This Day In Baseball August 16
Recapping events that took place in the baseball world on this day
The history of sports is both vast and rich, thanks to the existence of so many different events and the longevity associated with them. With so much history to cull through, We offer the opportunity to look back and see what memorable things happened or milestones were reached on August 16 in baseball history.
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Notable Events and Chronology for August 16
8/16/1910 – In the bottom of the seventh in Boston, Harry Smith pinch hit for pitcher Buster Brown and singled. Rube Sellers pinch ran for Smith and scored two batters later. These changes took place in the ninth slot in the batting order. When Doc Miller’s turn to hit came up later in the inning, Bud Sharpe was substituted for Miller in the fourth spot in the lineup. At the end of the inning, Sellers remained in the game as the new right fielder, thus hitting ninth, and Chick Evens entered the contest as the new hurler in the fourth spot in the lineup. With two out in the bottom of the eighth, the nine spot in the order came up but Evans batted and made the third out of the frame. He was out of order but accepted by St. Louis. This should have reset the batting order, making Ed Abbaticchio the next proper batter (in the fifth spot in the lineup). However, Bill Collins batted and made an out in the first spot in the order. Three batters later, it came around to Evans’s spot again but Sellers hit in the fourth place instead. Sellers ended the game with an out. None of these instances of batting out of turn were protested by the St. Louis manager, Roger Bresnahan. It could have been since no one reached base batting out of turn or it could have been that no one on the Cardinals side of the field noticed.
In Chicago, the Giants score twice in the opening frame off Jimmy Lavender to knock out the would-be Giant-killer and go on to win, 7 – 4. Fred Merkle and Larry Doyle pull off a double steal in the inning, with Doyle on the front end. Jeff Tesreau puzzles the locals and the Cubs drop six games behind the Giants.
Walter Johnson and Joe Wood are in pursuit of Rube Marquard’s 19-game win streak. Johnson picks on the White Sox for his 14th straight, a two-hitter, tying Jack Chesbro’s 1904 mark. The Washingtonians win, 2 – 0, beating “our meatball expert” (Chicago Record-Herald) Joe Benz with eight hits. A week later Joe Wood will win number 13 in a row.
At Wrigley Field, the league-leading Cubs nip the Phillies, 10 – 9, in the first game of a doubleheader, then play to a 3 – 3 tie in 11 innings before darkness intervenes. In the first game, the Phils score eight runs in the 7th to take a 9 – 8 lead, but Gabby Hartnett’s drive wins the game for Chicago. Hack Wilson hits his 41st homer in the opener. The Phils manage just two hits in the nitecap, but take a 3 – 0 lead into the 9th. Chicago comes back when Riggs Stephenson scores on a balk, then Woody English cracks a two-run homer to tie. Meanwhile, 2nd place Brooklyn splits with the Pirates, 7 – 5 and 2 – 6.
Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers denies news reports that Jackie Robinson, last year’s MVP, will be traded. The latest tempest was started by the second baseman’s comments after he was removed from the lineup on August 12th by Burt Shotton after making an error. “I wouldn’t be surprised if I was traded,” Jackie was quoted as saying.
The Cards score six runs in the 7th inning to defeat the Pirates, 9 – 6. Murry Dickson, trying for his 17th win, takes the loss. Stan Musial hits a three-run homer in the 6th to start the scoring for St. Louis. His inside-the-park homer is his first hit in 13 at bats, and his second one in four days.
Sal Maglie outpitches Don Newcombe, 2 – 1, to cut the Dodger lead over the Giants to 9 1/2 games. Maglie allows four hits, including Billy Cox’s 300-foot homer, in winning his 17th. The Giants score the winner in the 7th when Bobby Thomson scores on a wild pitch. Pee Wee Reese goes hitless, ending his 22-game streak.
1954 – In a throwing contest between Jimmy Piersall and Willie Mays before a Red Sox-Giants charity game in Boston, Piersall hurts his arm. He starts the game but leaves midway. He wakes up the following morning with a sore arm that stays with him a year, and he will never throw quite as well again.
The first issue of Sports Illustrated is available at the newsstands. The inaugural cover of the innovative new magazine features a Mark Kauffman photo of Braves slugger Eddie Mathews at bat, Giants catcher Wes Westrum behind the plate, and umpire Augie Donatelli calling balls and strikes in Milwaukee County Stadium.
