This Day In Baseball August 25
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Events for August 25
1908 – The Giants win their 3rd in a row from Pittsburgh, stopping Nick Maddox, 5 – 3. Maddox had won eight in a row. Doc Crandall is the winner. Larry Doyle triples in the 3rd inning, then steps off the bag while chatting with Buc third sacker Tommy Leach. George Gibson’s throw from home nails Doyle.
1917 – Behind Jeff Pfeffer and Rube Marquard, the Robins apply a doubleheader whitewash to the Cardinals, winning 12 – 0 and 4 – 0. Brooklyn’s Hy Myers is thrown out three times trying to steal in one game by the Cards, the second player this year to be thrown out three times in a game. Not till Rodney Scott, in 1979, will another National League runner be caught stealing three times.
1921 – With Cleveland waltzing to a 15 – 1 win over the Yankees, New York hurler Harry Harper, pitching in the 8th, plunks OF Charlie Jamieson in the ribs, Larry Gardner in the arm, and Steve O’Neill in the back. O’Neill throws the ball back at Harper, precipitating a bench-clearing brawl. New York OF Bob Meusel contributes four errors in the game. The Tribe takes over 1st place from the Yankees.
In the first of a doubleheader before a sold-out Polo Grounds, the Browns beat the Yankees, 3 – 1, behind Urban Shocker. Waite Hoyt is the loser, but stops Ken Williams’ hitting streak at 28 games. George Sisler hits in his 24th straight game. In game two, the Yankees jump to a 2 – 0 lead on Babe Ruth’s 2-run triple, then extend it to 6 – 1 behind Joe Bush. The Browns close to 6 – 5, but that is it.
1931 – At Chicago, the Yankees record their first shutout of the season when Herb Pennock blanks the White Sox, 6 – 0. Ben Chapman has a good day with a triple, single, two runs scored and his 50th and 51st stolen bases of the year. In addition, he beats the Sox’s Carl Reynolds in a pre-game 100-yard dash.
1942 – The largest night crowd in St. Louis history watch two aces deal, the Dodgers’ Whit Wyatt and the Cardinals’ Mort Cooper, go scoreless for 12 innings. Both teams score in the 13th, and the Cards win it in the 14th, 2 – 1, on Walker Cooper’s solo shot. The win by Cooper cuts the Dodgers’ lead over St. Louis to 5 1/2 games.
The Yankees become the first major league team to draw over two million paying patrons at home when 42,908 fans show up at the Bronx ballpark to watch the Bombers drop a 7-2 decision to Detroit’s Hal Newhouse. Today’s crowd brings the season total to 2,027,087, three-quarters of a million more than the previous American League record also set by New York when the team played at the Polo Grounds in 1920.
Prior to the Old Timers’ Game at Yankee Stadium, shortstop Phil Rizzuto is asked to consult with general manager George Weiss and manager Casey Stengel concerning a player move necessitated by reacquiring Enos Slaughter off waivers from the A’s. After making several suggestions about who should be cut from the squad, the veteran infielder is told by Weiss he is the player about to be let go.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Glen Hobbie concludes his pitching duel with Vinegar Bend Mizell in dramatic fashion by launching Mizell’s first pitch into the left field bleachers – barely: “A great roar went up from the 11,701 fans when Hobbie connected,” reports Les Biederman of the Pittsburgh Press, “and they were hoping the ball would carry to the bleachers. It went down the line and as Gino Cimoli watched, the ball barely got over the left-field railing into home-run territory.” Hobbie has had the Bucs off-balance all afternoon, striking out nine, six of them looking. Pittsburgh’s only run comes on Roberto Clemente’s 1st-inning RBI single, but Ernie Banks ties it with one swing leading off the bottom of the second. Clemente’s most memorable cut of the game comes later, in the 8th: even though he doesn’t make contact, the handle of his bat breaks off.
With the game tied at 6 – 6 in the 6th inning, Chunichi Dragons left fielder Shinichi Etoh refuses to leave his position when rain pours down from the sky, fearing the game will be called a tie and hoping for a win. A TV station covers Etoh’s actions for 20 minutes before he finally goes to the dugout.
