Johnson of Washington, 1-0 in 13 innings.

1926: Babe Herman of Brooklyn doubles with the bases loaded. However, due to some major base running blunders, Herman and 2 of his teammates all wind up on 2nd. Thus, Babe Herman becomes the only player in history to double into a double play.

1941: The Senators forfeit a game to Boston. Although Washington is leading 6-3, they have to forfeit when their grounds crew refuses to cover the field during a rainstorm.

1962: Choo Choo Coleman and Jim Hickman both hit pinch hit Home Runs, but the Mets lose to Philadelphia anyway.

2006: Jose Reyes joins Jim Hickman, Dave Kingman, Claudell Washington, Darryl Strawberry, Gary Carter and Edgardo Alfonzo as the only Mets to hit 3 Home Runs in one game. Reyes, like the other six players before him, did it on the road.

AUGUST 16

 

1920: The unimaginable happens. Indians SS Ray Chapman is hit in the head by Carl Mays of the Yankees. Witnesses say that Chapman never moved out of the way of the fast ball thrown by the submarine pitcher. Dazed, Chapman takes a couple of steps towards 1B. Then, he collapses. He dies the next day of a fractured skull and becomes the only player ever killed in a game. This not only increased the desire for hitters to wear batting helmets but also, from this day forward, balls are tossed out of play when they become dirty and scuffed.

1947: At Forbes Field, Ralph Kiner hits 3 HR’s in 3 consecutive AB’s as the Pirates defeat the Cardinals, 12-7.

1954: The first ever issue of Sports Illustrated is published and features Eddie Mathews on the cover.

1964: Curt Flood goes 8-for-8 in a doubleheader.

1966: With his 534th HR, Willie Mays ties Jimmie Foxx for most round trippers by a RH batter.

1996: The 1st ML game ever is played outside the US or Canada with the Padres out-slugging the Mets 15-10 in Monterey, Mexico.

2007: Jose Reyes becomes the first infielder in history to steal 60 bases in 3 consecutive seasons.

AUGUST 17

 

1894: John Wadsworth of the Louisville Colonels sets a NL record by giving up 28 singles in 1 game.

1915: Braves Field opens in Boston. It is the 1st stadium to have a seating capacity over 40,000.

1933: Lou Gehrig plays in his 1308th consecutive game, eclipsing the mark set by Everett Scott.

1948: Between 100,000 and 125,000 fans pass by the body of Babe Ruth, which is on display in Yankee Stadium. That evening, Tommy Henrich of the Yankees hits his 4th Grand Slam of the season, tying one of Ruth’s record.

1957: A foul ball off the bat of Richie Ashburn hits a spectator by the name of Alice Roth and breaks her nose. As Roth is being carried away on a stretcher, she is hit yet again by a foul ball off the bat of Richie Ashburn. Mrs. Roth’s husband was a sportswriter for a local newspaper.

1966: With a HR off of Ray Washburn, the 535th of his career, Willie Mays moves into 2nd on the All-Time list.

1973: With a Home Run against Don Gullett of Cincinnati, Willie Mays hits the final HR of his illustrious career.

1980: George Brett gets 4 hits, knocks in 5 and increases his batting average to 401. This is the latest anyone has been at 400 or above since Ted Williams in 1941.

1986: In the final at-bat of his career, Pete Rose strikes out. The pitcher who struck him out was Goose Gossage.

2002: The Pirates honor Charlie Brown on ‘Charlie Brown Bobblehead Day.’ Of the 18,000 Peanuts comic strips created by Charles Schulz, just over 10% of them focused on baseball.

About the Author ()

A Mets fan since 1973, Rob was born in the shadow of Yankee Stadium. Luckily, his parents moved to Queens at a young age so he was not scarred by pinstripes. Currently living in Las Vegas, he writes crime fiction and mysteries.

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