This Day In Baseball August 22
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 22 in baseball history.
Classic Games and Video Accounts of Historic Moments
Notable Events and Chronology for August 22
Louisville’s Chicken Wolf hits a game-winning inside-the-park home run, thanks to a stray dog impeding Abner Powell from fielding the ball. The canine, who had been sleeping by the fence, refuses to let go of the pant leg of the Reds center fielder, who watches in dismay as the Colonel batter races around the bases in the team’s 5-4 loss at Eclipse Park.
1910 – At Forbes Field, the Pirates beat up on the new cork-center ball. Three home runs are hit, by Howie Camnitz, Vin Campbell, and Honus Wagner, against the Phillies in the first inning of game two. Camnitz’s pop is the only one of his career. Old pro Wagner is 7 for 7, with two homers, during the doubleheader sweep, including three doubles to go with his homer in the nitecap.
Before a sellout crowd of 27,000 at Forbes Field, the Pirates sweep two from the Giants, winning 3 – 2 and 8 – 6. Howie Camnitz outpitches Christy Mathewson in the opener, and Rube Marquard taking the loss in the nitecap. The Bucs are led by Honus Wagner who goes 3 for 4 in the first game, and hits for the cycle in the nitecap. Honus’ seven hits total 14 bases, he scores five runs, drives in four and swipes two bases. Wagner will hit seven homers this season, with three coming off Rube.
In the 2nd inning of game one of a doubleheader versus Detroit, the crowd sees the Senators score a run with no times at bat, the only time it’s ever happened. Chick Gandil and Merito Acosta walk; Rip Williams sacrifices, and George McBride hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Gandil, and the Tigers catch Acosta off second base when OF Bobby Veach throws to Ossie Vitt. Washington’s Walter Johnson goes on to win, 8 – 1, and snap the Tigers’ 9-game win streak.
In the Federal League, Newark takes two from Pittsburgh, winning the opener on Edd Roush’s 10th inning inside-the-park homer. Newark leads by one percentage point over Kansas City, with Pittsburgh 3rd and Chicago 4th, only 1 1/2 games separating the teams. The race is so close by season’s end Newark will be 5th, six games out. Chicago will win it by one game with a record of 86-66 to St. Louis’s 87-67 and Pittsburgh’s 86-67. There will be nine 20-game winners, led by George McConnell’s 25-10 for the Whales, the only year McConnell wins more than eight games.
1925 – After a disastrous western trip, the Giants trail the Pirates by three as the leaders come to the Polo Grounds for a 5-game series. Before crowds of more than 50,000 at two weekend doubleheaders, the Pirates take three out of 4. On Monday they beat Wayland Dean, 9 – 2, and the National League race is over. When the Giants go west again, John McGraw will stay home. The Pirates boast a team batting average of .307 and a deep pitching staff of five pitchers winning 15 to 19 games.
1926 – After three games with the Tigers are rained out at home, Connie Mack and Tom Shibe decide that Sunday baseball is entitled to be played. Armed with a court injunction preventing police from interfering, they play the first Sunday game ever seen in Philadelphia. A light rain holds the crowd to 10,000, but Lefty Grove sets down the White Sox, 3 – 2, without incident. A court later rules Sunday baseball still illegal; it will be 1934 before that law changes in Philadelphia.
Bill Veeck suggests the idea of a mid-summer series of interleague games and proposes a split-season schedule format. Although the Cub president’s concept of games between the two circuits receives some support, Senator owner Clark Griffith opposes the proposal, calling the American League a major league not in need of grandiose schemes he deemed as “Hippodrome stuff”.
Tommy Byrne keeps walking them and the Red Sox keep stranding them as St. Louis and Boston battle for 13 innings before the Sox win, 3 – 1. Brownie Byrne walks 16 Sox batters, tying the American League walk record set by Bruno Haas in 1915 (Haas walked 16 in a loss to the Yanks, his only major league decision), and Boston strands 22 runners: the American League record for stranded runners is 24, set by the Indians in 18 innings on July 10, 1932. Byrne breaks his personal record of 13 walks in a game he set in 1949. The Brownies don’t help him much, stranding 14.
The Dodgers sweep a pair of 10-inning games from St. Louis, with Clyde King picking up both come-from-behind victories. King goes three innings in game one and one inning in game two. Jackie Robinson is 5 for 6 in the nitecap including a 2-out single in the 10th off Al Brazle. Andy Pafko has a homer in the nitecap, while Stan Musial hits his 29th in the first game. Carl Furillo has three hits on the afternoon and a pair of assists in game 1, bringing his season total to 21. The Dodgers have now won 14 straight from the Cards.
Stan Musial tears a muscle and chips a bone swinging at a pitch in the fourth inning against the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium. The injury will end ‘Stan the Man’s’ consecutive game streak at 894, but by pinch-running in a game which was suspended on July 21st and completed on August 27th, he establishes a new NL mark, officially playing in 895 consecutive contests.
