On September 25, 1917, future Yankee Hall of Fame shortstop Phil Rizzuto was born in Brooklyn. Rizzuto played on 10 pennant-winning teams in a 13-year career interrupted by service in World War II.
A pair of National League pitchers pick up their 17th wins of the year with shutouts. The Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez throws his first career whitewash in defeating the Cardinals, 10 – 0; Adam Wainwright is the loser after going 5-0 in his previous August starts. In Miami, it is R.A. Dickey of the Mets who wins his 17th with a 3 – 0 shutout. The two pitchers catch up with Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto for the major league lead in wins.
August 31, 2012
Commissioner Peter Ueberroth suspends Cardinal pitcher Joaquin Andujar for the first ten games of next season as a result of bumping Don Denkinger twice during his World Series Game 7 dispute with the home plate umpire over balls and strikes calls. The Redbird right-hander’s frustration is clearly a carry-over from the ump’s game-costing blown call at first base in yesterday’s ballgame.
October 29, 1985
Cal Ripken’s span of 8,243 consecutive innings begins with the Orioles’ 3-1 victory over Minnesota at the Metrodome. The infielder’s record streak, which will last for 904 games, ends when he is lifted in the eighth inning for a pinch runner during an 18-3 September loss to the Blue Jays in 1987.
June 5, 1982