This Day In Baseball August 30

Debuts, Milestones, No Hitters, Rule Changes, Events, Birthdays, Deaths, and more on This Day In Baseball.  

On August 30, 2006, Boston right-hander Curt Schilling fans Oakland slugger Nick Swisher with his trademark splitter to record the 3,000th strikeout of his career becoming the 14th pitcher to reach the milestone. After recording the strikeout Schilling said, Earlier in my career, the two guys I wanted to emulate were Clemens and Maddux. I wanted Clemens’ power with Maddux’s control. I never quite got to either one of them, but I felt like I was kind of a mishmash of the two. Schilling ranks 2nd all time with 4.38 strikeouts for every walk allowed, just ahead of 2004 team mate Pedro Martinez who had a 4.15 ratio.

August 30, 1978, Sadaharu Oh of the Yomiuri Giants, hits the 800th home run of his career. Oh, the world’s all-time home run king, had previously broken Hank Aaron’s record of 755 home runs. He went on to hit 868 for his career. In 1974, the two would square off in a home run hitting contest. Aaron would emerge victorious managing 10 homers to Oh’s 9, despite being six years older than Oh and 2 years from retirement. Ten years later, the two would face off again as Aaron was visiting Japan as part of Japanese Baseballs 50th Anniversary celebration. Oh, now the Yomiuri Giants manager, sent two balls the distance in right field while Aaron, now Director of Minor League Player Development for the Braves, parked four in the left field seats.

August 30, 1965, one of the game’s most legendary figures, New York Mets manager Casey Stengel, announces his retirement. Doctors had advised Stengel to step down after suffering a broken hip in a bathroom fall on July 25. Stengel would gain induction to the Hall of Fame the next year. During Stengel’s distinguished managerial career he managed the Dodgers, Braves and in 1949 took over the Yankees. His record of 1149 wins versus 696 losses with the Yankees over the next 12 seasons was among the greatest in managerial history, and included 10 American League pennants and seven World Series victories. He finished his career with Mets and in 1962 posted the single worst record in baseball history as the amazing Mets went 40 and 120.

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