On August 12, 1953 — Playing without the injured Mickey Mantle – out for 10 days with a sprained knee – the Yankees explode for 28 hits off Washington pitching‚ two shy of the American League record. New York rolls to a 22 – 1 victory. Rookie Steve Kraly‚ relieving Whitey Ford‚ gives up a run to avert the largest shutout win in history. Ford has 4 hits‚ and Yogi Berra and Billy Martin each collect 5 RBIs. Hank Bauer scores 5 runs.
Philadelphia C Clay Dalrymple collects six walks in a 19-inning doubleheader against the Astros. The Phillies win the first, 9 – 0, and take the nightcap, 4 – 3, in 11 innings.
July 4, 1967
“He thinks he’s in a sales convention dealing with a bunch of short-order cooks. That’s not the way to go about getting a winner. Somebody ought to sit him down and straighten him out.” – DOUG RADER, Astros third baseman’s comments concerning Ray Kroc’s ownership style of the Padres. Padres president Buzzie Bavasi, inspired by disparaging postgame remarks about Ray Kroc, the team’s owner and board chairman of McDonald’s, made previously by Astro third baseman Doug Rader, stages a Short-Order Cooks’ Night promotion, which gives any fan wearing a chef’s hat free admission to the game. The Houston captain, who compared Kroc’s management of the Friars to a sales convention of short-order cooks, joins in on the fun by wearing a chef’s hat and an apron and carrying a skillet and spatula when he brings the lineup card to home plate.
June 28, 1974
2014 – Marcos Mateo becomes the first pitcher to be named Dominican League MVP in 30 years, since Ken Howell was picked. The Estrellas de Oriente hurler had saved 21 games and a 1.75 ERA and nearly led the league with 45 K (in only 25 2/3 IP) despite being a reliever – only Elih Villanueva (46) had more strikeouts.
December 22, 2014
1950 – The phrase “bullpen baron” — which will be applied much more famously to Pirates reliever ElRoy Face by beat writer Jack Hernon in 1959 — is coined by Joe Reichler of the Associated Press in his pre-season profile of the St. Louis Cardinals: “For relief they have Ted Wilks, the league’s bullpen baron with a 10-3 record for 59 assignments last year.”
April 5, 1950
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