On June 12 1839, Due to an erroneous eye-witness account, Abner Doubleday is given credit for establishing the first baseball game is played in America. The Hall of Fame, which opens a century later in Cooperstown, celebrates the origin of our national pastime in this small upstate New York town, although it is doubtful the West Point cadet was ever there or ever watched a baseball game.
The first exhibition game between two Negro League teams is finally played in Boston when the Philadelphia Stars edge the Baltimore Elite Giants in a rain-shortened seven-inning game at Fenway Park, 8-7. The Cradle of Liberty, unlike many metropolitan areas in the East and South, did not have a Black team represent the city, nor did the community embrace the concept of hosting Negro League contests.
September 8, 1942
Randy Winn becomes the 21st player in Giants history to hit for the cycle. The fleet flychaser, obtained from the Mariners two weeks earlier, singles in the 1st, homers in the 3rd, doubles in the 4th and completes the feat with a triple in the 6th inning.
August 15, 2005
The Pittsburgh Pirates tie the Boston Doves in the 9th and win in the 10th, 3 – 2, when Fred Clarke is hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. The Bucs take the National League lead by a half-game.
July 15, 1908
At Cleveland, 22-year-old Sudden Sam McDowell pitches six scoreless innings, striking out 7. He leaves after one out in the 7th after his hard throwing causes him to breaks two ribs. With two outs in the 9th, the Twins score three to win, 3 – 2. Lee Stange, in relief, gains his first ML win. McDowell, just recalled from Portland (Pacific Coast League), where he compiled an 8-0 record, including a one-hitter and no-hitter in consecutive starts, will go 11-4 this year.
September 15, 1962