On August 18, 2003 — 2003 – A major brawl breaks out in a California League game between the Lancaster JetHawks and Inland Empire 66ers. In the 15th inning of the game, Josh Kranawetter hits Evel Bastida with a pitch. Bastida charges the mound and smashes Kranawetter in the back with his bat. He is charged with felony assault and suspended for the rest of the year. 16 players and a coach get three-game suspensions for the ensuing fight.
Gil Carter, a pitcher for the Carlsbad, New Mexico entry in the Sophomore Baseball League, reportedly hits a ball that travels 730 feet from home plate. The left field blast may be the longest home run ever hit.
August 11, 1959
Del Wilber hits three solo round-trippers in the Phillies’ victory over Cincinnati in the nightcap at Shibe Park, making it the first time that a player has accounted for all the runs in a 3-0 game with home runs. The 32 year-old catcher will hit a total of only 19 round-trippers during his major league career.
August 27, 1951
At Shea Stadium, Benny Ayala becomes the first National Leaguer in 13 years to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat. The Mets rookie goes deep off Astros’ hurler Tom Griffin in New York’s 4-2 win.
August 27, 1974
Fortitudo Bologna beats Caffe Danesi Nettuno, 4 – 3, to win the 2012 European Cup, their second European Cup in three years. Nick Pugliese gets the win. Carlos Richetti takes the loss by allowing the tie-breaking run in the bottom of the 9th, as Leonardo De Donno doubles in Claudio Liverziani. In the Bronze Medal Game, the Amsterdam Pirates survive a late rally to top the Rouen Huskies, 8 – 7, pounding Owen Ozanich for 15 hits in 5 2/3 innings. Roelie Henrique and Percy Isenia both get three hits for the winners, while Maxime Lefevre gets four hits and 3 RBI for the French powerhouse.
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