On August 24, 1904, New York Highlander outfielder “Wee Willie” Keeler hit two inside-the-park home runs in a 9-1 victory over the St. Louis Browns at New York’s Hilltop Park. Keeler batted .341 in his Hall of Fame career, and 30 of his 33 career homers were of the inside-the-park variety.
Whitey Herzog, the winningest manager in franchise history, and Willie Wilson, a speedy outfielder who was an offensive spark plug, become members of the Kansas City Royals’ Hall of Fame.
July 1, 2000
An intentional walk is not always a great strategy, as an Eastern League game between the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and New Britain Rock Cats demonstrates. New Hampshire leads, 5 – 3, entering the bottom of the 7th and final inning of the second game of a doubleheader, but allows New Britain to tie the game with three doubles. With runners on second and third base and one out, the Fisher Cats elect to walk Reynaldo Rodriguezintentionally to set up a double play, but it goes horribly wrong as P Alan Farina’s fourth ball goes a foot over the catcher’s head and to the backstop, allowing Angel Morales to score the winning run from third base.
August 14, 2013
1927 – The Yankees open a home stand by beating the Red Sox, 10 – 3. Babe Ruth hits home run number 43 and leads Lou Gehrig by 2. With an 89-37 record, the Bronx Bombers now lead the second-place A’s by 17 games.
August 31, 1927
American League owners agree to divide the circuit into two divisions and reduce its schedule to 156 games. The following divisional alignment is set for the 1969 season: Eastern Division: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Washington Senators. Western Division: California Angels, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Pilots.
May 28, 1968