This Day In Baseball August 10
Debuts, Milestones, No Hitters, Rule Changes, Events, Birthdays, Deaths, and more on This Day In Baseball.
August 10th, 1924, Ty Cobb steals second base once, third base twice and home plate once in the Tigers’ 13-7 win over Boston that puts them on top in the American League.
August 10th, 1944, Red Barrett of the Boston Braves throws only 58 pitches and shuts out the Cincinnati Reds 2-0. This is the major-league record for fewest pitches in a nine-inning game. The game takes one hour 15 minutes, the shortest night game ever.
On August 10th, 1977, Billy Martin installs Reggie Jackson as the Yankees’ regular clean-up hitter. New York will win 40 of its final 53 games on the way to a World Series title with Jackson contributing 13 home runs and 49 RBIs.
August 10th 1981, the Phillies’ Pete Rose passes Stan Musial to claim the number 4 spot on the all-time hit list when he collects his 3,631st off Cardinal hurler Mark Littell.
1985, Oakland’s Dave Kingman becomes the 21st member of the 400 club after a 2 run bomb off Matt Young in the first inning of the A’s 11-5 win at Seattle.
On August 10th, 1995, the Cardinals are awarded a 2-1 victory by forfeit over the Dodgers at “Ball Day” at Dodger Stadium.
After striking out looking in the bottom of the 9th., Raul Mondesi is ejected for arguing the call. Tommy Lasorda also gets tossed when he joins the discussion. Taking matters into their own hands, the fans rained more than 200 balls they had received as souvenirs onto the field. The umps order the Cardinals into the dugout and award them the win by forfeit. It is the first forfeit in the major leagues since the infamous Disco Demolition Night, a promotion that occurred July 12, 1979.
Events for August 10
In the second game of a doubleheader, Washington P Dale Gear gives up an American League-record 41 total bases in losing, 13 – 0, to the Athletics. The 23 hits include four doubles, four triples, and two homers. Philadelphia A’s P Snake Wiltse, brother of Hooks, has two doubles and two triples, just one of three hurlers in history to collect four extra-base hits in a game. His 10 total bases is a major-league record for a pitcher. Snake was acquired last month from the Pirates. In the opener, a 9 – 4 Washington win, Nats’ pitcher Win Mercer becomes the first AL hurler to steal home. Nap Lajoie has a pair of homers for the A’s in game 1, his second game in a row with two homers. He hit two in yesterday’s game two win. He will lead the AL with 14, drive in 125 runs, and hit .422 to win the Triple Crown.
Brooklyn’s Henry Schmidt drops his second game in three days to the Giants, this time losing 3 – 1 to Christy Mathewson. Matty wins his 20th and loses his shutout in the 9th on a passed ball by John Warner. Schmidt, 29, will win 21 games in this, his only season in the majors. A westerner, he will return his 1904 contract unsigned with the note, “I do not like living in the East and will not report.”