On August 18, 1998 — Detroit edges Seattle, 7 – 6, despite five hits by Mariners’ SS Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez hits two doubles and a pair of homers and drives in two runs in a losing cause.
July 25, 1999
1985 – Dave Winfield steals home with the winning run in the Yankees’ 3 – 2 win over the A’s. Following a pitchout in the 7th, Winfield gets hung up in a rundown but escapes to score.
September 7, 1985
In beating the Blue Jays, 4 – 3, Hideo Nomo of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays records his 200th win between Nippon Pro Baseball and the major leagues, gaining him entry into the Meikyukai.
June 27, 2005
At a press conference on the eve of the Rio de Janeiro games, the International Olympic Committee announces that men’s baseball and women’s softball will return to the Olympics at the 2020 games to be held in Tokyo, ending a 12-year run since the sports’ last appearance, at the 2008 Olympics. A new provision that allows host cities to include additional sports in the official medals program paves the way for baseball’s return, alongside newer events such as skateboarding, sports climbing and surfing.
August 3, 2016