The Tigers, ahead 5 – 0, fail to score with two on in the 4th inning when the Yanks bring in Rocky Colavito to pitch. The 35-year-old slugger retires Al Kaline and Willie Horton and tosses 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. In Rocky’s only other appearance, in 1958, he also faced Kaline, and the victory by a non-pitcher will be the last this century. Bill Robinson and Bobby Cox crash successive homers to tie the score and, after a walk, Rocky comes around to score the winning run. In the 8th, Yankees reliever Lindy McDaniel ties the American League record for consecutive batters retired by setting down the first Tiger he faces, giving him 32 straight batters retired over four appearances. New York sweeps, winning 6 – 5 and then topping Mickey Lolich, 5 – 4. The four losses in New York leaves the Tigers just five games ahead of the Orioles.
Rocky Colavito, giving up just one hit in two and a third innings of relief, is credited with a win when the Yankees beat Detroit, 6-5. The Yankees outfielder, who also homers in the game, will be the last position player to notch a major league victory until Colorado catcher Brent Mayne accomplishes the feat in 2000.
Joe Niekro is traded by the Cubs, along with Gary Ross and Francisco Libran, in exchange for right-hander Dick Selma. The 22 year-old never became a favorite of Chicago skipper Leo Durocher, due to his insistence of throwing a knuckleball, the signature pitch that will result in 221 career victories.
1970 – In Minnesota, a bomb scare delays the game with Boston for 43 minutes in the 4th, but the only bomb is an 8th-inning homer by Tony Conigliaro to give the Sox a 1 – 0 win. The Sox end the game with a double play, a 1-6 force at second base, then a throw home to nab Tony Oliva trying to score. Ken Brett is the winner in relief over Tom Hall.
1972 – In second place and desperate to catch up with the blazing Cincinnati Reds, the Astros fire manager Harry Walker, naming 67-year-old Leo “The Lip” Durocher as his replacement. Walker has a 355-353 record in Houston. In his final game with the Astros, Houston drops a 4-3 decision to the Montreal, featuring the 200th homer of Jim Wynn’s career . Coach Salty Parker is interim manager for one game before Leo takes the reigns. Durocher, who had earlier left the Cubs in mid-season, skippers a 16-15 finish to the season.
1974 – Don Wilson and Mike Cosgrove blank the Phillies, 5-0, scattering six hits. It’s Houston’s third straight shutout. Before the game, Janice Graham Johnson is hit in the face by a batting practice home run leading to a lawsuit against HSA, the Astros and the Phillies. It’s settled five years later and is the reason game tickets now warns fans to stay alert to balls flying into the crowd.
1975 – Astro Cliff Johnson hits a home run in the top of the 11th for his 6th in 6 consecutive games, pushing his team to a 4 – 3 lead. Unfortunately, the game is called due to rain in the bottom half of the inning, and the score reverts to what it was in the 10th, thus erasing Johnson’s home run. It deprives Johnson of becoming only the second National League player to hit six home runs in six consecutive games.
8/25/1975: In the top of the eleventh, Cliff Johnson hit a two-out home run to give the Astros a 4-3 lead over the Cardinals. However, with two outs in the bottom of the inning, and the Astros one out from victory, a thunderstorm hit, and after a 2:19 rain delay, the game was called. Under existing rules, if the visiting team took the lead in the top of an inning that was not yet complete, the score and records reverted back to the last completed inning. Therefore, Johnson lost his home run, which would have given him one in his 6th consecutive game.
Major League umpires stage a one-day strike in defiance of their contract, in order to gain recognition for their union as their bargaining agent with Major League Baseball. Semipro and amateur umps are pressed into service until a restraining order forces the strikers to return. The umpires will walk out again at the beginning of the 1979 season.
At Toronto, the Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins, 7 – 3, with two amateur umpires and two coaches officiating: Toronto coach Don Leppert and Twins coach Jerry Zimmerman umpire. Since 1910, this is just the 5th time this century, and the first time since 1941, that active players or coaches have umpired.
1978 – Local Houstonians replace striking umpires during a 7-5 victory over Pittsburgh. Murray Strey, a superintendent for Entex, rings up Dave Parker on strikes with the bases loaded in the ninth to kill the last Pirate chance. Parker later admits the last pitch could have been a strike. The union umps are back the next day.
Angel Don Baylor ties a club record by knocking in eight runs during a 24 – 2 slaughter of the Blue Jays. The 24 runs the 26 hits are both Angel records. After the first three Jays pitchers are cuffed around, 1B Craig Kusicktakes the mound in his only major league pitching appearance. He does a creditable job, pitching 2 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and two runs. No walks or K’s.