1960 – Following three straight bunt singles by Pittsburgh to start off the 9th, a visibly rattled Robin Roberts administers an utterly unintentional four-pitch free pass to Roberto Clemente, who, despite his free-swinging and prideful reputation, is evidently not entirely inflexible in his determination to accept no handouts. Thus is broken the 3 – 3 tie produced by Clemente’s 6th-inning RBI single. Making his 50th appearance of the year, reliever Elroy Face makes the one-run lead stand up, retiring Philly in order in the 9th.
Just five outs shy of career shutout No. 53, Milwaukee starter Warren Spahn is denied when Dick Stuart delivers an RBI single, thus bringing home the bullet Spahn has just dodged. That bullet came off the bat of Roberto Clemente, a loud double just a few feet shy of clearing Milwaukee County Stadium’s left centerfield fence. Disappointed but undaunted, Spahn will settle for career win No. 301 – a complete-game 2 – 1 decision over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
1964 – Sandy Koufax pitches a 3 – 0 shutout win against St. Louis, but he will miss the rest of the season because of an elbow injury suffered when he slid into second base against Milwaukee back on August 8th. In the nightcap, Curt Simmons matches Koufax with a 4 – 0 shutout of the Dodgers. Card CF Curt Flood has eight straight hits in the doubleheader split.
At the major league’s annual summer meetings in Milwaukee, all of the American League owners vote “yes”, and all of the National League owners vote “no” on a proposal introducing interleague play for next season. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, who favors a limited number of interleague contests, does not cast a vote of his own that could have potentially broken the impasse, citing the possibility of doing so at later date when the legality of his ballot, which is being challenged by the Senior Circuit, is resolved.
With the help of three picked-off Oakland runners at first base, the first such occurrence in the American League since 1910, the Brewers beat Oakland, 4 – 3. Another oddity happens when Oakland’s Billy Williams is called out on strikes after refusing to enter the batter’s box. He is then thrown out of the game.
1986 – Dale Holman, of the International League’s Richmond Braves becomes the first professional player ever to play for two teams in one game. The game was suspended because of rain on June 16th when he was in the lineup for Syracuse. By the time the game is completed today, Holman had been traded to Richmond and is in the lineup for the other side.
Lefty Tom Drees, 26, pitches his third no-hitter of the season for AAA Vancouver, beating Las Vegas, 5 – 0, in the 7-inning opener of a doubleheader. He fired consecutive 1 – 0 no-hitters, beating Calgary in nine innings (May 23rd) and Edmonton in seven (May 28th). Drees, now 12-11, will pitch 7+ innings for the White Sox in 1991 for his only major league action.
Trailing, 2 – 0, the Orioles score 14 runs over the final three innings to defeat the Athletics, 14 – 3, in the first game of a doubleheader. Rafael Palmeiro drives home six runs for Baltimore, and each member of the starting lineup, with the exception of leadoff man Roberto Alomar, gets at least two hits. The Orioles stroke 19 hits for the second day in a row off Oakland pitching. Baltimore also takes the nightcap, 5 – 4 in 10 innings.
Playing for his 7th team in six years, Mark Whiten hits a pinch hit homer in his first at bat for Seattle to help beat the Yanks. In his last at-bat for the Braves before being traded for farmhand Roger Blanco, Whiten belted a three-run pinch homer to beat the Phils, 5 – 2. Whiten is the 45th player used by Seattle this season.
Due to a conflict with the Republican National Convention being staged in San Diego, the first major league game ever played outside of the United States or Canada takes place in Monterrey, Mexico, with the ‘home team’ Padres out-slugging the Mets at Estadio de Beisbol, 15-10. Fernando Valenzuela, a native of the Mexican city of Navojoa, opens the three-game series and goes six innings to get the victory for the first-place Friars.
The Reds’ Juan Guzman has to leave his start in Pittsburgh after seven innings because his shoes are too small. After he was traded to the Reds, he arrived with only his size 10 1/2 orange and black Orioles shoes. Puma sent him a size 9 1/2 in red which he wears today until blisters develop. The Reds still win, 9 – 2.
