At the Sheraton Blackstone Hotel in Chicago, the National League owners vote to admit Houston and New York, making it the first structural change in the Senior Circuit since the turn of the century. The New York franchise, thanks to the efforts of prominent attorney William A Shea, is awarded to a group headed by Joan Payson, and Judge Roy Hofheintz is one of five owners of the new club in Texas.
At L.A.’s Wrigley Field, the Angels edge the Yankees, 4-3, in front of 19,930 fans, the largest home crowd of the season. The expansion team will have an average attendance of 6,620 patrons per game in its first season, but that total almost triples when the Bronx Bombers are the opponents.
August 22, 1961
1990 – Yankees starter Steve Adkins doesn’t allow a hit in his major league debut, but he walks eight batters in just 1 1/3 innings, as Texas wins, 5 – 4. Adkins walks the first three batters, then retires the side. After a fly out in the 2nd, he walks the next five before being lifted, two shy of Dolly Gray’s consecutive walk record.
September 12, 1990
2016 – As announced a week earlier, Alex Rodriguez plays his final game for the Yankees today, going 1 for 4 with a 1st-inning RBI double off Chris Archer of the Rays in a 6 – 3 Yankees win. The Yankees indulge him by letting him play at his old position, third base, in the 9th; he then leaves the game under the crowd’s applause after one out, ending his career only 4 homers short of 700, but done as a player at 41.
August 12, 2016
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