In a Hollywood Stars vs. the Media game played at Dodger Stadium, Robin Williams, the star of the hit television show, Mork and Mindy, in which he plays an alien, runs the bases backwards. The comedian explains circling the bags clockwise is very common on the Planet Ork, his character’s home in the universe.
At Exhibition Stadium, Rangers P Ferguson Jenkins is arrested for possession of illegal drugs after customs officials discover an estimated $500 worth of cocaine, marijuana, and hashish in his suitcase. The arrest stuns the entire country, where Jenkins, a Canadian citizen, is considered a national hero.
At Busch Stadium, Lee Smith becomes the fifth major leaguer to record his 300th save when he pitches a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the Cardinals’ 5-2 victory over L.A. The Louisiana native will retire with the most saves in major league history with 478, compiled during 18 seasons with eight different teams
The Expos score 5 runs – 3 earned – off Tom Glavine in 4 2/3 inning and win 6 – 0, stopping Glavine’s win streak at 13 games. Chris Nabholz, who lost his last outing to Glavine, goes 7 1/3 inning for the win. Glavine will start another winning streak of 13 games – all against the Expos – and will not lose again to Montreal until June 27, 2000.
St. Louis defeats Colorado, 8 – 3. Both leadoff hitters – Bernard Gilkey for the Cardinals and Trenidad Hubbard for the Rockies – homer in the 1st inning, marking the first time this has happened in the National League since 1986. One near tragedy occurs when 6-year-old Cameron Wilson suffers a skull fracture when hit by a foul ball off the bat of Eric Young. He will be okay.
Rounding second base in a 17 – 4 blowout over the Dodgers, the Phils’ Darren Daulton tears the ACL in his right knee and will be out for the remainder of the season. He’ll play just five games in 1996. Gregg Jefferiesbecomes the first Phillie in 32 years to hit for the cycle, and hurler Jeff Juden goes the distance for the win, and also hits a grand slam. It is the 3rd grand slam hit by a pitcher in the National League this season, setting a league record. Florida’s Chris Hammond and Pittsburgh’s Denny Neagle hit the others.
The Cards’ Alan Benes, 1-7 in his first eight decisions, loses 4 – 1 to the Astros. It is Benes’ first loss after reeling off 10 straight wins since his rocky start. Jeff Bagwell hits his 28th home run and drives in his 100th run for Houston, now up by 1 1/2 games over the Cards. Donne Wall is the winner.
A monument in center field at Yankee Stadium is dedicated to Mickey Mantle, who died of liver cancer last year. The commemorative structure, the first to be erected by the team in 47 years, joins three other monuments in the Bronx ballpark that honor the legacies of Miller Huggins, Babe Ruth, and Lou Gehrig.
The Phillies follow yesterday’s scoring feast with another, defeating the Padres, 15 – 1. Rico Brogna goes 4 for 5, with two doubles and two homers, and drives home seven runs for Philadelphia. The Pads finally turn to infielder Ed Giovanola who pitches 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Giovanola last pitched in Little League.
The Giants tie a franchise record by hitting eight doubles (Bill Mueller (2), Jeff Kent, Marvin Benard, J.T. Snow, Rich Aurilia, Felipe Crespo, and Ramon Martinez) en route to a 16-3 rout of the Phillies at Veterans Stadium. With the exception of Bobby Estalella, every San Francisco starter takes part in the 21-hit attack, including pitcher Russ Ortiz, who goes 3-for-3.
The Rangers defeat the Red Sox, 8 – 7, in 18 innings, in 6 hours, 35 minutes – the longest game of the season. The teams combine to use 17 pitchers, one away from the major-league record for an extra-inning contest. Boston makes an error and a wild pitch in the last frame, and Chad Curtis scores on a grounder after stealing third base. Chris Michalak is the winning pitcher; he was the loser yesterday.
The Mariners edge the Indians, 3 – 2, in 11 innings, in a game marked by a bench-clearing incident in the 9th inning. When Seattle’s Arthur Rhodes comes on to pitch in relief, Cleveland batter Omar Vizquel complains that sunlight is reflecting off the reliever’s right earring. Rhodes begins yelling at Vizquel and is eventually ejected by third base umpire Tim McClelland.
