This Day In Baseball August 19
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Events for August 19
1900 – In American League action, Rube Waddell throws two complete games as Milwaukee sweeps a doubleheader from the Chicago White Stockings, 2 – 1 and 1 – 0. After throwing 17 innings in the first game, the colorful southpaw is coaxed by skipper Connie Mack, who promises him a few days off to go fishing to pitch the nightcap, he hurls a five-inning one-hitter.
In Western League action, Rube Waddell throws two complete games as Milwaukee sweeps a doubleheader from the White Sox, 2-1 and 1-0. After throwing 17 innings in the first game, the colorful southpaw is coaxed by skipper Connie Mack, who promises him a few days off to go fishing, to pitch the nightcap, and he hurls a five-inning one-hitter.
1911 – Thirty-five thousand gather at the not-yet-completed Polo Grounds to watch the Reds finally get to Christy Mathewson after 22 straight losses, beating him for the first time since May 1908. Matty, after saving the 5 – 4 opener for Hooks Wiltse with two scoreless frames, starts the nightcap, goes five innings, and loses, 7 – 4. Mike Mitchell leads the Reds in the nitecap by hitting for the cycle off Matty, and adding a double.
1917 – Coaching at third base in a 1 – 1 game against Washington, Ty Cobb gives baserunner George Burns a shove when Burns stops at third on a long hit; Burns keeps going and scores the winning run. Clark Griffith protests, and Ban Johnson upholds him, as the rules now ban coaches from touching a runner. The game is replayed, and Washington wins, 2 – 0.
1922 – In Philadelphia, the Browns and A’s split a pair, with St. Louis taking the opener, 9 – 5. Urban Shocker is backed by Ken Williams’ 31st home run. He hits his 32nd in the nitecap, but the A’s win, 6 – 5, when Bing Miller bangs a 2-run homer in the eighth off Rasty Wright. The split allows the Yankees, winner over Chicago, to move back into first place.
1945 – In game two of a doubleheader against the Reds, 37-year-old slugger Jimmie Foxx makes his first major league start, pitching the first seven innings for the Philadelphia Phillies. He leaves with a 4 – 1 lead, and Andy Karl saves Foxx’s only decision, a 6 – 2 final. Double X’s ERA in 10 appearances is 1.52. The lidlifter goes to the Phils as well, 5 – 0, though they are mathematically eliminated from a 1st place finish.
Better known for his home run prowess, Hall of Fame slugger Jimmie Foxx starts and throws 7.2 innings, giving up just 4 hits in the Phillies’ 4-2 nightcap victory over Cincinnati at Shibe Park. The 37 year-old corner infielder, playing in his final season, will take the mound a total of 9 times, posting a remarkable 1.59 ERA during 22.2 innings of work for the last place team.
The Phillies host ‘Eddie Waitkus Night’ at Shibe Park and shower their injured first baseman with gifts. The All-Star infielder, in uniform for the first time since June, had been shot in the chest at Chicago’s Edgewater Beach Hotel by Ruth Ann Steinhagen, an obsessed fan upset with his trade from the Cubs to Philadelphia.
The Pirates outslug the Cubs, 13 – 9, for their sixth win in seven games. Ralph Kiner slugs two homers to put him seven days and nine games ahead of last year’s pace, when he hit 54. He has rapped eight dingers this month and four in the last five games. Clyde McCullough adds a bases-loaded triple, sac fly, and two-run double, while Johnny Hopphomers. The Cubs answer with homers by Hank Sauer, Mickey Owen, and Roy Smalley, but it’s not enough. Reliever Bob Rush loses to Murry Dickson.
Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente, tit for tat. Having had his birthday thunder stolen by Clemente earlier this year, Mays returns the favor, or tries to. The game actually comes one day after Clemente’s birthday. the Giants’Mays hits a solo homer in the 3rd to put Pittsburgh in a 2 – 0 hole, but Clemente then contributes a big blow to a decisive three-run rally that puts Pittsburgh ahead to stay. This time, while not a 430-foot triple over Mays’s head, it’s a similarly-sized blast – “a tremendous wallop,” to quote the Pittsburgh Press, “over the left-center wall.”
Citing poor attendance as the reason, Giants’ president Horace Stoneham, ignoring baseball’s edict of banning announcements about relocation of franchises until after the World Series, informs the press the club has signed a lease to play its home games in San Francisco next season. The club’s Board of Directors voted 8-1 approving the shift to the West Coast, with the only dissenting vote cast by M. Donald Grant, who will become the chairman of the Mets, an expansion team located in New York to fill the National League void created by the departure of the Giants and Dodgers to California.
