The New York Yankees name Joe Torre their manager, replacing the recently departed Buck Showalter. Torre, a former St. Louis Cardinals’ star and National League batting champion, will guide the Yankees to four World Championships in his first five years with the team.
Stanford star fullback Ernie Nevers pitches his first complete game for the Browns, beating the A’s, 3 – 1. Nevers will be 6-12 in his brief baseball career, but he will win a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame playing with the Duluth Eskimos and Chicago Cardinals (1926-1931).
August 4, 1926
An ailing Mickey Mantle’s career-high 54th home run, his last of the regular season, helps New York beat Boston, 8 – 3. Whitey Ford leaves the game in the 5th inning, but wins his 25th.
September 23, 1961
Dennis Eckersley, throwing a perfect eighth inning in the Red Sox’ 14-8 victory over Texas, ties Kent Tekulve for second on the all-time list with 1,050 appearances by a pitcher. Hoyt Wilhelm is the over-all leader with 1,070, a record the ‘Eck’ will surpass in his final major league game on September 26.
August 9, 1998