The hot Giants sweep a pair from the National League-leading Reds, winning 12 – 2 and 5 – 3. Visiting SF features 20 hits in the opener to back Mike McCormick. Orlando Cepeda’s 35th home run, NL high, starts the scoring in the nitecap, as Sam Jones and Stu Miller combine. Willie Mays has his 32nd and 33rd homers in the twinbill.
1964 – The Yankees lose the first game to Boston, 5 – 3, extending their losing streak to six games. Boston scores three runs in the 8th inning to win it. In the nitecap, New York wins, 8 – 0, as Mickey Mantle and Johnny Blanchard both homer, and Roger Maris drives in three runs. Mel Stottlemyre wins his 3rd game in a row since being recalled from Richmond. The Yanks end the day 5 1/2 games behind the Orioles, with the White Sox in 2nd place, 1 1/2 games back.
All-Star slugger Frank Robinson, a non-swimmer who accidentally jumps into the deep end of the pool to avoid being thrown in by his Oriole teammates, is saved from drowning by rookie backstop Andy Etchebarren. The private evening swim party for team was hosted at the home of Leonard Ruck, a funeral director.
After walking on a 3-2 count, which included pitches sailing over his head to the backstop and a ball being thrown behind him, Dick McAuliffe charges the mound and drives his knee into White Sox hurler Tommy John, causing the pitcher’s shoulder to separate. Tommy John (10-5, 1.98) will be lost for the rest of the season, and the Tigers’ shortstop is suspended for five games and fined $250 by AL president Joe Cronin as a result of the bench-clearing incident.
Trailing by a run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and a man on second, Felix Millan, Rusty Staub, and John Milner hit consecutive singles to give the Mets an improbable 3-2 decision at Shea Stadium. The victory, the first win for the 0-6 Tug McGraw, appears to ignite the “Ya Gotta Believe” reliever, who once again will become one of the best closers in the league.
1980 – Admitting that he can no longer compete financially in today’s inflated economy, colorful owner Bill Veeck agrees to sell the Chicago White Sox to Youngstown, OH shopping-mall magnate Eddie DeBartolo, Sr. for a reported $20 million. The sale will fall through, however, when American League owners twice fail to give Veeck the 10 votes needed for approval.
Dwight Gooden strikes out Garry Templeton in the eighth inning of the Mets’ 5-2 victory at Jack Murphy Stadium to become the 11th pitcher to strike out 200 batters in his rookie season. The 19 year-old freshman becomes only the third teenager to accomplish the feat, joining Bob Feller (1938 Indians) and Gary Nolan (1967 Reds).
Gino Petralli ties a major league record when he commits four passed balls in one inning during the seventh frame of the Rangers’ 6-4 victory over the White Sox at Arlington Stadium. The Texas batterymate of Charlie Hough equals the 1954 mark established by Giants backstop Ray Katt, trying to catch knuckleballs thrown by Hoyt Wilhelm.
In the seventh inning of a Class A Florida State League contest, the Clearwater Phillies string together two walks and two sac bunts to score the game’s only run, beating the Winter Haven Red Sox, 1-0. Opposing minor league hurlers Andy Carter and Scott Bakkum do not give up any hits, making it the first professional game to be hitless in 40 years.
Although there are no penalties or testing for the use of performance-enhancing substances in Major League Baseball, the discovery of a jar of androstenedione in Mark McGwire’s locker garners much attention. The Cardinal slugger, who will finish the season with a record 70 home runs, will admit he uses the steroid precursor.
At Shea Stadium, the Mets and Cardinals split a doubleheader, with New York winning the opener, 8 – 7, and St. Louis taking the nightcap, 7 – 5. Mark McGwire hits two home runs in the first game, his 49th and 50th of the season. Number 49 breaks a light bulb in the scoreboard, 502 feet away. This gives him a major league record 50 or more home runs for four straight seasons.
Working a scoreless 12th in a 7 – 6 victory over the Braves, Rockies catcher Brent Mayne becomes the first position player to be a winning pitcher since 1968 when outfielder Rocky Colavito, as a Yankee, homered and threw 2 2/3 shutout innings against his former teammates helping the Bronx Bombers to beat the Tigers.
The Rangers rout the Orioles, 30 – 3, to set an American League record for runs. They score 9 more in the nightcap to set the AL record for runs in a doubleheader, breaking the previous mark of 36 held by the 1937 Tigers. The 1950 Red Sox and 1955 White Sox had previously held the single-game AL record of 29. No team had scored 30 in the major leagues since the Chicago Colts in 1897. Travis Metcalf, just back from the minors, drives in 8 in the twin bill. In the first game, Metcalf and Marlon Byrd both homer. David Murphy goes 5 for 7 with 5 runs. #8 hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia and #9 hitter Ramon Vazquez both homer twice and drive in 7. Every Ranger scores at least once with Murphy and Saltalamacchia both crossing home five times. Vazquez scores the 30th run with a 3-run 9th-inning homer off Paul Shuey.
