This Day In Baseball August 24
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Events for August 24
1903 – The Cubs split with the Giants at the Polo Grounds, beating Joe McGinnity, 7 – 3, in the opener. Iron Joe is not helped by eight Giant errors, including five by SS Charlie Babb. The nitecap is called after Chicago’s at-bats in the 7th with the score 8 – 1. Christy Mathewson picks up the victory for New York over Jock Menefee.
In Chicago, Christy Mathewson blanks the Cubs on three hits and the Giants defeat Buttons Briggs, 3 – 0. The second game is called after 10 innings with the score 2 – 2. Chicago fans show their feelings towards the Giants by tossing bottles onto the field. RF George Browne is hit on the leg and is almost hit in the head while chasing a fly ball. John McGraw tells ump Bob Emslie that he will not allow his team to continue play until all the broken glass is cleared, and by the time that occurs it is too dark to continue play.
1908 – The Giants gain the National League lead by winning two at Pittsburgh, after first refusing to play a doubleheader. John McGraw protests that only one game was scheduled and he was not given 24 hours notice about the second match. But after polling the players, he relents. Hooks Wiltse then tops Vic Willis, 4 – 1 and Christy Mathewson beats Lefty Leifield, 5 – 1. Willis tires in the 8th, giving up a 2-run triple to Roger Bresnahan, followed by a Mike Donlin homer. In the nitecap, Donlin and Larry Doyle each drive home a pair. The doubleheader is watched in New York on electric diamonds known as “Compton’s Baseball Bulletin” at Madison Square Garden and the Gotham Theatre. Bulletins will display all remaining games.
At Detroit, A’s catcher Paddy Livingston throws out Ty Cobb trying to steal third base during an intentional walk to Sam Crawford. Cobb intentional spikes 3B Frank Baker on his bare hand during the play, prompting howls of protest from the Athletics. The Tigers win, 7 – 6, and A’s manager Connie Mack will complain to Ban Johnson about Cobb’s dirty play. Cobb gets a warning from the American League president.
1910 – Atop the Washington Monument, White Sox pitcher Ed Walsh throws 23 balls before C Billy Sullivan snares one, then catches two more, 555 feet below. It duplicates Gabby Street’s catch of August 21, 1908. The estimated speed of the ball is 161 feet per second. On the field Walsh will be 18-20 despite a league-leading 1.27 ERA, the only time a pitcher with a losing record loses 20 and leads either league in ERA.
In the second game of a twinbill at Washington, Detroit’s Hooks Dauss and four Nats pitchers combine to plunk a record seven batters, a major-league record that will remain unmatched until 1971. Hooks hits three while Jim Shaw, Jack Bentley, Harry Harper, and Jim Stevens hit four. The Tigers win, 11 – 0, and take the opener as well, 3 – 1.
In his first start as a member of the Indians since being traded from the Red Sox, right-hander Ray Caldwell is knocked unconscious after being struck by lightning with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. The 31 year-old free-wheeling spitballer, who was was unconscious for about five minutes, refuses to leave the game, needing just one more out for the complete-game victory, and goes on to record the final out for the 2-1 victory over Philadelphia at Cleveland’s League Park.
1930 – New York’s Fred Lindstrom has his 24-game hitting streak stopped as the Giants lose to the Cubs, 3 – 2. The game is tied 2-all in the bottom of the 9th, when the Cubs load the bases with two out. With the count 0 and 2, Danny Taylor the runner on 3rd, races safely home as surprised Giant reliever Joe Heving watches and then completes his deliberate windup with a wide pitch.
1945 – Cleveland ace Bob Feller returns from the Navy and attracts a home crowd of 46,477, who watch him strike out 12 and yield only four hits in a 4 – 2 win over Detroit’s Hal Newhouser. He will get nine starts during the remainder of the year, and his five wins will include a one-hitter and two 4-hitters. With the war now over, fans are clamoring for entertainment and it is clear Feller is still baseball’s number one ticket seller.
