This Day In Baseball August 21
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Events for August 21
At Washington, umpire John Haskell is involved in another violent incident during the Washington-White Sox game when Sox SS Frank Shugart punches him after a disputed ball four call, followed by a Nationals bases-loaded triple. Teammate Jack Katoll tries to add his two cents, and a fan jumps in punching Shugart. The police intervene and both players are arrested. Shugart will be expelled. Washington’s Win Mercer lives up to his name with an 8 – 0 win over Chicago.
In Baltimore, Orioles pitcher Joe McGinnity is tossed for spitting in the face of umpire Tom Connolly. When Detroit’s Kid Elberfeld intervenes, he is decked by Baltimore’s Mike Donlin. Bill Keister also gets involved, as do some fans, and the police, who arrest the players and a fan. Judge Harry Goldman, a part-owner of the O’s, releases the players and fines the fan $100.
Pittsburgh regains first place as Nick Maddox (15-5) beats Brooklyn, 2 – 1 for his 8th win in a row. Maddox drives in both runs as well. Maddox, who won his last five games of 1907, has now won 20 games in 30 appearances, the quickest twenty-game winner ever (This mark will be tied by Russ Ford, in 1910, Boo Ferriss in 1945, and Cal Eldred in 1993).
Now with the Philadelphia Phils, Chief Bender, 34, pitches his third straight shutout, winning 6 – 0 over the Cubs. In his last active season, Bender will turn in four shutouts and win eight with two losses and a 1.67 ERA. His mound partner from the glory days of the A’s, Eddie Plank, will also close out his career, ending the season 5-6 for the St. Louis Browns with a 1.79 ERA.
Defeating the Senators, 11-5, at Washington’s Griffith Stadium, Indians’ hurler Wes Ferrell becomes the first pitcher in this century to win 20 or more games in each of his first four seasons. The Greensboro, NC native, who will post a 23-12 record this season, won 21, 25, and 22 games for Cleveland during the past three years.
At Braves Field, Cardinals’ first baseman Ripper Collins does not make a putout during the 13-3 nine-inning loss to Boston. The St. Louis infielder, who will also not make a putout playing first for the Cubs in a game against Brooklyn in 1937, is the only player to have accomplished the very rare feat twice in the major leagues.
Wes Ferrell, in a tantrum for what he considers shabby support, walks off the mound during a Yankee rally and is suspended and fined $1,000 by Boston manager Joe Cronin. It is the second time in five days he has walked off the mound, having done it in Boston the previous Sunday in a game against the Senators. Ferrell, furious when he hears about the fine, says he will not pay it. “They can suspend me or trade me, but they’re not getting any dough from me.” The Red Sox lift the suspension in four days and will trade Ferrell after the season.
Representatives of Cuba, Panama, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela, meeting in Havana, agree to stage a 4-country round-robin 12-game tournament to be known as the Serie del Caribe (Caribbean Series) and to be launched in Cuba during February 1949. The Dominican Republic and Mexico will also later participate on a regular basis.
1949 – A barrage of bottles from the Philadelphia stands as protest of a decision by umpire George Barr over a trapped fly ball results in the first forfeiture in the major leagues in seven years. The Giants, who receive this forfeit, gave one away in 1942 when hordes of youngsters invaded the field.
With the home team trailing 4-2 with one out in the top of the ninth inning, the visiting Giants are awarded a 9-0 forfeit by umpire Al Barlick when the Phillies fans launch a pop bottle and paper barrage at Shibe Park. The Philadelphia patrons displayed their displeasure after first base ump George Barr rules that center fielder Richie Ashburn had trapped the ball hit by Joe Lafata, a call vehemently protested by the outfielder and his teammates.
The Giants manage just one run in seven innings off Reds knuckleballer Willie Ramsdell, but the wheels come off in “The Knuck” in the 8th: Eddie Stanky belts a leadoff homer, Whitey Lockman adds a 2-run shot, and Wes Westrum finishes with a 3-run roundtripper off reliever Frank Smith. George Spencer (9-4) wins in relief, 7 – 4.
For the second time in 10 days, Dave Roberts of the Padres and Tom Seaver of the Mets lock up in a pitchers duel, but this time, Seaver comes out on top, 2 – 1. Ed Spiezio hits a solo homer for San Diego in the 3rd, then Cleon Jones triples and comes in to tie the score on a sacrifice fly for the Mets in the 7th. Jones then ends the game with a walk-off home run with two outs on the bottom of the 9th, only the third hit allowed by Roberts. Seaver and Roberts will finish first and second respectively in the National League ERA race.
