On August 13, 1951 — Every one who shows up with a musical instrument is admitted free to Ebbets Field. 2,426 fans take advantage of the offer, including one with a piano. The Dodgers have a motive in countering the local musicians’ union which wants to silence the non-union Sym-Phoney. The Dodgers outplay the Braves, 7 – 6, as Gil Hodges belts a three-run homer in the 8th, following an intentional walk to Roy Campanella, who had homered earlier.
August 4, 1971
The Astros fail to reach a deal with the top pick in the amateur draft, P Brady Aiken, as the deadline for signing players passes. The two sides had reached a tentative deal in early June, but a physical exam disclosed issues with the health of the young lefthander’s elbow, leading the Astros to lower their offer, causing the impasse. It is only the third time that the top choice in a draft fails to sign a contract, following Danny Goodwin in 1971 and Tim Belcher in 1983.
July 18, 2014