The Giants break the National League record for homers in a season, held by the Cubs, with their 172nd in a 4 – 0 shutout by Larry Jansen. Chicago’s Hank Borowy takes the loss. The Cubs take the nitecap, 8 – 3, led by Eddie Waitkus’ inside-the-park grand slam. This is the third such slam this season and that won’t be matched till 1990.
A telegram sent to Brooklyn president Walter O’Malley by the Patchogue Chamber of Commerce offers the team “thirty acres or more of dry flat land in open country in the heart of Long Island’s densest Dodger fan concentration.” The village’s attempt to attract the fleeing franchise to the south shore of Suffolk County will not materialize, and the club, after exploring many different venues as an alternative to Ebbets Field, will leave the East Coast in 1958 to play in Los Angeles.
During a dull game, Vin Scully, the play-by-play voice of the Dodgers, knowing that many fans in the stands follow the game on transistor radios, asks his listeners to help him surprise third base umpire Frank Secory. His ballpark audience responds when the veteran broadcaster tells them, “Let’s have some fun. As soon as the inning is over, I’ll count to three, and on three everybody yell, ‘Happy birthday, Frank!'”.
“The Greatest Throw Ever Made At Forbes Field!” And Roberto Clemente didn’t make it! After throwing out his onetime pupil Roberto at the plate last night, tonight Willie burns Willie… Mays vs. Stargell, that is. Giants’ beat writer Bob Stevens reports: “The Bucs scored two in their first at-bats on an error by Tito Fuentes, the rookie shortstop’s first as a major leaguer, a single by Bill Virdon, a double play ball second baseman Hal Lanier fumbled and a double to the centerfield wall by Donn Clendenon. It was here that Mays amazed again. He scooped up the ball at the base of the 406-foot sign, whirled and fired. It came in on one bounce, directly in front of catcher Tom Haller, who put it on the astonished Willie Stargell. It was described by old-timers as the greatest throw ever made in ancient Forbes Field, but it was a costly one. Mays hurt himself on the heroic effort.” Willie leaves the game in the sixth with a pulled groin and his immediate future in doubt. However, Mays will pinch-hit tomorrow and, in two days, will start both ends of the twin bill which concludes the five-game series with Pittsburgh.
At Wrigley Field, Ernie Banks hits the final home run of his career in the Cubs’ 5-4 loss to Cincinnati. Mr. Cub’s 512th round-tripper, tying him for seventh-place on the all-time list with Eddie Mathews, comes in the fourth frame off right-hander Jim McGlothlin, a two-out solo shot to left field that ties the score at 3-3.
Sitting in the top row of the bleachers at Cleveland Stadium, John Adams begins a tradition, that continues to this day, when he bangs on his drum to cheer on the Tribe. In 2011, the team paid tribute to the fan-favorite, in a pregame ceremony commemorating his 3000th game that included Adams taking a ceremonial swing with his drum at a pitch thrown by Joe Charboneau.
In the second game of a doubleheader sweep, Giant hurler Ed Halicki no-hits the Mets, 6 – 0. The 6’7″ righthander strikes out 10 Mets to improve his record to 8-10. Craig Swan takes the loss. Controversy arises when Rusty Staub hits a ball off Halicki’s leg, which caroms to the 2B Derrel Thomas, who picks it up then drops it. Official scorer Joe Sargis rules it an E-4. New York columnist Dick Young, watching the game on TV, writes that it should be a hit and accuses Sargis of subscribing to the theory that the first hit off a starter should be a “good one.” The no-hitter stands but UPI’s Sargis loses his job as a sometime scorer.
Dave Lopes steals his major league record 38th consecutive base, but the streak will be stopped by Montreal backstop Gary Carter when he attempts to swipe another base in the Dodger Stadium contest. The second baseman will be thrown out in the 12th inning of the team’s 5-3 loss in fourteenth frames.
Gene Mauch resigns as the manager of the Twins, leaving a team with a 54-71 record that is 26 games out of first place. The ‘Little General’ will be replaced by third base coach John Goryl, who will be given with a one-year contract, after he guides the club to 23 victories, including a 12-game winning streak, in the final 36 games of the season.