The Rangers shut out the Yankees, 5 – 0, as P Brian Sikorski hurls scoreless ball into the 8th inning in his major league debut. Texas OF Gabe Kapler goes hitless in the game, ending his 28-game hitting streak. During the streak, Kapler batted .375 (42 for 112) and his average jumped from .241 to .289. The outfielder’s streak is the 10th of at least 28 games in the American League since 1950.
During opening ceremonies of the Little League World Series at Volunteer Stadium, the 1955 Little League Team from Charleston, SC, is honored. The fourteen boys from the Cannon Street YMCA team, who were banned from their own state’s post-season tournament 47 years ago due their skin color, were invited to Williamsport at the time as guests after the other 61 South Carolina all-white leagues were told by Little League officials the winner of their state finals would not be permitted to participate in the tournament because they refused to play a duly-franchised league.
Curt Schilling wins his 20th game of the season, striking out 12 Cubs in the Diamondbacks’ 2-1 victory at Wrigley Field. The 35 year-old right-hander, who will finish the season with a 23-5 record, reaches the milestone for the second consecutive year, a feat that teammate Randy Johnson will also accomplish next month.
The 1955 Little League team from Charleston, S.C., is honored when fourteen players from the Cannon Street YMCA Little League, 47 years after being banned from their own state’s postseason tournament due to the color of their skin, are invited to Williamsport to be recognized at the opening ceremonies of the Little League Baseball World Series at Volunteer Stadium. At the time of their banishment, Little League officials informed the other 61 all-white S.C. leagues that the winner of their state finals would not be permitted to participate in the tournament because of their refusal to play a duly franchised league.
8/16/2003 – The Yankees were playing at Camden Yards in Baltimore. In the bottom of the first inning, the Orioles had runners on second and third with one out. It was Jay Gibbons turn to bat but Tony Batista came to the plate and hit a sacrifice fly. Gibbons then grounded out to end the inning. Since the Yankees said nothing about the batting out of turn, the second inning should have started with Batista hitting again. However, Brook Fordyce popped out to start the inning. The Orioles batted correctly for the rest of the game. With that run in the first, the teams ended the ninth inning tied and the Yankees won in 12 innings, 5-4.
As skipper of the Fort Worth Cats of the Central League, Bobby Bragan becomes the oldest person to ever manage a professional baseball game. The 87 year-old, whose one day of employment is shortened by being ejected in the third inning for arguing balls and strikes, is eight days older than Connie Mack, who managed his last game for the 1950 Philadelphia A’s.
Jose Reyes becomes the first infielder, and tenth player overall, in the modern era (post-1898) to steal sixty bases in three consecutive seasons. The Mets shortstop, who will swipe 78 sacks this season, steals second base in the second inning for the second time in a 10-7 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park.
With nine minutes left to the signing deadline, the Orioles and their top draft choice, fifth overall, come to terms, as Georgia Tech standout Matt Wieters agrees to a minor league contract which includes a $6 million signing bonus. The switch hitting catcher’s deal ranks second only behind Justin Upton, who received $6.1 million in 2005 to play with the Diamondbacks.
The Angels score 9 runs in the 13th inning against Baltimore, in a 17 – 8 victory marking Torii Hunter’s return after more than a month spent on the disabled list. Hunter lines into a bases-loaded double play in the 11th, but redeems himself in the 13th with a dribbler up the middle in the same situation which opens the floodgates. Juan Rivera hits a three-run home to cap the onslaught.
Derek Jeter, with his 3-for-4 performance in the Yankees’ 10-3 loss in Seattle, passes Luis Aparicio for the most hits ever compiled by a major league shortstop. The New York infielder, collecting career hits #2,673 and #2,674 his first two at-bats, surpasses the Hall of Famer’s total, who spent his 18-year career, ending in 1973, with the White Sox, Orioles, and Red Sox.
Shaun Marcum only allows a 7th-inning homer to Conor Jackson in beating the Oakland Athletics, 3 – 1, pitching a one-hitter for the first complete game of his career. He joins Blue Jays teammate Brandon Morrow who pitched a one-hitter on August 8th. All the Jays’ runs come on homers: a solo shot by José Bautista that is originally ruled an inside-the-park homer before the umpires state that it had in fact hit the foul pole, and a two-run shot by Edwin Encarnacion.
