On August 5, 1999 — Mark McGwire hits his 500th career home run off Padres’ hurler Andy Ashby, becoming the 16th major leaguer and the fastest to reach this milestone. The St. Louis slugger is first to accomplish the feat a year after reaching the 400 home run plateau.
In the span of about an hour, the Upton brothers go deep to both record their 100th career home run on the same night in different ball parks when Diamondback outfielder Justin goes yard off Kyle Kendrick at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park, and older sibling B.J., playing center field, hits a Tropicana Field round-tripper for the Rays off Baltimore’s Tommy Hunter. On July 20th, the boys from Norfolk, Virginia also hit their 99th homers on same day.
August 3, 2012
Rico Carty, the National League’s leading hitter, becomes the first player voted to play in the All-Star Game as a write-in candidate. The Braves outfielder’s name was left off the ballot that was drawn up by managers and general managers before the start of spring training.
July 7, 1970
After apologizing to his teammates yesterday, Babe Ruth makes his first appearance in a week, collecting one hit in a 5 – 1 loss to the Red Sox.
September 7, 1925
2005 – CELEBRATE! For the first time in 44 seasons, Houston is champion of the National League! Behind series MVP Roy Oswalt, the Astros claim the N.L.C.S. with a 5-1 triumph in St. Louis . In the last game played at Busch Stadium II, Brad Ausmusleads the attack with three hits while Jason Lane goes deep off Mark Mulder. Houston will face the Chicago White Sox in the World Series. Chicago fans have waited since 1959 to return to the Fall Classic. That was the same year Houston joined the Continental League in the Houston Sports Association’s first attempt at a big league franchise.
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