September 5: 1908: Nap Rucker of the Brooklyn Superbas strikes out 14 and no-hits the Boston Braves. 1914: A young pitcher for the AAA Providence Grays named Babe Ruth hits the first home run of his professional career. 1922: With his 2287th strikeout, Walter Johnson passes Cy Young and becomes Baseball’s All-Time Strikeout King. 1954: Joe Bauman of the Roswell Raiders in the Class C Longhorn League hits his 72nd HR of the season. Bauman […]
On the surface July 21, 2004 seemed like a pretty good day for the Mets. We defeated the Expos 5-4 at Shea with a run in the bottom of the 8th. We reached the .500 mark (47-47) and were just three games behind the Phillies. Orber Moreno picked up the win in relief of starter Jae Seo and Braden Looper collected his 20th save of the year. Hidden in all of this was the uneventful […]
September 1 1890: In the first Triple Header ever played, the Brooklyn Bridegrooms take all 3 from the Pittsburgh Allegheny’s, 10-9, 3-2 and 8-4. 1902: The most famous DP combination ever, Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers and Frank Chance, play together for the very first time. 1912: In a highly publicized pitching duel, Smokey Joe Wood of Boston defeats Walter Johnson of Washington, 1-0. 1958: Cards pitcher Vinegar Bend Mizell walks 9, but still manages a […]
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 […]
It’s August 27. We are in the middle of the pennant race. We are in second place. We are only a half game back. Then why do we feel like we’ve already lost? Why do we feel like we are helpless as we watch the year slip through our fingers? Why are we, in the back of our minds, wondering about the wild card? Why do we have the same feeling of impending doom in […]
Have you ever tried to have a logical discussion about baseball with a Yankees fan? It’s virtually impossible. After perhaps five minutes, ten if you’re lucky, they resort to the old stand-by: Twenty Six Championships! Twenty Six Championships!! Twenty Six Championships!!! They sound like a parrot. And I think I know the reason why Yankees fans get frustrated. They know, deep down inside, that New York always has been–and always will be–a National League town. […]
AUGUST 25: 1922: Leading 25-6 after 4 innings, the Cubs hold on to beat the Phillies, 26-23. The Phillies left the bases loaded in the 9th. The 49 total runs is the most ever scored in a single game. 1956: The Yankees pick up Enos Slaughter off waivers and in turn give an unconditional release to fan favorite Phil Rizzuto. 1983: The Louisville Redbirds (AAA-Cardinals) become the 1st minor league team to draw 1 million […]
AUGUST 22 1886: As Reds outfielder Abner Powell is chasing a ball hit into the gap, he is attacked by a stray dog that has run onto the field. With the dog tearing at his pant leg, Jimmy Wolfe of Louisville rounds the bases with an inside-the-park HR. 1934: The Red Sox defeat the White Sox, 3-2, in 12 innings. Pitcher Wes Ferrell hits 2 HR’s for Boston–one in the 8th to tie it and […]
Baseball Tonight is currently running a special feature. For the month of August the cast of the show is selecting the three best players for each of the 30 Franchises. Fans can also cast their vote at ESPN.com. On Wednesday, August 20th, it will be the Mets turn and so I decided to write this week about my choices. I don’t expect everyone to my agree with me. These are just one fans’ choices. I […]
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