The Connie Mack statue, a fixture in front of the North Philadelphia ballpark since 1957, is rededicated at the corner of Broad Street and Pattison Avenue in front of the Phillies’ new home, Veterans Stadium. The team added a plaque to the monument’s pedestal, listing the A’s players chosen between 1978 and 2003 for the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame.
In a complete-game effort at Veterans Stadium, Steve Carlton’s consecutive-victory streak ends at 15 when the Phillies drop a 2-1 decision to Atlanta and Phil Niekro, who also goes the distance. Dusty Baker, who started the 11th inning rally with a two-out double, scores the eventual winning run on Mike Lum’s broken bat flare over the shortstop’s head.
Pittsburgh’s Rennie Stennett, batting .336 for the season, breaks his right leg sliding into second base during a 5 – 4 loss to San Francisco. He will be out for the year, falling 12 plate appearances short of qualifying for the batting title, won by teammate Dave Parker at .338. Stennett will never again hit higher than .244.
1979 – The Mets win a protested game against the Astros, 5 – 0. With two outs in the 9th inning, Houston’s Jeffrey Leonard flies to CF to apparently end the game. Umpire Doug Harvey rules that time had been called, and orders Leonard back to the plate. He then singles to left. The Mets were without a first baseman, however, so the umps order Leonard to bat once more. He flies to LF to end the game.
At a news conference, owner Charlie Finley announces he has sold his A’s to Walter A. Haas, Jr., the chairman of the board of the Levi Strauss clothing empire, Hass’s son Walter J Walter J., and son-in-law Roy Eisenhardt for $12.7 million. The sale to the San Francisco executives, which will become effective in November, keeps the team in Oakland, thwarting oilman Marvin Davis plan to move the team to Denver.
In the Red Sox’s 24-5 rout the Indians, Spike Owen ties a major league mark, becoming the first major leaguer to score six runs in a game since Johnny Pesky, also playing for Boston, accomplished the feat in 1946. The light-hitting shortstop was obtained three days ago, along with center fielder Dave Henderson, from the Mariners in exchange for Rey Quinones and cash.
Orioles southpaw Jeff Ballard, who throws 112 pitches while scattering seven hits, throws a shutout without issuing a walk or recording a strikeout when he whitewashes Milwaukee at Memorial Stadium, 5-0. The unusual feat of a no walk/no strikeout complete-game shutout will not occur again until Rick Porcello, an eight month-old infant when Ballard throws his gem, blanks Oakland in 2014.
Billy Hatcher ties a major-league record with four doubles to pace the Reds to an 8 – 1 win over the Cubs. Rick Mahler beats Mike Harkey. The only score for Chicago is Ryne Sandberg’s 29th homer. Reds manager Lou Piniella argues with umpire Dutch Rennert after Barry Larkin is called out at first at the end of the fifth inning. After throwing his hat down, Piniella is ejected; in response, Piniella rips first base out of the ground and throws it twice toward right field.
The Phillies overcome an eight-run deficit, scoring nine runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat the Dodgers, 12-11. John Kruk’s pinch-hit three-run homer ties the game, and two batters later, Carmelo Martinez’s double plates Rod Booker with the eventual winning run in the Chavez Ravine contest.
In their current 4-game series against the Giants, the Dodgers start pitchers from four different countries – none of them Americans, something they have done before, but this time, the Dodgers have three continents covered. In yesterday’s 6 – 5 win it was Eric Gagné of Canada; In today’s 9 – 4 win it is Jeff Williams of Australia; In tomorrow’s 5 – 4 loss, it will be Ismael Valdes of Mexico; and the next day it will be Chan Ho Park from South Korea, in a 5 – 3 win.
2001 – The International League’s Triple-A game between Rochester (Orioles) and Ottawa (Expos) features Tim Raines and his son Tim Jr. as opponents. It is believed to be the first contest involving a dad and his son facing each other during the regular season on the professional level. The two will briefly be teammates with the Orioles at the end of the season.
The Athletics win their 8th straight game behind Cory Lidle’s one-hitter, beating Cleveland by a score of 6 – 0. Lidle gives up a 2-out single to Ellis Burks in the 1st inning, walks the next batter, then retires the last 25 batters. It is the 4th straight start for Lidle in which he’s been part of a shutout, but it is the only one he’s completed.
In longest game ever played in Little League World Series history, Louisville, KY beats Fort Worth, TX in the US semifinal in 11 innings, 2 – 1. A record-setting 49 strikeouts are recorded as Fort Worth’s Walker Kelly strikes out 21 in nine two-hit innings and Louisville’s Aaron Alvey fans 19 batter over nine no-hit inning.