After feeling a near game-removing pain close to the top of his right hamstring, Albert Pujols hits a first inning two-run homer off Scott Olsen of the Marlins at Busch Stadium to become the first player to hit 30 or more homers in his first seven seasons. It is the fifth consecutive game the Cardinal first baseman has gone deep.
The Rangers become the first post-1900 big league team to score 30 runs in a game. After beating the Orioles, 30-3, setting a club single-game record 29 hits in the first game of the twin bill, Texas wins the nightcap, 9-7, to break the AL mark of 36 tallies established by the 1937 Tigers during an August 14 doubleheader against the Browns.
Appearing as the skipper in his 4,409th game, Tony La Russa passes Bucky Harris for third place on the all-time list for the total number of contests managed in the major leagues. Only Connie Mack (7,755 games) and John McGraw (4,769) have spent more time in the dugout as a manager than the current Cardinal field boss.
One day after being battered 20 – 11 by the Yankees, the Red Sox get a measure of revenge with a 14 – 1 pasting of their rivals. Kevin Youkilis homers twice and drives in six, while Junichi Tazawa pitches six scoreless innings for the win. For his part, New York starter A.J. Burnett gives up a career-high nine runs in the loss.
In the 14th inning of the 1-0 Mariners’ victory over Chicago, Adri�n Beltre, who scores the winning run, is hit below the belt by a ninth-inning ground ball scorched by Alexei Ramirez. The Seattle third baseman, who doesn’t wear a protective cup because it makes him feel uncomfortable, will be placed on the disabled list with a torn right testicle, much to the chagrin of his manager.
Lou Piniella retires after 23 seasons as a manager. In his last game at the helm, his Cubs lose, 16 – 5, at home to the Atlanta Braves. Piniella missed some time earlier this year to be with his ailing mother, and had announced that this season would be his last. Coach Mike Quade will take over as interim manager for the remainder of the season. Piniella retires with a lifetime record of 1,835-1,712.
In a battle of pitchers who threw no-hitters earlier this year, Tampa Bay’s Matt Garza outpitches Dallas Braden of Oakland in a 4 – 3 win. The Rays need the win to keep within one game of the Yankees, who sink the Mariners, 10 – 0. Robinson Cano hits a grand slam and drives in 6 runs in support of CC Sabathia’s league-leading 17th win, his 15th straight win at New Yankee Stadium.
Detroit’s Justin Verlander continues his dominance on the mound, earning his major league-leading 19th win in the Tigers’ 5 – 2 victory over the Rays. It is his 7th consecutive winning start. Alex Avila, hitting .424 in August, hits a two-run homer off Jeff Niemann in the 2nd to send the Bengals on their way.
2014 – The Red Sox sign Cuban defector Rusney Castillo to a seven-year deal worth $72.5 million, a record amount for an international signing, topping the $68 million the White Sox paid for 1B Jose Abreu last year. The contract will be official after Castillo passes a physical exam, and he is expected to make his big league debut before the end of the season.
Statues designed by Matt Glenn and a team of artists as a tribute to the youth sports organization are unveiled in Williamsport to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Little League. The ‘Bases Loaded’ project consists of ten life-sized bronze sculptures positioned on Market Street, which has been painted like a baseball diamond.
2015 – Josh Donaldson has a homer and 6 RBIs in leading the Blue Jays to a 15 – 3 demolition of the Angels. Combined with 3 RBIs in a 9 – 2 win the night before, Donaldson becomes the first major league player to reach the 100 RBI mark this year. Jose Bautista has 3 hits, including a two-run triple in a 7-run 4th inning, Edwin Encarnacion extends his hitting streak to 18 games and Chris Colabello also homers as Toronto beats up on rookie Andrew Heaney who gives up 8 runs in 3 1/3 innings.
2018 – On the first day of the 2018 Women’s Baseball World Cup in Davie, FL, Canada’s Anne-Sophie Lavallée throws a five-inning no-hitter in a 4 – 0 win over Hong Kong shortened by inclement weather. In other games, Japan spoils the Dominican Republic’s debut on the world stage with an 8 – 0 win; Chinese Taipei defeats Venezuela, 9 – 1; the United States romp over Puerto Rico, 14 – 0, in a game shortened by the mercy rule; and in the tightest contest of the day, South Korea prevails over the Netherlands, 9 – 8, in spite of committing 7 errors. The final game, between Australia and Cuba, is suspended in the 4th inning because of rain with Australia leading, 5 – 4.
1997 – Darryl Kile improves his record to 17-3 with a 9-1 victory over the Rockies. His ERA shrinks to 2.28. Kile adds a run-scoring single to a six-run sixth inning. Tim Bogar’s two-run triple and Derek Bell’s two-run double also highlight the frame. In the ninth, Mike Magnante ties a major-league record by striking out the side on nine pitches. He’s the third Astro to accomplish this feat.
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