On August 11, 2014 — It looks like a passing of the torch in the AL Central. The Royals win their 8th straight in defeating the Athletics, 3 – 2, to move past the Tigers, 11 – 6 losers to the Pirates, into first place in the division. The Royals have won 16 of 19, and are adding strength to their line-up, as they obtain OF Josh Willingham in a trade with the Twins in return for P Jason Adam. The Tigers get additional bad news when they learn that ace pitcher Justin Verlander must undergo an MRI for “shoulder soreness”.
1894 – Pitcher Herb Pennock is born in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Pennock will extend his major league career over 22 seasons, during which he will win 241 games and post a 5-0 record in five World Series for the New York Yankees. He will be elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America shortly after his death in 1948, with 94 votes out of 121 ballots.
February 10, 1894
The Pirates’ Ralph Kiner drives in seven runs, hitting three home runs, including his 10th grand slam, in a 13 – 12 slugfest win over the Dodgers. His final homer, a solo shot off Erv Palica in the 8th, breaks a 12 – 12 tie. Manager Chuck Dressen berates Palica, publicly questioning the pitcher’s courage by clutching his throat in a choke signal. In Kiner’s final at bat, in the 9th, Carl Furillo pulls down the slugger’s long drive near the CF gate. Joe Garagiola and Gus Bell also homer for the Bucs, while Roy Campanella and Jackie Robinson homer for Brooklyn.
July 18, 1951
Cy Young loses a pitching duel to Phillies’ rookie right-hander Grover Cleveland Alexander at Boston’s South End Grounds, 1-0. Next month, the 44 year-old veteran Braves hurler will end his career after 22 seasons with an astonishing 511 victories, a major league record unlikely to be broken.
September 7, 1911
2018 – Rob Cordemans breaks Bart Volkerijk’s all-time Hoofdklasse strikeout record. He whiffs 8 DSS batters in a 4 – 1 win for the L&D Amsterdam Pirates; his last K of the day, Kevin Nieveld, gives him 1,949 strikeouts for his career to top Volkerijk’s record. He had broken Volkerijk’s win record six years earlier.
June 14, 2018