Orioles southpaw Tippy Martinez picks off three runners in the 10th inning as the Blue Jays take long leads trying to take advantage of his new battery mate, Lenn Sakata, an infielder with no professional catching experience pressed into service behind the plate. The converted catcher gets revenge as his three-run homer in the bottom of the frame wins the game, 7 – 4.
1B Pete Rose does not play in the Phillies’ 5 – 3 loss to the Giants, ending his consecutive games played streak at 745. Manager Paul Owens had planned to use Rose as a pinch hitter in the 10th inning, but Joel Youngblood ends the game with a 2-run home run off Steve Carlton in the bottom of the 9th.
Cubs Chuck Rainey is one out away from a no-hitter when the Reds’ Eddie Milner singles to center on the first pitch. Rainey settles for a 3 – 0 one-hitter, his first complete game of the season. For Milner, this is the third of five instances in which he will collect his team’s only hit in a game, a major league mark he’ll share with Cesar Tovar.
Orioles’ southpaw Tippy Martinez picks off three runners in the tenth inning when the Blue Jays baserunners take long leads, trying to take advantage of his new batterymate, Len Sakata, an infielder pressed into service behind the plate. The converted catcher gets revenge when his three-run homer in the bottom of the frame wins the game, 7-4.
Don Baylor ties an American League record when he is hit by a pitch thrown by Mariner southpaw Mark Langston in the first inning of the Yankees’ 4-3 victory at the Kingdome. The New York DH gets plunked for the 189th time in his career, tying him with Minnie Minoso, who established the mark in 1963 while with the White Sox.
The wives of the three ironworkers who died in 1999 when a crane collapsed during the construction of Miller Park unveil Teamwork, a three-figured, 12-foot high bronze statuary honoring their husbands, Jeffery Wischer, William De Grave, and Jerome Starr. The $250,000 sculpture, depicting a trio of construction workers wearing hardhats and carrying the tools of their trade, was commissioned by Milwaukee’s Habush, Habush and Rottier Charitable Foundation.
The Orioles drop a pair to the Blue Jays, losing 4 – 1 and 8 – 3. This is the start of a miserable 4-31 year-end slide. In game 1, a makeup of a July 23 rainout, Vernon Wells has four hits, including a homer, and scores three runs. Pete Walker pitches seven innings for the win. The bright spot for Baltimore is Mike Bordick, who fields four chances flawlessly to set a major-league record with 428 straight chances without an error. It breaks the mark that Cal Ripken set in 1990. Wells and Chris Woodward hit homers in game 2.
2004 – Bud Selig, citing how disruptive a delay in the major league schedule would be on pennant races, says it is unlikely that major league players will ever be able to take part in the Olympics. The baseball commissioner hopes a “World Cup”, which begins in 2006, will serve as a substitute for the Summer Games.
Bud Selig, citing how disruptive a delay in the major league schedule would be on pennant races, says it is unlikely major league players will ever be able to take part in the Olympics. The baseball commissioner hopes a World Cup, which begins in 2006, will serve as a substitute for the Summer Games.
2005 – After fouling off three Jose Valverde full-count fastballs, Mike Jacobs goes deep at Bank One Ballpark to become the only player to hit four home runs during the first four games of a major league career. The Metsrookie, who hits two round-trippers in the 18 – 4 rout of the Diamondbacks, has homered four times, including his first big league at-bat, in his first 13 plate appearances.
After fouling off three Jose Valverde full-count fastballs, Mike Jacobs goes deep at BOB to become the only player to hit four home runs during the first four games of a major league career. The Mets rookie, who hits two round-trippers in the 18-4 rout of the Diamondbacks, has homered four times, including his first big league at-bat, in his first 13 plate appearances.