The Expos’ first selection in the amateur draft (fifth overall), Clint Everts, signs a deal with Montreal which gives him a $2.5 million signing bonus. The Houston Cypress Falls High School’s right-hander, along with teammate left-hander Scott Kazmir (Mets), are only the fourth pair of high school teammates selected in the first round of the same draft.
The Expos’ first selection, fifth overall, in the amateur draft, Clint Everts, signs a deal with Montreal which gives him a $2.5 million signing bonus. The Houston Cypress Falls High School’s right-hander, along with teammate left-hander Scott Kazmir (Mets), are only the fourth pair of high school players selected in the first round of the same draft.
In the longest game ever played in Little League World Series history, Louisville, Kentucky beats Fort Worth, Texas in the US semifinal in 11 innings, 2-1. A record-setting 49 strikeouts are recorded as Fort Worth’s Walker Kelly strikes out 21 in nine two-hit innings, and Louisville’s Aaron Alvey fans 19 batter over nine no-hit innings.
Much to the delight of the Fenway Faithful and the embarrassment of the team’s first baseman, the ‘Rally Karaoke Guy’ makes his debut when a video of Kevin Millar, as a LA City College freshman doing an impersonation of Bruce Springsteen singing “Born in the USA,” is shown on the scoreboard. The video, which was first played at a clubhouse meeting in Texas as a prank by a college friend, now FBI agent, appears to be Boston’s answer to the Rally Monkey of Anaheim when the Red Sox win their first game in seven days, beating the A’s, 14-5.
Florida suspends its bat boy for six games after the 11-year old accepts former Marlin and current Dodger hurler Brad Penny’s $500 dare to drink a gallon of milk in less than an hour without throwing up. The sixth grader, who is able to drink the quantity in the allotted time but cannot keep it down, will be offered by the Milk Processor Education Program a promise to pay off the dare and will cover the lost wages resulting from the suspension if he agrees to drink three glasses every 24 hours.
Florida suspends their bat boy for six games after the 11 year-old accepts former Marlin and current Dodger hurler Brad Penny’s $500 dare to drink a gallon of milk in less than an hour without throwing up. The sixth grader, who is able to drink the quantity in the allotted time but cannot keep it down, will be offered by the Milk Processor Education Program a promise to pay off the dare and will cover the lost wages resulting from the suspension if he agrees to drink three glasses every 24 hours.
Cory Lidle, recently obtained from the Phillies along with Bobby Abreu in a trade-deadline deal, throws six scoreless innings to get the 2-1 win as the Yankees complete a five-game sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Dubbed the “Boston Massacre II”, the lopsided series reminds fans of the rivalry of a similar meltdown in Boston in 1978.
After seeing his starting pitcher give back seven runs of an 8-0 lead in the third inning, John Gibbons goes to the mound to remove Ted Lilly, who argues with the Blue Jay manager and refuses to give up the ball. The incident escalates in the clubhouse tunnel with the skirmish resulting in a bloody nose for the Toronto skipper.
Rookie Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds strikes out for the 9th straight plate appearance, tying the major league record for position players. David Bush is the opposing hurler; in Reynolds’ next appearance, Bush hits him with a pitch to end the streak. Reynolds ties the mark held by Adolfo Phillips (1966), Steve Balboni (1984), Eric Davis (1987), Reggie Jackson (1987) and Bo Jackson (1988). During the streak, Reynolds became the batter who enabled John Smoltz to become the Atlanta Braves career strikeout leader.
Garret Anderson drives in 10 runs, setting a Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim franchise record. Anderson doubles in Chone Figgins and Orlando Cabrera in the 1st against Mike Mussina. In the 2nd, he doubles home Vladimir Guerrero. In the 3rd, he cracks a 3-run homer against Edwar Ramirez. In the 6th, he hits a grand slam, this one off Sean Henn. The Angels top the Yankees, 18 – 9.
With a grand slam and a three-run homer, a two-run and a pair of one-run doubles during an 18-9 rout of the Yankees, Garret Anderson drives in a franchise-record ten runs with his four hits. The Angels’ left fielder, who is one RBI shy of setting the American League mark, becomes the 12th player to collect 10 RBIs in one contest in big league history.
Mark Reynolds ties a major league record, held by five other non-pitchers, including Bo Jackson of the Royals in 1988, by striking out in nine plate consecutive appearances. The dubious streak comes to an end when Dave Bush hits the Diamondbacks’ third baseman with a pitch in the sixth inning in a 7-4 Brewer victory at Chase Field.
