On July 3, 1947 The Indians purchase Larry Doby from the Newark Eagles. In two days, the twenty-two-year-old will become the first black to play in the American League.
With Bobby Abreu at bat and Derek Jeter on second base during the bottom of the second inning at Yankee Stadium, visiting Red Sox manager Terry Francona is told to go to the dugout tunnel to show compliance with baseball’s dress code. The Boston skipper, who is known not to wear his uniform jersey underneath his pullover, is upset with the timing of ‘Shirtgate’ because the inspection takes place as the game is being played.
August 29, 2007
Closing in on the professional home run record of 69, established by Joe Hauser (Minneapolis-1938) and equaled by Bob Crues (Amarillo-1948), Joe Bauman blasts four home runs in the Roswell Rockets’ 15-9 victory over the Wichita Falls/Sweetwater Spudders to bring his total to 68. The 32 year-old slugging first baseman will finish the season with 72 homers, a record which will last until Barry Bonds surpasses the mark with by one round-tripper in 2001. -This entry was inspired by Ron Skrabacz, who was born on this date. His dad was a teammate of Joe’s in 1949 on the Elk City Elks.
August 31, 1954
The Phillies rout the Colonels at the Philadelphia Baseball Grounds, 29-4. Louisville right-hander John Wadsworth sets a National League record by giving up 28 singles in one game.
August 17, 1894
1977 – The Angels acquire slugger Dave Kingman from San Diego for cash consideration. Nine days later, the Yankees will buy Kingman, making him the first player to wear four uniforms in four divisions in the same year. Kingman, who started the season with the Mets, will hit 26 home runs to set the mark for the most by a player with more than two teams.
September 6, 1977