Sean Casey probably becomes the first player in baseball history to ground out to left field. The unique 5-7-3 play is the result of the batter starting to head back to the dugout, believing he was robbed of a hit, when the ball actually glanced off White Sox third baseman Joe Crede’s glove, reaching left fielder Pablo Ozuna, whose throw to first base just beats the runner to the bag.
A day after protests concerning the sale of the gang-related items occurs in East Harlem, New Era announces it will remove the offending headwear which bears the colors and symbols of the Bloods, the Crips, and the Latin Kings. Unknown to the Yankees, two white team caps had been wrapped with red and blue bandannas made by the MLB’s official cap manufacturer and had appeared to represent the Bloods and Crips, and also a black cap with the familiar interlocking NY had been available embroidered with a crown symbolic of the Latin Kings.
After waiting four hours and one minute to start the contest because of rain, the Yankees and Tigers begin an 11-inning marathon which takes four hours and 24 minutes to complete. The last pitch, which results in a three-run walk-off round-tripper hit by Detroit’s shortstop Carlos Guillen, is thrown at 3:30 am and sends the several thousands fans remaining at Comerica Park home listening to Lionel Richie’s ‘All Night Long’ as they exit the ballpark.
Padres starter Greg Maddux becomes the first pitcher to win 10 games in twenty consecutive seasons when he tosses seven solid innings in the team’s 14-3 rout of Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park. During the streak, the right-hander compiled a 339-196 record, with 196 of those victories earned while hurling for the Braves.
The Mexico City Red Devils win the Mexican League title with a 6 – 1 win over the Monterrey Sultans. Elmer Dessens allows one run in 8 innings to improve to 3-0 in the postseason, while Alfredo Simon takes the loss. DH Roberto Saucedo’s 2-run homer in the 5th is the winning blow. José Luis Sandoval goes 1 for 3 with 2 RBI; he wins the MVP award for the finals.
2009 – In a battle of National League wild card contenders at Coors Field, Colorado defeats San Francisco, 6 – 4, in 14 innings on a grand slam by Ryan Spilborghs. The score is tied 1 – 1 until the 14th, when the Giants score three on a two-run triple by Eugenio Velez and a groundout by Juan Uribe. But the Rocks rally off Brandon Medders and Justin Miller, who walks P Adam Eaton with the bases loaded to make it 4 – 2. Merkin Valdez then comes in to face Spilborghs and is greeted by the game-ending blast. The Rockies also announce today the signing of former MVP Jason Giambi, who was recently released by the Oakland A’s.
2010 – The Astros win a marathon match with the Phillies, needing 16 innings and 5 hours to complete a 4 – 2 win in Philadelphia. After 1B Ryan Howard is ejected in the 14th inning, P Roy Oswalt is forced to play in LF for the Phils, who have no position players left. Howard’s tossing caps a dreadful day for him, in which he goes 0 for 7 with 5 strikeouts. In the top of the 16th, the Astros scrap out two runs against loser David Herndon on a single, a hit by pitch, a walk, and two ground balls to the infield; in the bottom of the inning, Oswalt grounds out with two on for the game’s final out.
Bud Selig, former Brewers owner and baseball’s current commissioner, is honored with the unveiling of a bronze, seven-foot statue at Miller Park. Brian Maughan’s piece of art, which portrays Selig with his right arm extended with his hand holding a baseball, joins the sculptures of Robin Yount and Hank Aaron in front of the Milwaukee ballpark.
Meanwhile, Oakland beats the Yankees, 6 – 4, in 10 innings. Coco Crisp has four hits and 5 RBI for the A’s, including a three-run homer – his second long ball of the game – off Rafael Soriano in the 10th. Crisp’s first homer, off CC Sabathia, had given Oakland a 1 – 0 lead in the 1st, and his second RBI puts the team ahead 3 – 2 in the 8th; Scott Sizemore drives in the other run as part of a 4-for-4 night. Nick Swisher has a pair of homers for the losers, his second one tying the score in the bottom of the 8th.