Bobby Thomson, who hit what is arguably the most famous home run in baseball history – the Shot Heard ‘Round the World – dies at home in Savannah, GA. The memorable walk-off homer off Brooklyn’s Ralph Branca on October 3, 1951, sent the New York Giants to the 1951 World Series. Thomson was a star outfielder mostly with the Giants and Milwaukee Braves during the 1950s.
Rangers president Nolan Ryan announces a bronze artwork depicting Shannon Stone and his six year-old son attending a game will most likely be placed outside the home plate entrance to the Arlington ballpark at the start of next season. The 39 year-old firefighter died after falling more than 20 feet while attempting to catch a ball tossed by Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton during a game in July.
Major League Baseball approves the sale of the San Diego Padres from John Moores to a group headed by local businessman Ron Fowler, which also includes former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley and pro golfer Phil Mickelson. The sale is for $800 million. In the game that follows, the Padres are shut out by Kris Medlen of the Braves, 6 – 0, as Chipper Jones hits a pair of homers.
Garrett Jones homers twice, both three-run shots, to lead Pittsburgh to a 10 – 6 win over the Dodgers. A.J. Burnett wins his 15th game, over Joe Blanton, who is ejected in the 5th inning. Also being shown the door for Los Angeles are Matt Kemp tossed in the 2nd inning by Angel Campos for uttering words while teammate Andre Ethier is at bat, and manager Don Mattingly, who gets the thumb from crew chief Tim Tschida for coming to his star centerfielder’s defense. For his part, Blanton is already on his way out of the game after giving up 8 runs in 4 1/3 inning when Campos throws him out too.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announces Ryne Sandberg has been named as the interim manager of the team, replacing Charlie Manuel, who won more games than any other skipper in franchise history. During his nine seasons in the Philadelphia dugout, the 69 year-old, who had never been selected as the NL Manager of the Year, led the club to five consecutive division titles and a world championship in 2008.
2015 – Madison Bumgarner does it all as he throws a three-hit shutout to defeat the Nationals, 5 – 0. The Giants ace has 14 strikeouts, matching a career best, and also doubles and homers, his fourth long ball of the season, to improve to 14-6. For the Nats, it is a 6th straight loss, and they fall below .500 for the first time since May 6th, when they were 14-15.
The Blue Jays score 8 runs in the 8th to mount a come-from-behind 12 – 6 win over the Yankees and take over first place from Baltimore in a tightly-fought AL East race. C Russell Martin’s second homer of the contest puts the Jays ahead to stay. His counterpart for New York, Gary Sanchez, also homers twice, making it the first time in American League history that both starting catchers have done so. Troy Tulowitzki has four hits and also homers for Toronto, while Scott Feldman earns his first win since being acquired in a mid-season trade.
2017 – Short of infielders because of injuries, the Mets start catcher Travis d’Arnaud at third base in their game against the Yankees. However, as d’Arnaud has never played the position professionally, manager Terry Collinsdecides to switch him and starting second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera every time a right-handed batter comes up, in order to minimize the chance of a ball actually being hit towards the improvized infielder. The two end up exchanging positions 18 times as the Yankees prevail, 5 – 3, making for an unusual boxscore that reads “Cabrera 2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b” and “d’Arnaud 3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b-2b-3b”.
Just two weeks after suffering a 25 – 4 loss, the worst in team history, the Mets turn around and defeat the Phillies, 24 – 4, in the first game of a doubleheader, setting team records for runs and hits (25). Coming on the back of a 16 – 5 win over the Orioles the day before, the win also marks the first time they score at least 15 runs in back-to-back games. Jose Bautista, who does not even start the game, leads the offense with a grand slam and 7 RBIs. However, the Mets return to form in the nitecap, losing 9 – 6.
The Rangers turn an extremely rare triple play in their 8 – 6 win over the Angels. It goes 5-4, i.e. from 3B Jurickson Profar to 2B Rougned Odor, and all three outs are baserunners – not the batter – something not seen since 1912. With the bases loaded, David Fletcher smokes a liner to Profar, who fields it on a short hop, steps on the bag then tags Taylor Ward, who is returning to the bag, thinking the ball has been caught on the fly. Profar then throws to Odor to force Kole Calhoun and complete the triple killing.
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