This Weekend in Baseball History: Sept 12-Sept 14

September 12:

1914: At only age 23, Yankees SS Roger Peckinpaugh becomes the youngest manager in baseball history .

1947: Ralph Kiner hits 2 HR’s, giving him 8 round trippers in just 4 days.

1962: Tom Cheney of Washington fans a record 21 batters (in 16 innings).

1962: With the Giants just 1 game behind the Dodgers, superstar Willie Mays is hospitalized with ‘nervous exhaustion.’ The Giants lose 6 straight but upon Willie’s return, they run down the Dodgers and win the NL pennant.

1969: The Mets win a pair of games from the Pirates. NY takes both games, 1-0. The lone Mets run for each game is driven in by each starting pitcher: Jerry Koosman in the opener and Don Cardwell in the nightcap.

1979: With a base hit off of Jim Beattie, Carl Yastrzemski reaches 3000 hits.

1984: With a strikeout of Marvell Wynne, the Mets Doc Gooden breaks the single season strikeout by a rookie. The record of 251 had been held by Herb Score since 1955.

2006: For the 1st time in 14 years, the Atlanta Braves are eliminated from the division race as the Mets beat Florida, 6-4.

September 13:

1883: Cleveland’s one-armed pitcher Hugh Duffy no-hits the Philadelphia A’s, 1-0.

1909: Ty Cobb wins the AL HR crown…with 9. All 9 were inside-the-park.

1925: Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance no-hits the Phillies, 10-1.

1934: Commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis sells the World Series broadcast rights to Ford Motor Company. Prior to this, no fee had been charged.

1938: By special induction, two individuals are enshrined during a special ceremony at Cooperstown. The two are: Alexander Cartwright for laying out much of the games original concept and lesser known Henry Chadwick, who invented the box score.

1964: The Cardinals become the 1st team in 41 years to score at least 1 run in every inning when they defeat the Cubs, 15-2.

1965: With a HR off of Don Nottebart, Willie Mays reaches 500 HR’s.

1971: With a HR off of Detroit’s Fred Scherman, Frank Robinson reaches 500 HR’s.

1983: Mets catcher Mike Fitzgerald becomes the 48th player in history to go deep in his 1st ML at-bat.

1989: Fay Vincent becomes Baseballs’ 8th commissioner, replacing Bart Giamatti.

1995: Detroit middle infielders Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell set the AL record for most joint appearances (1915 games)

2001: MLB decides to postpone all games until 9-17 due to the terrorist attacks. In total, 91 games are cancelled, the most since the season was cut short in 1918 due to World War I. As a result the 01 season will be pushed back a week and for the 1st time ever, the World Series will be played in November.

September 14:

1878: The Cincinnati Red Stockings and Indianapolis Blues play a game in which every pitch delivered to the plate is called either a ‘ball’ or a ‘strike.’ Up until now, the pitcher, generally regarded as the least important position player, was supposed to throw down the center of the plate and allow the batter to hit it. Any pitch that would NOT be thrown over the plate would result in the pitcher being ‘warned.’ This new format of calling balls and strikes is generally well received.

1905: Teammates Joe Tinker and Johnny Evers, two thirds of the most famous DP combination in history, engage in a fist fight on the field before the game. The dispute was over cab fare to the ballpark and the pair do not speak to each other the rest of their careers.

1951: STL Browns rookie Bob Nieman becomes the 1st player to ever hit 2 HR’s in his first TWO at-bats in the majors. In his third AB, Nieman beat out a bunt for a single.

1968: The Tigers rally late and defeat the A’s, 5-4. This makes Denny McLain baseball’s first 30 game winner since Dizzy Dean in 1934. No one has won 30 since.

1986: The Giants Bob Brenly, normally a catcher but playing 3B, ties a ML record by making 4 errors in 1 inning. The Giants, however, win the game, 7-6, on a walk-off HR in the bottom of the 9th…by Bob Brenly.

1986: Royals rookie Bo Jackson hits his 1st ML Home Run. The 475 foot shot is the longest ever hit in the stadium.

1990: Ken Griffey SR and Ken Griffey JR become the 1st father and son in history to hit a HR in the same game. Both blasts come against Angels pitcher, Kirk McCaskill.

1994: Due to the prolonged strike, ML owners vote to cancel the World Series. This is the 1st time since 1904 there will be no World Series. In 1904, John McGraw, manager of the NL NY Giants, refused to play the AL, citing their players as ‘inferior.’

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This Weekend In Baseball History: Sept 5–Sept 7

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 never made it to the majors.

1955: Dodgers’ Newcombe hits his 7th HR of the year, a record for pitchers.

1971: In his major league debut, JR Richard fans 15 as Houston defeats the Giants.

1998: Mark McGwire hits HR # 60. It is the fastest anyone ever has reached that mark.

1998: Barry Bonds reached base for the 15th consecutive time, a ML record.

2007: Brandon Phillips hits his 28th HR as a 2b man, breaking the Reds team record set by Joe Morgan.

September 6:

1905: The White Sox Frank Smith no-hits Detroit, 15-0, in the biggest no-hit rout in history.

1943: At 16 years, 8 months and 5 days old, A’s pitcher Carl Scheib becomes the youngest player to ever appear in an AL game.

1976: Baseball comes close to suffering its second on-field fatality. Standing in the on deck circle, Dodgers catcher Steve Yeager is struck in the throat by the jagged edge of a broken bat.

1981: Fernando Valenzuela of LA hurls his 7th shut-out of the season, a ML record for rookies.

1995: In the 5th inning, when the game becomes an official, one of baseball’s unbreakable records falls. Cal Ripken plays in his 2132nd consecutive game, breaking the mark set by Lou Gehrig. The game is delayed 22 minutes while Ripken takes a victory lap around the warning track.

1996: With a HR off of Felipe Lira, Eddie Murray joins Willie Mays and Hank Aaron as the only players with 500 Home Runs and 3000 hits.

September 7:

1908: Walter Johnson pitches his 3rd shutout in 4 days, a 2-hit 4-0 win over the Highlanders.

1911: Phillies rookie Grover Cleveland Alexander defeats 44 year old Cy Young of Boston, 1-0.

1912: Eddie Collins steals 6 bases as the A’s defeat Detroit, 9-7. Just 15 days later, Collins will again steal 6 bases in a game.

1916: The Giants defeat the Dodgers, 4-1, the last in their major league record 26 straight wins.

1945: Joe Kuhel hits an inside the park HR. The will be the only HR Washington hits at home all season.

1952: With a pinch hit HR at Griffith Stadium in Washington, Johnny Mize has now gone deep in all 15 major league stadiums.

1953: With his 125th RBI of the year, Roy Campanella sets the record for most RBI’s by a catcher in a single season.

1962: Maury Wills of Los Angeles breaks the NL record for most steals in a season with # 82. The previous record was set by Bob Bescher in 1911.

1978: Mets catcher John Stearns steals his 25th base of the season, setting a record for catchers.

1984: Doc Gooden fans Ron Cey for his 228th strikeout of the year. This breaks the NL rookie record for strikeouts set by Grover Cleveland Alexander in 1911.

1998: With a blast against Mike Morgan of the Cubs, Mark McGwire hits his 61st round tripper of the season, tying the record set by Roger Maris. Big Mac’s hit came on his father 61st birthday.

About Rob Silverman 217 Articles
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 southern Nevada, he writes suspense novels and crime fiction. His debut novel "Plain God" hit book stores in September of 2015. Visit me at my site