Citing he would be heavily taxed on the historically significant souvenir if he were to hold onto it, 21 year-old Matt Murphy reluctantly decides to sell the ball Barry Bonds hit to break Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record. The August 7th AT&T Park home run ball, valued at an estimated $500,000, will be available from August 28 through September 15 through a Sotheby’s/SCP online auction.
The Twins defeat Kansas City, 5 – 4, in a sloppy game that sees both teams’ closers falter. The Twins score three in the 6th thanks to a throwing error, a wild pitch, and a blooper reel play by RF Josh Anderson that allows Denard Span to race around the bases. Coming in to close a 4 – 3 lead in the 9th, Minnesota’s Joe Nathan gives up a two-out home run to pinch-hitter Brayan Pena to send the game into extra innings. The Royals’ Joakim Soria then gives up a single to Alexi Casilla and a triple to Orlando Cabrera to put the Twins back on top and give Nathan another chance to close. But the Royals put two more men on before Mark Teahen finally lines out to right field to end the game.
Rookie Peter Bourjos also hits his first career homer, for the Angels against the Twins. He adds a triple and drives in 4 in his team’s 9 – 3 win. Losing P Kevin Slowey is placed on the disabled list after the game with a strained right forearm, as is reliever Ron Mahay, who hurts his shoulder while fielding a ground ball.
After being heckled by Philadelphia fans between innings, Nyjer Morgan throws a ball into the Citizens Bank Park outfield seats, hitting a fan in the head. The Nationals outfielder will receive a seven-game suspension for his serious lapse of judgment, although his victim, a 37 year-old male, is very surprised by the suspension and wishes his assailant luck with the appeal of the penalty.
Matt Stairs sets the career record for pinch-hit home runs when he goes deep off Ernesto Frieri in the eighth inning of a 6-5 loss in Milwaukee. The two-run shot over the Miller Park right field fence, his twenty-first round-tripper coming off the bench, moves the premier pinch-hitter ahead of Cliff Johnson.
The Tigers score 7 runs off Cleveland’s Ubaldo Jimenez in the 3rd, including homers from Delmon Young and Victor Martinez, but the Indians slowly claw back. In the 4th, both benches are warned when Tigers starter Rick Porcello throws a pitch behind Asdrubal Cabrera shortly before being chased from the game. In the 6th, Tigers manager Jim Leyland is ejected by third base umpire Alan Porter for arguing a tag play at the base on Wilson Betemit. Detroit closer José Valverde then pitches the 9th with a one-run lead, but puts the first two men he faces on base courtesy of a walk and a hit-by-pitch. After Jack Hannahan’s successful sacrifice bunt, he gets pinch-hitter Matt LaPorta to fly to short center field; CF Austin Jackson unloads a superb throw to the plate that nails Kosuke Fukudome trying to score from third base, for a spectacular game-ending double play. Detroit completes a three-game sweep with the 8 – 7 win and Valverde has now been perfect in all 37 of his save opportunities this year.
In his first major league start, the Blue Jays’ Luis Perez holds the Athletics to one hit and a pair of walks in 6 innings. Jose Bautista then leads off the 7th with his 36th homer off Guillermo Moscoso to give Toronto a 1 – 0 lead, and reliever Casey Janssen makes it hold with three hitless innings to complete the combined one-hitter.
With 3B Alex Rodriguez back in the line-up for the first time since July 7th, the Yankees shut out the Twins, 3 – 0. Curtis Granderson, who has had no problem hitting the ball out of the park all year, keeps his 7th-inning hit within the confines, but races around the bases for an inside-the-park homer that doubles the Yankees’ lead. Mark Teixeira follows with a more conventional home run and Ivan Nova improves to 13-4 on the year. A-Rod and Jim Thome become the first members of the 600 home run club to appear in the same contest since Willie Mays and Hank Aaron 38 years prior.
The Padres retire uniform number 51 worn by reliever Trevor Hoffman during his stellar career before their game with the Florida Marlins, then Will Venable caps off the day with a game-winning single off Edward Mujicaagainst a five-man infield for a 4 – 3 win. Hoffman’s successor as the Padres’ closer, Heath Bell, gives up a homer to Mike Cameron with two outs in the top of the 9th for a blown save, but earns the win instead.
The Padres retire Trevor Hoffman’s No. 51 in a post-game ceremony to honor baseball’s all-time saves leader, who retired in the off-season after playing 18 big league seasons, 16 with San Diego. After he was acquired by the team in a five-player deal in 1993, the right-handed reliever compiled 552 of his 601 saves for the Friars.