Participating in a minor-league baseball promotion, a 28 year-old woman collapsed and dies after running from the outfield fence to the infield in quest of a hidden diamond. She was one of approximately 250 women hoping to find a small box containing the treasure after the game between the Orlando Rays and Jacksonville Suns.
In the 21-6 rout of Kansas City at Angel Stadium, Jeff DaVanon becomes the first Anaheim player to hit for the cycle since Dave Winfield accomplished the feat for the Halos in 1991. The DH’s offensive output helps the club to sweep an American League opponent in a season series for the first time in the 44-year history of the franchise.
2005 – With the 6 – 3 Cardinal win over the Pirates at PNC Park, skipper Tony LaRussa with his 2,195th career triumph, moves past Sparky Anderson for third place for most victories by a big league manager. Connie Mack(3,731) and John McGraw (2,763) are first and second on the all-time managerial list for the number of major league wins.
With the 6-3 Cardinals win over the Pirates at PNC Park, skipper Tony La Russa with his 2,195th career triumph moves past Sparky Anderson for third place for most victories by a big league manager. Connie Mack (3,731) and John McGraw (2,763) are first and second on the all-time managerial list for the number of major league wins.
Alfonso Soriano becomes the fastest of the 40 players in major-league history to have stolen 200 bases and hit 200 home career home runs. After being walked in the third inning of the team’s 7-6 victory over Atlanta at Turner Field, the 30 year-old Nationals outfielder, who started the game with 203 homers, steals second to reach the milestone.
Padres rookie Craig Stansberry makes his big league debut with a seventh-inning pinch-hit single in San Diego’s 4-3 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The 25 year-old, who moved to the United States when he was an infant, is the first person born in Saudi Arabia to participate in a major league game.
The Rockies continue to catch up on the Dodgers. Trailing by 15 1/2 games in the NL West on June 3rd, the Rocks have cut the lead to just two games with a 5 – 4 win over Los Angeles today. Troy Tulowitzki singles off James McDonald with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 10th for the win.
With a 5-4 win in ten innings over the Dodgers, the Rockies move 18 games over .500 for the first time in franchise history. The wild-card leader, winning 52 of their last 74 games, the latest on a Troy Tulowitzki bases-loaded single, has cut LA’s Western Division lead from 15.5 games on June 3 to just two games.
In the California League, Lancaster defeats Lake Elsinore, 3 – 1, in 10 innings, as five pitchers combine on a no-hitter. Starter Robert Donovan goes 5 2/3 innings before running out of gas and giving way to Edwin Walker. Lake Elsinore ties the game at 1 in the 8th against David Berner, the result of a walk and two sacrifice bunts that both result in throwing errors by Berner. David Carpenter succeeds him, finishes the 8th and pitches a perfect 9th to get credit for the win when his teammates score two in the top of the 10th inning. Another reliever, Jose Trinidad, completes the unusual no-no by pitching the bottom of the 10th, allowing only a walk.
2011 – The Oakland A’s take an early 7 – 1 lead against the Yankees, but it’s all Bronx Bombers after that. Robinson Cano hits a grand slam in the 5th inning, Russell Martin follows suit in the 6th, they put up another 6 runs in the 7th, and in the 8th, Curtis Granderson also homers with the bases loaded to make the Yanks the first team ever to hit three grand slams in one game. Andruw Jones follows Granderson’s blast with a solo homer to make the final score 22 – 9. Martin has a career day, going 5 for 5 with a walk and 6 RBI and also hitting a solo shot to complement his slam as the Yankees bat around in their final four innings. It is the most runs given up by an Athletics team since 1955; their pitchers help the cause by surrendering 22 hits and issuing 13 walks in the rout. In the 9th inning, DH Jorge Posada takes the field at second base; it is his first major league appearance at the position he played in the lower minors 20 years ago.
The Reds blow a nine-run lead over San Francisco, but manage to tie the game in the ninth on Paul Janish’s single and get a 12-11 victory on Joey Votto’s two-out, tie-breaking hit in the 12th inning. Earlier in the day, the Braves squander the same size lead at Coors Field, but lose the game, 12-10, to the Rockies, who match their largest comeback in franchise history.
