On September 19, 1983, Joe Morgan of the Philadelphia Phillies goes 4-for-5 with two home runs on his 40th birthday. The future Hall of Fame second baseman, part of the so-called Philadelphia “Wheeze Kids,” helps the Phillies to a 7-6 win over the Chicago Cubs.
A.J. Burnett fires his 4th shutout of the year, beating the Cardinals, 4 – 0, on four hits. The high point for St. Louis is a 6th-inning triple play (9-6-3), just the 11th in history started by a right fielder. With runners on first and second base, J.D. Drew snags Eric Owens’ line drive and throws to SS Edgar Renteria who steps on second base and relays to first baseman Tino Martinez. Jay Buhner was the last right fielder to start a triple play, accomplishing the feat for the 1992 Seattle Mariners.
August 1, 2002
Boston captures the World Championship at Fenway Park for the first time since 1918 when they beat the Cardinals, 6-1, in Game 6 of the Fall Classic. The team that had suffered an 86-year drought between World Series titles has now won three crowns in the past ten years.
October 30, 2013
Arguably the most memorable of today’s record-breaking home run total comes off the bat of career bench player Ted Beard, helping his cellar-bound Bucs salvage a split with the still contending Braves. At 5 foot, 8 inches, en route to a career .285 slugging percentage (albeit in the midst of his career year, with 4 HR, 12 RBI, and an OPS of nearly .700), Beard launches one over Forbes Field’s 86-foot high right field grandstand roof, just the second time in the grandstand’s 25-year existence this feat has been accomplished, its sole predecessor being Babe Ruth’s final major league home run on May 25, 1935.
July 16, 1950
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