Corendon Kinheim completes a stunning sweep of DOOR Neptunus in the 2012 Holland Series with a 9 – 2 pounding, thanks to home runs by Dirk van ‘t Klooster and Bryan Engelhardt and a 13-strikeout gem by Series MVP David Bergman. Kinheim had fired head coach Eelco Jansen in the first round of the playoffs but rallied under replacement Hans Lemmink to win it all.
2013 – With a 1st-inning single off Toronto’s R.A. Dickey, Ichiro Suzuki gets his 4,000 hit between Japan (1,278) and the United States (2,722). He is only the third player to reach the milestone at such a high level, following Ty Cobb and Pete Rose, who both collected all their hits in the United States major leagues. Only one other Japanese player, Isao Harimoto, had 3,000 hits.
Ichiro Suzuki collects his 4,000th career hit to join Ty Cobb and Pete Rose as the third professional baseball player to accomplish the feat. The Yankees right fielder, who has compiled more hits during his 13 seasons in the major leagues than any other player within the same amount of playing time, started his career with the Orix BlueWave in Japan, where he had a total of 1,278 hits before joining the Mariners in 2001.
Game 3 of the 2014 Italian Series goes down to the final batter. With ASD Rimini trailing Fortitudo Bologna, 2 – 1, in the bottom of the 9th and two outs, Adolfo Gomez singles off Raul Rivero and Giuseppe Spinelli walks. Filippo Crepaldi relieves Rivero but gives up a game-ending, two-run single to Riccardo Bertagnon.
The Angels complete a four-game sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park to consolidate their position as the best team in the majors at this point. Rookie Matt Shoemaker improves to 12-4 as he keeps the Sox hitless through 6 2/3 innings before Will Middlebrooks hits a double for Boston’s only safety in a 2 – 0 loss. Earlier today, the Angels get bad news when they learn that P Garrett Richards, who injured his knee the day before, is out for the season. They call up veteran Wade LeBlanc from AAA to take Richards’ place and acquire 2B Gordon Beckham from the White Sox to add some infield depth in anticipation of the postseason.
Trading deadline acquisition Yoenis Cespedes continues to make his presence felt in the Mets line-up as he homers three times, including a grand slam, and collects 7 RBIs in a 14 – 9 win over the Rockies. He also has two other hits and drives a ball to the warning track in the 9th inning. Travis d’Arnaud and Michael Conforto also homer for New York.
Unipol Bologna beats Rimini in the 2016 Italian Series, 4 games to 2. Game 6, which had been delayed by rain, is marked by two rain delays before finally being called after six innings. Bologna’s Ryan Searle and Rimini’s Ricardo Hernández pitch fine games, but Alessandro Vaglio doubles in two runs off Hernández in the 4th for all the game’s runs. Searle and Raul Rivero combine on a one-hitter. Osman Marval is named Series MVP after hitting .464 with five doubles.
Draci Brno routs defending champion Kotlářka Praha, 21 – 9, with a ten-run 8th inning in Game 5 of the Extraliga finals. Brno thus takes the Extraliga title, 3 games to 2. Martin Schneider has 4 hits and 7 RBI and is one of four players to go deep for Draci Brno, which wins its 20th title in 22 years. Jason Jarvis and Michal Ondráček each have four hits, four RBI and a homer in the romp. Radim Chroust gets the win. Lukáš Ercoli is handed the loss; Ercoli and four relievers combine for 19 hits and 7 walks while the team makes five errors.
The Gateway Grizzlies trail the Joliet Slammers, 3 – 0, in the bottom of the 2nd, when Brandon Thomas hits a grand slam off Spencer Medick as his team rallies for a 17 – 6 win. Thomas’ homer makes the news, though, because it breaks the window of his car, which was sitting in the parking lot at the time of the big blast.
2017 – The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes of the Northwest League begin their game against the Hillsboro Hops at 9:35 am on a Monday. It is no mistake, as this is timed precisely to allow fans to view a rare total eclipse of the sun, whose band of total darkness passes precisely over the Willamette Valley of Oregon around 10:17 a.m. Fans are invited to the ballpark for breakfast starting at 6:00 a.m. and are issued eclipse-viewing glasses, while the home team wears special uniforms for the occasion. An “eclipse delay” is called a half-hour into the game to allow fans to view the celestial phenomenon before play resumes.
The Nationals have apparently thrown in the towel on a season in which they were prohibitive preseason favorites to win a third straight division title. Today, playing below .500, they dispatch two veterans, 2B Daniel Murphy, who heads to the Cubs in return for a minor leaguer, and 1B Matt Adams, who returns to the Cardinals after being claimed off waivers. They also place their highest-profile player, OF Bryce Harper, on waivers, but pull him back when the Dodgers claim him but are only willing to pay his remaining salary and not offer any players in return.