Felix Hernandez collects his 1000th strikeout when he fans David Ortiz in the sixth inning of the Mariners’ 4-2 victory over Boston at Safeco Field. The 24 year-old Seattle starter, the fourth youngest ever to reach the milestone, joins Randy Johnson (2,162), Jamie Moyer (1,239), and Mark Langston (1,078) as the fourth pitcher in franchise history to accomplish the feat.
Justin Toole of the Carolina Mudcats plays all nine positions in a 4 – 2 win over the Salem Red Sox. He starts in RF and plays one position each inning in a special “Toole Time” promotion. His biggest challenge comes when he catches the 8th inning, having never played there before. He then ends the game by pitching the 9th with a 4 – 0 lead. He gives up a pair of solo homers but strikes out the last two batters he faces to end the contest. The promotion came out of a conversation early in the year when manager Edwin Rodriguez asked Toole where he played. “Everywhere”, he answered, leading to the stunt.
For the first time in nearly six decades, a player homers to support his brother’s effort on the mound when Jordan Danks goes deep in the fourth inning in the White Sox’ 5-2 win over Texas, with his sibling, John, throwing six innings to earn the U.S. Cellular Field victory. In 1955, A’s catcher Billy Shantz also homered in a game in which his batterymate was his brother Bobby.
When he goes deep off KC’s Ervin Santana, Bryce Harper becomes the third player in baseball history to hit 40 homers before his 21st birthday. The Washington outfielder joins Mel Ott and Tony Conigliaro, who hit 61 and 56 round-trippers, respectively, for the Giants and Red Sox, before reaching their age of majority.
2014 – The Orioles hit back-to-back-to-back homers in the 5th inning of their game against the Rays, as Delmon Young hits a three-run shot, followed by long balls by J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis. Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce had hit back-to-back homers off Jake Odorizzi in the 3rd, to mark the first time in team history that the Orioles have recorded the two combinations in the same game. They win easily, 9 – 1, with Chris Tillman the beneficiary of the long ball explosion.
2016 – Matt Moore of the Giants comes within one out of throwing a no-hitter against the Dodgers, but Corey Seager singles to right with two outs in the 9th to end the bid. Moore immediately leaves the game, but the Giants win, 4 – 0, bringing them back to within two games of their first-place rivals. Before the game, Los Angeles trades C A.J. Ellis and minor leaguer Tommy Bergjans to the Phillies for veteran Carlos Ruiz. Ellis was the personal catcher of ace Clayton Kershaw, but as he is currently sidelined with an injury and Ellis is batting south of the Mendoza Line, the Dodgers feel it necessary to make a move to strengthen the position.
8/25/2017 – Although it was not actually a case of batting out of turn, the Red Sox had an amazing mistake in the 9th inning of their 16-3 loss to Baltimore on August 25, 2017. As is often the custom in such lopsided contests, the Red Sox put a position player on the mound in the top of the 9th. In this case, it was Mitch Moreland, who had played first base the entire game to this point. The Red Sox lost the DH for the remainder of the game and the new first baseman, Hanley Ramirez, entered the game in the 7th spot in the batting order, formerly occupied by DH Chris Young. They made no other changes. Moreland did well in his one inning as pitcher, allowing no runs on two hits and even collecting a strikeout.The trouble occurred in the home 9th. The first batter was Rafael Devers, batting in the 6th spot. He made an out and the proper next batter was Ramirez. However, Chris Young came to the plate and singled – even though he was no longer in the game! Because this was an illegal reentry and not an improper batter, the umpires should have noticed it and not allowed it. No one appeared to notice – not the umpires or either team. Since it was a 16-3 game with two outs to go, it is likely that Ramirez had not even thought about where he was batting. As for DH Young, he simply followed Devers to the plate as he had all night. The official remedy is to call Young a pinch-hitter for Ramirez, which causes all the official totals to come out right.
2018 – Kendrys Morales homers in his sixth straight game to spark a comeback for the Blue Jays, who trail the Phillies, 5 – 0 at that point in the 4th. But a two-run homer by Billy McKinney in the 7th brings the Jays to within one run, then Morales sparks the winning rally in the 8th with a lead-off walk against Seranthony Dominguez. A few batters later, Aledmys Diaz hits a bases-clearing double to put Toronto ahead, 8 – 6, and Ken Giles records his 18th save in as many opportunities. Morales will homer again tomorrow, to bring his streak to seven game, one shy of the major league record.