This Weekend In Baseball History: August 29–August 31

An article by posted on August 29, 2008

AUGUST 29:

1887: Denny Lyons of the Philadelphia A’s is held hitless and his consecutive game hitting streak ends at 52 games.

1948: Led by Jackie Robinson, who hits for the cycle, Brooklyn defeats STL, 12-7.

1951: The Yankees trade Lew Burdette to the Braves for Johnny Sain. Six years later, the Braves defeat the Yankees in a 7 game World Series. The hero for the Braves is Lew Burdette, who tosses 3 complete game victories against his old team.

1965: Willie Mays breaks Ralph Kiner’s record for most HR’s in the month of August. The feat was accomplished against the Mets and Kiner, doing play by play for New York, broadcast his own record falling.

1966: Robin Roberts defeats the Braves, 4-2. He is the only pitcher to defeat the Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves and Atlanta Braves.

1971: Hank Aaron knocks in his 100th RBI of the season. It’s the 11th time he’s reached the century mark, a NL record.

1972: Jim Barr of the Giants retires the 1st 20 batters he faces. In his previous start, Barr retired the final 21 batters he faced, giving him a record of 41 consecutive outs.

1977: With a stolen base against the Padres, Lou Brock passes Ty Cobb and becomes baseball’s all time SB king with 938.

1992: Braves pitcher Charlie Liebrandt records the 1000th strikeout of his career. He decides to save the ball and rolls it to the dugout. However, he failed to call time and base runner Rickey Jordan stole 2nd on the mental mistake.

1993: George Brett joins an elite group. Along with Hank Aaron and Willie Mays, Brett is only the 3rd player in history with 300 HR’s and 200 SB’s.

AUGUST 30:

1905: Ty Cobb makes his ML debut and doubles off Jack Chesbro of the NY Highlanders. There will be 4188 more hits to come for the young Detroit rookie.

1906: ‘Slow’ Joe Doyle becomes the 1st pitcher to record back-to-back shut outs in his 1st 2 career starts.

1912: Earl Hamilton of STL no-hits the Tigers, 5-1.

1916: Dutch Leonard of Boston no-hits the Browns, 4-0.

1928: In the final AB of a remarkable career, Tris Speaker strikes out against Red Ruffing. ‘The Grey Eagle’ retires with a 345 career BA, 6th highest in history.

1965: Casey Stengel retires as Mets manager.

1999: Edgardo Alfonso becomes the 1st Mets player to go 6-for-6. He establishes a team record of 16 total bases as New York crushes Houston, 17-1.

2005: Alex Rodriguez joins Joe DiMaggio as the only RH Yankee hitter to hit 40 Home Runs in a single season.

AUGUST 31:

1950: Gil Hodges hits 4 Home Runs in 1 game as the Dodgers destroy Boston, 19-3.

1964: Ground is broken for Anaheim Stadium, future home of the California Angels.

1969: A well known (and well endowed) female, who came to be known as, “Morgana the Kissing Bandit,” jumps onto the field and kisses the batter, Clete Boyer. Mired in a 1-17 slump, Boyer would get…pardon the pun, ‘hot’…and go 8 for his next 15.

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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