On August 10, 1957 — Mickey Mantle becomes the first player to clear the center field-hedge at Memorial Stadium with his 460-foot homer in the Yankees’ 6-3 victory over the Orioles. Baltimore’s Boog Powell (1962) and Twins’ slugger Harmon Killebrew (1964) will also accomplish the feat.
The Nippon Ham Fighters even the 2012 Japan Series at two games apiece in a 12-inning, 1 – 0 win. 20-year-old hurlers Ryosuke Miyaguni and Masaru Nakamura each toss 7 shutout innings. Both the Fighters and the Yomiuri Giants load the bases in the 9th but fail to score. Finally, defensive sub Yuji Iiyama doubles off Giants closer Kentaro Nishimura to score fellow backup Takuya Nakashima.
October 31, 2012
Ed Walsh blanks the Red Sox, 3 – 0, for a Chicago win. Only four percentage points separate the top three American League teams.
September 27, 1908
2005 The Nationals, formerly known as the Expos, lose their inaugural season opener, bowing to the Phillies, 8-4. The franchise, which played its initial 36 years in Montreal, becomes the first team to represent the nation’s capital since the Senators left Washington to become the Texas Rangers in 1971.
April 5, 2005