On August 4, 1941 — At Ebbets Field, Dodger backstop Mickey Owen becomes the first catcher to handle three foul pop-ups in one inning.
2009 – At Estadio Latinoamericano, Jorge Alberto Martínez Roque of Matanzas faces the minimum 27 batters in shutting down the host Industriales. The right-hander entered the game with a career record of 10-20 but throws a no-hitter with no walks. The only baserunner, Serguei Pérez, is plunked and promptly erased on a double play. A three-run homer by Matanzas 1B Lázaro Herrera provides the game’s offense. It is the 50th Cuban no-hitter of the Castro era.
January 29, 2009
Baseball’s anthem, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, is introduced by Bill Murray. The songwriting team of Albert Von Tilzer (music) and Jack Norworth (words), who created the immortal tune, has never seen a game.
October 24, 1908
At Griffith Stadium, the benches clear when Yankee outfielder Ben Chapman viciously spikes Buddy Myer and then responds to the Senators infielder’s retaliation by punching and hurling anti-semitic remarks at the injured Jewish second baseman. The ugly 20-minute brawl, which spreads into the stands and includes over 300 fans getting into the action, will result in suspensions and fines for the players involved.
April 25, 1933
Fay Vincent becomes baseball’s eighth commissioner, succeeding the late Bart Giamatti, who died of a heart attack 12 days ago. During the first year of his brief three-year tenure in office, the Waterbury, Connecticut native will oversee the postponement of this season’s World Series due to the Loma Prieta earthquake, the expulsion of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, and the owners’ lockout during spring training in 1990.
September 13, 1989
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