Dick Stuart’s two-run, tie-breaking 450-foot unmanned expedition to Waveland Avenue puts Pittsburgh in the winner’s circle, 4 – 2, over the Chicago Cubs. Stuart’s clout, in conjunction with an earlier two-run blast by Bill Mazeroski, helps boost the surging Bucs to their 20th win in 28 tries, moving them from last place on July 22nd to third place today, making up eight games on the floundering Giants in the process. Roberto Clemente’s stellar defense keeps the Cubs’ bats at bay. Cubs’ beat writer Richard Dozer writes: “The Cubs couldn’t get an offensive menace started, due largely to the Pirates’ right fielder, Roberto Clemente. He made two sensational catches: one acrobatic catch of Bobby Thomson’s liner in the 4th inning and one in the 8th inning to rob Walt Moryn of a single that would have sent Ernie Banks to third with no one out. Clemente also threw out Dale Long, who was attempting to move from first to third on Sam Taylor’s single in the 2nd inning and it was speedy Roberto’s single in the 6th that preceded Stuart’s 450-foot home run.”
The Phils rally in the 9th, but strand 11 and lose, 4 – 3 to Milwaukee. For the hapless Quakers, it is their 22nd loss in a row. For the Braves, it is their 9th win in a row. The Phils have 13 hits off Tony Cloninger, the winner, while Frank Sullivan allows just 7. The Braves score all their runs in the 3rd, the big blow being Frank Thomas’s two-run homer.
Gino Cimoli, Wayne Causey, and Billy Bryan of the Athletics hit consecutive home runs in the 7th inning, but Elston Howard has two home runs and eight RBIs; Bill Skowron, a home run and four RBIs; Mickey Mantle, a grand slam and seven RBIs, and Skowron four RBIs as the Yankees rout the A’s, 21 – 7. Mantle adds two stolen bases before Jack Reed takes over in CF and has two at bats.
At Fenway Park, Dick Stuart’s towering fly ball becomes an adventure for Indians’ outfielder Vic Davalillo when it strikes the ladder attached to the wall above the scoreboard. After ricocheting off the fence, the ball bounces off the head of the center fielder, and before he can retrieve it, the slow-footed Red Sox first baseman crosses the plate for a very improbable inside-the-park home run in Boston’s 8-3 loss to Cleveland.
At Wrigley Field, Ken Holtzman no-hits the Braves, 3-0, with Ron Santo’s first inning homer off Phil Niekro providing all of the Cubs’ runs. The no-hitter is the fifth of the season, and the first since 1923 in which no strikeouts are recorded, when Sad Sam Jones accomplished the feat with the Yankees.
1970 – Fergie Jenkins homers and his teammates add another six as Chicago coasts over San Diego, 12 – 2. Jim Hickman (2), Glenn Beckert, Johnny Callison, Joe Pepitone, and Billy Williams also hit round trippers for Chicago. Six of the Cub homers are solo shots and San Diego adds a solo homer: the seven solo homers by two teams sets a National League record and ties the major league mark set on April 29, 1962.
1982 – Scheduled to pitch against the Expos in a home game, Braves rookie Pascual Perez misses the start of the game when he can’t find his way to the ballpark. Perez circles on the interstate several times but gets lost. He will be given a Braves jacket with the new number I-85 on it. Phil Niekro takes the mound and wins, 5 – 4, to run his record to 11-3.
1983 – The Dodgers trade pitchers Dave Stewart and Ricky Wright to Texas for star pitcher Rick Honeycutt, who is 14-8 with an American League-best 2.42 ERA for the Rangers. Honeycutt will go 2-3 down the stretch for the Dodgers, but still wins the AL ERA title because his 174 2/3 innings pitched were already enough to qualify.
1987 – Paul Molitor collects four hits to extend his hitting streak to 34 games and tie Dom DiMaggio for 11th on the all-time list. The Brewers beat Cleveland, 13 – 2. Rob Deer has a grand slam for the Brewers, and tomorrow will hit another to become just the 11th player in history to hit grand slams in consecutive games.
