On September 14, 1948, in the midst of a pennant race, the Boston Post publishes a four-line poem by Gerry Hern calling on pitchers Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain to bear the pitching burden, resting on off days and – if luck is with the Braves – when it rains. The rhyme is shortened by Braves fans to “Spahn and Sain and pray for rain.”
Al Jackson throws the first one-hitter in franchise history when the Mets beat the Colt .45’s, the National League’s other expansion team, at the Polo Grounds, 2-0. The lone hit given up by the southpaw is Joey Amalfitano’s line drive single to left field in the first inning.
June 22, 1962
California Angels pitcher Don Rose hits a home run in his first major league at-bat. Rose connects against Vida Blue of the Oakland Athletics, helping himself and the Angels to a 6 – 5 victory. Rose will never win another game or hit another home run in the major leagues.
May 24, 1972
Giancarlo Stanton is hit in the face by a ball thrown by the Brewers’ Mike Fiers in the 5th inning. The Marlins’ best player suffers multiple facial fractures and broken teeth after lying motionless at home plate, bleeding profusely, for several minutes after the beaning and is carried away on a stretcher. Stanton was swinging on the pitch, so it is called a strike; pinch-hitter Reed Johnson completes the at-bat, and strikes out on a pitch that hits him on the hand, prompting both benches to clear. Marlins manager Mike Redmond and 3B Casey McGehee are both ejected for arguing umpire D.J. Reyburn’s decision to call both pitches strikes. In the 6th, Miami pitcher Anthony DeSclafani is also thumbed, for hitting Carlos Gomez on the left elbow in a gesture that is seen as retaliation; bench coach Rob Leary also gets the heave-ho since he is now the acting manager and both benches had been warned. For his part, Fiers leaves the game after striking out Johnson and issues an immediate emotional apology, denying any intention to hit Stanton. Incidentally, the Brewers win the game, 4 – 2.
September 11, 2014
2013 – It took eight months, but the Dominican Republic national team players who swept through the 2013 World Baseball Classic finally get their parade as fans line the streets of Santo Domingo to greet them after President Danilo Medina holds a reception at the National Palace where they receive their championship rings. With the tournament ending in the middle of spring training, the winning nation was unable to properly honor its heroes at the time.
November 28, 2013
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