On April 23, 1992, former major league slugger and current California Angels batting coach Deron Johnson dies from lung cancer at the age of 53. Johnson hit 245 home runs during a 16-year career. In 1965, he led the National League with 130 RBIs as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.
Sandy Koufax, in his final decision facing the Mets, lasts only two innings, losing to Bob Friend at Shea Stadium, 10-4. The Dodgers Hall of Fame southpaw has compiled a 17-2 record against the lowly expansion team since their inception in 1962.
August 30, 1966
Mariners P Brad Holman is struck in the forehead by a line drive off the bat of Texas’s Mario Diaz. The Rangers win the game‚ 7 – 1‚ and Holman suffers a fractured sinus cavity. Ken Griffey Jr. makes an error in the contest‚ breaking his American League record string of 573 consecutive chances without a miscue.
August 8, 1993
Eddie Murray’s 494th homer moves him ahead of Lou Gehrig to 15th place on the all-time list. The two-run homer in the 6th inning breaks a tie as Baltimore beats the Brewers‚ 6 – 4.
August 8, 1996