On November 23, 1962, Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills is voted the National League’s MVP Award. Wills stole a record-breaking 104 bases during the regular season. In a controversial vote, Wills beats out teammate Tommy Davis, who led the NL with a .346 batting average and 153 RBIs…
The Dodgers defeat the Nationals, 7 – 6, in the second game of a doubleheader with some help from a botched call. Matt Kemp is credited with a run scored in the 4th inning, giving Los Angeles a 6 – 0 lead, even though he crosses the plate after Adrian Gonzalez is tagged out at third base for the inning’s final out. The Nationals then manage to tie the score with a six-run 8th inning, but Kemp leads off the 9th with a solo homer off Tyler Clippard to account for the deciding run. Following a 3 – 1 win in the opener, a sweep of the twinbill would have clinched a playoff spot for Washington for the first time since moving to the nation’s capital in 2005.
September 19, 2012
Willie Horton powers two homers, one a grand slam, and drives in six runs to lead the Tigers to a 9 – 5 win over the visiting Senators. Mickey Lolich (8-1) is the winner, allowing just four hits.
June 21, 1969
After a 2-week absence‚ Mickey Mantle is back in the lineup and clouts 2 home runs at Fenway Park off Bill Monbouquette. The Yankees win easily, 8 – 4.
June 11, 1964
St. Louis (American Association) P Jack Stivetts hits two homers (and strikes out 10)‚ the second a grand slam in the top of the 9th‚ off Fred Smith‚ with his team down by 3 runs to win‚ 9 – 8‚ over visiting Toledo. He will later duplicate this batting feat twice, hitting a pair of homers on August 6‚ 1891‚ and on June 12‚ 1896‚ making him the first pitcher to achieve this. The only two pitchers to match this achievement are Wes Ferrell (who had 5 such games) and Don Newcombe.
June 10, 1890