Wade Boggs makes his pitching debut, throwing 16 knuckleballs and one fastball in a 12-4 loss to the Angels at Anaheim Stadium. The Yankee third baseman, a future Hall of Famer, hurls a scoreless eighth inning, giving up no hits, walking one batter, and striking out Todd Greene swinging to end the frame.
The Expos beat Arizona, 8 – 2, giving Felipe Alou his 521st career win as manager of the Montreal Expos, most in franchise history. Buck Rodgers had 520. Alou’s good luck charm is P Dustin Hermanson, who allows three hits in seven innings. Hermanson was also the starting and winning pitcher in Alou’s 400th, 450th, and 500th win.
For only the third time in major league history and second this season by the Yankees, a team is credited with three sacrifice flies in one inning. Bronx Bombers Jorge Posada, Scott Brosius, and Clay Bellinger join teammates Jose Vizcaino, Tino Martinez, and Bernie Williams (June 29, 2000) and the White sox trio of Juan Pizarro, Nellie Fox, and Al Smith, who accomplished the feat against the Indians (July 1, 1962).
The Mariners rout the Yankees, 10 – 2, as OF Mike Cameron gets four hits (including two home runs) and drives home eight runs. OF Ichiro Suzuki stretches his hitting streak to 16 games, giving him three streaks of 15 or more games this year. He’s the first major leaguer with three 15-game streaks in the same season since Milwaukee’s Cecil Cooper in 1980.
As skipper of the Fort Worth Cats of the Central Baseball League, Bobby Bragan becomes the oldest person to ever to manage a professional baseball game. The 87-year-old, whose one day of employment is shortened by being ejected in the 3rd inning for arguing balls and strikes, is eight days older than Connie Mack, who managed his last game for the 1950 Athletics.
A new internship, announced by the independent minor league team, the Brockton Rox will be dedicated in the memory of an Emerson journalism student accidentally killed by the Boston police during a near riot around Fenway Park after the Red Sox beat the Yankees to win the pennant. “The Victoria Snelgrove Media Internship”, which will be awarded to an aspiring journalist will host pre- and post-game radio shows, and hopefully will focus attention on the senseless violence that sometimes follows sporting contests.
Losing to the A’s at Oakland’s McAfee Coliseum, 4-0, the Royals establish a franchise record by losing their 19th consecutive game and tie the club’s mark by dropping its 12th straight road game. The 38-82 squad needs two more defeats to match the American League record of 21 losses accomplished by the 1988 Orioles, and four more will tie the major league mark of 23 endured by the 1961 Phillies.
A new internship, announced by the independent minor league team, the Brockton Rox, will be dedicated in the memory of the Emerson journalism student accidentally killed in 2004 by the Boston police during a near riot around Fenway Park after the Red Sox beat the Yankees to win the pennant. “The Victoria Snelgrove Media Internship”, which will be awarded to an aspiring journalist hosting pregame and postgame radio shows, hopefully will focus attention on the senseless violence that sometimes follows sporting contests.
In an effort to bolster their starting rotation as the team makes a run for the NL wild card, the Phillies acquire Jamie Moyer and cash from the Mariners for two minor league righties named Andrew — Baldwin and Barb. The 43 year-old veteran southpaw compiled a 6-12 record with a 4.39 ERA for the struggling Mariners this season.
Johan Santana also sets a team strikeout record, this one for a single game, when he fans 17, two more than the old Minnesota Twins record. Santana throws two-hit ball and walks none in a 8-inning gem to beat Kevin Millwood, 1 – 0, in a pitcher’s duel. Michael Cuddyer provides the game’s lone run with his 12th homer of the season. Michael Young, the All-Star shortstop, leads the K crowd by striking out all four times against Santana.
Not wanting to be a distraction to the team, B.J. Upton apologizes to the Rays for a “mental lapse” on the bases in which he was thrown out at second base on what many believed should have been an easy double. The 23 year-old center fielder has been benched three times in the past two weeks for not hustling for his first-place club.
The Dodgers reacquired Greg Maddux (6-9, 3.99) from the Padres for cash and two minor leaguers to be named or an additional monetary sum. The 42 year-old future Hall of Fame right-hander, obtained to help the club down the stretch run, played in LA for part of the 2006 season, winning six of nine decisions.
Bologna takes the Italian Series in five games over T&A San Marino, with a 16 – 2 romp in the finale. Claudio Liverziani goes 8 for 14 with 8 walks and 6 RBI for a 1.537 OPS, winning MVP honors. Just over a week later, the Italian Baseball Federation will suspend Liverziani for a positive amphetamine test during the playoffs.
