September 13, 1965 – At the Astrodome, Giant outfielder Willie Mays becomes the fifth player in major league history to hit 500 career home runs. The ‘Say Hey Kid’ will hit a league-leading and career-high 52 home runs en route to his second MVP season.
September 13, 1909 – Ty Cobb clinches the American League home run title with his 9th round-tripper. It is an inside-the-park drive against the Browns. In fact, all his nine home runs this season are inside-the-park, including two on July 15th.
September 13, 1946 – The Boston Red Sox clinch the American League pennant, edging the Cleveland Indians 1 – 0 on Ted Williams’ inside-the-park home run, the only one of his career. Williams punched the ball over the shift which was often employed against him and managed to beat the ball home.
September 13, 1948 – Cleveland P Don Black suffers a cerebral hemorrhage while at bat against the Browns. Black’s life will hang in the balance for a week; his career will end. Indians Owner Bill Veeck arranges a benefit game for Black that attracts 76,000; $40,000 of the receipts are turned over to the pitcher.