This Day In Baseball August 23

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Events for August 23

Roberto Clemente compiles his second straight 5-hit game during an 11 – 0 pasting of Los Angeles. He is the first major leaguer this century to collect 10 hits in two consecutive games. John Wiebusch of the Los Angeles Times reports: “In the Saturday marathon – the 16-inning struggle that lasted nearly 4 1/2 hours – Clemente singled in his first three at-bats (driving in the Pirates’ first run), lined out in his next two chances, then finished with two more singles (scoring the second and winning run). Sunday afternoon, the 36-year-old native of Puerto Rico had three singles, a double and a home run. He scored four runs and drove in three. Danny Murtaugh, the manager of the Pirates, whistled and said: ‘Ten hits in two games! When I was playing, that was my quota for a month.’ It was, sadly, close to the Dodger quota too, and the team that hit .360 in the 11 games before the return to Dodger Stadium Friday night has 11 hits in two games.” In the fifth inning of today’s contest, with Pittsburgh already up, 6 – 0, and 8 of Clemente’s 10 safeties already under his belt, Pirate starter Steve Blassborrows his teammate’s batting helmet and proceeds to bunt for a base hit. He later tells Roy McHugh of the Pittsburgh Press: “His helmet wasn’t allowed to be involved in an out, something told me.” Ironically, the only out Clemente does make in the game comes three batters later, the bases filled with Bucs and Blass stranded at third.

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