The specter of the 2000s steroid scandal is still around. Today, former pitching great Roger Clemens is indicted on six counts of perjury for allegedly lying during Congressional hearings on PED use in February 2008 when he testified that he had never used banned substances. A number of former teammates and associates have since come forward to provide testimony that contradicts his statements made under oath.
The Yankees use a nine-run 6th inning to blow away the Tigers, 11 – 5. Robinson Cano hits a double and homer and collects 3 RBI in the frame. The Yankees are now a game in front of Tampa Bay, who lose, 4 – 3, to Oakland, but place newly-acquired 1B Lance Berkman on the disabled list with a sprained ankle.
The Padres complete a four-game sweep of the Cubs at Wrigley Field with a 5 – 3 victory. Will Venable is the hero, hitting a two-run single in the 7th, then scoring from third base after Chase Headley is retired in a rundownbetween 3rd base and home and Cubs catcher Koyie Hill leaves home plate uncovered, thinking time has been called. The Padres have won 10 of their last 11 games to increase their lead in the NL West to 6 1/2 games ahead of San Francisco, but lose OF Tony Gwynn for a month when he is placed on the disabled list after breaking a bone in his hand swinging the bat a day earlier.
Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts fires general manager Jim Hendry, the man who brought the perennial losers within five outs of the World Series in 2003 and built back-to-back division winners in 2008 and 2009, after 9 years on the job. Hendry’s success was achieved at the cost of a massive payroll, however, and the team is now on the hook for a number of expensive contracts to underachieving former stars, while headed for a second consecutive 5th-place finish. His players send Hendry out a winner as pinch-hitter Tyler Colvin hits a walk-off single in the 10th inning to give the Cubs a 5 – 4 win over the Cardinals on his last day. Assistant GM Randy Bushis named to take over in the interim but is not in line to succeed Hendry.
The Pirates win a 19-inning marathon at St. Louis, 6 – 3. In the 17th, P James McDonald hits a pinch single and comes to score on Garrett Jones’ single which defects just off the glove of P Marc Rzepczynski. However, Juan Cruz is unable to close the game, allowing a game-tying sacrifice fly to Tony Cruz that scores pinch-runner Ryan Jackson in the bottom of the inning. Two innings later, Pedro Alvarez hits a solo homer off Barret Browning and Andrew McCutchen adds a two-run single before Wandy Rodriguez, tomorrow’s scheduled starter, pitches a second scoreless inning to wrap up the game.
In the 2012 Women’s Baseball World Cup, Japan tops the USA, 3 – 0, in the Gold Medal game for their third straight title. It is the best US finish since 2006. Yukari Isozaki scatters 7 hits in a complete game shutout to improve to 3-0, 0.33 in the Cup and take MVP honors. In the Bronze Medal game, it’s a different story, as host Canada edges Australia in a 17 – 13 slugfest with four RBI apiece from Ashley Stephenson and Stéphanie Savoie and four hits and four runs from Jenna Flannigan. Canada had not gotten a Medal in 2010, the only time they failed to do so in the five Women’s World Cups to this point.
Play comes to a stop in the bottom of the sixth inning of the Nats game against the Mets when a praying mantis is discovered in the outfield at Nationals Park. The contest continues after New York outfielder Andres Torres carefully picks up the beneficial insect and gently hands it over to a member of the ballpark’s ground crew.
2013 – The Rangers score 11 times in the 3rd inning to hand the Astros a 16 – 5 loss. The 11 runs are the highest single-inning total in the majors this year. Houston utility player Jake Elmore replaces C Carlos Corporan in the 4th, then moves to the mound to pitch a scoreless 8th inning; it is only the 14th time in history that a player has appeared at both positions in the same game; Elmore had not played either position in the majors previously.
2016 – The Astros and Orioles engage in a slugfest in Baltimore, with Houston coming out on top, 15 – 8. After George Springer leads off the game with a homer off Wade Miley, the Orioles set a modern record by hitting four home runs before making an out in their first turn at-bat. Facing Collin McHugh, Adam Jones homers on the first pitch, then Hyun Soo Kim singles, and Manny Machado, Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo all homer in succession for a quick 5 – 1 lead. However, the Astros score 5 runs in the 2nd, and keep going from there to win the game. Springer goes 4 for 5 and José Altuve homers and has 5 RBIs for Houston as 8 long balls are hit overall.