On November 15, 1982, Cal Ripken, Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles is named the American League’s MVP. Ripken, who led the league in hits and runs scored, becomes the first player to win the MVP and Rookie of the Year awards in back-to-back seasons.
Catfish Hunter, Billy Williams, and Ray Dandridge are inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
July 26, 1987
1905 – After losing three in Chicago, the Giants open a critical series in Pittsburgh by winning, 10 – 4, behind Christy Mathewson’s 30th victory. The Giants score five runs in the 1st inning on just one hit. Deacon Phillippe hits a record-tying three batters in the frame and Honus Wagner adds a throwing error. New York now leads by 6 1/2 games.
September 25, 1905
In St. Louis, the Cards split with the Giants, with Harry Sallee losing the opener, 4 – 2. Christy Mathewson wins his 21st straight over St. Louis, though he gives up 11 hits in the victory. The Cards beat Dummy Taylor in the nitecap, 3 – 1, in 12 innings.
July 21, 1908
The Yankees, once again, honor their aging superstar when the team hosts the second of three Mickey Mantle Days at the ballpark in the Bronx. Prior to the game, over 2000 young fans paid tribute to the future Hall of Fame outfielder by parading across the field with homemade banners expressing their admiration for the living legend.
August 4, 1968