On June 26, 1912 Boston’s Smoky Joe Wood outguns the Nationals’ ace Walter Johnson to win, 3 – 0. Wood allows three hits to the “Big Train”‘s 4. Johnson fans 10 batters in the loss.
In a slugfest played at Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl, the Cardinals set a franchise record, collecting 26 hits in a 19-16 victory over the Phillies. It will be another seventy-eight years before the Redbirds have an equal amount of hits in a game.
September 23, 1930
The Giants’ Juan Marichal fires his first shutout of the year, stopping the Pirates, 2 – 0, on five hits. Manager Alvin Dark says before the game that “Marichal will go all the way” and keeps his relief pitchers in the dugout to emphasis the point. Bob Stevens of the San Francisco Chronicle writes: “Later, Dark explained to questioning reporters: ‘I’m sick and tired of watching pitchers bow their necks for four-five innings and then look around for Stu Miller to bail them out.’ As far as press box historians could guess, last night was the first time in modern baseball history that a major league bullpen was left unattended.” Roberto Clemente and Willie Mays trade circus catches in the game. As reported by Stevens: “Only twice did Dark, enforcing an almost sadistic philosophy, go to the mound – when Marichal scraped an arm falling hard to the ground fielding a Smoky Burgess bounder in the 5th, and in the 7th when Don Hoak singled immediately behind a miraculous catch by Willie Mays of a deep, soaring, twisting drive by Burgess. Mays reached high in the sky after a 25-yard race to haul down Burgess’ boomer… The first break-through [against the Pirates’ Vinegar Bend Mizell] came in the 5th immediately after Roberto Clemente had crashed against the right-field wall to pocket a roaring shot by Orlando Cepeda.”
July 27, 1961
1935 – Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis rules that Alabama Pitts, a former convict, may suit up for the Albany Senators of the International League. Landis’s ruling stipulates that Pitts may play only in regular season games, but not in exhibitions.
June 17, 1935
During a preseason exhibition game in Brooklyn, the Ebbets Field public address announcer informs the crowd, including the new dad as he approaches home plate to bat, “Mickey doesn’t know it yet, but he has just become the father of an eight-pound, twelve-ounce baby boy.” Mickey Mantle Jr., whose given middle name is Elven in memory of the Yankee slugger’s recently deceased dad, is the first of four children, all sons, with his wife, Merlyn.
April 12, 1953
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