T&A San Marino defends its Italian Baseball League title, winning the 2012 Italian Series 4 games to 2 over Rimini. In the finale, Tiago Da Silva goes the distance despite allowing 12 hits and 4 runs. With the game even in the bottom of the 9th, Francesco Imperiali doubles off Sandy Patrone to score Laidel Chapellí with the winner. Imperiali had hit a three-run homer off Roberto Corradini in the 2nd; the two big hits got him the Series MVP title.
For the first time in history, the All-Star Game starters face each other in the same regular season when Mets right-hander Matt Harvey and the Tigers’ Max Scherzer are opposing pitchers in Detroit’s 3-0 victory over the Amazins’ at Citi Field, the site of this year’s Mid-Summer Classic. The historic matchup ends with the New York starter, who gives up 13 hits in 6.2 innings, going on the DL for season-ending surgery, and his opponent becoming just the third pitcher to start a season with a 19-1 record, joining Rube Marquard (1912 Giants) and Roger Clemens (2001 Yankees).
The team from Seoul, South Korea wins the 2014 Little League World Series finals, defeating the Jackie Robinson West team of Chicago, IL, 8-4, in the championship game. It is the third win by a Korean team, after back-to-back titles in 1984 and 1985, while the Chicago team’s presence in the finals reflects the fact that Major League Baseball’s efforts to promote Little League Baseball in inner cities are starting to pay dividends.
The Solingen Alligators beat the Heidenheim Heideköpfe, 2 – 1, on the road, to take the Bundesliga-1 title, 3 games to 1. Harry Glynne is named finals MVP after allowing 2 runs in 16 IP, while Chris Mezger outduels Tyler Lockwood today. Robin Drache’s two-run homer provides all the Solingen offense.
Joc Pederson becomes the fourth player in the history of the Pacific Coast League to have a 30-30 season, and the first to accomplish the feat in 80 years, when he steals his 30th base for the Isotopes. The 22 year-old Albuquerque slugger, who has 32 home runs and a .432 slugging percentage in 116 games this season, will join the Dodgers when rosters expand next week.
The Mets set team records with 8 homers and 14 extra-base hits in a 15 – 7 win over the Phillies. In his first at-bat since going on the disabled list with back problems in April, David Wright hits a long homer in the 2nd inning to get the ball rolling for New York. Wilmer Flores hits two and Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Lagares, Travis d’Arnaud, Daniel Murphy and Michael Cuddyer also go deep. New York overcomes a rare poor start by Jacob deGrom, who leaves after giving up 7 runs in 2 2/3 innings, including three-run homers by Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown and a solo shot by Cameron Rupp. Reliever Sean Gilmartin is the winner, while Hector Neris is tagged with the loss.
Down 5 – 0 to the Tigers in a make-up game resulting from a rainout earlier this year, the Reds explode for 10 runs in the 6th inning to win, 12 – 5. Brandon Phillips has a triple and homer and drives in 4 runs in the inning, while Eugenio Suarez homers and doubles against his former team. The 10 runs are the most in one inning for the Reds since 2005 and they snap a nine-game losing streak.
2017 – A game between the Tigers and Yankees at Comerica Park is marred by a series of brawls and eight ejections. Things start to get ugly in the 6th when New York pitcher Tommy Kahnle throws a pitch behind Miguel Cabrera’s head. Kahnle gets ejected, as does manager Joe Girardi who comes out to protest, and C Austin Romine and Cabrera after they get into a heated argument that see the two exchange blows and end up wrestling on the ground as both benches empty. After both teams score three runs in the 7th, Dellin Betances hits Detroit’s James McCann with a fastball in the head, and Betances and coach Rob Thomson are both tossed. In the 8th, the Tigers’ Alex Wilson plunks Todd Frazier and is ejected as well, along with manager Brad Ausmus. When the dust settles, the Tigers win the game, 10 – 6. Five participants will receive suspensions as a result: 7 games for Cabrera for inciting the initial brawl, 4 games for Wilson, 1 for Ausmus, 4 games for Yankees player Gary Sanchez for throwing punches during the brawl, and 2 for Romine.