On December 30, 1935, future Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax is born in Brooklyn, New York. Koufax will win three Cy Young Awards and help the Los Angeles Dodgers to two World Series titles before retiring in 1966.
Prior to a game with the Royals, with his team in the midst of a slump, Angels’ batting coach Rod Carew suggests the club use a single bat through the starting lineup as a way of loosening up the players. When leadoff hitter Orlando Palmeiro strikes out in bottom half of the first inning, he drops the bat for the next hitter to use. Umpire Tim Tschida sees this as an act of defiance and ejects Palmeiro from the game. Anaheim manager Terry Collins eventually convinces Tschida that Palmeiro wasn’t trying to show him up, and the umpire changes his decision and allows him to stay in the game. The Angels go on to defeat the Royals, 4 – 3.
August 4, 1999
Bologna takes the Italian Series in five games over T&A San Marino, with a 16 – 2 romp in the finale. Claudio Liverziani goes 8 for 14 with 8 walks and 6 RBI for a 1.537 OPS, winning MVP honors. Just over a week later, the Italian Baseball Federation will suspend Liverziani for a positive amphetamine test during the playoffs.
August 19, 2009
At the Polo Grounds, just 12,447 Mets fans welcome the return of National League baseball to New York. The Pirates defeat the Mets, 4 – 3, behind seven solid innings of two-run pitching from Tom Sturdivant. Sherman Jones is the loser.
April 13, 1962