On December 22, 2004, former major league infielder Doug Ault dies in Tarpon Springs, Florida, from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. Ault slugged a pair of home runs in the Blue Jays first game in franchise history on opening day in 1977, and later managed in the Toronto organization.
1968 – Gene Mauch is named manager of the new Montreal National League club, which is officially named the Expos.
September 5, 1968
Reggie Jackson (.293, 32, 117) is selected unanimously as the American League’s MVP. The 27 year-old right fielder of the World Champion A’s, who captured all of the writers’ 24 first-place votes, easily outdistances Oriole right-hander Jim Palmer (22-9, 2.40) and Royals outfielder Amos Otis (.300, 26, 93) the runners-ups for the honor.
November 14, 1973
Rockies left-hander Bruce Ruffin strikes out four batters in one inning, a feat accomplished only 25 times in major league history. The opportunity for the rare occurrence happens when Cubs’ catcher Scott Servais strikes out swinging, but reaches first base safely after whiffing on the southpaw’s wild pitch.
July 25, 1996
The A’s take over first place in the AL West when Dennis Eckersley extends his major league record to 39 straight saves, far surpassing the mark of 25 established by Blue Jay closer Tom Henke last season. Oakland outfielder Jose Canseco walks in his first two plate appearances in the team’s 4-3 victory in Texas, tying a major league record with seven consecutive base-on-balls in the span of two games, .
August 5, 1992
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